UNCG Campus Weekly

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UNCG CHANCE nearly doubles its size this summer

CHANCE, a college-immersion experience designed to help make college a reality for first-generation Latino and Hispanic students, will host 120 students, nearly doubling the program’s 2017 attendance. In addition to increasing attendance, CHANCE will also be extending its duration from three days to six and adding more programming and leisure time for attendees.

“This year, every academic school in the university is involved in some capacity,” said Rod Wyatt, senior director of College Completion Initiatives. “While growing, we tried to maintain our focus on a hands-on experience.”

That hands-on experience includes classroom activities, leadership development, course registration, introduction to campus organizations, workshops, panel discussions and more. Some notable classroom activities include an introduction to the School of Nursing’s anatomage table and collaboration in a video editing workshop.

Expansions in programming and attendance are in response to the success of the 2017 CHANCE. Every one of the 36 eligible high-school seniors in the 2017 program applied for college, 17 of which were admitted to UNC Greensboro.

The program is funded in large part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Frontier Set initiative. As one of 31 Frontier Set schools, UNC Greensboro was selected to further a number of initiatives with the aim of identifying successful strategies to improve graduation rates, especially for low-income and first-generation students and students of color.

Interested in supporting future CHANCE events? Contact Kattya Castellon at kjcastel@uncg.edu.

By Victor Ayala
Photography from last year’s inaugural CHANCE program.

Sun and sweat: UNCG preserves history on Outer Banks

Restoring gravestones in an old fishing village on the Outer Banks of North Carolina – it’s not your typical classroom experience. But for 10 students in UNC Greensboro’s IAR 555 (Field Methods in Preservation Technology), the three-week field school was transformative.

“The skills gained from field school are immediately applicable to my life, and I have already put some of them to use only four days after leaving,” said Morgan Duhan, who is working on a post-baccalaureate certificate in historic preservation. “This experience has created a solid toolkit of skills that have boosted my confidence in being able to enter the historic preservation field.”

Duhan was one of six graduate and four undergraduate students who traveled with interior architecture (IARc) professor Jo Leimenstoll to the remote Portsmouth Island – part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, just south of Ocracoke Island – to work with restoration craftspeople on restoring historic properties. The project was in partnership with the National Park Service, which covered the cost of building materials, supplies and honorariums.

The course was first offered in 2001 and continues to build on the partnerships it has cultivated with Old Salem Museums and Gardens and Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in Raleigh and various local preservation groups.

While each year reflects changes in the specifics of the field school, the core experience remains one of immersion in the craft of preservation as students engage in hewing logs, splitting shingles, planing moldings, repointing brick, plastering walls, cutting slate, installing wood shingle roofs, consolidating deteriorated wood, reglazing windows, forging iron and analyzing paint finishes.

Students spent the first week at Old Salem and Historic Bethabara working with skilled tradesmen to gain a hands-on understanding of traditional technologies for woodworking, blacksmithing, and masonry and plastering techniques. The second and third week built on the first as students moved from traditional technologies to current best practices for restoration work on actual projects in need of stabilization and repair.

“After a week in Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem and two weeks in Ocracoke working on Portsmouth Island, I have experienced the spark of passion and overall excitement for my future that originally led me to the interior architecture program at UNCG two years ago,” said IARc BFA student Melissa Sokol.

Past projects include the restoration of the Barker House, a modest 1770s farmhouse in rural Vance County in 2014; the historic Ward-Hancock House, in Beaufort in 2015; and the Pauli Murray House in Durham in 2016.

“The intent is one of looking back but thinking forward when dealing with the historic-built environment,” Leimenstoll said. “Students find the hands-on projects particularly rewarding because the results of their labor are so tangible, and they know they have made a dramatic difference in the ongoing life of the historic property.”

Immersive experience with historic buildings is an essential part of preparing IARc students interested in the fields of historic preservation and community revitalization, Leimenstoll believes.

“Participating in field school was rewarding in so many ways,” said Chelsea Ferguson, also completing a BFA in IARc. “It was history, memory, community and power tools. And now that it’s done, I feel like a boss.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography courtesy UNCG Interior Architecture; UNCG students preparing to replace wood shingles on a 1926 house in historic Portsmouth Village

Alumnus Dr. Ernest J. Grant named American Nurses Association president

UNC Greensboro’s School of Nursing graduates take giant steps ‒ from the impact of daily patient care and outreach to becoming leaders in the nation’s top nursing organizations. One of those is Dr. Ernest J. Grant ’93 MSN, ’15 PhD.

Grant grew up in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, as the youngest son of seven children. After high school, he enrolled in Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College for the Licensed Practical Nursing program, and the rest is history. Big history.

Grant received his master’s degree in nursing from UNCG in 1993 and later returned to earn his doctorate. In 2015, he became the first African American male to graduate from the university with a doctorate degree in nursing.

This summer, he was elected president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the premier organization of the nation’s four million registered nurses. He is the first male to hold the position at a time when, on average, fewer than ten percent of practicing nurses are male.

“I am extremely delighted and humbled to have the opportunity to advocate for the nation’s four million registered nurses, the nursing profession and those whom we care for,” said Grant. “I could not have gotten this far in my career without the education I received at UNCG – an education I use every day to advance health and health care.”

Grant, who was previously ANA vice president, is an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert. He oversees the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he has coordinated prevention outreach programs for more than 35 years.

After Sept. 11, 2001, he volunteered at the Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, and cared for patients injured during the attacks on the World Trade Center. For his service he received the Nurse of the Year Award from then president George W. Bush. Grant has also served as a consultant to the government in South Africa preparing fire safety curricula and advising the Congress on burn prevention law and policies.

“His activism and political advocacy locally, statewide and nationally has advanced the nursing profession and inspired many students and colleagues to follow in his footsteps,” said Dean of the School of Nursing Dr. Robin Remsburg. “His expertise in burns has taken him across the country and the world.”

Grant teaches as an adjunct faculty member for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.

He also gives back to UNCG, remaining active on the School of Nursing Advisory Board. The year that he earned his doctorate, Grant established the Ernest J. Grant Endowed Scholarship in Nursing to provide support for multicultural male students with financial need seeking degrees in nursing.

He has been named UNC Greensboro Alumnus of the Year and in 2010 became the first African American male president of the North Carolina Nurses Association.

“We know that our students, our alums, can do whatever they set their minds to,” said Remsburg. “Ernie is a stellar example.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Charlie Maimone and UNCG’s wide-ranging Business Affairs departments

Charlie Maimone, vice chancellor for Business Affairs since 20​14, recently sat down for a Campus Weekly interview about the upcoming expo and conference that Business Affairs will offer the campus on Aug. 1. We asked about a few other things as well.

CW: What are some things about Business Affairs that maybe people don’t know?

Maimone: I​’m guessing most faculty and staff could not list all the departments in Business Affairs. In some ways that is absolutely OK because our departments are university services with their own identities. So many of our departments develop working relationships with practically every department on campus so it’s easy to think of them as stand alone programs. For example the Print shop, Purchasing, Campus Police or Human Resources all communicate their services directly to our campus.

Actually, the ​upcoming ​ expo​ is really ​a great place to see the wide range of programs within Business Affairs. At the same time, I’m sure most people might not realize how much the business affairs departments depend on each other to complete all of the required work of the university.

CW: Can you give one or two examples?

Sure. ​When you think of ​our ​Facilities​ department​ there are actually 6 major areas of responsibility with over 20 departments. For example our Facilities Operations area is made up of 7 departments – Building and Trades, Work Order Services, Energy Management, Facility Services, Grounds and Garage, Surplus Warehouse, Services, Utility Operations and Waste Reduction and Recycling. Our Campus Enterprise area is made up of 8 departments – Bookstore, Dining – everybody’s favorite, Parking, Printing, Property Leasing, Spartan ID Card, Spartan Mail and Vending. With any major event on campus nearly all of these departments will be involved. Helping to get ready for the event, helping out during the event and finally helping put the university back to normal after the event.

​Move-in day, Convocation, Homecoming and Graduation are good examples. ​

CW: Some of this is what people will learn at the expo and conference?

Absolutely. On August 1st, the third ​annual Business Affairs Expo will take place in the EUC and the second ​annual Business Affairs conference​ and workshop for the campus will be going on too​. ​This day is a great way for our teams to present their services to the campus, to answer questions and to interact with others to describe how we can help.  

We’ll have about fifty people set up during the expo, and many different departments will present what they believe to be the most important services that they provide to the campus community. They will be able to interact with individuals and small groups, answer questions about the services and just enjoy getting to know each better. The expo is a very casual event. You can decide how long to stay, which departments you want to talk to – a no pressure environment. What we try to do is to identify compelling, important, relevant topics that individuals across the campus can use in the coming year, and really update them on what, let’s say, slight changes may have occurred to travel or reimbursements or something in Purchasing. By the way, it’s free, with refreshments!

CW: Are there two or three examples of some new things they may hear about?

Sure. ​One ​new thing our committee ​is doing ​this year is ask​ing​ people ​around campus ​what​ they ​are interested in​ us covering​. I​ was surprised to hear that one of the ​new topics we might be covering this year is how to build and use pivot tables​!​

​P​ivot tables​ are a great tool in Excel that allows you to summarize a great deal of information and present it on a single page. ​We use them a great deal ​ in budget planning and budget management ​ but they can be used to help organize lots of information.

​ ​Another good example, is our University Police Department ​will be conducting the very important. Run Hide Fight ​training. It’s a program that helps departments​ and individuals recognize what they ​can and ​should do in​ the event of an active shooter on campus. ​The program has been taught about forty different times​ year​ and the feedback is excellent. Our police department would love to reach ​ every ​ individual across the campus, so the Run Hide Fight as a conference workshop​ will be a great opportunity​to take the training if you have done so already.

Last year we had over three hundred people come to the expo ​and ​one​ hundred and twenty-five people attended the conference​. We hope everyone who attended last year will return and even more folks will come​ for the first time.

CW: Anything else you’d want to mention about the service your division provides?

Within the Business Affairs division, ​many of our departments have ​ the very important responsibility ​of​ ​regulatory ​ compliance and ​public accountability that goes along with ​being an agency of the State. Keeping the university in good standing with local, state and federal regulations while trying to meet the service needs of  3,000 employees and 20,000 students can be challenging. We not only accept the challenge but embrace it. What makes programs like the Expo and the conference so important to us is the amazing opportunity we have to hear directly from our colleagues and to better understand exactly how we can help them to accomplish their part of our university mission. The better we understand your programs, the better we can line up our services to help.

CW: Anything else people will probably want to know about? Anything on the horizon?

​The first thing that comes to mind is the important investment that Business Affairs partnering with Information Technology and Academic Affairs ​is making in the Banner 9 Initiative.

​This collaboration is transformational and the staff’s dedication to improving UNCG’s use of technology is amazing. We are aligning our ​use of technology around​ a single commitment to improving student success. One wouldn’t necessarily​ immediately think about the impact that ​business affairs might have on student success, but ​when we line up our systems and ​focus our business ​processes and procedures ​on student​’s progress toward degree, it’s remarkable how quickly we can make the connection between what we do every day and student progress.

One early example is the great work our ​Cashier Office​ has done partnering with the Financial Aid Office and Registrar’s Office to develop new payment plans​As mentioned before, there are tremendous compliance responsibilities​ and certainly high ​regulatory constraints, but ​the teams have used the technology to build new payment plans and lessen the pressure of payment deadlines for many of our students.

Interviewed by Mike Harris. Interview was edited and condensed.

All employees are invited to the UNCG Expo and Conference presented by Business Affairs, on August 1 in the EUC. Learn more and “put a name to a face.” See information here, including how to register for the conference.

Dr. Jim Eddy will step down as UNCG Online dean at end of 2018/19

After six years as dean of UNCG Online, Dr. James M. Eddy will step down as dean in July 2019. He will return as a professor. As Provost Dunn said in announcing the news, “Eddy will return to teaching some of the online courses he has helped to create.”

The provost noted several key milestones during his tenure:

  • the design, implementation, and marketing of the highly successful Ed.D program in Kinesiology,
  • the recent launch of the interdisciplinary, online Bachelor of Science in Integrated Professional Studies program,
  • the transformation of Summer Session to offer more online courses to meet student demand and reduce time to degree
  • and the creation of the UNCG Online Academy of Online Professors.

In his six-year tenure as dean, she noted:

  • UNC Greensboro has experienced a steady growth in the number of fully online students and in overall online student credit hours generation.
  • Under Jim’s leadership UNCG has become an “academic entrepreneur” combining traditional academic values with new technologies, innovative curricular design, faculty engagement, and student support services.

“Please join me in thanking him for his important contributions to UNCG,” the provost said.

A national search for the next dean will be conducted this fall. Details will be announced soon.

Lynch, Sills receive Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals (EEODF) Adjunct Trainer Certification

Patricia M. Lynch, director of EEO and affirmative action, and Veronica L. Sills, EEO consultant and investigator, both of UNCG Human Resources, received their Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals (EEODF) Adjunct Trainer Certification in June. This course was previously referred to as the Equal Employment Opportunity Institute (EEOI), which is a state-mandated diversity initiative.

EEODF is required for all state government employees who were hired, promoted or appointed to the position of manager or supervisor on or after July 1, 1991. The newly revised EEODF course is designed with the latest information needed to help managers and supervisors understand federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws in the context of daily work situations. The course also provides managers and supervisors with applicable information to help them work more effectively with a diverse workforce. Designed with a blended learning format, the EEODF course includes two components: online training with a final assessment and one full day of instructor-led classroom training.   

Their training lasted over six months with intense learning objectives, required homework and many hours of studying to become certified.

As certified trainers, Lynch and Sills will be able to instruct UNCG managers and supervisors in the instructor-led classroom training. Sessions at UNCG will begin in fall 2018. Managers and supervisors who have received their EEODF training in past years are welcomed to retake the training; however initial classes will be offered to managers and supervisors who have not completed the training.

To begin the first component of the EEODF course, register online with UNCG Human Resources Training Catalogue at this address for the Prerequisite Online part of the training: ONLINE .

For the required Classroom training, you can register here: CLASSROOM.

Both parts are necessary for completion of the training, and the Online part must be passed before being admitted to the Classroom section.

Volunteer for Out of the Garden or Moss Street Partnership School

Staff Senate will sponsor two volunteer opportunities next week.

Tuesday, July 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., all UNCG staff are invited to engage with the community through the Out of the Garden Project’s Fresh Mobile Market food drop at the Mustard Seed Health Clinic at 238 S. English Street. The Fresh Mobile Market (in visual) will distribute 50-17 pounds of food per family. Closed toe shoes are a requirement for this volunteer opportunity. Heavy lifting is involved but can be avoided for those who are not able. Sign up here. For more information, contact Britt Flanagan at  336.334.4686 or bsflanag@uncg.edu.

Thursday, July 19, there is an opportunity to volunteer at the Moss Street Partnership School. Volunteers will participate in cleaning, moving things, setting up classrooms, creating bulletin boards, and any other tasks to help the school get up and running.

For information, contact Amber Wall at 336.334.3102 or aswall@uncg.edu.


Serene and shaded: UNCG’s Elizabeth Herring Garden

On the north side of campus, across the Peabody Park Bridge, is one of UNCG’s most beloved gardens. Located outside the School of Music Building, the Elizabeth Herring Garden stands as a living memorial from one dedicated UNCG patron to his wife, celebrating her love of music and nature.

Dr. William B. Herring, MD, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, shared a deep love of music with his wife, Elizabeth. A Wake Forest University graduate, Elizabeth “Betty” Hawks Herring was active in the music world in North Carolina. In addition to singing in choirs, she supported the Greensboro Symphony, the Eastern Music Festival and the Greensboro Opera Company. She and Dr. Herring were early members of UNCG’s Musical Arts Guild and devotedly supported the School of Music, now part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Betty, however, also enjoyed gardening; her home was surrounded by blooming plants. At UNCG, Dr. Herring saw an opportunity to combine his wife’s two great loves into an everlasting gift: In 1996, while exploring other opportunities for supporting the School of Music, he embarked on the idea of creating a garden to complement the recently-completed Music Building. Dedicated on October 2, 1999, and completed in 2000, the Elizabeth Herring Garden quickly became a cherished hidden wonder on campus.

By Michelle Danner-Groves

See full story at UNCG University Advancement site.

Tours & Treats at the Weatherspoon

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will host two more Tours & Treats events this summer, on Thursday, July 12, and Thursday, Aug. 9. Each evening is an opportunity for visitors of all ages to view the galleries and tour an exhibition with a guide before participating in hands-on activities and receiving a cool summer treat.

This Thursday’s event includes hands-on activities related to nanoscience and the “Extreme Measures” exhibition, with special visitors from the Greensboro Science Center.

For the August Tours & Treats event, UNCG’s Michel Family Teaching Resources Center will visit with their new Icicle Tricycle, a vehicle for taking books and stories on the road.

Events are free, and no reservations necessary. If your group is larger than 10, please let the museum know by calling 336 334-5770 or emailing weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

Dr. Rob Owens

Rob OwensDr. Rob Owens (Bryan School of Business and Economics) has been inducted into the National Wellness Institute (NWI) Circle of Leadership.

“The NWI Circle of Leadership provides the National Wellness Institute with a forum for recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of wellness and, specifically, for their efforts to support the National Wellness Institute and its mission.”

See more information here.

Dr. Meredith Powers

Dr. Meredith Powers (Social Work) received new funding from The Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Incorporated, for the project “Parks for All People: Promoting Health and Wellness by Engaging Aging Populations in Public Parks.” D. Justin T. Harmon and Dr. Benjamin D. Hickerson are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract this project will focus on the health and quality of life needs of older adults in Greensboro through the rehabilitation of neighborhood parks to better serve their recreational and leisure preferences in public spaces. This project will benefit from the Junior League of Greensboro grant by building on an existing community partnership between the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation and the City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department. The abstract states that there are more than 100 neighborhood parks in Greensboro, with few of them adequately serving the specific needs of an aging population. The project’s partnerships for park enhancements are crucial in order to increase accessibility (e.g., wheelchair paths, benches) and participation of older adults in these public spaces.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “UNCG Eviction Diversion Research Project (EDRP) for the Development of an Eviction Diversion Program.”

The goal of the project is to reduce the displacement of families and individuals from their homes through unfair and unnecessary eviction. The abstract states such evictions lead to increase financial burdens and sometimes homelessness of displaced occupants. The programs that will be developed through this research project will identify and seek a mutually beneficial resolution with landlords to allow occupants to remain in their homes by mediating late or outstanding rents and other payments owed by the tenant. The benefits of the programs will be examined by conducting a Return on Investment and Cost Saving analysis for the community, courts, landlords, social services and families.


Three UNCG faculty (Dr. Rob Cannon, Dr. Jeremy Ingraham and Robin Maxwell) represented UNCG at the annual meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions in Washington, DC, from June 27 to July 1.

At the meeting, Dr. Rob Cannon (Biology, emeritus) was recognized for his long-term commitment to the organization as the recipient of the Carol Baffi-Dugan Award for Service: “The Carol Baffi-Dugan Award for Service is a leadership award presented at each NAAHP National Meeting. The award’s namesake is a long-term NAAHP leader who, through her selfless commitment to both her Regional Association an NAAHP, has set an example of dedicated service for all to follow.”

Robin Maxwell (Biology) was elected as a member-at-large of the Executive Council of the SAAHP (Southern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions) for the next three years. This is one of four regional organizations, and includes advisors from the region from Texas to West Virginia to Florida. She also was selected as a member of the NAAHP national organization’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Their leadership at the regional and national level reflects the value UNCG, as an institution, places on advising students striving to prepare competitive applications for health related professional schools.

Ramsey Cardwell receives U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Ramsey Cardwell, a doctoral student in Educational Research Methodology at UNC Greensboro, was recently awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Chinese this summer in Dalian, China.

The CLS program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program designed by the U.S. government to increase the number of Americans studying critical foreign languages. The eight-week program will allow Cardwell to gain critical language and cultural skills for use in his future career and scholarship. Cardwell is one of approximately 550 college and university students in the U.S to be chosen for the highly-selective program.

Originally from Greensboro, Cardwell began studying Chinese more than ten years ago as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. During that time, he studied abroad in both China and Taiwan to improve his Chinese. Now, going into the third year of his PhD in Educational Research, Cardwell is particularly interested in researching the assessment of second language proficiency.

“I started my master’s program in 2014 and came to UNCG for a PhD in 2016, so in the past four years I have not had much opportunity to use or study Chinese,” said Cardwell.  “So I applied to CLS in order to revive and further improve my Chinese language skills, particularly more academic/written Chinese.”

More than four weeks into the program, living with a host family in Dalian, Cardwell is already seeing an improvement in his language proficiency.

“This is definitely the most intensive language learning experience I’ve ever had,” said Cardwell. “My communicative ability has already increased noticeably, so I’m very excited to see how much more I can improve by the end of the program.”  

Looking ahead: July 11, 2018

WAM Tours + Treats
Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

CHCS Housing Hangout: State Housing Policy
Friday, July 13, 2 p.m., MHRA, Room 1607

Spartan Cinema: ‘Despicable Me 3’
Friday, July 13, sundown, LeBauer Park

Moss Street Partnership School Service Opportunity
Thursday, July 19

Spartan Cinema: ‘The Lion King’
Friday, July 20, sundown, LeBauer Park

See/hear: July 11, 2018

Marsha McKay, director of learning and organizational development at UNCG Human Resources, was recently featured on Triad Today. She discussed the role of organizational development and how the university helps employees reach their professional goals.


UNCG Newsmakers: June 2018

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 in the month of June:

  • Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education for a story on freshman retention. The article. (Note: subscriber-exclusive content)
  • Dr. Olav Rueppel’s study of insect self-sacrifice was featured in Popular Science.
  • Dr. Denise Cote-Arsenault spoke to NationSwell for a piece about modern ways of coping with pregnancy loss.
  • The News & Record talked to Dr. John Nowlin about using geology to find the best wine planting spots. The N&R article.
  • Dr. Thom Little talked to WFMY about a new House Bill to put voter ID issues on the ballot. The News2 piece.
  • Dr. Arielle Kuperberg spoke on marriage success for a piece in New York Magazine.
  • Dr. Shawn Ricks spoke to the WS Chronicle about suicide prevention and mental health. The article in the Chronicle.

Dr. Susan P. Keane

Photo of Dr. Susan KeaneDr. Susan P. Keane (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from DHHS-Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration: Reducing Barriers to Care in Underserved Populations.” This training grant interfaces the UNCG Clinical Psychology Program with a number of primary care sites in Greensboro and Durham including: Cone Family Medicine, Cone Center for Children’s Health, Cone Pediatric Residency Training Program, the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly,Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, and the Durham VA. Year 3 continuation funding provides $200,000 in trainee stipends to help prepare graduate students to enter the workforce and reduce barriers to care by providing behavioral healthcare in integrated health settings.

Dr. Travis Hicks

Photo of Travis HicksDr. Travis Hicks (Interior Architecture) received new funding from XDS, Inc., for the project “Penny Lane Farm.” Kristen Raizada is co-principal investigator for the project.

The project will design three “tiny house” prototypes for The Farm at Penny Lane in Pittsboro, North Carolina, a working farm that provides horticulture therapy to adults with mental illnesses. According to Hicks, the house prototypes are helping shape the design of a tiny house village that will house mental health clients in dire need of affordable housing in North Carolina.

“The prototype designs done by Travis and his students will serve as the basis for the 15-home village planned at The Farm at Penny Lane, a therapeutic farm that serves people living with chronic mental health conditions served by UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health,” said Thava Mahadevan, Director of Operations for UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health and Director of The Farm at Penny Lane.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Rocky Mount Housing and Revitalization Initiative, LLC, for the project “Rocky Mount Revitalization Initiative: Data Consolidation, Community Building, Evaluation Design and Technical Assistance.”

The abstract states that the overall objective of the research is to identify systemic public and private issues across neighborhoods within Rocky Mount, as well as creating multi-factor market prioritization maps, tables and reports for presentation at the project’s conclusion. The project will demonstrate target investment areas and opportunities, indicated areas of most cost savings, zones of high cost-burdened households and the “lost” value of vacant, substandard or abandoned property.

Dr. Anne Parsons

Dr. Anne Parsons (History) received new funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council for the project “Unearthing Histories, Building Communities.”

The abstract states the project is a five-year initiative through which faculty and graduate students in UNCG’s History and Museum Studies Program collaborate with local groups and cultural institutions to uncover, document and share the stories of Triad-area communities that have disappeared or are in danger of becoming lost to history.  

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project “Thriving at Three.”

The abstract notes that the project will work with 40 at-risk Hispanic children, aged three years or younger, by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age. The project will work with the children and their parents in their homes, ensuring early detection for mental health risks, assisting families in parenting strategies and providing appropriate referrals in supporting their children.

You’re invited! Learn more about Business Affairs at conference & expo August 1

The 2018 UNCG Conference & Expo presented by Business Affairs is scheduled for Wednesday, August 1, at the Elliott University Center. All UNCG employees are invited to attend. To register for the conference, visit https://bafexpo.uncg.edu/register/.

The Expo will be free and open to all UNCG employees and will:

  • Provide an opportunity to preview the new UNC Greensboro brand refresh, courtesy of University Communications
  • Showcase departments within Business Affairs and how they support the University
  • Allow attendees to put a face with a name
  • Explore the Banner 9 migration at the IFT Engage table

The Conference:

  •  Will give attendees the opportunity to expand their knowledge on several topics that possibly affect them daily.
  •  There will be multiple workshops with presentations from several departments within Business Affairs giving the attendees a better understanding of how the division better supports the success of the University.
  • Attendees will also be able to hear our keynote speakers, Chancellor Gilliam and Jeff Shafer, discuss the university’s brand refresh. Attendees will be among the first to see the brand campaign, which will be shown during the keynote address.
  • Registration* for the conference is required. Registration is now open and includes:
  • Access to all events (Keynote Address, Expo, Conference Workshops)
  • Lunch

* $35 will be charged back to the department of each Conference attendee via a BANFIN-33 Interdepartmental Invoice.

By Richard Fleming

Eleven Bryan School Spartans head to Italy for X-Culture

Dr. Vas Taras (Management) will accompany eleven students in the Bryan School of Business and Economics in representing UNC Greensboro at the 2018 X-Culture Global Symposium in Macerata, Italy, from July 29 to August 4. The annual symposium brings together 150 of X-Culture’s top-performing business students from around the world for a week of lectures, competitions, networking events and more. 

This year’s symposium in Macerata, Italy, will be hosted by four partner corporations that will present teams of X-Culture students with real international business challenges. The four partner corporations for the symposium are:

  • Nuova Simonelli S.p.A.: Manufactures espresso coffee machines for the professional market. They operate in 109 countries around the world, exporting 82% of all production. They have a subsidiary in the U.S.
  • Eurosuole S.p.A.: One of the largest shoe sole producers in Italy. They are located in Civitanova Marche, a region referred to as the “Silicon Valley for shoe sales.”
  • Cocci Griffoni Srl: An Italian family-owned vineyard and winery which for the past 100 years has produced authentic Wines of Terroir. The company slogan is “Stewards of the Land,” reflecting its passion for sustainability.
  • Macerata Opera Festival: Promoted and organized by the Arena Sferisterio Association, the Macerata Opera Festival is held annually in the Arena Sferisterio open-air theatre. Student teams will create marketing plans to increase attendance at future Macerata Opera Festivals.

The 150 students and 50 faculty attending were chosen through a highly-competitive selection process, drawing from the top ten percent of the 45,000 business students who have participated in the X-Culture program worldwide.

X-Culture is an international business competition designed by Taras that connects MBA and undergraduate business students and working professionals worldwide to work on real business challenges presented by international companies.

Taras first conceived X-Culture in 2010 while teaching an international business course at UNC Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics. Wanting his students to better understand the magnitude of international business concepts, Taras had the idea of connecting with an instructor in another country teaching a similar course. He reached out to fellow business scholars in the Academy of International Business, and, to his surprise, received dozens of responses in just a few hours. The program began with 500 students from seven universities in seven countries, and has since grown to include more than 3,000 students semi-annually from 150 universities in 40 countries.

By Victor Ayala

Three major gifts for Spartan Athletics

It’s been an exciting year for Spartan Athletics, with multiple teams going to NCAA tournaments and earning SoCon titles. An important part of UNCG athletic success – in the present and future – are the gifts that support student athletes and athletic facilities.

UNCG Athletics recently received three unique major gifts across three sports – Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf and Baseball. Two of those gifts come from UNCG or Woman’s College alumni.

Women’s Basketball has received a historic gift from 1957 Woman’s College graduate and long-time Spartan Club member Jo Safrit. Safrit committed a $100,000 lead gift toward the renovation of the Women’s Basketball locker room. This is the first-ever gift to name a significant renovation or construction project for Athletics. The updated facility will be named the Jo Safrit Women’s Basketball Locker Room and is located in the Coleman Building.

“Basketball is a game changer for women as well as men, and it changed my life,” Safrit said.

Read more about Safrit, the new locker room and locker naming opportunities here.

Robert M. Saunders ’86, ’88 MBA and Nanette L. Saunders have given the largest gift in UNCG Athletics history: a $1.5 million planned gift that will create two endowed scholarships for men’s golf, the Robert M. Saunders Men’s Golf Endowed Scholarship and the Nanette L. Saunders Men’s Golf Endowed Scholarship.

“This transformational gift provides for our golf program’s future and is a significant moment during an already historic year for the Spartans,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record.

Read more about the history of Men’s Golf and the Saunders’ history with UNCG here.

UNCG Athletics has also received a $150,000 gift from the estate of Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd to create the Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd Baseball Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will support student-athletes who play the position of shortstop for the baseball team. It is the first named endowment in UNCG Athletics history that supports a specific position on a team. The gift comes at an exciting time for UNCG Baseball. The team won the Southern Conference regular season championship, had six players selected in the Major League Baseball draft, and saw players Andrew Moritz and Matt Frisbee named SoCon Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, and Link Jarrett named SoCon Coach of the Year. Read more about Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd and UNCG Baseball here.  

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips (Creative Writing) has received a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Pathetic Fallacy,” and it will appear in 2019 The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology. Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, “Signaletics” (2013) and “Groundspeed” (2016), and three chapbooks. Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares and Poetry. Her third book, “Empty Clip,” will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018. Phillips is also at work on a new poetry manuscript, “Thunder Thighs,” a collection of lyric essays,“Wound Revisions,” and a series of craft essays for the Ploughshares blog. She is also in the initial stages of a digitization project that will feature contemporary poetry broadsides in a UNCG open access online gallery.

Facilities Award Ceremony and Barbecue June 21

June 21 marked the official start of summer, and a wonderful day for Facilities, who celebrated their employees with recognition of exceptional staff members, an address from Dr. Mike Perko of UNCG’s department of Public Health Education, and a lively barbecue on the lawn followed by a delightful multi-prize raffle. The presentation by Dr. Perko humorously and enjoyably underscored the importance of physical and mental wellness; prompting Facilities staff members to engage with a number of mini exercises that inspired lots of commentary and laughs throughout the audience. The presentation wrapped up with three key takeaway points for audience members: move every day, pay attention to what you eat, and take sleep seriously.

Coordinated with assistance from the office of Sustainability, cookout fare was accompanied by environmentally friendly compostable plates, forks, napkins, and cups. Also coordinated by the Office of Sustainability was the charming multi-prize raffle that featured pickings from among four lovely succulent plants donated by the Tiny Greenhouse, a stack of the iconic UNCG “Bucket List” t-shirts, a host of self-wellness literature, and sporty LimeBike “swag.” In total, more than twenty lucky winners got to bring home the prize of their choice.

Many employees were nominated for their exceptional performance in three categories: customer service, safety, and collaboration and teamwork, with three staff members ultimately being awarded.

The awardees were
Melanie Sawyer – Customer Service
Mike Jumpe – Safety
Richard Ratcliffe – Collaboration/Teamwork 

The informal yet meaningful ceremony was a wonderful display of recognition and gratitude for our Facilities workforce.

By Chanel Stewart, Sustainability Communications

AAC&U Civic Engagement Grant

UNCG’s Department of Communication Studies is one of 24 in a competitive field of 134 applicants around the country to receive a 2018 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to integrate civic learning and social responsibility as expected learning outcomes for students in the major.

The Department of Communication Studies will build upon its long-standing commitment to ethics, free speech and democratic engagement to further enhance its civic profile nationally and to deepen its civic-based curricular offerings within the university.

In the award letter, AAC&U Senior Scholar Caryn McTighe Musil wrote, “The health of our diverse democracy depends on higher education assuming the mantle of doing our full part in preparing students for being thoughtful, open-minded, responsible and engaged citizens and workers in their home communities, nation and the world. Thank you for being part of a pioneering effort.”

This fall, the Department of Communication Studies will launch a series of conversations on teaching for democratic thinking and civic action, involving faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students to consider ways to build upon the reputation and recognition of the department’s community engaged scholarship. For more information, contact Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, s_jovano@uncg.edu.

PRIDE! of the Community project holds first scanning event

The first scanning event for UNCG’s PRIDE! of the Community project was held May 19. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guilford Green Foundation, the PRIDE! project hopes to record the often invisible history of the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to North Carolina, especially in the Triad area and Greensboro.

Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn, Special Collections Technician Stacey Krim and Manuscripts Archivist Jennifer Motszko were present at the first scanning event to ensure the transition from physical to digital went smoothly. Most of the items they scanned were from the Guilford Green Foundation. They hope that as time goes on, more LGBTQ+ people and organizations will take advantage of the PRIDE! scanning days.

These events serve as a way to create digital copies of physical items such as photographs, t-shirts, organizational newsletters and records, bar or club fliers, protest signs, activism materials, letters and postcards, that will stand the test of time. “Our intention is to get the LGBTQ+ community excited about their own history,” said Motszko.

The team hopes to digitize material from the LGBTQ+ community as a whole and historically underrepresented groups within the community, such as people of color, women, older people and transgender individuals. “Anybody who’s got a story to tell, we want to hear from, or anyone who has items that might be of interest,” said Gwynn.

“I really love this project because Greensboro has had such a large population of people in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Motszko. “I think the importance of this project is having them also see the significance in their history.”

PRIDE! of the Community also held a scanning event this month at the Guilford Green Foundation’s offices located in Greensboro.

By Jules Miller

In Memoriam: Bob Stephens

Dr. Bob Stephens died in Raleigh on May 28. He was a professor of English at UNCG for 33 years, including serving as department head for eight years. He specialized in American literatures, particularly writers of the American South. He was the author of “Hemingway’s Nonfiction: The Public Voice” and editor of “Ernest Hemingway: The Critical Reception.” His most recent book, published through LSU Press’ Southern Literary Studies, was “The Family Saga in the South” (1995), which examined the Southern family saga and Civil War reinterpretation through works by notable Southern authors. His wife, Virginia J. Stephens, is a former associate professor and former chair in the Department of Social Work and the first director of the UNCG social work program.

Campus beauty in every corner

UNCG’s gardens are often the favorite campus spots of students, staff and faculty. Hidden between buildings or along main thoroughfares, many have been created and maintained through gifts from UNCG friends and alumni.

This summer, CW will highlight a few of them.

This week, we’ll focus on the Alumnae Secretaries’ Garden (left), .

Between Alumni House and the Vacc Bell Tower lies this garden, created in 1964. In 2006, Susan Seeker Jones ’78 revitalized it through a gift to the Alumni House Furnishings Fund. Teaming up with UNCG Grounds, Jones introduced new plants and design features, including irises and flowering shrubs, memorials to Jones’s parents, Iris and “Bud.”

“My parents were so proud and they appreciated everything a great education like UNCG’s gave me,” she said. “They nurtured and helped me grow… so it seemed appropriate to remember them with something that will nurture and inspire new students.”

Read the full story here.

2018 Faculty First awardees

Photo of Minerva StatueThe 2018 Faculty First awardees have been announced. The awards, which typically fund summer scholarship, are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty.

April Dawkins – Library & Information Studies – Bridging the Gap: Community College Library Service to Early College Students

Yarneccia Dyson – Social Work – An Examination of Psychosocial and Environmental Factors As Predictors of Risk for HIV in African American College Students enrolled at HBCU’s and MSI’s

Yvonne Ford – Adult Health Nursing – Assessing cardiovascular health of African-American breast cancer survivors: a feasibility study

Dora Gicheva – Economics – Impacts of Expanding Access to Health Insurance for College Students

Arielle Kuperberg – Sociology – Student Loans, Strong and Weak Ties, and the Transition out of College

Karen La Paro – Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood education Teacher Preparation: Moving Forward: Focus on Outcomes

Stephen Sills, Jeremy Bray, and Ken Gruber – Center for Housing & Community Studies; Economics; and the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships – UNCG Eviction Diversion Research Project (EDRP): A Demonstration Project for Guilford County MetroLab Partnership

Tad Skotnicki – Sociology – Anonymous Goods and the Rise of Consumer Activism

Selima Sultana – Geography – Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and African American Underrepresentation

Melody Zoch and Colleen Fairbanks – Teaching Education and Higher Education – Immigrant and Refugee Youth and Adults’ Literacy Learning through Digital Storytelling

Clifford Smyth – Mathematics & Statistics – Addressing the Extreme Fragility of Machine Learning Algorithms that Can Perform Medical Image Recognition at Superhuman Levels

Keith Erickson – Nutrition – Sex and genetic factors involved in the alterations of brain iron biology due to obesity

Kimberly Petersen – Chemistry & Biochemistry – Development of Novel Reactions with Nitrile Electrophiles

Shanmugathasan Suthaharan – Computer Science – Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning Methods for the Classification of Mixed Fruits and Vegetables

Fabian Lopez and Inara Zandmane – Music – CD Recording and promotional videos, Title CD: A Few Pieces We Like

Hannah Grannemann – Arts Administration – Audience Engagement and Organizational Sustainability: Research Agenda Exploration

Stuart Dischell – English – Walking the Walls of the Farmers General

Alyssa Gabbay – Religious Studies – Gender and Succession in Medieval Islam: Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima

Erin Lawrimore – University Libraries – Well Crafted NC: Documenting Women in North Carolina’s Craft Beer Industry

Gregory Grieve – Religious Studies – Evil and Video Games

Jennifer Park – English – Pretergenerations: The Science and Drama of Immortality

Matthew Barr – Media Studies – Re-Edit of Documentary, Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights, for Education & Training Contexts

Risa Applegarth – English – Children Speaking: Rhetorical Agency in Children’s Activism

Copy provided by Research Office.

Weatherspoon Art Museum acquires significant artworks

UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum  announces its recent acquisition of several important objects by artists working both today and earlier in the twentieth century. These new acquisitions expand the museum’s holdings of examples by female artists and artists of color, as well as satisfy its strategy of acquiring artworks featured in its exhibitions.

Acquisitions include: Sanford Biggers, “Paket,” 2016; Xaviera Simmons, “If We Believe in Theory #2,” 2009; Donald Lipski, “Untitled,” from the series Ah! Roma!, 2000; Louise Fishman, “Untitled,” 2001; El Anatsui, “Paper and Gold,” 2017; George Segal, “Fireside Chat,” 1991; Beverly McIver, “Oh, Happy Day,” 2001; and David Humphrey, “Hercules,” 2009-2010.

“The Weatherspoon Art Museum enjoys a nationally known permanent collection of more than 6,200 works of art,” states Director Nancy Doll. “We are always pleased to share it through special exhibitions at the museum and through loans to museums of all sizes and scopes across the country and abroad. Its continued growth through gifts and purchases reinforces its depth and breadth.”

These acquisitions were made possible by gifts from private individuals and an artist foundation and through purchases with funds from museum endowments and the Benefactors Choice fund.

Dr. Dianne Welsh’s commitment to entrepreneurship results in major honor

Leaders in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs gathered at UMass Lowell this month for the seventh annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The symposium featured the annual Deshpande Symposium Awards, recognizing the best in entrepreneurial education.

The Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award was presented to UNC Greensboro’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. Dr. Dianne Welsh, the University’s Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, is the program’s founding director.

“We congratulate Dr. Welsh for this outstanding honor,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “Because of Dianne’s decades-long commitment to building innovative courses that foster entrepreneurship at UNC Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business, the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program has grown exponentially under her leadership. UNC Greensboro graduates have launched successful businesses and the university continues to receive national recognition as an institution that demonstrates excellence and serves as a role model in the field.”

The entrepreneurship major and minor at UNCG focus on the skills necessary to start a business, grow a business or enhance creativity and innovation in a corporate environment. Welsh is a globally known scholar in international franchising, family business and entrepreneurship.

More than 57 million Americans are employed by small businesses and each year, 200,000 new startups launch in the U.S. alone. Dr. Welsh is equipping a new generation of entrepreneurs to find their path to success in the marketplace.

By University Communications, with some copy courtesy of UMass Lowell Office of University Relations

Cathy Hamilton will retire after 14 years’ leadership of OLSL

Dr. Hamilton at retirement reception, joined by OLSL staff

Dr. Cathy Hamilton, director of UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service Learning for the past 14 years, will retire at the end of this month. A retirement celebration was held on June 25 in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room.

Dr. Hamilton has worked in educational human resource development at the national and international level for the past 20 years, including leadership development, education, and publishing in Latin America. Through UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, she has provided support for both academic and co-curricular service-learning, student leadership and civic engagement. She taught courses in leadership studies through a courtesy faculty appointment with the School of Education and School of Business and Economics. She served as a Coleman Foundation Fellow with the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

“When Cathy Hamilton came to UNCG, she brought with her the heart, skills and dispositions needed to root leadership and service-learning into the university,” said her longtime colleague, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, professor in the Department of Communication Studies. “She was able to bring faculty and staff together with community partners to transform what had been a growing, but still fledgling interest in community engagement, into a well-supported, well designed university-wide commitment. Cathy’s global connections and humanitarian experiences provided the depth and reasons for her staff, the faculty, and our students to join with her in developing programs to boost civic responsibility and action here in Greensboro, around the U.S. and across the world.”

Hamilton has worked with faculty in university-community partnerships locally and also with education initiatives in Latin America. She is known for fostering collaborative alliances between universities and partners that together transform communities.

She received her Ph.D. from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. She also holds the M.S. degree in Adult Education from Texas A&M University and a B.A. from the honors college (Plan II) of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to UNCG, Dr. Hamilton was the director of the Hartman Center for Civic Education and Leadership and part-time assistant professor at DePauw University in Indiana and as visiting assistant professor for Louisiana State University.

In her retirement, Dr. Hamilton will continue to be a leader in service. She hopes to focus on alleviating food insecurity through community garden initiatives, in collaboration with refugee resettlement agencies.

She says about her time at UNCG, “I have an equal mix of pride and gratitude having had this opportunity to work with talented and committed staff, enjoying the support of colleagues and administration, to craft a unique office structure and programming that leverages leadership development with curricular and co-curricular community engagement. When student demand exploded for leadership development and service opportunities, we might have been surprised, but we also realized the value of an office like ours to the central mission of higher education.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo by Drew Greenstein