UNCG Campus Weekly

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‘At inflection point’: Chancellor, faculty and staff at Town Hall

Photo of Chancellor Gilliam at podiumUNC Greensboro faculty and staff came together to hear from Chancellor Gilliam and ask questions during the Chancellor’s Town Hall in the EUC’s Maple Room Nov. 13.

The Town Hall began with remarks from Chancellor Gilliam regarding the state of the campus and its next steps for becoming a transformed University. He began by describing UNCG’s “inflection point,” and explaining the processes by which UNCG will be transformed. He emphasized the importance of articulating opportunities, aligning resources, activating priorities, amplification and engagement, and assessment.

“We have an opportunity to accelerate progress in this University. We have a track record proving that we’ve aligned our scholarship, educational programs, community engagement and infrastructure. As a university, the context is right. We have an opportunity to be an engine of prosperity here in this region, and I think we have the right people in place,” Chancellor Gilliam said.

After Chancellor Gilliam made his remarks, he opened the floor to questions from faculty and staff. Staff Senate co-chairs Stephen Hale and Bruce Pomeroy asked questions on behalf of the Staff Senate while Dr. Andrea Hunter, chair of Faculty Senate, asked questions on behalf of Faculty Senate. Hale facilitated the question and answer discussion. Nearly twenty questions or topics emerged from the floor, from online questions, and the senates, in a thoughtful discussion

Topics and questions raised ranged from improving student success and managing the University’s growth to increases in staff and faculty pay, as well as the possibility of new parking spaces. Sustainability and community engagement were among the topics raised, as well.

Another Town Hall for faculty/staff is planned for the spring.

By Victor Ayala

Dr. John R. Locke’s opus

Photo of John Locke conductingDirector of Bands John R. Locke knows exactly why he’s at UNC Greensboro.

“I know I’ve had a few moments when I’ve stood on the podium at UNCG Auditorium, and I’ve thought, ‘This is what I was put on Earth to do. I was put on earth to conduct a college band.”

Thousands of undergraduates, hundreds of graduate students, and more than 63,000 former and current students who have worked with him would agree. The number of skilled musicians who have been influenced at UNCG by Locke is tremendous. He will retire this December, but during the 36 and a half years he’s served the campus, the School of Music has undergone an incredible transformation.

When Locke came to Greensboro in 1982, the music school was strong and distinguished, but enrollment was somewhat small. There were only three trumpet players among the 240 music majors, which meant they were spread thin among UNCG’s four ensembles. But gradually, that changed.

Locke placed advertisements, hung posters and did everything he could do to recruit music students into the band. A few years later, when there were six talented freshmen trumpet majors in the entering class, Locke felt the school’s enrollment had turned a corner. There are now around 600 music majors. He credits the other enthusiastic faculty for their work in strengthening and expanding the School of Music.

“While I was the cruise director, figuratively speaking, I can’t claim all the credit.” he says. “I had plenty of help from a very talented faculty.”

But over the next 30-some years, there was something special that played an undeniable role in increasing enrollment in the music school: the UNCG Summer Music Camp, which began in 1983 with a humble mailing created by none other than Dr. John Locke.

In the first year, 350 students from across North Carolina attended the UNCG Summer Music Camp, and in 1984, that number rose to 710 students. By 1986, the camp had grown to 1,170 students and a staff of 90. Now, 2,000 students attend from more than 35 states and more than 20 countries. It’s now the largest and most popular music camp on a college campus in the nation. Many of the campers return to UNCG as music students, and then go on to become either performing musicians or music teachers who encourage their own students to give it a try.

“The camp really helped put us on the map,” says Locke.

Alongside that accomplishment, there are many highlights in his career at UNCG, from serving as president of the American Bandmasters Association, to taking the Wind Ensemble to play at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, to producing 16 albums ‒ one of which was a Grammy Award semifinalist ‒ to having a world premiere recording of an original work top the classical charts for a full three days. (“The Frozen Cathedral” by internationally-renowned composer John Mackey.)

Locke has guest conducted the U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as numerous university bands and all-state honor bands.

And then there’s the famous Sousa concerts, for which Locke and his musicians appear in complete John Philip Sousa Marine Band costumes, a tradition that began in 1989.

“John’s impact on the School of Music, UNCG, and music in the state of North Carolina will probably never be effectively measured,” says School of Music Director Dennis Askew. “The development of our Summer Music Camp into the largest in the nation is one of the most recognized, but the fact that no other person has led more concerts in the UNCG Auditorium is of great importance to his legacy.  He has led so many historic and important performances at UNCG, and brought so much recognition to our program. His absence from our hallways will be felt for some time to come.”

From a young age, John Locke knew he wanted to make music the central part of his life.

Of the music education he has brought students throughout his career – all the UNCG music students and campers and others – he says, “I wanted the people I came into contact with to have something that resembled the fantastic experiences I had in music, which meant the world and then some to me.”

The School of Music invites friends and former students join them on Nov. 17 and 18 in a celebration of Locke and his accomplishments.

All UNCG wind and percussion alumni are invited to participate in an Alumni Band conducted by Locke. Rehearsal will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 and the group will perform a short prelude to the Wind Ensemble Retirement Concert on Sunday, Nov. 18.

View a short video in Campus Weekly’s See/Hear section to learn more about Locke’s time at the UNCG School of Music and how he has made an impact on thousands of college and high school musicians.


By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph courtesy of Brad McMillan. See more visuals at UNCG Now  

Chancellor’s Ambassador Program for student leaders

Photo of Chancellor Gilliam and studentsUNC Greensboro students are invited to participate in the Chancellor’s Ambassador Program. The program is seeking motivated, professional individuals who are interested in networking and representing UNCG and the Chancellor’s Office as a host at select Chancellor and University events.

Ambassadors will benefit from:

  • A program within the Chancellor’s Office wherein Program members represent the University while serving as hosts at Chancellor events, as well as select on and off campus Advancement events.
  • An opportunity for Program members to become connected to both the campus community as well as the community at large by way of hosting and directing guests at University events.
  • An opportunity for Program members to become more prepared for the working world through interacting with a diverse group of constituents, as well as adhering to guidelines which lend themselves to the business world – such as proper attire, being mission-oriented, being accountable for one’s actions, having a customer service – friendly demeanor, problem solving, and conversing with a wide variety of people.
  • An opportunity for Program members to exemplify the quality of our constituency to important stakeholders.

Applications for the current cycle are being accepted now. Access the application.

Questions? Email Paige Boggie. Or download the program handbook.

The sights and sounds of the holidays

Photo of the Minerva statue above luminairesIt’s a great time of year for giving and sharing – from making sure some staff and students have a brighter holiday season through the angel tree program, to giving to families in need through the Branches of Love day. Here is a sampling of holiday related events:

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Angel Tree Nominations Deadline: Nominate a staff member or student in need for the Staff Senate’s Angel Tree program. Nomination form here.

Sunday, Nov. 18: ‘Harvest Home’ UNCG School of Music choral concert. The concert, in its second year, will be held at First Presbyterian Church. It is free-admission. Dr. Welborn Young explains this concert, which include the UNCG Old-Time Ensemble, celebrates Americana. “It’s what you’d find as people enjoyed a bountiful harvest.” Selections will range from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” to “Bile That Cabbage Down.” More information is here.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Giving Tuesday: Celebrate the worldwide movement encouraging people everywhere to support their favorite causes by giving the gift of education. Support the area of UNCG that matters the most to you, whether that is your favorite student organization, an academic department, Spartan Athletics or your favorite campus program. The gift form is here.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Chancellor’s Holiday Open House: Faculty and staff are invited to the Chancellor’s open house in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. It will be open noon-3 p.m., with the Chancellor’s holiday greeting at 1:30 p.m..

Thursday, Nov. 29: Luminaires lighting: On the evening of Reading Day, enjoy the luminaires placed at Moran Commons and along College Avenue. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds. And while you’re enjoying the luminaires, stop at the Vacc Bell Tower to enjoy some holiday refreshments in the early evening.   

Friday, Nov. 30: Downtown Festival of Lights: The Greensboro Festival of Lights always includes a number of UNCG performers – alumni, faculty and current students. Check the schedule here: http://downtownindecember.org/festival-of-lights/ The festival begins at 6 p.m. along and near Elm Street. 

Saturday, Dec. 1: Branches of Love: Join fellow Spartans of all ages at the Alumni House to decorate trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Come with a 4-person team and enter to win in Best Themed, Best Traditional, and Best Overall tree contests. Limited ornaments will be provided, and teams are encouraged to supply their own theme decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Admission is 20 canned or non-perishable items per 4-person team – these items will be donated to the Spartan Open Pantry. 12-2:30 p.m., Alumni House.

New item:  How can individuals at UNCG help some Moss Street families have a brighter holiday season? Moss Street Partnership School Angel Tree Sign-Up is here.

Compiled by Avery Campbell

The Shops at Spartan Village to hold grand opening this weekend

Photo of Bestway Marketplace entrance at Spartan VillageThe Shops at Spartan Village will hold a grand opening with family-friendly entertainment, food, special deals and music Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

During the event, visitors can enjoy painting demos and children’s activities at the Art Loft, discounts and free samples at Tropical Smoothie, food specials and samples at The Den, coupons and opening day specials for Bestway Marketplace and more. Music will be provided by Rock 92 and WKZL 107.5.

The grand opening will also mark the opening of Bestway Marketplace at Spartan Village. Bestway Marketplace is designed to address the needs of the UNCG community by offering a full line grocery store committed to excellent customer service and unique product offerings at reasonable pricing.  The Marketplace will offer fresh produce, fresh cut meats, full grocery assortment, prepared foods such as Neapolitan brick fired pizzas, paninis, freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches. There will also be a bakery, a full-service coffee shop with in-store roasted beans, a full service juice and smoothie shop, and in-store seating with free Wi-Fi for both the Glenwood Community and UNCG students, faculty and staff. Store hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Glenwood Avenue will be closed off between Lexington and McCormick residence halls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And there will be a special event the day before: A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will join local dignitaries and business leaders as speakers at the event.

By Victor Ayala

Dr. Ratnasingam Shivaji honored as Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

A headshot of Dr. Shivaji

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji, head of UNCG’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was recently named a 2019 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for research contributions, mentoring and leadership. Dr. Shivaji is one of only 65 mathematicians  chosen this year from around the world to receive this prestigious designation.

“This is a lifetime achievement for me,” Shivaji said. “There are more than 30,000 members of the AMS, so to be selected among them is a great honor.”

Shivaji came to UNCG in 2011 after 26 years at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he served as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, director of the Center for Computational Sciences and W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor, MSU’s highest honor. He currently serves UNCG as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as Helen Barton Excellence Professor. For more than seven years, Shivaji has brought to UNCG the same leadership and dedication to teaching and research excellence that helped him transform the MSU graduate program into one of the better departments in the South producing PhDs in mathematical sciences. Under his leadership, the research profile and PhD program at UNCG’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics have seen excellent growth, with improvement in recruitment standards and efforts, increases in external funding, implementation of several lecture series hosting researchers from around the world and more.

Shivaji has personally advised 13 PhD graduates, 15 master’s graduates and almost 25 research undergraduates, and has more than 145 publications in leading journals. His research work has applications in combustion theory, chemical reactor theory, and population dynamics, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simon’s Foundation. Currently, he is serving as the primary investigator on an NSF Math Ecology grant.

For Shivaji, the driving force for his success in research and teaching excellence has always been a love for his students.

“Working with students is the best part of my life. I consider them welcome additions to my family,” Shivaji said. “I’m always excited when I work with students and see them understanding mathematics. For me, teaching and research go hand-in-hand. Research gives students the other side of mathematics. When you teach a class, you teach something that is known, whereas with research, I can involve my students on every level of the process and the students get the pleasure of discovery.”

The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. The American Mathematical Society is dedicated to advancing research and connecting the diverse global mathematical community through our publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy, and awareness programs.

By Victor Ayala

Survey for alumni with undergraduate degrees

UNCG, along with all 16 other universities across the UNC System, will conduct an online survey of our undergraduate degree recipients to get a better idea of how our alumni are doing and how the University experience has affected their lives today.  

These are exciting times at UNCG, with record enrollment, strong growth in research funding, increasing national recognition for our academic programs and commitment to student success, and unprecedented accomplishments in athletics across multiple sports. Learning more from our alumni will help in guiding our journey forward.

The Gallup Organization, the well-known polling company, was chosen by the UNC System to assist in this effort.

Want to know more about the purpose and benefits of this alumni survey? Visit https://www.northcarolina.edu/2018UNCSystemSurvey.

Enjoy some hoops

The 2018-19 UNCG men’s and women’s home basketball seasons tip off next week. As a UNCG Faculty/Staff member, you receive special discounts on tickets including an exclusive Faculty/Staff Appreciation night on Friday, Nov. 16 for the men’s basketball home opener. Check out all the affordable options below:

Men’s Basketball:

-Friday, November 16 vs. Johnson & Wales is the first Faculty/Staff Appreciation night with men’s basketball. Faculty/Staff members can purchase $5 tickets to this game by clicking here. Be sure to use the code “UNCG”. All tickets can be picked up at Will Call at the Coliseum the night of the game.

Faculty/Staff members are encouraged to attend “Storm the Streets”, a festive spirit march from campus to the Coliseum, prior to the game. The first 100 Faculty/Staff members will receive a voucher for a pregame tailgate at the Coliseum for themselves and a guest. More information regarding ‘Storm the Streets” can be found here.

Season Tickets are still available for Faculty/Staff members for $109 per ticket (that’s a $30 savings per ticket).  Faculty/Staff season tickets come with a complimentary parking pass, two (2) Buddy Passes, and invitations to unique UNCG events. Click here for the full men’s basketball schedule.

Women’s Basketball:

-Faculty/Staff members can receive complimentary admission to all home regular season women’s basketball games with a valid UNCG ID. Additional game tickets are $3-$5 per person for guests. Click here for the full women’s basketball schedule.

For more information, or to purchase season tickets, contact Adam Rich at alrich@uncg.edu or call the UNCG Ticket Office at 336.334.3250.

Note: All UNCG staff, family and friends can receive 20 percent off catalog price for apparel and equipment from BSN Sports. Visit BSNsports.com and use the code UNCGSPARTANS to receive the discount. Apparel and equipment do not include team logo decorations. A portion of all sales utilizing the group code benefits UNCG. 

It’s International Education Week

International Education Week is in full swing, with a variety of events celebrating diversity and international cooperation. Here are a few events coming up this week:

  • 11/14: Global Connections Fair: Meet representatives from a variety of Greensboro-based community organizations that work with immigrants and refugees. Learn what services they offer and discover current volunteer opportunities. 11:30 a.m., EUC Commons.
  • 11/15: Faculty/Staff Program Director Developmental Meeting: Discuss risk management for current and prospective faculty-led study abroad program directors. 2 p.m., EUC Sharpe.
  • 11/15: Weaving your International Story using Digital Storytelling: Join world travelers and renowned digital storytellers, Dan Noll and Audrey Scott, as they share practical advice on how to make the most of a study abroad or international travel experience. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments provided. 4 p.m., EUC Auditorium.
  • 11/15: Human Rights Research Network Film: Lumumba: The final HRRN film of the semester. The film tells the story of Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Republic of the Congo. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion and a reception. 6:30 p.m., SOEB 120.
  • 11/16: YUVA’s Duwali Night Festival of Lights: Come celebrate the Festival of Lights with UNCG’s Indian Student Association.  There will be performances, food and music. Entry is free and open to all. 5 p.m., SOEB 114.

For more information, see the IEW website.

Newsmakers: Late November

Whether researchers with timely insights or students with outstanding stories, members of the UNCG community appear in print, web and broadcast media every day. Here is a sampling of UNCG-related stories in the news and media over the past weeks:

  • Assistant professor Sheryl Oring wrote a piece for the Washington Post about her long-term art project writing letters to the president.
  • The News & Record wrote a piece about the basketball rivalry between UNCG and A&T, speaking to coaches and players on both teams. The article.
  • WFMY News 2 spoke to Lauren Doyle about job growth in genetic counseling and UNCG’s program. The piece.
  • The News & Record wrote a profile on Ray Goodwin, a Navy veteran studying nursing at UNCG through the Veterans Access Program.
  • The Burlington Times-News wrote an article about Studio 1’s production of Morte d’Arthur, featuring sign language interpreters from UNCG. The article.
  • UNCG’s ADHD Clinic and Access Program was featured in a piece for ADDitude about easing college transitions for people with ADHD. The piece.

Think Tank Conversation: Millennials & Gen Z

Leaders of major corporations turn to the National Millennial Community for generational insights.
Now it’s your turn. Register to meet NC’s only National Millennial & Gen Z Council members.

The event will be Tuesday, November 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in EUC’s Kirkland Room.

SECC ends next week. There’s still time to donate.

So far, UNCG employees have raised more than $130,000 for service organizations during the 2018 SECC, bringing the University to 65 percent of its goal. UNCG currently boasts a participation rate of 20 percent, a rate higher than all other participating UNC system schools.

While official SECC activities at UNCG will end next Wednesday, there is still plenty of time to help UNCG make its goal of $201,891. Online donations will be accepted until Dec. 31, and paper donation forms must be turned in by Dec. 11.

Additionally, two more winners of the weekly drawings have been announced. One more drawing will be held Nov. 21. Winners of this week’s drawing are:

Angela Gantt – Electric Spiralizer

Bruce Banks – Single Cup Coffee Brewer

Drawing winners can contact Jana Walser-Smith at jfwalser@uncg.edu to claim their prize.

The SECC is the only workplace giving program for state employees. It is a direct way to help those in need; sustain local, national, and international health, educational, environmental and social service organizations; and make a meaningful contribution to your community.

Want to learn more or make a donation? Visit http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/give-now/.

Last forum on Gen Ed Revision

The last campus forum to discuss the General Education Revision process underway will take place on November 15, from 9 – 11 a.m., in the Virginia Dare Room in Alumni House. All are invited to attend.

Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher (Theatre) has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He will be formally inducted on April 21, 2019, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The College of Fellows of the American Theatre originated in 1965 within the American Educational Theatre Association. From its beginnings, investiture in the College has been one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of America’s educational and theatre community. Its primary purpose is to promote and encourage the highest standards of research, writing, and creativity in educational and professional theatre through honoring distinguished service and notable accomplishment by individuals of recognized national stature. More information is at https://www.thecollegeoffellows.org/

Omar Ali/April Marshall

Dr. Omar Ali (Lloyd International Honors College) and Dr. April Marshall (Leadership and Civic Engagement) will co-direct a TEDx UNC Greensboro event on Friday, April 12. Calls for participants will go out soon.

Chancellor Gilliam on Gates Foundation podcast

Photo of Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.At last month’s AASCU meeting, Chancellor Gilliam joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “To a Degree” podcast to discuss student success in higher education. “To a Degree” highlights the people, institutions, and organizations like UNCG that are working to provide all students with a high-quality and affordable postsecondary experience, especially those at the greatest risk of being left out. The Chancellor was a featured guest on Episode 24: Reimagining the First Year and Beyond.  Listen here: https://postsecondary.gatesfoundation.org/podcasts/.



Salute to Veterans: Annual celebration this Friday

Photo of American flags in the EUC lawn

UNCG will host its annual Veterans Day Celebration this Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Maple Room of the Elliot University Center. The celebration is open to the public, and provides a number of fun opportunities to engage with veterans from UNCG and beyond.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a holiday card signing for deployed service members, hosted by the Student Veterans Association and the Staff Senate. Attendees will also be able to sample MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), support the SVA by purchasing a YETI tumbler and enjoy games, giveaways and displays provided by Army, Navy and Marine Corps recruiters.

The formal program will be held in the Maple Room of the EUC starting at 1:30 p.m. The program begins with a poetry reading from Army veteran, UNCG Nursing student and Warrior Poet Megan Mead.  Shanna Reece, executive director of the Servant Center, a safe and sober transitional housing facility for homeless veterans in Guilford County, will deliver the keynote speech. Other programming includes a swearing-in ceremony for Marine Corps inductees, the ROTC Scholarship and Award presentation and the singing of the National Anthem by the UNCG Spartones.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., a catered reception will be held in the EUC’s Maple Room.

By Victor Ayala

‘Concert Weeks’ music fills the air

“It’s concert weeks!”

The first time I heard the term “Concert Weeks” here at UNCG, Dr. John Locke was calling attention to several outstanding concerts. We were in the hallway of the Music Building, and he wanted the music students and their world-class talent to get due notice.

He was right. Imagine enjoying fabulous music in beautiful settings, virtually one night after another – and most of the concerts are even free-admission. Prague or New York City may offer similar experiences, if you want to zip around by subway and pay the high cost. If you love music in Greensboro, you’ve got it good this month.

The concert weeks will be special this month because one concert – on Nov. 18 – will be Dr. John R. Locke’s Retirement Concert. (More on that, in next week’s CW.)

UNCG CVPA has a variety of concert performances coming up. The concerts listed here are free admission, tickets not required.

  • 11/14: University Band and Symphonic Band: The University Band consists of 85 music majors and non-majors who perform challenging music of artistic and historical significance. The Symphonic Band is made up of 55 music majors chosen by audition who perform a variety of pieces in two concerts each semester. Performance at 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium. A pre-concert discussion will be held at 6:40 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium Lower Lobby.
  • 11/16: Symphony Orchestra: The Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of 90 performers selected through highly competitive auditions. Their concert will feature CVPA junior Jacob Warren on saxophone. The orchestra will perform pieces by Mussorgsky, Creston and Beethoven. Performance at 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium. A pre-concert discussion will be held at 6:40 in the UNCG Auditorium Lower Lobby.
  • 11/18: Dr. John R. Locke Retirement Concert:  Dr. John R. Locke, Director of Bands and Founder & Director of the UNCG Summer Music Camp, will retire in December 2018 after more than 36 years as a member of the UNCG faculty. Come celebrate Dr. Locke and his accomplishments. Performance at 1:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • 11/27: Sinfonia: The Sinfonia is dedicated to broadening the artistic performance level of its members while presenting programs that encompass a wide range of styles, from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Performance at 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall.

If you are unable to attend events, performances are streamed in high definition on CVPA’s YouTube Live channel. For more information, visit the page.

For a complete listing of music events, see the School of Music website.

By Mike Harris; edited by Avery Campbell and CVPA staff.

UNCG to launch online PhD program in business administration

Photo of the exterior of the Bryan buildingThe UNC Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics will launch the first and only online AACSB-accredited PhD program in Business Administration in the fall of 2019.

“This innovative and ground-breaking program is designed to meet a critical shortage of research-trained business faculty members,” said Dr. McRae Banks, dean of the Bryan School. “We are delighted to create and present this unique and much-needed resource for the benefit of students, communities and businesses. We believe it’s the only such program delivered by a U.S. business school accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).”

This 60-hour program is designed to prepare students for an academic career at a major college or university. Students will receive a broad overview of all areas of business, while also customizing their area of focus on strategy, international business or organizational leadership.

See full article here.

SECC reaches 60% of goal, announces drawing winners

The second-annual SECC breakfast was a huge success, pulling in nearly $2,000 in proceeds. With more than 500 donors, UNCG faculty and staff have raised more than $120,000 dollars this fall, bringing the SECC to 60 percent of its 2018 goal.

And the pancakes, prepared by “celebrity chefs,” were a hit.

“Our leaders were very enthusiastic and entertaining, and our volunteers kept the energy up and everything running like a fine-tuned machine.  From the continual planning that was completed behind the scenes to the actual event itself, I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with or a better event,” said Event Chair Tammy Downs. “Coming together to meet the needs of those going through difficult times and seeing so many people that care enjoying breakfast and fellowship together with kindred spirits is what this campaign is all about.”

See below for a list of winners from the drawings at the SECC breakfast:

  • Sheryl Williamson – UNCG Corn Hole Game
  • Diane Levine – UNCG Mugs & T-Shirt
  • Cathy Church – Holiday Books & Decor
  • Zach Ratcliffe – Handcrafted Candle-stand
  • Elizabeth Jobe – Men’s Basketball Season Tickets
  • Robert Swanson – Violin
  • Tim Wilkins – Gift Basket
  • Anthony Miller – Basketball VIP Experience with floor seats
  • Rachel Lemons – Gift Bag
  • Tim Wilkins – 32″ TV

Additionally, two more winners of the weekly drawings have been announced:

Drawing winners can contact Jana Walser-Smith at jfwalser@uncg.edu to claim their prize.

The SECC is the only workplace giving program for state employees. It is a direct way to help those in need; sustain local, national, and international health, educational, environmental and social service organizations; and make a meaningful contribution to your community.

Want to learn more or make a donation? Visit http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/give-now/.

By Victor Ayala
Photo by Jiyoung Park

Call for auditions: Be a part of UNCG Grateful Dead cover band

Grateful Dead visualBring out your Dead!

UNCG is calling for musically inclined students faculty, staff and alumni with a love for the Grateful Dead to audition for the UNCG Grateful Dead cover band.

In order to audition, submit a video of yourself playing some Grateful Dead music to this link: http://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/form/grateful-dead-cover-band-audition-tapes. Live auditions will follow (by invitation) on Nov. 17 at Greensboro Project Space.

The process will culminate in a live performance by the UNCG Dead Band at the Crown Theatre in Downtown Greensboro on Feb. 9. The performance will be part of Another Year of the Dead, a series of events during the 2018-19 academic year celebrating the legacy of the Grateful Dead.

To contact Another Year of The Dead, email Dead@uncg.edu.

Visual courtesy UNCG alumna Lena Rodgriguez-Gillett


Land Acknowledgement Plaque Dedication

The UNCG Intercultural Resource Center / Office of Intercultural Engagement is collaborating with the Native American Student Association for a Land Acknowledgement Plaque Dedication in the Intercultural Resource Center on Monday, November 12.  

The chancellor and nearby Tribal Council leaders will be in attendance for the dedication of a wall sign that will recognize the Indigenous inhabitants of the land that UNCG is located on, particularly the Keyauwee and Saura.

The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will include refreshments, the chancellor’s welcome, acknowledgement of Veterans Day, acknowledgment of the Saura and Keyauwee, a hand drum honor song, singing, dancing, a student testimonial and a closing statement.

North Carolina has been home to many Indigenous peoples at various points in time, including the tribes/nations of: Bear River/Bay River, Cape Fear, Catawba, Chowanoke, Coree/Coranine, Creek, Croatan, Eno, Hatteras, Keyauwee, Machapunga, Moratoc, Natchez, Neusiok, Pamlico, Shakori, Sara/Cheraw, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Wateree, Weapemeoc, Woccon, Yadkin, and Yeopim.

Today, North Carolina recognizes eight tribes: Coharie, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Saponi, Haliwa Saponi, Waccamaw Siouan, Sappony, and the Eastern Band Cherokee.

Annual SECC breakfast a hit with faculty and staff

The second-annual SECC breakfast was a huge success, pulling in nearly $2,000 in proceeds. With more than 500 donors, UNCG faculty and staff have raised more than $120,000 dollars this fall, bringing the SECC to 60 percent of its 2018 goal. Here are some highlights from last week’s event.

Red Cross Blood Drive Nov. 14

The Elliott University Center will host its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2018-2019 academic year on Wednesday, November 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.  

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 200-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood.  Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification.  And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Again, UNCG Women’s Soccer takes SoCon title

Photo of UNCG Women's Soccer Team members with trophyFor the second straight year, Women’s Soccer is number 1 in the conference tourney. They will now compete in the NCAA tournament, facing South Carolina Friday at 6 p.m. in Columbia, S.C.  

The team finished its regular season with a 12-4-1, 7-2-0 record.

They went on to win the SoCon championship with a 2-1 win over Furman Sunday afternoon in the tournament finals. 

Women’s soccer’s forward Cienna Rideout was named SoCon Player of the Year, while forward Nicole Souply was selected as Freshman of the Year. Joining Ridout on the first-term are defenders Emily Jensen and Marissa Ferrantino and midfielder Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper and midfielder Grace Kennedy were appointed to the second-team. Defenders Kayla Campbell and Gracie Timbario were chosen for the all-freshman team.

Photo of UNCG Women's Soccer TeamMeanwhile, Men’s soccer closed its regular season defeating Furman 1-0 for an overall season record of 6-8-2. Midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe achieved national attention in the game against Elon. His winning goal was reported on by ESPN, Yahoo!, and NBC Sports and he was named SoCon Player of the Week. On Saturday, they defeated Wofford 1-0 and will face Mercer in the SoCon Tournament semifinals Nov. 9.

Photos by Mark Powell.

Michael Frierson captures Greensboro history and preservation

Photo of Michael FriersonThursday, Nov. 15, professor of media studies Michael Frierson will screen “Cascade: Caring for a Place,” a short documentary about the preservation of the Cascade Saloon, one of the oldest remaining historical buildings in Greensboro.

The screening will take place inside the building that was the Cascade Saloon, which is now an office of The Christman Company, renowned preservationists who carried out the renovation. It is the first historic adaptive re-use project they have completed in Greensboro, though a unique partnership with the City of Greensboro and Preservation Greensboro.

The building stands beside the railroad tracks and has an odd shape, not exactly rectangular and yet not triangular. It was built in 1895 and the business was operated by an African American couple, Wiley and Ida Weaver, in 1907, which was highly unusual for a white business district in the South.

old Greensboro“It’s a keystone building for downtown Greensboro, and it really connects the south side of main street to the north side,” says Frierson about the building. “It’s really amazing that these partners were able to save it. A lot of people said it couldn’t be saved, but they did it and stuck with it.”

The building had been empty for decades, and the film shows its slow transformation from a decaying, abandoned shell to a vibrant workplace.

“It’s a really positive story for Greensboro,” says Frierson. “I really got to love the building.”

Cascade Saloon building

Among Frierson’s past historical film projects are a documentary on New Orleans photographer Clarence John Laughlin and “FBI KKK,” a documentary about his father who was an FBI agent in Greensboro. Frierson is also the author of the award-winning “Clay Animation: American Highlights 1908 to the Present” and “Film and Video Editing Theory: How Editing Creates Meaning.” He has taught in the Department of Media Studies since 1989, and since 2012 he has guided students through the production of the films that accompany the UNCG Faculty Staff Excellence Awards ceremony.

Frierson’s colleague, Lecturer in Media Studies Kevin Wells, and student Eric Dobbins shot footage for “Cascade: Caring for a Place.” Media Studies student Sarah Seyler assisted with the editing of a historical sequence in the film.

Michael Frierson

The film is 18 minutes long and there will be two screenings on Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The former Cascade Saloon where the film will be shown is located at 408 S. Elm St. Reservations will be open to the general public on and after Thursday, Nov. 8. Contact Preservation Greensboro by email (jkastner@preservationgreensboro.org) or phone 336-272-5003 to reserve a seat. Watch the trailer for the film here.

To see more photographs of the building and restoration process visit the UNCG Now post here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Course reserves due for winter 2018-19, spring 2019

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves with University Libraries. To be available by the first days of classes, new lists are due as follows:

Winter: Friday, December 7, 2018
Spring: Friday, December 14, 2018

Requests to renew fall lists for use in winter and/or spring are due by Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

eReserve readings are stored in Box and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box and sends an email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert into Canvas; instructions are available at https://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/AddingeReservestoYourCourseinCanvas.pdf. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the numerous streaming film sources. University Libraries offers hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked from your course syllabus. To learn more, please see the e-book guide (http://uncg.libguides.com/ebooks).

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 336-256-1199 or 336-334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

A dissertation in three minutes – ten finalists compete

The final round of the 2018 UNCG 3MT Competition will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The 3MT is a competition held in hundreds of universities across the world in which master’s and doctoral students explain the importance of their research to a general audience in only three minutes using a single, static PowerPoint slide.

The ten finalists in this year’s finals will be competing for a $1000 first prize, a $500 second prize, and a $250 “people’s choice” award. All attendees will help select the people’s choice winner. UNCG’s winner advances to the regional competition held in February.

Judging this year’s competition will be UNCG Trustees Frances Bullock and Ward Russell, Executive Director of NC Biotech Nancy Johnston, and Principal and former Assistant Superintendent for the Thomasville City Schools Ashton Clemmons.

Our student finalists this year are

  • S Anandavalli, Counseling and Educational Development, Experiences of International Students of Color: A Critical Perspective
  • Durga Majari Arvapalli, Nanoscience, Turmeric Tagged Carbon Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment
  • Elvis Foli, Kinesiology, The Effect of Hormonal Oral Contraceptives on Knee Laxity
  • Linda Friend, Nutrition, Growing Premature Infants with Donor Breast Milk
  • Joseph LeBlanc, Counseling and Educational Development, Preparing School Counselor Leaders: An Intervention Study with First-Year School Counseling Students
  • Alla Letfullina, Nanoscience, Understanding Ion Transfer within Plastic Crystals
  • Kyoungyoun Park, Kinesiology, Understanding the influence of joint loading on brain function
  • Radmila Petric, Biology, The Effects of Man-made Noise on Wild Mice
  • Snehal Shah, Nanoscience, Turmeric Tagged Carbon Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment
  • Yener Ulus, Biology, How does seawater intrusion affect toxic mercury levels in our coastal plain wetlands?

Lavender Graduation Nov. 29

The Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIC) has begun organizing the annual Lavender Graduation. If you aren’t familiar, Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous college campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students, and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University.

Our December Ceremony will honor Fall ’18 graduates. This year, the ceremony has been moved to 11 a.m. to accommodate other Reading Day commitments.

It will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium pre-function area.

As always, the OIC invites and encourages LGBTQ+ and allied faculty/staff to join us in a way to show support to our LGBTQ+ students by celebrating their accomplishments.

See more at OIC site.

Newsmakers: Early November, 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 over the past weeks:

  • The Weatherspoon’s “Dread and Delight” exhibition was featured in the prominent art industry publication Hyperallergic. The article.
  • Sheryl Oring (Art) wrote a piece for The Washington Post about her “I Wish to Say” project, in which citizens dictate letters to the president. They are typed on typewriters. The article.
  • The Phoblographer spoke to Assistant Professor of Photography Leah Sobsey about her tintype photography work with Tim Telkamp. The interview.
  • The News & Record wrote a tribute in memory of Lee Kinard, UNCG alumnus and long-time WFMY2 anchor. The piece.
  • Dr. McRae Banks spoke with the Triad Business Journal about UNCG’s new doctoral program in business administration. The article.
  • Dr. Nir Kshetri wrote an article for The Conversation about the future of cyber insurance.
  • Fox8 wrote a review on Alan Alda’s UCLS lecture. The piece.

UNCG School of Education launches new endowment initiative: Inspirational Educators

Wishing to recognize the significant impact so many educators have made in the lives of students, the UNCG School of Education is delighted to introduce a new initiative honoring Inspirational Educators. All monies raised through the nomination of Inspirational Educators will fund new Student Excellence Awards for School of Education students. When you nominate an Inspirational Educator, your gift not only honors a legacy, but inspires our students and helps us provide them with the best preparation possible.

This permanent recognition, launching in the Spring of 2019, will be displayed prominently in the School of Education Building. Over time, the School of Education will honor 1,000 Inspirational Educators, creating an endowment of $1,000,000 with all gifts going toward the Inspirational Educators Endowment. Each year, annual interest from the new endowment will fund merit-based scholarships and awards for School of Education students.

How it Works:

  • A gift of at least $1,000 ensures a permanent place for the honoree as an Inspirational Educator. In addition, this gift enrolls the donor(s) in the John H. Cook Society for that year.
  • Your $1,000 gift may be paid in installments over a 12-month period.
  • An Inspirational Educator may be nominated by an individual, their family, colleagues, or a group.
  • A gift of $26,000 allows you to nominate someone as an Inspirational Educator and establish an endowed scholarship in their name – or yours! Of this gift, $1,000 goes toward the Inspirational Educators Endowment to fund the Student Excellence Awards in the School of Education. The additional $25,000 may be paid over five years or included as part of your estate plans.
  • All gifts in support of Inspiration Educators and endowed scholarships are tax-deductible.

Learn more: soe.uncg.edu/giving/inspirational-educators

Copy courtesy Rosalie Catanoso, School of Education

CW schedule for the remainder of 2018

Campus Weekly will publish next week (the newsletter will be emailed Nov. 14), then return after the Thanksgiving break, on Nov. 28..

Publication dates are:

  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 12

Campus Weekly will publish again on January 9, 2019.

If you have a submission, please send it to us the Thursday before publication. (We normally edit on Fridays and post the articles on Mondays. On Tuesdays, we create and proof the enewsletter.)

Questions? Email us.

Looking ahead: November 7

Pixar Talk: Designing ‘Incredibles 2’ with Bryn Imagire
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Eberhart Building, 250

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Jenny Moody, archaeology lecture on Crete and climate changes
Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m., School of Education Building, Room 118

Talk, ‘Dysfunction and Decay in Democracy in the Americas”
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Sullivan Science, Mead Auditorium

‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., UNCG Taylor Theatre

Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty/staff
Monday, Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium Prefunction Area

Richard Cox

 Richard Cox (University Libraries) received an award from the NC Genealogical Society for UNCG’s Digital Library on American Slavery. The Race and Slavery Petitions Project website was selected as one of two winners of the NCGS 2018 “Award for Excellence in Web Presence” for a freely accessible website promoting North Carolina genealogy. The award was presented Oct. 27 at the society’s annual meeting. The society’s website notes, “Because records of slaves can be obscure and very difficult to find, this website is a valuable resource for discovering detailed personal information about slaves, free people of color, and whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners. While less than ten percent of North Carolina records comprise the database, this site has significant value for North Carolina researchers.”

Kathelene McCarty Smith

Kathelene McCarty Smith (University Libraries) will speak at the Greensboro History Museum Thursday, Nov. 8, as part of the presentation “Her Great War: Women & WW I,” with scholar and author Lynn Dumenil. The two speakers will reflect on ways the war changed life for women in North Carolina and across the nation. McCarty Smith will discuss mobilization of women on North Carolina college campuses during World War I. Major support for the program comes from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation and it is the 2018 installment of the John Floy Wicker Endowment Series, which has brought well-known historians and history programs to Greensboro for more than two decades. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro History Museum, located downtown, at 130 Summit Ave. There will also be a special reception with refreshments for the UNCG community at 4 p.m. in the MHRA Building, Room 3501. The reception is sponsored by the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium.