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SOE accepts nominations for Inspirational Educators

Photo of an adult with two childrenThe UNC Greensboro School of Education is accepting nominations for 2020 Inspirational Educators through December 31, 2019.

Aiming to recognize inspirational educators who have made a transformative impact on students’ lives, the School of Education launched the Inspirational Educators initiative in 2018.

The School of Education values the difference educators make in engaging communities and promoting life-changing opportunities through education while remaining steadfast in the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, nominations are open to any and all educators, not only those affiliated with UNC Greensboro; the nominee can be a star in their field or have had a significant impact on you or your family.

The goals for the Inspirational Educators program are simple: elevate the profession of education, create an opportunity to honor people who have made a difference in the lives of others, and raise much needed funds for our future educators. A permanent recognition, the Inspirational Educators Wall, is displayed in the School of Education Building.

When you nominate an Inspirational Educator, your gift not only honors a legacy, but inspires our students and helps us provide them with the best preparation possible.

Learn more at soe.uncg.edu/giving/inspirational-educators.

Questions? Contact Terri Jackson at terrijackson@uncg.edu or (336) 256-0496.

New name, and VC for Enrollment and WAM director search committees

With several searches underway or beginning here at UNCG, here is an update:


Business Affairs to be renamed Finance and Administration

In line with other UNC System schools and national peers, UNCG’s Business Affairs division will be renamed Finance and Administration, which is the new higher education term of art. This is pending UNC System approval. The start of the new VC search presents a good time to change the name to one that candidates will more readily respond to. The new Vice Chancellor’s title will now be Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. (See earlier CW post about the search process and search committee.)

Additionally, two other searches have an update:


VC for Enrollment Management

The new Vice Chancellor for Enrollment will report to the Chancellor. The Chancellor has appointed the following individuals to the VC for Enrollment Management search committee:

  • Kelly Burke, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (Chair) 
  • Karen Bull, Dean, UNCG Online
  • Joi Bulls, Associate Chair, AP Associate Professor & Internship Director, Dept. of HDFS
  • Beth Fischer, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
  • Tim Johnson, Executive Director, Housing and Residence Life
  • Andrew Hamilton, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Steve Honeycutt, Director of Financial Planning and Budgets
  • Christopher Keller, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Larry Mayes, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Institutional Research 
  • Kimberly Osborne, Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Todd Sutton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technology and Client Services
  • Deborah Tollefson, Director of Financial Aid


Weatherspoon Art Museum director

The search committee has been appointed:

  • Peter Alexander, Dean Emeritus, College of Visual and Performing Arts (Co-Chair)
  • Margaret Benjamin, Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board Member (Co-Chair)
  • Lindsey Auman, Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Member 
  • Chris Cassidy, Director, School of Art 
  • Pam Coote, Weatherspoon Arts Museum Advisory Board Member 
  • Ann Grimaldi, Curator of Education, Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Nancy Hoffman, Greensboro City Councilmember 
  • Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art History 
  • Susan Taaffe, Preparator, Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Maggie Triplette, Weatherspoon Arts Museum Advisory Board Member 
  • Tim Warmath, Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board Member 
  • Antoine Williams, Assistant Professor of Art, Guilford College 

Office of Housing and Residence Life will relocate

On Dec. 16, UNCG’s Office of Housing and Residence Life will relocate to the Jefferson Suites Residence Hall as part of the Ragsdale/Mendenhall renovation. Staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same, but the office’s location will be 1501 Spring Garden Street.

In the upcoming Spring semester, the Ragsdale/Mendenhall Residence Hall will be closed for renovation, which includes:
– Adding central air conditioning and an elevator
– New plumbing, vanities, doors, and hardware
– ADA ramps to make the first floor more accessible
– Variety of cosmetic changes in the rooms.

Students assigned to live in Ragsdale/Mendenhall for the Fall 2019 semester will be reassigned to another room for the Spring 2020 semester. Assignments were made by Dec. 1. Housing and Residence Life has offered frequent updates to Ragsdale/Mendenhall residents, including monthly Town Hall meetings.

“Ragsdale/Mendenhall is the last of a group of major renovations in the residence halls that we have been working on for the past eight years, “said Timothy Johnson, executive director of Housing & Residence Life. “We made the decision to wait until spring semester to take the building off-line to be able to accommodate the largest number of residential students for the fall semester. We have been working since last spring to notify students of our plans, so that they would know about the “Big Move,” even before they signed up for the building. We are excited about the renovations coming and very appreciative of the students that signed up to live in the building, despite the move. They have created a great community this fall and we are hopeful they will carry that Ragsdale/Mendenhall spirit to other parts of campus in the spring.”

For more information, visit hrl.uncg.edu.

New UNCG discount program for PART bus passes

UNCG is now a registered participant for PART’s XPass Employer Discount Program.

Seeing the success of the Biz40 XPass Program, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) decided to make the XPass program available Triad-wide. The program will provide a 30% discount on the cost of PART bus passes to registered employees or participating employers.

Triad XPass Users are eligible to receive 30% off the cost of PART bus passes:
31-Day ($56) and 10-Ride ($14).

Additional information and link to registration: https://www.partnc.org/218/XPass-Program

Questions? Contact Grant Harris – Gvharris@uncg.edu.

Volunteer opportunity: POCAM seeks volunteers for Salvation Army Toy Drive

Would you like an opportunity to use up your remaining Community Involvement Leave? Parking Operations & Campus Access Management is sending volunteers to help with the Salvation Army Toy Drive in High Point.

They have a signup sheet available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f45aaac23a1f94-salvation if any other UNCG employees would like to volunteer.

Dates available are Dec. 11, Dec. 12, and Dec. 17. The beginning time indicated on the sign up sheet is the time that the Spartan Chariot will depart from Stirling St, in front of the EUC. The end time indicated is the time that the Spartan Chariot will arrive back on campus. Anyone who signs up is welcome to catch a ride on the Spartan Chariot.

Since Dec. 11 is a full day of volunteering, the Spartan Chariot will provide transportation to Chili’s for anyone wanting to purchase their lunch.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Hunt at tchunt@uncg.edu or 336-256-1242.

Also: The UNCG Police canned food drive for the Spartan Open Pantry has been extended till Dec. 13.  See more here.

Coffman, Stein will lead UNCG’s Child and Family Research Network

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Dr. Coffman

Dr. Stein

Dr. Stein

Dr. Jennifer Coffman and Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein will serve as co-directors of the UNCG Child and Family Research Network, the University has announced.

Established over a decade ago, the Child and Family Research Network (CFRN) is a group of faculty members and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflects a core concern for the welfare of children and families. The goal of the network is to facilitate collaboration among these faculty and other individuals interested in children and families, and to enhance scholarship, teaching, and service within the local, regional, national and international community.

To provide an opportunity for networking, meeting the new leadership, and charting the next decade of CFRN’s support for scholarship, teaching, and service designed to bring faculty together to enhance their work, the University invites you to a reception on Monday, Dec. 9, 3-5 p.m., in the Faculty Center.

Input needed for provost and business affairs VC searches

The search committees for Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor and for Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs are respectively seeking perspectives from the campus community (faculty, staff, and students) to help inform the committees’ efforts and those of our partners Isaacson, Miller (IM). Only IM will see the responses; and IM will then submit a report on the findings to each search committee, without identifiers attached. 

Links to both surveys below:

Both surveys will close on Monday, November 25. 

Additionally, today’s Faculty Forum will focus on the provost search. The forum will be held this afternoon (Nov. 20), 3-5 p.m., Alumni House. The campus community is invited to attend. 

Bryan School: 50 and far-out fabulous!

Celebrating Nov. 14, 1969, in style

On November 14, 1969, the executive committee of the UNC Board of Trustees approved the creation of the School of Business at UNC Greensboro.

That made November 14, 2019, a day for celebrating.

The Bryan School celebrated its 50th birthday with cupcakes for students, faculty, and staff. Dean Mac Banks (right-on, in photo) marked the occasion with a vintage 1969 look, making him the grooviest business school dean we’ve ever seen!

The Bryan School has lots of events in store for the months ahead, culminating with its biggest celebration in April.

See the upcoming anniversary celebrations events at Bryan50.UNCG.edu.

Copy and photo courtesy Bryan School.

Dr. Carrie Hill

Dr. Carrie Hill (Nursing) has accepted the position of RN-BSN program director, as of January 1, 2020. She is a pediatric nurse who is in her second year teaching in the School of Nursing. She has been active at Moss Street Elementary Partnership School, where she has a community clinical group this fall.

Associate VC Jeff Whitworth takes statewide award

Headshot of the VCJeff Whitworth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure and Chief Infrastructure Architect at UNC Greensboro, received an honor from MCNC, the nonprofit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).

MCNC (Microelectronics Center of North Carolina), through its Empower Award, recognizes an individual who is not a long-time member of the NCREN user community but has made an immediate impact upon engagement. Whitworth is this year’s recipient.

He joined UNCG  12 years ago as a systems architect. He rose to become Manager, Enterprise Systems; then Chief IT Infrastructure Architect, then Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure.

In January of this year, Whitworth was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure and Chief Infrastructure Architect.

He has also been a part-time lecturer in the Computer Science department since 2013.

He received his MS in computer science from UNCG, and his BS in computer in computer science from UNC Wilmington.

MCNC last week celebrated the 35th anniversary of the state’s largest broadband network during NCREN Community Day 2019 at Durham Convention Center. More than 200 top education, government, and technology executives participated in discussions at the event, where the award was presented.

MCNC’s mission is to advance education, research, health care, public safety, agriculture, and the overall levels of broadband connectivity in North Carolina by providing a world-class network necessary for innovation, collaboration, and economic development.



New at UNCG: Banner Communications Management

Banner Communications Management is now available to all UNCG departments!

Banner Communications Management, or BCM, recently completed trial testing with the Financial Aid and Cashier and Student Accounts offices with great success. BCM has enabled these pilot departments the ability to communicate more effectively their students, who are now better informed with more timely and personalized communication.

The tool has great potential to help streamline communications without the need to purchase more software or licenses as this is a delivered tool within our ERP that is now live and ready to use.

If there are data in Banner and an email or physical address associated with the data, a communication can be created with the added option to make it event-based or recurring. To learn more and use this tool within your department, please sign up for one of the upcoming monthly introductory workshops.

Monthly workshops will be held on the second Friday of every month for all faculty and staff. Participants in the workshop will learn how this new communication tool works, potential uses, capabilities, and see a live demo. Sign up for the next event at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/banner-communications-management-introduction-2019-12-13/2019-12-13/.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, please contact Kyle Sauvageau (Business Affairs Systems & Procedures) to schedule a consulting session: kasauvag@uncg.edu.

Note: This post was updated Nov. 20 to correct the link.

Baby Derby at UNCG vs NC State game

Callin’ all crawlers! The Baby Derby is back! We’re looking for babies 6 months – 12 months that think they have what it takes to win our halftime crawling competition, the Diaper to Dorm Dash presented by NC 529 College Savings.

The dash will take place at halftime of the UNCG Men’s Basketball game vs. NC State at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 15. The game’s tipoff is 3 pm.

All participants will receive up to four complimentary tickets for the family. For more information or to register your child email bluegold@uncg.edu.

By the way, if you want to see the dash, tickets to the individual game are on sale. And there is this combo deal: Spartan 4-Game Mini Plans still available for just $75 and include  1 TICKET FOR NC STATE, PICK 1 OTHER NON-CONFERENCE GAME, PICK 2 SOCON GAMES. Email the ticket office.




Search process begins for provost and business affairs VC; committees announced

The search committees for the next provost and executive vice chancellor and for the next vice chancellor for business affairs have been selected. The search committee for the provost position will convene on Nov. 20. The committee anticipates the next provost will be named in May.

The business affairs VC search committee has already begun its work. The new vice chancellor for business affairs will likely be named mid-Spring semester.

Look for a future CW piece about the best ways the campus community can provide input, for each of these searches.


Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Search Committee:

  • Andrea Hunter, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and immediate past Faculty Senate Chair (chair of search committee)
  • Cathy Akens, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Mac Banks, Dean, Bryan School of Business and Economics
  • Kelly Burke, Dean, Graduate School 
  • Anthony Chow, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science and Chair of Faculty Senate 
  • Jewell Cooper, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Education 
  • Andrew Hamilton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  • Greg Hodges, Associate Vice Chancellor, Planning and Performance Management
  • Julia Jackson-Newsom, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Policy
  • John Kiss, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Esther Leerkes, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Health and Human Sciences 
  • Pamela Johnson Rowsey, Professor and Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing
  • Alejandro Rutty, Associate Professor of Music
  • Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • Olivia Tarpley, Class of 2020
  • Waiyi Tse, Chief of Staff (staffing committee)


Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs 

Search Committee:     

  • Jerry Blakemore, General Counsel
  • Alan Boyette, Senior Vice Provost
  • Beth Fischer, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
  • Donna Heath, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services
  • Jeanne Madorin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Scott Milman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Real Estate
  • Randy Penfield, Dean of School of Education
  • Jeff Shafer, Vice Chancellor for Communications
  • Kim Littlefield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • Waiyi Tse, Chief of Staff (staffing committee) 

Post was updated Nov. 19, 8 a.m., to add one name to VC for BA committee list.

Dr. Kellett’s book, featured in UNCG Research, wins national honor

Dr. Pete Kellet’s book on narrating patienthood will receive a national award this week.

The distinguished edited scholarly book award, from the National Communication Association’s Applied Communication Division, recognizes “Narrating Patienthood: Engaging Diverse Voices on Health, Communication, and the Patient Experience,” which the UNCG Professor of Communication Studies edited. He will receive the award at the national convention this Friday.

The book shows how differences in race, class, gender, age, sexual identity, and disability can shape health care communication.

“Diversity plays an important role in how people experience illness and health care,” Kellett said, in explaining the key point behind the book. “Understanding this, by listening to and learning from the experiences of diverse people, can help us improve health care outcomes.”

Kellett’s research in this area began with his own difficult medical diagnosis.

In 2011, he was diagnosed with macular telangiectasia, which leads to loss of vision.

“At that moment,” Kellett recalls, “I wished I had a coach who could explain what was happening, what to do, and how my life story would be impacted by this condition. We’re narrative creatures. We want the full story, and we rarely have that.”

Kellett wrote a book on his own experience, published in 2017. (The visuals, above, are from a recent medical appointment.) But he wanted to explore how patients different from him – in race, class, gender, age, sexual identity, or disability – encountered health care communication and the impact that had in shaping their health care experiences. That led to the award-winning “Narrating Patienthood.”

Learn more about his journey at https://researchmagazine.uncg.edu/fall-2019/off-the-chart


‘OK Boomer.’ Two UNCG researchers give us the meme’s lowdown

In the past week, two words have made a splash.

“OK Boomer.”

It’s crossed over from TikTok and sub-Reddit memes (which Baby Boomers may not see) into “exposé” pieces in the world’s major newspapers and TV news – which Baby Boomers definitely see. 

Last Tuesday, a 25-year-old member of the New Zealand parliament, Chlöe Swarbrick, was heckled by an older member as she delivered a speech on a huge concern for her generation, better climate policy: “In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old; yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old” – and at that moment, she was heckled. 

Her brief retort made world-wide waves. “OK, Boomer.” And she kept right on.

“She was making a speech. She had the floor,” says Dr. Risa Applegarth, professor of rhetoric in UNCG’s Department of English. Applegarth’s upcoming book focuses on youth voices and youth activism.

A lot of times young people are charged with not showing proper respect, she says, noting the young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who repeatedly said, “How dare you!” to international leaders at the United Nations recently when criticizing the lack of urgency on climate change policy.

Applegarth looks at it as a scholar of rhetoric. “To say something is uncivil or something is ‘improper’ has gender and age dimensions.”

“I would ask: Who has the most power in this scenario? If ‘OK Boomer’ is understood as improper, how is the heckling that prompted it also understood? It enabled her to keep arguing in favor of her position – she wants to speak to all of Parliament. It prevented the heckler from taking the floor away from her.”

Maggie Murphy, an assistant professor and humanities librarian in University Libraries, has presented her memes research on campus and at conferences. She is a co-director of this year’s Uplifting Memes series at UNCG University Libraries. And she finds the “OK Boomer” meme remarkable because “it has an ‘analog presence’ and not just an internet one.”

“I have heard from my fellow Millennial colleagues who are high school teachers that ‘OK Boomer’ has been used as a retort in hallways and classrooms. It’s a really interesting example of a meme that is moving as sort of a viral cultural moment and not a visual image expression.” 

Its first use on the internet was last January, and the sub-Reddit “r/teenagers” is where it really took off, she says. 

“‘It’s an expression of exasperation at the people who have caused the problems they are refusing to deal with, in a very time-sensitive situation – the climate, nuclear weapons, etc.,” she says. And there’s a level of humor.

“I really like that the brevity of the retort speaks to the idea there isn’t a lot of time to deal with the issue.”

Speaking of little time … How long will this meme continue to be popular?

“It’s now a conversation touchstone,” Murphy notes. “Which is the quickest way to kill a meme.”

Learn more about the University Libraries’ “Uplifting Memes” series

By Mike Harris.
GIF visual from Giphy.


UNCG Dance BFA majors’ end-of-semester performance

UNCG Dance presents “Exposure,” an evening of unique and dynamic choreography by School of Dance Bachelor of Fine Arts Choreography and Performance majors.

Created through a rigorous showing and mentoring process, their choreography reflects each individual’s choreographic interests.

“Exposure” will be performed in the UNCG Dance Theater, at 1408
Walker Avenue on November 22 and 23, 2019, at 8 pm, and Saturday, November 22, at 2 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www. etix.com. Ticket prices are $7 for UNCG Students, $10 for non-UNCG Students and Seniors and $15 for General Admission.

1. Alexis Clanin has created a contemporary work for seven dancers that focuses on the perception of time and the effect time has on us physically and emotionally. Clanin has been working collaboratively with her dancers with hopes of relaying the message of how precious time truly is.
2. Anna Grooms has created a contemporary work in collaboration with her five dancers that focuses on the relativity of space and the way that we view the space around us based on our perspectives. Anna and her dancers have been exploring movement vocabulary and costuming, as well as lighting and production elements to play with the visibility of the dancers on stage, which provides the audience with a variety of perspectives from which to experience the piece.
3. Kate Gupton, and her five dancers have been working to create a light-hearted dance about the “wood wide web” and what we can learn about the nature of communication. To create this work Kate and her dancers asked questions like “How do our bodies
communicate?” …  What are the similarities and differences in the ways humans communicate as compared to the natural world?” … and “How can we embody the physical and chemical properties of communication in the human brain and natural world?”
4. Lauren Kelly is premiering a sociopolitical work incorporating contemporary and aerial dance, called ‘Entangled.” Alongside her five dancers, Lauren has been working collaboratively to explore how women are oppressed through the lens of the proverbial principle of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” which Western society has
interpreted as “turning a blind eye.”
5. Marissa Kuczkowski, in collaboration with her dancers, musicians, videographer, and lighting designer, has facilitated a creative process fueled by site-specific improvisation. This team of artists visited three sites around Greensboro to generate all of the material used to craft the staged performance. Marissa hopes that her work inspires audiences to see their surroundings in a new light and find inspiration throughout the physical world.
6. Magalli Morana and her cast of six dancers have worked collaboratively to develop a process-driven and research-based contemporary dance work examining both the somatic and psychological response to trauma, as well as the idea of collective trauma, particularly in regards to women. Making use of trauma-informed practices in this process, Morana has placed an emphasis on finding a way to communicate how trauma affects the mind and body without reenacting traumatic experiences. Ultimately, with this
piece, Morana and cast hope to open possibilities for healing and reclaiming one’s body.
7. Jordan Shadley has created a contemporary work that revolves around the idea of miscommunication and confusion using the format of a group chat. Alongside her six dancers, Jordan has created movement exploring partnerships, repetition, and the incorporation of vocals with movement. Jordan will also be creating a live soundscape during the piece in collaboration with her dancers’ movement.

3 Minute Thesis Competition on Thursday

This Thursday, select graduate students will describing their entire thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Each finalist can use only one static PowerPoint slide as they succinctly convey the importance of their research to a non-specialist audience.
The finals will take place in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome at attend.
Among this year’s judges are two UNCG Board of Trustees members.
The judges determine the $1000 first place winner and $500 second place. The attendees will determine the $250 “People’s Choice” award.

This year’s 10 finalists were selected by faculty judges at the preliminary rounds. They represent four different academic units and are working on an exciting and diverse array of projects with real world impact.

  • Shoroq Alkhattabi, Specialized Education Services (Dr. Diane Ryndak)
  • Alyssa Bedrosian, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt)
  • Brown Biggers, Computer Science (Dr. Somya Mohanty)
    Kristof Cank, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Dr. Nicholas Oberlies)
  • Yoojin Chang, Psychology (Dr. Peter Delaney)
  • Gabrielle Dailey, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Dr. Ethan Will Taylor)
  • Sheeba Dawood, Nanoscience (Dr. Hemali Rathnayake)
  • Elvis Foli, Kinesiology (Dr. Sandra Shultz)
  • Yener Ulus, Biology (Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui)
  • Masahiro Yamada, Kinesiology (Dr. Louisa Raisbeck)
The event is hosted by by the Graduate School. More information is available here: grs.uncg.edu/3mt/

Course Reserves due for Winter, Spring 2020

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists are due as follows:

Winter – Friday, December 6
Spring – Friday, December 13

Requests to renew fall lists for use in winter and/or spring are due by Wednesday, December 4.

eReserve readings are stored in Box@UNCG and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box and then sends an email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert them into Canvas; instructions are provided and available at https://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/AddingeReservestoYourCourseinCanvas.pdf. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

For more information about course reserves including copyright information (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107), how to submit lists, and how to find reserve lists online please visit our Reserves webpages at http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/. Please remember that only small portions of copyrighted books may be placed on eReserve and the amount allowable is based on the reasonable limits of fair use (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107) under United States law. Allowable amounts differ; please contact us regarding questions.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources (http://uncg.libguides.com/streamingfilms). Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide (http://uncg.libguides.com/ebooks).

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 336-256-1199 or 336-334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology, School of Education) is being awarded the American Evaluation Association 2019 Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award. This award, which she will receive at this year’s American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference Nov. 12–16 in Minneapolis, is presented to a promising new evaluator during the first five years after completion of his or her Master’s or Doctoral degree and whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluator. Boyce, a 2019 UNCG School of Education Distinguished Researcher Scholar awardee, was selected for her demonstrated promise in early notable and substantial accomplishments.

Boyce is an assistant professor of Educational Research Methodology, and co-directs the UNCG Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services. Boyce’s research focuses on attending to value stances and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, cultural responsiveness, and social justice within evaluation—especially multi-site, STEM, and contexts with historically marginalized populations. She also examines teaching, mentoring, and learning in evaluation. Dr. Boyce has evaluated over 40 programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Spencer and Teagle foundations. She is a Co-PI on the recently funded 1 million-dollar NSF grant, Spartans ADVANCE: Adaptations of Practices For Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The UNCG.


Dr. Nell Pynes will retire as associate provost next summer

Dr. Penelope Pynes will step down as associate provost of international programs on June 30, 2020.

During her tenure here at UNCG she has spearheaded many initiatives, including co-chairing UNCG’s ACE Internationalization Lab (2010-12) and most recently serving as the director of our Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan (GE QEP), a direct extension of the ACE Lab experience. A leader in the field and frequent presenter at conferences promoting international education, she has widely shared UNCG’s story.

She joined UNCG in 1991 as a newly appointed faculty member in the Department of German and Russian just as the International Programs Center was being founded and quickly became involved in all things international on campus helping to establish international partnerships and advising prospective study abroad students. She served as director of Study Abroad and Exchanges from 2001 to 2008, and since then as associate provost.

She is particularly proud of leading a team of consummate international educators who have worked consistently across campus and beyond to move internationalization from the periphery to the core of our institution.

She is looking forward to continuing her connection to international education leadership over the next few years as a senior associate for Internationalization with the American Council of Education (ACE) while spending more time outdoors.

A national search for her successor will launch this fall. Dr. Omar Ali has been selected to chair the search committee. More details will be announced soon.


By Mike Harris

Photography by Jiyoung Park

Chief Data Officer – third candidate

UNCG Information Technology Services will welcome a third candidate for the inaugural Chief Data Officer position to campus for a visit October 22-23, 2019. The Chief Data Officer will work in close
collaboration with research and academic programs, as well as administrative groups and institutional
data stewards to establish an enterprise data road map and data management processes that enable
information sharing, collaboration, compliance and security, and efficient resource management. The
candidate’s presentation will be this Friday, November 8, at 11 a.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

SERVE receives $15.6 million from Department of Education

UNCG’s SERVE Center has been awarded a five-year, $15.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a regional comprehensive center designed to improve educational opportunities and academic outcomes for disadvantaged and low-income students.

SERVE, UNCG’s education research and technical assistance center, will operate the U.S. Department of
Education’s Region 6 Comprehensive Center, which will provide support and services to K-12 education
systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Researchers will collaborate with educational
agencies in three states to ensure college and career readiness, address issues of equity and
disproportionality, and support the region’s lowest performing schools.

“Creating opportunities for students to succeed is what we do,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D.
Gilliam, Jr., “and to lead this effort is an opportunity for the University to make a significant impact on
the future of education in the southeast. Our experience with innovative instruction and community
engagement positions us well to shape the future of K-12 education, and make positive, lasting change.
This generous award enables UNCG to make real progress, and ultimately change life trajectories.”

The U.S. Department of Education supports 19 regional Comprehensive Centers nationally, awarding
funding based on an applicant’s ability to provide high quality, capacity-building services to state clients,
and to develop and sustain effective evidence-based practices that support improved educator and
student outcomes.

In recent months the SERVE Center also received $6.2 million in funding to continue operating the
National Center for Homeless Education, and $5 million to assess North Carolina’s Career and College
Promise program, which offers high school students opportunities to earn credits for college or career
and technical education programs. In the same period, UNCG’s School of Education received a $6.1
million grant to partner with Rockingham and Surry school districts to improve teacher training.

“UNCG is bringing significant expertise and resources to bear in the effort to improve educational
outcomes for all children and youth,” said UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Terri L.
Shelton. “The $32.9 million in new education funding we have received over the last four months is a
testament to our reputation for collaborative partnerships, research, and translating research into
practice in this field.”

Chancellor Gilliam, Dean Obare are TBJ Power Players

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and JSNN Dean Sherine Obare have been named Triad Business Journal’s 2019 Power Players.

Each year, the Triad Business Journal identifies key leaders who have put impactful ideas into action to lead the region forward.

The Triad Business Journal recognized Chancellor Gilliam’s efforts in guiding the school’s Millennial Campus initiative, as well as enhanced research opportunities through a two-year grant that will result in a high-speed data network.

The Millennial Campus will create opportunities for growth, development of innovative academic experiences, and the creation of unique public-private partnerships for the University. Two areas of campus will be recognized as new districts for future development: one primarily along Gate City Boulevard, which will focus on health and wellness, and the other along Tate Street, which will focus on visual and performing arts.

With N.C. A&T, UNCG has been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $499,912 to build a high-speed research data network that will both connect the two largest universities in the Triad with each other and enable faster, easier sharing of research with scientists around the world.

Photo of Dr. ObareDr. Obare, who joined the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) as dean in January, has established an internationally recognized and externally funded research program that has fostered successful collaborations in chemistry and environmental engineering globally. She has received many awards and accomplishments including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Science and Technology, and the American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship of the National Science Foundation. She has also been named one of the top 25 women professors in the state of Michigan by Online Schools Michigan.

Her research work lies in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, alternative energy, and in developing strategies to improve STEM education. In addition to her work as associate vice president for research, Obare serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research.

Obare was chosen by the Triad Business Journal because she has “quickly become the person to know in the Triad regarding technology and innovation.”

Nancy Doll will step down as Weatherspoon’s director next summer

After 22 years of dedicated service, Nancy Doll will step down as director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum on July 31, 2020.

In sharing this news with the campus community yesterday afternoon, Provost Dunn said: “Under Nancy’s outstanding leadership, the Weatherspoon’s collection has continued to be known and highly regarded on a global scale, as indicated by the growing number of loan requests we receive from major museums in this country and abroad. Nancy has overseen impressive enhancements in the museum’s service to the national and international arts communities, as well as to the UNCG campus.

More faculty than ever, representing a wider array of disciplines, have incorporated Weatherspoon exhibitions into their curricula and assign classes to visit the galleries in support of class projects. Non-student attendance has also grown steadily, reaching more than 38,000 annual visitors.

Nancy has been successful in raising funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations to advance the mission of the Weatherspoon. Supporters have included the National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Cemala Foundation, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Deluxe Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Working with the curatorial staff, Nancy has led the charge to diversify our collections, exhibitions, and programs to include many more artists of color and women artists. Because of her steady commitment to these issues, the Weatherspoon’s audience has also greatly diversified. Nancy was also instrumental in marshaling the Weatherspoon through two successful reaccreditation reviews by the American Alliance of Museums.”

Nancy Doll was appointed director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in July 1998. She had been executive director of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California.

She had earlier served as:

  • Curator of 20th Century Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Director of Gallery Eleven and Curator of the University Art Collection at Tufts University, and
  • Director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

Doll holds a BFA (cum laude) from Mundelin College of Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Iowa.


Students’ perceptions of UNCG campus climate? The results are in.

The University and the Division of Student Affairs strive to promote a climate at UNCG where everyone feels supported and welcomed. UNCG’s iBelong Project, launched last spring, will help us better understand student experiences here.

A survey, developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity, has measured UNCG students’ perceptions of our campus environment.

Some key findings indicate the following:

  • 85% of students surveyed were very satisfied or satisfied with their college experience at UNCG. Just under 5% were dissatisfied, and 9% were neither satisfied or dissatisfied. 
  • Students were also asked to describe why they selected their response about their level of satisfaction. The top three response categories were: people they encountered (152 responses), professors (129 responses), and faculty/staff (82 responses). 
    • Students were also asked in a likert scale question about perception of faculty commitment to success.  79% of students agreed/strongly agreed that educators care about students at UNCG. 
  • 64% of students agreed or strongly agreed that “I feel like I am part of a community at UNCG.”
  • 71% of students agreed or strongly agreed that “I feel like I belong at UNCG”. The three demographic groups that were significantly more likely to agree with this response were students who lived on campus, students who identified as female, and traditional college-aged students.
  • Online students reported not participating in campus activities, and transfer students also reported needing support, suggesting the need for additional or new efforts with online and transfer students to ensure a sense of belonging. 
  • Overall, most students (81%) agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is a major priority at UNCG.
  • 81% of students reported rarely/never experiencing any form of prejudice while at UNCG, compared to 66% reporting never/rarely seeing someone else experience prejudice.

“Our student survey has given us rich data to inform current and future efforts at UNCG, in order to build a greater sense of belonging and connection for all our students,” said Dr. Julia Mendez Smith, co-chair of the iBelong project and Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate. “We know that when our students have the resources they need and receive holistic support, they thrive. I’m excited about the upcoming conversations and working with many groups on our campus on these important issues.” 

Dr. Cathy Akens, co-chair of the iBelong project and Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs, said, “This project is one more example that highlights UNCG’s culture of care. We care about the experience of our students and we want to understand how we can best help all students succeed here. The conversations that we have with our students and other groups on our campus will help us plan for the future.” 

How was this Culturally Engaging Campus Environments survey conducted? 7,000 undergraduate students were randomly sampled from the UNCG roster to provide a representative sample of our student population. Selected students were then invited by email to complete the survey, and students needed to complete at least the first major section – 53 questions (21%) – of the survey in order to be included in the final sample. The final sample used to compile the results included 1,127 undergraduates, including online and transfer students, and their demographic data mirrored the general demographics of the UNCG student body.  

The survey is based on a conceptual framework that identifies external and internal factors that impact student success, some of which include family, finances, employment, demographics, initial academic dispositions, and academic preparation. It seeks to showcase student voices and create conversations about inclusive excellence, learning, and sense of belonging. The specific goal of the iBelong Project is to understand how students experience our campus now, and how to help the University better meet the learning, professional, and personal needs of all of our current and future 

A full report is at UNCG’s iBelong website, sa.uncg.edu/ibelong. A feedback form on the website allows  you to share your reaction and input. 

As the University continues to learn from the results of the survey, next steps will proceed throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. Undergraduate students will be able to learn more about the survey and share their input at two Town Hall-style meetings this month. 

Additionally, a similar survey will be administered to graduate students in the upcoming Spring 2020 semester. To measure change over time, UNCG plans to readminister a campus climate survey every three years. Increasing sense of belonging for students will assist with their persistence to degree and student success. Therefore, intentional conversations about belonging and helping students build connections throughout their college experience will be critical to continue to improve this indicator. 

Please visit sa.uncg.edu/ibelong to learn more.

UNCG staff and faculty members, please give input on UNC president

The Presidential Search Committee has initiated a process to identify and evaluate candidates to serve as the next president of the UNC System. The UNC System President will lead the 17-campus system and numerous other critical programs and facilities, which not only impact our great state but more broadly our nation and world. For this reason, the UNC System deserves nothing less than the finest leader. Defining the essential qualities of the ideal candidate for our leader is the search committee’s first priority. The committee is seeking UNC Staff input in defining those qualities.

UNCG staff members are invited to take the survey here.

Faculty members and all other stakeholders may take the survey here.

The search committee requests all survey responses be completed by Friday, Nov. 15.

Additionally, another survey – on Campus Priorities Survey for faculty and staff – may be taken here.

View information about the UNC System presidential search.

Update: Dr. Anthony Chow, UNCG Faculty Senate chair, also serves as the secretary of the UNC System Faculty Assembly. He notes that UNCG’s Faculty Senate dedicated the recent Faculty Senate forum to prepare a memo to the BOG presidential search committee about its perspective and suggestions.

EUC’s blood drive will be Nov. 12

The Elliott University Center will host its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2019-2020 academic year on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 200-pint goal.

For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your
Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring
the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit
http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are

At WAM, ‘Art and Practice of Slow Looking’

The Public Talk “The Art and Practice of Slow Looking” will be presented by Shari Tishman, Harvard University,
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2 p.m.

It will be held in the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s Dillard Room, and is sponsored by the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences.

Shari Tishman is a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero, where she recently served as director. Her research focuses on the development of thinking and understanding, the role of close observation in learning, and learning in and through the arts. Her most recent book is “Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning Through Observation.”

Syndemic Food and WASH Insecurity: Social science approaches and future directions

On Friday, November 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center, the International and Global Studies Department will be presenting the Fall 2019 Global Spotlight Lecture.

Dr. Cassandra Workman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology here at UNCG, will speak to students and faculty about how water, food, and sanitation insecurity work in concert to lead to negative biological, psycho emotional, and social outcomes and how healthcare practitioners and policy makers define these issues.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For disability accommodations, contact Yvonne Matlosz at ylmatlos@uncg.edu

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) has a chapter in a newly released book, “Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education.”

The book “offers a blueprint for achieving the civic mission of higher education by incorporating dialogue and deliberation into learning at colleges and universities.” See more here.

“The book chapter is about a course I teach, ‘Conversations that Matter,’ designed to offer students the knowledge and tools to engage with crucial public conversations that invite openness, inclusion, critical inquiry, and even forgiveness,” Jovanovic says. “In doing so, students practice how to express ethical values including responsibility, compassion, justice, and respect.  The class was born out of the recognition that the fate of our democracy is tied to engagement, expressions of dissent, and collective action. As we educate students today, we need to be mindful of students’ complex situations while making the case for the value of dialogue and deliberation as key pathways to lifelong learning and engagement in our democracy.”



Open Enrollment begins November 2

This year’s open enrollment is shorter than usual. The upcoming enrollment period is from November 2
to November 19. You will enroll for both your State Health Plan and your NCFlex benefits. Your new
elections will go into effect January 1, 2020.

Good news for 2020! Your health plan premiums will remain the same as 2019.

Health Changes

70/30 Plan*
 Preventive services will be covered at 100% and you will no longer have to pay a copay.
 The copay for a Primary Care Provider (PCP) visit will be reduced from $45 to $30 when you use a PCP listed on your ID card.
 The out-of-pocket maximum will change from a separate medical and pharmacy out-of- pocket amount to a combined medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket maximum.
 The deductible and some copays have changed.

80/20 Plan* No Changes

* The formulary (drug list for covered medications) is updated quarterly, so there may be changes in drug coverage for both plans.

Tobacco Attestation

The tobacco attestation premium credit activity has been simplified. Tobacco users must commit to visit
a CVS MinuteClinic for at least one tobacco cessation counseling session by December 31, 2019, or risk
losing the monthly premium credit. However, a voucher is no longer required.

NC Flex Changes

Dental Plan
 In addition to your current options, you’ll have a new plan to consider—the Classic Option plan.
 If you’re currently enrolled in the High Option plan, you will be mapped to the new Classic
Option plan since its premiums are the same as your current option.
 The Classic Option plan features the same annual deductible as the Low Option plan with an
annual maximum that is slightly higher.
 The Classic Option plan includes coverage for orthodontics.
 Premiums for the High Option and Low Option plans are increasing.

Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
 The maximum annual contribution will be $2,700 for 2020.

To learn more about your options, visit www.shpnc.org for information about your health benefits
and www.ncflex.org for information about your NCFlex benefits.

The UNCG Benefits Staff will be offering several Open Enrollment Information Sessions in computer labs to assist employees with this process. Click here to enroll in a session.

Please contact the UNCG Benefits Office at (336) 334-4514, or askbenefits@uncg.edu if you have any

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, received the Barbara Hollander Award – for lifelong contributions to family business, education, and civic causes – at the Family Firm Institute, October 24, at the annual meeting in Miami.


Deadline for nominations for highest service awards: McIver and Holderness/Weaver

Since UNCG’s founding, the ongoing commitment of service to the community, state, and nation has remained central to all we do. “Service” is our motto, and the time to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to serving others is now.

In that tradition, the UNCG Board of Trustees confers its highest honors on behalf of the University to acknowledge exemplary public service and civic engagement. The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished service to our state or nation. The Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award is designed to recognize North Carolinians who have served our local community, but who may not have received attention for their actions.

UNCG needs your help to nominate individuals who deserve recognition for all they have done for our society. While the recipients are often UNCG alumni, the awards are intended to honor any remarkable North Carolinian, regardless of alma mater.

Further information is available at https://publicserviceawards.uncg.edu/

Please submit your completed nomination form no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019.

The awards will be presented at the University Honors event next spring. If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact Theresa Hancock, Director of Donor Relations, at 336-256-1050 or tmhancoc@uncg.edu.

‘Civic Engagement Matters!’ symposium Nov. 19

A “Civic Engagement Matters!” symposium will focus on ways to become more civically engaged with non-partisan groups such as the League of Women Voters, NC You Can Vote, Common Cause, NC, Democracy NC, and the UNCG Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The UNCG Association of Retired Faculty, the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and UNCG AAUP Chapter are sponsoring the event.

Also, learn about the UNCG interdisciplinary course “Reclaiming Democracy,” which involves community members learning side-by-side with students and faculty from six area colleges and universities.

For more information on the event, email Dr. Susan Dennison, professor emerita, at stdennis@uncg.edu.

Make nominations for Research Excellence Awards

In 1988, the Research Excellence Awards were established in recognition of the following principle:

“Given that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the University, the Research Excellence Award will be given to a full-time member of the faculty whose work contributes in an exemplary fashion to this end.”

Each year, the Chancellor solicits nominations for the Research Excellence Awards and a faculty review committee studies the portfolios with regard to the following criteria: 1) the importance of the research contributions to the field, 2) the originality of thought, 3) the execution of the research, and 4) the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity.

Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

To nominate a faculty member for a 2019-2020 Research Excellence Award, click on this link for a copy of the Nomination Packet which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria, and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The Nomination Packet, including the signed nomination form, should be scanned as a pdf file and submitted via InfoReady Review at: https://uncg.infoready4.com/#manageCompetitionsDetail/1794501 by December 6, 2019.

For more information, contact Haley Childers at hachilde@uncg.edu or 336-256-0426.