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Actor Tyler Barnhardt will present Q&A

Actor and alumnus Tyler Barnhardt (BFA Acting Class of 2015) will conduct a Question and Answer session today  (Wednesday, March 20) from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Acting Studio at 328 Tate Street. Tyler has multiple film and television credits in the four years since he graduated from UNCG. He’s able to offer great insights in how to move from the classroom into the world of professional acting. All are welcome. 


Call for Nominations: UNCG Faculty Assembly

UNCG faculty, nominations for the two-member UNCG Faculty Assembly delegation are being solicited. 

These two positions will represent UNCG at the UNC System Faculty Assembly along with the Faculty Senate Chair and Immediate Past Chair.

Please take a moment to follow the link below and submit your nominations. 

Please nominate yourself or a colleague (get her/his approval first) by no later than March 31.

Visit https://goo.gl/forms/SOu4WVUpQJ18FluU2.


Cameras. Mic’s. Lightboard. Leverage the magic of UTLC’s Production Suite

Photo of people using the UTLC studio

UNC Greensboro’s University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) has opened a new production suite to help faculty incorporate technology into the classroom and transform the learning experience for students.

The suite includes three state-of-the-art studios:

  • A one-button video recording studio in which faculty plug in a USB flash drive, press record, talk to the camera, and then walk away with a video file
  • A podcasting studio to create audio files and full-length podcasts
  • A lightboard studio that provides a videographer and post-production capabilities

The new space also includes virtual reality technology.

Faculty members interested in learning more about the production suite are encouraged to sign up for one of the upcoming one-hour workshops. Workshops will be held March 21, March 25, April 18, and April 29. Space is limited for each session. After completing the introductory workshop, faculty can begin to reserve and use the studio spaces.

To register for a workshop, visit the workshops and events website.

To learn more about the UTLC, visit utlc.uncg.edu.

Read the complete UNCG Now story here.


Play on! Spartans are No. 1 seed in NIT, advance to Round 2

Photo of Francis AlonsoThe UNCG men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 overall seed in the National Invitation Tournament and began postseason play Tuesday night by defeating No. 8 seed Campbell 84-69 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

It was a milestone victory: the first time in program history the team has earned a victory in the NIT.

The game was UNCG’s third appearance in the NIT in school history, having previously suffered losses to Memphis in 2002 and Syracuse in 2017. They earned a post-season victory in the CBI tournament in 2016, making this their second post-season victory ever.

The Spartans earned the top seed in this year’s NIT after narrowly missing out on the Southern Conference’s first-ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. With last night’s win, this year’s team has extended its program record for wins in a season to 29.

Tickets for the NIT second round match-up at the Greensboro Coliseum will be available through the UNCG Athletics site, and, through Ticketmaster here, and at the UNCG Ticket Office in Coleman Building.

Second-round NIT games will take place March 21-25 (the date/time for the UNCG-Lipscomb game will be announced soon) and the quarterfinals will be March 26-27, both at campus sites. The semifinals on April 2 and the championship game on April 4 will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York.

To read more, visit uncgspartans.com.

Visual: Photo from a late-season game.

Pride Month events on campus

Photo of the EUC exteriorFor Pride Month 2019, UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement will host a variety of events through March and into April.

Some highlights:

  • March 20: Queer Film Series: “Julio of Jackson Heights”: In collaboration with the School of Education, there will be a screening of the documentary about the murder of a gay Puerto Rican man which inspired a coming out of a New York LGBTQ community. 7 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom.
  • March 25: Tunnel of Oppression: An interactive event highlighting issues of oppression in our society. Participants walk through scenes that highlight particular issues with an assigned tour guide. 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom.
  • March 29: WGS Assemblages: Anti-Oppression Works: UNCG’s Women and Gender Studies program will present its 4th annual research symposium, dedicated to engaging in meaningful conversation around systemic oppressions. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., multiple rooms in the EUC.
  • April 3: Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence: A workshop that discusses how best to support LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and relationship violence. The presentation aims to provide faculty and staff with the tools to respond to disclosures from LGBTQ+ survivors. 9:30 a.m., Bryan 113.
  • April 8: LGBTQ+ and Abroad: This workshop will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to learn how to support LGBTQ+ students during the study abroad experience, and how to break down barriers against marginalized students. 6 p.m., Foust 206.
  • April 16: CommUNITY Dialogue: Latino/a/x – What’s the Difference?: This entry in the monthly CommUNITY Dialogue series will explore the intersections of LBTQ+ and Latin American identities. 12-2 p.m., EUC 062.

For a full event listing, see the web page here. For more information or disability accommodations, contact Elliott Kimball at 336-334-3478 or erkimba2@uncg.edu.

Copy courtesy OIE Office

Kim Record and alumni recognized as Outstanding Women in Business

Photo of Kim RecordUNC Greensboro Director of Athletics Kim Record and four UNCG alumni have been named winners of the Triad Business Journal’s 2019 Outstanding Women in Business Awards.

The five Spartans are among 23 women across the Triad to be recognized for their leadership and the ways in which their contributions have left an indelible mark on the community.

In her 10th year as director of athletics, Record leads the University’s 17 athletic teams, more than 225 student-athletes, and 90 staff members. Record has led UNCG to unprecedented athletic success, both on and off the court. During the 2017-18 academic year, UNCG’s athletic teams won five Southern Conference Championships and earned a best-ever 3.23 GPA.

The success has continued this year, with women’s soccer winning its second consecutive Southern Conference Championship, and men’s basketball setting a new program record for wins (28), placing second in the Southern Conference Tournament, and earning the No. 1 overall seed in the National Invitation Tournament.

Additionally, under Record’s leadership, UNCG Athletics launched the Campaign for Champions in January. The fundraising campaign is focused on transforming student-athlete academic and support facilities, and recruiting and retaining top coaches.

The four recognized UNCG alumni are:

  • Waqiah McNair Ellis ’01 MSN, executive director of nursing and patient services, Cone Health
  • Jennifer Ann Causey Johnson ’09, ’10 MSA, owner, Gate City Accounting Solutions Inc.
  • Kim Kelly Mann ’80, partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Sherri Bulluck Thomas ’93, chief human resources and organizational development officer, Truliant Federal Credit Union

The Triad Business Journal’s awards ceremony will be held Thursday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Grandover Resort and Conference Center.

To learn more and to see the full list of award winners, visit the Triad Business Journal website.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Lynn Hey


In memoriam: Trudy Atkins

Trudy Atkins, who led UNCG’s publications from the 1960s until 1982, died March 15. She was editor of UNCG’s alumni magazine, Alumni News, for 18 years. 

She left UNCG in 1982 to work for Dr. William Friday, president of the UNC System, until his retirement in 1986, her obituary notes. She then worked for the family business, Southern Trade Publications, publishing trade journals and the Retirement Resource Guide.

She maintained a relationship with UNCG’s communications staff over the years, very interested in stories or event announcements that would be of interest to her readers. She was asked to contribute memories for the 125th anniversary issue of UNCG Magazine – in a great quote, she recalled her classes with Randall Jarrell.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, at West Market Street United Methodist Church, 302 West Market Street. 

See the obituary.

In memoriam: Clifton “Bob” Clark

Dr. Bob Clark died March 12. He came to UNCG’s Department of Physics in 1965 from Southern Methodist University, where he was department head. UNCG had recently become coed, and Clark was hired to be the department head and build up the department. He was head for 10 years and continued as a professor to his retirement in 1994.

He earned his PhD in physics at the University of Maryland in 1957. He taught physics at the United States Naval Academy from 1951-1957.

The obituary may be viewed at https://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/clark-c-bob/article_92693a12-fcaa-5bd5-ad25-282e60f13a7f.html

Dr. Nadja Cech

Portrait of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received supplemental funding from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for “Predoctoral Training: Innovative Technologies for Natural Products and CAM Research.”

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in collaboration with investigators in Biology and Nutrition, are working on a multi-disciplinary research proposal to the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) to support predoctoral research training in the biological sciences. Funds from this proposal support stipends, benefits, and 60 percent of tuition for five predoctoral students pursuing PhD degrees at UNCG. The duration of the award is five years (renewable indefinitely depending on performance).  

Dr. Emily Janke

Photo of Emily JankeDr. Emily Janke (Institute for Community and Economic Engagement) received new funding from Cone Health System for the project “Advancing LEAP: Lifetime Eating and Physical Activity Practices.” Dr. Lauren Haldeman is co-principal investigator on the project.

This funding will provide administrative support to extend the efforts of the LEAP collaborative.

LEAP is a collaboration among UNCG, Cone Health, and Guilford Health Department, with support from Guilford County Schools, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, and Ready for School Ready for Life. The purpose of the effort is to identify common goals and measures that existing program providers and residents can use to inform their health and wellness efforts. LEAP is bringing together multiple stakeholders across the county to collectively determine these goals and measures through various meetings.

Dr. Jennifer L. Etnier

Portrait of Dr. Jennifer EtnierDr. Jennifer L. Etnier (Kinesiology) received supplemental funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “The effect of physical activity on cognition relative to APOE genotype (PAAD-II).” Dr. William Dudley, Dr. Laurie Gold, Dr. William Karper, Dr. Jeffrey Labban, and Dr. Christopher Wahlheim are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, the project will examine the effects of physical activity on cognitive performance and on neurological and biological mechanisms. It will also explore the moderating role of APOE4. The study incorporates cognitive measures and MRI sequences used in a Phase III clinical trial testing the effects of physical activity on cognition in older adults and is conducted in collaboration with the principal investigator of that trial. This allows researchers to leverage National Institute of Health resources by compiling data across a broad age range.

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou

photo of ZhouDr. Zhanxiang Zhou (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for the project “Aldehydes in Alcohol-Induced Organ Injury.” Dr. Qibin Zhang is co-principal investigator on the project.

This project aims to determine if Paneth cell dysfunction is a crucial factor in alcohol-induced intestinal overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, gut permeability increase, bacteria/bacteria products translocation and hepatic inflammation.

David Gwynn

Photo of David GwynnDavid Gwynn (University Libraries) received new funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for the project “Digital Library on American Slavery Research Fellowship.” Richard Cox is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, UNCG University Libraries propose to host a CLIR Fellowship in Data Curation for African American and African Studies from 2019 to 2021. Housed in the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department and reporting to the Digital Projects Coordinator, the Fellow for Digital Curation and Scholarship in African American Studies will also work closely with the head of the web development team. The fellow’s responsibilities will focus primarily on data manipulation and visualization, text mining, and GIS applications related to the Digital Library on American Slavery (DLAS) and other relevant collections as well as dissemination of this analysis in order to enhance the historical record and to increase the visibility and discoverability of DLAS.

Dr. Jamie Schissel

Jamie Schissel’s (School of Education/Teacher Education and Higher Education) book “Social Consequences of Testing for Language-minoritized Bilinguals in the United States” has been published. The publisher is Channel View Publications of England.

Dr. Schissel’s research focuses on the education of emergent bilingual students, specifically how language education policies around assessments interact with teaching and learning.  Schissel currently serves as Chair of the American Association of Applied Linguists Dissertation Award Committee. She teaches courses on applied linguistics at UNCG for undergraduate and graduate students and has a joint appointment in the Education Research Methods Department.

Register for June’s ‘Building Healthy Communities Through Better Housing’ symposium

Safe and affordable housing has a tremendous effect on mental and physical health. At the upcoming Building Healthy Communities Through Better Housing symposium, panelists and participants will consider ways to improve community health by investing in better housing.

The keynote will be given by Terry Akin, Chief Executive Officer of Cone Health System. There will be a wide variety of speakers and panelists, including Brooks Ann McKinney, Head of Vulnerable Populations with Cone Health; Anita Bachmann, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan North Carolina; and Rep. Ashton Clemmons, Representative for North Carolina House District 57.

The symposium will be June 7 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the School of Education. For more information, including a complete list of speakers, and to register, see the event listing here.

Newsmakers: Basketball, Haines, Lawrimore, Ortiz, and Kirchoff

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:

  • Spartan Basketball’s UNCG At Large campaign was featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times, The News and Record, and WFMY News2. The team’s position “on the bubble” as a mid-major conference team was a topic on ESPN and sports radio shows – and the NCAA seedings announcement show on CBS.
  • Steve Haines (Music) spoke to Yes! Weekly about his new album and his experience writing lyrics for the first time. The piece.
  • WUNC featured the Well Crafted NC project’s efforts to improve awareness of women’s contributions to brewing, with commentary from Erin Lawrimore. The article.
  • Fox8 featured music education undergraduate Dixie Ortiz’s efforts to increase the accessibility of music education. The piece.
  • Dr. Bruce Kirchoff was interviewed in a Washington Post article on the physics of “On Top of Spaghetti”. The article.

TOPPS event

UNCG’s Teaching Innovation Office is hosting its second annual TOPPS event May 13-15.

The theme  is the “Science and Art of Changing the Brain” through instruction and instructional design. The target audience for the event is all online faculty members at UNCG (full/part time). Since summer semester are mainly taught online at UNCG, this event just before the summer semester gives online faculty ideas and inspiration on how teach online.

The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Kristen Betts, Clinical Professor in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her full bio and full event details on located on our TOPPS website at https://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/topps/

The keynote presentations are Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14, 9am-1:15pm in the Faculty Center. Lunch is included. Additional workshops will be offered during TOPPS in various locations. UNCG faculty members can register for all or some of the sessions by going to workshops.uncg.edu and find TOPPS events under the University Teaching and Learning Commons.

Last year, the TOPPS keynote sessions were full with a wait list.

Lynda Kellam gets Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award

Photo of Lynda KellamLynda Kellam, social sciences data librarian at University Libraries, has been awarded the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award.

The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

SAGE-CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Kellam during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

“Lynda Kellam has provided distinguished service in political science librarianship,” said award chair Erin Ackerman, social sciences librarian at the College of New Jersey. “The tools and programs she has created have an enormous impact on the profession as a whole and individual librarians.”

“Lynda created and continues to coordinate the webinar series ‘Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian,’” Ackerman continued. “These webinars cover a wide range of topics from Brexit to Census data to the U.S. Geological Survey. With this series – now in its ninth year – as well as in her work on academic databrarianship, Lynda creates opportunities for librarians to connect and share the information that helps us do our jobs better.”

Kellam received her B.A. and M.L.I.S. from UNCG and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers.

For more information regarding the ACRL PPIRS Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award, visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


Dr. Melissa R. Floyd-Pickard

Photo of Dr. Melissa Floyd-PickardDr. Melissa R. Floyd-Pickard (Social Work) received new funding from the Guilford County Department of Public Health for the project “Expansion of the GCSTOP Program in Guilford County.” Dr. Jay Poole is co-principal investigator investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, the Guilford County Solutions To the Opioid Problem program (GCSTOP) is a program created by Guilford County, in concert with UNC Greensboro to provide rapid response services (i.e., post reversal follow up) to individuals who overdose or are at the risk of overdose.

The project will expand the programs current capacity to positively impact opioid misuse by increasing access to harm reduction strategies. Requested funding will be used to increase the sites for the current post-reversal program, add staffing resources to the existing syringe exchange program, and provide services to justice-involved citizens with substance use disorder.

Dr. Martin Tsui, Yener Ulus

Doctoral student Yener Ulus (Biology) received new funding from NCSU North Carolina Sea Grant for the project “Effects of salinization on mercury bioavailability in coastal wetlands at Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, North Carolina.” Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui is faculty advisor on the project.

The project will investigate whether saltwater intrusion caused by rising sea levels is raising the amount of highly toxic methylmercury produced in coastal wetlands.  An increase in methylmercury could have a grave impact on coastal wetlands, as it can translate to even higher methylmercury accumulated in fish.

Findings like these could contribute to future coastal management that can decrease human mercury exposure through fish consumption.

Reserve space and room equipment in Jackson Library

Like many institutions, UNCG’s University Libraries has invested in a space renovation of its Library Tower in Jackson Library to support student learning. New furniture and technology have been added to floors two through five to provide improved group spaces, along with a variety of other arrangements. New seating options, larger tables, post and beam structures and whiteboards are just a few of the recent improvements. In addition, spaces on floors two and three have been enhanced with technology and software, such as dual monitors, large screen displays and power sources.

University Libraries Facilities Manager Will Cook has been overseeing the project since its inception, which began in the spring of 2017. “One huge challenge for University Libraries has been accommodating the growing UNCG student population and finding creative ways to add more seats in Jackson Library, ” said Cook. “We hope our efforts will create a space that is collaborative, innovative, and technology-enhanced.”

The project is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2019. Information about each area is available on University Library’s website, along with the ability to reserve the space.

Sign up for Employee Field Day by March 20

Photo of 2018 Field Day trophiesThree-legged races. Hula-hooping. Obstacle races. April 12 in Foust Park will be the site of fun.

The annual Employee Field Day is an event specially designed for UNCG Employees.

Come join us for this day of play designed to relieve stress, build morale, encourage camaraderie and promote fun.  Come as an individual player, as part of a team, or just as a spectator and cheerleader. Food, prizes, and fun for everyone. Wear your blue and gold. You will even have the opportunity to snag a picture with Spiro!

The first 100 employees to RSVP as individuals or a team by March 20th will receive our 2019 Employee Field Day T-shirt!

For more information on the event, including game descriptions or to RSVP, visit http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/calendar-events/employee-field-day/.

Staff Senate and HealthyUNCG will be holding a drive for student and teacher supplies for Moss St. Partnership School at the field day. Contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu with questions about donations.


Prepare for photo-rich ‘Week at the G’

A photo from Week at the G of a dancer

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a new campus-wide photo project documenting university life.

“A Week at the G,” which takes place March 31 through April 6, expands upon the popular “Day in the Life” concept by showing what it’s like to be a Spartan over the course of an entire week. Through a collaborative, coordinated effort between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others, UNCG can generate a wave of compelling, relevant, distinctive visual content. These photos and videos, spanning the entire UNCG experience, will be published by University Communications in a daily web journal and on social media.

University Communications (UC) wants Spartans in all areas to help show the world that there’s no place like UNCG.

As Chancellor Gilliam says, the University is at an “inflection point.” It’s a great time to show our broader community the many ways we provide opportunity, excellence,  and impact as an institution.

Outcomes of this project will include, among other things, a collection of new videos and images that will be shared across campus for a wide range of uses over time; discoveries of additional Spartan success stories across all of our units; and amplification of the University’s “Find your way here” campaign.

How can you help?

Please share your photo ideas at this site by this Friday – for the week of March 31-April 6. Some of these stories will be covered directly by University Communications photographers.

UC also encourages departments and offices to identify experienced photographers who are able to capture and submit photos that week. UC will work with them ahead of time to identify and track coverage opportunities. Everyone else – from the Chancellor, school deans, and professors, to staff, study abroad students, athletes, and alumni at work – will be encouraged to submit their images by online form that week and/or share them on social media.

Visit the A Week at the G web page, which has additional information.

Contact social media manager Morgan Glover (mjglover@uncg.edu) or associate director of photography Martin Kane (mwkane@uncg.edu) if you have any questions or suggestions – or if you would like one of them to visit your department in the next two weeks to speak about the Week at the G.


Deon’te Goodman ’16 joins cast of ‘Hamilton’

Deon’te Goodman ’16 is officially on Broadway.

The UNC Greensboro graduate has joined the cast of “Hamilton,” the critically acclaimed blockbuster that premiered in 2015 and tells the life story of “founding father” Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop, soul, pop, and R&B. His first night in the ensemble was March 5.

The role in the biggest show on Broadway came to Goodman within two years of his New York City debut in “Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical,” and a variety of roles in productions at regionally prominent theaters. He has been performing professionally since 2015.

Goodman holds a bachelor of music degree in classical voice, and was also in the first musical theatre workshop cohort at UNCG. In the School of Music, he studied primarily under Professor of Voice Carla LeFevre, and in the School of Theatre worked under director of UNCG’s musical theatre program Dominick Amendum and Professor of Theatre James Fisher.

“Deon’te asked to study with me beginning his junior year to focus on in-depth technical work,” said LeFevre. “With only two years to work together, we were on the ‘fast track’ toward establishing a technical foundation he could sustain on his own after graduating. The first year, we worked on classical singing technique to establish a strong foundation for all types of singing. His senior year we branched out to adapt his technique to the musical theatre style. … Deon’te has an incredible voice that flows from a beautiful, deep soul.”

“Deon’te was always an amazing singer,” added Amendum, who coached Goodman not only at UNCG but in New York City soon after he moved there. “He has a natural instrument that is expressive and exciting.  His hard work has clearly paid off, and he is doing UNCG proud on a larger stage!”

UNCG Opera audiences would have seen him in “Galileo Galilei” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” directed by David Holley.

“He is multi-talented, a remarkable actor, and a great colleague,” said Holley. “His real passion was musical theater, but he was exploring what opera was all about. I appreciated his curiosity and his willingness to take risks on stage. It’s nice to see the trajectory of his career. The sky’s the limit for Deon’te!”

Holley noted that Goodman is a loyal friend to other Spartan performers in New York City, even showing up to support them at auditions.

Read more about Deon’te’s story, including an interview with him on UNCG Now.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Anthony Chatmon

In memoriam: Suzanne Schmutz

Graduate admissions specialist Suzanne Schmutz died this past weekend.

Schmutz came to UNCG in 2010 as a temporary employee in Enrolled Student Services within the Graduate School. She became a permanent employee in 2012, working as in graduate admissions. Her colleagues described her as irreplaceable, hardworking, and an influential role model. She received a standing ovation during a new student orientation and often received thank you notes from applicants.

“I found Suzanne to have incredible attention to detail, and she was willing to work hard with our departments to bring the best students to UNCG,” recalls Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Kelly Burke.

“She said she would never retire because she loved what she did so much, and it showed,” remembers her close friend, Director of Graduate Admissions Kelly Meris.

Schmutz’ Celebration of Life will be at Forbis & Dick on Elm Street in Greensboro, NC, on Friday, March 15, from 6  to 8 pm.

Adapative Technology Workshops

Apactive Technology (AT) has an important role in the classroom, for both teachers and students. This month, OARS will host a workshop on the possibilities and use of AT. The sessions will focus on exploring how AT benefits both students and instructors. Through a variety of technological tools, the sessions will discuss how to use AT for academic success, how to apply it in classrooms, and its role in utilizing Universal Design on campus. The sessions will include hands-on activities and Q&A.

There will be two sessions, on March 20th and 27th, both from 3-5 p.m. in EUC Conference Room A. The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information and disability accommodations, contact Sidney Fletcher at 336-334-5986 or srtfletch@uncg.edu.

Celebrity chef Jet Tila on campus March 19

Photo of Chef Jet TilaFood Network star, celebrity chef, and restaurateur Chef Jet Tila will visit campus for a daylong event for students, faculty, staff, and the Greensboro Community March 19.

Chef Jet will conduct cooking demonstrations, judge a cooking competition among three student groups, teach a master class on entrepreneurship, and sign copies of his book “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die.”

Chef Jet has appeared on several cooking programs, including Iron Chef and Chopped, both on the Food Network. Through his diverse background and education at Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Jet uniquely shares his expertise and passion for the art of food as a culinary storyteller.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Chartwells Higher Education to bring Chef Jet as part of the living and learning food-forward experience we have at UNCG,” said Scott Milman, assistant vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Real Estate. “He embodies healthful eating and fresh ingredients, both hallmarks you will find throughout Fountain View dining and at our newest plant-based food station ‘Rooted.’”

Chef Jet will be working directly with students, hosting a Teaching Kitchen demonstration on how to make his famous Vietnamese spring rolls, and hosting a Q&A to discuss the benefits of plant-based nutrition. Later in the day, Chef Jet will host a talk on entrepreneurship for students majoring in business and related fields. During this session, students will have an opportunity to learn about Chef Jet’s experience as an entrepreneur and what it takes to start a business of your own.

The day will end with a Battle of the Chefs cook-off, hosted by Chef Jet, where three UNCG student group teams will go head-to-head for culinary glory in the ultimate chef showdown.

The book signing, cook-off, and dinner at Fountain View will be held 4-6 p.m. and is open to the public.

School of Theatre “Hall of Fame” honorees

On Feb. 14, the UNCG School of Theatre recognized new “Hall of Fame” honorees John Jellicorse, Bob Hansen, and Pam and David Sprinkle. The honor is meant to honor those “who have dedicated their lives to the belief that the theatre arts and theatre arts education may serve as a foundation to the success of their graduates wherever their career paths may lead.”

John Lee Jellicorse, UNCG professor emeritus, served as department head and dean at UNCG, as well as Northwestern University, University of Tennessee, Hong Kong Baptist University. As head of UNCG’s Department of Communication and Theatre from 1974-88 and Director of Theatre 1988-90, he hired key faculty, launched new curricula and sources of funding, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses while also initiating new programs in speech sciences, education of deaf children, broadcasting, and cinema. After returning from three years as dean of the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University and acting and directing for the Shouson Theatre, he became the first head of UNCG’s Department of Media Studies, a curriculum he initiated in 1975. Greensboro audiences may remember Jellicorse as Henry in “The Lion in Winter” and Whiteside in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

Robert C. Hansen became head of UNCG’s Department of Communication in Theatre in 1988, after having served two years as Director of the Theatre Division and Director of Design. Under Hansen’s leadership, theatre curriculum was significantly redesigned to bring it into conformity with National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) standards, which also resulted in the addition of new faculty positions, facility renovations, increased graduate assistantships, and the strengthening of the MFA program. He was an Associate Dean in the College of A&S from 2004-2017 where he led the development of the College’s online degree program (BLS) and directed the Freshman Seminar program. He is currently a Professor of Theatre for which he teaches in the areas of theatre history, dramatic literature and design. He is the author of “Scenic and Costume Design for the Ballets Russes” and numerous articles and reviews. In addition to his work as a teacher, scholar and administrator, Hansen has worked extensively as a theatre artist, designing sets, lights, and/or costumes for more than 100 stage productions since 1972.

Pam and David Sprinkle have been avid supporters of UNCG for 30 years and have contributed to the School of Theatre in transformative ways. They were lead contributors for the renovation of the Pam and David Sprinkle Theatre in the Brown Building and have collectively served on UNCG’s Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, Board of Endowment Fund, Board of the Friends of the Library, the Angels of Theatre, and the Excellence Foundation Executive Committee. Their support of UNCG extends to many areas, from UNCG Athletics to the Weatherspoon Art Museum to the Theatre Industry Showcase in New York City. They also established the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Author and Storyteller Series Fund, which enhances work of University Libraries in supporting outstanding children’s author to speak with children in Guilford County, UNCG faculty and students, and the general community.  They are supporters of Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro Opera, Greensboro Children’s Museum, and countless other organizations. They are both graduates of UNC Chapel Hill, Pam with a MLS degree and David with an MBA. David is former president of The Todd Organization and was also with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army and received a bronze star as a first lieutenant in Vietnam.

Past Hall of Fame recipients can be viewed here .

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Jiyoung Park, and courtesy of UNCG Advancement. Sprinkle courtesy of @uncgChancellor.

Dr. Dianne H. B. Welsh

Photo of Dianne WelshDr. Dianne H. B. Welsh (Bryan School) will receive a grant award for $36,000 from the Direct Selling Education Foundation for a Direct Selling Education Foundation Course Content Collaboration.

UNCG has a strong partnership with the Direct Selling Education Foundation, who will provide funding to initiate a competitive grants program to develop course content that advances the direct selling industry. The grants will be open to those already teaching courses in the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program (ECDP), both in the Bryan School of Business and Economics as well as across campus. This will include entrepreneurship cross-listed courses in key fields related to channels of distribution (i.e., information technology and sales and marketing). Grant recipients will be required to develop and deliver a direct selling module into their curriculum, including a minimum equivalent of one week of lectures and assignments out of a 15-week semester.

Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate March 20

The Faculty Forum has been canceled to accommodate a Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate.

It will be held 3-5 p.m. in Alumni House next Wednesday, March 20.

Michael Eric Dyson speaks March 18

Photo of Dr. Michael Eric DysonDr. Michael Eric Dyson will speak on race and racism next week.

Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic and of ESPN’s The Undefeated website. He served on the board of directors of the Common Ground Foundation, a project which worked to empower urban youth. He holds a PhD in religion and is an ordained Baptist minister.

The topic of his talk is “Race, Racism and Race Relations in America.” He will also discuss his new book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,” which explores the need to be honest about the struggles and difficult truths of race relations in modern America, structured as a sermon.

He will speak Monday, March 18, 7 p.m., in UNCG Music Building, Recital Hall. Copies of his book will be available for sale, and Dr. Dyson will sign the books in the lobby after the lecture.

This is a free event, but seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.

Kendon Smith Lecture Series March 28-29

UNCG’s Spring 2019 Kendon Smith Lecture Series will be held on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th. The event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, and is free and open to the public.

This year’s topic is “Close Relationships: From Initiation to Maintenance.”


Thursday, March 28, 2019

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Dr. Art Aron (Stony Brook University): The self-expansion model: Implications of recent behavioral and neural research for understanding and enhancing relationships

3:15 – 4:30 PM – Dr. Jeff Simpson (University of Minnesota): Partner buffering of attachment insecurity


Friday, March 29, 2019

9:00 – 10:15 AM – Dr. Rena Repetti (University of California, Los Angeles): The everyday lives of families: How our experiences, emotions and biology become interlaced with close others and shape our health

10:30 – 11:45 AM – Dr. Eli Finkel (Northwestern University): The all-or-nothing marriage


All talks will take place in the EUC Auditorium.

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series is an annual event that brings national and international experts to the University of North Carolina Greensboro to discuss a topic related to mind and behavior. The themes addressed are of general interest to both the academic community and to the public. The series began in 1984 through an endowment created by Janice Stewart Baucom of Concord. Dr. Smith served as head of the Department of Psychology at UNCG from 1954-67 and held an Alumni Professorship from 1969 until his retirement in 1983.

Newsmakers: Alonso, Koch, Shaw, Miller, and more

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:

  • Phil Koch, known as UNCG’s oldest graduate, and wife Anne have set up a scholarship for non-traditional students majoring in history, as reported in the News & Record. The article.
  • WFMY featured the recent “Different, Different World” workshop, which took UNCG students through a simulation of life as a deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind person. The feature.
  • Men’s basketball guard Francis Alonso was highlighted in a News & Record and Times-News article, with commentary from other players and Coach Wes Miller on Alonso’s contributions to the team. The piece.
  • In Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s February 2019 issue, many of UNCG’s degrees were included in their list of top 100 producers of degrees for African American students, including the Business Administration and Social Sciences programs. See the full list here.
  • Professor Babette Shaw is a visiting artist at Michigan State University, as featured in MSU’s news portal. The article.
  • Mid-Major Madness featured an article on men’s basketball coach Wes Miller’s major impact on the Spartans. The article.
  • Master’s student Jeff Tyle was appointed as Murata Machinery’s North American Sales Manager for fabrication products, as announced on Manufacturing News.  The article.

Alumni House reservations for the coming year

Photo of the alumni house exteriorThe Alumni House has begun accepting reservations for the 2019-20 academic/fiscal year. All reservation requests should be made online via the Alumni House web page. For a list of revised rental/usage policies, rates & fees, and a link to the reservation form, visit the web page at http://alumni.uncg.edu/house.

For additional information, contact John Comer at 6-1466.

Controlled Prairie Burn likely this week

The Peabody Park Preservation Committee is working with the NC Forest Service for a UNCG Piedmont Prairie controlled burn this month.

The controlled burn, at the edge of the practice golf area in Piedmont Park, will be held the middle of this week, if the weather conditions are suitable, says Dr. Elizabeth Lacey. The burn is expected to be carried out with drip torches filled with flammable liquid; it will last less than an hour.
Piedmont prairies, fire-adapted ecosystem that once was home to many now-extinct or endangered plant species, were once common in this region.  This UNCG piedmont prairie area near West Market Street provides a home to a diversity of birds and insects.