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Archives for January 2019

CourseLeaf CIM and CAT training

On February 5-8, 2019, UNCG will offer training for faculty and staff on CourseLeaf CIM and CAT, a new integrated, web-based curriculum and catalog management system being implemented by the university this spring. CIM, short for Curriculum Inventory Management System, enables the online proposal, review, and approval of new and existing courses while CAT, or Catalog, adds the capability to manage the editing and publishing of the University Catalog to web, mobile, and print platforms. Together, CIM and CAT represent a significant enhancement over existing paper-based processes by providing faculty and staff with a more efficient, accurate, and accessible means of managing the university’s curriculum and catalog.

  • The training will include three types of sessions designed around the needs of the different categories of faculty and staff users of CIM and CAT.
  • CIM End User sessions are intended for faculty who will be authoring and submitting course and program proposals in the new system.
  • Administrators, e.g. departments heads/chairs, associate deans and curriculum committee chairs, who perform an approval role in the curriculum process should attend one of the CIM Appprover sessions to learn how to accomplish their tasks in CIM.
  • Department and college/school staff and faculty who are responsible for updating non-curricular content in the University Catalog should plan on attending one of the CAT Page Owner sessions.

For more information on CourseLeaf CIM and CAT, please visit provost.uncg.edu/courseleaf/

To register for a training session go to the Workshops & Training section of the website or register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/Workshops-By-Category/268.

Those with questions may contact Kristine Sunda, Executive Director of the Integrated Future Team (CourseLeaf Project Director), kmsunda@uncg.edu.

UNCG Online Dean finalists’ forums, current schedule

The UNCG Online Dean candidate finalists scheduled to present on Jan. 31 has withdrawn his application. The open forums – whose schedules have been posted in in previous weeks’ Campus Weekly’s –  are now scheduled to take place in SOE, Room 114, as follows:

(Candidate 1 had a forum Tuesday, January 22nd, 2:15-3:30pm)

Candidate 2: Thursday, January 24th, 2:15-3:30pm

Candidate 3: Tuesday, January 29th, 2:15-3:30pm

“What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us about Policing and Race”

The UNCG Center for Legislative Studies presents its first lecture this semester.

Dr. Frank Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, UNC Chapel Hill, will speak Thursday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., in the School of Education Building, Room 120. The lecture is titled “Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us about Policing and Race.”

Baumgartner’s work generally focuses on how public policies are made in democracies, with attention to lobbying, issue-definition, framing, and agenda-setting, including the role of the media in elections. He was one of the creators of the Comparative Agendas Project, which allows tracking of public policy activities of governments over long periods of time.

He has published 10 books and edited four others. Several of his books have won awards, including the Aaron Wildavsky Award for an enduring contribution to the field of public policy (2001, for Agendas and Instability); the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book on US national policy (2008, for The Decline of the Death Penalty); the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award on political organizations and parties (2010, for Lobbying and Policy Change); the Louis Brownlow Award for the best book in the field of public administration (2015, for The Politics of Information); and the International Public Policy Association book award (2017, also for The Politics of Information).

In 2011 he received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Award for Career Achievement from the American Political Science Association section on political organizations and parties.

Admission is free. The public is welcome.


Nominate your students for the Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award

University Libraries wants to recognize your students’ research skills and are soliciting submissions for its Undergraduate Research Award. This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate paper or project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original paper or project in any academic discipline.

Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2018 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2019 semester as an undergraduate student.

If your students have submitted excellent research assignments, access the materials and nominate them today.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 25, 2019. Review the full details at

Dr. Olav Ruepell and Dr. Esmaeil Amiri

Dr. Olav Ruepell, Dr. Esmaeil Amiri (Biology) and graduate students in the Ruepell Research group published an article in The Science of Nature journal about honey bee experiments they conducted during the solar eclipse of 2017 at the University of Clemson. For their research, they compared foraging and homing activities of hives with varying food supplies and brood populations. The article and results can be found here, and a description of the work that took place during the eclipse is viewable here.

Dr. Brittany Cassidy

Photo of Brittany CassidyDr. Brittany Cassidy (Psychology) The Association for Psychological Science (APS) has recognized as a “Rising Star.” APS awards this distinction to early career candidates whose work has potentially broad impact via significant discoveries, methodological innovations, and/or empirical or theoretical contributions. Cassidy’s research program focuses on how younger and older adults form impressions of others. She uses multiple methods, including behavioral studies, eye-tracking, and brain imaging (fMRI), to understand the processes that underlie how people evaluate and remember others.

Looking Ahead: January 16, 2019

Artist Talk: Ricardo Dominguez
Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Women’s Basketball vs. Samford
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium,

Guest Artist Recital: Duo Montagnard
Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Mercer
Saturday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Music: À la carte (Zither to early Baroque to Dvorak)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m, Recital Hall.

The Profs Do the Movies: ‘Pictures at a Revolution: In the Heat of the Night’
Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:30, School of Music Collins Lecture Hall (217)

Faculty Recital: Donald Hartmann, voice
Sunday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall

MLK Jr.  Day at the Swarm presented by UNCG
Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Coliseum complex

Men’s Basketball vs. Citadel
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Guest Artist Recital: Sarah Busman, flute
Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer
Saturday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum


New campus construction provides opportunities for minority businesses

As classes begin this week, you may notice that the construction phases of UNC Greensboro’s new Nursing and Instructional building and new Chiller Plant are well underway. What may not be as obvious is that these projects recently surpassed their goals in providing economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE).

The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program at UNCG is part of a statewide initiative to help MWBE contractors and vendors build contacts and foster growth and profitability for their small business.

To receive HUB certification, businesses must be 51 percent owned by minorities who self-identify with one of the following demographics: Black, Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, Female or a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Person, Disabled-Owned or a Disabled Business Enterprise.

The state of North Carolina has a goal of 10 percent HUB participation for all major construction projects completed by state agencies.

The Nursing and Instructional Building is at 32 percent, and the Chiller Plant is at 36 percent.

Together, the two projects have provided over $25.3 million of economic opportunities to businesses that are most in need.

See full story, more photos and a video clip of the construction site at UNCG Now.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Grant Evan Gilliard

SECC total? More than $171,000 for charity

UNC Greensboro’s 2018 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) raised more than $170,000 last year for charities across the community, state, and beyond. The campaign kicked off in September and final donations were accepted in late December.

The campaign saw donations from nearly 800 staff and faculty members, and was supported by nearly 100 SECC team coordinators and volunteers. With a 28 percent participation rate, UNCG tied with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the highest participation rate in the UNC System.

“From the two dozen that helped with the primary planning, to the more than one hundred team coordinators, this was a university-wide effort,” said 2018 SECC Campaign Chair Wade Maki. “I’m so grateful for the time, support, and efforts of everyone involved. The dedication and commitment of these volunteers has been inspiring. Too often, we spend our work days in our own zone and a campus-wide project like this really shows how many good people doing good work it takes to make a big difference.”

The SECC helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across the state and beyond, ranging from the Second Harvest Food Bank and YWCA to Duke Children’s Hospital and USO North Carolina.

As the only workplace giving program for state employees, the SECC is a direct way for staff and faculty at the University to help those in need, sustain service organizations, and make a meaningful contribution to the community. The SECC was established as a medium to assure state employees and retirees an avenue and opportunity to support charitable organizations that are accountable, fiscally sound, and committed to improving the quality of life in the state, nation and the world.

“I’m just glad that we all could come together and really make a difference in our community,” said Barbara Tookey, who will take the lead for this year’s campaign as 2019 SECC Campaign Chair. “I’m very proud of UNCG and the volunteers for all the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the campaign. It doesn’t matter if they gave one dollar or a thousand dollars, we all are participating in the greater good, and I love that.”

By Victor Ayala

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, to speak at MLK Celebration

Author and community activist Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual joint Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, presented by UNC Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T).

This year’s event will take place in UNCG Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to Shabazz’s keynote address, the evening program will feature a performance by the UNCG Neo-Black Society Choir, a presentation of UNCG’s MLK Service Award, and a performance by A&T’s MLK Oratory Contest winner. A meet-and-greet and book signing with Shabazz will follow the program.

Shabazz is a professor, social activist, community organizer, speaker, and author of three award-winning publications: “Growing Up X,” a coming of age memoir; “Malcolm Little,” a children’s illustration book; and the award-winning “X, A Novel.”

Shabazz promotes higher education for at-risk youth and interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates in international humanitarian delegations. She holds a Master of Science in education and human resource development from Fordham University; a Bachelor of Science in biology from SUNY/New Paltz; and is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Earlier in the day, A&T will host a faculty and staff reception with Shabazz on its campus from 3-4 p.m. A free shuttle will provide round trip service to and from the event from the UNCG campus. Faculty and staff should call 336-334-5090 or email intercultural@uncg.edu to reserve their seat on the shuttle.

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement, UNCG Bookstore, Parking Operations and Campus Access Management, UNCG Auditorium, Spartan Printing, and Student Affairs. A&T sponsors include the MLK Commemorative Observance Committee, Student Affairs, and Multicultural Student Center, among other student and student affairs groups.

To learn more about the event, visit intercultural.uncg.edu.

Two additional events related to the MLK Day are:

  1. A National Day of Racial Healing gathering on Tuesday, Jan. 22., noon, at the Minerva Statue near the EUC, to learn together and celebrate our common humanity. The three speakers will be:
  • UNCG Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate, Julia Mendez
  • Director of UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement, Augusto Pena
  • Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Carla Fullwood

2. MLK Day Game at the Swarm, presented by UNCG. This special event will be Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m. See this web post for details.

What’s new for Spring Semester 2019?

Here are some things to make a note of, for the new semester:

The 2019 student research expos will be held on the same week – on back-to-back days. The 2019 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo will be the next day, Thursday April 4, 2019. More information on these two expos will be in Campus Weekly in the next two weeks.

The Excellence Awards for faculty and staff will have two ceremonies instead of one. One ceremony will be dedicated to staff, one ceremony dedicated to faculty. The Faculty Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. (The General Faculty Meeting that day will begin at 2 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium.) A reception will be held in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, immediately after the awards ceremony.

As reported in last week’s CW, the Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be on April 25, 2019.

The UNCG Science Everywhere festival, which draws thousands of people to campus each spring, will be April 13, 2019. Activities from departments and programs on campus are being solicited for the festival. See how to participate.

Reviews will be “paperless.” UNCG’s new e-Performance performance management program is designed to be easier and mostly paperless. As noted in an earlier CW, the due dates for both SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty performance plans have been extended to January 31, 2019, 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.

Some key dates to be aware of:  

Feb. 21 marks the sixth annual Believe in the G – which will be a 24-hour celebration of Spartan pride for the entire campus community and beyond. (This info was updated to include correct 24-hr date, which is Feb. 21.)

UCLS events:

Carrie Mae Weems – February 7, 6 pm (free admission)
Herbie Hancock – February 12, 8 p.m.
Mark Morris Dance Group – February 27, 8 p.m.
Audra McDonald – March 9, 8 p.m.


UNCG spring opera, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff “- April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 2 p.m

“Man of La Mancha” – joint production by Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre – April 28 through May 26

Assembled by Mike Harris


Participate in UNCG Science Everywhere Festival on campus

The fifth annual UNCG Science Everywhere Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 12-4 p.m.

The festival attracts over 5,000 community members and is always a great opportunity for outreach, to show off our faculty and departments, and to give our students practice in communicating science.

We invite you to join the fun by creating a hands-on activity for families to enjoy.   

Stretch the definition of STEM to the limits! We all use “science” everyday. This year’s NC Science Festival theme is “Made in NC!”

All disciplines can participate — create a nature collage, dance with students, identify different musical tones, create origami creatures, touch a fossil, make flavored water, or tell nature stories.  

Please check out the SE website for more info, including activity descriptions from 2018.

Please complete the activity form by January 28, 2019.

Have questions? Contact RISE@uncg.edu or Lynn Sametz at l_sametz@uncg.edu

See/hear: Jan. 16, 2019

As inaugural principal Angela Polk-Jones moves to another position, it is a great moment to relive that first day of the Middle College at UNCG, eight years ago. A historic day, and the beginnings of outstanding achievements for the school, its students, and its leaders.

Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity.

A “Show Me the Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities” workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am, Bryan 221.

This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest.

The workshop is presented by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu

Leadership transition at Middle College at UNCG

Angela Polk-Jones, the inaugural principal of the Middle College at UNCG, will become principal of The Early College at Guilford later this month.

A UNCG alumnus, she has served as the inaugural principal of the Middle College at UNCG for the past eight years.

The school has been nationally recognized for its achievements over that period. Polk-Jones and staff accepted the prestigious America’s Best Urban Schools Gold Award from the Center for Urban School Transformation in San Diego earlier this school year. The Middle College at UNCG was the only high school in the country to receive the organization’s coveted Gold Award.

The school district plans to complete a position search in time for a new principal to begin work this summer. Beginning this week, David Moody and Charles Burns will begin a transition as co-interim principals at the Middle College at UNCG. Moody is a former assistant superintendent in Chatham County Schools, who also served as co-interim principal at The Academy at Smith and at Kiser Middle School. Burns is a retired principal at Kernodle Middle School and the former co-interim principal at The Academy at Smith. Both of them also provided interim support to Grimsley High School. Moody has begun working together with Polk-Jones this week, to ensure a smooth transition. Burns will join Moody later this month.

1960s fashion at the Weatherspoon? Far out!

Grab your go-go boots and come enjoy a fun evening talk on 1960s fashion styles.

Kit Rodenborough, founder of the cool vintage store Design Archives, will share her love for fashion and 1960s clothing at the talk.

The event is Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., at the Weaterspoon Art Museum.

The museum is open till 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, so it’s a great chance to see the “1960s: A Survey of the Decade” and other great exhibitions.

It is presented in conjunction with the campus-wide initiative 1960s:  Exploring the Limits.

This event is made possible by Lincoln Financial Foundation.

“Surfing in the Age of Fake News” and more lectures coming to campus

This spring, the UNCG chapter of the American Association of University Professors will present three lectures on campus.

Dr. Sam Wineburg: “Surfing in the Age of Fake News: Media Literacy for College-Level Readers”
January 22 at 7 p.m. in the EUC, Alexander Room

Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and a professor of history at Stanford University. Educated at Brown, Berkeley, and Stanford, he holds an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University. His study “How Young People Make Decisions about What to Believe on the Internet” has been featured in such places as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the New York Times, and NPR. His 2002 book, “Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts”, won the Frederic W. Ness award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.” His latest book is “Why Learn History When It’s Already on Your Phone” (University of Chicago Press). In 2013, Wineburg – who is the brother of UNCG professor Robert Wineburg – was named a fellow of both the National Academy of Education and the Obama-Nehru Distinguished Chair by the US-India Fulbright Commission.

Dr. Nancy MacLean: “The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”
February 25 at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium

Dr. Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author, most recently, of “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Current Affairs and the Lillian Smith Book Award.

Dr. Michael Roberto: “The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States”
March 28 at 7 p.m. in the EUC, Alexander room

Dr. Michael Joseph Roberto is the author of “The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920-1940” (Monthly Review Press, 2018). Roberto taught contemporary world history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University until his retirement in December 2016.

Jeanne Madorin will be leader of Human Resources

jeanne madorinJeanne Madorin, currently at UNC Charlotte where she serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources, will be UNCG’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Vice Chancellor Charlie Maimone made the announcement:

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that Jeanne Madorin has accepted the appointment as Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Jeanne comes to us from UNC Charlotte where she serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources. She has worked in the Charlotte Human Resources Office for the past 22 years and is an accomplished professional with an excellent record for service and  human resources expertise.

I would like to express thanks to the search committee for their fine work and appreciation to Dr. Victoria Benson, our Deputy Director. Victoria stepped into the role of Interim and has done an exceptional job leading the department and advancing the HR services.

Please join me in welcoming Jeanne Madorin, to the UNC Greensboro community. She will begin work on February 7, 2019.

No forum this week for UNCG Online dean candidates; See new schedule

The UNCG Online dean candidate open forum originally scheduled for Jan. 16th was cancelled.

A new schedule for the UNCG Online dean open forums is below. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their vision for online learning at UNC Greensboro, followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled in the School of Education Building, Room 114 as follows:

Candidate 1: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2:15-3:30 pm

Candidate 2: Thursday, January 24th, 2:15-3:30 pm

Candidate 3: Tuesday, January 29th, 2:15-3:30 pm

Candidate 4:  Thursday, January 31st, 2:15-3:30 pm

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed athttps://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/uncg-online-dean-search/.


Library webinar series offers resources for campus community

University Libraries will host two webinar series during the spring 2019 semester, including on Research and Application as well as on Online Learning and Innovation. The webinars are for UNCG students, staff, faculty, instructors and librarians. Each session is 30 minutes in length and will be hosted in Webex Meetings. After registering through the Google Form, participants will receive an email with a link to the session the day before the webinar. For more information or questions, contact Samantha Harlow, online learning librarian, at slharlow@uncg.edu.

Research and Applications Webinar Schedule:

Thursday, January 17 at 1 p.m.

Sage Research Methods


Wednesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Digitalia: ebooks and Streaming Film


Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m.

OpenRefine: Free Tools for Messy Data


Tuesday, March 19 at 11 a.m.

Researching with Digital Archives

To register for a Research and Applications webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2skqXD7


Online Learning and Innovation Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, February 12 at 1 p.m.

Embedding Google Slides in Canvas


Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m.

Universal Design for Learning: The Basics


Thursday, April 4 at 11 a.m.

Library Online Tutorials and Research for Students and Instructors

To register for an Online Learning and Innovation webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2FlaMy3

Coming up at UNCG’s GPS downtown

From film, to Tibetan paintings, to songwriting, the Greensboro Project Space on Lewis St. hosts a wide variety of interesting exhibits and events. Here are some events to look forward to in the coming weeks:

  • “Somebody In Your Corner: A short film” by Jagmeet Singh Mac about a mother who lost her daughter to homicide, and a friendship that grows in the aftermath. The film will be at the GPS Terminal from January 7th-31st.
  • Traditional Nepali Thangka Paintings: Artist Madhu Krishna Chitrakar. The artist will travel from Nepal to Greensboro to exhibit his Thangka paintings and interact with the community. Chitrakar is a renowned Thangka painter, from a long line of traditional artists whose work is used for a variety of religious practices. The exhibit will run January 14th-February 18th. Opening is February 1st, from 6-8 p.m.. On January 25th, at 6 p.m., anthropologist Ana Lopes will give a lecture on Tibetan Buddhist art.
  • Gate City Songwriters: A biweekly gathering of songwriters, open to all genres and levels of experience. Occurs the first and third Sunday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
  • Upstairs at GPS: A monthly guided conversation about current issues in the arts. Hosted by UNCG faculty Andrew Wasserman, Francis Bottenberg, and Mariam Stephan. Welcome to all. The discussion is 8-10 p.m., January 24th, February 21st, March 21st, and April 18th.
  • Grateful Dead Documentary Series Parts Three and Four: The second screening of the six-part Grateful Dead Documentary series will focus on the band’s fans, “Dead Heads”, with the episodes “Let’s Go Get in the Band” and “Dead Heads.” Dr. Rebecca Adams will lead a discussion. The event is February 8th, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dianne Welsh Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) will deliver a keynote presentation this week at the GIKA-LATAM conference in Concepcion, Chile, titled “Student Success through Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship,” as well as a paper presentation titled “Success for Women Entrepreneurs: The Role of Family Interference.” Additionally, she will be presenting at the U.S. Assn. for Small Business & Economics (USASBE), Jan 23-27, a paper titled “Spanning across Campus: An Examination of Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Curricula” The co-author is Bonnie Canziani from the MEHT Department.

Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School and is the Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) received new funding from the National Communication for the project “Voice, Activism, and Democracy: Free Speech Conference.”

This conference will enable students, community members, and faculty to share their scholarship, creative products, and activist interventions surrounding contested campus and community issues (ex: toppling of the Confederate statue Silent Sam, decisions to disinvite campus speakers, the legacy of Occupy Wall Street, anti-immigration protest and speeches). In addition to academic presentations on free speech, the conference will be further designed to include informal events, intergenerational meetings between students and grassroots activists, and cooperative activities with the goal to enhance political friendships among scholars, community members, and students.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly Sienkiewicz Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the Kinder Morgan Foundation for the project “Afternoon Academics.” Elizabeth Biddle will be co-principal investigator on the project.

From the abstract:

“In conjunction with the local school district, the CNNC runs Afternoon Academics, an after-school and summer tutorial program that benefits over 150 immigrant and refugee youth. Staffed by AmeriCorps ACCESS members and local university volunteers, the program focuses on improving basic reading, literacy, and math skills. For the diverse populations the CNNC serves, academic achievement is doubly challenging due to language, culture, and economic barriers that many youth experience. Effective after-school programs build upon the students’ academic experience in the classroom. With the implementation of the after-school program, CNNC will provide avenues for young lives to strive for excellence.”

Dr. Dana Dunn

Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, received new funding from The Cemala Foundation for the project “Giant Steps: Enhancing Arts Education and Outreach and Scaling Student Success.”  Dr. Peter Alexander, dean of CVPA, is co-principal investigator on the project.

From the abstract:

“UNCG is requesting funding from The Cemala Foundation to support two strategic initiatives that focus on two strengths of the university: enhancing arts education and outreach, and scaling student success. Through an expansion of the University Concert and Lecture Series (UCLS), UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will be able to attract more world-class artist while providing longer in-residence periods allowing for additional master classes, lectures, and panels. This expansion will benefit CVPA’s students and faculty, and provide for a richer, broader community impact. The Scaling Student Success initiative will draw from existing programs to create a cost-effective coaching-based academic success program designed to promote higher retention, academic achievement, and graduation rates for an additional 150 new freshmen each year. These initiatives will enrich the Greensboro community through the provision of rich arts programming and highly qualified and workplace ready graduates.”

UNCG best online nursing program among NC public colleges, says USN&WR

US News & World Report ranked the best online graduate nursing programs.

UNCG Nursing’s online program was rated 13th nationally among all universities. The program was the highest rated among North Carolina’s public universities.

The other public North Carolina universities to make the top 100 in this category were ECU at number 27,  Winston-Salem State at 53, and UNC Charlotte at 62.

UNCG’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers concentrations in nursing administration and nursing education, and is uniquely designed for working registered nurses.

The results were announced Jan. 15.

UNCG’s School of Education had great news too. The ranking for Best Online Graduate Education Programs was 61st nationally among all universities. 

UNCG’s School of Education offers three online master’s programs: the MEd in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development, the MEd in Teacher Education with a concentration in Elementary Mathematics, and the Master of Library and Information Studies, with concentrations in school library licensure and instructional technology.

To learn more about graduate education at UNCG, visit grs.uncg.edu. For more information about UNCG’s online degree offerings, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, visit online.uncg.edu.




UNCG alum EJ O’Keeffe named Men’s Soccer head coach

EJ O’Keeffe, a two-time Big South Coach of the Year, has been named the men’s soccer head coach after a national search. The move represents a homecoming for O’Keeffe, who played at UNCG for three seasons, serving as team captain and leading the Spartans to the 2008 Southern Conference championship and NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

“This is an exciting day for our men’s soccer program,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record. “EJ was chosen following an extensive national search and stood out with a proven track record of success and as an alum has the passion for what the history and tradition of UNCG soccer is all about.  With his leadership and experience — including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen as a player and his coaching success, we fully believe he is the right fit for our program. His intensity, enthusiasm and passion reflect our commitment to seeking excellence in all that we do. ”

The Greensboro native joins UNCG after spending the last nine years at High Point, including four seasons as head coach where he was twice named Big South Coach of the Year and had the Panthers ranked as high as No. 12 nationally last season. O’Keeffe is also an official US Soccer National Team Scout and is a member of the United Soccer Coaches National Ranking Committee, United Soccer Coaches Regional Ranking Committee and the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee along with being a MLS Combine Scout/Liaison.

Prior to his time with the Panthers, O’Keeffe was the Director of Recreation, Championships, Discipline and Appeals for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association where he managed a yearly $900,000 budget.

“I’m excited to come home,” O’Keeffe said. “I’d like to thank Chancellor Gilliam, Kim and Sport Oversight Jody Smith. UNCG is close to my heart along with so many alums. There is a rich tradition at UNCG Soccer and I look to add to that. We have a lot of work to do but I’m excited and humbled to lead the program moving forward.”

UNCG will hold an official welcome for O’Keeffe today (Wednesday, Jan. 16) at 12:15 p.m. in Coleman Building, Room 137. It will be streamed via YouTube and the link can be found here.

To view the full release, visit uncgspartans.com.

Amendments to records retention/disposition schedule

Amendments to the UNC System retention and disposition schedule have been approved by the NC Division of Natural & Cultural Resources and UNC System leadership.

A web post lists the specific changes.

If you have any questions, contact Bryce Porter (bryce.porter@uncg.edu), UNCG’s Chief Information Security Officer.

McNair Scholars represent every school at UNCG

Photo of McNair scholars being inducted UNCG has welcomed its second cohort of McNair Scholars. Nineteen students were inducted into the UNCG Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program, a federal TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The new cohort includes representation from every school at UNCG and 17 departments.

Several current McNair scholars presented their research at national conferences during the fall, and more than half of the scholars are applying to graduate programs.

“I continue to be impressed by the students in the McNair Scholars program,” said Dr. Kara Baldwin, director of the Office of Federal TRiO Programs. “Last year, I watched the first cohort of scholars develop their research interests and add their voices to conversations around critical topics. This new cohort seems as invested in making an impact in their research fields as well. What really sticks out to me is that our McNair Scholars are engaged in critical conversations and they want to make an impact on their community through the research they complete here at UNCG.”

Read more about UNCG-McNair and see more photos on the Provost News Site.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Weatherspoon exhibition shows how Warhol’s work anticipated social media

Photo of the Warhol Weatherspoon exhibitWhat was social media before social media?

Decades before the dawn of Facebook, Friendster, or even email, an artist from an Eastern European immigrant family (“Warhola”) learned to draw during a childhood illness, attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, moved to New York, and became a leader in the pop art movement.

Along the way, this artist conceived a process – available to celebrities and wealthy socialites – for instantaneous portrait production, and Snapchat-level modification, but with a single, controlling voice: Warhol.

“Andy Warhol: Prints, Polaroids, and Photographs from the Collection,” at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, is a telling display of what social media takes inspiration from today.

“He was way ahead of the curve with the instant gratification of social media,” says Curator of Collections Elaine Gustafson. “He knew that people wanted to see themselves, and this kind of daily documentation that we now have on Facebook.”

Today, we see and publish our photos as we are taking them, but at Warhol’s time, the Polaroid camera was the only way to see your photograph right then and there.

Each patron of Warhol’s sat for a series of Polaroid photos, and eighteen of those sessions are currently on display at WAM. Among them are shots of writer Truman Capote, musician Carly Simon and premier fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. Warhol had the subjects pose in a number of different ways, and then, with their input, he selected photos to make prints of, in his classic 60’s era advertising-style with off-kilter, aggressive colors.

Warhol was not accepted by the established art community at that time, but he created his own scene, notably at The Factory, his Manhattan studio and event space. He became a friend of the most famous people of any given time Lou Reed, Jackie O., David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and the list goes on and on – many who were celebrities or near-celebrities, artists, and business people.

“He had a lot of people in his life who were not conventional, and he was very supportive of them,” says Gustafson. It wasn’t really until his death that he became a hot commodity in the art world. He was on the fringes.”

Eventually, Warhol’s graphic design style and his penchant for cultural documentation made him a household name, and his work, including single pieces that have sold for more than $100 million, was enormously influential on contemporary art and anticipated – or even inspired – social media the way we now experience it. He was also a diarist of objects.

“He would collect something from his life every day,” notes Gustafson. “Tickets for a movie, or something he found on the ground, and he’d put them in a box and archive them.” Today, you find snapshots of such objects continuously rolling through social media feeds.

“Andy Warhol: Prints, Polaroids, and Photographs from the Collection” also includes a screen print of a paper cut-out by fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson, who carried his art supplies around and made cut-outs to entertain children.

Another stand-out piece in the collection is a print based on a Romanian castle that was the inspiration for Disneyland’s “Sleeping Beauty” castle created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bavarian Reinsurance Company

“Everything from fairy tales to celebrities and monarchs to industry,” says Gustafson.

Warhol’s art and his artifacts were not just about his own life, but a cultural record of the times. The Weatherspoon exhibition is a step back into our shared history at a point where art met commerce, celebrity culture, and social currency, launching us to where we find ourselves  – and 3,000 of our closest friends – today.

The exhibition is open through Feb. 3. All exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum are free and open to the public.

See the website for hours and more information.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Star light, stars bright at UNCG

Photo of the observatory exterior at night Come out and see the stars this semester at the UNCG Planetarium and Three College Observatory. Multiple viewing dates are coming up at both locations, and they all require reservations.

The UNCG Planetarium is operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is located in Petty 310. The planetarium will be open at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, Feb 15th
  • Friday, March 22nd
  • Friday, April 19th
  • Friday, May 17th

The Three College Observatory is jointly run by UNCG, NC A&T, and Guilford college, and will be open to the public at the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, Feb 2nd, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1st, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13th, 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3rd, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 25th, 8:30 p.m.

Visit https://physics.uncg.edu/ to reserve seats. Dates tend to fill quickly, so act fast. For more information, email ssschuba@uncg.edu.

Come cheer! Men’s Basketball has two big games this week

Photo of a men's basketball game UNCG Men’s Basketball is currently at 14 wins, 2 losses, its losses coming at LSU and at Kentucky, both ranked teams. They have a 3 wins, 0 losses mark early in the SoCon regular season.

Coach Wes Miller, with a late-December win over Chattanooga, became the winningest coach in the program’s history with 125 wins, passing Mike Dement.

Photo of coach Wes Miller during a game

Two teams near the top in the preseason SoCon rankings visit Greensboro in the coming days. If you haven’t seen a game yet, this is a perfect time.

  • UNCG hosts Wofford this Thursday at 7 p.m. Their leading scorer, Fletcher Magee, recently passed Stephen Curry for the all-time SoCon three-pointer mark.
  • This Saturday, Furman, which was in the Top 25 nationally a few weeks this season, comes to town. Tip-off is at 5 pm.

Also, mark your calendars for UNCG Military Appreciation Night, Thursday, Jan. 31, as UNCG hosts VMI. Veterans, active and reserve military members can call 336-334-3250 for discount ticket information.

Tickets for all the games can be purchased at 334-3250 or visit the Tickets site.

UNCG Day at the Swarm January 21

On Monday, January 21, UNCG will team up with the Greensboro Swarm for a special afternoon of basketball.

“MLK Jr. Day at the Swarm presented by UNCG” will feature the Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate team of the Charlotte Hornets, taking on the Canton Charge. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

The UNCG Spartones, singing a cappella, will perform before tip-off.

Dr. Carl Mattacola will be dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences

Photo of Dr. Mattacola Dr. Carl Mattacola will become the next dean of the UNC Greensboro School of Health and Human Sciences June 1, 2019.

Through teaching, scholarship, community engagement, and service, the school prepares new generations of professionals, leaders, scholars, and entrepreneurs to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. The school comprises the Communication Sciences and Disorders, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Peace and Conflict Studies, Public Health Education, and Social Work departments, as well as the Gerontology program and Genetic Counseling program.

Dr. Mattacola embodies our commitment to teaching and scholarship at UNCG,” said Provost Dana Dunn, “and he brings a depth of expertise in Kinesiology, one of our fastest-growing majors. Further, his body of work on human performance is aligned with health and wellness, a key pillar of the University’s strategic plan, and a key component of our Millennial Campus initiative. We could not be more pleased to have Dr. Mattacola join us as dean of HHS.”

Mattacola is currently associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Previous administrative appointments include division director of Graduate Athletic Training Education, director of Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, director of Graduate Studies – Division of Athletic Training, and acting associate dean for Research, all at the University of Kentucky.

Mattacola is also a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, as well as the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Sciences.

His research has focused on neuromuscular, postural, and functional considerations in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower extremity injury, especially following surgery. He is currently engaged in the biomechanical assessment of equestrians and identifying professional risk profiles to develop rehabilitation protocols for equestrian sports.

He received the William B. Sturgill Award for outstanding contributions to graduate education and The College of Health Sciences Kingston Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Dave Demo, who has served as interim dean since July 2018, will continue as interim dean until June.

Candidates for Dean of UNCG Online Open Forums

The UNCG Online Dean Search Committee and the provost have selected four finalists to visit campus.  You are encouraged to participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their vision for online learning at UNC Greensboro, followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled in the School of Education Building, Room 114, as follows:

  • Candidate 1:  Wednesday, January 16, 2:15-3:30 pm
  • Candidate 2: Tuesday, January 22, 2:15-3:30 pm
  • Candidate 3: Thursday, January 24, 2:15-3:30 pm
  • Candidate 4: Tuesday, January 29, 2:15-3:30 pm

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.

All information can be accessed at https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/uncg-online-dean-search/.