UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Candidates for Dean of School of Health and Human Sciences open forums

The Dean of Health and Human Sciences Search Committee and Provost Dunn recently held confidential in-person interviews with semi-finalists for the position of HHS dean and selected four finalists to visit campus.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on challenges and opportunities facing Schools of Health and Human Sciences, particularly UNC Greensboro, followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled as follows:

Candidate 1: Monday, October 22, 2:15-3:30 pm, EUC Alexander Room, reception to follow in EUC Claxton Room.

Candidate 2: Wednesday, November 7, 2:15-3:30 pm, Location to be determined

Candidate 3: Wednesday, November 14, 2:15-3:30 pm, Location to be determined

Candidate 4: Monday, November 19, 2:15-3:30 pm, Location to be determined

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available four days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed at https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/hhs-dean-search/.

Fun with Archaeology this Saturday

Explore the past through history and archaeology.

Saturday, Oct. 20, come to a family-friendly, hands-on event at the Greensboro History Museum LeBauer Park terrace. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See remote-sensing in action. Check out fossil casts. Enjoy lots of kid-friendly events.

Meet and talk with UNCG archeaologists and city historians.

The event is free-admission. It will be held rain or shine.

It is sponsored by the UNCG Archaeology program, the Greensboro History Museum and the City of Greensboro.


Make nomination: UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education

UNCG Online: The Division of Online Learning facilitates this annual award to honor a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in developing, supporting, and/or teaching of online courses and programs at UNCG.

The objective is to showcase outstanding teaching and to recognize development and support efforts that create engaging online learning experiences. The ultimate goal of this recognition is to promote innovation and improve the quality of UNCG online courses and programs.

● Faculty and staff members can be nominated for online teaching, development, and support activities conducted in the 2018 calendar year. Self nominations are accepted.
● Faculty and staff can be nominated for exemplary work related to online learning, including but not limited to
– Teaching online courses,
– Development of online courses or programs,
– Effort to enhance online student success,
– Any combination of the above.

Nomination Process
● Students, staff, faculty or administrators can submit a nomination.
● The UNCG Online Academy of Online Professors will constitute the Screening and
Selection Committee.
● The nomination packet should include:
– A letter of nomination detailing the qualifications of the nominee and a description of the online course and/or support service. (300 words)
– A brief statement on impact or innovation of the nominees work. (100 words)
– A letter of support from the nominee’s department chair, Dean, or direct supervisor.
– Student testimonials. Limit 3 testimonials. Must be from the last 3 years. (Please attach as Word files or PDF.)
– Peer evaluations (maximum of 3) and course and instructor evaluations (maximum of 3). Please attach as a Word or PDF file.

Submitting Nominations

Nominations should be submitted to Nichole McGill, ntmcgill@uncg.edu, no later than November 10, 2018. The award winner will receive an honorarium of $3,000.

Those with questions may contact contact Jim Eddy, Dean, The Division of Online Learning, jmeddy@uncg.edu.


In memoriam: Don Wright

Don Wright, a member of UNCG’s division of Information Technology Services for more than 30 years, died last weekend. 

He received a BS in political science and economics from Western Carolina in 1976 and a Master of Public Affairs degree from UNCG in 1982. He began his career at UNCG in 1984. 

“Those of you who knew Don well know that he was a gentle, sweet man, who extended his kindness to everyone,” Vice Chancellor Donna Heath said in a note to her ITS colleagues.

Arrangements are being coordinated via Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Service. A celebration of life for Don Wright on will be held Monday, October 22, 2-4 p.m. in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room. If you have any pictures of Don, please email them to Michelle Griffin.

Barbara Chadwell gets APRA Carolinas’ “Professional of the Year” award

Barbara Chadwell, director of prospect management and research in University Advancement, is the 2018 recipient of APRA Carolinas’ “Professional of the Year” Award. APRA Carolinas is a chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).

The nomination materials emphasize the many ways she regularly makes a key impact for University Advancement and the University far from her core responsibilities. Some examples are her work preparing for the department’s move (including its library) across campus; her serving as the chief data expert on Advancement’s newly initiated ADVIZOR prospect management project; her expert assistance with data and digital files; and her new commitment to serving on UNCG Staff Senate. Lastly, the nomination materials note: “This year marks Barb’s 25th anniversary with UNCG. Her knowledge and experience is the bedrock of institutional knowledge here in University Advancement.”

Chadwell has been a member of APRA since 1989 and a member of the APRA Carolinas chapter since 1994, having served as a past board member for five years, a  vice president for three years and a mentor to numerous members over the years. She is also a member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals.

Prior to joining UNCG in 1993, she started her advancement career at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C. At St. Andrews, she was director of donor research and then director of development for corporate and foundation support.


Candidates for dean of JSNN open forums

The JSNN Dean Search Committee, Provost Dunn and NC A&T Provost McEwen recently held confidential in-person interviews with semi-finalists for the position.  Two finalists were selected to visit campus.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the interviews by attending the candidates’ open forums and receptions. They will provide brief remarks at the forums followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, October 23, from 3-4:15 p.m. in the JSNN Auditorium, 2907 E. Gate City Blvd.
Tuesday, October 30, from 3-4:15 p.m. in the JSNN Auditorium, 2907 E. Gate City Blvd.

A brief reception will be held immediately after the open forums in the lobby area.

Finalists’ names, CVs and itineraries will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording of the forum and survey information will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed at:



Looking ahead: Oct. 3, 2018

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

UNCG Symphonic Band Concert
Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Women’s Tennis: Spartan Classic Invitational
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, UNCG Tennis Courts

Employee Flu Shots
Wednesday, October 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Campus Supply Store (Training Room)

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Homecoming bonfire and food trucks
Friday, October 12, 7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Homecoming party
Saturday, October 13, 3 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Chancellor Gilliam and a “tiny bus concert”

There’s no blues like the Spartan blues. The Greensboro Transit Authority launched a mobile concert series aboard its HEAT buses last week, and Chancellor Gilliam was the first performer. He was joined by double bass player Steve Haines (who directs the jazz studies program), guitarist Logan Butler and vocalist Jessica Schneider. Several UNCG students also brought Spartan spirit to the ride around Greensboro.  It was very popular on social media, helping build buzz about UNC Greensboro.


Open Enrollment period has begun

Human Resources has an announcement about Open Enrollment:

The Open Enrollment period runs from September 29 to October 31, 2018. You will enroll for both your State Health Plan and your NCFlex benefits. Your new elections will go into effect January 1, 2019.

To access the enrollment portal’s Single Sign-On page, click here to visit the Human Resource’s Open Enrollment webpage. Click here to sign up for an Open Enrollment workshop.


1. If you are enrolled for health coverage under the State Health Plan, you and your eligible dependents will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan.  If you want to enroll in the 80/20 Plan, you must actively enroll through eBenefits during Open Enrollment.

2. If you want to reduce your premium under any of the plans offered by the State Health Plan, you MUST complete your tobacco attestation by October 31, 2018 ($60 monthly credit).

3. The Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require re-enrollment every year.

• The 2019 Health Care FSA maximum annual contribution limit is $2,650.
• The 2019 Dependent Day Care FSA maximum annual contribution is $5,000.

Any unused Health Care FSA funds in your account at the end of the calendar year, up to $500, will be rolled over into the next plan year as long as you have a minimum balance of $25.


Health Benefits

• There is no increase to premiums for 2019.
• The 80/20 Plan’s out-of-pocket maximum has changed from a separate medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket amount to a combined medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket maximum.
• There has also been a change in the 80/20 Plan’s specialist and inpatient hospital copay.
• The co-pay reduction offered under the 80/20 Plan for Blue Options Designated specialists and hospitals have been discontinued.
• The tobacco attestation premium credit activity has changed for tobacco users who want to reduce their monthly premium. Now, tobacco users must commit to visit a CVS Minute Clinic for at least one tobacco cessation counseling session within 90 days after the last day of Open Enrollment or risk losing the monthly premium credit.

Click here to review more detailed information about 2019 benefit options.

NCFlex Benefits

• Premium rates for Critical Care Insurance are lower in 2019.
• The annual contribution for the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is $2,650 for 2019.
• You may enroll in or increase your Cancer Insurance coverage without providing Evidence of Insurability (EOI).

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

Please contact the HR Benefits Office at (336) 334-5009 or askbenefits@uncg.eduwith any questions.

HealthyUNCG Open House and flu shot clinic info

Employee Wellness Month kicks off with a HealthyUNCG Open House Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Stop in anytime during those hours at the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

  • Meet wellness professionals from the HealthyUNCG team
  • Nutrition, health coaching, registered dietitians
  • Kaplan Center staff, human resources, and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Giveaways, snacks, games, prizes, and tours.

Win a Kaplan Center membership or a Ninja Blender/Bullet. Please bring your Employee ID Card. Direct shuttle service will be provided: Continuous from EUC 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continuous from Becher Weaver 11 am-1 pm.

Additionally, a flu shot clinic – the final clinic on campus this year – will be held for employees Wednesday, Oct. 10, Campus Supply Store, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Information for both events is at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/.

Music is in the air at UNCG

photo of people playing musicIf you love music, get ready for a remarkable five days. The UNCG School of Music will present several big concerts in the coming days – starting with a Wind Ensemble performance Thursday night.

Most concerts are free admission and will take place at UNCG or in nearby Greensboro churches or downtown venues. In the listing, click the event to see more about the performance. And enjoy the outstanding artistry.

Wind Ensemble

September 27, 7:30 p.m.

UNCG Auditorium

Free admission

Find out more »

Jazz Ensembles I and II (celebrating jazz musicians with Carolina roots)

September 28, 7:30 p.m.

The Crown at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S Greene St

Admission $6 – $12

Find out more.

Symphony Orchestra – Joseph Di Piazza, piano

September 30, 1:30 pm

UNCG Auditorium

Free admission

Find out more.

University Chorale and Chamber Singers

September 30, 5:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 617 N Elm St

Free admission

Find out more.


October 1, 7:30 pm.

Recital Hall, Music Building

Free admission

Find out more.

University Band

October 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

UNCG Auditorium

Free admission

Find out more.

Looking ahead: Sept. 26, 2018

‘Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Sustainability Film: “Reinventing Power”
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Volleyball vs. Chattanooga
Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium,

Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Two Bryan School events

Bryan School Sponsors Women 2 Watch Series

For the third year, the Bryan School of Business and Economics is sponsoring Junior League of Greensboro’s Women 2 Watch Series.

All women in the community are invited to these free events, which feature area leaders sharing their stories and leadership tips. The series kicks off September 19 with remarks from Kim Gatling, an attorney at Smith Moore Law LLP. Hear how she manages working in a male-dominated field and how she maintains a work-life balance.

The event begins with networking at 6:30 pm. The program begins at 7:00 pm. Find complete details and register here.

Bryan School Ed Talks

Stressed? Join Bryan School professor Dr. Mike Beitlzer for a one-hour workshop on the Benefits of Mindfulness. You’ll learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to handle your stress and become more productive.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, September 25 at 8:30 am in the Elliott University Center. The event is free and open to the public. Find details and register here.

SECC kicks off in Cone Ballroom next Wednesday

Photo of staff and faculty at Agency Fair boothThe SECC kicks off in one week. And you are invited to the celebration.

UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) will start its 2018 campaign with a Kick-off and Agency Fair next Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The SECC – the official giving campaign for state employees – helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across our community, state and beyond. Approximately 40 charities will be on hand at the event, to answer any questions you may have about their work and their impact.

Light snacks will be provided, and drawings will be held every 15 minutes for qualified attendees, including a Grand Prize Drawing.

There will also be an Online Pledge Assistance Station for those wanting assistance navigating their pledges online, as well as an “I Support” station to share your personal experience with one of the many organizations supported through SECC.

Event Chair Tammy Downs said, “The Kick-Off is an opportunity to speak with the people working directly with those in need and to discover new opportunities to help.”

UNCG donors can be confident in the impact their dollars will be making. “The SECC was established as a medium to assure state employees and retirees an avenue and opportunity to support charitable organizations that are accountable, fiscally sound, and committed to improving the quality of life in our state, nation and the world,” she added.

Wade Maki, UNCG campaign chair, invites all faculty and staff to come enjoy the event. “Attending the kickoff is a great way to learn the various ways we can make a positive difference in our communities,” he said.

“We believe in service and are often unaware of all the ways we can make a difference. This event offers a chance to talk directly with agencies and hear how small donations make big impacts.”

Learn more at http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/.

Updated to include last four paragraphs 9/19.

UNCG on US News and World Report’s Best Colleges list

On MondayUNCG was recognized in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list for the 28th consecutive year. UNCG is ranked number 201 among all national universities, and ranked number 109 among all public schools nationally.

The recognition is one of just eight significant accolades bestowed on the University this fall.

UNCG has also been recognized in the following ranking lists:

  • Princeton Review Best Colleges
  • Washington Monthly College Rankings
  • Money’s Best Colleges
  • LendEDU Student Loan Debt Rankings
  • Forbes America’s Top Colleges
  • College Consensus’ Best Colleges and Universities in North Carolina
  • BestColleges.com’s Best Colleges in North Carolina

Additionally, UNCG recently received Diversity magazine’s Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for its STAMPS (Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships) Program.

These accolades continue the University’s momentum from the spring. In March, UNCG was named a College of Distinction, an honor awarded to only four public universities in North Carolina. Then, in May, UNCG was recognized as one of Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers of 2018.

It’s an exciting time in the University’s history – a moment that Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. is calling our “inflection point.”

See full story at UNCG Now site.

Faculty/staff discount on UNCG Theatre season tickets

UNCG Theatre offers UNCG faculty/staff the opportunity to attend all its shows this season for $45. This is $50 off the price they would pay if they bought individual tickets to all the shows. This offer applies for your partner/significant other as well, so buy a pair.

BOOK AND LYRICS BY Gerome Ragni and James Rado
MUSIC BY Galt MacDermot
September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
September 23 at 2 p.m.
September 26-29 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre

YEARS 1884-1915″
BY Jackie Sibblies Drury
DIRECTED BY Calandra Hackney
October 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
October 28 at 2 p.m.
November 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sprinkle Theatre

BY Kevin Henkes
ADAPTED BY Kevin Kling
DIRECTED BY Annika Pfaender
A North Carolina Theatre
for Young People production
November 10, 11, and 17 at 2 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about additional school performances
November 13-16, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.com.

February 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.
February 17 at 2:00 p.m.
February 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about a school performance
at 10:00 a.m. on February 22, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.com.

By Suzan Zeder
Directed by Rachel Briley
A North Carolina Theatre
for Young People production
March 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about additional touring performances and student matinees from
February through April, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.edu.

April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Box Office Information:
Taylor Theatre Box Office
Phone Number: 336.334.4392
Hours: Mon – Fri, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 406 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27403
Sprinkle Theatre Box Office
Phone Number: 336.334.4392
Hours: Open 1 hour before showtime when Sprinkle Theatre shows are running.
*The Taylor Theatre Box Office will not be open before Sprinkle Theater shows.
Address: Located on the first floor of the Brown Building, 402 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
Group Sales, Tours, and Student Matinees:
For information about additional touring performances, group tickets, and student matinees, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.

EUC will hold first blood drive of the year

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to make a Power Red donation, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), and a photo identification (Spartan Card accepted). And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

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

Looking ahead: Sept. 5, 2018

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

N.C. Folk Festival (co-sponsored by UNCG)
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9, downtown Greensboro

Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Lecture, ‘Free Speech on Campus,’ Geoffrey Stone
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13,  10 a.m., Alumni House

Film, “Fog of War, discussant Dr. Jerry Pubantz
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., School of Education Building, 120

Blasts at 3 or 3:15 p.m. on some days at construction site

Starting early next week, many on campus will likely hear the sounds of blasting at the Nursing and Instructional Building construction site. Dealing with granite bedrock entails explosives.

The first blast is scheduled for Monday, August 27, at 3:15 p.m.

  • The blasting will occur only one or two days a week – every third or fourth business day.
  • Horns and a siren will sound to alert people. As a warning before each blast, a siren will sound 5 minutes pre-blast, 1-minute pre-blast, immediately before the blast – and there will be one siren sound post-blast once the site has been cleared by the blaster. Each sound of the siren will last approximately 30 seconds.
  • Construction workers and UNCG Police will limit pedestrian traffic around the blast zone 15 minutes prior to each blast.
  • On days when there will be blasting, it will occur at either 3 p.m. (if Tuesday or Thursday) or 3:15 p.m. (if Monday, Wednesday or Friday).
  • The blasting will end in about 6-8 weeks.

This post may have updates as Campus Weekly receives additional information. More details about the construction and the new building may be found at https://facdc.uncg.edu/nursing.

Bruce Pomeroy, Staff Senate co-chair and director of OARS, strives for fairness, equality and opportunity for all

Bruce Pomeroy, director of the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS), learned three lessons from his time working for an advertising agency in New York City: first, believe in who or what you represent; second, be creative; third, be flexible.

Pomeroy has held onto these lessons over a 45-year career in higher education, and will bring them into his new appointment as Staff Senate co-chair, where he will be an important resource regarding campus-wide staff issues. As co-chair, Pomeroy hopes to do for staff what he’s always done for students: nurture a community of fairness, equality and opportunity for all.

“I truly believe that we can represent all levels of staff,” Pomeroy said. “We have so many wonderful people on campus, and every member of campus has an impact on our students.”

Pomeroy first came to UNCG after 38 years of serving the State University of New York system as a disability services coordinator. He applied at numerous colleges in the Carolinas and received many offers, but UNCG in particular spoke to him.

“I was convinced by the sincerity of those I spoke with that UNCG had a commitment to making sure students had every opportunity to do the best they could,” he said. “I felt theirs was a true commitment to quality supportive services to students here.”

For the past eight years, Pomeroy has been bringing together creativity, flexibility, a belief in UNCG and a dedication to equality to make college an equitable experience for students.

“We’re making a difference, helping people realize their potential, and minimizing how disability impacts our students. In the end, we all benefit from that. Where far too many are quick to say ‘you can’t,’ we are focusing on ‘how you can.’”

He serves as chair of the Greensboro Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities and is also a past president of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). He has also been a trainer for the US Dept of Education, and has performed disability services evaluations.for other campuses across the country.

By Victor Ayala

Looking ahead: August 7, 2018

Faculty/Staff Luncheon
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m, Fountain View Dining Hall

Student Move In
Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Friday, Aug. 10

Chick Fil-A open house
Friday,  Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., EUC

Women’s Soccer vs. Winthrop (Exh.)
Friday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

First Day of Classes
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. Montreat College (Exh.)
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Kick off new year with annual faculty/staff luncheon Aug. 7

The new year is back, and so is one of our favorite traditions – the faculty and staff kickoff luncheon, which will be held Tuesday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As always, this is a great opportunity for teams to connect, colleagues to catch up and our campus community to get ready for the year. As Chancellor Gilliam noted in a recent email message to faculty and staff, we will “come together for food and fellowship at the Fountain View Café. … Plus, we will use this event to unveil our refreshed look at the UNCG story as well as our visual identity.”

The chancellor also noted that he will hold a series of town halls sometime in the early fall “so we can talk, in a direct and authentic way, about the plans, opportunities and challenges facing our campus and our community.”

Make time to join the lunch and see some of what is new for UNCG this year.

Dr. Moses Acquaah 

Dr. Moses Acquaah (Management) was recently awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to conduct research and mentor students in Ghana.

Acquaah will work with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Dr. David Asamoah on collaborative research with business faculty, as well as helping train and mentor KNUST business students. His research will focus on issues that have potential to improve organizational practices and further address socio-economic needs of Ghana.

Learn more about Acquaah’s fellowship here.

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received new funding from  Clemson University for the project “Storage, Reactivity, and Bioavailability of Mercury in Managed Forests – Balancing Mercury Toxicity and Wildfire Risks through Effective Fuel Reduction Techniques.”

This project is supported by funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The abstract notes that prescribed burning and mechanical thinning are essential forest management practices in the Southeastern U.S., having many beneficial objectives including reduction in the susceptibility of forests to both southern pine beetle attack and wildfires. The four-year project will involve controlled field studies, laboratory studies, and watershed monitoring study to evaluate prescribed burning and mechanical thinning practices, roles of OM/DOM, formation of black carbon, and landscape processes on the transport of different forms of Hg via catchments and downstream Hg transformation mainly microbial methylation. Forest floor sample materials will be collected from experimental plots with different burning schedules and frequency and will be incubated under field conditions. Forest floor materials under different practices will be further tested for their propensities in leaching Hg and further methylation. An unmanaged and a managed 1st order watershed at three locations in North Carolina and South Carolina will be used to evaluate the landscape processes on the exports of Hg. With the results of the control study and field investigation, a box model describing production of methylmercury, toxic form of mercury, in forested ecosystems under different forest management practices will be developed.

See/hear: May 30, 2018

On May 1, Kiser Middle School’s Meteorology Club and UNCG School of Education collaborators launched a high-altitude weather balloon into the stratosphere, more than 85,000 feet above the earth’s surface. See photos of the creation process, the live launch and the spectacular view from the spacecraft, including the ascent, the peak-height travel and the descent back to Earth.


Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson Jr. (HHS) has been awarded the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Program Award by NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising.

Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

Additionally, Johnson has been asked to serve as a fellow for the Direct Selling Education Foundation. (More information is in the newsletter http://dsef.org/dsef-welcomes-newest-fellows/

Johnson is Student Success Navigator/Instructor and Life Design Catalyst Coach and Facilitator in HHS.

Tornado relief efforts this week

Areas in northern and eastern Greensboro were particularly hard hit by Sunday’s storm. In recent days, the Campus Weekly staff has learned of UNCG departments and organizations on campus reaching out to help. Emergency Management is providing assistance. At least one department is having a food drive, and at least one campus ministry is providing meals. (As we learn more, we will update this post.)

What can you do? This UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning web post (OLSL) web post is a great place to learn what you can do – as is the OLSL web page (https://www.facebook.com/UNCG.OLSL). And check back for more updates.



HHS is collecting items for community members impacted by the tornado Sunday evening. Donations will be taken to emergency shelters like Glenwood Recreation Center, and Interactive Resource Center. School items will be donated to the schools that are helping with displaced students. 
Donation bins will be located in the following areas until Friday 4/20:
Stone Building – outside of Edward’s Lounge
Coleman Building – 3rd floor entrance near Fleming Gym concessions.


UNCG first-year students’ common read experience set for fall 2018.

The Keker First Year Common Read 2018 book will be “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande.

The Keker First Year Common Read program is an opportunity for new students to begin their academic path prior to starting college by reading a book selected by members of the UNC Greensboro campus community. With the help of faculty and staff from across campus, the book is integrated throughout the students’ curricular and co-curricular learning experiences and is aligned with UNCG’s quality enhancement plan, Global Engagement.

About “The Distance Between Us”:

From award-winning author Reyna Grande, an eye-opening memoir about life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.

Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S. at nine-years-old, Reyna enters the United States as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. Her father isn’t the man she dreamed about all those years in Mexico. His big dreams for his children are what gets them across the border, but his alcoholism and rage undermine all his hard work and good intentions.

Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads. After an explosive altercation, Reyna breaks away, going on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education, earning a college degree and then an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

The Keker First Year Common Read Author Visit

As part of the Keker First Year Common Read program, the Office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience brings the author to campus each year to engage with first-year students for an entire day. The visiting author joins students, faculty, staff, and community members on campus for a luncheon, class visit, and then culminates in an evening presentation for first-year students. This year, author Reyna Grande will be visiting campus on October 10th, 2018.

Do you have an idea for a program related to “The Distance Between Us”? Apply for a Programming Grant.

We invite all members of the UNC Greensboro campus community to partake in the Keker First Year Common Read program – not only by reading the book and participating in our programs, but also by collaborating with the Keker First Year Common Read programming team to put on your own programs connected to the book! If you are interested, please see our website and submit the programming form. Chosen programs will be included on a master calendar of Keker First Year Common Read events and we will collaborate with you to support your programming efforts.

In addition to the programmatic support we can provide, we also have grant money available for program funding. If you are interested, you can apply on our website. The funds awarded to the chosen recipients will be state funds, which must be spent this fiscal year (by June 15, 2018). Funds can only be spent on allowed state expenses. Recipients of funds must provide receipts of purchases and complete an evaluation and assessment of the program. Please see our website and complete the required submissions by 11:59 pm on April 22, 2018, to apply for grant funding for your program. The form will remain open after this date, but only for program submission, not grant funding applications.

Thank you in advance for your interest and involvement in the Keker First Year Common Read program. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Emily Wiersma, Assistant Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

Lectures on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

The UNCG Psychology Department is hosting the Kendon Smith Lecture Series on April 12 and 13, 2018. This is an endowed lecture series that brings internationally renowned experts to campus to speak about a common theme of interest.

This year’s theme is “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: From the Lab to the Clinic.” More information is available at: https://psy.uncg.edu/save-date-kendon-smith-lecture-series-spring-2018/.

Dr. Thomas Jackson

Photo of Dr. Thomas JacksonDr. Thomas Jackson (History) appeared on BackStory Radio on March 30. In the episode, Jackson reflected on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s plans for the Poor People’s Campaign, the fierce reaction, and the ideological contest over his legacy. On the program, Jackson, along with guest historians Jeanne Theoharis, Clayborne Carson, Michael Honey and Jason Sokol, considered if Americans have lost sight of the real MLK.

Dr. Jackson has appeared in many television and radio shows related to MLK and civil rights, and has a book titled “From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice.” The book received the 2007 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award of the Organization of American Historians.

The episode can be found here.

See/hear: March 21, 2018

Relive highlights from UNCG Men’s Basketball’s win over ETSU to take the SoCon Tournament title. And enjoy the post-game celebration. It was a season to remember.


Welcome Reception Friday for Vice Chancellor Cathy Akens

The campus community is invited to a welcome reception for Dr. Cathy Akens, vice chancellor for student affairs. Light dessert will be served.

The reception will held Friday, February 16, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Dail Room of the Elliott University Center.

Correction: Reservations needed for Three College Observatory shows

The UNCG Planetarium and the Three College Observatory offer winter and spring dates for viewings. Reservations are needed for shows at both locations – and both are fully booked for the next several months. The web page for reservations info for the Three College Observatory is https://physics.uncg.edu/tco/public-nights/public-nights-at-the-three-college-observatory/. The web page for reservations for the UNCG Planetarium is https://physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/upcoming-events/.

Steps Towards Successful Submissions of Grant Proposals

Receive general guidance on preparing a competitive grant proposal based on sponsor guidelines, Feb. 27, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m., 2711 MHRA Building

Are you new to applying for external funding for your research/scholarly activities? Do you need a refresher session on applying for external funding? Come to the OSP workshop that will provide you with general guidance on preparing a competitive grant proposal based on sponsor guidelines. To register go to https://workshops.uncg.edu/ and click on “Office of Sponsored Programs.”

Techniques and activities to globalize your classroom

The workshop Teach “WISE-ly”: Classroom Activities From the 2018 Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement will be held Friday, February 23, 2018, Noon-2 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Would you like to learn about some new pedagogical ? Come participate with creative intercultural learning tools such as photovoice, experiential group activities, digital storytelling, and reflective writing. UNCG Global Engagement Faculty Fellow Dr. Jody Natalle and other faculty who attended the 2018 WISE Conference will lead the workshop. They want to share them with anyone interested in making their classroom more globally engaged.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and university teaching staff at UNCG who have an interest in global engagement

Boxed Lunch Provided. (Networking lunch starts at noon; workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. – participants who come at 12:30 are welcome to request a lunch)

*Sign-up is limited to 25 seats*

RSVP at http://bit.ly/2Gte4MK