UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for October 2016

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Photo of Dr. Amanda Tanner Dr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) has received continued funding from Wake Forest University Health Sciences for the project “Tailored use of social media to improve engagement and retention in care and health outcomes for MSM with HIV.” The project focuses on HIV infection in homosexual men who are racial or ethnic minorities. “The aim is to implement, evaluate and disseminate the findings from a tailored intervention designed to increase HIV testing and improve retention in care and health outcomes among underserved, underinsured and hard-to-reach young MSM with HIV,” the abstract states.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz. Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from The Cone Health Foundation for the “Immigrant Health ACCESS Project.” The abstract notes that typically, immigrants are uninsured and face multiple barriers to access appropriate and available health care. Immigrants often end up at the Hospital Emergency Departments for non-emergency health issues, and many who have real emergencies go without care. The project’s objective is to assist immigrants in gaining access to health care services and navigating the health systems by providing interpreters and community health workers.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie Edmunds. Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received new funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Early College High School – Efficacy Goal 3 Retrospective.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur Murphy. Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) has received continued funding from the NCDHHS Division of Social Services for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina.” This project is also supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Recipe for Success in collaboration with public and private entities in North Carolina provides direct and indirect nutrition and obesity prevention education to individuals and households who are either SNAP recipients or SNAP eligible. There are three primary target audiences: 1) Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socio-economic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc., 2) Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after school and summer recreational programs, and 3) households with children under the age of 18 through 8 direct mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

See/hear: Oct. 19, 2016

 Enjoy a video of the full Chancellor Installation ceremony, including music beforehand. (The ceremony begins at the 12:05 mark.)

Another side of the Bob Dylan news

101916feature_dischellElsewhere in this issue of Campus Weekly, we hear a Music professor’s reaction to the announcement that Bob Dylan will receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Campus Weekly wanted to get a poet’s perspective on this news.

Stuart Dischell teaches poetry writing as well as modern and contemporary poetry in the UNCG Creative Writing program. He has received honors and awards from the National Poetry Series, the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, among others. He holds the poetry position at UNCG once held by Robert Watson.

“Bob Dylan is an amazing choice” for the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, Stuart said by email. He made these observations:

  • Although some folks might debate the merits of poetry versus songwriting, Dylan is closer to the poetic traditions than any other writer of his generation.
  • The minstrel has always had a central role in literature, and Dylan has fulfilled it with some of the most memorable songs and melodies ever composed.
  • His curiosity as an artist has been unceasing.
  • I cannot think of another contemporary American writer whose work has so much defined the times in which he lived.

Dylan goes electric. Dylan wins Nobel. Revell Carr puts it all in perspective.

Photo of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan from 1963Bob Dylan was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in an Oct. 13 announcement. For some it was a shock, much like it was a shock when he “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival.

UNCG Campus Weekly asked Dr. Revell Carr his thoughts about Dylan and the news.

“He comes up in my work occasionally, particularly in my research on the 60s folk revival,” says Carr, associate professor of ethnomusicology in the UNCG School of Music.

Carr has written about Dylan’s performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, when Dylan startled the folk crowd with rock songs – and a lot of his fans responded with boos.

“His fans were concerned that he had “sold out” but by moving from a pure folk music style to embrace the sound of rock and roll.” Carr explains. “Dylan was being true to his artistic vision, and he reached a much greater audience in the process. His influence on American music and culture has been immense, to the point at which even the Nobel Prize in Literature doesn’t seem like a big enough award to encompass everything that makes him great.

“He revolutionized the American songwriting industry, while staying true to American songwriting traditions. He changed how we looked at the art of popular songwriting, bringing a poetic sensibility, and a type of literary cleverness that had rarely cracked through into the pop culture mainstream. He’s still out there performing, and he is constantly reinterpreting his own music, renewing it so it continues to comment on the world in profound ways.”

Carr grew up with parents who’d known his music in the 60s.

“My mom and dad were at that infamous Newport Folk Festival performance, and my dad was a very early fan of Dylan during his earliest days in New York.” He’d seen him at Gerde’s Folk City.

A few years ago, he invited his dad to UNCG to speak to his American Music class.

“He talked about that early folk music scene in New York and about the 1966 performance. I think that was the last time Dad saw Dylan.”

His parents always said about the well-reported booing: “It didn’t seem so bad at the time.” They thought people were booing because the sound quality wasn’t so good.

The students were fascinated with the first-person account.

His parents had had their Dylan moment. In that School of Music classroom, Carr had his. “It was fun to have him come in and reminisce about those days.”

By Mike Harris
Photo of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, 1963. National Archives, public domain.

Gilliam installed at UNCG’s 11th chancellor

101216feature_installationDr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. was installed as The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s 11th chancellor last Friday in a ceremony held in UNCG Auditorium.

“Frank knows we’re still building for the next generation, and he recognizes the joy and the honor in that task – the sheer excitement of what we get to do each day in higher education,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “His leadership gives me enormous hope for what we can accomplish together, and I’m proud to welcome Dr. Gilliam to this university.”

The ceremony began with greetings from Susan Safran, former chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees and chair of the Chancellor’s Search Committee, and Professor of Music Dr. Dennis AsKew, chairman of the Chancellor’s Installation Committee. The investiture was led by Margaret Spellings, president of The University of North Carolina system, who was joined by Louis Bissette, chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, and Brad Hayes, chairman of the UNCG Board of Trustees. Henry Frye, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, administered the Oath of Office.

Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment and a long-time friend and colleague of Gilliam, delivered the keynote address, highlighting Gilliam’s work in the area of community engagement. In his investiture response, Gilliam noted that access and opportunity have been a part of UNCG’s heritage since its earliest days as a college for women.

“There were very few educational opportunities for women. [Founding President] McIver took a giant step.”

Gilliam spent much of his address looking not at the past, but toward the future.

“The future is bright,” he said. “Together, we can shape our shared fate. Together, we can take giant steps.”

Gilliam, who took office in September 2015, follows a long line of outstanding leaders since the university’s inception in 1891, including Dr. Charles Duncan McIver, Dr. Julius I. Foust, Dr. Walter Clinton Jackson, Dr. Edward Kidder Graham Jr., Dr. Gordon W. Blackwell, Dr. Otis A. Singletary, Dr. James S. Ferguson, Dr. William E. Moran, Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan and Dr. Linda P. Brady.

Gilliam’s career in higher education spans three decades. He served at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a long-standing faculty member in political science, and most recently, served as dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for seven years. Just prior to assuming the deanship, Gilliam served as the inaugural associate vice chancellor of community partnerships for the University of California system for six years. Gilliam began his career at the University of Wisconsin.

Author of “Farther to Go: Readings and Cases in African-American Politics,” Gilliam is known as a champion for civic engagement. He was honored with the 2015 Upton Sinclair Award by the Liberty Hill Foundation for his renowned work advancing civic engagement and commitment to issues of equity. Twice nominated for UCLA’s Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, Gilliam also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grinnell College, and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University. In addition, he taught at Columbia University, Fisk University and — with former Vice President Al Gore — at Middle Tennessee State University.

Gilliam received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Iowa. Chancellor Gilliam and his wife, Jacquelean, are parents to daughter, Ariel and son, Trey.

Visual: Gillian takes oath of office, administered by Frye. Photograph by Martin W. Kane.

See related Storify post, showing many more visuals and social media posts.

UNCG receives $2.3 million gift to train future teachers

101216feature_majorgiftThe Tom Haggai and Associates (THA) Foundation has awarded UNCG’s School of Education a $2.3 million grant to establish the THA Endowed Fund in Education at UNCG, which will create the newly-established Haggai Academy at UNCG and other programs in support of teacher preparation.

Dr. Thomas Haggai founded the THA Foundation in 1963 for the purpose of enriching the lives of our nation’s children through education and community programming. After more than 50 years, the THA board decided it was a natural time of transition, and after inviting proposals from other universities it serves, the board decided to award its remaining funds to UNCG’s School of Education.

The THA Foundation’s support of UNCG’s School of Education is nothing new. The university first began awarding THA scholarships during the 1999-2000 academic year, working in collaboration with then dean of the UNCG School of Education, David Armstrong. Since then, the THA Foundation has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to 170 students in the UNCG School of Education. The Foundation has also supported similar programs at five other universities, including Florida Gulf Coast University, George Mason University, Miami University, Texas A&M University and Winthrop University. In total, the THA Foundation has distributed more than $4 million in scholarships, funding over 780 students.

This gift, combined with matching funds secured by UNCG, will be used to create a permanent endowment for the Haggai Academy, which will train non-traditional students to become highly qualified and committed educators. This will also make it the largest gift ever received by the UNCG School of Education.

“Since its inception in 1891, UNCG has a proud tradition of producing premiere educators who impact the lives of their students across the state and around the world,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “We could not be more grateful for Dr. Tom Haggai and the Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation for their generosity to UNCG and its School of Education, ensuring its continued success for many years to come.”

The Haggai Academy will provide financial and professional support to non-traditional students in UNCG’s School of Education, such as undergraduate students over the age of 24, graduate students seeking initial teacher licensure as they earn a master’s degree in teaching, lateral entry teachers and veterans. It will also include a leadership component for these students – called Haggai Scholars – focusing on ethics, service learning and professional development.

Haggai is a philanthropist, businessman, minister and recognized speaker. A former president and CEO of IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance), he now serves as chairman emeritus for the company. He also served as personnel director for the Boy Scouts of America from 1975 to 1977. Haggai has been asked to speak to groups with General Motors, Belk Department Stores and the Pentagon, as well as at military bases around the world.

Haggai earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky in 2013. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from UNCG.

Undergraduate Admissions launches initiative to support Latino students, families

101216feature_latinostudentsWhen Kattya Castellón first joined UNCG Undergraduate Admissions in 2005, UNCG’s Latino student population was just above 3 percent, and Castellón was the only Spanish-speaker in the office.

Eleven years later, the Latino student population has more than doubled, and Castellón is now spearheading the Latino Recruitment Initiative (LRI), a new, concerted effort to support the growing number of prospective and current Latino students on campus.

Having been an immigrant before becoming a naturalized citizen, Castellón came to UNCG with a deep understanding of the difficulties that many Latino families face, especially when it comes to navigating the education system in the United States.

“In addition to my assigned job duties, I started to work with Latino and immigrant families,” said Castellón, a native of Nicaragua. “I became more involved in the Latino community in Greensboro, and we started creating informational resources in Spanish.”

Now serving as the associate director of Latino education affairs, Castellón and admissions counselor Margarita Kerkado are working specifically with Latino students to guide them through the application and enrollment processes.

Once students arrive on campus, Castellón and Kerkado help connect them to a variety of resources, including UNCG’s seven Latino student organizations, the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Alianza, an association of Latino and Latino-interested faculty and staff.

“We want to be known as the university that goes the extra mile for Latino families,” said Chris Keller, director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment.

For senior entrepreneurship major Yaseline Muñoz, Castellón has provided the support system she needed as a first-generation Latina student. With the help of Castellón, Muñoz recently organized and held the inaugural “Mi Placita,” an event that brought together not just Latino students, but students of all backgrounds for a night of food, fun and community.

“It’s great to be able to go to someone like Kattya who understands your culture and the difficulties of being a first-generation student,” Muñoz said. “She is always there to help connect students to resources on campus.”

According to Castellón, gaining parental support is critical to Latino student success. For Latino families, attending college isn’t just a student decision – it’s a family decision. Castellón works closely with parents to make sure they understand the university system and have access to the informational materials they need in a language they can understand.

In addition to working one-on-one with Latino families, Undergraduate Admissions offers Spanish sessions for all major admissions events, including SOAR, Destination UNCG and Spartan Showcase. Castellón and her team also host Evento Familiar, an admissions event especially for Latino students.

For Castellón and Kerkado, their work with Latino families is much more than a job – it’s their passion.

“It’s really rewarding,” Castellón said. “The momentum has really picked up. There are so many opportunities for Latino students at UNCG.”

For more information about UNCG and the admissions process, visitadmissions.uncg.edu. To access admissions information in Spanish, visit latino.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Panel presentation on legacy of Governor Aycock

UNCG will host a panel presentation exploring the legacy of former North Carolina Governor Charles B. Aycock this Friday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

The event is the initial step in a year-and-a-half-long project in which museum studies students in UNCG’s history graduate program will investigate how to understand Aycock in relation to the history of race and public memory on campus.

The project was launched under direction from the UNCG Board of Trustees and Provost Dana Dunn after the board voted to remove Aycock’s name from the university’s historic auditorium in February. The change came after more than a year of extensive research and evaluation due to concern surrounding Aycock’s beliefs and actions regarding race. Aycock served as governor from 1901 to 1905 and was recognized for his leadership in public education.

Led by UNCG Director of Public History Dr. Benjamin Filene, the project will culminate with a proposal to the board of trustees for a public education exhibition.

“Under the direction of Professor Filene, our talented museum studies graduate students are ideally situated to map the UNCG campus commemorative landscape, as well as explore and ultimately propose to our board an educational project focused on the multifaceted legacy of Governor Aycock,” Dunn said.

Friday’s event is a public session of the semiannual meeting of the Historical Society of North Carolina. In this session, North Carolina historians will share insights about Aycock and his impact on the state. Participants include Erin Lawrimore, university archivist at UNCG; Dr. James L. Leloudis, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz, professor of history at East Carolina University.

Following the panel presentation, students will hold an informal poster session to share creative ideas for new ways to see Aycock on campus. Titled “What If? New Angles on Aycock,” the poster exercise is designed to encourage dialogue about how to reimagine public commemoration on campus. The posters are not intended to be concrete proposals, but rather an inventive, experimental student exercise.

This semester, Filene and his students are exploring UNCG’s existing commemorative landscape and, in collaboration with UNCG University Libraries, are creating a digital campus map that highlights buildings and their naming histories. Next semester, students will begin to develop a project plan for the Aycock exhibition to submit to the UNCG Board of Trustees.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Apply for $1,000 awards

The UNCG University Libraries will offer three $1,000 awards for courses to be taught in spring 2016 to support restructuring an undergraduate course in order to more intentionally integrate information literacy and research. This award is open to anyone who teaches a course at the undergraduate or graduate level and has the authority to make substantive changes to that course.

The purpose of the Information Literacy Course Development Awards is to support instructors in revitalizing courses to foster information literacy skills. These re-envisioned courses will incorporate information literacy throughout the semester, teaching students to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and cite sources in the manner most appropriate for the subject area.

For more details and application information, visit http://uncglibrariesannouncements.blogspot.com/2016/10/information-literacy-course-development.html

Applications are due by Nov. 1.

See/hear: Oct. 12, 2016

Robert Walker recently received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for an innovation he created at UNCG. See the video clip.

At ‘Budget 101,’ learn about UNCG’s budget and learn the latest


UNCG Budget 101 is back by popular demand and will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to noon in Room 113, Bryan Building. The presenter is Charles Maimone, UNCG vice chancellor for Business Affairs, and the event is hosted by Staff Senate.

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

Note: The date has been corrected. The correct date is Thursday, Oct. 27.

Farm to Fork Dinner

UNCG’s Green Fund and Communication Studies present the Farm to Fork Dinner, Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m. in Moran Commons. Food has been provided by local farmers and meals can be purchased with a meal swipe plus 5.99 or $12 for general tickets. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Learn more about the Green Fund through http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund/ and contact Dr. Marianne LeGreco at melegrec@uncg.edu with all questions and to request tickets or special assistance.

Strive for a Healthier U Month: healthy-cooking demo/dinner and lots more

HealthyUNCG presents a month of healthy events, prizes and giveaways for UNCG employees this month:

  • Pet Partners International offers De-stress with Pets Oct. 13 in the Faculty Center 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 28 Days To a Meaningful Life, the introductory session to a personalized five-week program for defining your values, talents, interests and audience, will be held Oct. 24, 12-1 p.m. in the McIver Building, Room 222. Sign up by emailing healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.
  • Autumn Harvest Time: ‘Cooking Local, Seasonal, and Healthful’ Demo and Dinner, presented by Department of Nutrition. Dinner is provided for $5 in the Stone Building, Room 303, Oct 24, 5-6:30 p.m. To register, email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu by Oct. 19.
  • Onsite flu shot clinics (See story in this week’s issue.)
  • Learn more about your health by creating a personal wellness profile at the UNCG flu shot clinics.F
  • Active U employee group fitness classes every week. See schedule at health.uncg.edu/programs/fitness and more in a related CW post this week.

Healthy UNCG would like your feedback for its My Ideal Workplace Campaign. For more info visit www.healthy.uncg.edu

English graduate program’s 50th anniversary

The graduate program in English celebrates 50 exceptional years this fall, and on Thursday, Oct. 20, will present a panel, “How Education Shapes More than Our Minds.”

The panel includes alumni Travis Mulhauser (MFA ’02), Katie Rose Guest Pryal (Ph.D ’07), Matthew McNees (Ph.D ’11), Matthew Mullins (PhD ’12) and Joseph George (PhD ’13), who will speak on intellectual formation and how their education has shaped them as professionals and as human beings. There will also be a presentation of first annual awards, the Keith Cushman Graduate Prize for Scholarly Publications, and the James Evans Award for Graduate Service. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Music Building’s Organ Recital Hall. A reception will follow and there is free parking in the McIver parking deck. RSVP to english@uncg.edu. For disability accommodations, contact the English department at (336) 334-5311 or english@uncg.edu.

Flu shot clinics at UNCG

101216feature_flushotsUNCG will offer onsite flu shot clinics Oct. 24 and Nov. 3 in the EUC Kirkland Room, and Oct. 25 in Room 118, Campus Supply Building, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Remember to bring your photo ID and Blue Cross / Blue Shield insurance card.

The clinic includes employees and their covered family members, at least 9 years of age.

See related CW post on more health-related offerings this month.

Free ActiveU fitness classes, from Core to Deep Water to Spin45

ActiveU fitness classes, held at the Kaplan Center for Wellness, are free for UNCG employees, and do not require a wellness center membership or pre-registration. There are 18 classes per week exclusively for employees: 30-minute, 45-minute and hour-long; morning, midday, and evening. Monday through Thursday, there are 30 minute classes at 12:15 or 1 p.m., to fit into employees’ lunch hours.

Classes include: BootCamp, Core, Deep Water, Spin45, Spin60, Yoga. ActiveU Sampler, HIIT Strength and HIIT Cycle. All classes are free, and participants only need to show an employee ID and sign in.

Parking on the corner of Gate City Blvd and Aycock is free with most UNCG parking passes, and the Spartan Chariot, which is free for employees, runs every 30 minutes to the Kaplan Center https://parking.uncg.edu/getting-around-campus/chariot/

ActiveU classes are sponsored by HealthyUNCG in partnership with UNCG Department of Recreation and Wellness. More information about employee fitness opportunities can be found at: http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/programs/fitness/.

Schools and schooling in Sumatra

On Friday, Oct. 14, Dr. Aceng Ruyani, director of the science education graduate program at the University of Bengkulu in Sumatra, Indonesia, will give two presentations on education in Indonesia. Ryani’s research has focused on science and learning within turtle conservation efforts, as well as herpetology and environmental education. The first session, “K-12 Education in Indonesia” will be 2:15-2:45 p.m. in Room 401, School of Education Building, and the second, “Teacher Education in Indonesia” will be 3-3:30 p.m. at the same location.

Bryan School events at HQ Greensboro

HQ Greensboro, the new co-working space on Lewis Street in downtown Greensboro, will host the Bryan School’s Entrepreneurial Journeys series this fall. Ryan Pratt, CEO of Guerilla RF, a Greensboro company that provides circuits to wireless equipment manufacturers, will speak on Oct. 19, and Sue Falcone, founder and CEO of Simply Sue, a global booking agency, will speak on Nov. 16. Both events begin at 5 p.m. with check-in and networking time, and conclude at 7, after the lecture and Q & A.

Faculty/staff/student discount for 5K, Oct. 19-20

Thinking about taking part in the Homecoming 5K, a fun fundraiser on Homecoming Saturday? For two days only, faculty/staff/students can enjoy a big discount on registration.

On October 19 and 20, UNCG students, faculty and staff can donate $2 and get a Promo Code to register for the 5K.

After you get the Promo Code there is a mandatory $2.50 processing fee when registering online for the 5K, making their total cost to participate in the 5K under $5.

Access the registration page via the Homecoming 5K webpage. Food donations to UNCG Spartan Open Pantry will still be accepted.

Below is where individuals or groups can donate $2 to get a Promo Code. Only cash allowed for donations.
Wednesday, Oct 19 – two locations

Associated Campus Ministries Building (ACM)

Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness


Thursday, Oct 20 – three locations

EUC Commons Table

Associated Campus Ministries Building (ACM)

Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness


Robert Walker receives 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence

101216spotlight_walkerRobert Walker, director of Business Services and Systems, has received a 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence for his innovative redesign of UNCG’s mail management system. The Spartan Mail Management system, introduced in 2013, is the first of its kind in use at a university.

Before the invention of Walker’s mail system, UNCG was facing a cost of up to a million dollars if it were to purchase a commercial mail management system. Over six months Walker created his own web-based system that included helpful features that weren’t available in the marketplace systems. With the new system, traditional mailbox assignments were done away with, and students receive an email telling them when they have mail to pick up. That saves UNCG $65,000 each year and means staff do not have to re-assign individual mailboxes. Additionally, junk mail is no longer distributed. Students are more satisfied, and the savings to the university are substantial.

Along with the other UNC system award winners, Walker received a congratulatory tweet from UNC President Margaret Spellings. He has been featured in University Business Magazine, as well as on UNCG’s homepage, and has won the NACAS Regional Rising Star and Innovative Use of Technology awards.

Walker joined UNCG in 2007 as a technical design specialist, charged with managing departmental websites, and in 2011, he also became the manager of the SpartanCard Center. His work with the SpartanCard program became a good foundation for his completion of UNCG’s MBA program, from which he graduated in 2014. Walker, who also currently is Staff Senate co-chair, says about himself, “I really just view myself as someone who wants to solve problems.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Film: ‘Agents of Change’

A screening of the award-winning documentary “Agents of Change” (2016) will be presented Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in Room 100, Ferguson Building, by UNCG’s Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Leadership and Service Learning and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, in partnership with NC A&T and the Greensboro Counter Stories Project. The film reveals the story of racial conditions on college campuses that led to student protests of the late 1960’s. A panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Abby Ginzberg, and local civil rights activists and historians, will follow the screening. For more information contact Dr. Sarah Carrig at smcarrig@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: Oct. 12, 2016

Farm to Fork Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Moran Commons  

Film and Discussion: “Intersection”
Wednesday, Oct 12, 6 p.m., Room 238, Curry

Student Composers Recitals
Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:30 p.m, Recital Hall, Music Building

Film and Discussion: “Agents of Change”
Thursday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m. Room 100, Ferguson Building

Concert: Present-Continuous
Thursday, Oct 13, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Men’s Soccer vs. Mercer
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

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

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

Survey for UNC system’s strategic planning

The UNC system is actively soliciting feedback from the public throughout the state during each phase of the UNC system’s strategic planning process. An initial feedback survey will be open until November 20, 2016, for participants to share perspectives on the development of the plan. All feedback received will be given careful consideration as the planning process moves forward. The survey questions are organized around five guiding themes: access; student success; affordability and efficiency; excellent and diverse institutions; and economic impact.

You may view more information at the UNC system website.

You may participate in the survey here.

Workshops: grants to fund research or student programs

Looking for grants to fund your research or student programs? The UNCG Office of Sponsored Programs offers personalized assistance with your funding searches.

To get started, just stop by one of the following drop-in funding search workshops. No registration. Just drop in, and bring your laptop or tablet along.

Thursday, Oct 13, 2-3:30 p.m. in MHRA Building, Room 2603

Tuesday, Oct 18, 10-11:30 a.m. in MHRA Building, Room 2603

Wednesday,  Oct 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon in MHRA Building, Room 2603

Friday, Nov 4, 1:30-3 p.m. in MHRA Building, Room 3603

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) has received new funding from NC A&T State University for his project titled “Research and Technical Assistance.”

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE Center) has received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “2016-2017 NCDPI After-School School Quality Improvement Grant: Evaluation Support.”

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) has received additional funding from the North Carolina Council for Women for the project “Addressing Family Violence in Multi-ethnic Refugee Communities.

Dr. Jeremy Bray

Photo of Dr. Jeremy Bray .Dr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received continued funding from the Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Screening, Briefing, Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Evaluation – RFTOP 270-14-0448. ”  This project is also supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Najla Said, author of ‘Looking for Palestine,’ performs at first year read

Photo of Najla SaidNajla Said has become a voice for second generation Arab Americans nationwide.

Her book  “Looking for Palestine: Growing up Confused in an Arab-American Family” has been read by incoming UNCG students this year as part of the Keker First Year Common Read. She will give a special performance of her one-woman show for first year students, in addition to several short talks for students.

Najla Said is a multi-talented writer and performer, now best known for her book, “Looking for Palestine: Growing up Confused in an Arab-American Family,” which explores her life as a second-generation Arab American. Said writes about her conflicted cultural identity, growing up in Manhattan and seeking her Palestinian roots post-September 11, 2001. Said is a founding member of the Arab-American theatre collective, Nibras, whose first production won “best ensemble production” at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival. She has also acted in plays, films, and television programs. Her writing has appeared in “Mizna,” a journal of Arab American Literature, and “Heeb.” Najla Said is the daughter of renowned Palestinian scholar Edward Said.

While at UNCG on October 12, Said will also speak at the First Year Common Read Luncheon for students, at the EUC Cone Ballroom, and in Denise Gabriel’s Theatre 320 class.

The 7 p.m. performance at UNCG Auditorium will be followed by a book signing, and students will have the opportunity to speak with Said. Due to space limitations, the events are open exclusively to students.

Dr. Mitchell Croatt

Photo of Dr. Mitchell Croatt.Dr. Mitchell Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors.” The goal of the project is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia Reggio.Dr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors.” This project is also supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the proposed project is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

Dr. Devdass Sunnassee

Photo of Dr. Devdass Sunnassee.Dr. Devdass Sunnassee (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the from the Board of Paralegal Certification of the NC State Bar for “NC Bar Contract for Paralegal Exams (2016-2017).” Also, Sunnassee received funding from the Board of Legal Specialization of the NC State Bar for an additional project.