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Archives for October 2016

UNCG School of HHS will launch Dean’s Lecture Series with discussion on brain trauma

UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences will launch its inaugural Dean’s Lecture Series on Nov. 9, 2016, with a lecture given by Dr. Robert Stern, professor of neurology, neurosurgery and anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine.

The lecture, titled “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Long-Term Consequences of Repetitive Brain Trauma,” will speak to the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma often resulting from contact sports or military combat.

This event, which is part of UNCG’s yearlong War & Peace Imagined event series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Dean’s Lecture Series if supported by the Ethel Martus Lawther Fund.

The event is Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

One of the foremost experts on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Stern currently leads a collaborative study funded by a $16 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that investigates early diagnoses for living CTE patients. Sterns serves on the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL Players Association and appears frequently in national and international print and broadcast media for his work on CTE. His other major areas of funded research include the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly, thyroid-brain relationships, and driving and dementia.

UNCG Collaborative Entrepreneurship Program receives award

102616feature_entrepreneurshipprogramThe Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers presented UNCG with the 2016 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award this October. The award recognizes the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program for its experiential learning component, focus on community engagement, and collaboration with the Integrative Community Studies/Beyond Academics Program (ICS) Program for intellectually and/or developmentally disabled adults.

The Campus Entrepreneurs class is just one of over 46 courses offered as part of UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. The program is housed in the Bryan School and directed by Dr. Dianne Welsh, and provides students in a variety of majors the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.

“What sets this program apart is that it combines all students from across the university in an entrepreneurial learning environment and teaches students first-hand to respect, honor, and accept differences in individual learning styles and the contributions that each of us has the ability to make,” said Welsh.

Students in the Campus Entrepreneurs and Feasibility Analysis classes this semester will complete consulting projects with ArkBarks, a local organization that teaches developmentally disabled adults job skills while employing them as bakers to manufacture dog treats. Teams will help the organization develop an improved inventory system, conduct a product feasibility analysis, and develop marketing and social media plan.

The collaborative program benefits all students, as those involved gain experience working with a diverse work team. Additionally, it allows students in the Beyond Academics Program to explore entrepreneurial skills in the hopes of opening doors for both solo pursuits or family businesses and internships.

“Like their peers in other programs of study, ICS students are taking advantage of their time in college to discover interests and strengths that lead to meaningful career paths, of which entrepreneurship is an important one,” said Lalenja Harrington, Program Director for the Beyond Academics Program. “The Campus Entrepreneurs class provides students with the opportunity to learn about business development experientially and for learning to be assessed in a variety of universally designed ways, which is ultimately beneficial for all students. We have great appreciation for that pedagogical commitment and are excited that the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship finds value in that as well!”

Hear more, save more

The UNCG Speech and Hearing Center has a note for UNCG employees:

Your Health Care Federal Spending Account dollars can be used for medical devices including hearing aids.   You can set aside up to $2,550 for 2017, but you must do so before open enrollment expires on October 31st.  If you have funds left over this year, it is not too late to apply them to the purchase of new technology or the cost of a comprehensive hearing examination.  UNCG Speech and Hearing Center offers a 50 percent discount on all services to full- and part-time faculty, staff, and students all year long.  This employee benefit reduces the cost of an examination to less than what your copay would be if you billed it through your insurance.  In addition, we offer a $250 discount on the cost of new hearing aids.  Our unbundled pricing also makes the cost of hearing aids more affordable by reducing the upfront costs.  Contact the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center at 336-334-5939 for more information about these employee benefits or to schedule a free hearing screening.

‘Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence’

UNCG will host several Wall of Hope events this week. The Wall of Hope Events are sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, The Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, Kaplan Center for Wellness, Dean of Students Office, International and Global Studies, and Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.

The series of events is centered around breaking the silence against domestic violence.

All events are open to the UNCG community

Bev Hoffman, human rights and social justice activist, will be on campus working with students from a Communication Studies class and partnering with multiple sponsors throughout campus to host the events spotlight breaking the silence towards violence against women and girls around the world.

Bev Hoffman, from New Orleans, Louisiana, currently splits his time between Kathmandu, Nepal and Berkeley, California. He is currently organizing a global Wall of Hope Campaign that will culminate in December, 2017 as part of the United Nations Sixteen Day Campaign To Stop Violence Against Women.

The week at UNCG ends with performances, films and a co-created art project. As part of a larger global campaign, “Wall of Hope,” the following events are planned:

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – noon – 1 p.m. – EUC Sharpe
“From Fear to Freedom – Ending Violence Against Women”  – A Lunch and Learn with Bev Hoffman


Wednesday October 26, 6 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Silent Witness  Project – A memorial event the focuses on Greensboro residents. Hear the stories of men, women, and children who have been murdered by their partners. Domestic violence survivors will also speak about their experience.


Thursday, October 27 – 5:30 p.m., Ferguson Building, Room 100 

‘Wall of Hope campaign’ performance – A co-created art project by the UNCG community, the “Wall of Hope” will culminate the week at UNCG.

‘Speed Dating’ with UNCG Opera

Photo of School of Music, Theatre and Dance building from Herring GardenDon’t have time right now for a full evening of opera? How about a free, forty minutes?

Thursday, Oct 27, and Saturday, Oct 29, UNCG Opera Theatre will present “Speed Dating Tonight!” The 40-minute, fast-paced opera examines the very brief dating adventures of a variety of amusing characters. At Joe’s Bar “the car dude” meets “the cat woman,” meets “the shy organist,”meets “the dancer” meets “the guy suffering from ‘obsessive screen disorder.’” The show will begin on at 7:30 p.m.on Thursday and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and the performances will be in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall.

UNCG Student Affairs and the Student Government Association team with Red Cross for Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort

Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Caribbean before closing out its path in eastern North Carolina. At its highest force, the Category 5 cyclone, left death, homelessness, flooding, and devastation.

In an effort to support those in need, including students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and East Carolina University, families, friends and loved ones in eastern North Carolina, The UNCG Division of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in conjunction with the American Red Cross will be accepting fiscal donations.

All financial support goes to help with shelters, feeding and critical necessities of those who have lost so much in the aftermath of the storm. Many of these are other UNC System students, faculty and staff across the eastern part of our state.

Those interested in donating funds to the American Red Cross can give financial donations by texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or by visiting the American Red Cross donation site.

If you are a student or know of a fellow Spartan who is need of assistance, visit the UNCG Dean of Students in the EUC, Suite 210.

Looking ahead: Oct. 26, 2016

UNCG Budget 101
Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Bryan 113

UNCG Opera Theatre: Speed Dating
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall, Music Building

University Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Oct. 28 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Men’s Soccer vs. VMI
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Halloween Organ “Spooktacular”
Monday, Oct. 31 7:30, Organ Hall, Music Building

Film: ‘Eva Hesse,’ with filmmaker Q & A
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum

Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors
Saturday, Nov. 5

Public Archaeology Day at David Caldwell Historic Site, near Bicentennial Garden
Saturday, November 5, 1 p.m.

Stuart Dischell

101916feature_dischellStuart Dischell (English) will read from his forthcoming collection of poems, “Children With Enemies,” Saturday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. at Scuppernong Books. “Children With Enemies” will be published in September 2017 by the University of Chicago Press.

Dischell is the author of four other collections of poems: “Evenings & Avenues,” “Dig Safe,” “Backwards Days,” and “Good Hope Road,” which was the winner of the 1991 National Poetry Series and was reissued this year by the Contemporary American Classics Series of Carnegie Melon Press. He is also the author of “Standing on Z,” a limited edition chapbook. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Agni, The New Republic, Slate, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies including Essential Poems, Hammer and Blaze, Pushcart Prize, and Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems.” His essays on Paris have recently appeared in Terminus Magazine.

A recipient of awards from the NEA, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Dischell teaches in UNCG’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Poet and former UNCG faculty member Alan Shapiro will also read on Saturday.

Applying for Faculty First Awards

Faculty First Awards are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty in the form of “Tenure-Track Faculty First Awards” and “Tenured Faculty First Awards.” Faculty may apply for Faculty First Awards from January 1, 2017, through February 28, 2017, at 5 p.m. Faculty First Awards typically fund summer scholarship and require participation in a Spring 2018 presentation event.

Learn more:

Dec. 5, 2016, 2-3 pm, 1607 MHRA

Dec. 6, 2016, 9-10 am, 1607 MHRA

See more at http://research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/. Register for the early-December workshops, if you want to learn more, at http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77000524.

UNCG Latino Faculty and Staff Association social luncheon

Alianza is UNCG’s faculty and staff organization for Latino and Hispanic issues. Since 2013, UNCG’s Alianza has been a gathering point for university employees who are interested in collaborating around issues that impact Hispanic/Latino staff, as well as initiatives that enhance activity on campus related to the Hispanic/Latino cultures and communities.

Alianza invites the campus community for a social luncheon on October 28 at 12 noon at Pedro’s Taco Shop, 948 Walker Ave.

Those with questions may contact Estela Ratliff, Alianza board chair 2016-2017, by phone at 336-334-3230 or email at eyratlif@uncg.edu.

Homecoming photos and video clips

Homecoming 2016 was great fun – with big crowds. Throughout the weekend, social media was full of photos and videos of Spartans enjoying the festivities. Take a look at some of the images from our campus community.



Staff Senate Angel Tree Nominations Needed

Do you know of a staff member or student in need this holiday season? The Staff Senate is sponsoring an Angel Tree this winter to benefit members of our campus community. Please submit your nomination by November 4, 2016, to either:

Melissa Barnes – mkbarnes@uncg.edu /334-5896


Janeen Chastain – jkchast2@uncg.edu/334-4781

The Staff Senate asks that you receive approval from the nominee to submit their name prior to submission. All information will be kept confidential.

Planning for retirement – a seminar

Retirement planning for you and your loved ones

Staff Senate is hosting a workshop to help you start planning for retirement. Emily Foust, HR benefits manager, will discuss vesting and benefits. Jeanie Schepisi from Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can connect you with free, trained experts for the extra help you need to evaluate you and your loved ones’ health insurance needs. There will be time for questions.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00 –11:30 a.m.
Bryan Building, Room 113

Learn more or register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022598.

Digital Faith

Dr. Heidi Campbell, author of the books “Exploring Religious Community Online” and “When Religion Meets New Media,” will appear at two UNCG-sponsored events this weekend.

Her first presentation, “Koshering the Cell Phone & Mobile Apps,” will be Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Alumni House. The lecture will explore how different sectors of the religious Jewish community have adopted, resisted or invented mobile technologies so they can be used to maintain rather than challenge community beliefs and boundaries.

Saturday, Oct. 29, Campbell will discuss her new book, “Networked Theology: Negotiating Faith in Digital Culture,” at Scuppernong Books, at 10 a.m., and the event will offer free bagels and coffee.

Campbell is associate professor of communications at Texas A&M University and affiliate Religious Studies faculty. She is the editor of “Digital Judaism” and co-author of “Networked Theology.”

Contact Greg Grieve if there are questions: gpgrieve@uncg.edu.

Dr. David Wyrick

Photo of David Wyrick. Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received a continuation of funding from Pennsylvania State University for the project “The Intersection of Alcohol and Sex: Engineering an online STI Prevention Program.”

“The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on college campuses is alarming. One in four college students is diagnosed with an STI at least once during their college experience. Sexual activity when drinking alcohol is highly prevalent among college students. Alcohol use is known to contribute to the sexual risk behaviors that are most responsible for the transmission of STIs, namely unprotected sex, contact with numerous partners, and “hook-ups” (casual sexual encounters). Few interventions have been developed that explicitly target the intersection of alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, and none have been optimized,” the abstract states.

“Our specific aims are to: (1) develop an initial set of online intervention components targeting the link between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, (2) use the MOST approach to build an optimized preventive intervention, and (3) conduct exploratory moderation analyses to determine for whom each component of the intervention works best. This work will result in a new, more potent behavioral intervention that will reduce the incidence of STIs among college students in the US, and will lay the groundwork for a new generation of highly effective STI prevention interventions aimed at other subpopulations at risk.”

Dr. K. Jay Poole

Photo of Dr. K. Jay Poole. Dr. K. Jay Poole (Social Work) received renewed funding from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Partnership to Address Co-Occurring Disorders in Vulnerable Populations.”

Lynda Kellam

Photo of Lynda Kellam.Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information Librarian for the University Libraries) co-edited a new book titled “Databrarianship: The Academic Librarian in Theory and Practice” published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Publications. The work also includes a chapter called “Data in the Sciences” by Karen Grigg (Science Liaison Librarian for the University Libraries).

The new release draws on “the expertise of a diverse community of practitioners” providing “a wide-ranging look at the field of academic data librarianship.”

See/hear: Oct. 26, 2016

Learn how self regulation skills affect success from age 2 to adulthood, in this UNCG Research video.

Dr. Susan Calkins’ RIGHT Track study investigates how emotional regulation develops over time. With over $8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the study has followed its child participants from ages 2 to 19. More than 450 families have participated in the study, which was developed by Calkins and current and former collaborators Susan Keane, Marion O’Brien, and Lilly Shanahan.

GROWTH talk: Understanding older consumers

Understanding Older Consumers

Wednesday • October 26, 2016 • Noon – 1:30 p.m. • Stone Building, UNCG • Edwards Lounge

UNCG GROWTH Lunch & Learn
Despite the dramatic rise in numbers of older consumers, there remains a lack of understanding of this promising consumer group. In this presentation, Dr. Jiyoung Hwang will discuss characteristics of older consumers, how best to approach this growing market, and provides case studies of success and failure when branding to older consumers. Dr. Jiyoung Hwang is Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Bryan School of Business & Economics.

Please bring your lunch to enjoy during each GROWTH presentation. Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP indicating this specific event and your name, e-mail and phone to gerontology@uncg.edu or call the UNCG Gerontology Program office at 336-256-1020.

GROWTH is the Gerontology Research, Outreach, Workforce, & Teaching Hub at UNCG – facilitating transdisciplinary conversations to encourage aging-related research, teaching, and community-university partnerships.


Welcome home Spartans

101916feature_homecomingUNCG Homecoming kicks off this evening (Wednesday, Oct. 19), and this year’s celebration is expected to be one of the largest in UNCG history.

Festivities include beloved Spartan traditions – such as the Rugby Alumni 39th Annual Past vs. Present Match – as well as new events, like this year’s UNCG Legacy Reception, an event specifically for legacy students, alumni and their families.

The annual bonfire on Friday night is also getting a makeover, with a variety of local food trucks serving great food. (See story on Friday’s bonfire event.)

After the bonfire, UNCG is hosting the 2nd Annual Spartan Hop for graduates of the last decade – or GOLD alumni. The event was a huge success last year, with more than 100 alumni participating in the tavern tour and trivia challenge on Spring Garden Street.

“There’s nothing like coming back to campus, especially if you haven’t been back in a while,” said Donegan Root ’87, associate director of alumni engagement. “Homecoming is a time to visit your alma mater, reconnect with old classmates and friends and take part in all of the great things that UNCG offers.”

Saturday morning kicks off with the Homecoming 5K at 9 a.m., and the celebration continues with the Homecoming Party on Kaplan Commons from 4 to 8 p.m. This year’s party features the Homecoming Parade of Chariots, alumni tent receptions with lots of food, and live music by party band Jessie’s Girls.

Homecoming culminates with the men’s soccer game on Saturday night against Southern Conference-rival Wofford College and the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen, followed by a fireworks show. The 12th Annual All Black Attire Party, which serves as a scholarship fundraiser, will cap off the night.

Parking is free for all events on Friday and Saturday in the Walker, Oakland and McIver decks and all surface lots.

To learn more and to view the complete Homecoming schedule, visit homecoming.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Visual from last year’s Homecoming, by Martin W. Kane.

63 faculty members honored at Promotion/Tenure event

101916feature_promotiontenureUNCG has a special way to honor those faculty attaining tenure and/or promotion. The faculty get to choose a book for the university libraries – and that book will forever bear a special marker noting the occasion.

Sixty-three faculty members were honored earlier this month in the annual Promotion and Tenure Attainment Recognition Event at the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Honorees select a book, DVD, or music CD that has special meaning to them – and a book plate was applied to each, to commemorate the faculty member’s achievements. The books were on display at the event.

Each recipient was also offered the chance to have a photograph made with their selection, to create posters in the tradition of the American Library Association READ posters.

This reception was jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries. All honorees are listed below, with links to pages for individual faculty members who chose to participate. The faculty pages include a photograph and the statement about the selected title.

A display commemorating the event can be viewed next to the Reference Desk in the Jackson Library lobby. The books selected, along with the personal statements, are currently on display on the first level of Jackson Library.

2016 Promotion and Tenure Honorees

Dr. Omar H. Ali, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Ms. Janet Allard, Theatre

Dr. Joi W. Bulls, Human Development and Family Studies

Mr. Dennis A. Burnes, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mr. Michael D. Cauthen, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Dr. Nadja B. Cech, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Sarah Jane Cervenak, Women’s and Gender Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Ms. Joyce F. Clapp, Sociology

Ms. Yekaterina Colon, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Jewell E. Cooper, Teacher Education and Higher Education

Ms. Randi Culp-Stewart, Genetic Counseling

Ms. Jenny E. M. Dale, University Libraries

Dr. Ann W. Davis, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Dr. Jigna M. Dharod, Nutrition

Dr. Michelle M. Dowd, English

Dr. Charles P. Egeland, Anthropology

Mr. Bryan Ellis, Art

Dr. Talia Fernos, Mathematics and Statistics

Mr. Michael Flannery, Theatre

Dr. Anne C. Fletcher, Human Development and Family Studies

Mrs. Mary Ann Gerhard, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Laura M. Gonzalez, Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Keith Phelan Gorman, University Libraries

Dr. Gregory P. Grieve, Religious Studies

Mr. David Gwynn, University Libraries

Mr. Steve Haines, Music Performance

Ms. Babbi Hawkins, Nutrition

Dr. Stephen P. Holland, Economics

Ms. Margaret K. Hood, Biology

Dr. Tracey H. Howell, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Emily M. Janke, Peace and Conflict Studies

Dr. Zhenquan Jia, Biology

Ms. Wendy K. Jones-Worden, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Jennifer M. Keith, English

Dr. Emily J. Levine, History

Dr. Stuart Marcovitch, Psychology

Dr. Gregory E. McAvoy, Political Science

Dr. W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Alexandra S. Moore, English

Dr. Donna J. Nash, Anthropology

Mr. James A. Nelson, Geography

Dr. Fatih Oguz, Library and Information Studies

Dr. Yashomati M. Patel, Biology

Dr. Michael A. Perko, Public Health Education

Dr. Scott W. Rawls, Music Performance

Dr. Christopher K. Rhea, Kinesiology

Dr. Kelly L. Rulison, Public Health Education

Dr. Mary Catherine Scott-Little, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Lenka H. Shriver, Nutrition

Dr. Paul Silvia, Psychology

Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, Psychology

Dr. Linda France Stine, Anthropology

Dr. Selima Sultana, Geography

Dr. Amanda E. Tanner, Public Health Education

Dr. Elizabeth S. Tomlin, Biology

Dr. Dayna R. Touron, Psychology

Dr. Bas van der Vossen, Philosophy

Dr. Leila E. Villaverde, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Dr. Peter B. Villella, History

Dr. Kelly L. Wester, Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Saundra D. Westervelt, Sociology

Mr. Kenneth D. White, Theatre

Mr. James M. Wren, Theatre

Dean Celia Hooper is 2016 Ms. Homecoming

Photo of Dean Celia Hooper.Last week, the UNCG Alumni Association awarded Dean Celia Hooper ‘74 MA with the 2016 Ms. Homecoming award.

They surprised her in a morning meeting with blue, gold and white balloons, flowers (mostly daisies), and a proclamation of her title as “Ms. Homecoming 2016.”

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a UNCG employee who demonstrates a strong sense of Spartan pride, serves as a mentor to others and is committed to providing quality service to all members of the UNCG community as “Mr. or Ms. Homecoming.”

Dr. Hooper received her master’s at UNCG in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been a member of the UNCG faculty since 2003. She served as dean of the School of Health and Human Performance from  2007 to 2011 (the initial year as interim dean), and has served as founding dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences since  2011.

She will be a featured participant in the Parade of Chariots Saturday afternoon, and she will be introduced at Kaplan Commons on the main stage around 7 p.m. along with the Homecoming Court.

Pink Power Fashion Show seen by sold-out crowd

101916feature_pinkpowerThreads, the student organization within UNCG’s Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS), hosted their 2nd annual Pink Power Fashion Show on Saturday at the W in downtown Greensboro, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A sold-out crowd of 150 were on hand for the fundraiser.

Pink Power is a charity event to benefit the Mammography Scholarship Foundation at Cone Health’s Women’s Hospital, which provides free mammograms for women who otherwise couldn’t afford the screening.

The 40 fashions, put together by 16 student designers and eight student stylists, worked with the theme of pink, but the designs also celebrated women’s empowerment and strength, and body freedom, said Amber Colburn, Threads’ vice president of design. The looks on display ranged from formal wear to street wear to lingerie, and some of the fashions were even designed for, and modeled by, breast cancer survivors.

Threads’ shows are open to the community and well attended by students, family members and fashion industry friends. Saturday’s Pink Power show also included a speaker, Pam Barrett, of Cone Health Institutional Advancement, who spoke about the mammography scholarship.

According to Colburn, Threads raised $800 with Saturday’s event and will continue to accept donations through the end of October online.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Susan Kirby-Smith of Amber Colburn

Big bonfire will light up Homecoming’s Friday night

Photo of homecoming bonfire.

Scene from last year’s bonfire event

Homecoming 2016 will be the hottest one yet.

Come be a part of Homecoming Friday, as the UNCG community gathers around a bonfire on Kaplan Commons in front of the Elliott University Center.

The “Bonfire and Food Truck Rodeo” will begin at 7 p.m.

UNCG Homecoming’s new firepit is the largest in the campus’s history. Fifteen feet in diameter and made of A36 steel, it weighs two tons. About 70 repurposed pallets, stacked almost 10 feet high, will be used in the Friday evening blaze, said Alumni Engagement’s Donegan Root ’87. Pine needles and brush will fuel the fire as well. “UNCG” is laser cut into the steel along the firepit’s edges. It will be assembled by Facilities staff, using heavy equipment, from four quarter-sections on Kaplan Commons mid-day on Friday. And it’ll all be moved away before dawn on Saturday – Homecoming’s biggest day on Kaplan Commons.

The special firepit was first used last fall, and the bonfire was a roaring success. “Jeff Collins welded it himself,” said Donegan. Jeff Collins ’84, past chair of the UNCG Alumni Association Board, called last year’s bonfire the biggest one the campus had ever seen. And perhaps, he said, the biggest bonfire Greensboro’s ever seen.
The campus tradition goes back decades. UNCG Archives traces references to bonfires going back to at least the 1940s. The photo seen here is from the 1960s. Attendance has multiplied in the last three years – more than 1,000 gathered around the bonfire last year. More are expected this year. Dean Celia Hooper, who has been named Ms. Homecoming 2016, will join Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. and soccer coaches and players in lighting the bonfire.

The event is now known as the Bonfire and Food Truck Rodeo. Hot cocoa, cider and snacks will be served. And yes, there will be s’mores. Plus there’ll be a variety of local food trucks. The cheerleaders and dance team will lead the students, alumni, faculty and staff in Spartan cheers. Everyone will surround the fire – and surround themselves in Spartan spirit.

Come enjoy.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

SECC reaches halfway mark, with three weeks to go

Dr. Goldfarb

Dr. Goldfarb

UNCG’s 2016 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) has reached the halfway mark, with more than $100,000 raised for charities. The campaign’s goal is to raise $199,999 by the wrap-up event on Nov. 9.

Through the SECC, UNCG faculty and staff can select from more than 1,000 charities across the state, nation and world. Dr. Allan Goldfarb, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, gives back to charities that have influenced him personally.

“My father died of cancer when I was a teenager, so I give to the American Cancer Society and other organizations that help detect and treat cancer,” he said.

Goldfarb encourages his colleagues to give to organizations that have touched their lives – or the lives of their family and friends – in some way.

“There are so many agencies that need support, and I’m sure that at least one or two of these organizations have impacted a staff or faculty member and their families,” Goldfarb said.

UNCG employees can pledge online using ePledge or via the paper pledge form.

For more information or to access ePledge, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Teaching excellence awards deadline: Oct. 24

Nominations are being accepted for the Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Teaching Excellence awards. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Oct. 24.

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year. You are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2016-17 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions will happen in Fall 2016, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2017.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load of over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenure-track faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for any full-time lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Nominations must be submitted by October 24, 2016, 5 p.m. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by November 18, 2016. Eligible faculty members who received 2015-16 teaching awards from their College or School will be automatically nominated. The nomination form is available at:


Those with questions may contact Kristi Crowther at teach_xl@uncg.edu.

A Tribute to John Philip Sousa, Oct. 20-21

101916feature_sousaUNCG’s Wind Ensemble will recreate a performance of John Philip Sousa and his band, with Dr. John Locke, Director of Bands, appearing as Sousa himself.

The special event will be held Oct. 20 and 21 in UNCG Auditorium. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble will play 6-7 marches during the evening to honor the work of the “March King,” in the same auditorium where Sousa’s band played in 1930.

Locke, who has been conducting UNCG bands since 1982, first took his UNCG Sousa show to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center in 1992. Each time UNCG has recreated the Sousa performance, the shows have been very popular. This will be non-stop evening of toe-tapping fun for the entire family.

The entire concert will be presented in the unique “Sousa style” – a mixture of classics, solos and popular music with rapid-fire encores featuring Sousa’s own famous marches.

All proceeds will benefit the School of Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets range from $10 to $26.

To purchase tickets:

Online: sousa.uncg.edu
Phone: (336) 272-0160
UNCG School of Music Box Office (12-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.)

More information is at https://vpa.uncg.edu/upas/sousa.

Visual: Dr. John Locke as John Philip Sousa, 2016. By Martin W. Kane.

‘UNCG Budget 101’ will be Oct. 27

UNCG Budget 101 will be presented Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to noon in Room 113, Bryan Building.

Vice Chancellor Maimone will provide an overview of the UNCG budget, state budget processes and trends, along with the latest updates about the university budget. The session will address how enrollment numbers affect UNCG’s budget, how UNCG sets tuition and fees, how budget allocations are made, and where individuals can find more information about UNCG’s budget. All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited. Register at the UNCG Workshops and Events website: http://workshops.uncg.edu

Ten students named Spartans of Promise

At the 2016 Alumni of Distinction Awards dinner during Homecoming week, ten outstanding UNCG seniors will receive Spartans of Promise awards, in recognition of exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors.

Anna Poteat – Greensboro, NC, Geography

Rouven Wahlfedlt – Welbert, Germany, International Business

Summer Drum – Jacksonville, NC, Elementary Education and Music

Hugo Coicaud – Le Havre, France, Finance (minor in Economics)

Remi Olagoke – Raleigh, NC, Speech Language Pathology (minor in American Sign Language)

Olivia Robinson – Wilkesboro, NC, Business Administration

Antonio Roberson – Charlotte, NC, Information and Supply Chain Management (minor in Communication Studies)

Antonio Southern – Greensboro, NC, Business Administration

Joshua Parish – Milwaukee, Public Health

Alma Diaz – Graham, NC,  Nursing

See more about these students at the UNCG Alumni Association web site.

German program’s Campus Weeks

For the fifth consecutive year, the UNCG German Program will rank among roughly 45 colleges and universities across the U.S. that participate in the German Embassy’s annual Campus Weeks.

On Friday, November 4, the German Program will host a one-day symposium to engage with this fall’s topic “Germany Meets the US.” Students and faculty from UNCG and guests from the greater Greensboro community will gather on campus for panels including alumni of the UNCG German Program as well as scholars from various disciplines and institutions near and far to explore the historical and contemporary ties between Germany and the United States. The day will conclude with an exhibition of student work and a keynote address followed by a reception. The symposium is free and open to the public. For details on events, times and locations, please visit https://llc.uncg.edu/german/

The German Program wishes to thank the German Embassy, the UNCG Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the UNCG International Programs Center for their sponsorship of this symposium.

Open Enrollment for employees ends October 31

UNCG Human Resources provides some information about the annual open enrollment. The deadline is Oct. 31, 2016.

What You Need to Know and Do:

As you consider your needs for 2017 and decide which benefits to elect, remember the following:

  1. All State Health Plan members will be automatically enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan. Please be aware that if you want to be enrolled in the Enhanced 80/20 Plan or the CDHP (85/15) in 2017, you must take action and enroll through uncg.hrintouch.com during Open Enrollment.
  2. If you want to reduce your premium under any of the plans, you MUST complete your wellness premium credits by October 31, 2016.

New for 2017: You must complete a tobacco attestation to receive employee coverage at no cost to you under the Traditional 70/30 Plan. Click here for more details.

  1. The Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require re-enrollment every year. If you want to participate in either or both of the FSAs, you must make your election during Open Enrollment.
  2. Information sessions will be held in computer labs through the month of October. To sign up for a session, click here.

If You Do Not Enroll

Health Benefits

If you do nothing, you will be automatically enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan under the State Health Plan. In addition, you will pay a premium for employee-only coverage.

NCFlex Benefits

You will receive the same coverage in 2017 as you have in 2016, except for Flexible Spending Accounts. To participate in either FSA, you must make an active election, even if you currently participate in one.

NCFlex Enrollment Guides
Click here to access an electronic copy of the NCFlex Enrollment guide.

In case you have not heard, Human Resources moved to 723 Kenilworth on October 1st.NCFlex Enrollment Guides arrived a couple of days prior to the move. We are in the process of sending hard copies of guide booklets to departments through interoffice mail. Due to time constraints and our move, guides are not addressed to individual employees.

If you have any questions, or need any additional copies of NCFlex guide booklets, please contact the Benefits Staff at 336-334-5009.

For more information, visit the UNCG Benefits Open Enrollment Page:

A double bill, at Oct. 19 Faculty Forum

The October 2016 Faculty Forum will have two topics. It is scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 3 –- 5 p.m.
Place: Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Topic 3 p.m.
Global Engagement: Curricular opportunities and supports for faculty

Presentation and discussion with:
Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs &
C. Thomas Lambeth, Associate Professor, Interior Architecture

Topic 4 p.m.
Strategic Planning for UNCG & UNC: Next Steps

Presentation by: Julia Jackson-Newsom, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

History students’ voting rights ‘teach-in’ Oct. 24

During the 1960s, students at college campuses across the United States began to host “teach-ins,” or student-run forums designed to educate individuals on pressing political issues. From the Vietnam War to the feminist movement, teach-ins served as a platform for students to inspire change.

More than half a century later, UNCG history students will host their own teach-in on Monday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., to educate the campus community about the history of voter rights and to discuss current voting issues, including voter suppression.

The “MOTIVOTE” teach-in, which will take place in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, is a nonpartisan event that serves as a project for Dr. Lisa Levenstein’s course Voting Rights in U.S. History.

“Students are demonstrating an unprecedented level of engagement with this course,” Levenstein said. “They were surprised to learn that the right to vote has not only expanded but also contracted over the course of U.S. history. This knowledge has motivated them to become more engaged with the political process.”

Students began working on the project in August and have led the entire planning process, from developing an outline of topics to promoting the event on campus.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The teach-in is sponsored by the Department of History and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now.

Looking ahead: Oct. 19, 2016

Faculty Forum: “Global Engagement / Strategic Plan”
Wednesday, October 19,  3 p.m., Alumni House

Film: “Can You Dig This” (Sustainability Series)
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Concert, ‘A Tribute to John Philip Sousa’
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Women’s Soccer vs. Samford
Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

Homecoming Saturday
Saturday, Oct. 22

Men’s Soccer vs Wofford
Saturday, Oct. 22 7:30 p.m.

Open House, University Reservations, at EUC Cone Ballroom
Monday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. RSVP at reserve@uncg.edu

UNCG Budget 101
Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Bryan 113

Updated: Forums for Associate VC for Human Resources candidates

This post was updated Oct. 21, 3:28 p.m., with the following information:


Hear from candidates for the position of associate vice chancellor for human resources:

Monday, October 24, 2016 — 10 – 11 a.m., EUC, Maple Room

Monday, October 31, 2016 — 10 – 11 a.m., EUC, Maple Room

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 — 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., EUC, Claxton Room


Note, the text below had been posted on Oct. 18:

Hear from candidates for the position of associate vice chancellor for human resources:

Monday, October 24, 2016 — 10 – 11 a.m., EUC, Maple Room
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 — 10 – 11 a.m., EUC, Claxton Room
Check back later in the week to receive updated information on these and additional forums.