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Archives for December 2016

Starfish Updates: December 2016

With the fall semester coming to a close, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative Winter break. As the university prepares for a new term, we would like to remind the campus community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

*Starfish Features: December & January*

December 15: Flags, kudos, and tutoring referrals will be disabled for Winter break (academic skills referrals will remain available until December 16)

January 13: Fall 2016 tracking items will be cleared by a Starfish administrator

January 17: Flags, kudos, referrals enabled for Spring 2017 semester

Online appointment scheduling will remain available over the Winter break to all instructors/staff who post availability on their Starfish calendars. Instructors and staff who will be away from campus during this time should remove all calendar availability prior to leaving.

*Training Opportunities*
If you are new to Starfish or would like to refresh your knowledge, please consider attending one of our faculty/staff Starfish workshops in the spring. View available workshop times and sign up via workshops.uncg.edu.

*Technical Support*
For assistance using Starfish, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be unavailable beginning Friday, December 23 and while the university is closed December 24January 3.

Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish webpages at studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.

UNCG’s Greensboro Review celebrates 100th issue

120716feature_greensbororeviewIn the spring of 1966, students in UNCG’s MFA in creative writing program gathered together to collate and staple by hand the very first issues of The Greensboro Review, the program’s fledgling literary magazine.

Now half a century later, the magazine has published its 100th issue – one that, from the outside, looks very much like the first. It’s a no-frills publication, yet one that has earned a national and international reputation of publishing poetry and fiction works of the highest quality.

“People tend to appreciate the simple approach,” said Jim Clark, director of the creative writing program and longtime editor of The Greensboro Review. “It puts the priority on the work.”

Originally, the magazine was designed as a publication for MFA students to share their work. Now, it’s a widely recognized literary magazine that often publishes the first works of new, up-and-coming writers.

The magazine is edited by Clark, Terry Kennedy, who serves as associate director of the program, five graduate students and undergraduate interns.

Clark explains that the magazine serves as an “editing laboratory,” a place where students learn the finer points of copyediting, proofreading, style and usage.

This “laboratory” has helped develop some of the nation’s top writers. Former poetry editor Claudia Emerson ’91 won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her poetry collection “Late Wife.” Just this past spring, Kelly Link ’95 was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

For current managing editor and second-year MFA student Michelle Rosquillo ’11 BA, it’s been “thrilling” to follow in the footsteps of writers such as Emerson and Link.

“These women and many other writers and editors associated with The Greensboro Review have set the bar high,” Rosquillo said. “I look forward to continuing their tradition and joining their ranks.”

The 100th issue includes poetry and fiction that explore a variety of themes, from death and grief to immigration and small-town Texas.

Rosquillo calls the newest publication “phenomenal.”

“We’re celebrating 50 years of excellence – writing that provokes thought, writers who push boundaries, and editors who go above and beyond to polish every facet of the work we publish,” she said. “From the first page of this issue to the last, readers will be treated to the best of the best.”

For more information and to subscribe to The Greensboro Review, visit greensbororeview.org. To learn more about the MFA in creative writing, visit mfagreensboro.org.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

The editors of The Greensboro Review. From left to right: Michelle Rosquillo, Maggie Cooper, Jim Clark, Cody Lee, Mackenzie Campbell, Terry Kennedy. Clark (center) holds the first issue and the 100th issue. Not pictured: Grace Gardiner.

Joan Johnson

Photo of Joan JohnsonJoan Johnson has received the Higher Education Leadership Award from the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. The award was bestowed at the institute’s 2016 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, held December 1-2 in Fairfax, Va. It honors an administrator, program director, or staff member within an institution of Higher Education who epitomizes leadership in the special education field.

Johnson is the retiring director of UNCG’s Beyond Academics, a postsecondary education program for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To learn more about Ms. Johnson’s work at UNCG and beyond, read her farewell address for Infocus Advocacy and read about her Helen C. “Holly” Riddle award from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Text courtesy UNCG ORED.

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

120716campuspeople_jovanovicDr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) will host a “featured roundtable” at an Association of American Colleges & Universities pre-meeting symposium. Her discussion will be on student activism and will feature the work of students in the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation process. Jovanovic’s career of community engaged scholarship has included a decade of scholarship on truth and reconciliation processes. This conference presentation is part of a Kellogg Foundation national initiative on truth and reconciliation, she notes.

Also, she has been asked to serve on the national Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the formation of this new Academic Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) earlier this fall. The subcommittee will provide advice and recommendations aimed at enhancing DHS’s CVE-related programs, policies and initiatives.

Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative launches in February

120716feature_relationshipsinitiativeThe Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI) will make a great impact in our community, starting in two months.

The HRI is a first-of-its-kind, community-wide effort developed by the Phillips Foundation in partnership with the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development to improve relational health across Guilford County. The initiative will officially launch in February 2017 at the conclusion of its research and development phase.

U.S. Census and National Historical Geographical Information System (NHGIS) data indicate significant growth in relationship distress among Guilford County residents. In 2013 and 2014, Guilford County led the state in domestic violence homicides, and in 2015, the Guilford County Family Justice Center assisted nearly 5,000 primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, and elder abuse.

“Unhealthy relationships, particularly within the family context, threaten the stability of our society’s foundation,” said Elizabeth Phillips, executive director of Phillips Foundation. “With the integration of the HRI’s programming and ‘upstream’ interventions into the service platforms of our partner organizations, we plan to democratize best practices and resources from the clinic environment to the broader culture. Phillips Foundation is excited to set this vision in motion and to enhance a positive community culture across Guilford County that values relationship, ultimately preventing trauma and dysfunction in the home.”

Phillips Foundation brought the concept of the Healthy Relationships Initiative to the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, which has since implemented research and development of the original program involving special emphasis on reaching distressed or vulnerable populations served by existing Phillips Foundation grantee organizations.

“Phillips Foundation has made great strides in improving the well-being of Guilford County residents, and we are grateful for their support and partnership on this important preventative investment,” said Dr. Christine E. Murray, associate professor at UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development. “Launching the HRI will allow us to utilize and disperse effective tools and skills to ensure that families are safe and supportive places for children to develop into successful, contributing members of society.”

In addition to Counseling & Educational Development, faculty from three other departments at UNCG are involved in HRI, Murray notes: Dr. Rick Bunch in Geography, Dr. Anthony Chow in Library and Information Studies, and Dr. Julie Mendez Smith in Psychology.

An HRI Steering Committee met over the last eight months to inform the planning of this initiative. The committee includes representatives from Phillips Foundation grantee organizations, governmental entities, and many other non-profits.

The HRI Steering Committee and UNCG researchers have developed a multi-year, strategic plan for the HRI to address local community needs via three main components: community mobilization, educational programming, and social marketing.

Campus Weekly will have a post next semester as this initiative is launched.

To stay informed about the HRI, follow its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/guilfordHRI.

Visual: Christine Murray with a student at Curry Building.

Innovations in teaching: Murphy integrates undergraduate research skills into coursework

120716feature_teachingnnovationTeaching research methods in the classroom is not easy. Neither is engaging students in material that seems not to relate to their biggest interests. An associate professor of classical studies, Dr. Joanne Murphy has been revamping her classes in order to address both challenges. As last year’s Provost’s Teaching Fellow for Undergraduate Research, and the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for this year and 2014, Murphy has had the opportunity to design new curriculum for several of her courses, re-visioning how students will interact with the course material.

In previous years, guided undergraduate research has been available to undergraduate students mainly through Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) assistantships and through private tutorials, or, independent studies. URSCO’s ongoing campus-wide initiative seeks to introduce a greater number of students to research methods. Professors such as Murphy are moving toward that goal by integrating undergraduate research skills development into coursework. Now, in the courses with the revamped research skills-integrated curriculum, 140 students can build research skills, and Murphy says, without overtaxing the instructor.

How does she do this? For starters, she doesn’t use a catalogue of academic labels to describe what they’re doing. Instead, she begins by simply asking them, “What are you interested in?”  and “What kind of question would you like to ask about that?” With Murphy’s guidance, students relate their strongest interests to the class material. Students majoring in peace and conflict studies, kinesiology and cosmetology, to name a few, have discovered the depth of their own interests and how it relates to the ancient world.

In a course such as Mythology of Ancient Greece, Murphy provides selected readings for students, so that they may engage in close readings. Within the closed contexts of the selected readings, the students use the data in front of them to inform their work, especially their individual research interests. This is part of what she calls the “scaffolded guidance,” which leads them to be successful in undertaking their own research at a later point. As students absorb the readings, Murphy guides them in manageable steps through an inquiry process, argument-building and supporting an argument with textual evidence, increasing their information literacy.

In some upper-level classes, such as Archaeology of Death, she also provides opportunities for peer review and for discussing research aloud. Peer review not only spurs many valuable discussions, but it also helps them learn how to relate to one another as scholars in a respectful and productive manner. She also shares news of her own research accomplishments and challenges with the students. She has found that if students know that their instructor, an accomplished scholar, has obstacles to overcome, they become more patient with themselves and their own work, and their perseverance grows.

With the new curriculum, students are developing research skills more quickly than before, and becoming more positively engaged in the class material and in their own explorations of it.

Murphy says of her students’ experiences with developing research skills, “It really pushes them to be innovative, independent, confident critical thinkers, critical readers who can express and disseminate the information they have discovered. And we want to make that available to everybody.”

Earlier this semester, Murphy led a talk about her integration of research into curriculum at the University Teaching and Learning Commons. She has embedded research skill development into her class on sports in ancient societies course and her mythology course. In the spring, she will bring the new approach to her course in Egyptian art and archaeology.

The Office of the Provost is currently soliciting cross/multi/interdisciplinary research and creative activity proposals tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan: health and well-being, vibrant communities, and global connections. Faculty are being asked to review those three themes in the University Plan and consider responding to one of the three RFPs available to provide seed funding for teaching innovations or research tied to the Strategic Plan. Proposals are due by December 9. Visit here for more information.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Martin W. Kane of Murphy in classroom, Fall 2016.

SECC surpasses goal with more than $203,000 raised

120716feature_seccThe UNCG State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) has surpassed its goal of $199,999, with more than $203,000 and counting raised for charities across the state, country and world.

Nearly 1,000 faculty and staff members have participated in the campaign, which has surpassed last year’s effort by more than $10,000.

“The UNCG community has once again demonstrated its deep commitment to those in need. Those needs were so visible this fall, from the flooding in the east to the drought and fires in the west, in addition to challenges closer to home in Greensboro,” said campaign chair Dr. DiAnne Borders. “The generosity of so many staff and faculty members will mean so much to so many great causes – and will clearly demonstrate ‘The Power of UNCG Giving.’”

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said, “I want to congratulate and honor the hundreds of Spartan employees who contributed. Through their gifts, they are making a tremendous impact in our community and well beyond, exemplifying our university’s motto of service. At this time of year, it is especially important to consider how many lives the people of our university touch through what we do and what we give. I also want to recognize the volunteers – including this year’s campaign chair, DiAnne Borders – who do a tremendous job each year.”

Employees can continue to make pledges through the end of December. Pledges can be made online using ePledge or via the paper pledge form. The ePledge site can be accessed at ncsecc.org.

For more information about UNCG’s campaign, visit secc.uncg.edu.

Visual: Chancellor Gilliam speaks to SECC volunteers. By Martin W. Kane.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

UNCG makes ‘Honor Roll with Distinction’ for Service and Education

120716feature_honorrollUNCG was recognized for excellence in community service and education in the recently announced 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The honor roll highlights institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships. UNCG is the only UNC system institution to receive “With Distinction” honors in the categories of General Community Service and Education.

“Community engagement with a focus on citizen leadership has been integral to the UNCG experience since the founding of the university” said Dr. Cathy H. Hamilton, director of UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service Learning. “Accountability and responsibility for the well-being of all are profound and pervasive values embodied in the culture of UNCG faculty, staff, students and alumni. ”

Launched in 2006, the annual recognition is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. UNCG, whose motto is “Service,” has been recognized every year since the inception of the honor rolll.

Overall, only two universities in North Carolina made the “Honor Roll with Distinction” in more than one category: UNCG and Elon University, both in two categories.


Eighteen colleges and universities made the Honor Roll in this category, ranging from Duke to UNC Chapel Hill to Elon University. Two were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction: UNCG and Warren Wilson College.


Seven colleges and universities made the Honor Roll in the Education category, ranging from NC State to Wake Forest to Pfeiffer University. Two were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction: UNCG and Elon University.

This 2015 rating looked at 2013-2014 data.

For more information, visit nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

Golden Chain Honorees 2016

120716feature_goldenchainUNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society recently inducted 26 new members. The students recognized were chosen for their demonstration of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity and character.

The Golden Chain organization, unique to the UNCG campus, was created in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come.

This semester’s induction class:

  • Corinne Blythe is a Kinesiology major who is regularly recognized on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and the SoCon’s Academic Honor Roll.
  • Margaret “Maggie” Bozovich, is a Communications Studies major who volunteers her time as a dance teacher for Glenwood Family Ministries. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Communications Honors Society.
  • Mitchell Byers, a Geographic Information Systems major, serves as a managing consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center, and has served as the President of the Swim Club for the past two years.
  • Jessica Clifford, a Communication Studies major, is an active volunteer with the Weatherspoon Art Museum and a staff writer for The Carolinian.
  • Siddisee Hirpa, a Communication Studies major, is active in a variety of organizations including The Korean Student Association. She also serves as a Desk Assistant within the Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Kumon Learning Center.
  • Justin Jordan is a Marketing major and a member of UNCG’s men’s basketball team. He served as a guest motivational speaker for Able Kids in Charlotte, NC, where he highlighted the importance of building good study habits, respecting authority and establishing solid character.
  • Brandon King, a Biology major, is also a member of UNCG’s cross country/track team, a University Marshal, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
  • Tyshona Knight, a Sociology major and an African American Studies minor, has provided service work through the Girls Reaching Out organization.
  • Zachary Kuchmaner, a Finance major, is also a member of the UNCG baseball team. He has been named to the SOCON All-Academic Team, and is a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Council.
  • Em Lampkin, an English major, serves as a consultant in both the UNCG Speaking and Writing Centers. He has completed the Bronze Level Leadership Challenge and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary.
  • Kathleen Mansure, a Kinesiology major, is also a passionate runner and a member of UNCG’s cross country/track team. She has participated in the Feed All Regardless of Means program since 2013 and has held numerous leadership roles.
  • Alexis Mourier, a Kinesiology major, is a volunteer tutor at Trinity’s Table and a member of UNCG’s volleyball team.
  • Ashley Muench, a Kinesiology major and a member of the UNCG volleyball team, is the Rayna Taylor SOCON Freshman of the Year. She has volunteered at our local animal shelter and coached for a youth sand volleyball team.
  • Shelby Panttaja, a Nutrition major and a volunteer with the Greensboro Urban Ministry, is currently completing a research project addressing health and wellness issues among refugees, through the Center of New North Carolinians. On campus, she applies what she learns in her with her work with the Food Recovery Network and the Nutrition Club.
  • Ena Prskalo, a Sociology major who speaks Russian, Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian, has presented her research at various conferences and has received UNCG’s Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award.
  • Aubry Ray, a Human Nutrition and Dietetics major, is working on an undergraduate research project examining food insecurity amongst newly arrived refugees. She is Vice President of the UNCG Food Recovery Network, volunteers with Backpack Beginnings, and implemented a nutrition education program at Rankin Elementary.
  • Antonio Roberson, an Information Systems and Supply Chain Management major, is a Spartan of Promise recipient. His extensive co-curricular record includes serving as President of Activities and Campus Events (ACE), Facility Manager for the Elliott University Center, Web Manager for the Carolinian, and as a peer academic leader in the Bryan School of Business.
  • Kimberly Shaver, a Kinesiology major and a member UNCG’s women’s soccer team has provided over 500 hours of volunteer service to the community.
  • Phillip Sheldon, a triple major in Sociology, Religion and History, is a member of Alpha Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. This fall, he won an undergraduate research award for his project studying the intersection of public health and housing for immigrant and refugee residents.
  • Rachel Sieczkowski, a Communications Studies major, is a Managing Consultant at UNCG’s Speaking Center and a member of Chi Omega. She volunteers many hours for Susan G. Komen and the Make a Wish Foundation.
  • David Spain is a Nutrition major who served in the U.S. Army before coming to UNCG. He volunteers with the UNCG Community Garden Project and the Undergraduate Nutrition Club.
  • Melanie Spensiero is Kinesiology major and the 2017 captain of the UNCG women’s soccer team. She has received several honors for her athletic achievements. She has volunteered throughout the community, representing the soccer team.
  • Preston Stephenson, a Human Nutrition and Dietetics major, has volunteered with the Out of the Garden Project and at several long-term care programs supporting the aging community.
  • Elisven Villatoro, a senior Human Nutrition and Dietetics major, is active in a variety of student leadership experiences including LeaderShape, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, and the gold level of the Leadership Challenge curriculum.
  • Katherine “Katie” Wagner, an Elementary Education major, is a member of the UNCG volleyball team and currently serves as team captain for the second consecutive year. She has also been a member of the Student Academic Advisory Council and Campus Outreach.
  • Bailey Williams, an Environmental Studies major, is also a member of the UNCG women’s basketball team. Additionally, she is American Sign Language Certified and volunteers with the CROP Walk and Grace Community Church.

Text, from the event, courtesy UNCG Student Affairs.

‘In Falling Snow’ at Weatherspoon

120716feature_fallingsnowTo get into the mood for winter, look to UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition “In Falling Snow: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection.”

The striking woodblock prints show quiet, contemplative scenes, as well as moments of action, and all are in the snow. Images of bridges, mountains, rooftops and villages appear alongside vibrant mementos from Kabuki theater performances. Many prints are by Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists, which means “pictures of the floating world,” and depict urban and natural scenes.

This exhibition is unusual for the Weatherspoon because the majority of the prints do not date to the twentieth or twenty-first century and, though expertly made, technically, weren’t meant to be fine art. They were, as curator Elaine Gustafson says, the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Japanese equivalent of postcards, posters and playbills. Some, such as Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s “Abe no Hirafu Slaying a Bear,” were created as accompaniment to poems, and the poems appear within the images. The now-rare pieces were collected by Lenoir C. Wright, UNCG faculty emeritus in history and political science.

“In Falling Snow” was planned with the intention that it could be a seasonal pleasure for art viewers, and it will be up through Feb. 26. The museum will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2 but open for all other regular hours. Books and cards featuring the prints are available for purchase at the information desk.

Visual: “Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Snow,” Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige


A Religious Studies faculty tradition: ‘Book Cake Party’

120716feature_bookcakepartyUNCG Religious Studies always launches faculty’s new books in a special way – with a “Book Cake Party.”

“We toast the book, read from it, and then eat a cake in the image of the book,” said Dr. Gregory Grieve, department chair.

The department held its Book Cake Party on Sunday, Dec. 4, with plenty of cake to enjoy.

The department celebrated two monographs:

  • Ellen D. Haskell, “Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar’s Conversations with Christianity.” New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Gregory Price Grieve,. “Cyber Zen: Imagining Authentic Buddhist Identity, Community and Practices in the Virtual World of Second Life.” New York: Routledge, 2016.

And it celebrated two edited volumes:

  • “The New Testament in Byzantium.” Edited by Derek Krueger and Robert S. Nelson. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Press, 2017.
  • “Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th Centuries.” Edited by Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Derek Krueger. London: Routledge, 2017.

Does your department have unique traditions? Let Campus Weekly know – we may do an article on traditions such as this.

Holiday Hoops

120716feature_basketballCheer on UNCG Men’s and Women’s Basketball over the break.

Men’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest
Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Southern Wesleyan
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Women’s Basketball vs. Presbyterian
Friday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. Fleming Gymnasium

Women’s Basketball vs. Norfolk State
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Basketball vs. Samford
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Chattanooga
Monday, Jan. 2, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Each student has their unique story. Senior India Timpton (in center of visual), a forward and Communications major, is in the midst of her final season as a Spartan. See this video clip about her experience teaching English in Vietnam this past summer: https://t.co/OEmzqOoVR1.

Winter holidays 2016 and New Year’s 2017

December 26, 27, 28 and 29 are winter holidays. Jan. 2, 2017, which is marked as New Year’s Day, is a holiday as well.

Employees who are required to work on scheduled holidays shall be given, in addition to their regular salary, premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight time rate for hours on these days, and shall be given equivalent time off on a date approved by the department head.

Permanent part-time employees receive holidays on a prorated basis. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid holidays. Please direct any questions you may have regarding holiday leave to Kathy Watford in the Employee Services Department of HR, extension 45009.

On Dec. 30, 2016, the university is closed.

Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the University is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval. An employee must exhaust all accumulated vacation/bonus leave before going on leave without pay for the purpose of vacation.

See more information at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Dates/CalendarYears/.

What to do in the event of bad weather? In a future issue, CW will post the current Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy. See the most recent CW post about what to know in the event of bad weather. The full policy is at the HR site at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Leave/Adverse_Weather/.

Growing green shoots: Keith Debbage and ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems’

120716spotlight_debbageDr. Keith Debbage is on a new track. He’s been writing the State of the City Report for the Greensboro Partnership for twelve years, and in the past year, he has moved into research concerning the geography of entrepreneurship by metropolitan areas, a subject he describes as “a key part of our future.”

Debbage is a professor of urban development in the Department of Geography and Veteran Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow in the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. This fall he attended the World Bank/George Washington University Annual Entrepreneurship Conference in Washington DC, presenting a paper titled “Geographies of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Non-Farm Proprietorship Employment by U.S. Metropolitan Area.” He finds his new research and teaching interests well-suited to a city like Greensboro, experiencing significant changes and development in recent years, especially regarding the ongoing evolution of its own entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Following his submission of this year’s State of the City analysis, his op-ed in the News & Record reported on Greensboro’s “fledgling recovery,” citing major developments in downtown, the desirability of a growing Greensboro as a place to live, and a low high school dropout rate. Debbage and his colleagues have studied comparable developing cities, such as Greenville, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Debbage says of Greensboro, “There’s one big thing that makes us truly unique. A substantial amount of the really cool change in this city is not from the private sector, and it’s not from the public sector. It’s from the non-profits.” He points to the public art downtown, the urban greenway, Center City Park, and the Grasshoppers’ new stadium, noting that the Bryan Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and other  non-profits have spurred a great deal of Greensboro’s recent development.

In his teaching, Debbage strives to expose students to a blend of traditional research and applied research, or experience with real world projects. Students he’s worked with often go on to become Triad city planning directors or policy analysts in the U.S. Census Bureau, most likely because of their applied geography experience.

Debbage praises private entrepreneurs, some of them UNCG graduates, who are developing South Elm Street. As well, he praises Greensboro’s grassroots entrepreneurial startups and the “green shoots phenomenon” – young graduates inventing their own projects and, subsequently, careers.

He said, “To me, it’s an exciting time. Greensboro seems to be reinventing itself, moving away from declining traditional industry, and gradually developing new ways of doing business.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Dr. John Willse

120716campuspeople_willseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for the project “Office of Assessment, Evaulation, and Research Services’ (OAERS) contract with WSFCS 2016-2017.” This contract allows OAERS to provide Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools with expanded analytic capacity and advanced methodological support. Students working in OAERS will apply what they’ve learned to complex and real-world settings under the guidance of experienced professionals in the field. He also received continued funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Using projective unidimensional models for measuring multidimensional educational data. The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.

Erika Rauer

120716campuspeople_rauerErika Rauer (Community Arts Collaborative, College of Visual and Performing Arts) received new funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro for the “Arts After School” project.

Dr. Chris Payne

120716campuspeople_payneDr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received additional funding from Guilford Child Development and DHHS Administration for Children and Families for the project “Support for Implementation of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.”

Shawn O’Neil

120716campuspeople_oneilShawn O’Neil (Tutoring and Academic Skills Program) presented at the College Reading and Learning Association conference on Nov. 7, 2016. His topic was “Tracking Tutor Growth: Developing Tutor Training Standards, Outcomes, and Assessments.” Participants learned strategies for approaching lesson planning for tutor training sessions, as well as how to meet the requirements for certification through the International Tutor Training Certification program. Shawn also serves as the Associate Coordinator for that certification review board, and recently published a white paper on the same topic.

O’Neil is assistant director for Academic Skills with UNCG’s Tutoring and Academic Skills Program.

Best batting average in the nation? UNCG Baseball, by far.

120716feature_baseballCampus Weekly kept you aware during the 2016 baseball season that UNCG had the best batting average of all NCAA teams. But how did that finish up? The NCAA recently posted via social media who had the best batting average at season’s end. It wasn’t close.

UNCG had the top batting average in Div. I Baseball at .346, a whopping 21 points higher than second place at .325.

See the final statistics here.

And by the way, if you’re a hot-stove-league aficionado and are already thinking of next season, the team’s schedule has been announced. It’s here. They begin play on the road against perennial power South Carolina.

Visual: Ben Spitznagel, leadoff hitter, was an American Baseball Coaches Association Third Team All-American for 2016. Courtesy UNCG Athletics.

By Mike Harris

Free event on guardianship alternatives for adults with disabilities, Dec. 14

Join N.C. Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield for a presentation on Supported Decision-Making for adults with disabilities.

Historically, individuals with cognitive disabilities and mental health issues have been placed under legal guardianship, restricting their right to make their own choices about life issues such as work, marriage, health care and where to live.

By contrast, Supported-Decision Making (SDM) offers an opportunity for many adults with disabilities to make their own decisions. SDM, which respects fundamental human and legal rights, is receiving growing support in the international community.

Learn more about this guardianship alternative on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at UNCG. The free event takes place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Click here to read more about the event and register.

The event will be live streamed at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKlzuwMXnEmIMyJwuz80QsA/live

The event is supported by The Arc of North Carolina, UNCG Beyond Academics, The Arc of Greensboro, The Arc of Davidson County, The Arc of High Point, and The Enrichment Center. Representative Farmer Butterfield (N.C. District 24) is the Senior Director of LIFEguardianship Supports and Services at the Arc of North Carolina and has served as a legislator in the N.C. House of Representatives since 2003.

This post was updated Dec. 7 to add the weblink for the live stream.

Payroll Office: Electronic Consent for Delivery of your 2016 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement

For employees who provide consent via UNCGenie by January 8, 2017, their electronic 2016 Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement), should become available by January 13, 2017, in an IRS approved format. By consenting to receive your Form W-2 electronically, you agree to return to Banner Self Service via UNCGenie, to view and/or print your Form W-2 online. You will not receive a paper copy, but you may print the electronic version as often as you like, and attach it to your federal, state, or local income tax returns.

NOTE: If you have previously consented via UNCGenie, to receive your W2 electronically, you do not need to consent on an annual basis.

The 2016 Form W-2s will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2017, to those employees who have not consented to receive their Form W-2 electronically. Printed Form W-2s will not be available for pick up in the Payroll Office.

Regardless of consent status, please be sure to keep your Payroll Address and e-mail address(es) up to date via UNCGenie.

Please visit the Payroll Office website: http://payroll.uncg.edu/formsinformation/ for additional information and instructions to complete the Electronic W-2 Consent as well as instructions on how to access your electronic Form W-2.  Once consent of the Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement has been approved, then access is also granted for the last seven years and all future tax years.  No need to remember to consent every year. Consent remains until you choose to change it. Your check in the My Choice box indicates you have consented to receive your Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement electronically.  You will receive an email in January when your W-2 is ready to be viewed online.

If you have questions, please contact the Payroll Office via e-mail at Payroll1@uncg.edu.

Bringing humanities to everyone

Photo of Dr. Lisa Levenstein

Lisa Levenstein, HNAC director

Humanities for everyone.

That’s the simple, yet impactful vision of UNCG’s new Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC), launched by faculty in humanities disciplines such as English, history and religious studies.

“We believe that everyone deserves a broad education in which the humanities are central,” said Dr. Lisa Levenstein, associate professor of history and director of HNAC.

HNAC is working to provide faculty development, student support and public engagement opportunities to bring the humanities to everyone – from UNCG students to the Greensboro community and beyond.

According to Levenstein, the humanities are important because they help us understand what it means to be human, foster an active and engaged citizenry, and teach the necessary skills – such as critical thinking and research skills – for the 21st century workforce.

Levenstein and her colleagues began exploring the idea of a humanities network last fall.

“It was clear that there was a great hunger among faculty for an institution like this on campus,” she said.

Since its launch in September, the network has organized new writing and reading groups for faculty collaboration. HNAC is also working to identify more opportunities for faculty to engage with the Greensboro community. This fall, the network has identified two Distinguished Spartan Scholars – Dr.Sheryl Oring and Dr. Chuck Bolton – who will be sharing their work with the public in different ways.

“There is a great faculty here. We want to create a closer connection between the community and humanities scholars at UNCG,” said Dr. Jen Feather, associate professor of English and assistant director of HNAC.

Next semester, HNAC will inaugurate “The Liberal Arts Advantage,” a one-day professional development event for students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are preparing to enter the workforce. The event is designed to teach students how to articulate the value of their humanities education and translate their critical thinking, writing and research skills into a career.

“We can’t imagine what the workplace is going to look like in 25 years,” Levenstein said. “It’s not practical to train students for a specific job that could disappear in a decade. A broad education in the humanities helps develop in students the kinds of skills that translate to a variety of jobs.”

For Levenstein and Feather, it’s clear that in an ever-changing world of technology and scientific discovery, the humanities continue to play a significant role in shaping society. And at UNCG, the humanities are shining bright.

“We believe that the humanities are one of UNCG’s crown jewels,” Levenstein said. “We want everyone to recognize why the humanities are so important and relevant today.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

CUMU announces the 2016/17 Executive Committee

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities has asked Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. to serve on its Executive Committee as a member at large. Elections were held at the CUMU Annual Conference, which was hosted in Washington, D.C. Executive Committee members are presidents and chancellors of CUMU member institutions and serve two-year terms in their respective positions.

The Executive Committee members were selected for their demonstrated commitment to the CUMU mission of promoting and enhancing urban and metropolitan universities. In particular, these newest appointees are distinguished for their dedication to building relationships between higher education institutions and their communities through civic engagement, economic development, and public policy objectives.

Office Depot recognizes UNCG for sustainability

UNCG has a strong commitment to sustainable purchasing practices. In November, Office Depot recognized UNCG as one of only twenty-two organizations from across the country for the highest commitment to sustainability through purchasing decisions.

The awards were based on “high green spending percentage,” or the number of products purchased that are determined to be eco-conscious. Examples of eco-conscious products are those made of recycled content and plant-based materials, and those that are energy efficient, carbon-balanced, non-toxic and carry meaningful ecolabels. Michael Logan, director of Purchasing and Contracts, explained, “In the eMarketplace Office Depot Catalog, we have many eco-conscious products under contract. Green products are labeled and campus shoppers can search products based on several sustainable keywords.”

Award winners were evaluated as compared to other organizations in their specific sector.

“This award exemplifies the campus working together to ensure we are a leader in the higher education industry when it comes to sustainable practices,” Logan said.

UNCG a top performer in Sustainable Campus Index

UNCG has been recognized as a top performer in the subcategories of public engagement and water in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, an annual publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The index recognizes top-performing institutions in each of the 17 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) subcategories and highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives. UNCG was ranked No. 3 in the United States and Canada for its efforts in engaging with the local community and No. 5 for effective water conservation and rainwater and wastewater management.

“Recognition as a top performer in two categories is an exciting reflection of our focus on multiple aspects of sustainability,” said Dr. Shanna Eller, sustainability coordinator in UNCG’s Office of Sustainability.

Top performers were determined based on the percentage of points earned within a STARS subcategory and adherence to credit criteria. AASHE staff reviewed data submitted from institutions identified as top-performing candidates to make sure that the content met credit criteria.

For more information about AASHE, visit aashe.org. To learn more about sustainability efforts on UNCG’s campus, visit facsustainability.uncg.edu.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens gets two Grammy nominations

UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens received two Grammy nominations this week. The nominations are in the categories of Best Folk Album for “Factory Girl” and Best American Roots Performance for the album’s title track. Giddens ‘04x was a master’s student in voice in the UNCG School of Music, performing in two operas. (See Fall 2012 UNCG Magazine, p. 12.)

Spartans shine in ‘A Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol” has returned to Triad Stage with a cast and creative staff that includes many of UNCG’s own.

This year’s production is led by Director Sarah Hankins MFA ’16, now an adjunct faculty member at UNCG, and Musical Director Justin Cowan ’14, ’16 MM, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in conducting.

“It’s a fast 90 minutes that will take your breath away,” Hankins said. “At the end, you’ll wake up as if from a dream.”

The production’s creative team also includes student Annabel Brunk, Kelsey Hunt ’04 and Sara Ruth Tourek ’08 MFA. Alumni Jeff Aguiar ’01, Ben Baker ’16 MFA, Amy da Luz ’06 MFA and Laura Bess Jernigan ’16 MFA make up nearly one-fourth of the cast.

“A Christmas Carol” opened at the Hanesbrands Theatre in nearby Winston-Salem on Nov. 25 and will run through Dec. 24. For more information, visit triadstage.org.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now.

Looking ahead: December 7, 2016

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Deadline for Staff Senate Angel Tree items
Wednesday, Dec. 7

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m., Moran Commons, Room 109

UNCG Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m., Kaplan Center for Wellness

Noon at the ’Spoon
Tuesday, Dec. 13, noon, Weatherspoon Art Museum

December commencement
Thursday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Campus Weekly publishes first issue of semester
Wednesday, Jan, 11

MLK Jr Holiday, offices closed
Monday, Jan. 16

Class begin for Spring 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 17

In memoriam: Barbara Gainey

Barbara Gainey died Nov. 25. Before retiring in Spring 2015, she had served as director of housekeeping in Housing and Residence Life since 1992, with direct responsibility for the Building and Environmental staff serving the resident students. She and her staff prepared and opened the residence halls each fall, as well as managing the summer work involved in hosting our many camps and conferences each summer.

In 2014, she was the first recipient of UNCG Student Affairs’ new Legacy of Excellence Award, which is presented to employees who have created a legacy of excellence, supported student success, and provided outstanding contributions to the division and the university.

Commencement will be Dec. 15

Dr. Tom Matyók will deliver the commencement address at the 2016 December Commencement. The event will be Thursday, Dec. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum. Full details are at the UNCG Commencement Central web site: https://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central.

See/hear: Dec. 7, 2016

Madison Blake, a Minerva Scholar in the UNCG School of Music, will give a piano recital Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. She will perform works by Liszt, Schumann and Beethoven. UNCG Magazine recorded her playing Rachmaninoff on the beloved Grogan Residence Hall piano for the spring 2016 issue. Enjoy.