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Who makes all those T-shirts? A CARS alumna’s experience

The next talk in the CARS Centennial Alumni Speaker Series is coming up Feb. 26. This time, the speaker will be Summer Scott-Samuel (BS ‘96), Merchandising Manager for Gildan, the largest T-shirt manufacturer in the US. Her talk is titled “Working Internationally: What I Know Now That I Didn’t Know Then”. Scott-Samuel will discuss her unconventional route to success and the insights she has learned along the way, all leading back to her time in UNCG’s CARS programs. The event will be February 26 in EUC Alexander, at 5 p.m. A reception follows after the talk. For more information, see https://bryan.uncg.edu/centennial/.

See/Hear: Feb. 21, 2018


In case you missed it, three Spartan couples shared their love stories and UNCG memories last week in celebration of Valentine’s Day. 

Update: Jan. 31 Lunch & Learn: “My Health Peace of Mind”

The UNCG Gerontology Research, Outreach, Workforce, & Teaching Hub (GROWTH) will present a Lunch & Learn with Catherine and David Sevier, adjunct faculty in Public Health and Gerontology faculty affiliates. The event takes place in the Edwards’ Lounge of the Stone Building.

Update: The event will be Wednesday, January 31, 12-2 p.m. in Edwards’ Lounge. (It was originally scheduled for Thursday Jan. 18, but the weather forced a change.)

Catherine and David will discuss their project, My Health Peace of Mind, which will provide individuals with tools for advance care planning and a place to record their healthcare choices. Catherine is the president of the North Carolina AARP and David serves on the UNCG Health and Human Sciences Board of Visitors.

Attendees should bring their own lunch. Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP indicating this specific event and your name, email and phone number to gerontology@uncg.edu, or 336-256-1020.

Mindful Mondays at Weatherspoon to continue in January 2018

​Free ​Drop-In Meditation, every Monday, 12:30-1 p.m. resuming Jan. 8 – April 30 (with the exception of MLK Holiday, Jan. 15), Dillard Room, Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG.

Join us for weekly silent meditation at UNCG ​resuming Jan. 8​ through​ April 30. The 30-minute ​program is​ voluntarily led by ​UNCG faculty and staff. All are welcome​.​

Clinical research studies have documented various physical, cognitive and psychological benefits of meditation. Meditation practices promote health and well-being.

No experience ​or reservations ​necessary and no special postures or special clothing required. This program is free and open to the public.

Limited free parking ​during Mindful Mondays ​is available behind the museum at 500 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27403.

Questions: 336-334-5770 or weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

For more ways to learn about mindfulness in education, the 2018 Conference for Contemplative Practices for 21st Century Higher Education will take place at UNC, March 9-10.


Gay Ivey, new Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy, brings unique perspective

The key to getting kids to read? Find out what they’re thinking, said Dr. Gay Ivey, UNCG’s new William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy.

“Most of my research has centered on getting kids’ perspectives on things,” Ivey said. “Lots of people promote the idea of kids choosing what they can read, thinking that if they read more, they will get better. My research involves trying to understand what they’re getting out of it.”

Ivey is an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame and has spent her career helping teachers help children learn to read and expand the thought process around reading instruction in schools.

In her native Virginia, Ivey began her career as a reading specialist and middle-school teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary, an M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Reading Education from the University of Georgia. Before joining the UNCG faculty this summer, she served as the Tashia F. Morgridge Chair in Reading at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she held positions at James Madison University, the University of Maryland at College Park and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.

“What I didn’t know about myself is that I was really interested in research,” Ivey said. “And learning how we could expand and improve reading and writing practices in school for kids through studying kids and teachers in their classrooms.”

Classroom-based research, she added, allows her to learn from kids by spending time with them in the classroom.

What happens when children are given the opportunity to find reasons of their own to read in school? A question that has recently driven Ivey in her research.

“When kids are engaged in reading things that matter to them, they are at their most strategic,” Ivey said.

Too often the reading children do in school is in response to an assignment rather than for their own reasons. Reading instruction in school is focused on getting better at reading, comprehension and memorization. All good things, Ivey said, but it’s not the reason kids read.

“They read to make sense of their lives, to grow their social lives and get a better understanding of themselves and the world,” Ivey said. “We’re not situating it in ways that make sense to them or add value to their lives.”

Ivey’s research centers on what engagement in reading means for the literary, academic, emotional and relational lives of children and adolescents. One of the draws of UNCG, she said, is that it affords her the opportunity to combine research with public engagement and engagement with schools.

The renowned literacy faculty was another draw.

“It was a team I wanted to join. I saw a place I could be collaborative with colleagues who were like-minded and interested seeing how research can really impact schools and communities,” Ivey said.

And she was also attracted by the diversity of the student population: “I feel a connection with the students here.”

Ivey says she plans to make North Carolina her home for many years and hopes to see UNCG’s graduate programs in literacy flourish.

“I also hope to become heavily involved in engagements with school districts across the state of North Carolina,” she added.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Nominations open for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

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

The organization is unique to the UNCG campus.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come.

Members embody the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 inductions. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee).

The nomination form and instructions can be found at sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain-honor-society/ and should be returned to Coretta Walker at crwalke5@uncg.edu by Oct. 25.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities invites grant proposals

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) provides competitive grants to support those engaged in research, grant writing and project implementation activities that fulfill the CDLC mission. Individuals and groups, including at least one UNCG tenured, tenure track or clinical faculty, may apply. Research groups are also encouraged to include graduate students.

See more and submission information at cdlc.uncg.edu/newsandevents/cdlc-fellowships/.


Looking Ahead: August 16, 2017

Hop into History with UNCG archivists
Thursday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m., Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company

Spartan Cinema: La La Land
Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., sunset, LeBauer Park

UNCG Night at Greensboro Grasshoppers game
Saturday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., First National Bank Field

Spartan Service Day (volunteering in community)
Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. See olsl.uncg.edu

Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Monday, Aug. 21- Friday, Aug. 25

Updated Aug. 16, to remove eclipse event. There are a limited number of eclipse glasses for that event.