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Archives for March 2018

McIver’s last days

It’s finally time to say goodbye to McIver Building.

“Soft demolition” – the removal of all materials inside and outside of the building (flooring, drywall, windows, fixtures, etc.) – will be complete by the end of this week.

The work of the excavator and concrete jaw crusher (used like a giant nutcracker) begins Wednesday, April 4, and is scheduled to finish up around May 9.

Some may anticipate that it will sound loud, but the Rodgers/DPR Construction management team said most of the time noise level will not reach much higher than the sounds made by a garbage truck.

“Most of the noise will be the backup alarms (of the demolition machines),” said Bill Chatfield, UNCG’s design project manager for the new Nursing and Instructional Building.

Dust resulting from the demolition will be controlled with water hoses.

Visit thebigbuild.uncg.edu for the latest construction updates and alerts.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Martin W. Kane 

Join fellow Spartans on Employee Field Day April 13

Join the fun Friday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Foust Park for HealthyUNCG’s 4th Annual UNCG Employee Field Day.

UNCG Employee Field Day is an annual day of play for all UNCG employees. It is designed to relieve stress and boost morale.

The event is made up of individual and team games. This year features UNCG’s own DJ MC, food trucks, free snacks and ice cream, and free UNCG swag.

Games include hula hooping, musical “chairs” (stability balls), egg/spoon race, “Junk in the Trunk,” “Cookie Face,” ladder toss, a fitness competition and cornhole.

It’s a day for health and wellness – and a good time with your fellow Spartan employees.

The first 100 employees to register as a spectator or a competitor get a free UNCG Employee Field Day T-shirt.

Details about the event can be found on the EVENT WEBSITE.

‘Angels in America,’ playwright Tony Kushner and scholar Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher, professor of theater and a UNCG alumnus, has an expansive view of American theater. This past fall, he published a second, much-expanded edition of a book he co-authored with Felicia Hardison Londré called “The Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism” (Rowman & Littlefield).

He is also one of the foremost experts on the works of Tony Kushner.

Kushner’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning “Angels in America,” in its 25th anniversary year, is being revived on Broadway. It opens this week, and is getting lots of media attention. Campus Weekly asked Fisher about the play, at this milestone moment:

Tell us a bit about this production. This new Broadway production, as you probably know, is based on an English revival of the plays last year. That production, starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield (who are both in the Broadway production), was broadcast live in movie theaters here, and I saw it last summer.

What is significance of the 25th anniversary of “Angels in America,” in your judgement? This new production is a reminder that “Angels in America” is a major American play, belonging in the same league as Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and August Wilson’s “Fences.” In short, it is a quintessential American play, dealing with the nation’s history since World War II and, more importantly, moral, religious, political and sexual issues that have dominated the national conversation since the early 1980s. Aesthetically speaking, the plays are a unique merging of the epic theater style of Bertolt Brecht, mixed with the lyric realism of Tennessee Williams and the blunt force political realism of Arthur Miller.  

This production is actually its second major Broadway revival since its original premiere in 1992. The play was revived in New York by the Signature Theatre Company in 2014, as part of a season devoted exclusively to Kushner’s work.

When it first was produced, what was your reaction? Frankly, I was bowled over by the play when I read it sometime in late 1992/early 1993, when it was newly in print. As a theater director, I was immediately attracted to the idea of directing it, but its size, scope and emotional demands seemed too great. But upon reflection, I decided to move to do a production as soon as it was possible. I arranged for a visit to campus at Wabash College, where I was teaching then, in 1995, and we developed a friendship that has continued since then. The following year, in 1996, I directed the play at Wabash, where it met with some controversy over its themes, but also attracted considerable positive attention and led me to write a book about not only “Angels,” but all of Kushner’s work up to that time, which was published in 2001.

Any updates in recent years, of your work about or with Tony Kushner? I directed “Angels” again here in 2009 and Kushner and I did the first of our on-stage Q&As here (at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre in 2010) around that time (see p. 4 of this Campus Weekly pdf). We’ve since done it several times, including, most recently, at the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore a year or so ago. Since my first encounter with Kushner, I have been frequently asked to either talk about or write about him, and I have had the opportunity of directing his free adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century play, “The Illusion, in 2004, and, most recently, a production here of his musical drama, “Caroline, or Change,” in Taylor Theatre in late 2016. The exciting news for me is that the publisher of my 2001 Kushner book (Routledge) has asked me to do an expanded/updated second edition, which I am about to begin working on, hopefully for publication in 2021, the 20th anniversary of the original book.

Anything else you’d like to add? Only that my work on Kushner’s plays, both as a director and a writer, has been a remarkable and challenging privilege, and I’m happy that after more than 25 years, I am still engaged with his work. And that I have had the opportunity to know him has also been a privilege ‒ he’s an extraordinary artist.

By Mike Harris

Photo of Fisher and Kushner (l-r) taken in Baltimore at the Comparative Drama Conference, when they did an on-stage Q&A as the keynote event of the conference.

Join UNCG teams for Heart and Stroke Walk; see contest details

Want to know how to join a UNCG team for the Heart Walk on campus?

The annual Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk will take place Saturday, May 19. The non-competitive walk, led by the American Heart Association, has set a goal of $500,000 this year to help fund heart disease and stroke prevention and research.

Faculty, staff and students now can join and form teams for the event. On the UNCG Heartwalk site (click here), participants can register under one of the UNCG schools, or create their own team as a captain with friends.

The Triad American Heart Association has announced a contest especially for UNCG employees, to encourage coach/team sign up. The randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Target gift card and a 2-hour Ropes Course Adventure at Kersey Valley.

There are three ways to win:

1). Register as a UNCG Coach

2). Receive an additional entry by personalizing your website

3). Receive an additional entry for every walker you recruit to your team

The promotion will run until April 10, and is only available to UNCG employees.

The Heart and Stroke Walk, with Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam as this year’s honorary chair, will also feature many activities in Kaplan Commons before the event, including a KidZone and a Pooch Parade. For the event schedule, walk route and FAQ, visit here.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. in Kaplan Commons. There will be free parking at the Walker Parking Deck.

Registration is free.

Full information is available by clicking here.

By Ishan Davis

Broken Politics: Saving Democracy in a Polarized Economy

Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will give a lecture titled “Broken Politics: Saving Democracy in a Polarized Economy.”

The talk will take place Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in UNCG’s EUC Auditorium.

Ornstein is a longtime observer and analyst of American politics and the U.S. Congress, and has been involved with the reform of political campaign finances and senate committees for decades. He is a contributing editor and columnist for the National Journal and The Atlantic. Additionally, he is a cohost of AEI’s Election Watch series, a BBC News election analyst, and the chair of the Campaign Legal Center.

The talk is presented by the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad and the UNC Greensboro Political Science Department.

Both the program and parking are free, but space is limited. RSVP at lwvpt.org. For questions, contact Questions@lwvpt.org.

112 students from state at UNCG Undergraduate Honors Symposium

Undergraduates from throughout the state filled the main floor of the EUC the Friday before Spring Break.

UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) hosted the 18th Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium in UNCG’s Elliott University Center. Sessions ran all day and an awards ceremony in the Maple Room concluded the day.

About 112 papers were presented, with 68 from UNCG students and 44 from honors students from 10 institutions across North Carolina.

Aside from UNCG, institutions represented were: Appalachian State University; Catawba College; Durham Technical Community College; Elon University; Greensboro College; Guilford College; Guilford Technical Community College; Meredith College; North Carolina State University; and UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Angela Bolte, LIHC assistant dean and symposium organizer, noted the symposium is a great opportunity for honors students from across the state to meet and interact with each other. It gives the undergraduates an opportunity to present in a professional style conference, and hearing others papers may spark interest in other academic areas.

Dr. Omar Ali, dean of the honors college, added “What is particularly special about the Honors Symposium is watching all the student presenters ‘perform’ being presenters ‒ a vital skill irrespective of one’s field of study. By presenting, and seeing others do so, one can get better at this activity. It serves all students in their overall development.”

The Honors Symposium Prizes were awarded for outstanding papers. The recipients were:

UNCG Humanities and Fine Arts

First Prize: Brenda Ramirez, “Catalonia’s Fight for Independence: The Effects of an Illegal Referendum”

Second Prize: Carol Ann Tucciarone, “The Effectiveness of Developmental Leadership Programs on College Campuses”

Third Prize: Jordan Richmond, “Sociocultural Underpinnings and Political Barriers to the 2016-2018 Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing”

Honorable Mentions

Ivana Bogdan, “Women and Gender Politics in Venetian Renaissance Art”

Anitra Harris, “Why Standardized Tests Should Be Eliminated”

Heather Rush, “Suicide in Japan”

UNCG Sciences and Professional Fields

First Prize: Whitney Mantooth, “Nothing Without Us: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Performing Arts”

Second Prize: Manead Khin, “Identification of Antimicrobial Constituents in Macleaya cordata”

Third Prize: Izna Ahmed, “Microbial Bioluminescence”

Honorable Mentions

Tiffany Branford, “A Qualitative Study of the Social Interactions in GVT (Global Virtual Teams)”

Jamie Jill Maness, “Experiential Learning Through a Summer Research Assistantship”

Natalie Suchy, “The Effect of Performance and Imagination on Children’s Memory for Related Actions”

Visitor Awards

First Prize: Catherine Koontz, Meredith College, “Pick Your Politics: Exploring Student Perspectives on Personal Political Influences During Their Undergraduate Studies”

Second Prize: Alla Alaghbri, Greensboro College, “The Definition of Reason in the Asha’ri School of Islamic Theology: Implications and Applications”

Third Prize: Natalie Johnson, UNC Chapel Hill, “The Writing on the Walls: Street Art as a Site of Participation in Discourse and a Platform for Voice in the Moroccan Public Sphere”

Honorable Mentions

Austin Collins, Catawba College, “The Heart of the Loire: The French Monarchy’s Portrayal of Absolutism in their Royal Chateaux”

Jonathan Rife, Catawba College, “Sympathy for the Devil… and Frankenstein’s Monster: The Power of Revolutionary Characters in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein”

Marisa Sclafani, UNC Chapel Hill, “The Integration of Migrants in Italy”

Zhane Strachan, Durham Technical Community College, “Michelangelo’s Relationship with Medicine and His Art”

Compiled by Mike Harris
Photograph of a presenter by Martin W. Kane

Call for proposals: University Libraries and the Provost Office seeks faculty to author open textbooks

An announcement for faculty:

Open access textbooks present the opportunity to revolutionize how knowledge is disseminated. By making teaching materials freely available online, readers worldwide can engage with them, regardless of their ability to pay.

We invite UNCG faculty members to submit textbook proposals for any discipline taught at UNCG at the undergraduate or postgraduate level (a UNCG faculty member must be the sole or lead author). We seek proposals for texts that are comprehensive works geared toward a specific field of study. Preference will be given to proposals with applicability towards multiple, high-enrollment courses taught by faculty in a single department.

Faculty are invited to apply through a competitive grant process that will award $5,000 to two faculty who submit successful proposals outlining efforts to create an open textbook. The funds will be given in two payments $2,500 at the beginning of the project and $2,500 when completed. The winners will be given three years to finalize their textbook. The chosen faculty will be provided help with design, editorial and production services through the University Libraries’ participation in the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative.

For more information please contact Beth Bernhardt (beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu).


Please visit https://tinyurl.com/textbookpropsal2018 and submit a description of your project and includes the following information:

  1. Your name, job title, department; please include complete contact information. Include brief bios for coauthors if applicable.
  2. A statement of support from your Department Chair, Assistant/Associate Dean or Dean.
  3. Describe your intended audience, and any courses that would be likely to use the book at UNCG or other schools.
  4. Provide manuscript specifics, such as a table of contents, chapter-by-chapter description, and the manuscript’s estimated length.
  5. How often do you anticipate revisions/updates will be required?
  6. Briefly discuss how you will address peer-review for your manuscript and please suggest 2–3 possible peer-reviewers (2 reviewers must not be affiliated with UNCG), including contact information, affiliation, etc.

Applications must be submitted by April 27, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by May 11, 2018.

Textbook will be available July 2021.

Study Abroad Student and Alumni Social April 5

The UNCG Alumni Engagement Office and the UNCG International Programs Center (IPC) on April 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. at HQ Greensboro (111 W. Lewis Street) present an opportunity for alumni and students to share study abroad stories and meet new people. Faculty and staff who have participated in study abroad or have interest are invited to take part as well.

There will be giveaways and information on alumni and IPC programming. 

“We bring alumni and students together to reflect on their time abroad, and discuss what our office and the IPC are planning for the group this year,” says an announcement from the Alumni Engagement Office. The event is a chance to support international and study abroad student programming. They are also partnering with the Global Opportunities Center to give information about local global opportunities in the area for students and alumni.

Alumni, faculty, staff and students may register here if they plan to attend.

Share your favorite photo of your studying abroad, on social media, using the hashtag #UNCGStudyAbroad for our contest. The best picture will be rewarded with a Spartan Prize pack at the end of the night. You can also submit photos by emailing Dorian Thompson at dthompson@uncg.edu.

Questions? Contact Dorian Thompson, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement atdthompson@uncg.edu or Tom Martinek, Jr., Associate Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs at tjmarti2@uncg.edu.

Admission is free. Parking is available for $2 at 123 W Lewis Street.

See photos from last year’s inaugural event.

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo will be held April 3

Undergraduate research shines next week, as more than 100 students show off their work.

UNCG’s 2018 Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo will be held Tuesday, April 3, in the Elliott University Center.

All are welcome to attend and learn from the students about their research and creative activity.

The expo is the campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. All students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry are may participate.

Students are eligible to compete for program recognition, which includes monetary awards.

Full information, include a schedule of poster presentations, performances oral presentations and exhibitions is at https://utlc.uncg.edu/ursco/expo.

Creating and Performing Stories in the Humanities and Sciences

The National Humanities Center (NHC), in partnership with UNCG Lloyd International Honors College and the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative at UNC Greensboro, invites you to join this conversation on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the NHC in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Designed to inspire cross-disciplinary discussions, panelists will share examples of how storytelling impacts their work as both humanists and scientists.

The humanities and sciences are often viewed as distinct and separate areas of inquiry. Yet whether we study history, chemistry, philosophy, or physics, our overarching methodology is similar in that it involves gathering data and constructing narratives, i.e., telling stories. A way of framing our overlap is by seeing the humanities and sciences as (1) guided by evidence, (2) subject to interpretation, and (3) open to revision. This one-day symposium is an opportunity for humanists and scientists to come together to explore our commonalities and learn from each other.

Moderators include Dr. Nadja Cech and Dr. Omar Ali.

TO REGISTER: bit.ly/nhc-stories

NY Times columnist and pianist speaks at UNCG April 3

The College of Visual and Performing Arts presents an evening with artist and writer Michael Kimmelman on Tuesday, April 3, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

The lecture will be at 6 p.m., followed by a reception.

“How Culture Explains (Almost) Everything” is the topic of the talk.

Michael Kimmelman is an American author, critic, columnist and active performing pianist. He is the architecture critic for The New York Times and has written about public housing, public space, climate change, community development, infrastructure, urban design, landscape design and social responsibility.  

His New York Times best-selling book, “The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa,” explores art as life’s great passion, with the message that everyone has art in their lives, even if they haven’t learned how to recognize it.

Kimmelman’s lecture is made possible by gifts from Georgetown University professor Anna Harwell Celenza ’89 (dual majors in music and art) and by the Elizabeth Little Endowment for Lectures in Creativity.  

It is free and open to the public.  

Photo courtesy of Michael Kimmelman

Alumnus shares his experience: ‘Becoming a stylist to the stars’

UNCG CARS Centennial Alumni Industry Speaker Series continues Monday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in Room 120 of the School of Education building. 

The talk is “Becoming a Stylist to the Stars” (and the Unglamorous Path I Took to Get There).”

When UNCG alumnus Derek Roche graduated from CARS at UNCG, he had his sights set on joining the fashion world in New York City. Although he had to make ends meet by taking some decidedly unglamorous jobs along the way (such as working as a bathroom attendant), Roche’s hard work and persistence eventually brought him to Los Angeles and his current role as personal stylist to Sean “Diddy” Combs.

A star of Lifetime’s “Million Dollar Shoppers,” Roche has also styled the likes of Ne-Yo, Cassie and Nicki Minaj.

Join CARS as Roche describes his journey from bathrooms to ballrooms, and everything in between.

Reception to follow. 

Photo courtesy of Derek Roche

Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff

Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff (History) received new funding from the City of Chicago Newberry Library for the project “John of the Cross (1542-1591): The History, Mystery and Memory of a Spanish Saint.”  

John of the Cross (1542-1591) is one of the most famous and revered figures in the history of Christian spirituality. For generations he has been esteemed as a mystic, spiritual guide and one of the finest poets in the Spanish language. Yet relatively little is known about him as a person, and few historians have examined his life or cult as a Catholic saint.

Dr. Bilinkoff proposes a new approach to the life, afterlife and reception of John of the Cross. The goal is not to write a conventional biography, but rather, undertake a critical study of the manifold, at times, conflicting meanings that John has held for individuals and communities, both during and after his lifetime. The case of John of the Cross offers a remarkable opportunity to investigate popular religious beliefs and practices, interpersonal relationships, identity formation, urban and ecclesiastical politics, and the meanings of memory, from the Age of Reformations to our own times.

Dr. Bilinkoff hopes the study will interest scholars of history, literature and religion in early modern Spain and Catholic Europe, as well anyone who has ever experienced the beauty and mystery of John’s poetry.

Dr. Paul Silvia, Dr. Peter Delaney and Dr. Stuart Marcovitch

Dr. Paul Silvia, Dr. Peter Delaney and Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (Psychology) received an honor for their book, published in November, “What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing, Second Edition: A Guide to Research Experience, Professional Skills, and Your Options After College.” The book was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association (ALA).

The award denotes that the book is within the top ten percent of the 6,000 books reviewed in 2017 by ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries’ “Choice Reviews.” Outstanding Academic Titles must demonstrate: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment and value to undergraduate students,
importance in building undergraduate library collections.

The book is a complementary text to the required UNCG course “Careers in Psychology,” and helps students learn ways of developing professional skills that make them competitive in job searches and graduate school applications. The authors emphasize involvement in research and building skills in writing, public speaking and statistical reasoning.

Dr. Peter Villella

Dr. Peter Villella (History) received new funding from the National Humanities Center for the project “Of Ruin and Rebirth: The Construction of Aztec History, 1531-1625.”  

This project charts the genesis and evolution of the idea of a shared “Aztec past” among indigenous intellectuals in early colonial Mexico. New diseases devastated the Nahua (Aztec) population in the 16th century, severing the survivors culturally and spiritually from their ancestral heritage. However, a distinct antiquarianism arose among some Nahua leaders who sought to recover and study old artifacts to regain an understanding of their pre-Columbian legacy. Their sources were fragmented and contradictory, yet by reinterpreting and reassembling them to make them cohere, the Nahua historians “constructed” the Aztec epic, a proud new way of understanding Mexican antiquity.

Dr. Jianjun Wei

Dr. Jianjun Wei (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “3i Nano – A Point-of-Care Biosensor for Disease Diagnostics and Analysis.”

For many years, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been diagnosed and tested in central laboratories, which may take several hours to days. This is one of major factors resulting in low survival rates and high treatment cost. Early detection is the key, not only for CVD patient survival, but also saving cost.

This is particularly true for the rupture of atherosclerotic plaque, such as endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, oxidative stress, proteolysis, and thrombosis. Biomarkers of CVD have been found to be very important tools for early diagnosis, because they serve as hallmarks for the physiological status of a cell at a given time and change during the disease process.

This proposal describes an investigation to determine the readiness to transition a point-of-care (POC) biosensor technology developed by a current NSF fund to a commercially viable product. The POC technology aims to achieve rapid detection of protein biomarkers of CVD at an early stage or acute attack. This project will map out a strategy for taking such technology to the next technical readiness level (TRL) by incorporating the recent advances into currently available portable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

The results of this project will provide first-hand evidence and data in both technology and market, that we can use to transform the current technology into a device, which will be lucrative in the medical industry.

See/hear: March 28, 2018

As UNCG’s social media manager, Morgan Glover is in the thick of it all. Her day-to-day is a constant balancing act – sharing university news, monitoring what she calls “social chatter,” responding to questions, training other social media administrators on campus and gathering content. This week, she led UNCG’s inaugural “Social Media Day.”

See/hear: March 21, 2018

Relive highlights from UNCG Men’s Basketball’s win over ETSU to take the SoCon Tournament title. And enjoy the post-game celebration. It was a season to remember.


Hear director of Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History & Culture

The 2018 UNCG Harriet Elliott Lecture Series is kicking into action this month, with the topic “The Power of History: Memory and Representation.”

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the UNCG School of Music Recital Hall.

Bunch will discuss “The Challenge of Building a National Museum.” A reception will follow the keynote address. Free parking will be available at the McIver Parking Deck.

The following day, the 28th, will be the lecture “History Matters: Searching for LGBT History” at 3:30 p.m. in EUC Alexander. The talk will be given by Dr. John D’Emilio, Professor Emeritus of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mandy Carter, co-founder of Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition, will respond.

Both events are free and open to the public. More information can be found at the College of Arts and Science website or by emailing jwjones@uncg.edu.

Photography by Alan Karchmer

Support University Libraries at Friends of the Libraries Dinner

University Libraries will host its 60th Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., with keynote speaker author and UNC Greensboro alumna Marianne Gingher.

The evening’s festivities—which will take place at the Greensboro Country Club—include:

  • Dinner
  • The new Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Literary Award presented to Scuppernong Books
  • Hear about the planning for a future UNCG Library addition
  • Honoring Cal Shepard, the State Librarian of North Carolina, on her retirement.

Proceeds from the event help support University Libraries’ most pressing needs, including its collections, resources and services.

Tickets for the Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Dinner are available in three categories including dinner & reception: $100 ticket per person ($50 tax deductible), $125 ticket per person (name recognition in program) in honor of UNC Greensboro’s 125th Anniversary ($75 tax-deductible) or $850 Table Sponsorship (name recognition in program) for eight tickets ($450 tax-deductible).

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160 or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8552133.

Post updated May 23


Fun in the great outdoors as UNCG’s Piney Lake reopens

Since 2010, Piney Lake has served as only a destination for retreats and trainings and the home of Team QUEST.

But this past weekend, it opened again for weekend recreation for students, Kaplan Center members and up to four of their guests, with weekend passes available to the public. More than 450 UNCG students, faculty, staff and their guests came to the opening celebration and enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, paddleboating, hiking, disc golf and relaxing by the waterside.

“It’s a unique space where you can get outside, have the chance to relax in a hammock, play games and connect with nature,” says Associate Director of Recreation & Wellness Mike Ackerman, who manages the property, including building the hiking trails.

“It’s a sanctuary,” adds grounds supervisor Clifton McDaniel, who attended a Piney Lake summer camp from 1964 to 1968.

The lake offers swimming, boating activities and catch-and-release fishing. Visitors to the 40+ acre property can also enjoy an 18-hole disc golf course, walking trails, volleyball and more. Picnic areas with charcoal grills and grilling tools are available. Children and leashed pets are welcomed to Piney Lake.

The lodge and waterfront are available for retreats, trainings or meetings at low rates to UNCG employees and affiliates. Team QUEST, the experiential education program housed at Piney Lake, continues to offer custom team-developing programs to groups and organizations.

The property was acquired in 1956 as a recreation center where students could pass warm afternoons and, in the summer, work as counselors and teachers. In 1979, it was one of only six sites in the nation designated a National Environmental Study Area (NESA) by the U.S. Park Service.

Ackerman looks forward to seeing how Piney Lake benefits today’s UNCG students and community by offering greater opportunity to interact with nature.

“Most often, what we do in Recreation and Wellness is mainly about physical health, but Piney Lake opens the environmental wellness piece to our students and the UNCG community – it gets people connected and outside,” he says.

Students, Kaplan Center members and up to four guests may enjoy Piney Lake free of charge on any Saturday and Sunday, and Recreation & Wellness will operate a shuttle every hour.  

Non-members may purchase weekend passes; learn more here.

Piney Lake is located at 4016 Blumenthal Rd and is open for recreation Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through the last weekend of October. For more details about Piney Lake or reservations, visit: recwell.uncg.edu/piney.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Paul Papazis, UNCG Recreation & Wellness

Free all-day science event at JSNN

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is holding its annual Gateway to Science event. Gateway to Science is a free event, open to all, with the goal of educating people of all ages on STEM.

The theme of the event this year is “Food & Science,” and it will include a tour of JSNN’s facilities and labs, two informational videos and over 20 science experiments. It’ll be fun for all ages.

Gateway to Science will be held Thursday, April 12, at JSNN, 2907 E. Gate City Blvd. The event will last from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Elie Azzie at e_azzi@uncg.edu or 336-285-2802.

Attend Friday’s keynote at Undergraduate Research Development Summit

Later this week, UNC Greensboro will host the Second UNC System-Wide Undergraduate Research Development Summit. All UNCG faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to attend the keynote talk.

The keynote, “Building Undergraduate Research Support: Practical Strategies to Align Policies, Time, and Money,” will be presented by Dr. Elizabeth Ambos, Executive Officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research March 23, at 12:30 pm in Bryan Building Room 122.

UNCG is a leader in undergraduate research. It hosted the last year’s inaugural summit as well.

Questions? Visit https://utlc.uncg.edu/ursco/urd-summit or email Dr. Lee Phillips at plphilli@uncg.edu.

For UNCG Faculty and Staff members who identify as LGBTQ+

UNCG Faculty and Staff members who identify as LGBTQ+ and would like to form an interest/social/affinity group are invited to email Brad Johnson (Brad.Johnson@uncg.edu) to provide your contact information.  

The establishment of this group is part of the work of Safe & Supportive Subcommittee of LEARN (LGBTQ+ Education And Research Network) here at UNCG.  It is LEARN’s goal that this group will grow to be a support and growth mechanism supporting faculty and staff who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community here at UNCG.


In April at WAM – Contemporary Art: Then + Now

The Weatherspoon Art Museum presents a new series.

How did the 1960s pave the way for the art of today? Where is art headed and what ideas, technologies, and political and societal concerns are artists embracing?

Experience the unique ways four North Carolina art historians, curators, and professors explore the changing territory of contemporary art in this new lecture series.

Introduction by Weatherspoon Art Museum Director Nancy Doll and including guest lectures by: Jay Curley, Wake Forest University (April 5); Endia Beal, Winston-Salem State University (April 12); Joel Tauber, Wake Forest University (April 19); and Cary Levine, UNC Chapel Hill (April 26).

Registration for the lecture series Contemporary Art: Then + Now (April 5, 12, 19, 26) is available through the Triad Stage Box Office here. The series will be at the Weatherspoon Thursdays: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 7-8:30 pm.

$50 WAM Members; $65 Nonmembers
In person: Triad Stage, 232 South Elm Street, Greensboro, 27401.
Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon-6pm; Saturday, 2-6pm
By phone: 336-272-0160
All sales are final. No refunds. Registration for individual lectures is not available.

April 5: Jay Curley, AbEx to Post-Minimalism: The Rise of Postmodernism

Jay Curley, Associate Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, Wake Forest University, sets the stage for this four-part series by focusing on the shift from the major movement of mid-century Abstract Expressionism to the Post-Minimalism of the 1970s. Dr. Curley teaches courses in twentieth and twenty-first century American and European art, as well as the history of photography. His research explores the ways that postwar art in both the United States and Europe intervenes into larger realms of visuality, the mass media, and politics, especially during the period of the Cold War. His new book, Art and the Global Cold War: A History will be published early next year.

April 12: Endia Beal, Looking Back to Look Forward

As director of Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University since 2014, Endia Beal is responsible for organizing exhibitions dedicated to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora with special attention to African-American and regional art. Beal received her MFA degree in Photography from Yale School of Art and a BA in Art History and Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. In 2008, she received an ArtTable Fellowship, a national program designed to promote women in the visual arts. As a photographer, one of her first bodies of work as a graduate student explored the relationship of minority women within the corporate space. She regularly uses narratives and video testimonies to question conformity and gender norms within marginalized communities and individuals. Beal will explore the ways in which contemporary artists of color are intimately involved in the process of looking back, of remixing ideas and images, and of posing important questions about how history informs the present.

April 19: Joel Tauber, Conceptual Art, Performance, and Video

Joel Tauber is Associate Professor, Filmmaking and Video Art, Wake Forest University. As an artist and filmmaker, Joel raises discourse about ethics, the environment, and mysticism in poetic ways. He will discuss the conceptual artists, Bas Jan Ader, Mierle Ukeles, and Felix Gonzalez Torres, who influenced his own work and who resonate with other contemporary artists working within the realm of performance, film/video, social practice, and cultural activism. Tauber’s work has been presented in numerous film festivals, art galleries, and museums; including the Atlanta Film Festival (USA), the Adamski Gallery (Germany), and the De Appel Centre For Contemporary Art (Netherlands). His 33-minute film, art installation, and public art project, Sick-Amour, which celebrates a forlorn tree stuck in the middle of a giant parking lot, was shortlisted for a 2011 International Green Award (England). Tauber’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio (USA), Deutsche Welle / Deutschlandfunk Radio (Germany), and Swedish Television (Sweden).

April 26: Cary Levine, Neither Good nor Bad nor Neutral: Art and the Politics of Technology

Cary Levine is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and specializes in contemporary art. His 2013 book, Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, examines the work of three important Southern California artists. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Levine has written for magazines such as Art in America and BOMB, has published numerous exhibition essays, and worked in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Levine concludes this lecture series by discussing his current and timely research on the intersections of art, politics and technology.

Three workshops on grants, human subjects

A workshop on Locating Grant Funding Opportunities will be Wednesday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Curry Building 304.

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant-seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus and the Foundation Center.

Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest.

The workshop is presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs and University Libraries. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu by selecting “Office of Sponsored Programs.”


The workshop, “Steps Towards Successful Submissions of Grant Proposals” will take place Monday, April 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in MHRA Building 2711.

Are you new to applying for external funding for your research/scholarly activities? Do you need a refresher session on applying for external funding? Come to an OSP workshop that will provide you with general guidance on preparing a competitive grant proposal based on sponsor guidelines. To register go to https://workshops.uncg.edu/ and click on “Office of Sponsored Programs.”


Human Subjects Research Training will be April 3, 9 – 11 a.m. in MHRA Building 2711.

This two-hour session in human research protection covers all required categories to meet the requirements of our assurance with the Office of Research Protections (OHRP). This session meets the educational requirement for IRB submission and can be used as an alternative to the online CITI training.


Spartan Jazz Collective performs at The Crown

March 30, UNC Greensboro Spartan Jazz Collective will give a concert at The Crown in downtown Greensboro.

The collaborative septet of faculty and students will present a complete performance of Wynton Marsalis’ 1999 masterpiece “The Marciac Suite”: a 13-movement tribute to the city of Marciac, France and the international jazz festival which calls it home. The Spartan Jazz Collective is the first ensemble outside of Marsalis’ own ensembles to perform the currently unpublished work in its entirety.

Faculty members Steve Haines (bass), Brandon Lee (trumpet), and Chad Eby (saxophone) mentor a rotating cast of students in bandleading, arranging, and rehearsal technique, while focusing on specific jazz artists for each semester. Student members for spring 2018 are saxophonist Ariel Kopelove, trombonist Jacob Bruner, pianist Sean Mason, and drummer Sarah Gooch.

Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8 p.m. at the Crown at 310 South Greene St. For more information, call 336-333-2605.

Coffee with Veterans, this Friday

In January, the UNC Greensboro Alumni Association/Office of Alumni Engagement established a military and veterans alumni affinity group.

Coffee with Veterans is part of a larger effort engage a unique population of alumni that have served their country, earned a world-class education at UNCG, and are now leaders in their civilian professions. This program is a first for Alumni Engagement and the University as a whole.

They recently hosted the second coffee event and two alumni, Ben Hunter, III ’11 and Dan Fischer ’08, shared their advice on successfully marketing their military service.

Far too often, veterans lack clear guidance on how to highlight the applicable experiences and skills so civilian hiring managers understand the skills and experiences that our veteran alumni bring to the workforce.

By having alumni engage with students, organizers seek to prepare students before they graduate so they are more successful once they become UNCG alumni. Students asked thoughtful questions about how develop their professional brand.

The next coffee is this Friday (March 23), 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Parrish Library of the Alumni House. All alumni, students, faculty and staff that have, or are currently serving in the armed forces, are welcome to join.

Hop into history: LGBTQ

Thursday, March 22, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m, archivists from UNC Greensboro and Guilford College will be at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company with an exhibit featuring the LGBTQ history of each institution.

Learn about how LGBTQ students, faculty and staff fought for their place on these campuses, forming LGBTQ organizations and improving the landscape of sex and gender rights.

Apply to be an FYE Instructor

The New Student Transitions and First Year Experience Office is seeking engaging, passionate and supportive individuals to serve as FYE Instructors.

While you may be familiar with FFL (Foundations for Learning), this course has been retired. FYE 101: Succeed at the G is our new first-year transition seminar course, which has been redesigned to equip students with the necessary tools and resources to be successful in college. As a result of the switch from FFL to FYE 101: Succeed at the G, the curriculum has undergone changes to better address the needs of our first-year and transfer students, and as an FYE Instructor, you have the opportunity to make a difference in their first semester.

Information about FYE 101: Succeed at the G

FYE 101: Succeed at the G is a two-credit, 15-week transition seminar for first-year and transfer students in their first semester at UNC Greensboro. This course gives students the opportunity to explore personal development opportunities, gain skills essential to academic success, and connect with their new community. Each FYE 101: Succeed at the G section is lead by an FYE Instructor and a Peer Academic Leader (PAL). Class sizes are capped at 25 students to allow for a discussion-driven environment where every student plays an active role in their learning experience.

If you are interested in learning more about FYE 101: Succeed at the G and the FYE Instructor role for the fall 2018 semester, please check out our website, read about the course, and find more information for instructors here.

If you would like to join our FYE Instructor team for the fall semester, you can apply here. The application deadline is 12:00 p.m. on March 28.

Feel free to reach out to Emily Wiersma, Assistant Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu, with any questions you may have.

UNCG’s Social Media Day March 27

Learn how to be an effective online ambassador for the university during UNCG’s Social Media Day Tuesday, March 27.

Faculty and staff who use social media professionally are invited to participate in a Q&A session with Morgan Glover, social media manager in University Communications. The session will take place 10-11 a.m. in EUC Cone Ballroom.

She will present an update on social media strategy for the university, share current best practices and answer questions from participants. Participants are encouraged to RSVP here.

A separate session will occur for students at 2 p.m.

The campus community also is invited to stop by Cone Ballroom between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a social that includes food, games and prizes. The hashtag for the day is #UNCGsocial.

IRBIS will be off-line Friday

One of UNCG’s SeRA Research applications will be off-line during normal business hours Friday, March 23, due to a system upgrade. The Institutional Review Board Information System (IRBIS) is critical to any and all research projects involving human participants.  

Important announcement for IRBIS users:

Your instances will be upgraded to on March, 23rd.  To perform this upgrade, THE SYSTEM WILL BE TAKEN OFFLINE AND UNAVAILABLE MOST OF THE DAY on Friday, March 23rd. The upgrade will have to take place during business hours due to the nature of the upgrade and the staff required to ensure its success.

Most of this upgrade impacts coding behind the scenes for GA and will not impact the user interface. This upgrade is taking place to better position us for our upgrading and version control in the future using Tortoise SVN – this will be especially important if there are any swift upgrades required when or if the Common Rule is put into effect. When the upgrade is complete, you will receive an email (as you have in the past) detailing what changes have taken place.

Celebrated pianist Dmitry Rachmanov performs on campus tonight (March 21)

Wednesday, March 21, acclaimed pianist Dmitry Rachmanov will play a free concert in the Music Building Recital Hall (100 McIver St.) at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Declared a “suave and gifted pianist” by the New York Times, Rachmanov has performed at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and South Bank Centres and Beijing Concert Hall.

“Dmitry Rachmanov, who was a classmate of mine at Juilliard in the early 1980s, has become one of the premiere interpreters of Russian romantic piano music,” said UNCG Professor of Piano John Salmon.
“With the last name Rachmanov, eerily similar to the name of the iconic Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, it is perhaps completely appropriate that Dmitry Rachmanov will play works by both Rachmaninoff and Scriabin at his UNCG recital March 21st. Dmitry Rachmanov understands the long, deep tradition of Russian pianism, enhanced by his study with Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, and Vitaly Margulis.”

Rachmanov is known for his historical performance practice and has performed regularly on period instruments at the Massachusetts’ Frederick Historic Piano Collection. His album “Beethoven and His Teachers,” recorded in collaboration with the pianist Cullan Bryant on the collection’s period instruments and released by Naxos in 2011, has received critical accolades.

He is professor of piano at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as chair of keyboard studies. A sought-after master class clinician and lecturer, Dr. Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has appeared as a guest artist/teacher at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Michigan, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Beijing Central, Shanghai and Harbin Conservatories as well as East China Normal and Shanghai Normal Universities, among others.

A prizewinner of international competitions, he was awarded a fellowship from the American Pianists Association and received the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship at Manhattan School of Music. In 2008, Rachmanov was named the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar of the Year at California State University, Northridge. In 2015, he became an honoree of the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars for his dedicated service to the International Community at CSU, Northridge, and he was a recipient of the Outstanding CAPMT (California Music Teachers National Association) Member, State Recognition Award.


Apply for Women’s & Gender Studies Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant

Applications for the Women’s and Gender Studies Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant for the 2018-19 year are due by March 30 and can be sent to wgs@uncg.edu.

Faculty with related work are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit this link, and for questions, please contact Dr. Tara Green (ttgreen@uncg.edu).

Men’s Basketball is NCAA-bound, will face Gonzaga

The Spartans are headed to the Big Dance in Boise, Idaho, when they play the No. 4-seed Gonzaga University Bulldogs on Thursday.

For the first time since 2001 and the third time in program history, the UNCG men’s basketball team will play in the NCAA Tournament.

The team earned the Southern Conference’s automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the top-seeded Spartans defeated second-seeded ETSU 62-47 last week in the SoCon championship game on national television.

The victory marked the sixth-straight win and the 11th win in the last 12 games as the Spartans will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 27-7 overall record. The victory was the second SoCon Tournament title in program history (2001). They also won the Big South Tournament title in 1996.

The campus community and fans gathered with the team Sunday night in the EUC to watch the NCAA pairings show.

On Tuesday, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan issued a proclamation declaring  Thursday to be “UNC Greensboro Game Day. Some sites in downtown Greensboro will be lit Spartan blue and gold, for the occasion.

There’ll be a watch party geared to alumni at Natty Greene’s on Elm St., second floor.

There’ll be an on-campus student watch party in the EUC Auditorium. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Faculty and staff are welcome to this student watch party.

(If there are additional watch parties, the information will be posted here.)