UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for September 2017

Rud Turnbull, advocate for people with disabilities, to give lecture series

Beginning tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 20), UNCG shines a light on the challenges that disability poses as a matter of law and policy by sponsoring three lectures by Rud Turnbull. Each lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room at the UNCG Alumni House. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Turnbull, father of a son (1967-2009) with intellectual and emotional-behavioral disabilities, is a scholar of disability policy and an advocate for people with disabilities, especially those who have intellectual, developmental and mental health disabilities.

Sept. 20, 2017 Lecture 1: Nature and scope of discrimination against persons with disabilities and the law’s general approach in prohibiting such discrimination.

Oct. 11, 2017 Lecture 2: Legal issues that arise when a person with a disability is at the “edges of life,” whether as a newborn baby or an adult.

Feb. 21, 2018 Lecture 3: Legal issues that arise when a person may need the protection of guardianship and the conflict that guardianship presents to the person’s autonomy and decision-making.

The series is sponsored by UNCG Office of Research and Engagement, UNCG Community and Therapeutic Recreation and the UNCG Department of Specialized Education Services.

Interested in graduate school?

The Fall 2017 Graduate School Information Session will be Monday evening, Oct. 2, 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the EUC.

Information Sessions are designed for individuals who are exploring graduate programs at UNCG and include workshops on the application process, graduate student life on campus, professional development programs and an opportunity to meet with faculty representatives from academic departments.

To register, visit docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchbV_YFiBR4WBRmBUNWUCYk8je0vDLfAm86bktcv_cwypdxw/viewform.

Forum addresses cultural diversity in the marketplace

“Diversity, Entrepreneurship, and Direct Selling” will be the topic of a forum Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Bryan 160. The panel will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a reception with catering provided by Dame’s Chicken & Waffles and A Sweet Success. The forum is free and open to the public.

Accomplished executives Connie Tang, president and CEO of Princess House, and Ursula Dudley Oglesby, president of Dudley Products, will speak on how their companies are making strides towards cultural diversity in the marketplace.

The occasion will be moderated by John T. Fleming, past board member of Direct Selling Educational Foundation.

The event is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Direct Selling Educational Foundation.

Kara Baldwin

photo of BaldwinKara Baldwin (Special Support Services) received continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Student Support Services Program.”

There are a high number of students who enroll at UNCG who need and could qualify for the academic support available through a Student Support Services Program. Thus, the project proposes to sponsor a Student Support Services Program for a five-year period, 2015 through 2020.

The program will provide writing, reading, study skills coaching, mathematics and computer literacy instruction; individualized tutoring; academic coaching, career, personal and financial aid counseling; financial literacy instruction and training; graduate/professional school guidance; and some limited cultural, educational enrichment, and academic award activities.

The university will identify and provide educational support services to 200 freshmen, upper-class, transfers, returning adults and students with disabilities for a five-year period who are first-generation, low-income and disabled students. The primary goal is to increase the rate of educational success for these students so they will earn a bachelor’s degree and/or prepare to enroll in a graduate or professional school or a doctoral degree program.

Both the commitment from UNCG and the funding from the grant itself will allow the university to begin services for first-generation, low-income and students with disabilities nearly as soon as notification of funding is received.

The program staff, participants and the university (Office of Institutional Research) will conduct an evaluation to measure both student and program success based upon the standardized and process objectives annually.

Dr. John Kiss

photo of kissDr. John Kiss (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) received new funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the project “Novel explorations into the interactions between light and gravity sensing in plants.”

The Seedling Growth (SG) series of plant biology experiments is part of a barter agreement between NASA and ESA. The major goals are: (1) to determine how gravity and light responses influence each other in plants; (2) to better understand the cellular signaling and response mechanisms of phototropism and of light stimulation; and (3) to study the factors affecting the proliferation and growth of meristematic cells in order to analyze in how auxin (i.e., a plant hormone) transport and perception act in the regulation of these cellular functions.

Dr. Paul Knapp

photo of KnappDr. Paul Knapp (Geography) received continued funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “A multi-century reconstruction of tropical cyclone rainfall magnitude and variability derived from longleaf  pine in the U.S. southeast Atlantic coastal region.”

The project is designed to provide a multi-century perspective regarding the variability of rainfall derived from landfalling tropical cyclones (TCs; tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes) in the Atlantic southeast coastal region (ASCR) of the southeastern United States by examining the instrumental climate record and the development and application of multiple proxy tree-ring records.

Latewood growth of longleaf pine within the ASCR principally occurs from mid-June through mid-October (tropical-cyclone season) and has strong statistical power when used to reconstruct TC precipitation (TCP). TCP is a critical component of the ASCR hydroclimate, as it influences summer/autumn recharge to groundwater supplies, can abruptly end severe drought conditions and serves an important ecological role. Conversely, TCs and their associated flooding impose substantial societal costs including human mortality and economic losses.

To place the effects of TCP in a historical context, this study will: 1) extend the TCP record to the 17th century to document spatio-temporal variability prior to historic records; 2) determine if actual and reconstructed TCP values significantly correspond with changes in tree-ring oxygen-18 isotopes; and, 3) examine variability of TCP and determine the sensitivity of TCP to the North Atlantic, Atlantic Multidecadal, and El Niño Southern Oscillations.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received a competitive renewal of funding in the amount of $676,578 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the project “Recipe for Success. The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

Recipe for Success, in collaboration with public and private entities in Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties in North Carolina, provides direct and indirect nutrition and obesity- prevention education to individuals and households who are either recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or SNAP-eligible.

There are three primary target audiences: 1) Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socioeconomic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc.; 2) Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after-school and summer recreational program; and 3) households with children under the age of 18 through eight direct-mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

Dr. Louisa Raisbeck

photo of RaisbeckDr. Louisa Raisbeck (Kinesiology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Merging attentional focus and balance training to reduce fall risk in older adults.”

Approximately 15 million older adults fall every year in the United States and fall-prevention programs have only been moderately successful in arresting fall rate. This project uses motor-learning principles derived from the attentional focus literature to determine whether training someone where to focus their attention during a balance task enhances balance control and reduces fall risk.

See/hear: Oct. 20, 2017

A 20 percent discount on “South Pacific” tickets is available to UNCG faculty and staff. Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre have partnered to bring the grand Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to the Triad. More than twenty Spartan students, faculty and alumni are involved in the production, along with stellar guest artists. Receive a 20 percent discount by using the code “BALIHAI” when you place your order. Additionally, The White and Wood downtown offers a discount on tickets. Questions about ticket discounts? Call (336) 272-0160 or visit the Triad Stage box office.

Fun Asian Autumn Festival Sept. 23

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If you’re a fan of dazzling performances and delectable dishes, UNCG’s annual Asian Autumn Festival is right up your alley.

Join the International and Global Studies Program in celebrating the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Elliot University Center.

The festival serves as an opportunity to experience the mosaic of Asian cultures that are a part of the UNCG community. Festival-goers of all ages will enjoy performances ranging from tai chi demonstrations to K-Pop dances, food samples, games and raffles hosted by the university’s many Asian clubs.

Both admission and parking (available in Walker Avenue Parking Deck) are free and open to the public.

By Ishan Davis
Photography courtesy festival organizers

Sample recipes from across the state at Vintage Viands tasting Sept. 22

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The Jackson Library is home to many loved collections, but one has recently come to the forefront. Hundreds of cookbooks were recently donated with recipes from across North Carolina.

The recipes are all the result of the work of Foy Allen Edelman, author, cookbook collector and cuisine aficionado. Edelman has traveled across nearly all counties in North Carolina to seek out dishes from it’s inhabitants. In doing this, she has captured the essence of the regions through the meals that make us feel at home.

These books have found a home of their own in the Special Collections of UNCG’s Jackson Library. Carolyn Shankle, the library’s Special Collections specialist, and her team have been working to inventory around 60 cartons worth of cookbooks, according to the featured article “A Delicious Collection” in Our State Magazine. This expansive donation adds to the depth of the culinary section in the university’s library, which includes Home Economics Pamphlets and other historical cookbooks.

Callie Coward and Erica Rau, both UNCG graduates and Jackson Library technicians, grew interested in these pieces while scanning them. They had a vision for an event where recipes from the collections could be showcased and tasted by the public: thus Vintage Viands was born. The event began in 2015, when the focus was included all of the library’s cookbooks. This year’s Vintage Viands was inspired by Foy Edelman’s collection, and will center entirely on recipes from North Carolina.

While recipes from North Carolina have a wide spectrum of flavors, some may say they’re not particularly unique, “If I’m honest, there’s really nothing more special pertaining to North Carolina recipes than anywhere else,” Coward tells Campus Weekly. “These recipes, just like anywhere else, spark memories or at least we hope they do. You can remember your grandmother’s famous coconut cake or persimmon pudding. These recipes bring back the nostalgia from that time in your life; the good ol’ days if you will. Foods and smells can trigger memories and that’s what makes these recipes so special.”

This free taste-testing event will allow the public to experience their own nostalgia. Rau says that through Vintage Viands, she would like ”to expose the students and larger UNCG community to a really cool resource that they may not know we even had. We’d like them to walk away from the event knowing that our special collections and archives aren’t just some dusty old photos or letters from past university presidents,” she says. “Hopefully, students can walk away with a new or renewed passion for cooking, or maybe a fun idea for a project they’d like to research.”

Enjoy Vintage Viands: North Carolina Edition in the Reading Room on the First Floor of Jackson Library, from 12 – 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. All are invited.

By Ishan Davis
Photographer: Paula Damasceno De Oliveira


Ahoy! “South Pacific” launches UCLS, Triad Stage seasons

photo of studentsThis weekend, one of Broadway’s most iconic musicals hits the Greensboro downtown stage: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” opening Sept. 17 at Triad Stage’s Pyrle Theater.
The joint production of UNCG and Triad Stage will kick off the 2017-2018 University Concert and Lecture Series, and it will have Triad Stage’s largest cast to date. The performers include 20 UNCG student and alumni actors, as well as UNCG orchestra musicians, directed by doctoral candidate Justin Cowan.

Based on a story collection by James Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “South Pacific” unfolds on an island that serves as a World War II-era United States military stopover. Many who are familiar with the music remember catchy numbers like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” but the story addresses serious issues that resonate with a contemporary audience.

“It’s so compellingly about a particular time period, but it also speaks to us today,” said Triad Stage artistic director and UNCG School of Theatre faculty member Preston Lane. “It’s about young people ripped out of complacency and sent to another place. They’re not yet in battle but they’re about to be. They have love, excitement, patriotism, fear.”

Kamilah Bush, a recent graduate of UNCG’s Theatre Education program, serves as the production’s dramaturg, or the contextual researcher and script advisor. She describes her work on “South Pacific” as an intensely meaningful challenge.

“It’s not just a museum piece with cute 1940s costumes,” she said. “It’s a real, relevant conversation that a modern-day audience can connect with.”

Throughout the rehearsal weeks, the “South Pacific” cast and designers held discussions about the play’s historical context and how it translates for contemporary audiences. The love story hinges on racial segregation, and at the time of the musical’s debut, the song “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” which Lane calls “the heart of the show,” was highly controversial.

“This production has given me a chance to examine the world through many different perspectives, and to deal with the difficult realities of racism, war, human nature and love,” said senior theatre major Stephanie Schroeder.

Schroeder, who plays a nurse in “South Pacific,” is also completing a minor in vocal performance and in musical theatre, a new minor in the UNCG School of Theatre.

The ongoing partnership between Triad Stage and UNCG has been a boon for both organizations. With opportunity to perform in professional productions, UNCG students, such as the 14 students in the cast of “South Pacific,” gain real-world experience as they complete their degrees, going through “the throes and rigor of a professional rehearsal process,” as theater education major William Stapleton calls it.

Triad Stage benefits from the partnership in part by tapping the talent of UNCG students, faculty and alumni, which gives directors the ability to stage plays with larger casts and greater production needs.

“We’re on a real journey together,” said Lane, “to reimagine what a professional theatre and university relationship can be in the 21st century.

“South Pacific” runs through Oct. 15. Tickets are available at the Triad Stage box office online, by phone at (336) 272-0160 and in person at 232 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro, Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for UNCG students for $5 and UNCG faculty and staff receive a 20 percent discount by using the code “BALIHAI.”

View the entire UCLS season here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography courtesy of Triad Stage

Institute: Advisors help students identify their strengths

Faculty, staff and professional advisors from UNCG and NC A&T had an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of advising theory, best practices in advising and the integral relationship between advising and career counseling – particularly in meeting the needs of freshmen and sophomore students, and other at-risk groups – at a two-day advising institute Sept. 7 and 8.

The kick off for the event started at UNCG’s Kaplan Wellness Center on Thursday and ended on NC A&T’s campus Friday. The institute was designed as a structured, intensive and collaborative program where participants learned from noted experts from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), colleagues at both universities and one another on both academic advising practices and their relationship to effective career counseling.

The Division of Enrollment Management’s Office of Retention Initiatives at UNCG, the Career Services Center at UNCG and the Center for Academic Excellence at NC A&T State University planned and implemented the institute with support of grant funding by the UNC General Administration. This joint venture was co-led by Dr. Jacquelyn R. Jones, Director of Retention Initiatives at UNCG and Dr. Regina Williams Davis, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Academic Support and the Director for the Center for Academic Excellence at NC A&T State University.

“The Advisor Institute was a wonderful learning experience for all who attended this first collaborative advising experience,” said Jo Ann Huber, a national consultant with NACADA and the keynote speaker. “The participants were fully engaged for two days in strengths-quest activities with relevant information to assist the advising process with students. Case studies rounded out the practical scenarios in dealing with academic as well as ethical situations.”

Huber has been actively involved in higher education administration for over 38 years. Her experience ranges from admissions/school relations to academic advising administration. She played a pivotal role in establishing the award-winning Undergraduate Advising Center at the University of Texas at Austin that dealt with undeclared students across the campus. She recently helped reorganize the advising structure in the College of Liberal Arts to form advising teams. Huber has held many offices in NACADA, including the presidency in 2005-06, Awards & Scholarship chair, Regional Representative and is the past chair of the Summer Institute Advisory Board. She is an active member of the NACADA Consultant & Speaker Service and was recognized in 2010 with the Service to NACADA Award.

Most notably, the institute allowed colleagues the opportunity to explore the connections between academic advising and strengths-based learning as avenues for supporting students’ development of non-cognitive skills. At its core, strengths-based learning aids students in identifying their greatest talents, and then applying those strengths to achieve academic, personal and career goals. Academic advising supports students in learning more about themselves, their interests and personal strengths as integrated components of their academic and career exploration.

During the institute, academic advisors:

  • Took the StrengthsFinder assessment to identify their own talents
  • Identified ways to apply their individual strengths in their academic advising work
  • Practiced utilizing Strengths Quest resources to guide students in academic/career planning
  • Learned how to identify and leverage students’ strengths through academic advising

“Academic advising provides an opportunity for all students to develop a personal and consistent relationship with someone at the institution who cares about them,” Jones said. “Advisors are in a unique position to enable students to see the connection between their present academic experience and their future life plans. Advisors are the direct link for assisting with retention and student success, since often they are the first interactions that students encounter.”

Jones added that George Kuh, founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, makes the point that just as important as the time and effort students put into their coursework is the way institutions support strategies that connect students to the campus environment and high-impact learning experiences. Both UNCG and NC A&T support academic advising as a profession.

“Student success must be at the core of all institutional work and decision-making,” Jones said. “Academic advising is critical to the success of higher education and so is providing professional development for our advisors.”

Advising Institute Planning Committee:

Dr. Jacquelyn R. Jones, Director of Retention Initiatives at UNCG, Co-Chair

Dr. Regina Williams Davis, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Academic Support and the Director for the Center for Academic Excellence at NC A&T State University, Co-Chair

Dana Saunders, Director of the Students First Office at UNCG

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at UNCG

Nicole Hall, Director of the Career Services Center at UNCG

Megan Walters, Associate Director for Career Development at UNCG

Emily Wiersma, Assistant Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at UNCG

Christa Cigna and Rachel Horton, Graduate Assistants in the Office of Retention Initiatives at UNCG

Photo courtesy of Dr. Jacquelyn R. Jones.

“Comanche: Hero Complexities” premieres Sept. 22

photo of studentsBefore his untimely death, Duane Cyrus’ uncle helped save the lives of 93 servicemen drowning in the icy waters off Greenland during a World War II rescue mission. Now, Charles W. David Jr.’s heroism is the inspiration for the cutting-edge, research-based dance production “Comanche: Hero Complexities.” The gala performance by Cyrus and his visual and performing arts collective, Theatre of Movement, premieres Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium.

“‘Comanche’ is something that’s really been around me my whole life,” said Cyrus, associate professor of dance at UNCG.

The performance explores themes of rescue, self-sacrifice, and heroism when black male bodies are positioned in contemporary spaces. How do black contemporary bodies simultaneously relate to past acts of heroism while negotiating present-day dilemmas through art?

In 1943, David, a Caribbean-American United States Coast Guardsman, was working as a Steward’s Mate First Class in the kitchen of the Comanche, a Coast Guard cutter (coastal patrol boat). A German U-boat torpedoed the Army transport ship, The Dorchester, of nearby servicemen, and Comanche responded to the rescue mission. Since the military was segregated at the time, David was not required to participate in the rescue. But he volunteered, and helped save the 93 men, including the Comanche’s executive officer who contracted hypothermia during the mission. A few days later, David passed away from prolonged exposure to pneumonia.

Cyrus said he never fully comprehended his uncle’s sacrifice until 2013, when he attended a ceremony where the U.S. Coast Guard commissioned a cutter in Key West, Florida, in David’s name. It dawned on him that David’s story was extremely fertile ground for creative work.

“I realized that while I continue as a creative artist, I could use research to connect students to important historical legacies and encourage them to do their own research – to delve deeply,” said Cyrus, a 35-year-veteran of dance.

With support from Dr. Peter Alexander, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Provost Dunn, Lawrence Jenkens, associate dean, Janet Lilly, head of the dance department and a Strategic Seed Grant for vibrant communities from the Office of the Provost, Cyrus began his artistic exploration of the past. Theatre of Movement encourages collaboration among a group of contributing artists, rather than a more traditional division of labor among the choreographer, film director, dancers and designers.

His dancers are primarily trained in modern, contemporary and hip hop. But they are not bound by any one dance discipline.

“Technique is important to work on yes, but we don’t stop there – That’s the foundation,” Cyrus said. “These dancers are theatrical conveyors of ideas beyond their technique. And I’m very proud of them.”

His quest took him to Cape Charles, Virginia, New York, Washington, DC, Antigua and China. Over the course of his research, he met with a Coast Guard historian and reviewed documents related to his uncle’s service. He read about African Americans in the military, and conducted interviews with family members and subject matter experts.

Cyrus and his team conducted workshops and engaged the community in his research questions: “What does it mean to be a problem and a savior at the same time? How do contemporary black bodies negotiate the dynamics that arise when intention meets perception? What does a black man look like? What is heroism?”

Workshop participants – made up of professionals and nonprofessionals, dancers and artists – answered through sketches, interviews and other creative outlets. Cyrus said he wants to demonstrate the positive imagery of African American males on a range of levels.

“My goal through ‘Comanche’ is to show through multidisciplinary talent how to defy stereotypes,” he said. “It’s an open lens for us to see ourselves.”

Along with an appreciation of the legacy of his uncle, Cyrus said he hopes the audience walks away with a broader view of people.

“From seeing this concert of multidisciplinary art, I hope they would have a broader perspective not only of the diversity of African-American men,” Cyrus said. “but the diversity of us all to realize that within one group there are many.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison and Dawn Martin
Photography by Mike Dickens of Cyrus (center) working with UNCG BFA graduate Devonte Wells

“Fabric of Memory” exhibition at Revolution Mill honored

photo of exbitionThe “Fabric of Memory: The Cone Mill Villages” a permanent exhibition at Greensboro’s Revolution Mill created by students in UNCG’s History/Museum Studies graduate program and their advisor Director of Public History Benjamin Filene, won a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The award, which recognizes achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history was given to only 48 people, projects, exhibits or publications throughout the United States.

Created in 1945, the Leadership in History Awards Program is intended to support standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history.

“The Leadership in History Awards is AASLH’s highest distinction and the winners represent the best in the field,” said Trina Nelson Thomas, AASLH Awards Chair and Director.

Filene received the award at a banquet during the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 8.

A full listing of recipients can be found at about.aaslh.org/awards. The exhibition is located at 1250 Revolution Mill Drive and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Updated Sept. 25 to include photo from ceremony. Katherine Kane, AASLH Council Chair, Filene, and John Dichtl, AASLH President and CEO.

Nominations for 2017-18 Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Awards

Chancellor Gilliam has an announcement for faculty, staff, student leadership, and the Alumni Association:

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. Let me urge you to submit nominations for the 2017-2018 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions will happen in Fall 2017, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2018.

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. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

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, October 4, 2017. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017. Eligible faculty members who received 20162017 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.

Human Resources launches new, user-friendly website

The new UNCG Human Resources website is designed to provide users with an easier navigation experience, better search options and more. See below for a detailed list from HR Information Systems Analyst Chris Wilson, to see what makes the new site so great.

What’s New

Easier Navigation. We listened to you when you told us we should make information easier to find on our website. Once we knew what you wanted to find most often, we put that information front and center on the new site. Whether you want to sign up for a training class, read the latest HR news, learn about your retirement options, or post a job opening, your destination is a click or two away.

Better Search Options. The UNCG Human Resources website is rich with content, but all of that content is sometimes hard to find. When you’re just looking for a policy or form, our new search feature on the “Policies” and “Forms” links are designed to help you find what you need within seconds.

Employee Category Sites. We’ve organized the banner content by employee category: current employee, faculty, manager, student employee or prospective employee. You can search our site based on your category right from our home page.

Online Processes. We are working hard to eliminate paper processes in HR. The new resource is a convenient tool for getting HR tasks completed quickly and accurately. Here are a few of the first online forms available now:

  • New Employee Online Onboarding From getting a PIN, to requesting a parking pass, to signing up for direct deposit, to getting around campus, our New Employee Online Onboarding site makes it easy for new employees to quickly complete new hire administrative tasks and be ready for work.  
  • Find Your HR Business Partner or Talent Consultant Use the online database to plug in your department name and locate the name and contact information for your HR representative.
  • Contact Us Reach out to us instantly by submitting an online request or click on the HR Directory and contact us through one of our department email addresses.
  • Sign Up for a Training Class or Webinar For early-career and mid-career professionals who want to enhance their professional and personal development we offer soft and technical skills training, career development guidance and performance management training, some of which are available through webinars, self-paced training and in-person classes.  
  • Connect with an HR Client Partner. When you need to find information about Staff Senate, the Payroll Office, or Faculty Personnel Services, we can help redirect you through our HR pages.

Other Places to Check Out

We invite you to wander around the site and explore.

  • “SpartansOnTheMove” Our NEW relocation program for job candidates and current employees, a benefit program offering financial rewards.
  • UNCG Jobsearch For posting (and finding) UNCG jobs.
  • HR Tools Lots of tools and resources to assist you with your job responsibilities.
  • Work/Life Balance Help with leave management, family care, health and wellness, life and culture, employee recognition and financial resources.
  • New Employee Orientation Help your new employees find events, review the New Employee Guidebook or view videos to learn about the City of Greensboro and the State of North Carolina.
  • Talent Solutions Submit a salary increase request, modify a position or write a position description.
  • Benefits Explore the wealth of benefits offered by UNCG.

Need Help?

As with any new website, there may be a few kinks that need to be worked out. If you have trouble finding what you need on our new site, please contact us at UNCG HR.

Personnel news from UNCG Campus Enterprises

UNCG Campus Enterprises recently announced several important personnel changes within its department.

Scott Milman has been named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Real Estate effective July 1, 2017.  Milman previously served as Executive Director for Campus Enterprises since 2015. In that role, he managed operations for many private contractors and university departments, including UNCG Dining and Catering, Parking Operations & Campus Access Management, Motor Pool, UNCG Bookstore, SpartanCard, Spartan Printing, Spartan Mail, Vending, Community Development and Property Acquisition and Leasing. He joined UNCG in 1997 serving in a series of housing and residence life, business services and auxiliary positions. In his new position, Milman assumes responsibilities with the development of UNCG’s Millennial Campus initiative. He can be reached at 4-5197 or slmilman@uncg.edu.

Shannon Clegg has joined Campus Enterprises as the Senior Director for Auxiliary Services. She will provide leadership in the management of auxiliary enterprises, including UNCG Dining and Catering, UNCG Bookstore and Vending Services. Clegg will also oversee retail contracts in Spartan Village II. She began her tenure at UNCG in 1998 as the Director of Business & Student Services. She has broad experience in Purchasing, Printing, Postal, SpartanCard, Surplus Property/Warehouse, Bookstore and Planning & Performance Management. Prior to UNCG, Clegg worked for 10 years at UNC Pembroke as Director of Business Services. She can be reached at 4-5764 or shannon.clegg@uncg.edu.

Robert Walker has assumed leadership of Spartan Printing as Director for Business Services and Systems. He is responsible for administration and management of multiple complex businesses. These include a comprehensive Parking and Transportation program (parking, transit, travel demand management, motor pool and the fuel depot), Spartan Mail, Spartan Printing, SpartanCard (ID) and Campus Enterprises systems that service the university. Walker joined UNCG in 2008 and has since worked across all departments of Campus Enterprises. He can be reached at 4-9709 or robert.walker@uncg.edu.

Tiffany Hunt joined Campus Enterprises in June 2017 as the new Deck Operations Manager for Parking Operations & Campus Access Management. Hunt’s responsibilities include programming and managing the parking management system and reconciling and managing financial records. She has been with UNCG since 2014, when she started as an Administrative Support Associate in the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Hunt can be reached at 6-1242 or tchunt@uncg.edu

Aljosa Stojanovic joined Campus Enterprises in July 2017. He serves as Technology Specialist (which he says is a fancy term for “IT guy”) for Campus Enterprises. Stojanovic supports several technology-related matters, including door access and general computing. Additionally, he designs and manages the Campus Enterprises websites. Prior to his new role, Stojanovic worked with UNCG’s Human Resources department. He can be reached at 336.355.8182 or a_stojan@uncg.edu.

Sculpting Memories: Confederate Statues in Historical Context

UNCG History faculty will analyze the history of Confederate statues in the South at a panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Weatherspoon Museum Auditorium. Panelists include Dr. Watson Jennison, Dr. Mark Elliott and Dr. Benjamin Filene. Dr. Linda Stine will be the moderator. This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the History Department, UNCG’s Humanities Network and Consortium and the UNCG Lloyd International Honors College.


Fighting ISIS: The Middle East in Flux

Join the International & Global Studies Program for a semester of “Global Spotlights” featuring international political topics in the news.

The first spotlight is Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Dr. Jeff Jones from the Department of History will lead the discussion, “Fighting ISIS: The Middle East in Flux.”

Additional spotlights are scheduled for Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Free meditation program every Monday

Looking for a more mindful way to start your week? Join us for Mindful Mondays, a weekly drop-in meditation program at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Mondays, 12:30-1 p.m., Sept. 11 to Dec. 18, 2017 in the Dillard Room.

The 30-minute silent meditation is facilitated by UNCG faculty and staff volunteers. First-time meditators are especially welcome. No special postures or special clothes needed. Free and open to all.

Mindful Mondays upcoming dates: Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18.

Be a part of history in Human 125 photo

uncg logoJoin students and colleagues in commemorating UNCG’s 125th anniversary by forming the “Human 125” photo. Wear a white t-shirt and meet at the UNCG Soccer Stadium Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to be a part of UNCG’s visual history. Rain date is Thursday, Sept. 21.


Gen Ed Program assessment forums in September

UNCG’s General Education Council invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the General Education Program assessment forums scheduled to be held in Room 140 in the McIver Building on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Sept. 21, noon – 2 p.m.

Council members will present and lead discussion of results from the fall 2017 assessment of the Fine Arts (GFA), Literature (GLT) and Philosophical, Religious, & Ethical Principles (GPR) categories.

The General Education Program provides the foundation for the more specialized knowledge gained in a major. Because the program belongs to the entire university, everyone’s input is vital to its improvement.

‘Chasing Coral’ at Sustainability Series

photo of studentOn Sept. 21, the 12th-annual Sustainability Film & Discussion Series kicks off with a screening of “Chasing Coral,” directed by Jeff Orlowski. The film follows a team of divers and scientists studying a massive coral reef decline. At the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the film won an Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category.

The UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series is the longest-running program of its kind in the region and continues to give a voice to environmental, sustainability and climate issues affecting our community and the world. The Series hosts a documentary film and discussion each month. For more information on events and sponsorship opportunities, visit facsustainability.uncg.edu/sustainability-film-series/ or email Sarah Dorsey at sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

Director Jeff Orlowski filming on the Great Barrier Reef; photo by Richard Vevers at Chasing Coral

Service-Learning workshops for faculty Sept. 22

photo of gardenThis semester, the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning is offering a workshop series called “Reframe,” led by Assistant Director for Academic Service-Learning Lauren D. Cunningham. The sessions are professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and graduate students who are interested in using academic service-learning in class activities.

Academic service-learning is a high-impact practice, determined by the Association for American Colleges and Universities. There are nearly 40 classes offered each semester that include service-learning, and the workshops aim to make service-learning available in more classes across disciplines at UNCG.

The next workshop, “Critical Reflection: A Vehicle for Learning,” will take place on Sept. 22. All workshops are at noon in the Faculty Center.

  • “Civic Commitments Across the Curriculum,” with Dr. Spoma Jovanovic will be Oct. 27
  • “Faculty-led Community-Based Research with Students and Local Partners” will be Nov. 17

For more information and to register for workshops, visit  olsl.uncg.edu/reframe. Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged.

First annual Diversity in Language & Culture Conference

The School of Education’s Coalition for Diverse Language Communities will host the first-annual Diversity in Language & Culture Conference Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Education Building. The conference will explore what it means to teach today’s evolving youth in ways that foster their diverse languages, literacies and cultural practices, working toward inclusion and equity.

The keynote presenters are:

  • Dr. Django Paris, a professor of language and literacy at Michigan State University, who will present on culturally sustaining pedagogy as a framework for fostering equitable teaching practices.
  • Dr. Jennifer Leeman, a professor of modern and classical languages at George Mason University, who will talk about critical pedagogy and the sociopolitics of heritage/minority language education.
  • Dr. Imani Goffney, a professor of mathematics education at the University of Maryland, who will discuss her research focused on identifying, measuring, and defining equitable mathematics instruction for students often poorly served by schools, particularly African American and Latino children, low-income students, and those for whom English is a second language.

Registration for the one-day conference will begin at 8:15 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. by Dean of the School of Education Dr. Randy Pinfield. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will explore additional topics of interest in the community.

Registration, lunch and parking are complimentary. Register here and see the program schedule here.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) was founded more than five years ago by professors Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Colleen Fairbanks and Barbara Levin.  Its goal is to promote innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work and professional development. The CDLC aims to be a catalyst for innovative, relevant, collaborative and policy-related research, leveraging the synergy and knowledge of faculty, staff, students, and communities locally, nationally and globally.


Discussion on “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish to Say’ Project”

Sheryl Oring, associate professor of art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will lead the discussion of her book, “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish to Say’ Project,” on Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., in the Hodges Reading Room of the Jackson Library. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Motivated by her belief in the value of free expression that is guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States, Oring’s “I Wish to Say” project has been helping citizens voice their concerns about the state of affairs in the U.S. for more than a decade now. Oring examines critical social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange.

Using tools typically employed by journalists (the camera, the typewriter, the pen, the interview and the archive) she builds on experience in her former profession to create installations, performances, artist books and internet-based works. Oring holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.F.A. in visual art from the University of California, San Diego.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Diversity in Leadership series begins Sept. 26

The UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics is hosting a three-part Diversity in Leadership series. The first installment of the series will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and will focus on women in leadership. The event is free, but registration is required.

Attendees will hear a powerful keynote address and choose from two of the three breakout sessions facilitated by phenomenal professional women. Breakout sessions will cover achieving a work/life balance, wage equity and the new age for women. Speakers include Jacquie Gilliam, Nicole Hall, Sue Cole and Me’Chelle McKenney.

Upcoming sessions in January and March 2018 will focus on minorities in leadership and an executive look on the importance of equity diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

For details and to register, visit go.uncg.edu/diversityinleadership.

“Contemporary Feminisms: Disability” first in WGS series

Women’s & Gender Studies recently announced two upcoming events in September and October:

Thursday, Sept. 28, two scholars will address feminist understandings and engagements with the question of disability, including what counts as disability and for whom, in a panel discussion. “Contemporary Feminisms: Disability” is the first in a series WGS is presenting this year focused on contemporary feminisms.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, independent scholar and feminist writer Sara Ahmed will give the inaugural presentation of the Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Women’s Lecture Series, which is endowed by UNCG alumna Claudia Kadis.

“The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism and the Politics of Complaint” lecture will be held in the EUC’s Maple Room from 4 to 5 p.m. with a reception following. The lecture explores how institutions are built from small acts of use. Once we are attuned to an environment, we know what usually happens. Ahmed explores how sexism and racism become usual, with specific reference to uses of banter, ways of using words that point to how spaces become occupied. What happens with you challenge the use of banter as an abuse of power? What follows such challenges teaches us about power; the more you try to transform institutions the more you come up against them.

Ahmed has held academic posts at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books include, “Living a Feminist Life,” “Willful Subjects,” “On Being Included,” “The Promise of Happiness,” “Queer Phenomenology,” “The Cultural Politics of Emotion,” “Strange Encounters” and “Differences that Matter.”

Dr. Nina Arshavsky

Dr. Nina Arshavsky (SERVE Center) received new funding from Alamance Community College for the project “Mech Tech Project for National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ATE Program.” This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation.

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program with NSF focuses on the education of technicians for high-technology fields. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The role of SERVE will be to develop an evaluation plan, conduct interviews and develop and conduct surveys for the ATE program.

Stuart Dischell

Stuart Dischell (Creative Writing) will give a poetry reading  Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Faculty Center. The event will celebrate the release of Dischell’s latest collection, “Children with Enemies.” It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing. Dischell is the author of four other collections of poems: “Evenings & Avenues,” “Dig Safe,” “Backwards Days,” and “Good Hope Road,” which was the winner of the 1991 National Poetry Series and was reissued in 2016 by the Contemporary American Classics Series of Carnegie Mellon Press. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Agni, The New Republic, Slate, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and anthologies including Essential Poems, Hammer and Blaze, Pushcart Prize and Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems.”

Looking Ahead: Sept. 13, 2017

Public Talk: Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m., School of Education Room 120

Poetry Reading: Stuart Dischell
Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., UNCG Faculty Center

UNCG Trustees meeting
Friday, Sept. 15, Alumni House, 8:30 a.m.

Volleyball vs. High Point
Friday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Soccer vs. UNC Asheville
Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

‘South Pacific’ presented by UC/LS and Triad Stage
Sunday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St.

Sustainability Series Film: ‘Chasing Coral’
Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

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

Dr. Ye (Jane) He

Dr. Ye (Jane) He (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding in the amount of $429,319 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Engaging and Advancing Community-centered Teacher Development (EnACTeD).”  

This project showcases a community-centered teacher development model through which teacher educators, teacher candidates, families and community partners are actively engaged in the communities of practice. Through this model, families’ cultural and linguistic assets are leveraged through their engagement in teacher professional development module development, participation in family literacy and technology activities and support for teacher candidates’ bilingual language competency development. Inservice teachers are prepared to take on leadership roles in community-engagement activities and teacher mentoring through their participation in the PD and add-on licensure program. Preservice teachers are intentionally recruited from elementary majors and paraprofessionals with bilingual backgrounds. They are offered opportunities to practice dual language instructional strategies and seek English-as-a-Second-Language/dual language licensure.

Dr. David Wyrick

Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received funding from Prevention Strategies for an NCAA Subaward. The Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness at UNCG  is being subcontracted by Prevention Strategies to support the translation of theoretical constructs and research evidence to practice in the form of online behavioral intervention components and other technology-supplemented educational materials and assist with all research related to the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of the behavioral interventions and educational materials. See related story.

Gaylor Callahan memorial service Sept. 21

A memorial service for Gaylor Callahan (University Libraries) will be held on September 21 at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room. A reception in the Mary Foust parlor will follow. Donations in Gaylor’s memory may be made to the Warren Ashby Residential College. The obituary may be seen here.