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Archives for August 2017

Dr. Chris Payne

photo of PayneDr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships), received new funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”  

UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships will serve as the Research/Implementation/Professional Development partner to Guilford Child Development (GCD) for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant to increase staff knowledge and skills, which support high-quality comprehensive child development services. Using an implementation model, the project will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County.

GCD, in partnership with UNCG, will increase access to high-quality early childhood care through a two-pronged approach: (A) Direct provision of high-quality early childhood services through additional Early Head Start classrooms in Greensboro; and (B) Comprehensive training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care staff and heighten the quality of care in homes and classrooms. This two-pronged approach will help to meet the immediate need for high-quality child care while also building a broad base of early childhood professionals to continue to meet community needs.

Provision of high quality, comprehensive child care services in this area will provide families with a path to a better future for their children. By building on the strengths of existing community agencies and partners, and developing a strong cadre of early childhood professionals, we can make permanent gains in the availability of high-quality services and opportunities for children in poverty and their families.

Dr. Diane Ryndak

photo of RyndakDr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project LEAPS: Leadership in Extensive and Pervasive Support Needs.”  

The Doctoral Program in Special Education at UNCG has a history of (a) graduating scholars who procure and maintain employment in teacher preparation programs nationally, and (b) conducting OSEP projects to prepare high-quality leaders. LEAPS builds on this history by collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, low-performing schools in North Carolina, self-advocates and parents of students with disabilities, and national experts to prepare leaders in research and the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of high-need students with disabilities who are far below grade level; at risk of not graduating with a regular high school diploma on time; or not on track to being college- or career-ready by graduation.

Specifically, LEAPS will focus on competencies for conducting research and preparing teachers to work with students historically labeled as having significant intellectual disabilities, autism, severe, or multiple disabilities, areas in which there has been a chronic critical shortage of qualified teachers nationally and in North Carolina.

LEAPS will extend UNCG’s existing doctoral program’s competencies for research, preservice teacher preparation, and service, and add competencies for evidence-based practices (EBP) to meet the needs of high-needs students with EPSN in low-performing schools. Scholars will learn competencies in inclusive practices, secondary and post-secondary education and transition, EBP and individualized supports (including assistive technology), advocacy, and academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. This will be accomplished using technology during courses, when teaching, and in collaboration with schools, national experts, and other scholars nationally within the context of the existing doctoral program, additional one-hour seminars related to students with EPSN, authentic experiences with low-performing schools, and the use of resources and expertise of National Technical Assistance Projects. The intent is to improve outcomes for these students and their schools.

Looking Ahead: August 23, 2017

Women’s Soccer vs. Elon
Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Cram and Scram sale
Friday, Aug. 25, 8 a.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Reframe Fall 2017 Learning Series
Friday, Aug. 25, noon, Faculty Center.

Spartan Cinema: Jurassic World
Friday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., film at sunset, LeBauer Park

Volleyball vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Women’s Soccer vs. Clemson
Sunday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Men’s Soccer vs. High Point
Monday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Dick Gregory remembered

Dick Gregory, civil rights activist, social critic and comedian, died last weekend at age 84. He holds a special place in UNCG history as he was keynote speaker at UNCG’s first MLK Celebration (see the listing on the UNCG Multicultural Engagement page.) He was followed by John Lewis and Ralph Abernathy in those first three years. Gregory is the only person to twice be the keynote speaker, as he spoke again in 2013.

Dr. Stephen Sills

photo of SillisDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Greensboro Housing Coalition for the project “Evaluation of the Collaborative Cottage Grove BUILD 2.0 Health Challenge Project.”  

This project is supported by funds from the BUILD Health Challenge. UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies will serve as the evaluator for the Greensboro Housing Coalition and the Collaborative Cottage Grove for their BUILD Health Challenge grant. The project will employ a contextually responsive, collaborative model of participatory research. The evaluators will work with the BUILD team and partners to ensure that evaluation is institutionalized throughout by developing data tracking and feedback mechanisms for accurate reporting. The evaluation design is responsive to the evolving project and that it provides data intended to: support program improvement, demonstrate initial outcomes, and reveal institutional changes resulting from the program.

The evaluation will be quasi-experimental, mixed-method, and include GIS mapping. Impact will be evaluated using multiple data sources. Residents will be asked at three separate time points to provide assessments of: (1) community activities (gardens, health fairs, trainings) (2) physical improvements that promote activity (bike lanes, parks, sidewalks), and (3) self-reported health status and nutrition. Residents will also provide assessment of their health at the time of their participation and 90 days following. This will provide a means to identify the “contribution” that participation in a particular activity had on perceptions of health and engagement in behaviors associated with positive health. Attendance counts at health fairs and other events will help to determine overall community engagement. Observational counts of bike riding, walking, playground use, other activities use will be made.

The project focuses on measuring impact at the (1) individual, (2) health issue, and (3) community level. At the individual level the focus will be on changes in perceptions of health promotion and reported levels of engagement. At the health issue level, the focus will be on improvements on health issues and their consequences (reduction in emergency department visits, living in homes without asthma triggers, healthy eating, reduction of diabetes symptoms, more physical active). At the community level, the impact on community dynamics (collaborations and communication, support for promoting healthy environment), community economics, improvement to housing, and development of public areas will be examined. To determine the relative impact of BUILD, residents of a nearby community with comparable socio-demographics will be surveyed at the same times. The communities will be compared on health indicators relating to diabetes, asthma, and general health.

Haskell named Bernard Distinguished Scholar of Jewish Studies

photo of Haskell

Provost Dunn and Dean Kiss have an announcement:

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen D. Haskell has been appointed as the Herman & Zelda Bernard Distinguished Scholar of Jewish Studies. She is an outstanding professor and teacher-scholar in the Department of Religious Studies.

The Herman & Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship was established by family and friends in recognition of the Bernards’ contributions to the Jewish community in North Carolina. Zelda Bernard, a native of Danville, Virginia, was employed by the Works Progress Administration and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office until her marriage to Mr. Bernard in 1945. Herman Bernard, a native of High Point, North Carolina, was the founder of Casard Furniture Manufacturing and Bernards Inc., a furniture import business. The Bernards were both active in the affairs of B’nai Israel Synagogue and other important Jewish boards and communities in North Carolina.

As the new Bernard Scholar, Dr. Haskell brings groundbreaking approaches to Jewish Studies in her work on theology, culture, and gender. Her research productivity includes the publication of two monographs in important scholarly presses within four years, well-articulated plans for future scholarship, and most recently, an invited book chapter that will soon be published by Oxford University Press along with contributions from an international group of scholars.

Dr. Haskell’s area of specialty is late 13th-century Jewish mysticism and in particular the highly influential “Book of Splendor (Sefer HaZohar),” the major work of the Spanish Kabbalistic tradition. The Kabbalah is an esoteric school of Jewish thought that teases out the hidden meaning of Jewish scripture. Her scholarship focuses especially on two areas of discourse: gendered religious imagery, and indications of cultural transmission and the relationship between medieval Jews and Christians. In her first monograph, Suckling at My Mother’s Breasts: The Image of a Nursing God in Jewish Mysticism (SUNY, 2012), Dr. Haskell explores the many spiritual and theological meanings that invest the mystical representation of God as a nursing mother.

Dr. Haskell’s recently published second book, “Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar’s Conversations with Christianity” (Oxford, 2016), initiates a new scholarly direction. In this volume, she transforms our understanding of the Zohar by uncovering within it a range of hidden Jewish arguments against Christian claims. Her groundbreaking reinterpretation of the Zohar uncovers a rich record of the strategies and specific arguments that 13th-century Spanish Jews used to contest Christian power and illuminates Jewish resistance to a persecuting society in innovative ways. In summary, these achievements make clear that Dr. Haskell is a significant figure in her field and that she will continue to be a dynamic and engaged scholar.

We are pleased that Dr. Haskell will be the Herman & Zelda Bernard Distinguished Scholar of Jewish Studies at UNCG.

125th Anniversary pop-up museum

Last Tuesday, after hearing Chancellor Gilliam’s State of the Campus Address reflecting on the university’s past and looking toward the future, faculty and staff had the opportunity to learn even more about UNCG’s dynamic history – through a 125th anniversary-themed pop-up museum launched by Special Collections and University Archives during the traditional post-State of the Campus luncheon.

The collection, displayed on the ground floor of Moran Commons, covered a 20-year time period, from the late 1880s through the early 1900s, and museum visitors were greeted by several UNCG graduate student actors in period costumes.

“Looking at our past is a great way to start thinking about where we are today and where we want to be in the future,” explained university archivist Erin Lawrimore, who designed the pop-up museum and assembled the historical objects.

On display were artifacts, photographs, publications and information focused on the founding of the university and what the State Normal and Industrial School was like 125 years ago, including a 1900 key to the president’s office in Main Building (Foust) and an 1891-92 prospectus outlining courses.

One case held the unique and popular death mask of the university’s first president, Charles Duncan McIver. The second case contained, among other items, a letter by and photograph of Ezekiel “Zeke” Robinson, hired by McIver to serve as “General Factotum,” managing the State Normal College’s support staff. Robinson worked under three college presidents, doing everything from ringing the school bell and managing horse-and-buggy transportation to the city to assisting with visiting dignitaries such as Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan and Anna Howard Shaw

A separate exhibition room displayed physical education gym suits from the 1900s,’30s and ’60s, a nurse’s uniform from 1963, a class jacket from 1961 and a 1942 drum signed by the Woman’s College Darlinettes – a recent University Archives acquisition making its public debut. Also on display was a typewriter used by alumna JoAnne Smart Drane, among the first African American students at the college. There was also a five-banner display that highlighted many key moments in UNCG’s history reflecting opportunity and excellence, and a looping video of historical footage.

“The pop-up museum was a great way to kick off our 125th anniversary celebration,” said Lawrimore. I was pleased to see so many people actively engaging with and excited about university history.”

For those who want to learn more about UNCG’s history and artifacts, University Archives is open for research Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Jackson Library. There are also a number of other ways to explore university history:

  • The online collections and resources are on the University Archives website. Digitized materials include yearbooks, student newspapers, course bulletins, Charles Duncan McIver’s papers and many print photographs.
  • From October through May, there will be a university history exhibition in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

UNCG to partner with Allegacy FCU on wellness program

photo of BulidingUNCG and Allegacy Federal Credit Union have announced a new collaboration that offers rewards for UNCG students, faculty and staff who use UNCG’s state-of-the-art Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The partnership is made possible thanks to the university’s new “Millennial Campus” designation, which allows UNCG to enter into arrangements with private-sector entities.

This fall, Allegacy will open a financial center on campus as part of the new Health and Wellness Millennial District. The credit union will be located in Spartan Village II, UNCG’s new mixed-use project featuring two residence halls and 26,000 square feet of retail space.

Allegacy’s AllHealth Wellness Savings Account is available to current and new members of the Kaplan Center. Designed as an incentive to be more active, the wellness savings account offers financial rewards for visits to the wellness center. Members will earn higher returns on their savings based on the number of visits to the center each month. Participants can earn up to 1 percent APY on a savings balance of up to $10,000.

“By broadly embracing the idea of health and wellness over a lifetime – bringing together concepts of both physical fitness and financial well-being – Allegacy is bringing unique value to UNCG and our neighboring community,” said Charlie Maimone, UNCG vice chancellor of business affairs. “Allegacy has demonstrated a commitment to providing great services. Even more, they are supporting UNCG’s academic and service mission through student learning opportunities and offering their expertise to many of our service programs. This important relationship is a model for partnerships as we continue developing our Millennial Campus into the future.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with UNCG, expand our presence in Greensboro and be part of a unique mixed-use component of Spartan Village,” said Cathy Pace, president and CEO of Allegacy. “UNCG is transforming this location to enhance the entire community atmosphere, and we look forward to helping our members make positive changes in their financial lives and overall well-being with our many services.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Students get up close & personal with sea turtles in Costa Rica

photo of StudentsTraveling the world and saving animals once felt like a pipe dream to UNCG student Leanne Murray. But after a trip to the Sea Turtle Conservancy Tortuguero Biological Field Station in Costa Rica, that dream is within grasp.

“I got blasted in the face multiple times with thick clouds of sand flung by the turtles while camouflaging their nests,” Murray said. “… how many people can say they’ve been able to get that up close and personal with a nesting green sea turtle?”

July 29 through Aug. 5, Murray and her classmates in Ann Berry Somers’ Biology 361 class had the opportunity of a lifetime tagging and collecting data from sea turtles bedded down for the night on the black-sand shores of Tortuguero National Park.

The seminar and field studies course, “Biology and the Conservation of Sea Turtles,” began in Spring 2017 and along with Costa Rica includes a trip to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, North Carolina. This allows the class to compare conservation efforts in North Carolina with those in Costa Rica.

“This is the only sea turtles class I know of where students get experience with all five of the sea turtles found in the North Atlantic,” said Somers, senior lecturer and Lloyd International Honors College faculty fellow.

The three-credit-hour course tops out at 12 students and has been offered to undergraduates every other year since 1996.

“Students taking this course see first-hand what is happening and feel it deeply,” Somers said. “I am constantly inspired by them. Many of them will spend their lives working to restore what has been damaged.”

Student Kim O’Neill initially had some reluctance about the level of physical exertion required for the Costa Rica experience – a fear that disappeared pretty quickly.

“When I got back from my first shift, I couldn’t sleep, instead I journaled until 6 a.m. I raved over the sheer wonder I felt,” O’Neill said. “I wrote, ‘This world is filled with majesty, we just have to be curious to discover it.’”

The Surf City Rehab Center’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles. It is one of only a few facilities in the U.S. dedicated entirely to sea turtles. Students assisted in the care of the turtles while learning about the causes of decline in U.S. waters.

“I believe I have done a great deed for the sea turtles and feel very fortunate to have been a part of it,” said Biology major Aaron Wagoner.

In late July, Somers and her students arrived by boat at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, a remote area on the Caribbean coast at the edge of a wet tropical rain forest. For 50 years, the Sea Turtle Conservancy has conducted annual sea turtle nest monitoring studies along the 21-mile beach, the nesting site of more endangered sea turtles than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. The monitoring program was initiated in the 1950s by American conservationist Dr. Archie Carr and has reversed the decline of green turtles in the Caribbean.

Somers said she’s seen significant changes resulting from worldwide conservation efforts over the course of the 21 years she has taught the class.

“The consequences of these changes are largely unknown, but certainly this is not just about sea turtles (and the course work emphasizes this), it is about the ocean ecosystems,” Somers said.

In darkness, Somers and her students ventured along the beach, measuring the turtles after they inched toward the shore, counting eggs, tagging and recording data.

“This class has been the highlight of my college career,” said Kait Brown. “I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone into something truly amazing.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Cody Bergland

Spartan SPEARS volunteers

For the past seven years on the first two days of classes, UNCG has seen a flood of lime green scattered around campus. Students wearing lime green shirts with “Ask Me” buttons are known as Spartan SPEARS. These student volunteers are placed all over campus to point the way for new students trying to navigate our campus. This August, over 190 students participated in the SPEARS initiative and were seen helping answer questions and guide students. New Student Transitions & First Year Experience hopes to continue seeing more students participate as a SPEAR in the future. If you have a student group interested in participating, contact Shakinah Simeona-Lee in NST & FYE, and be on the lookout for more lime green in January and next August.

Grasshoppers discount tickets for Spartan employees

How do faculty and staff purchase discounted tickets for the UNCG Night at the Grasshoppers game? Those interested in the event the evening of Saturday, Aug. 19 may use the purchasing code, UNCG125, to receive $2 off your ticket. The code can be used to purchase tickets at the stadium’s box office or online at gsohoppers.com.

From bees to RVs: Total eclipse of the heartland

photo of MapAug. 21 will be a historic day for American astronomy. Hotels in cities and small towns on the total eclipse path have been booked up for a year, and eclipse viewers will also fill RVs and campsites across the country, from Oregon to South Carolina.

“The last solar eclipse I saw was in Oct. 2014, when I was visiting the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena,” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. John Kiss. “What makes this event exciting is that it is the first total eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in almost a century.”

While Kiss, who has recently launched seedlings into space, will see the partial solar eclipse from campus, other UNCG researchers will travel far and wide to reach the path of totality. 

Astronomy professors Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko and Dr. Steve Danford (emeritus) will both journey to Nebraska, where the chances of clear weather are higher than in the southeast. Miroshnichenko will go to a small town approximately 50 miles south of Lincoln, an area that will experience 2 minutes and 35 seconds of totality. Danford, who has been giving eclipse lectures in North Carolina totality cities such as Highlands, will venture via RV more than 200 miles farther west in Nebraska to an open field 80 miles above North Platte.

Professor of Biology Dr. Olav Rueppell will travel with three students – Prashan Walker, Saman Baral and Carlos Vega-Melendez  –  to Clemson University to perform an experiment about honey bee foraging behavior, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, cooperative extension apiculture specialist in South Carolina. Clemson is on the path of totality and will experience midday darkness for 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

“We know that honey bee foraging activity during solar eclipse events decreases, but the details are unknown,” explained Rueppell. “Our study is designed to shed light on how colony status affects honey bee foraging decisions. Specifically, we will use this extraordinary event of the solar eclipse to test whether honey bees that are in greater need of food are more reluctant to give up foraging activities when conditions become unfavorable – dark, cold and a lack of the sun compass for orientation.”

The researchers will monitor the bees’ foraging activity throughout the eclipse and compare colonies with varying levels of resources.

“The results will reveal how flexible honey bee behavior responds to hive internal and external conditions, which may be important for honey bees to adapt to the changing world they are living in,” said Rueppell.

The world will completely, yet briefly, change for the honey bees at Clemson at 2:37 p.m., just a few minutes before a momentary twilight settles over UNCG, at 2:42 p.m.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Updated Aug. 16, 11:45 a.m. Note that due to high demand, eclipse glasses will not be provided for attendees at the UNCG Petty Science Bridge event on Monday, HRL notes. Instructions on how to make a pinhole viewer may be seen here.

More information about the eclipse may be found at this UNCG web site.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week events Aug. 21-25

The UNCG Department of Recreation and Wellness has collaborated with other departments and student groups to hold UNCG’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week, with a variety of events to promote campus safety and victim support.

Olivia Jackson-Lewis, who has recently joined UNCG as the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Coordinator, is responsible for programming on sexual violence prevention topics including healthy relationships and consent education.

She notes that “sexual violence is an issue that impacts us all.”

Jackson-Lewis praised the involvement of student groups in Sexual Assault Awareness Week and said she looks forward to the opening of the newly established Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC). (See story in next week’s Campus Weekly about the center’s opening).

Sexual Assault Awareness Week events include:

The Clothesline Project
A week-long display on the Jackson Library and Stone lawns features shirts decorated by UNCG students, faculty, and staff. Each displayed shirt features a story of how intimate partner violence  had affected the shirt-maker.

CVRC Hosts Create a T-shirt for The Clothesline Project
Monday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gove 015

Violence Unsilenced Film Screening: “Audrie and Daisy”
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m., EUC Auditorium
A new documentary tells two young women’s stories side by side.

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Jackson Library Lawn
An annual event. Participants may share their stories of healing.

Grand Opening: Campus Violence Response Center
Thursday, Aug. 24, 4 p.m., ground floor of Gove Student Health

Cram and Scram sale Aug. 25

UNCG’s premiere rummage sale, Cram and Scram, will be Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom. The goods are made up of items collected from residence halls as students departed campus last spring. The sale is open to anyone, but particularly geared toward UNCG students. All items are only 50 cents, cash only.

Proceeds from the sale, put on by UNCG’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, fund environmental educational opportunities for UNCG students and the greater community.

For more information, contact Ben Kunka at recycle@uncg.edu or (336) 334-5192.

Chelimo medals at World Championships

UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo continued his medal-winning ways Saturday evening in London as he claimed the bronze medal in the 5,000-meter race at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. This marks the second time in two years Chelimo has medaled in the 5,000-meter distance – he won the Silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chelimo came in third overall in the distance race with a time of 13:33.30 as his final kick came up just short of the top two finishers. The third-place finish capped off a crazy week in London as he qualified for the finals despite falling twice in the preliminary heat.

The 2014 UNCG graduate in public health is a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

See video from Chelimo’s post-race media conference.

See full story at UNCG Athletics site.

2017 Spartans of Promise nomination

photo of StudentsEach year, 10 outstanding seniors at UNCG are recognized with the prestigious honor of being a Spartan of Promise. The Spartan of Promise award is given to those who exhibit characteristics of a well-rounded student at UNCG and have a passion for service. Spartans of Promise are honored at the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner in October and later participate in UNCG Alumni events throughout the duration of the academic year.

Spartans of Promise must exemplify:

  • Strong involvement in campus activities
  • Proven leadership in service activities
  • Passion for UNCG


  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 90 credit hours, at least 30 of which are completed at UNCG

If you know a senior who fits the criteria, nominate them now! Email your letters of recommendation to Dorian Thompson at drthomp2@uncg.edu. Students who are recommended by faculty, student organizations, or staff will be contacted by email and encouraged to submit the student application form, which can be found here. The deadline for the student application and recommendation submissions is Sept. 2, 2017.

For more information about the Spartans of Promise awards, visit alumni.uncg.edu/Spartans-of-Promise.

Boosting student success: Starfish News, Fall 2017

The Starfish technology is now available to all instructors, academic support staff, and students for the fall semester. Starfish is an early-alert system that allows UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. Starfish allows instructors, advisors, and other staff members to track student progress and remain in the loop about their shared students. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Beginning Fall 2017, users can log into Starfish at STARFISH.UNCG.EDU.

Fall 2017 Updates, Reminders, and Training Opportunities:

  • NEW Log-In Method for Starfish: UNCG users may now access Starfish by logging into STARFISH.UNCG.EDU with their usernames and passwords. This update improves Starfish screen readability and allows users to view Canvas and Starfish concurrently if desired.
  • Starfish Referrals: Starfish offers instructors and academic support staff several referral options for directing students to helpful campus resources. Raising a referral will simultaneously alert the student to take action and notify the service provider of the referral.
  • Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff: Training workshops are available throughout the semester to help users learn how to navigate Starfish features. Workshop details and sign-ups can be accessed at workshops.uncg.edu.

New to Starfish? Here is some information on how UNCG currently uses this technology

Instructors and faculty use Starfish to:

  • Raise alert flags for your students with academic and personal concerns so that they can connect with the resources and people that may help them
  • Give kudos to students who are performing well or showing improvement
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources that may help them
  • Complete Academic Status Reports throughout the semester to flag many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts on the following dates: Sept. 5 & Sept. 26
  • Post office-hour availability and manage student meetings

Advisors and academic support staff use Starfish to:

  • Stay in the loop on which advisees have been flagged for academic concerns and provide additional support
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources
  • Post appointment availability and manage advising appointments
  • Maintain appointment notes and outcomes
  • Clear flags as concerns resolve

Students use Starfish to:

  • Keep track of the feedback they get from their instructors
  • Schedule appointments with their instructors and advisors who use Starfish for online scheduling
  • Schedule an appointment with a Starfish Outreach Team member for help after being flagged

Instructors, staff, and students may refer to the Starfish website for more information about Starfish. Technical support requests can be emailed to starfish@uncg.edu.

Research and community engagement events

This list includes workshops, dates and events related to research and community engagement, particularly those offered by offices within the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE). More may be added in the future, or individual schools and departments may plan workshops and events, so faculty are encouraged to check their unit’s websites and emails for additional opportunities. A listing of all ORE workshops can also be found at research.uncg.edu/events/ and registration for all workshops is available at workshops.uncg.edu.

Applying for Internal Research Awards (New Faculty Research Awards and Regular Faculty Research Awards)

Tues., 8/22, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 1607 MHRA OR

Wed., 8/30, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 1607 MHRA

This workshop covers what you need to know to successfully apply for New Faculty Research Awards and the Regular Faculty Research Awards. Faculty may apply for New Faculty Research Awards or Regular Faculty Research Awards from Sept. 1, 2017, through Oct. 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. For more information, guidelines, directions and forms, go to research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/.

Show Me The Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Thurs., 8/24, 11:0-1:00 p.m., 304 Curry OR

Wed., 10/25, 9:00-11:00 p.m., 304 Curry

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of keywords.  Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Submitting a Grant Proposal to an External Agency

Tues., 9/12, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 2711 MHRA OR

Wed., 11/01, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 2711 MHRA

The workshop will go over the typical sections of a grant proposal. We will discuss who at the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) can provide assistance with locating funding opportunities, budgeting, and proposal development.

Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG

Wed., 9/27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 1607 MHRA OR

Thurs., 9/28, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 3603 MHRA OR

Wed., 4/18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 3603 MHRA

UNCG supports community-engaged teaching, research, and service. This brown bag will provide a brief overview of community engagement at UNCG. We will focus on best practices for identifying collaborators within the community, how to get the word out about your community engagement, and how to plan for documenting your community engagement for promotion, tenure, and/or annual reviews. The Institute for Community Engagement and Economic Engagement also creates and curates various resources that are available online at communityengagement.uncg.edu. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Human Subjects Research Training

Tues., 10/25, 9:00-11:00 a.m., 2711 MHRA

This training is conducted to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and to fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB. It covers areas such as confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment, and the history of human research protection and is offered as an alternative to CITI training. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Applying For Faculty First Awards

Wed., 11/29, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 1607 MHRA OR

Thurs., 11/30, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 1607 MHRA

Application Deadline Tuesday, Feb. 28. Faculty First Awards are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty in the form of “Tenure-Track Faculty First Awards” and “Tenured Faculty First Awards.” Faculty may apply for Faculty First Awards from January 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. Faculty First Awards typically fund summer scholarship and require participation in a Spring 2019 presentation event. See more at research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Child and Family Research Network 10th Year Anniversary Fall Social

Thurs., 8/17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Faculty Center


Banner Finance Contracts & Grants

Tues., 8/15, 1:00-4:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 9/19, 9:00AM-12:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 10/17, 1:00-4:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 11/14, 9:00AM-12:00 p.m., 209 Bryan


Introduction to Online Surveys using Qualtrics

Tues., 8/22, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Wed., 9/20, 9:00-10:30 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 10/17, 9:30-11:00 a.m., 209 Bryan OR

Wed., 11/15, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 209 Bryan

Intro to SPSS

Tues., 8/29, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Wed., 10/18, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 209 Bryan

Intro to SAS

Wed., 9/6, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 209 Bryan

Intermediate Qualtrics

Wed., 9/27, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 10/24, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 209 Bryan

Entrepreneurial Journeys Speaker Series

HQ Greensboro, 111 W. Lewis Street

Check the website for registration information and updated info on presenters as they are confirmed at entrepreneur.uncg.edu/entrepreneurial-journeys-speaker-series/.

UNCG Entrepreneur Day

Tuesday, 10/31

To participate, contact Justin Streuli at 336-256-8649 or jtstreuli@uncg.edu. For more information go to startup.uncg.edu/uncg-entrepreneur-day/ .

Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data

Go to integrity.uncg.edu/training/ for more information.

2 Minutes to Win It Business Competition

3/22/2018, 3:00 PM, HQ Greensboro, 111 W. Lewis Street

More information is at startup.uncg.edu/2_minutes-html/.


Looking Ahead: August 16, 2017

Hop into History with UNCG archivists
Thursday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m., Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company

Spartan Cinema: La La Land
Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., sunset, LeBauer Park

UNCG Night at Greensboro Grasshoppers game
Saturday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., First National Bank Field

Spartan Service Day (volunteering in community)
Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. See olsl.uncg.edu

Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Monday, Aug. 21- Friday, Aug. 25

Updated Aug. 16, to remove eclipse event. There are a limited number of eclipse glasses for that event.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received over $420,000 of funding from Sandhills Center Local Management Entity for her project “Speciality Courts Staff Support.” The project is supported by funds from Guilford County.

As part of the process initiated by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 2010, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) was selected to provide one qualified FTE Juvenile Court Case Coordinator. The funding provided to the Specialty Courts has increased since 2010 and UNCG CYFCP presently provides two qualified FTE Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Mental Health Court Case Coordinators and one qualified FTE Specialty Court Manager.

Shelton is Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Amy Vetter

photo of VetterDr. Amy Vetter (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York on Behalf of Hunter College for her project “Using discourse analysis to facilitate critical conversations in the English classroom.” This project is supported by funds from The Spencer Foundation. The purpose of the research is to investigate how a professional development opportunity for English teachers to study their classroom discourse impacts their facilitation of critical conversations about literature with students.

Vetter holds a Bachelor of English from Southwestern University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction and a PhD in Language and Literacy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jean Kang

photo of KangDr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services) received over $249,000 in funding from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for her project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”

A critical concern in early childhood special education is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach high-needs children from birth to five years old who have disabilities. Specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners or who may be immigrants.

Building on prior success at UNCG, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high-quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal is to increase the number of highly qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Kang holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Ewha Womens University in South Korea, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Kansas and a PhD in Unified Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas.

Dr. John Willse

photo of WillseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the American Board of Pediatrics for his project “Experiential Measurement Training with American Board of Pediatrics.”

The assistantship is an appointment at the American Board of Pediatrics’ office in Chapel Hill. The primary role of the graduate assistant will be to assist psychometric staff with both operational psychometric work such as standard setting, statistical analysis, technical report writing, practice analysis) and applied research projects, such as conducting literature reviews, designing research studies, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts and presentations.

Willse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in general psychology and a Doctor of Psychology in assessment and measurement from James Madison University.

Dr. Vaughn Stewart is director of Digital ACT Studio

photo of new directorThe Digital ACT Studio welcomes Dr. Vaughn Stewart as the new director for the 2017-18 academic year. Stewart comes to the Studio from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his PhD in 2016 and taught for nine years in the English department. His scholarship has primarily focused on early print in England – examining the ways that the first English printers (like William Caxton) made print books marketable as the field transitioned from manuscript. His interest in book history, however, extends to the present; he’s conducted original research on student attitudes to e-books, using digital books he’s created for his own literature courses.

Stewart has also worked with multimodal composition for much of his career. As part of the Carolina Digital Literacy Initiative Pilot program at UNC Chapel Hill, Vaughn’s students made movies, infographics, podcasts and brochures. He especially likes to see how a certain story or set of information can move through multiple media formats, and how each format changes both the presentation and the interpretation.

For the coming year, Stewart said he looks forward to crafting some new workshops, collaborating across the campus, and hosting lots of consultations.

Copy courtesy of University Libraries.

See/Hear: Aug. 16, 2017

Enjoy scenes around Woman’s College (now UNCG) in 1950. The film is a remarkable piece of history. This was digitized from a 16mm film housed in the UNCG University Archives.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

photo of EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received a continuation of funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Early College HIgh School – Efficacy Goal 3 Retrospective.” This is the final year of a three-year consultation. Doug Lauen, Associate Professor of Public Policy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is doing a quasi-experimental replication of the original lottery-based experimental study on early colleges, looking at the impact of 75 early colleges in North Carolina. Edmunds is helping with the research design and analyses.

Edmunds is program director for Secondary School Reform at SERVE Center at UNCG and conducts research on issues primarily related to high school reform. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, a Master of Education from UNCG, and a PhD in Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chancellor Gilliam: ‘We are just getting started’

photo of chancellor UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. marked the beginning of the new academic year Tuesday with a simple, yet impactful call to the campus community: “We are just getting started.”

During his annual State of the Campus Address to faculty and staff in UNCG Auditorium, Chancellor Gilliam remarked that this past year was one of “Giant Steps” for UNCG.

New facilities, such as the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, transformed campus life. UNCG Athletics broke records – both on the court and in the classroom. The School of Nursing, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Athletics celebrated milestone anniversaries. Fundraising is up nearly 14.8 percent over the previous year, with alumni gifts up 19 percent.

But these successes are only the beginning of what’s to come.

Chancellor Gilliam reflected on the unique history of the university: the foundational era from 1891-1962, and the era of expansion, which began in 1963 when the university became coeducational.

Now, we’ve reached a new era: the era of Giant Steps, a time for UNCG to more boldly step into the spotlight.

“When people talk about the top public institutions in this region, we need to be in that conversation,” Gilliam said. “We want to be front and center.”

So how can the university continue to develop into a top school of choice in the Southeast? By solidifying the strength of academic programs, raising overall visibility, improving graduation rates and competing for athletic championships, to name a few.

UNCG has already made significant strides this fall, announcing new co-admission programs with local community collegespreparing for the opening of Spartan Village II and beginning work on the new Millennial Campus districts.

“We’ve come a long way, but we have farther to go,” Gilliam said. “And I believe – deeply believe – that we are poised now, more than ever, to take Giant Steps.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

See additional reports at News & Record and WFMY.

See/hear: August 9, 2017

Chancellor Gilliam delivered the 2017 State of the Campus address Tuesday morning in UNCG Auditorium. Skip to the 15:30 minute mark to see the address.


‘South Pacific,’ Rhiannon Giddens launch arts series

photo of studentSingle-event tickets are now on sale for the 2017-18 UNCG University Concert and Lecture Series (UC/LS), a year-long series of live arts experiences formerly known as the University Performing Arts Series (UPAS).

The season opens Sept. 17 with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic Broadway musical “South Pacific,” a collaboration between UNCG and Triad Stage. This year’s headliner is UNCG alumna and Grammy award-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens, who will perform as part of UNCG’s Founders Day celebration on Thursday, Oct. 5, in UNCG Auditorium.

In celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary, UCLS is bringing Colson Whitehead, New York Times bestselling author of “The Underground Railroad,” to campus on Feb. 8. This special anniversary event is offered free to the public.

“UCLS is a great opportunity for the general public to see renowned artists at a very affordable price,” said Brigette Pfister, assistant dean for budget and operations in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “In addition to the public performances and lectures, UNCG students will have the opportunity to interact with these artists through master classes, one-on-one instruction, discussions and workshops.”

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Triad Stage Box Office. Season tickets are also available, and student season tickets cost just $20.

The full UCLS schedule is listed below. For more information, visit vpa.uncg.edu/ucls.

Season tickets for the University Concert & Lecture Series are currently available by phone (336.272-0160) or in person at the Triad Stage box office, 232 South Elm Street, in downtown Greensboro. Single event ticket sales begin August 1 and will be available online, as well as by phone or at the Triad Stage box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available for purchase at the UNCG Auditorium box office one hour before show time. All performances and lectures begin promptly at 8 p.m.

– “South Pacific” opens Sept. 17, at Triad Stage.
– Rhiannon Giddens: Thursday, Oct. 5, at UNCG Auditorium
– Juilliard String Quartet: Friday, Oct. 27, at UNCG Auditorium
– Limón Dance Company: Friday, Jan. 19, at UNCG Auditorium
– Colson Whitehead:  Thursday, Feb. 8, at the School of Music Recital Hall
– Sanford Biggers: Thursday, March 15, at the Elliott University Center Auditorium
– Lynn Harrell: Saturday, March 17, at the School of Music Recital Hall

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Visual: Rhiannon Giddens

UNCG co-admission agreements with GTCC, Alamance CC

photo of pepoleUNCG has announced two new co-admission agreements with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and Alamance Community College (ACC) to facilitate degree completion and bolster student success by improving access to undergraduate and graduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems.

Unlike other traditional four-year, community college co-admission agreements, the UNCG-GTCC-ACC partnerships are unique: the GTCC “G²” (Gsquared) partnership expands opportunities for transfer students to access and complete their baccalaureate degrees in a selection of popular majors. These efforts capitalize on two recent academic innovations:

  • First, the recent selection of GTCC and UNCG to participate in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Frontier Set project, which is focused on improving student success and postsecondary degree attainment;
  • Second, the ACC “Spartan Passage” partnership, which offers an accelerated master’s program in six different disciplines as well as a comprehensive undergraduate program.

“This new partnership is designed to bridge the gap for students in our state, making it easier and more affordable for them to get their degree in a shorter timeframe, and get them into the workforce sooner,” said UNC system President Margaret Spellings. “For students, for the business community, for our economy and beyond, this initiative is a win-win for the state of NC. Together, we are setting the stage for a successful future.”

“At UNCG, we are dedicated to improving our transfer student graduation rates,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Partnerships like these are essential to delivering results that benefit our students, our communities and our state. On one hand, they enable us to offer expanded educational opportunities to community college students at a tremendous cost-savings – because reducing student debt is a top priority. On the other hand, we know that creating a seamless transition from the community college environment to a four-year institution has direct, tangible benefits to student success. This collaboration with GTCC and ACC will produce a greater number of qualified graduates for our workforce.”

“As pioneers in improving student success in learning, and in credential and degree completion, partnering with UNCG on this endeavor allows us to build upon both of our institutions’ strengths to advance our mission of strengthening pathways to transfer and completion,” said GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker. “This co-admission agreement with UNCG further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to significantly increase student success rates and impact the lives and careers of our students.”

“We at Alamance Community College are very grateful and excited to partner with UNCG on this initiative that creates a pathway for many of our students to qualify for guaranteed admission and accessibility to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “I commend Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and the other excellent personnel at UNCG for working so collaboratively with our staff on this partnership. We look forward to maximizing the benefit of this agreement and forging new opportunities for our students to advance from the associate degree at Alamance Community College to earn the bachelor’s degree through The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

Application for the “G²” and “Spartan Passage” programs have been streamlined to benefit students. Prospective students complete one application, with a waived application fee for UNCG. Admitted students will have access to campus facilities, events, activities and services, including the UNCG University Library (in-house and online), the new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, academic advising and financial aid, among other benefits.

The need for these programs is clear. According to research from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the Aspen Institute, approximately 80 percent of incoming community college students begin with the goal of eventually earning a four-year degree. Yet just 14 percent do so within six years.

For more information about the new co-admission programs, visit: admissions.uncg.edu/apply-coadmissions-programs.php.

Visual: UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., ACC President Algie Gatewood and GTCC President Randy Parker at press conference Aug. 2.

Photo by Martin W. Kane

Second-Annual Business Affairs Expo Draws Over 300

photo of Business_ExpoWhat do superheroes have to do with Human Resources? Just about everything, according to Victoria Benson, HR’s new Deputy Chief HRO, at last week’s Business Affairs Expo.

HR was one of 21 departments represented at the free event, which attracted over 300 faculty and staff as part of the 2017 Business Affairs Conference & Expo, “Taking Giant Steps.”

“It gives people a chance to put a face with a name and a chance to see how much Business Affairs interacts with the day-to-day job,” said Richard Fleming, assistant director of purchasing and contracts and this year’s chair of the Conference and Expo.

Benson said she wanted to show attendees the volume of services and trainings available from her team.

“Human Resources has a lot of people and some don’t realize the superheroes we are and the services we offer,” she said.

Each table had an inventive way to display their department’s offerings and attendees were lured in with contests and swag.

Financial Planning and Budgets gave away one men’s and one women’s fragrance and sponsored a photo booth complete with wacky props.

Terri Taylor, a travel auditor with Accounts Payable, used toy cars and artificial food displays to capture people’s attention. She said the event was a great way to talk with people about travel policies, meals and mileage.

photo of Business_ExpoThe neon LimeBike parked next to the Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) table piqued attendee’s interests.

Robert Walker, director of business services and systems for POCAM, said a lot of people were excited about the new dockless bike-share program that just expanded to downtown Greensboro.

His team spoke with visitors about recent updates and services like the Emergency Ride Home program, which provides a way for commuters to get to work in the event of an emergency.

POCAM recently installed a new electronic sign on UNCG buses that displays the next stop, and they are starting an extensive project to complete structural repairs across all parking decks on campus. Part of the project will include improving the gate equipment and eventually adding an option to use credit cards.

Charles Maimone, vice chancellor for business affairs, said he was thankful for yet another successful turnout for the Expo.

“We wanted this event to be meaningful for our colleagues across campus,” he said. “Our goal is to better understand how we assist and improve by interacting with members of the campus community that rely on our services.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Katie Loyd and Elizabeth L. Harrison

Spotlight on Green and Noel, new Staff Senate co-chairs

photo of Green and NoelAs the new school year starts up, UNCG’s new Staff Senate co‑chairs, Joshua Green and Staton Noel, aim to be a voice for staff across campus, serving as a communication link between staff and campus administration. They will help also keep staff informed about how decisions at the state‑level impact the campus, and why decisions are made.

Additionally, they plan to find unique ways to communicate to the UNCG staff that they are valued in the day-to-day operations of campus and in its long-term success and innovation.

“I’m a big encourager,” said Green. “I like to encourage staff and say, ‘you’re important – important to student success – you have a vital part in that – and that’s why we’re all here.’”

“I’d like staff to feel they can be empowered through working with us,” added Noel.

Citing former Staff Senate co-chair Robert Walker’s work on campus systems, Noel also plans to encourage innovations.

“This is an opportunity for me to work more closely with staff and see what innovations they’re bringing to the campus,” he said.

Aside from those goals, Green and Noel will continue inviting inspiring campus speakers to the Staff Senate meetings, plan Staff Senate-sponsored opportunities for professional development and support the Staff Senate Service Committee’s projects.

Joshua Green, who is coordinator of technology services for UNCG Police, came to UNCG in 2006 after serving in the U.S. Army for five years as a military police officer. He worked for the UNCG University Registrar’s Office, Academic Affairs and the Dean of Students Office, where he managed IT, student conduct and academic integrity processes. He earned his master’s degree in higher education in 2011, and he is a certified Veterans Service Provider through Operation College Promise.

Green’s favorite phrase? “Appreciate ya!”

Staton Noel is the director of the Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC), which supports innovation by UNCG faculty, staff and students by protecting intellectual property, negotiating and executing agreements that help facilitate research partnerships, and providing connections to external commercialization partners. After a 20-year career with GlaxoSmithKline, Noel earned his master’s of business administration degree from UNCG and joined OIC in 2011 as a licensing assistant. He served the OIC as a marketing and licensing associate before becoming director.

Noel’s words of wisdom: “The glass is always full, even if one half is air – we need that to breathe.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Refurbished University Bell stands tall

photo of BellThe next time the iconic UNCG bell clangs, it will do so, fittingly, from atop a base worthy of its grandeur. The bell’s facelift was complete July 26, just in time to welcome students into a new year at the inaugural NAV1GATE New Student Convocation on Aug. 14.

“This new frame respects the history of the bell, and gives it the prominence it deserves,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of new student transitions and first year experience.

Eighteen months ago, in an effort to meet Chancellor Gilliam’s “Giant Steps” challenge, Sousa-Peoples envisioned an idea to spruce up the timeworn symbol.

“There was a new expectation that we come out and show our best,” she said.

It was time for the old bell’s facade to better reflect the formality of occasions such as Founders Day, commencement and ribbon-cuttings, where it has been used since 1897 as a call to gather.

She reached out to Fred Patrick, former director of engineering and construction management, who retired in Jan. 2016 after 28 years at UNCG, and the pair came up with plans for refurbishing the bell’s base. The bell had had a more simple welded base with rollers.

Patrick had an $8,000 budget and a deadline of Aug. 1, so the updated bell would arrive back on campus in time for NAV1GATE.

Installing seal in Gallucci’s studio. Gallucci is on the right.

After a quick sketch, Patrick enlisted the design help of renowned sculptor Jim Gallucci, a former sculpture instructor in the art department at UNCG, and alumnus Eric Little, a former staff member in UNCG’s carpentry shop.

On Wednesday, July 26, the restored bell rolled onto campus a week shy of the deadline. It now sits 48 inches high (its ringers no longer have to bend over) on a gleaming polyurethane-coated walnut wood platform.

And to ensure the historic bell’s forever home at UNCG, Spartan is stamped on either side of the base in the form of two 12-inch bronze academic seals.

“It looks amazing,” Sousa-Peoples said. “All those who worked on restoring the bell did so with impeccable craftsmanship,” she said. “It’s been elevated to the level of prominence and esteem it deserves and will provide many years of ringing to our new and graduating students at formal academic celebrations.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Visual: Bell on its new stand is transported back to campus from Gallucci’s studio.

There goes the sun. It’s all right.

photo of EclipseUpdate: Due to great demand, eclipse glasses will be available only for UNCG students who have already reserved them, HRL notes.

The first total solar eclipse on the mainland of the United States since 1979 will occur across 14 states on Aug. 21, and it will be the first total solar eclipse to cross North Carolina in more than a century. Greensboro is not on the total eclipse path, but the sun will have 93.76 percent obscurity at 2:42 p.m., leaving UNCG in near darkness for several minutes.

“It will be a kind of twilight,” explained UNCG astronomy professor Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko.

The eclipse-viewing event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the intersection of College Avenue and the Petty Science Bridge, adjacent to the dining hall tunnel. The moon’s movement over the sun will begin at 1:13 p.m. and conclude at 4:04 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy an assortment of space-themed treats such as Moon Pies and Starburst candy. There will also be a drawing for a Moon Pie t-shirt. Additional activity stations include a telescope arts and crafts area and a display of solar eclipse information featuring optimal viewing locations across the United States, historical contexts of eclipses and a description of the science behind solar eclipses.  

Students will also have a chance to become acquainted with UNCG’s course offerings in Astronomy and Physics, the Petty Science Building and the locations of the UNCG planetarium and Three College Observatory.

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s North and South Spencer residence halls. For more information on the campus eclipse observation, contact Ian Aitken at 336.334.4172 or ifaitken@uncg.edu.

For information on solar eclipse safety, locations, equipment and history, see the Great American Eclipse website and Eclipse 101 on the NASA website. 

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo courtesy NASA.

Updated Aug. 16, 2017 – eclipse glasses are in very limited supply. Instructions on how to make a pinhole viewer may be seen here.

More information about the eclipse is here.

Parking changes for this week’s move-in days (Aug. 9-11)

UNCG’s Parking Operations and Campus Access Management has a message for the campus community:

Please note that move-in traffic patterns create challenges for all campus access. We estimate approximately 2000 additional vehicles will enter campus each of the three days. To manage the number of vehicles coming onto campus during the residence hall move-in period, the McIver Deck will be reserved for move-in activities on August 9, 10 and 11.

To be certain McIver permit holders have spaces during this period, complimentary parking will be available in the following faculty/staff spaces on campus:

  •  Lot 7 (at the corner at Oakland and Tate St.)
  •  Lot 8 (outside parking surrounding Oakland Deck)
  •  Lot 9 (at the corner of Aycock St. and Walker Ave.)
  •  Oakland Deck

In many ways the influx of vehicles we experience on these days is similar to the first week of classes. However, the traffic patterns are much more unpredictable and difficult to control, which is why we have focused on limiting additional vehicles from McIver Deck. Unloading for move-in, staged move-in locations, and much higher cycle times have a large impact on our ability to control parking and traffic.

UNCG’s Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will be running an express shuttle route from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the perimeter of campus to help those temporarily displaced by this activity.

When approaching campus, please avoid Tate Street, if possible. Grey and North Drive will operate with a one-way traffic pattern during move-in and should be avoided by personal vehicles. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., be prepared for heavy congestion on campus.

For more information about move-in and this temporary change in service, please visit our web page at: https://parking.uncg.edu/fall-move-in/. If you have any questions, please contact Parking Services at 336.334.5681 or parking@uncg.edu.