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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.

 

 

 

UNCG alum EJ O’Keeffe named Men’s Soccer head coach

EJ O’Keeffe, a two-time Big South Coach of the Year, has been named the men’s soccer head coach after a national search. The move represents a homecoming for O’Keeffe, who played at UNCG for three seasons, serving as team captain and leading the Spartans to the 2008 Southern Conference championship and NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

“This is an exciting day for our men’s soccer program,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record. “EJ was chosen following an extensive national search and stood out with a proven track record of success and as an alum has the passion for what the history and tradition of UNCG soccer is all about.  With his leadership and experience — including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen as a player and his coaching success, we fully believe he is the right fit for our program. His intensity, enthusiasm and passion reflect our commitment to seeking excellence in all that we do. ”

The Greensboro native joins UNCG after spending the last nine years at High Point, including four seasons as head coach where he was twice named Big South Coach of the Year and had the Panthers ranked as high as No. 12 nationally last season. O’Keeffe is also an official US Soccer National Team Scout and is a member of the United Soccer Coaches National Ranking Committee, United Soccer Coaches Regional Ranking Committee and the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee along with being a MLS Combine Scout/Liaison.

Prior to his time with the Panthers, O’Keeffe was the Director of Recreation, Championships, Discipline and Appeals for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association where he managed a yearly $900,000 budget.

“I’m excited to come home,” O’Keeffe said. “I’d like to thank Chancellor Gilliam, Kim and Sport Oversight Jody Smith. UNCG is close to my heart along with so many alums. There is a rich tradition at UNCG Soccer and I look to add to that. We have a lot of work to do but I’m excited and humbled to lead the program moving forward.”

UNCG will hold an official welcome for O’Keeffe today (Wednesday, Jan. 16) at 12:15 p.m. in Coleman Building, Room 137. It will be streamed via YouTube and the link can be found here.

To view the full release, visit uncgspartans.com.

Toys for Joy

More than 150 prominent women from across North Carolina joined Jacquie Gilliam and women from the UNCG Board of Trustees on December 4 for the inaugural Toys for Joy holiday luncheon at the Chancellor’s residence. Guests included UNC System President Margaret Spellings and Greensboro City Council members Nancy Hoffman, Sharon Hightower, Marikay Abuzuaiter, and Tammi Thurm, among others.

More than 300 toys were generously donated by attendees to benefit children in Greensboro at three charities: United Way of Greater Greensboro Success Center, Children’s Home Society of NC, and YWCA Greensboro.

Visual: Jacquie Gilliam with representatives of the organizations that will distribute the toys

 

 

 

Advising Excellence Awards, First-Year Student Advocate Award

The nomination window for two awards that recognize employee contribution to student success is open. Nominations for both are due January 1, 2019.

The Advising Excellence Awards celebrates advisors who have shown exemplary use of campus resources, career-related information, and academic policies, demonstrate advising as a priority, and work to build positive relationships. Outstanding advising is recognized in two categories: Faculty with Academic Advising Responsibilities and Professional Academic Advisor. In order to qualify, the nominee must be a full-time employee with at least two years of service and must have on-going academic advising responsibilities. Submit nominations here.

The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes the significant contributions of faculty and staff who work to create a positive transition to college and promote the success of students’ first year at UNCG. Candidates show noteworthy impact on student learning and retention, demonstrates best practice when working with first-year students, and present contributions that are innovative and sustainable.  The award is open to any full-time or part-time UNCG faculty or staff member. Submit nominations here.

Email ksp@uncg.edu for more information.

Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn

Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn (Psychology) will receive the 2019 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). The award, which recognizes outstanding original research and includes a monetary prize, will be presented at the ADAA meeting in March 2019.

Starfish updates for December 2018

With the fall semester coming to a close, the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative winter break. As the University prepares for a new term, we would like to remind the campus community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

Starfish Features & Winter Break Schedule 

  • November 28: Last day of Fall 2018 classes; instructors may continue issuing flags, kudos, and referrals through December 6 (final day of exams)
  • December 7: December Commencement; all Fall 2018 flags, kudos, and referrals will be cleared (Note: Cleared tracking items will remain available for historical viewing until the start of spring term)
  • December 8: Winter term courses begin; flags, kudos, and select referrals will remain available for instructors to issue to students enrolled in Winter Term courses
  • December 22-January 1: UNCG Closed for Winter Break, reopens on January 2, 2019

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

Starfish Support & Training

For Starfish assistance, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be unavailable when the University is closed December 22, 2018- January 1, 2019. Individuals, groups, or departments who would like to request a Starfish training session should send an email request to starfish@uncg.edu

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

 

Humanities Networking Event 

The MSI North Carolina Humanities Corridor is hosting a humanities networking event. Currently, the Corridor unites 3 Minority Serving Institutions in North Carolina (UNCG, NCCU, GTCC) and focuses on funding faculty research, students’ high impact experiences, and community-engaged activities.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about:
  • the Corridor and how you can participate;
  • funding opportunities (request for proposal will be announced at the meeting);
  • inter-institutional collaboration;
  • the creation of collaborative faculty groups; and
  • how to meet potential research partners from other institutions.
Date and Time: Dec 5, 12pm – 2pm.
Location: 2711 Moore Humanities and Research Administration, UNC Greensboro.
Please use the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck or Walker Avenue Parking Deck. Both have paid parking.
Please RSVP by Nov 28th: https://goo.gl/forms/Knpw9382ePGWe67i1

Farewell event for Bryan Terry

You are invited to join Enrollment Management and the campus community for a farewell event for Dr. Bryan Terry on Tuesday, November 13, between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Admissions tour space, 2nd floor of the Spring Garden Apartments on Spring Garden St. This is a drop-in event with remarks at 3:30 p.m.

Nominate faculty, staff and students for Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Nominate faculty, staff and students who have shown outstanding leadership and service for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. Potential nominees are those who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations and community involvement of faculty, staff and students. Winners will be granted a $1,000 award. To nominate someone, go to hrs.uncg.edu/Bullard before December 12.

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards were established in 1981 with an endowed gift honoring the late Mrs. Bullard, an alumna of UNC Greensboro. She was president of the UNCG Alumni Association and a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

For more information about the award and nomination process, email s_dreier@uncg.edu.

Newsmakers: Late October

Whether researchers with timely insights or students with outstanding stories, members of the UNCG community appear in print, web and broadcast media every day. Here is a sampling of UNCG-related stories in the news and media over the past weeks:

  • Dr. Keith Debbage spoke to Fox8 about attracting millennials to Greensboro. The article.
  • The Sarasota Herald-Tribune wrote an article on UNCG Art’s Sheryl Oring’s art exhibition at Ringling College. The piece.
  • Yes! Weekly featured Dr. Emily Janke’s receipt of the first Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award. The piece.
  • The Washington Post interviewed alumna Kelly Link about her McArthur “Genius” Grant. The News and Record ran that story as well.  The article.
  • UNCG Chief Information Security Officer Bryce Porter spoke to WFMY2 for an article on online security.

In memoriam: Lee Kinard

Lee Kinard, alumnus of UNCG and a longtime news anchor for WFMY News 2, died Saturday. “A legend in Piedmont-Triad broadcasting, Kinard began working at WFMY in April 1956 when he was 25. … In his 43 years at WFMY, Kinard helped the CBS affiliate become the Triad’s most-watched news source,” the News and Record reports.

He was an outstanding supporter of UNCG. A section of Spring Garden Street, which passes through our campus, is named for him.