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All are invited to masterclass and Q&A with Emmylou Harris

WomanRoots music icon and UNCG alumna Emmylou Harris will present a masterclass and Q&A session hours before her big UNCG University Concert & Lecture Series performance.

The masterclass event Friday, Jan. 24, will be held at 3-4:15 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

The Emmylou Harris concert that evening is sold-out.

The masterclass event presents an opportunity for UNCG music students – and anyone in the campus community or larger community – to learn from her experience as a songwriter and performer. UNCG music professor Gavin Douglas will be the moderator.

While geared toward students, it is open to the public. Seating is limited. No admission will be charged for this afternoon event.

In memoriam: Sally Cone

Sally Lee Schindel Cone, a great supporter and friend of our university, died Jan. 17. An alumna, she earned her master’s in library education from UNCG in 1972. She served on the UNCG Board of Trustees, and she and husband Alan Cone in 2012 received the UNCG Holderness Weaver Award, which honors individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the community and state.

UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. noted that Cone “was a remarkable role model for our students and touched the lives of countless Spartans. A fearless visionary in every sense, she was a stalwart supporter of our Women’s Studies program.”

He added that she she continued to give and serve the community throughout her life, receiving UNCG’s highest award for service.

Dr. Lisa Levenstein, director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, noted that “she and her late husband established our annual Sally and Alan Cone Awards, which offer financial support to students and recognize outstanding work in the field. These awards have helped hundreds of students pursue coursework in WGSS, travel to conferences, and develop innovative projects.”
A memorial will be held at WellSpring Retirement Center. Date, time, with additional details to follow at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

Traci McMillian will be Student Health Services medical director

Dr. Traci McMillian has been named the new UNC Greensboro Student Health Services medical director.

McMillian earned her B.S. in Biology from Duke University and medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She has been board certified in Family Medicine since 2001 and gained 11 years of experience in private practice before joining the UNCG Student Health Services staff as an associate physician in 2009.

She has served as assistant medical director since 2017, and as interim medical director on two occasions, in 2016 and most recently since August 2019. Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, and the National Medical Association.

Director of Student Health Services Kathleen Baber made the announcement last week. “We are thrilled to have Dr. McMillian step into the role of medical director for UNCG and Student Health Services. Dr. McMillian is very knowledgeable about student health, due to her roles as associate physician at UNCG Student Health Services and as an accrediting agency surveyor of student health centers around the country. She is a talented physician with excellent organizational skills. I look forward to working with Dr. McMillian to care for and support the success of our students,” said Baber.

Student Health Services provides primary health care services for UNC Greensboro students, as well as
convenient care for UNCG faculty and staff. For more information, contact Director of Student
Health Services Kathy Baber at kababer@uncg.edu or 336.334.3147.

Chancellor Gilliam on MLK Day

We find our way to UNCG from all over the state, the country, and the world. We come from a vast array of backgrounds and have different lived experiences. Yet, together, we become part of one Spartan community, with respect for each other, a belief in the unique value of our colleagues and classmates, and an unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community.  

My hope for each of us, on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, is that we carry a message of hope, of action, and of shared fate. Our University must be a platform for civil dialogue, relationship building, and collaboration. We have a chance to make an important difference – through our studies, our service, and our civic engagement.

As Dr. King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

I know that our shared Spartan values of compassion, civility, and excellence will point us toward a bright future. This is what UNCG is all about.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr

Barbara Baker’s freshman musical memories with Emmylou Harris 

Photo of Baker playing pianoEmmylou Harris’ time at UNCG is the stuff of legend. 

She arrived in 1965 on a drama scholarship. She was in two memorable productions, and she played folk music in her spare time – on Tate Street, in her residence hall, and in what is now the EUC. And she left before completing her degree program, soon becoming a rising music star. She dueted with Gram Parsons. She formed her Hot Band – rescuing country music from the clutches of pop and schlock. She recorded the live album “At the Ryman,” spurring the “mother church” of country music to be saved from the wrecking ball. Her legend grew, and it still grows. A legend that began at UNCG.

Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker ‘69 (visual, left) arrived the same year, and shares her memory: 

“David Giddens, Diana Barefoot, Emmylou, and I sang folk music in a basement room in the old Elliott Hall – now enlarged and known as the EUC – during our freshman year.”

That was 1965-66. Her memory is that David Giddens was the driving force at that time among the four; he played on campus a lot, she says, and he and Harris knew each other before Giddens invited Baker into that foursome of music-lovers. The four would play and sing on weekend nights, to the room which could hold maybe 50 people at small tables, as she recalls. Sometimes the audience would join the singing, which varied between solos, duets, or all four singing. No microphones, just a piano (which Baker would occasionally play). The other three played guitar.

Some alumni CW talked with believe it was called simply “the music room” at that time. Baker recalls, “It was a coffee house atmosphere and I think we called it Four Faces Coffee House because of a painting of four faces in the room.” It was contemporary art – four faces you wouldn’t recognize, she says.

That name was sort of an inside joke. “I hope my remembrances are still accurate, since it’s been 53 years since we sang there.”

What about Emmylou Harris? “I remember Emmylou as sounding like Joan Baez! She would play her guitar and mesmerize the audience. Then she would sing a song so plaintive, mournful, or soulful that you couldn’t take your eyes off her.” Harris could sing in such a “rueful” way, Baker recalls. “She was a stunning singer. And that girl could play!”

Odetta. Peter, Paul and Mary. Joan Baez. Bob Dylan. Songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Those are the types of songs you’d hear if you stepped into the room during those evenings.

“I was new to singing folk music,” she said, “so I took a back seat to David, Emmylou, and Diana. It was a magical time of protest songs, folk songs, and whatever we wanted to sing.”

As a freshman, Baker was asked to open up for a traveling act, at a club in East Greensboro. She only did it once, she said. She accompanied herself on piano. Then the star attractions hit the stage: the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. 

Yep, she opened for superstars Ike and Tina Turner and sang with Emmylou Harris in the same year. 

And, inspired by UNCG professor Richard Cox to become a choir director, the music major went on to earn her master’s at Columbia and doctorate at Maryland, teach music, conduct internationally, and lecture widely – black gospel music is her focus. She is renowned. 

And she carries lots of great music memories, including those evenings with her friends in Elliott Hall. 

Baker adds about the four, “David Giddens probably knew her the best.”

CW reached out to Giddens for his memories of playing at UNCG in that era. We’ll share some of those and more next week.

Note: The Jan. 24 Emmylou Harris concert is sold-out. But the community is welcome to attend the “Masterclass and Q&A with Emmylou Harris,” geared for UNCG students. Seating is limited. The free, general admission event starts at 3 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

By Mike Harris
1960s photograph courtesy Barbara Wesley Baker

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Town Hall Feb. 19, focus on upcoming campaign

Photo of MinervaUNCG will embark on a comprehensive campaign, which will launch this coming fall.
Mark your calendars: You are invited to a campus community Town Hall next month to hear about how the University has been planning and what happens next.
The campus-wide Town Hall will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom.
In addition to campaign-specific goals and timeline, we’ll discuss the role that our campus community will play in the fundraising campaign.
Please join us on February 19. We look forward to seeing you there!
Copy courtesy UNCG Advancement

Women’s basketball vs. ETSU in Fleming

UNCG Women’s Basketball will host ETSU Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in Fleming Gym. The Spartans will be competing in the fifth of their current seven game homestand, looking to deliver their fifth straight victory, and their eighth straight when playing at home.

The UNCG Women’s Basketball team is 11-4 and off to its best start this century. Moving to 11-4 with their win over Concord, the Spartans are off to their best start to a season since the turn of the century. A win over ETSU will tie the team’s best 16-game start to a season since the 1991-92 campaign, the Spartan’s first year at the Division I level.

Moving her career total to 665 career field goals, Nadine Soliman broke a Spartan Division I career record last week against Concord. She sits just three buckets away from breaking the all-time record and 69 points away from tallying the UNCG all-time scoring record.

Admission to the game is free for all faculty and staff – just show your University ID. And come to more games; the team is in the top 100 nationally and they’re fun to watch. All these home games this season are free admission for faculty/staff.

Youth can enjoy Dance Clinic, Cheer Clinic

Dance Clinic:
UNCG Athletics will host its annual Dance Clinic on Saturday, January 11. The youth dance clinic will
take place from 12-2 p.m. with the UNCG Women’s Basketball game taking place at 4 p.m. It’s $25 per participant (Participant gets a t-shirt, admission to the game, and will perform at halftime).

Order online at bitly.com/UNCGDANCE1 with special promo code: “DANCE1”. Deadline for tickets- Jan. 10. Free parking near Fleming gymnasium. For more information email bluegold@uncg.edu or call us at 336-334-3250.

Cheer Clinic:
UNCG Athletics will host its annual Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 1. The youth cheer clinic will take place from 11-2 p.m. with the UNCG Women’s Basketball game taking place at 4 p.m. It’s $25 per participant (Participant gets a t-shirt, admission to the game, and will perform at halftime).

Order online at bitly.com/UNCGCheer1 with special promo code: “CHEER1”. Deadline for
tickets- Jan. 31. Free parking near Fleming gymnasium. For more information email
bluegold@uncg.edu or call us at 336-334-3250.

CW’s top stories last year – and looking ahead to 2020

  1. What a year it was.

UNCG was rated No. 1 in social mobility among all the state’s universities, by US News and World Report (see here). The new UNCG app was launched – and was selected by Modo Labs as one of the most innovative campus apps. (If you haven’t started using it yet, check it out here.) UNCG put a greater emphasis on food security. Men’s basketball set a record with its third straight year in post-season, and they got their first postseason win. The Emmylou Harris concert, set for Jan. 24, sold out in less than a week. A Gen Ed update plan was approved. The 1969 series “Exploring the Limits” ended with a big Grateful Dead/Deadheads symposium. UNCG had a record year for research grant funding ($38.9 million for fiscal year 2018-19, up from $36.6 million the year before). Ken Jeong spoke at May Commencement.

And what a year beckons. Just as we have for many years, Campus Weekly in 2020 will share previews and news that faculty/staff rely on, in an engaging way with great visuals. Surveys show that most CW readers consider the Wednesday enewsletter (not the CW site) to be their Campus Weekly – and that they rely on CW for news they won’t find elsewhere. We’re working to make the web posts “responsive” and more visually appealing, whether you’re looking on a computer or your phone. And we will continue to link to select posts at other sites around the University, to leverage excellent items and visuals. (More news about those enhancements to the web posts later this semester.) As for the CW enewsletter – which is sent mid-week to all faculty/staff as well as board members and retired faculty/staff – on any given week 47-52 percent of those receiving it open it and check it out. We thank you for opening it and spending a few minutes (or more) to stay in-the-know. Our intention is to present fresh news (no repetition) each week in a format that’s user-friendly. 

Wondering what were the most popular items last year? Here were the top 15 enewsletter items from 2019, judged by the most click-throughs:

  1. Highlights from Chancellor town hall
  2. Everything 50 cents, at UNCG’s annual rummage sale. This year, on a Tuesday
  3. UNCG announces new record enrollment
  4. UNCG campus construction updates as Fall 2019 begins
  5. Search process for next provost and for business affairs VC
  6. New projects will be cornerstones of Millennial Campus strategy
  7. Tate Street Songbird: Roots music icon Emmylou Harris returns
  8. Summer 2019 offerings for employee health and wellness
  9. At 2019 Faculty Awards, celebrating ‘outstanding achievements’
  10. Staff celebrated at 2019 Staff Awards event
  11. Enjoy free lunch at Campus Kickoff August 13
  12. Students’ perceptions of UNCG campus climate?
  13. Play on! Spartans are No. 1 seed in NIT, advance to Round 2
  14. UNCG free Professional Development Offerings, Fall 2019
  15. Distinguished and excellence professors recently named

The CW enewsletter links to several sites, mostly the CW site and the UNCG Now site. The CW web site had 173,147 pageviews last year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 28, 2019). The top stories on the CW website (bolstered of course by social media and search engines) were:

  1. 2019 Summer Camps at UNCG
  2. Roots music icon Emmylou Harris returns to Tate St.
  3. Meet Keisha Brown, new principal of the Middle College at UNCG
  4. Everything 50 cents, at UNCG’s annual rummage sale. This year, on a Tuesday
  5. In memoriam: Dr. Amy Williamsen
  6. ‘OK Boomer.’ Two UNCG researchers give us the meme’s lowdown
  7. Goodbye, Michael Parker. And thanks for all the books.
  8. 42 honored at 2019 Promotion & Tenure ceremony
  9. Summer camps at UNCG 2018
  10. Prestigious Phi Beta Kappa welcomes 55 Spartan initiates
  11. UNCG campus construction updates as Fall 2019 begins
  12. Deborah Bell, ‘Falstaff,’ and the art of costume design
  13. bruce d. mcclung will be dean of CVPA
  14. Happy Halloween at UNCG
  15. Stufken will be founding director of MS in Informatics and Analytics
  16. Michael Eric Dyson speaks March 18
  17. At 2019 Faculty Awards, celebrating ‘outstanding achievements’
  18. Forney Student Success Commons: New name, new occupants and more students
  19. Pay & retention, parking & traffic top topics at forum for faculty/staff
  20. Dr. Tom Martinek, O. Max Gardner nominee, uses sports to aid underserved kids

Again, thanks for taking time to read your UNCG Campus Weekly. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the CW editor, Mike Harris, here.

The story behind that iconic Emmylou Harris photograph

Photo of Emmylou Harris in The TempestIf you’ve seen one photo of Emmylou Harris during her UNC Greensboro days, this is the one.

It’s from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the first and only Shakespeare production for the aspiring actress from Birmingham, Alabama. She was a freshman attending UNCG on a drama scholarship.

The actress on the right was Sandra Hopper, now Dr. Sandra Hopper Forman ’66, ’71 MFA, a senior and the first Raymond Taylor scholar. She became a member of the first UNCG MFA class in theater in 1967. 

“She was Miranda, and I was Ariel,” said Forman in an interview this week.

They were the only women in the cast with speaking roles; all the others were male faculty from around campus, as Forman recalls, with Dr. Arthur Dixon, an English Department faculty member, portraying Prospero. Woman’s College had just become the co-ed UNCG, with very few males enrolled so far. The two women naturally hung out a bit during the rehearsals.  

And speaking of “hanging out,” Dr. Herman Middleton, a theater professor and department head, gave the freshman some advice that, even if she didn’t heed it, Forman remembers well. Middleton stopped her in the UNCG Auditorium lobby, and said:

“Emmylou, you’re never going to amount to anything if you don’t stop hanging out at that coffeehouse.” 

That coffeehouse was down at the part of Tate Street known as “the corner,” Forman explains. It was well known that Harris liked to play her guitar and sing. “She liked to hang out there a lot.”

She doesn’t recall Harris singing in the Shakespeare production, but as Ariel – “I was a sprite” – Forman danced and bounded across the stage and sang several melodies. 

Harris was an impressive freshman actress. “She was charming and pretty,” Forman recalls.

Before Taylor Theatre was built later that decade, the productions were in UNCG Auditorium (then called Aycock Auditorium). “We packed it. We used to fill the house. There were no microphones. The voice work was very critical.” They projected their voices to the top of the balcony, she says.

Forman joined the faculty and taught at UNCG till 1990, then was founding director of the Northern Kentucky University’s theater department. She recently retired as professor emerita. (See article.) Four or five years ago, when she lived near Cincinnati, she attended her first Emmylou Harris concert. It was the first time she’d seen her in person since the days onstage at UNCG Auditorium. “I went backstage after the concert. We had a big reunion, because we hadn’t seen each other in a million years.”

She has her tickets for the sold-out Emmylou Harris show Jan. 24 in UNCG Auditorium. “She is good.”

And has great memories in that grand old auditorium. “It was very exciting. My costume was gold sequins,” Forman recalls. “It was a wonderful set, great reviews, all that good stuff.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives


The Carolinian interviewed Emmylou Harris for the Dec. 10, 1965, article “‘Tempest’ Introduces
New Theatre Talent.” Some excerpts, lightly edited:

  • She began her acting career at the age of five when she starred in a kindergarten production of “Mother Goose” which she jokingly refers to as her “greatest leading role.” Although she has never had any formal dramatic training, Emmylou furthered her interest in drama while in high school by joining the dramatics club and by performing in numerous high school productions. 
  • Her experience has not been limited only to portrayal of such innocents as Miranda, her performances having ranged from a “sweet, young thing” in “The Tender Trap” to a barmaid in “The Drunkard.” 
  • One gathers from talking to Emmylou that her greatest thrill so far at UNCG was meeting and talking to the performers of NRT (National Repertory Theater). Although spectators are not allowed at NRT rehearsals, Emmylou managed to obtain permission to sit in by offering to carry coffee to the performers. 
  • She likes most everything about life at UNCG. but she does have a great dislike for required courses. She feels that students work only for credit in such courses and that they are essentially a waste of time. 
  • Emmylou, an accomplished vocalist and guitar player, has sung professionally on several occasions in Washington, D.C., and in Birmingham. Emmylou calls Birmingham home, but her parents are presently living in Japan where her father is stationed in the Marines. 
  • Like many people, Emmylou says she has always had a tendency to be afraid of Shakespeare, and that it was for this reason that she especially wanted a part in the play. She describes ‘The Tempest” as a “real play about real people”… Emmylou expressed hope that the article would be more of a plug for the play than an article about her, because she sincerely believes that the play has something to offer to each person who sees it. Emmylou Harris definitely has something to offer in her portrayal.

Learn Instagram, Twitter at brown bag tutorial Feb. 6

UNCG boasts a lively community of Twitter and Instagram users – see some examples below – but these popular apps can be intimidating for “newbies.” 

Faculty and staff who want to learn the basics of these platforms are invited to a brown bag tutorial on Thursday, Feb. 6. 

The tutorial will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in EUC Dogwood. Morgan Glover, social media manager in University Communications, will show participants how to set up accounts, post content, and interact with other users, including fellow Spartans. 

Morgan will address the group during the first half-hour, and then answer individual questions. Participants can stay for the entire time, or visit during the second hour for a quick check-in. Although Morgan will focus on Instagram and Twitter, she will answer questions about other social media apps. 

Please email mjglover@uncg.edu if you would like to attend. Participants should bring their lunch and a mobile device with the apps installed. 

And by the way, here is a sampling of Twitter feeds and Instagram feeds from around campus to give some inspiration to how you may want to approach them:

Twitter: @AyeshaBoyce @NoahLenstra @MitchCroatt @HCarlone

Instagram: @idobasketball @omarthedragon @uncgiarc @uncgmt @uncgarchives @uncg_oa @uncgchancellor @uncgalumni


Steps to Submit a Grant Proposal to an Agency

Learn the ins and outs of preparing a competitive grant proposal.

The workshop will go over general guidance on preparing a competitive grant proposal. This will include an overview of a typical project narrative, budget, compliance, and other institutional resources available to UNCG faculty and staff.  If you have identified a funding agency, bring a copy of the program/guidelines for discussion.

March 17, 2020; 9 – 11 am
2711 Moore, Humanities, Research Administration Bldg. (MHRA), or

April 29, 2019, 1 -3 pm
2711 Moore, Humanities, Research Administration Bldg. (MHRA)

Presenter: Dr. Helen G. Kiss, hgkiss@uncg.edu

Register and learn more at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/show-me-the-money-locating-grant-funding-opportunities-3/

‘Show me the money’: Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Are you interested in finding external funding for research, teaching, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant-seeking databases (SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center). Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of keywords. Everyone will have the opportunity to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest within the computer lab.

February 18, 2020; 9-11 am
304 Curry Building, or

April 22, 2020; 9-11 am
304 Curry Building

Presented by Helen G. Kiss, Ph.D., Office of Sponsored Programs, UNCG.

Register and learn more at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/show-me-the-money-locating-grant-funding-opportunities-3.

Four new EV Charging Stations in McIver Deck

Photo of a car charging station

Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) has installed four Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in the McIver Parking Deck.

The stations are operational and already being put to good use by commuters. The new McIver EV stations bring to total number of charging stations on campus to 13 (9 in Oakland), all of which were supported by grants from the UNCG Green Fund.

The UNCG Green Fund is a campus-based grant program supported by student activity fees and is meant to forward UNCG’s Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The Green Fund was developed by the UNCGreen student club and approved by the Student Government Association in 2015. Over the five years of the Green Fund’s existence, UNCG students have invested over $240,000 to support 48 different sustainability initiatives on campus which address the four elements of UNCG’s definition of sustainability: economics, environment, social equity, and aesthetics. All told, these projects have saved the University approximately $16,000 in utility costs and over 200,000 kWh hours of electricity (equal to about 16 standard homes), annually.

Use of the EV stations is included in the cost of a UNCG designated parking deck permit and are also available for use by daily visitors. That’s right, there’s no charge to charge. But due to their popularity, there is a four-hour charging time limit, so please share.

To learn more about the various multi-modal sustainable transportation options available to the UNCG community (public transit, carpool, scooters, etc.) be sure to visit https://parking.uncg.edu.

To see a list of past and current Green Fund projects and for instructions on how to apply for a grant, visit https://sustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund/.

UNC Greensboro honorees at 2019 AFP Philanthropy Awards

The North Carolina Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized the winners of the 2019 AFP Philanthropy Awards at a luncheon held on Nov. 25, National Philanthropy Day. That November day is set aside each year to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community to the enrichment of our world.

UNC Greensboro’s nominees for two of the awards were selected:

  • Tom and Linda Sloan for Outstanding Philanthropist Greensboro
  • Dame’s Chicken & Waffles for Outstanding Business in Philanthropy – Greensboro

Tom Sloan and Linda Sloan ’82 MFA have had a profound effect on the Triad’s educational, arts, non-profit, and faith communities. Through support of organizations including UNCG, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health System, Triad Stage, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the Greensboro Jewish Federation, the Sloans have directly invested in their community and region, and also have created a foundation of support by encouraging others to join them in their philanthropic endeavors. With an eye for business and community development and a vision for the future, the Sloans’ extensive leadership on boards and committees across the Triad has shaped the organizations they support into sustainable, innovative institutions with the capacity to significantly impact the culture and community of the region. “Giving is not a burden; it is a privilege,” says Tom Sloan. “For us it is also an opportunity because we have chosen to be actively involved in the organizations to which we donate.”

As entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Damion “Dame” Moore ’95 and Randy Wadsworth ’95 recognize the powerful connection between business and the community. In addition to providing community support as vendors and sponsors for numerous local charitable events, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles is committed to providing employment opportunities for those who lack experience but are seeking to better themselves. Moore and Wadsworth know investing in people and the community is not only a good business decision, it is the right thing to do. Moore and Wadsworth are also personally invested in local higher education, paving the way for future community-minded entrepreneurs and business leaders. Both regularly return to their alma mater, UNCG, to share their experiences, and they have established the Moore-Wadsworth Endowed Scholarship to support business students there. In addition, they support NC A&T’s Campus Life Mentors program. Because Moore and Wadsworth believe that philanthropy grows as it is celebrated, they sponsor an annual community volunteer appreciation event at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles locations in Greensboro and Durham.

Healthy UNCG update as we look toward 2020

Beginning in January 2020, ALL services provided by our registered dietitian Cari Culp, will be covered at 100% by the State Health Plan. Employees on either plan, 70/30 or 80/20, will be able to meet with Cari or attend workshops at no cost. Cari is already booking for January. Consultations take place in various locations on campus. Choose whichever location is most convenient for you! To learn more or to book an appointment with Cari, click here: http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/programs/healthyu/  

The Kaplan Center for Wellness is offering group swim lessons beginning in January. The Learn-to-Swim program teaches people to be safe in, on, and around water and focuses on skill development, water safety, and drowning prevention. Class available for ages preschool to adult. All lessons are taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor. For more information, registration and times, click here: https://recwell.uncg.edu/aquatics/lessons/swim-lessons-group/

Moss Street – a call for teachers

Moss Street Partnership School in Reidsville is searching for qualified teachers and substitute teachers.

We hope that as part of the extended UNCG community, you can help us share this tremendous opportunity and encourage friends, family and colleagues to join our team and mission to make a real impact.

Teaching is at the heart of what we do, and Moss Street offers so much more to our students and
community. We blend expanded instructional capacity integrated with broad wrap-around services
– like counseling and nutritional programs – to support students’ health, social development, and
emotional well-being, as well as the professional development of the educational staff.

We are a fully inclusive, collaborative culture for K-5 students that is learner-centered and learner-led. All students learn to be contributors to their families and communities. At Moss Street Partnership School students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their dreams and aspirations.

Help us expand our reach and bring talented, caring professionals into our very special Moss Street environment. Teaching at Moss Street Partnership School matters, and it will make a real difference every day.

Learn more about Moss Street Partnership School at mossstreet.uncg.edu.

Questions about Moss Street Partnership School, contact:
Dr. Christina O’Connor
UNCG School of Education
Email: ckoconno@uncg.edu
Phone: (336) 256-1082

Find information about this unique opportunity, and the application process at spartantalent.uncg.edu.

Just for faculty/staff: Free tickets for Saturday’s games

All UNCG faculty and staff members will receive FREE admission to both UNCG basketball games on Saturday, December 21, with a valid university ID.

The women’s team hosts High Point University at 4 p.m. The men’s team hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Both games are in Fleming Gym.

Bring guests for just $5 per ticket. Tickets are good for both games.

The deadline to order guest tickets is this Friday, Dec. 20, at noon. Questions? Call 336-334-3250 or email t_weedon@uncg.edu

In memoriam: Mariana Newton

Dr. Mariana Newton died Dec. 12. Newton was a professor of Speech Pathology here at UNCG from 1969 until her retirement in 2000. A native of California, Newton received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Redlands, California. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1969, and was hired at UNCG to direct the Speech and Hearing Center.

From 1969 to 1985 she was the Director of the Speech and Hearing Center at UNCG. From 1979 to 1985 she was Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication and Theater. From 1989 to 1994 she was the Chair of Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology, and from 1992 until her retirement in 2000, she was the Director of Graduate Studies in Communications Sciences and Disorders. In 1999, a year before her retirement, Newton received the School of Health and Human Performance Teaching Excellence Award for innovating technology in the classroom and for helping to develop the plan for the new masters’ degree in gerontology. (Source)

She also served as UNCG Faculty Senate chair for the academic year 1999-2000.




Tom Martinek and John Chapman on SoCon Faculty & Staff Team

L to R: David Wyrick, Tom Martinek, John Chapman, SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus, and Kim Record

Each year, the Southern Conference honors two representatives from each of its member schools for their services to their institution and to the larger community. For 2019, Dr. Tom Martinek, Sr. in Kinesiology and the Bryan School’s John Chapman will receive the honor.

Martinek and Chapman will be recognized by the SoCon at the UNCG vs. NC State game on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

For the length of his career, Martinek has focused his work on how best to teach and support at-risk youth to ensure their success. He is best known for creating Project Effort, a values-based after-school sport and leadership program for underserved youth, and for playing a pivotal role in establishing UNCG’s Middle College, which serves as a bridge from high school to college and career for children who may struggle in mainstream schools. His work, at the nexus of research and hands-on research, has had an international impact, as it ensures youth who may struggle in school can get the resources and outreach they need.

Chapman, a lecturer in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business & Economics, is co-founder and director of business development of the North Carolina Sales Institute at UNCG. Chapman has more than thirty years of experience developing effective sales strategies with global businesses. He has worked with start-ups, community organizations, and major international companies including Coca-Cola and Stanley Works. At Stanley, he received the prestigious Sales Excellence Award in recognition of his work. He passes on this wide-ranging experience in his teaching at UNCG. He also oversees the Bryan School’s participation in the National Millennial Community and Gen Z Council. This national organization provides students from less-recognized institutions the opportunity to meet with the leaders of Fortune 1000 companies.

Starfish Updates and Reminders: December 2019

As the University prepares for a new term, the Students First Office would like to remind the campus
community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

Starfish Features and Winter Break Schedule:
 December 4: Last day of Fall 2019 classes
 December 12: Last day of final exams; last day for instructors to issue flags, kudos, and referrals
for Fall 2019 courses
 December 13: December Commencement; all Fall 2019 flags, kudos, and referrals will be cleared
(Note: Cleared tracking items will remain available for historical viewing until the start of spring
 December 16: Winter Term courses begin; flags, kudos, and select referrals will remain available
for instructors to issue to students enrolled in Winter Term courses
 December 24-January 1: UNCG Closed for Winter Break

Online appointment scheduling will remain available over the winter break to all faculty and staff who
post availability on their Starfish calendars. Faculty and staff who will be away from campus during this
time should remove all calendar availability prior to leaving to prevent scheduling conflicts.

Workshop Opportunities:
If you are new to Starfish or would like to refresh your knowledge, please consider attending one of our
Starfish 101 workshops in the spring. These workshops are designed to introduce undergraduate course
instructors and advisors to the basic Starfish features available to support and enhance their work with
undergraduate students. View available workshop times and sign up via workshops.uncg.edu. The spring
workshop schedule will be posted by January 13, 2020.

Starfish Support & Training
For Starfish assistance, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be
unavailable when the University is closed December 24, 2019 – January 1, 2020.

Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish website for additional
information about Starfish and available training guides.

Interdisciplinary social justice conference: Diversity in Sport

The 5th Annual Diversity in Sport Regional Conference will be hosted here at UNCG on April 3-4, 2020. Previously, the conference has been hosted by Long Island University (Brooklyn campus), Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, and Johnson C. Smith University.

The conference is student-led and is currently being run by UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology. Shelby Anderson and Alexis Rice are the 2020 conference co-chairs. Dr. Jen Farrell, Dr. Diane Gill, Dr. Pam Brown, Dr. Erin Reifsteck, and Dr. DeAnne Brooks are serving as the faculty mentors.

Founded in 1985, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is the leading organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals who work with athletes, coaches, non-sport performers (dancers, musicians), business professionals, and tactical occupations (military, firefighters, police) to enhance their performance from a psychological standpoint.

The 2020 keynote speakers are Dr. Angel Brutus and Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover. Dr. Brutus is a member of Mississippi State University’s Sports Medicine and Performance team serving as Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology. Dr. Whitt-Glover is the chief officer and principal investigator at Gramercy Research Group, an organization that combines faith, science, and research to develop evidence-based programs to help individuals sustain healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens

This social justice conference is interdisciplinary in nature and welcomes proposals not only from sport and exercise psychology, but also from (physical) cultural studies, critical race theory, women’s and gender studies, body studies, sport humanities, and sport management.

The conference was founded by the Diversity Committee of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Dr. Rob Elliott Owens of the Bryan School of Business and Economics and UNCG alumnus of the School of Health and Sciences (2011) and the School of Education (2005) is one of its founding members and he is the current chair of the Association’s Diversity Committee.

The Call for Abstracts is now open. UNCG students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit proposals at http://embracediversityinsport.org

UNCG social media news, gifs, wallpapers, prizes and more

Campus Weekly will publish next Tuesday, and then go on winter break until the next CW enewsletter publishes Jan. 9

In the interim, there are other great ways to not only stay informed, but to share your Spartan pride and engage online with other members of the campus community. 

Check out these digital and social media resources provided by University Communications: 

  • UNCG has popular Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube accounts, with lots of great stories, photos, and videos to share. Check out each of them – and subscribe to them if you’d like, to stay in-the-know.
  • Plus, follow and engage with the different social media accounts across campus. Every school or college has accounts, most departments do, and lots of deans, faculty, staff members do as well. And of course Chancellor Gilliam is very active on social media. Reach out to social media manager Morgan Glover if you need to update the directory or contact information for page administrators. Email mjglover@uncg.edu
  • Morgan Glover plans to host a tutorial in the coming semester for faculty and staff who are new to Instagram and Twitter. Please email her if you would like to be included in an invitation. 
  • Join UNCG’s “Social Spartans” online ambassador program. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are eligible, and earn points toward prizes when they share University news and updates. 
  • And have some fun. Check out and use new branded gifs and animated stickers on UNCG’s Giphy.com channel. Gifs can be used across platforms, while animated stickers are intended for use on Instagram stories and Snapchat. 
  • Show your Spartan spirit by downloading new University wallpapers for your desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can access the images on this page
  • New resources for campus social media managers are being added to University Communications’ website. Check out a social media strategy worksheet and list of common university hashtags here

A weekend of UNCG basketball action

NC State comes to town Sunday, to take on the Spartans.

With many of the students away, it’s a great opportunity for faculty and staff to cheer even louder for the team, as they take on the ACC opponent.

NC State is currently 7-2, with big wins last week over Wisconsin and Wake Forest. UNCG is 8-2, with big road wins recently at Georgetown and Radford. The game will be broadcast locally on My48.

The SoCon will present its SoCon Faculty and Staff awards to two members of the UNCG community, at the game. And – yes – the baby derby will be at halftime.

Want to gear up for the game? The day before (Saturday), Coaches Wes Miller and Trina Patterson as well as Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. will be at the UNCG Pop Up Shop, with a live remote broadcast by Chris & Chris on Rock 92 FM. They’ll be on hand starting at 11:30 a.m. (Please note this updated time.) Listen in or, better yet, stop by and pick up some UNCG gear and spirit wear for the games ahead.

All merchandise at the Pop Up Shop will be 25 percent off, and if you show your UNCG app you will get an extra 5% off.

And get an early start to the weekend by cheering on UNCG Women’s team at NC A&T this Thursday. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans are 6-3, and senior guard Nadine Soliman just set a new program record for three-pointers made.

To purchase tickets for the UNCG vs. NC State game, click here.

For a special Spartan 4-Game Mini Plan available for just $75, which includes 1 TICKET FOR NC STATE, PICK 1 OTHER NON-CONFERENCE GAME, PICK 2 SOCON GAMES, email the ticket office.

By Mike Harris

Updated 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 to correct the time the coaches will arrive at the pop up shop.


The Vacc tower bells’ beautiful sounds are back

Photo of the Vacc Bell Tower with a wreathThe story begins with a crackle of thunder. And ends with the most majestic sounds of the holiday season.

July 8. Thunder and lightning. A sharp strike hits UNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower. The bells’ consoles are immediately out of commission. 

This full carillon of bells had first been heard on a December 2015 ceremony at the bell tower. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. counted down “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and, as the entire plaza was lighted with a seasonal display, music doctoral student Marya Orlawska-Fancey played a keyboard connected to the tower. The first song? “Carol of the Bells.”

The UNCG carillon has 49 bells. The original 25 were complemented four years ago by 24 new bells, an additional gift by Dr. Nancy Vacc. The addition made it one of only five full carillons in the state, allowing the bells to provide a rich sound for any melody.  

Fast forward four years, and the bells are ready to ring in the holiday season again. The company that had installed the bells oversaw the sophisticated electronic repairs during the semester. 

And the bells are now ready for the holidays.

The bells started striking the “Westminster chimes” each hour, starting Nov. 8. And since Nov. 8, they have played the UNCG alma mater at noon. A few seasonal songs sounded on Reading Day, after the campus holiday reception at Alumni House. But, to help students concentrate, John Comer, the Alumni House manager who maintains the controls, has kept the bells relatively quiet during the exam period – no seasonal songs.

The respectful silence will come to an end later this week, as the exam period closes out Thursday evening. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, he plans to let the seasonal songs ring out. The carillon will play seasonal melodies each day at dusk through New Year’s.

Those on campus for Thursday’s late afternoon doctoral hooding ceremony or Friday’s Commencement day will have something extra-special to enjoy.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Text updated 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.






‘Community Voices’ exhibition

Gate City Writes is hosting an art exhibition at The Green Bean downtown through January 15.

Work from the organization’s Community Voices group is being featured.

Gate City Writes is a writing collaborative for children and teachers. Every summer it hosts workshops and camps in the UNCG School of Education Building. Community Voices is a workshop specifically for immigrants and refugees who are interested in learning more about writing and learning English as a second (third, etc.) language.

The exhibition at The Green Bean includes campers’ narratives about coming to the U.S., pictures of the writers, and maps of their home countries. The goal is to provide opportunities for people in the Greensboro community to learn more about each other.

Questions? Contact Dr. Amy Vetter at amvetter@uncg.edu.

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

Headshot of Dr. Coffman

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.