UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2018

Dr. Diane Ryndak

photo of Ryndak Dr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for the project “Project LEAPS: Leadership in Extensive and Pervasive Support Needs.” Dr. Christie Cavanaugh and Dr. Kara Holden are co-principal investigators on the project.

The program will focus on competencies for conducting research and preparing teachers to work with students historically labeled as having significant intellectual disabilities, autism, severe, or multiple disabilities, areas in which there has been a chronic critical shortage of qualified teachers nationally and in North Carolina. LEAPS will extend UNCG’s current competencies for research, preservice teacher preparation, and service, and add competencies for evidence-based practices (EBP) to meet the needs of high-needs students with extensive and pervasive support needs (EPSN) in low-performing schools. Scholars will learn competencies in inclusive practices, secondary and post-secondary education and transition, EBP and individualized supports (including assistive technology), advocacy, and academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. The intent is to improve outcomes for these students and their schools.

Dr. Jane He

photo of he Dr. Jane He (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Engaging and Advancing Community-centered Teacher Development (EnACTeD).” Dr. Jeannette Alarcon, Dr. Melody Patterson Zoch and Dr. Jamie Schissel are co-principal investigators on the project.

This project showcases a community-centered teacher development model through which teacher educators, teacher candidates, families and community partners are actively engaged in the communities of practice. Through this model, families’ cultural and linguistic assets are leveraged through their engagement in teacher professional development module development, participation in family literacy and technology activities, and support for teacher candidates’ bilingual language competency development. Inservice teachers are prepared to take on leadership roles in community engagement activities and teacher mentoring through their participation in the PD and add-on licensure program. Preservice teachers are intentionally recruited from elementary majors and paraprofessionals with bilingual backgrounds. They are offered opportunities to practice dual language instructional strategies and seek English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)/dual language licensure.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Hinton Center for the project “Consulting and Technical Assistance to Hinton Rural Life Center.”

The UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies will provide consulting and technical assistance services to help in addressing the need for affordable and safe housing in rural southern Appalachia. Researchers will work with Hinton Rural Life Center staff and community members in Clay, Cherokee, and Towns Counties to develop a strategy to implement the findings and recommendation of the 2017 “Enhancing Quality of Life in Southern Appalachia An Asset Based Community Development Planning Report,” engage in community capacity building, develop strategic short/mid/long-term plans and explore economic models for sustaining the work of the Hinton Center.

Researchers will explore and identify affordable housing models tailored to rural areas, document and propose ways to address substandard housing conditions that lead to negative health outcomes, and develop new strategies to leverage local assets to address these health and housing issues. Their process will identify specific housing and health issues using local,regional and national data sources, identify resources that might be used to address these issues, and create an action plan to address the issues as well as develop evaluation metrics to assess change.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of Shelton Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement / Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Guilford County for the project “Specialty Courts Staff Support.”

As part of the process initiated by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 2010, UNC Greensboro’s CYFCP was selected to provide one qualified FTE Juvenile Court Case Coordinator.  The funding provided to the specialty courts has increased since 2010, and UNCG CYFCP presently provides two qualified FTE juvenile drug treatment court case coordinators, two qualified FTE drug treatment court case coordinators, two qualified FTE mental health court case coordinators and one qualified FTE specialty court manager.

Shelton is the vice chancellor of research and engagement and holds the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professorship here at UNC Greensboro. In that role, she oversees community and economic engagement efforts on campus, along with research administration and compliance, and 8 interdisciplinary research centers. Her experience includes over 70 publications, $20 million in grants and contracts, and over 25 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and psychiatry.

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia Pagliaro Dr. Claudia Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for the project “Salus University subaward for student doctoral fellowship.”

The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) is a doctoral level professional preparation Cooperative Agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is administered by Salus University. The consortium consists of 25 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairment areas: blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and deafblindness.

Fellowships including tuition and stipends are available to US citizens and permanent residents who must first be accepted into a doctoral program. Fellowships provide funding for tuition and a stipend for four years of doctoral study. NLCSD Fellows participate together in a structured added-value enrichment program in addition to their individual universities’ doctoral programs of study in special education. The added-value NLCSD Research Based Conceptual Model supplements the research curriculum provided at the NLCSD parent universities.  During the Fellows’ studies, there is an ongoing, on-line asynchronous, wiki based research forum which provides opportunities for Fellows to critically examine research issues in the field, engage in discussion with faculty and researchers across the country and engage collaboratively in designing, implementing and disseminating research.

Doctoral students in specialized education services with a specialization in deafness have been selected by NLCSD.

Dr. Justin Harmon

photo of harmon Dr. Justin Harmon (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from the City of Greensboro for the project “Greensboro Parks and Recreation Student Assistantship.”

According to the abstract, the assistantship shall be offered following the schedule of the UNC Greensboro’s fall and spring academic calendar of the respective academic year. The UNCG graduate assistant assigned to the city program will accomplish the following during his assignment:

  • Assist in the development of measurement tools to be used in evaluating existing and future recreation programs and facilities used for those programs.
  • Assist in implementing those measurement tools in pre-program and post-program evaluations.
  • Assist in the cataloging, data entry and analysis of those measurement outcomes in order to develop insights into best practices and future needs.
  • Assist in the development of the healthy parks initiative which will include promotions and marketing of Greensboro parks and facilities to community members.
  • Establish partnerships with other health and wellness providers in the city to promote the healthy parks initiative to combat health concerns including obesity, diabetes, depression, etc.

Dr. Pamela Williamson

Dr. Pamela Williamson (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project Teaching, Leading, and Collaborating (TLC): Serving Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities, Including Autism.” Dr. Marcie Rock is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, more than 50,000 students with disabilities need licensed teachers prepared to support their diverse learning needs. The project is designed to address critical special education teacher shortages, as well as recruit, prepare, and retain master teacher leaders to facilitate delivery of research and evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for students with low-incidence disabilities in least restrictive environments (LRE). Outcomes include an increased supply of diverse, high quality, licensed special education teachers,  improved learning and developmental student outcomes and increased teacher retention through development of leadership and collaborative skills.

Looking ahead: Aug. 22, 2018

Grasshoppers + UNCG Night
Friday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., First National Bank Field

Discussion: Creativity and collaboration
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m., Weatherspoon

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m.

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m., Room B, Kaplan Wellness Center

UNCG Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

HHS dean search

The dean search for the School of Health and Human Sciences is ongoing. The search committee will review a new set of candidates early this semester with the goal of hosting campus visit later this semester.

Dr. Dave Demo has served as interim dean of HHS since July 1.

New Spartans find their bearings at NAV1GATE New Student Convocation

UNCG’s new and transfer students attended the NAV1GATE New Student Convocation Monday.

Students heard from Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., connected with faculty, staff and student leaders, learned more about resources and support systems across campus and participated in university traditions. The event ended with a Convocation Craze and Blue and Gold Dessert Bar at the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

“We are really excited to offer our newest students a day full of important information to get the semester off to a great start,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. “In addition to preparing students academically, NAV1GATE is a great way for new Spartans to meet one another and to experience the Spartan spirit that is felt across our campus.”

To learn more about NAV1GATE – now in its second year – visit newstudents.uncg.edu/yfy/nav1gate.

Photograph by Jiyoung Park.

See/hear: August 15, 2018

The creator of some of Greensboro’s most iconic statues gives a behind-the-scenes look at his work, including his creative process for UNCG’s Minerva. The statue sported 27 apples the day before classes began this year, part of a continuing “good luck” tradition.

Looking ahead: August 15, 2018

Women’s Soccer vs. Gardner-Webb
Friday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Volleyball vs. UNC Wilmington
Saturday, August 18, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Spartan Cinema: Black Panther
Friday, Aug. 17, Sunset, LeBauer Park

Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park
Sunday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m., Country Park

UNCG Newsmakers: Early August, 2018

Whether researchers with timely insights or students with outstanding stories, members of the UNCG community appear in print, web and broadcast media every day. Here is a sampling of UNCG-related stories in the news and media over the past week:

  • Health Medicine Network featured a piece on a presentation on relative age, at which Dr. Matthew Hughes was a presenter.
  • Dr. Jiyoung Hwang spoke to Fox8 about brick and mortar store closures.  The article.
  • UNCG’s new Spartan and brand refresh was featured in publications including MyFox8, Spectrum News, and The News & Record.

From free movies to music to ‘Restaurant Week,’ enjoy events in community

In the coming weeks, UNCG will support a number of events in the community. This involvement promotes UNCG with the public, including prospective students and their family members, and shows our keen desire to be engaged in our Triad community. Keep an eye out for exciting opportunities to have fun or get involved.

Wyndham Championship (PGA Tournament)
All week through Sunday, Aug. 19, Sedgefield Country Club

UNCG will join several other universities in helping bring this unique event to Greensboro, where we will host friends, alumni and Spartan supporters.


Spartan Cinema: Black Panther
Friday, Aug. 17, Sunset (8:07 p.m.), LeBauer Park

There are plenty of ways to have fun during Spartan Cinema! Come see the film and participate in fun pre-show activities like giveaways, line dancing, musical chairs, hula hoops and a Best Dressed Spartan contest. Wear your Spartan Blue and Gold, consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Spartan Open Pantry and enjoy a movie under the stars. Pre-cinema activities begin at 7 p.m. See the Facebook event here.


Moss Street Partnership School Open House
Sunday, Aug. 19, 3:30 p.m., Moss Street Partnership School

UNCG will join the Reidsville community as the vision for Moss Street Elementary comes to life. More than 400 students will start their new year at this one-of-a-kind partnership school later this month. The event is open for students, parents and the Reidsville community.


Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park
Sunday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m., Country Park

Join Beatles cover band Wonderwall as UNCG’s CVPA promotes the upcoming 1960s Concert and Lecture Series.


Restaurant Week in downtown Greensboro
Starts Monday, Aug. 20
UNCG is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Restaurant Week in downtown Greensboro, beginning August 20.   This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to get a taste of the increasingly vibrant, diverse culinary scene in our hometown.  Meals will be delicious – and you can get a great deal.  Lunches will be $10 or $15, and dinners will be $20 or $30.  For more details visit https://downtowngreensboro.org/restaurant-week/ or check out these great stories in the local press: Yes Weekly and W-S Journal’s Relish.

Spartan Cinema: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Friday, Aug. 24, Sunset (7:58 p.m.), LeBauer Park

Come have fun, get some Spartan “swag” items and enjoy the film under the stars.


Grasshoppers + UNCG Night
Friday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., First National Bank Field

Join Chancellor Gilliam, our five SOCON championship teams, Spartan students, families and friends as we celebrate Fan Appreciation Night. During the game, visitors will experience nine innings of giveaways. Ticket discount code coming soon – see next week’s Campus Weekly for more information.


Full Moon Fusion
Sunday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., LeBauer Park

Join the fun at LeBauer Park for an evening under the full moon. Enjoy music by the Songfarmers of the Triad, Interactive Folk and Americana. Food trucks will be on site.


Chamber of Commerce: State of Our Community Luncheon
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11:45 a.m., Koury Convention Center

UNCG will sponsor a video booth as business and civic leaders share their thoughts on what they have found to be so great about Greensboro.


Spartan Cinema: Moana
Friday, Aug. 31, Sunset, LeBauer Park

UNCG’s Team Quest will provide pre-movie activities in the park starting at 7 p.m.


North Carolina Folk Festival (volunteers needed)
Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9, Downtown

UNCG will once again turn Davis Street into Spartan Way! Volunteers are still needed to help spread Spartan pride to the expected 160,000 visitors to Greensboro. Faculty and staff can sign up to volunteer here:  http://bit.ly/NCFF-UNCG .

Associate Dean Robert Hansen’s artistic journey

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives has launched a new exhibition, Setting the Scene: A Celebration of Robert Hansen Theatre Design, that tracks the career of Robert C. Hansen, Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Theatre at UNC Greensboro. The exhibit will be on display in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library through August 31.

“The exhibit highlights Hansen’s artistic journey as a scene designer and director, while illustrating the growth of an artist,” said processing archivist Patrick Dollar.

The Robert C. Hansen Performing Arts Collection includes programs, guidebooks, playbooks, sheet music, correspondence, costume and scenery designs, posters and other memorabilia that document the history of theatre. Unlike past exhibits, this exhibit does not focus on this theatre ephemera. Instead, the exhibit highlights Hansen’s original sketches, technical designs, conceptual collages, prop designs and scene renderings in colored pencil, watercolor and oil pastels that are also included in the collection.

Some of Hansen’s earliest work included in the exhibit are designs created during his senior year at North High School in North St. Paul, Minn., for “Desire Under the Elms.” From his early scene design at North High School, the exhibit moves to Hansen’s time as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bowling Green State University from 1977–1983, where he designed scenes for “The Threepenny Opera” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” After joining UNC Greensboro as the Director of the Theatre division in 1986, Hansen designed the scenes for “A Flea in Her Ear.” The following year, he designed the scenes for “Sweeney Todd.” In 1988, he became the Department Head for Broadcasting, Cinema and Theatre, and while in that role created immersive scene designs for Cabaret and Phantom at UNC Greensboro. In 2003, he became the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hansen has worked in all aspects of theatre, including direction and design. In addition to his work as a professor, scholar and administrator, Hansen has worked extensively as a theatre artist, designing sets, lights and costumes for more than 100 stage productions since 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English from the University of Minnesota at Morris, a Master of Science in Theatre from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Today is deadline: Volunteer for House Calls and welcome student Spartans

Volunteer to welcome our newest Spartans to the UNCG community.

The Division of Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life need your support for the 10th annual House Calls big event. The purpose of the House Calls program is to welcome new students to campus and to provide them with an opportunity to interact with faculty members, administrators and staff on a personal level. Research supports the significant impact these interactions have on student retention and success. Consequently, this program is a valuable asset to the UNCG campus as we strive to be a more engaged and learner-centered community.

Volunteers are essential. This is your opportunity to hear about their first week of classes, and show your Spartan Pride.

As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to do the following:


  • Interact with students in a residence hall environment. You will greet students at their residence hall room; initiate a very brief conversation with them about transitioning to college and ask about their first week of college life. You may be asked a few general questions about the University and your role in the community.
  • Provide students with a “welcome bag of success” provided by Housing & Residence Life to support their transition to college and overall academic success.
  • Have dinner with fellow volunteers in the Elliott University Center (EUC), Cone Ballroom. Volunteer check-in will be 5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m. and volunteers will be dismissed to their assigned residence halls at 6:30 p.m. and should complete visitation no later than 7:30 p.m.
  • Participate in a brief orientation. During dinner, Housing and Residence Life staff will provide the necessary information and materials to prepare you for your House Calls experience.



The goal is 100 volunteers.

Volunteers will, in small groups, greet and welcome the New First Year residents in the following residence halls August 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Cone, Reynolds, Grogan, North & South Spencer, Mary Foust, Guilford, Weil-Winfield, Moore-Strong, Ragsdale-Mendenhall and Phillips-Hawkins.

REGISTER: To volunteer for this program, click here complete the volunteer form.

Deadline for volunteer sign-up has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.

For more information, contact Erica Estep, Senior Assistant Director for Residence Life and Academic Enhancement (eeestep@uncg.edu) or the main HRL office at 336-334-5636.

Alexander will step down as CVPA dean in December

Dr. Peter Alexander will step down as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts on December 31, 2018.

“Please join me in thanking Peter for his important contributions to UNCG,” Provost Dunn said in a message to faculty and staff last week. She noted a number of his key contributions

  • During his time at UNCG, student enrollments increased due to the implementation of new programs such as the BA in Arts Administration, the Musical Theatre Program and the new Arts Residence Hall known as Studio 91.  
  • He originated and led three year-long interdisciplinary projects that allied many areas of the university with community organizations in the exploration of important themes: The Globe and Cosmos, War and Peace Re-Imagined, and this year’s The 1960’s: Exploring the Limits.

The provost also noted, during his tenure as dean, the outstanding quality of the UNCG arts faculty and the level of student learning they inspire – and the pervasiveness of the faculty in the regional arts and K-12 community.

Alexander arrived at UNCG in 2013 to become dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance after having had combined appointments as professor of music and dean at Butler University, State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Southern Mississippi. He became the founding dean of the new UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2016.

A national search for the next dean will be conducted this fall.  

Dr. Lawrence Jenkens, associate dean, has agreed to serve as interim dean during the search.

Once again, in Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges”

Photo of Foust ParkUNC Greensboro is one of 384 institutions named to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges” for excellence in undergraduate education, marking 20 years on the prestigious list.

UNCG once again joins UNC Chapel Hill, NC State and UNC Asheville as the only UNC System universities to receive this recognition. UNCG also appears on the “2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region” web feature as one of 143 institutions ranked best in the Southeast.

The Princeton Review highlights the university’s strong academic programs, on-campus resources and diversity.

The rankings appear in the 2019 edition of the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. The guide, published annually since 1992, recognizes the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate students. The Best 384 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at 384 top colleges that includes a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character.

For more information about the rankings and the methodology, visit the Princeton Review.


Displacement and Forced Migration

The UNCG Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC), Guilford College Center for Principled Problem Solving and Elon Law invite you to attend “Shifting Worlds: Displacement and Forced Migration in Modern Times”. This free Forced Migration Institute will take place on August 23rd and 24th at UNCG Alumni House and Guilford College.

Students working with refugee and immigrant communities are invited to submit an abstract for poster presentation by the August 14 deadline.

Website https://cnnc.uncg.edu/migration-institute/

Online registration https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegRUAbij43dZOpBRyKk94FBvDnJ3OkZWDO0lVDEIyO0XwM6g/viewform

Student abstract submission https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKlKG5KGl3pWtpWpdIn_lAFsJOQzQa5oRgjxNQVgj6sXMl4w/viewform

Bruce Pomeroy, Staff Senate co-chair and director of OARS, strives for fairness, equality and opportunity for all

Bruce Pomeroy, director of the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS), learned three lessons from his time working for an advertising agency in New York City: first, believe in who or what you represent; second, be creative; third, be flexible.

Pomeroy has held onto these lessons over a 45-year career in higher education, and will bring them into his new appointment as Staff Senate co-chair, where he will be an important resource regarding campus-wide staff issues. As co-chair, Pomeroy hopes to do for staff what he’s always done for students: nurture a community of fairness, equality and opportunity for all.

“I truly believe that we can represent all levels of staff,” Pomeroy said. “We have so many wonderful people on campus, and every member of campus has an impact on our students.”

Pomeroy first came to UNCG after 38 years of serving the State University of New York system as a disability services coordinator. He applied at numerous colleges in the Carolinas and received many offers, but UNCG in particular spoke to him.

“I was convinced by the sincerity of those I spoke with that UNCG had a commitment to making sure students had every opportunity to do the best they could,” he said. “I felt theirs was a true commitment to quality supportive services to students here.”

For the past eight years, Pomeroy has been bringing together creativity, flexibility, a belief in UNCG and a dedication to equality to make college an equitable experience for students.

“We’re making a difference, helping people realize their potential, and minimizing how disability impacts our students. In the end, we all benefit from that. Where far too many are quick to say ‘you can’t,’ we are focusing on ‘how you can.’”

He serves as chair of the Greensboro Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities and is also a past president of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). He has also been a trainer for the US Dept of Education, and has performed disability services evaluations.for other campuses across the country.

By Victor Ayala

Banner 9 Time and Leave Entry will be live Sept. 1

Banner 8 INB will be transitioning to Banner 9 pages for Banner HR Time and Leave Entry Users as of September 1, 2018.

If you currently use Banner INB PHIETIM and PHATIME forms to key the Departmental Time and Leave Entry for the employee monthly time and leave timesheets, then beginning on September 1, 2018, authorized users (Liaison and Proxy) will begin using Banner 9.

Authorized users are required to attend a Banner 9 General Navigation Course before enrolling in the Banner 9 Time and Leave Entry classes.

Enroll in Banner 9 General Navigation Courses via this link: https://workshops.uncg.edu/Workshops-By-Category/138

Authorized users are required to attend a Banner 9 Time and Leave Entry training by enrolling in one of the available classes on Friday, August 24, 2018, through Friday, August 31, 2018.

Enroll in classes via this link:  https://workshops.uncg.edu/Workshops-By-Category/144

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill

Photo of Elizabeth PerrillDr. Elizabeth Perrill (Art) recently accepted an American Alliance of Museums’ Excellence in Exhibition Award for her work as Consulting Curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) leading a permanent reinstallation of the African art gallery, which took place over five years. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is the top organization for museum practice in the nation, and the award selection was based upon the NCMA team’s use of audience research and evaluation in the planning, designing and curation of the exhibition. As part of Perrill’s public-facing scholarship, the exhibition was planned with viewer education in mind.

The expanded African art gallery displays works that span 16 centuries and 25 African countries, as well as work from artists in the global African diaspora. The space is three times larger than the original gallery and includes a masquerade area, a contemporary art section and a wall highlighting North Carolina collections.


Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) for the projects “Greensboro Refugee Employment Advancement Team (GREAT)” and “Refugee and Immigrant Social Work Education (RISE) Program.”

According to the abstract, GREAT assists unemployed and underemployed immigrants and refugees attain and retain family-sustaining employment. Upon enrollment, all participants provide past employment history and complete an Employment Accessibility Plan (EAP).

Through this plan participants identify employment goals and are then referred to an appropriate track based on those goals. Participants also complete an English Language Assessment to ensure that the track matches their English Language level. Tracks include: Job Preparation, Career Advancement, and Vocational Training.

The RISE Program serves the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees, described below, in Greensboro by helping them access services and resources that contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty. The program utilizes social work student interns and AmeriCorps members (supervised by CNNC staff) to work with clients experiencing significant difficulties accessing and utilizing services.

Through RISE, participants will increase their self-sufficiency through information referral, training, and support. Specifically, clients learn and practice the following skills: communicating in a new language, making telephone calls, scheduling appointments, requesting language interpretation, utilizing public transportation, completing program registration paperwork, and identifying and accessing safety net and support services.

Dr. Sonja Frison

photo of FrisonDr. Sonja Frison (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from the NCDHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (MHDDSAS) for the project “The North Carolina Tiered Case Management Pilot Project, Year 2.”

This tiered case management pilot connects two at-risk populations to behavioral health services: youth and families involved in child welfare and juvenile justice. Both populations have high rates of exposure to trauma and complex behavioral health needs. Assessing, treating, and coordinating their behavioral health and life domain needs can assist social services in maintaining or reunifying youth with their families and can assist juvenile justice in keeping youth from moving deeper into the justice system. UNCG provides management level staff to the project as well as support for the evaluation of effectiveness of this pilot project.

David Gwynn

David Gwynn (University Libraries) received new funding from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for the project “People Not Property: Slave Deeds of North Carolina.” Richard Cox is co-principal investigator on the project.

“People Not Property: Slave Deeds of North Carolina,” a collaborative project led by the University Libraries of UNC Greensboro, will make available for the first time thousands of digitized and transcribed slave deeds and bills of sale held by county registrars of deeds all across North Carolina. These deeds contain individual slave names as well as records of migration, occupations and skills, family status and monetary value of the enslaved population, and provide an incomparable resource to historians, social scientists, genealogists and members of the general public with an interest or research focus in the era of American slavery. “People Not Property” is a collaborative endeavor between the UNCG University Libraries, the North Carolina Division of Archives and Records, North Carolina Registers of Deeds representing 26 counties, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and other cultural heritage organizations.


Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew

Photo of Dr. Jacqueline Debrew .Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew (School of Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for the project “Proposal for RN to BSN Outreach Programs: 2018-2019.”  

According to the abstract, the RN-BSN program at UNCG serves students from 27 different counties in North Carolina. Seventeen of the represented counties are designated Tier 1 or 2 by the NC Department of Commerce. A Tier 1 county is the most economically distressed, and Tier 3 is the least economically distressed. In addition, five of the represented counties are designated rural counties, and five additional counties have one or more rural tracts within them.

This project aims to continue and initiate new cohorts at these sites.


Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui

Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received new funding from the University of North Carolina System for the project “New focus on a regional problem in eastern NC: What are the impacts of increased salinity on mercury, parasite prevalence in fish, fishing behaviors and perceptions of human health risk?”  

According to the abstract, fish are widely contaminated by mercury throughout eastern North Carolina. Sea level rise may salinize regional wetlands, potentially elevating fish mercury levels and parasite infection, but the effects have not been examined. Similarly, the perceptions of local fishers and fish consumers regarding to the risks posed have not been explored. Dr. Tsui hopes to form an interdisciplinary team with four assistant professors from three UNC campuses to tackle the issue, in both the short and long terms. Outputs from this IPG funding will help boost the team and position it to pursue further funding at state and federal levels.


Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav Rueppell.Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received new funding from the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) for the project “Characterization of the Architecture of Hygienic Behavior of Honeybees to Enable Breeding for Improved Honeybee Health.”

According to the abstract, honeybee health is compromised by the ectoparasitic Varroa mite. One promising avenue for sustainable control of this pest is selective breeding for mite resistance. Based on an existing breeding program in Israel, this collaborative research seeks to better understand the phenotypic and genetic architecture of a key trait, hygienic behavior, of the natural resistance of honey bees to Varroa mites. In addition to the study of select crosses and QTL mapping, this study will verify molecular markers in general association studies and investigate the potential for breeding hygienic honey bees under natural conditions.

An update from Student Affairs  

The Division of Student Affairs made some organizational changes this summer. These enhancements are part of the division’s ongoing evaluation to ensure its services are meeting the needs of its students.

The Office of Leadership & Service Learning is now named the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement. The new name more accurately reflects the mission of the office to focus on UNCG’s signature leadership development programs, civic engagement and service.  Leadership development programs include the Leadership Challenge modules, leadership conferences, and leadership courses.  Civic Engagement encompasses service, engaged citizenship, participation in democratic processes like voting and issue education and social responsibility. This office will continue to support service-learning, volunteerism, service trips, community service and co-curricular service.

The Veterans Resource Center is now the Office of Military-Affiliated Services. The name more accurately reflects the mission of the office, which has always been to offer services to more than just veterans, but also to active duty service members, their dependents and other military family members. It is also more representative of the function of the office, especially with the move of the benefits certification process in-house.  More than half of those certified for VA educational benefits are dependents, rather than the veterans themselves.

“Find Your Way Here” campaign launches

Image of woman dressed as beekeeper next to text that says "Bringing mysteries to light"There’ll be a lot to see at today’s luncheon.

Join fellow faculty and staff in kicking off UNC Greensboro’s new marketing campaign – “Find your way here” – at today’s 11 a.m. gathering at Moran Commons.

Enjoy free lunch and learn more about how our university is telling the UNCG story through new ads, refreshed logos and more. And make sure you pick up your free faculty and staff “Find your way here” T-Shirt in Room 109 of Moran Commons too.

“Find your way here” is part of a significant strategic effort to boost awareness of the University and create a clear, distinct position on the North Carolina higher education landscape.

The new campaign takes the place of the 125th anniversary campaign and becomes the basis for marketing and communications efforts across UNCG. It is launching with a focus on Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, as well as select statewide and national media outlets like “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

Advertising has already begun, and the campaign will become even more visible online, at area events and across campus as the year progresses.

The “Find your way here” campaign is shared through individual student stories. These students, nominated by faculty and staff, reflect the University’s dedication to opportunity, excellence and impact. You may see “Find your way here,” “Find your voice here,” “Find your breakthrough here” and a host of other variations on the theme. This flexible tagline communicates what UNCG is all about: the welcoming environment UNCG provides to a vast array of students, its collective and tenacious focus on student success and its everyday real-world impact on the Piedmont Triad and beyond through academics, research and service.

The campaign is a collaborative effort nearly a year in the making. Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders and friends contributed through focus groups and discussions to craft a campaign true to our university and mission.

At today’s luncheon for faculty/staff, you’ll see the new look for the Spartan as well as many new student-oriented “spirit marks,” all being unveiled today. View story here.

To see the new campaign video and upcoming advertising creative, or to dive deeper into our story and messaging, click here.


Key dates for faculty/staff, as 2018 year begins

Arial image of College AveAs UNCG gears up for a new school year, here are some dates to keep in mind:

Faculty/staff luncheon
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Graduate School’s New Student Orientation
Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m.

Housing and Residence Life Student Move-in
Wednesday, Aug. 8 to Friday, Aug. 10.

Read about Rawkin’ Welcome Week here.

Nav1Gate New Student Convocation
Monday, Aug. 13, 7 a.m.

Fall Classes Begin
Tuesday, Aug. 14

Fall Kick-off (including open house at Forney)
Tuesday, Aug. 14

Spartan Service Day
Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.

Grasshoppers + UNCG Night
Friday, Aug. 24

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m.

North Carolina Folk Festival (volunteers needed)
Friday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 9., Downtown Greensboro

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m., Meeting Room B, Kaplan Wellness Center.

UNCG Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium,

General Faculty Meeting & Convocation
Wednesday, Sept. 12, Time and location?

UC/LS: Alan Alda
Friday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Family Weekend
Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23.

In next week’s CW, listing of key events UNCG will co-sponsor in coming weeks.

Compiled by Avery Campbell

UNCG, Forsyth Tech announce new co-admission program

Image of the Co-Admission Agreement being signedA new co-admission agreement with Forsyth Technical Community College (FT) will facilitate degree completion and student success by improving access to undergraduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems.

The UNCG-FT “Spartan Passage” partnership expands opportunities for transfer students, regardless of location, to access and complete their baccalaureate degrees in a selection of nearly 60 popular majors including business administration, biology, psychology and computer science.

“Our new partnership will expand educational choices and improve access to resources for Forsyth Tech students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Together we will produce a greater number of qualified graduates in a shorter timeframe at a significant cost-savings. With on-site admissions and advising, we are ensuring each student’s individual academic, career and financial needs are met while easing student transition between both institutions.”

See full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG Newsmakers: Late July 2018

Whether researchers with timely insights or students with outstanding stories, members of the UNCG community appear in print, web and broadcast media every day. Here is a sampling of UNCG-related stories in the news and media in the past two weeks:

  • Richard Cox spoke to WUNC Radio and Spectrum News about UNCG’s project to digitize slave deeds.
  • Dr. Michelle Russell spoke to Fatherly about forgiveness in relationships.  The piece.
  • Science Daily wrote a piece featuring research on memory co-authored by Dr. Chris Wahlheim.
  • The News & Record featured rising senior Casey Noel’s establishing of Spotlight Sessions with the Carolina Theatre. The feature.
  • The Courier-Tribune had an article on My Future NC, at which Provost Dana Dunn was a panelist.

Road Closures for NAV1GATE Monday, August 13

The following are streets that may be impacted by closures during the NAV1GATE event:

  • West Drive from Gray Drive to Walker Avenue will be permanently closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m.
  • Walker Avenue Eastbound will be closed at Kenilworth Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. (traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Kenilworth Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)
  • Stirling Street Northbound will be closed at Theta Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m (traffic will be allowed to turn left onto Theta Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)
  • Spring Garden Street Westbound at Tate Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students transition from lunch on College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.
  • Spring Garden Street Eastbound at Kenilworth Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students transition from lunch on College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.
  • Forest Street between Oakland Avenue and Spring Garden Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students transition from lunch on College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.
  • Glenwood Street between Haywood Street and West Gate City Boulevard will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. While students cross over Gate City Boulevard and proceed to the Kaplan Wellness Center for Convocation Craze.
  • The few spots in front of the Foust Building on Administrative Drive will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. to allow Dining Services to set up for lunch.
  • College Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the day to allow Dining Services to set up for lunch as well as clean up afterward. (will reopen once the equipment is cleared from the area).

Move-In 2018 Parking and Traffic

Dear Faculty, Staff and Student McIver Deck Permit Holders:

I am writing to inform you of a temporary change to your parking assignment and to request your assistance. To manage the number of vehicles coming onto campus and to address safety concerns during the residence hall move-in period, the McIver Deck will be reserved for move-in activities on August 8, 9 and 10.

To be certain McIver permit holders have spaces during this period, complimentary parking will be available in the following faculty/staff spaces on campus:

  • Lot 7 (at the corner at Oakland Ave. and Tate St.)
  • Lot 8 (outside parking surrounding Oakland Deck)
  • Lot 9 (at the corner of Aycock St. and Walker Ave.)
  • Oakland Deck

UNCG’s Parking Operations & Campus Access Management will be running an express shuttle route from 7am to 7pm along the perimeter of campus to help those temporarily displaced by this activity.

Please note that move-in traffic patterns will be different during move-in week this fall. We estimate approximately 2,000 additional vehicles to enter campus each of the three days. In many ways the influx of vehicles we experience on these days is similar to the first week of classes. However, the traffic patterns are much more unpredictable and difficult to control, which is why we have focused on limiting additional vehicles from McIver Deck. Unloading for move-in, staged move-in locations, and much higher cycle times have a large impact on our ability to control parking and traffic.

When approaching campus, please avoid Tate Street, if possible. Gray and North Drive will operate with a one-way traffic pattern during move-in and should be avoided by personal vehicles. Between 8am and 5pm, be prepared for heavy congestion on campus.

From all of us involved in fall opening logistics, we recognize this is an inconvenience to you and thank you for your assistance. We will do our best to manage traffic entering campus during our exciting fall opening activities and to minimize the impact this presents to our campus community.

For more information about move-in and this temporary change in service, please visit our web page at: https://parking.uncg.edu/fall-move-in/. If you have any questions, please contact Parking Operations & Campus Access Management at 336.334.5681 or parking@uncg.edu.


Vice Chancellor Charles Maimone