UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for October 2016

Dr. Holt Wilson

Photo of Dr. Holt Wilson.Dr. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for “Design and research related to implementation of revised high school math standards.” UNCG will develop and complete a research study on the process and intermediate outcomes of implementation of three high school math courses, now named NC Math 1, NC Math 2 and NC Math 3 to provide the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Mathematics Section with a detailed analysis of the review, revision and implementation process.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Photo of Dr. Roy Schwartzman.Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) appeared on several segments of Time Warner Cable TV’s “Capital Tonight” program to offer expert commentary and analysis on the first presidential debate, on Sept. 26.

UNCG Theatre presents musical production ‘Caroline, or Change’

100516feature_carolineThe UNCG Theatre musical production “Caroline, or Change” has opened in Taylor Theatre.

With music by Jeanine Tesori, the book and lyrics are by Pulitzer/Tony/Emmy recipient Tony Kushner.

The production is directed by James Fisher. Some may recall that Fisher interviewed Tony Kushner on this same stage in a special event in 2008. Kushner has written extensively on Kushner and his plays.

The production is designed scenically by Randy McMullen with lighting design by Ken White and a costume design by undergrad student Tatyana Philbert-Hilsman. The production is stage managed by Ashley Raper.

Justin Cowan serves as musical director and leads an11-person orchestra in the pit each performance.

The cast features graduate and undergraduate actors and three local children from our community:

Melissa Blackwell, Micah Boan, Yophi Bost, Anthony Cataldo, Neila Ettienne, Rachal Fuqua, Dedra Garner, Deon’te Goodman, Danielle Hopkins, Bailey Keith, Colin Key, Sha’Leah McCord, Drew Norris, Richmond Parris, Victoria Pittman, Jaya Ridley, and Erik Winfield.

It also features the design and build work of over 55 School of Theatre faculty, staff and students plus an additional 35 undergrad students that serve as wardrobe and stage crew.

Thursday, Sep. 29, from 6:30-7:30 pm we will sell PAY WHAT YOU CAN tickets for tonight’s 7:30 pm performance.  Subject to availability.

Remaining performances are:

Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 pm

Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 pm

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 pm

Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 pm
Box office is open on campus in 115 Brown Building from 11 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday or you may call 336-334-4392 or Triad Stage box office also sells the tickets at 336-272-0160.
Purchase online Caroline, or Change tickets
Photo by Amy Holroyd, during the final dress rehearsal.

35 UNCG faculty hear status of textbook initiative

Photo of Jackson LibraryThe University Libraries hosted a workshop by the Open Textbook Network on September 9.

The News & Record reported on UNCG’s initiative in the recent front page feature “As Textbook Prices Soar, UNCG Looks for Alternatives.” The piece noted that UNCG last year became the first North Carolina university to join the Open Textbook Network – and University Libraries and the Provost’s Office gave stipends to 10 professors in a pilot program to find alternatives to traditional textbooks.

This year, the report continued, UNCG and East Carolina University are sharing a two-year grant to expand efforts to find free or low-cost textbook substitutes.

The Sept. 9 workshop was a part of this initiative. Over 35 UNCG faculty attended the workshop led by Rajvi Jhangiani, psychology professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.

Some of the things Jhangiani spoke about, according to Beth Bernhardt, associate dean at University Libraries:

– The burden of cost for higher education is trending toward the student, with less support by state funding.
– Textbook prices have risen at a much higher rate than inflation.
– Average student nationally spent around $1300 for textbooks and course materials for 2015-16.
– To cope with the cost, students nationally are delaying purchasing a textbook, purchasing older editions, sharing a textbook with other, or never purchasing the textbook.

In the spring, University Libraries will open applications for faculty to apply for incentive grants to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials. These can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

If you are interested in using Open Textbooks or Open Educational Resources in your class and want more information visit the website http://uncg.libguides.com/oer or contact Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

John Gale, Robert Walker are Staff Senate co-chairs

Photo of John Gale and Robert Walker.John Gale and Robert Walker say that UNCG Staff Senate has grown into a strong and articulated organization, thanks to the thoughtful participation of staff members and great leadership year after year since 1998.

John Gale and Robert Walker are 2016-17 co-chairs. Gale is senior security specialist in ITS. Walker is director of Business Services with Campus Enterprises.

When Gale joined, he had worked in ITS at UNCG for nine years. He explains that he joined because of his curiosity about what was going on at the university. Now, he knows. And he’s spent six of the subsequent eight years serving on Staff Senate in addition to fulfilling his ITS duties. During those years, Staff Senate really grew into its own, he explains. “Over time each staff senate has laid out processes that the next group can follow, so you’re not always starting from scratch.”

Robert Walker, who created the award-winning Spartan mail management system (see related story in next week’s issue), was recruited to serve on the organization for a couple of years, partly to assist with some technical duties such as website building, but he returned in 2016 with new enthusiasm. In the years between Walker’s first tenure and when he rejoined, Staff Senate evolved to a point that it serves as a crucial communication link between staff and administration, aiming to be, as John Gale says, “A trustworthy group to both parties.”

Both co-chairs say that the administration is quite supportive of the dialogue with Staff Senate, and they have actually expanded their meetings in recent years, so that they meet with the chancellor every month and the provost and vice chancellor of Business Affairs every other month. “It’s really nice to get different perspectives,” Gale notes.

Some recent highlights of Staff Senate activity? There’s the recently launched voluntary leave program, through which employees can donate extra leave time to colleagues in critical need because of a medical or family situation. Staff Senate is also still developing, by having members participate in more campus committees that concern UNCG’s strategic plan and its growth. Other Staff Senate projects include organizing Habitat for Humanity builds, Sullivan Garden on the Downtown Greenway, One Million Good Nights pajama drive and Angel Tree drives. Concerning Staff Senate’s increased activity, Gale says, “We’ve really got some momentum.”

Often Staff Senate is aware of changes that are taking place on campus and can become informed of the reasons for them, and can then better explain them to their fellow staff members. Also, every two years they collect information from staff through a survey designed to clarify staff concerns for the administration. At the same time they ask their administration contacts, “What are the priorities of the institution and how can we help?”

Gale speaks of working toward “alignment,” that is each staff member’s goals with those of the university, so that every person feels he or she is contributing towards a definite mission. He uses the alignment in NASA’s mission to put man on the moon as an example. Walker’s message for UNCG staff concerning what’s happening on campus? “Be engaged. And if you have a problem or issue, bring it to us. We’re here to help.”

By Susan Kirby Smith

Spartan Club’s ‘Giant Steps for Fifty Years’ effort

100516feature_spartanclubThe UNCG Spartan Club, the official fundraising organization for UNCG Athletics, has launched Giant Steps for 50 Years, an ambitious fundraising effort inspired by this year’s celebration of 50 years of organized intercollegiate athletics at UNCG.

The Giant Steps effort has two goals related to the 2016-17 Spartan Athletic Scholarship Fund: reaching $500,000 in cash raised and 1,000 donors. This would mark increases of 18 percent in cash raised and 29 percent in donors from 2015-16.

“As we celebrate our great athletic history this year, we want to take Giant Steps forward with our fundraising efforts,” Athletic Director Kim Record said. “From the State Normal and Industrial College, to the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (WC), to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), we have a history of providing life changing athletic and educational experiences. We must meet these important goals for the Athletic Scholarship Fund so we can continue to provide the same experiences to future generations of Spartans.”

This year also marks the fourth year of the True Spartan Challenge, a student-athlete giving effort that has seen 100 percent of UNCG student-athletes make a gift back to their team enrichment funds for the past three years.

In the spring, the Spartan Club will hold two marquee events, including the highly successful Spiro’s Ball, a live and silent auction event that generated more than $50,000 in total revenue last year, and the Spartan Club Golf Classic, which featured a sold-out field in its 25th anniversary last year. Spiro’s Ball is set for April 19, 2017, and will be held at Greensboro Country Club, and the Spartan Club Golf Classic is set for April 20, 2017, at Greensboro Country Club’s Farm Course. Both events are sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.

The mission of the Spartan Club is to secure the financial support that will provide our student-athletes with the opportunities to achieve academic and athletic excellence. As a non-profit organization, the Spartan Club supports more than 220 student-athletes who compete in 17 varsity sports at the Division I level.  To join the Spartan Club or to learn more about its effort on behalf of UNCG student-athletes, call 336-334-3576 or visit www.spartanclub.org.

UNCG to celebrate annual Founders Day

The campus community will gather together today (Wednesday, Oct. 5) to celebrate Founders Day, an annual celebration that commemorates UNCG’s history.

The tradition dates back to 1909. Since then, Founders Day has evolved into a broader celebration of the many university leaders that have shaped the institution.

This year, students, faculty and staff are invited to gather in the lobby of Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center at 1 p.m. to celebrate with birthday cake.

Inaugural Business Affairs Expo

100516feature_expo1 100516feature_expo2 100516feature_expo3 100516feature_expo4Last Tuesday Business Affairs presented an inaugural expo to showcase innovations and services from various Business Affairs departments, and it proved to be a great networking opportunity for all employees in attendance.

Cone Ballroom was filled with booths that featured UNCG’s postal service, food preparation equipment, groundskeeping innovations, sustainability services, office ergonomics, lighting equipment, parking and traffic procedures, professional development, printing services,  retirement options, police service and more. Those manning the booths were available and eager to explain the operations of each department and its innovations.

Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Charlie Maimone surveyed the impressive display, and was pleased that the expo promoted Business Affairs’ guiding principles of “employee engagement, customer service, and responsible stewardship.” This year’s expo, which was developed from feedback on engagement surveys within the department, was primarily intended for Business Affairs employees, but the intention is to expand it to include the entire UNCG employee community in years to come.

Story and photography by Susan Kirby-Smith


Brian Hinkle, Auxiliary Services; Kara Milton, safety training coordinator, Department of Environmental Health and Safety; Sarah Dreier-Kasik, professional development coordinator, Human Resources; Charles Maimone, vice chancellor of Business Affairs

Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 5

Faculty Senate will meet today (Oct. 5, 2016) at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Chair Anne Wallace and Provost Dana Dunn will provide remarks.

Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker, lead delegate to the UNC Faculty Assembly, will speak, as will Wallace, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and Dr. Andrea Hunter.

There will be discussion about  Proposed Revisions to Promotion and Tenure Regulations, led by Anne Wallace, Faculty Senate Chair.

At 4 p.m., there will be the presentation “Sexual & Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence” by Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom and Murphie Chappell.

Afterward, there will be a continuation of the discussion “How Does the Faculty Senate Work – or Not?” led by Wallace and Hunter.

Additionally, a Faculty Forum will be held October 19, 2016, at 3 p.m. in Alumni House on the topic of “Global Engagement – Curricular Opportunities & Supports for Faculty.” The forum will be led by Dr. Penelope Pynes, associate provost for International Programs.

Nominations deadline date is changed for McIver and Holderness/Weaver awards

UNCG’s McIver and Holderness/Weaver awards honor exemplary public service.

The highest honors bestowed by UNCG are designed to recognize exemplary public service. The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished service to our state or nation. The Adelaide F. Holderness/ H. Michael Weaver Award is designed to recognize North Carolinians who have served our local community, state or nation, but who may have done so without garnering national attention.
The deadline for nominations has been extended to Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

More information and the nomination materials are available at publicserviceawards.wp.uncg.edu.

New filing date for FAFSA

You might hear about some changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But don’t worry; these changes were put in place to make the FAFSA process easier, says UNCG Financial Aid. Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA (this is the application to complete if attending school between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018), there will be two major changes:

1. Students will be able to submit the FAFSA earlier. Students can file the 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. If you file the FAFSA earlier, you will have an earlier indication of how much your family is expected to contribute toward your college costs, which will help with budgeting for the upcoming school year. This change will also move the Priority Filing Date to December 1. Students interested in Work Study or other limited institutional grants should plan to complete their FAFSA by December 1.

2. You will be required to use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, applicants—and their parents, as appropriate—will report 2015 income and tax information, rather than 2016 income and tax information. This change will make the FAFSA easier because you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out the FAFSA, and you may be able to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA.

For more information, please visit the Financial Aid Website at http://fia.uncg.edu.

UNCG hosts Triad Region Contractors College

100516feature_contractorscollegeThe North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (NC HUB) has partnered with the HUB coordinators at UNCG (Tony Phillips), Winston Salem State University (Brenda Fulmore) and North Carolina A&T State (James Griffin) as well as corporate partners to launch the North Carolina Contractors College for the Triad region.

This 10-week program will be held on the campus of UNCG – in the UNCG Police Building – from September 13 through October 4, 2016, and then will move to the campus of Winston-Salem State for the remainder of the course.

With the passing of the Connect NC Infrastructure Bond in May 2016, the Piedmont-Triad region will receive nearly $360 million dollars in new construction and renovation projects. The direct economic impact includes creation of more than 2,000 jobs and construction income of more than $100 million. Indirectly the region will experience job creation in the supply sector of the construction industry with potential for an additional 1,000 new jobs and more than $45 million in new income for workers.

The NC Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses has a mission “to promote economic opportunities for historically underutilized businesses in state government contracting and procurement that will foster their growth and profitability.”

The Triad Region Contractors College is part and parcel of UNCG’s mission of inclusion, says Tony Phillips, UNCG’s Historically Underutilized Businesses coordinator. “We play a part in making sure all have opportunity.”

Through the NC Contractors College, the HUB Office has partnered with industry leaders from across the state to provide cutting-edge training for HUB firms to help them prepare for success in the modern era of construction. During this unique course, HUB business owners in attendance will increase their basic knowledge in the following areas: project management and productivity, public construction processes, marketing and business development, project scheduling, bidding, digital documentation, contracts, law and ethics and purchasing.

The NC Contractors College will help build the capacity of HUB construction firms by facilitating specific contracting opportunities – making capital project coordinators aware of the specific qualifications and past performance of HUB firms so that HUBs will be invited to bid many of the informal and direct contracts.

Visual: Tony Phillips

Faculty invited to discuss UNCG’s Gen Ed program

In response to the provost’s proposal to review the General Education Program, the General Education Council invites faculty across campus to gather in small groups for informal conversation.

Two broad questions will guide conversation. What might a review encompass? Would you commit to participating in a review?


More specific questions might include:

  • What do you hope your students will learn through General Education?
  • How well does General Education fit our diverse student body?
  • What are the strengths of General Education at UNCG?
  • What might be improved?
  • What do you know about the Program?
  • What do you want to know?

The council currently has the following conversation dates scheduled. (Please note the revised time.)

Wednesday, October 5, Noon – 1 PM in the Faculty Center

Thursday, October 27, Noon – 1 PM in the Faculty Center

Friday, November 18, Noon – 1 PM in Room 140, McIver Building

2015-16 Athletic Department Accomplishments summary

The trustees heard a recap of the 2015-16 UNCG Athletics year, at their recent meeting. Many of us in the campus community see the great plays on the field or or the highlight reels – here are a few of the great things that happened away from the court or the diamond.

  • 69 Academic All-SoCon selections.
  • 140 members named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
  • UNCG Athletics also had three students last year named Academic All-America: Lindsey Thomas of softball, Lucy Mason of women’s basketball and Noah DeAngelo of men’s soccer.
  • Noah DeAngelo of men’s soccer and Eira Jensen of cross country were named Phi Beta Kappa.
  • UNCG won the Southern Conference D.S. McAlister Sportsmanship Award as a program.
  • The Spartans had a program-record six student-athletes earn Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors – the most by any team in the SoCon.
  • For 5th consecutive year, UNCG Spartan Club set a  record for cash raised for the Athletic scholarship fund with a total of $425,329.

Looking ahead: Oct. 5, 2016

Founders Day
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Cone Ballroom lobby, EUC

UNCG Volleyball vs. Furman, Pink Game for breast cancer awareness
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

Music: UNCG Symphonic Band
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Chancellor Installation ceremony
Friday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., UNCG Auditorium. Livestream: https://installation.uncg.edu/livestream/

Friday, Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m., Foust Park

Music: UNCG Jazz Ensembles, “Basie Meets the Duke”
Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Carolina Saxophone Festival
Saturday, Oct. 8, all day, Music Building

Men’s Soccer vs. ETSU
Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Music: UNCG Sinfonia Orchestra
Monday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

FOL book discussion Oct. 10

The Friends of the University Libraries will host a discussion of the Keker First Year Common Read Book, Looking for Palestine, on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m, in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. It will be led by Dr. Jeff Jones of the History Department. For more information please see: http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2016/09/book-discussion-will-feature-keker.html

Navigating the public school system as a parent of child with special needs

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a conversation with Jacqui Hawkins, Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children Parent Liaison, focused on how to navigate the public school system as the parent of a child with special needs. The event will be on Friday, October 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Stone 219. This event is being hosted by the The UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences Work-life Balance Committee. Dessert will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

If you plan to attend this event, RSVP to Melissa Barnes, mkbarnes@uncg.edu, no later than Wednesday, October 12.

Swarm tryouts at UNCG’s Kaplan wellness center

The Greensboro Swarm, the new NBA Development League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, held its open tryout for the team last Sunday at the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The tryout offered players the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the Swarm coaching staff and Hornets basketball operations personnel. Prospects competed to earn a NBA D-League contract and potential invitation to the Swarm’s training camp.

Steve Swetoha, Swarm team president, tweeted photos showing about 200 trying out to a spot of the team.

See/hear: Oct. 5, 2016

Author Najla Said, author of ‘Looking for Palestine,’ will perform on campus Oct. 12. It is part of the Keker First Year Common Read. Watch as Said tells of what students will gain from her talk and from her book.

SECC campaign reaches $50,000 milestone

UNCG faculty and staff have pledged nearly $55,000 for the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC), with 10 percent of employees supporting charities across the state through the annual giving campaign.

The campaign, which officially launched on Sept. 12, culminates on Nov. 9 with a wrap-up event for volunteer solicitors. The university hopes to raise $199,999.

UNCG employees can pledge online using ePledge or via the paper pledge form. The ePledge site can only be accessed through the link in the email that all employees received.

For more information, visit secc.uncg.edu.

Big crowd sees UNCG Men’s Soccer defeat nationally ranked rival

A large crowd of more than 1,300 were on hand Saturday night as UNCG Men’s Soccer hosted Furman. The match pitted UNCG, the winner of the 2015 SoCon regular season, against  Furman, who won the 2015 SoCon tournament. Furman was nationally ranked at No. 25 coming into the match.

UNCG won in the second overtime, 1-0.

UNCG currently is at the top of the SoCon standings, early in the conference season.

The games are free-admission. The play is exciting, under Coach Justin Maullin’s guidance.

The schedule of four remaining home matches – one is this Saturday night – may be seen here.