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Archives for October 2017

Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship turns 50

When the Reynolds Foundation bet on Alyssa Sanchez’s success, the odds were in their favor.

“Gambling on my ability to succeed has further fueled my drive to do more,” said Sanchez, a Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholar majoring in biochemistry (pre-pharmacy) on track to graduate with full honors in 2019. “Achieving is the least that I could do to repay the Reynolds Foundation for all that they have done for me.”

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholars at UNCG.

Since its inception, more than 500 Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholars have graduated from the university. Through the receipt of this award, these scholars have been provided the tools they need to excel within and beyond the classroom, serve their communities and become exemplary leaders.

Sanchez said that without this life-changing scholarship, it’s likely she would not have attended UNCG.

“For many students today, it is only through a combination of part-time jobs, financial aid and loans that earning a college degree is even possible,” said Jane Taylor Brookshire ’67, ’70 MED, a Reynolds Scholar who established her own endowed scholarship fund for undergraduates. “I know the impact that a scholarship and the decision to attend UNCG had on my future success. I want those same opportunities for today’s students.”

In 1962, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Trustees established a merit-based scholarship program at UNCG, then Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, to commemorate the life and legacy of alumna Katharine Smith Reynolds – wife of R.J. Reynolds and mother of Z. (Zachary) Smith Reynolds.

The first scholarships were awarded to women, all residents of North Carolina, in their freshman year (1963-64). The scholarship was expanded to male students in 1980, effective 1981-82 academic year. In 1997, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation pledged $5 million to the university over 10 years. $4.3 million of the pledged amount was to fund the Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship Endowment and $700,000 was reserved for support of out-of-classroom learning activities such as travel abroad, research and service projects.

Dean Omar H. Ali of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, which awards the Reynolds Scholarships, described its impact:

“Reynolds Scholars embody the best of North Carolina’s students. High-achieving, community-engaged, globally minded and forward-looking, our scholars develop as leaders in their respective fields of study, refining their academic and social skills through innovative pedagogy, research and experiential learning opportunities in the Honors College.”

Scholarships are competitive and awarded to students on the basis of superior achievement and potential, qualities of leadership, evidence of interest in others and motivation toward useful purposes in life. Reynolds Scholars receive four years of generous funding and are eligible to receive stipends for community service involvement, participation in an internship and study abroad.

“Affiliation with the Reynolds Foundation has provided opportunities for me to grow as a student and leader,” Sanchez said. “Having the financial and supportive backing from the Reynolds Foundation has encouraged me to do more.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications and Shaheen Syal (Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation)

Photography by Martin Kane

Quad was packed with fun for Founders Day

Thousands of UNCG students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered together last Thursday for a campus-wide Founders Day celebration. And it was one for the ages.

Festivities included the annual luncheon, a special Founders Day Festival on the Quad – featuring a 125-foot-long birthday cake – and an anniversary concert by UNCG’s own Rhiannon Giddens.

UNCG opened its doors to 198 students on Oct. 5, 1892. Fifteen faculty members taught in three areas: commercial, domestic science and pedagogy.

Now, UNCG boasts nearly 20,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and staff, and over 120,000 living alumni.

“I think we can say it’s been a pretty good 125 years for UNCG,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. during the Founders Day Festival. “One thing I can tell you is that we’re only going to get better.”

UNC President Spellings spoke to the large crowd of Spartans as well. “Wow, what a terrific day to be in Greensboro and to be at UNCG!”

She and the chancellor led everyone in the singing of singing ‘Happy Birthday’ for the university with UNCG’s Bands of Sparta pep band joining in.

See lots of social media photos and posts at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian. Storify by Morgan Glover.

Photography by Alycee Byrd.

UNCG’s Healthy Relationships Initiative expands community partnerships

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
It’s the chorus most adults these days can recite by heart. Thanks to community partnerships involved in UNCG’s  Healthy Relationships Initiative, on Oct. 18, a national affiliate of the beloved children’s television classic will make two stops in Greensboro to introduce new resources that leverage the power of the muppets to help children facing difficult issues in their lives.

The partnership with Sesame Street in Communities is just one of many being fostered by the UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, ranked No. 4 nationally by U.S. News & World Report..

The Healthy Relationships Initiative, housed within UNCG and in partnership with the Phillips Foundation, was launched in February 2017. HRI is a community-wide effort promoting happy, healthy and safe relationships to improve quality of life across Guilford County.

The initiative offers a range of relationship-enrichment and family-wellness educational programs, face-to-face workshops and online learning. One of the main goals of HRI is to equip local nonprofit and community organizations to empower their clients with skills and information to promote healthy relationships.

The partnerships that underlie HRI reflect UNCG’s commitment to community engagement. A sampling of HRI’s recent activities shows the diverse network of community partners involved in the initiative. In September alone, HRI hosted a workshop for single moms at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro; co-developed a social media outreach series and community education event with Fellowship Hall, a local residential addiction treatment facility on the impact of addictions on families; and launched its #FindHelpFridays series to help local residents learn more about community resources, such as the Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality and Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children Division.

This month, Sesame Street in Communities will expand HRI’s partnerships even further. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, HRI is partnering with the Guilford County Family Justice Center and Guilford County’s Ready for School, Ready for Life for a professional training on the new Sesame Street in Communities Child Trauma Digital Toolkit. Another event will be held at the Greensboro Public Library to help local parents and caregivers learn how they can use all of the Sesame Street in Communities resources to foster their children’s health, school readiness and social and emotional development.

“The partnerships we have through HRI are key to embedding the outreach and programming of the initiative within the community,” said Dr. Christine Murray, associate professor of counseling and educational development. “Our goal is to work with existing partnerships and build new ones so that healthy relationships information and resources can be infused throughout the Guilford County community. We want to help make these resources as accessible as possible.”

To learn more about HRI and its upcoming events, connect with HRI at https://www.facebook.com/guilfordHRI/.

Want to attend one of HRI’s Sesame Street in Communities events?

By Elizabeth L. Harrison      

Blast off: SELF Design Studio and the great balloon launch

Great teachers tell students to shoot for the stars. UNCG School of Education students literally help them do it.

This past spring, UNCG’s School of Education’s SELF Design Studio (SDS) worked with the Kiser Middle School Meteorology Club and N.C. Near Space to launch a high-altitude balloon into the stratosphere, more than 100,000 feet above the earth’s surface.

With the help of UNCG student and pre-service educator Eric Winkelman, and N.C. Near Space’s Paul Lowell, Kiser students began designing their payload, contemplating what to send to the stratosphere. Ideas ranged from Hot Cheetos to a bacon shell, to see if it would cook from exposure to solar radiation. Finally, they decided on a raw egg, and created world’s highest egg drop experiment, and they also sent along a small tiger, Kiser’s mascot.

In the weeks leading up to the launch, Winkelman led the students testing parachute designs, building an extension arm, and practicing filming videos with on-board cameras. The balloon was cleared for launch by the Greensboro Fire Department, and the Kiser students were assigned to Mission Control, Launch Control and Chase teams.

On the morning of May 8, the Launch team arrived at 7 a.m. at the Grimsley High School football field to set up for the big moment. A few minutes after 9 a.m., with the balloon filled with hydrogen, the cameras activated and the payload secure, the students counted down and released the tether line holding the balloon. Over the next hour, the balloon drifted to its highest altitude of 102,000, when it burst over Apex, North Carolina. 

From there, the attached eight-sided parachute (created with rip-stop nylon, string, sewing thread and lots of hot glue), descended into the field of a lumber yard in Smithfield. The Chase team, led by UNCG SDS Assistant Director Matt Fisher, recovered the payload and returned to Kiser to preview with the Kiser students the on-board video captured in flight.


The onboard tracking devices tracked the payload’s location for the entire journey and gathered data for the Meteorology Club. The data can also be used to inspire new ideas for their next launch, planned for Spring 2018.

See full documentation of the project on the NC Near Space page for Space Flight 53 and watch the video below of the launch, flight and descent:

Copy and photographs courtesy of UNCG’s SELF Design Studio.

Retrospective of painter Louise Fishman’s work at Weatherspoon

A noteworthy traveling exhibition will make only one stop at a museum in the South. That museum is the Weatherspoon.

The retrospective of painter Louise Fishman’s work marks the first survey of Fishman’s work, notes the museum’s newsletter. It charts her lengthy career from her beginnings in the 1960s up to the present day. Fishman is known for large-scale, abstract expressionist paintings that combine feminist, lesbian and Jewish themes.

The exhibition, which opened last weekend, charts the evolution of Fishman’s art, as her style and influences developed and changed. Of particular note are her early grid paintings, her “Angry Paintings” of the 70s and the gestural paintings inspired by her Jewish background she began to produce after a life-changing visit to Auschwitz and Terezin in 1988. These paintings remain among her most well-known and affecting work.

“Louise Fishman: A Retrospective” will be in residency at the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery through Dec. 22. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated scholarly monograph on the artist’s work.

One typewriter, one novel will yield one remarkable piece of visual art

When someone’s typing, maybe just leave them be? With performance artist Tim Youd, the more observers the better.

This week through Friday, artist Tim Youd will be performing a new entry in his “100 Novels” series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. For each entry in the series, Youd retypes a 20th-century novel at a location of historical significance to its writing. Youd writes on a single sheet of paper, with another under it, that is repeatedly run through the typewriter. Once finished, the two pieces of paper are mounted side-by-side as a diptych.

Youd describes his process as “ecstatic reading”, and as an attempt to “experience deep engagement with the book.” Although the typed pages, containing the entire text of the novel in tattered and illegible form, are the result of the project, the core is the performance itself. Over a course of days, Youd publicly reads and re-types his chosen novels, displaying the intense focus and “out-of-body experience” provoked by deep connection to art and literature. Through this exhibition, Youd reveals the intimate, often secret connection between artist and art-in-production, and displays it to the audience as performance.

While at WAM, Youd will be retyping North Carolina author Daphne Athas’s “Entering Ephesus.” This exhibition is part of a three-novel retyping Youd is performing in North Carolina this Fall. For more information on the artist and his stay at UNCG, visit the entry on WAM’s website. In addition, The Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University will be showing a selection of Youd’s completed re-typings, and related artwork. For more information on that exhibit, go here.

Dig it! Archaeology Day this Saturday

“Exploring the Past Through Archaeology” is the theme Saturday, Oct. 14, on the grounds of the Greensboro History Museum.

The family-friendly event will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is hosted by the UNCG Archaeology program and the Greensboro History Museum

Enjoy hands-on activities, see casts of fossils and learn about ground-penetrating radar, very helpful in the field of archaeology.

Dr. Linda Stine notes that UNCG’s archaeology professors enjoy doing this for the community. And it’s excellent outreach experience for the UNCG students, whether they are making poster presentations about their personal research projects or fielding general questions.

“They are applying their classroom/lab knowledge outside the classroom and lab – gaining experience in public speaking and interaction while promoting UNCG and archaeology to students and kids and parents,” she said.

They are also showcasing UNCG Archaeology’s wide range of experience globally: Tanzania, Peru, the Southeastern United States, Greece, and former Roman provinces.

Questions? Contact Linda Stine at lfstine@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris.
Photo of 2016 Archaeology Day at Caldwell Park / Bicentennial Garden.


Nominations open for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society, organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community.

The organization is unique to the UNCG campus.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come.

Members embody the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 inductions. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee).

The nomination form and instructions can be found at sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain-honor-society/ and should be returned to Coretta Walker at crwalke5@uncg.edu by Oct. 25.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities invites grant proposals

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) provides competitive grants to support those engaged in research, grant writing and project implementation activities that fulfill the CDLC mission. Individuals and groups, including at least one UNCG tenured, tenure track or clinical faculty, may apply. Research groups are also encouraged to include graduate students.

See more and submission information at cdlc.uncg.edu/newsandevents/cdlc-fellowships/.


Vagina Monologues auditions Oct. 17-18

The annual “Vagina Monologues” performance presented by UNCG Housing and Residence Life will hold auditions on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the EUC Maple Room and Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Shaw Tillman-Smart Room (Quad), from 7 to 9 p.m. both days. No appointment nor previous acting experience is needed. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate. Each person auditioning will read a monologue from texts that will be distributed at the audition, so advanced preparation is not necessary.

Performances will be at the EUC Auditorium Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. “The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning play based on the work of V-Day founder Eve Ensler, and is part of a movement to end violence against women and to raise awareness about related issues. This production will donate its profits to the Clara House, a local domestic violence shelter.

Contact Maggie Gillespie, magilles@uncg.edu, for details.

Mehaffy on “The Faculty Role in Student Success” Oct. 17

Dr. George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will visit campus next Tuesday.

He will speak on “The Faculty Role in Student Success: Insights from the Field” Oct. 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The Office of the Provost is bringing Dr. Mehaffy to speak.

Research shows that the faculty-student relationship is fundamental to student success within the academy. In the effort to help students toward degree completion, we must turn our attention back to learning and understand strategies that faculty can employ to enhance student success. Dr. Mehaffy brings to campus experience working with faculty on building a stronger campus culture based on student success. Dr. Mehaffy will share insights on the faculty role in student success based on his extensive experience working with public institutions on a variety of innovative initiatives of national and international scope.

Questions? Contact Ben Peterson at bcpeters@uncg.edu.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the North Carolina Council for Women & Youth Involvement for the project “Safe Transitions after Resettlement Program (STAR).”

Domestic violence is a growing concern in Guilford County among relocated immigrant and refugee populations. The Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) will utilize a three-pronged approach to address domestic violence with refugees in Guilford County that includes: 1) continued collaboration between domestic violence and refugee service providers; 2) awareness and education pertaining to the various manifestations of family violence in relocated refugee populations; and 3) increased capacity and infrastructure to better meet the needs of refugee victims of family violence.

First, refugee service providers and domestic violence agencies will continue to meet quarterly to share current needs and concerns. These meetings will be a place for continued training and provide opportunities to brainstorm future collaboration. Second, the CNNC will increase awareness among Guilford County residents to depict the complex and multi-faceted dimensions of domestic violence in refugee communities.  Through research and continuous dialogue with bi-cultural refugees, the CNNC will examine the lesser- explored topics of forced and/or arranged marriages, human trafficking and basic cultural understandings of gender and marriage within relocated refugee populations. Third, the CNNC will engage (mostly) female interpreters in specialized domestic violence trainings to serve as interpreters and cultural brokers during domestic violence encounters.

Currently, the majority of trained interpreters speaking Nepali, Swahili, French, Burmese and other languages native to Burma are male and many ethnic communities are relatively small.  This can be problematic for women seeking to report domestic violence. There is a strong need for female interpreters that are trained in domestic violence, speak key languages, and know the contextual cultural background.  Trained interpreters will help to create the infrastructure within the broader community to respond to domestic violence encounters in culturally appropriate ways.

Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Guilford County Partnership for children for the project Bringing Out the Best: Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development.”

Social-emotional development and school readiness/success in young children is clearly linked with children who have behavioral or emotional challenges being at risk not only for later mental health challenges but also for school failure. Estimates are that 10-14 percent of children ages birth to five years old are likely to have a serious enough challenge in social/emotional or behavioral development to warrant intervention. This equates to approximately 4,000 children in Guilford County.

Dr. Payne’s project will increase school readiness/success by improving the quality of the early education and care experiences for these infants and young children. More specifically, Bringing Out the Best (BOB) builds the capacity of early education and care providers, Pre-K teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services.

Project activities will result in infants and preschoolers with behavioral challenges maintaining their child care/preschool placement; families and child care providers/teachers/directors developing new skills to support children’s social-emotional development; and earlier screening and intervention reducing behavioral challenges and increasing social emotional competencies. The impact of this project will be to intervene early to support children who will be ready for school and ready for life. Bringing Out the Best continues to play an important role in advancing the mission of the Guilford County Partnership for Children to support, educate, connect, and advocate through the services it provides for children, early educators and families. BOB fulfills a critical need to provide services where no comparable services exist.

UNCG HR Epic Fall Town Hall

The new UNCG 5-Year Strategic Plan has been unveiled. The major focus of the plan is Transformation of students, knowledge and our region. Now, we have to start bringing this plan to life. Join us as we share how the university’s brand development, new technologies and, most importantly, UNCG’s people, are critical to successful transformation.

Faculty and staff, come and participate with great guests, fabulous presentations, demos and videos, interactive discussion, food, giveaways and lots of fun.

The forums will be Oct. 11, 17, 18 and 19.

Kristine Sunda, executive director of ENGAGE, shares a powerful presentation and demo of the future state of Technology TransformationJeff Shafer, associate vice chancellor and chief communications officer, will highlight the UNCG story and walk us through our ongoing, dynamic Brand Transformation. Michelle Lamb Moone, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, will present innovative human resources programs and initiatives with a drive towards Talent Transformation and ensuring UNCG has the kind of diverse, inclusive climate and culture that we need to be successful.

Are you a Change Agent? Are you ready to take Giant Steps forward? Click the REGISTER link now to learn more.

Contact Sarah Dreier-Kasik, sdreier@uncg.edu, if you have questions or need more information.

Ashby Dialogue seminars next semester

The College of Arts and Sciences Ashby Dialogue program awarded UNCG’s LGBTQ+ Education and Research Network (LEARN) funding to support a dialogue for Spring 2018.

Titled “Mass Impact: The Impact of Mainstream Media on Perceptions of LGBTQ+ Identities,” this dialogue will bring together students, faculty and staff for a conversation about how state legislation affects perceptions of LGBTQ+ communities.

Students at UNCG (graduate and undergraduate), staff and faculty are invited to participate in this two-seminar dialogue. The university community will be invited to a symposium following the seminars.

Questions? Visit hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cwhw/learn/ or contact LEARN Coordinator Brad Johnson, rbjohnso@uncg.edu; or Jay Poole, LEARN Pedagogy Committee, jaypoolephd@gmail.com.

To participate in the dialogue, contact Love Odetola, CWHW doctoral student research assistant, loodetol@uncg.edu.

20th Anniversary Women Veterans Luncheon

The 2017 Women Veterans Luncheon will be held Friday, Nov. 3, in the Alumni House.

The event is 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon.

The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) began with a luncheon in 1998 to honor the unrecognized military service of women, including many Woman’s College alumnae. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the WHVP and the 125th anniversary of UNCG, the luncheon will celebrate the history of the WVHP, and attendees from some of the veterans who are a part of the project.

Thanks to the generosity of Glenda Schillinger, UNCG alumna and U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps veteran, tickets to the November luncheon will be free. As always, the luncheon is open to everyone, so please bring family and friends. Please note the new place and time for the luncheon.

Parking passes for the Walker Deck will be available at the luncheon.

RSVP by Oct. 23 to Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu.

Contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or (336) 334-5838 with questions.

Greensboro Dance Film Festival Oct. 21 at GPS

Sugarfoote Productions presents the fourth annual Greensboro Dance Film Festival with support from the UNCG School of Dance and the Greensboro Project Space on Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., with rolling screenings at GPS (7 p.m.), HQ Greensboro (7:30 p.m.) and VCM Studio (8 p.m.). This year’s festival is also part of the Burning Bell Festival in Downtown Greensboro.

Associate Professor Robin Gee hosts the Greensboro Dance Film Festival in three locations along the south end of Elm Street. The festival, the first of its kind to reside in Greensboro, features dance films from 17 countries in both student and professional categories. The event will also host an opening reception at HQ Greensboro featuring live dance and music performances. The programs will also feature works that specifically address issues of race, place and identity in a modern and ever-changing world. Each location will feature a program designed for and unique to the space. GDFF will also culminate with a touring program that will travel to several locations around North Carolina as well as the Dance In/Out Festival in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, West Africa, as well as partner organizations around the country.

Sugarfoote Productions is a multipurpose arts organization created to help local audiences experience
the richness of African and Diasporan cultural traditions. GDFF is a boutique film festival seeking to connect diverse populations through the innovative genre of dance on screen. Merging performance  and cinematic aesthetics screen dance has expanded the possibilities of choreographic composition and structure by pushing the boundaries of dance beyond its staged possibilities. The festival highlights films from around the world and supports artists through interdisciplinary collaboration and artistic exchange.

For more information, contact: gso.dance.films@gmail.com or rmgee@uncg.edu or visit greensbordancefilms.org.

Reel Talk: Dialogue and Dinner Film Series

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the next Reel Talk program, the second in an ongoing series that offers participants an opportunity to educate themselves and their fellow attendees on topics related to interracial and intercultural understanding. Focusing on the experiences, perspectives, and responsibilities of people of European descent, the Oct. 17 program will examine how Americans of European as well as of non-European descent can together – through dialogue and collaboration – tackle the prejudices and policies that have resulted in a society that has yet to fulfill its promise of liberty, justice and equal opportunity for all.

The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. in Phillips Hawkins Residence Hall, Lower Lounge.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Housing and Residence Life Faculty-in-Residence Sarah Carrig.

Questions? Contact Faculty-in-Residence Sarah Carrig at smcarrig@uncg.edu; or Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement Carla Fullwood, atccfullwo@uncg.edu.

Looking Ahead: October 11, 2017

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Volleyball vs. The Citadel
Friday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

UNCG Women’s Choir and Men’s/Women’s Glee Clubs
Saturday, Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Women’s Tennis Spartan Classic Invitational
Saturday Oct. 14, UNCG Tennis Courts

UNCG Chorale and Chamber Singers
Sunday, Oct.15, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Tips on Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Creativity Inquiry
Monday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m., Faculty Center

Talk: George Mehaffy, ‘The Faculty Role in Student Success: Insights from the Field”
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Faculty Forum: General Education Program Review
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Guest Artist Recital: “Ziraldo Duo,” flute & guitar
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Lecture: The Nursing Virgin: Mary in Egyptian Christian Art
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Theatre: “Two by Tenn,” Abrahamse and Meyer Productions
Thursday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., UpStage Cabaret, Triad Stage

See/hear: Oct. 11, 2017

UNCG’s diversity is a hallmark of the university. The first African American students to enroll moved into Shaw Hall in 1956. In this video, one of those two students, JoAnne Smart Drane ‘60 – who later became vice-president of the UNCG Alumni Association and a UNCG trustee – reflects on her experience. See more about UNCG’s history in the special 125th Anniversary edition of UNCG Magazine.

Fred Chappell’s new poem for the 125th

Fred Chappell has received, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Award in Poetry, T.S. Eliot Prize and Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger from the Académie française. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002 and received the UNC system’s O. Max Gardner Award and UNCG’s McIver Award.

The emeritus professor, who helped create the UNCG MFA Program in Writing, has now graced UNCG’s 125th Anniversary celebration with a special poem.

A Salutation to the Alma Mater in this Her Birth Year
spoken by the community of all students, past, present, and future

We gather to express all gratitude
For those enduring gifts that we received
   From the faithful nurturing Motherhood
   Of our University beloved.

This bright threshold of opportunity
Opened promiseful new worlds unknown
   To an eager community
   Whose pilgrimage had now begun.

We learned to study varied aspects of Nature,
To examine every thought as it occurs,
   To bear us each as a friendly creature
   On watchful terms with the universe.

Here we discovered the persons that we were,
And glimpsed the persons that we might become,
   Striding a measured thoroughfare
   Or marching to a different drum.

To grasp the blessings of liberty we turned
The pages of our Nation’s storied past,
   Finding that all the freedoms earned
   Arose from questions, first and last.

Founded to uphold the Women’s cause,
The College enabled us to elevate
   Those motives of imperfect laws
   That would abridge their true estate.

With Commerce, Science, Literature, and Art
Our College became our University,
   Stepping forward to embrace its part
   In our Nation’s history.

   Alma Mater, you we hail;
   Forever may your spirit thrive,
And may your valiant years strongly prevail
Long past your young One Hundred Twenty-five.

                           – Fred Chappell, professor emeritus

Visit the UNCG Magazine special 125th-themed site for social-media friendly items, including this poem.

In Raleigh and at UNCG, ‘Collage’ attracted sold-out crowds

More than 300 UNCG student musicians brought the musical traditions of the Atlantic Rim to North Carolina this month at the 10th annual Collage concert.

The UNCG School of Music performed “Collage: Atlantic Crossings” for sold-out crowds at UNCG Auditorium on Sept. 9 and at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh on Sept. 16. The Raleigh performance marked the first time that the concert has been performed in the state’s capital.

“The performance was exceptional, the crowd was very enthusiastic and the reception was incredibly positive,” said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, associate professor of conducting in the School of Music. “The impact of showcasing virtually every aspect of the School of Music in this way is truly immeasurable.”

Collage 2017 explored the relationships between Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean by presenting one captivating work after another, from Dvořák’s New World Symphony to sacred music from 18th-century Brazil.

This year’s performances served as an extension of the Atlantic World Arts International Conference, organized by UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network (AWRN). The network fosters interdisciplinary research, teaching and creative work that reflects on the peoples, cultures and ecologies of the Atlantic Rim.

All ticket proceeds will benefit the School of Music Collage Scholarship Fund. To learn more about UNCG’s School of Music, visit vpa.uncg.edu/music.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Star light, star bright – in two locations

UNCG offers two options for setting your gaze on the stars this fall and winter. Dates for free viewings at the Three College Observatory and UNCG Planetarium Show have been added online:

Three College Observatory

Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

UNCG Planetarium

Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.  

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

For more information about public nights and to reserve seats, visit the Physics Department website at physics.uncg.edu.

Photography by Martin Kane

Golden Globe-winning “Paradise Now” Oct. 12 in Human Rights Film Series

Join the Human Rights Research Network for its next film in the International Human Rights Film Series.

The next film is “Paradise Now” on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120. A post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Jerry Pubantz, professor of political science, will follow the screening.

The film tells the story of two Palestinian friends who are recruited to become suicide bombers in Tel Aviv. It won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information on the film series or upcoming film showings, visit humanrightsresearchnetwork.weebly.com.

New Bryan School web site

The Bryan School of Business and Economics announces the launch of its new web site. The site is designed with a focus on key users, and is now mobile responsive – so it can be navigated easily on any device. Visit the new site at bryan.uncg.edu.

For questions about the Bryan School’s site redesign project, contact the Bryan School’s Webmaster Alex Runyan at agrunyan@uncg.edu.

Spartan Legislative Network forum on city council

On October 11, the UNCG Spartan Legislative Network (SLN) is sponsoring a discussion along with OLSL, SGA, and the Greensboro Chapter of the League of Women voters titled “City Council: What it Does, and Why You Should Care and Vote!” The SLN is also hosting a reception prior to the event at 6:30 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center for alumni, students, faculty, and staff. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The Spartan Legislative Network is an all-inclusive network of UNCG alumni, students, faculty, and staff who share a common interest in promoting the accomplishments of UNCG as one of the founding institutions of the UNC system. Our mission is to bring together members with a shared interest in serving their communities by participating in policy discussions and engaging with legislators to shape the future of UNCG.

Questions about the event? Contact Dorian Thompson (UNCG Alumni Association): drthomp2@uncg.edu.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from NC A&T State University for the project “Research and Technical Assistance for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – NC A&T State University.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA).

Dr. Paul Knapp

photo of KnappDr. Paul Knapp (Geography) received continuation of 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.”

This 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 US by examining the instrumental climate record and the development and application of multiple proxy tree-ring records. Latewood growth of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) 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. Chris Payne

photo of PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project “Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative.”  You may view your project and award documents in Ramses under the proposal number listed above.

Infants and toddlers are the most frequent victims of abuse and neglect in families. Moreover, they are the largest group of children to enter, remain in and re-enter foster care, and they are the least likely to reunify with their biological families. A growing body of research clearly demonstrates that early relationships play a critical role in a child’s brain development and future academic and social success; when these relationships are neglectful or abusive, the course of an infant’s entire life may be impacted. Young children who experience trauma and neglect are much more likely than their peers to develop mental health disorders and physical ailments and are at greater risk of having behavioral and educational problems.

Guilford County continues to rank high on many of the factors associated with increased rates of child maltreatment for children: poverty, economic stress, parents who are adolescents, or single parents without social support networks.  As well preventive services may be available but not accessible or utilized due to barriers. This project will provide continued support for the Community Court Coordinator in Guilford County’s Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative (JCITI). This program builds the capacity of families, court team members and service providers to support the safety and the healthy development of young children, 0-5, who present in the child welfare system due to abuse, neglect, or dependency. The purpose of the Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative is 1) to increase awareness among all those who work with maltreated infants and toddlers about the negative impact of abuse and neglect on very young children, and 2) to change local systems to improve outcomes and prevent future court involvement in the lives of very young children, thereby reducing the risk for abuse and neglect among infants and young children in Guilford County. The project will continue the work of the JCITI Community Court Coordinator (CCC), who is trained in providing services to children and families from diverse backgrounds and working across the judicial, legal, child welfare and child-serving systems. The JCITI CCC is an early childhood mental health/child welfare professional, housed in the courts, addressing the needs of young children birth to three in Guilford County, utilizing the services for infants and toddlers provided by the community stakeholders. Specifically, the JCITI coordinator will engage early childhood service providers, provide some mental health services, serve as a resource for child development expertise for the court, track referred cases, and work with community partners to identify gaps in services helping to coordinate services and resources in support of infants/toddlers and their families. Approximately 100 children, 0-5, and their families benefit from this service each year. The Guilford County initiative creates a system and provides services modeled after the evidence-based Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Team program.  Guilford County JCITI utilizes the 10 core principles of the ZTT model. The ZTT Safe Babies Court Team model is being used in several locations across the US including: Washington State; Miami/Dade, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Des Moines, Iowa; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Cherokee, NC.

Dr. Ryoko Yamaguchi

Dr. Ryoko Yamaguchi (Office of Research and Engagement) received over $1 million in new funding from the National Science Foundation “BRIGHT-CS: Building Student Retention through Individuated Guided coHort Training in Computer Science.”   

BRIGHT-CS proposes to create a comprehensive computer science and empowerment model for African American/black girls by building strategic partnerships with schools, universities, non-profit and community organizations. We recognize that to engage and promote black girls in computing, it cannot be a “one-off” experience such as a school’s coding day, a Hackathon, or a summer coding camp. Rather, engagement must be an ongoing process that is part of a larger learning ecosystem of students, parents, the community and the school. This learning ecosystem must also provide peer-level support to help guard against feelings of isolation in the field. BRIGHT-CS is a three-year project that will:

– Create a computing learning ecosystem that uses a cohort model of positive peer and near-peer mentors among black girls in computing with an emphasis on (1) empowerment and leadership development for black girls, (2) comprehensive computer science and computational thinking experiences, and (3) partnerships with schools, colleges/universities, and non-profit and community organizations; and

– Research the effectiveness of this learning ecosystem to promote black girls in computing and determine best practices for broadening participation to other marginalized student groups.

Three important features of BRIGHT-CS are that 1) it leverages the existing (and growing) local community of empowerment for black women and girls, 2) it focuses on creating a CS learning ecosystem focused on computational thinking, and 3) it has vast reach in providing professional, leadership, and civic development for its constituents and partner organizations. Creating a CS learning ecosystem can easily be extended to other groups of students and locales. The concept of a CS learning ecosystem is one that has great potential for broader impacts across different communities.

Excellence Professor Dr. Kelly Stamp’s heartfelt research

Dr. Kelly Stamp’s focus comes from the heart.

The new department chair of Family and Community Nursing and Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor is a leader in scholarship and initiatives concerning heart failure self-care, nursing science and intervention development.

Sept. 29, Stamp appeared in a video for the American Heart Association with music star Queen Latifah. The video is part of the “Rise Above Heart Failure” campaign to increase awareness of heart failure through understanding the signs, symptoms and management options.

“Women don’t realize that they can be victims of heart failure as frequently as men,” Stamp explained. “It’s a risk factor for all of us, and it is important to get the word out that heart failure is an issue for both men and women. However, it can be particularly difficult for women because they tend to be older when diagnosed, may be widowed or live alone more frequently and feel more socially isolated.”

Stamp’s interest in heart failure and self-care behaviors began when she worked in a cardiac intensive care unit in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Tampa, Florida, with patients who had bypass surgeries and other cardiac situations. Her research has been motivated by her desire to understand the information that keeps patients well at home and reduces morbidity and mortality rates.

“The fulfillment is being able to work with patients and see that interventions we have implemented based on what we’ve learned in our studies help to keep them well and out of the hospital,” Stamp said.

Stamp has authored numerous articles concerning heart failure, heart health, nurse-led interventions and self-care in older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Heart & Lung, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Nursing for Women’s Health, Current Heart Failure Reports, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, Journal of Nursing Administration, Patient Education and Counseling and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

Currently, Stamp is President-Elect of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Past President of the Alpha Chi Chapter through Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and a member and Fellow of the American Heart Association. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for the National Institute of Health and numerous peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining UNCG, she was Associate Professor and Director of the Direct Master’s Entry program at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College.

Stamp joined UNCG in August of this year. She remarked on the innovative teaching in the UNCG School of Nursing and the supportive, unified team she’s found there and across campus.

“It’s been a refreshing, positive place to be, with a common mission,” Stamp said. “Like that phrase of Dr. Robin Remsburg’s: Teamwork makes the dream work.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Charity cycling event to benefit hurricane victims Oct. 15 (postponed)

Note: This Oct. 15 event has been postponed. This post will be updated when we have more news.  – editor

When Homayoon Ershadi’s friend in Houston left his job to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey’s destructive path, it got him thinking.

“It made me question if there is anything I can do to help people down there who lost pretty much everything they have,” said Ershadi, SGA’s secretary of business affairs. “Then Irma hit Florida and was a threat to North Carolina, and that’s where it became obvious that I need to do something.”

Ershadi, an avid cyclist, came up with a way to utilize his networks on and off campus to provide some relief for hurricane victims. With his combination of work experience at the Trek Bicycle Store in Greensboro, an internship at cycling advocates SFW Agency and his position with SGA, Ershadi started organizing the university’s charity bike ride.

“With this event, I am able to donate more than I ever could by myself, and also it is providing a channel for all of the students and people in our community who want to help the victims, but aren’t sure how to go about it,” he said.

“Ride Out the Storm” is scheduled to take off Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. outside of the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Tate Street and Spring Garden. Three different routes options – 3-mile fun ride, 30-mile at 16+ pace and 50-mile at 18+ pace – give participants of all cycling levels a chance to participate. Registration is $10 for students, faculty and staff and $25 for the public. All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist victims of last month’s hurricanes. Click here to register.

Sponsors include SFW Agency, Trek Bicycle Store of Greensboro, Recycles Bike Shop and LimeBike, which will provide a free fleet of bikes for those who do not own a bike but would like to ride. SFW Agency will match donations dollar for dollar up to $500. Representatives from Trek will be on site providing complimentary bike repair. Participants will receive free giveaways and have the chance to win raffle prizes.

Ershadi encouraged all faculty and staff to wear navy and gold and come out to this fun and healthy event in support of hurricane victims.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Athletics announces five-year strategic plan

The UNCG athletic department has announced its updated strategic plan, “The Spartan Way: 2017-2022,” a comprehensive vision that maps out the next five years for the department in concert with the university’s “Taking Giant Steps” strategic plan announced last month. Athletics’ plan contains the department’s core purpose, guiding principles and strategic priorities moving forward for UNCG Athletics.

“We recognize the meaningful part athletics play in both the strategic development of our university and in creating a vibrant UNCG experience for our students, our alumni, our colleagues and our community,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Our goal is and always has been to compete for championships on the field while ensuring our student-athletes’ success off the field, not only while they are here, but also after they’ve moved on from UNCG. In doing so, we will create excitement around the university, a deeper connection to our community and a sense of pride for all of our stakeholders. The updated UNCG Athletics Strategic Plan is the right road map for us moving forward, and it will help us achieve both our athletic and university goals.”

The core purpose of the UNCG athletic department has been and will continue to be operating The Spartan Way to discover and develop champions in life. This plan sets a course for the department to achieve its envisioned future being a nationally-recognized athletics program continuously competing for championships.

“This planning process gave us an opportunity to connect with our stakeholders and imagine our future together,” said UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record. “We identified six strategic priorities to focus on: student-athlete well-being, athletic facilities, branding and engagement, resources, basketball and culture and community.”

The strategic planning committee, comprised of more than 100 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, developed a plan with over 200 action steps to be executed over the next five years. The athletics department will operate with six guiding principles as the foundation for daily decisions: student-athlete well-being, teamwork, responsibility, integrity, development and excellence.

To learn more about the new plan and the planning process, visit uncgspartans.com.

SELF Design Studio, a pioneering makerspace

Assistant Director Matt Fisher teaching about modular circuitry creation at The Day of Making, when the SELF Design Studio is open to children and parents.

You only need to walk through the doors of the UNCG School of Education’s SELF Design Studio to know that innovative things are happening there. Newly created robots of various shapes and sizes line the walls. Drawings with spinning flowers, historical story boxes and “augmented reality” postcards occupy shelves. Hanging on the back of a chair is a talking sports coat.

Here, at the SELF studio, in-service and pre-service teachers learn to use a variety of emerging technologies and tools including 3D printers, robotics, and circuitry kits, as well as traditional art supplies. UNCG students can bring in their ideas and work towards their materialization.

“We figure out how to use technology in the classroom and use it in practical and meaningful ways,” said Assistant Director Matt Fisher. “Someone has an idea, and we make it once, and then we figure out how to make it better.”

School of Education students building a car with a giant building set.

The SELF studio is in its fourth year, and always moving forward with more workshops and creative projects. The pioneer in university makerspaces is an integral part of UNCG’s Science Everywhere festival and the host of the Writing and Robotics camp.  If there’s a big local event happening, SELF shows up. Their eclipse party included a time capsule and house-made projectors.  At the National Folk Festival, SELF was there, facilitating two projects – Collabo-Story and Collabo-Art.

Education students also bring SELF creations, ideas and materials to their teaching internships sites across Guilford County. Through the Transforming Teaching Through Technology (T4) grant, the SELF studio also installed makerspaces into four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high schools in Guilford County and Winston-Salem.

Christina, a UNCG student and Maker in Residence learning how to marble paper.

Fisher says makerspaces are a growing part of school environments. He appreciates expanding “maker” culture throughout school districts, and deeply enjoys his work with students at the SELF Design Studio.

“With the students and all their ideas,” he said, “no day here is every the same.”

For more information about the SELF Design Studio workshops, which include coding, 3D printing, video game design, “augmented reality” and  more, check out the workshop calendar and tools page. To see SELF Design Studio creations in action, check out the videos on their Facebook page.

Next week, read about how the SELF Design Studio joined with Kiser Middle School to launch a high-altitude balloon into the stratosphere, more than 100,000 feet above the earth’s surface.



Video: A robot built by a UNCG School of Education student for a library display case at General Greene Elementary


By Susan Kirby-Smith

Ashby Dialogue Series: film “Journey of the Universe” Oct. 19

photo of ashbyAs the next event in the Ashby Dialogue Series,  the film “Journey of the Universe” will be screened. Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and research scholar of Yale University, will speak about the film, which she co-produced.

The screening and discussion will be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Bldg, Mead Auditorium, on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The Emmy Award-winning film narrates the 14-billion-year history of the universe. It explores many facets, including its fiery inception, the solar system and the many organisms inhabiting earth. Tucker’s discussion afterward will be especially pressing, and will make us contemplate life as we know it through science.

The Ashby Series is sponsored by the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences. Ann Berry Somers is the facilitator of the event. The public is welcome.

Questions? Contact Etsuko Kinefuchi, Communication Studies, e_kinefu@uncg.edu.

By Ishan Davis