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Archives for November 2017

UNCG awarded for excellence in cloud solutions

UNCG is one of the recipients of E&I Cooperative Services’ inaugural Cloud Leadership Awards. Twenty four winners were selected from nearly 100 nominees to celebrate their excellence in cloud solutions on campuses across the country. UNCG was one of four universities chosen by industry expert judges as a winner in the Cloud Storage category of the awards.

The award “shows that we are leaders within the higher education industry when it comes to cloud storage,” says UNCG’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure Jeff Whitworth (in photo, accepting award on behalf of the university). “We are part of setting the direction and the pace, and other universities are following our lead in this area. This award is a great accomplishment for all the staff involved in supporting cloud storage services and recognition of the hard work across the university to migrate to Box and Google Drive.”

Sponsored by Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft Azure and CDW-G, the Cloud Leadership Awards celebrate achievement in cloud solutions in universities nationwide. They award innovation in technology and raise awareness of the value and efficiency of cloud solutions. Winning campuses are recognized as leaders among higher education institutions who demonstrate vision, creative solutions and commitment to cloud technologies.

See more here.

By Avery Campbell

UNCG a top performer in 2017 Sustainable Campus Index

UNCG has been named a Gold-rated institution in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, and a top performer in the subcategories of public engagement and well-being and work.

The index is an annual publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and recognizes top-performing institutions in each of the 17 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) subcategories related to academics, engagement, operations and administration. It focuses on innovative and high-impact initiatives from STARS reports submitted during the previous year.

UNCG was ranked No. 4 in the United States and Canada for its engagement with the local community to solve sustainability challenges and No. 5 for efforts in student and employee wellness programs and healthy initiatives across campus.

For more information about AASHE, visit aashe.org. To learn more about sustainability efforts on UNCG’s campus, visit sustainability.uncg.edu.

SECC mid-November update

Looking to make a tangible difference in your community? UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign is raising money for a wide variety of charities.

The yearly effort allows state employees to conveniently donate to charitable organizations. UNCG has participated in the statewide campaign for many years, and has consistently had one of the highest employee participation rates in the state. Over the course of its participation, UNCG employees and retirees have contributed $3.7 millioN. 

This year, to commemorate UNCG’s 125th anniversary, the fundraising goal is $200,125.

When making a donation, you may choose from more than 1,000 organizations to support. As examples, here are just a few of the many charities using donated dollars to do good work in their communities.

UNCF: UNCF is the nation’s leading organization advocating minority education. Donations go towards creating scholarships for low-income college students of color attending HBCUs. UNCF awards more than $100 million a year in scholarships to over 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools around the country. African-American UNCF scholarship recipients have a six-year graduation rate of 70 percent, 11 points higher than the national average and 30 points higher than the national average for African-Americans. UNCF also helps prepare K-12 students for college with university readiness programs

UNCF has helped more than double the amount of minorities attending college. Over 445,000 students have graduated with degrees thanks to help from the fund. A majority of these students are the first in their family to attend college. Contribution to the UNCF is an investment in the 60,000 yearly recipients of UNCF scholarships. 

Junior Achievement of the Triad: Junior Achievement of the Triad is committed to empowering youth to take control of their future and economic success. Junior Achievement hosts programs that develop financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship in K-12 students. Classroom volunteers work with teachers on workshops that help prepare students with the tools needed to flourish post-graduation. JA students exhibit greater self-confidence, enhanced problem-solving skills, higher math and reading scores and are more likely to graduate school.

Many students work as classroom volunteers in JA’s programs, including a group from UNCG’s Bryan School. The organization also has the involvement of many UNCG alumni, both as volunteers and staff, including president & CEO Jacqueline McCracken Wall.

YWCA: The YWCA of Greensboro works to  empower women in the Greensboro area. The YWCA provides job training, emergency shelter, mentorship, racial justice programs, youth services and many more workshops and courses. Volunteers and donations support the organization’s goals, and allow them to host their wide variety of programs dedicated to helping women in the community.

The YWCA accepts local volunteers for many of its programs, as well as people willing to participate in its social justice and advocacy efforts. Money contributed to the organization goes towards programs and resources intended to aid disadvantaged women and families in the community, and to promote racial justice and social activism. 

How to participate in UNCG’s SECC? Donations to the UNCG SECC can be made here via paper or online, and are tax deductible. A complete list of participating charities can be found here. New this year, each week all employees who pledge by noon on Fridays (through Nov. 17) will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes. For any questions about the weekly drawings, please contact Jana Walser-Smith at jfwalser@uncg.edu.

Assembled by Avery Campbell

The Business of Investing Responsibly

The UNCG Sustainability Council presents the second of four talks in its Conversations on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing series Thursday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m., in the UNCG Faculty Center.

“The Business of Investing Responsibly” will feature Ebony Perkins of Self Help Credit Union, Christopher Demetropoulos of Trillium Asset Management and Chas Mansfield of Compass Financial Partners.

Learn about current industry trends, selecting investment opportunities that match your values and how Triad leaders approach socially responsible investing. This conversation is hosted by the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

CARS Centennial Alumni Industry Speaker Series: “Winning at Retail”

The success of any fashion retail business rests with the company’s ability to understand consumer needs and offer merchandise to satisfy those needs.

However, that is easier said than done. On Monday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m., continue to celebrate 100 years of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) at UNCG with a panel discussion on understanding the fashion consumer. The panel takes place in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom B, with a reception to follow.

This panel discussion will feature CARS alumni who work in very different types of retail operations, but all contribute toward the goal of knowing their market and meeting the ever-changing needs of today’s fashion consumer:

Abby Owens (BS ‘13)

Digital Merchandising Coordinator, Vert & Vogue

Taylor Chrismon (BS ‘16)

Executive Team Leader, Target

Jessica Papier (BS ‘17)

Emerging Leader, Belk

Renee Steed (BS ‘07)

Manager, Nine West

Note: Newly updated location.

2017 UNCG Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. At UNCG, the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning works with campus partners and a student planning committee to plan and host a series of educational, service, fundraising and advocacy events.

Empty Bowls Hunger Banquet
(Tuesday 11/14, 5-7 p.m., EUC Maple Room)

Help raise awareness about a growing issue in our society today and participate in a simulation of food hardship that many people experience locally and globally. Bring a box of cereal to donate to Spartan Open Pantry. RSVP HERE. This event is a collaboration between the Office of Intercultural Engagement, the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning, Campus Activities and Programs and Housing & Residence Life.

servGSO with Out of the Garden Project
(Tuesday 11/14, Wednesday 11/15, and Friday 11/17, 2-4:30 p.m. each day

Join us for one of three community service opportunities with Out of the Garden Project’s fresh mobile market. Transportation is provided and details will be sent to registered volunteers. Register HERE.

Game Night
(Thursday 11/16, 7:30-8:30 p.m., EUC Azalea)

Come learn more about issues of hunger and homelessness and what you can do about them while playing games, meeting new friends and enjoying free snacks.

CommUNITY Dialogue: Who’s Hangry
(Friday 11/17, 1:30-2:30 p.m., EUC 062)

Join the Office of Intercultural Engagement for a conversation about hunger and homelessness in our community. Free giveaways for the first 15 attendees! For more information on the CommUNITY Dialogue program, go here.

For questions about these events or to request accommodations, contact Kristina Gage at kmsnader@uncg.edu or call 336-256-0538.

Dr. Colleen E. Kriger

Dr. Colleen E. Kriger (History) has published a new book, “Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa’s Guinea Coast,” through Ohio University Press. Kriger’s research reveals the global trade patterns that emerged during the era of Atlantic maritime trade, early  connections between Asian, African and European markets and the individual people who engaged in Anglo-African commerce on the west coast of Africa in the seventeenth century. Kriger has received numerous grants and fellowships in support of her research. Her scholarship and teaching focus on precolonial West and West Central Africa and topics such as social history, comparative slavery, oral history and material culture.

Looking ahead: Nov. 15, 2017

Faculty Forum
Wednesday, November 15, 3 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Sustainability Series: ‘Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights’
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., School of Education Room 114

‘Fall Dances in Exile’
Friday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Van Dyke Performance Space

Harvest Home Concert, by UNCG choral ensembles
Sunday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Men’s Basketball vs. Delaware
Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Women’s Basketball vs. VCU
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Course Reserves due for Winter/Spring 2018 

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists are due as follows:

•Winter – Friday, Dec. 8
•Spring – Friday, Dec. 15

Requests to renew fall lists for use in winter and/or fall are due by Wednesday, Dec. 13.

eReserve readings are stored in Box@UNCG and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box then sends email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert them into Canvas; instructions are provided. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources. Also, the staff offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see the e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu336-256-1199 or 336-334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

‘Political Money Should Make You Mad (But Probably Not for the Reasons You Expect)’

The talk “Political Money Should Make You Mad (But Probably Not for the Reasons You Expect)” will be presented by Dr. Eric Heberlig Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

Heberlig is professor of political science at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The talk is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Political Science and the UNCG Center for Legislative Studies.

Heberlig is coauthor of “Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control” (University of Michigan Press), “How Government Got in Your Backyard” (Timber Press), “Classics in Congressional Politics” (Longman), “American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena” (Rowman & Littlefield) and of journal articles on legislative, interest group and electoral politics. He has served as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association in the office of Rep. Thomas C. Sawyer.






UNCG will mark Veterans Day with events Friday

Veterans Day will be marked at UNCG Friday with several events.

The biggest campus event will be UNCG’s annual Veterans Day Celebration, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. along College Avenue and Jackson Library lawn. Activities will include a variety of team-building exercises, military displays, food trucks, games led by members of the Army, Air Force and Navy, and a Meals Ready to Eat sampling table. UNCG’s Student Veterans Association (SVA) will also be fundraising during the event.

But that’s not all to expect on Friday:

  • There will be a holiday card signing in the EUC Commons at 10 a.m. for service members currently serving overseas and veterans in our local area. This will be hosted by UNCG Staff Senate.

  • A formal program, part of the Celebration, will be held 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the lawn between College Ave. and the Minerva statue. The event will be led by SVA member, VRC work study and Navy Reservist Tia McClellan, with keynote speaker and retired Air Force Colonel Barbara Kucharczyk. There will be a poetry reading and a joint services swearing-in ceremony. The national anthem will be sung by the Spartones.

  • Friday evening, the College of Visual and Performing Arts will perform a reading of “A Few Good Men” starting at 5:30 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted for the Veterans Enrichment and Support Fund for student veterans on campus.

Compiled by Ishan Davis



NC Dance Festival this week

The NC Dance Festival is in Greensboro this week. The NC Dance Festival is a yearly performance series that travels the state, performing the work of NC’s best modern dance choreographers. It works to develop new choreography, support community performance spaces and entertain and inspire audiences. 

Nov. 11, The Van Dyke Performance Space on Davie St. will be hosting the festival. The Van Dyke is a black box theater established by the late pioneering dancer and UNCG professor Jan Van Dyke to promote dance and art in Greensboro. Artists performing at The Van Dyke are Rachel Barker, Ramya Kapadia, Natalie Marrone, Courtney Owen-Muir, Matt Pardo and Alexandra Warren’s JOYEMOVEMENT Dance Company. General admissions tickets are $20, or $15 for students/seniors and $10 for children ten and under. A limited amount of $35 patron tickets are also available, which includes reserved seating and a pre-show reception with the artists and community members. Pre-sale tickets are available at The Van Dyke Performance Space’s page or the Dance Project website. Performance begins at 8 p.m.

Carpe diem! Classics Day returns to campus Nov. 18

On Saturday, Nov. 18, take a step back into ancient Greece and Rome for the 7th annual Classics Day festival. The free student-run event is held in conjunction with the North Carolina Junior Classical League (JCL) Fall Forum and raises awareness of the fascinating cultures of the ancient world and their contributions to modern-day society. Activities begin on Stone Lawn at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at 3 p.m. The festival is children- and dog-friendly.

New this year, students and faculty will conduct a Roman wedding ceremony and the Barefoot Domina will be on hand to whip up ancient dishes such as Pompeii bread. Classical Studies students have worked months hand-sewing costumes and rehearsing two theatrical performances: a Greek tragedy and Roman comedy.

The JCL meets each fall and brings approximately 400 high school students and teachers to campus. The high school students will revive the popular human chariot races and gladiator battles. Also returning will be an archeology dig, Roman military drills, ancient fashion photo booth, board games, shields-making, trivia and oracle reading.  

UNCG’s Classical Studies department comprises six tenured faculty and three visiting faculty. It is the second largest undergraduate program in the state and offers three concentrations: classical civilization, languages and archaeology. Students in Classical Studies can also obtain licensure to teach Latin; elementary and secondary-level Latin teachers are in demand every year.

“For a bachelor’s-only program, we have more breadth and depth than most Classical Studies programs,” said Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, an associate professor who specializes in Roman history and Republican literature. “There’s something for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re into language, culture, travel and trade or construction techniques.”

Brandi Mauldin, a senior majoring in classical archeology, is president of the UNCG Classical Society and one of the main organizers of the festival.  

“I wouldn’t consider any other school,” she said. “The faculty are so involved, and we feel very comfortable talking to them.”  

For Zarecki, taking a day to celebrate the classics is more than just bringing recognition to his department. It’s about connecting with our past.  

“They were people – older versions of us,” Zarecki said. “Looking at them allows us to look at ourselves. Looking at any type of history gives us a window into our current situation.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Dr. David Wyrick

Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received continuation of funding from Pennsylvania State University for the project “The Intersection of Alcohol and Sex: Engineering an Online STI Prevention Program.”  

The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on college campuses is alarming. One in four college students is diagnosed with an STI at least once during their college experience. Sexual activity when drinking alcohol is highly prevalent among college students. Alcohol use is known to contribute to the sexual risk behaviors that are most responsible for the transmission of STIs, namely unprotected sex, contact with numerous partners, and “hook-ups” (casual sexual encounters). Few interventions have been developed that explicitly target the intersection of alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, and none have been optimized.

In order to reduce the incidence of STI transmission among this and other higher-risk groups, a new approach is needed. The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) is an innovative and comprehensive methodological framework that brings the power of engineering principles to bear on optimization of behavioral interventions. The overall objective of the proposed research is to use MOST to develop a highly effective, appealing, economical and readily scalable behavioral intervention targeting the intersection of alcohol use and sexual risk behavior, with the objective of reducing the incidence of STIs among college students.

Given the high rates of alcohol use and sex among college students, the college setting provides an ideal opportunity for intervening on alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors. The proposed study will include a diverse population of college students (50 percent African American) on four campuses – two Historically Black Colleges and Universities, one large public university, and one junior college. This will increase the generalizability of findings. Specific aims are to: (1) develop an initial set of online intervention components targeting the link between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors; (2) use the MOST approach to build an optimized preventive intervention; and (3) conduct exploratory moderation analyses to determine for whom each component of the intervention works best.

This work will result in a new, more potent behavioral intervention that will reduce the incidence of STIs among college students in the US, and will lay the groundwork for a new generation of highly effective STI prevention interventions aimed at other subpopulations at risk.

SECC starts strong at $80,000; goal is $200,125

UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign supports the work of more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our region and state.

The campus’ campaign has started strong.

The current tally is $80,555 raised, as of Nov. 3. SECC Chair Macea Whisettse notes that is 15 percent participation of UNCG faculty and staff so far. The goal is 45 percent participation.

UNCG has consistently had one of the highest employee participation rates in the state.

Over the course of its participation, UNCG employees and retirees have contributed $3.7 million to many charities. This year, to commemorate UNCG’s 125th anniversary, the fundraising goal is $200,125.

Last week’s SECC Breakfast/Silent Auction at Moran Commons netted over $2,000 of the current total. (See TV news coverage here.)  

SECC t-shirt sales continue through Nov. 22.

The campaign continues till Dec. 8.

Donations may be made here via paper or online, and are tax deductible. A complete list of participating charities can be found here. New this year, each week all employees who pledge by noon on Fridays (through Nov. 17) will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes. Once entered, you will stay in the drawing until your name is drawn or the event ends, so the sooner the better. For details about the weekly drawings, please contact Jana Walser-Smith at jfwalser@uncg.edu.

Visual: Charitable organizations spoke with faculty/staff at kickoff luncheon; Photograph by Alycee Byrd

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) from the North Carolina Council for Women & Youth Involvement received new funding from 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.

Women’s Soccer heads to NCAA Tourney, after taking SoCon title

For the eighth time in program history and for the first time since 2010, the UNCG women’s soccer team can call itself Southern Conference Tournament Champions, as the third-seeded Spartans recorded a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Western Carolina Sunday afternoon.

The Spartans earned the SoCon’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth. The will head to Durham to take on the Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at 7 p.m.

This will be the eighth trip to the NCAA tournament for the Spartans and the first since the 2010 season.

UNCG finished the regular season 11-7-3 overall, and closed the season on a seven-match unbeaten streak, going 6-0-1 during that time.

For ticket information, visit goduke.com

Stay up-to-date on women’s soccer by following UNCG Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo from the SoCon title game by Marvin Gentry

Dr. Ann Grimaldi

Dr. Ann Grimaldi (Weatherspoon Art Museum) received new funding from the North Carolina Arts Council for the project “Sanford Biggers, Exhibition.”

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will present an exhibition (Dec. 3, 2017 – April 8, 2018) of dynamic, multimedia paintings by Sanford Biggers – an artist internationally recognized for merging the history of slavery, hip-hop culture, Buddhism and cultural identity. Using antique southern quilts as his base, Biggers densely layers these found canvases with imagery culled from such seemingly disparate sources: lotus flowers, slave ships and graffiti. The themes of Biggers’ works are linked by navigation, allowing the motifs to become meditations on past, present and future wayfinding. They simultaneously recall stories of quilts being used as markers on the Underground Railroad and star charts employed by astronomers.

Biggers has held an internationally prominent position in the arts since the early 2000s. His work has been consistently shown worldwide at institutions such as the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland. Biggers speaks to contemporary issues by placing them within a layered historical context. Most recently he gave a Ted Talk reminding his audience that the history he continually comments on has been more than 500 years in the making and that it is more important than ever to continue to create art that brings issues of race and identity to the surface.

The Sanford Biggers exhibition will be accompanied by four public programs including a TED Talk-like presentation by Sanford Biggers, a curatorial talk by Dr. Emily Stamey,  a book discussion on Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad”, and a hip-hop performance by UNCG students. WAM will organize guided tours for K-12, college, and adult visitors and create a visitor learning guide. In addition, Biggers will participate in a studio critique with UNCG MFA graduate students.

Stepping into the spotlight: UNCG’s branding initiative

When people talk of the best universities in North Carolina, UNCG needs to be and deserves to be in the conversation, Chancellor Gilliam has said. We must no longer be the “best kept secret” in our region, in our state or in the UNC System. Our university must have a unique, distinctive position, a strong reputation, and a clear story to tell our current and future students, our parents, our alumni, our faculty and staff, our academic peers, and leaders across the state and around the country.

UNCG is loved, valued and appreciated by those who know us. But among the general public at large, our university is not known well for what it is today – a strong teaching and research institution with 20,000 students, nationally recognized programs and a vital role to play in transforming our students, our knowledge base and our region. Telling our story in a compelling, authentic way is what the university branding initiative is all about.

After an RFP process that included a review from a university committee comprised of individuals from across campus, FUSE IDEAS was selected to assist UNCG in this process. The Boston-based company is known for helping institutions succeed against better known and funded competition, in a rapidly changing media environment.

FUSE IDEAS has led discussions with more than 300 people from across the university and around our community over the past two months. This has included students, faculty, staff, administration, trustees, alumni, community members and each school and division of the university.  

This “discovery process” is the foundation for current discussions underway as the university works through a step-by-step process to understand who we are now, what people think of us, what our strategy should be going forward and how to develop creative assets that support our long-term goals. These discussions are being led by a steering committee that represents a cross-section of our UNCG community. The committee consists of Holly Shields, Andrea Hunter, Bryan Terry, Julia Jackson-Newsom, Kim Record, Kelly Burke, Tim George, Randy Penfield, Kris Davidson, Todd Sutton, Jaap-Jan Van Duin, Jim Settle, Jorge Quintal, members of University Communications and members of FUSE IDEAS.

Next steps include a competitive analysis and a report on strategy recommendations – as the firm and the committee develop and refine their insights and set a direction for a true and authentic UNCG brand. There will also be a number of open meetings and discussions scheduled soon to ensure our campus community understands the process and is able to provide insight and feedback along the way.

In the early part of next semester, creative concepts will be created, tested and finalized. The new branding is scheduled to launch in late spring or early summer.


Men’s Hoops readies for season; discount tickets still available

The UNCG men’s basketball team got on the court in front of fans in a game situation for the first time in the 2017-18 season Sunday afternoon as the Spartans took part in the exhibition Jamboree for charity in Chapel Hill against the Tar Heels, UNCW and ECU at the Dean Dome. Proceeds for the event went to the Governor’s North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.

The Spartans played three abbreviated exhibition games. UNCG posted a 1-1-1 record in the three games but were the only team to knock off the Tar Heels, recording a 32-24 victory in the short exhibition. The fans saw the Spartans connect on 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the field and hit 70 percent (7-of-10) from 3-point land in the victory over the Tar Heels. Junior guard Francis Alonso led the way with 14 points in 11 minutes of action as he was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including four 3-pointers.

Seeing them spurs anticipation for the official start of the season in the coming days. Season tickets are on the way to ensure you can catch every home game.

Athletics has set a goal to hit the 1,000 season ticket mark this year. Last season, UNCG sold 866 total season tickets. That mark has already been surpassed. As of last Friday, season ticket sales were a little over 900.

Faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $99 in the lower level (as many as they like). Normally, season tickets in the lower level are $129. All season tickets come with a parking pass for these games at the Coliseum, a $65 value. They also come with several Buddy Passes so you can bring others to a few games, and the opportunity to receive complimentary women’s basketball season tickets. Payroll deduction is available for all faculty/staff – the payment is split evenly over four months.

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

Dr. Paul Davis

Dr. Paul Davis (Kinesiology) received new funding from Cone Health System for the project “BELT Program.” Funding will go to continue operation of an ongoing sustainable exercise component of the Bariatric Surgery Program known as the Bariatric Exercise Lifestyle Transformation Program.

Davis received his PhD and MS degrees in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina after receiving his BSEd degree in Physical Education from Western Carolina University. Before completing his doctoral degree, he worked several years in cardiac rehabilitation.

Beyond the classroom: Service-learning prepares students to lead

For UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, the task is clear: empower students to serve as active, engaged citizen leaders in their communities and beyond.

“To do that, the students need to know the issues, know the government structures and know how to organize to create change when it’s needed,” said Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, professor of communication studies and one faculty member pioneering the effort for more community-engaged scholarship in the classroom.

Designated service-learning courses offered at UNCG have tripled over the last decade – from just 10 in the fall of 2007 to 43 this fall. 

Dr. Rebecca Muich, assistant dean for the Lloyd International Honors College and coordinator of the Honors Colloquium service-learning course, sees firsthand the appreciable impact on students.

“More than any other learning experience we schedule for our students, the service-learning experience crops up on our student evaluations as the most valuable and impactful experience of the semester,” she said.

In addition to service-learning initiatives, the OLSL teams up with groups across campus and beyond to offer experiential curricular and co-curricular leadership development. Courses and programs equip students to develop a personal, professional and civic identity through civic engagement, integrated learning and reflective practice.

Jovanovic’s Communication and Community course, offered this fall, exemplifies this strategy. Connecting students with community partners allows them to experience issues and provide service, rather than just reading about them.

For example, students in Jovanovic’s class work with Tiny Houses Greensboro to provide volunteer tracking and building alongside other community members; assist with refugee challenges and anti-trafficking messages in collaboration with World Relief in High Point/Winston-Salem; and work with the City of Greensboro’s Participatory Budgeting to activate the city’s voters and explain projects proposed to residents.

“Spoma has been teaching service-learning courses since before our designation process was enacted, and I believe every semester after,” said Lauren Cunningham, assistant director for service-learning. “She does it very, very well and students are deepening their understanding of their discipline’s relationship with community creation and change.”

Students spend 20 hours with each organization in addition to research. They make connections between their experiences and course readings on rhetoric, service-learning and activism.

“My hope is that students leave the class with a good understanding of how communication is central to our experience of community, learn what community members do to increase the quality of life and justice for under-resourced segments of the community, and have a basic understanding of who makes decisions and sets policy that impacts all those programs and projects,” Jovanovic said.

In the Honors College, service-learning is a core component of the first-year experience. They have partnered with OLSL for about five years to create a service-focused learning environment for new students.

The Honors Colloquium course offered 13 sections to over 200 freshmen this fall. The course is one credit hour, meets once a week, and is designed to help new International Honors students learn more about the Honors College and UNCG while acclimating to their environment.

Students learn about observation and critical thinking through visits to local museums and discuss global concerns by participating in the Keker First Year Common Read. For the service-learning component of the course, Colloquium partners with the Center for New North Carolinians, where students plan after-school activities for refugee and immigrant children.

“By having discussions about poverty, privilege, education, reflection, improvisation and performance, we indicate to our students that we expect them to become interested, engaged student-citizens who are in control of their own education,” Muich said.   

All classes that carry the service-learning marker have the option of working with a Student Reflection Leader who teaches students how service-learning differs from community service, introduces the practice of critical reflection and helps them unpack learning across differences after their service-learning experience, Muich explained.

Student Reflection Leaders are employed by the OLSL. This semester they have 20 SRLs working with 20 service-learning courses. The students lead faculty and their peers through reflection before, during and post experience in preparation for working with the community.     

“We are intentional about including critical reflection in all programs, which is a shift from the traditional way of looking at reflection,” Cunningham said. “Having them in the classroom de-centers the instructor as the sole source of knowledge and information for this experience and encourages students to look to themselves for ideas and solutions when faced with moments of discomfort or uncertainty.” 

The OLSL is offering a semester-long brown-bag lunch series – The ReFrame Learning Series –  to “challenge the lens through which we view public scholarship in higher education.” The final workshop, “Faculty-led Community-Based Research with Students and Local Partners” is Friday, Nov. 17, 12-1:15 p.m. in the Faculty Center. To Learn more or to register, visit olsl.uncg.edu/reframe. On Monday, Nov. 20, the OLSL is hosting the Creating Connections Fall Meet & Greet for faculty, staff and community partners 4:30-6 p.m. at the Faculty Center. For more information, visit olsl.uncg.edu.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Pianist Richard-Hamelin in concert, master class today (Nov. 8)

Guest artist Charles Richard-Hamelin will be in concert Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall. He will also be teaching master classes Nov. 7-9 in the Music Hall’s Organ Building, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Hailing from Lanaudière, Québec, Richard-Hamelin has performed with a wide variety of groups. Ensemble appearances include the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Singapour Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM (Mexico City), Orchestre Métropolitain, National Arts Center Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Poznań Philharmonic.

A silver medalist at the International Chopin Piano Competition, Richard-Hamelin has received a variety of awards and recognition. He has won high prizes at the Montreal and Seoul international Music Competitions, and was recently awarded the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec.

Admission to all events in this Ericourt Artist Residency are free. More information can be found at the School of Music’s website.

By Avery Campbell

A thesis in just three minutes – come watch and learn

Presenting your thesis in three minutes or less – and one visual? Ten Spartan graduate students will do just that.

The finalists for the 3MT have been announced – and they will compete for prizes Thursday.

3MT is an annual event where UNCG graduate students are challenged to present their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in a captivating way in just three minutes and with only one PowerPoint slide.

The top three finalists will receive prizes. The first place winner will win $1,000 plus travel and accommodations to the regional competition. The second place will win $500, and the people’s choice winner will win $250.

Here are the finalists, in presenting order:

  1. Austin Gray, Biology
  2. Durga Manjari Arvapalli, Nanoscience
  3. Valerie Fricault, Biology
  4. Brian Cone, Kinesiology
  5. Leslie Locklear, Educational Studies and Cultural Foundations
  6. Chelsea Smith, Biology
  7. Oliver Thomas, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
  8. Kelly King, Counseling and Educational Development
  9. Taylor Mabe, Nanoscience
  10. Maggie Kelly, English

The event is free and open to the public. 3MT will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room.

By Ishan Davis

Native American Heritage Month panel discussion Nov. 9

During Native American Heritage Month, UNCG will host a panel discussion on American Indian “History, Traditions, Sustainability and Culture.” Special panelists Frank Cooper, Keith Colston and Greg Jacobs will present the discussion. The panel will be Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Native American Students Association, the Student Government Association and the Office of Intercultural Engagement, and is part of the OIE’s cultural heritage programs. 

See more at https://intercultural.uncg.edu/programs/heritage-celebrations/american-indian-heritage.


Free hot dog/drink at Women’s Basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

This Friday (Nov. 10), the UNCG women’s basketball team will host a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. The Spartans take on Southern Wesleyan at 7 p.m. in Fleming Gym.

Like always, admission is free for Faculty and Staff members with UNCG ID. As an added bonus, Faculty and Staff members will receive a concession voucher for a free hot dog and drink from the concession stand. Guests of Faculty and Staff members can purchase a ticket for $5, which includes the same voucher.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at UNCG

The North Carolina Theatre for Young People will be performing its rendition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Nov. 10-18. Based on the children’s play written by Richard R. George and the popular novel by Roald Dahl, it tells the story of a boy named Charlie, one of five children, who win a chance to tour Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate-making factory.

Directed by Todd Siff, the play will take place in the Taylor Theatre. There will be a “Pay What You Can” performance on Friday, Nov. 10, where patrons are invited to arrive between 6:30-7:30 p.m. and “name their price” for a ticket that evening.

The showtimes are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. AND 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 12 noon (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, Nov. 16, 12 noon

Friday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)

Friday, Nov. 17, 12 noon (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. AND 7:30 p.m.

Visit theatre.uncg.edu for prices. For more information, call 336-334-4392 or Triad Stage at 336-272-0160.

McNair Scholars Induction Ceremony Monday

The first Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholars Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 13, in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room, beginning at 5 p.m.

There are 26 students in this inaugural class.

The speakers at the ceremony will be Provost Dana Dunn, Dean Omar Ali, Dean John Kiss, Dr. Kara Baldwin and Dr. Joseph Green.

Questions? Email knhunte2@uncg.edu.



Screening “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” Nov. 16

The documentary “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” will be screened at UNCG as part of the 12th Annual Sustainability Film & Discussion Series on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Education Building, Room 114. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“Union Time” was produced and directed by Matthew Barr, professor in UNCG’s Media Studies Department. He will lead a discussion after the screening.

The film tells the story of one of the biggest union victories of the 21st century—the fight to organize Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina.

From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose Justice@Smithfield campaign brought national attention to the struggle. Also involved in the campaign were the North Carolina NAACP, led by Reverend William T. Barber, and the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, with leadership from Reverend Nelson Johnson. The victory led to the formation of UFCW Local 1208 and fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

“Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” has been shown in many venues, including the National Black Theatre Festival’s Film Fest, at Wake Forest University, Bennett College and the School of Industrial and Worker Relations at Cornell University, along with a number of universities. This week it is being screened at the UCLA Labor Center, Los Angeles, and at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, Berkeley, California.  

Barr, who produced and directed the documentary, filmed from 2007 to 2015. His film work focuses on the impact of globalization and social change on working people and working communities.

Questions about the film series? Email sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

CACE Conference submissions due Dec. 6

On Feb. 20-21, 2018, the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program will host its annual Conference on African American & African Diasporic Cultures & Experience (CACE).

In celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary, the theme for this year’s conference is “Shared Place and Fate: Coming Together to Transform Tomorrow.” The conference theme will focus on negotiating and challenging divisive discourse and coming together to solve the issues impacting people of African descent and other communities.

Conference organizers welcome paper abstracts, panel proposals, poster presentations and performance proposals that respond to the conference theme and its relationship with Black Communities. Collaborative presentations between students and faculty/mentors and individual abstracts are encouraged. Presentations from faculty and friends of the community are welcome. They are also open to students and groups who would like to provide a spoken word presentation for the Literary Cafe. The deadline to submit an abstract is Dec. 6, 2017.

Those wishing to submit their work for this year’s conference can send a 150-word abstract and a 50-word bio, including name, major/discipline and university affiliation to aads@uncg.edu as a Word document or a PDF file.

Cherry Callahan retirement reception Nov. 29

Join Student Affairs on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as we celebrate and honor the 38-year legacy of our very own Dr. Cherry Callahan.

The ceremony in the Cone Ballroom will begin at 4 p.m. with remarks starting at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit sa.uncg.edu/cherry or call the Division of Student Affairs at (336) 334-5099.

Cross-cultural group dialogue

Spartans in Dialogue is a program hosted by UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement, focused on cross-cultural group dialogue.

Over five weeks this fall, students of diverse identities have come together to communicate about racial identity, race relations, intersectionality and other social justice issues. The program offers opportunities to openly and effectively communicate across difference, experience new perspectives and engage in meaningful conversations about challenging subjects.

Spartans in Dialogue was launched in Spring 2017. This season, around 60 students completed the program, breaking the record established by the first semester. The program will run again Spring 2018, and will start recruiting early next semester. For more information, visit the Spartans in Dialogue website here, or email Carla Fullwood at carla.fullwood@uncg.edu.

Looking Ahead: November 8, 2017

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Poetry reading: Stuart Dischell with music by Laurent Estoppey
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Scuppernong Books

Guest artists: “Lineage” with Gaurang Doshi, Pallavi Mehta live in concert
Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Greensboro College
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Gallery talk: Kukuli Velarde
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

HR workshop on secondary trauma, how to handle impact

UNCG Human Resources offers a workshop on secondary trauma and how to handle the impact on faculty and staff. This workshop will take place on November 8, at 2 pm in Bryan 113. For more information, please visit https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44012470.

Vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress or compassion fatigue, trauma exposure response, and burnout are “all forms of stress that may affect those working in ‘helping’ professions, because their work involves direct exposure to other’s trauma.” (Phoenix, 2014) Often, vicarious trauma refers to a changing in someone’s worldview and secondary traumatic stress refers to the emotional duress an individual experiences as the result of working with someone who has experienced violence. These changes can result in a shift in ideals and have a negative effect on work with students, supervisors, or even the institution at large. In order for campus staff to continue to provide trauma informed, timely, and appropriate care for students, employees must have the opportunity to find support and practice their own self-care.

This interactive presentation will highlight the importance of recognizing and responding to personal experiences with vicarious trauma as well as implementing approaches for prevention. The facilitators will identify obstacles to a healthy self-care plan as well as resources for staff to use including methods of self-care and ideas for vicarious trauma prevention.

Instructors: Kathryn Vance, Title IX Investigator, Chancellor’s Office, and Lauren Rivenbark, Counselor for the Campus Violence Resource Center.