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Archives for May 2017

Millennial Campus for UNCG

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has approved a proposal from UNCG for the establishment of a Millennial Campus designation, creating opportunities for growth, development of innovative academic experiences, and the creation of unique public-private partnerships for the university.

The approval designates two areas of the campus as new districts for future development: one primarily along Gate City Boulevard, which will focus on Health and Wellness, and the other along Tate Street, which will focus on Visual and Performing Arts. These areas of focus are directly tied to UNCG’s strategic plan and enable the university to leverage existing assets and resources as it explores future opportunities. Collectively, the Millennial districts will encompass approximately 73 acres of existing campus property, as previously outlined in the Campus Master Plan.

With the Millennial Campus designation, UNCG can enter into arrangements with private-sector entities to develop university property or facilities for new ventures.

“The Millennial Campus designation will allow The University of North Carolina at Greensboro to develop innovative partnerships that fuel economic growth, innovation and job creation while also creating unique, meaningful academic experiences for its students,” said UNC system President Margaret Spellings. “This approach will not only help transform UNCG and its region, but also create tremendous long-term value for our university system and for our state.”

“We thank the Board of Governors for their support and confidence,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “We are ready and eager to work with our community to bring these bold, exciting plans to fruition. At UNCG, we are not only planning for the future; we are taking Giant Steps to get there. Millennial districts are game-changers; they are catalysts that will help transform the university and our city. Ultimately our goal will be to create innovative partnerships that not only help us create a vibrant academic environment, but also bring economic development, jobs and valuable resources to our region.”

The Health and Wellness District is uniquely positioned to encourage and stimulate applied research and education through the university’s numerous community-based partnerships with organizations like Cone Health, High Point Regional Health System and Well∙Spring Services, Inc. Further, the ability to leverage university assets, including new Spartan Village student residences (open August 2017), the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness (built in 2016) and the future Nursing and Instructional Building, provide considerable opportunities to advance health promotion, quality of life, human development and economic well-being in the Piedmont Triad and beyond. Several existing or planned UNCG buildings dedicated to nursing, science education and research, not directly on Gate City Boulevard, are also included in the Health and Wellness District.

The Visual and Performing Arts District along Tate Street will encompass approximately 20 acres. The newly combined UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts is already a vibrant community of artists with approximately 1,500 students, 100 internationally recognized faculty and excellent facilities. It produces more than 350 performances, exhibits, lectures and other community events annually. In addition, by maximizing arts-related facilities, like the campus’ Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG Auditorium and Taylor Theatre, the university can build on its strengths and cultivate public-private partnerships to further develop opportunities for learning, teaching and service to the Greater Greensboro community.


Dean Kiss’ experiment blasts off June 1

A UNCG-led spaceflight experiment – that may ultimately help humans grow plants on Mars and the Moon – will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, June 1, at 5:55 p.m. on SpaceX CRS-11.

Spearheaded by Dr. John Z. Kiss, dean of UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences, the joint NASA-European Space Agency (ESA) experiment is the third in a series of studies that examine how light and gravity control plant growth and development. The knowledge gained from the experiment, Seedling Growth-3, will help scientists understand how to effectively and efficiently grow plants in space.

“Plants are integral as we plan for long-term manned space missions and the development of colonies on the Moon and Mars – bringing all food and supplies necessary for a long-term mission or for colonization is not tenable,” said Kiss, who also serves as a professor of biology. “To make human habitation of other worlds a possibility, we need to be able to grow crops in greenhouses in space. If astronauts can grow their own food, then we have created a new paradigm for space travel and habitation.

Additionally, the results may help improve crop production on Earth, particularly in harsh environments.

Kiss serves as the principal investigator for NASA, and Dr. Javier Medina serves as the principal investigator for ESA. Kiss and Medina will send 16 experimental containers – with approximately 1,700 mouse-eared cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) seeds  – to the International Space Station, where they will grow into seedlings under varying light and gravity conditions.

Video of the movement and growth of the seedlings will be downlinked to Earth in real time and analyzed at Kiss’ lab on UNCG’s campus. Later this summer, NASA will return the seedlings to the lab for molecular analyses, and starting in the fall, UNCG students will participate in data collection and analysis.

The project, funded by a grant from NASA, will continue until 2019 in order to allow for analysis of the extensive amount of data generated from the spaceflight experiment.

Kiss has worked closely with NASA for three decades, serving as the principal investigator on seven spaceflight experiments prior to Seedling Growth-3. In 2014, he received the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal “for exceptional contributions in spaceflight research in the fundamental biology of plants in support of NASA’s exploration mission.”

To view a live stream of the launch on Thursday, visit spaceflightnow.com. For timely updates on the experiment, follow Kiss on Twitter (@JZK60).

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Visual: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, courtesy NASA





UNCG’s Summer of Sondheim begins this week

The UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts is bringing the sounds of renowned composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim to the Triad in June with the 2017 Summer Sondheim Concert Series.

The series is being offered to the community for the first time as part of UNCG’s North Carolina Summer Repertory, an opportunity for students, alumni and industry professionals to participate in a “summer stock” theatrical experience.

Performances begin on Thursday, June 1, with a preview concert performance of Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” conducted by UNCG alumnus and doctoral student Justin P. Cowan. Opening night for the show is Friday, June 2, at Triad Stage’s Pyrle Theatre, with additional performances on June 3 and 4.

In addition, UNCG will present “Sweeney Todd” in concert – conducted by alumnus and musical director for Broadway’s “Wicked” Dom Amendum – June 21-24 at Triad Stage. While both works will be performed “in concert,” they will be presented fully-staged and in their entirety.

Not only does the non-curricular program provide a professional stepping stone for current students, alumni and community members, but it brings outstanding musical theater to Triad residents and visitors during the summer months.

“This is an opportunity to see Broadway performers right here in Greensboro, working alongside our students and members of the community,” Cowan said. “Audiences will get to hear and see full orchestras on stage with the actors, creating a fully-immersed musical experience to complement these classic stage works.”

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Triad Stage Box Office. A limited number of student tickets are available, and student tickets must be purchased in person or by calling 336-272-0160.

To learn more, visit ncsr.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane, of a 2016 Sondheim production

UNCG’s 125th Anniversary web site launches June 2

June 2 marks the beginning of UNCG’s 125th anniversary celebration, a yearlong commemoration of UNCG’s distinct history of opportunity and excellence as the university looks forward to the future.

The celebration kicks off exactly 125 days before Founders Day, Oct. 5, with the unveiling of a new anniversary website, commemorative video and visual mark.

The interactive site includes downloadable “digital swag” for social media, smart phones, tablets and computers, a drone tour of campus, digital yearbooks and other unique ways for the UNCG community to explore the university’s history and participate in the celebration.

The university was chartered in 1891 and welcomed its first class of students – approximately 200 women – nearly 125 years ago on Oct. 5, 1892. Now, UNCG is the largest university in the Piedmont Triad with nearly 20,000 students and more than 2,500 faculty and staff.

A special 125th anniversary event will be held on Aug. 8 in conjunction with Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.’s State of the Campus Address. On Founders Day, the university will host a campus-wide celebration with a free concert. Additional details will be announced later this summer.

Throughout the year, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to share their UNCG story on social media using the hashtag #UNCG125. Anniversary-related posts may be featured on the anniversary website.

This anniversary is more than a milestone. For the university, it provides a context for sharing our story consistently. We want to be sure all our stakeholders know about our 125th and join us in celebrating our history and our future.  You can help by actively participating in this yearlong celebration. It’s easy.

·  Use the materials we have provided on our 125th anniversary toolkit site. This includes assets like logos for your communications and marketing materials, PowerPoint templates for your presentations. Consistency is very important.

·  Add the 125th Anniversary logo to your email signature – and use it on UNCG materials. The signature and instructions are available at the toolkit site too.

·  Use the excellent 125th anniversary video at your events and in your presentations. It is a great way to introduce UNCG to almost any audience.

·  Make sure your department’s web site has the special 125th Anniversary headers and footers across all web properties. Much of this will be handled automatically. But if you need help, just contact IT.

The yearlong celebration will continue through May 2018, and there will be more materials, assets, events and opportunities to come throughout the year, so stay tuned.

The 125th Anniversary Celebration web site, launching Friday, will be 125.uncg.edu.

Bonus Leave Payout Program

TO: All UNCG Benefits Eligible Employees
FROM: Michelle Lamb Moone, Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Human Resources Officer

At various times over the past 15 years, the North Carolina General Assembly has awarded bonus leave in lieu of salary increases to the UNCG’s leave-earning employees. UNCG is now offering eligible employees the opportunity to cash in bonus leave benefits by participating in a voluntary Bonus Leave Payout Program.

Program Details: Eligible employees may request to be paid out a minimum of five hours and a maximum of 20 hours of accrued bonus leave.

Requests for a payout must be made using the electronic form embedded in the 2017 Bonus Leave Payout FAQs or via the following link: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Bonus_Leave_Payout/.

All requests must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017. Once a Payout Request Form has been submitted, a request may be later reversed by submitting a formal email to Emily Foust at e_foust@uncg.edu. Reversal emails must be submitted by no later than noon on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Additional provisions include:

  • Participation in the program is strictly voluntary. Those who are eligible, but do not wish to cash in any eligible bonus leave are under no obligation to do so. Your bonus leave will remain in place.
  • Bonus leave payments will be subject to retirement contributions and supplemental tax rates totaling 44.25% of the gross payment.
  • Bonus leave payment amounts will be calculated based on the employee’s current annual salary.
  • Bonus leave payments will be included in the June 2017 payroll.

How to Request a Payout: Employees who are interested in participating in the program will follow these instructions:
1) Review the Bonus Leave Payout FAQs (http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Bonus_Leave_Payout/) to ensure understanding of all aspects of the program and to acknowledge reading the FAQs.
2) Click the “Request Bonus Leave Payout” box to be automatically directed to a second FAQs page. (This registers your review of the FAQs.)
3) Click the “Next” box to submit details of your payout request and to complete the request form.

If you are uncertain as to whether or not you have a bonus leave balance, are having difficulties completing the online form, or have questions regarding specific aspects of the program, please contact Emily Foust, Benefits Manager at e_foust@uncg.edu or (336) 256-0342.

Shred-a-Thon 2017 will be June 23

UNCG Campus Community members, Friday, June 23, at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. will provide an opportunity to shred paper documents with sensitive/confidential information for free. The event will be in front of Foust Building on Administration Drive. The mobile shredding truck that will be stationed there is designed to process large amounts of paper on site, users can even choose to watch the secure destruction on a closed circuit TV on the truck. Confidential materials from your office or home are welcome. This event is limited to UNCG Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni. Help will be available to unload your car. Staples, envelope windows and small paper clips are fine to be included with the material but no binders will be accepted. Please be sure all paper is out of any binders before bringing your material. Use proper lifting technique and teamwork to move paper to the event; paper is deceptively heavy.

This is a one day event so please prepare your material early; the next opportunity will be June 2018. Last year about 16,920 lbs. of material was shredded and recycled, which is roughly equivalent to 143 trees worth of paper.

For any questions or assistance with getting records to the event please contact Ben Kunka, bakunka@uncg.edu.

Records that have permanent or historical value, based on the approved records schedule, are to be transferred to University Archives. Instructions for transferring records to University Archives are available at http://uncg.libguides.com/university_archives/transferring_to_archives.If you have questions about transferring records to University Archives or the historic value of your records (both paper and digital) contact Erin Lawrimore at erlawrim@uncg.edu.

UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available at http://its.uncg.edu/records_management/.  If you have questions about records management, contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.


Copy provided by Ben Kunka, UNCG Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling

Local healthcare leader recognized as Distinguished Alumni

Joan H. Evans, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Transformation for Cone Health, has received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics.

“Joan has been a force for transformation and innovation at Cone Health, and nationally within the healthcare industry,” said Bryan School Dean McRae Banks. “She has had a profound and positive impact on the organization in every role she has held, obviously of increasing importance as she progressed through the organization. As a member of our Board of Advisors she has been a strong supporter of, and advocate for, the Bryan School. Most importantly, she embodies three of the four pillars of our educational approach: innovation, organizational sustainability, and ethics. Joan is a great example of the type of person we want all our alumni to become.”

Evans spent the first three years of her undergraduate education at UNCG, where she was a merit scholar. After deciding to pursue certification in physical therapy she transferred to the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University), where she earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy. Within five years of beginning her career as a staff physical therapist, she was promoted to chief of physical therapy at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. With more career growth came her decision to pursue her MBA at UNCG, which she completed with highest honors while working full-time. A former professor said, “Joan stands out as one of the best students I ever taught. None of her classmates were able to match her ability to juggle the coursework, career, and family demands at her level of success and with such grace.”

Her career assignments grew as she continued to learn and excel as a leader. Since 2014, she has served as Executive Vice President of Innovation and Transformation, and is a member of the Cone Health executive leadership team. With her leadership, Cone Health has risen to the top 2% of U.S. News & World Report’s Common Care ranking. Joan was recognized with the Best Organization for Leadership Development Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and the National Success Story Award from Press Ganey for measurable improvements in quality, service, and cost.

“I am certain that there are many accomplished and impressive alumni who were nominated for this award. However, all of us at Cone Health agree with the selection committee that there is no one more accomplished in her chosen field, more respected in her home organization and more deserving of this honor,” says Cone Health CEO Terry Akin.

In addition to her work with Cone Health, Evans is principal of South Rim Consulting, where she mentors aspiring leaders through executive coaching, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and organizational change. She is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro, serves on the Bryan School’s Dean’s Advisory Board, the Elon University Board of Advisors, and the board of the Greensboro Science Center.

See/Hear: May 31, 2017

UNCG Baseball took the SoCon title last weekend – and the team gathered on Monday to see the ESPN NCAA Baseball Tournament pairings telecast. The announcement? They will face Clemson in their first game, this Friday. The trip to the NCAA Tournament is their first in 20 years. See Coach Link Jarrett and shortstop Tripp Shelton speak about the SoCon title, and the upcoming NCAA Tournament.


June 5 “Barbershop Talk Conference” an extension of Coakley’s research

UNCG will host the first annual Barbershop Talk Conference addressing issues of youth education and health on Monday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UNCG’s Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The event features a variety of engaging speakers – including Wake Forest professor and former television host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and world boxing champion Riddick Bowe – as well as workshops, sports clinics, health screenings and a barbers’ panel.

Offered free to elementary, middle and high school students and their families, the conference is an opportunity for the university and community to come together in order to help local families support their children’s success in education and health.

“We want to provide a format that is welcoming and fun and can serve the purpose of helping youth start their summer off on the right track,” said Dr. Tanya M. Coakley, professor of social work at UNCG and organizer of the event along with UNCG’s Dr. Rod Wyatt, Dr. Joe Green, Dr. Bryan Terry and Dr. Jeffrey Shears. “Our goal is to provide resources that empower parents to play a strong role in their children’s lives.”

The conference serves as an extension of Coakley’s current research project, which investigates how barbershops can help foster better communication between fathers and sons in the African-American community. The project is funded by a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant.

Coakley’s vision is to create the same kind of comfortable “barbershop environment” at the conference so that families can talk openly about important issues. While her current research focuses on men and sexual health, the conference is designed for boys, girls and their families and covers a broad range of topics related to education and health.

The event is sponsored by the UNCG Office of Enrollment Management, the Department of Social Work, the School of Health and Human Sciences and the Ethel Martus Lawther Fund Lecture Series. A free lunch will be provided to participants.

To register for the event, click here. For more information, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photography by Mike Dickens: Dr. Coakley (right) at Prestige Barber College

Greg Bell will be AVP of Graduate Education

Dr. Greg Bell, currently serving as director of graduate studies of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will be UNCG’s new associate vice provost of Graduate Education, effective August 1.

Bell joined the faculty of UNCG in 2005, when the Mathematics and Statistics department was finalizing the PhD program in Computational Mathematics. Previous to coming to UNCG, Bell earned his PhD from University of Florida and was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville and a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State University. His most recent work has appeared in North Carolina Journal of Mathematics and Statistics and Topology and its Applications.

In his department at UNCG, Bell has seen the enrollment in graduate programs grow from 14 to 40 students. He says the most enjoyable thing about being director of graduate studies is working with the students, and developing the program for them.

“I’ve enjoyed watching them transform from students to colleagues. And I’ve learned that graduate curricula need to be adaptable.”

While Bell has been director of graduate studies, the department has initiated new concentrations within the master’s program to meet the needs of career-focused students in data analytics or actuarial mathematics. In recent years, Bell has led incoming graduate students in a seminar on teaching mathematics, incorporating the students’ ideas and innovations as well as new technology.

“Working with these students has taught me that there’s always room to innovate and improve,” he said.

As the associate vice provost of graduate education, Bell looks forward to meeting with directors of graduate study from various departments, and helping to address their needs. He also plans to focus on graduate student professional development and on strengthening relationships with local industries.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Bell join the Graduate School as associate vice provost for Graduate Education,” said Vice Provost of Graduate Education Dr. Kelly Burke. “He brings years of experience working with graduate students and is highly interested in developing programs that attend to their professional development and enrich their graduate experiences.”

By Susan Kirby Smith

Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., and Bobby Long receive University Honors

Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., and Robert E. (Bobby) Long, Jr., are the 2017 Charles Duncan McIver Award and the Holderness/Weaver Award recipients, respectively.

Known as ‘University Honors’, the McIver and Holderness/Weaver Awards recognize North Carolinians with exemplary public service records, and represent the most prestigious public service honors given by the university. The awards were conferred in a formal ceremony at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

“UNCG holds the commitment to public service and civic engagement in the highest regard,” said UNCG Provost Dr. Dana Dunn. “Both of our honorees exemplify these qualities and set the standard for selfless service in our community, our state and far beyond our borders. UNCG was founded on the principle of service; these gentlemen are the living embodiment of that legacy.”

The Charles Duncan McIver Award is the highest honor for non-UNCG alums. Named for the founder of UNCG, the award recognizes extraordinary service at the national or international level. This year’s winner, Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., has enriched communities across our state and nation for more than five decades through his generosity to the arts, higher education and a better quality of life for all citizens.

Bryan has served on the boards of Arts Greensboro, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, North Carolina Public Television Foundation and is Honorary Director of the Eastern Music Festival. He has received numerous awards for arts patronage and is also a benefactor of the Key West Art and Historical Association and major contributor to the Santa Fe Opera House. Bryan’s service to higher education includes membership on the Board of Trustees of Guilford College for more than 40 years and at UNCG he has served on the Excellence Foundation and Board of Governors for over a decade. In 2005, he received the North Carolina Award in Public Service, the highest civilian honor given by the state.

Named for the first woman on the UNCG Board of Trustees, Adelaide Holderness, and Greensboro businessman and entrepreneur H. Michael Weaver, the Holderness/Weaver Award recognizes extraordinary service at the state and local level. This year’s honoree, Bobby Long, promotes prosperity and growth in the city of Greensboro and surrounding communities through his leadership and generous support of business and industry, athletic programs and facilities, institutions of higher learning and the arts. He is the founding chair of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, the governing body which runs the Wyndham Golf Tournament, and has long been involved in countless Triad-area public service and economic initiatives that are essential to the region’s enrichment.

Previous recipients of the Holderness/Weaver Award include Shirley Frye, educator and community volunteer; Rev. Mike Aiken, executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry; Richard Whittington and Preston Lane, co-founders of Triad Stage; Alan W. Cone ’72 MEd; Sally Schindel Cone ’72 MEd; Dot Kendall Kearns, public education advocate, among others.

By Eden Bloss

UNCG Baseball takes SoCon Championship, heads to NCAA Tournament

With some key home runs, some smart “small ball” and strong pitching and fielding, UNCG Baseball defeated Furman in the winner-take-all final game Sunday in the SoCon Tournament.

The Spartans, with the SoCon’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will face the ACC’s Clemson in the first round.

The tournament championship is its first in the SoCon. It is their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997.

UNCG will play Clemson on Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m. All session tickets are available now through the Clemson website here or you can purchase individual game tickets starting at 5 p.m Wednesday. You can also watch all the games on ESPN3 or the ESPN App.

Vice Chancellor Cherry Callahan announces forthcoming retirement

Dr. Cheryl (Cherry) Callahan will retire as UNCG’s vice chancellor for student affairs effective January 1, 2018.

Vice Chancellor Callahan has been involved in higher education for over 40 years, with a focus on student affairs administration.

She is a “double alumna.” having earned her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relations at UNCG, her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology from UNCG.

Prior to her tenure here at UNCG, she worked at Delaware State University as Staff Counselor and Director of Orientation. She joined UNCG Student Affairs in 1979 as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor. Ascending the administrative ranks from that role to Assistant Vice Chancellor to Associate Vice Chancellor, she became Interim Vice Chancellor in 2010. The following year, upon the conclusion of a national search, the “interim” title was removed.

What is she most proud of during her time in leadership of Student Affairs? “More recently, it is the establishment of the Veterans Resource Center, which provides support and guidance for our growing veteran population,” she said. “Over time, there are many things including the establishment of our first Office of Disability Services, now the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services, and the Greek Legacy Endowment, which is funded by Greek alumni and funds leadership development for our current fraternity and sorority members.​”

She has taught numerous courses with a particular emphasis on the freshman experience and leadership at Delaware State, Wilmington College and UNCG. Her professional interests include mentoring students and young professionals, managing crises, leadership development, and serving her profession in a variety of ways, most notably the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators which she served as President in 1998-99. She also served as Chair of the NASPA Foundation Board ​from 2012 to 2014.

She has served as a SACS reaffirmation committee member at various institutions since 1996.

She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, volunteered in a variety of roles across the Greensboro community including service as an emergency services volunteer and instructor for the American Red Cross. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Greensboro, which focuses on women’s leadership development and community engagement. She has received recognition and awards both in her professional work and in her community while also presenting dozens of workshops and professional sessions across the country on a variety of topics related to student affairs, leadership development, fundraising, alcohol education and volunteerism.

In a memo, Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, said, ““Cherry,” as she is known to scores of students, staff, and faculty, has provided exceptional commitment and service to UNCG, her alma mater, for the past 38 years. She will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike.” The provost detailed the impact she has had not only locally, but nationally.

What does Callahan look forward to most when she retires? “Having more time to spend with family and especially my two daughters, who are incredible professionals in their own right.”

A national search for Callahan’s successor will be led by Dr. Alan Boyette, senior vice provost, with support provided by the Isaacson Miller search firm.

Dr. Benjamin Hickerson

Dr. Benjamin Hickerson (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from Penn State University for the project “A Systematic Evaluation of Park Renovation at Fairmont Park East Parkside.”

This sub-contract is part of a larger research project evaluating the impact of park renovations occurring at Bartram’s Mile and The Rail Park in Philadelphia, Penn. These renovations are part of Philadelphia’s Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative. The purpose of this sub-contracted project is to assess visitor characteristics at defined segments of the parks. Unobtrusive observation of park user behaviors (number of visitors, type of activity, time of day/day of week, visitor flows within the area) and user characteristics (age, race, sex, group size) will be made within these segments. The System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) will be used as the tool for visitor counts and observations.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received new funding from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the project “Visiting Research Professorship at the Peace & Stability Operation Institute.” Honey bee viruses are a serious threat to honey bee health. We lack understanding of their dynamics within honey bees and transmission across generations, as well as the immune responses to them, the abstract states. This work has two aims to contribute knowledge in these areas: 1. Characterization of the transcriptome of virus-infected honey bee eggs. 2. Develop a method to repeatedly sample from honey bee queens to follow viral infections and investigate whether queens can recover from viral infections.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from  The Cemala Foundation for the project “STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative: Growing capacity for STEM in high-needs elementary schools.” This focus of this project is an Introductory Summer Institute for 60 teachers (20/year for three years) to support their implementation of quality science and engineering (STEM), the abstract notes. This effort is a part of the STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (STEM TLC), a network of elementary teachers and teacher educators committed to nurturing STEM equity and empowering teacher leaders with STEM education. The funding will help grow the STEM TLC beyond the 60 teachers who have already participated in our professional development. The Summer Institute introduces teachers to an award-winning curriculum [Engineering is Elementary (EiE)], developed by the Museum of Science Boston. EiE is interdisciplinary, collaborative, hands-on, and demands 21st century skills. The long-term goal is to transform elementary STEM education in the NC Piedmont by supporting, connecting and retaining STEM-capable elementary teachers.

Dr. Nancy Walker

Dr. Nancy Walker (Music) and her husband, Tim Lindeman, received the 2017 Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in the Progress of Better Music in the Greensboro Area from the Euterpe Music Club of Greensboro.

Walker is professor of music (voice) in the UNCG School of Music. Lindeman is professor and chair of the Music Department at Guilford College.

The Euterpe Music Club was formed 125 years ago and is “dedicated to the study and practice of the best in music, past and present, and the development of talent and musical appreciation in the community.” The Award of Merit is given to an individual or group each year.

UNCG has first dockless bikeshare on East Coast

The first dockless on-demand bike share program on the East Coast is coming to UNCG. The technology is integrated into smart bikes and a smart phone app (no kiosk needed), and can be returned to designated bike racks throughout campus and the City of Greensboro. And rides will be economical.

This LimeBike, UNCG & City of GSO Partnership will have an official campus launch Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at the Walker Circle behind the library tower. LimeBike CEO Toby Sun will be on site to share his vision for the program, along with comments from UNCG and City of Greensboro DOT officials, followed by demonstrations, free rides, Q&A and complimentary snacks.

Parking in Walker Deck will be complimentary. For directions: https://parking.uncg.edu/access/

The initiative will help bolster our university’s health, wellness, and sustainability goals. UNCG was the first Bicycle Friendly University in North Carolina, recognized by the League of American Cyclists in 2011.

UNCG is launching with 125 bikes in celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary.

The LimeBikes will be located at bike racks throughout campus with hubs at Kaplan Center, Oakland Deck near the pedestrian underpass, Elliott University Center and College Ave.

By Eden Bloss



Looking Ahead: May 31, 2017

UNCG LimeBike launch celebration
Thursday, June 1, 10 a.m., Walker Circle behind Jackson Library

Sondheim Concert Series: ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ (preview)
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage

UNCG 125th celebration launch
Friday, June 2

Housing Hangout: Recovery Housing
Friday, June 2, noon, MHRA, Room 3605

NCAA Tournament: UNCG Baseball at Clemson
Friday, June 2, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, June 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

“Creatives on Call” with Lien Truong
Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Safe Zone Summit at UNCG

The UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement invites you to register for its Safe Zone Summit, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center.

What is the Safe Zone Summit?

The Safe Zone Summit is a brand new initiative born from conversations within our LGBTQ+ Education Task Force, and is intended to provide an opportunity, outside of our standard Safe Zone Training, for faculty and staff to explore aspects of LGBTQ+ identity more deeply and meaningfully. Consider this an information-packed, build-your-own-adventure rest area on your journey of continuing education around gender, sexuality, and creating a more inclusive campus.

Who can attend?

The Safe Zone Summit is tailored to faculty and staff however, feel free to also invite graduate students that work in your department.

What will the day look like?

The Safe Zone Summit is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 11, from 9am-1:30pm. The majority of the Summit will consist of three 45-minute time slots where attendees will be able to choose from two breakout topics that best fit their interest. We will close out our day with brief, guided group discussions. These groups are meant to provide space for processing what you’ve learned, and for considering how to best apply new strategies, skills, and knowledge in your daily work.

How do I register?

That part is easy! Fill our our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form before Friday, June 23, 2017.

What else do I need to know?

Nothing. Simply mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 9 am-1:30 pm, and expect an email at the beginning of July with more details.

We appreciate your commitment to inclusion at UNC Greensboro, and look forward to engaging and learning alongside you during this important opportunity.

By Elliott R. Kimball, Office of Intercultural Engagement

‘Dream big, have courage’ Margot Lee Shetterly tells graduates

More than 2,600 Spartans joined the ranks of UNCG alumni at the 2017 May Commencement ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The celebration was full of smiles, selfies and inspiring speeches, including the highly-anticipated address from Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures,” which was made into a major motion picture.

Her message to the Class of 2017? Dream big. Have courage. And don’t forget to use your talents to support others.

Shetterly shared the story of Mary Jackson, NASA’s first black female engineer, to inspire the graduates to fight for their dreams.

“The world may often be blind, indifferent or even hostile to your talents, your ambitions, your feelings and your dreams,” she said. “If you want something – if you are audacious enough to dream something – there’s a good chance that somewhere along the line, you’re going to have to fight for it. Nobody knew this better than Mary Jackson.”

Not only did Shetterly share the inspiring story of Jackson, but she reminded the graduates of their special connection to NASA’s female mathematicians – known as “human computers” – whose stories are told in “Hidden Figures.” UNCG alumna Virginia Tucker ’30 was one of five women to join the first human computer pool at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory (now Langley Research Center) in 1935. By the early 1940s, Tucker was the head computer, tasked with managing hundreds of women in computing sections across the laboratory.

“Many women from UNCG followed in Virginia Tucker’s footsteps,” said Shetterly, noting that UNCG and Hampton University (known then as Hampton Institute) had the largest number of alumni in the human computer program during the early days of NASA. “So graduates, you are connected to the rich legacy of individuals who made lasting contributions to aeronautical research and the American space program.”

As the more than 2,600 Spartans prepare to leave UNCG and embark on a new adventure, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. encouraged them to savor the moment of their accomplishment.

“Know this,” he told the graduates. “You are ready.”

Gilliam praised the quality of UNCG’s faculty and programs, and reflected on the shared goal of taking giant steps forward.

“Today’s the day that marks the start of your giant steps. Think big, think bold.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian


Chiller Plant approved for construction by Trustees

The UNCG Board of Trustees last week approved the exterior design plans and authorized construction for the new chiller plant on the southern part of campus.

The new South Chiller Plant is scheduled to be constructed Spring 2018 – Spring 2019, to complement the one already on the north side of campus (part of the McIver Deck.)

The new chiller plant will be located at the corner of Forest Street and Oakland Avenue.

The south Chiller Plant will provide capacity for the Nursing and Instructional Building and enhance reliability of the entire campus’ chilled water system. The new plant will help feed chilled water to mechanical units on campus through underground lines, increasing capacity as the amount of campus space that need to be cooled has increased in recent years.

This chiller plant will need to be in place before the new Nursing and Instructional Building opens. See an update on the current McIver Building and future Nursing and Instructional Building in the next Campus Weekly.  

By Mike Harris

Rendering of South Chiller Plant courtesy UNCG Facilities

2017 honorary degrees to Dr. Mansukh C. Wani and Bill Mangum

UNCG conferred honorary degrees to Dr. Mansukh C. Wani and William (Bill) Mangum, Jr.

Presented during the spring commencement ceremony to the university’s 2017 graduating class on Friday, May 12, the awards recognize pioneers in their respective fields of study and represent the breadth of scholarship at UNCG – from breakthrough scientific research to innovation and entrepreneurship through the visual arts.

Recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work in both synthetic and natural products chemistries, Wani is perhaps best known as a pioneer in the field of cancer research. Among his seminal contributions to the field, he is most recognized for the co-discovery of taxol and camptothecin, compounds that inhibit cancer cell growth via novel mechanisms of action. Prior to their discovery, neither were known to be effective ways to circumvent the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. Today, at least one-third of the global market of anti-cancer agents could be ascribed to the discoveries of taxol and camptothecin. His work has saved millions of lives.

According to UNCG Chemistry Professor Nicholas H. Oberlies, Ph.D., who nominated Wani for the honorary degree, Wani “is nothing short of a hero.” Oberlies has worked with Wani since 1998, and describes him as a spectacular scientist and consummate gentleman.

“He is a mentor to me and a role model for the next generation of scientists – discovering not one, but two, life-saving pharmaceuticals. A truly historic achievement. Perhaps just as important, he is a shining example of how hard work and passion always pay off.”

Mangum is an artist, entrepreneur, author, a philanthropist and two-time UNCG graduate. He earned his bachelor of fine arts in art education and master of fine arts in studio arts from UNCG. A North Carolina native, over 50,000 of Mangum’s works have been purchased for private and corporate collections. In 2005, Mangum was selected as the official artist for the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. As a philanthropist, Mangum has raised millions of dollars for non-profit agencies throughout the United States. One hundred percent of the proceeds from his annual holiday honor card – $4.5 million to date – go directly to help people across North Carolina who are experiencing homelessness.

“We are proud to have Bill as an alumnus, as a dedicated supporter of UNCG and as a friend,” said Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Jan Zink, who nominated Mangum for the honorary degree. “Bill has chosen to use his profession as a gateway to affecting positive change in the community; and his philanthropic efforts have directly aided countless social causes throughout the Triad and the state of North Carolina. Service is a cornerstone of UNCG’s mission. We could not be more thrilled to honor him for all he has accomplished.”

By Eden Bloss
Visual: l-r, Bill Mangum, Chancellor Gilliam, Dr. Mansukh C. Wani

Jennifer Koenig chair of Friends of the UNCG Libraries

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers for the 2017-18 year.

Jennifer Koenig was elected as Chair of the Friends for the upcoming year. She is an attorney with Shell Bray Attorneys and Counselors at Law in the trusts and estates practice group. She has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries. In addition to representing public charities, Koenig assists clients in creating private foundations and other charitable entities. In her free time, Koenig enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Nel. She is on the Business Ethics Award Committee and serves on many volunteer boards in the Greensboro community, including the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Board of Directors, Future Fund Steering Committee and Professional Advisors’ Committee. She received her J.D. and A.B. from The University of North Carolina.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect is Elizabeth Hudson. She is Editor in Chief at Our State magazine and holds a B.A. degree in English from UNCG.

Newly elected to the Board for three-year terms were Betty J. Brown, Bob Hansen and Glenda Schillinger.

Re-elected for another term were Kate R. Barrett, Carolyn Carter Burgman, Jud Franklin, Bob Gatten, Janet Harper Gordon, Carolyn T. Green, Miriam Herin, Clint Jackson, Terri Blackwood Jackson, Catherine Magid, Leigh Seager, Karl A. Schleunes, Mary Ellen Shiflett, Pat Austin Sevier, Joyce Traver, Hermann J. Trojanowski and Laurie “Lollie” Lake White.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

2017 Heart Walk at UNCG this Saturday

The Guilford County Heart Walk will be held this Saturday, May 20, on our campus. There’ll be thousands of walkers. Some people run, some stroll., some people bring dogs, strollers, etc. It’s low pressure – and lots of fun for an excellence cause.

You can join the UNCG team and walk to build healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.

If you are interested in joining the UNCG team (or creating additional UNCG teams), now is the time. A
team can be of any size and can have non-UNCG members (so family and friends are welcome).

The UNCG team captain is HealthyUNCG Director Stephanie Milroy (healthy_uncg@uncg.edu).

Join  at http://www2.heart.org/goto/UNCGFacultyAndStaff.

Learn more here.

SOAR starts June 1 at UNCG

SOAR, UNCG’s student orientation for incoming freshman and transfer & adult students, kicks off on June 1, 2017.

SOAR runs the entire month of June. Students and families will be on campus to be welcomed to the university, learn about campus resources, meet with an advisor, register for classes, experience the UNCG environment and more.

Students and families will learn tips to aid in the college transition process. Faculty members, administrators, advisors and current students will present a wide spectrum of information including academics, class selection, resources, meal plan options and co-curricular opportunities.

Many faculty and staff volunteer each year to help welcome our newest Spartans.

See details here.

Spartans shine brightly at Annual Student Honors Convocation

Spartan academic excellence held the spotlight last week at UNCG’s 55th annual Student Honors Convocation in Elliott University Center Auditorium, where 50 received Student Excellence Awards, 35 received International Honors, 53 received Disciplinary Honors and 23 received Full University Honors. Graduate and undergraduate students were also honored for special accomplishments in research and teaching.

Senior Vice Provost Alan Boyette gave welcoming remarks and Dean of Lloyd International Honors College Omar Ali introduced the convocation speaker, Eloise Hassell, lecturer in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education Scott Hudgins presented the Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards:

  • Hannah G. Dudley Showell, PhD, History, Outstanding Dissertation
  • Andrea Kulish, MA, Psychology, Outstanding Thesis
  • Chanel Lojacono, MS, Kinesiology, Innovative Use of Technology in a Thesis or Dissertation
  • Aftynne E. Cheek, PhD, Specialized Education Services, Innovative Use of Technology in a Thesis or Dissertation
  • Denise Rhew, PhD, Gerontology, George and Beatrice Goldman Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize
  • Rudolph Bedeley, Crystal Gray, Carol Johnston, Olivia Meeks, Justina Licata and Carl Schlachte, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

Research and Creativity Awards were presented to six students who had shared their research at the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: Marya Fancey, Ho Young Lee, Luciana Lilley, Taylor Mabe, Justin Larson and Tiffany Merritt.

Following the graduate awards, Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office Lee Phillips presented 11 undergraduates with Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards or honorable mentions for work they had presented at the Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. Those students include Alexis Cole, Anna Sizemore, Sarah Pittman, Natalia Husby, Amanda Baeten, Nadjali Chung, Cory Henderson, JD Manzo, Ashley Sanchez, Aaron Wagoner and Eni Minerali.

Ryan A. Ridpath received the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, presented by Assistant Dean of University Libraries Mike Crumpton and Manuscript Archivist Jennifer Motszko.

“Our students shone brightly at the convocation as they came across the stage to accept a range of awards for their inspiring work with faculty in the humanities, sciences and performing arts,” Ali said. “There was a palpable sense of collective pride in the auditorium as each set of accomplishments was read about the work of undergraduate and graduate students coming from all backgrounds.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Katie Loyd

Charlie Chaplin drew huge crowd to UNCG

One of the biggest events this campus has seen was the WWI liberty bonds rally starring Charlie Chaplin. No other UNC system school can say Chaplin paid them a visit.

The CW article below ran five years ago. I first noticed his visit to campus in Bowles’ “A Good Beginning.” (She cited her source, which was a great help. Thank you, Ms. Bowles.) UNCG Archives and the Greensboro Historical Museum were very helpful, as were the resources of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem public libraries; unfortunately, no visuals of the rally have surfaced. UNCG archivists and I looked through a lot of scrapbooks, in hopes of finding one.

This spring marks the 99th anniversary of his April 13, 1918, visit. Next spring will be the 100 year mark. Let’s take a look back.

From the May 29, 2012, Campus Weekly and June 12, 2012, UNCG Campus Weekly:

The campus of UNCG – known then as State Normal & Industrial College – saw lots of service and sacrifice during World War I on the part of its students. It also saw one of the biggest events ever on the central part of the campus: a war bond rally featuring Charlie Chaplin.

American armed forces had entered the war in April 1917. At the one year mark in 1918, a new issue of Liberty Loan Bonds was being released to finance the war. Chaplin, perhaps the biggest celebrity in the world, was doing his part to drum up sales and support.

That year, he would create a short propaganda film on the Liberty bonds – as well as a great silent comedy about the life of American soldiers in the trenches, “Shoulder Arms,” according to David Robinson’s “Chaplin: His Life and Art.”

His publicity tour for the Liberty Loan bonds began in Washington, DC (see visual).

According to Robinson, the tour began just after he finished his classic film “A Dog’s Life.” Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Chaplin began the tour together, in Washington, DC, and then New York City. (See related Lens blog post at New York Times.) After that appearance, Chaplin broke away to begin his Southern tour in Petersburg, Va., said Robinson.

By April 12, he was speaking in Rocky Mount and Wilson, then on to Raleigh, where he made two addresses, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, according to the April 13 Greensboro Daily News. The latter event was in downtown Raleigh’s Municipal Auditorium.

Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” and a Tom Mix western were among the several “movies” playing in Greensboro that Saturday, April 13. The cold, wet weather of the day before – which had caused our campus’ Field Day to be moved indoors – had passed, allowing for the big Carolina vs. Virginia baseball game at Cone Park to go on as planned. But first, there’d be a very large parade.

The entire city of Greensboro was “dressed in the national colors,” according to the April 13 Greensboro Daily Record, with large crowds lining the route. It adds that Chaplin was “apparently as tickled as a school boy at the demonstration, and especially at the pretty college girls in the parade.” The Daily News noted that 500-600 State Normal (UNCG) students were in the parade, as well as Greensboro College for Women students.

A diary in the Greensboro Historical Museum, written by Mary Smith, describes the occasion: a “magnificent outpouring of the people, full of patriotic enthusiasm.” She notes the Red Cross nurses in the parade, as well as its long line of automobiles. “Main St. was ablaze with flags,” she says. Describing the scene at the State Normal (UNCG), she speaks of the “waving flags” and of “Charlie Chaplin being the chief attraction among the speakers.”

More than 5,000 people gathered at the college to hear Chaplin speak, said the Greensboro Daily Record.

On the grounds of UNCG (State Normal College), a small stand was waiting. A member of the State Normal faculty, Wade Brown, would direct a choir from the campus and the Greensboro College campus in leading all assembled in patriotic songs, according to the April 13 Daily News.

The Daily News says the stand was erected in “Curry court” – the playing fields, also known as the hockey field, where Petty Building stands today. (See additional post.) The Daily News notes the parade entered the campus at College Avenue and then “north to Curry court across the college campus.”

A May 1918 State Normal Magazine says the “Normal Regiment,” which marched four abreast, joined the parade which marched to the “Normal Hockey Field.” This leads to the conclusion that the crowd gathered generally where Petty Building is now located. (Elisabeth Ann Bowles, in her book “A Good Beginning,” cited the State Normal Magazine and indicated the location was the hockey field, “now the site of the Petty Science Building.” Photographs in UNCG University Archives & Special Collections show the steep, grassy inclines near Petty – they are still there today – used as spectator seating during events on the playing field.)

The magazine says that Charles Lapworth, former editor of the London Daily News, gave a patriotic speech. He then introduced “‘little man Charlie’, who in spite of his inborn humor and fun, tried hard to be serious and to ‘get down to brass tacks’ in impressing all present of the needs for a big response to this call.”

The Daily Record says Chaplin “begged his hearers to buy liberty bonds, and then to buy more bonds.” He asked who would buy these bonds. “The hands went up from one end of the vast concourse of people to the other, and among those so expressing themselves were women as well as men.”

The reaction from the crowd, according to the magazine? “Everybody present was thrilled over his American patriotism.”

By Mike Harris

Visuals: 1) Publicity shot from Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 movie “The Kid.” Public domain. 2) Photograph in National Archives: Charlie Chaplin speaking on Liberty Loan bonds in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 1918 – one week before he spoke at UNCG.

Next issue, a concluding story: how he responded to crowd’s request to see “The Tramp’s” funny walk.

Lynda Kellam

Lynda Kellam (University Libraries / IGS) has been elected as an American Library Association representative to the International Federation of Library Association’s (IFLA) Standing Committee for Social Science Libraries. IFLA is the leading international body representing library and information services. The Standing Committees provide programming and resources as well as represent the interests of their constituents during the annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress. She will serve from 2017-2021 starting at the end of the annual meeting in Wroclaw, Poland.

Kellam serves in UNCG Libraries as Librarian for Data, Government Information, History, Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies. She is Assistant Director of International and Global Studies (IGS).

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) has received new funding from the Sandhills Center Local Management Entity for the project “Providing Technical Assistance to Partnership for Success Sites Identification of Behavioral Health Disparities.” This project is supported by funds from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).The abstract states: Healthy People 2020 defines a health disparity as a “particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”  Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illness, disability and premature death can have varying impacts on different populations, recognizing that eliminating disparities can significantly reduce direct and indirect medical costs. There is also a recognition that addressing disparities involves achieving health equity which is defined as “the  attainment of the highest level of health possible for all groups.” According to SAMHSA, to “achieve health equity, communities must work to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and existing health and health care disparities”. Therefore, disparities exist within a context of the overall functioning of the community or larger society and are related to factors such as bias and poverty. This type of work can be challenging because it does address often long held beliefs and practices that can compel individuals to recognize these beliefs and possible implicit bias.

UNCG will provide support to North Carolina Partnership for Success sites to address behavioral health disparities by helping them to: 1. Define behavioral health disparities; 2. Describe factors that contribute to behavioral health disparities; 3. Describe the local, state, and national data on behavioral health disparities and what is know on prescription drug misuse; 4. Define methods for locally determining behavioral health disparities in prescription drug misuse; and to 5. Define methods for dissemination of information on local behavioral health disparities related to prescription drug misuse.

Matthew Barr

On April 20, 2017, the Pro Humanitate Institute of Wake Forest University screened “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights”, a feature-length documentary directed by Matthew Barr, professor in UNCG’s Department of Media Studies. “Union Time” tells the story of the successful 16-year fight to organize a union at the world’s largest pork slaughterhouse, operated by Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, NC. Following the screening Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, moderated a discussion of the film that included Barr as well as several workers who had been a part of the struggle.

Newly added sessions, for PMP Supervisory Training & Information

Michelle Lamb Moone, associate vice chancellor for human resources, announces additional workshop sessions available regarding the new PMP program:

There are several significant changes to the FY18 plans.  To inform you of these changes, we are pleased to roll out the new Performance Management Program with a series of training and information sessions. All supervisors and managers are required to attend one (1) of the PMP information sessions to gain insight and understanding of the University’s new performance management policy, forms and guidelines.

At your request, we have added two additional sessions on May 22 and May 24 as follows:

Schedule of remaining PMP Training & Information Sessions

Supervisor and Manager Training – Tue., May 16 – 10 am – 12 noon – Spartan Village, 923 A W. Gate City, Bringing Out the Best conference room

Supervisor and Manager Training – Tue., May 16 – 2 – 4 pm – Spartan Village, 923 A W. Gate City, Bringing Out the Best conference room

Supervisor and Manager Training – Mon., May 22 – 2—4 pm – 113 Bryan, HR Training Room

Supervisor and Manager Training – Wed., May 24 –  2—4 pm – 113 Bryan, HR Training Room

Departmental Sessions
If you are interested in holding a departmental supervisory session for groups of 25 or more, please reach out to Gwen Evans via email at gdevans2@uncg.edu or by telephone at (336) 334-4512.

44th “Art on Paper” Exhibition at Weatherspoon

Tamale paper dresses, paper bag portraits, collages and much more.

This Saturday UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the 44th “Art on Paper” exhibition and opening events. This year’s installation holds work by 25 artists from across the nation, and each work is made on or with paper. It is curated by Curator of Exhibitions Emily Stamey.

On Saturday, there will be a First View Members’ Preview at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments. That will be followed by a public reception at 6:30 p.m. All works except for those already purchased by the museum will be for sale.

The pieces in “Art on Paper” are eclectic, and they aren’t only about using paper—many explore bold topics. A dress made of tamale paper, “C Student,” by Annie Lopez of Arizona, has words from an elementary school report card printed on it. The portraits and interviews sketched on paper bags, by Steven Cozart of Greensboro, concern race and experiences related to skin tone. Maria Berrio’s large, colorful collages made of small pieces of Japanese paper relate to her childhood in Colombia and center around her experience of motherhood.
UNCG faculty who have work in the show include Mariam Aziza Stephan, Jennifer Meanley, Barbara Campbell Thomas and Christopher Thomas.

In addition to the opening receptions, WAM and Stamey will host an event series, Creatives on Call, over the summer. The events will be June 15, July 13 and August 10 at 6 p.m. when “Art on Paper” artists will hold public conversations with museum visitors.

“Art on Paper” goes up at UNCG every other year and has been a fixture of Greensboro and UNCG since 1965. It is currently supported in part by a grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and museum purchases for the Dillard Collection of “Art on Paper” by the Dillard Fund.

“It’s both thrilling and daunting to take on an exhibition with so much history behind it,” Stamey said about curating the exhibition. She described the selections as intensely varied, with many different themes and techniques used to create the work. “The one common thread that each work is made of or on paper.”

“Art on Paper” will be open through Sept. 3.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Photo by Susan Kirby-Smith, of curator Emily Stamey at exhibition.

Check campus weather anytime, via UNCG’s new WeatherSTEM

There’s a new resource at UNCG, and Director of Emergency Management Zach Smith can explain how it benefits the entire campus and campus community.

“I wanted to have a tool to put weather information at people’s fingertips,” he says.

It’s called WeatherSTEM—a sophisticated meteorology tool—and it’s watching UNCG’s weather 24 hours a day, through a unit that’s perched atop the UNCG Police Station and a camera mounted on the Jackson Library tower.

WeatherSTEM allows Smith, and anyone who checks out the website, to know the weather on campus, in detail. It helps alert the campus community to weather events and the prescribed course of action. As UNCG’s Director of Emergency Management, Smith (in visual) advises organizers of a planned activities on campus about weather conditions, and he also makes preparation decisions for snow days and other weather concerns that may affect campus operations.

“Ultimately, I want to make an informed decision based on real-time data,” he explains.

The solar-powered WeatherSTEM unit provides up-to-the-minute information, reporting wind speed, humidity, rainfall, ozone, heat index, cloud coverage and many other elements. It even has a sensor in the ground to report soil moisture and ground temperature, which lets Emergency Management and Facilities know how to prepare for adverse winter conditions, like snow and ice. It reports historical records – and even moon phases and the distance of the planets.

One of the tool’s most helpful features is the Nearby Lightning reader, which could help determine whether or not an event needs to be moved indoors for safety.

One of the most popular features so far is the Cloud Camera (see visual), which updates the report page every minute. It also takes pictures throughout the day, including at sunrise and sunset, and creates time lapse videos of each day.

Before the installation of UNCG’s WeatherSTEM, the closest weather station was at the Piedmont Triad airport. But often coastal weather hits UNCG before it gets to the airport, Smith explains. From an emergency management standpoint, it wasn’t easy to predict the campus weather up to the minute.

“I like this because it’s specific information for the university,” he says.

UNCG is now one of six schools in the UNC system with a WeatherStem unit, alongside UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Winston-Salem State, East Carolina and Appalachian State.

While WeatherStem will serve UNCG’s campus most in reporting weather conditions on campus, there are other benefits. Register users can search through the data for meteorology research, and local news stations can make use of the camera’s images and video. Originally, the WeatherSTEM was created as a resource to provide live data to enhance K-12 STEM curriculum, and there is a strong educational component to the company’s activities.

WeatherSTEM has automatically updated Twitter and Facebook pages. Anyone can become a registered user of WeatherSTEM, in order to use all its features and to receive updates on their devices about weather conditions.

Visit the WeatherSTEM site here.

By Susan Kirby Smith

Chancellor’s new web site

The web site for the UNCG Chancellor’s Office has been redesigned.

The new design reflects the university’s increased focus on creating meaningful engagement with its key audiences – and having some fun sharing the UNCG story.

It updates the look and feel of the former site, taking it from a text heavy, biography-focused landing page to a much broader, visually interesting experience.

Not only will there be timely communications directly from the chancellor and important strategic news, but it creates new channels for interaction and conversation. Visitors will get access to interesting photos, new videos, news items and social media content.

The site will feature Chancellor Gilliam’s Twitter feed (@UNCGChancellor) as well as links to other UNCG social communities.

Visit the website here.

Visit the Twitter feed here – and follow him on Twitter;