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The G gets groovy, in yearlong series exploring 1960s

For 2018-19, UNCG presents a campus-wide collaboration: “The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits,” a series of events that draws inspiration from the extraordinary decade of the 1960s.

It was a time of upheaval and transformation, and the themes still resonate today: civil rights, freedom of speech and expression, feminism, political divide, environmental concerns and expanding boundaries in technology and culture.

The yearlong series, designed by a faculty and staff steering committee from across the University, follows other interdisciplinary series “War and Peace Imagined” in 2016-17 and “Globe and Cosmos” in 2014-15.

A selection of fall events are listed below, and in spring, look forward to a concert by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, a photography exhibit about the Freedom Riders and Freedom Schools, and films and discussions dedicated to protest and music, including a symposium on the Grateful Dead. For more information about the series as a whole, and to see additional events, view the website here.

The 1960s: A Survey of the Decade
Open now, through Feb. 17, Weatherspoon Art Museum
This art exhibition highlights styles and social issues that emerged during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Among other work, you’ll see prints that feature musical icons of the decade: the Beatles, James Brown, Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and the Shirelles.
Weatherspoon Art Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Sept. 22-29, Taylor Theatre
The UNCG School of Theatre presents the story of active, bohemian “Age of Aquarius” youth in New York City, advancing ideas of gender and racial equality and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. For showtimes and tickets, visit UNCG Theatre or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160.

Learning from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement: Strategic Nonviolence and Social Transformation
Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., Stone Building, Edwards Lounge, Room 219
Hear from Dr. Elmira Nazombe about how the civil rights movement shaped, and continues to influence, the modern fight for racial, economic and social justice. Free and open to the public.

Alexander Bernstein and Lara Downs
Oct. 12, 8 p.m. School of Music Building, Recital Hall
Acclaimed pianist Lara Downes will present a program of Bernstein’s “Anniversaries for Piano” along with 20 newly commissioned Anniversaries on the occasion of the composer Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial. Bernstein’s son Alexander will provide narration to the works. For tickets, visit ucls.uncg.edu.

Vietnam: the Chemical War
Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. School of Education Building, Room 120
Dr. David Biggs will give a lecture about the film that sparked global anti-war protests and galvanized budding environmental movements. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page.

UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet: The Music of West Side Story
Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, The Crown at the Carolina Theatre
The UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet continues UNCG’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with an original arrangement of the music from his masterpiece West Side Story. For tickets, visit carolinatheatre.com

Spartan Jazz Collective: The Music of Herbie Hancock
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., The Crown at the Carolina Theatre
Hancock’s music realized by the Spartan Jazz Collective, a mentoring jazz septet comprised of UNCG students and faculty, focuses on his music from the 1960s. For tickets, visit carolinatheatre.com

Fall Dances: Freedom of Information Section III
Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m., School of Dance Theater
The School of Dance presents a piece created by choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, which is an artistic response to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act.
For tickets, visit the School of Dance

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead
Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Project Space
Screening and discussions of parts I and II of the Grateful Dead documentary.

Assembled by Susan Kirby-Smith

Visuals: Robert Stanley, “The Beatles Recording, “James Brown,” 1965

Cross safely: Fencing installation underway at Spartan Village

Photo of two men, one is holding building plans UNC Greensboro Facilities Operations is on schedule to complete a safety fencing project along West Gate City Blvd., in mid-October.

The project, which began in early July, will see the installation of safety fencing along the south side of West Gate City Blvd. The fencing will run from the Kaplan Center for Wellness parking lot to Lofts on Lee, providing coverage for all University property along W. Gate City Blvd.

“First and foremost, this project is about safety,” said Anthony Phillips, project manager and UNCG HUB Coordinator. “There’s constant traffic on both sides of the road, and the fencing will make sure students are safe and not trying to cross in the middle of the street.”

The fencing will guide pedestrians to crosswalks and corners where visibility is highest to facilitate safer crossing for students.

In addition to fence installation, some landscaping and sidewalk repaving is are also planned. Periodic lane closures on West Gate City Blvd. can be expected until the project is completed in October.

By Victor Ayala
Photograph by Victor Ayala

Make nominations for O. Max Gardner Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.”

The Gardner Award is awarded by the UNC Board of Governors and has been given annually since 1949.

The Board of Governors solicits nominations from UNC campuses in the fall semester each year, and a BOG committee decides on the system-wide winner during the spring semester. The winner receives a cash prize and recognition at the May BOG meeting. Those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale. See information regarding last year’s winner here: 2018 O. Max Gardner Award Winner.

The role of our UNCG Faculty Senate-based committee is to solicit nominations, recommend the campus nominee to the Provost and Chancellor, and assist with preparation of the nomination materials that are put forward to the Board of Governors. To better honor our campus nominees, Provost Dunn as allocated a $1000 award for our campus nominee. One thing to note about the award criteria: the award is based on the significance of accomplishments made during the past year. Of course, big accomplishments almost always arise after an extensive history of work. So, don’t discount putting forth a nominee whose long-standing work has culminated in an interesting way over the past 12 months (we can put forth nominees multiple times). For more information on our past nominees, our committee, and the nomination process, please visit the Provost’s O. Max Gardner Award information page.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, October 26, 2018. Feel free to forward this to others; nominations are encouraged from all on campus.

Questions? The committee members may be seen here.

Spartan Family Weekend Begins Sept. 21

UNCG will welcome Spartan parents and families to campus for the annual Spartan Family Weekend event from Sept. 21-23. Families will see campus through their students’ eyes while enjoying activities and events alongside other Spartan families.

Activities for families will include 12 student support workshops, a survey of the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s latest exhibitions, tours of Kaplan Center, movie screenings, outdoor activities, food and a showing of the School of Theatre’s production of “Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

Learn more at https://spartanfamily.uncg.edu/spartanfamilynetwork/family-weekend/

Survey of Greensboro’s workforce

Action Greensboro, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and synerG Young Professionals are conducting a survey of Greensboro’s workforce this fall.

This survey is crucial to cultivating a more robust talent pipeline and creating an attractive community for 21st century workers in the city, of which UNC Greensboro is a vital part.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will not be personally identified as a survey participant.  All responses will be aggregated across respondents to provide a profile of responses. The survey is online at greensboro.org/generationgreensboro.

Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Photograph of Nalo HopkinsonUNCG’s Women and Gender Studies department, as part of its Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Women’s Lecture Series, will host “We’re Here Too: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy,” a presentation by Nalo Hopkinson.

Born in Jamaica and residing in Riverside, California, Hopkinson’s nine novels (including “Brown Girl in the Ring: and “Midnight Robber”) draw from Caribbean history and tradition, feminism, and social and cultural issues. Her writing has won a variety of accolades, including the World Fantasy Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In addition to her writing, she has edited several anthologies and teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Hopkinson will be discussing the science fiction and fantasy community’s reputation as a boy’s club, and the writing of women and other minorities that that attitude marginalizes. She will also talk about her personal experiences living and writing as a woman of color.

The presentation will be Wednesday, September 26, at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, with a reception to follow. Entry is free.

Daylong reading of Plato’s Republic – join in Friday

On Friday, September 21, from 8 am to  6pm, the UNCG Classical Society and the UNCG Philosophy Club will perform a dramatic reading of Plato’s Republic, in its entirety – all 10 books.

You are invited to swing by at any point during the day to join in. The event will be by the Minerva statue behind the EUC. If you’d like more information, including how to volunteer to be a reader, you can get it here: http://goo.gl/rZqXPf.

Alan Alda on stage at UNCG Friday night

Photograph of Alan AldaAlan Alda is known for many roles – from Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H” to the engaging host of “Scientific American Frontiers.”

The acclaimed actor opens this year’s UNCG UC/LS with a special presentation this Friday (Sept. 21) at 8 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

Tickets may be purchased via this page or at the Triad Stage Box Office, (336) 272-0160. There is a special price for UNCG faculty, staff and retires as well as students.

Alda, through his writing and lectures, shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches how to improve the way you relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and your own innate ability to read what’s probably going on in the minds of others.

With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of PBS’s “Scientific American Frontiers” so effective.

One of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Television Stars of All Time, he has starred in series such as “M*A*S*H,” “30 Rock,” T”he West Wing” and “ER.” Among his recent science-focused work, he hosted “Brains on Trial,” a neurological look at brains in the courtroom. He also wrote “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie,” a play about the personal life of the scientist who discovered radium, and presented “Dear Albert,” a stage-work he wrote based on letters written by Albert Einstein, for the World Science Festival in 2016.

A recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, Alda is a visiting professor at and founding member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where he helps develop innovative programs on how scientists communicate with the public.

He published his New York Times bestselling memoir “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed—And Other Things I’ve Learned” in 2005. His second bestseller, “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” came out in 2007. Alda’s latest book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, was released in June 2017.

A book signing will follow his lecture Friday evening.

Also, Alda, a science advocate, will speak earlier in the day on campus – from 2 to 3 p.m. in UNCG’s Sullivan Science Building, Mead Auditorium. This “Dialogue Across Disciplines: Bridging Humanities, Arts and Sciences” event will be a one-hour open discussion and exchange with audience participation. The theme will be communication across disciplines, based on Alda’s recent book “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?”

This afternoon UNCG and UNCG Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative (MCsquared) hosted event is free-admission, but space is limited. Please click on “Register” to RSVP at this page: HERE.

Tomorrow: Wiley Researcher Academy workshop

University Libraries will sponsor a workshop for UNC Greensboro faculty on Wiley Researcher Academy—a comprehensive, online platform pedagogically designed to deliver effective training on writing and publishing to authors across the entire global community. This new program will help your students be more successful in getting their manuscripts accepted by quality, peer-reviewed journals. Topics covered include the benefits for researchers and faculty, an overview of the platform, learning courses, the registration process, facilitation, mentoring and a Q & A session.

Two workshops will be offered for faculty tomorrow (September 20, 2018) at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Room 177A of Jackson Library. Refreshments will be provided. Visit https://tinyurl.com/WileyResearcher3pm or https://tinyurl.com/WileyResearcher4pm to register and reserve your space today.

Workshop by Waite: “Queering Classroom Norms”

Today, poet, teacher, and scholar Stacey Waite visits our campus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Through the support of the English Department, the MFA Program, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Office of Intercultural Engagement, and the Humanities Network and Consortium, faculty and graduate students will have several opportunities to engage with Waite’s work.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in MHRA 2711, Waite will offer a pedagogy workshop titled “Queering Classroom Norms,” open to all instructors across campus.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the MHRA Humanities Lounge, Waite will hold an open discussion with graduate students about professionalization, research, academic careers, and more. Again, all are welcome.

Waite’s most recent book, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing, is available digitally through the UNCG library, Dr. Applegarth (English) notes..

Fall 2018 Spartans-In-Dialogue program

The Office of Intercultural Engagement is recruiting student participants for the Fall 2018 Spartan-In- Dialogue program. Spartans-In-Dialogue is a 5-week interactive dialogue experience designed to build relationships across difference and explore topics related to racial identity, race relations, and intersectionality. Participants will learn more about their identities and perspectives and understand others who are different while practicing dialogue skills to communicate effectively about difficult topics. Participants will learn communication, group dynamics, and diversity skills that can be documented on the co-curricular transcript to help with employment, graduate, and professional schools.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to sign-up at intercultural.uncg.edu/spartans-in-dialogue through September 27.

Any questions about the Spartans-In-Dialogue program, contact carla.fullwood@uncg.edu, 336-334-5090.

Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement’s Voting 101 Workshop

College is an important time for students in the development of their civic identity. Coursework, class discussions, and community and campus involvement all play an important role.

Faculty and staff instructors are invited to sign-up for a 30-minute Voting 101 workshop, facilitated by trained student Democracy Fellows and Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (OLCE) staff in your classroom. The workshop covers why voting is important, upcoming election dates, what’s on the ballot in 2018, voter registration, ways to vote, finding your polling place and frequently asked questions. There is also an opportunity to register to vote during the last  minutes of the presentation. All content is non-partisan. If you have questions or want to schedule a workshop, contact Kristina Gage at kristina.gage@uncg.edu or 336-256-1406.

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin Andersen. Dr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “Utilization Management in the Medicare Part D Program.”

According to the abstract, relatively little is known about the effects of utilization management on most Medicare Part D beneficiaries. This study will begin to explore the effects of utilization management on beneficiaries’ health outcomes and identify the effect of patients not receiving their drug of choice on health outcomes. Understanding these effects will provide insight into whether or not Medicare should regulate utilization management.

Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”

According to the abstract, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will serve as the research/implementation/professional development partner to Guilford Child Development for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant in order to increase staff knowledge and skills which support high quality comprehensive child development services. Utilizing an implementation science model, researchers will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County. The US/HHS Administration for Children and Families has designated several zip codes in this county as a high priority area and will provide funding for the purpose of expanding high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Video: A Day in the UNCG Foundry

University Communications stepped into the UNCG sculpture foundry in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building, where a metal casting class worked together to pour original bronze and aluminum sculptures. Enjoy the excellent video.


Avoid hurricane-related scams; helpful information from ITS

Dear UNCG Community,

As people across the Carolinas start the process of recovering from Hurricane Florence, we want to remind everyone to be cautious when contributing financially to disaster relief agencies, and to protect yourselves from the financial scams that typically follow these types of events.

Anyone seeking to help aid in the recovery by contributing financially to disaster relief efforts should ensure that their donations are made only to valid and reputable organizations using well-known websites, apps and payment methods. Fortunately for those in need, there are many valid and trustworthy organizations seeking to help people and areas affected by the storm. Unfortunately, there are also people who seek to profit and take advantage of anyone willing to help, and caution is required in order to protect yourself from hackers and malicious scams.

Observations following past adverse weather events and natural disasters have shown a marked increase in malicious scams designed to defraud contributors, steal financial information, and infect users with malicious software and computer viruses after a disaster like Hurricane Florence. We want to caution the UNCG community to be wary of these scams, and provide resources to help you contribute to valid agencies.

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) warned in an advisory on Friday that arrival of Hurricane Florence is expected to “propel the emergence of new and recycled scams involving financial fraud and malware.” Likewise, North Carolina’s Department of Information Technology has also warned computer users of phishing expeditions tied to the disaster, as has the Department of Homeland Security’s threat-sharing center.

Email and website phishing and other financial scams associated with special events like named hurricanes are often very successful because they prey on people’s altruistic desire to help others which is naturally elevated after a disaster event. Given that hurricanes are one-time events with unique names such as “Florence,” people may expect new websites to be created for them. Users should be cautious about where and how money is sent, and contribute only to well known disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way and Samaritan’s Purse using well-known methods.

If you are searching for where and how to contribute, local news outlets have provided lists of valid disaster relief agencies and resources:

  • Be cautious of any online fundraising efforts that are not associated with well-known disaster relief agencies.
  • Do not click links in emails offering to help you donate money to hurricane victims.
  • Be suspicious of unexpected social media pleas, phone calls, text messages, donation websites, and/or door-to-door solicitations claiming to raise funds for hurricane victims.
  • Check the validity of charities before you donate using the BBB National Charity Report Index
  • Heed the advice of the Federal Trade Commission when it comes to Wise Giving After a Hurricane and How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams.
  • Contact 6-TECH at 336-256-TECH (8324), 6-TECH@uncg.edu, or https://6tech.uncg.edu for help with any emails or websites you feel may be malicious.

Please protect yourself and your financial information throughout the recovery effort to ensure that aid arrives where it is needed most.

Copy provided by Bryce Porter, UNCG chief information security officer.

UNCG ‘serves as a beacon’ in bolstering student success

Arial photo of UNCG campusUNC Greensboro innovative and successful work in bolstering educational opportunity and access for all students has garnered national attention.

A case study by Deloitte, titled “Closing the attainment gap at the University of North Carolina Greensboro: Uniting innovation and equity for student success,” has been released. Provost Dana Dunn explains that Deloitte contacted UNCG earlier this year to learn about its successful practices because of UNCG’s participation in the Gates-Foundation-funded Frontier Set project. Deliotte posted a resulting case study report and a shorter web post on Labor Day weekend. The case study states, “UNC Greensboro shows what is possible when an entire campus commits to student success and serves as a beacon for other institutions that wish to do the same.”

Deliotte emphasizes a long history of UNCG encouraging nontraditional students to pursue higher education. The case study focuses on UNCG achieving success in improving graduation rates for black and Hispanic students.

Deliotte notes that Chancellor Gilliam extended UNC Greensboro’s long-standing commitment to student success when he challenged the institution to take “giant steps” to further its vision and improve student outcomes.

It presents impressive data on the university’s efforts: “Overall completion rates have gradually increased with the largest gains among black and Hispanic students. Over six years (2010–2015) the graduation rate for black students increased from 52 percent to 63 percent; for Hispanic students, it went from 48 percent to 53 percent. Additionally, UNC Greensboro has closed the gap between Pell and non-Pell graduation rates to 5 percent, compared to a gap nationally of 14 percent.” Charts are shown for the two successes

In looking at how UNCG has achieved its impressive results, Deloitte studied how UNCG has worked to support students over the past decades and particularly in the past years. Three themes are presented:

1) “This is not a ‘hero’s journey.’ Rather, UNC Greensboro’s success reflects the collective efforts of an entire institution embracing the belief that by supporting its students with the right programs, they can and will persist. Distributed leadership spanning faculty, staff, and administrators has created a ‘culture of care’ infused into the institution’s daily work.”

The study gives the example of training by Student Affairs for faculty, staff and students to effectively identify students in need and refer them to the best resources.

2) “UNC Greensboro continually innovates through an iterative process to identify not only which resources impactfully support students, but how to deliver them as efficiently as possible.”

For examples, the study focuses on UNCG’s highly effective orientation for first year students, where a lot of offerings and support programs are presented, as well as the campus’ Student Success Center, including its highly effective Supplemental Instruction Program. Also, innovative use of data analysis by UNCG Admissions and Institutional Research is cited.

3) “As an extension of this innovation mindset, UNC Greensboro values community partnership and actively participates in a network of peer institutions that share a commitment to student.”

Co-admission agreements with a growing number of community colleges and UNCG’s collaborative role in the Union Square campus are just two examples. The study notes that UNCG leverages its membership in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and also in the Gates Foundation funded Frontier Set to boost student success, and cites its new Spartan StartUp summer bridge program and a new student success coaching initiative funded by the Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation.

The case study concludes, “UNC Greensboro’s success proves that innovation and equity can go hand-in-hand. With a history of leadership that places students in the center and practical innovations to drive a culture of care, UNC Greensboro shows what is possible when an entire campus commits to student success and serves as a beacon for other institutions that wish to do the same.”

Read the case study here.
Read related web post by Deliotte here.

By Mike Harris

Alan Alda at UNCG’s UCLS Sept. 21

Promotional photo of Alan AldaOn September 21 at 8 p.m., storied actor Alan Alda will speak at UNCG Auditorium, signaling the start of the 2018-2019 Concert & Lecture Series.

Alda will share the lessons he’s learned about the art of communication through his decades of experience in acting, science and storytelling. He will discuss, with typical humor and candor, what it means to be a true communicator and how we can better relate to the people in our lives. After the lecture, there will be a book signing.

Alda is best known for the role of Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, for which he earned five Emmys, but over his 40-year career he has worn many hats of which writer, director and science advocate are only a few. Alda has written, directed and starred in several films through the 80s and 90s and still stars in movies. He also hosted both PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers and Brains on Trial, television series promoting cutting edge scientific advancements.

Alda is a recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, and visiting professor and founding member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He also recently founded Alda Communication Training, which teaches effective communication in multiple contexts. Alda sits on the board of A.I. research body The Future of Life Institute and is on the Board of Directors of the World Science Festival.

Alda has published several plays and three books: two memoirs and a guide to effective communication. It is from this latter book that the topic of the lecture will be drawn.

Tickets are just $5-10 for students., and tickets for faculty/staff are also reduced, at $25-30.

More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.

Following Alan Alda are a variety of lectures and performances through Fall 2018 and into Spring 2019:

October 11: Ann Hamilton: Visual artist known for her large-scale multimedia installation and ephemeral art with an emphasis on felt experience and juxtaposition of contrasting elements.

October 12: Alex Bernstein and Lara Downes: Leonard Bernstein’s son and one of the premier interpreters of Bernstein’s music will host an evening of music and conversation in celebration of Bernstein’s centennial.

February 7: Carrie Mae Weems: Best known for her photography, but an artist who also works in diverse multimedia and installations. Her work tries to understand the present moment by examining our collective past, with special focus on issues facing modern African Americans. Weems is artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC and Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University Baton Rouge.

February 12: Herbie Hancock: Legendary pianist and composer who has been consistently at the forefront of music over his six-decade career. He played a large part in pioneering modern jazz sounds with his work in the Miles Davis Quarter and his solo records, and has continued to experiment with musical styles since. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

February 27: Mark Morris Dance Group: Founded in 1980 by its namesake, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been called “the preeminent modern dance group of our time”. Touring with its own musical ensemble, MMDG’s dance works emphasize the importance of community engagement in performance arts. The Dance Group also provides dance and music education to people of all ages and abilities both while on tour and at home in New York.

March 9: Audra McDonald: Singer and actress with a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys and an Emmy. She has performed in Broadway productions, opera, television and film. She has released five studio albums and one with the New York Philharmonic. Offstage, she is a strong advocate for equal rights and homeless youth.

Faculty/staff and retirees get a 40 discount on the regular price of season tickets. Faculty, staff and retirees pay $110 for mezzanine seating and $90 for balcony seating.

For more information, see the UC/LS home page.

Men’s Basketball releases schedule; get faculty/staff discount on tickets

Photo of Spartan fans at a basketball game The defending Southern Conference Champion UNCG men’s basketball program released its 2018-19 regular season schedule today featuring road non-conference matchups with two SEC teams ranked in CBSSports.com’s most recent preseason poll in No. 1 Kentucky and No. 19 LSU. The non-conference road schedule will also see the Spartans make in-state commutes to North Carolina A&T, UNCW and Elon. In December, UNCG will close out the non-conference slate against Radford, the defending Big South Champion, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“We’re pleased to have our schedule complete and excited to start our pre-season practices in preparation for the season,” said Head Coach Wes Miller. “Playing our first three games on the road will test us early, but also help prepare us for what we will face as we make road swings in conference play.”

The Spartans are coming off a program-record 27 victories last season and are returning First Team All-SoCon selection Francis Alonso, First Team All-SoCon Tournament selection Demetrius Troy, SoCon Defensive Player of the Year James Dickey and SoCon All-Freshman selection Isaiah Miller.

Over the past two years the Spartans have posted an impressive 29-7 record in league play, including a 16-2 record at home.

UNCG faculty and staff can take advantage of a reduced price for season tickets – $109. Reserve your seats as the Spartans look to build upon last year’s SoCon regular season and tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearance. Season tickets include complimentary parking passes, buddy passes to bring friends to a game, an exclusive invitation to an open practice with the team, the opportunity to experience a women’s basketball game in Fleming Gym and more. Contact the UNCG ticket office at 336-334-3250 for more information.

2018 flu shots for UNCG employees

It’s that time again. Soon, the flu will be here. Flu is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. It’s more dangerous for those who are high-risk. But even healthy people can get the flu. And it’s easily spread.

The best way to keep from getting sick and infecting those you love? Get an annual flu shot. And for your convenience, UNCG HR will host on-site clinics:

October 1 – EUC Alexander Room

October 2 – EUC Alexander Room

October 10 – Campus Supply Store (Training Room) Campus Map

Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm


Go to bcbsnc.com/flu for more information about the flu and flu vaccinations.

Discussion: Engaging All Students in Global Learning

The Global Engagement Office invites you to a brown-bag lunch and group viewing of the webinar “Engaging All Students in Global Learning” today (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018). Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the webinar at 1 p.m.  A post-webinar discussion will be hosted by Global Engagement Faculty Fellow, Dr. Ali Askerov.

Participants are invited to attend as much or as little as their schedule allows. If you’d like to attend, fill out this form.

More details on the webinar’s content can be found here.

Open conversation on building community Sept. 18

Photo of Dr. Omar H. AliThe College of Arts & Science will host an open conversation with Dr. Omar H. Ali and friends on building community.

Ali, dean of the Lloyd Honors College and professor of Comparative African Diaspora History, was the 2016 Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year. His efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity have included establishing Spectrum (a group for students on the autism spectrum), advising the Muslim Student Assocation and Latinx groups, directing Community Play! and establishing the Bridging the Gap project, which builds relationships between students and police officers.

He will join a number of colleagues and friends for an open discussion on how to build community in healthy and impactful ways. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of the EUC.

A reception with hors d’oeuvres will follow the conversation.

Newsmakers: Mid-September, 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 past two weeks:

  • The News & Record wrote a retrospective, front-page feature on last weekend’s NC Folk Festival, UNCG’s involvement, and UNCG alumnus’ Rhiannon Giddens’ role as guest curator and performer. UNCG’s Lalenja Harrington and Omar Ali were also prominent in the article.
  • Neil Shepherd spoke to The Dispatch about his efforts to revive Lexington’s adult theater troop. The article.
  • The Triad Business Journal spoke to Chancellor Gilliam for a piece on record enrollment at UNCG and other Triad Universities.
  • UNCG’s new Studio 91 was featured in the US News and World Report, with comments from a number of staff and students.  The piece
  • Yes! Weekly wrote a feature on the new partnership between the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Well•Spring, A Life Plan Community. Weatherspoon’s new Dread and Delight expedition was also highlighted in Whitewall, with an interview with WAM curator Emily Stamey.

UNCG’s Mental Health Month events

September is Mental Health Awareness Month. UNCG is hosting a number of events over the course of the month to promote mental health care and awareness.  All events except the Mindfulness Hike are free.

  • Sept. 5-20, EUC Lawn: Pinwheels for Prevention: Throughout September, pinwheels fill the EUC lawn to represent the 1,100 college students lost to suicide every year.
  • Sept. 11, EUC Auditorium 7 p.m.: An Evening With Phillip Roundtree: Phillip Roundtree will discuss living and being successful with a mental illness diagnosis and mental health issues within the black community.
  • Sept. 13, Student Health Center and Office of Intercultural Engagement, 12 p.m.-2: Check-up From the Neck Up: A quick and easy mental health screening and check-up with one of UNCG’s counselors.
  • Sept. 16, Eno River State Park: Hike along the Eno River while learning how to maintain physical, emotional and mental well-being with Outdoor Adventures and UNCG Wellness. Trip costs $15, which includes lunch, transportation, equipment, and instruction.
  • Sept. 18, 24, EUC Lawn, 5 p.m.: Yoga Class on the Grass: Lower stress and calm the body with an open yoga class. No experience necessary.
  • Sept. 19, UNCG Auditorium, 7 p.m.: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Film Screening: The film tell the story of Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his life at 19 and since has become a passionate mental health advocate.
  • Sept. 25, The Fountain, 12 p.m.: Pause for Paws: Come out to the Moran fountain for puppies, aromatherapy, bubbles and other relaxing activities.
  • Sept. 26, EUC Maple 7 p.m.: Painting a Path to Eating Disorder Recovery: Even evening of food, music and guided painting to learn how to help a friend who struggles with an eating disorder. Registration required through Spartan Connect.

For more information, see the Wellness website here.

UNCG Music’s Dr. Carole Ott is a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil

Photo of Carole Ott For Dr. Carole J. Ott, associate director of choral activities, every opportunity to work with new students is an opportunity to learn more about herself and her craft. Ott has taken this passion for teaching, as well as a passion for research, to São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil as the first Fulbright Scholar to collaborate with the Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei. There, she will explore archives of relatively unknown sacred choral music held by orchestras that have been performing this music continuously since the 18th century.

“The music brings the possibility of diversifying the well-known canon of composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Bach, and highlights the abilities of colonial Brazilian musicians,” Ott said.

While teaching and collaborating at the Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Ott will work with primary sources found only in local archives, observe and document modern adaptations of 18th century choral music in Brazil, listen to Brazilian pronunciation of Latin texts and transform these primary sources into modern performing editions for choral directors worldwide.

“The editions I create from archival materials could become inspiration for free improvisation, enabling students to experience this music from a new perspective,” Ott said.

Free improvisation is a fundamental part of how she teaches her students. By incorporating free improvisation, Ott said her students experience themselves as not only performers of music, but as creators of original music.

“This has unleashed the creative potential of my students and of every group with whom I have worked in this manner,” Ott said. “I am extremely excited to share this method with music students and faculty in Brazil through workshops or exploratory coursework.”

Ott’s work in Brazil will continue through December, but Ott said she is confident her experiences in Brazil will stick with her well beyond her term as Fulbright Scholar and provide her yet another perspective on teaching and how best to serve all of her students.

By Victor Ayala

TedX speaker proposals for “Keeping it Simple”

The TEDxGreensboro Planning Committee is seeking proposals from individuals interested in making a presentation at the 2019 Signature Event: Keep It Simple.  The April 4, 2019, program provides an all-day forum in which Greensboro’s extraordinary thinkers and doers can share ideas that may spark meaningful change for our community and beyond.

The speaker application is online at TEDxGreensboro.com/speaker-application. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2018.

TEDxGreensboro will select talks from a broad range of topics including science, technology, social development, design, education, medicine, and art. Presentations should reflect actual personal and professional experience. Successful proposals will relate to the overall TED theme of exploring the principle of simplicity in the context of our complex world, clarifying the complicated to find out if and when the simplest solutions are the best ones.

Dr. Amy Vetter

photo of Vetter Dr. Amy Vetter (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the National Council of Teachers of English for the project “The Writing Identities of Teens.”

In an attempt to learn more about the identity work of teens related to writing both in an out of school, Vetter’s longitudinal study will explore the writing identities of 12 teens (grades 7-12). Implications from the study will inform writing instruction and learning in English language arts classrooms and in teacher education courses.

Dr. Peter Alexander

Dr. Peter Alexander (College of Visual and Performing Arts) received a continuation of funding from Guilford County Schools for the project “Arts Professional Development.”

In partnership with UNC Greensboro, the Guilford County School district will provide hybrid courses designed to collaboratively offer arts and non-arts educators instruction in arts integration from theory to practice. Highly qualified music, visual art, theatre arts and dance professors from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG will design and teach the online component of the courses in a summer intensive, followed by ongoing coaching for arts professionals and non-arts teachers during the year.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly Sienkiewicz Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department for the project “Lead-Safe Housing Outreach and Evaluation.” Dr. Ken Gruber and Dr. Stephen Sills are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, The Center for New North Carolinians will continue to partner with the Lead-Safe Housing Program to deliver relevant community educational information in a variety of formats, including translated written materials and information sessions conducted in key languages. Many immigrants with limited English language skills continue to live in low-income substandard housing and are not aware of lead-based paint hazards and other health and safety issues. The center will continue efforts toward preventing and eliminating lead poisoning among at-risk families and promoting healthy living conditions.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur Murphy. Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina.”

Recipe for Success, in collaboration with public and private entities in Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Davie, Davidson and Stokes counties in North Carolina, provides direct nutrition and obesity prevention education, social marketing, and policy, systems and environmental change programs to individuals and households who are SNAP recipients/eligible, specifically targeting:

  1. Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socio-economic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc.
  2. Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after school and summer recreational programs.
  3. Households with children under the age of 18 through nine direct mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

Triad Today interview with Chancellor Gilliam

In Triad Today’s 700th show, Chancellor Gilliam discusses UNCG’s record growth, academic accomplishments, brand refresh and new marketing campaign and upcoming events.

Dr. Susanne Rinner

Photo of Dr. Susanne Rinner Dr. Susanne Rinner (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received new funding from the German Embassy for the project “Career Readiness with German.” Dr. Benjamin Davis and Dr. Brooke Kreitinger are co-principal investigators on the project.

From the abstract:

“The German Program at UNCG supports students’ education in the tradition of the Liberal Arts. Language learning, intercultural competence, career readiness and life-long learning are key aspects of our curriculum. In fall 2018, the German Program at UNCG would like to focus on preparing our students for the job market. Specifically, we would like to encourage our students to apply for positions with the many companies in the Southeast that are either owned by German companies or have strong ties with Germany. Last year, we made contact with one of these companies, Tenowo, because their CEO took German classes with us. In turn, he has invited us to visit the company in the fall with a group of students. We would like to integrate this visit into our curriculum and our co-curricular offerings in order to ensure that our students are taking advantage of their German language skills and their familiarity with German (business) culture when they enter the job market.”

Live Fire Sprinkler demonstration Sept. 19

The NC Department of Insurance Assistant Director of Public Affairs will sponsor a live fire sprinkler demonstration at UNCG. This safety demonstration is slated to occur Wednesday, September 19, from 11 to 1 p.m., with the actual demonstration fire to occur at 12 noon. The safety demonstration, showing the importance of sprinkler systems, will take place at the Traffic Circle behind Jackson Library. Questions? Contact Erin Price-Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Manager in Environmental Health and Safety, at 336-334-4357.

“Prius or Pickup?” Explaining America’s Great Divide

Three lectures are part of UNCG’s Department of Political Science & the Center for Legislative Studies’ 2018 Fall Lecture Series. All events are at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Science Building, Room 101 and entry is free.

Wednesday, September 19, Marc Hetherington will present “Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide”. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina. He specializes in right-wing populism, political polarization and the divide between Republicans and Democrats. He has published three books on these topics and is currently studying strategies to bring Republicans and Democrats closer together.

Wednesday, October 17, Mark Dorosin will speak on the ongoing struggle for voting rights. Dorosin is Co-Director of the Julius L. Chambers Centre for Civil Rights, a non-profit law firm that fights for low-wealth North Carolina communities in their attempts to confront structural racism. He was also Managing Attorney at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and teaches at UNC Law School.

Thursday, November 8, Elizabeth J. Zechmeister will speak on “Dysfunction and Decay in Democracy in the Americas.” She is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Director of the LAPOP survey research institute at Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching is focused on comparative public opinion and public behavior, and her research on these subjects have appeared in a variety of publications. She has also co-written two books, and is co-editor of The Latin American Voter.

For disability accommodation, contact Gabrielle Lamountain at g_lamoun@uncg.edu.

New Undergraduate Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions launched an updated website on Monday, Sept. 10.
The new site includes improved functionality, including a mobile-friendly design and an updated look in line with the newly refreshed brand.
Please note: If your website links to any pages on the Admissions site (including application requirements, majors and minors list, or tour/event information), the URLs have changed. Please update the links as soon as you can to ensure students and visitors are directed to the correct information.