UNCG Campus Weekly

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

In Memoriam: Suzanne Lea

Dr. Suzanne Moore Lea died May 29.

She was a professor of physics and computer science at UNCG, serving as director of the computer science division within the Department of Mathematical Science until 2004.

She earned a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Rice University in Texas in 1964, a master’s of science in physics from Ohio State University in 1965, and her PhD in physics from Duke University in 1970. She also received a master’s of science in computer science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986.

With her UNCG colleagues and partners across the UNC System, she worked on a major project: “A Consortium to Promote Computational Science and High Performance Computing.”

UNCG and N.C. A&T awarded $500,000 to build high-speed data network

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UNCG and N.C. A&T have been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $499,912 to build a high-speed research data network that will both connect the two largest universities in the Triad with each other and enable faster, easier sharing of research with scientists around the world.

The Gate City Research Network (GCRN) is one of only 11 NSF Campus Cyber Infrastructure awards in the state of North Carolina and is the first award in the state for the category of Network Infrastructure.  Approximately $358,000 of the award will be managed directly by UNCG, while approximately $142,000 will be managed by NC A&T as a “sub-award.”

The GCRN will create a multi-institutional network supporting research activities through a clean, low-latency, high-speed internet connection. This will give researchers access to dedicated, high performance computing resources while helping to eliminate issues posed by using existing networks that also carry administrative, entertainment (i.e. movie streaming, gaming), and other non-scientific data. The GCRN will enable fast transfers of the enormous amount of data that fuels innovative research.  This will significantly increase the fundamental research capacity in disciplines such as chemistry, nano-engineering, nano-, computer-, and data science.

See full story at UNCG Now.


In memoriam: Michael Dean Parker

Michael Dean Parker, MD, died on June 24.

He attended Duke Medical School and served on the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After retiring from practicing radiology, he taught physiology and physics as an adjunct professor here at UNCG.

His research into antinuclear antibodies led to more accurate diagnoses of several autoimmune diseases, and his 1985 “Introduction to Radiology” textbook was used in medical schools throughout the country. He was a major in the US Air Force from 1972-1974, where he served as a teaching physician at Keesler Air Force Base and assisted in caring for U.S. prisoners returning from Vietnam. He taught himself to play guitar and played lead at many open Blues Jams sponsored by the Piedmont Blues Society.

Two UNCG Spartans head to Romania on Fulbright Scholarships

Two recent Spartan graduates, Kyle Kostenko and Colin Cutler, have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach and research abroad during the 2019-20 academic year.

The Fulbright Student Program, the largest international exchange program in the country, offers opportunities for recent graduates in more than 140 countries. Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields, and are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

“As stated in the University’s mission and vision statement, ‘UNCG is committed to being a global university integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.’ We applaud these students who will take the knowledge they acquired at UNCG and apply it overseas. Being selected for the Fulbright Student Award is an outstanding achievement which speaks highly of their character and abilities,” says Patrick Lilja, UNCG Coordinator of Prestigious International/National Fellowships and Fulbright Program Advisor.

Coincidentally, both award recipients will travel to and work in Romania.

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Fulbright recipient Kyle Kostenko. Photography by Brittany Hudson.

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Fulbright recipient Colin Cutler. Photography by Bob Mitchell.










Kyle Kostenko (Master of Music, Music Performance ‘19) will research and collect experimental and contemporary music composed for clarinet by Romanian composers. His ultimate goal is to produce a collection of representative works for dissemination in the United States and internationally.

Colin Cutler (Master of Arts, English ‘16) will work as an English Teaching Assistant at Universitatea Lucian Blaga in Sibiu, a small city in the south of Transylvania. As a guitarist, banjo player, and singer, he will share what he learned about old time blues and Appalachian music in the Piedmont Oldtime Society and UNCG Old Time Ensemble through lectures, workshops, and community events in and around Sibiu.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, with recent graduates and graduate students undertaking international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary teaching worldwide. Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

UNCG students and recent alums interested in the Fulbright program or other nationally competitive fellowships are invited to visit the Prestigious International/National Fellowships webpage and submit an inquiry form to request an advising appointment.

UNCG places 33 student-athletes on Spring Academic All-SoCon Teams

UNC Greensboro placed 33 student-athletes on the 2019 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference Team. The Spartans had 10 teams represented, led by eight selections from women’s indoor track. Women’s golf accrued the second-most selections with five. Women’s outdoor track, men’s indoor track and softball each had four honorees. Baseball added three, and women’s basketball had a pair of selections. Women’s tennis, men’s golf and men’s outdoor track all had one student-athlete selected.

Newsmakers: Holleman, Delaney, CHANCE, reading, Kshetri, Debbage, Miller, and Rueppel

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

  • Wednesday, July 10, staff member Chase Holleman will sit on a panel discussing the opioid epidemic in the Triad; the panel will also include the Attorney General. The panel will be live streamed on the WFMY News2 site – details here.
  • Gizmodo spoke to Dr. Peter Delaney, among other psychologists, for a piece on whether it’s possible to forget things on purpose. The piece.
  • MyFox8 featured UNCG CHANCE’s efforts to introduce young Latinx people to the college experience. The article.
  • A News & Record “The Syllabus” post featured the new Keker Common Experience program, and it mentions a listing of new books by those affiliated with the MFA in Writing program. The piece.
  • Dr. Nir Kshetri wrote a piece for Moneyweb about how cryptocurrency scams work. The article.
  • Dr. Keith Debbage was quoted in a Winston-Salem Journal article on Forsyth County’s millennial population.  The article.
  • UNCG men’s basketball rising junior Isaiah Miller was selected to participate in the CP3 Elite Guard Camp, reported by WFMY News2. The piece.
  • Dr. Olav Rueppel is editor on a new study about infectious diseases in bees. The study.

Dr. Stacy Sechrist

Dr. Stacy Sechrist (NC Network for Safe Communities) received a continuation of funding from the Lexington Police Department for the project “Support of Lexington Police Department’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative.”

North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC) has been the training/technical assistance and evaluation partner for the replication of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative in Lexington, NC. since the project began in 2014. A portion of Lexington Police Department’s grant with the NC Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC) will be to continue to support NCNSC’s on-the-ground support of the initiative in Lexington, which will include continued data tracking and evaluation, assistance with systems and processes, and documentation of the new addition of a Jessica Gonzales victim assistant within the police department, including outcomes and process changes. The Jessica Gonzales position will be a position funded through the GCC grant to Lexington Police Department.

Dr. David L. Wyrick

Dr. David L. Wyrick (Public Health Education) received new funding from the McCrae Williams Foundation for the project “Short-Term Proposal to McCrae Williams Foundation.” Dr. Gracielee Weaver is a co-principal investigator on the project.

The research team will clean, analyze, and report on data collected by the McCrae Williams Foundation on drinking culture, Good Samaritan policies, and the act of JanSporting.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Dr. Qibin Zhang (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received new funding from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the project “Lipid Mediator Analysis.”

The project is for determination of lipid mediator levels in patients with heart diseases. 

Newsmakers: Bush, Lubika, musical petting zoo, Ortiz, Gunn, Hubert, and Dawkins

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

  • The News & Record wrote a feature on student Magloire Lubika’s efforts to destroy stigmas related to homelessness. The article.
  • WUNC highlighted the “musical petting zoo” hosted in LeBauer park, with comments from junior Carley Gerdes. The piece.
  • Senior Dixie Ortiz’s research on mentorship and diversity was featured in The Voice of Hispanic Higher Education’s summer 2019 issue.
  • As reported by the Environmental News Network, Joel Gunn was a collaborator on new research about ancient societal development. The article.
  • Alumna Kathryn Hubert spoke to Fox8 on her impetus for opening her restaurant, Chez Genese. The interview.
  • Dr. April Dawkins co-authored new research on e-books in high school libraries, as reported by the American Library Association. The piece.
  • Dr. Catherine Bush, a CNNC research fellow, co-authored a research project on plant use in Greensboro Montagnard communities. Read more here.

Dr. Mollie Aleshire

Dr. Mollie Aleshire, Clinical Associate Professor, recently had an article selected as part of a collection in The Health Promotion Practice Journal, focusing on LGBTQ health and equality.

Aleshire’s areas of research focus are Doctor of Nursing Practice education, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and LGBTQ Health.

Dr. Zhiyong Yang

Zhiyong YangDr. Zhiyong Yang (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality) co-authored an article titled “How Does Consumers’ Local or Global Identity Influence Price–Perceived Quality Associations? The Role of Perceived Quality Variance” in the current issue of the prestigious “Journal of Marketing.”

He is professor of marketing and head of the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Previously, Zhiyong was a professor of marketing at the University of Texas-Arlington. He joined UNCG in 2018

He has published over 30 articles in leading scholarly journals.

Dr. Dan Herr

Photo of Dr. Daniel HerrDr. Dan Herr (JSNN) was featured in a recent podcast.

The audio podcast was created in celebration of the 15-year anniversary of the authorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The podcast is part of a weekly series of podcasts in which experts from academia, government, or industry share their perspectives on key research and development advances in nanotechnology and how the NNI has changed the nanotechnology landscape.

In the podcast, Dan speaks about his personal nanotechnology journey, his experience in the semiconductor industry, and his recent work on biomimetic materials and bioinspired systems and processes. The podcast is at:


Everything 50 cents, at UNCG’s annual rummage sale. This year, on a Tuesday

Photo of the EUC exteriorHelp save hand-me-downs from the landfill at this year’s Cram and Scram rummage sale.

The sale, in its eighteenth year, will be held at the Cone Ballroom as always. However, this year the sale will be on Tuesday, July 2, 2-6 p.m., instead of a Saturday as it has been in years past.

This  allows more opportunity for employees to come to the sale at the end of the work day.

At the end of each spring semester, student castoffs, ranging from clothes to appliances, are collected and sold for fifty cents each. Items left after the sale will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Come by during the sale open hours to search through the offerings and find some fifty-cent gems.

UNCG’s Guarantee Scholars are volunteering the labor, from the sorting process through handling all of the collected donations. This is no small feat since there are close to 8 tons of items per year and this year seems to be in that range again. Tyshea Lewis, Associate Director of the Guarantee Scholars Program,  has been instrumental with this partnership with UNCG Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to make Cram and Scram possible.

Dr. Noah Lenstra

Dr. Noah Lenstra (Library & Information Studies) wrote a column for the Children & Nature Network, a national non-profit, on the growth of “Nature Smart Libraries.” The column can be viewed at https://www.childrenandnature.org/2019/06/20/thinking-outside-of-the-stacks-the-growth-of-nature-smart-libraries/.

Also, her work was spotlighted in this article: https://bluesyemre.com/2019/04/18/why-libraries-can-become-the-heartbeat-of-healthinformation-by-carlasmith/

Lenstra is assistant professor of library and information studies.

Humanities research courses and projects get Mellon Foundation funding

Photo of MHRALast fall, UNCG received funding from the Mellon Foundation for transformative initiatives aimed at increasing participation of humanities’ undergraduates in research. Under the leadership of Dr. Joanne Murphy in the Department of Classical Studies, three competitions were created and humanities’ faculty from across campus were invited to submit proposals. In all, 18 awards were made under these three categories: Humanities Faculty Groups, Interdisciplinary Faculty Student Collaborative Groups, and Individual Humanities Faculty.

Since December, more than 80 faculty have participated in interdisciplinary networking events and more than 50 have attended workshops on undergraduate research.

Sub-awards have been granted to 60 faculty members and 37 faculty received funding to redesign 42 classes in 13 different subject areas focused on undergraduate research skill development. More than 1,200 students will participate in these classes.

Also, 22 faculty will be supported through the new interdisciplinary projects. For those projects, faculty and students came together to create eight interdisciplinary groups whose topics range from studying the slave populations of North Carolina, to visualizing voter data, to a diachronic and global study of memory and landscape. Twenty-three students will be supported to conduct undergraduate research as part of these groups.


Humanities faculty groups

The following faculty groups and projects were created and funded, to integrate undergraduate research skills development (RSD) and course based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) into classes.

Art and Social Practice

Lee Walton (group leader), Sunny Spillane, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Adam Carlin, Leah Sobsey


Transforming the Humanities at a Minority Serving Institution

Greg O’Brien (group leader), Rick Barton, Mark Elliott, Arlen Hanson, Mark Moser, Lisa Tolbert


Undergraduate Research in the English Curriculum

Scott Romine (group leader), Karen Weyler, Risa Applegarth, Heather Brooke Adams, and Jen Feather


Enhancing Undergraduate Research Across the LLC Curriculum

Roberto Campo (group leader), Mariche Bayonas, Alejandro Hortal, Brooke Kreitinger, Kathleen Macfie, Carmen Sotomayor, Matthew Sutton, and Amy Williamsen


Interdisciplinary faculty-student collaborative groups

Faculty and students from different disciplines will work together in groups around a common research or pedagogical theme or community-engaged project. Funding was awarded to the following projects:

At the Intersection

This project explores how engagement with art as research method, specifically theater, provides college students with the opportunity to think critically about humans and society, and to work inclusively and collaboratively to analyze the history of inclusion. Interdisciplinary collaboration and mentoring will support student researchers as they develop research, writing and presentation skills that will prepare them to “help us envision where are going” and our potential for an inclusive future.

Rochelle Brock (faculty group leader), Sarah Hankins, Lalenja Harrington, and Marcia Hale. Student awardees include Torey Allen, Kara Yost, and Catherine Minton.


Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Researchers will collect and record oral histories of lesser known people who stood beside their more famous counterparts such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and others. Student teams will record these oral/video histories in the form of 4K (high definition) video. The students will be taking part in what is planned to be a national project that spans six decades of history, from 1960 to 1980 in its initial phase, and, later, from 1980 to the present

Matthew Barr (faculty group leader), Jennida Chase, Hassan Pitts, and Torren Gatson. Student awardees include Arielle Smallwood, Jamira Adams, and Zariyah Blackmon-Tate. The Library Support Team includes David Gwynn, Beth Bernhardt, Richard Cox, Erin Lawrimore, and Vaughn Stewart.


Visualizing Voter Data from the Center for Legislative Studies

For this project, researchers will create data visualizations from raw data about North Carolina voters and elections to illustrate and narrate key concepts in the humanities like fairness, equality, cheating, and power as they are instantiated in North Carolina politics. The Department of Political Science will gather and process publicly available data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections and help formulate useful questions and possible answers that can be illustrated with the data. The School of Art will help to refine these questions and design visualizations to provide unique and intriguing representations of them. The stories communicated through the data visualizations will be available to voters, political reporters, and academics through the website of the Center for Legislative Studies at UNCG.

Gregory McAvoy (faculty group leader), David Holian, Rachele Riley, and Christopher Cassidy. Student awardees include Ariana Garcia and Laura Lazarini.

Memory and Landscape

This group focuses on how memory and landscape influenced the creation of community identities in the past. The group intensely engages with the myriad ways in which the convergence of shared memory and place influenced a sense of belonging, reinforced boundaries between and within groups, and asserted particular claims about the past and identities of communities. Through diverse case studies drawn from a variety of regions, time periods, and methodological approaches, the group will consider how communal engagement with stories, memories, and physical remains of the past shaped group identities in Bronze Age and Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine and Islamic Eastern Mediterranean, the pre-colonial Caribbean, the early modern Atlantic World, and in the American South.

Robyn Le Blanc (faculty group leader), Linda Stine, Joanne Murphy, Christopher Hodgkins, and Asa Eger. Student awardees include Abbey Linnell, Malcolm Motley, Carelle Robinson, Michael Bell and London Nance.


Walking: A Critical + Creative Research Practice

This project is a humanities-based initiative that explores the practice of walking and moving through space as a critical and creative research method across disciplines. This proposal brings together undergraduate students and faculty together from four different disciplines. In defense of humanity, we will examine the value of consciously slowing down to walk, drift aimlessly, get lost, discover, and meditate on the self and the everyday. This research acts as a resistance to our current competitive cultural obsession with production (at any costs) to focus on more mindful, humble and human approaches to the production of experience. This project will engage with the Greensboro Project Space, an off campus contemporary art center that serves both UNCG and communities in Greensboro.

Lee Walton (faculty group leader), Clarice Young, Gavin Douglas, and Jennida Chase. Student awardees include Alexandrea Vilchis, Arielle Smallwood, and India Baldwin.


The Boundaries of Free Speech and Assembly – Confronting Injustice in Public Spaces

This project calls attention to the long history of struggle by people in the United States and around the world to assert their voices to advance democratic empowerment in public places. These are often contested spaces where individuals assemble in collective action to resist or challenge prevailing norms, structures and institutions of unequal power.

Spoma Jovanovic (faculty group leader), Michael Frierson, and Thomas Jackson. Student awardees include Ariel Brown, Shawn Smith, Marcus Hyde, and Jaqoune Lewis. Affiliated faculty and community participants include Erin Lawrimore (Jackson Library), John Swaine (International Civil Rights Center and Museum), William Harris (University of Pennsylvania), Jeff Jones (UNCG), Michael Sistrom (Greensboro College), Linda Brown (Bennett College), Risa Applegarth (UNCG), Cris Damasceno and Roy Schwartzman (UNCG).


Placing the History of Slavery in North Carolina: Digital Humanities on the Local Landscape

The goal of this project is to engage students in the creation of interactive digital content about the lives of enslaved peoples that is informed by archival documents and connected to specific places across the state. Using GIS technologies and a location-based content curation framework (Curatescape), and with guidance from their faculty mentors, the students will design, implement, and launch an app that connects archival documents in the Digital Library on American Slavery with specific places in North Carolina. With support from faculty mentors and the People Not Property Project Coordinator, students will engage critically and creatively with the intersections of location, memory, and memorialization in historical and contemporary landscapes. The ultimate goal of the project a lasting and adaptable interface for public engagement with location-based narratives of slavery in North Carolina and an invaluable experience in community engagement and content curation for a group of three students

David Gwynn (faculty group leader), Claire Heckel, and faculty and students from the following programs/departments: History, Archaeology, Geography, Environment and Sustainability, African American and African Diaspora Studies, and Library and Information Sciences


Africans in the Greco-Roman World

The purpose of the project will be to help students, faculty, and members of the broader community do a number of things: (1) Better understand the role of Africans in the ancient Greco-Roman world through an examination of history, language, material culture, literature, and art; (2) Build on existing research by faculty members in various disciplines in the humanities, connect their work to each other, possibly create new ways of understanding their own work, and open up new research avenues and teaching content; (3) Engage the campuses and broader community on this rich and expansive topic through a combination of public lecture by guest speakers Dr. Sarah Debrew (Classics, Stanford University) and holding a ‘Conversation with the Community’ centered on teaching Africa in global history, and having students present their work with faculty at the CACE conference and the Honors Symposium in Spring 2020.

Omar Ali (faculty group leader), Hewan Girma, Rebecca Muich, and Maura Heyn. Student awardees include Janelle Crubaugh and Denaisha Wortham.

Individual humanities faculty

Funding was awarded to the following projects, for faculty to integrate undergraduate research skills development (RSD) and/or Course Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) into classes:

An Exploration of Music Teacher Identity Construction

Tami Draves


Transforming the Study of History through Role-Playing

Joseph Ross


Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Early Modern Literatures, Arts, and Cultures

Veronica Grossi


African Art: Modern to Contemporary

Elizabeth Perrill


Extending the Research Process in RCO Capstone Courses

Sara Littlejohn


Write for your Life! Reading and Writing Diverse Lives

Sarah Krive

Greensboro fire fighters train in UNCG Auditorium Thursday through Saturday

If you see fire trucks at UNCG Auditorium later this week, don’t worry. It’s just a training exercise.

The purpose of the exercise is to give City of Greensboro fire fighters an opportunity to practice rescue scenarios in UNCG Auditorium that involve aerial rigging and maneuvering.

The exercise is expected to last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 27-29.

Tate St. will not be closed or blocked either day. There will be one or two fire trucks in front of UNCG Auditorium.

If there are questions or concerns, contact Erin Price-Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Manager in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, at 336-334-4357.

Cayton and van Duin receive Staff Senate Scholarships

The UNCG Staff Senate Personal & Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Staff Senate Scholarship recipients. The committee received five applicants for this year’s scholarship. Emily van Duin is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the UNCG School of Nursing. Her future plans are to work as a pediatric nurse upon graduation.  Kyle Cayton is currently pursing his bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with minors in Philosophical Ethics and Information Technology. Currently, he works for Parking and Campus Access Management at UNCG.  Congratulations to these two and thank you to all who applied!

Tim Johnson receives ACUHO-I Parthenon Award

Headshot of Tim JohnsonHousing and Residence Life Executive Director Tim Johnson was named a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Association of College and University Housing Officers – International Foundation Parthenon Award at last weekend’s ACUHO-I Conference & Expo in Toronto, Canada.

The Parthenon Award recognizes supreme achievement in the profession, outstanding service, leadership, and contributions to the field of campus housing. To be considered for the award, members must have contributed 10 years of service to the housing, residential life, or affiliated professions as well as five years of service at the regional or international level of ACUHO-I.

Johnson joined the UNCG Housing and Residence Life staff in 2011. He has spent more than 25 years in service to students throughout the country, including those at the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Temple University and Rutgers University – Newark. He is also the founding partner of Reslife.net, which now serves over 200 universities around the world, including the U.S., Australia, South Africa, and Singapore.

Throughout his career, Johnson has been active in professional service to the field of housing and residence life and has served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO) and on the Executive Board for the ACUHO-I Conference. Johnson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Dayton and a juris doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law at Newark. He has also performed in over 30 musical theater productions.

Now at Weatherspoon, “Interwoven: Natural and Illusory Textiles”

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Linda Besemer, Fold #8: Baroquesy, 1999, acrylic paint over aluminum rod, 46 x 46 in. Weatherspoon Art Museum. Museum purchase with funds from the Benefactors Fund, 2000.

The textile industry put Greensboro on the map. In fact, one of its most productive mills, Cone Mills, was a world leader in the manufacturing of corduroy, flannel, denim, and other cotton fabrics for most of the 20th century. In homage to this legacy, UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum is currently showcasing works of art by artists who either incorporate fabric as an art-making tool or suggest its physical characteristics.

The exhibition “Interwoven: Natural and Illusory Textiles” will run through Sep 29, 2019. Admission is free.

While fabric has had a long history in the field of craft, it was only embraced by the broader art community during the latter half of the twentieth century. Anni Albers’s textiles bridged these two worlds; her Study for Six Prayers II, back from a recent loan to the Tate Modern in London, illustrates her integration of abstract design and modern materials with innovative weaving techniques. More contemporary artists, such as Sanford Biggers, Dona Nelson, and the Young brothers, have used remnants of cloth as the crux of their artworks. In contrast, Linda Besemer, Annie Lopez, and Virginia Budny simulate the look of fabric using materials such as acrylic paint, paper, and porcelain.

Photo of dress at textile exhibit

Annie Lopez, The Bosom of Fools, 2012, cyanotype on tamale wrapper paper, thread, elastic, and buttons, 32 x 24 x 7 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Dillard Fund for the Dillard Collection, 2017.

This exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, curator of collections.

Related Program:

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour • Tue July 9 @ 12-12:20pm

Photos courtesy the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Reception for Jorge Quintal Wednesday, as he nears retirement

Photo of Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge QuintalJorge Quintal, who has served as UNCG associate vice chancellor for facilities since 2008, will retire later this month.

A retirement celebration will be held Wednesday, June 26, 3-5 p.m., in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. The campus community is invited.

Quintal began his career at NC State as a construction manager. After 10 years on the “construction side,” where he’d risen to be director of construction, he moved to the “design side.” There, he helped put together the construction strategy for the 2000 Higher Education Bonds.

The bond issue passed (as many at UNCG well remember, resulting in several UNCG buildings including the Education Building and finally Sullivan Science Building). Quintal was hired by Winston-Salem State, where he implemented all the construction projects that resulted from the bonds. “These projects transformed the campus,” he recalls.

In 2008, he came to UNCG as associate vice chancellor. The biggest accomplishment during his tenure here? “The development of Spartan Village.”

That stretched from developing the land, designing and constructing the buildings, and bringing the area into UNCG’s maintenance program. At 800,000 square feet of construction, it included the residence halls and buildings of Spartan Village I and II, the UNCG Police Station, the Pedestrian Underpass and plaza, and Kaplan Center for Wellness.

Photo of Quintal and others at the NiB groundbreaking

Scene at Nursing & Instructional Building Groundbreaking. Quintal holds the shovel.

There’s been additional construction, including the current project of the Nursing and Instructional Building. And one million square feet of renovation on campus since he joined UNCG.

“It’s amazing what our team has done,” he says. That ranges beyond design and construction – to preventive maintenance to incorporating metrics for efficiencies to reducing utility consumption.

Since 2003, the university’s energy use per square foot has been reduced by 17 percent, he explains. Plus water consumption has been reduced. In recent years, Quintal has been the university’s chief sustainability officer.

In 2016, Quintal was honored with the Frank B. Turner Award at the annual State Construction Conference. The award recognizes a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment.

Quintal’s legacy can be seen in UNCG’s buildings, but what he focuses on are the relationships he has at UNCG. It’s a uniquely welcoming, vibrant campus.

“People who work at UNCG love UNCG. That’s unique. It’s so uniquely collegial here. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

By Mike Harris

Gerald Holmes named Distinguished Alumnus at UNC-CH

Photo of Gerald Holmes

Gerald Holmes, associate professor and diversity coordinator of University Libraries, has received an honor at UNC Chapel Hill’s Commencement week.

He received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC Chapel HIll School of Information and Library Science. He received his master of science in library science degree there in 1985.

The award recognizes Holmes’ work both here at UNC Greensboro and UNC Chapel Hill, as well as with professional library organizations. Through this work he has strived to make the library profession more welcoming and diverse, and to open it up to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.

At UNCG, Holmes has spearheaded multiple diversity efforts and committees within University Libraries. He has served as chair of both the library’s diversity committee and the Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Holmes has also served on the Chancellor’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee for multiple terms. He led the creation of the Library’s Post MLS Diversity Residency Program. His work in diversity has helped UNCG be the open and diverse community it is, with about half of its students from minority or international backgrounds.

Holmes also works heavily in mentoring other employees and community members. He has worked with important stakeholders at the University and in the community to build networks of diversity education.

Recently, he and the library dean were awarded Institute of Museum and Library Services funding to develop and deliver two institutes for incoming Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) diversity residents to improve their chances of successfully finding and keeping a job and encouraging professional networking.  They also created an ongoing open access publication titled “The Library Diversity and Residency Studies Journal,” along with an associated webinar series to disseminate research and practical guidance for institutions seeking information on diversity and residency programs in library settings.  The institute will orient new residents to best practices in getting the most out of their residency experience, as well as provide them a professional network of colleagues nationally.

Outside of UNCG, Holmes participated in the creation of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Residency Interest Group and has chaired the ACRL African-American Librarians Section. He has served on the Executive Board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the North Carolina Library Association, and he chaired the NCLA’s Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns.

Holmes’ service has been recognized by other organizations, including the UNCG African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Holmes holds a B.S. degree in criminal justice from UNC Charlotte and an M.S. degree in library science from UNC Chapel Hill.

June brings lots of new Spartans to campus

Photo of two students in front of the rawk at SOAR

June is the month for new Spartans to SOAR.

Thousands of incoming students will visit campus over the next few weeks for Spartan Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR), a two-day orientation program for students and their families.

Students will meet with advisors, register for classes, get connected with different organizations across campus, learn about resources for student success, and stock up on all things blue and gold.

Throughout the summer, transfer and adult students will attend one-day SOAR sessions designed specifically for them. Remaining dates for those sessions are June 7, Aug. 12, and Aug. 14.

See more at newstudents.uncg.edu/soar.

Spartans shine at Tony Awards ceremony

Photo of the Radio City sign

Last weekend was a big one for UNC Greensboro alumni and Broadway veterans Joseph Forbes ’75 and Beth Leavel ’80 MFA.

Forbes was one of four recipients to receive this year’s Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, an annual award for individuals and organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre. Forbes is the founder of Scenic Art Studios, a premier scene painting studio for Broadway.

Leavel, already a Tony Award winner for her work on “The Drowsy Chaperone,” was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role as “Dee Dee Allen” in “The Prom.”

“The Prom,” which was named “Best Musical” in the Drama Desk Awards earlier in the week, also received a Tony nomination for Best Musical.

Leavel made two star appearances during the Tony’s telecast – in the big opening number featuring each of the nominated musicals, and in a musical number from the production.


Moss Street celebrates first class of graduates

Photos of students and administrators at the ceremony

Hundreds of family members, friends, siblings, and community members were on hand for the inaugural “Moving Up” ceremony at the Moss Street Partnership School in Reidsville on Friday, March 31, celebrating the promotion of 59 fifth-grade students to middle school.

The innovative new partnership school, a collaboration between UNC Greensboro and Rockingham County Schools, opened its doors in the fall of 2018.

Over the course of the past school year, teachers and staff at Moss Street – also UNCG employees – used experiential learning and cutting-edge techniques to teach approximately 400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Specifically, they sought to develop student skills and interest in the highly-desired “STEAM” subjects – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math – as well as provide other services including counseling, nutrition, and additional support for students and families.

See full story at UNCG Now.

By Eden Bloss
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Enjoy Eastern Music Festival concerts at UNCG

Photo of the CVPA building exteriorAs part of 2019’s Eastern Music Festival, of which UNCG’s CVPA is a sponsor, the Eastern Chamber Players will perform every Monday at the Tew Recital Hall, starting June 24 and running through July 22.

The Eastern Chamber Players is an ensemble of EMF faculty musicians who perform a variety of pieces by composers including Mozart, Westlake, Stravinsky, and Puccini.

Performances are every Monday, June 24-July 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors. To purchase tickets, see the festival calendar here.

Newsmakers: Leavel, Edmunds, Sarbaum, Alumnus in film, Sparks, Miles Davis’ trumpet, Parsons, Jax, and Gateway Research Park

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

  • Beth Leavel was profiled in the Raleigh News & Observer, which noted her attending UNCG in the late 1970s. The News & Record article.
  • Julie Edmunds, program director of UNCG’s SERVE Center, co-wrote an article for the RAND Corporation about how dual enrollment can make college more open to high schoolers. The piece.
  • Dr. Jeff Sarbaum spoke to WFMY News2 about the potential economic effects of new tariffs. The interview.
  • Alumnus Bo Yokely has secured his first leading role in a movie, the News & Record reported. The article.
  • Fox8 featured junior Victoria Sparks’ efforts to make scholarships easier to find for college students. The article.
  • Yes! Weekly published a feature on the late Buddy Gist’s relationship with UNCG and his donation of Miles Davis’ trumpet to the School of Music. The piece.
  • Dr. Anne Parsons spoke with Fox8 about the historical marker and exhibition commemorating the site of the Greensboro’s polio hospital. The piece.
  • The Gateway Research Park, jointly sponsored by UNCG and N.C. A&T, was highlighted in a Fox8 piece. The article.
  • UNCG’s Police K9 unit reports that Jax has died. Jax had appeared in Campus Weekly in 2016. This News2 report gives details. 

Jim Schaus

Jim Schaus has been named the new commissioner of the Southern Conference. Schaus comes from Ohio University, where he served eleven years as director of athletics. Previous tenures were at Wichita State, Oregon, Cincinnati, Texis-El Paso, and Northern Illinois. He also has experience in the NFL. Schaus will succeed retiring commissioner John Iamarino, effective July 1. July 5, a formal press conference will be held at the Southern Conference’s Spartanburg Office to officially introduce Schaus as commissioner. For more information, see the SoCon’s press release here.

Lindsey Woelker

Lindsey Woelker (UNCG Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement) presented in a webinar scholarship featured in a new article in the most recent volume of the “eJournal of Public Affairs” about implementing the CLDE Theory of Change at UNC Greensboro, New College of Florida and Barry University.

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths (Bryan School), along with an international team of researchers, formed a research group to advance knowledge of the proliferation and effects of water pipe “hookah” smoking across the globe.

On May 7, 2019, the team published “Water pipe (hookah) smoking and cardiovascular disease risk: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association” in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

The team found evidence indicating that water pipe tobacco smoking affects heart rate, blood pressure regulation, baroreflex sensitivity, tissue oxygenation, and vascular function over the short term. Harmful substances present in cigarette smoke are also present in water pipe smoke, often at levels exceeding those found in cigarette smoke. Long-term water pipe use is associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease.

Griffiths is Associate Professor of Marketing in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Dr. Elizabeth Keathley

Dr. Elizabeth Keathley, Associate Professor, Historical Musicology and Women’s & Gender Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, has a new book. “Schoenberg’s Correspondence with Alma Mahler” documents a modern music friendship beginning in fin-de-siécle Vienna and ending in 1950s Los Angeles. The correspondence is edited and translated by Keathley and Marilyn L. McCoy, with commentaries by Keathley. The book was made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, with support from UNCG, including a one-semester research assignment from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a Faculty First summer excellence grant, and a publication subvention from the Office of Research and Engagement.

Tami Draves

Tami Draves, Associate Professor of Music Education, had her peer-reviewed research article “Teaching Ambition Realized: Paul’s Beginning Music Teacher Identity” published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Dr. Constance McKoy/Dr. Andrew Willis

Dr. Constance McKoy, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the UNCG School of Music, and Dr. Andrew Willis, Professor of Piano and Historical Keyboard Instruments, have been appointed Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professors in Music for a five-year term, effective Fall 2019.

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens (Class of ’95 and ’11) will co-facilitate a workshop at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference (October 23 – 26, Portland, Oregon) titled, “Blue Pill, Red Pill, Purple Pill?: The Myths and Realities of Consulting with Men and Boys in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology Settings”. He will also moderate a panel on “Enhancing Athlete Well-Being in Sport Organizations: Toward a Positive Organizational Psychology in Sport (POPS) Perspective”. In 2019, Dr. Owens, the chair of the Diversity Committee for AASP, was appointed to the association’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group of thought leaders in sport and health that will serve in an advisory capacity to the organization’s executive board on matters related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  Council members include Dr. Carole Oglesby, a pioneer in women’s sport; Dr. Taunya Tinsley, president-elect for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD); Dr. John Amaechi, organizational psychologist and former NBA player; Dr. William Parham, inaugural director of mental health and wellness for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA); and Dr. Alex Cohen, senior sport psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Dr. Leeja Carter, the director of Performance Excellence in Applied Kinesiology (PEAK) program at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus and Diversity and Inclusion officer for AASP, will oversee council activities.

Owens received degrees in M.Ed. Higher Education Administration and Ed.D., Kinesiology, at UNCG.

He is an Instructional Technology Consultant in the Bryan School.

Dr. Kelly Stamp

Portrait photo of Kelly StampDr. Kelly Stamp (Nursing) will be inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing this fall. This is considered one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Stamp is an associate professor and department chair of Family and Community Nursing.