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‘The Prince of Egypt’: Prepping London’s big new show

Amendum mentoring students in UNCG audition technique

Amendum mentoring students at UNCG in audition technique

What do you do when you come off the high of having worked on the first national tour of the smash Broadway hit production of “Wicked?” Well, you get chosen to work on a high-profile, international stage production of a wildly successful animated film.

This February, the Dominion Theatre in London will stage “The Prince of Egypt,” a new musical based on the celebrated Dreamworks Animation film. Alumnus Dominick Amendum ’01, currently the UNC Greensboro Smart-Tillman Artist in Residence in the School of Theatre, is music supervisor for the production. Building upon his Broadway experience working on productions such as the hit “Wicked,” Amendum joins an international all-star production team to bring this new musical to life.

“What does a music supervisor do?” you may ask. Amendum offers a useful analogy of the building trades to explain.

“The composer draws the plans and is the architect. The arranger is the contractor. I come in and I build the house. And the orchestrator is like the decorator. They come in and put on all of the polish.”

Amendum’s role as an artist-in-residence at UNCG allows him the time to work on productions such as “The Prince of Egypt,” while still having the opportunity to teach and mentor students at UNCG. This year, Amendum and Musical Theatre faculty Erin Speer have successfully launched the musical theater undergraduate major at UNCG, and they welcome the first cohort of seven students this fall. The new program in the School of Theater offers a BFA in acting with musical theater focus.

Having a foot in each of these roles is beneficial to both students and Amendum.

Amendum brings to the musical theater program his many years of stage production experience and connections, which allows students opportunities to learn about the latest inner workings and trends within commercial musical theater. Expectations and trends can change quickly in the commercial theater world, and Amendum is able to share those concerns first-hand with the students. Additionally, through Amendum’s involvement in Broadway, students have a chance to work behind the scenes on high profile theatrical productions.

Story by Matthew Bryant, University Communications
Photography by Martin Kane, University Communications

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.

 

UNCG selected for national community engagement initiative

Photo of MinervaUNC Greensboro has been selected to participate in the
Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) Collaboratory, a highly selective community-based humanities and civic engagement initiative.

UNCG is one of 5 Greensboro institutions and just 11 institutions nationwide to participate in the initiative, which is part of the larger Bringing Theory to Practice project. The initiative is funded by an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), which serves as the host and partner to Bringing Theory to Practice.

UNCG was selected because of its national reputation for leadership in and commitment to engaging faculty, staff, and students with diverse communities through reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships.

“We are in a special and unique position,” said UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Dr. Terri Shelton. “We have the opportunity to harness the collective knowledge and resources of six local colleges and universities to alter the landscape of community engagement to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our region, today and for generations to come. We are grateful for the generous funding from the Mellon Foundation to
enable us to undertake this important work.”

One key project that will form part of the initiative is the Reclaiming Democracy course, developed by UNCG Communication Studies Professor Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and her community and academic partners over a decade ago. The course brings together students, faculty, and alumni from UNCG, Guilford College, Elon University, Greensboro College, and N.C. A&T, to study how democracy works in our community. The collaboration is a true model of reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships and for that reason, is one of the two early projects the task force in convening around.

The goal of each local project will be to develop action plans grounded in community voice and enabled by academic-community partnership. The goal of the larger collaboratory will be to distill best practices for such partnerships, to model the role of the humanities in sustaining them, and to use networked collaboration to disseminate them across higher education. All projects and partnerships will include undergraduate students as key participants in the
process.

Dr. Emily Janke, director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement and associate professor in the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, represents UNCG on the steering task force for the Greensboro partnership.

For more information about community engagement at UNCG, visit communityengagement.uncg.edu.

To learn more about the national initiative, visit aacu.org.

Updated with additional information July 10, 2019

August 13 is Kick-off; mark your calendar

Come enjoy a great meal with your fellow faculty and staff Tuesday, August 13, in Kaplan Commons.

It’ll be a great time to learn about the new UNCG app and its features. Plus learn about more things in the coming year.

More detail will be announced as the event draws closer.

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.

Cultivate Resilient Communities: CST awarded national grant

PIC11731 2017 Summer Campus: Abstract illustrations of Ferguson Building

The UNCG Communication Studies Department has received a major grant from the National Communication Association (NCA) to host the inaugural Center for Communication, Community Collaboration, and Change (4C Center) for 2019-2021. This initiative, with the theme “Cultivate Resilient Communities,” will award a total of $100,000 in micro-grants to area community organizations focusing on social justice and marginalized populations. Communication Studies Department Head Dr. Roy Schwartzman will serve as the principal investigator and Dr. Spoma Jovanovic will assume the role of project coordinator.

In addition to the micro-grants, Communication Studies Department faculty and community partners will conduct a preconference on the C5 grant at the NCA convention to be held in Seattle in 2021. Researchers involved with the grant also will develop a major publication to be distributed by NCA. Founded in 1914, the National Communication Association is the oldest and largest academic professional organization in the field of communication studies.

“Cultivate Resilient Communities” highlights building the community’s capacity to  proactively and productively respond address issues of inequity, prejudice, and intolerance. The 4C Center will connect community organizations with engaged communication scholars, further empowering communities to sustain their advocacy for positive change. PI Roy Schwartzman notes : “This is a singular honor for the Communication Studies department and for UNCG. Cultivate Resilient Communities arose as a positive way to engage with the many social challenges we face: xenophobia, identity-based intolerance, income inequalities, and many others. The 4C Center embodies UNCG’s motto: Service.”

Schwartzman notes that Communication Studies has a major role to play in building resilience. “Communication as a discipline can equip us to connect across differences. Through techniques such as dialogue, storytelling, critical consciousness, and public advocacy, we can team with our communities to enact our department’s mission, using communication ‘to connect people, create change, and work toward a just world.’”

 

New month for Shred-A-Thon: In September this year

The UNCG Shred-A-Thon has usually been held in June.

This year, organizers are trying what may be a much better date:

Friday, September 13, UNCG affiliated staff, faculty, students, and alumni can drop off departmental and personal paper materials for free onsite shredding. Spartans can start dropping off their material at 9 a.m.

This event is not for the public.

The 2019 event will take place at Kenilworth St. at the Baseball Field service drive area. Organizers will have a line forming from Walker Ave. and onto Kenilworth, so they keep all traffic moving in the same direction. Questions? Contact Ben Kunka at 336-709-9707.

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.

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.

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.

Keker Common Experience: new student success program for Fall 2019

Photo of the EUC exteriorThe New Student Transitions & First Year Experience office is rolling out a new first year transition program for the upcoming academic year.

The Keker Common Experience is a holistic first year student success program designed to empower students with the tools and skills needed to find their way here. By participating in this program, students will be able to:

1) Connect with UNC Greensboro’s people, programs, and resources to understand how they can help them succeed.

2) Engage in active learning strategies to improve critical thinking and academic success skills.

3) Develop a stronger sense of self-awareness through self-exploration and reflection.

4) Cultivate a sense of Spartan Pride and affinity for UNC Greensboro.

The Keker Common Experience instills a multi-faceted approach to student success and development through four key components:

Keker Success Guide: Each first year student receives a success guide created by a nationally-renowned author in the field of college student development. UNCG faculty and staff work collaboratively to tailor this guide to the Spartan experience to provide a customized and valuable learning tool.

Keker Speaker Visit: First year students have the opportunity to meet and hear from the author of the success guide during a campus visit In the fall. The author hosts a variety of presentations and workshops, to engage with first year students and the campus community.

Keker Success Series: Throughout the academic year, first year students have the opportunity to engage in a series of collaborative programs focused on student success. Various campus partners across UNCG’s campus develop and facilitate these programs to help first year students take initiative and begin taking steps toward their future success.

Keker Common Experience Scholarship: First year students have the opportunity to reflect on their Keker Common Experience by competing in an essay competition to demonstrate their personal growth and academic success throughout their first year. The winning essay will be incorporated in the future year’s success guide.

If you would like to learn more about the Keker Common Experience, visit the New Student Transitions & First Year Experience website HERE.

If you are interested in collaborating on the Keker Common Experience and/or creating programs to support the Keker Success Series, contact Emily Wiersma, associate director, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

Additionally, the New Student Transitions & First Year Experience office would like to thank all campus partners for their continued collaboration and support of the Keker First Year Common Read. Academic year 2018-2019 was the final year for the Keker First Year Common Read at UNC Greensboro.

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.

Staff celebrated at 2019 Staff Awards event

Photo of the award winnersStaff members and administrators gathered at the Alumni House May 20 for the inaugural Staff Awards Ceremony, with awards presented by Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

“Many of you know that I believe that staff are the backbone of the University,” he said. “You provide critical structural support. … You do all the day-to-day things in the life of the University that make it work. And what I particularly like about our staff is our commitment to excellence. … It’s your commitment and your pride in the work that you do that I so admire. You all take pride in the work you do here, in large part, because you believe in the mission.”

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Award was awarded to UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester.

The three Staff Excellence Awards were presented to Lloyd International Honors College Budget and Operations Manager Linda Dunston-Stacey, Special Events Coordinator Julie Landen, and College of Arts and Sciences Assistant to the Dean Lori Wright.

Staff Senate Co-Chair Stephen Hale also announced the creation of a new award, the Ezekiel Robinson Staff Emeritus Award, given posthumously this year to Ezekiel Robinson, who joined the campus in 1892 and served in a prominent staff role for 52 years under three different presidents.

Staff Stars were honored as well. This year’s Staff Stars are:

  • Aldenia Batts
  • Amy Coble
  • Becky Rymer
  • Beth Todd
  • Bruce Cabiness
  • Dena Kowal
  • Elizabeth Jordan
  • George Jones
  • Glenda Lloyd
  • Heather Mitchell
  • Jarrett Rice
  • Jay White
  • Jeffrey Dezearn
  • Kim Sawyer
  • Kristina Wright
  • Kristin Rusbolt
  • Lakeisha Richardson
  • Shanelle Smith
  • Leah Congrove
  • Maddie Benefield
  • Margaret Patton
  • Mark Unrue
  • Mecole Davis
  • Michelle Courtney
  • Morgan Glover
  • Nancy Brown
  • Richard West
  • Ruby Harrell
  • Ryan Thompson
  • Sara Benefield
  • Sherri MacCheyne
  • Sean Moon
  • Daniel Russell
  • David McFayden
  • Dicky Hawks
  • Mike Elberson
  • Tim Hall
  • Tami Rich
  • Tim Crews
  • William Johnson, Jr.

See full story in UNCG Now.

Sensory Friendly Movie Night at Spartan Cinema June 14

photo of LeBauer ParkFriday, June 14, Spartan Cinema will host a Sensory Friendly Movie Night.

The goal of the event is to create a comfortable and inclusive experience that is accessible to community members whose sensory needs may make going to a movie challenging.

The movie will be “Ferdinand,” and it starts at sundown in LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro.

The UNCG and Greensboro Downtown Parks sponsored event will be held in coordination with Dr. Stuart Schleien, professor and chair, UNCG Dept of Community & Therapeutic Recreation, and InFocus.

“We have helped universally design the park for the showing of this film in ways that will accommodate all people, including those who use wheelchairs, individuals on the autism spectrum, people with hearing or visual impairments, families with young children, and older adults,” Schleien says. “Some of the accommodations we have in place for this film include having trained ambassadors on-site to provide assistance to those who may need it, roped off paths across the lawn for easy access by people with mobility issues, accessible bathrooms including a unisex/family bathroom, a “Ferdinand resting space” that will serve as a “chill zone” for people who wish to view the film behind the crowd, and volunteers in place who will raise a lighted rod before each sensory-sensitive moment during the film to warn viewers who may wish to look away or cover their ears.”

The InFocus team, a non-profit organization in which Schleien serves as co-director with Ginger Walton, has partnered with Greensboro Downtown Parks and UNCG to help produce the sensory-friendly movie night as part of Spartan Cinema.

InFocus, including highly trained self-advocates with disabilities, partners with agencies and organizations such as Greensboro Downtown Parks to create more welcoming, accessible, and accommodating communities.

Summer 2019 offerings for employee health and wellness

This summer, the UNCG Employee Wellness Program will host a number of events to continue to promote health and wellness all year-round.

  • June 7, July 5, August 2: Artful Meditation: Drop by the Weatherspoon Art Museum for a variety of mindfulness practices, including guided meditation, walking meditation, and mindful looking. Beginners welcome! 12:30-1:15 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum. Click here for more information.
  • ActiveU Group Fitness Classes: All group fitness classes are free and open to UNCG employees. They are held at either the EUC Dail Room or the Kaplan Center for Wellness. See here for the ActiveU Group Fitness schedule.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures includes day and overnight trips, rock climbing, activities at Piney Lake, and camping equipment rental. See more information here.
  • Fitness Lending Library: Don’t have time to exercise? Rent equipment from the Fitness Lending Library to work out in your office. Browse current items and make check-out requests here.
  • Dietitian Consultations: Whether struggling with weight, managing a chronic disease, or just looking to make healthier diet choices, meet one-on-one with registered dietitian Cari Culp for assessment and assistance in developing practical health goals. Register for a session here.

Additionally, the Staff Senate will offer this workshop:

“Healthy Living for your Brain and Body” – For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.  Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. June 4, 2019, 3-4 p.m., Bryan 113, Register at workshops.uncg.edu

Open House at Alumni House June 5

The Alumni House is turning 82. Join in for an open house birthday party to help celebrate!

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Enjoy light refreshments.

Questions? Contact Dorian Thompson at drthomp2@uncg.edu.

UNCG graduate student researchers meet with legislators

A photo of the grad students at the assemblyGovernor Roy Cooper proclaimed May 12–18, 2019, to be “Graduate Education Week.”

In celebration of this event, graduate schools from across the UNC System brought graduate students to the NC General Assembly on Wednesday May 15, to meet with legislators. The students discussed their graduate work and its impact and relevancy to the state of North Carolina.A photo of the grad students talking at the assembly

The three students representing UNCG this year were chosen from among the 15 winners of the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, held on April 3. They were

  • Alma Chanelo, who completed her M.S. degree in Biology this May
  • Oliver Thomas, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
  • Ryan Yarbrough, who is a Ph.D. student in Nanoscience.

OvA photo of the grad students with assembly memberser the course of the day, the students along with Gregory C. Bell, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Andrew Cagle, UNCG Director of State and External Affairs, met with a dozen legislators. They included Sen. Dan Blue, Sen. Gladys Robinson, Rep. Cecil Brockman, Rep. Ashton Clemmons, Rep. Jon  Hardister, Rep. Pricey Harrison, Rep. Amos Quick, and Rep. Mitchell Setzer, among others.

In these meetings the students explained their research briefly and discussed the importance of graduate education to our state.A photo of the grad students standing with NC lawmakers

 

 

Three dates for ‘Tours and Treats’ at Weatherspoon

Enjoy a family-friendly exploration of WAM’s newest exhibitions and top it off with a cool treat in the Sculpture Garden. Drop-in gallery activities, like storytelling and word games, are appropriate for all ages, including children accompanied by an adult. No reservations are needed, but if your group is larger than 10, let the Weatherspoon staff know by emailing weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

Thursdays this summer: June 6, July 18, and August 15 at 6 p.m.

Basketball discount tickets for faculty/staff (order now, get a scarf)

Photo of Spiro and a crowd at a basketball gameDid you know that as an employee of UNCG, you receive a special rate of $109 per Men’s Basketball season ticket? That’s a 20 percent discount off the general public price of $139. Plus, order prior to June 1 and receive an exclusive UNCG scarf.

Benefits to being a faculty & staff season ticket holder include:

  • Can pay for season tickets with payroll deduction
  • Parking
    • One (1) parking pass included with your season ticket purchase
    • 5 or more season tickets gain access to second parking pass
      • (savings of $75 for a 15-game season)
  • Buddy Passes
    • This number is subject to final number of home games on the schedule.
  • Exclusive Opportunities to Purchase Official Team Gear NEW!
  • Season Ticket Holder Pick Up Party at Homecoming
  • Season Ticket Holder Open Practice (Date TBD)

To purchase NEW employee discounted tickets – or if you have any questions – call the box office at (336) 334-3250 or email Tyler Weedon at t_weedon@uncg.edu.

Newsmakers: Jeong, play in education, Vrshek-Schallhorn, Triad’s Best, and Cech

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:

  • Ken Jeong’s keynote address was included in Time’s list of best commencement speeches of 2019. The list.
  • Dr. Nadja Cech and Dr. Omar Ali were spotlighted by The Chronicle of Higher Education for their work on the role of play in education. The feature.
  • Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn was quoted in an Atlantic piece on the invalidity of older depression research. The article.
  • UNCG was named The Triad’s best University/College of 2019 by Yes! Weekly. See their “2019 Triad’s Best” issue here.
  • WUNC interviewed Dr. Nadja Cech on her work and how her upbringing has influenced her. The interview.

Make nomination: Holshouser Award for Public Service

The James E. Holshouser Award for Public Service, formerly known as the Public Service Award, was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the UNC System.  Each year, UNCG puts forth a campus nominee to the Board of Governors for consideration for the award. The selection criteria include sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in university public service and outreach and contributions to improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina.  The creativity and impact of such achievements should be beyond the normal accomplishments of productive faculty.

The Gardner/Holshouser award committee is currently seeking nominations for this distinguished award.  In honor of their achievements, the campus nominee will receive a $1000 honorarium and be recognized at the 2020 Faculty Awards ceremony.  The system winner, chosen by the Board of Governors, receives a $7,500 cash prize.

To submit a nomination, or learn more about the award, visit https://provost.uncg.edu/Holshouser/nominations.htm. Nominations are due by June 28, 2019.

New leaders of UNCG’s HNAC

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill (Art History) will direct the Humanities Network and Consortium and Dr. Asa Eger (History) will serve as Associate Director and Programming Specialist, in the coming academic year. Both Perill and Eger have served on the HNAC steering committee and are passionate advocates for the humanities.

This year, HNAC has been led by Dr. Lisa Levenstein and Dr. Jen Feather.

The UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) connects the university’s humanities scholars to one another and to the public. HNAC supports faculty research and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. HNAC helps students identify how humanities coursework translates into successful personal careers and public leadership. And its members share their work in wider contexts to support and improve our communities.

Ken Jeong tells graduates: Find your passion, be persistent

Photo of Ken Jeong speaking at Commencement

It was a day of celebration at UNC Greensboro, with nearly 2,500 Spartans turning their tassels at May Commencement and embarking on a new journey as future business executives, health professionals, artists, teachers, and community leaders.

It was also a day full of laughter, thanks to comedian, actor, writer, producer, and physician Ken Jeong, who imparted words of wisdom and shared his personal story – often irreverent and unfiltered – to the Class of 2019.

A Greensboro native, Dr. Jeong began his remarks by talking about his connections to the city and to UNCG. His sister graduated from UNCG’s Master of Library and Information Studies Program, and Dr. Jeong himself took organic chemistry at UNCG – and spent many hours studying in Jackson Library – between his freshman and sophomore years at Duke University.

Throughout his speech, Dr. Jeong had the audience in stitches. But his key message to the graduates was serious: Find your passion.

Dr. Jeong talked about how he found his passion later in life – at age 38 – after working for years as a physician in California. At first, he was apprehensive to take the plunge into the entertainment industry. But with the encouragement and support of his family, he decided to quit his day job and pursue his passions of comedy and acting full time.

“The only thing I have to offer in life is my passion. I think that’s the only thing that keeps me going,” he said. “I’m just looking at every single student here: Find your passion, and if you’ve found your passion, as you graduate, let that evolve.”

He also recognized and celebrated the first-generation students who graduated today, and applauded the University’s efforts to support these students. Approximately 38 percent of UNCG students are the first in their family to attend college.

Dr. Jeong finished by telling the graduates that his biggest talent is persistence.

“After my show got cancelled, I stuck it out. After good things happen, I stick it out. I keep moving no matter what. And I encourage you, good times and bad, keep moving, keep finding your passion. I honestly say to every single soul in this coliseum: If I can do this, and if I can do what I want, so can you. You have the light and the future and the universe ahead of you.”

See full story and social media hightlights and photos at UNCG Now.

See a highlight video of Dr. Jeong’s speech at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFqbXD1m8Ds.

 

 

Teaching Excellence Award Recipients from each part of UNCG

Photo of MinervaEach year, UNCG’s many schools award faculty members for outstanding performance in the classroom. This year, seven professors have been named recipients of the respective schools’  Teaching Excellence Awards:

  • Dr. Hamid Nemati (Information Systems & Supply Chain Management – Bryan School)
  • Dr. Haimeng Zhang (Mathematics & Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Dr. Ali Askerov (Peace & Conflict Studies – School of Health and Human Sciences)
  • Dr. Cynthia “Cindy” Bacon (School of Nursing)
  • Ms. Janet Allard (School of Theatre, College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Dr. Eric Josephs (Nanoscience, JSNN)
  • Dr. Melody Patterson-Zoch (Teacher Education – Higher Education – School of Education)

Greensboro Bound literary festival this weekend

Dr. Martin Halbert in front of a banner for Greensboro Bound

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival strikes up, with the opening reception at UNC Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum the evening of May 16, and an event with bestselling author Zadie Smith at the Elliot University Center on May 18.

The festival is a free, weekend-long series of readings, discussions, and events focused on books, writing, diverse voices from around the world, North Carolina’s literary traditions, and an inclusive community of readers from Greensboro and far beyond.

UNCG is one of the Greensboro Bound’s most prominent partners, with leading sponsorship from University Libraries, as well as support from the Office of the Provost, the Humanities Network and Consortium, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the faculty and alumni authors and musicians who are participating in the festival.

“Literary festivals are great moments to celebrate what we most admire in our culture and what issues are getting attention in terms of literary treatments,” said Dean of University Libraries Martin Halbert. “It’s an opportunity for the city to come together and explore different parts of our shared culture. The festival puts Greensboro on the map in a new way, and University Libraries is a very happy partner.”

Award-winning writer Zadie Smith will read from her work and join Halbert in a conversation at EUC’s Cone Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on May 18.

Smith is the author of the bestselling novel “White Teeth,” which won numerous awards and was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Her 2005 novel “On Beauty” earned the Orange Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United Kingdom. Her most recent published works are “Swing Time,” a novel, and “Feel Free,” a collection of essays that received the 2018 National Critics Circle Award.

Tickets for the event’s main space are sold out, but free overflow tickets for seating in the EUC Auditorium are available on the event site, and attendees are invited to submit questions for the conversation.

From the preceding Thursday through the following Sunday, Greensboro Bound also offers many opportunities to hear and experience the work of UNCG faculty and alumni writers, and to celebrate literary culture through campus connections.

The kick-off party begins Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and will feature the work of School of Art faculty member Sheryl Oring with her “I Wish To Say” project.

See full story at UNCG Now.

 

Newsmakers: Journell, “Instrument Petting Zoo,” DeJesus, and Debbage

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:

  • Dr. Wayne Journell spoke on the Visions of Education Podcast about his new book, “Unpacking Fake News: An Educator’s Guide to Navigating the Media with Students”. The episode.
  • The News & Record highlighted photos from the “Instrument Petting Zoo” at LeBauer Park, which is hosted by School of Music students and held the first Monday of every month from May through August. The pictures.
  • Dr. Jasmine DeJesus was featured in a WFMZ piece on helping parents deal with picky children. The article.
  • The Winston-Salem Journal spoke to Dr. Keith Debbage for a piece on the Smith-Reynolds Airport’s potential legacy status. The piece.

‘Reach the unreachable star’ with Triad Stage/UNCG Theatre’s ‘Man of Mancha’

Photo of actors during a performance of The Man of La ManchaThe 60s were a time of social upheaval driven by hope and idealism. Now, to bring the year-long “The 60s: Exploring the Limits” series to a close, UNCG Theatre has partnered with Triad Stage for a production of Dale Wasserman’s classic musical about pursuing dreams in the face of harsh reality, “Man of La Mancha.” The musical was a great hit during its 1965 debut, winning five Tony Awards, and has been performed worldwide and revived on Broadway four times since.

In prison, the poet Cervantes tells the story of the knight Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, as they embark on a quest to fight a giant and win the heart of Quixote’s beloved Dulcinea. Featuring favorite songs such as “The Impossible Dream,” “Dulcinea, and “I, Don Quixote,” the play reimagines the original novel as a story about courage and striving to “reach the unreachable star.”

Photo of actors in Man of La Mancha

The cast and staff include a number of UNCG students, faculty, and alumni in the production:

  • Students: Kemari Bryant (José), Christina Duchesne (Antonia), Yansi Fatama (Fermina), Kezia Moore (Captain of the Inquisition), J. Andrew Speas (Anselmo), Forrest Wilson as Juan
  • Alumni: Bradley Carter (Paco), Michael Tourek (The Governor/The Innkeeper), Dr. Justin P. Cowan (Musical Director), Virginia Hirsch (Dramaturg)
  • Faculty: Christine Morris (Maria, The Innkeeper’s Wife/Housekeeper), Denise Gabriel (Choreographer), Jim Wren (Resident Fight Choreographer)

Photo of actors in Man of La Mancha“Man of La Mancha” will run for two more weeks, and tickets are still available. To see the schedule and purchase tickets, see the web entry on Triad Stage here.

Compiled by Avery Campbell.
Photography by Vanderveen Photography.

 

 

Spartans in top photo: J. Andrea Speas, Kemari Bryant, Bradley Carter, Forrest Wilson
Spartans in middle photo: Christine Morris, Christina Duchesne
Spartans in bottom photo: Yansa Fatima, Christina Duchesne

 

UNCG staff awards celebration May 20

Photo of Minerva

UNCG’s staff will be recognized and applauded Monday, May 20. Please come and enjoy the special event.

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, the University will host its inaugural all-staff celebration and appreciation event at Alumni House and the adjoining Taylor Garden (weather permitting).

At 3:30 p.m., the Staff Senate chairs will provide a welcome, and Chancellor Gilliam will provide remarks on the critical role staff play at our university, before presenting the Excellence Awards and Gladys Strawn Bullard Award.

Staff award recipients – including those who have received unit awards – will have special nametags marked with ribbons so they can easily be recognized throughout the afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the three Staff Excellence Award honorees and the Staff Gladys Strawn Bullard Award winner will have a special lunch with Chancellor Gilliam and members of the Bullard family.

Questions? Contact Sarah Alston at s_alston@uncg.edu.