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SECC kicks off in Cone Ballroom next Wednesday

Photo of staff and faculty at Agency Fair boothThe SECC kicks off in one week. And you are invited to the celebration.

UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) will start its 2018 campaign with a Kick-off and Agency Fair next Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The SECC – the official giving campaign for state employees – helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across our community, state and beyond. Approximately 40 charities will be on hand at the event, to answer any questions you may have about their work and their impact.

Light snacks will be provided, and drawings will be held every 15 minutes for qualified attendees, including a Grand Prize Drawing.

There will also be an Online Pledge Assistance Station for those wanting assistance navigating their pledges online, as well as an “I Support” station to share your personal experience with one of the many organizations supported through SECC.

Event Chair Tammy Downs said, “The Kick-Off is an opportunity to speak with the people working directly with those in need and to discover new opportunities to help.”

UNCG donors can be confident in the impact their dollars will be making. “The SECC was established as a medium to assure state employees and retirees an avenue and opportunity to support charitable organizations that are accountable, fiscally sound, and committed to improving the quality of life in our state, nation and the world,” she added.

Wade Maki, UNCG campaign chair, invites all faculty and staff to come enjoy the event. “Attending the kickoff is a great way to learn the various ways we can make a positive difference in our communities,” he said.

“We believe in service and are often unaware of all the ways we can make a difference. This event offers a chance to talk directly with agencies and hear how small donations make big impacts.”

Learn more at http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/.

Updated to include last four paragraphs 9/19.

The G gets groovy, in yearlong series exploring 1960s

For 2018-19, UNCG presents a campus-wide collaboration: “The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits,” a series of events that draws inspiration from the extraordinary decade of the 1960s.

It was a time of upheaval and transformation, and the themes still resonate today: civil rights, freedom of speech and expression, feminism, political divide, environmental concerns and expanding boundaries in technology and culture.

The yearlong series, designed by a faculty and staff steering committee from across the University, follows other interdisciplinary series “War and Peace Imagined” in 2016-17 and “Globe and Cosmos” in 2014-15.

A selection of fall events are listed below, and in spring, look forward to a concert by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, a photography exhibit about the Freedom Riders and Freedom Schools, and films and discussions dedicated to protest and music, including a symposium on the Grateful Dead. For more information about the series as a whole, and to see additional events, view the website here.

The 1960s: A Survey of the Decade
Open now, through Feb. 17, Weatherspoon Art Museum
This art exhibition highlights styles and social issues that emerged during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Among other work, you’ll see prints that feature musical icons of the decade: the Beatles, James Brown, Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and the Shirelles.
Weatherspoon Art Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Sept. 22-29, Taylor Theatre
The UNCG School of Theatre presents the story of active, bohemian “Age of Aquarius” youth in New York City, advancing ideas of gender and racial equality and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. For showtimes and tickets, visit UNCG Theatre or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160.

Learning from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement: Strategic Nonviolence and Social Transformation
Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., Stone Building, Edwards Lounge, Room 219
Hear from Dr. Elmira Nazombe about how the civil rights movement shaped, and continues to influence, the modern fight for racial, economic and social justice. Free and open to the public.

Alexander Bernstein and Lara Downs
Oct. 12, 8 p.m. School of Music Building, Recital Hall
Acclaimed pianist Lara Downes will present a program of Bernstein’s “Anniversaries for Piano” along with 20 newly commissioned Anniversaries on the occasion of the composer Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial. Bernstein’s son Alexander will provide narration to the works. For tickets, visit ucls.uncg.edu.

Vietnam: the Chemical War
Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. School of Education Building, Room 120
Dr. David Biggs will give a lecture about the film that sparked global anti-war protests and galvanized budding environmental movements. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page.

UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet: The Music of West Side Story
Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, The Crown at the Carolina Theatre
The UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet continues UNCG’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with an original arrangement of the music from his masterpiece West Side Story. For tickets, visit carolinatheatre.com

Spartan Jazz Collective: The Music of Herbie Hancock
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., The Crown at the Carolina Theatre
Hancock’s music realized by the Spartan Jazz Collective, a mentoring jazz septet comprised of UNCG students and faculty, focuses on his music from the 1960s. For tickets, visit carolinatheatre.com

Fall Dances: Freedom of Information Section III
Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m., School of Dance Theater
The School of Dance presents a piece created by choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, which is an artistic response to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act.
For tickets, visit the School of Dance

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead
Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Project Space
Screening and discussions of parts I and II of the Grateful Dead documentary.

Assembled by Susan Kirby-Smith

Visuals: Robert Stanley, “The Beatles Recording, “James Brown,” 1965

Cross safely: Fencing installation underway at Spartan Village

Photo of two men, one is holding building plans UNC Greensboro Facilities Operations is on schedule to complete a safety fencing project along West Gate City Blvd., in mid-October.

The project, which began in early July, will see the installation of safety fencing along the south side of West Gate City Blvd. The fencing will run from the Kaplan Center for Wellness parking lot to Lofts on Lee, providing coverage for all University property along W. Gate City Blvd.

“First and foremost, this project is about safety,” said Anthony Phillips, project manager and UNCG HUB Coordinator. “There’s constant traffic on both sides of the road, and the fencing will make sure students are safe and not trying to cross in the middle of the street.”

The fencing will guide pedestrians to crosswalks and corners where visibility is highest to facilitate safer crossing for students.

In addition to fence installation, some landscaping and sidewalk repaving is are also planned. Periodic lane closures on West Gate City Blvd. can be expected until the project is completed in October.

By Victor Ayala
Photograph by Victor Ayala

Make nominations for O. Max Gardner Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.”

The Gardner Award is awarded by the UNC Board of Governors and has been given annually since 1949.

The Board of Governors solicits nominations from UNC campuses in the fall semester each year, and a BOG committee decides on the system-wide winner during the spring semester. The winner receives a cash prize and recognition at the May BOG meeting. Those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale. See information regarding last year’s winner here: 2018 O. Max Gardner Award Winner.

The role of our UNCG Faculty Senate-based committee is to solicit nominations, recommend the campus nominee to the Provost and Chancellor, and assist with preparation of the nomination materials that are put forward to the Board of Governors. To better honor our campus nominees, Provost Dunn as allocated a $1000 award for our campus nominee. One thing to note about the award criteria: the award is based on the significance of accomplishments made during the past year. Of course, big accomplishments almost always arise after an extensive history of work. So, don’t discount putting forth a nominee whose long-standing work has culminated in an interesting way over the past 12 months (we can put forth nominees multiple times). For more information on our past nominees, our committee, and the nomination process, please visit the Provost’s O. Max Gardner Award information page.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, October 26, 2018. Feel free to forward this to others; nominations are encouraged from all on campus.

Questions? The committee members may be seen here.

Spartan Family Weekend Begins Sept. 21

UNCG will welcome Spartan parents and families to campus for the annual Spartan Family Weekend event from Sept. 21-23. Families will see campus through their students’ eyes while enjoying activities and events alongside other Spartan families.

Activities for families will include 12 student support workshops, a survey of the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s latest exhibitions, tours of Kaplan Center, movie screenings, outdoor activities, food and a showing of the School of Theatre’s production of “Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

Learn more at https://spartanfamily.uncg.edu/spartanfamilynetwork/family-weekend/

Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Photograph of Nalo HopkinsonUNCG’s Women and Gender Studies department, as part of its Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Women’s Lecture Series, will host “We’re Here Too: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy,” a presentation by Nalo Hopkinson.

Born in Jamaica and residing in Riverside, California, Hopkinson’s nine novels (including “Brown Girl in the Ring: and “Midnight Robber”) draw from Caribbean history and tradition, feminism, and social and cultural issues. Her writing has won a variety of accolades, including the World Fantasy Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In addition to her writing, she has edited several anthologies and teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Hopkinson will be discussing the science fiction and fantasy community’s reputation as a boy’s club, and the writing of women and other minorities that that attitude marginalizes. She will also talk about her personal experiences living and writing as a woman of color.

The presentation will be Wednesday, September 26, at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, with a reception to follow. Entry is free.

Daylong reading of Plato’s Republic – join in Friday

On Friday, September 21, from 8 am to  6pm, the UNCG Classical Society and the UNCG Philosophy Club will perform a dramatic reading of Plato’s Republic, in its entirety – all 10 books.

You are invited to swing by at any point during the day to join in. The event will be by the Minerva statue behind the EUC. If you’d like more information, including how to volunteer to be a reader, you can get it here: http://goo.gl/rZqXPf.

Tomorrow: Wiley Researcher Academy workshop

University Libraries will sponsor a workshop for UNC Greensboro faculty on Wiley Researcher Academy—a comprehensive, online platform pedagogically designed to deliver effective training on writing and publishing to authors across the entire global community. This new program will help your students be more successful in getting their manuscripts accepted by quality, peer-reviewed journals. Topics covered include the benefits for researchers and faculty, an overview of the platform, learning courses, the registration process, facilitation, mentoring and a Q & A session.

Two workshops will be offered for faculty tomorrow (September 20, 2018) at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Room 177A of Jackson Library. Refreshments will be provided. Visit https://tinyurl.com/WileyResearcher3pm or https://tinyurl.com/WileyResearcher4pm to register and reserve your space today.

Workshop by Waite: “Queering Classroom Norms”

Today, poet, teacher, and scholar Stacey Waite visits our campus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Through the support of the English Department, the MFA Program, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Office of Intercultural Engagement, and the Humanities Network and Consortium, faculty and graduate students will have several opportunities to engage with Waite’s work.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in MHRA 2711, Waite will offer a pedagogy workshop titled “Queering Classroom Norms,” open to all instructors across campus.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the MHRA Humanities Lounge, Waite will hold an open discussion with graduate students about professionalization, research, academic careers, and more. Again, all are welcome.

Waite’s most recent book, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing, is available digitally through the UNCG library, Dr. Applegarth (English) notes..

Fall 2018 Spartans-In-Dialogue program

The Office of Intercultural Engagement is recruiting student participants for the Fall 2018 Spartan-In- Dialogue program. Spartans-In-Dialogue is a 5-week interactive dialogue experience designed to build relationships across difference and explore topics related to racial identity, race relations, and intersectionality. Participants will learn more about their identities and perspectives and understand others who are different while practicing dialogue skills to communicate effectively about difficult topics. Participants will learn communication, group dynamics, and diversity skills that can be documented on the co-curricular transcript to help with employment, graduate, and professional schools.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to sign-up at intercultural.uncg.edu/spartans-in-dialogue through September 27.

Any questions about the Spartans-In-Dialogue program, contact carla.fullwood@uncg.edu, 336-334-5090.

Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement’s Voting 101 Workshop

College is an important time for students in the development of their civic identity. Coursework, class discussions, and community and campus involvement all play an important role.

Faculty and staff instructors are invited to sign-up for a 30-minute Voting 101 workshop, facilitated by trained student Democracy Fellows and Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (OLCE) staff in your classroom. The workshop covers why voting is important, upcoming election dates, what’s on the ballot in 2018, voter registration, ways to vote, finding your polling place and frequently asked questions. There is also an opportunity to register to vote during the last  minutes of the presentation. All content is non-partisan. If you have questions or want to schedule a workshop, contact Kristina Gage at kristina.gage@uncg.edu or 336-256-1406.

UNCG ‘serves as a beacon’ in bolstering student success

Arial photo of UNCG campusUNC Greensboro innovative and successful work in bolstering educational opportunity and access for all students has garnered national attention.

A case study by Deloitte, titled “Closing the attainment gap at the University of North Carolina Greensboro: Uniting innovation and equity for student success,” has been released. Provost Dana Dunn explains that Deloitte contacted UNCG earlier this year to learn about its successful practices because of UNCG’s participation in the Gates-Foundation-funded Frontier Set project. Deliotte posted a resulting case study report and a shorter web post on Labor Day weekend. The case study states, “UNC Greensboro shows what is possible when an entire campus commits to student success and serves as a beacon for other institutions that wish to do the same.”

Deliotte emphasizes a long history of UNCG encouraging nontraditional students to pursue higher education. The case study focuses on UNCG achieving success in improving graduation rates for black and Hispanic students.

Deliotte notes that Chancellor Gilliam extended UNC Greensboro’s long-standing commitment to student success when he challenged the institution to take “giant steps” to further its vision and improve student outcomes.

It presents impressive data on the university’s efforts: “Overall completion rates have gradually increased with the largest gains among black and Hispanic students. Over six years (2010–2015) the graduation rate for black students increased from 52 percent to 63 percent; for Hispanic students, it went from 48 percent to 53 percent. Additionally, UNC Greensboro has closed the gap between Pell and non-Pell graduation rates to 5 percent, compared to a gap nationally of 14 percent.” Charts are shown for the two successes

In looking at how UNCG has achieved its impressive results, Deloitte studied how UNCG has worked to support students over the past decades and particularly in the past years. Three themes are presented:

1) “This is not a ‘hero’s journey.’ Rather, UNC Greensboro’s success reflects the collective efforts of an entire institution embracing the belief that by supporting its students with the right programs, they can and will persist. Distributed leadership spanning faculty, staff, and administrators has created a ‘culture of care’ infused into the institution’s daily work.”

The study gives the example of training by Student Affairs for faculty, staff and students to effectively identify students in need and refer them to the best resources.

2) “UNC Greensboro continually innovates through an iterative process to identify not only which resources impactfully support students, but how to deliver them as efficiently as possible.”

For examples, the study focuses on UNCG’s highly effective orientation for first year students, where a lot of offerings and support programs are presented, as well as the campus’ Student Success Center, including its highly effective Supplemental Instruction Program. Also, innovative use of data analysis by UNCG Admissions and Institutional Research is cited.

3) “As an extension of this innovation mindset, UNC Greensboro values community partnership and actively participates in a network of peer institutions that share a commitment to student.”

Co-admission agreements with a growing number of community colleges and UNCG’s collaborative role in the Union Square campus are just two examples. The study notes that UNCG leverages its membership in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and also in the Gates Foundation funded Frontier Set to boost student success, and cites its new Spartan StartUp summer bridge program and a new student success coaching initiative funded by the Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation.

The case study concludes, “UNC Greensboro’s success proves that innovation and equity can go hand-in-hand. With a history of leadership that places students in the center and practical innovations to drive a culture of care, UNC Greensboro shows what is possible when an entire campus commits to student success and serves as a beacon for other institutions that wish to do the same.”

Read the case study here.
Read related web post by Deliotte here.

By Mike Harris

Alan Alda at UNCG’s UCLS Sept. 21

Promotional photo of Alan AldaOn September 21 at 8 p.m., storied actor Alan Alda will speak at UNCG Auditorium, signaling the start of the 2018-2019 Concert & Lecture Series.

Alda will share the lessons he’s learned about the art of communication through his decades of experience in acting, science and storytelling. He will discuss, with typical humor and candor, what it means to be a true communicator and how we can better relate to the people in our lives. After the lecture, there will be a book signing.

Alda is best known for the role of Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, for which he earned five Emmys, but over his 40-year career he has worn many hats of which writer, director and science advocate are only a few. Alda has written, directed and starred in several films through the 80s and 90s and still stars in movies. He also hosted both PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers and Brains on Trial, television series promoting cutting edge scientific advancements.

Alda is a recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, and visiting professor and founding member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He also recently founded Alda Communication Training, which teaches effective communication in multiple contexts. Alda sits on the board of A.I. research body The Future of Life Institute and is on the Board of Directors of the World Science Festival.

Alda has published several plays and three books: two memoirs and a guide to effective communication. It is from this latter book that the topic of the lecture will be drawn.

Tickets are just $5-10 for students., and tickets for faculty/staff are also reduced, at $25-30.

More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.

Following Alan Alda are a variety of lectures and performances through Fall 2018 and into Spring 2019:

October 11: Ann Hamilton: Visual artist known for her large-scale multimedia installation and ephemeral art with an emphasis on felt experience and juxtaposition of contrasting elements.

October 12: Alex Bernstein and Lara Downes: Leonard Bernstein’s son and one of the premier interpreters of Bernstein’s music will host an evening of music and conversation in celebration of Bernstein’s centennial.

February 7: Carrie Mae Weems: Best known for her photography, but an artist who also works in diverse multimedia and installations. Her work tries to understand the present moment by examining our collective past, with special focus on issues facing modern African Americans. Weems is artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC and Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University Baton Rouge.

February 12: Herbie Hancock: Legendary pianist and composer who has been consistently at the forefront of music over his six-decade career. He played a large part in pioneering modern jazz sounds with his work in the Miles Davis Quarter and his solo records, and has continued to experiment with musical styles since. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

February 27: Mark Morris Dance Group: Founded in 1980 by its namesake, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been called “the preeminent modern dance group of our time”. Touring with its own musical ensemble, MMDG’s dance works emphasize the importance of community engagement in performance arts. The Dance Group also provides dance and music education to people of all ages and abilities both while on tour and at home in New York.

March 9: Audra McDonald: Singer and actress with a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys and an Emmy. She has performed in Broadway productions, opera, television and film. She has released five studio albums and one with the New York Philharmonic. Offstage, she is a strong advocate for equal rights and homeless youth.

Faculty/staff and retirees get a 40 discount on the regular price of season tickets. Faculty, staff and retirees pay $110 for mezzanine seating and $90 for balcony seating.

For more information, see the UC/LS home page.

Men’s Basketball releases schedule; get faculty/staff discount on tickets

Photo of Spartan fans at a basketball game The defending Southern Conference Champion UNCG men’s basketball program released its 2018-19 regular season schedule today featuring road non-conference matchups with two SEC teams ranked in CBSSports.com’s most recent preseason poll in No. 1 Kentucky and No. 19 LSU. The non-conference road schedule will also see the Spartans make in-state commutes to North Carolina A&T, UNCW and Elon. In December, UNCG will close out the non-conference slate against Radford, the defending Big South Champion, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“We’re pleased to have our schedule complete and excited to start our pre-season practices in preparation for the season,” said Head Coach Wes Miller. “Playing our first three games on the road will test us early, but also help prepare us for what we will face as we make road swings in conference play.”

The Spartans are coming off a program-record 27 victories last season and are returning First Team All-SoCon selection Francis Alonso, First Team All-SoCon Tournament selection Demetrius Troy, SoCon Defensive Player of the Year James Dickey and SoCon All-Freshman selection Isaiah Miller.

Over the past two years the Spartans have posted an impressive 29-7 record in league play, including a 16-2 record at home.

UNCG faculty and staff can take advantage of a reduced price for season tickets – $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.

UNCG on US News and World Report’s Best Colleges list

On MondayUNCG was recognized in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list for the 28th consecutive year. UNCG is ranked number 201 among all national universities, and ranked number 109 among all public schools nationally.

The recognition is one of just eight significant accolades bestowed on the University this fall.

UNCG has also been recognized in the following ranking lists:

  • Princeton Review Best Colleges
  • Washington Monthly College Rankings
  • Money’s Best Colleges
  • LendEDU Student Loan Debt Rankings
  • Forbes America’s Top Colleges
  • College Consensus’ Best Colleges and Universities in North Carolina
  • BestColleges.com’s Best Colleges in North Carolina

Additionally, UNCG recently received Diversity magazine’s Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for its STAMPS (Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships) Program.

These accolades continue the University’s momentum from the spring. In March, UNCG was named a College of Distinction, an honor awarded to only four public universities in North Carolina. Then, in May, UNCG was recognized as one of Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers of 2018.

It’s an exciting time in the University’s history – a moment that Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. is calling our “inflection point.”

See full story at UNCG Now site.

2018 flu shots for UNCG employees

It’s that time again. Soon, the flu will be here. Flu is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. It’s more dangerous for those who are high-risk. But even healthy people can get the flu. And it’s easily spread.

The best way to keep from getting sick and infecting those you love? Get an annual flu shot. And for your convenience, UNCG HR will host on-site clinics:

October 1 – EUC Alexander Room

October 2 – EUC Alexander Room

October 10 – Campus Supply Store (Training Room) Campus Map

Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm


Go to bcbsnc.com/flu for more information about the flu and flu vaccinations.

Discussion: Engaging All Students in Global Learning

The Global Engagement Office invites you to a brown-bag lunch and group viewing of the webinar “Engaging All Students in Global Learning” today (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018). Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the webinar at 1 p.m.  A post-webinar discussion will be hosted by Global Engagement Faculty Fellow, Dr. Ali Askerov.

Participants are invited to attend as much or as little as their schedule allows. If you’d like to attend, fill out this form.

More details on the webinar’s content can be found here.

Open conversation on building community Sept. 18

Photo of Dr. Omar H. AliThe College of Arts & Science will host an open conversation with Dr. Omar H. Ali and friends on building community.

Ali, dean of the Lloyd Honors College and professor of Comparative African Diaspora History, was the 2016 Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year. His efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity have included establishing Spectrum (a group for students on the autism spectrum), advising the Muslim Student Assocation and Latinx groups, directing Community Play! and establishing the Bridging the Gap project, which builds relationships between students and police officers.

He will join a number of colleagues and friends for an open discussion on how to build community in healthy and impactful ways. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of the EUC.

A reception with hors d’oeuvres will follow the conversation.

Newsmakers: Mid-September, 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 in the past two weeks:

  • The News & Record wrote a retrospective, front-page feature on last weekend’s NC Folk Festival, UNCG’s involvement, and UNCG alumnus’ Rhiannon Giddens’ role as guest curator and performer. UNCG’s Lalenja Harrington and Omar Ali were also prominent in the article.
  • Neil Shepherd spoke to The Dispatch about his efforts to revive Lexington’s adult theater troop. The article.
  • The Triad Business Journal spoke to Chancellor Gilliam for a piece on record enrollment at UNCG and other Triad Universities.
  • UNCG’s new Studio 91 was featured in the US News and World Report, with comments from a number of staff and students.  The piece
  • Yes! Weekly wrote a feature on the new partnership between the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Well•Spring, A Life Plan Community. Weatherspoon’s new Dread and Delight expedition was also highlighted in Whitewall, with an interview with WAM curator Emily Stamey.

Faculty/staff discount on UNCG Theatre season tickets

UNCG Theatre offers UNCG faculty/staff the opportunity to attend all its shows this season for $45. This is $50 off the price they would pay if they bought individual tickets to all the shows. This offer applies for your partner/significant other as well, so buy a pair.

BOOK AND LYRICS BY Gerome Ragni and James Rado
MUSIC BY Galt MacDermot
September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
September 23 at 2 p.m.
September 26-29 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre

YEARS 1884-1915″
BY Jackie Sibblies Drury
DIRECTED BY Calandra Hackney
October 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
October 28 at 2 p.m.
November 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sprinkle Theatre

BY Kevin Henkes
ADAPTED BY Kevin Kling
DIRECTED BY Annika Pfaender
A North Carolina Theatre
for Young People production
November 10, 11, and 17 at 2 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about additional school performances
November 13-16, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.com.

February 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.
February 17 at 2:00 p.m.
February 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about a school performance
at 10:00 a.m. on February 22, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.com.

By Suzan Zeder
Directed by Rachel Briley
A North Carolina Theatre
for Young People production
March 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Taylor Theatre
For information about additional touring performances and student matinees from
February through April, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015
or grpsales@uncg.edu.

April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Box Office Information:
Taylor Theatre Box Office
Phone Number: 336.334.4392
Hours: Mon – Fri, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 406 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27403
Sprinkle Theatre Box Office
Phone Number: 336.334.4392
Hours: Open 1 hour before showtime when Sprinkle Theatre shows are running.
*The Taylor Theatre Box Office will not be open before Sprinkle Theater shows.
Address: Located on the first floor of the Brown Building, 402 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
Group Sales, Tours, and Student Matinees:
For information about additional touring performances, group tickets, and student matinees, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s Mental Health Month events

September is Mental Health Awareness Month. UNCG is hosting a number of events over the course of the month to promote mental health care and awareness.  All events except the Mindfulness Hike are free.

  • Sept. 5-20, EUC Lawn: Pinwheels for Prevention: Throughout September, pinwheels fill the EUC lawn to represent the 1,100 college students lost to suicide every year.
  • Sept. 11, EUC Auditorium 7 p.m.: An Evening With Phillip Roundtree: Phillip Roundtree will discuss living and being successful with a mental illness diagnosis and mental health issues within the black community.
  • Sept. 13, Student Health Center and Office of Intercultural Engagement, 12 p.m.-2: Check-up From the Neck Up: A quick and easy mental health screening and check-up with one of UNCG’s counselors.
  • Sept. 16, Eno River State Park: Hike along the Eno River while learning how to maintain physical, emotional and mental well-being with Outdoor Adventures and UNCG Wellness. Trip costs $15, which includes lunch, transportation, equipment, and instruction.
  • Sept. 18, 24, EUC Lawn, 5 p.m.: Yoga Class on the Grass: Lower stress and calm the body with an open yoga class. No experience necessary.
  • Sept. 19, UNCG Auditorium, 7 p.m.: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Film Screening: The film tell the story of Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his life at 19 and since has become a passionate mental health advocate.
  • Sept. 25, The Fountain, 12 p.m.: Pause for Paws: Come out to the Moran fountain for puppies, aromatherapy, bubbles and other relaxing activities.
  • Sept. 26, EUC Maple 7 p.m.: Painting a Path to Eating Disorder Recovery: Even evening of food, music and guided painting to learn how to help a friend who struggles with an eating disorder. Registration required through Spartan Connect.

For more information, see the Wellness website here.

TedX speaker proposals for “Keeping it Simple”

The TEDxGreensboro Planning Committee is seeking proposals from individuals interested in making a presentation at the 2019 Signature Event: Keep It Simple.  The April 4, 2019, program provides an all-day forum in which Greensboro’s extraordinary thinkers and doers can share ideas that may spark meaningful change for our community and beyond.

The speaker application is online at TEDxGreensboro.com/speaker-application. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2018.

TEDxGreensboro will select talks from a broad range of topics including science, technology, social development, design, education, medicine, and art. Presentations should reflect actual personal and professional experience. Successful proposals will relate to the overall TED theme of exploring the principle of simplicity in the context of our complex world, clarifying the complicated to find out if and when the simplest solutions are the best ones.

“Prius or Pickup?” Explaining America’s Great Divide

Three lectures are part of UNCG’s Department of Political Science & the Center for Legislative Studies’ 2018 Fall Lecture Series. All events are at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Science Building, Room 101 and entry is free.

Wednesday, September 19, Marc Hetherington will present “Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide”. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina. He specializes in right-wing populism, political polarization and the divide between Republicans and Democrats. He has published three books on these topics and is currently studying strategies to bring Republicans and Democrats closer together.

Wednesday, October 17, Mark Dorosin will speak on the ongoing struggle for voting rights. Dorosin is Co-Director of the Julius L. Chambers Centre for Civil Rights, a non-profit law firm that fights for low-wealth North Carolina communities in their attempts to confront structural racism. He was also Managing Attorney at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and teaches at UNC Law School.

Thursday, November 8, Elizabeth J. Zechmeister will speak on “Dysfunction and Decay in Democracy in the Americas.” She is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Director of the LAPOP survey research institute at Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching is focused on comparative public opinion and public behavior, and her research on these subjects have appeared in a variety of publications. She has also co-written two books, and is co-editor of The Latin American Voter.

For disability accommodation, contact Gabrielle Lamountain at g_lamoun@uncg.edu.

Record numbers at UNCG, which passes 20,000 milestone

Photo of many students at college ave.

UNCG has announced record enrollment for the University’s Fall 2018 Census. It’s the fifth year in a row UNCG has seen enrollment growth.  The record enrollment comes in a year of milestones for UNCG, which also graduated its largest ever class in May (more than 2,700) and welcomed its biggest-ever freshman class in August (2,979, up 6.7% year-to-year).

According to the most recent data, total headcount for the campus reached 20,106, surpassing 20,000 for the first time in the University’s 126-year history. Consistent with its strategy, UNCG realized notable gains of 6.5% among rural counties across North Carolina. Among transfer students from community colleges and UNC institutions, UNCG saw a 2% and 10% increase, respectively.

Further, student credit hours for those studying at UNCG rose 1.6% to a record 224,632. Even more,
UNCG’s online distance education programs continue to expand rapidly, with total credit hours leaping
7.2% to a record 24,663, as more undergraduate and graduate online programs continue to become
available to non-traditional students.  Total student credit hours exceeded 250,000 for the first time in
school history.

“A tenacious commitment to student success is at the heart of our growth,” Chancellor Franklin D.
Gilliam, Jr. “We are doing a better job of delivering the right resources to students in the right ways. We
hired nearly 100 new faculty this year to better serve our students’ scholarly pursuits, without raising
tuition. In record numbers, students from a vast array of backgrounds, life experiences and
circumstances are finding their way to UNC Greensboro.  They recognize the value we offer, the
commitment we have to their success, and our ability to prepare them well to enter the workforce and
make a meaningful impact in North Carolina and beyond.”

A key component of the strategic plan for the University focuses on rural outreach, to offer access to
underserved areas of NC. These outreach efforts have been effective, with double-digit enrollment gains
among students in rural counties: Rockingham (35.3%); Randolph (17.1%); Alamance (16.7%); and
Cumberland (11.5%).

At the same time, new student growth is coming without lowering standards for admissions.  The Grade
Point Average (GPA) for students in the incoming freshman class remained the same as in 2016 at 3.84
(up from 3.61 in 2015) and ACT scores are holding steady from last year at 23.

Additionally, UNCG is fueling new transfer growth through innovative partnerships across the state with
community colleges.  To date, UNCG has partnered with six local community colleges to co-admit
students who then do their first two years at state community colleges and transfer to UNC Greensboro, at a significant cost savings. Students have access to UNCG resources, including the Kaplan Center for
Health and Wellness, library, career services, tutoring, and more. These new programs, most of which are
less than a year old, have seen 2% growth to date.

Full census information is available HERE.

N.C. Folk Festival, free and fun, starts Friday

Photo of marching band at folk festivalThe N.C. Folk Festival will be held this Friday through Sunday in downtown Greensboro. Admission is free.

The North Carolina Folk Festival is an outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage held annually Greensboro. It features performances and demonstrations by outstanding musicians, dancers and craftspeople – with performing groups on multiple stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing. A family stage with performances will appeal to both the young and young-at-heart. This festival in Greensboro succeeds the National Folk Festival, which was held in Greensboro the past three years.

UNCG is a sponsor of the N.C. Folk Festival, and many Spartans will volunteer throughout the event. Davie Street will become “Spartan Way” during the festival.

Among the UNCG alumni and/or staff who will be on stage during the festival are:

Rhiannon Giddens
Lalenja Harrington
Laurelyn Dossett, host of “Songs of Hope and Justice”
Carol Thompson, Contra dance caller
Dom-Sebastian Alexis of “B-Boy Ballet”
Chuck Folds and Eddie Walker of Big Bang Boom

Chancellor Gilliam will help kick off the event Friday night around 7 p.m. at the BCBS NC Citystage, the large stage located between Friendly and Market.

Know of more Spartans on stage during the festival? Let us know.

Many UNCG groups and schools, including the School of Education, College and Visual and Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCG Athletics’ spirit squad, JSNN, Team Quest and more, will help in entertaining the crowd and bringing UNCG to the festival attendees. Want to volunteer? UNCG faculty/staff may volunteer here.

Students may volunteer at go.uncg.edu/spartanway.

Festival information is at https://ncfolkfestival.com/.

Check back for more information.

By Mike Harris



A sensory garden at UNCG: where research enhances child’s play

Photo of an adult woman and young boy at the sensory garden UNC Greensboro researchers and child care professionals know that inclusive opportunity for intellectual stimulation begins long before elementary school, and that the best opportunities occur through a multiplicity of sensory experiences that encourage make-believe.

This knowledge is the source of a project recently completed by Kathy Spivey, a teacher at UNCG’s Child Care Education Program and a master’s student in UNCG’s Birth through Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development Program, offered jointly through the Department of Specialized Education Services in the School of Education and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

With the understanding that outdoor play reduces stress and increases confidence in young children, Spivey developed a plan to enhance the outdoor area at UNCG’s Chile Care Education Program by building a sensory garden that would give children more opportunities to create and lead their own play.

“Sensory gardens are known to help children with and without disabilities with tactile stimulation, improving sensory integration and processing skills,” Spivey observed in her proposal. She intended for the garden to be accessible to children with differing abilities, and it would be her capstone project for her internship in inclusive early education, which was to reflect leadership and contribution to community.

In planning and constructing the sensory garden, Spivey not only worked with her advisor Dr. Linda Hestenes and her internship professor, Dr. Susan Kingsley, but also Dr. Judy Kinney in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, director of UNCG’s Child Care Education Program Dr. Sharon Mims, the grounds crew from UNCG Facilities, cross-campus partners Beyond Academics and the very families whose children would eventually play in the garden, and, perhaps most importantly, the children themselves.

To read more about Spivey’s process and the garden itself – and to see more visuals – visit the full story on the provost’s website.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Coffee With Veterans events this fall

Photo of multiple people sitting with coffee The Office of Alumni Engagement’s Military and Veteran Alumni Society will be hosting Coffee With Veterans again this semester, providing all UNCG veterans, servicemembers and family members an opportunity to connect and develop their professional networks.

All military-affiliated students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend these event and connect over coffee and snacks.

UNCG’s Coffee With Veterans events this fall:

  • Sep. 12
  • Oct. 2
  • Nov. 2
  • Nov. 28

Visit the Alumni Engagement event calendar for details on times and locations, as well as registration information.

Post and photograph by Victor Ayala.

2018 Faculty First awardees

The 2018 Faculty First awardees are below. The awards, which typically fund summer scholarship, are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty. Information about next year’s awards is available here.

Applegarth, Risa – English – Children Speaking: Rhetorical Agency in Children’s Activism

Barr, Matthew – Media Studies – Re-Edit of Documentary, Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights, for Education & Training Contexts

Bray, Jeremy & Gruber, Ken & Sills, Stephen  – Center for Housing and Community Studies, Economics, and Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships – UNCG Eviction Diversion Research Project (EDRP): A Demonstration Project for Guilford County MetroLab Partnership

Dawkins, April – Library & Information Studies – Bridging the Gap: Community College Library Service to Early College Students

Dischell, Stuart – English – Walking the Walls of the Farmers General

Dyson, Yarneccia – Social Work – An Examination of Psychosocial and Environmental Factors As Predictors of Risk for HIV in African American College Students enrolled at HBCU’s and MSI’s

Erickson, Keith – Nutrition – Sex and genetic factors involved in the alterations of brain iron biology due to obesity

Fairbanks, Colleen & Zoch, Melody – TEHE – Immigrant and Refugee Youth and Adults’ Literacy Learning through Digital Storytelling

Ford, Yvonne – Nursing – Adult Health – Assessing cardiovascular health of African-American breast cancer survivors: a feasibility study

Gabbay, Alyssa – Religious Studies – Gender and Succession in Medieval Islam: Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima

Gicheva, Dora – Economics – Impacts of Expanding Access to Health Insurance for College Students

Grannemann, Hannah – Arts Administration – Audience Engagement and Organizational Sustainability: Research Agenda Exploration

Grieve, Gregory – Religious Studies – Evil and Video Games

Kuperberg, Arielle – Sociology – Student Loans, Strong and Weak Ties, and the Transition out of College

La Paro, Karen – HDFS – Early Childhood education Teacher Preparation: Moving Forward: Focus on Outcomes

Lawrimore, Erin – University Libraries – Well Crafted NC: Documenting Women in North Carolina’s Craft Beer Industry

Lopez, Fabian & Zandmane, Inara – Music – CD Recording and promotional videos, Title CD: A Few Pieces We Like

Park, Jennifer – English – Pretergenerations: The Science and Drama of Immortality

Petersen, Kimberly – Chemistry & Biochemistry – Development of Novel Reactions with Nitrile Electrophiles

Skotnicki, Tad – Sociology – Anonymous Goods and the Rise of Consumer Activism

Smyth, Clifford – Mathematics & Statistics – Addressing the Extreme Fragility of Machine Learning Algorithms that Can Perform Medical Image Recognition at Superhuman Levels

Sultana, Selima – Geography – Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and African American Underrepresentation

Suthaharan, Shanmugathasan – Computer Science – Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning Methods for the Classification of Mixed Fruits and Vegetables

Wharton, David – Classical Studies – A Cultural History of Color in Antiquity

Copy courtesy UNCG Research and Engagement website.

Research Excellence nominations due Dec. 3

The Office of Research and Engagement invites you to nominate candidates for the two Research Excellence Awards given by the University each year:

The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor, and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award is based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years.

The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor, and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award is made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

To nominate a faculty member for a 2018-2019 Research Excellence Award, go to https://research.uncg.edu/research-excellence-awards for a copy of the nomination packet, which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The nomination packet, including the signed nomination cover sheet, should be scanned as a .pdf file and emailed to rsh_ptnr@uncg.edu by December 3, 2018.

Requirements for Research Excellence Award nominations have been changed from previous years:

  • Individuals must be nominated each year, though the Office of Research and Engagement still encourages departments to consider previous years’ nominees.
  • Departments are asked to determine their strongest nominees and submit only one nominee for each award.
  • Nomination letters should now come from the department head or chair. No secondary nomination is needed.
  • All nominees are asked to have at least two and no more than three external letters from individuals who can comment on the importance of the candidate’s scholarship to their field.

See the Office of Research and Engagement website for more information.

Upcoming Research and Engagement internal funding deadlines

The Office of Research and Engagement has established internal funding application and nomination deadlines for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2): Oct. 15

Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2) is a grant-funded fellows program that aims to strengthen collective approaches to community-engaged scholarship. Scholarship is broadly defined to include research, creative activity, inquiry, and teaching. This scholarship fellows program is unique in that it spans three years, centers community-engaged practices and outcomes, supports team-based scholarship and provides professional development to P2 Fellows.

New Faculty and Regular Faculty Research Awards: Oct. 17 by 5 p.m.

New Faculty Research Awards go to full-time tenure-track faculty below the rank of professor, clinical faculty, research faculty, and academic professional faculty who have been at UNCG for three or fewer years. Regular Faculty Research Awards go to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, research faculty and academic professional faculty who have been at UNCG for more than three years.

Click here for a complete listing of funding application and nomination deadlines.

‘Free Speech on Campus,’ a lecture by Geoffrey Stone

Geoffrey Stone, professor of law and former provost at the University of Chicago, will speak at UNCG next Wednesday on one of the more contentious topics of our era. His talk is titled “Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of our Time.”

The talk will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Stone, who chaired the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago, is co-author of “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression (2015).” His Statement on Principles of Free Expression was written in 2012.

Among his books on constitutional law are “Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty and Justice;” “Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark;” “Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime;” and “Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era.”

He is chief editor of a twenty-volume series, “Inalienable Rights,” which is being published by the Oxford University Press.

The event is part of the campus-wide series “The 60s: Exploring the Limits.” UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network has invited Stone to speak. He is expected to discuss the history of academic freedom, some current controversies, and ideas and approaches for the present and the future.

MFA Program Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Photo of Lee Zacharias The UNC Greensboro MFA in Creative Writing Program and The Greensboro Review have announced the following readers for their Fall 2018 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. Collaborating departments are also listed below.

Stacey Waite, poetry
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street
Hosted by the MFA Writing Program and the College Writing Program.

Nalo Hopkinson, lecture
Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 PM
EUC Auditorium
Hosted by the MFA Program and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

Jamey Bradbury, fiction
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM, Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Dana Levin, poetry
Thursday, October 4, 7:00 PM, Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Jen Julian, fiction
Friday, October 12, 7:00 PM,
UNCG Faculty Center

Lee Zacharias, prose
Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Location TBA

Rebecca Gayle Howell, poetry
Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Sarah Rose Nordgren with Jenny George, poetry
Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m.
Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Gen Ed Revision Task Force holding conversations on undergraduate curriculum changes

The General Education Revision Task Force will be meeting with faculty, staff, and student groups this semester to discuss how to revise UNCG’s General Education Program.

The decision to revise the Program was made following a Self-Study conducted in 2017-2018. The Task Force will be working on a proposal to submit to Faculty Senate by March 1, 2019, and the Senate will deliberate and decide on that proposal by the end of the spring semester.

To start the discussion, the Task Force has prepared a series of model proposals. Summaries of these proposals (and an opportunity for feedback) can be found on the Task Force website: https://provost.uncg.edu/resources/generaled/

Two all-campus forums to discuss revision plans will be held:
September 24 (3 – 5 pm)
November 15 (9 – 11 am).

The Faculty Senate is also sponsoring a Faculty Forum on General Education revision on October 17 (3 – 5 pm). All three forums will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

A list of other conversations planned by the Task Force this fall is on the Task Force website: https://provost.uncg.edu/resources/generaled/

The Task Force wants to ground its General Education Revision proposal on the input received from the University community during these fall conversations, so everyone is encouraged to engage with this process and offer their opinions and suggestions for the Task Force to consider. For additional information, contact the Task Force’s co-chairs, Chuck Bolton ccbolton@uncg.edu, and Alice Haddy aehaddy@uncg.edu.

Town Hall meeting will be Sept. 12

Photo of the Alumni House front facade Faculty and staff are invited to be part of a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-12 noon in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Chancellor Gilliam will offer brief remarks. The core of the town hall meeting will be a Q&A format. Provost Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Charlie Maimone will both be available for questions as well.

An additional Town Hall meeting for faculty and staff is scheduled for the spring semester, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.  Also, students will have their own Town Hall meeting later this semester.

Have a question for the Q&A portion of September’s Town Hall? Place your question on this form – or ask it at the meeting.

Art on display: excellent fall exhibitions at Weatherspoon

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is often referred to as one of UNC Greensboro’s gems.

It’s the diversity of the artwork that stands out. And this fall is no exception. Whether you’re interested in Andy Warhol, Latin American culture or fairy tales, there’s something for everyone in the list of upcoming exhibitions below.

Admission and parking are free. Learn more at weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

1960s: A Survey of the Decade
July 14 – Feb. 17
The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery

Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition – held in conjunction with the campus-wide initiative, “1960s: Exploring the Limits” – highlights various art styles and social issues that emerged in the United States during the turbulent decade of the 1960s.


Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World
Aug. 25 – Dec. 9
The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery

“Dread and Delight” brings together the work of contemporary artists who use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of our lives today. No matter their approach, each of the artists dismantles and reassembles the tales in imaginative ways – from a life-size carriage made of crystallized candy to a 1,800-foot-long braid of hair. Check out a time-lapse video of the carriage assembly below.


Andy Warhol: Prints, Polaroids, and Photographs from the Collection
Sept. 29 – Feb. 3
Gallery 6

Andy Warhol explored the relationships among artistic expression, celebrity culture and popular culture that first began in the 1960s. In a way, his singular, matchless endeavors anticipated today’s trends with Instagram, Snapchat and cell phone cameras. Three distinct bodies of work – prints, Polaroids and photographs – comprise this star-studded exhibition to underscore Warhol’s unique vision.


Modern Roots: A Survey of Latin American Art from the Collection
Oct. 13 – Dec. 23
The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), the museum will showcase objects from its collection by modern and contemporary artists hailing from the diverse Latin American cultures of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay.

Oscar Muñoz: Re/trato
Oct. 13 – Dec. 23
The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery

Oscar Muñoz’s video “Re/trato” shows the artist painting a self-portrait with water. The portrait, however, evaporates and vanishes as the overhead sun and the hot pavement on which Muñoz draws absorbs the water. Thus, the artist is never able to completely finish it. Muñoz repeats the drawing process over and over again to evoke concepts like memory, the passing of time, flux and loss.