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Archives for April 2019

A spring of sweet music: upcoming ‘Concert Weeks” at UNCG

Photo of several musicians playingNear the end of each spring, UNCG’s wonderful music ensembles perform a variety of world-class concerts. These concerts, nearly one night after another, allow you to enjoy beautiful music in great venues.

And, most performances are free. It’s hard to find an opportunity like this anywhere else.

Here are just some of the exciting performances coming up for “concert weeks.” Events are free unless otherwise noted:

  • 4/23: Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band is made up of 55 music majors chosen by audition who perform a variety of pieces in two concerts each semester. They will perform a variety of pieces with Professor of Oboe Ashley Barrett and Guest Conductor Andrea E. Brown. 7:30 p.m. at the UNCG Auditorium.
  • 4/25: Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is a highly select concert band of fifty performers majoring in music at the UNCG School of Music. They will be performing with soprano Lindsay Kesselman. 7:30 p.m. UNCG Auditorium.
  • 4/26: Becca Stevens With Jazz Ensemble I and The Third Floor Orchestra: As part of the Miles Davis Jazz Festival, singer-songwriter and Winston-Salem native Becca Stevens will be featured in a program of her original music, American songbook standards, and other surprises. 8 p.m., UNCG Auditorium. Tickets range from $6-12. To purchase tickets, see the entry on the website here.
  • 4/28: University Chorale and Chamber Singers: The University Chorale is an ensemble of approximately 60 of the most gifted and dedicated singers from the UNCG student body, while the Chamber Singers are a highly select ensemble of 22-26 pre-professional singers, music educators, and amateurs chosen from the UNCG student body. 5 p.m., First Presbytarian Church, 617 N. Elm St.
  • 4/29: Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia: The University Band consists of 85 music majors and non-majors who perform challenging music of artistic and historical significance. The Symphonic Band is made up of 55 music majors chosen by audition who perform a variety of pieces in two concerts each semester. The Sinfonia is dedicated to broadening the artistic performance level of its members while presenting programs that encompass a wide range of styles, from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • 5/1: University Band: The University Band is comprised of approximately 85 musicians, both music majors and non-majors, who join together to perform two concerts each semester. This ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members while performing challenging music of artistic and historical significance. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

If you can’t make it to an event, many programs are streamed via CVPA Live. See more information here.

For a complete listing of events, see the School of Music website.

Some copy drawn from the CVPA website.

Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo winners

Photo of a student presenting at the undergraduate research expoApril 4 marked the 13th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, designed as an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research, scholarship and creative inquiry.

203 presentations were included in the event, making it the largest thus far. 245 UNCG undergraduates participated, with 111 mentors from 42 academic departments and programs.

First, second, and third place winners and honorable mentions were selected in four categories: Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences and Performing Arts. The award winners are:

Humanities and Social Sciences

1st Place: Courtney Phillips (Nursing)
“Nurse Practitioner Knowledge and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the
Management of Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study”
Faculty Mentor: Susan Letvak

2nd Place: Vanessa Enoch (Human Development and Family Studies)
“Trauma and Abuse Experience and Elevated Scalp Hair Cortisol Concentrations Among SE
Asian Refugees in the US South”
Faculty Mentor: Sudha Shreeniwas

3rd Place: Kaitlyn Chaplin (Communication Studies), Ariana Chavez (Classical Studies), and Brianna Rogers (Classical Studies)
“There’s No Place Like Homescreen” (Performance)
Faculty Mentor: Killian Manning

Education and Behavioral Sciences

1st Place: Avila Ramirez Itzel (Psychology)
“Do Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages Manifest in Technological Communication Between
Romantic Partners of Latinx Heritage?”
Faculty Mentor: Michaeline Jensen

2nd Place: Sarah Ragab (Biology)
“The Transfer of Global Applications of Sport for Positive Youth Development”
Faculty Mentor: Michael Hemphill

3rd Place: Brianna Ferraro (Specialized Education Services)
“From Accommodation to Invitation: Roles Communication Centers Play in Acknowledging and Empowering People with Disabilities”
Faculty Mentor: Roy Schwartzman

Honorable Mention:
Morgan Bryant (Interior Architecture)
“The Ancillary Office: The Effects of Biophilia and Ergonomic Solutions within the Workplace”
Faculty Mentor: Travis Hicks

Aran Garnett-Deakin (Human Development and Family Studies) and Rachel Fuqua (Human
Development and Family Studies)
“A Meta-Analytic Review of the Associations between Marital Dissolution and Anxiety”
Faculty Mentor: Heather Helms

Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences

1st Place: Ayesha Ejaz (Chemistry)
“Simulating a Microchip-based Stark Guide and Decelerator using Simion”
Faculty Mentor: Liam Duffy

2nd Place: Quashawn Chadwick (Biology & Biochemistry)
“Transgenic Tobacco with Archaeal Heat Stress Resistance”
Faculty Mentor: Ayalew Osena

3rd Place: Ekaterina Ellyce San Pedro (Biology)
“Effect of the Regulatory Light Chain of MyosinII on Glut 4 Translocation to the Plasma
Faculty Mentor: Yashomati Patel


1st Place: Michael Newman (Theatre), Jordan Speas (Theatre), Steve Williams  (Theatre), Auntais Faulkner (Theatre)
“MAMA” (Mindfulness Arts Mindfulness Action)
Faculty Mentor: Denise Gabriel

Emerging Scholars (UNCG Residential College Students)

1st Place: Isabelle Cooper (Environmental and Sustainability Studies)
“An Interactive Map of Holistic Veterinary Medicine”
Faculty Mentor: John Sopper

2nd Place: Ryan Peace (Political Science)
“The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Black Men”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

3rd Place: De’Viona Lowery (Consumer Apparel & Retail Studies)
“Cancel Culture: Destroyer of Celebrities but How Does It Affect You?”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Honorable Mention:
Belle Downing (Community and Therapeutic Recreation)
“How Recreation Therapy Can Improve the Quality of Lives within Human Trafficking
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Sydney Chamberlain (Biology)
“Cannibalism in Food Culture: Why Prions Need Regulation”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Summer and Fall 2019 Course Reserves

Attention faculty members, it’s time to create your print and electronic course reserves with University Libraries. In order for the course reserves to be available for students on the first day of classes, new lists are due as follows:

  • Summer 2019: Friday, May 10
  • Fall 2019: Friday, August 9

Requests to renew spring lists for use in summer and/or fall are due Wednesday, May 8, 2019. At UNCG, eReserve readings are stored in Box and delivered to students via Canvas. The reserve staff create eReserve folders in Box and then email instructors, along with embedded codes to insert into Canvas. The embedded codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget inside Canvas. Instructions are available at https://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/AddingeReservestoYourCourseinCanvas.pdf

Before placing a film on reserve, review University Libraries’ streaming film sources by visiting http://uncg.libguides.com/streamingfilms. We also offer e-books that may be linked directly to your course syllabus. To learn more about e-books, visit http://uncg.libguides.com/ebooks.

For more information about Course Reserves, please contact University Libraries with any questions at reserves@uncg.edu, 336.256.1199 or 336.334.5245 or visit http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/.

Refugees and the CNNC: “The Cone and Summit Experience”

UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians and its interns will host a symposium “Working in the Midst of Adversity: The Cone and Summit Experience” Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

It will be held at Christ Church 414 N. Church St.

The purpose is to reflect on a series of events that happened last year affecting the refugee community. In May, 2018, a tragic apartment fire in Northeast Greensboro resulted in the death of 5 refugee children who came to the U.S. with their parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fire spurred a city-wide conversation regarding the state of the entire apartment complex and in September 2018, almost all of the units were condemned by the city. Over 30 families had to relocate, all but one being foreign-born. The CNNC along with lots of other community partners assisted in the process of the families moving.

The center’s social work student interns, which include UNCG students and students from other universities, were instrumental in that process and are still providing case management to a number of those families. The symposium is an intern-led event that will include a panel of intern voices, a panel of residents from the apartments, and other community partners who assisted in the process.


Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship, was appointed as the US Alumna Liaison for the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at WU Vienna, 2019-2023. 

Spartans score silver for Sustainability achievements

Photo of Quad with studentsUNC Greensboro has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

With more than 800 participants in 30 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “UNC Greensboro has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

“We are very proud to have achieved a STARS Silver rating for our sustainability accomplishments. We look forward to growing our sustainability efforts and improving through the STARS program,” said Jorge Quintal, UNCG’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.

UNCG’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website here: https://reports.aashe.org/institutions/university-of-north-carolina-greensboro-nc/report/2019-02-07/

Lighting up the fairways this spring

Bryce Hendrix at Irish Creek Collegiate

UNCG Men’s Golf is having an outstanding year. And they head to the SoCon Championship tournament next week.

The team won the recent 2019 Irish Creek Intercollegiate – marking only the second time Men’s Golf has won three tournaments in one year. They also finished in first place at the UNCG Grandover Collegiate and the UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate.

Lexi Kershaw, business administration major

Bryce Hendrix, a senior majoring in recreation and parks management, easily took home the individual championship in the tournament, finishing at 20-under. His 54-hole score of 193 shattered the previous school record of 203 set by Carter Jenkins and his 20-under also easily broke the school record for a score against par.

Women’s Golf competed in the SoCon Championship this week. They placed second at the Fall Spartan Classic. Their academic discipline is noteworthy. They have a team GPA of 3.83. That stellar academic mark received special notice during last week’s trustees meeting.

Newsmakers: Ali, Tew Recital Hall, Etnier, Spartan Passage, “Unlikely,” and Welsh

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:

  • Dr. Omar Ali was featured as an expert on the PBS documentary “Reconstruction,” speaking on the aftermath of Reconstruction, the rise of sharecropping, and the political movement Black Populism. The documentary.
  • The News & Record featured the naming of the Tew Recital Hall. The piece.
  • Dr. Jenny Etnier spoke to Fox8 about UNCG’s upcoming clinical trial on Alzheimer’s. The piece.
  • The Richmond Daily Journal featured the Spartan Passage program, which provides co-admission between Richmond Community College and UNCG. The article.
  • Business North Carolina wrote a piece on the conversation on student success spurred by the screenings of “Unlikely” and talks by the filmmaker at UNCG. The piece.
  • Dr. Dianne Welsh was featured among the winners of the UNC system Teaching Excellence Award in the News & Record. The article.

Inaugural inductees of UNCG’s new Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is one of the nation’s oldest honor societies. Now, it is UNCG’s newest.

On April 11, a ceremony honored the first Spartan members of this prestigious honor society. The 70 initiates, chosen from students, faculty, and staff, were each called to the front of the room and presented with a certificate of membership and a Phi Kappa Phi pin. The ceremony, held in Ferguson Auditorium, featured remarks by Provost Dana Dunn, Dr. Omar Ali, Dr. Brad Johnson, Dr. Heather Holian, Dr. Angela Bolte and Dr. Greg Bell.

Ali is president-elect of the organization. Johnson is the secretary, Holian is the treasurer, and Bolte the PR officer.

The 352nd chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society had been officially installed at UNCG March 13 in a small ceremony.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest cross-discipline honors society, founded in 1897, and one of the most prestigious. It admits the most distinguished junior, senior, and undergraduate students in any major. It was also one of the first honors societies to admit women, two years after it formed. Notable past members include former president Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, and astronaut Wendy Lawrence.

For more information and future events, see the PKP website here.

38 inducted into 2019 Golden Chain at UNCG

The Golden Chain Honor Society welcomed 38 new members during the Spring 2019 inductions. This diverse student population represents many facets of the university experience.

This semester’s induction class includes:

Kelsey Barrett
Kelsey is a student athlete on the UNCG Cross Country/Track team.  She is a junior double majoring in Biology and Psychology.

Michael Bell
Michael is a senior majoring in Classical Studies and is a member of the first class of McNair Scholars here at UNCG.

Caroline Bolin
Caroline is a senior majoring in Communication Studies.  She is also a Senior Managing Consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center.

Casey Bolt
Casey is a senior majoring in Sociology.  He is a United States Army National Guard and has served for 8 years, recently helping residents to safety during Hurricane Florence.

Jack Burkill
Jack is a junior majoring in Business Administration.  He is a student athlete on the Men’s Tennis Team.

Breanna Butcher
Breanna is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and a member of the UNCG Women’s Softball Team.

Nicholas Conklin
Nicholas is a junior majoring in Sociology.  He has dedicated several hours volunteering and mentoring with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

Rachel Digman
Rachel is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies.  She is also a Communications Consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center.

Kendall Dobbins
Kendall is a junior majoring in Business Marketing.  She is a student athlete on the Women’s Golf Team.

Maria Esch
Maria is a junior double majoring in International Global Human Rights and Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is also a member of the UNCG Women’s Volleyball Team.

Marissa Ferrantino
Marissa is a junior majoring in Psychology and a member of the UNCG Women’s Soccer Team.

Brandi Fier
Brandi is a senior majoring in Studio Arts and minoring in business.  She is also student athlete on the Women’s Basketball Team.

Nautica Friday
Nautica is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and a member of the UNCG Cross Country Track Team.

Jordan Gontram
Jordan is a junior majoring in Business Administration and a member of the Women’s Softball Team.

Mary Kennedy
Mary is a junior majoring in Speech Pathology and a member of the UNCG Women’s Soccer Team.

Kate Krupp
Kate is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a minor in American Sign Language.

Matthew Mattis
Matthew is a senior majoring in Business Economics.  He is a student athlete on the Men’s Soccer Team.

Megan Moran
Megan is a junior majoring in Business Marketing and member of the UNCG Women’s Volleyball Team.

Taqqi Muhammad
Taqqi is a senior majoring in Kinesiology.  He is a student athlete on the Men’s Basketball Team and a student assistant coach.

Jasmine Palmer
Jasmine is a Senior majoring in Communication Studies and a member of the Women’s Softball Team.

Kellar Poteat
Kellar is a junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in American Sign Language.

Victoria Powell
Victoria is a junior majoring in Media Studies.  She is an athlete on the Women’s Basketball Team.

Ali Ramirez-Garibay
Ali is junior majoring in Spanish. Next year she will oversee the children’s program at Real World English, which is a two-generation program which helps Latinx parents learn English while their children participate in STEM activities.

Cienna Rideout
Cienna is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management.  She is a student athlete on the Women’s Soccer Team.

Daniel Rust
Daniel is a junior majoring in Business Economics.  He is a student athlete on the UNCG Cross Country Track Team.

Sara Rydman
Sara is a junior majoring in International Business and is a member of the Women’s Golf Team.

Nadine Soliman
Nadine is a junior from Egypt majoring in Communication Studies.  She is also a student athlete and Captain of the Women’s Basketball Team.

Kara Stomp
Kara is a senior double majoring in Public Health and Communication Studies with a minor in Business Studies.  She is a managing consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center.  She is also a member of the first Chancellor’s Ambassador’s Class.

Kaitlyn Stone
Kaitlyn is a junior double majoring in Anthropology and Sociology.  She is captain of the UNCG Cross Country/Track team and an employee in the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

Olivia Tarpley
Olivia is a junior double majoring in History and Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is a member of the Spartan Orientation Staff and Vice President of the Student Government Association.

Crystal Tejada
Crystal is a junior majoring in Business Administration.  She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and the Lloyd International Honors College.

Abigail Thomas
Abigail is a junior majoring in Spanish and Communication Studies.  She also volunteers with the UNCG Speaking Center with groups of elementary and middle school students in theatre camps during the summer.

Louisa Tichy
Louisa is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and a member of the Women’s Golf Team.  She has also served as an Assistant Golf Instructor.

Kaley Tucker
Kaley is a junior majoring in Communication Studies.  She is a student athlete on the Women’s Soccer Team at UNCG.

Heida Vidarsdottir
Heida is a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is a captain on the Women’s Soccer Team and awarded Most Outstanding Player of the SoCon Tournament.

Cameron Warren
Cameron is a junior majoring in Business Administration.  He is also a Writing Consultant in the University Writing Center.

Ny-Juan Williams
Ny-Juan is a senior majoring in Kinesiology.  He is a student athlete on the UNCG Cross Country/Track team.

Riccardo Zarri
Riccardo is a junior majoring in International Business.  He is also a student athlete on the Men’s Soccer team.


UNCG Board of Trustees welcomes newest members

UNCG announced two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Mae Douglas and Linda Sloan, both UNCG alumni with tremendous business, civic, and community credentials, were appointed by the UNC System Board of Governors on March 22 to four-year terms beginning July 1. They will replace Charles Blackmon and Susan Safran, who rotate off the board as of June 30, following eight and 10 years of service, respectively.

Mae Douglas is a native of Greensboro and holds a BA in Sociology from UNCG. She is an active and engaged community leader with an established, decorated career as a Human Resources executive, culminating with her tenure as a highly respected executive vice-president and chief people officer for Cox Communications. Under her leadership, Cox received recognition for its people practices from Women in Cable Telecommunications and from Diversity, Inc. as one of the top 50 companies for diversity and inclusion. Mae has previously served on UNCG’s Excellence Foundation Board of Directors as well as the boards for Gateway University Research Park and Friends of the UNCG Libraries. In 2015, she established the Mae Douglas Fund in honor of her nephew, Sterling Douglas, to support the Library’s Digital Media Commons and name its Presentation Practice Room.

Said UNCG Board of Trustees Chairman, Brad Hayes, “Mae’s professional background and passion, along with her commitment to leading diversity and inclusion initiatives and setting human capital strategy, align perfectly with the UNCG mission, core values, and strategic plan.”

Linda Sloan is a dynamic leader in the Greensboro community, particularly in the area of theater and the arts. She is a UNCG alum with a Master’s in Fine Arts. Linda and her husband Tom have established five scholarships at UNCG, including the Lisbeth V. Stevens Scholarship Fund in 1988 in memory of Linda’s sister, and the Harry B. and Edith V. Sloan Memorial Scholarship in Science, Math & Health in 1997, in memory of Tom’s parents. Linda has served on the Board of Visitors for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and as a member of the Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board. She and Tom have hosted welcome dinners at their New York City home during the annual UNCG CVPA Theatre Industry Showcase and at their Greensboro home for our Library’s Jackson Society. Sloan taught for twenty years at Greensboro Day School, where she established their ongoing theater program. She was instrumental in founding the Women to Women Endowment of the Community Foundation.  She was also the founding board chair of Triad Stage, a role she served for seven years. Her community involvement also includes chairperson of the United Arts Council and Greenhill Art Gallery, as well as service on several additional arts organizations and community boards.

“Linda’s established support for student success is well aligned with our strategic plan,” Hayes said.  “Her expertise in the arts and engagement in that community will be invaluable as we develop the Visual and Performing Arts district of UNCG’s Millennial Campus.”

The Board of Governors also reappointed Brad Hayes and Mona Edwards to the UNCG Board for second four-year terms. Hayes currently serves as Chairman of both the Board and the Executive Committee. He has been a member of the Board since 2014.  Edwards currently serves as Secretary and has been a member since 2015. She chairs the Grievance Committee.

Their appointments run through June 30, 2023.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz, director of research at the Center for New North Carolinians, received new funding from The Weaver Foundation for the project “Promoting Sustainability: Updating the Interpreter Bank and Community Center Model.”  

The Interpreter ACCESS Project is a fee-based program that provides face-to-face interpretation services for health and human service providers. The interpretation field is moving in the direction of providing video remote interpretation. To stay relevant and sustainable, this element needs to be incorporated into the Interpreter ACCESS Project. The services of a business professional will be utilized to assist with the addition and transition of this technology into our existing Interpreter program.

In Greensboro, it’s just one great event after another

This week the world Irish Dancing Championship is hosted at the Koury Convention Center on Gate City Boulevard. Not your cup of tea? You won’t know unless you check it out. (Many of the events are free for all residents of North Carolina.) And if you take a pass on that, consider all the other events you can conveniently see that make this city so full of life.

Each time the NCAA Tourney is hosted there, you get a free opportunity to see open practices. Each time figure skating championships are there, there are free or lost-cost opportunities to see the warm-up sessions – remarkably up-close. And then the real competitions are well worth the price.

Our city has hosted lots of big events over the decades, including the greatest Final Four ever (1974 at the Coliseum). Our campus has hosted Charlie Chaplin, Martha Graham and George Washington Carver. And Flannery O’Connor. John Hope Franklin.

Remember the double-bill of Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma in UNCG Auditorium? That was an evening. And the double-bill of pianist George Shearing and blues singer Joe Williams?

The many dozens of concerts in the area by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with former UNCG grad student Rhiannon Giddens. In an early concert, I took my boys to a community center 30 minutes away to hear them play with Joe Thompson. I have some photos somewhere.

And speaking of Ms. Giddens, did you see the first production of “Beautiful Star,” with music by alumna Lauralyn Dossett, in which Rhiannon sang “O Holy Night” to end the show? Moments like those are Broadway quality – and you don’t have to fly to New York. UNCG Theatre’s ongoing relationship with Triad Stage is a win-win – and Triad Stage tickets are as low as $10 for any production. You can park in the deck behind the theater, often for free. Try that in Manhattan.

I missed Toad the Wet Sprocket on campus in the 90s. I did catch The Drive-By Truckers beside Yum-Yum. 10 dollars a ticket. I missed a free show by Merle Haggard at a summer downtown festival, but I did see The Mavericks. Free.

I’ve seen Springsteen five times at the Coliseum, plus The Cars, Dixie Chicks, Prince (Purple Rain tour, with Sheila E. opening.), Paul Simon.

Charlie Louvin at a local club. Jason Isbell at the Blind Tiger. Guitar Gabriel at New York Pizza. Gillian Welch at the Flying Anvil. Gibson Brothers at the Green Bean. The pop/punk band Ex Hex in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building, electric guitar reverb bouncing off the concrete walls. That was crazy good.

UNCG and one or two other Greensboro colleges hosted Kendrick Lamar (and joining him, J. Cole) at the Coliseum complex, geared for students. I didn’t see it, but I heard it was a blast. Our university hosted The Lumineers in Cone Ballroom for students just before “Ho, Hey” was broke big. Someone recorded the moment.

Prefer sports? Spartans in the 90s caught a couple of seasons of Derek Jeter playing shortstop for the Greensboro Single A team. (I remember the fielding errors – and his looking pretty smooth.) More recently, Spartans have seen stars like Brian McCann and Bryce Harper play at the stadium a mile away. And remember Giaoncarlo Stanton blasting all those homers? And then there’s basketball. The Kyle Hines vs Stephen Curry match-ups on campus and at the Coliseum. (My sons were impressed by how quickly Curry could get a shot up.) And our PGA tournament, another great deal. The chance to see Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, and other top golfers up-close with my family has made for good memories.

The point is: Greensboro and UNCG offer so much. Every month of every year. And most of it’s relatively low-cost. Or free-admission. You just have to go.

This year’s UCLS has been particularly strong. I am looking forward to what’s in store next year. And speaking of next year, I’ve already bought my tickets for the first opera at the Tanger Center, “Porgy and Bess,” starring UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens. I expect it’ll be the big event in our state next spring; it will sell out; I recommend buying your tickets soon.

The Greensboro Bound book festival, all events free-admission, is a few weeks away. The NC Folk Festival, a few months away, is all free-admission. Spartan Cinema again will offer free movies in LeBauer Park, each Friday this summer. (CW will run a story before each of these three begin, spotlighting the UNCG connections.)

And check out the other colleges’ listings too – they offer some great things as well.

If you haven’t seen a UNCG Music performance, check this story out. Haven’t seen a softball or baseball game? You have a few weeks left to do it. UNCG Tennis is great to watch too – you’re very close to the action. There are a few events left in the Sixties series, including the big Grateful Dead weekend and “Man of La Mancha” next month.

Now, I’m going to go see about this Irish dancing. I hear we have a student competing.

By Mike Harris ‘93 MA, Campus Weekly editor

Demolition project on east side of McIver Street

UNC Greensboro is demolishing four vacant residential properties on the east side of McIver Street, located at 111, 113, 115, and 213 McIver Street. Temporary safety fencing will be erected around the sites this week and demolition will begin the following week. All demolition activities are expected to be complete by the end of May.

The sidewalk in front of these houses will be temporarily blocked and there will be some periods of noise associated with the demolitions. Precautions are being taken to minimize any potential risks to health and safety including signage, air quality monitoring, dust suppression, and coordination with the adjacent UNCG child care facility at 117 McIver Street.

Once demolition is complete, the sites will be graded  and planted in grass. There are no immediate construction or development plans for these sites.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Facilities Design and Construction at 336-334-5684 or uncg_fdc@uncg.edu. If you have any questions related to health or safety, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 336-334-4357 or safety@uncg.edu.

Tew Recital Hall concert will be April 11

Photo of the Tew Recital Hall interiorThe 350-seat recital hall at UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts has long been known as one of the most visually and aurally stunning performance spaces in the Triad.

It will now be known as the Tew Recital Hall in honor of Christopher and Laura Braxton Tew, both UNCG Class of 1969 alumni. The Tews provided a generous gift of $1 million to name the hall, honor the UNCG School of Music, and mark the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1969’s graduation.

The event to formally name the Tew Recital Hall will be on Thursday, April 11, at 7:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The program features compositions by Christopher Tew, including two songs for soprano and piano written while he was a student at UNCG, a piece for viola and piano, excerpted movements from three larger works for strings, and the premiere of “3 Panoramas: Memories of Japan” for string orchestra. The performances will also feature work by UNCG student Shar Joyner, Class of 2019.

“We are proud that this revered space will bear the names of Laura Braxton Tew and Christopher Tew,” Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said. “Their support of UNC Greensboro, the School of Music and the students and faculty is heartfelt and longstanding. It is truly an honor to share this gift with both our University and the community.”

Laura Braxton Tew grew up on tobacco farms in Pitt County, NC. After graduating from UNCG she went on to earn advanced degrees from Duke University and Pace University and pursued a career in the chemical manufacturing industry. She worked her way up from bench chemist to corporate director of stakeholder relations, which included global responsibilities. Since retiring, she has been involved extensively in volunteerism and philanthropy, and especially focused on introducing young women to STEM studies and careers. Her work in this area was recently featured in a piece titled “Girl Power” in UNCG Magazine.

Christopher C. Tew is originally from McLeansville, NC and a graduate of UNCG. A professional composer, Tew was the first UNCG student to ever have his works performed by the UNCG Sinfonia and Symphony. Over the last 50 years, he has composed concert music for school, community, and professional orchestras. He has received commissions from groups as diverse as Louisville’s Jewish Community Center, Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee. His works have been performed by numerous professional orchestras, including the Salisbury and Hickory Symphonies and the NCSU Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Livonia, MI; Lake Charles, LA; West Hartford, CT; and Lone Tree, CO, as well as featured in a festival in Lviv, Ukraine. The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia has recorded two CDs of his compositions, including most of the works featured in the dedication program.

Seating for the dedication concert is free, but will be first come, first served and is limited to 350 people.

For more information, please see the CVPA page on the dedication concert.


Photos that wow! Thumbs up to “A Week at the G”

Photo of students during A Week at the G

What does a typical week look like at UNCG?

It looks like professors and their children building a research exhibition on a Sunday afternoon, students fencing at a regional tournament, and business students from Belgium touring campus. It looks like professors sharing their insights at a TEDxGreensboro event, soccer players practicing in the rain, sculptors hearing critiques from classmates in an art studio, and students hosting a spring dance for community members with disabilities.

And more.

The University hosted its inaugural “A Week at the G” photo project March 31-April 6. Campus photographers captured a range of Spartan experiences, submitting more than 800 photos during the week, and publishing about 180 of them online. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni also shared photos and videos on social media; the hashtag #AWeekattheG was used or shared more than 1,000 times on Twitter and Instagram.

Scroll through to see a sampling of photos published online over the seven days, as well as a video highlighting that week. Visit weekattheg.uncg.edu.

Award season comes to UNCG

This year, faculty and staff will notice a little something different about our annual awards. In order to give more focus to the incredible work being done across our institution, UNCG will now have two celebrations to honor faculty and staff achievements. On April 17 at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, Provost Dunn will host our Faculty Awards ceremony, honoring the innovations and accomplishments of our teacher-scholars. This will include celebrating our state, UNC System, and UNCG-specific award winners. This event, as well as a reception afterwards in the Alumni House, is open to everyone on campus.

Then, on May 20, we will honor our staff members with our first Staff Appreciation Day. This day will celebrate staff who have received departmental awards, Staff Stars, and Staff Excellence awards from the past year, and honor those who have exhibited devotion to duty and service to the campus community and beyond. Their stories will be shared across the campus community.  We invite colleagues to join Chancellor Gilliam and the awardees to a campus-wide celebration that will be held on Monday, May 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m. More details to come!

“Recognizing excellence is an important element of our culture and essential to inspiring our team to keep taking Giant Steps forward,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Our faculty and staff are all working toward a common goal on behalf of our University, community, and students. We want to take the time to celebrate outstanding work and high-impact achievement across our entire organization.”

‘Science everywhere’ this week; biggest day is Saturday

Photo of children and adults at Science EverywhereIt’ll literally be science everywhere at UNCG this week.

Thursday, as part of the NC Science Festival, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering will host its seventh Gateway to Science event. JSNN graduate students will do over 30 hands-on experiments with participants of all-ages, exploring concepts such as Lenz’s Law, the physics of pendulums, and the Bernoulli Concept. This year, JSNN will be joined by First North Carolina and the Triad Impactors to further expand the impact of the event.

Gateway to Science is Thursday, April 11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is open to all.

A few days later, UNCG will again celebrate science in all its forms with the all-ages Science Everywhere event on April 13. This year’s theme is “Made in North Carolina”, celebrating local makers and innovators. Become a scientist for the day with a variety of exciting activities such as measuring the iron in a cheerio, programming a robot, using a 3D printer, and more than 70 other opportunities to explore the science that surrounds you every day. Take home your projects, as well as prizes and t-shirts, and enjoy food from on-campus restaurants and local food trucks.

Participants will check in at one of four welcome centers, where they will receive an activity passport and a free bag. They are then free to explore the campus, exploring, discovering, and creating as they go. Children and families will be able to engage hands-on with new scientific principles, and interact with experts in many fields.

Science Everywhere is free and open to all, and is ideal for children aged 3-18. Parking in all parking decks will be free for the course of the event.

The event is April 13 from 12-4 p.m. For more information, see the website here.  

The event is sponsored by the UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education Network, the School of Education, the Provost’s office, and two National Science Foundation-funded projects.

Compiled by Avery Campbell.

bruce d. mcclung will be dean of CVPA

Provost Dunn has announced the new dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. bruce d. mcclung has accepted the position as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Dr. mcclung will serve as the inaugural dean of the college (first dean hired into the new College of Visual and Performing Arts), following Dr. Peter Alexander’s service as founding dean.

As the premier, most comprehensive, and largest set of visual and performing arts programs in North Carolina, the College of Visual and Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, School of Dance, School of Music, and School of Theatre, as well as the Arts Administration program.

Dr. mcclung is currently Head of the Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. For two years he served as Interim Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music also at the College-Conservatory of Music.

An American music scholar, Dr. mcclung’s book Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical from Oxford University Press won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, the Kurt Weill Prize, and the Musical Library Association’s George Freedley Award-Special Jury Prize. Last year, his co-edited critical edition of Lady in the Dark was published as part of the Kurt Weill Edition. The Society for American Music presented Dr. mcclung with its Lifetime Service Award also in 2018. At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. mcclung received the Mrs. A. B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching and the Graduate School’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award, and was elected to the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. mcclung holds a baccalaureate degree from the New England Conservatory and a PhD in musicology from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

Please join me in welcoming bruce to the UNC Greensboro community. He will begin his new role on July 14, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new dean. Finally, thanks are due to Dr. Lawrence Jenkens who stepped into the role of interim dean in January of this year.

Dianne Welsh will be BOG Teaching Excellence Award winner

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) to receive a 2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She will be recognized at the April 17 Faculty Awards ceremony at UNCG, and she will receive the award during the May Commencement ceremony.

She is one of 17 award recipients, who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities as well as the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

‘Just get out there and do it.’ This is the demand of Dr. Dianne Welsh, the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism.

The sheer number of students and faculty that Dr. Welsh has inspired with this notion is staggering. The idea of practicing and using what she professes to her students resonates throughout her teaching and scholarship. She has spent a career empowering students, faculty, and budding entrepreneurs to engage, explore, take risks, and believe in their own ideas. Through her work, Dr. Welsh champions the interdisciplinary, collaborative work that embodies entrepreneurship. Her students succeed. In her courses, students directly engage business leaders to learn first-hand how the dynamic world of business operates. Through her guidance, students graduate with real world experiences as innovative problem solvers; they start businesses that connect them with their community.

As the architect of the Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program – a program that consists of over fifty courses in twenty-seven different departments at both the undergraduate and graduate level – Welsh has bridged the campus by facilitating communication, instruction, and engagement across disverse disciplines. Whether it is through her teaching and training students, or mentoring faculty, who have won prestigious Coleman Foundation fellowships to develop novel means of instructing the next generation of entrepreneurs, Welsh has become synonymous with the entrepreneurial movement at UNCG.

Her influence extends nationally and internationally as well. Dr. Welsh shares her success and expertise with other colleges and universities nationally and worldwide, to promote and establish new programs in entrepreneurship. For her work, Dr. Welsh has won the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation and the Deshpande Foundation Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship. As one of her former students put it best: ‘(Her) teaching does not end in the classroom- the entire world is fertile land to plant the seeds for education… I’m grateful that she has been a dedicated mentor in making sure that I continue the never-ceasing quest for knowledge .”

Welsh received her B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, her M.S. in Psychology from Emporia State University, and her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. She joined UNCG in 2008 as the Hayes Distinguished Professor of the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Enjoy just-published Spring 2019 UNCG Magazine


American Sign Language. Bob Wineburg. Spartan service. Pulitzer finalist Kelly Link.

These are among the many excellent stories in the just-published UNCG Magazine. The online version of the magazine with great videos is at alumnnimagazine.uncg.edu.

As you enjoy the individual stories, share them via social media to amplify their reach.

More than 15,000 alumni who are donors received a print issue of the issue earlier this week.

This dynamic issue includes a comprehensive view of the careers of Professions in Deafness graduates, from interpreting for President Obama to day-to-day work with students and clients of all ages.

Readers will also see the web of learning and accomplishment that stems from one renowned faculty member and mentor in social work: Bob Wineburg.

Also featured is the University’s motto of “Service” in practice in the community, through students and alumni from a variety of disciplines.

And enjoy an interview with MacArthur “genius” grant winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link ’05 MFA, with an original illustration by alumna Tristin Miller.

“Newsfront” holds a variety of updates and items, including about the Millennial Campus, a student-athlete turned MLB scouter, the Double Oaks Bed and Breakfast proprietors, an up-and-coming Nashville songwriter, and much more.

Visit alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

Scholarly Communication Symposium Will Focus on Impact and Infrastructure

The 2019 Scholarly Communication Symposium will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center. This annual symposium provocatively explores particular issues in the evolving landscape of scholarly communications, bringing together researchers, technologists, librarians and other stakeholders in the scholarly communications ecosystem.

This year, University Libraries is partnering with the Educopia Institute to host the symposium. National experts will speak to the issues of creating and sustaining infrastructure for research data management, digital humanities and online publishing.

Learn how to enable your research to thrive in the digital era. Reserve your seat by visiting https://libconf.uncg.edu/2019-symposium/registration/

Making Student Digital Projects More Accessible

The Digital ACT Studio will hold a workshop on April 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. on Making Student Digital Projects More Accessible.

Designed for UNCG instructors (both faculty and grad students), this workshop in the studio (Lower Level, Jackson Library) will examine commonly assigned digital media and design projects–slide presentations, websites, podcasts, and videos–and discuss ways to build accessibility principles into the projects UNCG students create. Topics will include ways to introduce accessibility to students, options for scaffolding digital assignments, workflows for creating such projects, and possible ways to evaluate accessibility.

RSVPs aren’t required but are appreciated at go.uncg.edu/dactsaccess19.

Great graduate research on display; winner announced

Photo of a presenter at the expoLast week, undergraduate and graduate student researchers showed their stuff with a total of 349 students participating in the two research and creativity expos. It was the first time both expos were presented on the same week, and it was very impressive.

On Wednesday, 104 graduate students presented their work at the Graduate Research and Creativity Expo and 15 went home $1000 prize winners in six different categories: Arts; Health Sciences; Humanities; Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences; Professional Programs; and Social Sciences.

Participants displayed their work through posters and oral presentations. Judging was based on the quality of communication with a broad audience outside the discipline and 30 judges from the community participated.

The graduate research expo winners, and their collaborators and mentors, are listed below:


William Woods (Interior Architecture) “Enriching our experiential conversation with the historic environment.” Faculty Mentor: Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll

Health Sciences

Photo of Chancellor Gilliam at a presentationAlma Rosa Chanelo (Biology) “The Role of Naringenin on ERRα and Adipocyte Metabolism.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yashomati Patel

Mohammad Fereydouni (Nanoscience) “Transformed Fat Cells Kill Cancer Cells.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher L. Kepley

Grace Huebner, RDN (Nutrition) “Non-Dieting Focused Weight Management Curriculum in Current Accredited US Dietetic Programs.” With Dr. Jared McGuirt, PhD, M.P.H., Dr. Maryanne Perrin, PhD, M.B.A., R.D.N., Dr. Lauren Haldeman PhD, & Laurie Allen, M.Ed., R.D.N., L.D.N.  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jared McGuirt

Melissa S. Totten (Nutrition) Sex and Genetic Factors Involved in Alterations of Behavior and Brain Iron due to Diet-Induced Obesity.” With Matthew Pierce & Dr. Keith M. Erikson. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keith M. Erikson


Caitlin Coulter (English) “Nietzsche, Mann, Modernism: A Framework for Morality in Raymond Chandler’s Detective Fiction.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anthony Cuda

Photo of Austin Grey at expoNatural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

Bhawna Bagra (Nanoscience) :Concentrate Light on Photosystem I to enhance energy conversion.” With Dr. Zheng Zeng & Dr. Taylor Mabe, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zheng Zeng

Austin Gray (Biology) “Antibiotics in our Streams and Drinking Water: Implications on Environmental and Human Health.” With Dr. Daniel Todd & Dr. Anne E. Hershey, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Hershey

Snehal Shah (Nanoscience) “Fabrication of bioinspired Polymeric Nanostructred surfaces and their potential in Nanomedicine.” With Dr. Dennis LaJuenesse, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dennis LaJuenesse

Ryan Yarbrough (Nanoscience) “Improving Industrial Efficiency with Novel Waste Heat Recovery Technology.” With Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hemali P. Rathnayake

Professional Programs

Oliver M. Thomas (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations) “Students Can Change Systems of Oppression.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leila E. Villaverde

Social Sciences Photo of two people at the expo

Lauren Bailes (Human Development & Family Studies) “Goodness of Fit between Maternal Emotion Regulation and Infant Temperament Associated with Later Maternal Sensitivity.” With Dr. Esther M. Leerkes. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esther Leerkes

Amy Hewitt (Teacher Education Higher Education) “Selecting and Sequencing Children’s Mathematical Strategies for Whole-Class Discussions.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria R. Jacobs

Joy Kelly (Counseling & Educational Development) “Surviving and Thriving: The Development and Validation of the Intimate Partner Violence Recovery Measure.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Murray

Huicheng Wu (Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies) “Open Costing in Apparel Sourcing:  Effects on Sustainability and the Buyer-Supplier Relationship.” With Dr. Nancy Hodges & Dr. Jin Su, IRB# 18-0265, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hodges & Dr. Jin Su

Read about the undergraduate expo – and its honorees – in next week’s CW.

Photos by Martin W. Kane, except photo of Austin Gray by Adam Horton.

Spring Dances concerts

This week, CVPA has its annual spring dances.

The dances feature choreography by both School of Dance faculty and guests, with student dancers.  There will be performances April 12 at 8 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m, all at the School of Dance Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from Triad Stage here and are $7 for students, $10 for UNCG faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission.

Newsmakers: UNCG Threads, TEDx, Admissions, McGowan, Rinker and Rhodes, and Record

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:

  • Yes! Weekly featured the upcoming UNCG Threads fashion show, which will present over 100 new looks by student designers. The article.
  • Dr. Nadja Cech spoke to the News & Record about the coaches that helped her prepare for her TEDx presentation. The piece.
  • High school senior and future Spartan Cierra Short wrote for her school newspaper about her very helpful meetings with Assistant Director of Admissions Claire King. The piece.
  • Dr. Brian McGowan will join Dr. Dan Tillapaugh of CLU on Higher Ed Live to discuss the new book they co-edited, “Men & Masculinities”. The announcement.
  • Fox8 featured the group, including Dr. Jeremy Rinker and Dr. Daniel Rhodes, which is coming together to discuss last year’s fire at the Summit Avenue apartments. The article.
  • Kim Record was named one of the Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business 2019 (as featured in a recent Campus Weekly). The piece (subscriber content).

2019-20 Space Requests for EUC and campus spaces; Books open April 15

A note to Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Administrative Officers from William Parrish, Director:

The Elliott University Center reservation books for Academic Departments and Administrative Units will open on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. for events and meetings your department would like to hold in the EUC and other campus spaces (College Avenue, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. They will confirm room requests in the order in which the Reservations Office receives them. Please visit http://euc.uncg.edu to review the updated Elliott University Center Guidelines and Procedures for Facilities and Services prior to making your request(s).    

The reservation books opening dates for events and meetings you would like to hold in academic spaces will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 10 a.m..

The reservation books for the EUC display cases, as well as the indoor railing and outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 15.

Through Virtual EMS, you have the option to obtain a user account that will allow you to complete reservation requests online.  We would appreciate it if the person responsible for programming in your area would obtain an account and complete a Room Reservation request for each event being planned.  Please visit http://reservations.uncg.edu and open the Account Management link to request an account.

In efforts to increase our sustainability practices, we will be reducing the amount of paper generated through this office.  At the time of the reservation request you will be required to submit the fund and account numbers to be billed for your reservation.  We will continue to provide you with a detailed invoice electronically prior to submitting a payment request to Accounts Payable.

Please visit the Additional Services & Spaces link on the Reservations web site to access the form to display outdoor banners and to request space in display cases and on the indoor railing in the EUC Commons.  You may also visit the Reservations Office in the EUC to complete a hard copy of the forms, if necessary.

Completed forms for outdoor banners request should be forwarded to: Kathleen McGirty – Room 221 Elliott University Center

For more information contact the Reservations Office at 336 334-5378.

UNCG-MPA 29th Annual Public Service Leadership Lecture

The Department of Political Science will host its 29th Annual Public Service Leadership Lecture, “The Role of Corporate Foundations and Philanthropic Professionals in the Triad Community.”The featured lecturers this year are Jana Barrett and Laura Collins. Barrett is Regional Director of Foundation and Community Relations for the philanthropic Lincoln Financial Foundation. Collins is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Southwest Development and Exempt Organizations Tax Practice. Both have multiple decades of experience working with corporate philanthropy, tax exempt organizations, and community foundations.

The lecture will be Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., with a dessert reception at 6 p.m. in Curry 225. For more information or disability accommodations contact Tamaki Onishi at t_onishi@uncg.edu or Cheryl Hylton at 336-334-5093. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, MPA Program and the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.

Dr. Jacquelyn W. White

Portrait of Dr. Jacquelyn WhiteDr. Jacquelyn W. White, emeritus Professor of Psychology, has a book that got a national honor. The 2019 PROSE Awards for professional and scholarly excellence were presented at the Association of American Publishers conference. The award for best Multivolume Reference in the Social Sciences went to the “APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women” (Vol. 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds; Vol. 2, Perspectives on Women’s Private and Public Lives).  The editors-in-chief are Cheryl B. Travis and Jacquelyn W. White. This two-volume handbook provides scholarly reviews and in-depth analyses of the historical, social, economic, and personal contexts that define women’s psychology. Contributors discuss feminist critiques of gender and sexuality, multicultural feminism, the role of family, workplace, and gender in the construction of women’s identities, therapeutic models of gender, and international perspectives on human rights and reproductive freedom.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from Partners Behavioral Health Management for the  project “ACES, SDOH, AND SUDS: Data Preparation & Symposium Presentation on the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Health Disparities, and the use of Substances among Adolescents.” The project involves compiling, analyzing, and mapping local, state, and national data sources including: American Community Survey, data on justice involved populations, CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the Monitoring the Future Survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Episode Data Set (TEDS) and other data sources to create community-level profiles for each of the counties in the Partners Behavioral Health Management catchment area. A report will be produced and presented to the counties. The presentation will cover the national, statewide, and local trends in substance use and some of the determinants of initial substance use among adolescents. It will also look at the most recent data and trends in use, the relationship between the Life Stress Framework, stress proliferation, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative outcomes, protective factors, disparities, and treatment admissions.

Faculty Awards Ceremony will be April 17

You are cordially invited to join Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn for the 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium

A cocktail reception will follow the ceremony in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.



Newsmakers: Bleed for the Throne, Women in IT, and David Wyrick

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:

  • Yes! Weekly featured UNCG’s participation in HBO’s “Bleed for the Throne” blood drive campaign. The article
  • UNCG hosted high school senior Ambica Ramchandra’s free Women in IT camp for refugee students, The News & Record reported. The front page piece.
  • Dr. David Wyrick presented the keynote for the opening of UNCW’s Health and Human Services Week. See more here.

‘A real treat,” UNCG’s ‘Falstaff’ opera opens Thursday

women in costumesThis week, outstanding talent lights up the stage at UNCG Auditorium.

UNCG Opera Theatre, with the addition of Metropolitan Opera baritone Richard Zeller, mounts Verdi’s last opera, “Falstaff,” on Thursday, with two subsequent performances, on Friday and Sunday.

The revenge comedy is based on Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” and centers around duplicitous Falstaff – played by Zeller – who falls victim to a prank of fantastic proportions. The grand production, directed by David Holley, includes 10 principals, a chorus of 30, and the University Symphony Orchestra.

“For people that love opera, this is a real treat,” says Holley. “And for people who are just learning about opera, they will see a star in his prime.”

Fanciful costumes have been designed by Deborah Bell and created with the help of UNCG costume design students. Of particular notice is the the final masquerade scene that involves fairies, goblins, bats and more.

The set design is by Randy McMullen and UNCG design and production students, and Chip Haas serves as technical director.

For more information about “Falstaff” visit the UNCG Opera Theatre website. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 and at 2 p.m. April 7. Tickets are available from the UNCG Box Office: (336. 334.4392, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday), from Triad Stage online, by phone (336. 272.0160, 1 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday) and at the door one hour before the performances at UNCG Auditorium.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo by Martin W. Kane

UNCG will host International Festival April 6

Photo of dancers at I-FestEnjoy a world of cultures and culinary delights.

UNC Greensboro’s International Programs Center invites you to the 37th annual International Festival (I-Fest) this Saturday (April 6) at Kaplan Commons (EUC Lawn) from noon to 5 p.m. I-Fest is one of UNCG’s largest and longest running events, bringing together the campus and surrounding communities for a celebration of culture and global learning. The annual celebration promotes cultural awareness, appreciation, and understanding through music, food, crafts, demonstrations, and entertainment from all corners of the globe.

I-Fest is an event open to the UNCG community and the general public during which you can come to experience and learn about the diverse world we live in. As an I-Fest visitor, you’ll be able to see, hear, smell, and taste various cultures from around the planet. At I-Fest you’ll discover a “global village” of cultural booths accompanied by live entertainment throughout the festival.

Take your “passport” around the world to collect stamps from each booth and get entered for a raffle prize.

The event is guaranteed fun for families and people of all ages, and is free and open to the public.

For additional information, including directions and parking, visit the I-Fest page here.

Underground Railroad Tree exhibition at downtown First Friday

students with a treeAs a group of UNC Greensboro students, faculty and staff enter the Guilford Forest one beautiful winter afternoon, one of the group’s faculty guides, Dr. Omar Ali, turns to everyone and requests that they remain quiet as they walk. Participants are encouraged to listen to their footsteps on the ground and pay close attention to their surroundings, the wind in the trees, and changes in the landscape as they move. The group is on a journey to see a great tree deep in the forest, one of the oldest trees in North Carolina…

In a special pop-up exhibition at downtown Greensboro’s April First Friday, UNCG students, faculty, and staff will reflect on the Great Tree and Guilford Forest as silent witnesses to the intertwined lives of those who have lived in or near the forest and who have passed through it, and by blurring traditional disciplinary boundaries of study.

The show is titled “The Underground Railroad Tree: Explorations through Art, History, and Science.”

The work displayed and performed in this exhibition is conducted at UNCG within the context of two classes: an Honors history and methodology seminar co-taught by Dr. Omar Ali and Dr. Nadja Cech, and an Organic Chemistry course taught by Dr. Kimberly Petersen. As Cech explains that through collaborative research and creative activity, their courses and approach to teaching “highlight the ways in which history, science, art, music, and dance are synergistic, complementary, and inextricable.”

Ali highlights the historical significance of The Underground Railroad Tree as being “a marker of the southern terminus of the Underground Railroad, a living monument to the struggles of over 2,000 enslaved Africans and African Americans who found their way to freedom.” At just over 300 years old and one of the largest trees in the forest, it is also a natural and scientific wonder to behold.

This project allowed students a chance to research, reflect, and make work that takes them out of the classroom and the lab and into nature to directly experience the Great Tree in its natural and historical setting. The students also visited related sites such as the Greensboro Historical Museum and the Quaker Archives at Guilford College to learn more about the people, events, and natural history related to the site.

The exhibition is hosted by UNCG’s Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative and the Lloyd International Honors College, and is a part of the “A Week of the G.”

Come and learn. The show will be open April 5-7 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the UNCG Pop-up Shop at 300 S. Elm St. in Greensboro, A special reception will be held during the downtown Greensboro First Friday on April 5, between 6 and 9 p.m., with readings and live music from students and faculty starting at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit mcsquared.uncg.edu/underground-railroad-tree for more information.

By Matt Bryant
Photo: Class members in Guilford Forest