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Archives for September 2018

Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement’s Voting 101 Workshop

College is an important time for students in the development of their civic identity. Coursework, class discussions, and community and campus involvement all play an important role.

Faculty and staff instructors are invited to sign-up for a 30-minute Voting 101 workshop, facilitated by trained student Democracy Fellows and Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (OLCE) staff in your classroom. The workshop covers why voting is important, upcoming election dates, what’s on the ballot in 2018, voter registration, ways to vote, finding your polling place and frequently asked questions. There is also an opportunity to register to vote during the last  minutes of the presentation. All content is non-partisan. If you have questions or want to schedule a workshop, contact Kristina Gage at kristina.gage@uncg.edu or 336-256-1406.

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin Andersen. Dr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “Utilization Management in the Medicare Part D Program.”

According to the abstract, relatively little is known about the effects of utilization management on most Medicare Part D beneficiaries. This study will begin to explore the effects of utilization management on beneficiaries’ health outcomes and identify the effect of patients not receiving their drug of choice on health outcomes. Understanding these effects will provide insight into whether or not Medicare should regulate utilization management.

Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”

According to the abstract, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will serve as the research/implementation/professional development partner to Guilford Child Development for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant in order to increase staff knowledge and skills which support high quality comprehensive child development services. Utilizing an implementation science model, researchers will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County. The US/HHS Administration for Children and Families has designated several zip codes in this county as a high priority area and will provide funding for the purpose of expanding high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Video: A Day in the UNCG Foundry

University Communications stepped into the UNCG sculpture foundry in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building, where a metal casting class worked together to pour original bronze and aluminum sculptures. Enjoy the excellent video.


Avoid hurricane-related scams; helpful information from ITS

Dear UNCG Community,

As people across the Carolinas start the process of recovering from Hurricane Florence, we want to remind everyone to be cautious when contributing financially to disaster relief agencies, and to protect yourselves from the financial scams that typically follow these types of events.

Anyone seeking to help aid in the recovery by contributing financially to disaster relief efforts should ensure that their donations are made only to valid and reputable organizations using well-known websites, apps and payment methods. Fortunately for those in need, there are many valid and trustworthy organizations seeking to help people and areas affected by the storm. Unfortunately, there are also people who seek to profit and take advantage of anyone willing to help, and caution is required in order to protect yourself from hackers and malicious scams.

Observations following past adverse weather events and natural disasters have shown a marked increase in malicious scams designed to defraud contributors, steal financial information, and infect users with malicious software and computer viruses after a disaster like Hurricane Florence. We want to caution the UNCG community to be wary of these scams, and provide resources to help you contribute to valid agencies.

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) warned in an advisory on Friday that arrival of Hurricane Florence is expected to “propel the emergence of new and recycled scams involving financial fraud and malware.” Likewise, North Carolina’s Department of Information Technology has also warned computer users of phishing expeditions tied to the disaster, as has the Department of Homeland Security’s threat-sharing center.

Email and website phishing and other financial scams associated with special events like named hurricanes are often very successful because they prey on people’s altruistic desire to help others which is naturally elevated after a disaster event. Given that hurricanes are one-time events with unique names such as “Florence,” people may expect new websites to be created for them. Users should be cautious about where and how money is sent, and contribute only to well known disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way and Samaritan’s Purse using well-known methods.

If you are searching for where and how to contribute, local news outlets have provided lists of valid disaster relief agencies and resources:

  • Be cautious of any online fundraising efforts that are not associated with well-known disaster relief agencies.
  • Do not click links in emails offering to help you donate money to hurricane victims.
  • Be suspicious of unexpected social media pleas, phone calls, text messages, donation websites, and/or door-to-door solicitations claiming to raise funds for hurricane victims.
  • Check the validity of charities before you donate using the BBB National Charity Report Index
  • Heed the advice of the Federal Trade Commission when it comes to Wise Giving After a Hurricane and How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams.
  • Contact 6-TECH at 336-256-TECH (8324), 6-TECH@uncg.edu, or https://6tech.uncg.edu for help with any emails or websites you feel may be malicious.

Please protect yourself and your financial information throughout the recovery effort to ensure that aid arrives where it is needed most.

Copy provided by Bryce Porter, UNCG chief information security officer.

UNCG ‘serves as a beacon’ in bolstering student success

Arial photo of UNCG campusUNC Greensboro innovative and successful work in bolstering educational opportunity and access for all students has garnered national attention.

A case study by Deloitte, titled “Closing the attainment gap at the University of North Carolina Greensboro: Uniting innovation and equity for student success,” has been released. Provost Dana Dunn explains that Deloitte contacted UNCG earlier this year to learn about its successful practices because of UNCG’s participation in the Gates-Foundation-funded Frontier Set project. Deliotte posted a resulting case study report and a shorter web post on Labor Day weekend. The case study states, “UNC Greensboro shows what is possible when an entire campus commits to student success and serves as a beacon for other institutions that wish to do the same.”

Deliotte emphasizes a long history of UNCG encouraging nontraditional students to pursue higher education. The case study focuses on UNCG achieving success in improving graduation rates for black and Hispanic students.

Deliotte notes that Chancellor Gilliam extended UNC Greensboro’s long-standing commitment to student success when he challenged the institution to take “giant steps” to further its vision and improve student outcomes.

It presents impressive data on the university’s efforts: “Overall completion rates have gradually increased with the largest gains among black and Hispanic students. Over six years (2010–2015) the graduation rate for black students increased from 52 percent to 63 percent; for Hispanic students, it went from 48 percent to 53 percent. Additionally, UNC Greensboro has closed the gap between Pell and non-Pell graduation rates to 5 percent, compared to a gap nationally of 14 percent.” Charts are shown for the two successes

In looking at how UNCG has achieved its impressive results, Deloitte studied how UNCG has worked to support students over the past decades and particularly in the past years. Three themes are presented:

1) “This is not a ‘hero’s journey.’ Rather, UNC Greensboro’s success reflects the collective efforts of an entire institution embracing the belief that by supporting its students with the right programs, they can and will persist. Distributed leadership spanning faculty, staff, and administrators has created a ‘culture of care’ infused into the institution’s daily work.”

The study gives the example of training by Student Affairs for faculty, staff and students to effectively identify students in need and refer them to the best resources.

2) “UNC Greensboro continually innovates through an iterative process to identify not only which resources impactfully support students, but how to deliver them as efficiently as possible.”

For examples, the study focuses on UNCG’s highly effective orientation for first year students, where a lot of offerings and support programs are presented, as well as the campus’ Student Success Center, including its highly effective Supplemental Instruction Program. Also, innovative use of data analysis by UNCG Admissions and Institutional Research is cited.

3) “As an extension of this innovation mindset, UNC Greensboro values community partnership and actively participates in a network of peer institutions that share a commitment to student.”

Co-admission agreements with a growing number of community colleges and UNCG’s collaborative role in the Union Square campus are just two examples. The study notes that UNCG leverages its membership in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and also in the Gates Foundation funded Frontier Set to boost student success, and cites its new Spartan StartUp summer bridge program and a new student success coaching initiative funded by the Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation.

The case study concludes, “UNC Greensboro’s success proves that innovation and equity can go hand-in-hand. With a history of leadership that places students in the center and practical innovations to drive a culture of care, UNC Greensboro shows what is possible when an entire campus commits to student success and serves as a beacon for other institutions that wish to do the same.”

Read the case study here.
Read related web post by Deliotte here.

By Mike Harris

Alan Alda at UNCG’s UCLS Sept. 21

Promotional photo of Alan AldaOn September 21 at 8 p.m., storied actor Alan Alda will speak at UNCG Auditorium, signaling the start of the 2018-2019 Concert & Lecture Series.

Alda will share the lessons he’s learned about the art of communication through his decades of experience in acting, science and storytelling. He will discuss, with typical humor and candor, what it means to be a true communicator and how we can better relate to the people in our lives. After the lecture, there will be a book signing.

Alda is best known for the role of Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, for which he earned five Emmys, but over his 40-year career he has worn many hats of which writer, director and science advocate are only a few. Alda has written, directed and starred in several films through the 80s and 90s and still stars in movies. He also hosted both PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers and Brains on Trial, television series promoting cutting edge scientific advancements.

Alda is a recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, and visiting professor and founding member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He also recently founded Alda Communication Training, which teaches effective communication in multiple contexts. Alda sits on the board of A.I. research body The Future of Life Institute and is on the Board of Directors of the World Science Festival.

Alda has published several plays and three books: two memoirs and a guide to effective communication. It is from this latter book that the topic of the lecture will be drawn.

Tickets are just $5-10 for students., and tickets for faculty/staff are also reduced, at $25-30.

More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.

Following Alan Alda are a variety of lectures and performances through Fall 2018 and into Spring 2019:

October 11: Ann Hamilton: Visual artist known for her large-scale multimedia installation and ephemeral art with an emphasis on felt experience and juxtaposition of contrasting elements.

October 12: Alex Bernstein and Lara Downes: Leonard Bernstein’s son and one of the premier interpreters of Bernstein’s music will host an evening of music and conversation in celebration of Bernstein’s centennial.

February 7: Carrie Mae Weems: Best known for her photography, but an artist who also works in diverse multimedia and installations. Her work tries to understand the present moment by examining our collective past, with special focus on issues facing modern African Americans. Weems is artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC and Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University Baton Rouge.

February 12: Herbie Hancock: Legendary pianist and composer who has been consistently at the forefront of music over his six-decade career. He played a large part in pioneering modern jazz sounds with his work in the Miles Davis Quarter and his solo records, and has continued to experiment with musical styles since. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

February 27: Mark Morris Dance Group: Founded in 1980 by its namesake, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been called “the preeminent modern dance group of our time”. Touring with its own musical ensemble, MMDG’s dance works emphasize the importance of community engagement in performance arts. The Dance Group also provides dance and music education to people of all ages and abilities both while on tour and at home in New York.

March 9: Audra McDonald: Singer and actress with a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys and an Emmy. She has performed in Broadway productions, opera, television and film. She has released five studio albums and one with the New York Philharmonic. Offstage, she is a strong advocate for equal rights and homeless youth.

Faculty/staff and retirees get a 40 discount on the regular price of season tickets. Faculty, staff and retirees pay $110 for mezzanine seating and $90 for balcony seating.

For more information, see the UC/LS home page.

Men’s Basketball releases schedule; get faculty/staff discount on tickets

Photo of Spartan fans at a basketball game The defending Southern Conference Champion UNCG men’s basketball program released its 2018-19 regular season schedule today featuring road non-conference matchups with two SEC teams ranked in CBSSports.com’s most recent preseason poll in No. 1 Kentucky and No. 19 LSU. The non-conference road schedule will also see the Spartans make in-state commutes to North Carolina A&T, UNCW and Elon. In December, UNCG will close out the non-conference slate against Radford, the defending Big South Champion, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“We’re pleased to have our schedule complete and excited to start our pre-season practices in preparation for the season,” said Head Coach Wes Miller. “Playing our first three games on the road will test us early, but also help prepare us for what we will face as we make road swings in conference play.”

The Spartans are coming off a program-record 27 victories last season and are returning First Team All-SoCon selection Francis Alonso, First Team All-SoCon Tournament selection Demetrius Troy, SoCon Defensive Player of the Year James Dickey and SoCon All-Freshman selection Isaiah Miller.

Over the past two years the Spartans have posted an impressive 29-7 record in league play, including a 16-2 record at home.

UNCG faculty and staff can take advantage of a reduced price for season tickets – $109. Reserve your seats as the Spartans look to build upon last year’s SoCon regular season and tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearance. Season tickets include complimentary parking passes, buddy passes to bring friends to a game, an exclusive invitation to an open practice with the team, the opportunity to experience a women’s basketball game in Fleming Gym and more. Contact the UNCG ticket office at 336-334-3250 for more information.

UNCG on US News and World Report’s Best Colleges list

On MondayUNCG was recognized in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list for the 28th consecutive year. UNCG is ranked number 201 among all national universities, and ranked number 109 among all public schools nationally.

The recognition is one of just eight significant accolades bestowed on the University this fall.

UNCG has also been recognized in the following ranking lists:

  • Princeton Review Best Colleges
  • Washington Monthly College Rankings
  • Money’s Best Colleges
  • LendEDU Student Loan Debt Rankings
  • Forbes America’s Top Colleges
  • College Consensus’ Best Colleges and Universities in North Carolina
  • BestColleges.com’s Best Colleges in North Carolina

Additionally, UNCG recently received Diversity magazine’s Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for its STAMPS (Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships) Program.

These accolades continue the University’s momentum from the spring. In March, UNCG was named a College of Distinction, an honor awarded to only four public universities in North Carolina. Then, in May, UNCG was recognized as one of Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers of 2018.

It’s an exciting time in the University’s history – a moment that Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. is calling our “inflection point.”

See full story at UNCG Now site.

2018 flu shots for UNCG employees

It’s that time again. Soon, the flu will be here. Flu is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. It’s more dangerous for those who are high-risk. But even healthy people can get the flu. And it’s easily spread.

The best way to keep from getting sick and infecting those you love? Get an annual flu shot. And for your convenience, UNCG HR will host on-site clinics:

October 1 – EUC Alexander Room

October 2 – EUC Alexander Room

October 10 – Campus Supply Store (Training Room) Campus Map

Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm


Go to bcbsnc.com/flu for more information about the flu and flu vaccinations.

Discussion: Engaging All Students in Global Learning

The Global Engagement Office invites you to a brown-bag lunch and group viewing of the webinar “Engaging All Students in Global Learning” today (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018). Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the webinar at 1 p.m.  A post-webinar discussion will be hosted by Global Engagement Faculty Fellow, Dr. Ali Askerov.

Participants are invited to attend as much or as little as their schedule allows. If you’d like to attend, fill out this form.

More details on the webinar’s content can be found here.

Open conversation on building community Sept. 18

Photo of Dr. Omar H. AliThe College of Arts & Science will host an open conversation with Dr. Omar H. Ali and friends on building community.

Ali, dean of the Lloyd Honors College and professor of Comparative African Diaspora History, was the 2016 Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year. His efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity have included establishing Spectrum (a group for students on the autism spectrum), advising the Muslim Student Assocation and Latinx groups, directing Community Play! and establishing the Bridging the Gap project, which builds relationships between students and police officers.

He will join a number of colleagues and friends for an open discussion on how to build community in healthy and impactful ways. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of the EUC.

A reception with hors d’oeuvres will follow the conversation.

Newsmakers: Mid-September, 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:

  • The News & Record wrote a retrospective, front-page feature on last weekend’s NC Folk Festival, UNCG’s involvement, and UNCG alumnus’ Rhiannon Giddens’ role as guest curator and performer. UNCG’s Lalenja Harrington and Omar Ali were also prominent in the article.
  • Neil Shepherd spoke to The Dispatch about his efforts to revive Lexington’s adult theater troop. The article.
  • The Triad Business Journal spoke to Chancellor Gilliam for a piece on record enrollment at UNCG and other Triad Universities.
  • UNCG’s new Studio 91 was featured in the US News and World Report, with comments from a number of staff and students.  The piece
  • Yes! Weekly wrote a feature on the new partnership between the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Well•Spring, A Life Plan Community. Weatherspoon’s new Dread and Delight expedition was also highlighted in Whitewall, with an interview with WAM curator Emily Stamey.

Faculty/staff discount on UNCG Theatre season tickets

UNCG Theatre offers UNCG faculty/staff the opportunity to attend all its shows this season for $45. This is $50 off the price they would pay if they bought individual tickets to all the shows. This offer applies for your partner/significant other as well, so buy a pair.

BOOK AND LYRICS BY Gerome Ragni and James Rado
MUSIC BY Galt MacDermot
September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
September 23 at 2 p.m.
September 26-29 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre

YEARS 1884-1915″
BY Jackie Sibblies Drury
DIRECTED BY Calandra Hackney
October 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
October 28 at 2 p.m.
November 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sprinkle Theatre

BY Kevin Henkes
ADAPTED BY Kevin Kling
DIRECTED BY Annika Pfaender
A North Carolina Theatre
for Young People production
November 10, 11, and 17 at 2 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about additional school performances
November 13-16, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.com.

February 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.
February 17 at 2:00 p.m.
February 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about a school performance
at 10:00 a.m. on February 22, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.com.

By Suzan Zeder
Directed by Rachel Briley
A North Carolina Theatre
for Young People production
March 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about additional touring performances and student matinees from
February through April, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.edu.

April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Box Office Information:
Taylor Theatre Box Office
Phone Number: 336.334.4392
Hours: Mon – Fri, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 406 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27403
Sprinkle Theatre Box Office
Phone Number: 336.334.4392
Hours: Open 1 hour before showtime when Sprinkle Theatre shows are running.
*The Taylor Theatre Box Office will not be open before Sprinkle Theater shows.
Address: Located on the first floor of the Brown Building, 402 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
Group Sales, Tours, and Student Matinees:
For information about additional touring performances, group tickets, and student matinees, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s Mental Health Month events

September is Mental Health Awareness Month. UNCG is hosting a number of events over the course of the month to promote mental health care and awareness.  All events except the Mindfulness Hike are free.

  • Sept. 5-20, EUC Lawn: Pinwheels for Prevention: Throughout September, pinwheels fill the EUC lawn to represent the 1,100 college students lost to suicide every year.
  • Sept. 11, EUC Auditorium 7 p.m.: An Evening With Phillip Roundtree: Phillip Roundtree will discuss living and being successful with a mental illness diagnosis and mental health issues within the black community.
  • Sept. 13, Student Health Center and Office of Intercultural Engagement, 12 p.m.-2: Check-up From the Neck Up: A quick and easy mental health screening and check-up with one of UNCG’s counselors.
  • Sept. 16, Eno River State Park: Hike along the Eno River while learning how to maintain physical, emotional and mental well-being with Outdoor Adventures and UNCG Wellness. Trip costs $15, which includes lunch, transportation, equipment, and instruction.
  • Sept. 18, 24, EUC Lawn, 5 p.m.: Yoga Class on the Grass: Lower stress and calm the body with an open yoga class. No experience necessary.
  • Sept. 19, UNCG Auditorium, 7 p.m.: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Film Screening: The film tell the story of Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his life at 19 and since has become a passionate mental health advocate.
  • Sept. 25, The Fountain, 12 p.m.: Pause for Paws: Come out to the Moran fountain for puppies, aromatherapy, bubbles and other relaxing activities.
  • Sept. 26, EUC Maple 7 p.m.: Painting a Path to Eating Disorder Recovery: Even evening of food, music and guided painting to learn how to help a friend who struggles with an eating disorder. Registration required through Spartan Connect.

For more information, see the Wellness website here.

UNCG Music’s Dr. Carole Ott is a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil

Photo of Carole Ott For Dr. Carole J. Ott, associate director of choral activities, every opportunity to work with new students is an opportunity to learn more about herself and her craft. Ott has taken this passion for teaching, as well as a passion for research, to São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil as the first Fulbright Scholar to collaborate with the Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei. There, she will explore archives of relatively unknown sacred choral music held by orchestras that have been performing this music continuously since the 18th century.

“The music brings the possibility of diversifying the well-known canon of composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Bach, and highlights the abilities of colonial Brazilian musicians,” Ott said.

While teaching and collaborating at the Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Ott will work with primary sources found only in local archives, observe and document modern adaptations of 18th century choral music in Brazil, listen to Brazilian pronunciation of Latin texts and transform these primary sources into modern performing editions for choral directors worldwide.

“The editions I create from archival materials could become inspiration for free improvisation, enabling students to experience this music from a new perspective,” Ott said.

Free improvisation is a fundamental part of how she teaches her students. By incorporating free improvisation, Ott said her students experience themselves as not only performers of music, but as creators of original music.

“This has unleashed the creative potential of my students and of every group with whom I have worked in this manner,” Ott said. “I am extremely excited to share this method with music students and faculty in Brazil through workshops or exploratory coursework.”

Ott’s work in Brazil will continue through December, but Ott said she is confident her experiences in Brazil will stick with her well beyond her term as Fulbright Scholar and provide her yet another perspective on teaching and how best to serve all of her students.

By Victor Ayala

TedX speaker proposals for “Keeping it Simple”

The TEDxGreensboro Planning Committee is seeking proposals from individuals interested in making a presentation at the 2019 Signature Event: Keep It Simple.  The April 4, 2019, program provides an all-day forum in which Greensboro’s extraordinary thinkers and doers can share ideas that may spark meaningful change for our community and beyond.

The speaker application is online at TEDxGreensboro.com/speaker-application. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2018.

TEDxGreensboro will select talks from a broad range of topics including science, technology, social development, design, education, medicine, and art. Presentations should reflect actual personal and professional experience. Successful proposals will relate to the overall TED theme of exploring the principle of simplicity in the context of our complex world, clarifying the complicated to find out if and when the simplest solutions are the best ones.

Dr. Amy Vetter

photo of Vetter Dr. Amy Vetter (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the National Council of Teachers of English for the project “The Writing Identities of Teens.”

In an attempt to learn more about the identity work of teens related to writing both in an out of school, Vetter’s longitudinal study will explore the writing identities of 12 teens (grades 7-12). Implications from the study will inform writing instruction and learning in English language arts classrooms and in teacher education courses.

Dr. Peter Alexander

Dr. Peter Alexander (College of Visual and Performing Arts) received a continuation of funding from Guilford County Schools for the project “Arts Professional Development.”

In partnership with UNC Greensboro, the Guilford County School district will provide hybrid courses designed to collaboratively offer arts and non-arts educators instruction in arts integration from theory to practice. Highly qualified music, visual art, theatre arts and dance professors from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG will design and teach the online component of the courses in a summer intensive, followed by ongoing coaching for arts professionals and non-arts teachers during the year.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly Sienkiewicz Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department for the project “Lead-Safe Housing Outreach and Evaluation.” Dr. Ken Gruber and Dr. Stephen Sills are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, The Center for New North Carolinians will continue to partner with the Lead-Safe Housing Program to deliver relevant community educational information in a variety of formats, including translated written materials and information sessions conducted in key languages. Many immigrants with limited English language skills continue to live in low-income substandard housing and are not aware of lead-based paint hazards and other health and safety issues. The center will continue efforts toward preventing and eliminating lead poisoning among at-risk families and promoting healthy living conditions.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur Murphy. Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina.”

Recipe for Success, in collaboration with public and private entities in Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Davie, Davidson and Stokes counties in North Carolina, provides direct nutrition and obesity prevention education, social marketing, and policy, systems and environmental change programs to individuals and households who are SNAP recipients/eligible, specifically targeting:

  1. Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socio-economic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc.
  2. Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after school and summer recreational programs.
  3. Households with children under the age of 18 through nine direct mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

Triad Today interview with Chancellor Gilliam

In Triad Today’s 700th show, Chancellor Gilliam discusses UNCG’s record growth, academic accomplishments, brand refresh and new marketing campaign and upcoming events.

Dr. Susanne Rinner

Photo of Dr. Susanne Rinner Dr. Susanne Rinner (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received new funding from the German Embassy for the project “Career Readiness with German.” Dr. Benjamin Davis and Dr. Brooke Kreitinger are co-principal investigators on the project.

From the abstract:

“The German Program at UNCG supports students’ education in the tradition of the Liberal Arts. Language learning, intercultural competence, career readiness and life-long learning are key aspects of our curriculum. In fall 2018, the German Program at UNCG would like to focus on preparing our students for the job market. Specifically, we would like to encourage our students to apply for positions with the many companies in the Southeast that are either owned by German companies or have strong ties with Germany. Last year, we made contact with one of these companies, Tenowo, because their CEO took German classes with us. In turn, he has invited us to visit the company in the fall with a group of students. We would like to integrate this visit into our curriculum and our co-curricular offerings in order to ensure that our students are taking advantage of their German language skills and their familiarity with German (business) culture when they enter the job market.”

Live Fire Sprinkler demonstration Sept. 19

The NC Department of Insurance Assistant Director of Public Affairs will sponsor a live fire sprinkler demonstration at UNCG. This safety demonstration is slated to occur Wednesday, September 19, from 11 to 1 p.m., with the actual demonstration fire to occur at 12 noon. The safety demonstration, showing the importance of sprinkler systems, will take place at the Traffic Circle behind Jackson Library. Questions? Contact Erin Price-Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Manager in Environmental Health and Safety, at 336-334-4357.

“Prius or Pickup?” Explaining America’s Great Divide

Three lectures are part of UNCG’s Department of Political Science & the Center for Legislative Studies’ 2018 Fall Lecture Series. All events are at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Science Building, Room 101 and entry is free.

Wednesday, September 19, Marc Hetherington will present “Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide”. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina. He specializes in right-wing populism, political polarization and the divide between Republicans and Democrats. He has published three books on these topics and is currently studying strategies to bring Republicans and Democrats closer together.

Wednesday, October 17, Mark Dorosin will speak on the ongoing struggle for voting rights. Dorosin is Co-Director of the Julius L. Chambers Centre for Civil Rights, a non-profit law firm that fights for low-wealth North Carolina communities in their attempts to confront structural racism. He was also Managing Attorney at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and teaches at UNC Law School.

Thursday, November 8, Elizabeth J. Zechmeister will speak on “Dysfunction and Decay in Democracy in the Americas.” She is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Director of the LAPOP survey research institute at Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching is focused on comparative public opinion and public behavior, and her research on these subjects have appeared in a variety of publications. She has also co-written two books, and is co-editor of The Latin American Voter.

For disability accommodation, contact Gabrielle Lamountain at g_lamoun@uncg.edu.

EUC will hold first blood drive of the year

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to make a Power Red donation, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), and a photo identification (Spartan Card accepted). And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

New Undergraduate Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions launched an updated website on Monday, Sept. 10.
The new site includes improved functionality, including a mobile-friendly design and an updated look in line with the newly refreshed brand.
Please note: If your website links to any pages on the Admissions site (including application requirements, majors and minors list, or tour/event information), the URLs have changed. Please update the links as soon as you can to ensure students and visitors are directed to the correct information.

2018 Nano Manufacturing Conference Sept. 26

The 2018 Nano Manufacturing conference will be held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro Wednesday, Sept. 26. The primary goal of the conference is to bring together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders, economic developers, educators and government and nonprofit organization executives to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that Nano Manufacturing enables.

“This conference is a real opportunity for those interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing technologies and how the application of these new technologies can help grow the manufacturing sector in North Carolina and the US,” said Joe Magno, executive director at The North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN).

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Nano Manufacturing Conference website. (http://www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/program.php )

Arts Summit at UNCG: ‘Art as political action’

Photo of interior of Aycock AuditoriumThe UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts will host an Arts Summit Thursday, September 13.

The theme? Art as political action.

The keynote address will be presented by Lorena Wolffer, a Mexico City-based artist and cultural activist. Her artwork addresses gender and women’s rights, and she has produced and curated a number of artistic projects with other artists across multiple mediums. Her work is a powerful voice for equality and cultural change.

After the keynote, there will be a discussion hosted by a panel of artists from across the country, followed by a workshop, of which there are three choices. The summit starts at 9 a.m. at the UNCG Auditorium on Tate St. After a lunch break, the summit will move to the EUC for workshops. Attendance is free, but please RSVP by September 10. For more information and the full schedule, as well as to RSVP, see the CVPA website

By Avery Campbell

Record numbers at UNCG, which passes 20,000 milestone

Photo of many students at college ave.

UNCG has announced record enrollment for the University’s Fall 2018 Census. It’s the fifth year in a row UNCG has seen enrollment growth.  The record enrollment comes in a year of milestones for UNCG, which also graduated its largest ever class in May (more than 2,700) and welcomed its biggest-ever freshman class in August (2,979, up 6.7% year-to-year).

According to the most recent data, total headcount for the campus reached 20,106, surpassing 20,000 for the first time in the University’s 126-year history. Consistent with its strategy, UNCG realized notable gains of 6.5% among rural counties across North Carolina. Among transfer students from community colleges and UNC institutions, UNCG saw a 2% and 10% increase, respectively.

Further, student credit hours for those studying at UNCG rose 1.6% to a record 224,632. Even more,
UNCG’s online distance education programs continue to expand rapidly, with total credit hours leaping
7.2% to a record 24,663, as more undergraduate and graduate online programs continue to become
available to non-traditional students.  Total student credit hours exceeded 250,000 for the first time in
school history.

“A tenacious commitment to student success is at the heart of our growth,” Chancellor Franklin D.
Gilliam, Jr. “We are doing a better job of delivering the right resources to students in the right ways. We
hired nearly 100 new faculty this year to better serve our students’ scholarly pursuits, without raising
tuition. In record numbers, students from a vast array of backgrounds, life experiences and
circumstances are finding their way to UNC Greensboro.  They recognize the value we offer, the
commitment we have to their success, and our ability to prepare them well to enter the workforce and
make a meaningful impact in North Carolina and beyond.”

A key component of the strategic plan for the University focuses on rural outreach, to offer access to
underserved areas of NC. These outreach efforts have been effective, with double-digit enrollment gains
among students in rural counties: Rockingham (35.3%); Randolph (17.1%); Alamance (16.7%); and
Cumberland (11.5%).

At the same time, new student growth is coming without lowering standards for admissions.  The Grade
Point Average (GPA) for students in the incoming freshman class remained the same as in 2016 at 3.84
(up from 3.61 in 2015) and ACT scores are holding steady from last year at 23.

Additionally, UNCG is fueling new transfer growth through innovative partnerships across the state with
community colleges.  To date, UNCG has partnered with six local community colleges to co-admit
students who then do their first two years at state community colleges and transfer to UNC Greensboro, at a significant cost savings. Students have access to UNCG resources, including the Kaplan Center for
Health and Wellness, library, career services, tutoring, and more. These new programs, most of which are
less than a year old, have seen 2% growth to date.

Full census information is available HERE.

N.C. Folk Festival, free and fun, starts Friday

Photo of marching band at folk festivalThe N.C. Folk Festival will be held this Friday through Sunday in downtown Greensboro. Admission is free.

The North Carolina Folk Festival is an outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage held annually Greensboro. It features performances and demonstrations by outstanding musicians, dancers and craftspeople – with performing groups on multiple stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing. A family stage with performances will appeal to both the young and young-at-heart. This festival in Greensboro succeeds the National Folk Festival, which was held in Greensboro the past three years.

UNCG is a sponsor of the N.C. Folk Festival, and many Spartans will volunteer throughout the event. Davie Street will become “Spartan Way” during the festival.

Among the UNCG alumni and/or staff who will be on stage during the festival are:

Rhiannon Giddens
Lalenja Harrington
Laurelyn Dossett, host of “Songs of Hope and Justice”
Carol Thompson, Contra dance caller
Dom-Sebastian Alexis of “B-Boy Ballet”
Chuck Folds and Eddie Walker of Big Bang Boom

Chancellor Gilliam will help kick off the event Friday night around 7 p.m. at the BCBS NC Citystage, the large stage located between Friendly and Market.

Know of more Spartans on stage during the festival? Let us know.

Many UNCG groups and schools, including the School of Education, College and Visual and Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCG Athletics’ spirit squad, JSNN, Team Quest and more, will help in entertaining the crowd and bringing UNCG to the festival attendees. Want to volunteer? UNCG faculty/staff may volunteer here.

Students may volunteer at go.uncg.edu/spartanway.

Festival information is at https://ncfolkfestival.com/.

Check back for more information.

By Mike Harris



A sensory garden at UNCG: where research enhances child’s play

Photo of an adult woman and young boy at the sensory garden UNC Greensboro researchers and child care professionals know that inclusive opportunity for intellectual stimulation begins long before elementary school, and that the best opportunities occur through a multiplicity of sensory experiences that encourage make-believe.

This knowledge is the source of a project recently completed by Kathy Spivey, a teacher at UNCG’s Child Care Education Program and a master’s student in UNCG’s Birth through Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development Program, offered jointly through the Department of Specialized Education Services in the School of Education and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

With the understanding that outdoor play reduces stress and increases confidence in young children, Spivey developed a plan to enhance the outdoor area at UNCG’s Child Care Education Program by building a sensory garden that would give children more opportunities to create and lead their own play.

“Sensory gardens are known to help children with and without disabilities with tactile stimulation, improving sensory integration and processing skills,” Spivey observed in her proposal. She intended for the garden to be accessible to children with differing abilities, and it would be her capstone project for her internship in inclusive early education, which was to reflect leadership and contribution to community.

In planning and constructing the sensory garden, Spivey not only worked with her advisor Dr. Linda Hestenes and her internship professor, Dr. Susan Kingsley, but also Dr. Judy Kinney in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, director of UNCG’s Child Care Education Program Dr. Sharon Mims, the grounds crew from UNCG Facilities, cross-campus partners Beyond Academics and the very families whose children would eventually play in the garden, and, perhaps most importantly, the children themselves.

To read more about Spivey’s process and the garden itself – and to see more visuals – visit the full story on the provost’s website.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Coffee With Veterans events this fall

Photo of multiple people sitting with coffee The Office of Alumni Engagement’s Military and Veteran Alumni Society will be hosting Coffee With Veterans again this semester, providing all UNCG veterans, servicemembers and family members an opportunity to connect and develop their professional networks.

All military-affiliated students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend these event and connect over coffee and snacks.

UNCG’s Coffee With Veterans events this fall:

  • Sep. 12
  • Oct. 2
  • Nov. 2
  • Nov. 28

Visit the Alumni Engagement event calendar for details on times and locations, as well as registration information.

Post and photograph by Victor Ayala.

2018 Faculty First awardees

The 2018 Faculty First awardees are below. The awards, which typically fund summer scholarship, are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty. Information about next year’s awards is available here.

Applegarth, Risa – English – Children Speaking: Rhetorical Agency in Children’s Activism

Barr, Matthew – Media Studies – Re-Edit of Documentary, Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights, for Education & Training Contexts

Bray, Jeremy & Gruber, Ken & Sills, Stephen  – Center for Housing and Community Studies, Economics, and Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships – UNCG Eviction Diversion Research Project (EDRP): A Demonstration Project for Guilford County MetroLab Partnership

Dawkins, April – Library & Information Studies – Bridging the Gap: Community College Library Service to Early College Students

Dischell, Stuart – English – Walking the Walls of the Farmers General

Dyson, Yarneccia – Social Work – An Examination of Psychosocial and Environmental Factors As Predictors of Risk for HIV in African American College Students enrolled at HBCU’s and MSI’s

Erickson, Keith – Nutrition – Sex and genetic factors involved in the alterations of brain iron biology due to obesity

Fairbanks, Colleen & Zoch, Melody – TEHE – Immigrant and Refugee Youth and Adults’ Literacy Learning through Digital Storytelling

Ford, Yvonne – Nursing – Adult Health – Assessing cardiovascular health of African-American breast cancer survivors: a feasibility study

Gabbay, Alyssa – Religious Studies – Gender and Succession in Medieval Islam: Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima

Gicheva, Dora – Economics – Impacts of Expanding Access to Health Insurance for College Students

Grannemann, Hannah – Arts Administration – Audience Engagement and Organizational Sustainability: Research Agenda Exploration

Grieve, Gregory – Religious Studies – Evil and Video Games

Kuperberg, Arielle – Sociology – Student Loans, Strong and Weak Ties, and the Transition out of College

La Paro, Karen – HDFS – Early Childhood education Teacher Preparation: Moving Forward: Focus on Outcomes

Lawrimore, Erin – University Libraries – Well Crafted NC: Documenting Women in North Carolina’s Craft Beer Industry

Lopez, Fabian & Zandmane, Inara – Music – CD Recording and promotional videos, Title CD: A Few Pieces We Like

Park, Jennifer – English – Pretergenerations: The Science and Drama of Immortality

Petersen, Kimberly – Chemistry & Biochemistry – Development of Novel Reactions with Nitrile Electrophiles

Skotnicki, Tad – Sociology – Anonymous Goods and the Rise of Consumer Activism

Smyth, Clifford – Mathematics & Statistics – Addressing the Extreme Fragility of Machine Learning Algorithms that Can Perform Medical Image Recognition at Superhuman Levels

Sultana, Selima – Geography – Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and African American Underrepresentation

Suthaharan, Shanmugathasan – Computer Science – Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning Methods for the Classification of Mixed Fruits and Vegetables

Wharton, David – Classical Studies – A Cultural History of Color in Antiquity

Copy courtesy UNCG Research and Engagement website.

Research Excellence nominations due Dec. 3

The Office of Research and Engagement invites you to nominate candidates for the two Research Excellence Awards given by the University each year:

The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor, and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award is based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years.

The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor, and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award is made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

To nominate a faculty member for a 2018-2019 Research Excellence Award, go to https://research.uncg.edu/research-excellence-awards for a copy of the nomination packet, which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The nomination packet, including the signed nomination cover sheet, should be scanned as a .pdf file and emailed to rsh_ptnr@uncg.edu by December 3, 2018.

Requirements for Research Excellence Award nominations have been changed from previous years:

  • Individuals must be nominated each year, though the Office of Research and Engagement still encourages departments to consider previous years’ nominees.
  • Departments are asked to determine their strongest nominees and submit only one nominee for each award.
  • Nomination letters should now come from the department head or chair. No secondary nomination is needed.
  • All nominees are asked to have at least two and no more than three external letters from individuals who can comment on the importance of the candidate’s scholarship to their field.

See the Office of Research and Engagement website for more information.