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Archives for November 2017

NCAA Division III Soccer championships Dec. 1- 2 at UNCG

The Greensboro Sports Commission and UNCG Athletics will host the 2017 NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships at UNCG Soccer Stadium this Friday and Saturday. The Semifinals will take place on Friday, December 1, with the women’s matches  at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the men’s matches at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Championship matches will be held on Saturday, December 2, with the women playing at 2:30 p.m. and the men playing at 7 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to the first women’s and men’s matches on Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices range from $8 to $15 depending on age and whether purchasing single or all session passes. To purchase tickets, go to NCAA.com/tickets.

Fences will go up, as McIver soon comes down and Chiller Plant project begins

The campus has seen some large academic building construction projects in the past 15 years, such as the Education Building, the Moore HRA Building and the Sullivan Science Building. A new, big one will soon be quite evident.

A two-part construction project is underway that will result in a new chiller plant and five-story Nursing & Instructional Building. These projects will become very visible as the new year begins. An update on each of these projects:

Chiller Plant

A South Chiller Plant will be constructed beginning this January, and the construction will continue until summer 2019. The plant will complement the one already on the north side of campus (part of the McIver Deck). The south Chiller Plant will provide capacity for the future Nursing & Instructional Building and enhance reliability of the entire campus’ chilled water system. The new plant will help feed chilled water to mechanical units on campus through underground lines, increasing capacity as the amount of campus space that needs to be cooled has increased in recent years.

  • In early January, much of the parking lot that is the future site of the South Chiller Plant – at the corner of Oakland and Forest – will be closed. Additionally, there will be a temporary “construction office” in a small parking area on the other side of Forest Street, between the Oakland Deck and the pedestrian underpass.
  • Those in nearby buildings, such as the Moore HRA Building, will likely hear some construction-vehicle-associated noise while this plant is being constructed. Construction begins in February and continues to May 2019.
  • Also, those needing to access the fuel pumps for UNCG cars will use a different way to get to the fuel pumps. They will enter from Oakland Ave., once the fencing is put up.

McIver demolition and Nursing & Instructional Building construction

A new Nursing and Instructional Building, the result of a 2016 Connect NC bond passage, will rise where McIver Building currently stands. The project officially starts in February, but the campus community will see some work in the weeks before then.

  • In the second week of January, a construction fence will surround the McIver area – but there will be openings for several weeks to provide access for pedestrian pathways. Starting Feb. 4, these pedestrian access routes will be closed. No one will be in McIver Building by that point aside from construction personnel.
  • A gate will span Walker Ave. near McIver Building and will be closed in early February. Also, a gate will span Administration Drive and will be closed in early February. Parking on College Ave.’s east side will close for the duration of the project. A stretch of College Ave. will change to two way traffic, allowing drivers to drop visitors off at Foust Building, then turn around and leave via Spring Garden.
  • The construction office site will be the former site of The Corner (and more recently a Yogurt shop) on Tate St. and the space beside it.
  • Abatement of materials in McIver Building will occur in February and March.
  • In April or May 2018, the building will start to come down. It will be quiet during examtime, says the Facilities representatives.
  • Dozens of departments have been involved in the planning, Facilities notes. Facilities has been in conversations with deans, department heads and some faculty in the nearby buildings in the past year, learning and communicating. For example, Facilities has learned about the need to be as quiet as possible during performances in nearby building.

There will be some construction noise for two years. There will be construction vehicles for two years on Tate and part of Spring Garden. But the result – a much-needed new instructional building for our students and all the people they will impact in their careers – will be well worth the temporary inconveniences..

Forum this Thursday: Come hear a presentation about this project Thursday, Nov. 30 (Reading Day). The forum will be held 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 114. There’ll be time for you to ask questions and meet the team members for this project. The forum, with an introduction by Associate Vice Chancellor Jorge Quintal, is hosted by UNCG Facilities Design and Construction.

By Mike Harris
Visual: rendering of the new Nursing and Instructional Building

Jill Green receives national honor: Outstanding Dance Researcher Award

Dance is an art, but at UNCG, there is a strong health and wellness component to the research and the teaching within the School of Dance, in part thanks to Dr. Jill Green, professor of dance.

On Nov. 13, Green (center in photo) received the Outstanding Dance Researcher Award from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). The award recognized her contribution to the field of dance education and research throughout several decades.

At the conference, she also presented a paper about courses in methodology in MFA programs and, along with two colleagues, a workshop about somatic research and investigation, based on a book they are editing about the topic.

Green’s research and teaching focuses on somatics and “social somatic theory,” a term which she coined,” as well as on body studies, dance education and qualitative research.

“Somatics is the study of the living body from the inside out, or from a first-person perspective,” said Green. “It is about using our proprioceptive sense, or inner body awareness, recognizing how we can locate inefficient movement patterns, and becoming aware of how we learn to move more easily and with less excessive or frozen tension in our bodies.”

Her work also investigates how dance teachers can use somatics to address issues of social justice. In the context of somatics, Green’s research explores body image issues, student-teacher rapport within dance technique classes and dance programs within marginalized communities. Her latest study examines how somatics may help with the side effects of cancer treatment.

Green’s work is published in a number of journals, including Dance Research Journal; Research in Dance Education; Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices; Journal of Dance Education; Arts and Learning; Impulse and Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies. She is the recipient of a number of teaching awards and received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, allowing her to teach research and somatics, as well as to investigate dance and body studies in Finland. She has been invited to present her research in the United States, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, South Africa, Brazil and Japan.

“For me, research is a creative process, not completely different from the choreographic process,” she said. “Most of my students come to class afraid of doing research because they may not have been exposed to it before. Yet, I am always encouraged to see their work by the end of the second semester.”

Green has been pleased with her students’ success in presenting their papers to conferences and journals. She noted that two former students received Best Paper awards from NDEO. She is also pleased that she can bring the study of somatics to UNCG student dancers and future dance educators.

“Somatics helps students take care of their bodies and prevent injury,” she said. “And learning about social somatic theory helps students use somatics as a way to help others and address social and political issues.”

At the recent conference, Green appreciated the opportunity to have conversations with other dance researchers and educators, and to be recognized for her contributions.

“It is always meaningful to be acknowledged by colleagues in the field,” she said. “This award represents the growth of the field and a wave of scholarship from a new generation practicing and writing about somatics in dance.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Amy Masters

Enjoy Holiday Open House Thursday in Alumni House

Reading Day will be full of seasonal cheer at UNCG.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam will host a Holiday Open House in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Reading Day, Thursday, Nov. 30, 1-5 p.m., with the chancellor’s holiday greetings starting at 4 p.m. The occasion will be filled with festive foods, drinks, music, while also celebrating the university’s 125-year history. Drop in at any time throughout the afternoon.

The beautiful campus luminaires and Vacc Bell Tower will also light up at dusk on Reading Day, Nov. 30 – and the bells will play seasonal tunes. The lighting of luminaires throughout campus is a 48-year-old student tradition on UNCG’s Reading Day.

See additional story with more seasonal events.

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Building a Box Turtle legacy

Most people who live the Southeast have come across a box turtle at least once in their lives. But the population of the Eastern Box Turtle, North Carolina’s state reptile, is on the decline.

Two UNCG researchers, Senior Lecturer and Lloyd International Honors College Faculty Fellow Anne Berry Somers and Professor Emeritus Catherine E. Matthews, have worked for more than a decade on developing conservation literature specifically focused on the box turtle. In 2006, Somers and Matthews published “The Box Turtle Connection: A Passageway into the Natural World.” It was a guide for resource managers, herpetologists, nature center directors, and citizen scientists that would help direct their work on box turtles. The book has been used widely by teachers, environmental educators, scientists and agency personnel working to keep box turtles thriving across their native habitat.

“The Box Turtle Connection: Building a Legacy,” just released for free download, is a new edition that includes updated research protocols and information about the Box Turtle Connection Project in North Carolina, a long-term research study that concerns the present and future status of box turtle populations. In the book are new techniques and new sections about gardening, mowing, health concerns and determining the health of box turtles. The new edition includes sections by guest author Sandy Barnett and the added editorial help of recent UNCG graduate student in biology, Ashley LaVere.

“Box turtles have been an important part of our ecosystems for a very long time,” reads their introduction, “and we hope that with the aid of research like ours, they will be around for a long time to come.”

Free download for “The Box Turtle Connection: Building a Legacy”

2017 SECC, on the homestretch, stands at 75 percent of goal

Photo of Foust ParkThere’s a little more than a week remaining in the SECC campaign. SECC campus chair Macea Whisettse provides an update:

UNCG faculty and staff have raised 75 percent of the campus goal. Approximately 24 percent of employees have participated in the campaign so far.

“Please help us raise $50,000 in the next few weeks,” she says.

Visit NCSECC.org and search by type of service to find charities that match your interests. Go to the website, click “Give Now” and give an impactful gift through your ePledge contribution or an SECC pledge form. Small monthly payroll deduction pledges allow you to make a more powerful impact over time.

There were weekly drawings through Nov. 20 for those who participated early in the campaign. Among the winners were Adam R. Horton, Dr. Kari M. Eddington, Dr. Jude Edmunds, Jerry Sides, Nikiah B. Barnes, Joy C. Scott, Kristin Norden, and Shelley Ewing.

And the giving continues.

“Remember, no gift is too great or too small. Any amount you can give will make a difference,” Whisettse says. “Please join us in making a difference through our Power of Giving.”

Questions? Email secc@uncg.edu.

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips (Creative Writing) will give a poetry reading this Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Scuppernong Books in downtown Greensboro, to accompany visiting poet Natalie Shapero. Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, “Signaletics” (2013) and “Groundspeed” (2016) and three chapbooks, most recently “Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike” (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry and elsewhere. Her third book, “Empty Clip,” will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018. The reading is sponsored and hosted by UNCG’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Portrait photograph by Tracy Tanner.

Tate Street stories: public history on display Dec. 5

For Dr. Benjamin Filene’s new undergraduate public history course, “Creating the Public Past: History beyond the University, students are creating “pop up” public projects along Tate Street, showcasing stories they have unearthed through their research. Their field trips and project work have been supported by a UNCG Strategic Seed Grant for Teaching Innovations.

The course has explored the history of popular history-making – from world’s fairs and pageants to the U.S. Bicentennial to the musical “Hamilton.”  For their final project, the students are applying these lessons to the city around us, to literally “take history to the streets.” In pairs, with the assistance of History/Museum Studies Graduate Assistant Katherine Simmons, they chose single addresses on Tate Street and then used public records, archives, and, in some cases, oral histories, to explore the layers of history there. The addresses range from a 203 Tate Street apartment complex to the 449 Tate Street businesses.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Public History students will be outside each of the 10 chosen addresses, eager to engage passersby and patrons with the snippets from the past that they have gathered. (If it is raining hard, the alternate location will be the Public History Lab, 127 McIver St.).

The event will take place noon – 2 p.m.

Billy Lee

Billy Lee (Art) will give a talk about his work called “The Next Chapter” this Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, followed by a reception in honor of his retirement. Lee frequently shows his sculptures in exhibitions throughout the world. Most recently, he has shown work at the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh; the Marunouchi Street Gallery in Tokyo; the “Blue Symphony NanDaihe International Sculpture Exhibition in Hebie Province, China; at “Art In Space” Salwa Zeidan Gallery in Abu Dhabi, UAE and at the Beijing International Art Biennale, at the Cairo Biennale. His exhibition history also includes the Yuzi Paradise Sculpture Park in Guilin, China; Goodwood Sculpture in the United Kingdom; the Memorial Rose Garden in Chin Pao San, Taipei, Taiwan; Dunaujvaros Sculpture Park in Hungary; Cementerio Carretas, Putaendo Sculpture Park in Chile and many other galleries in the United States.

He has received the Giacomo Manzu Special Prize at the 7th Henry Moore International Sculpture Exhibition and at the Fujisankei Biennale, he was awarded the Rodin Prize for his work exhibited in the Hakone/Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum in Japan. He has received UNCG’s Excellence Award and the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from the Southeastern College Art Conference, and he is a fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

New issue of UNCG Research Magazine with new website

The fall 2017 edition of UNCG Research Magazine has published online. Readers can access feature stories, research profiles, image galleries and more via the magazine’s new interactive website: researchmagazine.uncg.edu.

This fall’s magazine includes:

  • “Buzzworthy” – an exploration of UNCG’s Social Insect Lab and its research on honey bee health
  • “The Harvest at Home” – an inside look at how researchers and community partners are addressing food insecurity in Greensboro and beyond
  • “MC2” ­­– an introduction to UNCG’s Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative, an interdisciplinary network of scientists who apply their research to develop effective therapeutics for cancer, infectious disease and more

Readers can also download a PDF version of the current issue, as well as PDFs of past issues at the site.

To learn more about research and engagement at UNCG, visit research.uncg.edu.

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Looking Ahead: November 29, 2017

Concert: Old-Time Ensemble
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Holiday Open House
Thursday, Nov. 30, 1 – 5 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m., Alumni House

Luminaires throughout campus
Thursday, Nov. 30, dusk

Festival of Lights, downtown Greensboro
Friday, Nov. 31, evening

Greensboro Holiday Parade; UNCG Bands of Sparta beforehand
Saturday, Dec. 2, noon, downtown Greensboro

Branches of Love
Saturday, Dec. 2, noon, Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Men’s Basketball vs. Elon
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Chad Eby

Chad Eby (Jazz Studies) will perform with the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra next Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10. Eby is the artistic director of the ensemble, which also includes UNCG faculty members Ariel Pocock, Brandon Lee and Steve Haines; UNCG alumni Wally West, Aaron Matson and Daniel Faust and current students Jacob Bruner and Andrew Sanchez. The Dec. 9 performance “Jazz for Geeks,” will consist of jazz interpretations of retro and cult films and television shows, comics and video games. It will be at Geeksboro Coffee and Beverage Company as part of the business’ five-year anniversary celebration, starting at 6 p.m. The Dec. 10 performance will be the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra’s fourth annual holiday concert, with two shows, at 2:30 and 7 p.m., at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre.

Public Housing/Section 8 topic of Dec. 1 forum

UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies hosts its final Housing Hangout of 2017 on Friday, Dec. 1, with the topic “Public Housing/Section 8.” It will be noon-2 p.m. in MHRA Building, Room 1607. Light refreshments will be provided. Details are at the Facebook event pageSpeakers will include Nancy Hunter, who will speak on the history of Public Housing in Greensbor. Two speakers – Angela McGill and Rosemary Steele – will speak on public housing and Section 8 housing in High Point.

Dr. Stuart Schleien

Dr. Stuart Schleien (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from Arc of Greensboro for a graduate assistant. That person’s role at the Arc of Greensboro will assist the executive director in providing quality programs and services to the individuals served. The graduate assistant will assist the executive director and program directors in researching grant opportunities, possible fundraising events as well as help with pursuing sponsorships for programs and events and helping in social media and other types of communications.

​Mindful Mondays at Weatherspoon to continue in January 2018

Free, drop-in meditation sessions are offered every Monday, 12:30-1 p.m. at the Weatherspoon.

The sessions continue through Dec. 18, 2017, and will resume Jan. 8 – April 30, 2018.

The 30 minute sessions are voluntarily led by UNCG faculty and staff. All are welcome.

Meditation practices promote health and well-being. No experience or reservations are necessary and no special postures or special clothing required. This program is free and open to the public. Limited free parking during Mindful Mondays is available behind the museum.

Questions: 336-334-5770 or weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

Kim Sousa-Peoples receives Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience, has been honored by the Division of Enrollment Management with an inaugural Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award.

The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts and significant contributions of UNCG faculty and staff who provide leadership in creating a positive transition to college and successful learning environment for first-year students.

She is being recognized most specifically for her dedication and contributions to the inaugural NAV1GATE New Student Convocation program.

Dr. Sousa-Peoples supports first year students in many ways through her influence on and oversight of Your First Year programs, including SOAR, Rawkin’ Welcome Week, Foundations for Learning (FFL), and the Keker First Year Common Read. This award citation notes that her creation and implementation of the NAV1GATE New Student Convocation program went above and beyond to garner campus-wide support to develop an innovative program designed specifically to support the successful transition of first year students, promoting a welcoming campus environment, and a positive attitude that fosters a positive first year experience.

Some brief excerpts from nominators:

  • Kim and I worked together on Nav1gate for the first time this year and she never ceased to impress me.”
  • I especially appreciated the leadership role that she assumed when it came to allocation of resources.”
  • “She is easily the most compassionate person I know – the kind of person who goes out of her way to help students and staff every day.”

The Division of Enrollment Management provides first-year students experiences that help them better understand how to navigate UNCG, the college experience, and develop the skills and connections required to excel in and out of the classroom.

Faculty and staff members across campus contribute to this mission and help first year students find academic and personal success. To recognize these faculty and staff, the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award will be presented annually to the winning nominee.

The award is open to any full-time or part-time UNCG faculty or staff member. Among the criteria: Successful transition of first year students to UNCG; Providing resources and/or support to assist first year students; Helping students to achieve academic and/or personal success; Promoting a welcoming campus environment; and Exhibiting a positive attitude that fosters a positive first year experience.

Photograph of Kim Sousa-Peoples by Susan Kirby-Smith

Starfish Updates: December 2017

With the fall semester coming to a close and a new one soon to begin, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office would like to remind the campus community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

Starfish Features & Winter Break Schedule

–November 29: Last day of Fall 2017 classes; flags, kudos, and course-specific referrals (Math Help Center referral, Tutoring referral) will be disabled for winter break. The following referrals will remain available for use throughout the winter break: Academic Skills (Student Success Center), Speaking Center, Writing Center, & Career Services.

–December 8: Commencement day; Fall 2017 tracking items will be cleared by a Starfish administrator. *Cleared tracking items will remain available for viewing until the start of spring term

–January 8: First day of Spring 2018 classes; all flags, kudos, referrals enabled for Spring 2018 semester

–Online appointment scheduling will remain available over the winter break to all faculty and staff who post availability on their Starfish calendars. Faculty and staff who will be away from campus during this time should remove all calendar availability prior to leaving.

Workshop Opportunities

If you are new to Starfish or would like to refresh your knowledge, please consider attending one of our Starfish 101 workshops in the spring. These workshops are designed to introduce undergraduate course instructors and advisors to the basic Starfish features available to support and enhance their work with undergraduate students. View available workshop times and sign up via workshops.uncg.edu (please hyperlink). The spring workshop schedule will be posted by January 8, 2018.

Starfish Support

For Starfish assistance, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be unavailable when the university is closed December 23- January 1.

Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish webpage (studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish-overview) for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.

“Consume” and “American Dream” sustainability art shows

Submissions are open to students, faculty, and staff for the “Consume” art show, curated by the Office of Sustainability and sponsored by the Green Fund. Submissions are also open to students for the “American Dream” art show.

Both shows will be in the gallery of the new Office of Sustainability, 108E Moran Commons, and open in Spring 2018.

For “Consume” show, the theme is “consumption as art and art as consumption.” Artists are invited to explore the power of consuming and the effect this has on our personal and global environments. Work is requested in several categories: Production, relating to the origin and the process of the products and goods we consume; Waste, relating to the outcome of our consumption habits and Self, our role in our contemporary patterns of consuming.

The submission deadlines are: Dec. 15 for Production, Jan. 12 for Waste and Feb. 6 for Self. Video performance and installation works are accepted as well as all two and three-dimensional works. Artists may submit up to three pieces. For more information contact acrafalo@uncg.edu with the subject line “Consume Submission. To submit, send low-resolution images, videos, and short artist statements.

For the “American Dream” show, all students are invited to submit work that reflects on the “American Dream” experience and differences in our lives as Americans relating to socioeconomic status, race, gender and sexuality. Visual art, writing, photography, design projects are all welcome. To submit work, send images to kgcarter@uncg.edu by Jan. 7, with the subject line, “American Dream Submission: ‘Full Name,’ ‘Class Year.”

Ennis posthumously given biomedical research association’s Distinguished Teaching Award

The late Dr. Catherine Ennis was one of three outstanding North Carolina educators to receive the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research’s (NCABR) Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education for 2017.

The award recognizes K-12 and higher education educators who have made extraordinary contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Dr. Ennis was a professor of curriculum theory and development in the UNCG Department of Kinesiology. She died in April and received the award posthumously.

Her research focused on physical education in urban school settings. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UNCG’s School of Health and Human Performance in 2009 and this year received the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal for accomplishment, innovation and leadership from the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

The North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by North Carolina’s leading bioscience research institutions. It is the only organization in the state dedicated to advancing all North Carolinians’ appreciation for the remarkable benefits of bioscience research and careers. NCABR’s members and supporters include academia, industry, government and nonprofit research organizations.

Propose an activity for UNCG’s 2018 Science Everywhere Day by January 8

Come join the fun. Create a hands-on activity for families to enjoy.

Stretch the definition of STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to the limits. We all use “science” everyday. Nearly every discipline can relate: create a nature collage, dance with students, identify different musical tones, create origami creatures, touch a fossil, make flavored water, or tell nature stories.

The upcoming UNCG Science Everywhere Day will be held on April 21, 2018, noon to 4 p.m. Science Everywhere is an annual event that attracts thousands of community members.

At the past year’s festival, university staff, students, and faculty from across campus volunteered their time and energy to present over 75 hands-on science activities to the community. Many facets of STEM at UNCG were showcased for the community. Science was everywhere. With 75 activities on campus, there was something for everyone

If you would like to offer an activity at the 4th Annual Science Everywhere Day on April 21, 2018, please complete the form below.

We have a small budget for supplies so please let us know below if you will need any supplies. We are renting tables and chairs so specify how many of each you will need, if relevant. The activities will be held both indoors and outdoors and organizers will rent large event tents for outdoor activities. Theyare recruiting volunteers so if you will need extra help with your event please let them know on this form.

Please complete the activity form by January 8, 2018. If you have questions, contact RISE@uncg.edu or Lynn Sametz l_sametz@uncg.edu.

Activities sign up form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpNvQ2UVMaV8jt0ggXdv7jvns8M36w

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Wish lists for UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree

Three Spartan families have been selected for this year’s UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree. Their wish lists may be viewed here.

Please view the Instructions tab first. Donations/collection of gifts is through Dec. 13. Staff Senate will wrap the gifts on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Two forums for update on UNCG brand strategy

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Communications Officer Jeff Shafer invites faculty and staff to forums about the brand strategy work:

As you may know, one of the “Giant Steps” we are taking as a university is to boldly tell our story, step into the spotlight, and work to ensure that the conversation about the best universities in North Carolina includes UNC Greensboro. Part of this effort involves looking deeply and carefully at our brand – the language, symbols, representations of UNC Greensboro that we put out into the world to communicate about who we are.

There is a major initiative now underway that will result in the rollout of the next evolution of the UNC Greensboro brand next year. With the leadership of Chancellor Gilliam, participation from faculty, staff, alumni and student leaders, and conversations with more than 300 Spartans as our foundation, we have made a great deal of progress. We’d like to share that progress with our UNCG faculty and staff community.

Please join me at an open session for anyone who wants to hear the latest on our brand strategy. You will not just hear where we are, but you will have the chance to provide your point of view in a casual, candid, exciting discussion.

Please register for one of the following sessions:

  • Dec. 12, 12-2 p.m. at Claxton Room, EUC
  • Dec. 13, 12-2 p.m. at Claxton Room, EUC

Register here; seating is limited.

More sessions will be scheduled in January as well. Please participate. Be engaged. Join the discussion and share your perspective as we look ahead to the future and take this important Giant Step together as a university.

Chancellor, 3 alumni on WUNC Radio’s ‘State of Things’

Chancellor Gilliam and three UNCG alumni – Jo Safrit, Justin Outling and Tom Martin – were featured on WUNC 91.5FM “The State of Things” program yesterday (Nov. 14). It was broadcast from Triad Stage’s Upstage area.

The program may be enjoyed at http://wunc.org/post/university-north-carolina-greensboro-celebrates-its-125th-year.

See/hear: Nov. 15, 2017

See the first installment of this season’s Wes Miller Show, as the basketball season begins. The first home game is tonight (Nov. 15) in Fleming Gym at 7 p.m.

UNCG receives $1 million gift from alumna Jo Safrit

Dr. JoAnne “Jo” Safrit (’57 BS, Physical Education) has made a $1 million gift to establish a distinguished professorship in the field of kinesiology. Kinesiology is the study of human movement and is one of the fastest-growing fields in the nation, and one of the most popular majors at UNCG.

Named for Safrit and longtime partner Dr. Catherine Ennis (’77 MS, Physical Education), the Safrit-Ennis Scholarship is intended to enable the university to recruit or retain Department of Kinesiology faculty who are outstanding researchers, scholars and teachers.

For Safrit, the gift enables her to honor Dr. Ennis, who passed away in April of 2017, and to provide funds for faculty to conduct important research in the field of kinesiology, to which she has dedicated her life. The new professorship also allows her to “pay it forward” to professors who rely on donations like hers to fund forward-thinking research in the field.

A Salisbury, North Carolina, native, Safrit was a physical education major at Woman’s College, who taught at The University of Texas, and subsequently spent many years as a researcher and teacher at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She currently lives in Greensboro and serves on the Boards of the UNCG Alumni Association and the Excellence Foundation.

“I received a $1 million gift from a couple when I was a young professor, and it was life-changing for me,” says Safrit. “With that gift, I was able to conduct important, meaningful research because of the generosity of others who had the means to do so. Now I’m in a position to help; I wanted to give a professor the opportunity to make the next discovery, to advance knowledge in the field that I have dedicated my life to, at the school I love so much.”  

See story about the newly named recipient of the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in Kinesiology.

See additional coverage in the News and Record – and hear her interviewed on WUNC Radio’s “The State of Things.”

Photography of Dr. Safrit by Martin W. Kane.

Spartan lanes aglow with luminaires, one of several seasonal events

Several seasonal events on campus and featuring Spartans are upcoming:

  • Harvest Home Concert, by UNCG Music choral ensembles: Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, Women’s Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, with the Old-Time Ensemble, Sunday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.
  • The UNCG Bookstore has its annual holiday Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale Nov. 27-28. In addition to the normal 20 percent discount for most items, faculty/staff can take an extra 10 percent off non-textbook items. (Magazines, Nook, computer hardware and software not included.) See store for details.
  • Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam will host a Holiday Open House in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Reading Day, Thursday, Nov. 30, 1-5 p.m., with the Chancellor’s holiday greetings starting at 4 p.m. The occasion will be filled with festive foods, drinks, music and good cheer, while also celebrating the university’s 125-year history. Drop in at any time throughout the afternoon.
  • The beautiful campus luminaires and Vacc Bell Tower will also light up at dusk on Reading Day, Nov. 30 – and the bells will play seasonal tunes. The lighting of luminaires throughout campus is a 48-year-old student tradition on UNCG’s Reading Day. The Vacc Bell Tower, with 49 bells, is one of only six such structures in the state to have a full concert carillon, providing a beautiful sound.
  • Spartan Academic Support Services (SASS), which supports the success of student athletes, will host a “Holiday Drop-In” earlier on Thursday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to noon, at Coleman Building, Room 225. They will provide warm beverages and light refreshments, and faculty/staff can learn more about what they do at the university.
  • The upcoming First Friday Downtown will be the big annual holiday edition, Festival of Lights, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. The event along Elm Street always features a variety of UNCG groups and individuals among its performers, including the UNCG Horn Choir, UNCG Tuba Band and UNCG Choir. (You’ll see more UNCG faces in this line-up.) The UNCG Art Truck will be available for tours at MLK Drive and Elm as part of the event.
  • At the Greensboro Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, the UNCG Bands of Sparta pep band will perform before the parade begins. The parade will include the UNCG cheerleaders and Spiro.
  • Join fellow Spartans for “Branches of Love,” Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at noon in the Alumni House. Attendees will decorate holiday trees that will later be donated to families in need. The annual tradition will be filled with food, music and holiday spirit. Come with a team of four, and enter to win Best Themed, Best Traditional or Best Overall tree. Admission is 20 canned or nonperishable food items for each four-person team. At noon, the Alumni House opens; at 12:30 p.m., the tree decorating contest begins; at 1:30 p.m., winners will be announced, and 1:30-2:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments and holiday festivities.
  • Three families have been selected for this year’s UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree. Their wish lists may be viewed here. Please view the Instructions tab first. Donations/collection of gifts is through Dec. 13. Staff Senate will wrap the gifts on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Compiled by Ishan Davis

Looking toward a new Banner year

Everyone associated with UNCG – students, faculty, staff and even alumni and donors – uses Ellucian’s Banner system, which is designed specifically for institutions of higher education.

Banner allows faculty, staff and students to add and retrieve data, and keeps that data current, consistent and available to multiple departments across the university. Its scope reaches admissions, registration, alumni information, campaign management, financial aid, human resources, payroll and all finance information. The Banner system includes an administrative component, INB (Internet Native Banner) and a self-service interface known to campus as “UNCGenie.”

Now, it’s poised for a big change, from Banner 8 to Banner 9.

The change is a necessary end-of-life transition, according to Kristine Sunda, executive director of Banner 9 Implementation at UNCG. All customers of Banner must migrate to the new version, which will be a more sustainable, and powerful system, leading to greater capability and easier access to information.  

“The version is web friendly and meets web browser standards,” said Sunda. “It equips us for new features and positions us for integration with other higher education products.”

The transition, led by the Integrated Futures Team, is part of UNCG’s overall technology transformation to improve business processes and data governance, and the benefits of Banner 9 are compatible with UNCG’s focus on sustainability and access. Administrative areas will have a user interface or navigation change that makes data more retrievable, simplifying operations for staff. Paper processing and outdated localizations will be updated with digital imaging and automated workflows.

For students and advisors, the advising experience will become more streamlined with helpful advising information readily visible on students’ profiles. This spring the campus community will have access to an integrated online catalog. By next fall, students and advisers will use  integrated registration that provides a degree audit and planning program to them via DegreeWorks.

The transition to Banner 9 is the first step in an overarching ENGAGE (Equipping the Next Generation with Access, Growth, and Enrichment) initiative that began in January 2017 and will continue through the next two to three years. Currently, the Integrated Futures Team is conducting training sessions for deans, directors, department chairs, academic advisers and other staff.  Student data information sessions will be offered through March to equip staff, faculty and advisers for the data transition. Beginning in January 2018, Banner 9 Navigation training will be available to any faculty and staff who are current users of Banner 8 INB.

“The switch to Banner 9 is really the foundational piece,” said Sunda, who has worked closely with the steering committee and Provost Dr. Dana Dunn. “It’s the first step to positioning us to do all the greater things that we want to do – exciting transformative things. It establishes a level of maturity that allows us to become more digitally integrated as a campus.”

The Integrated Futures Team includes Kristine Sunda, Morgan Allen, John Lucas, Elizabeth Cranford, Dale Wasson, Nora Reynolds, Sarah Carrigan, Joella Anderson, Jackie Jenkins, Sean Farrell, Donna Balser, Brandi Hagerman and Craig Montgomery.

For more information about the transition to Banner 9, visit the ENGAGE website.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

In unique course, UNCG Facilities staff LEED by example

For a course in applied sustainability, the entire campus can be a classroom, and the UNCG Facilities staff are the experts.

This past semester, Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture and Sustainability Faculty Fellow Dr. Amanda Gale taught a brand-new class for UNCG – Sustainability in the Built Environment, which enrolled students in both interior architecture and environmental studies programs.

The course focused on content that helps students pass the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate Exam, an internationally recognized green building professional credential.

UNCG has one of the highest percentages of LEED-certified buildings among schools in the UNC system, and many of the Facilities Operations staff who have made that possible took the time this fall to share their hands-on knowledge of sustainable design with Gale’s students.

For several weeks, the staff members served as guest speakers and guides, touring students through campus sites that corresponded to their learning objectives, and sharing their expertise on water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, transportation and indoor environmental quality.

The first trip was through UNCG’s first LEED-certified building, the Education Building, with Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Jorge Quintal and Director of Facilities Design and Construction Ken Pearce. Quintal and Pearce’s presentation not only covered the building itself, but also the planning process, how the project was implemented and what was required for LEED certification.

In the following weeks, the class explored UNCG’s newest addition, Spartan Village II, with Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises Scott Milman; the campus cisterns and wetlands with Grounds’ Jim Munro; the McIver Chiller Plant, with UNCG’s HVAC supervisor Gary Denny and Utilities Manager Jon Soter, who explained the details of the campus’ water efficiency.

Next, the students toured the Kaplan Center for Wellness with Campus Mechanical Engineer Douglas Cato and energy analyst Nihal Al Raees, who spoke about the center’s energy-conserving operations, including its chillers, boilers and air handlers.

For the last trip, the students toured the Facilities Operation Yard with Waste Reduction & Recycling Operations supervisor Ben Kunka and Director of Purchasing and Contracts Michael Logan. For one additional guest visit, safety training coordinator Todd Beck came to the class to demonstrate how to use safety equipment.

Throughout the course, students learned about sustainable design while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the LEED rating system. For several, the campus tours and special lectures from staff also sparked their interest in facilities and operations careers.

“The systems involved are just fascinating and the cooling towers were incredible,” said senior interior architecture major Cameron John, who cited the chiller plant as his favorite visit.

As the students look toward their LEED-certification exam, Gale has seen a definite increase of their knowledge of sustainable operations, and the UNCG Facilities staff tours played a big part.

“It was a great collaborative success,” she said. “The speakers and corresponding tours were engaging, interactive and reinforced the concepts we discussed in class. The students were able to learn directly from the experts who have firsthand experience with UNCG’s approach to sustainability.”

Sustainability Coordinator for Operations Dr. Shanna Eller agrees.

“The academic and Facilities partnership helps students see not just beyond the classroom walls,” she said. “But literally inside, underneath, above, between and among them – to the wires, waters, sensors, pipes, plumbing and all the parts that make our campus work. It’s a living lab for sustainable operations.”

Next semester, a pilot companion class will be offered through the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program – Sustainable Campus Operations, taught by Program Director Aaron Allen.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photos courtesy of Amanda Gale

Forum on Nursing & Instructional Building project Nov. 30

Where McIver Building now stands, UNCG will have a much-needed new Nursing and Instructional Building. The removal of McIver and the new building’s construction project will last from February 2018 to June 2020. You’ll see some preparation work in the weeks before then.

Come hear a presentation about this project, Thursday, Nov. 30. The forum will be held 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 114.

What will be blocked off and when? Where will fencing be? What are the best walking routes to take to avoid the construction area? Learn details about the project. And there’ll be time for you to ask questions and meet the team members for this project.

The forum will be hosted by UNCG Facilities, Design and Construction.

Volunteering opportunity at Garden Fresh Mobile Market

UNCG Staff Senate is hosting a volunteering opportunity for employees, at the Out of the Garden Fresh Mobile Market. Eight volunteers are needed for each event.  Staff can use their Community Involvement hours for these events. The next event will be Tuesday, Nov. 28. Another event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15. Remaining events scheduled in 2018: Thursday, Jan. 25; Friday, Feb. 23; Tuesday, March 27; Friday, April 20; and Thursday, May 17.  All events occur between 2:30 p.m and 4 p.m. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4dada72fa6fc1-fresh.  

Laurie Wideman tapped for Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship

Dr. Laurie Wideman will be the inaugural recipient of the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in Kinesiology, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

The overarching focus of Dr. Wideman’s research is the impact of exercise, disease and injury on the endocrine system. Her work examines body composition, heart rate variability and ways that the body can regulate itself. She also looks at sex-specific hormonal influences in injury and disease.

Wideman is board chair of the Office of Research Integrity and helped develop and regularly teaches the responsible conduct of research training at UNCG. She is most recently the principal investigator on the large NIH-funded grant “Pathways from childhood self-regulation to cardiovascular risk in adolescence.” In the last year, she served as co-investigator on four other interdisciplinary, collaborative grant submissions to NIH and as Research Mentor on a large Career Development Grant for a junior scholar.

Wideman graduated from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and received her PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia. She has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2000, where she has received the Research Excellence Award. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences, remarked that Wideman’s scholarship has been impactful on how we think of exercise throughout the lifespan. Equally important is her willingness to help so many other faculty and students find their own paths to scholarship, exhibiting HHS’s “culture of care.”    

Dr. JoAnne “Jo” Safrit, a 1957 graduate of Woman’s College, established the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in Kinesiology to enable the university to recruit or retain faculty in the Department of Kinesiology who are outstanding researchers, scholars, and teachers. She shares the name of the award with Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Ennis, her partner of 32 years, who passed away April 8, 2017.

Safrit, a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught for 20 years. Safrit serves on the UNCG Alumni Association and Excellence Foundation boards.

Ennis, born in Richmond, Virginia, completed her master of science degree in physical education (now kinesiology) from UNCG in 1977. She completed her PhD at the University of Georgia and held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Maryland-College Park and UNCG. She was an internationally recognized teacher education, scholar and curriculum specialist.

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Key Leader Symposium on peace operations this week at UNCG

Photo of The Alumni House.The second annual Key Leader Symposium on Transitional Public Security is being held this week in the Alumni House here at UNCG. The goal of the Key Leader Symposium is for participants to better understand others’ views regarding Multifunctional Peace Operations before, during and after the kinetic phase of an intervention or following humanitarian disaster response.

Participants from the military, civil society and academia realms are attending the symposium to share thinking and approaches to multi-function peace operations.

Dr. Thomas Matyók, chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and also executive director of the Joint Civil-Military Interaction Education and Research Network, explains that this symposium presents an opportunity for future partners in peace operations or disaster responses to pro-actively strengthen their ties and understand the other’s perspectives:

“In complex peace operations, trust cannot be surged. Civil and military actors need to build relationships before responding to violent conflicts or humanitarian disasters.

Sponsors include UNCG’s Peace and Conflict Studies Department; Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm, Civil-Military Interaction Community, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; and U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

For more information, contact Dr. Matyók at tgmatyok@uncg.edu.

Great scholarship, quickly expressed: 3MT winners announced

The final round for this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was held on Nov. 9. The challenge for these 10 finalists was to convey the essence and importance of their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes and with one PowerPoint slide. The winners are:

  • First Place and $1,000: Taylor Mabe, Nanoscience
  • Second Place and $500: Brian Cone, Kinesiology
  • People’s Choice Award and $250: Leslie Locklear, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

    The 10 finalists in the Nov. 9 competition were:

    Austin Gray, Biology – Antibiotics in Urban and Rural Streams of North Carolina
    Durga Manjari Arvapalli, Nanoscience – Turmeric Tagged Carbon Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment
    Valerie Fricault, Biology – Can Nanoparticles Affect Genes for Generations?
    Brian Cone, Kinesiology – Where Fall Prevention Went Wrong
    Leslie Locklear, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations – The Stories of Lumbee Tribal Youth
    Chelsea Smith, Biology – Is Roundup Harming more than Just Weeds?
    Oliver Thomas, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations – Cultivating Agents of Social Change
    Kelly King, Counseling and Educational Development – Setting the stage for culturally responsive counseling: An experimental investigation of broaching race and racism in the initial counseling session
    Taylor Mabe, Nanoscience – Portable sensors for disease diagnostics.
    Maggie Kelly, English – Mourning through Murder: the role of psychic mimesis in Renaissance revenge tragedies

    finalists and judges

    The judges for the final round of the competition were: Representative Sarah Stevens; Paul Dumas, Public API Platforms and Innovation at Market America; Chris Laney, President and CEO of Zenergy Technologies; and Ruthie Tutterow, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Greensboro Day School.

    Copy and photography courtesy Graduate School.