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2017 UNCG SECC plans underway; kick-off event for all employees Oct. 23

Macea Whisettse and Cathy Church

Planning is underway for this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign at UNCG.

Macea Whisettse is chair. Cathy Church is vice chair (facilitator).

This year’s State Employees Combined Campaign goal is $200,125 to commemorate the university’s 125th Anniversary of the opening of its doors.

“We’re taking ‘Giant Steps’ to help our co-workers, neighbors and communities. Volunteers are needed,” said Macea Whisettse.

Some key dates to mark on your calendar:

Kick Off / Agency Fair, October 23, noon – 2 p.m., EUC, Cone Ballroom


o   Over 20 non-profit agencies on hand

Leadership Breakfast, October 25, 8 – 9 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Pancake Breakfast / Silent Auction (Community Fundraiser), October 30, 7:00 a.m. (updated time), Fountain View Dining Room, Moran Commons.

UNCG SECC 125th T-shirts on sale in October

Look for more details as the campaign approaches. For more information, contact secc@uncg.edu.

Looking Ahead: May 3, 2017

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House,

Exams begin
Thursday, May 4

Guest Artist: The New Baroque Chamber Players
Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Softball vs. ETSU (Doubleheader)
Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium

Concert, Dancers Connect
Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Dance Theater

Noon at the  ’Spoon
Tuesday, May 9, 12 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

May Commencement
Friday, May 12, 10 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Students of LIS experience Alternative Spring Break

During this year’s spring break, nine students in the School of Education’s Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) completed special projects in libraries and archives around North Carolina.

2017 marks the first year of LIS’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, in which Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) students have the opportunity to experience professional life in public libraries and archives. This project emerged through a partnership between the LIS Department and State Library of North Carolina. Students spent the week completing service projects at the George H. & Laura E. Brown Library in Washington, the Roanoke Rapids Public Library, the Randolph County Public Library, the Rockingham County Public Library, and the Wake Forest University Special Collections and Archives. Through this program, students were able to build their professional networks and strengthen connections among North Carolina librarians and archivists.

Librarians also appreciated the opportunity to work with students. Staff from all of the participating libraries said that they were “extremely satisfied” with the project.

Ross Holt from the Randolph County Public Library said that the students placed there were “outstanding and deeply knowledgeable. Each project produced tangible, substantial, actionable results.”

Students there worked with library staff to improve library services for teenagers and to help the library plan for a World War I community digitization day, to coincide with the First World War centenary.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to the real world.

Lindsey Sprague, who worked at Roanoke Rapids, said, “it was eye-opening to see my coursework in action and have a chance to meet people who have been working as librarians for decades.”

Students at Roanoke Rapids worked with the library director to develop a survey to improve computer and internet training services at the library. They were also able to participate and help out in library programs like a teen book club, a Quiz Bowl tournament, and story time programs.

The program will be offered again during Spring Break 2018, when a new selection of students will once again go throughout the state to provide a service to North Carolina libraries and learn about librarianship in the real world.

Visual:  Chase Hanes and Della Owens work in the Randolph County Public Library, Asheboro, on a World War I Digitization project they completed during the inaugural year of the UNCG SOE LIS’s Alternative Spring Break program. Photograph courtesy Mac Whatley, Randolph County Public Library.

Copy courtesy SOE.

Dr. LeGreco works with partners throughout county to foster vibrant food system

Photo of Dr. LeGreco.One of the biggest conversations happening in Guilford County in the last year is about food. Dr. Marianne LeGreco, associate professor of communication studies, has been one of the people at the forefront of that conversation.

“How hungry is Guilford County?” many have asked. How accurate were the measures that the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) used when it ranked the Greensboro-High Point area as No.1 in food hardship rates nationally? What do we do now? What’s the solution?

LeGreco, whose research links communication and food, will be the first to tell you that how we talk about and make sense of our food practices, food systems and access to food as a community matters. This is a big part of her research on the current conversation in Greensboro-High Point about food insecurity.

The use of the term hunger raises some eyebrows. LeGreco agrees that it may not be the right word as it is not exactly what the FRAC study was looking into. That, however, “does not mean that we shouldn’t be talking about food in Guilford County,” says LeGreco.

In a recent op-ed piece in the News & Record, she wrote, “While we may not experience hunger in the same ways that hunger operates globally, we are experiencing some sort of disconnect between the food available to us and how people are using those resources.” The focus, she continued, “needs to be on building and maintaining a strong local and regional food system.”

It’s an issue about health and access to healthy food.

To date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified 24 food deserts in Guilford County.

LeGreco has galvanized UNCG students in Public Health, Communication Studies, Computer Science and other fields to get involved in the conversation about food hardship in Guilford County. In 2014, she helped with the Mobile Oasis Farmers Market installation. In 2015, LeGreco worked with UNCG Public Health faculty members Amanda Tanner and Kay Lovelace and Laura Cole, formerly of Interior Architecture, along with students from UNCG and other area universities to host a Local Food Storm event. The food storm was a brainstorm around local food that brought together diverse voices in the community.

In 2016’s Local Food Storm event, LeGreco and students from UNCG and NC A&T were able to produce a map of the food resources currently available in Greensboro/Guilford County. She hopes that by pulling together all available food resources, we can start to see where we are and where the gaps are.

LeGreco believes that collecting more detailed data would help shed light on permanent solutions to the area’s food insecurity issues. This is the next task for LeGreco and other local food advocates.

As efforts and conversations around food evolve, LeGreco’s research direction is evolving as well. “People don’t just need access to resources, they need to know how to make use of those resources,” she says.

Next week, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, along with community partners Guilford County Food Council and Greater High Point Food Alliance, will have a local foods celebration June 20-25, 2016, bringing together local food advocates, farmers, local chefs, local restaurateurs, agricultural professionals and local food supporters to highlight and celebrate what Guilford County is doing to create a vibrant food system.
LeGreco is one of the organizers.

This event is an opportunity for the citizens of Guilford County to join the conversation about food and take action.
Event details can be viewed here.

By Nancy Maingi

Looking ahead: June 1, 2016

Fringe on Film: ‘Generosity of Eye’
Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Cram and Scram Rummage Sale
Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m., EUC

‘Trial by Jury,’ UNCG’s Greensboro Light Opera and Sound
Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m., Courtroom 1C, New Guilford County Courthouse, 201 S. Eugene Street.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’ or ‘The Witch’s Curse’
June 16, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Rollin Donelson retirement reception April 22

AVC Rollin Donelson is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service to UNCG. A retirement reception for Rollin Donelon will be held Friday, April 22, 2016. from 11 am till 1 pm. The reception will be held in the new UNCG Police Building located at 1200 W. Gate City Blvd.

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Photo of Dr. Catherine Scott-Little . Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies received a continuation of funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for your project “Supporting Development of the North Carolina K – 3 Assessment.”

Faculty and staff volunteer time to reach out to future Spartans

Over the past two weeks, faculty and staff from across campus have been working with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to call high-caliber admitted students as a part of the Faculty Phone-a-Thon. This calling initiative is designed to allow these potential freshmen for Fall 2016 to make early connections to their future faculty and encourage them to attend the university. During the phone-a-thon, students expressed gratitude and some surprise that faculty would take the time to reach out and answer questions.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will be heading up more calling initiatives throughout the spring semester. Those interested in participating should contact Janoah Williams, Undergraduate Admissions graduate assistant, at jgwilli6@uncg.edu.

Spring 2016 Faculty Phone–a–Thon participants

Dr. Kathleen Williams – Kinesiology
Mrs. Robin Maxwell – Biology
Dr. Lauren Haldeman – Nutrition
Ms. Peggy Trent – Nursing
Ms. Melissa Hershberger – Accounting and Finance
Dr. Robert Anemone – Anthropology
Dr. Thomas Lewis – Mathematics and Statistics
Ms. Janet Lilly – Dance
Dr. Elizabeth Tomlin – Biology
Ms. Megan Delph – Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Sam Miller – Education
Dr. Dale Schunk – Education
Dr. Vidya Gargeya – Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Mrs. Kathryn Aldridge – Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Jerry Walsh – Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Stuart Schleien – Community and Therapeutic Recreation
Dr. Aaron Terranova – Kinesiology
Dr. Allan Goldfarb – Kinesiology
Ms. Carrie Rosario – Public Health
Dr. Pam Ladrow – Psychology
Ms. Susan Hensley-Hannah – Nursing
Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone – Nursing
Dr. Ethan Zell – Psychology
Dr. Sarah Cervenak – African American and Diaspora Studies/Women and Gender Studies
Dr. Robert Stavn – Biology
Dr. Esther Leise – Biology
Dr. Kathleen Williams – Health and Human Sciences
Dr. William Tullar – Management
Dr. Channelle James – Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism
Ms. Ann Somers – Biology
Dr. Susanne Rinner – Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Dr. Scott Howerton – Education
Dr. Roberto Campo – International and Global Studies
Ms. Hillary McAlhany – Nursing
Ms. Britt Flanagan – Nursing
Dr. Ashleigh Gallagher – Psychology
Dr. Suzanne Vrshek–Schallhorn – Psychology
Mrs. Eloise Hassell – Management
Dr. Zhonghui “Hugo” Wang – Management
Dr. Robert Griffiths – Political Science
Ms. Emily Hamuka – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Joanne Murphy – Classical Studies
Dr. Jeremy Bray – Economics
Dr. Jenny Sandoval – Nursing
Dr. Olav Rueppell – Biology
Dr. Tracey Howell – Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Chris Rhea – Kinesiology
Mrs. Jennifer Clark – Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Yonghong “Tracy” Liu – Management
Dr. Susanne Jordan – Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies
Dr. Harper Roehm – Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism
Dr. Robin Remsburg – Nursing
Mr. Matt Barr – Media Studies

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Dancers Connect community dance program

Do you know a student who simply loves to dance but is not able to afford dance classes at a local studio or community center?

UNCG’s Dancers Connect program is a free community dance program for children ages 7-18 who love to dance. Dancers Connect classes meet on Saturdays from noon-2 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Feb. 20, 2016. In Dancers Connect classes students learn dance technique and artistic expression as well as develop collaboration and creative problem solving skills. Classes are led by professional dance educators.  The eight-week session culminates in a Dancers Connect performance for parents and friends on May 1, 2016.

Check out this website to read more and to register for the program: http://performingarts.uncg.edu/dancers-connect/

If you have any questions, contact:

Dr. Mila Parrish, Dancers Connect Program Director/Coordinator, milaparrish@uncg.edu

Danielle Kinne, Dancers Connect Assistant Coordinator, drkinne@uncg.edu

Kaitlyn Jessee, Dancers Connect Assistant Coordinator, Knjessee@uncg.edu

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The UNCG Center for Legislative Studies’ 2016 Spring Lecture Series “Overwhelmed: The Causes and Consequences of the Global Migration Crisis” continues with its second lecture Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

The lecture by Larry Yungk is “The Syrian Refugee Crisis, Resettlement, and the Role of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.”

Yungk, who has appeared on NPR, NBC and the BBC, is Senior Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean.

Nancy Doll talk starts UNCG Saturday Seminars in arts administration

Photo of Nancy Doll .Nancy Doll will present on the challenges facing art museums today on Saturday, February 13, at 9 a.m.- noon in the Brown Building Theatre.

Leading experts in the field of Arts Administration will be on campus to present their research and facilitate in-depth examination and understanding of complex industry trends, skills and techniques.

All the Saturday Seminars are from 9 a.m.- noon. A complimentary light breakfast and coffee bar will be provided at each event beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Supporters of series include support for this series from the following entities the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, The Coleman Foundation, Self Employment in the Arts and the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

The dates and information are as follows:

*  Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Nancy Doll, Weatherspoon Arts Museum will discuss the increasing challenges to Art Museums today and how to strategically meet them.  Brown Building Theatre.

*  Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Jason Bogden, General Manager-Triad Stage, will discuss Entertainment Contracts and Legalities (Unions & Artists).  Brown Building Theatre.

*  Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Dr. Dianne Welsh, will discuss Business Models and Feasibility Plans.  Brown Building Theatre.

*  Saturday, March 19, 2016: Miriam Bradley, UNCG, University Advancement, will discuss Entrepreneurial Spirit; Relationship Building; and Arts Philanthropy in the Performing and Visual Arts.  Music Building, Organ Hall.

*  Saturday, April 2, 2016: Nicolle Greenhood, of the American Dance Festival, will discuss Festival Management; Finding the Right Graduate program (Arts Administration); and share portions of her thesis which examines discrimination in hiring practices in the Dance Industry. Music Building, Room 217.

The public is welcome to attend.

Aaron Allen combines environment, music with new book

Photo of Dr. Aaron Allen.UNCG’s Dr. Aaron Allen, co-editor and contributing author of the new book “Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature,” has always had an interest in music and the environment.

As an undergraduate at Tulane University, Allen walked into his dean’s office to apply for two degree programs: music and environmental studies.

“So, let me get this straight,” the dean said. “You want to play your flute out in the swamp?” Now known by many in the field as the “Father of Ecomusicology,” Allen looks back at that interaction and laughs.

“Even though I don’t play the flute, that was the way he interpreted the combination of those disciplines at the time,” Allen said. “When I was an undergraduate, I kept them as separate worlds. It was once I came to UNCG that I really started to explore the field that is now known as ecomusicology.”

Allen is an associate professor of musicology in UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance and director of UNCG’s Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program. He teamed up with co-editor Dr. Kevin Dawe and some of the field’s top experts to write “Current Directions in Ecomusicology,” the first comprehensive work on the subject. The book was published late last year.

Allen’s work in the field dates back to 2007, when he was part of a study group that was debating what this emerging interdisciplinary field should be called. Three years later, the editor of the Grove Dictionary of American Music asked him to write an entry on “ecomusicology,” one of the terms that had been bandied about among scholars. Allen wrote the entry, and the name stuck.

So what exactly is ecomusicology?

Simply put, it’s the intersection of music and environmental studies. The example Allen often uses is Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

“Beethoven composed a very famous symphony dealing with his experiences in nature,” he said.

“The emotional side of the field is about how our experiences with nature can be reflected in music.”

However, Allen focuses the majority of his research on sustainability and musical instruments.

“Our musical instruments are made from natural resources. Sometimes these resources are responsibly harvested, and other times they are not,” Allen said. “We have to think about the kind of impact our cultural traditions have on the environment.”

While many people have heard about sustainability issues surrounding the harvesting of tropical hardwoods for guitars, Allen’s research on violins is less visible in mainstream media. Violin bows are often made out of a Brazilian hardwood that is endangered, and many violinists are unaware of the environmental impact they may be having.

“I often hear from violinists who have been playing for many years and have never thought about where the wood came from,” Allen said. “Most musicians know about musical instrument construction – factory or workshop – and afterward. They often don’t know about the source of the wood in that factory.”

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Looking ahead: Feb. 10, 2016

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

‘Universes,’ part of University Performing Arts Series
Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Breakfast ‘sustainability meet-up’ with Food theme
Monday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m., Faculty Center

BelieveInTheG giving campaign begins
Tuesday, Feb. 16

Parris Island Military Ensemble Concert
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Faculty Senate forum, on public access
Wednesday, Feb, 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House

In memoriam: Andy Dunnill

Andrew Dunnill, professor of sculpture, died Jan. 29. Originally from Great Britain, he came to UNCG in 1993 after earning his MFA at the University of Maryland. He had an active and distinguished studio practice, regularly exhibiting his sculptures nationally and internationally. Dunnill was also a dedicated sculpture and drawing teacher, working with and mentoring students at all levels, from introductory courses to the MFA program.

David F. Ayers

Photo of David F. Ayers.David F. Ayers (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was named a technical advisor for administration and planning with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. More about the AASHE may be found at http://www.aashe.org.

Kim Cuny

Photo of Kim Cuny.Kim Cuny (Communication Studies / UNCG Speaking Center) has recently had two manuscripts published in volume one of Communication Center Journal, a new peer reviewed academic publication.  The first article explores the over ten year history of our speaking center utilizing art as adjunct in helping students manage their public speaking anxiety.  The second is a co-authored article featuring communication centers assessment best practices. The full journal is available online at http://commcenters.org/content/05-journal/communication-center-journal-vol-1.pdf Cuny is a Communication Studies faculty member and director of the UNCG Speaking Center.

Chris Seitz

Dr. Chris Seitz, a 2013 graduate who was a doctoral student in UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education, has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ireland in Healt Education and Public Health. Dr. Seitz’s proposed work, titled “Measuring the transformative impact of in-person and web-based photovoice exhibits on attendees and on a third-level institution’s smoking policy,” will be conducted over ten months during the 2016-17 academic year in collaboration with students, staff and faculty at University College Cork (UCC) in Cork, Ireland.  The Photovoice effort in Ireland plans to utilize the PhotovoiceKit.org web-based resource developed with funding from the NIH by Dr. Robert Strack and Dr. David Wyrick of UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education.

See/hear: Feb. 10, 2016

Jordy Kuiper got the surprise of his life the other day.

Do you know Jordy – or maybe you’ve read about him? He is majoring in liberal studies in social sciences. He’s a junior. He’s tall. He tells us he lives by one of his mom’s sayings: “Shoot for the moon. Even as you miss you’ll land among the stars.” He suffered an injury at the NC State game, but he is working hard to prepare for his return to the court next year.

He reflects on growing up in the Netherlands, managing his diabetes, playing ball and dreaming. “Now I’m living my dream right now.”

CW spoke to his mom as she proudly watched the Spartans take on Western Carolina last week – the Spartans’ third win in four games. For the first time in about a year, she was able to get away and visit her son. It was a long trip, and so worth every minute in the airports and planes. She says that was the first time she has truly surprised him. He was bowled over, as this short Athletics clip shows.

She told us something every parent can understand: Sometimes you just have to see your son, and hold him.

By Mike Harris
Video by UNCG Athletics

Stan Faeth awarded Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences

Photo of Stan Faeth holding plants

Provost Dana Dunn and Dean Timothy Johnston have this message for the campus community:    

We are pleased to announce that Professor Stanley Faeth, Head of the Department of Biology, has been awarded the Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences.

Dr. Stan Faeth joined the UNCG faculty in Fall 2008 as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology, having previously held faculty positions at Arizona State University, where he also served as Department Chair. As Head of UNCG’s Biology Department, he has overseen the establishment and growth of the new PhD program in Environmental Health Science. Dr. Faeth has a long-standing and very productive record of research on plant-microbe-herbivore interactions in grassland communities and on urban ecology. In his recent work, he has been collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UNCG on investigations of natural compounds isolated from plants, including some that have pharmaceutical properties. He has published almost 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and his research has been continuously supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and other funding agencies. In 2010 he received the Lord Robert May Prize for the best paper in the Journal of Biological Dynamics.

From 2010-16 Dr. Faeth has been the lead PI on a $3 million GK12 Graduate Training Grant from NSF, “Transforming Minds in a Transitioning Community,” which enables UNCG graduate students in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Geography to work with students and teachers in the Guilford County Schools. This project pairs graduate students with teachers to develop inquiry-based lesson plans and to bring active scientific researchers into the public school classroom. Dr. Faeth’s research with his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is supported by a multi-year award from the National Institutes of Health to examine the pharmaceutical properties of the medicinal herb Echinacea. That research has also been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. In 2014 his research contributions were recognized by UNCG’s Senior Research Excellence Award.

As his work with local schools suggests, Dr. Faeth is strongly committed to bringing scientific insight and understanding to the broader community. Since 2012 he has been a regular contributor of columns on scientific topics for the Greensboro News & Record. In addition to his work as Department Head since 2008, Dr. Faeth’s service to the community and to UNCG includes membership on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, on the Forsyth Technical Community College Advisory Board, the State Advisory Council for Cooperative Extension, the Board of Directors of the Highlands Biological Station, and the Advisory Board of UNCG’s RISE (Research and Instruction in Science Education) Network. He co-chaired the search committee for Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor in 2013-14.

Gov. McCrory visits UNCG to discuss Connect NC bond

Photo of Governor Pat McCrory and Chancellor Gilliam.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, along with key state officials and Triad academic leaders, visited UNCG on Thursday, Jan. 21, to discuss the proposed $2 billion Connect NC bond, which will be put to a vote March 15.

In a packed room of city leaders, business executives and UNCG faculty, staff and students, among others, McCrory highlighted some of the state’s most critical needs – including education, infrastructure, recreation and safety – and discussed how the bond will provide funds to address those issues.

“One of the main goals in our state must be developing the talent for the future,” McCrory said.

“Right now, there’s a skills gap in our nation and in our state. We have job openings, but employers are telling us, ‘We cannot find the talent to fill those jobs.’”

UNCG Chancellor Dr. Frank Gilliam stressed the imminent need to provide additional, more adequate resources and facilities for nursing and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at UNCG.

If the bond is approved by voters, UNCG will receive $105 million in funds for a new nursing and STEM instruction building to replace the aging McIver building on campus. This new facility will increase capacity to graduate more students in science and health care fields and help ensure the highest quality pre-service clinical preparation.

“The support for this bond is bipartisan. … It shows you how important this is,” Gilliam said. “It’s not about shiny buildings. It’s about people and it’s about prosperity.”

See full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photo by Martin Kane

HR Superstars are 3rd in state in ‘walking challenge’

Group photo of winnersMiles for Wellness is a “move more” initiative by the NC Office of State Human Resources provided for state employees. It provides employees with 8 weeks of mindfulness regarding the amount of physical activity they get, in a competitive and fun platform. In the Fall 2015 Miles for Wellness Challenge, 14 UNCG teams participated.

UNCG’s HR Superstars not only won first in their division among UNCG teams, but won THIRD PLACE IN THE STATE in their division as well. A trophy was presented to them by Katherine Hilliard, Statewide Wellness Coordinator.

“Our team did a great job in cheering one another on and in celebrating personal accomplishments such as team high stepper of the week and personal bests in the number of steps walked in a week,” said Adam Horton, Team Captain, HR Superstars, Human Resources.

Photo of one of UNCG's walking teams.Team designations are as follows:

1) Tortoise Division (less than or equal to 56,000 steps per week per member)

2) Hare Division – (56,001 up to 70,000 steps per week per member)

3) Super Hare Division – (equal to or more than 70,001 steps per week per member)

The winners in the three divisions at UNCG:

Photo of one of UNCG's walking teams.Tortoise Division – The Spice Girls with 2,225 miles walked

The Spice Girls are made up of 10 members from the NC Rated License Assessment Project. The project is based out of UNCG with staff reporting from home offices across the state. Members were:

Danielle Wood Thomas – Team Captain

LaToya Hedgspeth

Christy Allen

Linda Rowley

Nicole McCaskill

Deana Falciano

Aeriele Rivers

Kathy Wilson

Angie Roberson

Karen Whitehall


Hare Division – The HR Superstars with 3,013 miles walked

The HR Superstars are made up of 10 members from UNCG Human Resources. Members were:

Adam Horton (Team Captain) – Technology Support Technician

Deb Carley – Interim AVC for Human Resources

Betty Betts – Office Manager

Sarah Dreier-Kasik – Professional Development Coordinator

Sean Farrell – Information Technology Analyst

Stephen Hale – Benefits Specialist

Angela Mahoney – HR Business Partner – SHRA Classification/Compensation Specialty

Cati Munoz – Employee Services Specialist – Undergraduate Students

Jennifer Permar – Employee Services Specialist – Records Management and Special Pay Assignments

Kathy Watford – SHRA Temp Staffing Specialist


Super Hare Division-  The McIver ColeStoners with 5,008 miles walked
The McIver ColeStoners are made of 10 members from UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences’ Dean’s Office. Members were:

Eileen Miller (Captain), Assistant Dean

Charles Dent, Assistant Dean of Operations and Administration

Celia Hooper, Dean of HHS

Kathy Williams, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Diane Levine, Post-Award Research Administrator, HHS Office of Research

Billl Johnson, Student Success Navigator, HHS Advising and Personal Development Center

Verna Leslie, Pre-Award Research Administrator, HHS Office of Research

Heather Mitchell, University Program Associate

Michael Scotto, HHS Facilities and Communication Manager

Jane Harris, Educational Innovation and Design Consultant

As extra motivation for UNCG participants, HealthyUNCG, UNCG’s employee wellness program, announced that one participant who tracked all eight weeks would receive a FitBit Sleep and Activity Tracker. The winner was Deborah Tollefson, Director of Financial Aid, of the Lone aRangers.

What’s next?

HealthyUNCG will hold the 3S Movement Challenge beginning this week. Employees get points for simply Sipping (water), Standing, and Stretching at least once each hour in the eight hour workday. There are numerous health benefits when we simply stand at least once every hour! Join HealthyUNCG’s list serve for more information: healthy.uncg.edu

A spring 2016 Miles for Wellness Challenge is also being planned by the NC Office of Human Resources. HealthyUNCG will pass along details as we they come along.

Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon speak on Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at UNCG, 2014. University Relations archives.On Tuesday, Feb. 9, hear a presentation on the book “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” by UNCG faculty authors Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon. The event will be at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 2nd floor.

“When Michelle Obama held the Bible for her husband’s swearing in on January 20, 2009, it was a turning point in first lady history,” write Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon of UNCG’s Communication Studies Department, who have produced an essay collection about Mrs. Obama. They go on to describe Mrs. Obama as “not the ordinary first lady we have come to expect as the supporter of the president.  In fact, it is because she is extraordinary that we choose Michelle Obama for a rhetorical-cultural analysis that uncovers some of the ways American women communicate gender.”

Their book, “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor,”  is an edited anthology that explores the persona and speech-making of the country’s first African-American first lady.

Additional events at Jackson Library during Black History Month:

  • Feb. 1-29, Exhibition: “African-American Staff at State Normal, 1892-1919” will be on display throughout the month of February in the Elliot University Center (EUC) connector exhibition case in Jackson Library.
  • Feb. 16, Book discussion: UNCG’s Dr. Brian McGowan will lead a discussion on his new book, “Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement and Success” from 3 to 4 p.m. in EUC 062.
  • Feb. 22, Book discussion: Friends of the UNCG Libraries will host a discussion of “Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House” by Elizabeth Keckley. Led by Dr. Karen Weyler of the Department of English, the event will take place in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

See UNCG Now story with full listing of Black History Month events.

Visual: Michelle Obama at UNCG, 2014. University Relations archives.


French films, free screenings begin Feb. 8

020316Feature_FrenchFilmsNew French films will be screened at UNCG in the Tournées Festival. During summer 2015, UNCG’s French Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and UNCG’s International and Global Studies Program submitted a joint proposal to receive another nationally competitive grant to host a Tournées French Film Festival this fall. The Tournées Festival is an annual event sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for the purpose of promoting French and Francophone culture as it is portrayed by the film industry of France. This will be UNCG’s second time hosting the event.

Join French and IGS faculty for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in Moore HRA Building, Room 1215. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Feb. 8 “BANDE DE FILLES” (Girlhood)
Feb.  11 “DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT” (Two Days, One Night)
Feb. 15 “HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR” (Hiroshima My Love)
Feb. 18 “TIMBUKTU” Timbuktu
Feb. 22 “L’ÉCUME DES JOURS Mood Indigo
Feb. 25 LES COMBATTANTS” Love at First Fight

“The Violence of Borders” in Ashby Dialogue

The Ashby Dialogues have two events this week.

The next “Europe and Other Fortresses in a Borderless World” Ashby Dialogue meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in MHRA 1607.

Guest speaker Dr. Reece Jones, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss a selection from his recently completed book The Violence of Borders, which addresses how some of the most significant challenges of our times, such as climate change, global wealth inequality, and the growth of slums, are all connected to issues of borders.

The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Corey Johnson, Associate Professor of Geography, UNCG. Light refreshments will be served.

The second event will be Friday, Feb. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EUC Maple Room. “The Violence of Borders,” a public lecture by Dr. Reece Jones, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will be co-sponsored by Ashby Dialogues and the UNCG Geography Department.

Student- and Faculty-Development intersect in UTLC’s Residential Colleges Office

Photo of students in residential colleges.The three Residential Colleges (RCs) at UNCG (Ashby RC, Grogan RC and Strong RC) are each populated by first- and second-year students who live together in a residence hall and take a common core of general education courses around a particular concept such as multi-literacy (Ashby), professionalism (Grogan), or sustainability (Strong).

The Residential Colleges are not new to the UNCG community, having been providing innovative living-learning environments for students since 1970. However, with the establishment of the Residential Colleges Office (RCO) in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) in 2015, the RCs have gotten a facelift by offering new opportunities for faculty development (see utlc.uncg.edu – Faculty Funding Opportunities in the UTLC) while maintaining the uniqueness and traditions for students that have made the RCs a vibrant and trendsetting part of the academic community.

“As curricular and co-curricular academic communities designed around high impact practices, the Residential Colleges are ideal environments for piloting innovative approaches to teaching,” said Dr. Jennifer Stephens (jennifer.stephens@uncg.edu), who serves as Coordinator of the RCO. The three RCs offer a full slate of General Education courses in addition to a series of Core courses that speak to and engage with a key concept that frames the curricular and co-curricular programming in each RC. The Residential College model is founded on the idea that students who engage with faculty, take classes together in small communities, and connect their intellectual and academic experiences to their lives and communities have a better chance at thriving in college, while learning to explore new ideas and asking how that knowledge might benefit others. With this commitment to intentional learning, each of the following RCs provides developmental space for faculty to re-design and pilot innovative General Education courses with students who are motivated and receptive to creative teaching approaches:

Ashby RC focuses on the concept of multi-literacy within a liberal arts tradition that asks students to expand their understanding of literacy to include audio, gestural, visual, and spatial relations, along with a continued focus on verbal, written, and oral discourse. Thinking broadly about literacy helps students recognize, with intentionality, how they interpret and create images, space, movement, sounds, and words to make sense of the content they are learning and to apply that knowledge to larger contexts and communities.

Grogan RC offers students a unique and transformative academic experience that builds foundational professional competencies through problem based learning. Students engage with real world applications related to their academic and professional interests to develop ethical reasoning, intercultural competency, and critical thinking – all important aspects of becoming successful professionals in their fields.

Strong RC focuses on exploring the concept of sustainability and its broader implications to generate new perspectives on environmental, social, economic, and cultural systems and the ways those systems can be improved and sustained for future generations. Through hands-on research and fieldwork, students examine broad ways to interpret sustainability in both their local and global communities.

Upcoming opportunities for faculty development with the RCO include RCO Faculty Fellowships, with innovative course re-design grants and opportunities to pilot the re-designed courses in the RCs; workshops, brown bag luncheons, and video blogs on High Impact Practices (HIPs); teaching consultations; faculty certification in Residential College pedagogy; and opportunities to observe HIPs in organic classroom environments.

The next events?

Feb. 26 – RCO Faculty Fellow Workshop: “Re-design: Opportunities and Complexities.” Join RCO Faculty Fellow Dr. Jessica McCall (CST) and Jacquie Downing (CST) for a workshop on the opportunities and complexities of the course re-design process. 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. in McIver 140.

The 2016-17 RCO Faculty Fellowship application process opens in February, with applications due by March 1. To learn more about opportunities for faculty and students in the Residential Colleges, visit utlc.uncg.edu.

Seeking Participants for Study on Survivors of Past Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault

Researchers in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG are conducting a study to learn about the experiences of survivors of past adulthood intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or sexual assault. This study will focus on the factors that impact the decision to report IPV and sexual assault, as well as survivors’ experiences with reporting.

To be eligible to participate in this study, prospective participants must be at least 21 years of age, currently reside in Guilford County, be a survivor of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault that occurred during adulthood, have been out of any abusive relationship for at least one year, and be able to complete a survey in the English language. Eligible volunteers will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes. Through this research study, the research team hopes to learn how to better serve the needs of survivors of IPV and sexual assault.

To learn more or participate in this research study, please visit www.seethetriumph.org/guilfordcountystudy.html.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Christine E. Murray, 336-334-3426 or cemurray@uncg.edu.

Estimates and Project Cut-Off Dates

To: All deans, directors and department heads

From: Matt Takacs, assistant director of design, Facilities Design and Construction

In an effort to best serve you and stay within State guidelines and procurement rules, we have established cut-off dates for projects submitted during the 2015-16 fiscal year (FY).

Requests for estimates must be submitted via the Minor Renovations Request Form located on the Office of Space Management website ( https://provost.uncg.edu/secure/osm/) by February 12, 2016. After the project has been assigned to Facilities Design and Construction, we will evaluate your specific renovation request and provide you with an estimated budget and schedule. If the department is planning to accomplish the project utilizing year-end funds, please let us know so that FDC can respond on the feasibility of completing the project within these parameters. Projects that require the services of a designer, or a code review by the State Construction Office are unlikely to be completed by year-end, and should be planned for the following fiscal year.

Minor renovations including painting, carpet replacement or office relocations have traditionally been accomplished by FY-end, IF FUNDING IS RECEIVED BY MID-MARCH. ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1, 2016 and all invoices processed by mid-June to meet FY­ end accounting deadlines. Adherence to these deadlines allows Facilities Design & Construction to meet your project goals and successfully manage and execute your project.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact us at extension 4-5269.

Staff Senate sponsored initiatives / drives

Did you know the Teacher Supply Warehouse serves GCS teachers by allowing them to get supplies for their students at no charge.?

Please make a donation by Monday, Feb. 8. (Due to the icy weather, that deadline was extended.) Donation bins are located in 10 spots around campus. For a list of most requested items and bin locations, go to http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/teacher-warehouse/

Additionally, for those of you who were interested in volunteering in the Community Reader Day:

It takes just 30 minutes to share a story with students and brighten your day. You can bring one of your favorite books to share OR simply choose one that is provided by the school. Elementary schools across the county are taking part in Community Reader Days with times in the morning and afternoon.

Guilford Education Alliance is partnering with the Guilford County Council of PTAs to sponsor Community Reader Days to bring community and business leaders into schools for 20 – 40 minutes to read to an elementary classroom. Go to http://guilfordeducationalliance.org/alliance-initiatives/community-reader-days/  to view the schools participating and sign up, if you’d like.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ Feb. 12-13

UNCG will produce the play “The Vagina Monologues” Feb. 12 and 13, in the EUC Auditorium. Doors open each night at 6:30 p.m., the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Playwright and activist Eve Ensler wrote the monologues based on hundreds of interviews with women of various social, ethnic, religious and sexual backgrounds and ages. The collection of monologues about women’s experiences with sensuality, pleasure, discomfort, and violence has been performed internationally and on television. Each year, Ensler updates the monologues based on new and ongoing interviews with women around the world.

It is general admission; a $5 donation is suggested. Donations of feminine care products will directly benefit homeless women in Greensboro. T-shirts, V-Day themed food, t-shirts and buttons will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to Clara House and V-Day Campaign.

The play is being sponsored by UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life Social Justice & Diversity Initiatives, Residence Hall Association, and Elliott University Center.

For more information, contact Will Dodson at wjdodson@uncg.edu.

Ticket discounts for faculty/staff on special night

Photo of crowd at UNCG basketball game.The UNCG Athletics Department invites faculty and staff members and your family to join them for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Monday, Feb. 15, when the UNCG Men’s Basketball team hosts Wofford at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5 for UNCG Faculty/Staff members and their guests. Each ticket purchased will include an entry into a raffle for gift certificates and other prizes that will be drawn throughout the game. Faculty/Staff season ticket holders will automatically be entered into the drawings. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link below:

Purchase Tickets Here

There is no special code required. Simply select the amount of tickets you wish to purchase and click reserve. After confirming your purchase, you will need to build an account if you do not already have one. You can then proceed to checkout. All tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at the Greensboro Coliseum the night of the game. Please present your UNCG ID at ticket pick up.
Questions? Call 336.334.3250

TEHE’s Middle Grades Cohort hosts Kiser 6th graders

On Jan. 20, about 240 sixth graders from Kiser Middle School visited UNCG on a field trip.

The School of Education’s Middle Grades Cohort, led by Miguel Gomez, a lecturer in the Middle Grades Program, greeted these students, gave them about a 30 minute introduction into what college life was like, and did a 15 minute Q & A with the students.  Afterwards, they took students in groups of about 20 on tours of our campus.  The tours ended up in different locations where some other departments, such as music, had activities planned.  However, a few of the tours ended up in the Self Design Studio Matt and his team did activities with those students.

The coordinator of the field trip from Kiser Middle School told them afterward, “We had kids saying, ‘Are you going to UNCG?’ and ‘What are you going to major in?’ which to me is a huge success and would not have been possible without your help.”

Pulling for Panthers? These Spartans are.

The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in the 50th Super Bowl this Sunday. We thought it’d be fun to see who had thoughts on the game.

Kim Zinke (Assessment and Accreditation) will be pulling for them: “Panthers all the way. They’ve got a great team, great momentum and the drive to win.”

Dean Brett Carter has obviously given the game some thought. “You have two very experienced quarterbacks, so it’s going to come down to the defense and special teams. Whoever controls the ball in the first quarter (yes, the first quarter) will win the Super Bowl. My prediction will be the Carolina Panthers will win by three. Go Panthers.”

We asked Dr. Cherry Callahan in Student Affairs about the big game as well. While she is generally not a professional football fan, it’s hard not to get excited about the Panthers, she told us. “Having them represent our state is a phenomenal opportunity and I will not miss a minute of the game.”

Hoyte Phifer (Facilities Services) said, “The Carolina Panthers are no doubt in my book the best team. I predict a very good game with the Panthers up by 14 in the end. This is because this team has been consistent this year on offense and defense. They are playing team ball. The only time they have had real trouble is when they have taken their foot off the gas and mentally checked out.”

Dr. Sam Miller (Education) has no doubt either.

“The Panthers are the easy pick, particularly if they play well in each half.” says Miller.

“Definitely the Panthers,” says Pat Levitin (UNCG in 3 / DCL). “The Panthers with Cam Newton and all of us pounding so loudly across the US is a winning scenario.”

Dr. Nancy Walker (Music), who is on research leave in Munich, Germany, has a small problem with the big game: It starts at 12:30 a.m. there.  “I have to say I am most excited about the halftime show in which Gustavo Dudamel will conduct members of the Youth Orchestra of LA. ”

But who does she think will win this “American futbol” game? “Although I did live in Colorado during my master’s program, I predict the Panthers will win.”

Lydia Howard (English) says this is a rare Super Bowl where she likes both teams. But she thinks the Panthers will prevail. “Although Denver has the best defense, I don’t think they will be able to rush Cam Newton the way they did Brady. Cam is too quick and isn’t afraid to leave his pocket protection. The Carolinas secondary will give Peyton fits so I think he will be thrown off his game rather quickly and since he doesn’t have the arm strength any more it will be up to the Broncos defense to make plays, but they will have difficulty doing this due to the Panthers amazing offensive line. If Thomas Davis is able to come back at full speed, he and Kuechly will completely shut down the Broncos offense.”

Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) is also rooting for the Panthers and believes they’ll win. “The Panthers just have too much firepower on offense and defense.”

As for Dr. Michael Kane (Psychology), he doesn’t seem happy his “beloved but maddening” NY Giants” didn’t make the playoffs. But the Panthers are playing for it all. “I’ll be cheering for Carolina on Sunday. The Denver defense is tough, but I don’t think they’ll be quite able to match up with all of Carolina’s weapons. Moreover, Carolina has been getting off to big early leads, and those don’t tend to be surmountable in Super Bowls.”

Lisa Walker is president-elect of NC Chapter of Society of Research Administrators International

Photo of Lisa Walker.Lisa Walker, School of Health and Human Sciences assistant dean for Research Finance and Operations, is currently serving as the President-Elect for the North Carolina Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI). SRAI members hale from varied levels (departmental research offices to senior level administrators) and from diverse positions (pre- or post-award grant and contract administration, regulatory compliance, technology transfer, data management, etc.) in the research administration field. SRAI boasts 5,200 members from over 40 countries and welcomes members from colleges and universities, research hospitals and institutes, government agencies, non-profit funders of research, and industry. The North Carolina Chapter of SRAI has approximately 200 members.

Lisa will begin her role as President of the SRAI North Carolina Chapter after the annual NC Chapter Meeting which will be held in Raleigh on April 8, 2016.

Looking ahead: Feb. 3, 2016

Talk, “Refugees and Insecurity in the Middle East”
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Faculty Senate meeting
Feb. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Talk,  “Europe and Other Fortresses in a Borderless World” Ashby Dialogue
Thursday, Feb. 4, 3:30  p.m., MHRA 1607

Men’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Plays, Winter Briefs, UNCG Theatre/Alpha Psi Omega
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Talk, look at “Radiunt Abundunt” with Triad Stage
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m.

“Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor,” Jody Natalle/Jenni Simon
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Human subjects research training

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity announces their spring semester Human Subjects Research Training workshop. This workshop covers areas such as confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment, and the history of human research protection and is offered as an alternative to CITI training.

The training will be held Tuesday, March 1, from 9-11 a.m. in MHRA 2711. Register at http://workshops.uncg.edu/ – click “Office of Research Workshops.”

Questions? Contact Melissa Beck, 6-0253 or mdbeck@uncg.edu