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Archives for November 2018

City Councilman, Attorney Justin Outling to Speak at December Commencement

Photo of Justin OutlingGreensboro city councilman, attorney, and UNCG alumnus Justin Outling will deliver the keynote address at the University’s Dec. 7 Commencement Ceremony. More than 2,000 students are expected to receive degrees at the ceremony.

Outling graduated from UNCG in 2005 with a degree in political science, and then studied law at Duke University. He is a now a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P., practicing in business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Since 2015, he has served on the Greensboro City Council representing District 3.

Outling and his wife, Cora, also a graduate of UNCG, currently serve as co-chairs of the UNCG Board of Visitors.

Prior to joining Brooks Pierce, Outling served as a federal law clerk to Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro. Subsequently, he practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton L.L.P. in New York City, where he represented financial institutions and multi-national corporations in securities and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters.

“Justin is a tremendous example of the level of achievement and impact that is possible for our graduates when they embrace the spirit of service, focus on community, and commitment to hard work that we teach every day at UNCG,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “We are proud of Justin’s accomplishments and the difference he makes in our hometown. I know he will bring wisdom and inspiration to the newest generation of Spartan alumni as they take their next giant steps forward as changemakers for our community, our region, and our world.”

Commencement speakers at UNCG date back to 1893, with then-Governor Elias Carr addressing the students. Since that time, the University has welcomed ambassadors, governors, authors, university presidents, professors, bishops, ministers, and other notable speakers throughout its history.


Dr. Judith Adams

Dr. Judith Adams (Nursing) recently published an article in the American Association of Nurse Anesthesia Journal in collaboration with Dr. Laura Lambert, DNP, MSN, CRNA, a recent graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The article was titled “Improved Anesthesia Handoff After Implementation of the Written Handoff Anesthesia Tool (WHAT).” It described the DNP project completed by Lambert during her DNP program, and the development of a tool, the WHAT, to improve communication between certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) as they provide coverage for each other in the operating room and between CRNAs and registered nurses (RNs) in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) as the CRNAs deliver key information to the PACU RNs after surgery. The researchers used an existing tool to identify barriers to communication and then measured the effectiveness of her tool to address these barriers. They found that after implementation of the WHAT, CRNA and PACU RN satisfaction with communication improved significantly. They also found that inadequate handoffs and omissions improved significantly after implementation of the WHAT. Since the project, the WHAT has been adopted by CRNAs and is now a practice standard at the research site.

Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi

Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi, an associate professor of Communication Studies and the Academic Sustainability Coordinator, will be attending the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that takes place in Katowice, Poland, from December 3 to 14, 2018. She will be part of the delegation representing the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). IECA has an observer status with the UNFCCC. During the conference, Kinefuchi will be participating in the dialogue panel, Dialogemos: Participatory processes for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The panel is composed of representatives from Peru’s Ministry of the Environment, IECA, and Mediators Beyond Borders International. The panel will discuss the implementation of Talanoa Dialogue, a facilitative dialogue framework built on trust, empathy, and understanding, in climate negotiation.

Follow the Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter (@SustainableUNCG) to read updates from Dr. Kinefuchi during her trip.



Enjoy Holiday Open House tomorrow, noon to 3 p.m.

Photo of the Alumni house exteriorDelicious treats. Great camaraderie.

Faculty and staff are invited to the Chancellor’s Holiday Open House Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. It will be open noon-3 p.m., with the Chancellor’s holiday greeting at 1 p.m.

At dusk, enjoy the annual luminaires lighting. The luminaires will be placed at Moran Commons and along College Avenue. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds.

And while you’re enjoying the luminaires, stop at the Vacc Bell Tower to enjoy some holiday refreshments in the early evening.   

UNCG Pop Up Shop in heart of downtown

Photo of man installing signs in front of UNCG Pop up shop in downtown Greensboro.There’s a new place to get your favorite Spartan gear. And it’s for a limited time.

The UNCG Pop Up Shop on Elm Street has, well, popped up downtown.

Located in the heart of downtown Greensboro between the Wrangler Store and Scuppernong Bookstore near the Washington and Elm intersection, its Grand Opening will be Friday, Nov. 30, at the Festival of Lights celebration. UNCG is a sponsor of Greensboro’s Festival of Lights.

The UNCG Pop Up Shop will sell Spartan gear, books, and other items. It will open Wednesdays through Saturdays through December 22, ideal for shoppers purchasing gift items for the holidays.

UNCG employees can get a 20 percent discount on most merchandise by showing their Spartan ID.

Additionally, at check-out, just show that you follow UNCG on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll be shown how to get a Barnes and Noble app so you can also receive an even bigger 25 percent discount on one of your items.

The pop up shop is excellent exposure for UNCG as we reach out to prospective students and the community. Plus it offers a convenient new way to pick up some Spartan items.

UNCG and the city are deeply connected, says Jeff Shafer, vice chancellor for strategic communications. “Even more, we know 35,000 Spartan alumni live within 25 miles of campus and certainly many of them shop downtown during the holidays.”

“The Pop Up shop will help the University reach former or future Spartans and UNCG friends and fans in our community who we may miss because they do not make it to campus,” adds Scott Milman, assistant vice chancellor for campus enterprises and real estate.  

And, Shafer points out, “It gives us a really powerful presence to showcase the best of UNCG and celebrate Spartan pride in one of the coolest parts of our hometown.”

When you’re downtown during the holiday season, stop in and check it out. For more information, check out our social media channels under #UNCGWay.

By Mike Harris

Spot Spartan musicians at Festival of Lights

Photo of Jessica Mashburn performing at the festival of lightsGreensboro’s Festival of Lights has been a holiday tradition for more than 25 years, and Spartans are always part of that tradition, in a number of ways.

UNCG is a sponsor of this year’s Festival of Lights and, as usual, you’ll see at least four UNCG musical groups, and many alumni performers, up and down Elm Street and in LeBauer Park, alongside other local musicians, touring musicians, and musical groups from NC A&T.

UNCG Horn Choir will play at 6 p.m. with Associate Professor Abigail Pack, and the UNCG Tuba Band will play at 7:30 p.m. with Director of Athletic Bands Justin Worley. Both ensembles will perform in LeBauer Park. The UNCG Choir will sing with local musician Abigail Dowd at 325 Elm St, and the women’s a cappella group, the UNCG Sapphires, will also perform as a strolling group.

Old-time music fans can catch kickin’ fiddle tunes from The Zinc Kings and The Gate City Railbenders, both formed by UNCG Old Time Ensemble alumni. The Zinc Kings, which includes director of UNCG’s Old Time Ensemble, Christen Blanton-Mack, will perform at 308 Elm St. near the new UNCG Pop Up Shop, and the Railbenders will be farther south, at 602 Elm St., near Lewis St.

In search of Spartan singer/songwriters? Near Washington St, you’ll find Laura Jane Vincent who writes ballads of strength, loss, and triumph and near Gate City Blvd, Jessica Mashburn (seen in visual at last year’s festival), whose repertoire spans from jazz standards to pop classics.

The Radials will play by February One Place, offering their Americana roots music with a modern twist. The band includes UNCG alumni Shawn Patch and Lisa Dames.

Check out locations of performers, and find more information here: 


By Susan Kirby-Smith

Donate gifts for Spartans through Angel Tree

Five Spartan families have been selected for the UNCG Angel Tree, sponsored by Staff Senate. The donations through the Angel Tree will make the families’ holiday season a brighter one.

The families are all affiliated with UNCG either as students or staff.

Visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4da4a69-angel to learn more and see needed items for each family.

At that site, find a particular item/items you would like to purchase, sign up, and shop. Then contact one of the listed volunteers to arrange a time to drop off your donation.

The deadline to bring in the items is Dec. 7.

Donations of gift cards are also welcome. The organizers ask that if they are meant for a specific family that they be clearly marked.

Those who’d like to volunteer for the The Angel Tree wrapping party may contact ksstamey@uncg.edu.

Again, the sign-up for particular items for family members is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4da4a69-angel.

(See also item in early Campus Weekly: How can individuals at UNCG help some Moss Street families have a brighter holiday season? Moss Street Partnership School Angel Tree Sign-Up is here.)

Dr. Sherine Obare will be dean of JSNN

Photo of Dr. ObareDr. Sherine O. Obare, a recognized leader in nanoscience and materials chemistry research and STEM education, has been selected to lead the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), the prestigious academic collaboration

Currently the associate vice president for research and a professor of chemistry at Western Michigan University, Obare will become the school’s second permanent dean, succeeding founding Dean James Ryan, who stepped down over the summer. Obare will begin in her new role on Jan. 14, 2019. Obare will also serve as a tenured professor of Nanoscience at UNCG.

“JSNN offers innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate programs and Dr. Obare’s experience in research gives her the knowledge to continue our growth in education and research excellence,” said N.C. A&T Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Beryl McEwen.

“There is tremendous opportunity for innovation at the JSNN, and Dr. Obare brings the academic experience, research expertise and creative vision required to help our universities and our region maximize the potential of this unique School,” said UNCG Provost Dr. Dana Dunn.

Obare has established an internationally recognized and externally funded research program that has fostered successful collaborations in chemistry and environmental engineering globally. She has received many awards and accomplishments including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Science and Technology, and the American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship of the National Science Foundation.  She has also been named one of the top 25 women professors in the state of Michigan by Online Schools Michigan. Her research work lies in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, alternative energy, and in developing strategies to improve STEM education.

In addition to her work as associate vice president for research, Obare serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research. She’s served previously as associate chair of chemistry and graduate advisor at Western Michigan.

She earned her B.S. in chemistry with a minor in biology from West Virginia State University and her Ph.D. in inorganic/analytical chemistry from University of South Carolina. Her postdoctoral education in chemistry and environmental engineering was completed at The Johns Hopkins University.

Looking ahead: Nov. 28, 2018

UNCG Old Time Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Reading Day

Thursday, November 29

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House

Thursday, November 29, noon, Alumni House (remarks at 1:o0 p.m.)

Exams begin

Friday, November 30

Festival of Lights with UNCG Pop Up Shop

Friday, November 30, 6 p.m., downtown Greensboro

UNCG Indian Ensemble Concert

Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall

Starfish updates for December 2018

With the fall semester coming to a close, the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative winter break. As the University prepares for a new term, we would like to remind the campus community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

Starfish Features & Winter Break Schedule 

  • November 28: Last day of Fall 2018 classes; instructors may continue issuing flags, kudos, and referrals through December 6 (final day of exams)
  • December 7: December Commencement; all Fall 2018 flags, kudos, and referrals will be cleared (Note: Cleared tracking items will remain available for historical viewing until the start of spring term)
  • December 8: Winter term courses begin; flags, kudos, and select referrals will remain available for instructors to issue to students enrolled in Winter Term courses
  • December 22-January 1: UNCG Closed for Winter Break, reopens on January 2, 2019

Online appointment scheduling will remain available over the winter break to all faculty and staff who post availability on their Starfish calendars. Faculty and staff who will be away from campus during this time should remove all calendar availability prior to leaving to prevent scheduling conflicts.

Starfish Support & Training

For Starfish assistance, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be unavailable when the University is closed December 22, 2018- January 1, 2019. Individuals, groups, or departments who would like to request a Starfish training session should send an email request to starfish@uncg.edu

Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish website for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.


Innovative STAMPS program builds STEM Community

It can be a misleading name: The Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships Program, known on campus as “STAMPS.”

Yes, the program offers scholarships to UNC Greensboro students in the sciences with financial need. But there’s more – the nationally-recognized program provides faculty and peer mentorship, first-year seminars, undergraduate research opportunities, field trips, guest speakers, and an engaged, interdisciplinary community of current and future leaders in STEM.

The program, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University funds, has proven to be well worth the investment since its launch in 2010. The first cohort had, approximately, a 90% four-year graduation rate in the sciences. The remaining 10% of students in the program also graduated in four years, just in other disciplines.

“The whole point is to build a community where students feel a part of something,” said Dr. Jeff Patton, professor of geography and co-director of the program along with Dr. Lynn Sametz. “That leads to success.”

Patton explains that if you look at retention and graduation rates for STEM disciplines, they are, somewhat surprisingly, lower than overall University rates.

“A lot of students leave the sciences after their first year,” he said. “I think a lot of them come in with one single idea of what science is, and one goal in mind – perhaps to be a doctor or a veterinarian. When they discover that’s not really what they want to do, they leave the sciences all together. This program shows them all the other things they can do with science.”

See full story and great visuals at UNCG Now.

Alumni gift $1 million to School of Education and Bryan School

UNC Greensboro has received a $1 million planned gift from Celia Gomedela Jolley ’71 and David Styles Jolley ’76 MA to fund two scholarship endowments – one in business and one in education. The donation is in addition to a planned gift already in place by the alumni couple.

“David and Celia have been strong supporters of the Bryan School, and this gift demonstrates that to the world,” said Dr. McRae Banks, dean of the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. “Their commitment will be transformative for the school and students as we strive to have an even greater impact on the world.”

David also gifted an additional $26,000 to the UNCG School of Education (SOE) in honor of his wife’s birthday: $1,000 to the Inspirational Educators endowment and $25,000 to the Celia Gomedela Jolley and David Styles Jolley Scholarship in Education, which was established in 2016.

“This is an amazing gift, as it will provide critical support for recruiting highly talented students into the teaching profession and advancing the field of education,” said SOE Dean Randy Penfield. “We are grateful to the Jolleys for their leadership at UNCG.”

The SOE launched the Inspirational Educators initiative this fall to recognize the significant impact educators have made in the lives of students. The goal is to honor 1,000 educators and create an endowment of $1 million. Each year, annual interest from the new endowment will fund merit-based scholarships and awards for SOE students.

Applying for Faculty First Awards

Applications for Faculty First Awards are due February 28. Learn more about the awards and successful applications at workshops today or tomorrow (November 28th or November 29th workshops.)

Learn more :

Wed., 11/28, 9:00-10:30 AM, 1607 MHRA OR

Thurs., 11/29, 2:00-3:30 PM, 1607 MHRA

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu.

Application deadline is Tuesday, February 28. Faculty First Awards are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty in the form of “Tenure-Track Faculty First Awards” and “Tenured Faculty First Awards.” Faculty may apply for Faculty First Awards from January 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019, at 5 pm. Faculty First Awards typically fund summer scholarship and require participation in a Spring 2020 presentation event. See more at http://research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards.

Do you know what can be recycled at UNCG?

Image of Greensboro recycling guideElectronic waste includes batteries, ink toner cartridges, CDs/floppy discs, electronics, and cell phones. Locations for electronic waste recycling are located on the second floor of the EUC by the ATMs, the lobby of Mossman Building, outside of the Office of Sustainability in Moran Commons, and near the entrance of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness. The recycling of these materials is especially helpful in reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals that are placed in landfills.

There are also many locations for commingled recycling at different locations around the campus. Items that can be placed within the commingled recycling bins include glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, plastics, and steel. These bins are in every building. Some are divided into two sides with indication of what waste goes where. Need help sorting out what can and can’t be recycled in UNCG’s commingled collection? Check out the City of Greensboro’s Waste Wizard! UNCG and the City collect the same materials.

A new and exciting component of the waste-reducing efforts on campus has recently made its debut! Plastic bag recycling bins have been placed in the Kaplan Center, Moran Commons, and the EUC!

Last year, thanks to your efforts, UNCG diverted 45 percent of our waste from the landfill! Want to keep up with sustainability on campus? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @SustainableUNCG

Link for Greensboro’s Waste Wizard: https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/field-operations/recycle

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Staff Senate’s Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunity

On Friday, December 14, Staff Senate will be helping families build and improve places to call home. The work will be indoors on a vinyl floor installation. No experience is necessary. Lunch will be provided.

Contact Katherine Stamey at ksstamey@uncg.edu if interested in volunteering.

In memoriam: Doris Hulbert

Doris Hulbert, University Librarian at UNCG from 1989-2004, died on November 11, 2018. She received her BA and MA in English from Montclair State University and her MLS from Indiana University. Prior to her appointment as University Librarian she served as Associate Director and Head of Circulation at the UNCG Libraries. Before coming to UNCG in 1980, she worked at the University of Delaware and Indiana University after a teaching career.

Hulbert oversaw significant accomplishments during her tenure as University Librarian. The Libraries acquired its one-millionth volume in 2001. In 2002, Jackson Library was named a Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA. She was particularly proud of the establishment of the Women Veterans Historical Project in 1998. And, the Libraries qualified to join the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) which provided expanded resource sharing opportunities.

The Libraries underwent numerous changes under Hulbert’s leadership. The first online catalog was unveiled in 1994 and an instructional computer lab constructed in 1995. The Libraries moved from being entirely print-based to incorporating a wide variety of online databases, journals and e-books. Services expanded to include distance learners as well as on-campus students. The Harold Schiffman Music Library was established in 1999 when the Music Building was completed and the Connector between Jackson Library and the Elliott University Center planned and opened in 2005 just after her retirement in 2004.

See the obituary.

See archival article from 2004.

Next Coffee with Veterans Wednesday, Nov. 28

On Nov. 28th at 8:30 a.m., the UNCG Alumni Association’s Military and Veteran Alumni Society will host a Coffee with Veterans in the Jackson Library. Curator Beth Ann Koelsch will present the Women Veterans Historical Project to attendees. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are all invited, but must RSVP here.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Libraries.

Dr. Tyreasa Washington

Photo of Dr. WashingtonDr. Tyreasa Washington (Department of Social Work) lectured on “Examining Maternal and Paternal Involvement as Promotive Factors of Competence in African American Children in Informal Kinship Care” at The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa.

Addressing social work staff and students, Washington said: “Grandparents or other relatives are raising over 2.7 million children in the United States and research suggests that the birth parents of these children maintain varying levels of involvement with them and their relative caregivers. However, the impact of birth parental involvement on children’s developmental outcomes remains largely unexplored.”

She discussed the role of maternal and paternal involvement – each birth parent’s contact with the caregiver, contact with the child, friendliness to the caregiver, and quality of relationship with the child – on competence levels of African American children in informal kinship care. “Exploring these relationships is pivotal, especially given the various psychosocial benefits associated with social and academic competence,” said Washington.

She is associate professor in Social Work and principal investigator of the Kinship Care Pilot Study.

See full story here.

Erin Lawrimore

Portrait of Erin Lawrimore Erin Lawrimore (University Libraries) received two awards from Archive-It as part of the first “Pitch a Collection” contest. Each award consists of 100GB of storage to build collections on topics that are interesting, unique and underrepresented, and fall outside of the University’s current web archive collection development policy. The two projects that will make use of the storage are related to UNCG University Libraries’ Well Crafted NC and the nationwide Brewing History Consortium. “Archives of Beer and Brewing” will focus on documenting websites of breweries across the U.S. “Beer Bloggers Archive” will focus on prominent national beer blogs. Next year, Lawrimore will write a post for the Archive-It blog about these collections and how they tie into other University Libraries collections.

Erin Ellis Harrison

Erin Ellis Harrison, University Speaking Center assistant director and Communication Studies faculty member, is the 2018-19 chair of the Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association (NCA). The NCA is the largest professional organization of the communication discipline.

The Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association () encourages and facilitates the exchange of scholarly and professional knowledge about issues related to communication centers, including communication theory and methodology, speech communication, and other disciplines related to the study of human communication.  

She has worked at the University Speaking Center since 2007 and has served as assistant director of the Speaking Center since 2011.

Newsmakers: Late November 2018

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

  • UNCG was featured in this report on the PBS Newshour web site. Prospective students in rural areas far from UNCG can take a virtual reality tour of campus through a GEAR UP initiative. 
  • UNCG is the top university in this story on Universities.com for our intriguing online course Major Concepts in Biology. The course takes its inspiration from the television show “Lost.”
  • Fox8 featured UNCG’s relationship with Moss Street School, with comments from Chancellor Gilliam, co-director Christina O’Connor and others. The article.
  • The News & Record wrote a feature about the School of Education’s new Inspirational Educators program.  The piece.
  • UNCG Police Dog Tink is back in action after lung surgery, Fox8 reported here.
  • Higher Ed Works Foundation published a feature on the Moss Street school, with commentary from Christina O’Connor, Chancellor Gilliam and attendees and employees of the school. The piece.
  • Spectrum News covered the opening of the new Bestway Marketplace in Spartan Village and its impact on the surrounding Glenwood community. The piece.

Video: Chemists on Scooters

In a new series of videos ideal for social media, UNCG Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students speak about why and how they chose chemistry, how it matters in the world, and what element they would be – all while traveling campus on scooters. Here’s one by postdoctoral researcher Josh Kellogg.


Dr. Nancy Hodges gets international honor

Photo of Dr. Hodges Dr. Nancy Hodges (CARS) received the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) on November 8. ITAA is the primary academic association for faculty in the textiles and apparel field.

Hodges gave the keynote address titled “Research as a Magnificent Obsession: Encouraging Textile and Apparel Scholarship within a Culture of Mentoring” at the annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 90 proceedings, and given more than 150 presentations at national and international conferences. She was the 2010 UNCG recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2013 recipient of the Graduate School’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.

She has been on the faculty at UNCG since 1998 and is currently the Department Head and Burlington Industries Professor in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS).

‘At inflection point’: Chancellor, faculty and staff at Town Hall

Photo of Chancellor Gilliam at podiumUNC Greensboro faculty and staff came together to hear from Chancellor Gilliam and ask questions during the Chancellor’s Town Hall in the EUC’s Maple Room Nov. 13.

The Town Hall began with remarks from Chancellor Gilliam regarding the state of the campus and its next steps for becoming a transformed University. He began by describing UNCG’s “inflection point,” and explaining the processes by which UNCG will be transformed. He emphasized the importance of articulating opportunities, aligning resources, activating priorities, amplification and engagement, and assessment.

“We have an opportunity to accelerate progress in this University. We have a track record proving that we’ve aligned our scholarship, educational programs, community engagement and infrastructure. As a university, the context is right. We have an opportunity to be an engine of prosperity here in this region, and I think we have the right people in place,” Chancellor Gilliam said.

After Chancellor Gilliam made his remarks, he opened the floor to questions from faculty and staff. Staff Senate co-chairs Stephen Hale and Bruce Pomeroy asked questions on behalf of the Staff Senate while Dr. Andrea Hunter, chair of Faculty Senate, asked questions on behalf of Faculty Senate. Hale facilitated the question and answer discussion. Nearly twenty questions or topics emerged from the floor, from online questions, and the senates, in a thoughtful discussion

Topics and questions raised ranged from improving student success and managing the University’s growth to increases in staff and faculty pay, as well as the possibility of new parking spaces. Sustainability and community engagement were among the topics raised, as well.

Another Town Hall for faculty/staff is planned for the spring.

By Victor Ayala

Dr. John R. Locke: A Legacy of Music

This weekend is a celebration of John Locke’s retirement from serving as UNC Greensboro’s Director of Bands.  Be sure to catch him at a special retirement concert Nov. 18, but also view a short video about his career in UNCG’s School of Music.

Dr. John R. Locke’s opus

Photo of John Locke conductingDirector of Bands John R. Locke knows exactly why he’s at UNC Greensboro.

“I know I’ve had a few moments when I’ve stood on the podium at UNCG Auditorium, and I’ve thought, ‘This is what I was put on Earth to do. I was put on earth to conduct a college band.”

Thousands of undergraduates, hundreds of graduate students, and more than 63,000 former and current students who have worked with him would agree. The number of skilled musicians who have been influenced at UNCG by Locke is tremendous. He will retire this December, but during the 36 and a half years he’s served the campus, the School of Music has undergone an incredible transformation.

When Locke came to Greensboro in 1982, the music school was strong and distinguished, but enrollment was somewhat small. There were only three trumpet players among the 240 music majors, which meant they were spread thin among UNCG’s four ensembles. But gradually, that changed.

Locke placed advertisements, hung posters and did everything he could do to recruit music students into the band. A few years later, when there were six talented freshmen trumpet majors in the entering class, Locke felt the school’s enrollment had turned a corner. There are now around 600 music majors. He credits the other enthusiastic faculty for their work in strengthening and expanding the School of Music.

“While I was the cruise director, figuratively speaking, I can’t claim all the credit.” he says. “I had plenty of help from a very talented faculty.”

But over the next 30-some years, there was something special that played an undeniable role in increasing enrollment in the music school: the UNCG Summer Music Camp, which began in 1983 with a humble mailing created by none other than Dr. John Locke.

In the first year, 350 students from across North Carolina attended the UNCG Summer Music Camp, and in 1984, that number rose to 710 students. By 1986, the camp had grown to 1,170 students and a staff of 90. Now, 2,000 students attend from more than 35 states and more than 20 countries. It’s now the largest and most popular music camp on a college campus in the nation. Many of the campers return to UNCG as music students, and then go on to become either performing musicians or music teachers who encourage their own students to give it a try.

“The camp really helped put us on the map,” says Locke.

Alongside that accomplishment, there are many highlights in his career at UNCG, from serving as president of the American Bandmasters Association, to taking the Wind Ensemble to play at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, to producing 16 albums ‒ one of which was a Grammy Award semifinalist ‒ to having a world premiere recording of an original work top the classical charts for a full three days. (“The Frozen Cathedral” by internationally-renowned composer John Mackey.)

Locke has guest conducted the U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as numerous university bands and all-state honor bands.

And then there’s the famous Sousa concerts, for which Locke and his musicians appear in complete John Philip Sousa Marine Band costumes, a tradition that began in 1989.

“John’s impact on the School of Music, UNCG, and music in the state of North Carolina will probably never be effectively measured,” says School of Music Director Dennis Askew. “The development of our Summer Music Camp into the largest in the nation is one of the most recognized, but the fact that no other person has led more concerts in the UNCG Auditorium is of great importance to his legacy.  He has led so many historic and important performances at UNCG, and brought so much recognition to our program. His absence from our hallways will be felt for some time to come.”

From a young age, John Locke knew he wanted to make music the central part of his life.

Of the music education he has brought students throughout his career – all the UNCG music students and campers and others – he says, “I wanted the people I came into contact with to have something that resembled the fantastic experiences I had in music, which meant the world and then some to me.”

The School of Music invites friends and former students join them on Nov. 17 and 18 in a celebration of Locke and his accomplishments.

All UNCG wind and percussion alumni are invited to participate in an Alumni Band conducted by Locke. Rehearsal will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 and the group will perform a short prelude to the Wind Ensemble Retirement Concert on Sunday, Nov. 18.

View a short video in Campus Weekly’s See/Hear section to learn more about Locke’s time at the UNCG School of Music and how he has made an impact on thousands of college and high school musicians.


By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph courtesy of Brad McMillan. See more visuals at UNCG Now  

Chancellor’s Ambassador Program for student leaders

Photo of Chancellor Gilliam and studentsUNC Greensboro students are invited to participate in the Chancellor’s Ambassador Program. The program is seeking motivated, professional individuals who are interested in networking and representing UNCG and the Chancellor’s Office as a host at select Chancellor and University events.

Ambassadors will benefit from:

  • A program within the Chancellor’s Office wherein Program members represent the University while serving as hosts at Chancellor events, as well as select on and off campus Advancement events.
  • An opportunity for Program members to become connected to both the campus community as well as the community at large by way of hosting and directing guests at University events.
  • An opportunity for Program members to become more prepared for the working world through interacting with a diverse group of constituents, as well as adhering to guidelines which lend themselves to the business world – such as proper attire, being mission-oriented, being accountable for one’s actions, having a customer service – friendly demeanor, problem solving, and conversing with a wide variety of people.
  • An opportunity for Program members to exemplify the quality of our constituency to important stakeholders.

Applications for the current cycle are being accepted now. Access the application.

Questions? Email Paige Boggie. Or download the program handbook.

Looking Ahead: Nov. 14, 2018

Upstairs at GPS: Contemporary Art Discussion Group
Thursday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Southern Conference Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 15 – 18, Fleming Gymnasium

Long Strange Trip: Grateful Dead, Screening #1
Friday, Nov. 16, 6:30 pm., Greensboro Project Space

Storm the Streets, before Men’s Basketball vs. Johnson & Wales
Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum (Storm the Streets begins 4:45 p.m.)

UNCG Wind Ensemble and Alumni Band (John R. Locke Retirement Concert)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 1:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Choral concert: ‘Harvest Home’
Sunday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Thanksgiving Holiday; offices closed
Thursday, Nov. 23 – Friday November 24

Women’s Basketball vs. UNCP
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

UNCG Old Time Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall
Chancellor’s Holiday Open House
Thursday, November 29, noon to 3 p.m., Alumni House


The sights and sounds of the holidays

Photo of the Minerva statue above luminairesIt’s a great time of year for giving and sharing – from making sure some staff and students have a brighter holiday season through the angel tree program, to giving to families in need through the Branches of Love day. Here is a sampling of holiday related events:

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Angel Tree Nominations Deadline: Nominate a staff member or student in need for the Staff Senate’s Angel Tree program. Nomination form here.

Sunday, Nov. 18: ‘Harvest Home’ UNCG School of Music choral concert. The concert, in its second year, will be held at First Presbyterian Church. It is free-admission. Dr. Welborn Young explains this concert, which include the UNCG Old-Time Ensemble, celebrates Americana. “It’s what you’d find as people enjoyed a bountiful harvest.” Selections will range from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” to “Bile That Cabbage Down.” More information is here.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Giving Tuesday: Celebrate the worldwide movement encouraging people everywhere to support their favorite causes by giving the gift of education. Support the area of UNCG that matters the most to you, whether that is your favorite student organization, an academic department, Spartan Athletics or your favorite campus program. The gift form is here.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Chancellor’s Holiday Open House: Faculty and staff are invited to the Chancellor’s open house in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. It will be open noon-3 p.m., with the Chancellor’s holiday greeting at 1:00 p.m. (Note that the time has been updated.)

Thursday, Nov. 29: Luminaires lighting: On the evening of Reading Day, enjoy the luminaires placed at Moran Commons and along College Avenue. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds. And while you’re enjoying the luminaires, stop at the Vacc Bell Tower to enjoy some holiday refreshments in the early evening.   

Friday, Nov. 30: Downtown Festival of Lights: The Greensboro Festival of Lights always includes a number of UNCG performers – alumni, faculty and current students. Check the schedule here: http://downtownindecember.org/festival-of-lights/ The festival begins at 6 p.m. along and near Elm Street. 

Saturday, Dec. 1: Branches of Love: Join fellow Spartans of all ages at the Alumni House to decorate trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Come with a 4-person team and enter to win in Best Themed, Best Traditional, and Best Overall tree contests. Limited ornaments will be provided, and teams are encouraged to supply their own theme decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Admission is 20 canned or non-perishable items per 4-person team – these items will be donated to the Spartan Open Pantry. 12-2:30 p.m., Alumni House.

New item:  How can individuals at UNCG help some Moss Street families have a brighter holiday season? Moss Street Partnership School Angel Tree Sign-Up is here.

Compiled by Avery Campbell

The Shops at Spartan Village to hold grand opening this weekend

Photo of Bestway Marketplace entrance at Spartan VillageThe Shops at Spartan Village will hold a grand opening with family-friendly entertainment, food, special deals and music Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

During the event, visitors can enjoy painting demos and children’s activities at the Art Loft, discounts and free samples at Tropical Smoothie, food specials and samples at The Den, coupons and opening day specials for Bestway Marketplace and more. Music will be provided by Rock 92 and WKZL 107.5.

The grand opening will also mark the opening of Bestway Marketplace at Spartan Village. Bestway Marketplace is designed to address the needs of the UNCG community by offering a full line grocery store committed to excellent customer service and unique product offerings at reasonable pricing.  The Marketplace will offer fresh produce, fresh cut meats, full grocery assortment, prepared foods such as Neapolitan brick fired pizzas, paninis, freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches. There will also be a bakery, a full-service coffee shop with in-store roasted beans, a full service juice and smoothie shop, and in-store seating with free Wi-Fi for both the Glenwood Community and UNCG students, faculty and staff. Store hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Glenwood Avenue will be closed off between Lexington and McCormick residence halls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And there will be a special event the day before: A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will join local dignitaries and business leaders as speakers at the event.

By Victor Ayala

Dr. Ratnasingam Shivaji honored as Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

A headshot of Dr. Shivaji

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji, head of UNCG’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was recently named a 2019 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for research contributions, mentoring and leadership. Dr. Shivaji is one of only 65 mathematicians  chosen this year from around the world to receive this prestigious designation.

“This is a lifetime achievement for me,” Shivaji said. “There are more than 30,000 members of the AMS, so to be selected among them is a great honor.”

Shivaji came to UNCG in 2011 after 26 years at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he served as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, director of the Center for Computational Sciences and W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor, MSU’s highest honor. He currently serves UNCG as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as Helen Barton Excellence Professor. For more than seven years, Shivaji has brought to UNCG the same leadership and dedication to teaching and research excellence that helped him transform the MSU graduate program into one of the better departments in the South producing PhDs in mathematical sciences. Under his leadership, the research profile and PhD program at UNCG’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics have seen excellent growth, with improvement in recruitment standards and efforts, increases in external funding, implementation of several lecture series hosting researchers from around the world and more.

Shivaji has personally advised 13 PhD graduates, 15 master’s graduates and almost 25 research undergraduates, and has more than 145 publications in leading journals. His research work has applications in combustion theory, chemical reactor theory, and population dynamics, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simon’s Foundation. Currently, he is serving as the primary investigator on an NSF Math Ecology grant.

For Shivaji, the driving force for his success in research and teaching excellence has always been a love for his students.

“Working with students is the best part of my life. I consider them welcome additions to my family,” Shivaji said. “I’m always excited when I work with students and see them understanding mathematics. For me, teaching and research go hand-in-hand. Research gives students the other side of mathematics. When you teach a class, you teach something that is known, whereas with research, I can involve my students on every level of the process and the students get the pleasure of discovery.”

The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. The American Mathematical Society is dedicated to advancing research and connecting the diverse global mathematical community through our publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy, and awareness programs.

By Victor Ayala

Survey for alumni with undergraduate degrees

UNCG, along with all 16 other universities across the UNC System, will conduct an online survey of our undergraduate degree recipients to get a better idea of how our alumni are doing and how the University experience has affected their lives today.  

These are exciting times at UNCG, with record enrollment, strong growth in research funding, increasing national recognition for our academic programs and commitment to student success, and unprecedented accomplishments in athletics across multiple sports. Learning more from our alumni will help in guiding our journey forward.

The Gallup Organization, the well-known polling company, was chosen by the UNC System to assist in this effort.

Want to know more about the purpose and benefits of this alumni survey? Visit https://www.northcarolina.edu/2018UNCSystemSurvey.

Enjoy some hoops

The 2018-19 UNCG men’s and women’s home basketball seasons tip off next week. As a UNCG Faculty/Staff member, you receive special discounts on tickets including an exclusive Faculty/Staff Appreciation night on Friday, Nov. 16 for the men’s basketball home opener. Check out all the affordable options below:

Men’s Basketball:

-Friday, November 16 vs. Johnson & Wales is the first Faculty/Staff Appreciation night with men’s basketball. Faculty/Staff members can purchase $5 tickets to this game by clicking here. Be sure to use the code “UNCG”. All tickets can be picked up at Will Call at the Coliseum the night of the game.

Faculty/Staff members are encouraged to attend “Storm the Streets”, a festive spirit march from campus to the Coliseum, prior to the game. The first 100 Faculty/Staff members will receive a voucher for a pregame tailgate at the Coliseum for themselves and a guest. More information regarding ‘Storm the Streets” can be found here.

Season Tickets are still available for Faculty/Staff members for $109 per ticket (that’s a $30 savings per ticket).  Faculty/Staff season tickets come with a complimentary parking pass, two (2) Buddy Passes, and invitations to unique UNCG events. Click here for the full men’s basketball schedule.

Women’s Basketball:

-Faculty/Staff members can receive complimentary admission to all home regular season women’s basketball games with a valid UNCG ID. Additional game tickets are $3-$5 per person for guests. Click here for the full women’s basketball schedule.

For more information, or to purchase season tickets, contact Adam Rich at alrich@uncg.edu or call the UNCG Ticket Office at 336.334.3250.

Note: All UNCG staff, family and friends can receive 20 percent off catalog price for apparel and equipment from BSN Sports. Visit BSNsports.com and use the code UNCGSPARTANS to receive the discount. Apparel and equipment do not include team logo decorations. A portion of all sales utilizing the group code benefits UNCG. 

It’s International Education Week

International Education Week is in full swing, with a variety of events celebrating diversity and international cooperation. Here are a few events coming up this week:

  • 11/14: Global Connections Fair: Meet representatives from a variety of Greensboro-based community organizations that work with immigrants and refugees. Learn what services they offer and discover current volunteer opportunities. 11:30 a.m., EUC Commons.
  • 11/15: Faculty/Staff Program Director Developmental Meeting: Discuss risk management for current and prospective faculty-led study abroad program directors. 2 p.m., EUC Sharpe.
  • 11/15: Weaving your International Story using Digital Storytelling: Join world travelers and renowned digital storytellers, Dan Noll and Audrey Scott, as they share practical advice on how to make the most of a study abroad or international travel experience. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments provided. 4 p.m., EUC Auditorium.
  • 11/15: Human Rights Research Network Film: Lumumba: The final HRRN film of the semester. The film tells the story of Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Republic of the Congo. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion and a reception. 6:30 p.m., SOEB 120.
  • 11/16: YUVA’s Duwali Night Festival of Lights: Come celebrate the Festival of Lights with UNCG’s Indian Student Association.  There will be performances, food and music. Entry is free and open to all. 5 p.m., SOEB 114.

For more information, see the IEW website.

Newsmakers: Late November

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

  • Assistant professor Sheryl Oring wrote a piece for the Washington Post about her long-term art project writing letters to the president.
  • The News & Record wrote a piece about the basketball rivalry between UNCG and A&T, speaking to coaches and players on both teams. The article.
  • WFMY News 2 spoke to Lauren Doyle about job growth in genetic counseling and UNCG’s program. The piece.
  • The News & Record wrote a profile on Ray Goodwin, a Navy veteran studying nursing at UNCG through the Veterans Access Program.
  • The Burlington Times-News wrote an article about Studio 1’s production of Morte d’Arthur, featuring sign language interpreters from UNCG. The article.
  • UNCG’s ADHD Clinic and Access Program was featured in a piece for ADDitude about easing college transitions for people with ADHD. The piece.