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Archives for June 2016

68 Spartans and the ghost of Dvořák

062916Feature_WindEnsembleHere, in Prague’s Dvořák Hall, composer Antonín Dvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic in its first performance, of his own splendid works.

And here, the UNCG Wind Ensemble launched its 2016 summer tour of Europe – the first European tour in the ensemble’s history.

Dr. John Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi led the tour, for which the students could earn academic credit.

For Locke, that initial concert in one of Europe’s oldest concert halls was the highlight. “The place was all but full.”

For Geraldi, a concert in Innsbruck, surrounded by snow-capped Alps, was another highlight. “It was a fundraiser for their version of a Ronald McDonald House. The audience was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and they all wanted to talk with us at a reception following the concert.”

That post-concert reception and interaction in Innsbruck made that concert the favorite of Music doctoral student JR Lake Jr, studying to be a conductor. He conducted at most of the concerts.

Justin Swaim, who just completed his master’s in conducting, also conducted at most of the performances – and loved everything about their time in Innsbruck. “It was nice playing for a packed house. The energy was really great.”

The ensemble played concerts in Prague, Czech Republic; Bad Ischl, Austria; Innsbruck, Austria; Bologna, Italy; and Rome, Italy. In addition to touring in those cities, they also visited the historic sights in Salzburg, Austria; Florence, Italy; and Venice, Italy.

Their double-decker bus took them from city to city, with a trailer behind, through tight ancient city streets and through Alpine tunnels.

They’d rehearsed for the tour in the two weeks before they left, on May 10, for the twelve day journey. They played six concerts. It was a for-credit course. SMTD scholarships payed for a portion of these student expenses. Sixty-eight UNCG students were part of the tour.

Complementing the students’ tour, a group of alumni and friends of the university enjoyed their own tour of Europe, where they saw several of the ensemble’s concerts.

Nathan Phillips, who played trombone for the UNCG Wind Ensemble, called the ensemble journey a one-in-a-lifetime trip. Jared Gilbert, who also played trombone, noted it was his first time abroad.

Geraldi explains that for many students it was their first trip beyond our border. “It was life-changing for the students.” They got to perform in wonderful, historic auditoriums – and they were able to see some of the most historic places in Western culture.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Brad McMillan of the ensemble in Prague’s Dvořák Hall

Canines on the case, at UNCG

062916Feature_CaininesLate one night, Sergeant Marcus Graves was patrolling the Oakland Avenue parking lot with his canine Jax when he came noticed a student crawling on her hands and knees through the grass.

“It was dark and she had lost her key,” said Sgt. Graves. “It’d take me and her hours to search the grass so I gave Jax the command and he found it in a minute.”

Sgt. Graves, who’s served with the UNCG Police Department since 2005, has partnered with the Belgian Malinois since 2009. The two share not only the same birthday and a friendship but a strong working relationship, as well. While Sgt. Graves offers Jax a kennel at his own home, the canine offers his keen sense of smell.

“You know whenever a rock hits the water and there’s that ripple? That effect is not unlike what Jax is sensing,” said Sgt. Graves. “There’s human odor on those keys. But the longer it sits, the harder it is to locate. He could also be sniffing for something that’s out of place.”

According to Sgt. Graves, 95 percent of the K9 unit’s duties involve narcotics and traffic stops. At other times the City of Greensboro might use the duo for article searches or tracking a suspect. On top of that, Jax and Sgt. Graves offer public demonstrations about four or five times a month.

Jax is one of three dogs that make up UNCG PD’s K-9 unit. The other two, Sasha and Tink – a Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois, respectively – make up the complete unit.

Jax is trained in Schutzhund, a German dog-training technique that emphasizes selective breeding and requires rigorous training. Like many police dogs trained in Schutzhund, Jax was imported from a European breeder and takes commands in German. Importing from selective breeders means that Jax has the right temperament for police work and is less likely to suffer physical ailments such as hip dysplasia. But at 9 years old, Jax is beginning to show signs of aging.

He still likes his red ball and is as hardworking as ever, but now he wants to be petted. Jax’s retirement is still some ways off, but when the day comes, Sgt. Graves said that there will always be a place for the canine at his home.

“He’s family,” said Sgt. Graves.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Photo: Jax and Sergeant Graves at a demonstration on UNCG Field Day

EMF classical music at UNCG

Photo of Sonnenbergann.Enjoy the Eastern Music Festival Faculty Chamber Series in July at UNCG. Each performance features renowned musicians.

The first event is this Sunday, 3 p.m., in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall and will feature Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (in visual) on violin.

The remainder of our campus’ July events are in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall on Monday evenings at 8 p.m.

The Monday, July 11, concert will feature compositions of Mozart, Pawassar and Mendelssohn.

Additional concerts will follow on Monday, July 18, and Monday, July 25.

Details and ticket information are at http://easternmusicfestival.org/festival/event/174/2016-7-11/faculty-chamber-series-at-uncg.

Astrophysicist Miroshnichenko organizes international conference on ‘B[e]’ stellar phenomenon

Photo of Miroshnichenko.Astrophysics is one of the research and teaching directions in UNCG’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. At least two of the three undergraduate courses in astronomy (AST-209, Astronomy: The Solar System and AST-235, Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies) and astrophysics (PHY-330) are offered every semester. The courses include sessions in the UNCG Planetarium (Petty Bldg., room 310) and at the Three College Observatory (TCO, Alamance County), both of which also offer sessions to the general public. Nearly a thousand people go through these two facilities every year. The TCO has a 32-inch reflecting telescope, one of the largest in the Southeastern U.S.

Using the TCO telescope, UNCG astronomers Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko, associate professor, and Dr. Stephen Danford, emeritus professor, are carrying out several research projects on stars at various evolutionary stages and collaborating with colleagues from ten foreign countries. The TCO has been very active since the installation of a spectrograph in 2011, which has opened more research opportunities for interested students.

As a result of the international collaborations, Dr. Miroshnichenko has been chosen to lead the Scientific Organizing Committee of the international conference “The B[e] Phenomenon. Forty Years of Studies,” taking place June 26 to July 1, 2016, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Miroshnichenko joined the UNCG Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2005. His research interests are focused on early-type stars (hotter than the Sun) surrounded by circumstellar envelopes (Herbig Ae/Be stars, B[e] stars, Novae, high-luminosity objects, and classical Be stars) as well as on studies of fundamental parameters of stars (surface temperature, luminosity) and stellar evolution.

The main scope of the Prague conference is recent progress in studies of several groups of stars which are surrounded by large amounts of atoms and molecules gravitationally bound to the stars. Such a situation may occur when stars are still forming in clouds of interstellar matter or stars are getting dispersed back into interstellar space due to evolutionary processes. This phenomenon (called the B[e] phenomenon, in which “B” refers to a range of surface temperature of the stars and “[e]” refers to the presence of certain spectral lines in the stars’ spectra) was discovered in 1976 by two astronomers, Jean-Pierre Swings of Belgium (who will be the first conference speaker) and David Allen of Australia, and has been studied by dozens of astronomers worldwide. This conference is only the third one devoted to studies of this phenomenon. The first two were held in 1997 in Paris, France, and 2005 in the Netherlands. Both these conferences attracted roughly 40 astronomers each. The 2016 conference has 85 participants from 12 countries.

The conference will highlight astrophysics research conducted at UNCG through two major oral presentations and nearly a dozen poster presentations, where results of observations and data analysis done by the UNCG astrophysicists will be used.

The conference website is http://bepstars2016.org.

A short video featuring the conference and the leading role of UNCG can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUCmkWhnyOU.


Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John Willse.Dr.  John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Castle Worldwide for an OAERS contract with Castle Worldwide Inc. 2016-2017.”  Castle Worldwide Inc. will support an ERM student who will be assigned to relevant activities pertaining to data management, data analysis, data documentation, report writing and general assessment activities.

Also, Guilford County Schools is funding a contract with OAERS for 2016-2017. Services provided by the UNCG Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) will be related to data analysis, data management, and report writing.

Recognition for UNCG Pedestrian Underpass

Photo of UNCG underpass. The design of the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass is a top 100 award winner in this year’s CODA awards.

These awards of the global online Community of Art and Design celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior, architectural, or public space, the web site states. 407 projects from 29 countries submitted to this year’s awards, it says.

The Top 100 entries are featured on CODAworx and available for public voting. Two projects will win the CODAawards People’s Choice award.

If you wish to vote for the pedestrian underpass project – the deadline is tomorrow (Thursday, June 30) – visit https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2016/voting and see Vision Plan for New Neighborhood.

UNCG HRL and Make-A-Wish

By the close of the spring 2016 semester, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff raised a total of $7,016.82 for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina.  They received many donations from the student body and community to make this possible.

Katie Patschke-McGuire, a coordinator for Residence Life for HRL, organized this fundraising effort to incorporate the institution’s motto of service into the daily lives of the resident advisors (RAs) at UNCG. HRL partnered with Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina in August, 2015. HRL set a fundraising goal of $6,000 to representatively fund the average cost of a wish for a local child facing a life-threatening medical condition.

The RA Make-A-Wish Committee was formed, including at least one RA from each of the residential communities in order to effectively organize fundraising initiatives. 21 students, almost 18 percent of the RAs on campus, volunteered to help. As part of the committee, these enthusiastic students were responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts within their halls. Fundraising programs included “pie-your-RA,” competitive penny wars, “Star Walls” and more.

They also created campus-wide initiatives to raise money. From November to January, donation bins were placed in each residence hall and residents were encouraged to donate any articles of clothing they no longer wanted or wore. The clothing was washed and prepped, and a “Pop-Up Thrift Shop” was set up in the EUC for two days in February, 2016. All proceeds were included with the Make-A-Wish funds and any unsold clothing was donated to Backpack Beginnings and the Salvation Army.

By raising the average cost of a wish, HRL staff will also have the opportunity to host a Welcome Home party for a local wish family.

Questions? Contact Chris Gregory, cdgregor@uncg.edu.

Editor’s note: Copy updated and revised 7/6/2016.

NEH summer stipends go to UNCG researchers

Dr. Joan Titus and Dr. Linda Rupert have both received 2016 summer stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Universities may only submit two applications per year for these highly competitive awards, and less than 10 percent of all applicants secure funding. The funding of not one but both applications reflects highly on the winners and UNCG.

The stipends provide funding for two months of research. One project will explore a current gap in research at the intersection of non-western cinema, media studies, and music, while the other seeks to highlight the varied experiences of escaped slaves in the Caribbean.

Titus, an associate professor of musicology, will conduct archival research in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, in preparation for her second book, currently titled “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema.” Titus’s analysis will include discussions of Soviet identities, post-war film narratives, and the musical strategies Dmitry Shostakovich employed as he explored these ideas while composing for cinema. Spanning the rise and fall of the Stalinist Soviet Union, Shostakovich’s  work reflects ongoing advances in cinema technology and style, his collaborations with film directors, and the sociopolitical climate of his time.

Rupert, an associate professor of history, specializes in trans-Atlantic colonialism. Her stipend will support work on a book examining the actions and impacts of Carribbean slaves who escaped to settle in free Spanish colonies in the late 17th and 18th centuries. The book explores how the choices of these escaped slaves went on to shape colonial law and policy. Rupert has also been awarded a fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, for the 2016-2017 academic year, where she hopes to complete the manuscript.

By Olivia Wood
See full story at UNCG Research site.

University Libraries receive grant to support “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015”

The University Libraries at UNCG are partnering with three other area institutions on a project to make the records of the history of medicine in Greensboro – a total of thirteen unique archival collections – better known and more accessible to scholars, students and community researchers.

“Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015” will provide digital access to more than 47,100 items from thirteen archival collections and also from several monographs. The material documents Greensboro’s rich medical history, from its origin in church-housed hospitals during the Civil War and the arrival of Greensboro’s first Catholic hospital, to the development of nursing education programs and large health care providers. Along with institutions, Good Medicine will document the contributions of individuals such as Dr. Anna Gove (one of the first female physicians in North Carolina) and Dr. Wesley Long during the World War I era, as well as the important roles of philanthropists such as Moses H. Cone and Lunsford Richardson. Good Medicine will build on the significant content currently being digitized on the history of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and the correspondence of Dr. Anna Gove. The project is a collaborative effort of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries, the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum Archives, and the Greensboro Public Library.

Additional information is at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2016/06/university-libraries-receive-grant-to.html.

Looking ahead: June 29, 2016

Independence Day holiday
July 4, classes dismissed; offices closed

Staff Senate Executive Team Meeting
Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m. MHRA 2603

Make-A-Wish / HRL “wish reveal”
Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m., Tillman-Smart room, Shaw Hall

EMF Faculty Chamber Series concert
Monday, July 11, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Painting of water tower will affect some parking

A contractor in the next 6-8 weeks will clean and paint the elevated water tank located on the corner of Aycock St. and Oakland St., at the southeastern corner of the UNCG campus. There will be no change to the visuals that appears on the water tower.

Some parking spaces along Oakland Avenue and in Lot 1 near the water tower will be “coned off” by the City of Greensboro. Also, traffic will be diverted away from the Oakland-Aycock entry.

2016 triple play in big leagues

UNCG Baseball had a trio of players drafted in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in mid-June. L.J. Kalawaia, Hunter Smith and Collin Woody were selected in the 21st, 24th and 38th rounds, respectively. They each have graduated, L.J. and Collin majoring in communication studies and Hunter majoring in business administration. Having three draft picks matches the most Spartans picked in the same draft in school history. UNCG had three players drafted in 2007 and 1994.

Student Health Services re-accreditation

Under the leadership of recently retired Dr. Tresa Saxton, UNCG’s Student Health Services has recently been notified that it has received re-accreditation by AAAHC, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. This means that the program meets or exceeds the nationally-recognized standards for quality of care and patient safety. Student Health Services has been accredited since 2004.


Dr. Anthony Dellinger ’14 had a delightfully fishy experience with UNCG. He rigorously researched a sustainable replacement for bait fish while earning his doctorate at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a joint venture of UNCG and NC A&T State. And thanks to the entrepreneurial focus of the school, and a partnership with Dr. Christopher Kepley, that research has become a viable business. Organobait was formulated to replace the use of wild fish stocks as the primary bait in commercial lobster and crab traps. He praises JSNN’s unique nature, which emphasizes not only academics but also teaches business aspects of the field including funding, business development and patent creation. “It offers students an extremely novel and diverse educational experience.”

You can read more in the latest UNCG Magazine, alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

For DNP program accreditation

The UNCG School of Nursing will be hosting a team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on Sept. 14-16, 2016, for the purpose of initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. CCNE invites written third-party comments about the DNP program until August 24, 2016. Please send comments to: CCNE, Attn: Third Party Comments, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, or via email at thirdpartycomments@aacn.nche.edu.

‘North Carolina College for Women’ will get careful cleaning

061516Feature_CollegeForWomenMany passers-by have enjoyed seeing a long-hidden reminder of UNCG’s history revealed on the facade of UNCG’s auditorium.

“NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AUDITORIUM,” the grand building’s original inscription, graces the facade. A painted coating had concealed the inscription for many decades.

“The chancellor has asked us to leave the chiseled letters in place,” said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities.

UNCG Facilities will continue to work on some of the inscribed limestone on the facade, Quintal explained.

“We may need to look at removing the remainder of the coating used in the past.”

“Some of the old coating came out cleanly,” he said, referring the inscribed letters in the “NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AUDITORIUM” on the facade. And some seems to be very well bonded and has not yet been removed.

The campus known as UNCG today was the North Carolina College for Women from 1919 to 1931. It was known as Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina from 1932 to 1963, before adopting its current name.

Ideally, Quintal said, Facilities will get some more of the old coating out of the incised letters of the name – but they are taking care not to cause any harm.

They have some additional work to do to the 13 or 14 blocks on which the letters are chiseled, he said. They are mortared side-by-side joints, and he wants them to be watertight.

Facilities and the university will place a ground-mounted sign in front of the auditorium with the name “UNCG Auditorium” in the next few weeks, he said.

But what about the facade, with the old inscribed lettering?

“I wouldn’t be upset if it stays there for a long time,” he said.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

UNCG goes greener with new campus, community sustainability projects

061516Feature_UNCGGoesGreenerIn the fall of 2014, student group UNCGreen presented a unique yet simple proposition to UNCG’s Student Fees Committee: implement a $2.22 annual fee per student to raise funds for sustainability projects across campus and the surrounding community.

Launched just last semester, UNCG’s Green Fund now has $55,000 designated solely for making the campus and the community more sustainable. The Green Fund Committee selected six projects from 20 proposals – submitted by students, faculty and staff – to implement this spring and summer.

The fully-funded Green Fund projects are:

  • Installation of LED lighting on McIver Mall, submitted by junior Matt Krieger
    UNCG Facilities Operations plans to upgrade a minimum of 20 light fixtures on McIver Mall (pedestrian walkway that runs from the south end of McIver Street to McIver Building), resulting in a projected 61 percent decrease in energy use. Total cost is $9,135.
  • Installation of a second cistern, submitted by junior Erin Yow
    The installation of an additional 2,500-gallon cistern will allow the university’s grounds crew to collect more rainwater to water plants and make brine. Total cost is $6,000.
  • Conversion of Warnersville Community Garden to multi-purpose local foodscape, submitted by faculty member Dr. Marianne LeGreco
    The conversion will provide a more agriculturally and economically sustainable approach to growing food in a neighborhood with a 65 percent poverty rate. Total cost is $5,900.
  • Installation of water bottle refill station in Mossman Building, submitted by staff member Adam Horton
    Americans throw away an estimated 35 billion plastic bottles every year. The refill station in Mossman Building will encourage students, faculty and staff to use a reusable water bottle. Total cost is $1,250.
  • Restoration of award prizes for winners of Sustainability Shorts series, submitted by staff member Sarah Dorsey
    Prizes for award winners of the Sustainability Shorts series have been slashed in recent years due to budget cuts. This project will provide $1,000 to restore the awards to their original amounts.
  • Expansion of elementary school Adopt-A-Stream program, submitted by faculty member Julie Loreth
    Eight elementary schools in Guilford and Randolph counties will adopt streams near their respective schools and work with UNCG students over the next four years to clean the streams and test water quality. Total cost is $850.

Implementation will last through the summer.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at UNCG, visit facsustainability.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Full story at UNCG Now.
Photo: Green Fund Committee Co-Chair Spencer Schneier (middle) and Green Fund project leaders Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Matt Krieger and Adam Horton are among the UNCG students, faculty and staff who are leading sustainability initiatives on campus.

Verdict’s in: Gilbert & Sullivan fans are winners

061516Feature_GilbertSullivanYoung artists from across the country recently arrived on UNCG’s campus for the fifth annual Greensboro Light Opera and Song (GLOS), a five-week intensive performance and training program for vocalists.

From individual voice coaching to entrepreneurship classes to performances across the state, GLOS is focused on giving students and recent graduates a unique summer experience centered on career advancement.

Nationwide auditions were held in the spring and 24 artists were selected to participate.

“The program is well-balanced between training and performance,” said David Holley, UNCG’s director of opera and GLOS founder and artistic director. “We’re really excited about the talent we have this year.”

The season kicked off in downtown Greensboro with “American Art Song as Cabaret,” a celebration of American song.

On June 9 and 10, GLOS returned to the stage, performing the Gilbert and Sullivan classic “Trial By Jury” in Courtroom 1C of the Guilford County Courthouse – not your typical opera house. The production, in partnership with the Greensboro Bar Association, featured North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge Robby Hassell as the Learned Judge.

This weekend, June 16-19, the group will put on four performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore,” also known as “The Witch’s Curse.” All performances are in UNCG Auditorium and will be fully staged with a professional orchestra.

“It’s a supernatural operetta that’s funny and fast-paced,” Holley said.

The program culminates with performances of “Seussical, Jr.” at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, North Carolina, June 22-24.

Tickets for all GLOS performances may be purchased online at opera.uncg.edu, by phone at 336-272-0160 or in person at the Triad Stage Box Office, located at 232 S. Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Tickets will also be sold at the door an hour before the performances.

GLOS is underwritten by a generous grant from the Greensboro Opera. For more information about the program, visit opera.uncg.edu.


By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Honors College, London’s Tower Bridge, and 11 wise tips

061516Feature_HonorsCollegeUNCG has lots of students studying abroad each semester and each summer. “There Be Dragons” is a blog featuring posts by UNCG Lloyd International Honors College students studying abroad. A recent post by Arjanai Miller, studying at Plymouth University, England, UK, gave some great advice on having a successful experience while studying abroad. The following are some excerpts:

1. Studying abroad doesn’t mean you have to change yourself. Instead, allow the experience to build character upon who you already are. When I first decided to study abroad, I thought of it as a chance to “makeover” who I was. You read books and see films about people who go overseas and come back home a different person. They make physically changes such as cutting their hair or changing their wardrobe and this supposedly brings about a new-found understanding of their purpose in life. How crazy is that? What does a shorter hair length or new clothes have to do with gaining a better understanding of who you are? Nothing at all. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to change physically, allow the experience to change you internally. Then you will see the change you want to see.

She shares 10 more tips with equal amount of wisdom:

2. Say ‘yes’ to everything (that’s legal!). (One of my best moments from visiting Barcelona over break was climbing a mountain in Park Güell.)
3. If you have to choose between staying in alone and exploring, always choose exploring. You never know what you’ll find. (There is always something new and beautiful right around the corner.)
4. If you plan to visit other countries during breaks, always plan ahead.
5. Really allow yourself to indulge in the culture.
6. Do not be afraid to use resources provided by your host university.
7. If possible, join a club or sport!
8. While it’s great to visit popular landmarks, take time to explore the unknown hidden gems of your country.
9. You packed way too much.
10. Journal or blog about every experience!
11. Don’t let expectations ruin this experience. Create your own experience, don’t try to recreate something you saw on television!

Excepted from UNCG Lloyd International Honors College blog post by Arjanai Miller, studying at Plymouth University, England, UK.
She captioned the photo “A few UNCG students and I jumping on the London Bridge.” She is second from right.
Enjoy her full post at http://lihcdragonblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/arjanai-and-huxley-in-england.html

Trina Patterson announces Women’s Basketball coaching staff

Newly appointed head women’s basketball coach Trina Patterson has announced that Cait Wetmore and Asia Williams have been hired as assistant coaches and Brooke Long will take on the role as Director of Basketball Operations.

“I wanted to put together a staff of coaches who are committed to excellence, energetic, and driven to succeed,” said Patterson.

Wetmore has spent two seasons as assistant coach at UNCG and has done everything from coordinating the defense to working with the guards including UNCG’s all-time leading scorer Lucy Mason (’16).

This past season Wetmore took over as recruiting coordinator and in her first year signed two McDonald’s All-American nominees in Alexus Willey and Mangela Ngandjui.

She also coordinated the team’s offense that saw a jump in production over the season prior. Under the guidance of Wetmore, the Spartans led the Southern Conference in scoring average (65.5 points per game) and offensive rebounds per game (15.5). UNCG also set a single-game record for UNCG during the Division I era when the Spartans shot 66.1 percent from the field (44-for-62) against North Carolina Central.

Wetmore came to UNCG in 2014 after serving as a graduate assistant for two years at Columbia University. She then returned to her alma mater, Aldelphi, as an assistant coach and helped the Panthers to their first Northeast-10 Conference post season appearance since joining the conference in 2009. In her final year at Adelphi she aided in guiding the Panthers to the NE-10 Conference Championship game and a regional semifinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 23-8 record.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi and graduated with her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia in 2012.

Williams joins UNCG after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at LIU-Brooklyn. She is no stranger to the SoCon as she spent two seasons on the staff at then member Appalachian State helping the Mountaineers to a 10-8 league record in their final year in the SoCon. In her second year at ASU she made the move to video coordinator.

Williams, a native of Durham, N.C., is a former North Carolina High School Gatorade Player of the Year and stand out at Wake Forest. She appeared in 109 games for the Demon Deacons and made 36 starts in the backcourt. During her senior campaign in Winston-Salem she led the team with 145 assists, the sixth highest in single-season history, while ranking fourth on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game.

Long spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Christopher Newport where she helped guide them to a 24-5 overall record and a NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2015-16. In her first season she helped CNU to a 17-win season and assisted with recruiting, film exchange and basketball operations.
Long began her coaching career at Keen State College after a standout basketball career. Long brings a plethora of knowledge after playing both Division I & II basketball and coaching at the Division III level.

The trio will begin their duties immediately. The Spartans return nine players from the 2015-16 squad and have signed five fresh faces for the upcoming season.

Full story at UNCG Athletics site.

Results from 2016 UNCG Cram and Scram

061516Feature_CramScramAbout $900, to help finance environmental learning opportunities on campus. Over seven tons of items diverted from the landfill.

The 2016 Cram & Scram rummage sale got good results, says Ben Kunka, head of UNCG Waste Reduction and Recycling. An improvement over last year.

And whatever didn’t sell was donated to Goodwill.

The earliest people say they got there at 2 a.m., he said They were well prepared. They brought a cart. Others told him a line was forming at 6 a.m. The doors opened at 8 a.m. “They were lined up for a long time.”

Even some incoming freshmen were there, purchasing items for their dorm rooms.

People still ask him, “Everything is really two for a dollar?”

Yep. And by doing that, the items are recycled and reused. That’s less waste in the landfill.

By Mike Harris

12th Annual Summer Solstice Party

Weatherspoon Art Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary during its 12th Annual Summer Solstice Party June 24.

A yoga salute to the sun preludes the event. The museum encourages yogis to bring comfy clothes, a yoga mat and any level of experience to the yoga salute. Folk rock band Gipsy Danger plays as a cash bar pours and the summer commences.

A message from the museum:

“Check out the new exhibitions in the galleries. Enjoy activities for kids and kids at heart. Please your palate with a range of tasty treats and libations. Wear whatever party clothes make you happy—our theme is simply summer fun.”

Yogis meet at 6 p.m. on the west side of the museum parking lot. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Student Affairs awards for 2016

The Student Affairs awards for 2016 recognize individuals whose service and performance goes beyond their position’s daily responsibilities. The 2016 recipients:

  • Employee of the Year:  Kala Taylor, Career Services
  • Partnership Award (a person outside Student Affairs recognized for their collaborative efforts with Student Affairs):  Dr. Keith Mobley, School of Education
  • Legacy of Excellence Award:  Dr. Tresa Saxton, Student Health Services
  • Graduate Assistant of the Year:  Alex Stanczak, Campus Recreation
  • Unsung Hero (demonstrates leadership through dedication and service): A Pu, Student Health Services
  • Team Player:  Robert Barker, assistant dean of students

More information is at

Dr. LeGreco works with partners throughout county to foster vibrant food system

Photo of Dr. LeGreco.One of the biggest conversations happening in Guilford County in the last year is about food. Dr. Marianne LeGreco, associate professor of communication studies, has been one of the people at the forefront of that conversation.

“How hungry is Guilford County?” many have asked. How accurate were the measures that the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) used when it ranked the Greensboro-High Point area as No.1 in food hardship rates nationally? What do we do now? What’s the solution?

LeGreco, whose research links communication and food, will be the first to tell you that how we talk about and make sense of our food practices, food systems and access to food as a community matters. This is a big part of her research on the current conversation in Greensboro-High Point about food insecurity.

The use of the term hunger raises some eyebrows. LeGreco agrees that it may not be the right word as it is not exactly what the FRAC study was looking into. That, however, “does not mean that we shouldn’t be talking about food in Guilford County,” says LeGreco.

In a recent op-ed piece in the News & Record, she wrote, “While we may not experience hunger in the same ways that hunger operates globally, we are experiencing some sort of disconnect between the food available to us and how people are using those resources.” The focus, she continued, “needs to be on building and maintaining a strong local and regional food system.”

It’s an issue about health and access to healthy food.

To date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified 24 food deserts in Guilford County.

LeGreco has galvanized UNCG students in Public Health, Communication Studies, Computer Science and other fields to get involved in the conversation about food hardship in Guilford County. In 2014, she helped with the Mobile Oasis Farmers Market installation. In 2015, LeGreco worked with UNCG Public Health faculty members Amanda Tanner and Kay Lovelace and Laura Cole, formerly of Interior Architecture, along with students from UNCG and other area universities to host a Local Food Storm event. The food storm was a brainstorm around local food that brought together diverse voices in the community.

In 2016’s Local Food Storm event, LeGreco and students from UNCG and NC A&T were able to produce a map of the food resources currently available in Greensboro/Guilford County. She hopes that by pulling together all available food resources, we can start to see where we are and where the gaps are.

LeGreco believes that collecting more detailed data would help shed light on permanent solutions to the area’s food insecurity issues. This is the next task for LeGreco and other local food advocates.

As efforts and conversations around food evolve, LeGreco’s research direction is evolving as well. “People don’t just need access to resources, they need to know how to make use of those resources,” she says.

Next week, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, along with community partners Guilford County Food Council and Greater High Point Food Alliance, will have a local foods celebration June 20-25, 2016, bringing together local food advocates, farmers, local chefs, local restaurateurs, agricultural professionals and local food supporters to highlight and celebrate what Guilford County is doing to create a vibrant food system.
LeGreco is one of the organizers.

This event is an opportunity for the citizens of Guilford County to join the conversation about food and take action.
Event details can be viewed here.

By Nancy Maingi

Dr. Emily J. Levine

Photo of Dr. Emily J. Levine.Dr. Emily J. Levine’s article “Baltimore Teaches, Göttingen Learns: Cooperation, Competition, and the Research University” was published in the June issue of The American Historical Review. In the article, she argues that the modern research university was co-created through mutual transatlantic exchange and reveals the historical roots of pressing issues facing the university today. Here is a link to the digital offprint: http://bit.ly/1ZuLkGi

Levine is an associate professor in the Department of History.

Mark Wagner

Photo of Mark Wagner.Mark Wagner (UNCG Athletics) received the Emerging Leader Award last week from the College Athletic Business Management Association. He received it for his contributions for the last two years as a member of the membership committee and launching the first CABMA Mentorship program, CABMA Mentor Me. He has been Business Services Coordinator in UNCG Athletics since 2014.

Dr. Maura Heyn

Photo of Dr. Maura Heyn. Dr. Maura Heyn spoke in a symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 23. Her talk was “Embodied Identities in the Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra.” Details are at www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-speaks/symposia/palmyra. The Palmyrene funerary sculpture that is accessible to the public today is for the most part displayed in museums, divorced from its original context in the tombs surrounding the ancient city of Palmyra, she explained in her talk.  Even in antiquity the portraits were separated from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city, in their places sealing off the burial niches inside the tombs on the periphery of the city.

She is an associate professor in Classical Studies, and director of the UNCG Archaeology Program.

Dr. Barbara Levin

Photo of Dr. Barbara LevinDr. Barbara Levin (Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education) just published a new book about teacher leadership with her co-author Dr Lynne Schrum, dean of the School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Titled “Every Teacher a Leader: Developing the Needed Dispositions, Knowledge and Skills for Teacher Leadership,” this is Dr. Levin’s sixth book published by Corwin Press and her ninth published book since coming to UNCG in 1993. Dr. Levin is currently on phased retirement.


Kathelene McCarty Smith

Photo of Kathelene McCarty Smith.Kathelene McCarty Smith (UNCG Special Collections and University Archives) has been named the winner of the University Libraries Staff Service Award for 2016.  Created by long-time Circulation Department Head Martha Ransley upon her retirement, the award was first given in 1998. The award recognizes and rewards members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves.”

She was recognized for her subject and technical expertise, deep subject knowledge, initiative, grace and enthusiasm, and her professional and university service.  She started out as a student worker and was hired in 2010 as a full-time staff member. At present, she is responsible for the physical and intellectual control of the photographs, artifacts and textiles in University Archives. She is also the coordinator of the Volunteer, Internship, and Practicum program in SCUA, and is tasked with course outreach to UNCG instructors.

Amy Harris Houk

Photo of Amy Harris Houk.UNCG Libraries’ Assistant Head of Research, Outreach and Instruction Amy Harris Houk was recently notified that her article “Curriculum Mapping in Academic Libraries” was selected by the ALA Library Instruction Round Table as a 2015 Top Twenty article. The article was published in New Review of Academic Librarianship. The article may be found in the NC DOCKS institutional repository here.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Colleen FairbanksDr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Wake Forest University (2016-2017).”

See/hear: June 15, 2016

 Donovan Livingston will arrive as a doctoral student this fall in the UNCG School of Education. This summer, he became a viral sensation, for his commencement speech at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education ceremony. His speech at Harvard has been “shared” widely via social media and news outlets in the past weeks. If you haven’t seen it yet, have a look.

Looking ahead: June 15, 2016

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’ or ‘The Witch’s Curse’

June 16, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium


Reading, ‘Modern Art on Display,’ Dr. K. Porter Aichele

June 23, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum


12 Annual Summer Solstice Party

June 24, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum


Opening, ‘Henri Matisse: Selections from Claribel and Etta Cone Collection’

June 25, Weatherspoon Art Museum


Independence Day holiday

July 4, classes dismissed; offices closed

The Birth Of “King Denim”

UNCG graduate makes good by making movies