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Archives for December 2018

Nearly 2,000 turn tassels at Commencement

Photo of the commencement ceremonyDecember Commencement marked the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of nearly 2,000 UNC Greensboro students.

Whether that new chapter in life means graduate school, new careers, travel, or a well-deserved break, UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. reminded graduates to honor their shared responsibility to make a mark on the world.

“I know this journey has not been easy. In fact, anything worth having is never easy,” Gilliam said. “But we know that you will go into the world with vision, with leadership, with a mission to affect change and make this a better world. A better world rests on you. You’re not students anymore, and you have to take this responsibility seriously, but you’re prepared.”

Greensboro city councilman, attorney, and UNCG alumnus Justin Outling spoke about the power of making choices. He recalled his father, who made the choice to become a garbage collector to support his family after being laid off from a factory job. Outling said that every choice has an impact, no matter how small it may seem.

“Nothing happens without choices being made, Outling said. “I know with all certainty that but for my father’s choice not to give into disappointment, not to give into the sudden great loss, the sore back and swollen feet, I wouldn’t be here today. Think about the choices that you’ve made that seemed small, but were, in fact, monumental. After today, you’re officially alumni. You’re going to have more choices to make. Make the most of them.”

The University conferred approximately 1,550 bachelor’s degrees, 330 master’s degrees, 112 doctoral degrees, and two specialist in education degrees. Of the degrees awarded, 104 were conferred to international students. These figures represent students who received degrees in August as well as those who completed their degrees in December.

Among those who graduated today are the first Piedmont Community College RN-BSN Nursing cohort, the first graduates in UNCG’s new Bachelor of Science in Integrated Professional Studies (BIPS) online program, and the first graduates from the UNCG McNair Scholars Program.

By Victor Ayala

See more photographs at UNCG Now.

UNCG awards 112 doctoral degrees at hooding ceremony

Photo of the hooding ceremonyDespite the chilly temperatures outside, UNCG Auditorium was a warmth of celebration Thursday, Dec. 6, as 112 doctoral graduates were honored at UNCG’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

“Doctoral education serves as the incubator for growing the commitment, passion, and vision of many of the individuals tasked with providing leadership at the local and global level as we navigate an ever-changing, complex, and complicated world,” Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said in his remarks to the graduates.  

The ceremony, a more intimate predecessor to the commencement exercises held on Friday for bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates, recognized scholars in four fields of achievement: doctor of education, doctor of musical arts, doctor of nursing practice, and doctor of philosophy.

Dr. Melanie Spence addressed the graduates, encouraging them to keep an open mind.

“Life has a way of throwing us curve balls,” said Spence, who is associate dean of undergraduate education and professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Dallas. “If that happens, it’s important to be open to new opportunities.”

Develop relationships that support collaboration, she added, and continue to seek out mentors.

Each candidate was hooded by their committee chair and crossed the stage with pride, often to a backdrop of whistles and applause from family and friends.

In his final charge to the graduates who have achieved the highest degree in academics, Gilliam said:  

“We will look to you – our newest doctors – to be the guardians of higher education, of the critical importance of doctoral education, and of the indisputable role that the expertise, experience, and dedication that doctoral education conveys in furthering the betterment of society for future generations.

“Congratulations, doctors. It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the family.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Martin W. Kane

1 chancellor, 2 coaches, and 2 Guys Named Chris at Pop Up Shop

Photo of the exterior of the pop up shopAs the snow melts, Spartan Spirit is heating up in Downtown Greensboro.  

Tomorrow (Thursday), Chancellor Gilliam, Men’s Basketball Coach Wes Miller and Women’s basketball Coach Trina Patterson will be joined by the Triad’s most popular morning radio show team – Rock 92’s “2 Guys Named Chris” – for a special event at the UNCG Pop Up Shop on Elm Street.  They will be staffing the store and giving away some UNCG goodies from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The shop is located in the heart of downtown Greensboro , between the Wrangler Store and Scuppernong Bookstore near the Washington and Elm intersection.

Help spread the word – and stop in if you can.

Spartan merchandise and apparel will be available for purchase – and you can even get special Spartan ornaments for a tree. Plus basketball tickets can be purchased too.

And there are great deals. If you’re an employee or student, bring your Spartan ID for a 20 percent discount on your entire purchase. 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.

Additionally, get an extra 10 percent off any one item if you print out any game ticket and show it. This includes any Spartan Basketball ticket from this season, whether a past or future game. Limit one discount per customer. See store manager for details.  

If you can, come enjoy!

Photo of a display of shirts inside the pop up shop

Newsmakers: December 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:

  • National Geographic featured Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüpell’s work in an article on mouse vocalizations. The piece.
  • Dr. Stephen Sills spoke to the national PBS NewsHour about healthy housing and community outreach. The interview.
  • Dean John Kiss was interviewed by Nature for a piece on China’s experiments with plant growth on the moon.
  • Spartan basketball senior guard Francis Alonso was interviewed by WFMY2. The article.
  • The Triad Business Journal featured Sherine Obare’s appointment to Dean of The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The feature.
  • PhD student Peijia Ku’s first publication from her PhD work, on wildfire ash and mercury, was featured on phys.org, eurakalert, and Science Daily.
  • Dr. Marilyn Friend spoke to Education Week about the effectiveness of co-teaching in special ed classrooms. The article.

In memoriam: Dr. James C. Petersen

Former UNCG professor of sociology and dean of the Graduate School James C. Petersen died Dec. 4. Dr. Petersen was appointed Dean of the Graduate School and Professor with permanent tenure in the Department of Sociology in August, 2002. He returned to full-time teaching as professor in 2012 and retired in 2015. He authored and edited many books and journals and had a passion for research, in the areas of applied sociology, organizations, science and technology.

“We in the Sociology Department were lucky to have his wisdom, experience, and generosity,” said Dr. Julie Brown, chair of the department during some of the time he was a professor before retiring. “He was a wonderful colleague, always willing to go the extra mile to help out. In his kind gentle way he provided sage advice as we dealt with complex issues. We all respected his knowledge and appreciated his thoughtfulness. His teaching responsibilities included some of the most challenging methods classes in our curriculum, and his students definitely appreciated his skill and his patience in the classroom. Jim was truly a Renaissance man: scholar, teacher, artist, musician, craftsman. He will be greatly missed!”

See more at https://www.cumbyfuneral.com/tributes/James-Petersen.

Spartan gifts for the holidays

Photo of the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble performingThe gift-giving season is now in swing, and UNCG has plenty to offer. From new music and novels to gripping poetry to a book based on a recent Weatherspoon Art Museum exhibition, these faculty and alumni 2018 releases make great gifts.

The Other Side of My Heart  (Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble)

By Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble (in visual)

A musical-visual artwork composed of songs and recorded conversations with six Latina immigrants who reflected on their dreams and fears while evaluating the things they gained and lost. All interviews were conducted by the artist, School of Music professor Lorena Guillén.

Gotham: Season 4 (Fox)

Catch up on DC’s hit TV series, starring School of Theatre alumnus Chris Chalk ’01, with a DVD or BluRay set of the latest season of “Gotham.”

The Ballad of Sally Rose, Expanded Edition (Rhino/Warner Bros.)

By Emmylou Harris

This expanded version of alumna Harris’ classic 1985 country concept album features the original recordings newly remastered and previously unreleased demos for almost every song on the album.

Dread and Delight, Fairy Tales in an Anxious World (Weatherspoon Art Museum)

By Dr. Emily Stamey

The hardcover accompaniment to the museum’s knock-out fall exhibition explores fairy tales in contemporary art and offers insight into many of the works featured in the exhibition. It also includes a new story by UNCG MFA Program alumna and recent McArthur “Genius” grant winner Kelly Link.

The Wild Inside (Harper Collins/William Morrow)

By Jamey Bradbury  ’09MFA

“‘The Wild Inside’ is an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel — think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King.” —John Irving.

Still Lives (Counterpoint)

By Maria Hummel ’98 MFA

Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, the novel “Still Lives” is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into an industry flooded with money and secrets.

The Prom Original Cast Recording (Sony Classical)

By The Broadway Cast of The Prom (featuring Beth Leavel ’80 MFA)

“The Prom” tells the story of an Indiana high schooler banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, and a group of eccentric Broadway performers who arrive at the town to help.  The cast recording, featuring alumna Beth Leavel, will be released digitally Dec. 14 and on CD Jan. 19.

Exhaling Space (Navona Records)

By Alejandro Rutty

With “Exhaling Space,” School of Music professor Alejandro Rutty and his cast of remarkable performers create one hour of fresh, captivating music combining Latin and world music styles with the classical tradition.

Empty Clip (The University of Akron Press)

By Emilia Phillips

The poems of “Empty Clip,” by Department of English faculty member Emily Phillips, bore into the cultures of violence in the United States while candidly cross-firing upon the poets’ complicity and testifying on these cultures’ effects upon female body image and mental health.

The Raiment We Put On: New & Selected Poems 2006-2018 (Press 53)

By Kelly Cherry ’67 MFA

Kelly Cherry, a UNCG Distinguished Alumna, former poet laureate of Virginia, and author of more than 20 books takes on what few contemporary poets are willing to: the ways and hows of human existence, in both personal and historical terms.

From Asylum to Prison (UNC Press)

By Anne Parsons

Parsons recasts the political narrative of the late twentieth century, charting how the politics of mass incarceration shaped the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals and mental health policy making. In doing so, the UNCG Professor of History offers critical insight into how the prison took the place of the asylum in crucial ways, shaping the rise of the prison industrial complex.

No, It’s Just You: a Memoir in 58 One-Act Plays and One Montage (Scuppernong Books)

By Andrew Saulters ’08 MFA

A collection of 58 humorous vignettes and one montage, presenting nearly verbatim conversation from the last seven years of the author’s life. Available from the publisher.

Big Windows (Carnegie Mellon Press)

By Lauren Moseley ’08 MFA

Named as one of the 12 most anticipated poetry collections of 2018 by Bustle Magazine and in the “35 over 35” annual list for debut books, “Big Windows” examines love, family, marriage, and self-knowledge through the lens of the natural world.

Love Like Sky (Disney-Hyperion)

By Leslie C. Youngblood ’05 MFA

A story for young readers about a family facing change, the challenges of friendship, and the strength of sibling and intergenerational relationships.

Additionally, it’s a great time of year to give some Spartan branded gear, from T-Shirt to hats to sweatshirts and more. See sales specials at the Spartan Athletics Store.

Includes copy drawn from publisher websites

Compiled by Avery Campbell and Susan Kirby-Smith

Deborah Yun Caldwell is libraries’ Diversity Resident

Photo of Dr. CaldwellDeborah Yun Caldwell has been appointed as the 2018-2020 Diversity Resident for University Libraries.

Caldwell comes to UNC Greensboro from Denton, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her master of Information Science degree from the University of North Texas in August. While in the program, Caldwell worked as a student assistant in the Department of Information Science and a graduate library assistant in Willis Library and the Eagle Commons Library.

The two-year Post MLS Diversity Residency program was established to further increase the diversity of University Libraries’ professional staff while fostering the growth and development of a new librarian. As the 2018-2020 diversity resident librarian, Caldwell will be participating in the University’s diversity initiatives and collaborating with University Libraries and other divisions across campus in developing programs related to diversity

Clearing 13 inches of ice and snow

It was one of the largest snowfalls this campus has ever seen in one day. A whopping twelve inches of snow and sleet on Sunday, followed by a bit more Monday.

Fortunately, it happened after exams had ended and Commencement had been enjoyed on Friday. And UNCG Facilities Operations, Housing and Residence Life, Police, Emergency Management, Auxiliary Services and other departments maintained important operations and worked to clear the snow so the campus offices can reopen as soon as possible.

On Tuesday afternoon, two member of Facilities with “Bobcat” snowplows cleared drives and sidewalks near the McIver Deck and the School of Music Building. At the same time, Matt Kirkman, UNCG Sports Turf manager, was shoveling snow from the steps and sidewalks of 1100 W. Market Street Building (photo, left.)

Facilities Operations staff – from electricians to housekeepers to locksmiths to grounds – were removing snow, as the temperature and sunshine helped.

“It becomes all hands on deck,” said Grounds assistant director Andy Currin. There was such a volume of ice to deal with. For example, twenty truckloads of snow had been removed from the street and sidewalks on Spring Garden between Tate and Aycock, he said, which he estimated at 400 cubic yards of snow and ice. It was moved to Lot 1, near Wendy’s. That was just a small part of the big job.

Fifty worked Sunday, during the height of the snow. Seventy worked Monday, as temperatures did not rise much above freezing. On Tuesday, 143 in Facilities Operations removed snow.

“I’m extremely grateful for all the work the staff has done in Facilities Ops,” he said, as dusk approached on Tuesday.

Housing and Residence Life removed lots of snow, too, for example in the Spartan Village area. “On Sunday, HRL Facilities and Housekeeping Staff formed small teams to hit a number of locations at once, often finding that new snowfall covered paths that they had cleared, almost as fast as they cleared them,” said Tim Johnson, HRL director. “By around 5 p.m. on Sunday, they had cleared a significant amount of the snow that had fallen, enabling the Bestway Grocery to remain open most of the day.” And laying the groundwork to deal with Monday’s snow.

Several hundred students are currently living on campus.

They were kept warm, kept fed, kept secure.

And due to a lot of hard work, the campus offices will be able to reopen Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Text and photos by Mike Harris



See/Hear: The Chancellor’s Holiday Greeting


The Chancellor’s Holiday Greeting featured lots and lots of Spartans in seasonal attire and in a festive mood. It captures a lot of holiday spirit. Were you a part of UNC Greensboro’s 2018 holiday card and video? Visit this link to find your picture and share it on social media: https://go.uncg.edu/holiday2018

‘What would your Super Hero look like?’

December 16 through 21, Greensboro Project Space will host a superhero-themed art exhibition created by students and families from The Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) Community Center, with support from UNCG students, volunteers, and the CNNC Community Center Book Club. The opening reception is Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

For their work, the artists have considered questions about the nature of “super heroes,” where they come from, and who they are in neighborhoods and communities. What kind of super heroes are needed and why? Artists will make presentations about their work that are meant to inspire discussion.

The CNNC promotes access and integration for immigrant and refugees in North Carolina by bridging newcomer populations with existing communities through direct service provision, research, and training.

UNC Greensboro Project Space is located at 219 W. Lewis St. in downtown Greensboro.

Find out more about the Center for New North Carolinians at cnnc.uncg.edu, and to learn more about the Community Arts Collaborative visit https://vpa.uncg.edu/community-arts-collaborative/.

Rescheduled: Gingerbread cookies decorating at MSPS Tuesday

Update – Date and time has been revised

It has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, December 18, at 1:50 to 2:35 p.m.

Join Staff Senate to decorate Gingerbread Cookies with the K-3 students at the Moss Street Partnership School. Students will write a story about a special, one of a kind holiday cookie. With our help, the students will have the opportunity to bring that cookie to life.

Date: Tuesday, December 18 (was originally scheduled for December 14)

Time: 1:50 to 2:35 p.m.

Location: 419 Moss St, Reidsville, NC 27320

The Staff Senate needs volunteers and supplies. Supply donations such as gumdrops, peppermints, candy, marshmallows, sprinkles of all kinds, dried fruit, tubes of icing in every color.

With your supervisor’s approval, use your community service hours to join the fun.

For more information or to drop of supplies, contact Sarah Alston in the HR Office or Amber Wall in the SOE, Office 342.

This post was updated Dec. 12 at 10:30 to include new rescheduling information.


Toys for Joy

More than 150 prominent women from across North Carolina joined Jacquie Gilliam and women from the UNCG Board of Trustees on December 4 for the inaugural Toys for Joy holiday luncheon at the Chancellor’s residence. Guests included UNC System President Margaret Spellings and Greensboro City Council members Nancy Hoffman, Sharon Hightower, Marikay Abuzuaiter, and Tammi Thurm, among others.

More than 300 toys were generously donated by attendees to benefit children in Greensboro at three charities: United Way of Greater Greensboro Success Center, Children’s Home Society of NC, and YWCA Greensboro.

Visual: Jacquie Gilliam with representatives of the organizations that will distribute the toys




See/Hear: Steve Haines

Get to know Professor of Music and bassist Steve Haines in a Spartan Spotlight interview – his favorite musician, what television show he watches, why he values students at UNCG and more. Be sure to watch to the end, when he jams with a group of jazz musicians at the School of Music.



Advising Excellence Awards, First-Year Student Advocate Award

The nomination window for two awards that recognize employee contribution to student success is open. Nominations for both are due January 1, 2019.

The Advising Excellence Awards celebrates advisors who have shown exemplary use of campus resources, career-related information, and academic policies, demonstrate advising as a priority, and work to build positive relationships. Outstanding advising is recognized in two categories: Faculty with Academic Advising Responsibilities and Professional Academic Advisor. In order to qualify, the nominee must be a full-time employee with at least two years of service and must have on-going academic advising responsibilities. Submit nominations here.

The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes the significant contributions of faculty and staff who work to create a positive transition to college and promote the success of students’ first year at UNCG. Candidates show noteworthy impact on student learning and retention, demonstrates best practice when working with first-year students, and present contributions that are innovative and sustainable.  The award is open to any full-time or part-time UNCG faculty or staff member. Submit nominations here.

Email ksp@uncg.edu for more information.

Tassels turning: December Commencement will be Friday

Photo of students at commencementCommencement will take place Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. A live stream will be available for faculty, staff, family, and friends who are unable to attend in person.

The University’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

To learn more, visit the Commencement Central website.

ePerformance launches this week

Photo of trees, foliage and benching in the Herring GardenStarting December 3, 2018, UNCG’s ePerformance is live!   

The Human Resources team has been working hard to deliver a performance management program that is fast, easy, and paperless. As ePerformance goes live in the SpartanTalent Suite module, please take note of the following:

What you need to know:

Email notifications will be sent out the day ePerformance goes live.  You are encouraged to log into the system and start on tasks as soon as possible.  If you have already completed the performance plans for your employees on the paper forms, you can simply copy and paste the plan into the online system.

If this is your first time completing the performance plan and you have not gone through the ePerformance training, you can find complete instruction guides on our website HERE.  

The due dates for both SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty performance plans have been extended to January 31, 2018 to allow you additional time to complete the required tasks. The SHRA performance appraisal due date will remain March 31, 2019.  EHRA Non-Faculty performance appraisals are due June 30, 2019.

If you are a supervisor with missing or incorrect employees or an employee with an incorrect supervisor, please submit a ticket via the SpartanTalent Problem Form.  

The Performance Management site contains a wealth of information to help you succeed with this new online module.  Still have questions or need help? Check theFAQs or contact the Human Resources Office at 336-334-5009.

UNCG recognized for improving campus security

Photo of entrance to UNCG Police BuildingUNC Greensboro is one of 25 colleges and universities nationwide to be recognized by Safe Campus for accomplishments in improving campus safety.

The UNCG Police Department is ranked No. 13 and is the only North Carolina university police department to make the list.

“We are always focused on improving the safety of the campus, our relationship with the community, and the services that we provide,” said UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester. “Programs like Run, Hide, Fight, LiveSafe, Walk Safe, and the McIver Full-Scale Exercise continue to make this campus a safe place for students, faculty, staff, and the Greensboro community. We are proud of this recognition and look forward to continue serving the campus and the city.”

See full story at UNCG Now.

Pop down to UNCG Pop Up Shop Dec. 13

Photo of UNCG Teddy bear and ornaments.The UNCG Pop Up Shop was a big hit at its grand opening at the Festival of Lights.

Now, there’s another big event coming to the store.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Chancellor Gilliam, Men’s Basketball Coach Wes Miller and Women’s Basketball Coach Trina Patterson will be on hand to greet Spartan fans and bring even greater Spartan spirit to downtown Greensboro. There will be a “radio remote” at the store featuring Rock 92’s “2 Guys Named Chris,” the Triad’s number 1 morning radio show. More details on that as it gets closer.

Spartan merchandise and apparel will be available for purchase –  and you can even get special Spartan ornaments for a tree. Plus basketball tickets can be purchased too.

If you’re an employee, bring your Spartan ID for a 20 percent discount on your purchase.

Photo by Jiyoung Park.




Paywall? Or open access to research and science?

PaywallJoin the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee and the University Libraries in the showing of the movie “Paywall : The Business of Scholarship.” The movie, produced by Jason Schmitt, provides focus on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40 percent profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. The movie is one hour in length followed by a discussion on the topic.

When: January 17, 2018, noon – 1:30 p.m;
Where: Faculty Center

Lunch will be provided by the University Libraries. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/SOKkqpMwmVRSSxve2

Latin American art and more at Weatherspoon for the holidays

Time off during the holidays is a great time to experience the unique, world-class art of the UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum – and a great place to bring out-of-town guests. During December there will be a variety of interesting exhibitions:

  • Modern Roots: A Survey of Latin American Art from the Collection: the Weatherspoon is showcasing art from its collection by modern and contemporary artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay. The exhibition will display traditional and innovative pieces by well known artists such as Roberto Matta-Echaurren, Alfredo Jaar and Beatriz Milhazes, as well as those recently emerging or re-discovered. Act quickly, the exhibition closes Dec. 23, 2018.
  • Oscar Muñoz: Re/trato: Muñoz’s video Re/trato shows the artist painting a self-portrait with water that fades as the hot pavement on which he paints evaporates the water. Re/trato – a pun, “retrato” means portrait and “re-trato” means to try again – evokes concepts like memory and passing of time as Muñoz paints his portrait over and over while compelling the viewer to endlessly reconstruct the portrait from memory.  Closes Dec. 23, 2018.
  • Happily Ever After… Dread & Delight Closing Tour: Take a last look at “Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World” before its closing this weekend. As part of the closing, a public tour will be given at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, the last day of the exhibit.
  • 1960s: A Survey of the Decade: This exhibit highlights the art and social issues that emerged during the turbulent 1960s. Work by Philip Pearlstein, Raymond Parker, Robert Rauchsenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and many more are featured in a variety of media and styles. Closes Feb. 17, 2019
  • Andy Warhol: Prints, Polaroids, and Photographs from the Collection: Andy Warhol explored in art the relationship between pop culture, celebrity and artistic expression that came to the national consciousness in the 60s. On display at the Weatherspoon is a variety of his iconic celebrity Polaroids, candid black-and-white photographs and four colorful screenprints that highlight how Warhol brought meaning to banal images. Closes Feb. 3, 2019

All exhibits are, as always, free. The museum will be closed from December 24 through January 1.

Compiled by Avery Campbell

Oxford commas become UNCG punctuation

Image of commaMLA Style uses them. So do many health care professors and students using AMA Style. The faculty and students preferring Chicago Manual of Style use them. The many students using APA Style use them.

The Oxford comma. AKA, the serial comma.

You know, as in “red, white, and blue.” That comma before the “and.”

It provides the assurance of clarity.

And it’s the new addition to the UNCG Style Guide for internal and external communications.

It’s probably the most attention paid to a punctuation mark on our campus since Academic Affairs’ Paula Andris, flanked by Mareb Mossman and Elisabeth Zinser at a 1986 retirement reception, was presented the hyphen from “UNC-G” and told that if the university administrators ever wanted to restore the hyphen to UNCG, they’d have to find her. (See clipping.)

The debate over the Oxford comma in recent months has been, ahem, punctuated by concerns for consistency and concerns for clarity.

It wasn’t just a debate among UNCG communications professionals. It’s a national debate. Just Google it. Or check out hashtag #teamOxfordcomma.

UNCG will continue to use AP Style. With this big exception. (Or we should say, a comma-sized exception.)

Now if we can just settle the “more than” vs. “over” national debate.

By Mike Harris

See vintage Spartan-owned typewriters in interactive exhibition

Photo of a typewriter The Greensboro History Museum now has an interactive exhibition on vintage typewriters, type-WRITE, with meaningful UNC Greensboro connections featured. It opened in May during the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, with the Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection. Those nationally famous typewriters have moved on to other locations, but the museum  introduced nine new typewriters ‒ some on loan, some from the museum’s collections ‒ that relate to North Carolina stories.

Photo of the display of JoAnne Drane's typewriter The exhibition includes a typewriter that belonged to JoAnne Smart Drane (above), who was one of the two African American women who desegregated Woman’s College (now UNC Greensboro) in the 1956-1957 school year. Drane’s typewriter, which was a present from her father when she began college, is on loan from UNCG Archives and Special Collections.

“It’s an exciting artifact to have in our collection, and one that we use often in teaching. The students really connect with her story,” says Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Archivist Kathelene McCarty Smith, who received the typewriter from Drane and helped facilitate its temporary installation in the History Museum.

Alongside Drane’s typewriter are those of Jim Clark, former director of the MFA program in creative writing; Marianne Gingher, MFA program graduate and celebrated local author; and Smith Barrier, U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame honoree who provided guidance for UNCG in gaining Division I status.

 Photo of the display of Jim Clark's typewriter exhibit

The exhibition also features a typewriter from the O. Henry Chapter of the National Secretaries Association, whose members and presidents were often Woman’s College graduates, and one from the Ever-Achieving Retired Teachers Club of Guilford County, founded in 1962. One present-day club member is Odessa Patrick, the first African American faculty member at Woman’s College.

Museum studies alumnus Glenn Perkins ’04 MA contributed research and writing for the exhibition and helped coordinate typewriter loans.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn

Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn (Psychology) will receive the 2019 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). The award, which recognizes outstanding original research and includes a monetary prize, will be presented at the ADAA meeting in March 2019.