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Archives for October 2018

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills and graduate research assistants Kelsi Hobbs and Phillip Sheldon with the Center for Housing and Community Studies will be playing key roles in the upcoming Triad-wide community discussion “The Many Faces of Gentrification” Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem. Sills will present the keynote presentation, and Hobbs and Sheldon will lead breakout sessions on the topics of housing, eviction and foreclosure. These breakout sessions will be informed by their work on preventing displacement through eviction.

The discussion will host experts from Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point’s housing, municipal, non-profit, banking and educational communities.

All are welcome to participate, learn and share thoughts and opinions on the subject of gentrification in the Triad. Registration is required for the event. To register, call 336-734-1227 or email HRDEvents@cityofws.org.

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) received new funding from Duke University for the project “Exploring Reactions to Health Warnings on Waterpipe Tobacco Ads.”

According to the abstract, Griffiths will assist in all aspects of the project involving promotions and advertising, refining water pipe tobacco social allure ads and assessing reactions to them. She will also assist in creating, refining and selecting verbal graphic health warnings and product safety/harm reduction themes, as well as assist in assessing the consequences of the ads.


Dr. Jennifer Park

Dr. Jennifer Park (English) will deliver a talk for the upcoming Triad Stage production. Her talk, “Magic and Monstrosity in Shakespeare’s Global Fairyland,” will immediately follow the 2 p.m. performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Sunday, Nov. 4. More information.

Park is assistant professor of English, specializing in early modern drama. She received her Ph.D. in English from UNC Chapel Hill and her B.A. from Yale University. Her current work focuses on the intersections of gender, science, visual culture, and performance in early modern England.

Dr. Paul Silvia

 American Psychological Association Books has published a 2nd Edition of “How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing,” by Dr. Paul Silvia (Psychology). This edition was reworked to be applicable to all branches of academia, beyond psychology and the social sciences, but maintains its focus on a disciplined, slow-and-steady approach to writing. Over 100 000 copies of the first edition were sold. More information is at https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4441031.aspx

Dr. Janet Boseovski

 Dr. Janet Boseovski (Psychology) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Jean Piaget Society (JPS). JPS has an international membership of scholars interested in understanding the developmental emergence of human knowledge. The society honors the Swiss developmentalist Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge. The goal of the society is to provide an open forum (via symposia, books, the society flagship journal, and other publications) for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains. She will serve a 3-year term beginning in June 2019.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from NC A&T State University for the project “Research and Technical Assistance for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – NC A&T State University.”

According to the abstract, the project will include the following:

  • Special projects assistance relating to research proposals to the Associate Dean for Research of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
  • Assistance with CAES research annual report development
  • Review of USDA/NIFA Capacity Building and Evans-Allen Project proposals
  • Research proposal writing assistance to CAES research faculty
  • Individual consultation with CAES research faculty relating to research proposal development
  • Review of manuscripts/presentations developed by CAES research faculty

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly Sienkiewicz Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the “Immigrant Health ACCESS Project.”

The objective of the program is to assist immigrants in gaining access to healthcare services and navigating health systems by providing interpreters and community health workers. According to the abstract, the project will work in conjunction with the Guilford Community Care Network, providing screening, assessment and referral. It will also identify the uninsured and seek solutions to connect them to a local integrated health clinic.

Dr. Jay Poole

Photo of Dr. K. Jay Poole.Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “Harm Reduction Clinics.” Fran Pearson and Dr. Kenneth Gruber and Dr. Stephen Sills are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, the project will see the continued cooperation between UNCG,  the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI), the Congregational Nurse Program (CNP) and Guilford County’s Solution to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP) to respond to the opiate crisis. The project will enhance this collaboration and focus on counseling overdose survivors and others at risk of opiate overdose. This counseling will help overdose survivors and those at risk to seek substance use treatment or adopt harm reduction strategies to reduce their risk of overdose and other health impacts. Recipients of the counseling will also be directed towards getting primary care services.

Make proposals for Green Fund

The UNCG Green Fund Committee is pleased to invite proposals from UNCG students and employees for efforts that support sustainability initiatives at UNCG. Projects may be for campus infrastructure, sustainability education, research, or professional development that benefits students.

The Green Fund is a $2.22 student semester fee that supports sustainability initiatives on campus. It is governed by students with assistance from faculty and staff experts. This fund invests in campus infrastructure to help meet the goals of the UNCG Climate Action Plan, while also offering education, research and professional development opportunities for students. Proposals are submitted to the Green Fund Committee and only the student committee members are allowed to vote on which proposals are funded.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year for amounts up to $1,000 for projects that require no modifications to UNCG buildings or grounds. Proposals for amounts over $1,000 or projects that require modifications to UNCG buildings or grounds are due at 5:00pm EST on November 1 and April 1.

Learn more and apply at: https://sustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund/

Homecoming bonfire is Friday; block party is Saturday

It’s our favorite week of the year: UNCG Homecoming.

The campus-wide celebration kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to show off their Spartan spirit and participate in Homecoming activities and events throughout the week.

This year’s celebration will feature some classic Homecoming traditions, like the Friday night Bonfire and Saturday’s Block Party at Kaplan Commons. There are also new events and reunions, such as the Phillip-Hawkins gathering – the first-ever residence hall reunion.

For a full list of events, visit homecoming.uncg.edu. Read more about some Homecoming favorites below.

Bonfire and food trucks
Friday, Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Kaplan Commons (EUC lawn)

It’s one of our favorite Homecoming traditions – food trucks, s’mores, music and a really, really big bonfire.

Homecoming Block Party at Kaplan Commons
Saturday, Oct. 13, 3-7 p.m.
Kaplan Commons (EUC lawn)

The annual Block Party will feature live music from Pure Party Band, Stamey’s barbecue and Yum Yum ice cream, a Natty Greene’s beer and wine garden, photo booths, a children’s festival and more.

Men’s Soccer vs. East Tennessee State
Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
UNCG Soccer Stadium 

Come cheer on the Spartans as they face Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian


Veterans, Oscar nominee, campus places featured in new UNCG Magazine

The Fall 2018 UNCG Magazine is now available online.

This engaging online magazine – enhanced for handheld devices as well as computers – tells the stories of several veteran students and alumni and how UNCG has supported the students’ transition to civilian and UNCG student life. Also featured is Oscar nominee and “The Big Sick” co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon, an alumna who credits UNCG for helping her gain the skills she needed to succeed in diverse fields and find satisfaction and her “superpowers” along her journey to the red carpet.

As well, catch a slice of UNCG life through the places on campus that mean most to students and alumni, and enjoy a video extra that shows a few of these special campus spots.

Check out our 1960s events line-up, including another “Year of the Grateful Dead,” and the University Concert and Lecture Series guest musician Herbie Hancock. Help celebrate the the 50th anniversary of the Neo-Black Society.

In the “studio” section, read about alumnus Keith Harris’ role on “The Walking Dead.” A video extra shows the building process of a life-size sugar carriage that’s part of the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s “Dread and Delight” exhibition, open through December 9.

Finally, revisit our men’s basketball team’s appearance run to the NCAA Tourney last year – see two videos – and see the excitement building toward this year’s season. Discount tickets for the coming season are available for faculty and staff.

Cover visual: Undergraduate and art major Jessica Rambo, a military veteran
By Susan Kirby-Smith. Photography by Martin W. Kane


SECC campaign reaches nearly 25% of goal, announces upcoming prizes

Only a week into the 2018 SECC, UNCG faculty and staff have already pledged more than $45,000, bringing the University close to 25 percent of the giving goal. With more than 232 faculty and staff pledging so far, UNCG is second only to UNC Chapel Hill in the UNC System for giving.

The SECC is the only workplace giving program for state employees. It is a direct way to help those in need; sustain local, national, and international health, educational, environmental and social service organizations; and make a meaningful contribution to your community.

To encourage continued participation, the UNCG SECC Committee will randomly select the names of supporters (online pledges only) each week to receive one of several prizes. Winners will be announced each Monday, starting Oct. 8. and continuing through Nov. 26.

Donate to the 2018 SECC and you could win:

  • Wireless charging station
  • Hot air popcorn popper
  • Pulp control citrus juicer
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Herb growing kit and grinder
  • Electric veggie spiralizer
  • Heated neck/back massaging pillow
  • 3rd Generation Echo Dot smart speaker
  • Toshiba 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV

This week’s winners:

  • John Lepri (Biology) – Hot Air Popcorn Popper
  • Erin Lawrimore (Libraries) – Wireless Charging Pad

Drawing winners can contact Jana Walser-Smith at jfwalser@uncg.edu to claim their prize.

Want to learn more or make a donation? Visit http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/give-now/.

Photo and story by Victor Ayala

34 honored at 2018 Promotion and Tenure Celebration

Thirty-four faculty members were honored last week at the Promotion and Tenure celebration, a UNC Greensboro event that was established in 2006 by University Libraries and the Office of the Provost.

“This event celebrates the culmination of a great deal of hard work over a long time,” said Provost Dana Dunn in welcoming remarks. Dunn also spoke about the gratifying element of reviewing tenure qualifications.

“There’s nothing more validating about this university and our faculty than to read about your accomplishments.”

Dean of University Libraries Dr. Martin Halbert and Chancellor Frank D. Gilliam, Jr. also addressed the honorees  and their colleagues and families.

“The vision for our university depends on you, the faculty. We value your ingenuity, your service, your perseverance, your dedication and your gift for critical thinking that you pass on to the next generation of scholars,” said Chancellor Gilliam.


“We all stand on the shoulders of others and can reflect on those who helped us along the way. Mentor younger faculty. Help them achieve what you achieved. It’s about those who supported you, and those you support.”

On display were favorite books chosen by the honored faculty members. As part of the promotion and tenure tradition, each honoree was invited to choose a book and write a comment about why it was important to them. The books are now part of the University Libraries collection, and each will have a commemorative bookplate acknowledging the faculty member’s achievement. A display of the books is now viewable on the first floor of Jackson Library, and the selections are also listed at http://library.uncg.edu/recognition.



The honorees and their departments:

Dr. Anne Brady, Kinesiology

Dr. Guy Capuzzo,* Music

Dr. Brian Clarida, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Mr. Duane A. Cyrus,* Dance

Ms. Guylène Deasy, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Jing Deng,* Computer Science

Dr. Keith M. Erikson,* Nutrition

Mrs. Maria Mercedes Freeman, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Ashleigh Gallagher, Psychology

Dr. Dora Gicheva, Economics

Dr. Lauren A. Haldeman,* Nutrition

Dr. Ellen D. Haskell,* Religious Studies

Dr. Heather M. Helms,* Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Linda L. Hestenes, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Dayong Huang,* Accounting and Finance

Dr. Andrea G. Hunter, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Robert Bradley Johnson, Teacher Education and Higher Education

Dr. Jeffrey D. Labban, Office of Research, HHS

Dr. Kristine Lundgren,* Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. David C. McDuffie, Religious Studies

Mr. Mark Moser, History

Dr. Christine E. Murray,* Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Abigail L. Pack, Music

Dr. Kelly A. Lowther Pereira, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Carrie M. Rosario, Public Health Education

Dr. Meiqing Sun, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Danielle Swick, Social Work

Dr. Denise A. Tucker, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Robert A. Wells,* Music

Dr. Eric J. Willie, Music

Dr. Welborn E. Young,* Music

Dr. Haimeng Zhang, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Qibin Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Melody Zoch, Teacher Education and Higher Education

*Honoree’s second recognition; granted tenure and/or promoted in a prior year.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Victor Ayala

Pride and Pain: Rediscovering the Old Polio Hospital

Photo of Central Carolina convalescent hospital circa 1949This Thursday, Oct. 11, 4-6 p.m., the Department of History will co-sponsor a program that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital,. This polio hospital opened on October 11, 1948, after just three months of fundraising and construction.

The program, at 710 Huffine Mill Road, will include speakers who experienced the epidemic and an exhibition about the site’s history. Refreshments are provided. RSVP at go.uncg.edu/poliohospital.

More information is at the Facebook page.

Photo credit: Carol W. Martin/Greensboro History Museum Collection

Love Leonard Bernstein’s music? This month features two big events.

October 12, Alexander Bernstein and Lara Downes will perform at the School of Music Recital Hall as part of the University Concert and Lecture Series.

Alexander Bernstein is the son of legendary composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, while pianist Downes is regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Leonard Bernstein’s work.

One of the most iconic American composers, Leonard Bernstein has had a lasting impact on contemporary culture through his work on West Side Story, Peter Pan, and much more. This year marks the centennial anniversary of his birth, and in celebration Bernstein and Downes will host an intimate evening of music and conversation.

The event is at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

October 26, Bernstein admirers will have another opportunity to enjoy his classic work. The UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet will perform an original arrangement of Bernstein’s “West Side Story” at The Crown, in downtown’s Carolina Theatre. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. See details and ticket information.



Barbara Chadwell gets APRA Carolinas’ “Professional of the Year” award

Barbara Chadwell, director of prospect management and research in University Advancement, is the 2018 recipient of APRA Carolinas’ “Professional of the Year” Award. APRA Carolinas is a chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).

The nomination materials emphasize the many ways she regularly makes a key impact for University Advancement and the University far from her core responsibilities. Some examples are her work preparing for the department’s move (including its library) across campus; her serving as the chief data expert on Advancement’s newly initiated ADVIZOR prospect management project; her expert assistance with data and digital files; and her new commitment to serving on UNCG Staff Senate. Lastly, the nomination materials note: “This year marks Barb’s 25th anniversary with UNCG. Her knowledge and experience is the bedrock of institutional knowledge here in University Advancement.”

Chadwell has been a member of APRA since 1989 and a member of the APRA Carolinas chapter since 1994, having served as a past board member for five years, a  vice president for three years and a mentor to numerous members over the years. She is also a member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals.

Prior to joining UNCG in 1993, she started her advancement career at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C. At St. Andrews, she was director of donor research and then director of development for corporate and foundation support.


UC/LS lecture by MacArthur Fellow and visual artist Ann Hamilton

Photograph of Ann HamiltonOn Thursday, October 11, the University Concert and Lecture Series will host a talk by visual artist Ann Hamilton at the EUC Auditorium.

Hamilton is an artist best known for large scale work exploring felt experience, the relationship between written language and tactile experience and the juxtaposition of motion and stillness. She has received a number of awards, including the National Medal of the Arts and a MacArthur Fellowship. Currently she is Distinguished University Professor of Art at The Ohio State University. Her lecture will be at 7 p.m. Entry is free.

Medieval and Contemporary Culture Series – two lectures

The English Department’s Class of 1952 Professorship and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host two fall talks as part of the Medievalism and Contemporary Culture Speaker Series.

The first speaker Dr. Tison Pugh is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida and the author of ten books. Pugh explores the paradoxes of the modern United States South turning to the medieval past for models of gender, detailing the inherent instability of the cultural archetype.

“The Queer Genders of Medievalism in the U.S. South” lecture will be Tuesday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Rm. 118

The second speaker, Dr. Paul Sturtevant (Smithsonian Institution), is the editor-in-chief of The Public Medievalist, an online magazine written by medievalists for a broad public audience.

On Tuesday, October 30,  at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Rm. 120, Sturtevant will discuss his series “Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages.” The promotional materials explain he will “debunk the lies about the medieval world at the heart of the white nationalist narrative.”

Emily Herring Wilson will speak on Eleanor Roosevelt

Emily Herring Wilson

Emily Herring Wilson

UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries will host a book discussion of “The Three Graces of Val-Kill” with author Emily Herring Wilson on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

“The Three Graces of Val-Kill” changes the way readers think about Eleanor Roosevelt. In her book, Wilson examines what she calls the most formative period in Roosevelt’s life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family land.

In the early years, the three women—the “three graces,” as Franklin Delano Roosevelt called them—were nearly inseparable and forged a female-centered community for each other, for family and for New York’s progressive women.

Wilson, who resides in Winston-Salem,  is author of “No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence” and co-author of “North Carolina Women: Making History.” Wilson graduated from Woman’s College (now UNCG), in 1961 and attended graduate school at Wake Forest University in 1962.

The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by University Libraries, Greensboro Bound Literary Festival and the North Carolina Literary Map.

Photograph courtesy of Ken Bennett.

Exhibition on ‘school to prison pipeline’ at GPS

The relationship between incarceration and education is a complex current issue.

Through October 26, UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space will host “None of the Above,” an exhibition that “explores the intersection of race, poverty, educational policies, and incarceration through the voices of those most affected: students, teachers, administrators, parents, attorneys, juvenile justice officials, the incarcerated, school resource officers, advocates, and others.” Learn about what is called the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The project has been three years in the making by the Hidden Voices collective, and is based on interviews and workshops in more than 20 counties. 

In addition to the exhibition, on October 25 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Anne Parsons, UNCG’s director of Public History, will lead a discussion about incarceration and mental health. The event is called “Care and Custody.” Parsons will
discuss her new book “From Asylum to Prison.” And Tiffany Bullard of Benevolence Farm will speak about efforts to
connect people leaving prison with mental health services.

There will also be a closing performance at the project space on October 26.

For more information, see the page on UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space website here.

By Avery Campbell

Celebrating entrepreneurship Nov. 1

The Entrepreneurship Everywhere Symposium, open to the campus and community, will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. If you are alumnus, faculty, staff or student and have a business, you can get a table to display for free. Contact djbrandt@uncg.edu to sign up, or dhwelsh@uncg.edu.

Come see all the wonderful businesses, projects, classes, and opportunities and connect with entrepreneurs.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Protecting yourself online — your identity, data and devices — is critical in today’s world where the internet is prevalent in nearly every aspect of our lives. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, now in its fifteenth year, encourages individuals, businesses and institutions to take time to educate themselves about cyber risks and online safety practices.

Throughout October, Information Technology Services (ITS) will share tips, best practices and other cyber security resources to help you learn ways to protect yourself online. Look for these on ITS Technology News’ Cyber Security Tips and ITS social media (Twitter and Facebook).

Tips and topics to be shared include the following:

  • Avoid phishing scams by using your cursor to preview website addresses before clicking on them and looking for common signs of phishing, such as an urgent message (“your account has been disabled!”) or misspellings and bad grammar.
  • Use UNCG two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your accounts and data.
  • Protect your mobile device by using a password or PIN, locking it when not in use, and keeping its operating system up to date.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Editor’s note: Updated Oct. 10 at 10:15 a.m. to include the helpful hyperlinks that ITS had provided. Please check out the information at each of these links.

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Warhol at Weatherspoon, currently on view

Andy Warhol’s exploration of the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and popular culture made him one of the most influential 20th century artists. In many ways, his vision of culture and art anticipated modern trends with instagram, snapchat and cell phone cameras. The Weatherspoon Art Museum will present three bodies of work in their star-studded exhibition on Warhol’s unique vision.

Warhol’s color Polaroids of celebrities and society figures were well known for their meticulous creation process. After interviewing his subject, he would photograph the person in front of a white background in various poses. After shooting, Warhol would solicit input from both the subject and anyone else on hand in selecting the best image to use as the basis for a larger work.

In direct contrast, Warhol’s black-and-white, 8 x 10-inch photographs were spontaneously created with a number of point-and-shoot cameras. Instead of being used in a larger artistic piece, Warhol viewed these photographs as a form of documentary, referring to them as a “visual diary”. These images allow an entry into Warhol’s daily life, separate from the meticulous and deliberate process of his larger works.

Finally, WAM will exhibit four of Warhol’s screenprints showcasing his broad approach to subject matter. These pieces display one of Warhol’s signature visual elements: using bright, aggressive coloring to recontextualize and add depth to banal images.

The exhibit runs through February 3, 2019, in the Weatherspoon’s Gallery 6.

Visual: Andy Warhol, “Neuschwanstein”, 1987. Screenprint on Arches 88 paper. Weatherspoon Art Museum; Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2013.

Show Me the Money: Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Faculty and staff often require external funding for research, teaching and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by Helen G. Kiss, Ph.D., Office of Sponsored Programs, and Gerald Holmes, University Libraries.

Start Date & Time: Oct. 17, 2018, 9-11 a.m.

Location: 304 Curry


Retired faculty events next week and November

The UNCG Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) will host two more “Meet and Eat” events this fall. Our program will include the showing and discussion of two TED talks at each of the following dates:

Wednesday, October 17: Bryan Stevenson-“We Need to Talk about an Injustice” and Bob Stein-“A Rite of Passage for Late Life”

Wednesday, November 14: Jill B. Taylor-“My Stroke of Insight” and Ingrid Fetell Lee-“Where Joy Hides and Where to Find It”

They will meet in the large conference room in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC), first floor of the UNCG building at 1100 West Market Street. There is ample parking in the entrance on Tate Street (with UNCG parking permit) or in the surrounding neighborhood. Please feel free to bring your lunch as they meet from noon to 2 p.m.. Light refreshments, including drinks, will be served.

RSVP to Vicki McCready (cvmccrea@uncg.edu) by October 10 for the October date and by November 7 for the November date. They hope to see many of you then.

If you are interested in joining ARF, you can do so through http://uncgarf.org/ or by attending a meeting, completing an application, and paying dues. For more information about ARF, email ARF Presiden Susan Dennison at stdennis@uncg.edu.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) was one of two Americans chosen to be on an expert panel to develop a toolkit for entrepreneurship education for the European Union. The meeting was held in Brussels at the EU two weeks ago. Welsh holds the Hayes Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School.

Dr. Matt Carter

Dr. Matt Carter (English) has been accepted into his third Folger Institute program in four years. In Heather Wolfe’s “Introduction to Paleography” skills course, Fisher will master the vagaries of early modern handwriting so that he can read correspondence and the marginalia in swordsmanship manuals, dramatic texts, and other manuscript documents. Carter is assistant director of the UNCG Writing Center.

He will be at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill during the week of December 10.

UNCG faculty and graduate students have preferred application status for Folger programs and are eligible for grants-in-aid to cover most or all travel expenses. See https://www.folger.edu/2018-2019-institute-scholarly-programs. for a list of the Folger’s current scholarly programs, and https://awrn.uncg.edu/folger_application.html for application instructions.

Carlone / Tan

Dr. Heidi Carlone and Dr. Edna Tan were two of 13 experts interviewed on defining STEM identity. The interviews appear on the CAISE website. They highlighted the research that they do here at UNCG, as they lead students to pursue science in such compelling ways. See the interviews at http://www.informalscience.org/news-views/13-viewpoints-stem-identity

Candidates for dean of JSNN open forums

The JSNN Dean Search Committee, Provost Dunn and NC A&T Provost McEwen recently held confidential in-person interviews with semi-finalists for the position.  Two finalists were selected to visit campus.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the interviews by attending the candidates’ open forums and receptions. They will provide brief remarks at the forums followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, October 23, from 3-4:15 p.m. in the JSNN Auditorium, 2907 E. Gate City Blvd.
Tuesday, October 30, from 3-4:15 p.m. in the JSNN Auditorium, 2907 E. Gate City Blvd.

A brief reception will be held immediately after the open forums in the lobby area.

Finalists’ names, CVs and itineraries will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording of the forum and survey information will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed at:



Looking ahead: Oct. 10, 2018

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 11 a.m., Alumni House

UCLS: Ann Hamilton Lecture
Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Homecoming bonfire
Friday, October 12, 7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

UCLS: Alex Bernstein and Lara Downes Performance and Conversation
Friday, October 12, 8 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall

Homecoming block party
Saturday, October 13, 3-7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Faculty Senate, Open Forum: Gen Ed Revision
Wednesday, October 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Millennial Campus open house / roundtables, for faculty/staff
Thursday, October 18,  2 to 3:30 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

SECC launches 2018 campaign – drawing winners are announced

Photo of two people at a table during the SECC kickoffMore than 230 UNCG staff and faculty stopped by the Cone Ballroom to connect with representatives from 24 charities during the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) kick-off and agency fair Sept. 26.

The SECC – the official giving campaign for state employees – helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across our community, state and beyond.

This year, UNCG’s giving goal is $201,891, commemorating, like last year, the year of the University’s establishment. Organizers hope to keep UNCG the top-participating mid-sized school in the state, with a participation level of at least 35 percent.

This year’s chair, Wade Maki, is promoting online giving through the official SECC ePledge email or through the UNCG Gives webpage (http://secc.wp.uncg.edu), which is easy, safe, secure and private. To encourage online donating, there will be a weekly drawing through Nov. 21, when the eight-week campaign concludes.  To ensure that every employee has a chance of winning, those that need assistance can contact John Gale by phone at (336) 944-6112 or by email at jcgale@uncg.edu

The drawing winners from the kick-off are listed below. To claim your prize, visit Allen Rogers (Dean of Students Office) Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. in Room 210 of the EUC.

Couldn’t make it last week? Don’t worry, you still have the opportunity to win prizes in regular drawings to come. All online donors are eligible to win prizes like season tickets to men’s basketball, swag bags, apparel and more. Drawing winners will be listed in future Campus Weekly articles.

Winner Area Prize
Malcolm Schug Biology Spartan Swag Bag
Karen Ward Library Spartan Swag Bag
Victoria Ajemian Dean of Students Spartan Swag Bag
Walter Rogers OARS Tote Bag
Troy Brown Housekeeping Jacket
Liz Swinson Facility Services Audra Tickets
DeAnne Brook Kinesiology Herbie Tickets
Jewel Gibson NST+FYE Manicure
Miriam Fields University Advancement Pedicure
Larry Meris Carpentry Mum
Denise Rowe CASAO Mum
Jill Snowden FDC Mum
Jesse Hall NST+FYE Mum
Jewel Gibson NST+FYE Men’s Basketball Season Tickets
Shannon Lovett College of Arts and Sciences TIAA gift box
April Taylor Social Work TIAA gift box

Story and photograph by Victor Ayala

Spellings, Gilliam visit Moss Street Partnership School

A few special guests paid a visit to Moss Street Partnership School in honor of its inaugural year Sept. 27. UNC System President Margaret Spellings, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger got a first-hand look at the innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program in action at the school. The group interacted with students, met with teachers, participated in music and movement classes, and toured the campus.

Read the full story here.

Take advantage of professional development workshops

Photo of College AveProfessional development – and personal development – workshops at UNCG are offered by many different units across campus and relate to a variety of aspects of professional and personal life.

Workshops may deal with the day-to-day technical tasks in the University’s administration, campus safety, research challenges, working with students or individual goals for self-improvement.

There are workshops for Banner 9, Open Enrollment assistance, grant-finding, grant proposal writing, human subject research training, library tours, Starfish, data management, Canvas, e-marketplace, as well as workshops on balancing work and life, building trust, and healthy dining on campus.

View a brief selection of fall workshops below and view the full fall schedule here.

Research Management Best Practices

Research management is the process of effectively managing your data (of all kinds) before, during, and after a project. This ensures that your research is secure, promotes the reuse of your data by other researchers, and assures compliance with federal guidelines.

Inquiry Busters

Join Frances Bottenberg from the Philosophy Department as she shares strategies for more productive class discussions that focus on the practice of inquiry. If you use discussions – or if you would if you felt like they were a better fit for your learning outcomes – then we hope to see you there.

Monday Play! in the Workplace: Part I

Part I – Foundations of Play and Improvisation with Practice

A two-part series on developing your improvisational skills to be happier, more satisfied, and more effective in the workplace. Led by popular and award-winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Omar Ali, the workshops are designed for participants who want to change their work environments so that they are more fun and productive places to be.

Combining the latest and most innovative research in developmental psychology, business performance, theater, and improvisation, Ali walks participants through a brief history of science regarding human development, play, and learning before launching into improvisational techniques and games in Monday Play!

Introductory American Sign Language – Part I

This four-part series gives you a quick introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) focusing on conversations and phrases that are useful in day-to-day office interactions. Because the sessions will build on one another, it is strongly recommended that you take all four two-hour sessions offered in a compact four-week period. Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture and learn useful phrases that can be used in the workplace.

Creating Interactive, Accessible, and Free Tutorials: H5P

Creating Interactive, Accessible, Free Tutorials: H5P by Samantha Harlow, UNCG Online Learning Librarian

Personal Digital Archiving

This workshop will introduce attendees to digital archives and preservation.

Learning to Use The Production Suite at 1100 W Market

Come to learn how to use the Video Recording & Lightboard Studio in The Production Suite at 1100 W Market in the UTLC/ITS Learning Technology Offices. The Production Suite makes video recording easy with one-button recording straight to a USB drive for online instruction or adding digital content to a face-to-face course. You can also learn how to use the Lightboard, an easy-to-use solution for capturing handwritten notes and diagrams while still facing the camera in an instructional video.

Making Images Accessible with Alternative Text

Making Images Accessible with Alternative Text by Melanie Eley.

Viewpoints Of Inclusive Student Experiences (VOISES)

Panel: Students with Disabilities Experiences

From students, for faculty: a panel of student experiences

Join us for dialogue about key UNCG student experiences in the classroom and beyond. VOISES panels provide a venue for faculty to hear the perspective of students from marginalized identity groups on campus. These moderated panels give faculty the chance to ask questions while reflecting on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UNCG.

Working Across the Generations: How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work – This workshop provides an understanding of the differences and similarities of the different generations in the workforce. You will understand how specific managerial tactics can be used to get employees of all ages working productively without stress and with greater results.

Secondary Traumatic Stress Training

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

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

Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally Training

By deciding to work in a University setting, we have all joined a village of professionals seeking to provide students with the best resources and care possible.  Sexual Assault and intimate partner violence are not new topics but have become front and center in recent years as individuals share their experiences and participate in movements like #METOO.  UNCG has taken a step forward by developing the Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC), a confidential resource for survivors. However, the response doesn’t always begin in the CVRC but instead starts with our campus partners.

This interactive presentation will highlight the campus and community resources necessary to create a safer, nonviolent campus culture.  Staff and faculty will learn skills for preventing violence and responding to survivors in a trauma informed and caring way.

SuperVISION – The SuperVISION Certificate is for supervisors of EHRA non-faculty and SHRA employees and those who have oversight of these types of employees. The certificate requires completing 10 workshops, 2 hours in length throughout a 10-week period. This program has received outstanding evaluations and is proving to be meaningful, timely and relevant to anyone who oversees the performance of others.

Additionally, more opportunities for departmental training can be found through the HR Learning and Organizational website.

Organizational Development Opportunities – Short- or long-term projects specific to your team needs in topics such as team building, communication, customer service, etc. Each project will comprise multiple workshops and follow-on activities to improve job satisfaction, the working climate, performance and more.

Omar Ali gets Dean’s Award for Promotion of Diversity & Inclusiveness

Dr. Omar H. Ali, dean of Lloyd International Honors College and professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies program, has received the 2018 Dean’s Award for the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusiveness in the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences.

The nominators noted that his contributions are a web of activities through which diversity and inclusiveness are the common threads. They include establishing organizations such as Spectrum at UNCG (for young people on the autism spectrum), guiding the Muslim Student Association and directing Community Play! (which supports people in poor and working-class communities) and Bridging the Gap (a project that builds relationships between students and police officers on the UNCG campus). “Professor Ali contributes tirelessly to initiatives in our community, for example the Crossroads program for high school students in a psychiatric hospital, and the inaugural Diversity Symposium with the US District Court.”

Dean John Kiss made the announcement at a gathering Sept. 18, with more than 100 members of the campus community present. Dr. Nadja Cech, Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, spoke about the value of diversity in her research lab and about some of the principles Ali extols that have influenced her own practices. Nearly a dozen other members of the campus community or alumni spoke as well, including UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester, who said Ali inspired him to increase UNCG Police initiatives building relationships with students.

Dr. Ali's ceremonyAli told the roomful of attendees about a principal seen in improvisational theater. Specifically, it was about listening to and affirming others – and building on what they offer to you. In improv acting, that is the concept of “Yes, and….,” he explained. You listen to your fellow actor, react positively, and take it a step further to advance the action.

It’s a concept to use every day, with students and colleagues.

Diversity should not just be a moral imperative, he also said; it’s developmental. When you are with other people, you are compelled to do things differently, to stretch and grow. “You have to be open to being impacted upon.”

Ideally, he explained, we are good environmentalists, but with a unique sense of the word. “We are co-creating environments where people can grow.”

Three current or former UNCG students noted his impact on their lives, as he was nominated for the award. In part, they said:

“He has given me so much inspiration in my life. He has encouraged me to grow and to keep growing, and plays a prominent role in why I am taking the steps to become an educator now. — Aliyah Ruffin, UNCG alum and current Graduate Student in Education, NC A&T

“Dr. Ali supported me in navigating the emotional and institutional challenges of higher education. … He gave me tools to not only empower myself but to support other men and women of color, particularly first-generation students. –Domonique Edwards, PhD student, UNCG

“He teaches with energy, excitement, and compassion. He has an almost mythical ability to create an environment that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds.” — Omar Obregon-Cuebas, student, UNCG Honors Program

See more at https://aas.uncg.edu/diversity/deans-award.

Photos by University Communications and Nancy Maingi.

Give feedback on Millennial Campus Initiative Oct. 18

Photo of Millennial Campus Map

Please join us Thursday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room for a drop-in Open House to learn about the University’s vision for its Millennial Campus Initiative.

The Open House will include the opportunity to hear a presentation from the consultant team working with UNCG to plan the Millennial Campus, as well as time for questions and comments. The rolling presentation will run approximately every 30 minutes, beginning at 2 p.m., and an area for questions/comments will be available during the entire Open House. Please drop in when it is convenient during this time frame. If you cannot attend the Open House, you will have an opportunity to leave feedback on the project website, which will be announced at a later date.

The consultant team will share an overview of the planning process to date, including the current vision for the Health & Wellness and Visual & Performing Arts districts, and a discussion of potential next steps. Participants will be encouraged to share their own vision for the Millennial Campus Initiative, what programs might help activate the campus, what partnerships would be most beneficial and what types of activities and experiences would benefit UNCG’s academics, research and public engagement.  

Any questions about this event should be directed to Alex Ashton, director of real estate, UNCG Campus Enterprises, raashton@uncg.edu.