UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Chancellor Gilliam on MLK Day

We find our way to UNCG from all over the state, the country, and the world. We come from a vast array of backgrounds and have different lived experiences. Yet, together, we become part of one Spartan community, with respect for each other, a belief in the unique value of our colleagues and classmates, and an unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community.  

My hope for each of us, on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, is that we carry a message of hope, of action, and of shared fate. Our University must be a platform for civil dialogue, relationship building, and collaboration. We have a chance to make an important difference – through our studies, our service, and our civic engagement.

As Dr. King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

I know that our shared Spartan values of compassion, civility, and excellence will point us toward a bright future. This is what UNCG is all about.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) will moderate the upcoming panel at the Greensboro History Museum: Writers as Witness: Free Speech in a Time of Hate. The panel, part of Scuppernong Books’ and Greensboro Bound’s Writers as Witness series, will discuss the role of language and speech in the current political moment. Jovanovic will be joined by independent researcher Alejandro Buetel, PEN American’s Jonathan Friedman, and Allen Johnson of the News & Record. The panel will be Jan. 29, at the Greensboro History Museum, at 7 p.m. See more info here.

Housing Hangout will focus on housing for immigrants

The first Housing Hangout of the year, hosted by the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies, will discuss affordable housing for Greensboro’s immigrant and refugee population.

The event will be Feb. 7 at 12 p.m., in MHRA Room 1214. In addition to UNCG faculty, immigration activists, refugee housing specialists, and other community members and professionals will speak on issues related to affordable immigrant housing and housing discrimination.

UNCG’s “Housing Hangouts” are an informal space in which community housing advocates, city officials, university researchers, students, and members of the public gather to discuss housing and community development issues. These informal talks disseminate information about on-going programs, the findings of housing-related studies, community events. They also focus on the development of strategic plans and partnerships for providing decent and affordable housing in the community.

All are welcome to attend.

See the event listing for more information.


Marcia Rock receives national distinguished service award

Photo of Marcia Rock

Dr. Marcia Rock recently received the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division’s (TED) Distinguished Service award, for her service to TED over many years. She has been a member of the organization since she was a graduate student, and has previously served as TED’s president as well as TED’s political action member at large. She is currently a past president.

Rock, a faculty member in the UNCG School of Education’s Department of Specialized Education Services, has a long history of promoting government and political action to improve special education nationally. Her work has promoted advocacy in special education for both herself and the many doctoral students she has worked with through the years.

This advocacy manifests in Rock’s current research interests: technology-enabled coaching in pre- and in-service teacher development, and self-monitoring for students. Through engaging with both teachers and students, she works to improve education for all, especially those students with exceptionalities.

In addition to her longstanding leadership in and service to TED, she is consulting editor and field reviewer for several journals, and works closely with the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children division on a statewide Coaching Collaborative. She has also directed Project LINK-2-LEAD, a leadership preparation grant funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.

Through this work, Rock’s focus remains: to, through research, teaching, and advocacy, make classrooms a better place for both teachers and students.

Salute! 2019 Veterans Day at UNCG

UNCG will hold Veterans Day activities on campus Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 10 a.m. with a special program on Kaplan Commons (EUC lawn) at 1:30 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Student Veterans Association (SVA) and Staff Senate will hold a holiday card signing for deployed service members in the EUC Commons. Military recruiters, various lawn games, and military vehicles will be on the Jackson Library lawn, and SVA will host a YETI fundraiser. The Marine Corps will offer a combat fitness test, and the Military Affiliated Students Association will offer MRE sampling for those who would like to taste field rations.

The 1:30 p.m. program will include a poetry reading by student and warrior poet Aaron Graham and keynote speech from former city attorney of Greensboro Jim Hoffman.

UNCG Seraphim will perform the National Anthem, and the UNCG Army ROTC color guard will present the colors. The U.S. Marine Corps will conduct a swearing-in ceremony for recruits. The program will be followed by a reception in the EUC Commons for special guests, student veterans, and their families.

Flags will be set up on the southwest corner of Kaplan Commons to represent the approximately 1,500 military-affiliated students at UNCG.

In honor of Veterans Day, UNCG Athletics is offering a discounted $5 ticket rate for military-affiliated students’ friends and family for the UNCG men’s basketball game against Averett at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The first 100 to buy discounted tickets will receive an additional $5 concessions voucher for the game courtesy of the Military Affiliated Students Association.

Click here to RSVP for the event. To order additional tickets at $5 each, click here and enter the code VETAPPRECIATION. Deadline to order is Monday, Nov.11, at noon. Call 336-334-3250 for more information.

By Alexandra McQueen

Photography by Jiyoung Park


Newsmakers: Diploma, Holley, Murray, and Spivey

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:

  • Fox8 News reported on a special effort to award a diploma. It’s a remarkable story. The Fox8 story.
  • David Holley and UNCG Opera faculty are writing an opera based on a fifth grader’s short story, as reported by 88.5 WFDD. The piece.
  • Fox8 News spoke to Dr. Christine Murray about the new “Abuse is Never Okay” campaign. The interview.
  • Emily Spivey’s visit to media studies students to offer writing tips was highlighted in the News & Record. The article.

Millennial Campus, basketball, SERVE grant, GTCC orientation, and DeJesus and Bobay

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:

  • The News & Record featured the two new buildings on Gate City Boulevard planned as part of the Millennial Campus initiative. The feature.
  • WFMY News 2 featured the upcoming “3 on 3 with the G” basketball event.  The piece.
  • The $6.2 million SERVE Center grant to work with homeless youth was featured with a piece in the News & Record. The article
  • Yes! Weekly featured a piece on the first joint orientation program for GTCC students interested in transferring to UNCG. The piece.
  • Assistant professors Jasmine DeJesus and Louis-Marie Bobay are performing in the comedy science show “Stand Up Science” at the Idiot Box, as reported in the News & Record. The article.
  • UNCG alumnus Emily Spivey, whose show, “Bless the Hearts,” premiered last Sunday evening on Fox, was interviewed by WGHP’s Bob Buckley. The clip.

Music to our ears – year’s first UNCG ‘Concert Weeks’

Photo of school of music musicians performingIt’s that time of the semester: the first Concert Weeks at UNCG.  There will be music in the air over the coming days, as a variety of excellent UNCG ensembles have their initial performances, marking the halfway point of the semester. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

The coming events are:

  • Oct. 3: Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band is a select ensemble of 55 music majors, chosen by audition. Their wide repertoire includes both contemporary and classic pieces.  They will be joined by guest Justin Worley, UNCG’s Director of Athletic Bands, on tuba. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Oct. 4: Jazz Ensembles I and II: UNCG’s jazz ensembles will appear at the Carolina Theatre’s Crown space for another night of swingin’ tunes directed by Chad Eby and Thomas Heflin. 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $9-12.
  • Oct. 6: University Band: The University Band, composed of 85 majors and non-majors, perform two concerts every semester. They will play a variety of music with conductors J. Benjamin Jones, Cole Hairston, and Carolina Perez. 1:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Oct. 8: Wind Ensemble: The ensemble of wind players will be joined by Associate Professor of Horn Dr. Abigael Pack for a selection of pieces by composers including Holst, Saint-Saëns, and Welcher. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Oct. 10: Symphony Orchestra: Violinist Marjorie Bagley will join UNCG’s symphony orchestra for a night of music by Ives/Schuman, Barber, Price, and Copland. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

For more information, see the College of Visual and Performing Arts calendar.

UNCG Athletics gears up for SoCon Mental Health Week

UNCG banner in treesNext week, UNCG Athletics will participate in a Southern Conference-wide initiative to raise awareness about mental health, reduce the stigma of seeking mental health resources, and promote resources available to student-athletes. The initiative, created by the SoCon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, will be ongoing throughout the year, but will kick off during the Mental Health Awareness Week Sept. 29 through Oct. 5.

UNCG Athletics will host multiple “Green” events in honor of the initiative, where student-athletes will wear something green to show their support. Those include the women’s soccer game against Mercer Sunday, Sept. 29; the women’s golf tournament on Monday, Sept 30, and Tuesday, Oct 1; the softball game against Catawba on Saturday, Oct. 5, and the volleyball match against Wofford, also on that Saturday.

UNCG Athletics has produced a mental health awareness video that will be shown throughout the week on social media and at athletic events. Additionally, there will be a banner for student-athletes to sign to pledge to help end the stigma. There will also be several events to support student-athletes, including a workshop about mental health and a de-stress dinner. All students are encouraged to wear green to support mental health awareness on Friday, Sept. 4. The initiative uses the hashtag #SoConnected to unite the universities’ efforts.

“The message is that it’s okay to ask for help,” says sports psychologist Dr. Jen Farrell, who holds a dual appointment with UNCG Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology. “The ‘Green’ initiative is a great way for athletes to share the message with each other, and also with the campus community.”

Farrell, who was a college athlete at Bryn Mawr and earned her doctorate from UNCG, provides mental health services to student-athletes and directs UNCG’s applied sports psychology master’s program, helping them complete internships through Athletics. She provides training and education to staff about how to have difficult conversations and how to refer students for services. She also teaches students about identity development and how to adopt a growth mindset – skills that matter greatly in the athletic arena but could be applicable across campus and for any student. She says that, statistically, student-athletes don’t experience more mental health concerns than other groups, but they are less likely to seek help for them.

“One of my goals to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health,” she says. “I want to help people become more comfortable asking for help and reaching out. And it’s nice to be in a place where mental health is valued.”

To learn more about the SoCon Mental Health Awareness Week, follow the hashtag #SoConnected.

By Susan Kirby-Smith


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.