UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for June 2017

Creative Cloud now has wider availability

A note from ITS to UNCG Faculty, staff, and computer lab users:

Creative Cloud is available on UNCG-owned machines for all, and on personal machines for faculty and staff. This took effect Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

UNCG students, faculty, and staff have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications on UNCG-owned computers (Mac and PC). This includes, beginning in Fall 2017, computers in classrooms and Information Technology Services (ITS) open-access lab computers.

More information about activate individual Creative Cloud subscriptions is available at the ITS web site.

Learn more at Adobe @ UNCG and Adobe Creative Cloud.

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Public Speaking Training offered

Did you know UNCG’s University Speaking Center offers training specifically to help with speaking at a public meeting – for example during an open speaker session?

Participants learn tips for effectively communicating precisely what they want to express within the given time limit.

UNCG’s speaking center has offered this training to the public for many years, says Director Kim Cuny.

The two summer workshops will be offered:

June 20, noon – 2 p.m.

July 19, noon – 2.p.m.

See details and registration information at the University Speaking Center web site.

In Memoriam: Kathryn Stripling Byer

Kathryn Stripling Byer, first woman poet laureate of North Carolina, died June 5. Byer first came to UNCG in 1966 as a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. She studied with Fred Chappell and Robert Watson, among others, and formed a strong connection with the writing community.

After her graduation from UNCG, Byer worked at Western Carolina University, becoming poet-in-residence in 1990. She joined UNCG’s faculty for a period in the mid-1990s as a visiting professor. She published six books of poetry, including “Descent,” which won the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Association Award for Poetry. Her poetry has been widely anthologized and her poetry and prose have appeared in Hudson Review, Poetry, The Atlantic, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review. She was also known for her blogs, “My Laureate’s Lasso,” “Here, Where I Am” and “The Mountain Woman.”

Byer earned many honors as a writer. She was a recipient of fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was named North Carolina Poet Laureate in 2005 by former governor Mike Easley and held the post through 2009.

Byer is remembered as a supportive and generous mentor for young writers. She gave much of her time to literary events and enhanced public awareness of poetry in North Carolina and beyond.

Dr. Edna Tan

Dr. Edna Tan (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has received continued funding from Michigan State University and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Tools for Teaching and Learning Engineering Practices: Pathways Towards Productive Identity Development in Engineering [I-Engineering].”

Dr. Holt Wilson

Dr. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning II (NC2ML II).” The project continues ongoing analyses of teachers’ and leaders’ participation to refine aspects of the learning architecture developed in Year 1, investigate ways of improving infrastructures, and identify additional elements to promote learning at scale. Reports will be provided to NCDPI at several stages throughout the continuation project. Additionally, the project will assist NCDPI K-12 Mathematics Section, the University of North Carolina General Administration, and the North Carolina Community College System with a review of high school fourth math course completion and first year mathematics course selection and success. A final report will be provided to NCDPI on this analysis.

Kim Cuny

Kim Cuny (Communication Studies, Multiliteracy Centers, Theatre) has co-authored an article with one of her former Speaking Center Graduate Assistants, William Bryant. The article, “Critical Perspectives on Group Consultations at Communication Centers: Communication Accommodation Theory, Immediacy, and Persuasion” appears in the current edition of the peer reviewed scholarly publication Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation.

Dr. Sebastian Pauli

Dr. Sebastian Pauli (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.” The funding helps in running a summer school in computational number theory for approximately thirty-five participants. The topic for  Summer 2017 is Computational aspects of Hilbert’s 12th Problem. The topic for Summer 2018 will be Geometry and Modular Forms. Each UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory runs for a week, from Monday to Friday. On a typical day, external and local experts will give talks in the morning, and in the afternoon students will solve problems related to this material. These will include theoretical as well as programming problems and computer experiments. The aim of the summer school in computational number theory is to complement the traditional training that graduate students receive by exposing them to a constructive and computational approach to many objects in number theory. This furthers their knowledge and gives the students additional tools for their research. Furthermore, the school allows the students to have the opportunity to work closely with experts in the field.

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson (Recreation and Wellness) received from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) a North Carolina Rape Prevention and Education Program Primary Prevention Community Grant. The abstract notes that under United States federal law, most notably Title IX and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, all students are guaranteed a right to an education free from sexual violence.  UNCG’s Wellness Center is well known on the UNCG campus and in the greater Greensboro community for being actively involved in reducing interpersonal violence, sexual assault and violence against women. The Kaplan Center for Wellness also houses the UNCG Sexual Violence Campus Advocacy Program (SVCA). Last academic year, 4,683 students participated in programs related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and dating violence, the abstract further notes.



Sean Mulligan

Sean Mulligan (University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives) has been named the winner of the University Libraries’ Staff Service Award for 2017. Created by the Head of Circulation Martha Ransley upon her retirement, the award was first given in 1998. It recognizes and rewards SHRA staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the mission of University Libraries. In the statement announcing his award, Mulligan was recognized for his exacting attention to detail and his willingness to help others. He was hired in 2008 as an archivist in Special Collections and University Archives’ department and is responsible for processing the Libraries’ collections and creating finding aids to ensure they are available to researchers. He also works on the public service desk and assists faculty and students when they need to use the collections for class projects. Additionally, Mulligan has worked tirelessly to implement professional development opportunities and morale-building programs for staff.

Launch of new iSpartan web portal

To help ensure more audiences see UNCG’s news, understand our story and participate in the Spartan community, a new iSpartan web portal is now in place.

This is an important channel for the university’s communications, especially in reaching students during the year. The site more effectively tells our story, shares big pictures and videos, and makes sure people using the site see the important UNCG news of the day. The navigation is simple and clear. The experience is simply better.

Check it out at https://ispartan.uncg.edu. (Note: If the new iSpartan web portal is not viewable, you may want to clear your cache and browser history.)

UNCG Architectural Walking Tour

Enjoy an architectural tour of the UNCG campus June 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

UNCG opened its doors in 1892, after the city of Greensboro was selected in a competitive bidding process with other cities including Durham, Graham, Thomasville and Marion. The city won the bid after its citizens approved $30,000 in bonds for its first buildings and R.S. Pullen and R.T. Gray gave land for the 10-acre campus. The Normal School (UNCG) opened in 1892 with 198 students, 15 faculty, and three departments: commercial, domestic science, and pedagogy (teaching). Over the past 125 years, the campus has developed into the largest in the city, including examples from nearly every phase of American academic architecture, including Richardsonian Romanesque, Neoclassical Revival, Colonial Revival, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism, and Post Modern designs.

UNCG student and tour guide Nils Skudra will lead participants in a walking tour that will review key historical themes and architectural styles found on the campus, including early twentieth century dormitories, mid-twentieth century expansion, and even the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The tour will be cancelled in case of rain. Wear comfortable shoes! This tour is free. Meet at the 47-foot brick Vacc Bell Tower at Spring Garden Street and College Avenue.

See more information here.

Did Chaplin really do his funny walk, at UNCG?

He talked the talk. And at UNCG he walked the walk.

Charlie Chaplin was becoming world-famous as a funny man. His “Tramp” character was hugely popular. But in his April 13, 1918, visit to UNCG – at the end of a big Greensboro parade – he wanted to be all-business in drumming up sales for war bonds to finance WW I.

By all accounts, Charlie Chaplin was very earnest in impressing upon the crowds at State Normal College (UNCG) the need to buy Liberty War Bonds in 1918. The State Normal Magazine said he tried hard to be serious and to “get down to brass tacks.” The crowd of more than 5,000 appreciated his patriotism.

How long did he talk? The Daily News says Charles Lapworth talked a minute before introducing Chaplin. (A prominent local citizen, A.M. Scales, spoke as well, according to the State Normal Magazine.) Chaplin talked for “not more than 10 minutes altogether,” according to the Daily Record, impressing on the audience that “the country is now passing through the most critical period in its history.”

Did anyone request to see his funny walk, the classic “Tramp” shuffle? Apparently a boy from behind the stage wanted him to do just that. “‘No, I can’t ‘walk,’ I tell you. This is too serious,” Chaplin explained to the crowd, according to the Daily News.

However, the Daily Record reports that he did do his classic, funny walk, at the end.

Why a comedian? The Raleigh News & Observer had covered Secretary of Treasury William G. McAdoos’ appearance in Raleigh days before Chaplin arrived in that city. Both men promoted the bonds. But as the Raleigh paper’s April 12 edition said, “There are thousands who would go further to see Charlie Chaplin than they would to see Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo….” The piece noted that it was nice to have an orator representing the “lighter side of life.”

Was Chaplin serious throughout his entire Greensboro appearance? No. Chaplin made the audience at the campus’ Curry court laugh with a hat trick and “other peculiar mannerisms,” the Daily News reported. The Daily Record goes into more detail: As he ended his remarks, he couldn’t resist blowing a kiss from the tips of his fingers to a large group of college women forming a “bank of bright color” in front of him. He “pulled his hat down over his ears…flapped his hands at his sides and executed a few steps” of the well-known Chaplin walk.

Do pictures exist? UNCG Campus Weekly has not located any from his time in Greensboro. The Daily News and The Greensboro Patriot indicate the chamber of commerce had motion picture film shot that day, and that it would be shown in theaters in Greensboro and in other parts of North Carolina. If it exists, its location is unknown.

After his talk? Normal College (UNCG) faculty member Wade Brown, one of four individuals on the stage, led the audience in the singing of “America” after their remarks had concluded, says the Daily Record. (UNCG’s Brown Building would be named after Wade Brown.)

Where did Chaplin go after this event in Greensboro? After an afternoon appearance in Winston (Winston-Salem), he was scheduled for another in Salisbury that evening, according to reports in the weekend’s Greensboro newspapers. (The April 4 Greensboro Patriot had indicated Lexington would be on his schedule, as well.) Chaplin arrived that night in Charlotte, where the next day he spoke at Camp Green, the city auditorium and the “old Presbyterian College yard,” says the April 15 Daily News. The report described him as “good-looking, smart and magnetic.”

Did he buy bonds, himself? He told the crowd, “They got $100,000 out of me, and I’m some little business man, I tell you,” according to the Daily News.

Where did Charlie Chaplin join the Greensboro parade? He and his party were near the end of the parade, along with the Rotary Club and boy scouts. The latter assembled on Church between N. Elm and Davie. The former formed in front of the Presbyterian Church. It’s assumed Chaplin joined the parade near those groups. The Normal College (UNCG) students were near the middle of the parade and formed at East Washington east of Davis.

The parade route? The parade began near the junction of Church, Lindsay and Summit Avenue. According to the April 13 Greensboro Daily News, the route was: south down Davie, west along Depot Street and onto Elm Street, heading north. The parade proceeded down Market, south onto Mendenhall, east onto Spring Garden and onto College Avenue at what is now UNCG.

Was the parade long? Yes. It was led by many automobiles carrying the mothers of soldiers. Chaplin, as he rode the “long, slow route,” performed for the thousands who lined the route, says a newspaper.

How many Normal College (UNCG) women were in the parade? Perhaps 500 or 600 marched through Greensboro, says the April 14, 1918, Daily News. The total college enrollment was less than 800. One apparently was on horseback. They were attired in “white middy blouses and colored ties,” says the April 13 Daily Record.

Did Chaplin have his famous moustache? And the huge shoes? No moustache. He was described by the Daily News as “small and neat in his tweeds.” As for the oversized shoes that helped make his Tramp character famous? The newspaper says “the ladies who crowded up front at Curry court to see his feet were disappointed.” His shoes were normal size that day.

He was one of the most famous figures in the world. Did the comic on the silent screen match the man in real life? According to the Daily News, one woman said, after looking at the handsome young man on the stage very carefully, “I just can’t believe that is the queer man you see in the pictures.”

By Mike Harris

Sources: Greensboro Daily News, April 12-15, 1918; Greensboro Daily Record, April 12-15, 1918; Raleigh News and Observer, April 13-14, 1918; The Greensboro Patriot, April 4 and 15, 1918; State Normal Magazine, May 1918.

Visual: circa 1918, Chaplin holding a Chaplin doll. From Wikipedia Commons.

This story drawn from a UNCG Campus Weekly 2012 post. See other stories in this Chaplin series:

Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG
Buy WWI Liberty Bonds, Chaplin told 5,000 on campus
Sacrifice and service during WWI at UNCG
Fame, fortune and that funny Chaplin waddle

Super Saturday – High School Recruitment Day in September

UNCG Theatre will have its 15th annual SUPER SATURDAY event on Sept. 30, 2017, on the UNCG campus. High School theater students and teachers are invited to attend workshops in a variety of areas of theater artistry.

Super Saturday guests will attend two workshops and a special matinee performance of “As You Like It” in Taylor Theatre. The day is a wonderful way UNCG presents the excellence of UNCG Theatre.

Registration is required. The cost of attending is $12 per student. Students may download forms and see more information at https://vpa.uncg.edu/events/super-saturday.

Make nominations for public service /civic engagement awards

UNCG’s “University Honors”  recognize exemplary public service and civic engagement. The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished service to our state or nation. The Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award is designed to recognize North Carolinians who have served our local community, state or nation, but who may have done so without garnering national attention.

UNCG seeks your help to nominate inspiring individuals who deserve recognition for all they have done for our communities and our society. While the recipients of the University Honors are often UNCG alumni, the awards are intended to honor any remarkable North Carolinian, regardless of his or her alma mater.

Nomination materials are available at http://publicserviceawards.wp.uncg.edu.

Please submit your completed nomination form no later than Monday, October 2, 2017. The awards will be presented at the 2018 University Honors event, which will take place next spring.

State Health Plan Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit

The State Health Plan is conducting a dependent eligibility verification audit. The purpose of the audit is to ensure that all dependents currently enrolled in the State Health Plan are eligible to receive coverage under the Plan. This verification for dependents ONLY applies to medical coverage and does not include dental or other benefits.  The audit is currently in progress, and will conclude on July 31, 2017.

Instructions: How to Provide Documentation:

You can submit your documentation online, by fax or email.

Submit online
1.     Visit the State Health Plan’s website at www.shpnc.org and click ENROLL NOW (on the green menu bar).

2.     Select the first yellow box listed (Login to eEnroll) to log into eEnroll.

3.     Once you are logged into eEnroll, click Enroll Now!

4.   Click My Documents (on the left-hand side of your screen)

5.     You will then be prompted to upload the required documentation within the Document Center. You may provide a scanned copy of the document or take a photo with your smart phone and upload it directly to the Document Center.

6.     If the documentation you provided cannot be verified, you will receive notification or you can log back into eEnroll where you can check the status of your verification.

Submit with fax or email
If you do not have access to eEnroll, you can fax the documents to 866-742-6444 or email the documents to SHPDependentAudit@benefitfocus.com. You are required to include your Full Name, Dependent’s Full Name, State Health Plan ID number located on your Plan ID card and the name of your employing unit on both the email and fax in order for the document to be accepted. Mailed, hard copy documents will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are submitting any documentation that contains SSN, you should black out the number. SSN is not required for you or your dependent(s) as part of the dependent verification process. You may also black out any account information, financial transactions, account balances and any other information that is not pertinent to the process.


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Eligibility and Enrollment Support Center at 855-859-0966, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST or at SHPDependentAudit@benefitfocus.com. For more information, you can also visit the plan’s website at www.shpnc.org.

The HR Benefits Staff is glad to assist with questions and can be reached at (336) 334-5009 or askbenefits@uncg.edu.

Obregon-Cuebas receives U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Omar Obregon-Cuebas, a UNCG undergraduate, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Meknes, Morocco, this summer.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. Obregon-Cuebas is one of approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2017.

CLS provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight to ten weeks overseas studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS scholars are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future careers.

“Critical” languages are those that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America’s engagement with the world.

More information and a list of past UNCG recipients is here.

Looking ahead: July 14, 2017

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

“More than Meets the Eye” tour
Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Summer Session I final exams
Wednesday, June 21

Sondheim Concert Series: ‘Sweeney Todd’ preview
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage

First classes for Summer Session II
Thursday, June 22

13th Annual WAM Summer Solstice Party
Friday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.

GPA record year for Athletics

UNCG Athletics set a program record with a 3.22 grade-point average for the 2016-17 year. They also set a new mark for a single-term with a 3.25 GPA during the spring semester. Twelve student-athletes finished the 2016-17 year with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, and 32 student-athletes posted a 4.0 GPA for the 2017 spring term.

Dr. John Willse

Dr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for the project “Data management and statistical analysis support for Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools.” The assigned UNCG graduate assistant will provide data management and statistical analysis support, working closely with Research and Evaluation staff.

See/hear: June 14, 2017

 Dean John Kiss appeared on Triad Today before his seeds/plants experiment was launched into orbit, with the destination of the International Space Station – where the experiment currently is underway. See the interview.

Of 14 national 2017 Nursing Education Fellows, two are Spartans

Fourteen distinguished nurse educators have been selected for this year’s National League of Nursing class of fellows to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education.

Impressively, two are in the UNCG School of Nursing:

  • Kay Cowen, MSN, RN-BC, CNE
  • Yolanda Hyde, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CNE.

Following tradition, the induction ceremony will take place at the NLN Honors Convocation September 16, during the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego.

Evaluations take into account applicants’ contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships.

The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators.

Stacy Sechrist and John Weil

Stacy Sechrist and John Weil (North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC)) received new funding from Family Services of Davidson County, Inc. for the project “Research on Domestic Violence Victims for Family Services of Davidson County (FSDC).” The North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC) will analyze data about victims of domestic violence who have been served by Family Services of Davidson County (FCDC). FCDS will provide de-identified data to the NCNSC researchers, who will then analyze data for trends and outcomes related to quality of, type of, and satisfaction with various types of services provided by FSDC.