UNCG Campus Weekly

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Gov. Cooper speaks at summit, House Speaker Moore tours library building

UNCG was the host location Monday of the Back to School Safety Summit. It provided an opportunity for North Carolina education and elected officials, as well as public safety and criminal justice professionals, to share ideas on the future of school safety. Chancellor Gilliam provided a welcome. Governor Roy Cooper was among the speakers in UNCG Auditorium. About 450 attended, including several legislators from around the state.


Yesterday, UNCG hosted a visit by NC House Speaker Tim Moore, who was accompanied by Rep. Jon Hardister and Rep. John Faircloth. They toured Jackson Library, which is in need of renovation. The last substantial renovation or expansion to the building occurred in 1973, when the tower was added.

Text by Mike Harris
Photography by Martin W. Kane




By the time Allan Goldfarb got to Woodstock …

Photo of Dr. Allan Goldfarb.Woodstock marks its 50th anniversary this week. One Spartan professor was there.

Dr. Allan Goldfarb, professor of kinesiology. He is an exercise physiologist with a research specialization in biochemistry.

He was at the big festival by happenstance. He loved music – in fact, he saw Bob Dylan twice earlier in the decade at small clubs in Greenwich Village, he says. But in the summer of 1969, he was a college student working the summer in New York’s Catskills area as a waiter in a hotel.

“I remember seeing people coming in for weeks ahead of time,” he recalled.

He was something of a “local,” he explained. “My grandparents had a house in Liberty, New York, and my aunt and uncle in Smallwood, New York – which was only about eight miles from where the festival was.”

Woodstock, 1969. Photo by Mark Golf

He knew the terrain and the back roads (which proved helpful to him.) In fact, he had been a counselor in a day camp in previous years near the site – “It was on the road leading to the pond where the people were bathing in the ‘Woodstock’ movie.”

What are his strongest memories? “I remember the stage being put up and the big towers. I also remember the lines of cars backing up for miles and miles along 17 B and the Thruway.” There were traffic jams for 30 miles, he recalls.

“My cousins helped hand out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to lots of people who did not have access to food.” Another family intersection with Woodstock history? His uncle (the cousins’ father) was the lawyer who represented Suffolk County to try to stop Woodstock festival, he added.

His work schedule that week allowed him only to visit the festival site very late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. His knowledge of the back roads proved essential. “I was able to get to the area and walk to the event” about 1.5 miles on foot.

“I did not have a ticket to the event.” At that point, who cared? No one was taking tickets.

What performers did he see? The Who and part of the Jefferson Airplane set. And in-between the sets, he talked with people and walked around. He hadn’t brought a blanket or chair. The ground was wet. So he ambled. It was a wonderful gathering of humanity, many roughly his age.

Unfortunately, he had to get back to his job that morning.

But the music was a big draw for him. “I knew from the ads and posters that some of the greatest bands in rock & roll and folk would be there.”

It turns out, he’d caught two of the most legendary sets from the festival. The distinctive sound of the “Airplane” slowly faded to silence as he made his way back to his car.

There’s a misconception about Woodstock, he explained. People were there for the music. Most weren’t there for politics, or anything else. The fantastic line-up was what drew the immense crowd.

“We were all very young and wanted to be heard. The music was one of our voices.”

Download the video transcript

By Mike Harris
Photography: public domain.
Video by Matthew Bryant (interviewed by Mike Harris and Matthew Bryant)

During move-in days: parking/traffic patterns

Photo of the UNCG campusAs we prepare for the start of a new academic year, tomorrow through Friday will bring some temporary changes to parking assignments and traffic patterns around campus.

During residence hall move-in days, Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 14-16

To manage the number of vehicles coming onto campus and to address potential safety concerns during the residence hall move-in period, the McIver Deck will be reserved for the move-in activities on August 14, 15, and 16.

During those three days, McIver Deck permit holders will have spaces available in the following campus locations:

Lot 7 (at the corner at Oakland Ave. and Tate St.)
Lot 8 (outside parking surrounding Oakland Deck)
Lot 9 (at the corner of S. Josephine Boyd St. and Walker Ave.)
Oakland Deck

An express shuttle will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the perimeter of campus to help with the temporary parking assignment.

We estimate an additional 2,000 vehicles will enter campus each of the three days. Unloading for move-in has a large impact on our ability to manage traffic and parking.

When approaching campus, please avoid Tate Street, if possible. Carr Street will be closed on move-in days to avoid congestion at McIver deck. Gray and North Drive will operate with a one-way traffic pattern with traffic flowing from Market Street to Tate Street. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., please be prepared for heavy congestion on campus.

For more information about move-in and this temporary change in service, visit https://parking.uncg.edu/fall-move-in/. If you have any questions, contact Parking Operations & Campus Access Management at 336.334.5681 or parking@uncg.edu.

ITS’s Jan Albrecht receives 2019 Thomas Ross Award

Albrecht receives the Thomas Ross Award.

On July 22, Jan Albrecht was awarded the 2019 Thomas Ross Award. 

She is an executive assistant in UNCG Information Technology Services.

Albrecht serves on UNCG Staff Senate’s leadership team as External Affairs/Staff Assembly. She has served 9 of the past 10 years on UNCG Staff Senate, the last two years as a past co-chair. She is a delegate to the UNC System Staff Assembly. 

This UNC System-wide award, presented by the Staff Assembly, honors “a member of the UNC Staff Assembly who has been proven an exemplary leader and one who inspires a shared vision on his/her campus and throughout the whole of the UNC Staff Assembly.”

Among the criteria for the award:

  • The creativity and leadership impact of a nominee’s achievements are of a magnitude that greatly exceeds the normal accomplishments of Staff Assembly colleagues
  • Nominee must exhibit sustained, distinguished and superb leadership achievement by modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act and encouraging the heart of students, staff, faculty and other constituencies on his/her individual campus, as well as within the UNC Staff Assembly.

See more at https://myapps.northcarolina.edu/staffassembly/awards-scholarships/thomas-ross-award/


Call for Nominations for 2019-20 Teaching Excellence Awards

UNCG Faculty and Staff:

Provost Dunn and the Board of Governors/Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards Committee invite members of the UNCG community to nominate individuals for the 2019-2020 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, or for one of three Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards described below. Recipients of these awards receive an honorarium and university-wide or, in the case of the Board of Governors award, state-wide recognition. Self-nominations are encouraged. Click here for the nomination form. Eligible faculty members who received a 2018-2019 teaching award from their School or College will be nominated automatically.

The nomination period closes Tuesday, September 3. Nominees will be reviewed to ensure basic criteria are met.  Eligible nominees will be invited to submit dossiers. Completed dossiers are due by 5 pm Monday, October 28, 2019. Award recipients will be notified in spring 2020. The dossier cover sheet and submission instructions are available at the BOG / ATEA Site.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG. The BOG Award is the highest post-secondary award in the state and carries the expectation that applicants will be exceptional teachers who have extended their pedagogical activities beyond the classroom. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, mentorship and educational service) that has resulted in the advancement of the profession. The Board of Governors presents one faculty member from each UNC school with this award every year. The award brings statewide recognition.

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Untenured, Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to untenured, tenure-track faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to any full-time non-tenure-track faculty member (lecturer, academic professional, clinical faculty, etc.) who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction) at UNCG.

For questions, contact: Marisa Gonzalez at  (teach_xl@uncg.edu)

Dr. Celia Hooper

Photo of Dr. Celia Hooper.Dr. Celia Hooper has accepted the position of interim dean for the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University for the 2019-20 academic year. Dr. Hooper is currently dean emerita for the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences and professor in the UNCG Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will still be employed with UNCG while she serves as interim dean for WSSU.

In 2003, Dr. Hooper stepped into the role of professor and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for what was then the School of Health and Human Performance. She served as interim dean of HHP from 2007-2008 and dean 2008-2011. When UNCG restructured in 2011 to form the School of Health and Human Sciences, Dr. Hooper became the founding dean and served in that capacity until 2018. Under her leadership, the school grew to an enrollment of 3,700 students with a research portfolio of $9 million per year, with eight departments, one program, 50 concentrations, and a student population that was 49 percent from minority populations.

Most recently, in 2018-19, she helped UNC Pembroke’s interim dean in the formation of their newly restructured College of Health Sciences.

Copy courtesy UNCG School of HHS

Street closures on Monday’s NAV1GATE

The 2019 NAV1GATE new student convocation experience will be held at UNC Greensboro on Monday, Aug. 19. The following roads will be closed during the times indicated:

  • West Drive from Gray Drive to Walker Avenue will be permanently closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.

  • Walker Avenue Eastbound will be closed at Kenilworth Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. (traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Kenilworth Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)

  • Stirling Street Northbound will be closed at Theta Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m (traffic will be allowed to turn left onto Theta Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)

  • Spring Garden Street Westbound at Tate Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Spring Garden Street Eastbound at Kenilworth Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Forest Street between Oakland Avenue and Spring Garden Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Glenwood Ave between Haywood Street and West Gate City Boulevard will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. While students cross over Gate City Boulevard and proceed to the Kaplan Center for Wellness for Convocation Craze.

  • Parking spots in front of the Foust Building on Administrative Drive will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. to allow students to walk from College Avenue to The Kaplan Center for Convocation Craze. (It will reopen once students have cleared the area).

  • College Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the day to allow students to walk from College Avenue to The Kaplan Center for Convocation Craze. (It will reopen once students have cleared the area).

Welcome our new students! Volunteer for House Calls 2019

Provost Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor Cathy Akens have a message for faculty and staff:

The academic year is almost here, and it’s time to welcome our newest Spartans to the UNCG community.

The Division of Student Affairs and Housing & Residence Life will need our support for the 11th annual House Calls event.  The purpose of the House Calls program is to welcome new students to campus directly – greeting them at their residence hall room door so they can interact with faculty members and administrators on a personal level. Research supports the significant impact curricular and co-curricular interactions have on student educational achievement, and this program is an asset to the UNCG campus as we strive to be a more engaged and learner-centered community.

Volunteers are essential to help reach the approximately 2,200 new first-year residential students joining the UNCG community.  This is your opportunity to see students in their personal living environment, hear about their first week of classes, and show your Spartan Pride!

House Calls will take place on Monday, August 26.

If you volunteer for this program, you will be assigned to a team of UNCG colleagues to visit new first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Interact with students in a residence hall environment.  You will greet students at their residence hall room door; initiate a very brief conversation with them about transitioning to college and ask about their first week of college life.  You may be asked a few general questions about the University and your role in the community.
  • Provide students with a “welcome bag of success”, supplied by Housing & Residence Life, to support their transition to college and overall academic success.
  • Have dinner with fellow volunteers in the Elliott University Center (EUC) Cone Ballroom prior to visiting the residence halls.  Check-in will be 5 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Participate in a brief orientation.  During dinner, Housing & Residence Life staff will provide the necessary information and materials to prepare you for your House Calls experience.  Volunteers will be dismissed to their assigned residence halls at 6:20 p.m. Visitations should be completed no later than 7:30 p.m.

REGISTER:  To participate in this program, click the link below to complete the volunteer form: https://hrl.uncg.edu/get-involved/annual-housing-events/august-house-calls/

The deadline for volunteer sign-up is Friday, August 16, by noon.

For more information, contact Daniel Jay Wiggins, Coordinator for Residence Life (djwiggi2@uncg.edu) or the main HRL office at 336.334.5636.

Play ball! Discounts for UNCG’s night at the Grasshoppers

Photo of the Chancellor and others at a baseball gameBreak out your blue and gold, and come ready to cheer – and sing.

The 2019 UNC Greensboro Fan Appreciation Night with the Greensboro Grasshoppers will be Saturday, Aug. 17. The first pitch is at 7 p.m. – but arrive early to catch all the fun.

You’ll see UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. announce the starting lineups and, at the seventh inning stretch, lead the crowd in the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” (All Spartans, sing along.)

UNCG student Tucker Daniel will play “God Bless America” before the 7th inning stretch.

Spiro will throw out the first pitch.

The Bands of Sparta pep band and the Spirit Team will be on hand, and UNCG Athletics will have a concourse table for fans to register for “nine innings of giving.” After the game, enjoy fireworks!

How do faculty, staff, students and alumni purchase discounted tickets for the game? Those interested in the event the evening of Saturday, Aug. 17, may visit https://groupmatics.events/s/other/Uncg to receive the premium seats at the reduced price of $8.

Be sure to show wear your Spartan gear and show off your Spartan spirit.


Spartan Club’s new records  

The UNCG Spartan Club set new records in fiscal year 2018-19 for the amount raised in overall cash and gifts in-kind ($1,143,299) and the total raised for the Athletic Scholarship Fund ($549,458). The overall cash and gifts in-kind raised is a 34 percent increase over fiscal year 2017-18.

Additionally, 100 percent of student-athletes and full-time athletics staff and coaches made a gift to the program, with student-athletes reaching the mark for a sixth consecutive year as part of the True Spartan Challenge.

As for the fourth annual Spiro’s Ball and the 28th annual Spartan Club Golf Classic, the two events combined to raise an all-time high $130,242 in total net revenue. All proceeds from Spiro’s Ball and the Golf Classic directly benefit UNCG student-athletes.

In addition, since the launch of UNCG Athletics’ Campaign for Champions 5 for 5 effort in January, 2019, the Spartan Club has received $1,463,000 in commitments, reaching nearly 30 percent of the overall $5 million goal in just 5 months.

If you would like to provide a gift through the Spartan Club for UNCG Athletics, you can do so here.

See full post at UNCG Athletics.

By Stephen Czarda

Keker Common Experience: new student success program for Fall 2019

Photo of the EUC exteriorThe New Student Transitions & First Year Experience office is rolling out a new first year transition program for the upcoming academic year.

The Keker Common Experience is a holistic first year student success program designed to empower students with the tools and skills needed to find their way here. By participating in this program, students will be able to:

1) Connect with UNC Greensboro’s people, programs, and resources to understand how they can help them succeed.

2) Engage in active learning strategies to improve critical thinking and academic success skills.

3) Develop a stronger sense of self-awareness through self-exploration and reflection.

4) Cultivate a sense of Spartan Pride and affinity for UNC Greensboro.

The Keker Common Experience instills a multi-faceted approach to student success and development through four key components:

Keker Success Guide: Each first year student receives a success guide created by a nationally-renowned author in the field of college student development. UNCG faculty and staff work collaboratively to tailor this guide to the Spartan experience to provide a customized and valuable learning tool.

Keker Speaker Visit: First year students have the opportunity to meet and hear from the author of the success guide during a campus visit In the fall. The author hosts a variety of presentations and workshops, to engage with first year students and the campus community.

Keker Success Series: Throughout the academic year, first year students have the opportunity to engage in a series of collaborative programs focused on student success. Various campus partners across UNCG’s campus develop and facilitate these programs to help first year students take initiative and begin taking steps toward their future success.

Keker Common Experience Scholarship: First year students have the opportunity to reflect on their Keker Common Experience by competing in an essay competition to demonstrate their personal growth and academic success throughout their first year. The winning essay will be incorporated in the future year’s success guide.

If you would like to learn more about the Keker Common Experience, visit the New Student Transitions & First Year Experience website HERE.

If you are interested in collaborating on the Keker Common Experience and/or creating programs to support the Keker Success Series, contact Emily Wiersma, associate director, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

Additionally, the New Student Transitions & First Year Experience office would like to thank all campus partners for their continued collaboration and support of the Keker First Year Common Read. Academic year 2018-2019 was the final year for the Keker First Year Common Read at UNC Greensboro.

Dr. Robert Henson

Dr. Robert Henson has been appointed incoming interim associate dean of research for the School of Education. He will assume this new role on August 1, 2019. Henson first joined the UNCG faculty in 2005. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education, and has been promoted to full professor starting this fall.

Henson is an internationally recognized scholar in educational measurement and is a leading expert in the field of diagnostic classification models, which are a set of methods used to score exams that provide student profiles describing the skills that they have or have not mastered. Based on these skill mastery profiles, tailored lesson plans can be developed to focus specifically on those skills not mastered for each student.

See full story at School of Education website.

Keith Gorman and Kathelene McCarty Smith

University Libraries’ Dr. Keith Gorman, assistant dean for special collections and university archives, and Kathelene McCarty Smith, instruction and outreach archivist, recently presented their findings on the shift in women’s roles during World War I and after its conclusion, at a two-day symposium at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

The event brought together accomplished scholars, historians, curators and archivists, as well as citizens and students, to explore the impact of World War I on the South.

The origin of the symposium is the result of a recent book, “The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924,” which investigates how American participation in World War I further strained the region’s relationship with the federal government, the effects of wartime hardships on the South’s traditional social structure and how the war effort stressed and reshaped the southern economy. Gorman and McCarty Smith’s book chapter focuses on patriotism, service, and North Carolina women’s colleges during the Great War.

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

Leerkes will receive Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship

Photo of Dr. Esther LeerkesThe new recipient of the Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship will be Dr. Esther Leerkes, professor of Human Development and Family Studies.

Leerkes has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2002. She was promoted to Professor in 2013 and appointed Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) in 2017. In the latter role, she has worked diligently, strategically, and collaboratively to nurture and strengthen research activities throughout HHS and across campus.

She is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on parent-child relationships during infancy and early childhood. She has published more than one hundred peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and she has been instrumental in securing a dozen external grants. As investigator or principal investigator, she has received more than $12 million in NIH funding alone. She currently serves on four editorial boards, has served as a member of an NIH study section since 2014, and presented more than 125 papers or posters at national and international conferences.

Leerkes is also an award-winning teacher and mentor. Recognition of her teaching excellence includes the Mary Frances Stone Outstanding Teacher Award (in the former School of HES) and the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in HHS. She has directed a dozen masters theses and doctoral dissertations and served as a member on numerous other student committees.

Interim Dean Dave Demo said, “I am thrilled that we are able to recognize Dr. Leerkes with a distinguished professorship that she so richly deserves. She has had a prolific scholarly record, along with sustained success in securing external funding, teaching and mentoring. Dr. Leerkes is also an energetic and enthusiastic ambassador for research in HHS and across campus.”

The Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship was established in 1983 when Excellence Fund contributions from the Pilot Life Insurance Company and Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company were combined to form one endowment fund.

In memoriam: Dr. Amy Williamsen

Dr. Amy Williamsen, professor of Spanish and former head of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, died Monday.

She was devoted to her students and was a wonderful teacher and mentor.

She was passionate about diversity and inclusion, and particularly about supporting the Latinx community at UNCG. She was a leader on campus, establishing the Alianza network for Latinx faculty, students, and staff, and she played a key role in the CHANCE program, which introduces Latinx high school students to the University. In recognition of those accomplishments, she was selected to receive the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Award.

She was also an accomplished scholar and translator and the co-founder of GEMELA, a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of women’s cultural production in medieval and early modern Spain and colonial Latin America.

When memorial information is available, CW will include it here.

Call for Participants – 2019 Global Engagement Summer Institute

As part of UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on Global Engagement, a final summer institute for faculty development will be offered May 15-17, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Days 1 and 2, and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Day 3, including lunch.

The purpose of this year’s institute is to provide professional development opportunities for selected faculty and administrators who wish to sustain global engagement activities on campus beyond the funding of the QEP. “We are particularly interested in participants who serve as committee heads, dean’s office personnel, and other influential stakeholders who work within the realm of global engagement. We will focus on the future by considering a toolkit, incorporating high impact practices into majors and in co-curricular activities, discussing ways to address new general education competencies, and advancing best practices to include graduate students in global engagement. In addition to speakers, activities, and panels, GESI participants will help build a campus network of champions who are interested in sustaining global engagement beyond the five years of the QEP. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Anthony Ogden, of the University of Wyoming, who created an intercultural toolkit similar to what we have in development now at UNCG. We will focus some of our energy on sustainability work groups designed to brainstorm a future plan that supports faculty development and student education across all learning environments at UNCG.”

If you are committed to sustaining global engagement at UNCG, and you are involved in influencing your unit on campus, then please join in, in May. Fill out the application below by April 29, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by May 2.
Submit your application here:  https://forms.gle/orLqJ2iyc7N6rsAc7

New UNCG hub for web accessibility support services

UNCG invites you to visit a new website, accessibility.uncg.edu. This website will serve as a hub for web accessibility support services and educational resources for faculty, staff and students.

Within the site, you will find detailed, practical how-to guides for making various types of online content accessible, checking existing materials for accessibility, and useful resources such as a syllabus statement about accessibility.

You will also find forms for requesting assistance and ordering captions, as well as relevant laws, guidelines, concepts, and on-campus resources and contacts.

This website reflects UNCG’s commitment to accessibility. The materials included are a result of a major effort and commitment on the part of UNCG faculty and staff over the past few months. This site will continue to evolve as new technologies for accessibility and new opportunities to support learning emerge.

For questions and/or feedback regarding the site, or to schedule a session to learn about the site’s key features, contact Accessibility Coordinator Melanie Eley at accessibility@uncg.edu.

‘UNCG Dead Scholars Unite!’ in big event April 27

Grateful Dead visualUNC Greensboro’s “The 60s: Exploring the Limits” series is drawing to a close, with a big event.

Throughout the year, the Grateful Dead and their fans have been explored at UNCG through exhibitions and films. Now, on Saturday, April 27, the conference “UNCG Dead Scholars Unite!”  will offer a full day of scholarly presentations and panels on the Grateful Dead and the “Deadheads.”

Dr. Rebecca Adams is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on Deadheads. She first taught a sociology class focusing on Deadheads 30 years ago. The class went into the field, studying Deadhead culture first-hand. What they learned will be a featured part of the conference – as some of these alumni share their stories. Other members of the UNCG community with scholarly interests in the Grateful Dead and Deadheads will also present, as will special guests from North Carolina and beyond – including Amir Bar-Lev, David Gans, and Jesse Jarnow.

The panels and discussions during the day will take place in UNCG’s Elliott University Center. These events are open to all, but registration is required.

To register, complete the form at alumni.uncg.edu/deadscholarsunite. If you are only able to attend a session or two, please email dead@uncg.edu to reserve a space rather than registering. If you decide to attend a session or even the entire day’s events at the last minute, stop by the registration desk to find out if “miracle tickets” are available.

The conference starts at 9 a.m. Over the course of the day, panels will spotlight:

  • Filming the Grateful Dead and Deadheads. 9:45 a.m.
  • Report on the UNCG Deadhead Community Project. 11 a.m.
  • The Grateful Dead Legacy. 12 p.m.
  • Reflections on THE CLASS Thirty Years Later. 12 p.m.
  • Grateful Dead Shows as Rituals. 1:30 p.m.
  • Photographing the Grateful Dead and Deadheads. 1:30 p.m.
  • Collecting Data on the Dead and Deadheads. 1:30 p.m.
  • Musical Influences on the Grateful Dead. 2:30 p.m..
  • Covering the Grateful Dead. 4 p.m.
  • Gender in the Grateful Dead Community. 5 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m. enjoy a closing reception for the “Images of the Grateful Dead and Deadheads” exhibition at Tate Street Coffee House, with live music by Jon Walters and David Gans. Admission is free.

Afterward, UNCG’s Grateful Dead cover band, “Spartans Play Dead,” will take to the Van Dyke Performance Space for a show. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. with the concert starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for the “Spartans Play Dead” concert are $5 and may be purchased in advance at https://thevandyke.org/ or at the door.

More details will be posted at the Facebook page and the UNCG CVPA site.

Artwork by Lena Dominique Rodriguez-Gillett, UNCG Class of 2018. Stealie and other Grateful Dead images used with permission of Rhino records (not to be used on t-shirts or other merchandise).

38 inducted into 2019 Golden Chain at UNCG

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

This semester’s induction class includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Demolition project on east side of McIver Street

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

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

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

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

Award season comes to UNCG

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

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

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

bruce d. mcclung will be dean of CVPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dianne Welsh will be BOG Teaching Excellence Award winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty Awards Ceremony will be April 17

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

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

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



Chinese Film Festival first screening Friday

The Chinese Film Festival, organized by the Chinese Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, is themed youth and love, and will run from Friday, March 29, to Friday April 12, 2019.

Highlights are:

3/29 Fri.         Film Screening: Taiwanese Teen Drama “Winds of September” – 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan 122

4/5 Fri.           Film Screening: Taiwanese Teen Drama “Girlfriend, Boyfriend” – 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan 122

4/12 Fri.         Lecture by Taiwanese Film Scholar Dr. Guo-Juin Hong (Duke University)  – 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan 122

The Chinese Film Festival series enables the campus community to explore Chinese culture, history and society across a broad range of disciplines, and promotes international cultural exchange..

The Chinese Film Festival is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the International Programs Center.

Gen Ed Revision Report topic of today’s special Faculty Senate meeting

Today’s Faculty Forum has been canceled to accommodate a Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate. The topic will be the General Education Revision Task Force Report.

Today’s (March 20) meeting will be held 3-5 p.m. in Alumni House.

In spring 2017, the UNCG Faculty Senate and the UNCG General Education Council approved a call for a task force of UNCG faculty to conduct a self-study of the UNCG General Education Program. The General Education Revision Task Force has been working on a new General Education Plan for UNCG students.

Dr. Alice Haddy and Dr. Chuck Bolton serve as co-chairs of the task force.

Last summer, the task force designed a variety of model Gen Ed programs to provide examples for the campus community. In the past half year, they have taken part in many Campus Conversions, including three forums, several faculty focus groups, faculty meetings of several schools, three student focus groups and panels, administrative groups and councils, a meeting with Community College partners, and additional outreach. They also received input via a web site survey.

The members of the task force and background information may be viewed here.

Visuals from Feb. 20 Gen Ed Forum in Alumni House. Text and photos compiled by Mike Harris.

Karen Bull will be dean of UNCG Online

Photo of Karen Bull, Dean of UNCG OnlineProvost Dunn on Monday afternoon made an announcement regarding the University’s new dean of UNCG Online:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Bull has accepted the position as Dean of UNCG Online. Dr. Bull is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Syracuse University. Previous administrative appointments include Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Online Programs and Manager of Online Programs and Services at Syracuse University. She also served as Director of Program Evaluation and Assistant Director of Distance Learning at Onondaga Community College.

Please join me in welcoming Karen to the UNC Greensboro community. She will begin her new role on July 8, 2019.

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

Dr. Armondo Collins

Dr. Armondo Collins (Digital Media Commons) will lead a community discussion on Black Migration at 6 pm, Monday, March 4, at Central Library, 219 N. Church St. Using Zora Neale Hurston’s book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, Collins will explore race and class in contemporary America. Collins is the head of Digital Media Commons at UNCG.

Beverly Burnett, NC Association of Black Storyteller president, will also be in attendance to perform an excerpt from How it Feels to be Colored Me. Burnett is the 2018 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award.

Participants will have the opportunity to record their own migration story after the program. These recordings will be permanently archived at the Greensboro History Museum.

$200,000 Mellon grant to transform humanities

UNCG has received a $200,000, 1.5 year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new program that aims to strengthen and transform humanities education and research for students, faculty, and the broader campus and Greensboro communities.

“Transforming Undergraduate Education at a Minority Serving Institution: Integrating Interdisciplinary Research Across the Humanities” will reinvent the University’s humanities programs, such as English, history, and classical studies, in three distinct ways:

  • Comprehensive course redesign to integrate undergraduate research skill development
  • Faculty-student research collaborations focused on interdisciplinary, community-engaged work
  • Enhanced career preparation and professional development for humanities students

“We are thrilled to launch an innovative program that will allow us to rethink the humanities across our campus,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “By transforming undergraduate research and career preparation for students, enhancing curricula, and offering faculty new tools, UNC Greensboro is positioning itself to emerge as a leader in the humanities, across the state and beyond. We’d like to thank the Mellon Foundation for its generous investment in our University and its ongoing support of the humanities and arts.”

The new program, launched this month, is designed to offer new funded research opportunities for faculty, while improving graduation rates and post-graduation success for underserved students. The impact will reach beyond the confines of campus – not only through community-engaged research, but through the development of the next generation of active, concerned citizens dedicated to serving and improving their respective communities.

While the initial funding will serve as a seed grant for the first year and a half, UNCG has plans to continue and grow the program beyond 2020.

Dr. Joanne Murphy, associate professor of classical studies, serves as the principal investigator on the grant, and will partner with humanities faculty across campus to implement new initiatives. The program will also build on current initiatives of UNCG’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office and the Humanities Network and Consortium, and is supported by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research and Engagement.

Faculty and staff wanting to learn more about this new program are invited to join Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dana Dunn at a reception this Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m. at Alumni House on campus. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP via this Google Form.

See full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG Phi Beta Kappa endowment: sustainability focused investing

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Epsilon Chapter of North Carolina, has  moved its endowment into sustainability focused index funds guided by environmental, social, and corporate governance factors (ESG). The UNC Greensboro chapter of the national Phi Beta Kappa organization made the switch in December 2018 after a series of discussions with members and after the Chancellor’s Sustainability Council led a year-long series of campus-wide “Conversations on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing.” 

UNCG’s Epsilon Chapter, a recipient of the 2018 “Best Chapter” award at the Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council in Boston, was established in 1934, and it is responsible for initiating members to the national liberal arts honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Most years at UNCG, circa 50 students are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Together with donations and annual dues, the Chapter uses income from the modest endowment to support student membership fees so that no student is ever unable to accept the honor bestowed upon him or her for excelling in a liberal arts degree at UNCG. Funds from the endowment are also used to provide for the annual initiation ceremony held in April. Recognizing the financial contributions of many UNCG faculty and staff over the decades, and particularly honoring the bequest of Dr. Josephine Hege (a member of the UNCG Department of History from 1941 to 1971), the chapter also provides a small number of scholarships to Phi Beta Kappa graduates for travel, enrichment, and graduate study.

The chapter discussed and researched possibilities for redirecting their investments during the fall of 2018. Chapter president Dr. Aaron S. Allen (Music and Geography, Environment, and Sustainability) led the initiative. Treasurer Dr. Dora Gicheva (Economics) and webmaster Dr. Stephen Holland (Economics) researched alternatives to the previous investment accounts, which were general and not focused on sustainability or ESG criteria.  The Chapter officers discussed the alternatives, decided on the plan with Fidelity, and the membership approved unanimously the Chapter’s move into sustainability investing.

Reception next Thursday: learn about Mellon Foundation funded humanities initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UNCG $200,000 for a new humanities initiative that aims to strengthen and transform the humanities for our students, faculty, and communities.

Faculty and staff wanting to learn more about this exciting new humanities project are invited to join Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dunn at a reception on:

Thursday, January 31
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be provided.

Please RSVP at: https://goo.gl/fdQCTH

Dr. Christoper Hodgkins

Photo of Dr. Christopher HodgkinsDr. Christoper Hodgkins (English) was at West Point earlier this week, speaking to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. He co-taught classes on poetry, and spoke to a student group about C.S. Lewis’ “Learning in Wartime.” At noon on Tuesday, he was scheduled to give a talk to cadets titled “Dangerous Poetry: Our Lovers’ Quarrel with Literature and Art.” The talk explores the whys and wherefores of poetry’s problematic persistence, asking why so many have found poetry—and indeed all literature and art—so dangerous, and why nevertheless we can’t seem to live without it.

UNCG best online nursing program among NC public colleges, says USN&WR

US News & World Report ranked the best online graduate nursing programs.

UNCG Nursing’s online program was rated 13th nationally among all universities. The program was the highest rated among North Carolina’s public universities.

The other public North Carolina universities to make the top 100 in this category were ECU at number 27,  Winston-Salem State at 53, and UNC Charlotte at 62.

UNCG’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers concentrations in nursing administration and nursing education, and is uniquely designed for working registered nurses.

The results were announced Jan. 15.

UNCG’s School of Education had great news too. The ranking for Best Online Graduate Education Programs was 61st nationally among all universities. 

UNCG’s School of Education offers three online master’s programs: the MEd in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development, the MEd in Teacher Education with a concentration in Elementary Mathematics, and the Master of Library and Information Studies, with concentrations in school library licensure and instructional technology.

To learn more about graduate education at UNCG, visit grs.uncg.edu. For more information about UNCG’s online degree offerings, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, visit online.uncg.edu.