UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for October 2018

Keker First Year Common Read Author Reyna Grande speaks Oct. 10

Photo of author Reyna GrandeAward-winning novelist and memoirist Reyna Grande will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 10, for the Keker First Year Common Read Author Visit. You are invited to join first year students at an evening presentation featuring Grande. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Keker First Year Common Read is an annual program at UNCG that gives first year students a head start by reading a book selected by members of the campus community. Faculty and staff then integrate the book into the students’ learning experience.

This year’s common read is featuring Grande’s “The Distance Between Us,” an eye-opening memoir about life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.

Correction: The presentation time is 7 p.m.

UNC System launches “We Promise” campaign

The UNC System is one of the most affordable systems in the nation. And a UNCG System marketing campaign is helping remind North Carolinians of that fact – as many potential students are looking to the future and applying for college.

The “We Promise” campaign is designed to help educate North Carolinians about the options that put higher education within their reach.

“We Promise is an ambitious initiative that highlights how we are making college more accessible and affordable for all North Carolinians,” said President Margaret Spellings. “North Carolinians believe in the power of higher education to change lives and improve our state. These efforts are easing the burden on North Carolina families and upholding the state’s constitutional mandate to provide affordable higher education.”

UNCG is a proud participant in NC’s Fixed Tuition Program, which guarantees a fixed tuition rate for eight semesters at each of the system’s universities. Want to learn more? Visit northcarolina.edu/wepromise.

Also, NC Promise, offered at three universities, is one of the most innovative programs in the nation for putting college within the reach of all aspiring students.

The campaign launched on Monday, Oct. 1, during the peak of college and financial applications, and runs through mid-November. See http://northcarolina.edu/wepromise for information.

See more at https://vimeo.com/292318483.





Looking ahead: Oct. 3, 2018

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

UNCG Symphonic Band Concert
Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Women’s Tennis: Spartan Classic Invitational
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, UNCG Tennis Courts

Employee Flu Shots
Wednesday, October 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Campus Supply Store (Training Room)

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

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

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

ParkMobile and UNCG partner to offer Smart Parking

ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the US, will partner with UNC Greensboro to enable people to pay for parking on their mobile device. The ParkMobile app is now available at approximately 200 metered spaces.

That includes all metered spaces throughout campus, says Desiree Coltrane, interim director, Parking Operations & Campus Access Management.

New stickers and signage will provide information to drivers on how to pay for parking using the new app. ParkMobile is a free app available for iPhone and Android devices; users can additionally register on parkmobile.io. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. The ParkMobile app lets users remotely view and update/add time for their parking spot. Additional time should only be added for up to the max length of the meter, which will be either 30 minutes or 2 hours..

“We are excited to be able to partner with ParkMobile and offer students, staff, faculty and visitors an alternative option for paying for their parking at meters,” said Coltrane. Another advantage? “Students, faculty, staff and visitors who underestimate the amount of time that they will be away from their vehicle can now add additional time to the meter, if needed.”

Questions? Contact Desiree Coltrane, dswhiteh@uncg.edu or 336.334.5682.

Learn more at https://parking.uncg.edu/parking-operations/parkmobile/.

Love for all languages, Oct. 22

All are invited to LLC’s 2018 Culture Jam,

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) on Monday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-3 pm. will sponsor an event to explore the cultural, linguistic, and creative curiosity of all LLC students and faculty.

The event, 2018 Culture Jam, will highlight LLC’s diversity and common love and respect for all languages and their cultures. It will focus on a variety of activities to allow us to explore and appreciate our global cultural diversity.

This event has an international scope which will emphasize the creative power of language through its many cultural manifestations.  LLC is seeking to spark students’ interest in languages through a creative outlet. Thus, they will focus on a variety of activities that will urge students to seek cultural expressions of all kinds. The LLC event will offer several opportunities throughout the day for students to be exposed to the cultural components of all the languages studied in the LLC Department: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. This way, students will have the opportunity to appreciate not only to their language of study, but others as well.

Some of the cultural expressions to explore could include language related ones, fairy tales, literature, music, gestures…). Below are some activities that could be included in a classroom setting and then shared during the Culture Jam:
Exploration and presentation of fairy tales in different cultures (in connection with the Weatherspoon event and Carola’s expertise and course on fairy tales)
Sayings as well as tongue twisters (audience can participate)
Singing of traditional folk music (such as Christmas songs…)
Presentations such as:
o Ads about the selling of the same product (eg, Coca-Cola) in different parts of the world exploring the cultural underlining of the ads (this could be presented by groups of students from different languages)
o The presentation of gestures and their meaning (via sketches, presenting of the gestures to the audience by students, etc.)
o A soliloquy (say by Shakespeare) presented in a variety of languages (Romeo y Julieta…)
o Famous emigrants from different origins
o Fun Sketches with a cultural undertone
o Cultural photo jam

All UNCG faculty and students are invited to participate.


Wester, Morris work to prevent self-injury in schools

Chances are, every person reading this knows someone who engages in or has engaged in self-injury – a fact that two UNC Greensboro faculty members hope to change with a new school curriculum.

“Most people have a friend or a peer who self-harms,” said Dr. Kelly Wester, professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational development (CED) in the School of Education. “Whether they actually know their friend does or not may be a different story.”

After a significant downturn, suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) disorder, defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as deliberately injuring oneself without suicidal intent, are now on the upswing, according to Wester and colleague Dr. Carrie Wachter Morris, associate professor of CED.

And college students are a high-risk population.

Wester and a colleague at the University of Texas at San Antonio conducted a study of three separate cohorts of incoming college freshmen from 2008 to 2015. In the most recent cohort, 45 percent of students responded that they self-injured at some point, a number Wester said is up three-fold since 2008; and 20 percent reported they had self-injured within the past three months, a seven-fold increase since 2008.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Talk: ‘Distribute Money, Not Medicine’

The Department of Philosophy presents a talk in its Markets & Morality Visiting Speaker Series. Professor Christopher Freiman, Dept of Philosophy, College of William & Mary, will speak Oct. 10, 5 p.m., in Curry 237.

The topic will be “Distribute Money, Not Medicine.”

Freiman’s research interests include democratic theory, distributive justice and immigration. His faculty biography notes that his recent book, “Unequivocal Justice,” criticizes the role of idealization in contemporary political philosophy.

Dr. Harriette Bailey

 Dr. Harriette Bailey (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from Child Care Resources, Inc., for the project “Becoming a Culturally Competent Trainer.”

The Becoming a Culturally Competent Trainer training will be developed and delivered to equip 28 trainers who are able to effectively deliver the current Cultural Competence Module for early childhood professionals.  This work will be led by the project leaders. This training will be developed and delivered based on the framework and principles used in the 18-month Cultural Competence Project funded by the Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge Funds. This project equipped participants to teach the Cultural Competence training module and to provide technical assistance and professional development related to implementing culturally competent practices in early childhood programs.

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Photo of Dr. Catherine Scott-Little .Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the DHHS Administration for Children and Families for the project “Exploring teacher-family relationships: Avenues for increasing the quality of care in infant-toddler classrooms.”

The recent award from the DHHS Administration for Children and Families is part of the Child Care Research Scholars program and will provide funding for Mary Lee Porterfield’s doctoral dissertation research. The proposed project will investigate current family engagement practices in licensed infant and toddler classrooms across the state to inform future policy and practice. Surveys of infant and toddler teachers, program administrators and families will be conducted with follow-up qualitative interviews of teachers and administrators. Survey scores will be compared to secondary observed quality data.

Dr. Kimberly Kappler-Hewitt

 Dr. Kimberly Kappler-Hewitt (School of Education) received new funding from the NC Alliance for School Leadership Development for the project “Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS).” Dr. Carl Lashley is co-principal investigator on the project.

Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) involves a partnership amongst 13 rural districts that struggle to find and keep effective principals for high-need schools, the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s (UNCG) Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  The partnership aims to develop strong, sustainable leadership pipelines within these districts. PPEERS 2 (2018-2020) will prepare and license 22 new principals for high-need, rural schools.


Dr. Merlyn Griffiths and Dr. Channelle James (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Department) have published a new textbook, “Mastering the Art: An Entrepreneurial Guide to a Profit-Driven Marketing Plan.” Details about the book and access can be found at he.kendallhunt.com/griffiths_james.

Chancellor Gilliam and a “tiny bus concert”

There’s no blues like the Spartan blues. The Greensboro Transit Authority launched a mobile concert series aboard its HEAT buses last week, and Chancellor Gilliam was the first performer. He was joined by double bass player Steve Haines (who directs the jazz studies program), guitarist Logan Butler and vocalist Jessica Schneider. Several UNCG students also brought Spartan spirit to the ride around Greensboro.  It was very popular on social media, helping build buzz about UNC Greensboro.


Open Enrollment period has begun

Human Resources has an announcement about Open Enrollment:

The Open Enrollment period runs from September 29 to October 31, 2018. You will enroll for both your State Health Plan and your NCFlex benefits. Your new elections will go into effect January 1, 2019.

To access the enrollment portal’s Single Sign-On page, click here to visit the Human Resource’s Open Enrollment webpage. Click here to sign up for an Open Enrollment workshop.


1. If you are enrolled for health coverage under the State Health Plan, you and your eligible dependents will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan.  If you want to enroll in the 80/20 Plan, you must actively enroll through eBenefits during Open Enrollment.

2. If you want to reduce your premium under any of the plans offered by the State Health Plan, you MUST complete your tobacco attestation by October 31, 2018 ($60 monthly credit).

3. The Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require re-enrollment every year.

• The 2019 Health Care FSA maximum annual contribution limit is $2,650.
• The 2019 Dependent Day Care FSA maximum annual contribution is $5,000.

Any unused Health Care FSA funds in your account at the end of the calendar year, up to $500, will be rolled over into the next plan year as long as you have a minimum balance of $25.


Health Benefits

• There is no increase to premiums for 2019.
• The 80/20 Plan’s out-of-pocket maximum has changed from a separate medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket amount to a combined medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket maximum.
• There has also been a change in the 80/20 Plan’s specialist and inpatient hospital copay.
• The co-pay reduction offered under the 80/20 Plan for Blue Options Designated specialists and hospitals have been discontinued.
• The tobacco attestation premium credit activity has changed for tobacco users who want to reduce their monthly premium. Now, tobacco users must commit to visit a CVS Minute Clinic for at least one tobacco cessation counseling session within 90 days after the last day of Open Enrollment or risk losing the monthly premium credit.

Click here to review more detailed information about 2019 benefit options.

NCFlex Benefits

• Premium rates for Critical Care Insurance are lower in 2019.
• The annual contribution for the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is $2,650 for 2019.
• You may enroll in or increase your Cancer Insurance coverage without providing Evidence of Insurability (EOI).

To learn more about your options, visit www.shpnc.org for information about your health benefits and www.ncflex.org for information about your NCFlex benefits.

Please contact the HR Benefits Office at (336) 334-5009 or askbenefits@uncg.eduwith any questions.

HealthyUNCG Open House and flu shot clinic info

Employee Wellness Month kicks off with a HealthyUNCG Open House Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Stop in anytime during those hours at the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

  • Meet wellness professionals from the HealthyUNCG team
  • Nutrition, health coaching, registered dietitians
  • Kaplan Center staff, human resources, and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Giveaways, snacks, games, prizes, and tours.

Win a Kaplan Center membership or a Ninja Blender/Bullet. Please bring your Employee ID Card. Direct shuttle service will be provided: Continuous from EUC 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continuous from Becher Weaver 11 am-1 pm.

Additionally, a flu shot clinic – the final clinic on campus this year – will be held for employees Wednesday, Oct. 10, Campus Supply Store, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Information for both events is at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/.