UNCG Campus Weekly

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Cameras. Mic’s. Lightboard. Leverage the magic of UTLC’s Production Suite

Photo of people using the UTLC studio

UNC Greensboro’s University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) has opened a new production suite to help faculty incorporate technology into the classroom and transform the learning experience for students.

The suite includes three state-of-the-art studios:

  • A one-button video recording studio in which faculty plug in a USB flash drive, press record, talk to the camera, and then walk away with a video file
  • A podcasting studio to create audio files and full-length podcasts
  • A lightboard studio that provides a videographer and post-production capabilities

The new space also includes virtual reality technology.

Faculty members interested in learning more about the production suite are encouraged to sign up for one of the upcoming one-hour workshops. Workshops will be held March 21, March 25, April 18, and April 29. Space is limited for each session. After completing the introductory workshop, faculty can begin to reserve and use the studio spaces.

To register for a workshop, visit the workshops and events website.

To learn more about the UTLC, visit utlc.uncg.edu.

Read the complete UNCG Now story here.


Play on! Spartans are No. 1 seed in NIT, advance to Round 2

Photo of Francis AlonsoThe UNCG men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 overall seed in the National Invitation Tournament and began postseason play Tuesday night by defeating No. 8 seed Campbell 84-69 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

It was a milestone victory: the first time in program history the team has earned a victory in the NIT.

The game was UNCG’s third appearance in the NIT in school history, having previously suffered losses to Memphis in 2002 and Syracuse in 2017. They earned a post-season victory in the CBI tournament in 2016, making this their second post-season victory ever.

The Spartans earned the top seed in this year’s NIT after narrowly missing out on the Southern Conference’s first-ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. With last night’s win, this year’s team has extended its program record for wins in a season to 29.

Tickets for the NIT second round match-up at the Greensboro Coliseum will be available through the UNCG Athletics site, and, through Ticketmaster here, and at the UNCG Ticket Office in Coleman Building.

Second-round NIT games will take place March 21-25 (the date/time for the UNCG-Lipscomb game will be announced soon) and the quarterfinals will be March 26-27, both at campus sites. The semifinals on April 2 and the championship game on April 4 will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York.

To read more, visit uncgspartans.com.

Visual: Photo from a late-season game.

Pride Month events on campus

Photo of the EUC exteriorFor Pride Month 2019, UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement will host a variety of events through March and into April.

Some highlights:

  • March 20: Queer Film Series: “Julio of Jackson Heights”: In collaboration with the School of Education, there will be a screening of the documentary about the murder of a gay Puerto Rican man which inspired a coming out of a New York LGBTQ community. 7 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom.
  • March 25: Tunnel of Oppression: An interactive event highlighting issues of oppression in our society. Participants walk through scenes that highlight particular issues with an assigned tour guide. 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom.
  • March 29: WGS Assemblages: Anti-Oppression Works: UNCG’s Women and Gender Studies program will present its 4th annual research symposium, dedicated to engaging in meaningful conversation around systemic oppressions. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., multiple rooms in the EUC.
  • April 3: Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence: A workshop that discusses how best to support LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and relationship violence. The presentation aims to provide faculty and staff with the tools to respond to disclosures from LGBTQ+ survivors. 9:30 a.m., Bryan 113.
  • April 8: LGBTQ+ and Abroad: This workshop will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to learn how to support LGBTQ+ students during the study abroad experience, and how to break down barriers against marginalized students. 6 p.m., Foust 206.
  • April 16: CommUNITY Dialogue: Latino/a/x – What’s the Difference?: This entry in the monthly CommUNITY Dialogue series will explore the intersections of LBTQ+ and Latin American identities. 12-2 p.m., EUC 062.

For a full event listing, see the web page here. For more information or disability accommodations, contact Elliott Kimball at 336-334-3478 or erkimba2@uncg.edu.

Copy courtesy OIE Office

Kim Record and alumni recognized as Outstanding Women in Business

Photo of Kim RecordUNC Greensboro Director of Athletics Kim Record and four UNCG alumni have been named winners of the Triad Business Journal’s 2019 Outstanding Women in Business Awards.

The five Spartans are among 23 women across the Triad to be recognized for their leadership and the ways in which their contributions have left an indelible mark on the community.

In her 10th year as director of athletics, Record leads the University’s 17 athletic teams, more than 225 student-athletes, and 90 staff members. Record has led UNCG to unprecedented athletic success, both on and off the court. During the 2017-18 academic year, UNCG’s athletic teams won five Southern Conference Championships and earned a best-ever 3.23 GPA.

The success has continued this year, with women’s soccer winning its second consecutive Southern Conference Championship, and men’s basketball setting a new program record for wins (28), placing second in the Southern Conference Tournament, and earning the No. 1 overall seed in the National Invitation Tournament.

Additionally, under Record’s leadership, UNCG Athletics launched the Campaign for Champions in January. The fundraising campaign is focused on transforming student-athlete academic and support facilities, and recruiting and retaining top coaches.

The four recognized UNCG alumni are:

  • Waqiah McNair Ellis ’01 MSN, executive director of nursing and patient services, Cone Health
  • Jennifer Ann Causey Johnson ’09, ’10 MSA, owner, Gate City Accounting Solutions Inc.
  • Kim Kelly Mann ’80, partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Sherri Bulluck Thomas ’93, chief human resources and organizational development officer, Truliant Federal Credit Union

The Triad Business Journal’s awards ceremony will be held Thursday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Grandover Resort and Conference Center.

To learn more and to see the full list of award winners, visit the Triad Business Journal website.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Lynn Hey


Register for June’s ‘Building Healthy Communities Through Better Housing’ symposium

Safe and affordable housing has a tremendous effect on mental and physical health. At the upcoming Building Healthy Communities Through Better Housing symposium, panelists and participants will consider ways to improve community health by investing in better housing.

The keynote will be given by Terry Akin, Chief Executive Officer of Cone Health System. There will be a wide variety of speakers and panelists, including Brooks Ann McKinney, Head of Vulnerable Populations with Cone Health; Anita Bachmann, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan North Carolina; and Rep. Ashton Clemmons, Representative for North Carolina House District 57.

The symposium will be June 7 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the School of Education. For more information, including a complete list of speakers, and to register, see the event listing here.

Newsmakers: Basketball, Haines, Lawrimore, Ortiz, and Kirchoff

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:

  • Spartan Basketball’s UNCG At Large campaign was featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times, The News and Record, and WFMY News2. The team’s position “on the bubble” as a mid-major conference team was a topic on ESPN and sports radio shows – and the NCAA seedings announcement show on CBS.
  • Steve Haines (Music) spoke to Yes! Weekly about his new album and his experience writing lyrics for the first time. The piece.
  • WUNC featured the Well Crafted NC project’s efforts to improve awareness of women’s contributions to brewing, with commentary from Erin Lawrimore. The article.
  • Fox8 featured music education undergraduate Dixie Ortiz’s efforts to increase the accessibility of music education. The piece.
  • Dr. Bruce Kirchoff was interviewed in a Washington Post article on the physics of “On Top of Spaghetti”. The article.

TOPPS event

UNCG’s Teaching Innovation Office is hosting its second annual TOPPS event May 13-15.

The theme  is the “Science and Art of Changing the Brain” through instruction and instructional design. The target audience for the event is all online faculty members at UNCG (full/part time). Since summer semester are mainly taught online at UNCG, this event just before the summer semester gives online faculty ideas and inspiration on how teach online.

The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Kristen Betts, Clinical Professor in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her full bio and full event details on located on our TOPPS website at https://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/topps/

The keynote presentations are Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14, 9am-1:15pm in the Faculty Center. Lunch is included. Additional workshops will be offered during TOPPS in various locations. UNCG faculty members can register for all or some of the sessions by going to workshops.uncg.edu and find TOPPS events under the University Teaching and Learning Commons.

Last year, the TOPPS keynote sessions were full with a wait list.

Reserve space and room equipment in Jackson Library

Like many institutions, UNCG’s University Libraries has invested in a space renovation of its Library Tower in Jackson Library to support student learning. New furniture and technology have been added to floors two through five to provide improved group spaces, along with a variety of other arrangements. New seating options, larger tables, post and beam structures and whiteboards are just a few of the recent improvements. In addition, spaces on floors two and three have been enhanced with technology and software, such as dual monitors, large screen displays and power sources.

University Libraries Facilities Manager Will Cook has been overseeing the project since its inception, which began in the spring of 2017. “One huge challenge for University Libraries has been accommodating the growing UNCG student population and finding creative ways to add more seats in Jackson Library, ” said Cook. “We hope our efforts will create a space that is collaborative, innovative, and technology-enhanced.”

The project is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2019. Information about each area is available on University Library’s website, along with the ability to reserve the space.

Karen Bull will be dean of UNCG Online

Photo of Karen Bull, Dean of UNCG OnlineProvost Dunn on Monday afternoon made an announcement regarding the University’s new dean of UNCG Online:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Bull has accepted the position as Dean of UNCG Online. Dr. Bull is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Syracuse University. Previous administrative appointments include Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Online Programs and Manager of Online Programs and Services at Syracuse University. She also served as Director of Program Evaluation and Assistant Director of Distance Learning at Onondaga Community College.

Please join me in welcoming Karen to the UNC Greensboro community. She will begin her new role on July 8, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new Dean.

Sign up for Employee Field Day by March 20

Photo of 2018 Field Day trophiesThree-legged races. Hula-hooping. Obstacle races. April 12 in Foust Park will be the site of fun.

The annual Employee Field Day is an event specially designed for UNCG Employees.

Come join us for this day of play designed to relieve stress, build morale, encourage camaraderie and promote fun.  Come as an individual player, as part of a team, or just as a spectator and cheerleader. Food, prizes, and fun for everyone. Wear your blue and gold. You will even have the opportunity to snag a picture with Spiro!

The first 100 employees to RSVP as individuals or a team by March 20th will receive our 2019 Employee Field Day T-shirt!

For more information on the event, including game descriptions or to RSVP, visit http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/calendar-events/employee-field-day/.

Staff Senate and HealthyUNCG will be holding a drive for student and teacher supplies for Moss St. Partnership School at the field day. Contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu with questions about donations.


Prepare for photo-rich ‘Week at the G’

A photo from Week at the G of a dancer

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a new campus-wide photo project documenting university life.

“A Week at the G,” which takes place March 31 through April 6, expands upon the popular “Day in the Life” concept by showing what it’s like to be a Spartan over the course of an entire week. Through a collaborative, coordinated effort between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others, UNCG can generate a wave of compelling, relevant, distinctive visual content. These photos and videos, spanning the entire UNCG experience, will be published by University Communications in a daily web journal and on social media.

University Communications (UC) wants Spartans in all areas to help show the world that there’s no place like UNCG.

As Chancellor Gilliam says, the University is at an “inflection point.” It’s a great time to show our broader community the many ways we provide opportunity, excellence,  and impact as an institution.

Outcomes of this project will include, among other things, a collection of new videos and images that will be shared across campus for a wide range of uses over time; discoveries of additional Spartan success stories across all of our units; and amplification of the University’s “Find your way here” campaign.

How can you help?

Please share your photo ideas at this site by this Friday – for the week of March 31-April 6. Some of these stories will be covered directly by University Communications photographers.

UC also encourages departments and offices to identify experienced photographers who are able to capture and submit photos that week. UC will work with them ahead of time to identify and track coverage opportunities. Everyone else – from the Chancellor, school deans, and professors, to staff, study abroad students, athletes, and alumni at work – will be encouraged to submit their images by online form that week and/or share them on social media.

Visit the A Week at the G web page, which has additional information.

Contact social media manager Morgan Glover (mjglover@uncg.edu) or associate director of photography Martin Kane (mwkane@uncg.edu) if you have any questions or suggestions – or if you would like one of them to visit your department in the next two weeks to speak about the Week at the G.


Deon’te Goodman ’16 joins cast of ‘Hamilton’

Deon’te Goodman ’16 is officially on Broadway.

The UNC Greensboro graduate has joined the cast of “Hamilton,” the critically acclaimed blockbuster that premiered in 2015 and tells the life story of “founding father” Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop, soul, pop, and R&B. His first night in the ensemble was March 5.

The role in the biggest show on Broadway came to Goodman within two years of his New York City debut in “Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical,” and a variety of roles in productions at regionally prominent theaters. He has been performing professionally since 2015.

Goodman holds a bachelor of music degree in classical voice, and was also in the first musical theatre workshop cohort at UNCG. In the School of Music, he studied primarily under Professor of Voice Carla LeFevre, and in the School of Theatre worked under director of UNCG’s musical theatre program Dominick Amendum and Professor of Theatre James Fisher.

“Deon’te asked to study with me beginning his junior year to focus on in-depth technical work,” said LeFevre. “With only two years to work together, we were on the ‘fast track’ toward establishing a technical foundation he could sustain on his own after graduating. The first year, we worked on classical singing technique to establish a strong foundation for all types of singing. His senior year we branched out to adapt his technique to the musical theatre style. … Deon’te has an incredible voice that flows from a beautiful, deep soul.”

“Deon’te was always an amazing singer,” added Amendum, who coached Goodman not only at UNCG but in New York City soon after he moved there. “He has a natural instrument that is expressive and exciting.  His hard work has clearly paid off, and he is doing UNCG proud on a larger stage!”

UNCG Opera audiences would have seen him in “Galileo Galilei” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” directed by David Holley.

“He is multi-talented, a remarkable actor, and a great colleague,” said Holley. “His real passion was musical theater, but he was exploring what opera was all about. I appreciated his curiosity and his willingness to take risks on stage. It’s nice to see the trajectory of his career. The sky’s the limit for Deon’te!”

Holley noted that Goodman is a loyal friend to other Spartan performers in New York City, even showing up to support them at auditions.

Read more about Deon’te’s story, including an interview with him on UNCG Now.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Anthony Chatmon

UNCG hosted national Special Education Workforce Development Conference

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Marcia Rock, UNCG; Laurie VanderPloeg, US Department of Education; Ryen Borden, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Randy Penfield, Dean, UNCG School of Education; Vanessa Murrieta, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Faculty from UNC Greensboro, Virginia Tech, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the University of Central Florida, joined by U.S. Department of Education officials, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation representatives, North Carolina Department of Public Education Exceptional Children Division personnel, and frontline practitioners convened for the first-ever American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference at the UNCG School of
Education recently to identify innovative solutions to the longstanding special education teacher and leader workforce crisis.

In the US, over 6 million school-age students with disabilities receive special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. However, 51 percent of all school districts and 90 percent of high poverty schools report difficulty attracting qualified special education teachers. Teacher shortages have been reported in 49 states.

According to UNCG School of Education Professor and conference organizer Dr. Marcia Rock, “the intention of the conference was to strategically connect key stakeholders that are typically siloed, and take a ‘Leading by Convening’ approach that provides guidance toward authentic engagement. Participants learned from professionals in other disciplines, drawing on workforce development solutions they have found effective.”

Other key players, including UNCG doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students; individuals with disabilities; leaders and personnel from The University of Florida’s CEEDAR Center; the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); The Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC-TED); The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE),
the North Carolina New Teacher Center, and The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) participated in the conversation.

Personnel from UNC Chapel Hill’s National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) facilitated the meeting, using the Liberating Structures framework.

By Eden Bloss
Photo by Martin W. Kane

Adapative Technology Workshops

Apactive Technology (AT) has an important role in the classroom, for both teachers and students. This month, OARS will host a workshop on the possibilities and use of AT. The sessions will focus on exploring how AT benefits both students and instructors. Through a variety of technological tools, the sessions will discuss how to use AT for academic success, how to apply it in classrooms, and its role in utilizing Universal Design on campus. The sessions will include hands-on activities and Q&A.

There will be two sessions, on March 20th and 27th, both from 3-5 p.m. in EUC Conference Room A. The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information and disability accommodations, contact Sidney Fletcher at 336-334-5986 or srtfletch@uncg.edu.

Celebrity chef Jet Tila on campus March 19

Photo of Chef Jet TilaFood Network star, celebrity chef, and restaurateur Chef Jet Tila will visit campus for a daylong event for students, faculty, staff, and the Greensboro Community March 19.

Chef Jet will conduct cooking demonstrations, judge a cooking competition among three student groups, teach a master class on entrepreneurship, and sign copies of his book “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die.”

Chef Jet has appeared on several cooking programs, including Iron Chef and Chopped, both on the Food Network. Through his diverse background and education at Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Jet uniquely shares his expertise and passion for the art of food as a culinary storyteller.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Chartwells Higher Education to bring Chef Jet as part of the living and learning food-forward experience we have at UNCG,” said Scott Milman, assistant vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Real Estate. “He embodies healthful eating and fresh ingredients, both hallmarks you will find throughout Fountain View dining and at our newest plant-based food station ‘Rooted.’”

Chef Jet will be working directly with students, hosting a Teaching Kitchen demonstration on how to make his famous Vietnamese spring rolls, and hosting a Q&A to discuss the benefits of plant-based nutrition. Later in the day, Chef Jet will host a talk on entrepreneurship for students majoring in business and related fields. During this session, students will have an opportunity to learn about Chef Jet’s experience as an entrepreneur and what it takes to start a business of your own.

The day will end with a Battle of the Chefs cook-off, hosted by Chef Jet, where three UNCG student group teams will go head-to-head for culinary glory in the ultimate chef showdown.

The book signing, cook-off, and dinner at Fountain View will be held 4-6 p.m. and is open to the public.

School of Theatre “Hall of Fame” honorees

On Feb. 14, the UNCG School of Theatre recognized new “Hall of Fame” honorees John Jellicorse, Bob Hansen, and Pam and David Sprinkle. The honor is meant to honor those “who have dedicated their lives to the belief that the theatre arts and theatre arts education may serve as a foundation to the success of their graduates wherever their career paths may lead.”

John Lee Jellicorse, UNCG professor emeritus, served as department head and dean at UNCG, as well as Northwestern University, University of Tennessee, Hong Kong Baptist University. As head of UNCG’s Department of Communication and Theatre from 1974-88 and Director of Theatre 1988-90, he hired key faculty, launched new curricula and sources of funding, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses while also initiating new programs in speech sciences, education of deaf children, broadcasting, and cinema. After returning from three years as dean of the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University and acting and directing for the Shouson Theatre, he became the first head of UNCG’s Department of Media Studies, a curriculum he initiated in 1975. Greensboro audiences may remember Jellicorse as Henry in “The Lion in Winter” and Whiteside in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

Robert C. Hansen became head of UNCG’s Department of Communication in Theatre in 1988, after having served two years as Director of the Theatre Division and Director of Design. Under Hansen’s leadership, theatre curriculum was significantly redesigned to bring it into conformity with National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) standards, which also resulted in the addition of new faculty positions, facility renovations, increased graduate assistantships, and the strengthening of the MFA program. He was an Associate Dean in the College of A&S from 2004-2017 where he led the development of the College’s online degree program (BLS) and directed the Freshman Seminar program. He is currently a Professor of Theatre for which he teaches in the areas of theatre history, dramatic literature and design. He is the author of “Scenic and Costume Design for the Ballets Russes” and numerous articles and reviews. In addition to his work as a teacher, scholar and administrator, Hansen has worked extensively as a theatre artist, designing sets, lights, and/or costumes for more than 100 stage productions since 1972.

Pam and David Sprinkle have been avid supporters of UNCG for 30 years and have contributed to the School of Theatre in transformative ways. They were lead contributors for the renovation of the Pam and David Sprinkle Theatre in the Brown Building and have collectively served on UNCG’s Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, Board of Endowment Fund, Board of the Friends of the Library, the Angels of Theatre, and the Excellence Foundation Executive Committee. Their support of UNCG extends to many areas, from UNCG Athletics to the Weatherspoon Art Museum to the Theatre Industry Showcase in New York City. They also established the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Author and Storyteller Series Fund, which enhances work of University Libraries in supporting outstanding children’s author to speak with children in Guilford County, UNCG faculty and students, and the general community.  They are supporters of Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro Opera, Greensboro Children’s Museum, and countless other organizations. They are both graduates of UNC Chapel Hill, Pam with a MLS degree and David with an MBA. David is former president of The Todd Organization and was also with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army and received a bronze star as a first lieutenant in Vietnam.

Past Hall of Fame recipients can be viewed here .

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Jiyoung Park, and courtesy of UNCG Advancement. Sprinkle courtesy of @uncgChancellor.

Michael Eric Dyson speaks March 18

Photo of Dr. Michael Eric DysonDr. Michael Eric Dyson will speak on race and racism next week.

Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic and of ESPN’s The Undefeated website. He served on the board of directors of the Common Ground Foundation, a project which worked to empower urban youth. He holds a PhD in religion and is an ordained Baptist minister.

The topic of his talk is “Race, Racism and Race Relations in America.” He will also discuss his new book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,” which explores the need to be honest about the struggles and difficult truths of race relations in modern America, structured as a sermon.

He will speak Monday, March 18, 7 p.m., in UNCG Music Building, Recital Hall. Copies of his book will be available for sale, and Dr. Dyson will sign the books in the lobby after the lecture.

This is a free event, but seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.

Kendon Smith Lecture Series March 28-29

UNCG’s Spring 2019 Kendon Smith Lecture Series will be held on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th. The event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, and is free and open to the public.

This year’s topic is “Close Relationships: From Initiation to Maintenance.”


Thursday, March 28, 2019

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Dr. Art Aron (Stony Brook University): The self-expansion model: Implications of recent behavioral and neural research for understanding and enhancing relationships

3:15 – 4:30 PM – Dr. Jeff Simpson (University of Minnesota): Partner buffering of attachment insecurity


Friday, March 29, 2019

9:00 – 10:15 AM – Dr. Rena Repetti (University of California, Los Angeles): The everyday lives of families: How our experiences, emotions and biology become interlaced with close others and shape our health

10:30 – 11:45 AM – Dr. Eli Finkel (Northwestern University): The all-or-nothing marriage


All talks will take place in the EUC Auditorium.

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series is an annual event that brings national and international experts to the University of North Carolina Greensboro to discuss a topic related to mind and behavior. The themes addressed are of general interest to both the academic community and to the public. The series began in 1984 through an endowment created by Janice Stewart Baucom of Concord. Dr. Smith served as head of the Department of Psychology at UNCG from 1954-67 and held an Alumni Professorship from 1969 until his retirement in 1983.

Newsmakers: Alonso, Koch, Shaw, Miller, and more

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:

  • Phil Koch, known as UNCG’s oldest graduate, and wife Anne have set up a scholarship for non-traditional students majoring in history, as reported in the News & Record. The article.
  • WFMY featured the recent “Different, Different World” workshop, which took UNCG students through a simulation of life as a deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind person. The feature.
  • Men’s basketball guard Francis Alonso was highlighted in a News & Record and Times-News article, with commentary from other players and Coach Wes Miller on Alonso’s contributions to the team. The piece.
  • In Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s February 2019 issue, many of UNCG’s degrees were included in their list of top 100 producers of degrees for African American students, including the Business Administration and Social Sciences programs. See the full list here.
  • Professor Babette Shaw is a visiting artist at Michigan State University, as featured in MSU’s news portal. The article.
  • Mid-Major Madness featured an article on men’s basketball coach Wes Miller’s major impact on the Spartans. The article.
  • Master’s student Jeff Tyle was appointed as Murata Machinery’s North American Sales Manager for fabrication products, as announced on Manufacturing News.  The article.

Alumni House reservations for the coming year

Photo of the alumni house exteriorThe Alumni House has begun accepting reservations for the 2019-20 academic/fiscal year. All reservation requests should be made online via the Alumni House web page. For a list of revised rental/usage policies, rates & fees, and a link to the reservation form, visit the web page at http://alumni.uncg.edu/house.

For additional information, contact John Comer at 6-1466.

Controlled Prairie Burn likely this week

The Peabody Park Preservation Committee is working with the NC Forest Service for a UNCG Piedmont Prairie controlled burn this month.

The controlled burn, at the edge of the practice golf area in Piedmont Park, will be held the middle of this week, if the weather conditions are suitable, says Dr. Elizabeth Lacey. The burn is expected to be carried out with drip torches filled with flammable liquid; it will last less than an hour.
Piedmont prairies, fire-adapted ecosystem that once was home to many now-extinct or endangered plant species, were once common in this region.  This UNCG piedmont prairie area near West Market Street provides a home to a diversity of birds and insects.

3MT regionals

UNC Greensboro graduate researcher Radmila Petric recently won UNCG’s sixth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and moved on to compete in the regional finals of the competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Radmila Petric’s presentation, “The Effects of Man-made Noise on Wild Mice,” won both first place and people’s choice at UNCG, and made it to the final eight presentations out of 48 entries in Knoxville. The biology student works with UNCG’s Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell (Biology).

The Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. The exercise challenges masters and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation research and its significance in just three minutes and with only one Power Point slide.


Three faculty selected for NC Arts Council fellowships

Photo of arts council appointeesThree UNC Greensboro faculty members – two from the School of Art and one from the School of Dance – were awarded fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council for 2019 after being selected through a rigorous panel screening process. Nearly 500 artists applied for the fellowships and 20 were selected.

Fellowship winners receive $10,000 to set aside time to work, purchase supplies and equipment, or pursue other artistic goals. Read about the three artists, their inspiration, and their projects below.

Barbara Campbell Thomas, visual art

In recent years, Associate Professor of Art Barbara Campbell Thomas learned the art of quilt-making from her mother, which resonated with her current practice in painting.

“In the months following my mother’s visit, I spent many evenings piecing together quilt blocks. The visual thinking at work as I sewed together color and pattern was deeply linked to the paintings simultaneously underway in my studio,” she says. “Surprisingly, I started to see quilting as the flipside of painting, and immediately a new strain of influence and possibility opened up before me, eventually leading me to meld the medium of painting with the medium of quilting in order to create a reworked definition of painting.”

Thomas will use the grant to expand her studio practice, purchasing a high-end industrial sewing machine capable of sewing together different types of fabrics, such as fake fur, corduroy, and heavy weight fabric. The grant will also allow her to buy supplies such as professional grade spray paint and unprimed artists’ grade linen. Through studio upgrades and material purchases, she plans to move from small, mid-sized paintings to large, wall-spanning paintings with more range of material and freedom to experiment. The award will also allow her more time to work in her studio and the ability to design a new professional website for her work.

Thomas’ work has been exhibited nationally, in such venues as the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Marcia Wood Gallery, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. She is preparing for a fall 2019 solo exhibition of paintings at The Painting Center in New York City.

Mariam Stephan, visual art

Associate Professor of Art Mariam Stephan is at work on a group of large diptychs and triptychs which use landscape as a metaphor for a world of psychological and physical upheaval. She is using Francisco de Goya’s sequenced etchings as a model in her creation of multi-canvas paintings, painting and digital image pairings, and collages to explore the idea of a fractured space that is both sequential and cyclical.

“Spanish painters have always stood out to me, in particular Francisco de Goya in his use of dark and energetic relationships of both the seen and unseen forces that surround us,” Stephan says. “We continue to live in an age of conflict, where religion, ideology, even nature, is undulating and contracting around us. Seeing and experiencing my strongest influences firsthand will allow me to actually know their materiality, their scale, and their presence.”

The grant will allow her to visit the Prado Museum and the Raina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain, to see the work of Picasso and Goya. From experiencing the art she will see in Madrid, Stephan plans to make her own work more grounded in a strong historical context and intends to absorb the ways Picasso and Goya intertwine past, present, real, and imagined scenarios. The grant will also allow her to invest in materials for a solo show she will create at Artspace in Raleigh this year. She plans to have four test photogravures made from an ongoing series of drawings, and to develop captions for each in homage to Goya’s “Disasters of War” series. She has already started her series of drawings and is working with poet Julia Johnson, English professor at the University of Kentucky.

Stephan’s past work has appeared in solo and group shows in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Cairo, Egypt. Her work is included in the Pierogi Flat files in Brooklyn, as well as in the permanent collection of the Mobile Museum of Art. She received a 2010-11 Fulbright Scholars Award to Egypt for a project entitled “Painting Bridging Time: The Egyptian Fayum Mummy Portraits.” 

Duane Cyrus, dance

Professor of Dance Duane Cyrus, a second-time fellowship recipient, plans to further develop “Hero Complexities,” an interdisciplinary dance work inspired by heroic acts of his uncle, Charles W. David Jr., a Caribbean-American U.S. Coast Guardsman who died saving nearly 100 servicemen during World War II. The work is meant to initiate discussions with communities in North Carolina and abroad about David’s legacy and the contributions and challenges of military service for African Americans. Receiving the fellowship is an important step toward Cyrus’ goal of bringing artists to the region and providing performance opportunities for other local artists.

“The grant will help me build a team that supports the creation of work and engage audiences as I continue to research African American and Afro-Caribbean culture, histories, and imagery,” says Cyrus.

Cyrus plans to produce a full-length performance that investigates the lives of African-Americans from the early to mid-20th century, with the Jazz, Harlem Renaissance, World War II, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights eras represented. “Hero Complexities” is the current project that ties into that larger performance goal. The grant will help him build a team that supports the creation of the total work, continue his research of 20th century African-Americans and refine his method for developing word, “Theatre of Movement,” where he creates dance, imagery, and spatial design through improvisation, physical demonstration and verbal prompting. He uses research questions and Theatre of Movement to work with dancers, poets, actors, visual artists, choreographers, and directors.

Cyrus has danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and in musical theater, including the original London production of Disney’s “The Lion King.” Throughout his career he has worked with a variety of professional and student artists at venues across the United States and at universities in China. He has been named a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow and a Bessie Award nominee.

See images of Thomas’, Stephan’s, and Cyrus’ work here and the full list of fellowship recipients here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

UNCG Fencing Club holding “pop-up” demonstration March 22

The UNCG Fencing Club will hold a fencing demonstration on College Avenue this Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The demonstration will be held to promote the group, which meets several times weekly at the Kaplan Center.

The event will involve club members dressed in fencing equipment and having mock competitions. Fencing blades are not sharp and do not have a cutting edge, and proper safety equipment will be worn by participants.

Apply to be an FYE 101 Instructor!

The New Student Transitions and First Year Experience office is seeking engaging, passionate, and supportive individuals to serve as FYE 101 Instructors for fall 2019.

FYE 101: Succeed at the G is a two-credit, 15-week transition seminar for first-year and transfer students in their first semester at UNC Greensboro. This course gives students the opportunity to explore personal development opportunities, gain skills essential to academic success, and connect with their new community. Each FYE 101: Succeed at the G section is led by an FYE Instructor and a Peer Academic Leader (PAL). Class sizes are capped at 25 students to allow for a discussion-driven environment where every student plays an active role in their learning experience.

If you are interested in learning more about FYE 101: Succeed at the G and the FYE Instructor role for the fall 2019 semester, check out the webpage https://newstudents.uncg.edu/yfy/succeed-at-the-g/

If you would like to join the FYE Instructor team for the upcoming fall semester, you can apply here: http://go.uncg.edu/fyeinstructorapplication2019. The application deadline is 11:59 pm on March 15. We will also be offering interest sessions for those looking to learn more in Forney 205 on March 5th at 3 pm and March 11th at 9 am.

If you know of a colleague who may be interested in the FYE Instructor role, please recommend them here: http://go.uncg.edu/fyeinstructornomination2019 so they can receive more information.

Please reach out to Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu if you have any questions.

We look forward to receiving your application!

‘Are we headed towards a resurgence of manufacturing in the United States?’

The Bryan School of Business and Economics will host a public lecture from nationally known business economist Kevin Swift on this topic Friday, March 15 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

Dr. Swift is president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and a member of the Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, the National Business Economics Issues Council, the Charlotte Economics Club, and the Association of Industry Analysts. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel, NABE’s panel of forecasters, and a participant in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s forecasters’ survey.

Dr. Swift is also the chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington, DC, where he is responsible for economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, tax, and innovation, as well as monitoring business conditions, identifying emerging trends, and assessing the economic and societal contributions of chemistry.

Prior to joining the ACC, Swift held senior level and executive positions at two major industrial market research consultancies.

Following his lecture, Swift will be available to take questions from guests and members of the media.

Members of the public can register for the event here.

Register for Quality Matters workshop for online faculty

UNCG Online is hosting the “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshop and lunch in Bryan 209 on Friday, April 12, from 9 am-4:30 pm. If you are faculty and/or staff involved with online courses, you are invited to register by April 1.

In this workshop, you will learn to identify and apply the Quality Matters principles and rubric to online course reviews.

Participation is limited to 30. To learn more and register, visit this link about the workshop.

Make proposals for Green Fund

The UNCG Green Fund Committee invites proposals from UNCG students and employees for efforts that support sustainability initiatives at UNCG. Projects may be for campus infrastructure, sustainability education, research, or professional development that benefits students.

The Green Fund is a $2.22 student semester fee that supports sustainability initiatives on campus. It is governed by students with assistance from faculty and staff experts. This fund invests in campus infrastructure to help meet the goals of the UNCG Climate Action Plan, while also offering education, research and professional development opportunities for students. Proposals are submitted to the Green Fund Committee and only the student committee members are allowed to vote on which proposals are funded.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year for amounts up to $1,000 for projects that require no modifications to UNCG buildings or grounds. Proposals for amounts over $1,000 or projects that require modifications to UNCG buildings or grounds are due at 5 p.m. on April 1.

Learn more and apply at: https://sustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund.

Visiting speaker focuses on ‘Game of Thrones’

The Medievalism and Contemporary Culture Speaker Series will host Dr. Shiloh Carroll, from Tennessee State University, on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 pm in MHRA 1215.

Her talk is titled “Toxically Gendered Medievalisms in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’  and will examine toxic masculinity, sexual violence, and victimhood in the books and show to discuss pitfalls in modern beliefs about the Middle Ages.

Native American Student Association Powwow


The third annual UNCG Native American Student Association Powwow will be held Saturday, March 16, noon to 5 p.m. at the Kaplan Center. 

This event is a cultural gathering where students and spectators will get to experience the traditions of the indigenous peoples, performed by Native Americans from tribes all over the state, through dancing, drumming, and singing.

The event begins at 12 noon with the grand entry and opening dance. Dances will continue through the afternoon with a break at 3 p.m.

The event will include vendors selling Native American art and other items. It is open to the public and suitable for all ages.

Check the Association’s Facebook page for updates and videos here: https://www.facebook.com/nasaatuncg/

Novem Mason Symposium for Community-Engaged Design March 25-26

Faculty and staff are invited to join UNC Greensboro’s Department of Interior Architecture and the Center for Community-Engaged Design for the sixth annual Novem Mason Symposium for Community-Engaged Design at UNCG. In its sixth year, the symposium will be held in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building,, the Center for Community-Engaged Design (842-B W. Gate City boulevard), and the Alexander, Kirkland, and Dail rooms of the Elliot University Center March 25-26.

Join a group of faculty, students, staff, and community members to address the theme of “Ensuring equity in urban space: From memory to action.”

The symposium is named in honor of Novem Mason who served as chair of UNCG’s Department of Housing and Interior Design (now the Department of Interior Architecture) from 1990 to 1999. Mason retired from UNCG in 2008. He also taught at VCU and Louisiana Tech, before joining UNCG. Mason received his MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University in 1974 and a bachelor’s in architecture from North Carolina State University in 1968. He was a sculptor and designer.

Click here to register for this event.

New lecture series on women and the military

The Women Veterans Historical Project will launch a new lecture series on March 27, 2019, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker, Sarah Myers, Ph.D. The event will be held in Hodges Reading Room, located on the second floor of Jackson Library..

Myers will discuss the Women Airforce Service Pilots’ (WASP) fight for Veteran status during the 1960s and 1970s. In the Army Air Force, the WASP was the only military women’s unit that was classified as civilians during World War II. In the 1970s, WASP Veterans campaigned to earn official military status, and in doing so, they challenged understandings of what it meant to be a Veteran.

Myers is a historian of 20th century U.S. history with research interests in U.S. women’s and gender history, public history, oral history, military history and war and society. She attended a 2016 National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute on Veterans studies and the 2015 West Point Summer Seminar in military history.

In addition to teaching, Myers is also the director of The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University. The museum houses artifacts from American military men and women who served during the war, as well as items from the home front and European theater. Myers facilitates undergraduate student research with this collection, including the creation of public history projects.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-the-us-military-lecture-series-tickets-56196513284 to register today. Light refreshments will be served. For parking information, visit parking.uncg.edu. For disability accommodations or more information, contact Beth Ann Koelsch, curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project, atbakoelsc@uncg.edu.

‘Current socio-political climate in the US:’ ELCF Conference April 12-13

In contemporary times, it has become increasingly important to have critical conversations about social justice and its role in education.

For the inaugural Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Conference, teachers and educational leaders will gather over two days to discuss how to address the current socio-political climate in the US. The goal is to walk away from the conference with a practical set of pedagogical tools that will make a positive impact on the world.

The Reception & Keynote will be on Friday, April 12, 6-8 p.m. The keynote speaker is Andrea Quijada, a nationally recognized media literacy expert. She is former executive director of the Media Literacy Project, where over 13 years she worked to develop media literacy curriculum for and training to audiences in countries including the United States, Britain, Uganda, Germany, and Mexico. This event will be in Moran Commons, room 109.

On Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., there will be workshops to promote discussion and develop pedagogical skills that promote social justice in classrooms and schools. The workshops will take place in the Bryan School of Business.

Registration is required, and closes on April 1. For more information and to register, see the web portal here. For accessibility information, see here.

Jeanne Madorin on board as HR associate vice chancellor

Photo of Jeanne MadorinJeanne Madorin’s first day at UNCG was Feb. 6.

Campus Weekly asked the new Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources her impressions of UNCG so far. What stands out? “The people – from the first interviews on. They’ve been very welcoming. Everyone is so great.”

She is impressed with the campus. “The campus is beautiful – a lot of history. It’s so nice to see historical buildings and the newer ones.”

And she has enjoyed speaking with students. “They’re so active and engaged.”

Jeanne (two syllables, by the way) Madorin comes to UNCG from UNC Charlotte, where she served as the Executive Director of Human Resources. She had served in the UNC Charlotte Human Resources Office for the past 26 years – serving as Executive Director since 2014, Director of Employee Relations, Training and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator 2002-14, and Assistant Director of Human Resources and Staff Employment 1992-2002. Earlier, she was Employment Coordinator at The Methodist Home in Charlotte, and before that, she held human resource positions in St. Louis, Missouri.

She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in management from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Her first objectives, in her initial weeks here? “To learn about UNCG, the campus. And to build relationships. To learn how things are done here. And I want to understand how the HR department can help the University achieve its goals.”

“I’m new. And very interested in how things are done here.”

And she’ll begin to assess her department. “How are we doing? The areas where HR is strong? And what are areas for improvement?”

She is inspired by “being a part of the solution” and a resource for people, she said. “Whether helping a person or a department with benefits, or with hiring, [in human resources] you’re a helpful part of the process from day one.”

She shared a bit about her background and family. “My husband and I have two sons. One is a high school teacher. The other is a firefighter. My daughter-in-law works with K-12 children as a Deaf educator. She is an alum from here. And she is an adjunct instructor here at the School of Education.”

She wants to get to know you. She has a request for UNCG staff and faculty: “Say Hi and introduce yourself. And tell me what you do and about your area.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Piney Lake Spring Opening celebration

Photo of the map of Piney Lake in front of the lakeUNCG’s Piney Lake, the more than 40-acre property once called “Country Club of Woman’s College,” opens for weekend recreation Saturday, March 16, with a spring opening celebration, hosted by the Department of Recreation and Wellness and Campus Activities and Programs.

The event begins at 11 a.m., and the first 200 guests receive complimentary food from Bojangles.

In addition to water and land activities, there will be giveaways, and music by DJ Roxci. Visitors can enjoy kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, stand up paddleboards, 18-hole disc golf course, hiking trails, volleyball, cornhole, badminton, and more.

The event is open to all UNCG community members and up to 4 guests who attend with a UNCG student, faculty member, or staff member. Free Spartan Chariots will run every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the EUC circle. Parking is limited.

Piney Lake is open March through October, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and open free of charge to students, Kaplan Center for Wellness members, and up to four of their guests. Non-members may purchase weekend passes here.

The lake offers swimming, boating activities and catch and release fishing. Picnic areas with charcoal grills and grilling tools are also available. The property also offers a lakeside lodge, which is available to rent at a low cost for UNCG departments seeking space for meetings and workshops.

Team QUEST, the experiential education program also located at Piney Lake, offers custom programs for teams and groups. Learn more about Team QUEST here: recwell.uncg.edu/teamquest/