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Call for speakers: TEDxUNCGreensboro theme will be ’empower’

Speakers at last year’s event

Do you have an idea to share with the world?

Take a chance and step onto a TEDx stage right on campus. For the second year, UNC Greensboro will host a TEDx event. The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All UNCG students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to apply to speak.

TEDx is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. The program is an outgrowth of TED, a global community of curious minds and inspired thinkers sharing ideas both online and at events throughout the world.

The theme and title for the evening will be “Empower,” pending TEDx official approval. Dr. Omar Ali, a veteran TEDx speaker and dean of Lloyd International Honors College, will co-emcee the event with colleague Portia Harris. The event will take place in the EUC Auditorium.

Potential speakers are encouraged to contemplate how their chosen topics relate to and empower people on campus or in the broader community. Each speaker who is selected will have the benefit of at least two individual coaching sessions with UNCG alumna Katie Marshall, of Creative Machine Consulting.
All those interested in presenting a talk should complete this online form by Oct. 4, 2019. Each speaker must attend the following meetings prior to the event:

All Call Group Meetings – Nov. 22 @ 1:00 and Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal – March 12 or March 13 at 3-6 p.m.

Applicants should take time to review “What is a TEDx Talk?” and the YouTube video “What Makes a Great Ted Talk” before submitting their ideas.
Learn more at the TEDxUNCGreensboro website: https://www.tedxuncgreensboro.com.

Collaboratory hosts Community-Engaged Scholar Gathering on Sept. 26

The UNC Greensboro Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) will host the 3rd annual Community-Engaged Scholar Gathering on Sept. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Greensboro Project Space. The purpose of this event is to convene UNCG and North Carolina A&T faculty, staff, and administrators who are enacting or supporting community-engaged work.

ICEE participates in Collaboratory, a publicly searchable, online database that shares an institutional story about who, what, where, and to what ends community-University partners are working towards community-identified priorities for shared learning and mutual benefits.

This year, ICEE will celebrate over 100 activities in Collaboratory and will share opportunities and resources with attendees. The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, and students. RSVP by September 19.

Chancellor’s Town Hall for Faculty and Staff Oct. 17

Photo of the EUC exteriorA Chancellor’s Town Hall for Faculty and Staff will be held Thursday, Oct. 17.

The event will be held in the EUC (room is pending), 3-4:30 p.m.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will offer brief remarks and then he and Provost Dana Dunn will take questions from faculty and staff.

The chairs of Faculty Senate and Staff Senate will facilitate the Town Hall, which will provide time for questions from the senates, from the audience, and from online submissions.

This is the third Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty and staff. The first was held last fall, and one was held in the spring.

Faculty and staff are invited to submit questions via this Google form.

Or if you prefer, you may ask your questions from the floor at the event.




Make nominations for honorary degree candidates

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2021 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

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

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

To see examples of the people who have received honorary degrees, we invite you to examine the names of awardees from past years: Mansukh C. Wani, William Mangum (2017); William Black, Harold Schiffman (2016); Timothy Rice (2015); Norman Anderson (2013); Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T.  Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993).

The Committee requests that candidates and their biographical information be submitted on the Honorary Degree Candidate Nomination Form. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 1, 2019.  Please send the completed nomination form to Jennifer Johnson, Assistant to the Provost, at jennyjojohnson@uncg.edu, or to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building.

Upcoming sustainability film series

A still from “The River and the Wall”

The UNCG Sustainability & Film Series, the longest running program of its kind in the region, is back for the 2019-20 academic year. Come watch films on various contemporary sustainability issues and participate in constructive discussions on how to address these issues. And, all showings are free.

The films in the series are:

  • Sept. 19: “Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia:” Explore the rivers and streams of North America’s most biologically rich waters, those of the Appalachian region. The work of the conservationists and biologists highlighted show both the beauty and the vulnerability of the area. 6:30 p.m., EUC Alexander Room.
  • Oct. 17: “The Human Element:” Photographer James Balog explores how the lives of regular people in Tangier Island, Colorado, Kentucky, and California are affected by climate change. Through his investigation, he argues that humans are a part of nature as a whole, not separate from it. 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum.
  • Jan. 30: “A Quest For Meaning:” A Quest For Meaning tells the story of two childhood friends who travel the world and meet great thinkers of diverse traditions in an effort to better understand climate change and how to make change themselves. 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum.
  • Feb 27: “The River and the Wall:” This film follows a diverse group who journey down the Rio Grande to document the US-Mexico border and to explore the impact of a border wall on public lands, immigration, and the environment. 6:30 p.m., location TBA.

For more information, see the website here.

Copy from UNCG Office of Sustainability

Edited by Avery Campbell

Call for raffle prize donations and save the date: 3rd annual SECC breakfast

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications Jeff Shafer and Women’s Basketball coach Trina Patterson work the grill for last year’s breakfast.

Faculty and staff are invited to partake in good food, good fun, and a good cause by attending the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) annual breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event cost is $6 and will take place in Fountain View Dining Hall from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Pre-event tickets are available through the SpartanCard Center in Moran Commons and will also be available at the event. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will open the event with remarks.

Event organizers request that Spartans donate items to be used as prizes during the breakfast raffle.

Faculty and staff in the past have donated handmade items such as jewelry boxes or other crafts, UNCG swag, gift certificates, and jewelry. The items up for bid are diverse – there is something for every interest. The raffle tables are always popular.

The deadline for raffle item donations is Oct. 21. For drop-off locations and times, contact Tammy Downs at adowns@uncg.edu.

Last year, the breakfast raffle and ticket proceeds yielded $2,039 of the $173,396 total raised by UNCG.

Created in 1984 by the state of North Carolina, the SECC is the official workplace giving campaign for state employees. The principal aim of the SECC is to strengthen and sustain North Carolina communities and their citizens. The campaign gives state employees and retirees continuous 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.



UCLS launches with multidisciplinary artist Nick Cave

Next week, UNCG hosts a notable artist who works within a variety of mediums and fields of study: art history, studio art, dance, fashion design, and anthropology, to name a few.

Visual and performing artist Nick Cave and his partner and collaborator Bob Faust will speak at Elliot University Center Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. The University Concert and Lecture Series (UCLS) event is free and open to the public.

Cave works through a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance. His pieces blend fashion, sculpture, and performance. Drawing on his dance training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as well as his study of fiber arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, Cave is best known for his Soundsuits—vibrant, wearable sculptures in which the artist and others perform. One of those very Soundsuits is on display currently at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum as part of the exhibition “Here We Are: Painting and Sculpting the Human Form.” Cave’s solo exhibitions have taken place in the United States, France, Africa, Denmark, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Most recently, Cave and Faust have opened a 20,000 square-foot collaboration incubator for young artists in Chicago.

UNCG professors in various fields have incorporated Cave and Faust’s visit into their coursework this semester.

Lecturer in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Anne Mitchell relates Cave’s work, particularly the Soundsuits, to trends in nationally prominent fashion magazines.

“From a CARS department perspective, I would say that dress and identity are key, as well as looking at his work from a cultural anthropology angle. In other words, how might we understand and interpret his work in a broader context such as areas like visual merchandising, trend forecasting, apparel design and consumer behavior?”

Associate Professor of Art History Elizabeth Perrill brings Cave’s art into her course material on West African masquerade and art production. She notes that his work incorporates historical knowledge of movement and performance into the contemporary global art world and intersects with histories of oppression, protection, and performance in relation to gender, queer identities, and African American/Black histories.

“His Soundsuits are at once a protection and an evocation of histories of Black performance. He uses the body and movement to break art out of static gallery or museum displays.”

The event is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and co-sponsored by UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art, and Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies.

Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography courtesy of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the artist

Weatherspoon hosts researchers of Cone Collection

The Cone Sisters with Gertrude Stein

Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., join Dianna Cameron and Carrie Streeter, co-curators of the Blowing Rock exhibition “Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina,” for a special talk that explores the story behind the Weatherspoon’s Claribel and Etta Cone Collection.

The curators will present new research on the history of the Cone Collection and the Cone family through the lens of Claribel, Etta, and their sister-in-law Laura Cone’s lifelong interests and commitments to women’s education. The Weatherspoon has lent multiple artworks from its Cone Collection to this exhibition at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

The event is free an open to the public. Learn more about the Cone Collection at the Weatherspoon here: https://weatherspoonart.org/cone-collection/ and more about the event here: https://weatherspoonart.org/event-sep-22-curators-talk-cameron-and-streeter/

UNCG Religious Studies fall 2019 events

The Department of Religious Studies has announced fall events, including speakers and a film. All events are free and open to the public, as well as faculty and students.




Still from “New Muslim Cool”


“Women Outside Their Apartments: A Moroccan Feminist’s Cinematic Vision,” a lecture by Dr. Florence Martin from Goucher College

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Faculty Center

Moroccan, Muslim, feminist pioneer filmmaker Farida Benlyazid has always been subversive. Looking at the arc of her work from her auto-fiction A Door to the Sky (1988) to her current documentary project on Moroccan feminist Fatema Mernissi, this talk will examine how Benlyazid has consistently disturbed the boundaries between autobiography and fiction, the personal and the political, Muslim spirituality and feminism, by deploying the liminal spaces traditionally occupied by women.

Florence Martin is Dean John Blackford Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Goucher College. She holds a Doctorate from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, and has published articles and book chapters internationally on the blues, francophone literature and French and francophone cinema. Her recent work focuses on postcolonial cinema, the cinema of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and French and Francophone women’s films. She is an editor for the scholarly journal Studies in French Cinema (UK) and for Proto, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region (US).

Co-sponsored by Lloyd International Honors College, the African American and African
Diaspora Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Muslim Student Association.

“Dancing with the Angel of Death: Demonic Femininity in the Ancient Synagogue,” a lecture by Laura S. Lieber from Duke University

Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m., Location TBD

What makes a woman powerful? And dangerous? Can what makes her “good” also be a potential “evil”? In this talk, we will consider a striking presentation of demonic femininity in early Judaism (ca. 5th-6thcenturies CE).  At the center of this presentation is a dramatic poem that elaborates on the biblical ritual of the suspected adulteress, the Sotah(Numbers 5).  In the course of our examination of the long-forgotten composition, we will explore how the synagogue performance expands on traditions preserved in more familiar Jewish sources, and ways in which this work resonates with magical texts, amulets, and traditions; and we will consider how the portrayal of the accused woman relates to universal human fears and the female power to compel the male gaze.

Laura Lieber is Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, where she directs the Duke Center for Jewish Studies as well as the Center for Late Ancient Studies.  She holds secondary appointments in Classics, German Language and Literature, and the Duke Divinity School.  A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, she received her BA in English Literature and Classics from the University of Arkansas (1994), has rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (1999), and holds a PhD in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago (2003).  Her most recent books are A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue (2014), and Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Antiquity (2018), with a volume on Classical Samaritan Poetry coming out in 2020.  She has held ACLS and National Humanities Center fellowships, and received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.  While her research focuses on Jewish life and culture in the Roman world, particularly on theatricality and performance in the world of the synagogue, Lieber’s teaching spans from the biblical period to the present day.



“New Muslim Cool,” a film screening followed by discussion led by Dean Omar Ali, Lloyd International Honors College

Thursday, November 14, 4-6 p.m., Location TBD

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Perez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself. “New Muslim Cool,” an award-winning documentary, takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through streets, slums and jail cells – following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. (–PBS.org)

Omar H. Ali is Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History and Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he studied ethnography at the School of Oriental and African Studies before receiving his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He is the author of four books and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award and a Chancellor’s Recognition of Contributions to the UNCG Community.

Co-sponsored by the Lloyd International Honors College and the Muslim Student Association.


Workshop, Tumblr meme guru open meme series at University Libraries

A meme made using a public domain painting, “The Jolly Toper,” by Judith Leyster (1629). Using public domain imagery is a topic that will be covered in the second workshop on Oct. 23.

This year, University Libraries will raise the level of discourse on memes at UNCG with a series of meme-focused guest speakers, interactive workshops, a student art contest (with prizes), and a student-curated digital meme collection.

“Uplifting Memes” is a library outreach project aimed at connecting students with library resources and spaces while also addressing critical, intersecting literacies that help students develop transformative life skills necessary to be informed and engaged in society and navigate digital resources and content.

The project is not just for students. The activities and workshops will be of interest to faculty and staff as well.

“There are any number of ways to incorporate meme-making and analysis into classes across the curriculum. We find that having students create their own memes in the context of academic courses is a great way for instructors to assess comprehension of disciplinary content. It also encourages students to practice translating and distilling their own arguments or ideas from research assignments into a different medium, for a different audience,” say Jenny Dale, University Libraries’ information literacy coordinator and liaison to English, Media Studies, Communication Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

The first guest speaker will be Tumblr meme guru Amanda Brennan, presenting “A Brief History of the Internet” on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Elliott University Center (EUC) Auditorium.

The first workshop will be “Let’s Get Ethical: Copyright, Fair Use, and Attribution for Memes” on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Jackson Library Lab 177A (next to the Superlab).

Beginning in January 2020, students will be invited to submit meme-related artwork in three categories to a juried art contest with prizes. There will also be a call for all Spartans to submit to a new library meme collection.

The full schedule of speakers and workshops can be found on the Uplifting Memes website, and more information about the project can be seen on the University Libraries announcement page.

Smithsonian speaker on Muslim slaves in America

Omar ibn Said, courtesy UNC CH Southern Historical Collection

Omar ibn Said wrote in Arabic. Educated in the Senegal region, he converted as an American slave to Christianity, but his writings lead one to believe he continued to follow Islam. His autobiographical slave narrative, written in Arabic, became a part of the Library of Congress collection this year.

Ayla Amon, curatorial assistant at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, spoke last Tuesday in the EUC Auditorium on Omar ibn Said and many other slaves in 18th and 19th century America who were Muslim.

Dr. Omar Ali – who noted that UNCG has a new Islamic Studies minor – introduced the speaker. Dr. Asa Eger assisted in ensuring all the questions were addressed during the Q&A portion.

Perhaps 20 percent of the slaves in the Americas were Islamic, she said.

Ayla Amon at EUC Auditorium

As Amon noted, our society has tended to believe slaves arrived in America with a blank slate of religion, and were converted to Christianity. It’s a simplistic, inaccurate narrative. The fact is: Many had been Muslim and many more had been exposed to Muslim views and culture. Slaves were bringing their spiritual beliefs and cultures with them.

Writing in Arabic and retelling the Koranic passages they remembered (if imperfectly) were acts of rebellion and ways of retaining and expressing their identity.

A page written by Omar Ibn Said

Some of the existing writings of Islamic slaves are in museums and archives labeled as “Lord’s Prayer” or “John 3:16.” In fact, when you translate it, you often see it’s actually a passage from the Koran.

There’s a lot more to know, she explained. As she said, many of the original writings were destroyed or are lost. But she suspects there are more that exist – perhaps stored away in attics.

Another rich area to explore: Some writings of ibn Said and other Muslim slaves in America included visuals. She showed an example, written by ibn Said. Are they related to Koranic amulets?

Editor’s note: Twelve months ago, UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens in a Q&A with Dr. Ali and Francisco Turrisi told the audience she was working on a project about Omar ibn Said. (Story here.) Both she and Ali spoke about him that evening. This summer, the New York Times reported she is writing an opera for next year’s Spoleto Festival in Charleston based on the autobiography of Omar ibn Said. 

Story and Amon photograph by Mike Harris





Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum: ‘Chutzpah as Art Practice’

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., Greensboro Project Space will host interdisciplinary artist Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem for an artist talk and generative conversation that will become the foundation of the Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum (GCJM), a pop-up collaborative museum opening at Greensboro Project Space in February.

Students and faculty in the Jewish Studies Program and College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG will participate in creating the museum, in cooperation with the general Jewish public. The introduction to the GCJM will include discussion of participatory practices that will make the museum available to the broad public.

Focusing on object as agent of faith, the Museum will house, in both a central and decentralized model, household/ everyday objects that facilitate contemporary Jewish practice and faith in its varied forms.

Kedem’s work addresses issues of power and privilege and engages institutional critique as a practice of imagining new possibilities, often through publicly generated solutions. She will discuss the arc of her work through the lens of Judaism, indigeneity, women, erasure, and re-insertion.  is a social practice artist, Torah scribe, curator and educator. Her work investigates Jewish ritual practice and object through a feminist gaze. She reinvents traditional rituals and the objects that activate them by reinserting both, with new forms, into familiar contexts.

The event is presented by UNCG’s Jewish Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, and College of Visual and Performing Arts with generous support from the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Barbara Colchamiro Endowment, and the Judith Rosenstock Hyman Jewish Studies Program Endowment.

Greensboro Project Space is located at 219 West Lewis St. in downtown Greensboro.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ellen Haskell, UNCG Religious Studies, at edhaskel@uncg.edu.

By Susan Kirby-Smith





Alyson Shotz exhibition and talk at Weatherspoon

Alyson Shotz, Variation #1, 2015, laser cut, mill finish aluminum, edition of 3, 20 x 26 x 28 in. Courtesy of Carolina Nitsch, New York.

Some artists are driven to work across disciplinary boundaries, informing their work through many different areas of knowledge and culture.

One such artist is Alyson Shotz, and you’ll be able to see her work and hear her speak this month at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her exhibition, “Alyson Shotz: Un/Folding,” opens on Saturday, Sept. 14, with a public conversation that includes the artist and the Weatherspoons’s curator, Dr. Emily Stamey, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and an opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Dec. 22.

Stamey notes that Shotz’s work treads a line between order and chaos. “There’s remarkable precision in each piece – whether a folded ceramic sculpture or a densely constructed thread drawing – and yet we also see elements of chance. Shotz strikes a remarkably elegant balance between calculation and serendipity.”

Readings in physics and mathematics inspire the artist’s research, as do the study of feminism and the history of domestic crafts. Shotz also combines the digital with the analog in her work. She simultaneously embraces new technology while honoring the hard work and great attention to detail needed to craft complex pieces by hand.

For the “Un/Folding” exhibition, the artist’s interest in the act of folding as a natural phenomenon, a method of inquiry, and a structural technique is explored. Works in the exhibition span the last five years of Shotz’s artistic practice.

Visit https://weatherspoonart.org/ for more information on this and other exhibitions.

Dance artists and scholars will discuss the body as site of research

Photo of the dance building exteriorCVPA’s professor of dance Duane Cyrus, through his Theatre of Movement collective, has hosted “An Evening with the Creative Class” since 2016. The event is a series of informal presentations and discussions on the arts that feature discussions by curated guest artists and scholars who share their talent in an enriching evening of community, networking, and discussion. The Theatre of Movement is a performing and visual art collective that creates original, provocative, and meaningful artworks informed by research into Black American and Caribbean histories and imagery. The Creative Class series is a commitment to bringing high quality, accessible,  and unique cultural experiences to UNCG and the Triad region.

The next event in the series, “The Body as Research: A Conversation with Dance Artists and Scholars,” will feature UNCG assistant professor of dance Dr. Ana Paula Höfling along with performer and choreographer Maleek Washington.

Höfling will discuss her book “Staging Brazil: Choreographies of Capoeira,” which analyzes the role of capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music – in the process of staging Brazilian national culture between 1928 and 1974, focusing on issues of race, class, and authorship.

Washington has worked with the performers Sia, Kyle Abraham, Rihanna, and ASAP Rocky, and is currently collaborating with Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Through examples of multidisciplinary, experiential performance works he will discuss the investigate the people, practices, and spaces that have shaped his identity.

The free event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Coleman Building, Room 201A.

Fred Chappell poetry reading Sept. 12

The MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro and The Greensboro Review will host a poetry reading by Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing. Chappell’s latest collection of poems, “As If It Were,” was released by LSU Press in April 2019.

Fred Chappell is the author of more than a dozen books of verse, two story collections, and eight novels. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at UNCG for over 40 years, where he helped establish the MFA Writing Program. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Aiken Taylor Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002.

HNAC off to uplifting start in 2019-20

postcard in foreground

The Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) hosted a welcome-back event at the Alumni House last Wednesday, with opportunities for faculty and staff to find out more about HNAC Café events, writing groups, external funding workshops, and other public-facing events.

HNAC director Dr. Elizabeth Perrill and associate director Dr. Asa Eger welcomed attendees and Provost Dana Dunn, Dean of CAS John Kiss, and Dean of HHS Carl Mattacola gave remarks.

“I believe that the University’s research networks are a very valuable part of our research,” said Provost Dunn. “I hear routinely from our new faculty that they value immensely the opportunities to connect with colleagues and get integrated more quickly into the life of the University because of their engagement with networks. It’s a really important function they are performing on this campus … to share ideas and meet future collaborators and bounce ideas off one’s colleagues ‒ it’s what a university is about. … I’m particularly impressed with HNAC’s external orientation ‒ the way you are uplifting and educating about the humanities is critically important.”

The new HNAC theme for 2019-2020 is CL2 HN: Civic Life, Civil Listening, Humanities Now. In particular, HNAC will promote events surrounding issues of democracy, elections, and the 100th-year commemoration of women’s suffrage.

The dates and themes of HNAC Café are:

  • Sept. 20:  “50 Years After Stonewall: Humanities Reflect”
  • Oct. 18: “Health and Humanities: Disability Studies and Research at UNCG”
  • Nov. 15: “40 Years On: The Greensboro Massacre”

Presentations and panels by researchers and community members will be followed by casual time to talk over coffee and cookies. The topics for the presentations touch on key events in civil rights history and civic engagement in Greensboro and beyond. HNAC Café takes places at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

HNAC has also helped plan and organize Frame/Works events for October and February around the UNCG Theatre productions of “The Wolves” and “The Tempest,” respectively.

“I want everyone to know they are welcome,” said Perrill, of HNAC activities and events. “People often ask me: What are humanities? I walk to campus a few times every week and I’ve started a habit of taking my headphones out and listening. Listening what’s around me, listening to the birds and the crazy cicadas and looking at the trees. And I thought to myself: Scientists can tell me why my aural network needs me to stop putting in the headphones. The arts can make something that expresses what I feel when I go on that walk. The humanities are what can tell us what is significant about that moment, express it to the rest of the world, and also tell us how that walk has changed in the past and is changing in the future. … So, if you connect with that idea at all, you’re in the humanities.”

Photos and story by Susan Kirby-Smith

Lots of events for campus’ Mental Health Month

It’s Mental Health Month at UNCG, and the pinwheels on the Kaplan Commons are a reminder. They will displayed through September 19.
Note these upcoming mental health-focused UNCG events on your calendar:


Speaker: Jordan Burnham, “Unbreakable: A personal battle with depression, substance abuse, and perfectionism”

September 12, 7 p.m.
EUC Auditorium

Jordan Burnham, a suicide attempt survivor, is an award-winning speaker addressing mental health and suicide prevention. He will share his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery. Jordan has been featured in Sports Illustrated and PEOPLE magazine, has spoken at the United Nations and was invited to the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health hosted by President Obama.

Check up from the neck up

Sept. 12, 12-2 p.m.
Student Health Center & Office of Intercultural Engagement

Stop by for a quick and easy mental health check-up and speak with a campus counselor! Take a quick check-up online 24/7 at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/UNCG
RSVP via SpartanConnect


Free professional development workshops for faculty and staff:

  • Viewpoints of Inclusive Student Experiences: VOISES is a series of student panels aimed at faculty, where panelists from marginalized identity groups share their perspectives. The panels are moderated and give faculty the opportunity to ask questions while reflection on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UNCG. Sep 12, 10 a.m., Sep. 25, 11 a.m., Oct. 23, 11 a.m., Nov. 5, 11 a.m., Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Feb. 18, 11 a.m., Mar. 19, 11 a.m., and Apr. 8, 11 a.m.
  • UNCG Still Cares: During this 2-hour training, UNCG faculty and staff will learn how to recognize student distress, how to reach out, and how to refer students in distress to the proper on-campus resources. Sep. 27, 2 p.m. and Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Coping During Uncertain Times: This training addresses ways to cope with uncertainty in today’s world. It will examine how to remain positive and functional despite risks, how to re-establish control in your life, and how to talk to children about fear. Oct. 2, 12 p.m.
  • Campus Violence Response Center Full Training: CVRC’s three workshops (Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally, Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence, and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress) will be held in one day on these days, with a lunch break. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. and Jan. 7, 5 p.m. See the full schedule for dates of the individual workshops.


Spartan Speak Out: Mental Health Open Mic

September 12, 6:30 p.m.
EUC Auditorium Pre-Function Area

Come speak your truth and help us break the stigma around mental health!


“Let your body glow” group fitness class

Sept. 17 & Sept. 18, 4:30 -9 p.m.
Kaplan Center Studio 3 & 4
RSVP via SpartanConnect: September 17
RSVP via SpartanConnect: September 18

Gratitude Tuesday Series

Sept. 17 & Sept. 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
EUC Azalea

Gratitude is a game-changer! Drop by to write that note you’ve been meaning to send a friend or loved one, or to decorate a gratitude journal to incorporate into your daily life. You’ll find there’s so much to be grateful for!

Dive in Movie: Moana

Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Kaplan Center Natatorium

Come party on the Island! Join us for a night of relaxation and fun as we watch Disney’s Moana in the pool!
RSVP via SpartanConnect

Aromatherapy Workshop: Let’s get lifted

Sept. 19, 10 a.m, 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
Registration required via SpartanConnect

In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn about 5 essential oils known to lift your spirit and put a smile on your face! Participants will create their own personal aromatic product. Register required via SpartanConnect:
10:00AM Registration
12:00PM Registration
2:00PM Registration

Goat Yoga

Sept. 21, 8:30am
Registration is full for this event

We’re partnering with Outdoor Adventures for a day at the farm! Join us for a special session with Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Come for the yoga, stay for the cuddles! Registration required in Outdoor Adventures.

Love your body arty party

Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Kaplan Center Room 209

Join us for an evening of food, music, and guided painting as we engage in the revolutionary act of loving our bodies! Registration is required via Spartan Connect.
Registration required via SpartanConnect

Meet Keisha Brown, new principal of the Middle College at UNCG

woman standing by railing inside schoolKeisha Brown comes to the Middle College at UNCG with a broad knowledge of students’ developmental stages, from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Previously, she served as principal of Swann Middle, as principal of Vandalia Elementary, and as Ben L. Smith High School assistant principal, as well as assistant principal at Summerfield Elementary and Burlington-Cummings High. The variety of experience helps her every day, because Brown believes developmental stages matter in every part of life to every part of life.

She chose the middle college at this time in her career because she wanted to become principal at a high school, and she believes this particular position will give her the greatest ability to directly and deeply influence the lives of students.

She also knows the bar is high. She admires the work of the previous and inaugural principal Angela Polk-Jones.

“I know how hard it is to work at school – blood, sweat, and tears – and then when you leave that school you want it to remain at the level it is and get higher,” she says. “I wanted to be a part of something that is already great and keep it growing.”

She plans to uphold the standard of making sure every student is college and career-ready, and to give them a health science focus. Middle College at UNCG students have the opportunity to take college classes, but also to gain exposure to the professional world through off-campus professional internships.

At the same time, they receive an education that fits their needs. It’s important to Brown and the school’s faculty that students feel balanced.

“We need to make sure that alongside the academic achievement, the social-emotional piece is there. We’ll work on self-awareness and self-evaluation so students can make good decisions in planning their academic paths,” she says.

Hearing directly from the students, and from their parents, through conversations and surveys is also part of Brown’s plan to make sure she has a connection with every student at the Middle College at UNCG.

About the new experience of working on UNCG’s campus she says: “I love it. There’s resources everywhere you turn, and you see different people all the time.”

When Brown grabs a cup of coffee or lunch at the EUC, she enjoys running into UNCG faculty and staff who see her GCS badge and ask her about what she does. She’s looking forward to getting more acquainted with faculty and staff across campus, especially so she can be on the lookout for ways to collaborate with them.

“I’d like people to know: we’re here! Drop by,” she says. “Think about us when you’re planning – know that we’re here and we’d love to partner with you and your students. Think of our students for opportunities.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Help a fellow Spartan in need – donate a meal swipe

Aerial photo of the Moran buildingSome of our Spartan students are in need, and here’s a simple way that we can help. As part of the Division of Student Affairs “Spartan Essentials” initiative to address food insecurity, Spartans – faculty, staff, and students – are encouraged to donate one of their dining plan meals to a student in need with a simple swipe of their SpartanCard on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Visit Fountain View dining hall between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. to participate.

Food security among college students is a national issue – 36% of students were food insecure last year, as reported by the Wisconsin Hope Lab. According to a 2017 UNCG food insecurity survey, 35% of students skipped a meal because they did not have enough money to buy food.

“Food insecurity is an issue impacting college students nationally and on our own campus. We know it can impact a student’s ability to reach their goals.  For a student who is struggling with resources, they may have to choose between buying a book for class, or having sufficient food. As the University continues to explore ways to address the issue, this event provides students the opportunity to contribute to our culture of care by supporting  fellow Spartans,” says Cathy Akens, vice chancellor of student affairs.

The Spartan Open Pantry (SOP) serves the campus community as the primary food pantry for students in need. Visits by students to the SOP increased 28% between fall 2018 and spring semester 2019.

In addition to the SOP, the Dean of Students Office provides emergency meals for students. Meal donations on Sept. 11 will enable Spartan Dining to establish a donated meals bank from which the Dean of Students staff can distribute to students in need and further support our Culture of Care.

For more information on Spartan Open Pantry see https://sa.uncg.edu/sop-spartan-open-pantry/

Alianza’s fall socials – First is Sept. 13

Alianza is UNC Greensboro’s faculty, staff and student organization for the Latino/ Hispanic campus community. Since 2013, UNC Greensboro’s Alianza has been a gathering point that aims to collaborate and create initiatives that improve campus activities related to Hispanic / Latino cultures and communities as well as support and guide our students during their years as university students on campus.


Alianza invites the entire campus community to join us at our 2 Alianza Fall Socials on September 13 at 2:00 pm at MHRA Building Room 3501 and on December 6 at 4:00 pm at Pedro’s Taco Shop. 948 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403.

For questions please contact Estela Ratliff, Alianza board chair, by phone at 336-334-5427 or email at eyratlif@uncg.edu

First EUC blood drive for 2019-20 (with a little ‘Game of Thrones’ swag)

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for the first blood drive of 2019-2020 school year. The first drive will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 am to 6:30  pm in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center. Due to the popularity of Game of Thrones blood drive in April, the organizers were able to get Game of Thrones posters to give out to presenting donors (while supplies last). Click on this link https://euc.uncg.edu/blood-drive/ to sign up for an appointment.

Enjoy EUC Open House on Friday, Sept. 6

You are invited to the Elliott University Center (EUC) Open House, showcasing the brand new LED Cone Ballroom lighting!

There will be demos every 15 minutes. Enjoy light refreshments, and meet the EUC staff.

The open house will be Friday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Cone Ballroom.


New leader for Student Success and Undergraduate Studies

Photo of Andrew Hamilton smilingWhen Dr. Andrew Hamilton, the new Associate Vice Provost of Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UNC Greensboro, is asked what student success means, his response is enthusiastic. “Student success is the relationship between student outcomes and what’s actually happening between students and teachers in the classroom — the place where the rubber hits the road.”

Hamilton, who joined UNCG in July, brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as Associate Dean in the Honors College and later the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, both at the University of Houston. He also served as Executive Director for Academic Innovation at UH. Before that, he was a faculty member and graduate program director in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Hamilton will oversee the University’s existing student success operations, including the Student Success Center, the Students First Office, New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, and College Completion Initiatives, while building towards the next steps in supporting students.

The Dean of Undergraduate Studies part of Hamilton’s title means that he oversees the general education curriculum. A goal for Hamilton in this area is for faculty and administrators to better articulate to students why their general education requirements matter and how those courses can benefit them in whatever career and life paths they choose.

Two of the key areas of focus for Hamilton and his team will be student retention and creating better cohesion and communication between the Student Success Division and each academic unit on campus.

“We are in the transition from a model where we support teachers from an outside, centralized approach to a new mode of operations where we see ourselves as an embedded resource for the front-line troops who do the work of teaching and learning,” says Hamilton.

Hamilton notes that a major goal of Student Success is to better serve non-traditional students. Transfer students, military veterans, older students, students from rural backgrounds or low income families, first generation students, and students who are parents require more flexible and innovative resources for support than traditional students. The Student Success team is charged with figuring out better ways to lower barriers to academic success for these groups.

Another key goal for Hamilton and his team is to make sure students understand that they have been accepted to college in order to embark on a journey to discover their true selves.

“Student success lasts a lifetime,” says Hamilton. “Being admitted to college is not just completing requirements, but is about discovering who you are, what you are good at, and what you really want to do.” Steering students toward discovery, exposing them to new ideas and opportunities, and allowing students the room to fail in productive ways are all approaches in which Student Success can support their academic journey.

“When students find their flame, get out of the way,” Hamilton says. “We want to make sure that we’re in the business of setting students up for success in their college careers and then in later life, which includes their personal and professional lives. And we’re trying to plant the seeds of success.”

For more information on the UNCG Student Success Center, visit https://studentsuccess.uncg.edu/

In next week’s CW, an update on UNCG’s student success initiatives and offerings.

By Matthew Bryant
Photo by Martin W. Kane

Upcoming shows as the theater season begins

Photo of displays outside the Taylor TheatreA new season of UNCG School of Theatre productions is almost here. Over the 2019-2020 school year, there will be a great selection of plays and musicals at the Taylor and Sprinkle theatres.

In addition to individual tickets, a full season pass is available for $100. And, a six-show pass for current and retired UNCG Faculty/Staff is available for only $60.

The shows in the next theater season will be:

  • Pippin: Pippin, heir to the Frankish throne, searches for the secret to true fulfillment in battle, romance, and politics, before discovering it lies not in extraordinary quests, but in the simple moments of the everyday. Dates: Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 2-5. Sign Interpreted Performance: Oct. 4
  • The Wolves: A girl’s soccer team navigates adolescence, interpersonal conflict, and tragedy through conversations over the curse of pre-game warmups, in this award-winning play. Dates: Oct. 24-27.
  • The Normal Heart: A searing drama about one man’s lonely fight against public and private indifference to the AIDS crisis of the mid-80s. Dates: Nov. 7-10.
  • Roald Dahl’s The Witches: An adaptation of the classic children’s book, about a boy and his grandmother who must fight a cadre of evil witches. Dates: Nov. 16-17 and 19-23. Sign Interpreted Performance: Nov. 23
  • The Tempest: One of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays, The Tempest concerns the exiled magician Prospero, who draws a group of his enemies to his isolated island. Dates: Feb. 14-16 and 19-22. Sign Interpreted Performance: Feb. 21
  • Tales of the Arabian Nights: A new adaptation of the “Arabian Nights” stories, also known as “The Thousand and One Nights,” which brings folk tales of the Islamic Golden Age to children’s theater. Dates: Mar. 10-15.
  • Flyin’ West: Flyin’ West is the story of a group of African American woman who settle in an all-black frontier town in 1898, and the personal and interpersonal struggles they grapple with. Dates: Mar. 27-29 and Apr. 1-4.
  • Urinetown: The Musical: A satirical comedy about a town where, due to a water shortage, the public have to pay to use toilets, and the group of rebels who fight against the social order. Dates: Apr. 17-19 and 22-25. Sign Interpreted Performance: April 24.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, see the website here.

Copy from UNCG School of Theatre

Edited by Avery Campbell

Share your pet photos! #UNCGpets, #Findyourwaghere

dog on a ledge

Is your Spartan dog (or cat) a star?

This summer the UNCG Magazine staff and social media team spent some time with Spartan pups and their faculty, staff, and alumni owners.

Look for photos in the magazine this fall, plus enjoy social media posts, starting with a National Dog Day Twitter post of Nia, pup of Jason Herndon, director of the UNCG Psychology Clinic.

Also, share your own Spartan pet photos on social media – and be sure to tag them with #UNCGpets or #Findyourwaghere!

Large-scale photography in “Keith Carter: Fifty Years”

Photography by Libby Vinnels

A new exhibition of a legendary artist will open at the Greensboro Project Space in September.  UNCG’s CVPA will present “Keith Carter: Fifty Years,” an exhibition celebrating the artist’s large-scale photography work.

Often called “a poet of the ordinary,” Carter through his work shows an evocative sensitivity to the everyday. Through what he refers to as a “visual diary,” he examines the history of photography and vernacular culture, and explores our own shared histories.

On September 5, there will be an artist talk at the Weatherspoon at 6 p.m. The day after, the exhibition will officially open at GPS with a reception and book signing. It will run through September 27. For more information on the Weatherspoon event, see here, and here for more information on the GPS exhibition.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Maggie and Gene Triplette Program Fund at UNCG, and is curated by Lori Vrba.

Copy from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Edited by Avery Campbell

College Colors Day this Friday!

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public – please wear your blue and gold this Friday. And share your Facebook photos using #letsgoG.

On that day, which is the national College Colors Day, UNC Greensboro Athletics will partner with the UNCG Student Government Association (SGA) to host the annual “Great T-Shirt Exchange.” The event will take place outside Fountain View dining hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students are encouraged to bring a T-shirt of another institution and exchange it for a new UNCG T-shirt. All submitted shirts will be donated to Goodwill. UNCG shirts are available for the first 1,000 students who participate.


The Greensboro Review partners with UNC Press

group of students and advisor

The Greensboro Review has formed a new publishing partnership with UNC Press. The Greensboro Review is a biannual UNC Greensboro literary journal that dates back to 1966. Every issue includes new and risk-taking fiction and poetry from a diverse set of writers.

Through the new partnership, UNC Press will manage all current and new subscriptions, journal distribution, and bookstore orders. Faculty and students in the UNC Greensboro MFA Writing Program will continue to curate, edit, and produce The Greensboro Review. UNCG’s MFA Writing Program received the Thomas W. Ross Fund Publishing Grant from UNC Press to support the partnership transition.

Individual issues and subscriptions are now available here.

Read an interview with Terry L. Kennedy, editor, and Jessie Van Rheenen, associate editor, in the UNC Press blog.

UNCG free Professional Development Offerings, Fall 2019

Photo of the UNCG campusA great variety of professional and personal development workshops are available courtesy of UNCG Human Resources. You can learn time management skills, how to use improv to improve your work, how to better use online tools like Starfish, grant-writing, and much more.

Workshops are free for employees, and an excellent opportunity to expand your professional and personal skills.

See below a brief list of some workshops in the next weeks:

  • Face-to-Face Feedback: Join the Teaching Innovations Office for group sessions where faculty members can discuss ideas, receive feedback, and lead mock teaching sessions for other attendees. Develop your teaching skills and test new teaching techniques with supportive, non-evaluative feedback from your peers. Sep. 3, 1 p.m. and Oct. 18, 10 a.m.
  • Mentors Meeting: Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Creative: In this workshop presented by Lee Phillips, faculty will explore how to support and encourage meaningful scholarly experiences for undergraduate researchers. Sep. 4, 8:30 a.m. and Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m.
  • Reinventing Yourself: This workshop will take faculty/staff through the self-reflection, planning, and self-improvement techniques needed to reinvent yourself in response to changes at work, at home, or internally. Sep. 4, 12 p.m. This Sept. 4 workshop is full, and is no longer accepting registration, HR says.
  • Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum: Wade Maki will lead a frank discussion on ethical tools, frameworks, and challenges, and solutions to ethical problems faced by university employees. Sep 10, 11 a.m.
  • Viewpoints of Inclusive Student Experiences: VOISES is a series of student panels aimed at faculty, where panelists from marginalized identity groups share their perspectives. The panels are moderated and give faculty the opportunity to ask questions while reflection on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UNCG. Sep 12, 10 a.m., Sep. 25, 11 a.m., Oct. 23, 11 a.m., Nov. 5, 11 a.m., Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Feb. 18, 11 a.m., Mar. 19, 11 a.m., and Apr. 8, 11 a.m.
  • Grant Writing for Maximum Impact: Dive into writing for grant proposals with practical tips, proven strategies, and real-world examples with Dr. Aubrey R. Turner and Julie Vorhees. Sep. 18, 12 p.m. and Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
  • UNCG Still Cares: During this 2-hour training, UNCG faculty and staff will learn how to recognize student distress, how to reach out, and how to refer students in distress to the proper on-campus resources. Sep. 27, 2 p.m. and Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Coping During Uncertain Times: This training addresses ways to cope with uncertainty in today’s world. It will examine how to remain positive and functional despite risks, how to re-establish control in your life, and how to talk to children about fear. Oct. 2, 12 p.m.
  • Campus Violence Response Center Full Training: CVRC’s three workshops (Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally, Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence, and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress) will be held in one day on these days, with a lunch break. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. and Jan. 7, 5 p.m. See the full schedule for dates of the individual workshops.
  • Running on “E” Adding Energy and Fun to Your Work: Build skills to survive and thrive in today’s high-pressure world. Unleash your energy, ignite your enthusiasm, and find the fun in your job to maximize your work performance and make your day better. Oct. 30, 12 p.m.
  • Managing Your Time Effectively: Stop Chasing the Clock: This workshop will help you sort through tools to help you organize your life, and find the ones that are right for you. Improve your time management skills and learn useful tips and online tools. Nov. 13, 12 p.m.

See the full list of offerings here.

Matt Barr’s “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” named “Best Documentary” at festival

This summer, the film “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Workers Unite! Film Festival, the largest worker-related festival in the US.

“This festival attracts films from all over the world, and so I was blown away to take the Best Documentary Feature Award,” said Matthew Barr, professor in Media Studies.

“This is truly a story of the little engine that could, as I was up against feature docs that had much bigger budgets.”

Two UNCG grants totaling $10,000 funded his early work on “Union Time,” while $85,000 from individuals, including relatives, enabled him to complete the project in 2016. It premiered that year. A 2018 Faculty First Summer Scholarship Support Award for $5,000, he notes, enabled him (and editor Fausto Barrionuevo, MFA in Film and Video Production at UNCG ) to do a restructuring of the film to enhance it.

The film has been shown at festivals and community events and has also been extensively utilized in the training of union organizers in the US, Japan and Canada, he adds. It is now being distributed by The Video Project, an educational/community engagement distributor based in San Francisco.

Also, just recently, the film was accepted by the Nordic Labor Film Festival in Malmo, Sweden, as well as the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles.

See more at workersunitefilmfestival.org.

See more about the film at researchmagazine.uncg.edu.

HNAC, with new leaders and kickoff event

Photo of the HNAC leaders

Dr. Perrill and Dr. Eger

The Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) will host a welcome-back reception on Wednesday, September 4, at 4 p.m. at the Alumni House in the Virginia Dare Room. Provost Dana Dunn and the deans of HHS, CVPA, and CAS will make remarks.

The welcome-back event will also introduce two new leaders of HNAC. Art history professor Elizabeth Perrill will be director and history professor Asa Eger will be associate director as well as programming director. They will take the reins from co-founders Jen Feather and Lisa Levenstein. History professor Jeff Jones will be the liaison with associated programs such as the Liberal Arts Advantage and Humanities Action Lab.

HNAC brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to promote faculty research and to engage the broader public. They support humanities-related events throughout the year, including writing groups.

“I like being able to reach across all the schools and break silos,” says Perrill, who previously served on the HNAC the steering committee. “Bringing people together is what’s interesting to me.”

“In our current fraught environment, we are still a community, and now is a time for dialogue,” adds Eger. “At this moment in time, it is so important and necessary for us at UNCG to talk and learn from one another and to reach out, and to include the wider community as well.”

The new theme for 2019-2020 is CL2 HN: Civic Life, Civil Listening, Humanities Now. In particular, HNAC will promote events surrounding issues of democracy, elections, and the 100th-year commemoration of women’s suffrage.

One main thing on the HNAC agenda this year is to host regular “HNAC Café” events throughout the year. HNAC Café will take place at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on the third Friday of each autumn month at 3:30 p.m.

The dates and themes are:

  • Sept. 20:  “50 Years After Stonewall: Humanities Reflect”
  • Oct. 18: “Health and Humanities: Disability Studies and Research at UNCG”
  • Nov. 15: “40 Years On: The Greensboro Massacre”

Each HNAC Café will bring together UNCG scholars and students with community members to engage in crucial conversations impacted by the study of humanities. Presentations and panels by researchers and community members will be followed by casual time to talk over coffee and cookies. The topics for the presentations touch on key events in civil rights history and civic engagement in Greensboro and beyond.

HNAC has also helped plan and organize Frame/Works events for October and February around the UNCG Theatre productions of “The Wolves” and “The Tempest,” respectively.

Visit the HNAC website to learn more, follow HNAC on Twitter, or email eaperril@uncg.edu or aaeger@uncg.edu.

Text and photo by Susan Kirby-Smith

Spartans, volunteer at the North Carolina Folk Festival

Folk Fest sign on an ampUNCG invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and all other Spartans to be Spartan Way Ambassadors, spreading Spartan Spirit at the 2019 NC Folk Festival.

Volunteers will greet festival attendees and provide UNCG “swag” to festival attendees, encourage social media posts, and survey visitors. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt to wear during their shift and keep afterward. Sizes from Small to 3XL will be provided. Be sure to provide your size when you sign up.

Organizers need staff and faculty volunteers to check-in student and alumni volunteers, staff our tents, greet visitors, and assist with various activities. Please sign up here: go.uncg.edu/ncff-spartans

Alumni, parents and other members of the UNCG community may sign up at go.uncg.edu/ncff-spartans.

Students can earn Service Hours by volunteering at this event. Here is the Spartan Way volunteer registration form for students: go.uncg.edu/ncff-students

The NC Folk Festival features musical performers from around the world, activities, arts, and food trucks. More information about the NC Folk Festival can be found here: https://ncfolkfestival.com

The days and times for the Festival are:

Friday, September 6: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 7: Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 8: Noon – 6 p.m.


Starfish News and Reminders – Fall 2019

Photo of MinervaStarfish technology is now available to all instructors, advisors, academic support staff, and students for the fall semester. Starfish is an early-alert system that allows UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. Starfish allows instructors, advisors, and other staff members to track student progress and remain in the loop about their shared students. Users can log into Starfish at starfish.uncg.edu.

Updates and Reminders

  • Communication plan for flagged students: Students who are issued academic flags and/or kudos via Starfish now receive email communication addressed from their course instructors. This change was implemented in Fall 2018 as a result of consistent feedback received from faculty and instructors at UNCG. This update to email communication will further personalize the correspondence that students receive and enhance engagement with their course instructors. Instructors may reference the Starfish for Faculty & Instructors webpage to see sample email templates. Previously, these emails were addressed from the Students First Office.
  • Flag options for advisors: As of Spring 2019, academic advisors can issue Starfish flags to their advisees! These two flag types are the Personal Concern Flag and Retention Concern Flag. Advisors should raise the Personal Concern flag to report non-emergency concerns for student well-being to the Dean of Students Office. Advisors should raise the Retention Concern to notify UNCG when they become aware of students who may not remain at UNCG in the current and/or upcoming semester. Advisors may reference the Starfish for Advisors and Program Coordinators webpage for more information related to the use of these two flags.
  • New Starfish resource available: There is now a comprehensive guide that summarizes the UNCG flag, kudos, and referral options available. This resource summarizes the Starfish feedback options available for instructors, advisors, and academic support staff to raise and view for undergraduate students. Please check out the Detailed Guide to Flags, Kudos, & Referrals!

New to Starfish? Here is some information on how UNCG currently uses this technology.

Instructors and faculty use Starfish to:

  • Raise alert flags for your students with academic and personal concerns so that they can connect with the resources and people that may help them. *Note: You should never raise flags for emergency concerns requiring immediate attention.
  • Give kudos to students who are performing well or showing improvement
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources that may help them
  • Complete Academic Status Reports throughout the semester to flag many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts on the following dates: September 10, October 1 & November 5
  • Post office-hour availability and manage student meetings
  • For more information on instructor use of Starfish, visit the Starfish for Faculty & Instructors webpage

Advisors & academic support staff use Starfish to:

  • Stay in the loop on which advisees have been flagged for academic concerns and provide additional support
  • Raise the Personal Concern Flag to report non-emergency concerns for student well-being to the Dean of Students Office
  • Raise the Retention Concern Flag to notify UNCG when you become aware of students who may not remain at UNCG in the current and/or upcoming semester
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources
  • Post appointment availability and manage advising appointments
  • Maintain appointment notes and outcomes
  • Clear flags as concerns resolve
  • For more information on advisor and support staff use of Starfish, visit the Starfish for Advisors & Program Coordinators webpage

Students use Starfish to:

  • Keep track of the academic feedback they get from their instructors
  • Know when to take action to improve course performance and meet with instructors
  • Receive campus resource referrals from instructors, advisors, and support staff
  • Schedule appointments with their instructors and advisors who use Starfish for online scheduling
  • For more information on how students can use Starfish, visit the Starfish for Students webpage

Starfish Support & Training

  • For Starfish assistance: Individuals, groups, or departments who would like to request a Starfish training session should send an email request to starfish@uncg.edu
  • Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish website for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.

Who won Campus Kickoff UNCG Mobile App raffle?

Photo of raffle ticketsCongratulations to the following winners of the UNCG Mobile App raffle during the recent Campus Kickoff on August 13th:

Spartan Dining ticket #442352

10-meal pack and $35.00 certificate

Winner: Angela Matkins


Spartan Dining ticket #916248

10-meal pack and $35.00 certificate

Winner: Heather Stewart


Barnes & Noble ticket #191035

$50.00 certificate

Winner: Marie Land


Barnes & Noble ticket #936005

$50.00 certificate

Winner: Unclaimed


Starbucks ticket #794517

$50.00 certificate

Winner: Unclaimed

Raffle ticket holders for the remaining unclaimed prizes should contact uc-ops@uncg.edu to claim their prize.

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the new UNCG Mobile App. Spartans have downloaded the app over 8,000 times to date, and UNCG will match 1,223 of those downloads with a food item donation to Spartan Open Pantry, benefiting students in need. If you have not downloaded the new app, do so today and access the University’s key features and resources from the palm of your hand!

What’s new: Some items of interest for faculty/staff

Arial photo of campusAs we head into the new year, here are a few items to know:

  • UNCG has five new deans. A reception for them will be Sept 5. The new deans are Dr. Karen Bull, UNCG Online; Dr. Andrew Hamilton, Associate Vice Provost of Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Dr. Carl Mattacola, School of Health and Human Sciences; Dr. bruce mcclung, College of Visual and Performing Arts; and Dr. Sherine Obare,  Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • New mobile app If you haven’t downloaded the UNC Greensboro Mobile App or have an older version of it, you’ll want to head over to the Apple App or Google Play store and install the new version. The app has personalized home screens based on the user’s choice of a persona, which they choose when they first open the app. Presently there are seven personas: Faculty/Staff, Student, New Student, Graduate Student, Prospective Student, Alumni, and a community persona called Families, Friends, and Fans. All personas are available now, but the Student and New Student personas have been developed with targeted content. Look for the Faculty/Staff and Alumni personas to be further developed with targeted content in the coming months. See details.
  • UNCG’s Business Affairs Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Note the date; CW had originally noted an October date.) This year, it will focus on the University and Business Affairs Strategic Plan. The division is planning to make the conference more streamlined than before. Details will be in CW as the event approaches.
  • Career Services has a new name. Their department name is now Career & Professional Development. essential to communicate to stakeholders the breadth of offerings. Career Services has taken the proactive step of conducting a broad review of its target audiences to evaluate how it can strengthen its outreach and impact. That review is the catalyst behind the decision of creating a new identity for the department that better reflects the full range of outcomes from graduation career-readiness to long-term career development: Career & Professional Development. The department’s new website URL will be cpd.uncg.edu. 
  • Among the changes in student academic support services is: In order to better meet the needs of students, the Tutoring and Academic Skills Program and The Supplemental Instruction Program have merged to form the Academic Achievement Center (AAC). They will provide the same support for students, including Supplemental Instruction and small group tutoring in many courses, academic skills and outreach workshops on learning skills. Any UNCG student is welcome to participate in academic skills coaching or workshops, and tutoring and Supplemental Instruction will continue to be available for students enrolled in supported courses. Online and evening appointments will also continue to be offered. Their offices are located in the Forney Student Success Commons, suite 114. Information is at https://studentsuccess.uncg.edu/home/ In the next two week, CW will interview Andrew Hamilon and give a broad update on what is new in Forney.
  • The men’s basketball season will have some pre-preseason excitement and generate buzz and community fun with a daylong 3 on 3 Tournament. Ticket sales are very strong, we have learned. See more here.
  • Au Bon Pain is no longer located in Bryan Building. See a construction update here.
  • See some Key Dates for the coming weeks here.
  • And for a full update on eateries and what’s new in UNCG Dining – plus many more “what’s new” updates, see this UNCG Now post.

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