UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Victor Ayala

Dr. John R. Locke’s opus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Chancellor’s Ambassador Program for student leaders

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

Ambassadors will benefit from:

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

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

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

The sights and sounds of the holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled by Avery Campbell

The Shops at Spartan Village to hold grand opening this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

By Victor Ayala

Survey for alumni with undergraduate degrees

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

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

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

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

Enjoy some hoops

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

Men’s Basketball:

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

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

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

Women’s Basketball:

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

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

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

It’s International Education Week

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

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

For more information, see the IEW website.

Newsmakers: Late November

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

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

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

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

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

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

Angela Gantt – Electric Spiralizer

Bruce Banks – Single Cup Coffee Brewer

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

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

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

Chancellor Gilliam on Gates Foundation podcast

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



Salute to Veterans: Annual celebration this Friday

Photo of American flags in the EUC lawn

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

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

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

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

By Victor Ayala

‘Concert Weeks’ music fills the air

“It’s concert weeks!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNCG to launch online PhD program in business administration

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

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

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

See full article here.

SECC reaches 60% of goal, announces drawing winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Victor Ayala
Photo by Jiyoung Park

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

Grateful Dead visualBring out your Dead!

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

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

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

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

Visual courtesy UNCG alumna Lena Rodgriguez-Gillett


Land Acknowledgement Plaque Dedication

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

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

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

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

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

Red Cross Blood Drive Nov. 14

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

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

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

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

Again, UNCG Women’s Soccer takes SoCon title

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Mark Powell.

Course reserves due for winter 2018-19, spring 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

A dissertation in three minutes – ten finalists compete

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

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

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

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

Our student finalists this year are

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

Lavender Graduation Nov. 29

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

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

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

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

See more at OIC site.

Nominate faculty, staff and students for Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Nominate faculty, staff and students who have shown outstanding leadership and service for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. Potential nominees are those who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations and community involvement of faculty, staff and students. Winners will be granted a $1,000 award. To nominate someone, go to hrs.uncg.edu/Bullard before December 12.

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards were established in 1981 with an endowed gift honoring the late Mrs. Bullard, an alumna of UNC Greensboro. She was president of the UNCG Alumni Association and a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

For more information about the award and nomination process, email s_dreier@uncg.edu.

Newsmakers: Early November, 2018

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

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

UNCG School of Education launches new endowment initiative: Inspirational Educators

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

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

How it Works:

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

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

Copy courtesy Rosalie Catanoso, School of Education

Chancellor’s Town Hall in Maple Room, Nov. 12

A photo of the Minerva statueThe Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty/staff has been rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the EUC’s Maple Room. (Note: That is a newly revised location.)

The Chancellor will offer brief remarks. The core of the meeting will be a Q&A format.

An additional Town Hall for faculty and staff is scheduled for the spring semester, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.

If you have a question for the Q&A portion of November’s Town Hall, please submit it here. You can also ask your questions at the meeting.  

‘Storm the Streets’ for Spartan basketball home opener

Photo of UNCG cheer squadIt’ll be a festive spirit march from campus to Coliseum. All to celebrate Spartan pride and get ready for the season tip-off of Spartan Men’s Basketball.

The men’s basketball home opener will be Friday, November 16. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., students, faculty, and staff are invited to assemble on campus near the Walker and Aycock intersection. The Bands of Sparta pep band and cheer squads will be on hand, as will the chancellor in his Spartan Whip for a brief pep rally. Then it’ll be “on to the Coliseum.”

The route will be Walker, then left on Chapman all the way to the Coliseum. The streets will have “rolling closures,” meaning police will stop traffic one block at a time, says Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, Senior Director, First Year Student Engagement & Experience.

The event, a first at UNCG, is a partnership between UNCG’s Your First Year,  UNCG Athletics, Campus Activities & Programs, Alumni Engagement and the student spirit section, G Force. The idea is to make more students aware of the fun of attending basketball games and showing off Spartan spirit in the community – and that the Coliseum is close to campus and easy to get to, as well.

It’s a great chance to celebrate Spartan spirit.

All students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join in.

The first 100 faculty and staff to arrive for the event will receive a ticket to join the student tailgate at the Coliseum.

Students who participate will receive a free T-shirt and free food.

There will be a shuttle available for anyone with mobility issues who wishes to participate.

There will be shuttles to take everyone back to campus after the game. (Bring your Spartan ID.)

Faculty and staff can get $5 tickets for the game – details will be announced.

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

See the Storm the Streets website.  

Photo by Martin W. Kane.

Faculty, students explore fairy tales with ‘Dread and Delight’

Photo of two people standing in front of a Weatherspoon exhibit Autumn is transformative.

Changing leaves, fall harvests, new friends, mid-semester exams. And at UNC Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum: “wolves that pose as grandmothers, pumpkins that turn into carriages, and apples that produce death-like slumber – fairy tales are filled with incredible transformations.”

Through Dec. 9, the museum hosts “Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World,” an exhibition curated by Dr. Emily Stamey that explores seven 19th-century fairy tales through contemporary American art works in a variety of mediums.

“The artists in the show haven’t just retold classic fairy tales in updated contexts,” said Stamey. “Many of them have really pulled the stories apart and reimagined them in transformative ways.”

“Ties of Protection and Safekeeping” is made up of a 1,800-foot braid woven through with red flannel ribbon. For this Rapunzel-themed sculpture, the artist MK Guth asked participants to write on the red flannel their answers to her question: What is worth protecting?

“Mother-Load,” by Timothy Horn – a life-size Cinderella carriage covered in crystalized sugar. It’s a piece that reflects on the precariousness of unexpected fortune, the search for love and acceptance and the real-life story of Alma Spreckels, who married into a sugar fortune.

“Mirror, Mirror,” a 1987 print by upcoming University Concert and Lecture Series speaker Carrie Mae Weems, explores beauty, racial bias and privilege through a Snow White scenario. Xaviera Simmons’ “If We Believe in Theory” series displays Little Red Riding Hood terrain, with several children donning the cape and pointing to where the wolf is. Other works explore tragedy, youth, sexual politics, passage of time, hunger and transformation through those tales as well as others, such as Hansel and Gretel, Fitcher’s Bird and All Fur.

The mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar that engages art-viewers makes the exhibition perfect for coursework in many diverse subjects. The Weatherspoon’s Associate Curator of Education Terri Dowell-Dennis, to date, has coordinated “Dread and Delight” tours for more than 870 UNCG students, and she notes that the exhibition has been a part of course curriculum in education, psychology, art education, kinesiology, Spanish, German and theatre, in addition to English and art history.

“Fairy tales have existed for centuries – early on as oral stories that morphed and changed with each teller,” said Dowell-Dennis. “These stories, whether oral or recorded, have always allowed people to grapple with the mores, values and issues of their time. In this sense, they are living tales.”

Associate Professor of Art History Heather Holian teaches The Art of Disney and Pixar every year, but this semester “Dread and Delight” has brought a unique angle to the course.

For a final project, Holian’s students will imagine, map and write wall text for an exhibition that uses core works from “Dread and Delight” as well as several Walt Disney Studio pieces. The project will allow students to design an installation that brings attention to a particular issue or theme present in both “Dread and Delight” and Disney works. The students will also write responses to “Dread and Delight” pieces that have a Disney corollary, such as Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel. Holian has encouraged students to read original Grimms’ fairy tales and to study how they’ve been rewritten and interpreted.

“They’re all familiar with these fairy tales through the Disney versions, and that’s the entrance here. ‘Dread and Delight’ offers tremendous range in the fairy tale genre,” said Holian.

Lecturer in English Julia Ridley Smith has focused the work of her English 210 course on fairy tales, with a tour of the exhibition as an important element.

While Smith says many students came into the class with Disney-inspired ideas of what fairy tales are and mean, they are ready to make the connections she encourages them to make, relating recognizable motifs to unfamiliar re-tellings.

“It’s interesting how fairy tales are dynamic and change over time,” said junior Cameron Cabell. “That they reflect the psychology of the people of the time also caught me off-guard.”

Stamey says that surprise is a common reaction among visitors to the show.

“Whether in response to how an artist worked with a particular tale, learning the darker origins of a story, or in discovering the materials from which an artwork is made,” she said, but also notes that familiarity is equally key. “Most visitors know these fairy tales, and the artworks offer opportunities for personal recollections of encountering particular characters and narratives.”

Accompanying “Dread and Delight” is a book that includes all seven featured fairy tales, the history of fairy tales in contemporary visual arts, an exposition of the exhibition’s featured works and an original fairy tale,“The White Cat’s Divorce,” by recent MacArthur “genius” grant winner Kelly Link ’95 MFA.

After its Greensboro debut, “Dread & Delight” will travel to the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in Iowa and the Akron Art Museum in Ohio. The exhibition will be open at the Weatherspoon through Dec. 9, and onsite related programs are listed below:

Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon  Nov. 2, noon to 4:30 p.m.

Evening Tour  Nov. 15, 6 p.m.

Glass Slippers on the Runway – Curator Talk: Colleen Hill  Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Happily Ever After Closing Tour  Dec. 9, 3:30pm

For more information, please visit the Weatherspoon Art Museum website.

‘Afrofuturism: Resiliency and Creativity’ will be theme of CACE Conference

Photo of a previous CACE presentation The African American and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) at UNC Greensboro invites abstracts and panel proposals to be submitted for its 2019 Conference on African American & African Diasporic Cultures & Experience (CACE), to be held Feb. 26-27.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Afrofuturism: Resiliency and Creativity.” Afrofuturism continues the renewed conversation on Black empowerment by exploring political activism, social justice, technological advances, artistic and literary expressions in Black communities.

This conference theme will focus on challenging limited depictions and perspectives of Black people while imagining and co-creating paths to a resilient, creative and limitless future. Paper abstracts, panel proposals, and poster presentations that respond to the conference theme are welcome. Collaborative presentations between students and faculty/mentors and individual abstracts are encouraged. Presentations from faculty and friends of the community are welcome.

Those interested should send a 150-word abstract and a 50-word bio, including name, presentation title, type of presentation (e.g. paper, poster, spoken word), major/discipline, and university/organization affiliation to https://goo.gl/K8DxCU.

The deadline to submit an abstract and bio is Dec. 7, 2018.

Honorary Degree Nominations due next week

UNCG honorary degree nominations are due on Wed., Nov. 7th.  

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2019 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:  

  • To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
  • To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the University as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the University;
  • To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the University in order to provide examples of the University’s aspirations for its graduates;
  • To elevate the visibility and reputation of the University by honoring those individuals who are widely known and regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas: humanities, sciences, arts, public service, and education, to name a few. Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible. The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the University, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the University or state is not mandatory but is considered a strength.

The committee asks that initially you submit candidates on the Honorary Degree Candidate Nomination Form, along with biographical information. After the first screening, we may request additional information. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Please send the completed nomination form to Jennifer Johnson, assistant to the provost, at jennyjojohnson@uncg.edu or the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building.

See more information at

“Bridge builder” and pioneer Lenora Fulani inspired audience

A photo of Fulani sitting on stage If you want new things to happen, you have to create new possibilities.

That was one of the key messages of political pioneer and developmental psychologist Lenora Fulani.

Fulani spoke Wednesday in the EUC Auditorium, in a talk sponsored by the Lloyd International Honors College.

“Growing up Poor and Black in America: The Impact of the 60s from the Vantage Point of an Intellectual and Community Organizer” was the title of her talk. A photo of Fulani speaking at a podium

Afterward, she and Dr. Omar Ali, dean of the honors college, shared a conversation onstage with Ali asking questions. A Q&A with the audience followed.

Six UNCG students welcomed the audience and introduced Ali.

Ali explained the impact Fulani has had on his life. He became acquainted with her on a research trip to New York City when he was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. She was running for governor of New York and he saw her speak at a rally. She was working to empower ordinary people through the electoral arena.

“Lenora Fulani became my mentor,” explained.

He added, “She is the quintessential bridge builder.”  Photo of many people in theater seats

In 1988, Fulani became the first woman and the first African American to be a presidential candidate in all fifty states. Ali showed an interview of her on the McNeil/Lehrer Newshour from that year. She was an Independent and told McNeil about her political position and why American of varying constituencies should vote for her. What shone through was her passion for all people, particularly those in poor neighborhoods and those whose political voices were not being heard.

“I have a lot of faith in ordinary people,” she said.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Jiyoung Park

Foundation work begins for Nursing & Instructional Building

Photo of construction at future NIB siteThe blasting is over. Ten thousand cubic yards of bedrock have been removed. Soil has been sifted. UNCG’s new Nursing & Instructional Building is on its way.

Monday, construction crews began pouring “mud mats” of lean concrete to create a base to form and pour footings for the 180,000-square-foot facility, which will house labs, classrooms and research suites for the School of Nursing, School of Health and Human Sciences and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry.

The building is still slated to open in the summer of 2020.

Construction Project Manager Dennis Bowie said the granite crews blasted through was some of the hardest rock in the state. They drilled 10 feet below the surface – five feet through solid rock.  

The rock blasting, which consisted of about 18 detonations, wrapped up on Oct. 12, and crews have been working to excavate the broken rock.

Bowie said foundation work should last through the holidays and into January, and the hope is to begin erecting steel around Thanksgiving. They have already finished the underground utility work, including electrical, water lines, steam lines and teledata.

Foundation work for the new South Chiller Plant is near completion, with steel going up this month.

Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography courtesy of Dennis Bowie. Above, NIB site. Below, Chiller Plant site.

Photo of chiller plant site

Children’s show ‘Lilly’s Plastic Purse’ at Taylor

Mouse cartoonUNC Greensboro’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People will present three performances of “Lilly’s Plastic Purse” at Taylor Theatre, November 10, 11 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Based on books by Kevin Henkes the story has been adapted by Kevin Kling and the show is directed by Annika Pfaender ’09 MFA.

The play’s story revolves around Lilly, a little mouse full of ambition and youthful enthusiasm. She loves school, especially her new teacher, Mr. Slinger. When she receives an exciting new purple plastic purse, she can’t wait to show it to her class, but things don’t go exactly as Lilly planned.

“From the start of the process, I wanted to emphasize the ‘young’ aspects of the characters and de-emphasize the ‘mouse’ aspect,” said Pfaender, who focused on theater for youth as a graduate student at UNCG. “So, while elements of a mouse world are incorporated into the set and the costumes, we tried to focus more on the difference in scale between the human and mouse world. We also have some really neat things that light up.  I’m eagerly anticipating the ‘ooohhs’ and ‘aaahhs.'”

Pfaender says that classroom teachers like to read “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” because it contains a lesson about good classroom behavior, but that the play also has things to say about negotiating new friendships, balancing the needs and desires of others with one’s own needs and desires and about dealing with big life changes.

The North Carolina Theatre for Young People (NCTYP) exists to celebrate the art of live theater for young audiences, to enrich the lives of young people and their families, and to connect the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with the community.

Founded in 1962, the company has reached well over one million young people with fully mounted main stage productions as well as touring shows that have traveled as far as rural Maryland and Washington, D.C.  The touring shows alone engage more than 15,000 children every year.

NCYTP aims to embrace all community members in its offerings, promoting diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. Producing work for Deaf audiences, bi-lingual audiences, and refugees from around the globe, NCTYP works to expand its audience base.  

Tickets for “Lilly’s Plastic Purse” are available from the Taylor Theatre Box Office (336.334-4392; 406 Tate St.), open Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from Triad Stage online (https://triadstage.org/tickets), in person or by phone (336.272-0160; 232 South Elm St), open Monday through Friday 1  to 6 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 6 p.m.

For information about additional school performances November 13-16, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.

Inaugural “First G at the G” starts Nov. 5  

Freshman year is all about firsts: First time living away from home; first midterm exam; first roommate; and for some students, it’s the first time anyone in their family has attended college.

In addition to the typical firsts most new students experience, first-generation students face a unique set of challenges. Next week, UNC Greensboro will celebrate its first-generation college students, faculty and staff in an effort to provide continued support.

“First G at the G” is a weeklong series of events, beginning Nov. 5 and wrapping up on the 8th. Programming is meant to help first-generation students connect with each other, faculty and staff, as well as learn about campus resources.

“Our main goal is to identify students, faculty and staff and allies on campus who are first-generation and celebrate them,” said Kelli Thomas, coordinator for Residence Life Ragsdale/Mendenhall. “I’m hoping this will become more of a regular thing – not just once a year.”

Thomas said organizing the series was a cross-campus effort with leaders from Housing & Residence Life, the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement, the Office of Intercultural Engagement, the UNCG-McNair Scholars ProgramSpartan Start UpStudent Support Services and UNCG Guarantee.

The signature program is a panel discussion and special message from Provost Dana Dunn on Thursday, Nov. 8, when colleges and universities around the country will celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty and staff. Below is the full “First G at the G” schedule:

  • First G Stop & Chat: How TRiO Works – EUC Commons, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • First G Dialogue: EUC 062 Office of Intercultural Engagement, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • First G Mix & Mingle: Quad Lawn, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain location: Tillman-Smart Room)
  • First G Celebration: EUC Kirkland room, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

First-generation students made up a third of currently enrolled undergraduate students in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Education. At UNCG, TRiO Student Support Services reports 168 first-generation students enrolled.

These students are more likely to live off-campus, attend college close to home, attend school part-time and work full-time while in college, Thomas said. Many first-generation students are nontraditional (commuter, transfer, returning, foster, married, etc.) and therefore have a peripheral identity due to responsibilities outside of school. Some students (particularly from immigrant backgrounds) may serve as cultural brokers or translators. Many have high expectations placed on them as the first to attend college.

First-generation students also have a strong sense of pride; they are independent, persistent, highly motivated and resilient, Thomas said.

Thomas, who was the first in her family to attend a four-year institution, has a passion for helping students who share her experience as an undergraduate. While her parents were very supportive of her education, she had to learn on her own how to navigate the typical challenges of freshman year: buying books, finding classes and becoming familiar with a brand-new environment.

Thomas came up with “First G at the G” to ensure UNCG’s first-generation students – including graduate students and all existing students – can find the resources and support they need to be successful.

To learn more about the First-Generation College Celebration and NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success, visit the website.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Wayne Journell’s award-winning book: taking on tough political topics in class

Photo of Wayne Journell Dr. Wayne Journell (Teacher Education and Higher Education) will receive the 2018 Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies at their annual conference in November.

This award, which is the most prestigious research award given in the field of social studies education, is for the 2017 book “Teaching Politics in Secondary Education: Engaging with Contentious Issues” published through SUNY Press.

This is his second time receiving this award; he also received it in 2014.

Journell’s award-winning 2017 book uses data collected from multiple studies to offer recommendations on best practices for overcoming the apprehension many teachers feel about discussing potentially volatile topics in the classroom. In the book, Journell provides insight on how to address concerns like framing divisive political issues, whether teachers should share their personal beliefs to students and how to handle political topics that reach into socially sensitive territories like race, gender and religion.

Journell, whose research is focused on preparing high school social studies teachers, has long examined how teachers can overcome fears of discussing politics with their students. He’s studied the different ways politics is taught in schools and worked with teachers to figure out creative ways to get students more engaged with civics and government, including using the television series “The West Wing” to dramatize important concepts and prompt discussion.

“We’re living in a period of heightened political awareness,” Journell said. “Many social studies teachers naturally want to engage their students in these conversations, but they may be afraid to do so due to the polarized political environment in which we live. I think teachers are constantly looking for a roadmap for how to engage students in these difficult, and often contentious, discussions.”

Drawing on extensive research and his own personal experience as a high school government teacher, Journell hopes to educate educators on how to facilitate tolerant, civil discussion of political issues.

“At some point, if we value such discussions as a society, we’ve got to see a model of it somewhere,” said Journell. “Schools are a great place, because — even in the most homogenous schools — you have more ideological diversity than most students have at their family dinner tables, circle of friends or their places of worship.”

Some of this article appeared in UNCG Magazine in a feature written by Mark Tosczak. Victor Ayala is additional writer.