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Archives for October 2017

Alianza monthly luncheons for the 2017-18 academic year

Alianza, UNCG’s Latino Staff Association, invites all UNCG employees to their 2017-18 luncheons. Alianza is an organization of employees who examine issues impacting Hispanic and Latino faculty, staff and students, and who promote campus activities around Hispanic and Latino culture and community.

The luncheons are at Pedro’s Taco Shop on 948 Walker Ave., near Tate Street. The dates are as follows:

Oct. 3 at noon

Nov. 7 at 4 p.m.

Dec. 5 at noon

Jan. 2 at 4 p.m.

Feb. 6 at noon

March 6 at 4 p.m.

April 3 at noon

May 1 at 4 p.m.

Open Enrollment 2018 is coming

Open Enrollment will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 31, 2017. The State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees approved several changes for the 2018 benefit year. You MUST TAKE ACTION during Open Enrollment to avoid an increase in the your monthly premium contribution.

Changes to the NC State Health Plan

Here are a few of the changes included in this year’s NC State Health Plan:

  • Eligible employees will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan and MUST TAKE ACTION to otherwise choose the 80/20 Plan and/or to reduce their premium.
  • Consumer-Directed Health Plan (CHDP) is no longer available.
  • New Accident Insurance will be offered through NCFlex.
  • The only Wellness Premium Credit activity is the Tobacco Attestation. Active members in the 70/30 Plan and 80/20 Plan may reduce the monthly premium by $60 each month by completing the tobacco attestation , attesting to being tobacco-free, or committing to enroll in the QuitlineNC multiple-call program by the end of Open Enrollment. Click HERE for details.

Single Sign-On

If you participated in Open Enrollment last year, you may have experienced problems logging into the insurance website. UNCG Human Resources and Information Technology Services are excited to announce Single Sign-On for this Open Enrollment. You will be able to log in using your UNCG username and password. Click HERE to log in to the insurance enrollment portal.

How to Get More Information

This year we are offering two types of Open Enrollment sessions: information-only meetings and open enrollment assistance labs:

  • Information-Only Meetings : To hear about all of the upcoming changes, information only meetings will thoroughly inform you of your options for 2018.
  • No enrollment will take place at these meetings. We encourage you to attend one of the information-only meetings prior to enrolling. Register to attend a 2018 Benefits Information Only Meeting by clicking HERE.
  • Open Enrollment Assistance Labs Join our HR Benefits Staff in the computer lab as we walk you through the enrollment process. HR Benefits Staff will be on hand to provide assistance for online enrollment of your 2018 benefits. Prior to attending an enrollment assistance lab, a benefits information-only meeting is recommended (see above). Register for a seat in the 2018 Open Enrollment Assistance Lab by clicking HERE.

NCFlex Open Enrollment Guides will be sent through interoffice mail prior to the start of Open Enrollment. Click HERE to access an electronic version of the guide.

Please contact HR Benefits at (336) 334-5009 or askbenefits@uncg.edu if you have additional questions.

Faculty Senate meets today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m.

This month’s Faculty Senate meeting will be held Wednesday, Ot. 4, 3 p.m. in the Alumni House.

Chair Andrea Hunter and Provost Dana Dunn will speak. At 3:20 p.m, an update on the  Strategic Planning will be presented by Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Policy. A General Education Self-Study Update will be presented by Dr. David Carlone, Chair, General Education Council. An NC Faculty Assembly Report will be presented by Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, UNCG Faculty Assembly Delegate. A proposed esolution will be presented by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker, UNCG Faculty Assembly Lead Delegate and Spoma Jovanovic, UNCG Faculty Assembly Delegate, And the 2016 – 2017 Faculty Senate Self-Study will be presented by Dr. Andrea Hunter, Faculty Senate Chair & Anne Wallace, Immediate Past Chair.

Upcoming Events:

  • George Mehaffy, “The Faculty Role in Student Success: Insights from the Field.” October 17, at  3:30 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House
  • Faculty Forum: General Education Program Review Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3-5 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room


‘The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism and the Politics of Complaint’

The Women and Gender Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences presents the first lecture in The Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Lecture Series.

“The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism, and the Politics of Complaint” will be presented by Dr. Sara Ahmed Oct. 18, 4 -5 p.m., in the Maple Room, Elliott University Center. 

How do everyday forms of talk help shape how institutions of various kinds (such as government agencies, universities, and businesses) work?  In this talk, Dr. Sara Ahmed offers a feminist analysis of how ordinary conversation, including joking and banter, helps perpetuate and normalize institutionalized forms of sexism and racism. She further addresses what happens when people seek to complain about such ordinary conversation. What does the institutional response to such complaints tell us about how contemporary forms of power work and how oppression gets reproduced through repeated, seemingly small actions?

Sara Ahmed is an independent scholar and feminist writer.  She has held academic posts at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books include Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2014, 2004), Strange Encounters (2000) and Differences that Matter (1998).

The Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Claudia Buchdal Kadis ’65 to honor her granddaughters Dylan Rose and Eloise Hall and her husband, Bobby Kadis.

The lecture will be followed by heavy hors d’oeuvres. There is no fee to attend, but please rsvp to Julie Potter at jdpotte2@uncg.edu.

Make nominations for Research Excellence Awards

In 1988, the Research Excellence Awards were established in recognition of the following principle:

“Given that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the University, the Research Excellence Award will be given to a full-time member of the faculty whose work contributes in an exemplary fashion to this end.”

Each year, the Chancellor solicits nominations for the Research Excellence Awards and a faculty review committee studies the portfolios with regard to the following criteria: 1) the importance of the research contributions to the field, 2) the originality of thought, 3) the execution of the research, and 4) the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity.

Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

Due to the exceptional pool of nominees typically submitted and in recognition of the work involved in preparing the nomination packet, the Research Excellence Committee will consider applications for an additional year after the original submission. The nominator will have the opportunity to update the application packet, if desired. This would particularly apply if, for example, a nominee for the Junior award becomes eligible for the Senior Award or if the nominator wishes to highlight significant accomplishments in the past year since the original packet was submitted.

To nominate a faculty member for a 2017-2018 Research Excellence Award, go to http://research.uncg.edu/research-excellence-awards for a copy of the Nomination Packet, which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The Nomination Packet, including the signed nomination cover sheet, should be scanned as a pdf file and emailed to rsh_ptnr@uncg.edu by December 1, 2017.


For more information, contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu or 336-256-0426.

Read about the current recipients here.

Read about prior recipients here.

Volunteers prepare, as SECC kicks off later this month

photo of staffSECC organizers have been hard at work stuffing envelopes and finalizing plans for this fall’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The annual giving campaign benefits charities across the Triad and the state.

Macea Whisettse is the campus chair this year. Cathy Church is vice chair (facilitator).

This year’s State Employees Combined Campaign goal is $200,125 to commemorate the university’s 125th Anniversary of the opening of its doors.

One new event this year is the Kickoff and Agency Fair, which is inspired by the popular kickoff held each year years ago. The fall’s highlights are:

Kick Off / Agency Fair, October 23, noon – 2 p.m., EUC, Cone Ballroom

o   Free food and entertainment.
o   Over 20 non-profit agencies on hand

photo of staffPancake Breakfast / Silent Auction. This fundraiser event will be held Monday, October 30, 7 a.m. (updated time), Fountain View Dining Room, Moran Commons. An email was distributed to faculty and staff last week with an invitation to purchase tickets and attend the breakfast. See details here.

UNCG SECC 125th T-shirts on sale this month. Look for more details as the campaign approaches. For more information, contact secc@uncg.edu.

Locating grant funding opportunities

The workshop “Show Me the Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m., in 304 Curry Building.

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

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu

Be a 2017 Homecoming Champion

Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner, Oct. 16-22. The Alumni Engagement office is asking Spartans to go the extra mile.

In celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary, consider becoming a Homecoming Champion by making a gift of $125 to the UNCG Alumni Association. You will help create a lasting legacy that keeps Spartans connected while also enjoying VIP perks at this year’s Homecoming.

As a Homecoming Champion, you’ll enjoy:

  • A voucher for the Spartan feast, featuring Stamey’s Old Fashioned Barbeque and Yum Yum ice cream, at Saturday’s Homecoming Block Party on Kaplan Commons
  • A commemorative badge of honor to wear throughout the weekend
  • An official UNCG Homecoming T-Shirt – custom-made with your name on it.
  • VIP beverage service on Homecoming Saturday

GOLD alumni (Graduates of the Last Decade, classes of 2007-2017) can become a Homecoming Champion by making a gift of $75 to the UNCG Alumni Association.

For any questions, email alumni@uncg.edu or call 336.334.5696.

You’re invited to LLC’s Poetry without Borders Oct. 13

“Poetry without Borders:” A Celebration of Words” will be held Friday, October 13, 2017.

The purpose of the 2017 Celebration of Words is to bring together the creative side of all the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures students and faculty. Organizers will highlight LLC’s diversity and common love and respect for languages. They  will inquire about the creative and artistic aspect of words. The 2017 Celebration of Words will focus on poetry and its connections to the visual arts, specifically photography.

  • Breakfast: 8-9 am, EUC
  • Morning and early afternoon sessions: 9 am-3 pm, EUC
  • Afternoon event 3-5 pm followed by a reception at 5 pm, Virginia Dare Room (Alumni House)

For more information or to request disability accommodations contact: Dr. Carmen Sotomayor (ctsotoma@uncg.edu) All events are free and open to the public.

Featured Events:

  • Photographer and public speaker José Galvez  
  • Reading by distinguished retirees Roch Smith, Dr. Ramiro Lagos and Dr. Mark Smith-Soto, Veronica Grossi (UNCG) and Nathalie Dupont (Bucknell University)
  • Presentation of LLC’s multilingual poetry magazine International Poetry Review by Dr. Kathleen Macfie 
  • Presentation of the Most Poetic Word in Each Language contest  Faculty Poetry Recital in original language and English translation

LLC’s Global Village Living Learning Community will also actively participate in the event. LLC will hold a poetry contest titled “The Most Poetic Word in Each Language” to engage students in the days preceding the event and on the day of the event. On October 13th, they have reserved 8 rooms in the EUC so students will have the chance to visit and participate in several poetry workshops from 9 am-3 pm.

LLC thanks the Office of Intercultural Engagement and its director Gus Peña for its support.

Volunteers needed for Run 4 the Greenway

The 8th Annual Run 4 the Greenway is a 4 mile and a 1.25 Mile Costume Walk/Run – in honor of UNCG’s 125th Anniversary – will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 4-8 p.m. at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway (475 Spring Garden St beside Morehead Foundry).

UNCG is a sponsor in honor of the 125th Anniversary and is providing volunteers for the course monitor positions, water and cheering stations, and other areas.

As a volunteer, you get a great t-shirt and a coupon for a free beverage.

Click the link below and sign up to help on October 28.

Pass this email on to anyone you know that may be willing to give a couple of hours on that Saturday to have fun and support UNCG and benefit the Downtown Greenway.


A volunteer training session will be held on Monday, October 9, in the Claxton Room at EUC from 5 to 6 p.m. T-shirts and beverage coupons will be given out.

Would you rather walk or run? Go to www.downtowngreenway.org/event/8th-annual-run-4-the-greenway/ to register or for more information about the run.

See/Hear: Oct. 4, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, will be the 125th Anniversary! Students, faculty and staff gathered on the soccer field on Sept. 20, 2017, to take a formation photo in celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary.

Looking Ahead: Oct. 4, 2017

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

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

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

Artist Talk: Louise Fishman
Friday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

UNCG Jazz Ensembles I & II
Friday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Tim Youd: 100 Novels (Performance Art) 
Oct. 9 – 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 4 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum (various locations)