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Archives for February 2019

Nominate outstanding students for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society, which was organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made a significant and meaningful contributions to the University community.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the University with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNCG campus. Members embody the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity, and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Spring 2019 inductions. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form and instructions can be found here and should be returned to Ashley Tuck at actuck@uncg.edu by March 15. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni, and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee).

Jeanne Madorin on board as HR associate vice chancellor

Photo of Jeanne MadorinJeanne Madorin’s first day at UNCG was Feb. 6.

Campus Weekly asked the new Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources her impressions of UNCG so far. What stands out? “The people – from the first interviews on. They’ve been very welcoming. Everyone is so great.”

She is impressed with the campus. “The campus is beautiful – a lot of history. It’s so nice to see historical buildings and the newer ones.”

And she has enjoyed speaking with students. “They’re so active and engaged.”

Jeanne (two syllables, by the way) Madorin comes to UNCG from UNC Charlotte, where she served as the Executive Director of Human Resources. She had served in the UNC Charlotte Human Resources Office for the past 26 years – serving as Executive Director since 2014, Director of Employee Relations, Training and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator 2002-14, and Assistant Director of Human Resources and Staff Employment 1992-2002. Earlier, she was Employment Coordinator at The Methodist Home in Charlotte, and before that, she held human resource positions in St. Louis, Missouri.

She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in management from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Her first objectives, in her initial weeks here? “To learn about UNCG, the campus. And to build relationships. To learn how things are done here. And I want to understand how the HR department can help the University achieve its goals.”

“I’m new. And very interested in how things are done here.”

And she’ll begin to assess her department. “How are we doing? The areas where HR is strong? And what are areas for improvement?”

She is inspired by “being a part of the solution” and a resource for people, she said. “Whether helping a person or a department with benefits, or with hiring, [in human resources] you’re a helpful part of the process from day one.”

She shared a bit about her background and family. “My husband and I have two sons. One is a high school teacher. The other is a firefighter. My daughter-in-law works with K-12 children as a Deaf educator. She is an alum from here. And she is an adjunct instructor here at the School of Education.”

She wants to get to know you. She has a request for UNCG staff and faculty: “Say Hi and introduce yourself. And tell me what you do and about your area.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Piney Lake Spring Opening celebration

Photo of the map of Piney Lake in front of the lakeUNCG’s Piney Lake, the more than 40-acre property once called “Country Club of Woman’s College,” opens for weekend recreation Saturday, March 16, with a spring opening celebration, hosted by the Department of Recreation and Wellness and Campus Activities and Programs.

The event begins at 11 a.m., and the first 200 guests receive complimentary food from Bojangles.

In addition to water and land activities, there will be giveaways, and music by DJ Roxci. Visitors can enjoy kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, stand up paddleboards, 18-hole disc golf course, hiking trails, volleyball, cornhole, badminton, and more.

The event is open to all UNCG community members and up to 4 guests who attend with a UNCG student, faculty member, or staff member. Free Spartan Chariots will run every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the EUC circle. Parking is limited.

Piney Lake is open March through October, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and open free of charge to students, Kaplan Center for Wellness members, and up to four of their guests. Non-members may purchase weekend passes here.

The lake offers swimming, boating activities and catch and release fishing. Picnic areas with charcoal grills and grilling tools are also available. The property also offers a lakeside lodge, which is available to rent at a low cost for UNCG departments seeking space for meetings and workshops.

Team QUEST, the experiential education program also located at Piney Lake, offers custom programs for teams and groups. Learn more about Team QUEST here: recwell.uncg.edu/teamquest/

Spartans initiate new N.C. wildlife license plate design

Photo of the new license plateThe N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has unveiled a newly designed wildlife conservation license plate, which features a drawing of a Pine Barrens treefrog along with the agency’s “Wildlife” logo.

UNCG faculty members and alumni are the initiators behind the design.

In 2014, biology lecturer Ann Somers and Professor Emeritus Catherine Matthews guided two UNCG students-now-alumni, Rachel Carico-Bair and Amy Gonsalves, in hosting an art competition for the design. The competition was their leadership project for an honors class. They received more than 35 entries. Five designs were selected as finalists and the winning image was chosen by members of the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (NWAC), which advises the Commission regarding the conservation of nongame wildlife species and their habitats.

When the new license plate was released, Somers was recognized for 22 years of service to the NWAC.
Photo of Ann Somers in a group“She was crucial to many of the ‘out of the box’ concepts that reached implementation over the last few years,” said Chief of the Commissions’ Habitat Conservation Division Shannon Deaton, who also mentioned how Somers accompanied herself and students to congressional offices to discuss the value of federal funding for wildlife diversity and the NC Wildlife Action Plan. “Basically, she put her money where her mouth was. She didn’t just talk about it, she did things to put conservation in action. The agency is grateful for her professional candor and tireless efforts to take conservation to the next step without boundaries.”

According to the Commission, the Pine Barrens treefrog is “a medium-sized green treefrog with a white-bordered lavender stripe down each side of its body. The frog is found in the pine forests and sandhills of south-central North Carolina.”

The plate is available through the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and costs $30, with $20 from each plate going to the agency’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. The new design replaces the cardinal and dogwood logo, which has been the symbol of the fund since 1983—the year the fund was first established by the North Carolina General Assembly. The fund supports projects and programs conducted by the Wildlife Diversity Program.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

UNCG hosts mentoring event for women

On Monday, Feb. 25, UNC Greensboro hosted the Triad Business Journal’s annual “Bizwomen Mentoring Monday” networking event for the third consecutive year.

Bizwomen Mentoring Monday is a nationwide initiative organized by American City Business Journals. Forty-four cities and more than 10,000 women participated in this year’s program. Approximately 170 students and professionals participated in the event on UNCG’s campus.

Seasoned professionals working in industries across the Triad served as mentors and shared their own stories and career advice in one-on-one, “speed dating” style mentoring sessions. Additionally, there were several round table sessions on key topics related to women in the workplace.

Provost Dana Dunn attended the event and provided opening remarks. UNCG mentors who participated in the event were Dr. Cathy Akens, vice chancellor for student affairs; Dr. Terri Shelton, vice chancellor for research and engagement; Beth Fischer, vice chancellor for advancement; Kim Record, director of athletics; Eden Bloss, senior director of external communications; and Samaya Roary, Student Government Association president.


By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane









UNC Greensboro Back to the Future: The Story of the 1960s

On Thursday, March 14, from noon until 1:30 pm, aa drop-in open house wil celebrate the opening of the exhibition “UNC Greensboro Back to the Future: The Story of the 1960s.” This exhibit is curated by one graduate and two undergraduate students, working in collaboration with SCUA and Grogan Residential College. The exhibit will combine campus history, including key events like co-education and the Tate Street protests of 1963, with reflections from current students on how that history is reflected today. Pop in any time between noon and 1:30 p.m. to chat with the student curators and see their work. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1028269374047494/ 

On Thursday, March 21st at 3:30 pm, Archives will host a talk by Dr. Heather Adams titled “Imagining the Voices in Curry Cottage: Being Pregnant and Unmarried in the Era of ‘Free Love’.” Although the later 1960s is nostalgically considered a time of “free love,” the incalculable cost of being a young, unmarried, and pregnant woman cannot be denied and should not be forgotten. In this talk, Dr. Heather Adams, Assistant Professor of English at UNC Greensboro, draws from her oral history research with once-unwed mothers from the 1960s to explain the rhetorics of shame and the raced- and classed-practices of secret-keeping and hiding that led to unwed and pregnant women relinquishing not only a child for adoption but their very identity as mothers. Extrapolating from the stories she has gathered, Adams will use critical imagination to speculate as to Curry Cottage, a building once on the UNCG campus that, starting in 1968, was used to enable teenage and pregnant girls to continue their schooling. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/617211418717941/

Nancy Rourke, Deaf artist and ARTivist, will visit campus

As part of UNCG’s yearlong 1960s event series, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will host a special guest March 21-23, Nancy Rourke, a well-known and prolific Deaf artist.

March 21, she will be one of the panelists during the LLC Symposium: The Global ’60s.

March 22, she will teach a painting session with deaf and hard of hearing students from Guilford County Schools.

Saturday, March 23, Rourke will be a guest speaker in the EUC Auditorium from 10 a.m. to noon, with a presentation titled “The ’60s: Exploring a Marginalized Culture through Art.” The morning event is free and open to the public. Rourke will also conduct a painting session in the Kirkland Room from 2 to 5 p.m. (Lunch is provided to participants, and $15 tickets are available here.)

Students and student interns from Professions in Deafness will be on-hand to assist with events.

“The Global Sixties” symposium will explore worldwide social movements

UNCG has been commemorating the 1960s with a series of events since last fall, and now the symposium “The Global Sixties” will be hosted by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The symposium will explore the tradition of protest movements around the world and their impact on modern social movements. It will investigate how sixties-era concerns of civil rights and politics continue to shape social movements today.

The symposium will span two days and feature a variety of workshops and presentations on topics including “Representations of Protest and Dissent: The Ethics of Aesthetics,” “New Perspectives on Protest and Activism”, “The Sixties in Asia”, and “The Future of the Sixties.”

There will be a wide variety of presenters, including historian William P. Childers, artist Nancy Rourke, poet and professor of Spanish Verónica Grossi, MSU German Studies Coordinator Dr. Peter Schweppe, and many more.

There will also be a film screening, in concert with the Human Rights Research Network, of The Edukators, a crime drama about three anti-capitalist Berlin activists who break into upper-class homes and encounter a former radical activist who had been active during the 1960s.

The symposium is March 21-22 at the UNCG Alumni House.

Entrance is free and open to the public, but if you would like to join lunch on the 21st, contact Dr. Susanne Rinner at s_rinner@uncg.edu. For more information, or for disability accommodations, contact Rinner as well.  See the full schedule here.

Science Education Research panel March 25

RISE Network will host a networking lunch for Jenny Dauer, from the University of Nebraska, on Monday, March 25, from 11:45-1:30 p.m. in Eberhart 310.

Her presentation for lunch is titled “Navigating a Pathway from Teaching and Science to Science Education Research.”

Jenny Dauer is an Assistant Professor of Science Literacy in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. Dauer’s research interests include developing and investigating science classroom models to support student decision-making practices and systems thinking. Dauer has a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Forest Science, an M.S. in Ecology, and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Penn State University.

Please RSVP for lunch here: https://goo.gl/forms/wbOLujK96QqybKrG2

In memoriam: Rebecca Holland Taylor

Rebecca Holland Taylor, former faculty member in the School of Nursing, died Feb. 6. She is remembered as a gracious mentor and welcoming colleague.

Taylor came to UNCG in 1970 and retired in 2001. She taught in Community Health and Gerontology and started the first nurse-managed clinic for UNCG’s 35-year partnership with Housing and Urban Development. She continued to practice nursing in the community throughout her career and even after her UNCG retirement, until 2013. She kept her nursing license up to her death. She was president of the North Carolina Nurses Association 1975-77.

“Rebecca was great at mentoring new faculty,” remembered her colleague Linda McNeal ’76 ’77 MSN.  “I didn’t mind going to her with any questions. She was always so welcoming and kind and always did what she needed to do to support her colleagues and her students. “

“Everyone thought the world of her,” said another former faculty member Sue Beeson ’73 MSN ’77, who, like McNeal, was both a student and colleague of Taylor. “She was such a good teacher. She was so receptive and so good with students. It was a real pleasure to be her student and her colleague.”

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Peace United Church of Christ, 2714 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27403.

Love and Compassion in Education

 The second annual Diversity in Language and Culture Conference will focus on the theme of “Love and Compassion in Education”.

Educators consider how love and compassion is important in education, what it looks like, and how it can make schools a better place.

This year, UNCG will welcome Dr. Laura Rendón as the keynote speaker. She is professor emerita at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and author of the book Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy): Education for Wholeness, Social Justice, and Liberation. Focusing on ensuring student success, especially for low income and first generation students, Rendón developed the asset-based student success framework “validation theory”, which has been employed in studies and programs in two- and four-year colleges and universities.

The conference will be May 4, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building. See here for the full schedule. Go here to register. Early bird registration is $20 and includes lunch, while on-site registration the day of the conference is $25.

Join CFRN for a “Lunch and Learn”

A CFRN lunch-and-learn will be held Tuesday, March 12, 11:30-1 p.m. in the EUC’s Alexander Room.

The topic is “Follow me: Social media and scholarship.”

Hear from UNCG Communications and ORE Communications and Media to learn new skills to increase your social media presence

11:30 Lunch and Networking

12:00: Presentation and Discussion


Fun at Faculty and Staff Alumni Network

Last week, the Alumni Association hosted the kickoff luncheon for the Faculty and Staff Alumni Network. 107 were in attendance, receiving not only a catered lunch but swag bags and t-shirts.

And posing for fun photos, on the day before “Believe in the G.”

Former director of the Alumni Association and two-time alumnus Jeff Colbert, who has taught at UNCG for 32 years, gave welcoming remarks.

The Network will host more events in the future, directed by the interests of those who join. A survey was available during the lunch, but any faculty/staff alumni may contact Dorian Thompson at Drthomp2@uncg.edu to join the Network or to offer suggestions.


Newsmakers: Kiss, Cech, Lilly, Giddens, Castaldo, and more

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 week:

  • Dean John Z. Kiss and Dr. Nadja Cech will be among the presenters at the upcoming Greensboro TedX forum, as featured in the News & Record. The article.
  • Dean Castaldo, associate director of alumni engagement, was included in the Triad Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list. The list.
  • Professor Janet Lilly’s dance workshop at Parul University, Vadodara, India, was highlighted in The Daily Excelsior, a widely-read Indian newspaper. The article.
  • UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens was profiled in Smithsonian Mag, in connection with her new album. The feature.
  • WFMY News 2 published a feature on UNCG’s 10th year being recognized by Tree Campus USA, with comment from Assistant Director of Grounds Andrew Currin. The piece.
  • Spectrum News featured UNCG’s Health Impact Team, a group of 15 students who worked with the City of Greensboro to reduce lead exposure in city housing. The article.

Faculty and Staff Alumni Network inaugural event

Last week, the Alumni Association hosted the kickoff luncheon for the Faculty and Staff Alumni Network. 107 were in attendance, receiving not only a catered lunch but swag bags and t-shirts.

Former chair of the Alumni Association and double alumnus Jeff Colbert, who has taught at UNCG for 32 years, gave welcoming remarks.

The Network will host more events in the future, directed by the interests of those who join. A survey was available during the lunch. Any faculty/staff alumni may contact Dorian Thompson at Drthomp2@uncg.edu to join the network or to offer suggestions.

Vegetables? Flowers? Come garden.

Did you know that UNCG has a Campus Garden available to employees and students?

UNCG Campus Garden consists of 50 raised beds available to our UNCG community. Plots are priced at $10 for a semester, or $20 for the spring, summer and fall. They may be purchased by a team of individuals or as a department/ office.

What a great wellness opportunity to do with your department, office or group of friends.

A variety of annual vegetables, fruits and flowers can be planted. Shovels, trowels, watering cans, compost, and water are provided. You provide your own gloves, seeds or plants. Workshops will also be provided throughout the growing season!

Plots sell out fast.

To reserve your spot:

  1. Visit the campus garden website.
  2. Click on the Garden Application on the left side bar.
  3. Send the application and check via interoffice mail to Susan Andreatta, Anthropology, 433 Graham Building.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Andreatta at s_andrea@uncg.edu.

Archives, Archiving, and Community Engagement Discussion Group

Join in on Friday, March 15, at 2pm for a kick off event for the campus-wide Archives, Archiving, and Community Engagement discussion group. This group will be led by UNCG University Archivist Erin Lawrimore and is sponsored by UNC Greensboro’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) Faculty Fellows Program.

The event is March 15th, 2-3pm, Hodges Reading Room (Jackson Library).

Meet to chat about how we can collaborate to ensure that artifacts of community-engaged scholarship as well as the archives of our partner communities are preserved in a sustainable, accessible way.

Everyone – faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members – is welcome to join us and help guide the direction of the group’s discussions throughout 2019. For more information, please see: https://communityengagement.uncg.edu/archives-archiving-and-community/.  

New Information Studies degree program this fall

UNCG has announced a new bachelor of science in information studies – the second degree program of its kind in North Carolina – set to launch in the fall of 2019.

This new, multidisciplinary program blends coursework from library and information studies, computer science, geography, information systems/supply chain management, and education research methodology to prepare students to work for a variety of organizations that handle data and information systems and need to leverage this information for decision making.

The program consists of three focus areas: management, maintenance, and design of information systems; training, development, and user education; and geographic information systems.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Get involved: Celebrate international community at I-Fest April 6

Photo of students at the international festivalThe International Programs Center (IPC) of UNCG coordinates and develops the University’s international activities to help ensure that the University achieves its international goals.

IPC announces the 37th annual International Festival (I-Fest) on the University’s campus Kaplan Commons (Elliott University Center Lawn) on April 6 from noon to 5 pm. I-Fest is one of UNCG’s largest and longest running events that brings together the campus and surrounding communities for a celebration of culture and global learning.

“This event is the perfect way to celebrate our international community in Greensboro” says Maria Perdomo, UNCG alumnus. “Diversity has always been one of the things that I enjoy the most about Greensboro and UNCG’s campus. I-Fest is a way to celebrate this and bring our diverse communities together.”

I-Fest includes cultural booths of around 50 countries, global learning, musical performances and international food trucks. By combining the different components of culture, visitors can interact and learn from people from all over the world without leaving Greensboro. The festival serves as a safe space for our different cultures to interact and learn from one another through dialogue, food samples, and musical and visual performances.

Open and free to the public.

Want to get involved? Here’s what you can do:


  • Spread the word about I-Fest by sharing the Facebook or Eventbrite page. And follow us on Instagram at @uncg_ipc and use the hashtag #uncgifest2019


To learn more about I-Fest, view our 2018 I-Fest Video or our interactive slideshow. Questions? Reach out to the festival coordinator, Stephanie Guzman (ipcproco@uncg.edu) at any time.

Campus Movie Fest comes to UNCG

The 2018-2019 Campus Movie Fest (CMF) at UNCG begins March 13 and runs through March 19. During that week, students will be provided the equipment, training, and opportunity to share their stories on film. The resulting five-minute student films will be rated by CMF judges, with the best 16 films being screened at a red-carpet premiere on March 23.  Participation is completely free for students.

The top four films will win the Jury Award, which means they will move on to compete on the national level at the CMF Grand Finale in June. Jury Award winners will also receive a one-year subscription to both Adobe Creative Cloud and Prime Student, the chance to apply for the CMF at Cannes Program, and the possibility of seeing their film on Prime Video. To celebrate the achievements of UNCG’s most outstanding filmmakers, Silver Tripod Awards will be given in specific categories, including directing, editing, performance, and more. Students can also compete in the Elfenworks Hope in Social Justice category, which highlights injustice and inspires change, with the national winner taking home $10,000.

More than one million students have participated in CMF since it began in 2001.

Students can sign up for free at http://campusmoviefest.com/uncg.

Grants for curriculum in online direct sales

UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program (ECDP) has multiple grants available to add one week’s worth of course content on direct selling to any cross-listed ENT course. There are five grants of $2,000 for face-to-face courses, five grants of $3,000 for online courses, and one of $6,000 for a new course in direct selling.

These grants are complementary to the Retail Revival Program, a partnership between eBay and the city of Greensboro. The program provides mentoring and a free eBay store subscription for a year to 100 business.

Local entrepreneurs interested in the Retail Revival program are encouraged to learn more and apply at ebayinc.com/Greensboro. The application deadline is March 8.

Applications for the grants, which come from the Direct Selling Educational Foundation, are due to Dianne Welsh (dhwelsh@uncg.edu) by April 1 at 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

Mark Morris Dance Group at UCLS

The Mark Morris Dance Group, called one “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” by Yo-Yo-Ma, merges its boundary-pushing modern dance with live music and community engagement. Founded in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the group tours internationally with its own music ensemble while providing educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities through its Access/MMDG program.  The group performs modern choreography to a wide variety of music, ranging from 17th century compositions to contemporary classical works.

On February 27, at 8 p.m., the group will perform at the UNCG Auditorium as part of the 2019-19 University Concert and Lecture Series. To see prices and purchase tickets, see the entry on the CVPA site here.

Dr. Ignacio López Alemany

Dr. Ignacio López Alemany, associate professor of Spanish in the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has been awarded a prestigious “Biruté Ciplijauskaité” research fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 2019-20 academic year. There, he will be working on his next book project, “Vihuelists and Courtly Performance of Poetry in Early Modern Spain,” while collaborating with other distinguished IRH fellows and faculty at UW-M and participating in various scholarly presentations on Spanish literature of the Golden Age and beyond.

López Alemany’s project aims to provide a comprehensive explanation of the cultural success of Italian meters in Spanish Renaissance poetry within the broader context of court performances. The study of this “new poetry,” as contemporaries labeled it, cannot be approached merely as a change of meters, but as part of a larger phenomenon. A paradigmatic change that resulted from the emergence of the early modern court culture in Spain, the particularities of the political context of the Habsburg Empire, and the renovation and repurposing of traditional Spanish poetry. The early modern vihuelists – musicians who played the vihuela, a Spanish stringed instrument­ – selected, modified, and musicalized many of those poems. They also modeled and wrote instructions on how to perform them within the aulic context, serving as active catalysts in the definition of the modern courtier and the role of poetry in the early modern period.

Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon

Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon (Bryan School) earned an Honorary Doctorate degree from Örebro University in Sweden, for his contributions to the cybersecurity field. The ceremonies were on Feb 9, 2019. Dhillon has had an association with Orebro for over 20 years. Dhillon is Professor and Department Head, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

His research is featured in the most recent UNCG Research Magazine.

Brad Johnson

Photo of Dr. Brad JohnsonBrad Johnson (TEHE) was recently recognized by the ACPA-College Student Educators International (ACPA) as a 2019 recipient of the Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award.  The Annuit Coeptis Awards honors professionals at a dinner where there can be wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues. These awards were created by ACPA to honor and celebrate the lives of three former colleagues who loved to challenge their contemporary and junior colleagues in the spirit of personal and professional sharing, good humor, and intellectual debate.  Senior Professional Award recipients must show evidence of contributions to the field of Student Affairs with regard to administrative service or teaching, research and publication, professional association service, and demonstrated leadership. In addition, recipients must show evidence of their commitment to mentoring and encouraging young Student Affairs professionals. Johnson will formally receive this recognition in March at the annual ACPA Conference, which will be held in Boston.

Tony Hamilton

Tony Hamilton (Facility Services) was a recipient of the Kindness Champion award, by the Healthy Relationships Initiative. The awards program is s part of their Random Acts of Kindness Week outreach.

He was nominated by three of his UNCG co-workers. They said he’s deserving of being recognized for his kindness for the following reasons:

  • “Every new semester, Tony plants himself at the front door of our building and directs students to where they need to be.  He has done this year after year and it is appreciated by our student body. He does this on his own, just to help out students who have no idea where they are or where they’re going.  He is helpful and kind and will bend over backwards to help you with anything you’ve got going on. He has helped me move furniture on several occasions. He also strives to do his best to clean his area of the building and keep things looking good for all of us.”
  • Another one of his nominators added, “Tony genuinely cares about the well-being of faculty and staff, encouraging us to pay attention to our own self-care, rest and take breaks. When I had difficulty with the lock on the mail room door one day, he came right over.  He conscientiously answers the call of duty, and goes beyond the call of duty. When my daughter came to work with me, he bought her a blueberry muffin, which she thoroughly enjoyed. That was a spontaneous act of kindness and generosity that really brightened her day.”

For more on this year’s HRI Kindness Champions in the Greensboro community, visit http://www.guilfordhri.org/2019kindnesschampions.

Dr. Randy Schmitz

Dr. Randy Schmitz (Kinesiology) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the project “ACL Research Retreat VIII.” Dr. Sandra Shultz is co-principal investigator on the project.

The ACL Research Retreat VIII is a biennial meeting that examines both risk factors and prevention of significant acute injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. According to the abstract, the meeting will continue to strengthen the foundation upon which quality research and clinical interventions can be advanced.

Dr. Sherri McFarland

Dr. Sherri McFarland (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received supplemental funding from the NIH National Cancer Institute for the project “Immunomodulating Ruthenium Metal Complexes for Melanoma Photodynamic Therapy.”

The project seeks to develop a novel class of ruthenium compounds that can be activated with therapeutic wavelengths of light to eliminate primary tumors, inhibit disseminated disease, and prevent recurrence. According to the abstract, it is hypothesized that light-responsive drugs with these capabilities will be of use in the development of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating melanoma.

Dr. Jianjun Wei

 Dr. Jianjun Wei (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the project “A chip-based nano-opto-fluidic biosensor for cardiac disease protein biomarkers.”

The project proposes a series of studies aimed at enhancing a chip-based biosensor technology for selective detection of protein biomarkers for cardiovascular disease in blood samples. Specific aims include:

  • Developing a rapid nano-imprinting process for low cost, reproducible fabrication of a nanostructure chip and integration with amicrofluidic network.
  • Validating the new nanostructure chip for the demonstration of troponin detection in blood samples in the chip-based prototype.

Dr. Paul Knapp

photo of KnappDr. Paul Knapp (Geography and Environmental Sustainability) received new funding from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for the project “A Fire History from Longleaf Pine at the Nichols Preserve, North Carolina.”

The research project will investigate fire history at the Nichols Preserve, a rare, old-growth Piedmont longleaf pine ecosystem undergoing restoration. Researchers will examine fire scares in remnant longleaf pine stumps in order to determine the historical fire frequency of the forest. The hope of the project is to inform management practices for the North Carolina Zoo and have broader impacts for longleaf pine growing throughout the region.

In Memoriam: Malinda Richbourg

Malinda Richbourg, an employee with the ITS Enterprise Applications – Data Warehousing, Analytics and Visualization group, died Feb. 17.

Richbourg graduated from UNCG in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She began work at UNCG in 1974 in Undergraduate Admissions, and in 2008, she retired as the associate director for operations. She returned to UNCG as a part-time employee with ITS in 2009, assisting in duplicate PIDM resolution as part of the Data Management group.

Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services Donna Heath remembers about her:

“Malinda was both a people person and a data person, a rare combination of skills. Everywhere she went, she either already knew someone, or through conversation quickly made a new friend. Her eye for process and attention to detail helped UNCG admissions grow from the pre-computing era through to our Banner world today. UNCG is most fortunate to have had her to faithfully serve her alma mater for 45 years,”

There are no current plans for a memorial service, but there will be a campus-based gathering at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Malinda B. & David L. Richbourg Endowed Athletic Scholarship at UNCG.

Dr. Armondo Collins

Dr. Armondo Collins (Digital Media Commons) will lead a community discussion on Black Migration at 6 pm, Monday, March 4, at Central Library, 219 N. Church St. Using Zora Neale Hurston’s book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, Collins will explore race and class in contemporary America. Collins is the head of Digital Media Commons at UNCG.

Beverly Burnett, NC Association of Black Storyteller president, will also be in attendance to perform an excerpt from How it Feels to be Colored Me. Burnett is the 2018 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award.

Participants will have the opportunity to record their own migration story after the program. These recordings will be permanently archived at the Greensboro History Museum.

Open forums: Candidates for Dean of College of Visual & Performing Arts

Photo of the CVPA building exteriorThe CVPA Dean Search Committee and the provost have selected four finalists to visit campus.

Participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their leadership background, why they are interested in this position, and their vision for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled in Jarrell Lecture Hall, in the lower level of Jackson Library, as follows:

Candidate 1: Tuesday, March 12th from 2:30-3:45 pm

Candidate 2: Thursday, March 14th from 2:30-3:45 pm

Candidate 3: Tuesday, March 19th from 2:30-3:45 pm

Candidate 4: Tuesday, March 26th from 2:30-3:45 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/cvpa-dean-search.

Celebrate UNCG, with tomorrow’s ‘Believe in the G’

Photo of a student posing with SpiroWhy do you Believe in the G?

Maybe it’s the University’s commitment to student success, its excellence in community-engaged research, or the $1 billion economic impact it has on the Triad. Or perhaps it’s the Spartan spirit you feel when cheering on UNCG Basketball, or the growing number of national rankings and recognition.

There are so many reasons why alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends believe in UNC Greensboro and its mission.

This Thursday, Feb. 21, all Spartans and UNCG supporters are invited to celebrate UNCG and share why they are a “believer” with the sixth annual Believe in the G campaign.

As part of the 24-hour campaign, participants are asked to wear blue and gold, share their UNCG story on social media using the hashtag #BelieveintheG, and make a financial gift. The University’s goal is 1,200 gifts of any size.

“Believe in the G is a fun 24-hour celebration of all the things we love about UNCG,” said Beth Fischer, vice chancellor of advancement. “There will be lots of events and support opportunities going on, and our team will be all over campus, surprising people with Believe in the G swag. We encourage everyone to wear their blue and gold, share with your friends all the things you love about UNCG and put it on social media, and make a gift of any size to support the area of campus that means the most to you.”

Additionally, alumni, parents, employees, and friends are invited to enjoy the annual Spartan Spot event, featuring snacks and premium seating, at the men’s basketball game on Feb. 21. After the game, local alumni will continue the celebration at Old Town Draught House.

Can’t make it to campus? UNCG Regional Alumni Networks will host Believe in the G events across the state and in select cities around the country. Event information and registration can be found on the Alumni Association website.

To learn more about the campaign and to participate, visit BelieveintheG.com.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photograph by Jiyoung Park

Facilities Operations tests new exterior signage

Photo of updated sign on Walker AvenueAs you make your way around campus in the coming days, you may notice some new exterior signs sporting the University colors and updated brand elements.

These full-scale mockups can be seen in front of the School of Education building, at Gray Residence Hall, and on Walker Avenue in front of Coleman building.

Pending approval of the designs, a plan will be devised to implement the updated signage across the University.

Exterior signage is an important part of helping faculty, staff, students, and community members find their way around campus, but it also plays a key role in establishing a unified and vibrant campus identify. As our campus grows and evolves, signage plays an important, unifying role in defining campus clearly and consistently.

The new signs are designed to last a minimum of 10 years. Future signs will be updated based on wear and tear, location, public visibility, funding, and other considerations.

By Victor Ayala