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Archives for September 2017

UNCG’s 125th Celebration takes the cake at Founders Day Oct. 5

photo of uncg founderIt’s going to be a sweet 125th anniversary.

On Oct. 5, 1892, UNCG opened its doors to the first class of students. Now, on the 125th anniversary of that monumental day, UNCG celebrates a legacy of opportunity and excellence on campus, online and on television. And yes, there will be a anniversary cake – 125 feet in length, complete with images of yesteryear.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, join Chancellor Gilliam, fellow students, alumni and friends by wearing UNCG Blue and Gold in celebration of Founders Day. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Quad will host the Founders Day Festival, celebrating 125 years. Join in the fun and enjoy live music, food-truck dining, photo booths and a piece of UNCG’s cake.

“These 125th-anniversary celebrations and activities serve a number of purposes,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “They remind us of our history and enable us to honor the leaders, alumni, faculty and staff who have helped build this exceptional institution. While commemorating our remarkable past, these events help current students understand that they are part of something unique, significant and enduring. They provide a platform for us to think about the future and the giant steps we are taking.  And they help us create pride and excitement across our community as UNCG rightfully steps into the spotlight as one of the best universities in our system, in our state, and on a national and international stage.”

  • Participate in the university’s social media contest by tagging your photos #UNCG125 for a chance to win an anniversary prize pack.
  • Brush up on your history of the university by reading the just-published fall edition of UNCG Magazine. In mailboxes and online, read how students have come from every part of North Carolina and beyond to learn, to prepare for careers and to stretch themselves. Impactful stories of personal and regional transformation, because of UNCG, can be found at every turn of the page. Share pieces of the past and present by visiting the new UNCG Magazine site today, at https://125magazine.uncg.edu (for 125th Anniversary themes stories) and at alumnimagazine.uncg.edu for the full magazine.
  • Later this month, vignettes highlighting UNCG’s historic past and impact on Greensboro and the Triad can be viewed on WXII-TV. Enjoy a sneak peek of the vignettes now.
  • Remember the anniversary website is always a great place to look back in time and learn something new about UNCG through this celebratory period.

Happy Birthday, UNCG!

By Kimberly Osborne

Rhiannon Giddens returns home for Founders Day concert

photo of GiddensUNCG alumna, singer, actor and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens will perform on Founders Day, Oct. 5, at UNCG Auditorium.

The auditorium is her old stomping ground, literally. As a UNCG Music master’s student, she convinced opera director David Holley to let her choreograph the square dance in the opera “Susannah.” She’d once been in an opera with a square dance that wasn’t done right.

“Look, David,” she recalled saying. “I teach square dances – and call them.” The opera production went on to win a national award. She had a featured role – and also a featured role as Beth in the opera “Little Women,” which also won a national award.

For Giddens, the awards have kept coming – for her band too. She is co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her solo debut, “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” which blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country was nominated for a Grammy award and her latest album, “Freedom Highway,” was nominated for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. It includes nine original songs and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ “Freedom Highway.”

She has received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo in 2016.

Giddens performed for President Obama and the First Lady on a White House Tribute to Gospel, along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris. She has also appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show, the CMA Awards, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning. In January, she made her television acting debut with a recurring role on “Nashville,” on CMT.

Aside from her time in UNCG Music, Giddens has lots of Spartan ties. Her father (who received a music education degree at UNCG) and mother, David Giddens and Deborah Jamieson, met at UNCG. Her stepmother, Lorraine Shackelford, taught in the drama department. Her sister, Lalenja Harrington, is program director of Beyond Academics at UNCG.

“Excited to be playing UNCG,” she said, noting the many family connections. “And where I had a wonderful year of grad school – it’s a big part of my life!”

While on UNCG’s campus, Giddens will hold an open workshop/masterclass on the day of the concert at 10:30 a.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. She will also meet with students in UNCG’s Old Time Ensemble.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert may be purchased here.

UNCG takes Giant Steps with new strategic plan

photo of uncg campusUNCG has unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, a road map for the university that outlines significant areas of focus, key goals and initiatives, and a number of important metrics that will be tracked over time.

Presentations at Faculty Convocation and the September trustees meeting in recent days and the new Strategic Plan website have spotlighted the plan.

Dubbed “Taking Giant Steps,” the strategic plan is anchored by three “areas of transformation”: Transforming students to help them become successful in life and in work; transforming knowledge through research and translation of research to practice; and transforming the region through partnerships that promote economic, social and cultural development.

The university will focus its transformative efforts on three areas that align with its historical and emerging strengths: promoting health and wellness defined broadly; building vibrant communities through cultural enrichment, access to high-quality education and improved economic and social conditions; and fostering global connections by bringing people, ideas and organizations together from around the world.

“The plan provides clear, consistent direction for UNCG in terms of our overall priorities, but at the same time it provides a great deal of flexibility for our faculty and staff to create initiatives and programs that can make an impact over time,” said Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, associate vice chancellor of strategy and policy and the leader of the plan development process. “It has really been years in the making, with incredible contributions from across our campus – faculty, staff, administration, even students and alumni. In many ways it is a grassroots plan, built from the ground up with a deep connection to both who we are today and who we want to be in the future at UNCG.”

Detailed information on the plan can be found at strategicplan.uncg.edu.

The plan is also well aligned to the UNC system strategic plan. Details on the system plan can be found here: northcarolina.edu/strategic-planning.

UNCG awarded $1.15 million grant for first-generation and underrepresented students

Photo of Minerva statue.UNCG has received a 5-year, $1.15 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to support first-generation and underrepresented students in undergraduate research and graduate school preparation.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, one of eight federal TRIO programs, will serve promising UNCG students who are first-generation with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in research and advanced graduate studies. The first cohort of 25 undergraduate students will be selected this fall from each of the university’s colleges and schools.

UNCG is one of five universities in North Carolina to be selected for the program, and one of 161 institutions selected from across the country.

“The McNair grant will help UNCG deliver on our promise of providing both an opportunity to achieve and a path to excellence for our students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Supporting these students in their preparation for and pursuit of graduate degrees will not only transform them as individuals, but will impact research and the generation of new knowledge. A more diverse research community leads to new ideas and perspectives, and that will fuel meaningful and exciting innovation and achievement.”

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in 1989 as a way to diversify academia by increasing the number of underrepresented students who earn PhDs. UNCG-McNair scholars will receive up to a $5,000 stipend and will participate in the McNair Summer Research Institute. Additionally, students will receive faculty mentoring, GRE test preparation and a summer course on research and writing. Students will have several opportunities to present their research at conferences across the country.

“The UNCG-McNair program is another example of how UNCG is setting the standard for student success,” said UNCG Provost Dana Dunn. “UNCG continues to prioritize what is most important: creating an environment that enables our students to maximize their potential and achieve their goals. This generous grant directly supports that objective. Our university is proud to be a leader when it comes to transforming the lives of students who come from traditionally underserved populations.”

The program is named in honor of Dr. Ronald Ervin McNair, an American physicist and astronaut, and the second African American to go to space. McNair was one of seven crew members who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Five concerts in next seven days. Free admission.

Heard the term “Concert Weeks”? That time of the semester when the various ensembles and orchestras are ready for public performances and there seems to be a big concert virtually every night? Well, tomorrow night a series of five big concerts begins, and it’s all free. If you can’t make it down to the venues, all of these concerts will be live- streamed at the CVPA Live page.

University Band
UNCG’s 100-member ensemble composed of music majors and non-majors will be performing pieces including Grundman’s “Concord” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles.”

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

The Sinfonia orchestra will play a variety of works conducted by Dr. Rebecca MacLeod.

Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Recital Hall

UNCG Wind Ensemble
The nationally celebrated ensemble, with guest viola player Scott Rawls, will perform a set with highlights including Syler’s “Love Among the Ruins,” Whitacre’s “Sleep,” and Ives’ “Variations on ‘America.’”

Sunday, Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG Symphonic Band
The 56-member major band will perform a concert highlighted by Bach’s “Chorale Prelude, ‘Herzlich tut mich verlangen,’ BWV 727.”

Monday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi, and with guest soprano Lindsay Kesselman, the UNCG Symphony Orchestra will perform Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber” and Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan.”

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG Magazine celebrates UNCG’s 125th

photo of Magazine coverThe fall, UNCG Magazine has published. Be sure to check your mailbox this week because all faculty and staff will receive a print copy of this special 125th-anniversary issue, as Oct. 5 Founders Day approaches.

And a special site makes all the 125th themed stories readily sharable via social media. Visit 125magazine.uncg.edu.

  • Fred Chappell composes a poem specially for the university’s anniversary.
  • Chancellor Gilliam speaks of the past and present – and what’s ahead.
  • The big feature: a look at “transformation” throughout the decades, told through vintage photos, artifacts and stories of today. Read how students have come from every part of North Carolina and beyond to learn, to prepare for careers and to stretch themselves.

Enjoy and share content from this issue’s social-media friendly pages at https://125magazine.uncg.edu/.


Flu shot clinics at UNCG

Two flu shot clinics are offered next week and one will be offered in mid-October.

  • October 3 – EUC Claxton Room
  • October 4 – EUC Claxton Room
  • October 19 – Campus Supply Store (Training Room) Campus Map

Each clinic will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bring your SHP/Blue Cross Blue Shield ID Card.

Flu shots are available to all employees and dependents (at least 9 years old) covered on a State Health Plan at no cost.

Copy courtesy UNCG HR.

Oct. 4 deadline for Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Awards nominations

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year. The deadline for nominations is next Wednesday (Oct. 4).

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenure-track faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for any full-time lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Eligible faculty members who received 2016–2017 teaching awards from their College or School will be automatically nominated. The nomination form is available at: http://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/teaching-excellence-awards

For more information, contact Marisa Gonzalez at teach_xl@uncg.edu.

Festival of Spanish music Oct. 9

photo of posterOn Oct. 9, the Keyboard Area of the UNCG School of Music will participate in the Global Granados Marathon celebrating the piano music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916) and organized by FIMTE (International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music). The performance will take place in the Recital Hall of the Music Building at 12:30 p.m., and is open to the public free of charge. It can also be viewed live online at fimte.org.

During the marathon, Granados’ complete piano solo works – more than 200 – will be performed around the globe by different performers in nine locations, including UNCG. The event will be transmitted through video streaming via Youtube.

UNCG faculty members Joseph Di Piazza, James Douglass, Kyoo Hye Lim, John Salmon and Andrew Willis will be joined by graduate students Anja Arko, Natalie Khatibzadeh, Robin Morace, Stephen Saviola, Stephanie Schmidt and Ekin Üstünel in a program covering 30 different works drawn from Granados’ youth and maturity.

Granados is considered a leading Spanish composer of his generation. He lost his life at sea during World War I while returning home from the premiere of his opera “Goyescas” in New York.

Joining UNCG in the international Granados marathon will be Guildhall School (London, UK); National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota); University of the Andes, (Bogotá, Colombia); University of Costa Rica; University of Lleida (Catolonia, Spain); University of Melbourne (Australia); University of Texas El Paso; and the organizing entity FIMTE in Almería, Spain.

More information is at fimte.org.

Nominations open for honorary degrees candidates

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2018 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

  • To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
  • To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the university as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the university;
  • To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the university in order to provide examples of the University’s aspirations for its graduates;
  • To elevate the visibility and reputation of the university by honoring those individuals who are widely known and regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas: humanities, sciences, arts, public service and education, to name a few. Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible.

The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the university, North Carolina and beyond. A previous connection to the university or state is not mandatory but is considered a strength.

For more information, see Honorary Degree Guidelines and Procedures, approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees at its Dec. 6, 2012, meeting.

In order to have an idea of the persons who have received honorary degrees, we invite you to examine the names of awardees from past years: Mansukh C. Wani, William Mangum (2017); William Black, Harold Schiffman (2016); Timothy Rice (2015); Norman Anderson (2013); Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T.  Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993).

The committee asks that initially you submit candidates on the Honorary Degree Candidate Nomination Form, along with biographical information. After the first screening, we may request additional information. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Please send the completed nomination form to Jennifer Johnson, assistant to the provost, at jennyjojohnson@uncg.edu or the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building.

A thesis in three minutes: 3MT registration is underway

Picture condensing over 200 pages of research in a matter of minutes.

For the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, master’s and doctoral students will be challenged to describe their thesis or dissertation to a general audience, but the twist is, they’ll have to do so with one powerpoint slide and only three minutes on the clock.

The preliminary rounds of the annual 3MT competition will take place Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m in the EUC Dogwood Room.

Students are given the opportunity to share their findings with the community and win up to $1,000 in cash prizes. This competition is a special chance to practice presentation and communication skills, while also getting feedback. The winning student will advance to the 2018 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ regional 3MT Competition.

Participation is restricted to the first 60 UNCG master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation students to register. All other students will be put on a waiting list.

To learn more about the competition, visit the 3MT website. Register here. Registration closes Oct. 11. 

By Ishan Davis


Qibin Zhang receives $1.7 million grant for diabetes research

photo of ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang, co-director of UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a research project seeking novel biomarkers for the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. The award is $1.7 million over five years for the project.

Type 1 diabetes, or T1D, is caused by autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. According to the CDC, 30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and approximately 1.5 million of those individuals have type 1 diabetes. Diabetes has an estimated annual cost of $245 billion in healthcare in the U.S. alone.

Since the onset of the disease is marked by a long asymptomatic period, T1D is often not diagnosed until significant damage has already occurred. Zhang’s research on novel biomarkers for T1D will aid efforts to identify individuals at risk and diagnose T1D earlier so that intervention or treatment can begin at an earlier stage. It will also improve understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease.

Dr. Zhang has also received a Collaborative Sciences Award from the American Heart Association in conjunction with scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. That project aims to identify new markers to better predict the progression of coronary artery calcification in the T1D population. Calcification occurs prior to the onset of cardiovascular disease.

Founded by the state in 2008, UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research is located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The Center for Translational Biomedical Research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, biomarkers for diagnosis, and creating novel interventions for preventing and treating disease. The NCRC facilitates public-private partnerships between the corporations, healthcare organizations, and universities housed there. These partnerships are aimed at improving understanding of health, nutrition, and agriculture.

By Hope Voorhees

This article was originally published on the UNCG Research and Engagement website.

In Memoriam: Bonnie Angelo

Angelo, former editor of Pine Needles, the UNCG year book, graduated from UNCG (Woman’s College) in 1944 with a bachelor’s in art. Her journalism career led her to Newsday and then Time magazine. As the Washington Post reports, at a time when female journalists were not afforded the same respect and opportunities as men, Angelo’s fiery personality and commitment to the craft landed her a variety of stories with a focus on those in positions of political power.

Over more than half a century of journalism work, Angelo covered several U.S. presidents, school desegregation, the U.S.-Soviet space race, the career of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. According to the News & Record, she served as president of the Women’s National Press Club and sat on the board of visitors of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In 1983, she delivered the McIver Lecture. In 1975, she was UNCG’s Commencement speaker. In 1991, she received UNCG’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

She was a member of the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame, and in 2001, she received an honorary degree from UNCG. The Bonnie Angelo MFA Program Endowment for the Department of Art is named for her.

She wrote the books “First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives” (2005) and  “First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the President” (2000).

Registration open for children’s dance classes at UNCG

Do you have a student that simply loves to move and dance? Triad area students are invited to join UNCG’s exciting dance community. Young dance artists ages 3-16 will take dance classes taught by dance education faculty and students. Classes are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 23 through Dec. 3, at the Kaplan Recreation Center and UNCG’s former Student Recreation Center. Cost is $45 for 10 weeks (costume fee is included).

Dancers Connect unites interested students with expert dance educators to support collaboration and creativity. Classes focus on dance technique, improvisation, choreography and performance. Dr. Mila Parrish, UNCG’s director of dance education, will supervise the instructors.

Program and registration information can be found at vpa.uncg.edu/dancers-connect/registration. For questions, contact dancersconnect@gmail.com

Dr. Sonja Frison

photo of FrisonDr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Support of Child Tiered Case Management Pilot.”  

In Fiscal Year 2016, North Carolina Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organizations (LME-MCOs) served an estimated 1.4 million Medicaid and uninsured children and youth. That year, concerns about a lack of coordination across child-serving systems resulting in insufficient assessment of behavioral health needs, slow delivery of services and an impenetrable public behavioral health system were highlighted by the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders recommendations.

As a result of those concerns, the Governor’s Taskforce recommended that a child case management pilot project be implemented to test evidence-informed strategies for addressing those identified concerns. This tiered case management pilot connects two at-risk populations of youth and their families to behavioral health services: youth and families involved in child welfare and juvenile justice. Both populations have high rates of exposure to trauma and complex behavioral health needs. Assessing, treating and coordinating their behavioral health and life domain needs can assist social services in maintaining or reunifying youth with their families and can assist juvenile justice in keeping youth from moving deeper into the justice system.

UNCG’s Center for Youth Family and Community Partnerships will provide the project oversight and necessary infrastructure to design and implement an evaluation of the entire pilot project, support consistent program development involving a variety of stakeholders, provide well-informed implementation consultation, and coordinate efficient and timely training and responsive technical assistance across all the pilot sites.

Dr. George Hancock

photo of HancockDr. George Hancock (SERVE Center) received additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE).”

With over 40 years of experience in homeless education among its staff members, NCHE has concentrated its efforts since 1998 to be the primary national repository of expertise in homeless education and to operate a highly responsive and efficient technical assistance center customized to the unique needs of its stakeholders. NCHE has honed its expertise not only as a technical assistance center, but as a technical assistance center specifically for building the capacity of educators and service providers who work to improve the education of homeless children and youth.

Stakeholder feedback, NCHE evaluation data, and ED’s performance review data consistently corroborate NCHE’s excellent work. NCHE is the “go to” agency for many stakeholders to access information, receive training, and identify solutions to challenges in serving homeless children and youth.

UNCG and NCHE’s committed staff look forward to continuing in its role to provide the assistance and support to all stakeholders, including parents and families experiencing homelessness, to help homeless students succeed in school and overcome the devastating effects of lacking a stable place to live.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the project “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” The project is supported by funds from the DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  

Despite reductions, underage use of alcohol is still prevalent in North Carolina. Based on the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey (2015), 29.2 percent of middle and high school students drank alcohol in the past 30 days and 13.9 percent of High School students binge drank in the past 30 days. This contract will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative in its efforts to prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences, including development of innovative strategies. This continuing effort is designed to further support and develop Community Collaboratives working to implement environmental management strategies that prevent underage drinking, and create a sustainable movement to stop practices that make underage drinking both easy and acceptable.

Activities will include, but not be limited to, community mobilization and law enforcement partnership efforts such as: alcohol purchase surveys, merchant education, responsible seller/server training, sobriety checkpoints, media advocacy, youth empowerment and policy advocacy. Short-term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts and community/law enforcement partnerships; these short-term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from grant recipients. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption (current use, binge drinking, age of onset) and will be tracked using the North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey and local data, if available.

Shelton is vice chancellor for research and engagement.

Dr. John Willse

photo of WillseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Special Projects in Development and Maintenance of Statewide Assessments.”   

The Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services in the Department of Educational Research Methodology at UNCG will provide technical assistance and conduct research to support the North Carolina Test Development program in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive system for general and alternate assessments in English language arts/reading, mathematics, science and social studies. Tasks will include several types of analytic and research work, including statistical support, technical documentation, as well as auxiliary research to support operational practices.

Looking ahead: Sept. 27, 2017

Talk: Elizabeth Perrill, African art gallery at NCMA
Wednesday, Sept. 27, noon, Dillard Room, Weatherspoon

Volleyball vs. Mercer
Friday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

UNCG Sinfonia String Orchestra
Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Men’s Soccer vs. Furman
Saturday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Talk: Andrew Wasserman, Public Art & Nuclear Fear
Wednesday, Oct. 4, noon, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Talk: Pixar artist Tia Kratter
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Bryan 160

Founders Day celebration
Thursday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m., The Quad lawn

UC/LS concert: Rhiannon Giddens
Thursday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Two Spartans on one TV show Oct. 3

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, School of Theatre alumnus Tyler Barnhardt (BFA ‘15) will appear as top-billed guest star on the CBS show “Bull,” which stars Michael Weatherly. Also on that same episode, one of his scenes is with another School of Theatre alumnus, Geoff Schuppert (MFA ‘00), who is a principal actor on the show. “It is not often you get two alumni performing together on screen,” says Dr. John R. Poole, director of the School of Theatre.

See/hear: Sept. 27, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill will speak today (Wednesday, Sept. 27) at a noon faculty talk at the Weatherspoon. She will speak about her experiences as curator of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s newly expanded African Art Gallery. It has received acclaim since opening this summer. In this video, she is interviewed about the gallery.

Text me, Rosalind: Shakespeare in the cyber age

Image of Forest“As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, will open this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in UNCG’s Taylor Theatre, and the production is far from traditional.

You won’t see any bustles or breeches in the costuming, for one thing. It’s business suits, ties and smartphones. The play’s first setting, the court of Duke Frederick, resembles an Apple store.

With the help of students in the Technical Production program, Professor of Theatre and Scenery Designer Randy McMullen created a sleek, modern rectilinear design for the court scenes, all in black and white.

“We want UNCG students to walk into Taylor Theatre, see that set and go ‘wait a second − this is not the Shakespeare I know,’” explained the production’s director, Associate Professor John Gulley.

In the play, when the setting shifts from the court to the Forest of Arden, the characters are out of a Wi-Fi connection and encounter nature for the first time. They gradually shed their ties and electronic devices as they adapt to the forest.

“The play begins with a very sleek business look and ends with a bohemian forest wedding, said Costume Studio Supervisor Amy Holroyd.  

“Nature itself has a transformative effect on them,” added Gulley. “And that’s what has always drawn me to this play.”

Although the production’s outward appearance will be uniquely contemporary, the script is still Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” in its original form. Gulley and Associate Professor Christine Morris, who serves as the production’s vocal coach, are in agreement that the work of Shakespeare is indispensable in theatre education and in campus and community life.

“For the student actors, it’s invigorating to convey what I call ‘the big stuff,’” said Morris. “We keep doing Shakespeare not because of some grand idea of history or poetry or an idea of what theatre should be, but because it’s full of ‘the big stuff.’ It’s love, it’s death, it’s loneliness, humor, fear and triumph − all of that. If a student can learn to unlock the acting clues that are in here, that’s something that’s going to serve them well.”

“University students need to hear language like this,” said Gulley, who can easily point to Shakespeare’s profound influence in George R.R. Martin and HBO’s hit series, “Game of Thrones.” “When it’s done right, an audience will get it, even if they don’t know iambic pentameter or the Elizabethan metaphors. Something different happens with elevated language – it drives you deeper into the psyche of a character, which helps out, because we’re all here to tell a story.”

The two main leads of the production are seniors Baraka Ongeri as Orlando and Katie Olson as Rosalind. The initial costume design was created by senior Lauren McCoy with the assistance of Amy Holroyd and junior Katelyn Wingerson.

Along with the 20 UNCG undergraduate actors, the cast includes graduate students James MacFarlane, Bryanna Vinge and Zach Vinge who, as Jaques, delivers the famous “all the world’s a stage” monologue. Faculty members Jim Wren and Denise Gabriel serve as movement directors.

“As You Like It” opens on Sept. 22 and runs through Sept. 30, with a pay-what-you-can preview on Sept. 21. Tickets are available through the Triad Stage website, by phone at 336-272-0160 or the Brown Box Office (336-334-4392).

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Conceptual drawing of set courtesy UNCG Theatre.

Updated Sept. 22.

See related story on Frame/Works.

Men’s basketball season-ticket discount for faculty/staff

photo of studentsThe UNCG Athletics Department has set its sights on making season-ticket history in support of the men’s basketball team, and with a new discount, faculty and staff can help.

The new Spartan Pride Season Ticket Referral Program gives season-ticket holders cash incentives for season-ticket referrals. For each new season-ticket referral purchase, the current season ticket-holder will receive $10 cash back. If a current season-ticket holder gets 10 new season tickets, they receive one season ticket (account credit) for free. Anyone they refer, faculty/staff or not, would receive $99 season tickets for the first year.

The goal is 1,000 men’s basketball season tickets. Last season, UNCG sold 866 total season tickets to fans that watched the Spartans post a 13-4 home record – the most wins in program history, including a win at the Southern Conference regular season championship.Faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $99 in the lower level (as many as they like). Normally, season tickets in the lower level are $129. All season tickets come with a parking pass for these games at the Coliseum, a $65 value. They also come with several Buddy Passes so you can bring others to a few games, and the opportunity to receive complimentary women’s basketball season tickets. Payroll deduction is available for all faculty/staff – the payment is split evenly over four months.

To order tickets with the faculty/staff discount, to take advantage of the referral program or if you have any questions, contact the UNCG Athletics ticket office at 336-334-3250.

More information on the season-ticket referral program can be found at uncgspartans.com/referral.

Kaplan Center receives LEED Gold rating for sustainability

photo of Kaplan bulidingUNCG’s Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

A leading benchmark in green building, LEED offers four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. UNCG has 17 LEED-certified buildings, including 10 that have attained the Gold rating.

“The Kaplan Center was designed with every aspect of sustainability in mind – from the raw materials used in construction to the light, airy design of the facility,” said Dr. Shanna Eller, sustainability coordinator for operations. “We’re proud that the Kaplan Center has surpassed our initial goal of LEED Silver, and we continue to find new solutions that will help make this state-of-the-art facility even more sustainable and energy efficient.”

Since its opening last August, the Kaplan Center has helped transform campus life at UNCG, with approximately 90 percent of all on-campus students accessing the facility at least once during the 2016-17 academic year.

In addition to promoting health and wellness across campus, the Kaplan Center has hosted numerous student events – such as the popular dive-in movie nights at the pool and this year’s “Convocation Craze” – as well as conferences and meetings for faculty and staff.

To learn more about LEED-certified buildings on campus and the university’s sustainability efforts, visit sustainability.uncg.edu. For more information about the Kaplan Center, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Provost: Growing number of faculty boosts academic mission

As newly minted chair Andrea Hunter remarked at the Faculty Senate’s inaugural meeting of the semester, it is time for Giant Steps.

At the Sept. 6 meeting, Provost Dana Dunn said there is much momentum at present, and laid out a few of the university’s key initiatives.

UNCG has over 600 tenure-stream faculty, and this year welcomed 39 new tenured faculty as well as many additional full-time faculty. In August, nine faculty received endowed professorship appointments, including two Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professorships. (A listing of new faculty may be seen here.)

Dunn said 26 new expansion searches for tenure-stream faculty have been authorized and many key positions beyond faculty are being filled, such as dean searches for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and the School of Health and Human Sciences, vice chancellor for student affairs and associate vice chancellor for research.

Beyond faculty, Dunn spoke of enrollment – up 1.4 percent overall and 3.3 percent at the graduate level – and residential housing growth, with 5,400 students now living on campus.

Five new academic programs are currently in various stages of development: an undergraduate information studies cross-disciplinary degree, a master’s in data science, international business, a joint PhD in social work with NC A&T and a PhD in business offered online.

The university has intensified its research activity after exceeding its goal of 5 percent externally funded research.

Student success remains a major initiative for the university. UNCG was one of 31 institutions nationally chosen for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Frontier Set and one of five that will be profiled by the foundation.

The Banner 9 software upgrade was a topic at the meeting, and Dunn explained it related to UNCG’s focus on improving infrastructure. In addition, the university will be implementing CourseLeaf Academic Catalogue Management Software, which will revolutionize approvals and reviews of curriculum.

The university’s strategic planning is nearing finalization, with a new website (posting later this week) that will include framework for the strategic plan and goals for colleges and schools. There are plans to launch another strategic seed-funding program for faculty this year with $150,000 in grants tied to themes in the strategic plan.

Faculty will be key in working to move the institution forward, Dunn said.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

UNCG Trustees approve design for new Nursing and Instructional Building

The UNCG Board of Trustees approved the external design for UNCG’s new Nursing and Instructional Building on Friday at the September board meeting.

The approved renderings showcase a five-story, 180,000-square-foot building with an atrium that connects the two sides of the building.

The Nursing and Instructional Building is slated to open in the summer of 2020. The building will be built at the same site as the current McIver Building, which will be demolished next summer.

The new facility is made possible thanks to $105 million in state funds from the Connect NC Bond, which was passed by North Carolina voters in the spring of 2016.

Visual: Exterior rendering of new building. View from College Avenue between Forney and Foust buildings.

Liked “Cars,” “Brave,” “Monsters, Inc.”? Hear Pixar’s Tia Kratter Oct. 4.

Tia Kratter has been a part of the artistry of Pixar films since the very first one, “Toy Story,” released in 1995. Before that, she contributed work to such Disney classics as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

The stories she can share are quite colorful – literally.

Tia Kratter will visit UNCG Wednesday, Oct. 4. She will give a public lecture at 6 p.m. in Bryan 160. The public is invited. (It’s recommended that you get there early.) In the morning she will speak to UNCG art students in Dr. Heather Holian’s “Art of Disney and Pixar” class.

After working at Disney Feature Animation for five years as a background painter, and later as a Disney freelance artist, Kratter joined the “Toy Story” art team at Pixar in 1993. Since her arrival at Pixar Tia has served as an art director on many of the studio’s films including “A Bug’s Life,”  “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars” and “Brave.”

Today, she is manager of Art & Film Education at Pixar University, the studio’s internal education program. She also has authored the illustrated new book “The Color of Pixar,” showcasing many film stills from the Pixar archives. (The campus bookstore will have that book available at the talk.)

“She has a tremendous amount of experience in the animation industry and at two of the medium’s most important studios,” said Holian. “She has been at these studios during a seismic shift in the industry, from 2D animation to 3D or digital animation. This change has impacted her own work over the years, from the kinds of work she makes to the materials she uses.”

This talk, sponsored by UNCG School of Art, marks the sixth Pixar artist Holian has invited to speak at UNCG – a unique learning experience for her students and the public.

“Tia’s talk will be especially interesting because it will bear out the great importance of ideas, problem-solving and collaboration in animation, regardless of the technology making the film, or the media of her own pieces,” Holian said. “She also plans to talk about how she has adapted, grown and changed as an artist while at Pixar over the last 24 years.”

Holian emphasized Kratter’s breadth and talent as an artist.

“She is capable of working on the completely imagined world of ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ the racing world of ‘Cars’ and the lush, organic world of medieval Scotland. She often paints in watercolor when not at the studio, and for ‘Brave’ she made several watercolor studies of the Scottish landscape that are among some of the most evocative concept paintings made for that entire film.”

Kratter also is a gifted speaker. “She has a great sense of humor, which I imagine listeners will be treated to during her talk.”

Holian, associate professor of art history, is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. Another key specialty is the art of the Pixar Animation Studios, and she is currently finishing a book on the topic.

Holian travels to Pixar regularly to interview artists and conduct research in the studio’s archives. Her essay “A Brave Collaboration: A Case Study of Collaborative Dynamics and Collective Imagination within the Pixar Art Department” is scheduled for publication next year, and her essay “New and Inherited Aesthetics: Designing for the ‘Toy Story’ Trilogy One Film at a Time” will appear in “‘Toy Story:’ Animation – Key Texts” this winter.

By Mike Harris
Photo courtesy Tia Kratter

UNCG volunteers recover 62 pounds of leftover food from Folk Festival

photo of studentsUNCG’s Food Recovery Network chapter collected 62 pounds of surplus food during the 2017 National Folk Festival Sept. 8-10. Student volunteers arrived around 9:30 p.m. on each day of the festival and spent the night collecting leftovers from the festival’s vendors. They gathered enough food to feed about 51 people, which was donated to Mary’s Table. Mary’s Table is a nonprofit that serves warm meals six days a week to those in need.

Founded in April 2015, the UNCG chapter of the national Food Recovery Network regularly recovers excess food from UNCG Dining Services, as well as from local events. Since its founding, volunteers have donated over 10,362 pounds of food, or over 8,635 meals, to feed people in Greensboro living with food insecurity. For more information on the UNCG FRN, like their Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter at frm_uncg and Instagram at foodrecoveryuncg.

By Avery Campbell
Photograph courtesy the UNCG FRN.

Apply for Giant Steps Research Development Grants

The Provost and the Office of Research and Engagement announce the release of funding for the Giant Steps Research Development Grants

The goal of this program is to provide seed funding for projects that will enhance UNCG’s external visibility, encourage research as well as increase the opportunity to leverage preliminary results obtained with this funding to gain significant future federal and/or private funding.

Winning proposals are expected to define an integrated research effort distinguished by intellectual excellence and driven by a clear vision of fundamental advances, new discoveries or technological developments having state, national and global and societal impact aligned with the areas defined in the strategic plan (e.g., health and wellness, vibrant communities or global connections).

A requirement of the award is the submission of at least one research proposal to an external funding source by the end of the award period. The Provost and Office of Research and Engagement anticipates funding up to six proposals of up to $25,000 each.

Applications are due Nov. 6, 2017, with projects to begin Jan. 8, 2018, and work completed no later than June 30, 2019. For more information, contact Dr. Terri Shelton, shelton@uncg.edu.

Take advantage of HR’s Learning and Development offerings

UNCG Human Resources Learning and Development is pleased to offer a rich array of offerings reflecting the talent of faculty and staff. Courses provide the opportunity to explore new passions, strengthen skills and contribute further to building an inclusive and collaborative workplace.

Learning and Development workshops, including Professional, Personal and Organizational Development, are a benefit for all UNCG employees. Workshops focus on self-enhancement, work-life balance and workplace training. Some highlights this year include an active shooter training, conflict resolution, tours of Jackson library, thriving in the workplace and intercultural sensitivity awareness.

Full workshop descriptions are listed on the new HR website:


Kim Record named chair of NCAA DI Competition Oversight Committee

photo of RecordDirector of Athletics Kim Record has been named chair of the NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee. Record began her tenure this summer and her term as chair will run until June, 2019. The committee consists of 19 members: 10 Division I council members, eight non-council members and one SAAC representative.

“It is an honor to serve as chair of the Competition Oversight Committee,” Record said. “Our goal is to be inclusive, responsive and transparent with the membership as we monitor, evaluate and enhance the student-athlete championship experience.”

Record has been an active member in NCAA national committees during her career. In addition to the chair of the Competition Oversight Committee, she is currently a member of the NCAA Division I Council as the representative for the Southern Conference. Also, she has been a member of the NCAA women’s soccer committee and championship cabinet.

The Competition Oversight Committee has oversight responsibility of regular season and championships administration in sports other than football and men’s and women’s basketball, including supervision of qualification and/or selection procedures for Division I and National Collegiate Championships. The committee prioritizes enhancement of the student-athlete’s educational experience (academically and athletically) and, in doing so, promotes student-athletes’ personal growth and leadership development.

The Competition Oversight Committee reviews recommendations from sports committees and processes other issues related to the administration of those championships. The sports committees (other than football and men’s and women’s basketball) report directly to the Competition Oversight Committee.

Record is in her ninth year as director of athletics at UNCG.

She was named one of 28 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award recipients at the 2014 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention in Orlando in the NCAA Division I-AAA category.

Looking Ahead: Sept. 20, 2017

Strategic Plan website launches
Wednesday, Sept. 20

General Education Program Assessment Forum
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 21, noon, Room 140, McIver Building

General Faculty Meeting & Convocation
Sept. 20, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Vintage Viands: North Carolina Edition
Friday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m., Jackson Library Reading Room, main level

‘As You Like It,’ directed by John Gulley
Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

‘Comanche: Hero Complexities’
Friday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Guest Artist Recital: Ko Eun Lee, piano
Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Asian Autumn Festival
Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m., EUC

Men’s Soccer vs. Appalachian State
Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

HHS hosts speaker on chronic pain

photo of GatchelDr. Robert Gatchel will visit Sept. 29 to deliver the presentation “The Biopsychological Model of Chronic Pain: Past, Present and Future Clinical Directions.” The presentation is 11 a.m. in the EUC Maple Room. A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.

Gatchel is professor of clinical health psychology and directs the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illness at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement, one of the highest honors in psychology. His research explores the causes, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain behavior, including opioid overuse and misuse.

Sustainable and socially responsible investing

photo of a personThe UNCG Sustainability Council announces a series of Conversations on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing.

The first conversation, “What is Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing and Why Is It Important?” will be Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center and will feature panelists Jill Hopke from DePaul University and Luis Hestres from the University of Texas at San Antonio. This conversation is hosted by Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Geography.

The second conversation, “The Business of Investing Responsibly” will be Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center and will feature Ebony Perkins of Self Help Credit Union, Christopher Demetropoulos of Trillium Asset Management and Chas Mansfield of Compass Financial Partners. This conversation is hosted by the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Check the web page for more information on additional conversations.

‘Frame/Works’ for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ Sept. 28

Conceived by Dr. Christine Woodworth, former UNCG Theatre faculty member, “Frame/Works” is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice.

photo of posterThe “Frame/Works” selection for the fall is UNCG Theatre’s production of “As You Like It,” and will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28. The presenting researchers are Dr. Jennifer Feather, Dr. Lauren Shook and Dr. Jennifer Park, from the English department, and their presentations are, respectively: “Restless Shakespeare: The Forest of Arden After Hurricane Harvey,” “Dining in Deserts: Understanding Food Scarcity in the Forest of Arden” and “Cosmetics of Color: Celia as Aliena in As You Like it.”

School of Theatre Director Dr. John Poole will moderate the discussion and Professor and Production Director John Gulley and selected performers and designers will also participate in the post-show Q&A discussion.

At 5 p.m., light refreshments will be served in the Slane Lobby of UNCG Auditorium, and the pre-show presentation of research will begin at 5:15 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a dinner break, and the 7:30 p.m. production of “As You Like” it at Taylor Theatre. The post-show responses and Q&A will begin at 9:40 p.m.

All “Frame/Works” participants may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $12; UNCG student tickets are all $9.

The box office is located in 115 Brown Building and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 336-334-4392 – or guests may contact Triad Stage to secure “As You Like It” tickets at 336-272-0160. Online ticketing is here.