UNCG Campus Weekly

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$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.

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.

Criteria
● 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:

https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/jsnn-dean-search/

 

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND DO

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.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019

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.

Sinfonia

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,

Sinfonia
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.

“HAIR”
BOOK AND LYRICS BY Gerome Ragni and James Rado
MUSIC BY Galt MacDermot
DIRECTED BY Jim Wren
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY Dominick Amendum
September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
September 23 at 2 p.m.
September 26-29 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre

“WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION
ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY
KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRICA, FROM THE
GERMAN SÖDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE
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

“LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE”
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.

“SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”
ADAPTED BY Lee Hall
DIRECTED BY John Gulley
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.

“WHEN SHE HAD WINGS”
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.

OPERA
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