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Archives for May 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Keathley

Dr. Elizabeth Keathley, Associate Professor, Historical Musicology and Women’s & Gender Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, has a new book. “Schoenberg’s Correspondence with Alma Mahler” documents a modern music friendship beginning in fin-de-siécle Vienna and ending in 1950s Los Angeles. The correspondence is edited and translated by Keathley and Marilyn L. McCoy, with commentaries by Keathley. The book was made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, with support from UNCG, including a one-semester research assignment from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a Faculty First summer excellence grant, and a publication subvention from the Office of Research and Engagement.

Tami Draves

Tami Draves, Associate Professor of Music Education, had her peer-reviewed research article “Teaching Ambition Realized: Paul’s Beginning Music Teacher Identity” published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Dr. Constance McKoy/Dr. Andrew Willis

Dr. Constance McKoy, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the UNCG School of Music, and Dr. Andrew Willis, Professor of Piano and Historical Keyboard Instruments, have been appointed Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professors in Music for a five-year term, effective Fall 2019.

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens (Class of ’95 and ’11) will co-facilitate a workshop at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference (October 23 – 26, Portland, Oregon) titled, “Blue Pill, Red Pill, Purple Pill?: The Myths and Realities of Consulting with Men and Boys in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology Settings”. He will also moderate a panel on “Enhancing Athlete Well-Being in Sport Organizations: Toward a Positive Organizational Psychology in Sport (POPS) Perspective”. In 2019, Dr. Owens, the chair of the Diversity Committee for AASP, was appointed to the association’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group of thought leaders in sport and health that will serve in an advisory capacity to the organization’s executive board on matters related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  Council members include Dr. Carole Oglesby, a pioneer in women’s sport; Dr. Taunya Tinsley, president-elect for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD); Dr. John Amaechi, organizational psychologist and former NBA player; Dr. William Parham, inaugural director of mental health and wellness for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA); and Dr. Alex Cohen, senior sport psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Dr. Leeja Carter, the director of Performance Excellence in Applied Kinesiology (PEAK) program at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus and Diversity and Inclusion officer for AASP, will oversee council activities.

Owens received degrees in M.Ed. Higher Education Administration and Ed.D., Kinesiology, at UNCG.

He is an Instructional Technology Consultant in the Bryan School.

Dr. Kelly Stamp

Portrait photo of Kelly StampDr. Kelly Stamp (Nursing) will be inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing this fall. This is considered one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Stamp is an associate professor and department chair of Family and Community Nursing.

Nancy Doll

Photo of Dr. Nancy DollElsewhere museum on Elm Street honored Nancy Doll, director of UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, with the inaugural Sylvie Award.

The award is named for Sylvia Gray, whose inventory of materials is the foundation for the downtown museum.

This award celebrates Doll’s service to Elsewhere and the wider arts community. Doll’s insights and advocacy over the last decade have helped Elsewhere grow from an emerging arts experiment to a nationally recognized organization.

Read more in the News and Record article, from which this post is drawn:


Dr. Trevor Hoppe

Dr. Trevor Hoppe (Sociology) has been honored. His recent book “Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness” (University of California Press) received the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Sexualities 2019 Distinguished Book Award. Broadly speaking, his research examines how institutions of medicine, public health, and the law control sex and sexuality. He is also the co-editor of “The War on Sex” (with David Halperin, Duke University Press, 2017).

Video: Staff Awards

Watch the 2019 Staff Awards recipients speak about their UNCG positions, what service means to them, the impact that they and all staff make at UNCG, and what they are thankful for.

Staff celebrated at 2019 Staff Awards event

Photo of the award winnersStaff members and administrators gathered at the Alumni House May 20 for the inaugural Staff Awards Ceremony, with awards presented by Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

“Many of you know that I believe that staff are the backbone of the University,” he said. “You provide critical structural support. … You do all the day-to-day things in the life of the University that make it work. And what I particularly like about our staff is our commitment to excellence. … It’s your commitment and your pride in the work that you do that I so admire. You all take pride in the work you do here, in large part, because you believe in the mission.”

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Award was awarded to UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester.

The three Staff Excellence Awards were presented to Lloyd International Honors College Budget and Operations Manager Linda Dunston-Stacey, Special Events Coordinator Julie Landen, and College of Arts and Sciences Assistant to the Dean Lori Wright.

Staff Senate Co-Chair Stephen Hale also announced the creation of a new award, the Ezekiel Robinson Staff Emeritus Award, given posthumously this year to Ezekiel Robinson, who joined the campus in 1892 and served in a prominent staff role for 52 years under three different presidents.

Staff Stars were honored as well. This year’s Staff Stars are:

  • Aldenia Batts
  • Amy Coble
  • Becky Rymer
  • Beth Todd
  • Bruce Cabiness
  • Dena Kowal
  • Elizabeth Jordan
  • George Jones
  • Glenda Lloyd
  • Heather Mitchell
  • Jarrett Rice
  • Jay White
  • Jeffrey Dezearn
  • Kim Sawyer
  • Kristina Wright
  • Kristin Rusbolt
  • Lakeisha Richardson
  • Shanelle Smith
  • Leah Congrove
  • Maddie Benefield
  • Margaret Patton
  • Mark Unrue
  • Mecole Davis
  • Michelle Courtney
  • Morgan Glover
  • Nancy Brown
  • Richard West
  • Ruby Harrell
  • Ryan Thompson
  • Sara Benefield
  • Sherri MacCheyne
  • Sean Moon
  • Daniel Russell
  • David McFayden
  • Dicky Hawks
  • Mike Elberson
  • Tim Hall
  • Tami Rich
  • Tim Crews
  • William Johnson, Jr.

See full story in UNCG Now.

Sensory Friendly Movie Night at Spartan Cinema June 14

photo of LeBauer ParkFriday, June 14, Spartan Cinema will host a Sensory Friendly Movie Night.

The goal of the event is to create a comfortable and inclusive experience that is accessible to community members whose sensory needs may make going to a movie challenging.

The movie will be “Ferdinand,” and it starts at sundown in LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro.

The UNCG and Greensboro Downtown Parks sponsored event will be held in coordination with Dr. Stuart Schleien, professor and chair, UNCG Dept of Community & Therapeutic Recreation, and InFocus.

“We have helped universally design the park for the showing of this film in ways that will accommodate all people, including those who use wheelchairs, individuals on the autism spectrum, people with hearing or visual impairments, families with young children, and older adults,” Schleien says. “Some of the accommodations we have in place for this film include having trained ambassadors on-site to provide assistance to those who may need it, roped off paths across the lawn for easy access by people with mobility issues, accessible bathrooms including a unisex/family bathroom, a “Ferdinand resting space” that will serve as a “chill zone” for people who wish to view the film behind the crowd, and volunteers in place who will raise a lighted rod before each sensory-sensitive moment during the film to warn viewers who may wish to look away or cover their ears.”

The InFocus team, a non-profit organization in which Schleien serves as co-director with Ginger Walton, has partnered with Greensboro Downtown Parks and UNCG to help produce the sensory-friendly movie night as part of Spartan Cinema.

InFocus, including highly trained self-advocates with disabilities, partners with agencies and organizations such as Greensboro Downtown Parks to create more welcoming, accessible, and accommodating communities.

Hamilton named Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Photo of Dr. HamiltonThe provost made this announcement last week:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Hamilton has accepted the position as Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He will also hold an appointment as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.

Dr. Hamilton currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Success, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at University of Houston. His previous administrative appointments include Associate Dean for Student Success, The Honors College as well as Executive Director for Academic Innovation both at the University of Houston.

Dr. Hamilton holds a B.A. from Berea College, M.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego.

Please join me in welcoming Andrew to the UNC Greensboro community.  He will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new Associate Vice Provost and Dean.

Summer 2019 offerings for employee health and wellness

This summer, the UNCG Employee Wellness Program will host a number of events to continue to promote health and wellness all year-round.

  • June 7, July 5, August 2: Artful Meditation: Drop by the Weatherspoon Art Museum for a variety of mindfulness practices, including guided meditation, walking meditation, and mindful looking. Beginners welcome! 12:30-1:15 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum. Click here for more information.
  • ActiveU Group Fitness Classes: All group fitness classes are free and open to UNCG employees. They are held at either the EUC Dail Room or the Kaplan Center for Wellness. See here for the ActiveU Group Fitness schedule.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures includes day and overnight trips, rock climbing, activities at Piney Lake, and camping equipment rental. See more information here.
  • Fitness Lending Library: Don’t have time to exercise? Rent equipment from the Fitness Lending Library to work out in your office. Browse current items and make check-out requests here.
  • Dietitian Consultations: Whether struggling with weight, managing a chronic disease, or just looking to make healthier diet choices, meet one-on-one with registered dietitian Cari Culp for assessment and assistance in developing practical health goals. Register for a session here.

Additionally, the Staff Senate will offer this workshop:

“Healthy Living for your Brain and Body” – For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.  Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. June 4, 2019, 3-4 p.m., Bryan 113, Register at workshops.uncg.edu

Open House at Alumni House June 5

The Alumni House is turning 82. Join in for an open house birthday party to help celebrate!

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Enjoy light refreshments.

Questions? Contact Dorian Thompson at drthomp2@uncg.edu.

UNCG graduate student researchers meet with legislators

A photo of the grad students at the assemblyGovernor Roy Cooper proclaimed May 12–18, 2019, to be “Graduate Education Week.”

In celebration of this event, graduate schools from across the UNC System brought graduate students to the NC General Assembly on Wednesday May 15, to meet with legislators. The students discussed their graduate work and its impact and relevancy to the state of North Carolina.A photo of the grad students talking at the assembly

The three students representing UNCG this year were chosen from among the 15 winners of the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, held on April 3. They were

  • Alma Chanelo, who completed her M.S. degree in Biology this May
  • Oliver Thomas, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
  • Ryan Yarbrough, who is a Ph.D. student in Nanoscience.

OvA photo of the grad students with assembly memberser the course of the day, the students along with Gregory C. Bell, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Andrew Cagle, UNCG Director of State and External Affairs, met with a dozen legislators. They included Sen. Dan Blue, Sen. Gladys Robinson, Rep. Cecil Brockman, Rep. Ashton Clemmons, Rep. Jon  Hardister, Rep. Pricey Harrison, Rep. Amos Quick, and Rep. Mitchell Setzer, among others.

In these meetings the students explained their research briefly and discussed the importance of graduate education to our state.A photo of the grad students standing with NC lawmakers



Three dates for ‘Tours and Treats’ at Weatherspoon

Enjoy a family-friendly exploration of WAM’s newest exhibitions and top it off with a cool treat in the Sculpture Garden. Drop-in gallery activities, like storytelling and word games, are appropriate for all ages, including children accompanied by an adult. No reservations are needed, but if your group is larger than 10, let the Weatherspoon staff know by emailing weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

Thursdays this summer: June 6, July 18, and August 15 at 6 p.m.

Basketball discount tickets for faculty/staff (order now, get a scarf)

Photo of Spiro and a crowd at a basketball gameDid you know that as an employee of UNCG, you receive a special rate of $109 per Men’s Basketball season ticket? That’s a 20 percent discount off the general public price of $139. Plus, order prior to June 1 and receive an exclusive UNCG scarf.

Benefits to being a faculty & staff season ticket holder include:

  • Can pay for season tickets with payroll deduction
  • Parking
    • One (1) parking pass included with your season ticket purchase
    • 5 or more season tickets gain access to second parking pass
      • (savings of $75 for a 15-game season)
  • Buddy Passes
    • This number is subject to final number of home games on the schedule.
  • Exclusive Opportunities to Purchase Official Team Gear NEW!
  • Season Ticket Holder Pick Up Party at Homecoming
  • Season Ticket Holder Open Practice (Date TBD)

To purchase NEW employee discounted tickets – or if you have any questions – call the box office at (336) 334-3250 or email Tyler Weedon at t_weedon@uncg.edu.

Newsmakers: Jeong, play in education, Vrshek-Schallhorn, Triad’s Best, and Cech

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:

  • Ken Jeong’s keynote address was included in Time’s list of best commencement speeches of 2019. The list.
  • Dr. Nadja Cech and Dr. Omar Ali were spotlighted by The Chronicle of Higher Education for their work on the role of play in education. The feature.
  • Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn was quoted in an Atlantic piece on the invalidity of older depression research. The article.
  • UNCG was named The Triad’s best University/College of 2019 by Yes! Weekly. See their “2019 Triad’s Best” issue here.
  • WUNC interviewed Dr. Nadja Cech on her work and how her upbringing has influenced her. The interview.

Make nomination: Holshouser Award for Public Service

The James E. Holshouser Award for Public Service, formerly known as the Public Service Award, was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the UNC System.  Each year, UNCG puts forth a campus nominee to the Board of Governors for consideration for the award. The selection criteria include sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in university public service and outreach and contributions to improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina.  The creativity and impact of such achievements should be beyond the normal accomplishments of productive faculty.

The Gardner/Holshouser award committee is currently seeking nominations for this distinguished award.  In honor of their achievements, the campus nominee will receive a $1000 honorarium and be recognized at the 2020 Faculty Awards ceremony.  The system winner, chosen by the Board of Governors, receives a $7,500 cash prize.

To submit a nomination, or learn more about the award, visit https://provost.uncg.edu/Holshouser/nominations.htm. Nominations are due by June 28, 2019.

New leaders of UNCG’s HNAC

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill (Art History) will direct the Humanities Network and Consortium and Dr. Asa Eger (History) will serve as Associate Director and Programming Specialist, in the coming academic year. Both Perill and Eger have served on the HNAC steering committee and are passionate advocates for the humanities.

This year, HNAC has been led by Dr. Lisa Levenstein and Dr. Jen Feather.

The UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) connects the university’s humanities scholars to one another and to the public. HNAC supports faculty research and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. HNAC helps students identify how humanities coursework translates into successful personal careers and public leadership. And its members share their work in wider contexts to support and improve our communities.

Come enjoy! UNCG Baseball hosts regular season’s final games

This weekend, UNCG Baseball hosts its final home series of the season. Come enjoy! Admission is free, and you’ll see some of the best baseball around.

The team is at 32-16 overall and is 22-5 at home. The Thursday and Friday games start at 6 p.m, and Saturday’s game is at 2 p.m.

The Spartan pair of Chad Sykes and Corey Jackson have proved to be one of the best bullpen duos in the Southern Conference this season. Collectively, they have six wins and seven saves in 20 appearances for UNCG in league action. Four of the six wins belong to Jackson, who is a perfect 4-0 in SoCon action, while all seven saves belong to Sykes.

Sykes is among the nation’s statistical leaders in several major categories – including ERA, where he is first with a 0.74 mark. He is 20th nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (5.77) and is 24th in saves (10).

While you’re at the game, be sure to say Hi to Juanita Newcomb, who warmly greets all fans coming through the front gate. (See story.) She recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and was well-celebrated by UNCG Athletics.







Ken Jeong tells graduates: Find your passion, be persistent

Photo of Ken Jeong speaking at Commencement

It was a day of celebration at UNC Greensboro, with nearly 2,500 Spartans turning their tassels at May Commencement and embarking on a new journey as future business executives, health professionals, artists, teachers, and community leaders.

It was also a day full of laughter, thanks to comedian, actor, writer, producer, and physician Ken Jeong, who imparted words of wisdom and shared his personal story – often irreverent and unfiltered – to the Class of 2019.

A Greensboro native, Dr. Jeong began his remarks by talking about his connections to the city and to UNCG. His sister graduated from UNCG’s Master of Library and Information Studies Program, and Dr. Jeong himself took organic chemistry at UNCG – and spent many hours studying in Jackson Library – between his freshman and sophomore years at Duke University.

Throughout his speech, Dr. Jeong had the audience in stitches. But his key message to the graduates was serious: Find your passion.

Dr. Jeong talked about how he found his passion later in life – at age 38 – after working for years as a physician in California. At first, he was apprehensive to take the plunge into the entertainment industry. But with the encouragement and support of his family, he decided to quit his day job and pursue his passions of comedy and acting full time.

“The only thing I have to offer in life is my passion. I think that’s the only thing that keeps me going,” he said. “I’m just looking at every single student here: Find your passion, and if you’ve found your passion, as you graduate, let that evolve.”

He also recognized and celebrated the first-generation students who graduated today, and applauded the University’s efforts to support these students. Approximately 38 percent of UNCG students are the first in their family to attend college.

Dr. Jeong finished by telling the graduates that his biggest talent is persistence.

“After my show got cancelled, I stuck it out. After good things happen, I stick it out. I keep moving no matter what. And I encourage you, good times and bad, keep moving, keep finding your passion. I honestly say to every single soul in this coliseum: If I can do this, and if I can do what I want, so can you. You have the light and the future and the universe ahead of you.”

See full story and social media hightlights and photos at UNCG Now.

See a highlight video of Dr. Jeong’s speech at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFqbXD1m8Ds.



Teaching Excellence Award Recipients from each part of UNCG

Photo of MinervaEach year, UNCG’s many schools award faculty members for outstanding performance in the classroom. This year, seven professors have been named recipients of the respective schools’  Teaching Excellence Awards:

  • Dr. Hamid Nemati (Information Systems & Supply Chain Management – Bryan School)
  • Dr. Haimeng Zhang (Mathematics & Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Dr. Ali Askerov (Peace & Conflict Studies – School of Health and Human Sciences)
  • Dr. Cynthia “Cindy” Bacon (School of Nursing)
  • Ms. Janet Allard (School of Theatre, College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Dr. Eric Josephs (Nanoscience, JSNN)
  • Dr. Melody Patterson-Zoch (Teacher Education – Higher Education – School of Education)

Greensboro Bound literary festival this weekend

Dr. Martin Halbert in front of a banner for Greensboro Bound

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival strikes up, with the opening reception at UNC Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum the evening of May 16, and an event with bestselling author Zadie Smith at the Elliot University Center on May 18.

The festival is a free, weekend-long series of readings, discussions, and events focused on books, writing, diverse voices from around the world, North Carolina’s literary traditions, and an inclusive community of readers from Greensboro and far beyond.

UNCG is one of the Greensboro Bound’s most prominent partners, with leading sponsorship from University Libraries, as well as support from the Office of the Provost, the Humanities Network and Consortium, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the faculty and alumni authors and musicians who are participating in the festival.

“Literary festivals are great moments to celebrate what we most admire in our culture and what issues are getting attention in terms of literary treatments,” said Dean of University Libraries Martin Halbert. “It’s an opportunity for the city to come together and explore different parts of our shared culture. The festival puts Greensboro on the map in a new way, and University Libraries is a very happy partner.”

Award-winning writer Zadie Smith will read from her work and join Halbert in a conversation at EUC’s Cone Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on May 18.

Smith is the author of the bestselling novel “White Teeth,” which won numerous awards and was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Her 2005 novel “On Beauty” earned the Orange Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United Kingdom. Her most recent published works are “Swing Time,” a novel, and “Feel Free,” a collection of essays that received the 2018 National Critics Circle Award.

Tickets for the event’s main space are sold out, but free overflow tickets for seating in the EUC Auditorium are available on the event site, and attendees are invited to submit questions for the conversation.

From the preceding Thursday through the following Sunday, Greensboro Bound also offers many opportunities to hear and experience the work of UNCG faculty and alumni writers, and to celebrate literary culture through campus connections.

The kick-off party begins Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and will feature the work of School of Art faculty member Sheryl Oring with her “I Wish To Say” project.

See full story at UNCG Now.


Video: Kim Record on Triad Today

Watch Triad Today’s interview with Director of Athletics Kim Record, on the success of UNCG’s sports teams this year and the 5 for 5 campaign.

Police rapid deployment training May 21 and May 23

The UNCG Police will conduct rapid deployment (active shooter) training on May 21 and May 23, 2019.

UNCG’s McCormick Residence Hall will be the site for the training. A plan is in place to notify all of the shops adjacent to that hall. A larger police presence will be evident in and around the hall. UNCG Police will fire blank rounds inside the building. The training will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those two days. Questions? Contact Captain S.C. DeDona at scdedona@uncg.edu.


Honoring police offers killed in line of duty

Four members of the UNCG Police Department have made the trip to Washington, DC, this week, representing the department in paying respect to officers killed in the line of duty.

Police Major Richard Bailey, Captain Steven DeDona, Lt. Ashley Westbrook, and Sgt. Hopkins are attending Police Week observances.

At least one officer from UNCG Police has made this trip annually since 2002, following the  9/11 attacks.

In our nation, 158 officers were killed in the line of duty last year, nine from our state.

Particularly meaningful each year is the candlelight vigil, which was held Monday night, Bailey says. “After the sun goes down, approximately 30-40 thousand people will gather on the Mall holding candles as every name of the officers that perished in the  line of duty have their names read followed by the somber toll of a bell. Seeing the families, especially the children of the officer,  gather in front of the crowd evokes many feelings; sadness, pride, and disappointment that an annual trip of this kind is necessary.”

Other events, he explained, include attending the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where various police honor guard units participate alongside the Old Guard in conducting the well-known ceremony.

They also pay their respects at the Police Memorial Wall, where the names of fallen officers are etched.

“The trip is at the same time sobering and gratifying.”

Information is at www.policeweek.org/schedule.html.


Major, Assistant Chief of Police

Newsmakers: Journell, “Instrument Petting Zoo,” DeJesus, and Debbage

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. Wayne Journell spoke on the Visions of Education Podcast about his new book, “Unpacking Fake News: An Educator’s Guide to Navigating the Media with Students”. The episode.
  • The News & Record highlighted photos from the “Instrument Petting Zoo” at LeBauer Park, which is hosted by School of Music students and held the first Monday of every month from May through August. The pictures.
  • Dr. Jasmine DeJesus was featured in a WFMZ piece on helping parents deal with picky children. The article.
  • The Winston-Salem Journal spoke to Dr. Keith Debbage for a piece on the Smith-Reynolds Airport’s potential legacy status. The piece.

‘Reach the unreachable star’ with Triad Stage/UNCG Theatre’s ‘Man of Mancha’

Photo of actors during a performance of The Man of La ManchaThe 60s were a time of social upheaval driven by hope and idealism. Now, to bring the year-long “The 60s: Exploring the Limits” series to a close, UNCG Theatre has partnered with Triad Stage for a production of Dale Wasserman’s classic musical about pursuing dreams in the face of harsh reality, “Man of La Mancha.” The musical was a great hit during its 1965 debut, winning five Tony Awards, and has been performed worldwide and revived on Broadway four times since.

In prison, the poet Cervantes tells the story of the knight Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, as they embark on a quest to fight a giant and win the heart of Quixote’s beloved Dulcinea. Featuring favorite songs such as “The Impossible Dream,” “Dulcinea, and “I, Don Quixote,” the play reimagines the original novel as a story about courage and striving to “reach the unreachable star.”

Photo of actors in Man of La Mancha

The cast and staff include a number of UNCG students, faculty, and alumni in the production:

  • Students: Kemari Bryant (José), Christina Duchesne (Antonia), Yansi Fatama (Fermina), Kezia Moore (Captain of the Inquisition), J. Andrew Speas (Anselmo), Forrest Wilson as Juan
  • Alumni: Bradley Carter (Paco), Michael Tourek (The Governor/The Innkeeper), Dr. Justin P. Cowan (Musical Director), Virginia Hirsch (Dramaturg)
  • Faculty: Christine Morris (Maria, The Innkeeper’s Wife/Housekeeper), Denise Gabriel (Choreographer), Jim Wren (Resident Fight Choreographer)

Photo of actors in Man of La Mancha“Man of La Mancha” will run for two more weeks, and tickets are still available. To see the schedule and purchase tickets, see the web entry on Triad Stage here.

Compiled by Avery Campbell.
Photography by Vanderveen Photography.



Spartans in top photo: J. Andrea Speas, Kemari Bryant, Bradley Carter, Forrest Wilson
Spartans in middle photo: Christine Morris, Christina Duchesne
Spartans in bottom photo: Yansa Fatima, Christina Duchesne


History Museum will screen Frierson’s film on Cascade Saloon Building

Enjoy a free screening of the documentary “Cascade: Caring for a Place” at the Greensboro History Museum on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. A discussion with filmmaker Michael Frierson, professor in the Department of Media Studies, and several people involved in the rehabilitation of Downtown Greensboro’s Cascade Saloon Building follows the film.

The 18 minute documentary chronicles the transformation of a decaying building that sits between South Elm Street and the railroad tracks into the bustling office of the Christman Company, a firm that specializes in historic preservation. Preservation Greensboro led a decades long battle to save the building, built in 1895, which had fallen in to complete disrepair by the 1970s. The film records the great effort required to save the building, from partnership with the City of Greensboro to the reconstruction of the building’s interior. The rich history of the property includes a period when African American couple Wiley and Ida Weaver owned and operated a café in the building around 1907, unusual for a segregated southern business district in that era.

Four guests who were intimately involved in the rehabilitation of the building will be present to discuss the project:  Benjamin Briggs, executive of Preservation Greensboro, and Chris Brummel, Sarah DosSantos and April Larkins of the Christman Company. Richard Cox from UNCG Libraries’ Well Crafted NC research project will also be on hand to offer some history of Greensboro saloons.

The Greensboro History Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is located at 130 Summit Ave., next to LeBauer Park.

You’ve gotta smile. Juanita Newcomb welcomes everyone to Spartan games.

A picture of Juanita Newcomb with another womanIf you’ve been to UNCG games, you know Juanita Newcomb. That smile. That welcome.

Players graduate. One year rolls into the next. But Ms. Newcomb is always there, season after season, with a smile and a “Welcome, good to see you!”

Baseball games. Softball games. Women’s soccer. Men’s soccer. Women’s basketball. At men’s basketball games at the Greensboro Coliseum, she greets the players and the media at their entrance. She notes that the Spartan men’s basketball players give her a hug at every game.

“I’m 90,” she tells us. She has been welcoming fans and helping tend the gate for about 20 years.

Lynn Clark, her daughter, joined her at the entrance for a recent UNCG Softball game – and listened as her mother reminisced about her playing days in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In between her mom greeting fans, that is.

Newcomb grew up in the mill town of Roxboro, North Carolina. When the New York Yankees were on the radio, her father would tell her, “Skeeter, it’s baseball time!”

Enos Slaughter and his brother Sam Slaughter grew up close by. They were both great players, she remembers – Enos was a Hall of Famer.

Her father took care of the community ball field in their part of Roxboro and ran the concession stand. And Ms. Newcomb developed a passion for sports.

“I love sports,” she says. In addition to softball, she played six-on-six basketball.

She tried out for infield positions in softball, then tried centerfield. “Centerfield was my spot.”

She played for Roxboro High School – and continued playing on a community team after that, taking on softball teams from other communities.

“We went all over. We had fun,” she says.

On her recent 90th birthday, members of the UNCG Athletics department surprised her at home with Spartan goodies. (Her daughter was in on the surprise.) Softball Coach Janelle Breneman joined Jarrett Rice, Phil Strobel and Dennis Jansen in Facilities & Game Operations in the fun visit.

“(We) wanted to see her and surprise her on her big day,” Janelle says. “We enjoyed time with her at her house and brought her some UNCG swag along with a huge birthday balloon. Juanita is kind and such a special person to so many in the athletics department – we certainly wanted her to feel special on her 90th birthday.

Only a few more home games remain this year for UNCG Athletics. The baseball team hosts Winthrop May 14 and then Wofford May 16-18. Admission is free.

Juanita Newcomb will be there at the front gate, welcoming fans. And she’ll be at the UNCG Soccer Stadium entrance in August, welcoming fans to the games to we start another Spartan season.

When you see her, give her a big Hello.

By Mike Harris
Photo at recent UNCG Softball game of Juanita Newcomb with her daughter, Lynn Clark.

UNCG staff awards celebration May 20

Photo of Minerva

UNCG’s staff will be recognized and applauded Monday, May 20. Please come and enjoy the special event.

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, the University will host its inaugural all-staff celebration and appreciation event at Alumni House and the adjoining Taylor Garden (weather permitting).

At 3:30 p.m., the Staff Senate chairs will provide a welcome, and Chancellor Gilliam will provide remarks on the critical role staff play at our university, before presenting the Excellence Awards and Gladys Strawn Bullard Award.

Staff award recipients – including those who have received unit awards – will have special nametags marked with ribbons so they can easily be recognized throughout the afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the three Staff Excellence Award honorees and the Staff Gladys Strawn Bullard Award winner will have a special lunch with Chancellor Gilliam and members of the Bullard family.

Questions? Contact Sarah Alston at s_alston@uncg.edu.


Hooding ceremony is Thursday, Commencement is Friday

Photo of a student at commencementUNCG expects to award more than 2,500 degrees at the University’s May Commencement Ceremony and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

UNCG will confer approximately 1,867 bachelor’s degrees, 578 master’s degrees, 111 doctoral degrees, and 20 specialist in education degrees. Ninety-three of those degrees will be awarded to international students.

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The University’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 9, at 3 p.m. at UNCG Auditorium.

Actor, writer, producer, and Greensboro native Ken Jeong will deliver the keynote address at Friday’s ceremony. Also a physician, Dr. Jeong earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at UNC Chapel Hill. He attended Page High School here in Greensboro, where his parents still live.

Dr. Jeong is perhaps best known for his scene-stealing abilities and has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. He gained international fame for his role in the sleeper-hit film “The Hangover,” one of the biggest comedy franchises of all time, and starred in the No. 1 box office hit, “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Tierra Thompson, a senior majoring in political science and sociology, will deliver the student speech.

Dr. Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of the College of Education and Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Leadership in Education at the University of Northern Iowa, will serve as the speaker for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

General seating at the Greensboro Coliseum is unlimited and is not reserved. Parking at the coliseum is free for all graduates and their guests, and parking permits are not required. For the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, parking is available in the lot behind the Graham Building and Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Park & Ride buses will be available to transport volunteers, students, staff, and faculty between campus and the coliseum. Buses will depart campus every 30 minutes beginning at 7 a.m., with the final shuttle returning to campus at 1 p.m. Passengers may board the bus on Stirling Street in front of Elliott University Center.

For those who cannot attend Friday’s ceremony in person, a livestream of the event can be accessed here.

For more information, visit UNCG Commencement Central.

May 18 at UNCG: Guilford County Heart & Stroke Walk

Photo of people at the heart walk

Last year’s event at UNCG

Updated with new totals and info May 14 

Life is why we walk. On Saturday, May 18, walkers, donors, and volunteers will walk UNC Greensboro’s campus to raise awareness and funds to save lives of the country’s number 1 and number 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.

The free, 5K (3.1 miles) noncompetitive Guilford County Heart and Stroke Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event. Hundreds of people will step out in the name of heart health and stroke prevention from Stirling St., at 9 a.m.

Join a UNCG team by completing the online sign up on the UNCG Walk Page. Children who attend (5th grade and under) will receive free passes to Wet’n Wild at Emerald Pointe.

Last year, UNCG raised $7,911 and had 144 walkers. As of this week, UNCG has 52 walkers registered with donations at $3,106.

Tents and check-in open at 8 a.m. followed by a “Puppy Parade” at 8:45 a.m. There will be an after-party with music, kids’ activities, and light refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. Strollers and leashed dogs are allowed, and the route is accessible to people with disabilities.

The UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences and the UNCG School of Nursing will be on hand with various activities and fun swag for walkers.

Parking is free at the Oakland and Walker Parking Decks.

For more information on the 2019 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk, visit the event website.

By Elizabeth Harrison

Make nominations for Biotechnology Excellence Awards 

Triad BioNight, a premier event for our region’s biotechnology community, takes place June 20, 2019.

The Biotechnology Excellence Awards are the cornerstone of the Triad BioNight celebration. Nominated leaders from the Piedmont Triad will take home awards in five categories: Academic Development; Biotechnology Community Leadership; Biotechnology Service/Support; Entrepreneurial and Research & Development.

Award submissions are due by May 23.

UNC Greensboro is closely engaged with the event. Dr. Kim Littlefield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, serves on the awards committee. Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, serves on the board.

Learn more at www.ncbiotech.org/events/triad-bionight-2019

See Research & Engagement Office post.

Four INNOVATE grants awarded

Four faculty members have received grants for Intentional, Notable, and Valued Teaching Experiences (INNOVATE) Research Projects, awarded by the Office of the Provost.

The awards are one-time mini-grants to conduct research that investigates the development, evaluation, and promotion of student success through innovative teaching practices at the University.

Mariche Bayonas (LLC) received the INNOVATE grant in Spanish to support the assessment of “Boomalang” software to facilitate speaking practice in both online and face-to-face introductory Spanish courses. The software was studied across four courses using both self-report data from student questionnaires and comparative data from summative assessments in the form of exams and compositions. The research has been presented widely, including an international conference (AESLA in Cadiz, Spain), two national conferences (AAAL in Chicago and ACTFL in New Orleans), and two regional conferences (SLINKI at Wake Forest and MIFLC in Knoxville). Those presentations have now become manuscripts submitted to the Hispanic Studies Review journal, in addition to several Conference Proceedings.

Diane Gill (Kinesiology) received an INNOVATE grant for evaluation of the online EdD program with a focus on how the program facilitates student progress through the dissertation and professional development. The Doctor of Education in Kinesiology Online program provides a distinct case for evaluation of the factors that promote student success in this environment. The study, with assistance from an independent consultant, looked at a variety of metrics across each of the four existing cohorts, including course evaluations, student self-efficacy, and sense of community. Internally, the Kinesiology department has used the evaluation findings to help better meet the needs of students, especially the students starting their dissertations, through a task force and EdD faculty committee. Externally, the project leads have presented the evaluation work in two sessions at the AIESEP World Congress in Edinburgh, UK. The findings are also being prepared in two related manuscripts to be submitted for publication.

Hemali Rathnayake (Nanoscience) The interdisciplinary graduate program in Nanoscience used the INNOVATE grant to pilot a new model for scientific communication education to practice written, visual, and oral communication skills through professional skills in synthesis of literature reviews, oral presentations, and research proposals. Measurable targets included the ability to interpret and synthesize scientific literature and effectively communicate scientific material in written and oral formats, which were assessed using the National Communication Association’s evaluation rubric. The grant helped to fund seven group sessions in collaboration with the Speaking Center, modeled on their sessions for non-native English speakers, that were open to all JSNN students. The project culminated in several workshops and an open forum, which included practice “TED-like” talks. The project has produced two manuscripts which are currently under revised submissions. It has also served as the foundation for a grant proposal to the NSF-IGE program, which is under review.

Iglika Pavlova (Biology) The INNOVATE grant helped the Biology department to expand research capacity for evaluation of the effect of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) on improving equitable access and preparation toward STEM careers. Initial data from implementation of CUREs in BIO 112 showed promising improvement in research skills, but the INNOVATE grant facilitated research into whether effects persist across semesters and different instructors, expanded the markers of improvement to be observed, and helped to work towards an expansion of available CURE labs. This work was done in collaboration with Mark Davenport in Institutional Research, John Wilse’s team in ERM, and Sara Heredia in TEHE. Preliminary findings from the research have already been shared with the UNC System, as well as at two national conferences (ASM and SABER). Since the research continues following the INNOVATE grant, submission to peer-reviewed journals is planned for 2020, upon completion of data analysis across four semesters.