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Archives for March 2017

In memoriam: Charlie Patterson

Charlie Patterson passed away on Friday, March 24.

He served as vice chancellor for development at UNCG from 1974 to 1984, says Wilson Davis, former director, Office of Information Services at UNCG.
“Charlie Patterson provided leadership for UNCG’s first capital campaign, the Prospectus III Campaign, which raised $13.5 million in 1984.” He noted that Patterson’s work laid the fundraising foundation for two other highly successful capital campaigns in subsequent decades.
“Charlie was widely recognized by his peers as a highly gifted fundraiser – at UNCG and later at Wake Forest University and Guilford College. Beyond that, he was a wonderful human being and will be greatly missed by his many friends.”
Patterson’s obituary, which includes information about this Friday’s memorial service, may be viewed here.

Tony Phillips honored for work as HUB coordinator of facilities

Photo of Tony Phillips.Tony Phillips, UNCG’s Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) coordinator of facilities, has been central in fulfilling UNCG’s goal of providing minority-owned businesses equal access and opportunity to participate in the university’s construction program.

His work is part of UNCG’s culture of inclusiveness.

Phillips received the “Agency/Public Owner Advocate Award” from the North Carolina Department of Administration HUB Office, earlier this month at the Annual State Construction Conference.

Machelle Sanders, secretary of NC Department of Administration, and Tony Phillips

Philips became UNCG’s HUB coordinator in 2009. He has shown a clear commitment to meaningful partnerships with HUB contractors, and during the last five years, with his guidance, UNCG’s HUB participation has been higher than 30 percent, far exceeding the state’s recommended goal of 10 percent and UNCG’s own goal of 15 percent.

Phillips has worked closely with UNCG Purchasing and many other departments in contracting with HUB firms. He has promoted HUB projects on the UNCG campus by facilitating collaboration between UNCG, HUB contractors, majority contractors and other surrounding state agencies. He also encouraged UNCG to establish a HUB participation goal for design services under the open ended design services program. He attends many stakeholder meetings with HUB contractors to help identify potential barriers and challenges.

Assoc. VC for Facilities Jorge Quintal with Phillips

Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge Quintal says of Phillips, “Tony’s commitment to providing opportunity for HUB firms to participate in UNCG’s construction program is remarkable. Through the HUB program, local and regional HUB contractors are able to compete for construction work at UNCG and when they are successful in winning a contract, they know that Tony is always available to make sure any issue that may arise during the execution of the contract is resolved. Because of his working experience and knowledge of the construction industry, Tony is very effective in working with construction managers in identifying opportunities for HUB firms in large university projects.”

In reference to his dedication to UNCG’s HUB involvement, Phillips said, “It is my goal each year to continue making significant gains towards building a strong program dedicated to providing minority businesses equal opportunities on UNCG’s campus.”

In 2011, Phillips helped create the UNC System Triad Coalition-Annual Minority Construction and Supplier Outreach Event, a project with Winston-Salem State University and NC A&T University that provides networking opportunities for UNC system schools, HUB contractors and majority contractors. With Philip’s direction, UNCG co-hosted the NC HUB Office Contractors College, an eleven-week program dedicated to increasing the capabilities and capacities of HUB/Minority contractors. Phillips also developed a HUB Coordinator procedures manual for facilitating processes at every stage, from design through construction.

Antonio Wallace, CEO of a local HUB firm, GP Supply Company, praised Phillips by saying, “When I first met UNCG’s HUB Coordinator, Tony Phillips, I immediately sensed his dedication to providing HUB Businesses equal access to the university’s construction and procurement opportunities. After working with him the past three years, I realize that Tony is a tremendous asset, not only to the HUB community, but to everyone. He recognizes the value of relationships and encourages networking and collaboration between the university, HUB contractors and majority contractors. His efforts are consistent and his commitment to the HUB community is unwavering.”

Some text in this piece courtesy the N.C. Department of Administration HUB Office.

Around the world on College Avenue April 8

Travel the globe on a Saturday afternoon, right on campus.

On Saturday, April 8, it’s the 35th annual International Festival, or I-Fest, offering music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations and live entertainment from all regions of the globe. More than 29 countries and cultures will be represented at UNCG’s longest running cultural event on campus.

“UNCG is an incredibly diverse university,” said Lauren Hudson, international student activities coordinator for UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC). “I think having a festival that celebrates and promotes cultural diversity speaks to that tradition. This event allows us to showcase and embrace the traditions of UNCG international students, scholars and visitors, as well as the greater Greensboro community.”

This year, there will be 50 booths and 20 performances along College Avenue on campus from noon to 5 p.m., with cultures from Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East represented. The event, sponsored by IPC, is free and open to the public.

A large Japanese Taiko drum ensemble, Earth Spirit Taiko, will kick off the festival performances at noon. Throughout the afternoon they’ll be followed by a variety of other performances, including Bollywood dance, Iranian dance, Peruvian dance, Korean pop, Nepalese dance, Colombian dance, Laotian dance, Chilean dance, Persian dance and Mexican dance from Jalisco.Many of those performing will be UNCG students.

Food will be available for purchase from food trucks, and free samples will be offered at individual booths. Crafts from different countries will also be for sale. Mock passports will be distributed again this year so that attendees can receive stamps at the numerous country booths.

“The International Festival is a great opportunity to highlight our UNCG international community not only to on-campus folks but also to those who visit from other places,” said Associate Provost of International Programs Penelope Pynes. “It is a collaboration of a variety of offices, students and local community members, making it a truly vibrant celebration. It’s amazing to celebrate its 35th year.”

For more information, visit the I-Fest website.

2017 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo April 5

The 5th annual UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters” will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 3 p.m. with final judging at 4 p.m. in the Elliott University Center.

More than 100 graduate students will present their research at this event, which is sponsored by the UNCG Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development.

“The purpose of the expo is to showcase the accomplishments of UNCG’s graduate students to the Greater Greensboro community, and to provide a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to the public,” said Vice Provost for Graduate Education Kelly Burke.

Graduate students will gain experience communicating their research and creative activities using posters, short discussions or short videos.  There are 102 students from more than 30 departments registered and 89 presentations will be made from noon until 3 p.m., before the final judging takes place. The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is provided in the Oakland Parking Deck.

Community partners and area employers are encouraged to attend and engage with the students.

“Visitors to the expo will be able to see not only the depth of the expertise of our students but also the breadth of scholarship and creative activity,” said Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Terri L. Shelton, “from science and social sciences to the humanities, from the creative and visual arts to education, from basic bench science to community-engaged research.”

The expo is organized into competitions in the following topics:

Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Health Sciences
Social Sciences
Creative Arts
Professional Programs

There will be a winner in each category, presented with a $1,000 award.  Winners may also be invited to participate in the State Legislature’s Graduate Education Day in Raleigh in May and honored at the Student Honors Convocation later in the semester.

Dr. Shelton believes that an expo such as this one is a highly beneficial experience for students in developing as active researchers or creators, because of the importance of communicating the quality of the research to those outside their discipline and to the public.

“This ability to speak cogently about their scholarship … what motivated the research question, how they developed their methodology, and the lessons learned from the process. And to do so in language that is accessible to the public and free from jargon is a much valued skill that, when combined with expertise in their field, results in graduates who are well prepared to contribute substantively to society.”

A small sampling of the presentations:

  • Todd Siff, advised by theater professor Rachel Briley, is doing a project in collaboration with The Color Bakery, a feminist theatre for a youth company based in India. He and the company will create a new musical that will tour in schools throughout India during the next two years.
  • Craig Philips, advised by music professor Carla LaFevre, is preparing performance editions of unpublished song arrangements of Ed Smalle and Frank J. Black, known as The Revelers, of 1920s and 30s jazz, preserving the legacy of those significant early 20th century performers.
  • Keith Watkins, advised by geography professor Paul Knapp, is documenting the potential of shortleaf pine trees on UNCG’s campus, with regard to history, climate research and aesthetic value.
  • Alisha Cornell, advised by professor of nursing Susan Denham, is presenting a video game learning series that nurses would use in using health care software to enter patient information.
  • Cassandra Naphen, advised by chemistry and biochemistry professor Nadja B. Cech, is researching how to target antibiotic-resistant Staphyloccous aureas with a compound produced by a fungi. Naphen’s work seeks to analyze and improve the capability of the compound to inhibit the mechanisms of the bacteria.
  • Priyanka Ruparelia, advised by nanoscience professor Dennis LaJeunesse, is researching biocompatible material to support bone growth and replacement. The use of biomimetic polysaccharide material, which mimics native tissue environments, can reduce the need for tissue transplants.

For more information, visit https://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Wetlands project underway on campus

Excavators broke ground in the Peabody Park recreation area (between the soccer fields and native prairie) and in the adjacent Peabody Park woodland area (near the gated entrance on West Market Street) last week, initiating the first phase of construction of two wetlands on campus.

More than 100 students, staff, faculty and community volunteers, including members of the Audubon Society and Greensboro Science Center, participated in the project.

Earlier this year, UNCG received a $46,112 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund to construct the wetlands, which will improve water quality and biotic diversity, provide educational and research opportunities, spur community outreach and enhance the natural beauty of campus. Dr. Lynn Sametz initiated this project. Sametz, Dr. Park Rublee and Dr. Malcolm Schug are principal investigators for the grant.

“This project creates a living laboratory which we intend to use for education regarding the benefits of wetlands to our environment, research on the biological, plant, microbial diversity, and water quality as they mature and become permanent features of the campus landscape,” Schug said. “The wetlands create outstanding, hands-on opportunities for course activities in chemistry, biology, and throughout the curriculum.”

Looking ahead, the Wetlands Committee will be planting native aquatic and semi-aquatic plants at both wetlands sites. This process should be complete by late fall.

Long-term, the team will continue to develop curriculum activities, educational activities for K-12 teachers and students, research projects and outreach opportunities in departments across campus. The wetlands project began in the fall of 2014 when UNCG’s Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network, led by Sametz, introduced the idea of campus wetlands. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between numerous academic departments and community organizations.

To learn more about the UNCG wetlands development project, visit rise.uncg.edu.

By Eden Bloss
Photography by Martin W. Kane, of Tom Biebighauser speaking with UNCG students.

Students’ Spring Break service trips through OLSL

The UNCG Office of Leadership and Service Learning offers many opportunities for students to volunteer and learn valuable skills at the same time. This year’s three Spring Break trips provided a great variety for volunteers —from the classroom to the farm to the art studio.

In the Women and Youth Empowerment experience, UNCG students worked with two organizations, Cool Girls Inc. and Wellspring Living. For the first three weekdays, volunteers assisted with the Girls Club, an after-school program dedicated to the self-empowerment of girls through education, life skills and exposure to a broader world of opportunity. For the last two days, UNCG students volunteered with Wellspring Living, an organization that helps sex trafficking victims and those at risk develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed. The UNCG students received education about trafficking, tours of the facilities and opportunities to help.

UNCG students also had the opportunity to become farmers for a week, preparing greenhouse beds, starting potato fields and doing general farm maintenance. They did this work at Lynchburg Grows, a seven-acre urban farm dedicated to providing access to fresh, local, produce for Lynchburg residents, restaurants and organizations, while also providing onsite vocational training for disabled and low-income individuals. The students were a big help in kicking off the spring planting season for a farm deeply rooted in helping the surrounding community.

Students with an artistic hand or eye worked on public projects for Semilla Arts, a grassroots initiative that uses art as a catalyst for social change and artistic collaboration as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening communities. Semilla Arts’ murals and other objects have been used for art museums, public spaces and public gardens, and all artwork is based on the current needs of the community and partnership with the city. The UNCG students worked with community members and diverse groups to create public art with the potential to bring social change, transform neighborhoods and unite communities.

Visual courtesy OLSL, of an OLSL service trip.

HHS hosts Health and Wellness Expo April 6

On April 6, the School of Health and Human Sciences will host the 2017 Health and Wellness Expo, in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are invited.

Many departments from HHS will showcase their disciplines and invite participants to engage in a variety of screenings or health assessments. Healthy food will be provided by UNCG Dining Services and many of the exhibitors will have their own swag at the booths.

Falk Visiting Artist talk and reception at GPS

On Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m., Greensboro Project Space (GPS) will host a talk by exhibiting artist Stacey Davidson, who is a resident through the Falk Visiting Artist Series, a collaboration between the UNCG School of Art and the Weatherspoon Art Museum that first began in 1982.

As a Falk Visiting Artist, Davidson interacts with UNCG students and members of the community through discussion about practice and creative process, so that they may learn from a distinguished practicing artist.

Davidson is a portrait artist who reveals the personality of her subjects through painting, sculpture, photography and animation. Her sculpted dolls are widely known and demonstrate both cultural and personal character; they are on display in the GPS gallery through Davidson’s exhibition “slow work – lies, mistakes, revisions and tenderness.” Additionally, Davidson has directed a portrait project with students using Greensboro residents as subjects, and those portraits are also currently exhibited at GPS.

Davidson’s lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a closing reception. Greensboro Project Space is located at 219 W. Lewis St. in downtown Greensboro.

Visual: As part of Davidson’s exhibition, she hosted three community engaged portrait sessions. Eight student artists created drawings of the public. These portraits then became part of the exhibition. Photograph by Chris Snow.

‘Foster Care Chronicles’ production opens March 31

The Foster Care Chronicles project, primarily funded by the HRSA JMSW Behavioral Health Training Grant through the Department of Social Work at UNCG, the UNCG School of Theater and Triad Stage, helps people in the foster care system create and perform a production based on their first person accounts.

It gives regional youth aged 15-25 who are or were in foster care a unique opportunity to use the arts to boost their overall psychological well-being.

Playwright Janet Allard (UNCG Theatre) has melded stories of the youth in foster care into a script and will mount a full-scale production, “Foster Care Chronicles: Rise Up.” UNCG Theatre students will help the youth bring their stories to life on stage through set, props sound and lighting design.

Their six show run opens on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Triad Stage’s Upstairs Cabaret. They will also perform in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 22, in a special one-night performance at the UNC School of Social Work.

The production is directed and produced by Alicia Kaplan, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

The performance dates and times are:

Friday, 3/31, Saturday, 4/1, Thursday, 4/6, and Friday, 4/7 at  8 p.m.
Sunday, 4/2, and Saturday, 4/8, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale through the Triad Stage box office: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=24297&event_val=FC01&schedule=list

Tickets are $18 for the general public, $12 for students, and free to any youth in foster care.​

Roberta “Robin” Maxwell

Photo of Roberta "Robin" MaxwellRoberta “Robin” Maxwell (Biology) was elected to the position of secretary of the Health Profession Advisors of North Carolina (HPANC). This is a two-year appointment, which automatically advances to the position of vice-president for the following two years, and then to president for the two years after that. In these roles, she will be helping advisors across North Carolina serve students preparing for competitive applications to health related professional schools, such as medical, dental, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc.

She is senior lecturer, Biology Department, and chair of the UNCG Health Careers Advisory Committee.

Dr. James Ryan

Photo of Dr. James Ryan .Dr. James Ryan (Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering) received funding for the NC Science Festival event “Gateway to Science” at JSNN. The open-house event on Thursday, April 20, 2017,  makes nanotechnology more understandable and is supported by the JSNN faculty, staff and students from NC A&T State and UNCG. The JSNN Gateway to Science event is free of charge. Most of the demonstrations are targeted at school-age children. Information is here.

Ryan is dean of JSNN.

Michael Frierson

Photo of Michael Frierson. Michael Frierson (Media Studies) recently screened his documentary “Clarence John Laughlin: Artist with a Camera” (2009), a one-hour documentary on the life and times of New Orleans photographer Clarence John Laughlin, in the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art at the Historic New Orleans Collection.  A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905–85) began his career as photographer in the 1930s, eventually emerging as one of America’s pioneers in surrealist and experimental photography. Laughlin’s best-known book, “Ghosts Along the Mississippi,” was first published in 1948. The film was shown in conjunction with an exhibition, Clarence John Laughlin and His Contemporaries: A Picture and a Thousand Words.

Dr. Ramji Bhandari

Photo of Dr. Ramji Bhandari . Dr. Ramji Bhandari (Biology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Germline transmission of epigenetic alterations to offspring induced by bisphenol A exposure.”

Dr. Jeffrey Soles

Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Soles. Dr. Jeffrey Soles (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for “Mochlos 2017: Publication and Conservation of Late Minoan Ceremonial Complex.” This grant will support research, publication and conservation of archaeological material his teams excavated at Mochlos, Crete, from 1989 to 2016.

Looking Ahead: March 29, 2017

Human Rights Network Film Series: “Osama”
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m., SOEB 120

Women’s Golf Bryan National
Friday, March 31, Sunday, April 2, Bryan Park

Dance: Barefoot Charity Concert
Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Classics Day
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m., Stone Lawn

Faculty Concert: Beaux Eaux Follies (canned food donation)
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

National Walking Day event for campus community
April 5, noon, EUC front entrance (30 min walk)

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

See/hear: March 29, 2017

One thing that makes a great university is strong state support. UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., says North Carolina has a history of doing just that. “We’re at a watershed in American public higher education,” Gilliam says. “For so long, the states subsidized state universities at high levels – at 75, 85 percent. And the argument was that it was a public good – that it benefited everyone.”

See more at this Higher Education Works web post.

Looking Ahead: March 22, 2017

Faculty Forum: Sustainability and Student Evaluations of Teaching
Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Lecture, writer Chris Abani
Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Talk, ‘Forensic Anthropologist in Iraq: Mass Graves in a Conflict Zone’
Thursday, March 23, 5 p.m., Graham 423

Art talk: George Dimock on Lucinda Devlin
Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Forum: “What is Fascism? What is Authoritarianism?”
Thursday, March 23, 6:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Guest artist recital: “Mark Snyder Multimedia Show”
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Colloquium: “The Inner Passage: Personal Development, the Progressives, and the National Parks”
Friday, March 24, 3:30 p.m., Graham 106

Softball vs. Western Carolina (Doubleheader)
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium

Martin Halbert will be dean of UNCG University Libraries

Dr. Martin Halbert has been appointed dean of University Libraries effective July 17, 2017.

Halbert has served as the dean of libraries and associate professor at the University of North Texas since 2009. Halbert also serves as president the board of directors of the Educopia Institute, a growing international alliance of cultural memory organizations that was one of the founding partners of the US National Digital Preservation Program. Prior to this appointment, he served as the director for digital innovations and earlier as the director for digital programs and systems at Emory University Libraries. Previous positions have included appointments at Rice University, a consultant for the IBM Corporation and a programmer for the University of Texas. Early in his career, Halbert was an ALA/USIA Library Fellow stationed in Estonia, assisting with the automation of the Tartu University Library.

He has served as principal investigator for grants and contracts totaling more than $6 million during the past six years, funding more than a dozen large-scale collaborative projects among many educational institutions. His doctoral research and subsequent projects have focused on exploring the future of research library services.

Halbert received his Ph.D from Emory University, an MLIS from the University of Texas and a BA from Rice University.

Updated April 22, noon.


Sharon Morrison will receive BOG Excellence in Teaching Award

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected Dr. Sharon Morrison to receive a 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will receive the medal at the May Commencement ceremony.

The associate professor has been a member of the Public Health Education department since 2001. She is also a research fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians.

Campus Weekly asked her what she most wants to accomplish as a faculty member.

“I work hard at providing ‘real time’ learning opportunities for our students,” she said. “These ‘next generation’ thinkers and doers need these kinds of experiences so they can grow their confidence and competence.”

Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, said, “Sharon Morrison is a highly valued faculty member whose work exemplifies the best of UNC Greensboro. She brings strong community engaged research together with outstanding instruction and mentoring.”

Dr. Sharon Morrison received her B.S. in Biology from Barry University, a master’s in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, and a master’s in Public Health Education( and a PhD in Health Behavior from the University of Florida with a Graduate Certificate in Latin and Caribbean Studies.

In announcing the news of her award, the UNC System stated this about Dr. Morrison:

Empowerment for action: for Dr. Sharon Morrison, this refrain defines the scope and aim of every course she teaches, the motive at the heart of her research, and the goal of her institutional and community engagement. Dr. Morrison recognizes that learning is a unique experience, one that requires a student to bring and use their background and personal knowledge to build their intellectual proficiency and professional competency and to develop into lifelong learners. Students are participant learners for Dr. Morrison…Service Learners in her lexicon…and their individual perspectives serve as a classroom tool set for the intellectual growth of all. Always humble, Dr. Morrison claims simply to facilitate the learning process, but she does much more. In her fifteen years of service at UNCG, Sharon Morrison has demonstrated an unshakable, passionate commitment to her students – undergraduate and graduate — and to their growth as scholars.

Dr. Morrison is exceptionally proud of her students, and when speaking with her she will quickly recount their great efforts and accomplishments. Dr. Morrison’s creativity as a professor is highlighted by her fearless adoption of multiple pedagogical techniques and methods, from the classic Socratic Method to more cutting edge modern on-line opportunities. Her Service Learning International Health and Immigrant and Refugee Health courses provide distinctive Service-Learning opportunities. In these courses, students align classroom theory with the practice of real world challenges. These courses possess that “boots on the ground” attitude that exemplifies the essence of a ‘Dr. Sharon Morrison course’ — an immersive experience that simply demands intellectual growth. Students have participated on home-based care visits with HIV affected families in Africa. Students have worked in the Montagnard community and implemented a health fair with health education classes for immigrant families. In the Summer of 2016, Dr. Morrison brought her students far into the field, travelling to Malaysia with students so that they could witness and learn first-hand the peril and trials of the hidden refugee community. As one student has noted, ‘Traveling to Malaysia has by far been the greatest learning experience I have been involved in. Learning about the refugee process in class and what it’s like from the Stateside point of view is one thing, but to be physically in an area witnessing what was being taught in class and putting it into a real life setting, was extremely eye opening.’

Dr. Morrison’s students are indelibly marked with the ebullience, courage, ingenuity, and dedication that she displays. A former student states this most eloquently … ‘Dr. Morrison inspires me to continue her legacy of challenging students in a way that opens their eyes to the realities of our world and empowers them to engage it and make a true difference. I am deeply grateful for the passion that she fueled in me, that will drive the work I do for the rest of my life…. Dr. Morrison not only made me believe that I was capable of changing the world but she equipped me the tools I need to achieve my dreams.’

Updated with additional information 8:40 a.m.

UNCG a leader in closing completion gap between white, black students

UNCG was recently recognized as a top-performing institution in a report by The Education Trust that investigates black student success at the university level.

Released earlier this month, “A Look at Black Student Success” goes beyond national averages to understand and highlight patterns in student success and identify the top- and bottom-performing institutions.

UNCG is among 18 institutions recognized for success in graduating black students. According to data from 2012-2014, the six-year graduation rate for black students at UNCG is nearly 60 percent – compared to a national average of 45 percent.

“UNC Greensboro is committed to closing the gaps in student success by ensuring that all admitted students have the academic support they need to graduate and pursue their goals,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “We’re proud to be a national leader in this area, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to access and opportunity for all.”

Nationally, the graduation gap between white and black students is 19.3 percentage points. However, at UNCG, black students graduate at a higher rate than their white counterparts.

The report indicates that many black students encounter financial, academic and social challenges that can make the path to degree completion more difficult.

Closing the national completion gap requires addressing inequities within individual institutions, changing enrollment patterns so that selective institutions with higher graduation rates enroll more black students, and improving completion rates at institutions where black students are more likely to attend.

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. To learn more, visit edtrust.org. To read the full report, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

ArtsRevolution April 1 at Revolution Mill, with many UNCG ties

UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center has a big event in the works at Revolution Mill.

On Saturday, April 1, the second annual ArtsRevolution will run 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offer special workshops for working artists and aspiring artists, as well as a festival that’s open to the entire Greensboro community.

The first part, Artrepreneur, will include 10 art-business workshops led by 14 experts and arts professionals. The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. sessions will focus on managing art as a professional and creating strategies for developing a profitable arts business. Among the speakers are UNCG’s Justin Streuli, director of the NCEC, and Erika Rauer, program director of the Community Arts Collaborative at UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. You may learn more and register here: http://artsrev2017.eventbrite.com.

The afternoon and evening is a free-admission arts festival named Artapalooza, which will showcase a variety of live performances and work from local artisans. Two UNCG students are among the performers. Tarayjah Hoey is a student in the School of Dance, and she is the founder of Dance Now Cry Later, one of the performing groups. Her company is an educational dance company that participates in outreach programs for at-risk communities. Princess Johnson, is a student of dance and of business at UNCG. She founded another of the ArtsRevolution performing groups, Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, and has been an innovator in choreography as well as in bringing renowned dancers and choreographers to Greensboro.

Other performers at the festival portion include theatre groups, musicians, a comedian, a food sculptor and more, and the organizers of the event seek to produce a street festival atmosphere. There will be interactive activities for attendees, such as mural painting. Refreshments will be available from local food trucks.

Developed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center in conjunction with Revolution Mill, ArtRevolution involves the planning efforts of other supporting partners, including representatives from CityArts, UNCG School of Music, GTCC’s Business, Creative & Performing Arts, Create Your City and other art community organizations and individuals. The goal of ArtsRevolution is to educate and celebrate the Triad’s multi-faceted art community.

See the website for more information on the event and to register for the Artrepreneur workshops. There is no need to register for the performance and festival portion; it is free and open to the public.

Portions of this copy courtesy of ArtsRevolution.

Dr. Omar Ali appointed dean of Lloyd International Honors College

Photo of Dr. Omar AliDr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, sent this message to faculty and staff:

Following an external review of the Lloyd International Honors College, as well as an internal survey assessment of Dr. Omar Ali’s two-year service as Interim Dean, I am delighted to announce that I have removed the interim label from Dr. Ali’s title. His new appointment as Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College is effective April 1, 2017.

I am grateful to those of you who participated in the external program review and/or internal performance assessment. These evaluations confirmed that the Honors College plays a vital role in the academic experience of faculty and students at UNCG and is poised for even greater achievements under Dr. Ali’s continued leadership.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ali on his appointment to this important deanship.

A Roman holiday: UNCG Classics Day festival April 1

Friends, Romans and countrymen are invited to Classics Day on Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Stone Lawn at College Ave. The festival, hosted by the Lloyd International Honors College and the UNCG Classical Society, will celebrate the Mediterranean world, especially Greece and Rome.

Hear a performance of Euripides’ tragedy “Alcestis,” as well as Roman oratory—the speeches of Cicero in both Latin and English. At the archaeology dig, find bottles and pots and recreate ancient stratigraphy through sand art. The pottery booth offers a chance to sculpt and paint pots in Grecian and Roman styles. See your name written in Ancient Greek or Egyptian Hieroglyphs, or get your fortune told by Pythia, the ancient priestess of Apollo, at the Oracle of Delphi booth.  Compete in Roman board games, a Classics trivia competition and in gladiator combat. (The swords are foam.)

Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, faculty advisor for the UNCG Classical Society, said, “Classics Day really shows the passion and dedication that our students have for the ancient world. It’s run by students, and I think it does a terrific job of highlighting that there’s something for everyone in studying the ancient Greeks and Romans.”

Today’s Faculty Forum: sustainability and student ratings of instruction

The March 22 Faculty Forum offers two topics:

At 3 p.m. the Sustainability Council will host “Embedding Sustainability at UNCG,” which will feature a brief presentation on ways that faculty, staff and students can get involved in sustainability efforts on campus. Topics include applying for funds through UNCG’s Green Fund and opportunities to serve as an academic sustainability coordinator or a sustainability faculty fellow for 2017-18 and beyond, as well as general strategies for embedding sustainability across campus and in the community.

Marianne LeGreco, faculty senate liaison to UNCG’s Sustainability Council, will lead a presentation about the Council’s recent work, and  she will take questions and comments about these efforts. For questions regarding the upcoming forum please email Dr. Marianne LeGreco (melegrec@uncg.edu).

At 4 p.m., David Teachout, director of the UTLC, and Carl Lashley, senator, will continue the discussion of a possible university-wide “Student Rating of Instruction” instrument that began at the March 1 Faculty Senate meeting. They will summarize the feedback they’ve received to date, and hear more comments and suggestions.

All faculty are invited to contribute to campus initiatives, and to discuss the issues they address. Attendees are welcome to attend any portion of one or both segments.

Triad BioNight 2017 March 30

LabCorp Chairman and CEO David P. King will be the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s will host Triad BioNight 2017 on Thursday evening, March 30.

The event is hosted by the Center’s Piedmont Triad Office and the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad.

Committee members with UNCG ties include:

Dr. Dan Herr, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
John Merrill, executive director, Gateway University Research Park
Dr. Nick Oberlies, UNCG Chemistry and Biochemistry

See details at http://www.ncbiotech.org/article/triad-bionight-march-30/211786.

6-TECH Service Center opens in McNutt Building

On March 20, the new 6-TECH Service Center (formerly, the Technology Support Center) relocated from Forney to the lobby of the McNutt Building. The McNutt Building is located at 611 Forest Street, behind the MHRA Building. View this Campus Map for directions.

The 6-TECH Service Center will continue to offer laptop walk-in support, including a 48-hour laptop loaner program. Visit the 6-TECH Service Center web page for service details and hours of operation.

Understanding restorative practices and using them

“Becoming Restorative” is a 1/2 day workshop facilitated by Haley Farrar, on April 7, 9 a.m. to noon. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn basic information about restorative practices’ history and philosophy, how these practices are applied in formal and informal contexts, and gain tools for utilizing such practices in their personal and professional settings. hop.

Attendance is limited; organizers are requiring registration.

The workshop will take place at the Loft in the Community Foundation’s building in downtown Greensboro, 330 S. Greene St. Participants will receive details upon registration.

This workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement; Peace and Conflict Studies; Kinesiology; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Questions, including how to register? Contact communityengagement@uncg.edu or call 336-334-4661.

Quality Matters workshop for online faculty: register by April 10

UNCG Online is hosting the “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshop in Bryan 209 on Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you teach online, you are invited to register for this exciting opportunity.

In this workshop, you will learn to identify and apply the Quality Matters principles and rubric to online course reviews. This workshop is the prerequisite to participating in the Peer Reviewer course, which is required to become a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.

To register, please complete this form by Monday, April 10. Participation is limited to the first 25 to register.

‘Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence: The Long View from Asia’

Dr. Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke University, will give a lecture at UNCG on Tuesday, March 28, titled “Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence: The Long View from Asia.”

Duara’s research focuses on modernity, global changes and environmental responsibility, looking at the values and resources in Asian traditions, particularly of China and India. His latest book is “The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future,” published by Cambridge University Press. The New York Times interviewed Durara this past October and referred to him as “one of the most original thinkers on culture and religion in Asia.”

His talk at UNCG, which will be March 28 at 5 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will address the relationship between the personal, ecological and universal.

Nominate employee for Governor’s Award for Excellence

Do you know of a state employee who leads by example and contributes well beyond their normal job requirements? Nominate them for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence.

The deadline for submission is April 28. Winners selected for this prestigious award will be recognized at a special luncheon and ceremony in November.

You can find more information about the program, as well as the online nomination form, at excellenceawards.nc.gov.


Kim M. Cuny

Photo of Kim M. Cuny Kim M. Cuny (Communication Studies, Multiliteracy Centers, Theatre) has co-authored an article with one of her former UNCG Speaking Center graduate assistants, Evan Zakia-O’Donnel. The article, “Music as an Effective Anxiolytic Intervention in Communication Centers,” appears in the current edition of the peer reviewed scholarly publication, Communication Centers Journal.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from The Foundation for a Healthy High Point for the project “Determination of the Prevalence, Incidence and Impact of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Issues in Greater High Point.” The research team consists of Dr. Kenneth Gruber, Dr. Stephen Sills, and Dr. Erika Payton. They will help the Foundation for Healthy High Point identify the most impactful behavioral health issues affecting Greater High Point. Individuals suffering from behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse, are often overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of daily life, the abstract states. “As part of the identification process we will seek from local and county sources patient count data and other information to develop a current count report of the prevalence (the proportion of cases in the population that have the condition) and the incidence (the number of new cases with the condition) that can be used as a baseline for directing interventions to reduce the prevalence, incidence, and impact of these issues. The final step of the project will be presentation of a findings report and recommendations to the Foundation for its review.”

Talk on caste systems in South Asia

The International & Global Studies program will host a Global Spotlight on Monday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Dr. Jeremy Rinker, assistant professor in the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, will talk about his research on caste systems in South Asia. In addition, we will connect his research with the forthcoming Keker First Year Common Read for 2017-2018, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Soccer talk: Immigrant Players, Status and the English Premier League

Thursday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom C,  Dr. Richard Elliot will give a talk titled “Winning the Global War for Talent: Immigrant Players, Status and the English Premier League”.

Elliot is associate professor and head of Football Performance and Participation in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University, UK. He is also director of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

The event has been organized by faculty members Ignacio López, Alejandro Hortal and Felipe Troncoso (the team behind the LLC 120 course on how soccer explains the world), and sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the School of Health and Human Sciences, the International and Global Studies Program and the UNCG Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Spartan Food Drive week

March 27-31, UNCG’s Student Government Association and UNCG’s Food Recovery Network will hold a week-long canned food drive and host events to raise awareness about food insecurity and poverty in North Carolina.

The events kick off with a soccer pick-up game at the EUC’s Kaplan Commons on Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m.

“A Place at the Table,” a film about hunger in America, will screen Thursday, March 30, at SOEB 114 at 7 p.m. This event includes a guest speaker from the Food Recovery Network. On Saturday, April 1, all are invited to participate in the Hunger Walk-a-Thon at Bur-Mill Park. Participants who want to carpool should meet at UNCG’s RAWK at 11 a.m.

The SGA and FRN will accept canned food items and monetary donations for the Spartan Open Pantry from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the cafeteria at Moran Commons. The Spartan Open Pantry requests canned foods, cereals, grains, meat, fruit and microwaveable meals.

For details, contact Elisven Saavedra Villatoro (e_saaved@uncg) or Connor Sullivan (cksulliv@uncg).