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Archives for January 2019

In memoriam: Logie Meachum

Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum died on Dec. 29. He was a blues musician, storyteller, UNC Greensboro alumnus, community leader, and a former instructor in UNCG’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. A Greensboro native, Meachum helped start the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and was a recipient of the Keeping Blues Alive Award. He also received the O. Henry Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to arts in the Triad. While pursuing graduate work in English at UNCG, Meachum served on the Friends of the UNCG Library board of directors and performed at the annual dinner in 2012.

He was the author of a children’s book, “Great Googley Moogley” and also performed for children in the “Blues in the Schools” program. Among many other works, he produced a full-length CD, “Bump & Logie After Hours.” He performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and in 2007 won the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s competition, advancing to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Meachum published an essay, “Sweet Magnolia” in the 2015 book “27 Views of Greensboro,” about growing up in the Woodside neighborhood near Guilford College during segregation. He played a key role in recruiting the National Folk Festival to Greensboro 2015-2017.

Meachum is remembered in Greensboro as a generous collaborator, wise community leader, and a captivating musician and storyteller. Sam Pass, the owner of The Historic Magnolia House, where Meachum sometimes performed, called him “one of the gems of the performing arts community in Greensboro.”

Dr. Frank N. Woods shared the following: “For those who knew Logie, you will understand when I say he was an ‘experience.’ Being in his presence immediately energized your soul, uplifted your spirit, and always left you with a smile. One of things that Logie treasured most in life was his connection to the blues. For me, and many others, Logie was a consummate blues musician. He traveled the world blessing listeners with his talent and his desire to keep a vanishing tradition rooted deep in African American culture relevant for younger generations. Our shared love for this music brought us closer together and bonded us as good friends for life. I will always miss Logie, but I realize that my life was rewarded immeasurably just by knowing him. I am sure countless others feel the same way. I believe the best way for us to honor him is to find an old blues recording and play it in his memory. That would put a smile on Logie’s face.”

The memorial service is Saturday, 9-noon, at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium. The first hour will be a music tribute, honoring his love for music.


Edited/updated  1/9/19.

Newsmakers: Early January 2019

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:

  • Dr. Jennifer Yourkavich was featured in a New York Times article on evidence that breastfeeding improves liver health.
  • Forbes profiled alumna Beth Leavel on her career and role in the Tony-winning Broadway musical “The Prom.” The piece.
  • Dr. Jocelyn Smith Lee was interviewed for a piece on the Philadelphia Enquirer about the impact of gun death on Black teen boys. The article.
  • Fox8 featured efforts by UNCG students and staff to combat the “freshman 15”. The piece.
  • Dr. Jason Pierce collaborated on a study examining whether men lie more than women, featured in Forbes. The piece.

Artist honors alumni Drane and Tillman with murals

A local artist, Kathryn Crawford, has created a mural honoring JoAnne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman, the first two African American students to attend and graduate from Woman’s College (UNCG).

The mural is located at 503 East Washington Street and is part of a series of murals by different artists honoring civil rights figures.

See more information here.


Photograph by Michael Ream

Appalachian Energy Summit at UNCG

UNCG invites you to attend the eighth annual Mid-year Appalachian Energy Summit – AMY for short. This one-day event will be held on Thursday, February 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Elliott University Center.

The Mid-year Summit brings together students, faculty, and leaders in academia and business to exchange ideas and share best practices in support of a clean energy economy. Since 2012, the Summit has provided a platform through which UNC System campuses have worked together to avoid more than $800 million in utility costs, representing almost 9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All campus and community members are invited to mark their calendars for an exciting day of speakers, networking, and learning. A full agenda will be shared closer to the date. Information will be posted on UNCG and Appalachian State websites.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-mid-year-energy-summit-registration-53145313062

10th Annual Sustainability Short Film Competition, Call for submissions

All entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., where winners will be announced and celebrated. Prizes range from $500 to $200.

Deadline for submitting a film is 5 p.m., February 15, 2019.

Entries must address sustainability, which UNCG defines as the “enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Judging is based on relation to sustainability as well as concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming, writing, etc.

For more guideline information, visit https://sustainability.uncg.edu/sustainability-film-series/.

2019-20 Sustainability Faculty Fellows, Call for applications

The Sustainability Faculty Fellows program accepts two to three fellows each year for funding. The position is for one year and is renewable through re-application. Each SFF is remunerated on an ad hoc basis in consultation with the faculty member’s department head and dean; remuneration (up to $3,500) may include a course release, funding for research or travel, graduate assistant support, or other mutually agreed upon non-financial resources.


  • Tenured, tenure-track, or full-time non-ladder faculty.
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills that foster collaboration.
  • Successful teacher.
  • Advanced degree (terminal degree preferred, but not required).
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant research and creative activity.

For more information. https://sustainability.uncg.edu/appointed-faculty-fellows/

New library resources available in Canvas

Beginning January 11, 2019, a “Library Resources” tab will appear in all UNCG banner-fed Canvas courses within the navigation menu. This tab will allow you to access general UNCG University Libraries’ resources, as well as department-specific or course-specific resources. For more information on this update, please visit the Library and Canvas guide located at https://uncg.libguides.com/canvas. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Samantha Harlow, Online Learning Librarian, at slharlow@uncg.edu.

Mindfulness for Beginners at the Weatherspoon

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will host Susan Poulos’ Mindfulness for Beginners workshop through January and February. Over five weeks, Poulos will guide participants through an introduction to mindfulness practices, including meditation, mindful walking and eating, and gentle movement. These practices encourage reflection and help build resilience in times of stress.

The workshop is every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., starting on January 23 and running through February 20. It is free, drop-in, and open to all, especially those with little or no experience.

If time is tight, the Weatherspoon also hosts Mindful Mondays at 12:30 p.m. This is a half-hour silent meditation session, free and open to all, running every monday from February 4 to May 6.

For more information, see the entry on the WAM website or email ann_grimaldi@uncg.edu.

Support for these programs comes from the Fred B. Lopp and Deborah L. Schandler (‘40) Endowed Education Fund of the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, this year

Every April, the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony honors faculty and staff selected for 14 different awards. This year, the ceremony will be in two parts, one for faculty and one for staff, allowing the university to better shine a spotlight on all of the honorees.

To honor staff winners, the Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be followed by a lunch with Chancellor Gilliam on April 25, 2019. More information is to come.

If you have a departmental staff award that you would like to be part of the ceremony, please contact Sarah Alston at s_alston@uncg.edu as soon as possible.

For more information on the awards and to view last year’s recipient videos, visit https://hrs.uncg.edu/Excellence_Awards/.

Information about the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony will be in next week’s Campus Weekly.

Women’s Basketball and Spirit Teams host clinics

Women’s Basketball and the Spirit Teams will host clinics for kids ages 6-13 in January and February.

The first clinic is on Jan. 19, National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It is an all-sport clinic hosted by UNCG student-athletes and will take place prior to the UNCG Women’s Basketball game against Mercer. Participants will learn about the progress of women in athletics and develop new sports skills.

The second clinic will be on Feb. 9, prior to the game against Furman. At the February clinic, dancers and cheerleaders will have the opportunity to work with the UNCG spirit team of their choice and to perform at halftime during the Women’s Basketball game.

Registration and more information  for the NGWSD clinic is here: https://bit.ly/2EnJyFR

Registration and more information  for the Cheer and Dance clinic is here: https://bit.ly/2R1vTe5

Both clinics, which take place at Fleming Gymnasium, include a t-shirt and admission to the game.

For more information regarding the pregame women’s basketball clinics, call 336-334-3250 or email eahulse@uncg.edu.


Chancellor Gilliam

Photo of Chancellor GilliamChancellor Gilliam will appear on the television news program “Carolina Business Review.” It will air on PBS Charlotte Friday, January 11, at 8:30 p.m. Viewers in the Triad/Triangle area can see it on  UNC TV Thursday, January 17, at 5 p.m. It will appear it on UNC TV (North Carolina Channel) Friday, Jan 18, at 10 p.m., Saturday, January 19, at 4 a.m., and Sunday, January 20, at 8 a.m.

Dr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr.

Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr., Interim-Dean & Professor of Biological Sciences, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, appears on The PBS Masterseries episode “Decoding Watson.” It began airing nationally on PBS stations on January 2. It will start streaming on January 3, 2019.

Dr. Aubrey Turner

Dr. Aubrey Turner has been promoted to Associate Director of Proposal Development Services in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Since he began his tenure with the office five years ago, Aubrey has been instrumental in moving the University’s research agenda forward. The UNC Greensboro alum has led and collaborated on efforts to secure awards from – among others – the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. These grants have funded major student pipeline programs, health-care training programs, and entrepreneurial initiatives, as well as basic research across campus.

Aubrey holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Wake Forest University and a Master’s in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Office of Sponsored Programs, he worked as a genetic counselor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then as the coordinator of several large research studies within the Wake Forest Center for Cancer Genomics. Over his research career, he authored 48 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters, primarily related to the genetics of prostate cancer.

See more information here.

Dr. Pete Kellett

Dr. Pete Kellett (Communication Studies) is the editor of a new book: “Narrating Patienthood: Engaging Diverse Voices on Health, Communication, and the Patient Experience,” published by Lexington Books. It is part of the Series:”Lexington Studies in Health Communication.”

Through various narrative methods, including personal narrative research, autoethnography, and others, this book shows how diversity and difference play important roles in how people experience illness and health care as patients. Listening to such engaging and personal stories can provide insight, understanding, and advocacy for change. Part 1 of the book focuses on how narrative and narration of experiences can lead to learning, empowerment, and advocacy. Part 2 focuses on differences that make a difference (including race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability). Part 3 illustrates how personal, relational, professional, and cultural aspects of identity intersect to shape patient experiences. Centrally, the book focuses on how patients’ stories can help us to rethink, reimagine, and reformulate what health communication means in practice.

This book is the second in an ongoing series by Kellett to explore communication dimensions of the patient experience, which began with the 2017 solo authored volume “Patienthood and communication: A personal narrative of eye disease and vision loss,” New York, NY: Peter Lang. The upcoming co-edited volume is next in the series and due out in late spring: Kellett, Peter M. & Hawkins, Jennifer M. (2019) (Eds.). “Women’s narratives of health disruption and illness: within and across their life stories.” Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

A brownbag discussion of the book is being planned for spring semester as part of the HIRN group. Contact Kellett for further details at pmkellet@uncg.edu.

Dr. Jared McGuirt

Dr. Jared McGuirt (Nutrition) received new funding from DHHS Health Resources and Service Administration for the project “Designing and testing a community context-driven, evidence-based virtual avatar coaching approach to improve access to health promotion programs for low-income children and families.” Dr. Omari Dyson and Dr. Christopher Rhea are co-principal investigators on the project.

“Community health promotion programs are important sources of obesity prevention programming for low-income children,” the abstract states. “Unfortunately, due to barriers including time, limited transportation, accessibility, and monetary resources, low-income and rural individuals, who are most impacted by childhood obesity, are often not able to access this type of programming. Virtual peer coaching using avatars, an interactive educational experience more engaging than one way videos, may be a way to reach low-income individuals and people living in rural areas with intriguing health promotion programs that may not have been previously available or accessible, and thus, may help community nutrition education programs save costs while also increasing reach. Therefore, we propose the design of a low-cost virtual reality avatar coaching approach accessible via the internet to augment and increase access to existing evidence-based federal community health promotion programming. In this approach, the Avatar coach will present the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) sponsored and evidence-based ‘Bright Futures in Practice: Nutrition’ curriculum, in an interactive way, so that participants can have an engaging educational experience.”

Dr. John Kiss

photo of kiss Dr. John Kiss spoke last Thursday at the Venture Science Cafe in Winston-Salem about “Why We Need Plants to Go to Mars.” Kiss is dean of UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences. More information is available here.


Dr. Jianjun Wei

Dr. Jianjun Wei (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from North Carolina Central University for the project “Carbon nanodots for anti oxidative and radical scavenging reactions.” This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation as part of the NSF Excellence in Research grant.

According to the abstract, carbon nanodots are a type of newly engineered non/low-toxic nanomaterials. They have scavenging potential of free radicals, which are highly unstable and reactive molecules in biological systems and other environments. Because free radicals are associated with inflammation, they can lead to potentially serious pathological conditions. This project aims to examine the reaction mechanisms of carbon nanodots in radical scavenging activities towards using these nanomaterials in biological and environmental applications. This project will enhance the understanding of the surface chemistry of carbon nanodots and the roles of the surrounding conditions on carbon nanodots interfacial reactions with a variety of free radicals, and how the carbon nanodots’ free radical scavenging potential is influenced by surrounding biological and biochemical conditions.

Looking ahead: Jan. 9, 2019

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

Men’s Basketball vs. Wofford
Thursday, January 10, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Furman
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 5 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

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

Film: ‘Paywall’ about open access to research and science
Thursday, January 17, noon, Faculty Center

‘The Best Retirement Plan for You: Traditional or Phased?’

Faculty will have a great opportunity to learn more about Retirement Choices.

On Thursday, January 17, the UNCG Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) and the UNCG Faculty Senate are co-hosting a panel discussion entitled, “What’s the Best Retirement Plan for You: Traditional or Phased?” Retired UNCG faculty will share why they decided on phased or traditional retirement and what their experiences were. This panel will be of particular interest to tenured or tenure track faculty who have the option of phased vs. traditional retirement. The panel will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event runs 4–6 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center.

The event is open to all UNCG faculty and EPA administrative and professional staff, regardless of whether you are an ARF member.

ARF membership is open to all UNCG retired and employed faculty (tenure track, non-tenure track, & EPA administrative and professional staff) who are 55 and older. Membership applications will be available at this event, or you can join online at http://uncgarf.org/. For more information, contact Susan Dennison, ARF President (stdennis@uncg.edu).

Nominations are open for the 2018-19 Staff Excellence Award

The University Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the University this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SHRA or EHRA non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline. Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty

The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.


The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the University Mission.


The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the University through involvement on committees and/or representing the University in civic or professional organizations, etc.

Human Relations

The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements

The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above. This could include, but is not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

Make your nominations via this nomination form.

Nomination deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019.