UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Deaf Awareness Week events

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will present two American Sign Language-centered events on campus this weekend in honor of Deaf Awareness Week.

Saturday, Sept. 21, Deaf artist Nancy Rourke will give a painting workshop 1 to 4 p.m. in the Elliot University Center, Kirkland Room. The event is free but registration is required. Email kmdenapl@uncg.edu for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 22, Deaf “Kiss-Fist” will showcase talents by Deaf children and adults at the Elliott University Center. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will include stories, jokes, skits, and songs, signed in ASL and voice interpreted. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

Parking is free for both events, in the Walker deck.

For more information, contact Karen De Naples at 336.543.2193 VP or kmdenapl@uncg.edu.

UNCG Religious Studies fall 2019 events

The Department of Religious Studies has announced fall events, including speakers and a film. All events are free and open to the public, as well as faculty and students.




Still from “New Muslim Cool”


“Women Outside Their Apartments: A Moroccan Feminist’s Cinematic Vision,” a lecture by Dr. Florence Martin from Goucher College

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Faculty Center

Moroccan, Muslim, feminist pioneer filmmaker Farida Benlyazid has always been subversive. Looking at the arc of her work from her auto-fiction A Door to the Sky (1988) to her current documentary project on Moroccan feminist Fatema Mernissi, this talk will examine how Benlyazid has consistently disturbed the boundaries between autobiography and fiction, the personal and the political, Muslim spirituality and feminism, by deploying the liminal spaces traditionally occupied by women.

Florence Martin is Dean John Blackford Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Goucher College. She holds a Doctorate from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, and has published articles and book chapters internationally on the blues, francophone literature and French and francophone cinema. Her recent work focuses on postcolonial cinema, the cinema of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and French and Francophone women’s films. She is an editor for the scholarly journal Studies in French Cinema (UK) and for Proto, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region (US).

Co-sponsored by Lloyd International Honors College, the African American and African
Diaspora Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Muslim Student Association.

“Dancing with the Angel of Death: Demonic Femininity in the Ancient Synagogue,” a lecture by Laura S. Lieber from Duke University

Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m., Location TBD

What makes a woman powerful? And dangerous? Can what makes her “good” also be a potential “evil”? In this talk, we will consider a striking presentation of demonic femininity in early Judaism (ca. 5th-6thcenturies CE).  At the center of this presentation is a dramatic poem that elaborates on the biblical ritual of the suspected adulteress, the Sotah(Numbers 5).  In the course of our examination of the long-forgotten composition, we will explore how the synagogue performance expands on traditions preserved in more familiar Jewish sources, and ways in which this work resonates with magical texts, amulets, and traditions; and we will consider how the portrayal of the accused woman relates to universal human fears and the female power to compel the male gaze.

Laura Lieber is Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, where she directs the Duke Center for Jewish Studies as well as the Center for Late Ancient Studies.  She holds secondary appointments in Classics, German Language and Literature, and the Duke Divinity School.  A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, she received her BA in English Literature and Classics from the University of Arkansas (1994), has rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (1999), and holds a PhD in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago (2003).  Her most recent books are A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue (2014), and Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Antiquity (2018), with a volume on Classical Samaritan Poetry coming out in 2020.  She has held ACLS and National Humanities Center fellowships, and received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.  While her research focuses on Jewish life and culture in the Roman world, particularly on theatricality and performance in the world of the synagogue, Lieber’s teaching spans from the biblical period to the present day.



“New Muslim Cool,” a film screening followed by discussion led by Dean Omar Ali, Lloyd International Honors College

Thursday, November 14, 4-6 p.m., Location TBD

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Perez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself. “New Muslim Cool,” an award-winning documentary, takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through streets, slums and jail cells – following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. (–PBS.org)

Omar H. Ali is Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History and Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he studied ethnography at the School of Oriental and African Studies before receiving his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He is the author of four books and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award and a Chancellor’s Recognition of Contributions to the UNCG Community.

Co-sponsored by the Lloyd International Honors College and the Muslim Student Association.


Dr. Evan Goldstein

Evan GoldsteinDr. Evan Goldstein (Geography, Environment, and Sustainability) received a 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Now in its fifth year, the fellowship program supports the development of emerging scientific leaders who are prepared to work at the intersections of environmental health, community health and resilience, and offshore energy system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal regions. The support allows researchers to take risks on ideas, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems. The National Academies’ Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation.

Dr. Andrew Willis

Andrew WillisDr. Andrew Willis (Music) will give a rare complete performance of the “Six Partitas” (1731) by J. S. Bach on an unusual instrument – a replica of a Baroque piano similar to those Bach played. The concert will be this Saturday, Sept. 21,  in the Organ Recital Hall in the Music Building with three sections that begin at 1:30, 3, and 4:15 p.m. The concert is the culminating presentation of Willis’ research into the performance of this repertoire, and the performance of all six Partitas retraces the voyage of exploration that produced some of Bach’s most sophisticated writing for the keyboard.

Intercultural Lecture Series hosts influential college athlete

Photo of the flyer for Bailor's talkThe Office of Intercultural Engagement and UNCG Athletics are co-hosting speaker Schuyler Bailar as a part of the Intercultural Lecture Series. Bailar is a senior at Harvard University, a member of the men’s swimming program, and the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level. In 2017, Schuyler was named to the OUT100, celebrating the 100 most influential queer people of the year. Since then, Schuyler has been featured on TedX, The Olympic Channel, NCAA Champion Magazine, CBS 60 Minutes, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV, and many other notable platforms. This event will be held on Monday, September 16, 7 p.m., in the School of Education Auditorium, Room 114. 

First EUC blood drive for 2019-20 (with a little ‘Game of Thrones’ swag)

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for the first blood drive of 2019-2020 school year. The first drive will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 am to 6:30  pm in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center. Due to the popularity of Game of Thrones blood drive in April, the organizers were able to get Game of Thrones posters to give out to presenting donors (while supplies last). Click on this link https://euc.uncg.edu/blood-drive/ to sign up for an appointment.

Enjoy EUC Open House on Friday, Sept. 6

You are invited to the Elliott University Center (EUC) Open House, showcasing the brand new LED Cone Ballroom lighting!

There will be demos every 15 minutes. Enjoy light refreshments, and meet the EUC staff.

The open house will be Friday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Cone Ballroom.


Share your pet photos! #UNCGpets, #Findyourwaghere

dog on a ledge

Is your Spartan dog (or cat) a star?

This summer the UNCG Magazine staff and social media team spent some time with Spartan pups and their faculty, staff, and alumni owners.

Look for photos in the magazine this fall, plus enjoy social media posts, starting with a National Dog Day Twitter post of Nia, pup of Jason Herndon, director of the UNCG Psychology Clinic.

Also, share your own Spartan pet photos on social media – and be sure to tag them with #UNCGpets or #Findyourwaghere!

Dr. Stuart Schleien

Dr. Stuart Schleien (HHS – Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from The Arc of Greensboro for the project “Student External Experience.”

The Graduate Assistant’s (GA) role at The Arc of Greensboro is to assist the Executive Director (ED) in providing quality programs and services to the individuals we serve. The GA will perform a variety of administrative tasks including preparation of PowerPoint presentations, data entry and analysis, assist in updating of website, collating marketing materials and presentations. He/She will aid in event planning by attending team meetings and helping with coordination of marketing materials and volunteers. The GA will assist ED and Program Directors in researching grant opportunities, possible fundraising events as well as help with pursuing sponsorships for programs and events. Education and communication is vital to ensuring people are aware of our services as well as other resources in the community. The GA will help The Arc in social media and mass communications.

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Collaborative Proposal: Response of mercury cycling to disturbance and restoration of low-gradient forested watersheds.”

Atmospheric deposition of mercury (Hg) to forested watersheds can be through a combination of wet and dry deposition, with the latter pathway considered to be more important due to enhanced dry deposition to the forest canopy. Thus, alteration of the forest canopy is expected to result in changes in the relative contribution of wet vs. dry deposition as well as the amount of deposited Hg. Once deposited, Hg can be exported by streams and can potentially contaminate downstream ecosystems. A portion of this deposited Hg can be microbially converted to methylmercury (MeHg) under anoxic conditions. MeHg, a potent neurotoxin, can strongly bioaccumulate and biomagnify in natural food webs, posing a serious threat to natural populations of wildlife and humans.

Forest restoration is a common practice for restoring native species, protecting endangered species, and improving ecosystem services. Since there is an intimate relationship between Hg cycling behavior and various properties of forested watersheds (including canopy cover, soil saturation, etc.), it is important to examine if and how forest restoration, a common forest management tool, may affect Hg cycling in forested watersheds.

Dr. Karla Lewis

Photo of Dr. Karla LewisDr. Karla Lewis (SERVE Center) received new funding from Winston-Salem State University for the project “Life STEM: Promoting STEM Engagement, Identity, and Career Awareness via a Culturally Relevant and Technology-Infused STEM-Based Curriculum.”

This exploratory project will develop and pilot test the STEM program. The evaluation will implement an exploratory design without a comparison group. This design will mainly study whether the program is working and whether it leads to the desired outcomes with participating teachers, students, and families.

Dr. Tyreasa Washington

Photo of Dr. WashingtonDr. Tyreasa Washington (Social Work) received new funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the project “Family’s Impact on the Development of African American Children in Kinship Care.”

African American children in kinship care are at risk for social skills deficits, academic underachievement, and behavior problems. This is a public health concern because these problems have been linked to mental health, substance use, and delinquency problems. Understanding the strengths and resources of kinship care families that contribute to children’s social, academic, and behavioral outcomes will lead to the development of prevention and intervention services that can have a positive effect on children’s present and future lives.

Large-scale photography in “Keith Carter: Fifty Years”

Photography by Libby Vinnels

A new exhibition of a legendary artist will open at the Greensboro Project Space in September.  UNCG’s CVPA will present “Keith Carter: Fifty Years,” an exhibition celebrating the artist’s large-scale photography work.

Often called “a poet of the ordinary,” Carter through his work shows an evocative sensitivity to the everyday. Through what he refers to as a “visual diary,” he examines the history of photography and vernacular culture, and explores our own shared histories.

On September 5, there will be an artist talk at the Weatherspoon at 6 p.m. The day after, the exhibition will officially open at GPS with a reception and book signing. It will run through September 27. For more information on the Weatherspoon event, see here, and here for more information on the GPS exhibition.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Maggie and Gene Triplette Program Fund at UNCG, and is curated by Lori Vrba.

Copy from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Edited by Avery Campbell

Dr. Joanne Murphy

Photo of Dr. Joanne Murphy.Dr. Joanne Murphy (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Kea Archaeological Research Survey: Testing the Value of Survey Data.”

The study of the ancient remains on the surface of the ground, as opposed to excavation, has dominated the methodological debate in Greek archaeology. The proposed project will make a significant contribution to this debate by testing the longevity of survey results using the Greek island of Kea as a case study. Kea (or Keos) was surveyed in 1983-1984 by an international team of archaeologists. During the twenty-five years since the survey was conducted much of the activity on the island has changed; more houses are being built along the coast and less farming is being carried out in the fields. These changes in activity alter access to and visibility of archaeological sites. The vicissitudes of activity in the landscape raise the question of the accuracy and longevity of conclusions drawn from survey. This project aims to question the long-term validity of survey data by resurveying Kea using the same methodologies as the original surveyors and an alternative set of methodologies to see if we can still reach the same conclusions twenty-five years later. This will be the first project of its type in Greece and has the potential to assess and refine our appreciation of the value of survey as a reliable archaeological research method.

The general underlying assumption of surface archaeology is that the landscape recreated from survey data is an accurate picture of the ancient landscape that informs us about land use, population density, politics, and trade in antiquity. The veracity of the assumption has yet to be tested.

In 2019 researchers will continue to study the artifacts collected in 2012-2014 and take samples of ceramics, lithics, and sherds from Kephala and Paouras for scientific sampling to reconstruct the early technologies and networks on Kea and in western Aegean.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Dr. Qibin Zhang (Translational Biomedical Research) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Protein Markers to Islet Autoimmunity and Type 1 Diabetes Progression.”

He is associate professor and co-director, UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research.

Dr. Penelope Pynes

Dr. Penelope Pynes (International programs) has been appointed as a lab advisor for the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. The Lab advisors provide support for the Laboratory’s cohort, working closely with their given Lab institution.

The current cohort has the support of four Lab advisors, experts with a wide range of background and experience in campus internationalization.

Pynes is Associate Provost for International Programs and Director of QEP on Global Engagement, leading the internationalization efforts at UNCG. Since 1995, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange at UNCG and in the state. She piloted the Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program housed at UNCG. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Württemberg. Penelope facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad.

She is a former Fulbright scholar to Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Rotary Club Study Exchange Scholarship to Norway.


Spartans, volunteer at the North Carolina Folk Festival

Folk Fest sign on an ampUNCG invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and all other Spartans to be Spartan Way Ambassadors, spreading Spartan Spirit at the 2019 NC Folk Festival.

Volunteers will greet festival attendees and provide UNCG “swag” to festival attendees, encourage social media posts, and survey visitors. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt to wear during their shift and keep afterward. Sizes from Small to 3XL will be provided. Be sure to provide your size when you sign up.

Organizers need staff and faculty volunteers to check-in student and alumni volunteers, staff our tents, greet visitors, and assist with various activities. Please sign up here: go.uncg.edu/ncff-spartans

Alumni, parents and other members of the UNCG community may sign up at go.uncg.edu/ncff-spartans.

Students can earn Service Hours by volunteering at this event. Here is the Spartan Way volunteer registration form for students: go.uncg.edu/ncff-students

The NC Folk Festival features musical performers from around the world, activities, arts, and food trucks. More information about the NC Folk Festival can be found here: https://ncfolkfestival.com

The days and times for the Festival are:

Friday, September 6: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 7: Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 8: Noon – 6 p.m.


Who won Campus Kickoff UNCG Mobile App raffle?

Photo of raffle ticketsCongratulations to the following winners of the UNCG Mobile App raffle during the recent Campus Kickoff on August 13th:

Spartan Dining ticket #442352

10-meal pack and $35.00 certificate

Winner: Angela Matkins


Spartan Dining ticket #916248

10-meal pack and $35.00 certificate

Winner: Heather Stewart


Barnes & Noble ticket #191035

$50.00 certificate

Winner: Marie Land


Barnes & Noble ticket #936005

$50.00 certificate

Winner: Unclaimed


Starbucks ticket #794517

$50.00 certificate

Winner: Unclaimed

Raffle ticket holders for the remaining unclaimed prizes should contact uc-ops@uncg.edu to claim their prize.

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the new UNCG Mobile App. Spartans have downloaded the app over 8,000 times to date, and UNCG will match 1,223 of those downloads with a food item donation to Spartan Open Pantry, benefiting students in need. If you have not downloaded the new app, do so today and access the University’s key features and resources from the palm of your hand!

Play some hoops! Founders Day and basketball

Photo of basketballs.UNC Greensboro Athletics is hosting the inaugural “3-on-3 with the G” on Saturday, Oct. 5 at LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro in anticipation of the 2019-20 UNCG men’s basketball season.

The 12-hour event, which will begin at 8 a.m., will give fans and community members alike the opportunity to participate in a unique, all day 3-on-3 game. Teams will compete in 30-minute time slots with a running score throughout the duration of the day. All teams will be comprised of four members with three on the floor plus one substitution. Interested players may sign up as individuals and be assigned a team or sign up a whole team at once. Time slots will be allocated based upon age groups.

Registration for the event is $10 per person and includes a ticket to the UNCG Men’s Basketball home opener vs. North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Greensboro Coliseum. All registrants will receive a 3- on-3 with the G t-shirt as well. If your age group is sold out, please fill out the que

Click here for registration information.

If your age group is sold out, please fill out the questionnaire at the bottom of the registration page.

Additionally, members of the UNCG basketball teams will make appearances during the event while UNCG spirit squads and Spiro will also be present. There will also be giveaways and music.

Questions? Learn more here. 

Dr. Jeremy Bray awarded Jefferson-Pilot Professorship

Photo of Dr. Jeremy Bray .UNCG Bryan School professor Dr. Jeremy Bray ’89, ’92 has been named the new recipient of the school’s Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship due to his research excellence and leadership within his discipline.

Bray has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2013, when he joined the Bryan School of
Business and Economics as professor and head of the department of economics. He has fostered
transdisciplinary health and wellness research within the Bryan School and across the university through
his leadership and mentoring of faculty and students.

Bray is a nationally- and internationally-recognized authority on the economics of risky health behaviors
and the economic evaluation of behavioral health interventions, including workplace substance abuse
prevention programs and alcohol screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinking. Over his career,
he has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles, research monographs, book chapters, and
editorials. He has led or co-led more than a dozen external grants or contracts. As investigator or
principal investigator, he has received more than $30 million in funding. He currently serves on two
editorial boards, has served as a grant reviewer for NIH, AHRQ, and the UK NIHR, and is a visiting full
professor at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Susan Calkins

Portrait of Susan CalkinsThe Office of Research and Engagement provides an announcement:

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Calkins, formerly Bank of America Excellence Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, will be joining the Office of Research and Engagement as the Senior Scientist for Research Initiatives.

This experimental part-time position, with financial investment from the Provost’s Office, permits UNCG to take advantage of the great expertise among UNC Greensboro research active faculty. To date, there have been few formal options for senior faculty who are retiring and who are highly research active and have a track record of garnering significant external funding for large interdisciplinary projects to continue to contribute their research acumen.

Dr. Calkins will assist the Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement in advancing the research profile of the university including: facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly within research networks; assisting in the development of a more robust and intentional research mentoring program tailored for tenured, and tenure-track faculty at different levels; assisting the Proposal Development team in the Office of Sponsored Programs to identify funding opportunities; and
providing mentoring/feedback on external funding applications.

Dr. Ratchneewan Ross

Dr. Ratchneewan Ross (Nursing) will serve as the opening keynote speaker at the International Conference on Mixed Methods Research in Health Sciences in Florianópolis, Brazil. The conference will be held at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in late September.

Enjoy free lunch at Campus Kickoff August 13

Aerial photo of the Moran buildingOn August 13, reconnect with colleagues and get ready for a big new year at the annual UNCG Campus Kickoff Luncheon.  There will be food, fun, and prizes!  

This year, UNCG is rolling out a new mobile app (you can already download it from the Apple and Google app stores). It is going to help transform the way we connect, communicate, and stay informed. Download the app and show it to us at the Fountain View dining hall during lunch, and you’ll be entered to win prizes like gift cards to the UNCG Bookstore, Spartan Dining, or Starbucks. Winners will be announced using the convenient Notifications capability in the new UNCG Mobile App.

Plus, your downloads will make a difference! For every download starting today and ending at midnight on August 13, UNCG will donate one item of food (to be determined based on need) to the Spartan Open Pantry, which helps provide for our students when they are in need.  A 2017 local survey revealed that in the previous 12 months, 34.9 percent of UNCG students had skipped a meal because they didn’t have enough money to buy food. No student should go hungry.  No student should have to choose between books and essentials. Download the app today, and support our Culture of Care.

At the kickoff you’ll have a chance to meet our four new deans, an opportunity to get an exclusive deal from the UNCG Bookstore, the ability to learn more about free Run Hide Fight training from the UNCG Police Department, and a few other surprises.

Lunch starts at 11 a.m. Get the app and join the team as we prepare for the 2019-2020 academic year.  

Newsmakers: Somers, Rich, Debbage, Kuperberg, Baucom, and Obare

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 week:

  • Dr. Ann Berry Somers was one of seven women featured in a Women in Academia Report article on women in higher education who have received prestigious awards recently. The piece.
  • New men’s soccer coach Chris Rich was highlighted in a News & Record piece. The article.
  • Dr. Keith Debbage spoke to the Winston-Salem Journal for a piece on Amazon’s new one-day shipping. The article.
  • Dr. Arielle Kuperberg’s research on cohabitation was featured in a Council on Contemporary Families article. The piece.
  • Doctoral student Lauren Baucom was featured in a Mashup Math article on math education strategies for teachers. The article.
  • Dr. Sherin Obare, dean of JSNN, was quoted in a piece on the Baylor University’s news site about a new environmental scanning project. The piece.

Campus Violence Response Center faculty/staff training

The Campus Violence Response Center is providing a faculty and staff training series for the 2019-2020 school year. The training series includes the following; Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally Training, Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence Training, and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress training. A flyer has been attached with descriptions and dates of the training series.

Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally Training September 12, 9-12 p.m., February 4, 1-4 p.m. Gove 015 This interactive presentation will highlight the campus and community resources necessary to create a safer, non-violent campus culture.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence September 16, 12-1:30 pm, February 21, 10-11:30 am. Gove 015 In this workshop, we will discuss the unique challenges that LGBTQ+ survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, family violence, stalking, and harassment face.

Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress October 8, 1-3:30 pm, March 5, 9-11:30 am. Gove 015 This interactive presentation will highlight the importance of recognizing and responding to personal experiences with vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, trauma exposure response, and burnout as well as implementing approaches for prevention.

Full day options with all 3 available on: October 15, 9 am-5 pm; January 7, 9 am-5 pm

For more information on the services provided by the CVRC, check out the new video series at www.cvrc.uncg.edu.For more information or for accommodations, contact Katie Vance at kbvance@uncg.edu or 336-256-0267.

In Memoriam: Frank McCormack

Francis (Frank) McCormack died July 2.  Dr. McCormack came to UNCG in 1967 to teach in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was previously in the U.S. Army, where his rank was captain; he worked in the U.S. Ballistics Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md. His area of research was the kinetic theory of gases.

He served as chair of his department and was instrumental in working with Dr. Eloise Lewis when the School of Nursing school began and physics was a required course. After 40 years at UNCG, Dr. McCormack retired in 2007.

Karlene Noel Jennings named to ALA Philanthropy Advisory Group

Photo of Karlene JenningsKarlene Noel Jennings, executive director of development for University Libraries, has been appointed to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Philanthropy Advisory Group for a two-year term. In this role, Jennings will be charged with advancing the philanthropic activities of the ALA and increasing the level of external funding that supports the work of the Association.

As a member of this advisory group, Jennings will advise and report to the ALA Executive Board, investigate and analyze the state of philanthropic work in the association, work towards more effectively coordinating philanthropy within ALA and its Development Office and study the impact of new goals and how to evolve more efficiently over time.

Jennings holds a PhD from Iowa State University in educational leadership and policy studies and a master of science in information sciences from the University of Tennessee — Knoxville.

She holds other degrees from the University of South Carolina and Washington & Lee University. Jennings is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and also holds professional memberships in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

In addition to fundraising for academic libraries, Jennings has also served as a public library trustee, co-authored two books about library advancement and published other writings about library development.


CHANCE for Latinx high school students grows

Photo of a CHANCE presentationUNCG CHANCE 2019 experienced its largest class of highly engaged Latinx campers in its three year history, says Rod Wyatt, Sr. Director of College Completion Initiatives, Division of Student Success.

160 students registered to attend

The growth of CHANCE is directly linked to several factors.  “First and foremost of which is the university ability to deliver on its promise to the Latinx community of providing a pathway to higher education,” he explains. “Secondly, the involvement of our faculty to volunteer their time, talent and wisdom to ensure Latinx students understand that college is not only a possibility but is well within their reach.” 

One new event this year was the Amy Williamsen Speaker and Panel Series on Tuesday evening, in honor of the late Dr. Amy Williamsen from the Department of Language, Literature and Cultures. 

A full story will be posted on UNCG Now site soon.

‘Real News, Real Talk for Middle Schoolers’

Calling all middle schoolers! Join UNCG University Libraries this summer for a free workshop for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders that encourages critical thinking, civil discourse, information literacy, and promotes a lifelong love of learning. Your child will learn how to find quality information, evaluate sources, communicate ideas effectively, and develop informed opinions.

Registration is required — reserve your place by July 26, 2019. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by Onward!, UNCG Department of Communication Studies, and University Libraries. For disability accommodations, email mmurphy@uncg.edu.

For more information and to register, visit http://go.uncg.edu/rnrtregister.

The 2019 Emmy nominations? The UNCG connections

Photo of Chris Chalk speaking with students

Chris Chalk speaking to a UNCG Theatre class.

Three shows on which UNCG alumni worked received nominations for the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Chris Chalk is a featured actor on “When They See Us.” The critically acclaimed limited series about the Central Park Five received 16 nominations. Additionally, the run for the dramatically stylized “Gotham” has ended, and the show received a nomination for sound editing. Chalk starred as Lucius Fox.

Bernd Reinhardt films comedy skits for “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” which was nominated for Best Variety Show.

Justin Frasier-Wright is assistant to the executive in charge and line producer at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which was nominated for Best Variety Show as well.

In Memoriam: Suzanne Lea

Dr. Suzanne Moore Lea died May 29.

She was a professor of physics and computer science at UNCG, serving as director of the computer science division within the Department of Mathematical Science until 2004.

She earned a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Rice University in Texas in 1964, a master’s of science in physics from Ohio State University in 1965, and her PhD in physics from Duke University in 1970. She also received a master’s of science in computer science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986.

With her UNCG colleagues and partners across the UNC System, she worked on a major project: “A Consortium to Promote Computational Science and High Performance Computing.”

UNCG and N.C. A&T awarded $500,000 to build high-speed data network

Photo of the UNCG campus

UNCG and N.C. A&T have been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $499,912 to build a high-speed research data network that will both connect the two largest universities in the Triad with each other and enable faster, easier sharing of research with scientists around the world.

The Gate City Research Network (GCRN) is one of only 11 NSF Campus Cyber Infrastructure awards in the state of North Carolina and is the first award in the state for the category of Network Infrastructure.  Approximately $358,000 of the award will be managed directly by UNCG, while approximately $142,000 will be managed by NC A&T as a “sub-award.”

The GCRN will create a multi-institutional network supporting research activities through a clean, low-latency, high-speed internet connection. This will give researchers access to dedicated, high performance computing resources while helping to eliminate issues posed by using existing networks that also carry administrative, entertainment (i.e. movie streaming, gaming), and other non-scientific data. The GCRN will enable fast transfers of the enormous amount of data that fuels innovative research.  This will significantly increase the fundamental research capacity in disciplines such as chemistry, nano-engineering, nano-, computer-, and data science.

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In memoriam: Michael Dean Parker

Michael Dean Parker, MD, died on June 24.

He attended Duke Medical School and served on the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After retiring from practicing radiology, he taught physiology and physics as an adjunct professor here at UNCG.

His research into antinuclear antibodies led to more accurate diagnoses of several autoimmune diseases, and his 1985 “Introduction to Radiology” textbook was used in medical schools throughout the country. He was a major in the US Air Force from 1972-1974, where he served as a teaching physician at Keesler Air Force Base and assisted in caring for U.S. prisoners returning from Vietnam. He taught himself to play guitar and played lead at many open Blues Jams sponsored by the Piedmont Blues Society.

Two UNCG Spartans head to Romania on Fulbright Scholarships

Two recent Spartan graduates, Kyle Kostenko and Colin Cutler, have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach and research abroad during the 2019-20 academic year.

The Fulbright Student Program, the largest international exchange program in the country, offers opportunities for recent graduates in more than 140 countries. Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields, and are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

“As stated in the University’s mission and vision statement, ‘UNCG is committed to being a global university integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.’ We applaud these students who will take the knowledge they acquired at UNCG and apply it overseas. Being selected for the Fulbright Student Award is an outstanding achievement which speaks highly of their character and abilities,” says Patrick Lilja, UNCG Coordinator of Prestigious International/National Fellowships and Fulbright Program Advisor.

Coincidentally, both award recipients will travel to and work in Romania.

Photo of Kyle Kostenko

Fulbright recipient Kyle Kostenko. Photography by Brittany Hudson.

Photo of Colin Cutler

Fulbright recipient Colin Cutler. Photography by Bob Mitchell.










Kyle Kostenko (Master of Music, Music Performance ‘19) will research and collect experimental and contemporary music composed for clarinet by Romanian composers. His ultimate goal is to produce a collection of representative works for dissemination in the United States and internationally.

Colin Cutler (Master of Arts, English ‘16) will work as an English Teaching Assistant at Universitatea Lucian Blaga in Sibiu, a small city in the south of Transylvania. As a guitarist, banjo player, and singer, he will share what he learned about old time blues and Appalachian music in the Piedmont Oldtime Society and UNCG Old Time Ensemble through lectures, workshops, and community events in and around Sibiu.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, with recent graduates and graduate students undertaking international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary teaching worldwide. Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

UNCG students and recent alums interested in the Fulbright program or other nationally competitive fellowships are invited to visit the Prestigious International/National Fellowships webpage and submit an inquiry form to request an advising appointment.

UNCG places 33 student-athletes on Spring Academic All-SoCon Teams

UNC Greensboro placed 33 student-athletes on the 2019 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference Team. The Spartans had 10 teams represented, led by eight selections from women’s indoor track. Women’s golf accrued the second-most selections with five. Women’s outdoor track, men’s indoor track and softball each had four honorees. Baseball added three, and women’s basketball had a pair of selections. Women’s tennis, men’s golf and men’s outdoor track all had one student-athlete selected.