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David Giddens, Fred Chappell, and Marty Barber recall Emmylou Harris era

Picture of students sitting on pavement playing guitar and singing

Marty Barber (in back) and UNCG friends, 1968

By the time Emmylou Harris arrived at UNCG in 1965, a tiny bit of a folk scene seemed to be emerging on campus. An increasing number of UNCG students were playing guitar and singing, in the era of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Odetta, the Seegers and Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Marty Barber, who also arrived in 1965, always loved music. “I played guitar,” she says. “I could play enough to accompany somebody else singing. I could play rhythm.” 

Emmylou Harris was one student that she knew. “She was in my dorm.” That was Bailey Residence Hall. All the halls on the Quad were freshmen-only in that era, she explains.

“I remember she would practice singing with this guy who would come up from Chapel Hill. His name was Mike Williams, and his sister was a Girl Scout that I knew.” Barber had grown up a few miles from the Williamses, in neighborhoods off Friendly Avenue.

“He would come up on his motorcycle with his guitar strapped onto the motorcycle, and they would sit in the parlor of Bailey and practice,” Barber recalls. 

“Whenever he would come up, they would practice and everybody would kind of hang around, listening, trying not to be too obvious.”

What was Emmylou like? “Very demure, quiet, studious, but more into the drama. Not drama in her life, but drama as far as acting, singing, and things like that. She was just a really nice girl. She didn’t stand out – nor did any of the other people. But she was a bit more interesting, looking back on it.”

She still has a get-well card with great signatures from some classmates, Harris included.

Barber has continued to play. She even still has some of those old 45s from the Elliott Hall jukebox. She would ask for them when they were regularly replaced for fresh singles. She simply loves music. And she is looking forward to Friday’s big concert. She notes it’s the first time her classmate Emmylou Harris has played on campus since she was a student. Barber has tickets on the very front row.


picture of Fred Chappell smiling

Fred Chappell, circa 1970.

The following is a tale of upstairs, downstairs. Envision a two-story apartment building on Spring Garden. “A block west of Yum Yum.”

Fred and Susan Chappell, along with their young son, lived on the first floor.

Emmylou Harris lived on the floor above them – she and apartment-mate Gay Bland. Bland sometimes baby-sat the Chappells’ son.

Fred Chappell had joined the University in 1964. This was 1965-66. He was years away from becoming world-renowned as an author, recipient of the Bollingen Prize, the O. Mac Gardner Award, and the French Academy’s Prix de Meilleur des Lettres Étranger. She was years away from being a chart-topping music star.

“We talked together some,” he recalled in a phone interview recently.

How would he describe her? She was “a slender young lady, and lively.” 

He often taught classes at night. When he got home, he’d put on an album, usually something like Bartók or Beethoven. It’d be late, but he didn’t think it bothered his family or anyone upstairs. No one ever complained. Not all of his albums were highbrow. He had two Hank Williams 12 inch albums. One was “spoken poems,” he explains, “Luke, the Drifter.” The other had some of Williams’ standards, like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” That album reminded him of home, in the mountains of North Carolina. One night, he put that one on. 

He passed Emmylou the next morning. She said, “Well, at last you played something worthwhile.” 

That quip may be her best line ever.

Did he ever see her play? One time. Chappell says he stopped in the Red Door on Tate Street briefly and saw her performing. The Red Door was a small, narrow joint – “like a wide hallway” – with a tiny stage at the rear and the bar to your right, as you entered, he recalls. Maybe 20 people could fit in the space; he thinks it had once been a coffee shop. On that evening it was filled with soldiers from Ft. Bragg, and they were cheering her. They liked her.


David Giddens singing and playing guitar at a coffee house

David Giddens, 2012

David Giddens played his guitar and sang downstairs at the King’s Inn Tavern near Moses Cone on weeknights, to earn some money, once he enrolled in 1965. He’d often play there with UNCG student Betty Anne Myatt. He’d play whatever people wanted to hear, he says, hoping for more tips. “I did that every night. That’s how I put myself through school.” 

And he played downstairs in UNCG’s Elliott Hall on many weekend nights, just for enjoyment. There, he played what he wanted, which was mainly folk. 

Anyone could play there. Emmylou Harris and one guy would often duet, he remembers. Barbara Wesley Baker often played too. Baker noted that Giddens took the initiative, of the core group of performers.

Giddens says, “I don’t remember who exactly pulled it together and helped me on that – I know I didn’t do it by myself. It was my idea to pull it together.”

He adds, “We would convert it into a coffee house, and myself and other musicians would come in and perform, and one of those musicians happened to be Emmylou Harris. She came in with a guy she was performing with, and it was great.”

The duet partner’s name? “I don’t know his name. He was backing her up and occasionally I think they sung duets, but most of it was her.”

How would he describe Harris? “She was friendly, she was kind, she was thoughtful. She had a beautiful voice. She played the guitar very well. She was soft-spoken. … I never performed with her, no. I’d loved to have, but I never did.”

Those were great days, for playing and singing at UNCG. “It was a delightful time, honestly. There was a lot of folk music going on at the time, and there was a lot of reason for a lot of folk music going on at the time. There were reasons to protest, or reasons to carry a message. I wasn’t really much of a protester, but I did my share of singing protest songs.” 

His academic focus was rigorous. “My major was music education. My primary instrument was voice.”

Due to a stroke seven years ago, he no longer plays guitar, but he still loves to sing. 

Where did he learn to develop that love of singing, when he was a boy? He reminisces. “I used to go out in the woods and sing as loud as I wanted to, because I couldn’t sing as loud as I wanted to anywhere else. But I guess, you know, church, at home, watching religious shows on TV. A little Mahalia Jackson, watching her on the morning religious shows, and others. My father sang, so he had a vision of the three of us, my brother and my sister, coming together and forming a little trio or whatever and singing. We never ended up doing that, but all of us did enjoy singing.”

He notes that his younger daughter, Rhiannon Giddens, performed at a “celebration of gospel” concert at the Obama White House, on the same bill with Emmylou Harris. His older daughter, Dr. Lalenja Giddens Harrington – who many at UNCG know as director of academic program development and evaluation at UNCG’s Beyond Academics – is also a musical artist. Each are UNCG alumni (Rhiannon attended graduate school and Lalenja earned her doctorate), and each has a remarkable voice and artistic vision.

And all the artistic individuals featured in this three-part Campus Weekly series – from Sandra Forman to Barbara Wesley Baker to David Giddens – are part of an unbroken band of artistic creativity that is a hallmark of this campus.

 

By Mike Harris

Top visual: 1968, courtesy Marty Barber. From left to right: Barb Staderman Holt ‘69, Marty Barber (on guitar), Maria Hernandez Johnson ‘70, Kathy Wilson ’69 (on guitar). They would play and sing on the stairs between Grogan and Reynolds residence halls. Here, they are on 8th floor.

Middle: Fred Chappell, c. 1970, courtesy UNCG Archives. Photographer: Jerry Markatos.

Bottom: David Giddens, 2012, perfoming at a coffee house, courtesy Giddens. 

All are invited to masterclass and Q&A with Emmylou Harris

WomanRoots music icon and UNCG alumna Emmylou Harris will present a masterclass and Q&A session hours before her big UNCG University Concert & Lecture Series performance.

The masterclass event Friday, Jan. 24, will be held at 3-4:15 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

The Emmylou Harris concert that evening is sold-out.

The masterclass event presents an opportunity for UNCG music students – and anyone in the campus community or larger community – to learn from her experience as a songwriter and performer. UNCG music professor Gavin Douglas will be the moderator.

While geared toward students, it is open to the public. Seating is limited. No admission will be charged for this afternoon event.

Five Greensboro-based community organizations receive first-ever UNCG funding

L to R: Cherizar Crippen, Holden Cession (both with How We are Free), Paula Sieber, Deborah Barnes (both with Peacemaker Collaborative and Urban Farm), Beth Sheffield (Learning Circles, Greensboro Library), Glenn Perkins (Democracy Tables, Greensboro History Museum), Kathy Newsom and Liz Seymour (Growing Green for Greens, Neighborhood Markets)

Five innovative Greensboro-area community organizations have just received special recognition and funding support from UNCG, the first of its kind from the University.

UNCG’s Department of Communication Studies, the host institution for the National Communication Association’s Center for Communication, Community, Collaboration, and Change (CCCC), has awarded a total of $20,000 for programming and research to five Greensboro-based community organizations for the 2020-2021 school year. The programs advance the theme “Cultivating Resilient Communities” by featuring vibrant citizen participation that focuses on improving the lives of people in Greensboro, making explicit connections to communication, and offering ample opportunities for curricular and student partnerships.

UNCG’s deep roots in community engagement have led to the first-ever grant, which will support (financially and with research) community groups that are engaged in social justice-based work to uplift under-resourced members of the community. Researchers will evaluate programs and perform research on how communication influences, shapes, and leads change of lasting impact.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Dr. Terri Shelton and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. John Kiss were attendance at the award ceremony in the Faculty Center on January 13.

“You can see lots of connections between these projects and the way in which people are thinking about communication, community, and change. Democracy, sustainability, justice – these are really core commitments for us, and this is an opportunity to really exercise some of these skills, sensibilities of compassion, and empathy so that we can really make some change and impact in our community that continues to evolve and grow,” said Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Spoma Jovanovic.

The five community organizations that were recognized include:

Growing Green for Greens (Neighborhood Markets, Inc.)
The Green for Greens program enables customers at two of Greensboro’s local farmer’s markets to purchase healthy, locally-grown food using SNAP/EBT. Using a token-based system, customers can double the dollar amount of SNAP-approved foods that they can purchase, allowing their limited funds to go twice as far. The program is supported by donations from individuals, churches, and other local institutions. The grant from CCCC will allow the program to develop a more sustainable donor network and expand the awareness of the program, reaching more families who experience food insecurity.

Democracy Tables: An Experiment in Community Connection (Greensboro History Museum)
Democracy Tables are a series of facilitated discussions designed to attract city residents, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented communities, into dialogues on locally-based issues and concerns. Participants will explore collaborative processes to understand the diversity of experiences among city residents and how people can connect to government mechanisms that support change. The project seeks to involve a multi-generational cross-section of Greensboro.

Greensboro Learning Circles: Journeys into Knowledge (Greensboro Public Library)
In an increasingly digital world, members of marginalized communities often find themselves lacking the resources to truly benefit from all the knowledge opportunities that are available online. Learning Circles will bring together members of the community who are participating in online study courses to provide peer support and to help them navigate the digital world. Participants will have a space to meet and access to the internet in order to take online courses and receive technical support. Support from peers and facilitators is designed to motivate participants to further pursue online educational opportunities and improve their use of digital tools.

The Peacemaker Collaborative & Urban Farm Project
This initiative addresses food insecurity through community engagement, partnership development, and sustainable practices. Nearly four acres of donated property will be transformed into a local urban farm to provide area residents access to healthy foods, as they learn about local agriculture issues, training and workforce development opportunities, and available entrepreneurial activities. The farm plans to provide 1,056 families with fresh produce at little or no cost while encouraging innovation and resilience among families of need in the community.

How We Get Free
How We Get Free is a series of conversations and gatherings focused on exploring the needs, dreams, and aspirations of Black youth in Greensboro. These conversations will operate as a location for young Black people to bring their knowledge, experiences, and visions together for the future. Activities such as small group discussions, art-making, and role-playing will help participants break down various barriers – including age, gender, and sexuality – in order to cultivate a space for engagement and dialogue surrounding systemic oppression, and to craft strategies that empower communities for a brighter future.

 

 

 

 

Chancellor Gilliam on MLK Day

We find our way to UNCG from all over the state, the country, and the world. We come from a vast array of backgrounds and have different lived experiences. Yet, together, we become part of one Spartan community, with respect for each other, a belief in the unique value of our colleagues and classmates, and an unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community.  

My hope for each of us, on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, is that we carry a message of hope, of action, and of shared fate. Our University must be a platform for civil dialogue, relationship building, and collaboration. We have a chance to make an important difference – through our studies, our service, and our civic engagement.

As Dr. King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

I know that our shared Spartan values of compassion, civility, and excellence will point us toward a bright future. This is what UNCG is all about.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr

Barbara Baker’s freshman musical memories with Emmylou Harris 

Photo of Baker playing pianoEmmylou Harris’ time at UNCG is the stuff of legend. 

She arrived in 1965 on a drama scholarship. She was in two memorable productions, and she played folk music in her spare time – on Tate Street, in her residence hall, and in what is now the EUC. And she left before completing her degree program, soon becoming a rising music star. She dueted with Gram Parsons. She formed her Hot Band – rescuing country music from the clutches of pop and schlock. She recorded the live album “At the Ryman,” spurring the “mother church” of country music to be saved from the wrecking ball. Her legend grew, and it still grows. A legend that began at UNCG.

Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker ‘69 (visual, left) arrived the same year, and shares her memory: 

“David Giddens, Diana Barefoot, Emmylou, and I sang folk music in a basement room in the old Elliott Hall – now enlarged and known as the EUC – during our freshman year.”

That was 1965-66. Her memory is that David Giddens was the driving force at that time among the four; he played on campus a lot, she says, and he and Harris knew each other before Giddens invited Baker into that foursome of music-lovers. The four would play and sing on weekend nights, to the room which could hold maybe 50 people at small tables, as she recalls. Sometimes the audience would join the singing, which varied between solos, duets, or all four singing. No microphones, just a piano (which Baker would occasionally play). The other three played guitar.

Some alumni CW talked with believe it was called simply “the music room” at that time. Baker recalls, “It was a coffee house atmosphere and I think we called it Four Faces Coffee House because of a painting of four faces in the room.” It was contemporary art – four faces you wouldn’t recognize, she says.

That name was sort of an inside joke. “I hope my remembrances are still accurate, since it’s been 53 years since we sang there.”

What about Emmylou Harris? “I remember Emmylou as sounding like Joan Baez! She would play her guitar and mesmerize the audience. Then she would sing a song so plaintive, mournful, or soulful that you couldn’t take your eyes off her.” Harris could sing in such a “rueful” way, Baker recalls. “She was a stunning singer. And that girl could play!”

Odetta. Peter, Paul and Mary. Joan Baez. Bob Dylan. Songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Those are the types of songs you’d hear if you stepped into the room during those evenings.

“I was new to singing folk music,” she said, “so I took a back seat to David, Emmylou, and Diana. It was a magical time of protest songs, folk songs, and whatever we wanted to sing.”

As a freshman, Baker was asked to open up for a traveling act, at a club in East Greensboro. She only did it once, she said. She accompanied herself on piano. Then the star attractions hit the stage: the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. 

Yep, she opened for superstars Ike and Tina Turner and sang with Emmylou Harris in the same year. 

And, inspired by UNCG professor Richard Cox to become a choir director, the music major went on to earn her master’s at Columbia and doctorate at Maryland, teach music, conduct internationally, and lecture widely – black gospel music is her focus. She is renowned. 

And she carries lots of great music memories, including those evenings with her friends in Elliott Hall. 

Baker adds about the four, “David Giddens probably knew her the best.”

CW reached out to Giddens for his memories of playing at UNCG in that era. We’ll share some of those and more next week.

Note: The Jan. 24 Emmylou Harris concert is sold-out. But the community is welcome to attend the “Masterclass and Q&A with Emmylou Harris,” geared for UNCG students. Seating is limited. The free, general admission event starts at 3 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

By Mike Harris
1960s photograph courtesy Barbara Wesley Baker

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Town Hall Feb. 19, focus on upcoming campaign

Photo of MinervaUNCG will embark on a comprehensive campaign, which will launch this coming fall.
Mark your calendars: You are invited to a campus community Town Hall next month to hear about how the University has been planning and what happens next.
The campus-wide Town Hall will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom.
In addition to campaign-specific goals and timeline, we’ll discuss the role that our campus community will play in the fundraising campaign.
Please join us on February 19. We look forward to seeing you there!
Copy courtesy UNCG Advancement

Women’s basketball vs. ETSU in Fleming

UNCG Women’s Basketball will host ETSU Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in Fleming Gym. The Spartans will be competing in the fifth of their current seven game homestand, looking to deliver their fifth straight victory, and their eighth straight when playing at home.

The UNCG Women’s Basketball team is 11-4 and off to its best start this century. Moving to 11-4 with their win over Concord, the Spartans are off to their best start to a season since the turn of the century. A win over ETSU will tie the team’s best 16-game start to a season since the 1991-92 campaign, the Spartan’s first year at the Division I level.

Moving her career total to 665 career field goals, Nadine Soliman broke a Spartan Division I career record last week against Concord. She sits just three buckets away from breaking the all-time record and 69 points away from tallying the UNCG all-time scoring record.

Admission to the game is free for all faculty and staff – just show your University ID. And come to more games; the team is in the top 100 nationally and they’re fun to watch. All these home games this season are free admission for faculty/staff.

CW’s top stories last year – and looking ahead to 2020

  1. What a year it was.

UNCG was rated No. 1 in social mobility among all the state’s universities, by US News and World Report (see here). The new UNCG app was launched – and was selected by Modo Labs as one of the most innovative campus apps. (If you haven’t started using it yet, check it out here.) UNCG put a greater emphasis on food security. Men’s basketball set a record with its third straight year in post-season, and they got their first postseason win. The Emmylou Harris concert, set for Jan. 24, sold out in less than a week. A Gen Ed update plan was approved. The 1969 series “Exploring the Limits” ended with a big Grateful Dead/Deadheads symposium. UNCG had a record year for research grant funding ($38.9 million for fiscal year 2018-19, up from $36.6 million the year before). Ken Jeong spoke at May Commencement.

And what a year beckons. Just as we have for many years, Campus Weekly in 2020 will share previews and news that faculty/staff rely on, in an engaging way with great visuals. Surveys show that most CW readers consider the Wednesday enewsletter (not the CW site) to be their Campus Weekly – and that they rely on CW for news they won’t find elsewhere. We’re working to make the web posts “responsive” and more visually appealing, whether you’re looking on a computer or your phone. And we will continue to link to select posts at other sites around the University, to leverage excellent items and visuals. (More news about those enhancements to the web posts later this semester.) As for the CW enewsletter – which is sent mid-week to all faculty/staff as well as board members and retired faculty/staff – on any given week 47-52 percent of those receiving it open it and check it out. We thank you for opening it and spending a few minutes (or more) to stay in-the-know. Our intention is to present fresh news (no repetition) each week in a format that’s user-friendly. 

Wondering what were the most popular items last year? Here were the top 15 enewsletter items from 2019, judged by the most click-throughs:

  1. Highlights from Chancellor town hall
  2. Everything 50 cents, at UNCG’s annual rummage sale. This year, on a Tuesday
  3. UNCG announces new record enrollment
  4. UNCG campus construction updates as Fall 2019 begins
  5. Search process for next provost and for business affairs VC
  6. New projects will be cornerstones of Millennial Campus strategy
  7. Tate Street Songbird: Roots music icon Emmylou Harris returns
  8. Summer 2019 offerings for employee health and wellness
  9. At 2019 Faculty Awards, celebrating ‘outstanding achievements’
  10. Staff celebrated at 2019 Staff Awards event
  11. Enjoy free lunch at Campus Kickoff August 13
  12. Students’ perceptions of UNCG campus climate?
  13. Play on! Spartans are No. 1 seed in NIT, advance to Round 2
  14. UNCG free Professional Development Offerings, Fall 2019
  15. Distinguished and excellence professors recently named

The CW enewsletter links to several sites, mostly the CW site and the UNCG Now site. The CW web site had 173,147 pageviews last year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 28, 2019). The top stories on the CW website (bolstered of course by social media and search engines) were:

  1. 2019 Summer Camps at UNCG
  2. Roots music icon Emmylou Harris returns to Tate St.
  3. Meet Keisha Brown, new principal of the Middle College at UNCG
  4. Everything 50 cents, at UNCG’s annual rummage sale. This year, on a Tuesday
  5. In memoriam: Dr. Amy Williamsen
  6. ‘OK Boomer.’ Two UNCG researchers give us the meme’s lowdown
  7. Goodbye, Michael Parker. And thanks for all the books.
  8. 42 honored at 2019 Promotion & Tenure ceremony
  9. Summer camps at UNCG 2018
  10. Prestigious Phi Beta Kappa welcomes 55 Spartan initiates
  11. UNCG campus construction updates as Fall 2019 begins
  12. Deborah Bell, ‘Falstaff,’ and the art of costume design
  13. bruce d. mcclung will be dean of CVPA
  14. Happy Halloween at UNCG
  15. Stufken will be founding director of MS in Informatics and Analytics
  16. Michael Eric Dyson speaks March 18
  17. At 2019 Faculty Awards, celebrating ‘outstanding achievements’
  18. Forney Student Success Commons: New name, new occupants and more students
  19. Pay & retention, parking & traffic top topics at forum for faculty/staff
  20. Dr. Tom Martinek, O. Max Gardner nominee, uses sports to aid underserved kids

Again, thanks for taking time to read your UNCG Campus Weekly. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the CW editor, Mike Harris, here.

‘Hop into History”: Greensboro saloons and state’s beer history

Are you curious about what the saloon scene in Greensboro was like during Prohibition? Well hop on down to the “Hop Into History” pop-up exhibition at Oden Brewing on Thursday, January 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hosted by UNC Greensboro Special Collections & University Archives, Well Crafted, and Eden Brewing, the event will take a look at the drinking scene during that tumultuous time, and the various laws that were put in place to try and stop it.

The free event will be hosted in the restored historic building at 804 w. Gate City Boulevard, near the UNCG campus.

Also, be sure to listen in to WUNC’s “The State of Things” live in Greensboro on Tuesday, January 14, at noon, for “The History Of Beer In North Carolina.”

The craft beer industry is believed to bring in more than $2 billion a year in North Carolina and employs more than 12,000 people. As the industry boomed, archivists at the UNC Greensboro Libraries started in 2017 to document the history of beer and brewing in Greensboro. They soon expanded their project Well Crafted NC statewide, and through research and oral histories with brewers and brewery owners, the project documents the key moments in the state’s beer history.

WUNC will talk with UNC Greensboro archivist and professor Dr. Erin Lawrimore about the project, what they’ve heard in interviews with people who helped establish this state as a leader in craft beer, and the significance of North Carolina’s role in beer production as the country marks more than 100 years since Prohibition.

Visit this form to RSVP to attend the WUNCC Radio event live.

The story behind that iconic Emmylou Harris photograph

Photo of Emmylou Harris in The TempestIf you’ve seen one photo of Emmylou Harris during her UNC Greensboro days, this is the one.

It’s from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the first and only Shakespeare production for the aspiring actress from Birmingham, Alabama. She was a freshman attending UNCG on a drama scholarship.

The actress on the right was Sandra Hopper, now Dr. Sandra Hopper Forman ’66, ’71 MFA, a senior and the first Raymond Taylor scholar. She became a member of the first UNCG MFA class in theater in 1967. 

“She was Miranda, and I was Ariel,” said Forman in an interview this week.

They were the only women in the cast with speaking roles; all the others were male faculty from around campus, as Forman recalls, with Dr. Arthur Dixon, an English Department faculty member, portraying Prospero. Woman’s College had just become the co-ed UNCG, with very few males enrolled so far. The two women naturally hung out a bit during the rehearsals.  

And speaking of “hanging out,” Dr. Herman Middleton, a theater professor and department head, gave the freshman some advice that, even if she didn’t heed it, Forman remembers well. Middleton stopped her in the UNCG Auditorium lobby, and said:

“Emmylou, you’re never going to amount to anything if you don’t stop hanging out at that coffeehouse.” 

That coffeehouse was down at the part of Tate Street known as “the corner,” Forman explains. It was well known that Harris liked to play her guitar and sing. “She liked to hang out there a lot.”

She doesn’t recall Harris singing in the Shakespeare production, but as Ariel – “I was a sprite” – Forman danced and bounded across the stage and sang several melodies. 

Harris was an impressive freshman actress. “She was charming and pretty,” Forman recalls.

Before Taylor Theatre was built later that decade, the productions were in UNCG Auditorium (then called Aycock Auditorium). “We packed it. We used to fill the house. There were no microphones. The voice work was very critical.” They projected their voices to the top of the balcony, she says.

Forman joined the faculty and taught at UNCG till 1990, then was founding director of the Northern Kentucky University’s theater department. She recently retired as professor emerita. (See article.) Four or five years ago, when she lived near Cincinnati, she attended her first Emmylou Harris concert. It was the first time she’d seen her in person since the days onstage at UNCG Auditorium. “I went backstage after the concert. We had a big reunion, because we hadn’t seen each other in a million years.”

She has her tickets for the sold-out Emmylou Harris show Jan. 24 in UNCG Auditorium. “She is good.”

And has great memories in that grand old auditorium. “It was very exciting. My costume was gold sequins,” Forman recalls. “It was a wonderful set, great reviews, all that good stuff.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Sidebar:

The Carolinian interviewed Emmylou Harris for the Dec. 10, 1965, article “‘Tempest’ Introduces
New Theatre Talent.” Some excerpts, lightly edited:

  • She began her acting career at the age of five when she starred in a kindergarten production of “Mother Goose” which she jokingly refers to as her “greatest leading role.” Although she has never had any formal dramatic training, Emmylou furthered her interest in drama while in high school by joining the dramatics club and by performing in numerous high school productions. 
  • Her experience has not been limited only to portrayal of such innocents as Miranda, her performances having ranged from a “sweet, young thing” in “The Tender Trap” to a barmaid in “The Drunkard.” 
  • One gathers from talking to Emmylou that her greatest thrill so far at UNCG was meeting and talking to the performers of NRT (National Repertory Theater). Although spectators are not allowed at NRT rehearsals, Emmylou managed to obtain permission to sit in by offering to carry coffee to the performers. 
  • She likes most everything about life at UNCG. but she does have a great dislike for required courses. She feels that students work only for credit in such courses and that they are essentially a waste of time. 
  • Emmylou, an accomplished vocalist and guitar player, has sung professionally on several occasions in Washington, D.C., and in Birmingham. Emmylou calls Birmingham home, but her parents are presently living in Japan where her father is stationed in the Marines. 
  • Like many people, Emmylou says she has always had a tendency to be afraid of Shakespeare, and that it was for this reason that she especially wanted a part in the play. She describes ‘The Tempest” as a “real play about real people”… Emmylou expressed hope that the article would be more of a plug for the play than an article about her, because she sincerely believes that the play has something to offer to each person who sees it. Emmylou Harris definitely has something to offer in her portrayal.

Learn Instagram, Twitter at brown bag tutorial Feb. 6

UNCG boasts a lively community of Twitter and Instagram users – see some examples below – but these popular apps can be intimidating for “newbies.” 

Faculty and staff who want to learn the basics of these platforms are invited to a brown bag tutorial on Thursday, Feb. 6. 

The tutorial will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in EUC Dogwood. Morgan Glover, social media manager in University Communications, will show participants how to set up accounts, post content, and interact with other users, including fellow Spartans. 

Morgan will address the group during the first half-hour, and then answer individual questions. Participants can stay for the entire time, or visit during the second hour for a quick check-in. Although Morgan will focus on Instagram and Twitter, she will answer questions about other social media apps. 

Please email mjglover@uncg.edu if you would like to attend. Participants should bring their lunch and a mobile device with the apps installed. 

And by the way, here is a sampling of Twitter feeds and Instagram feeds from around campus to give some inspiration to how you may want to approach them:

Twitter: @AyeshaBoyce @NoahLenstra @MitchCroatt @HCarlone

Instagram: @idobasketball @omarthedragon @uncgiarc @uncgmt @uncgarchives @uncg_oa @uncgchancellor @uncgalumni

 

‘Show me the money’: Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Are you interested in finding external funding for research, teaching, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant-seeking databases (SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center). Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of keywords. Everyone will have the opportunity to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest within the computer lab.

February 18, 2020; 9-11 am
304 Curry Building, or

April 22, 2020; 9-11 am
304 Curry Building

Presented by Helen G. Kiss, Ph.D., Office of Sponsored Programs, UNCG.

Register and learn more at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/show-me-the-money-locating-grant-funding-opportunities-3.

Four new EV Charging Stations in McIver Deck

Photo of a car charging station

Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) has installed four Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in the McIver Parking Deck.

The stations are operational and already being put to good use by commuters. The new McIver EV stations bring to total number of charging stations on campus to 13 (9 in Oakland), all of which were supported by grants from the UNCG Green Fund.

The UNCG Green Fund is a campus-based grant program supported by student activity fees and is meant to forward UNCG’s Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The Green Fund was developed by the UNCGreen student club and approved by the Student Government Association in 2015. Over the five years of the Green Fund’s existence, UNCG students have invested over $240,000 to support 48 different sustainability initiatives on campus which address the four elements of UNCG’s definition of sustainability: economics, environment, social equity, and aesthetics. All told, these projects have saved the University approximately $16,000 in utility costs and over 200,000 kWh hours of electricity (equal to about 16 standard homes), annually.

Use of the EV stations is included in the cost of a UNCG designated parking deck permit and are also available for use by daily visitors. That’s right, there’s no charge to charge. But due to their popularity, there is a four-hour charging time limit, so please share.

To learn more about the various multi-modal sustainable transportation options available to the UNCG community (public transit, carpool, scooters, etc.) be sure to visit https://parking.uncg.edu.

To see a list of past and current Green Fund projects and for instructions on how to apply for a grant, visit https://sustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund/.

Housing Hangout will focus on housing for immigrants

The first Housing Hangout of the year, hosted by the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies, will discuss affordable housing for Greensboro’s immigrant and refugee population.

The event will be Feb. 7 at 12 p.m., in MHRA Room 1214. In addition to UNCG faculty, immigration activists, refugee housing specialists, and other community members and professionals will speak on issues related to affordable immigrant housing and housing discrimination.

UNCG’s “Housing Hangouts” are an informal space in which community housing advocates, city officials, university researchers, students, and members of the public gather to discuss housing and community development issues. These informal talks disseminate information about on-going programs, the findings of housing-related studies, community events. They also focus on the development of strategic plans and partnerships for providing decent and affordable housing in the community.

All are welcome to attend.

See the event listing for more information.

 

UNC Greensboro honorees at 2019 AFP Philanthropy Awards

The North Carolina Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized the winners of the 2019 AFP Philanthropy Awards at a luncheon held on Nov. 25, National Philanthropy Day. That November day is set aside each year to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community to the enrichment of our world.

UNC Greensboro’s nominees for two of the awards were selected:

  • Tom and Linda Sloan for Outstanding Philanthropist Greensboro
  • Dame’s Chicken & Waffles for Outstanding Business in Philanthropy – Greensboro

Tom Sloan and Linda Sloan ’82 MFA have had a profound effect on the Triad’s educational, arts, non-profit, and faith communities. Through support of organizations including UNCG, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health System, Triad Stage, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the Greensboro Jewish Federation, the Sloans have directly invested in their community and region, and also have created a foundation of support by encouraging others to join them in their philanthropic endeavors. With an eye for business and community development and a vision for the future, the Sloans’ extensive leadership on boards and committees across the Triad has shaped the organizations they support into sustainable, innovative institutions with the capacity to significantly impact the culture and community of the region. “Giving is not a burden; it is a privilege,” says Tom Sloan. “For us it is also an opportunity because we have chosen to be actively involved in the organizations to which we donate.”

As entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Damion “Dame” Moore ’95 and Randy Wadsworth ’95 recognize the powerful connection between business and the community. In addition to providing community support as vendors and sponsors for numerous local charitable events, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles is committed to providing employment opportunities for those who lack experience but are seeking to better themselves. Moore and Wadsworth know investing in people and the community is not only a good business decision, it is the right thing to do. Moore and Wadsworth are also personally invested in local higher education, paving the way for future community-minded entrepreneurs and business leaders. Both regularly return to their alma mater, UNCG, to share their experiences, and they have established the Moore-Wadsworth Endowed Scholarship to support business students there. In addition, they support NC A&T’s Campus Life Mentors program. Because Moore and Wadsworth believe that philanthropy grows as it is celebrated, they sponsor an annual community volunteer appreciation event at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles locations in Greensboro and Durham.

Moss Street – a call for teachers

Moss Street Partnership School in Reidsville is searching for qualified teachers and substitute teachers.

We hope that as part of the extended UNCG community, you can help us share this tremendous opportunity and encourage friends, family and colleagues to join our team and mission to make a real impact.

Teaching is at the heart of what we do, and Moss Street offers so much more to our students and
community. We blend expanded instructional capacity integrated with broad wrap-around services
– like counseling and nutritional programs – to support students’ health, social development, and
emotional well-being, as well as the professional development of the educational staff.

We are a fully inclusive, collaborative culture for K-5 students that is learner-centered and learner-led. All students learn to be contributors to their families and communities. At Moss Street Partnership School students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their dreams and aspirations.

Help us expand our reach and bring talented, caring professionals into our very special Moss Street environment. Teaching at Moss Street Partnership School matters, and it will make a real difference every day.

Learn more about Moss Street Partnership School at mossstreet.uncg.edu.

Questions about Moss Street Partnership School, contact:
Dr. Christina O’Connor
UNCG School of Education
Email: ckoconno@uncg.edu
Phone: (336) 256-1082

Find information about this unique opportunity, and the application process at spartantalent.uncg.edu.

Just for faculty/staff: Free tickets for Saturday’s games

All UNCG faculty and staff members will receive FREE admission to both UNCG basketball games on Saturday, December 21, with a valid university ID.

The women’s team hosts High Point University at 4 p.m. The men’s team hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Both games are in Fleming Gym.

Bring guests for just $5 per ticket. Tickets are good for both games.

The deadline to order guest tickets is this Friday, Dec. 20, at noon. Questions? Call 336-334-3250 or email t_weedon@uncg.edu

Starfish Updates and Reminders: December 2019

As the University prepares for a new term, the Students First Office would like to remind the campus
community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

Starfish Features and Winter Break Schedule:
 December 4: Last day of Fall 2019 classes
 December 12: Last day of final exams; last day for instructors to issue flags, kudos, and referrals
for Fall 2019 courses
 December 13: December Commencement; all Fall 2019 flags, kudos, and referrals will be cleared
(Note: Cleared tracking items will remain available for historical viewing until the start of spring
term)
 December 16: Winter Term courses begin; flags, kudos, and select referrals will remain available
for instructors to issue to students enrolled in Winter Term courses
 December 24-January 1: UNCG Closed for Winter Break

Online appointment scheduling will remain available over the winter break to all faculty and staff who
post availability on their Starfish calendars. Faculty and staff who will be away from campus during this
time should remove all calendar availability prior to leaving to prevent scheduling conflicts.

Workshop Opportunities:
If you are new to Starfish or would like to refresh your knowledge, please consider attending one of our
Starfish 101 workshops in the spring. These workshops are designed to introduce undergraduate course
instructors and advisors to the basic Starfish features available to support and enhance their work with
undergraduate students. View available workshop times and sign up via workshops.uncg.edu. The spring
workshop schedule will be posted by January 13, 2020.

Starfish Support & Training
For Starfish assistance, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be
unavailable when the University is closed December 24, 2019 – January 1, 2020.

Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish website for additional
information about Starfish and available training guides.

Interdisciplinary social justice conference: Diversity in Sport

The 5th Annual Diversity in Sport Regional Conference will be hosted here at UNCG on April 3-4, 2020. Previously, the conference has been hosted by Long Island University (Brooklyn campus), Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, and Johnson C. Smith University.

The conference is student-led and is currently being run by UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology. Shelby Anderson and Alexis Rice are the 2020 conference co-chairs. Dr. Jen Farrell, Dr. Diane Gill, Dr. Pam Brown, Dr. Erin Reifsteck, and Dr. DeAnne Brooks are serving as the faculty mentors.

Founded in 1985, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is the leading organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals who work with athletes, coaches, non-sport performers (dancers, musicians), business professionals, and tactical occupations (military, firefighters, police) to enhance their performance from a psychological standpoint.

The 2020 keynote speakers are Dr. Angel Brutus and Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover. Dr. Brutus is a member of Mississippi State University’s Sports Medicine and Performance team serving as Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology. Dr. Whitt-Glover is the chief officer and principal investigator at Gramercy Research Group, an organization that combines faith, science, and research to develop evidence-based programs to help individuals sustain healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens

This social justice conference is interdisciplinary in nature and welcomes proposals not only from sport and exercise psychology, but also from (physical) cultural studies, critical race theory, women’s and gender studies, body studies, sport humanities, and sport management.

The conference was founded by the Diversity Committee of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Dr. Rob Elliott Owens of the Bryan School of Business and Economics and UNCG alumnus of the School of Health and Sciences (2011) and the School of Education (2005) is one of its founding members and he is the current chair of the Association’s Diversity Committee.

The Call for Abstracts is now open. UNCG students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit proposals at http://embracediversityinsport.org

UNCG social media news, gifs, wallpapers, prizes and more

Campus Weekly will publish next Tuesday, and then go on winter break until the next CW enewsletter publishes Jan. 9

In the interim, there are other great ways to not only stay informed, but to share your Spartan pride and engage online with other members of the campus community. 

Check out these digital and social media resources provided by University Communications: 

  • UNCG has popular Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube accounts, with lots of great stories, photos, and videos to share. Check out each of them – and subscribe to them if you’d like, to stay in-the-know.
  • Plus, follow and engage with the different social media accounts across campus. Every school or college has accounts, most departments do, and lots of deans, faculty, staff members do as well. And of course Chancellor Gilliam is very active on social media. Reach out to social media manager Morgan Glover if you need to update the directory or contact information for page administrators. Email mjglover@uncg.edu
  • Morgan Glover plans to host a tutorial in the coming semester for faculty and staff who are new to Instagram and Twitter. Please email her if you would like to be included in an invitation. 
  • Join UNCG’s “Social Spartans” online ambassador program. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are eligible, and earn points toward prizes when they share University news and updates. 
  • And have some fun. Check out and use new branded gifs and animated stickers on UNCG’s Giphy.com channel. Gifs can be used across platforms, while animated stickers are intended for use on Instagram stories and Snapchat. 
  • Show your Spartan spirit by downloading new University wallpapers for your desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can access the images on this page
  • New resources for campus social media managers are being added to University Communications’ website. Check out a social media strategy worksheet and list of common university hashtags here

A weekend of UNCG basketball action

NC State comes to town Sunday, to take on the Spartans.

With many of the students away, it’s a great opportunity for faculty and staff to cheer even louder for the team, as they take on the ACC opponent.

NC State is currently 7-2, with big wins last week over Wisconsin and Wake Forest. UNCG is 8-2, with big road wins recently at Georgetown and Radford. The game will be broadcast locally on My48.

The SoCon will present its SoCon Faculty and Staff awards to two members of the UNCG community, at the game. And – yes – the baby derby will be at halftime.

Want to gear up for the game? The day before (Saturday), Coaches Wes Miller and Trina Patterson as well as Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. will be at the UNCG Pop Up Shop, with a live remote broadcast by Chris & Chris on Rock 92 FM. They’ll be on hand starting at 11:30 a.m. (Please note this updated time.) Listen in or, better yet, stop by and pick up some UNCG gear and spirit wear for the games ahead.

All merchandise at the Pop Up Shop will be 25 percent off, and if you show your UNCG app you will get an extra 5% off.

And get an early start to the weekend by cheering on UNCG Women’s team at NC A&T this Thursday. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans are 6-3, and senior guard Nadine Soliman just set a new program record for three-pointers made.

To purchase tickets for the UNCG vs. NC State game, click here.

For a special Spartan 4-Game Mini Plan available for just $75, which includes 1 TICKET FOR NC STATE, PICK 1 OTHER NON-CONFERENCE GAME, PICK 2 SOCON GAMES, email the ticket office.

By Mike Harris

Updated 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 to correct the time the coaches will arrive at the pop up shop.

 

The Vacc tower bells’ beautiful sounds are back

Photo of the Vacc Bell Tower with a wreathThe story begins with a crackle of thunder. And ends with the most majestic sounds of the holiday season.

July 8. Thunder and lightning. A sharp strike hits UNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower. The bells’ consoles are immediately out of commission. 

This full carillon of bells had first been heard on a December 2015 ceremony at the bell tower. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. counted down “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and, as the entire plaza was lighted with a seasonal display, music doctoral student Marya Orlawska-Fancey played a keyboard connected to the tower. The first song? “Carol of the Bells.”

The UNCG carillon has 49 bells. The original 25 were complemented four years ago by 24 new bells, an additional gift by Dr. Nancy Vacc. The addition made it one of only five full carillons in the state, allowing the bells to provide a rich sound for any melody.  

Fast forward four years, and the bells are ready to ring in the holiday season again. The company that had installed the bells oversaw the sophisticated electronic repairs during the semester. 

And the bells are now ready for the holidays.

The bells started striking the “Westminster chimes” each hour, starting Nov. 8. And since Nov. 8, they have played the UNCG alma mater at noon. A few seasonal songs sounded on Reading Day, after the campus holiday reception at Alumni House. But, to help students concentrate, John Comer, the Alumni House manager who maintains the controls, has kept the bells relatively quiet during the exam period – no seasonal songs.

The respectful silence will come to an end later this week, as the exam period closes out Thursday evening. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, he plans to let the seasonal songs ring out. The carillon will play seasonal melodies each day at dusk through New Year’s.

Those on campus for Thursday’s late afternoon doctoral hooding ceremony or Friday’s Commencement day will have something extra-special to enjoy.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Text updated 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Community Voices’ exhibition

Gate City Writes is hosting an art exhibition at The Green Bean downtown through January 15.

Work from the organization’s Community Voices group is being featured.

Gate City Writes is a writing collaborative for children and teachers. Every summer it hosts workshops and camps in the UNCG School of Education Building. Community Voices is a workshop specifically for immigrants and refugees who are interested in learning more about writing and learning English as a second (third, etc.) language.

The exhibition at The Green Bean includes campers’ narratives about coming to the U.S., pictures of the writers, and maps of their home countries. The goal is to provide opportunities for people in the Greensboro community to learn more about each other.

Questions? Contact Dr. Amy Vetter at amvetter@uncg.edu.

SOE accepts nominations for Inspirational Educators

Photo of an adult with two childrenThe UNC Greensboro School of Education is accepting nominations for 2020 Inspirational Educators through December 31, 2019.

Aiming to recognize inspirational educators who have made a transformative impact on students’ lives, the School of Education launched the Inspirational Educators initiative in 2018.

The School of Education values the difference educators make in engaging communities and promoting life-changing opportunities through education while remaining steadfast in the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, nominations are open to any and all educators, not only those affiliated with UNC Greensboro; the nominee can be a star in their field or have had a significant impact on you or your family.

The goals for the Inspirational Educators program are simple: elevate the profession of education, create an opportunity to honor people who have made a difference in the lives of others, and raise much needed funds for our future educators. A permanent recognition, the Inspirational Educators Wall, is displayed in the School of Education Building.

When you nominate an Inspirational Educator, your gift not only honors a legacy, but inspires our students and helps us provide them with the best preparation possible.

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

Questions? Contact Terri Jackson at terrijackson@uncg.edu or (336) 256-0496.

New name, and VC for Enrollment and WAM director search committees

With several searches underway or beginning here at UNCG, here is an update:

 

Business Affairs to be renamed Finance and Administration

In line with other UNC System schools and national peers, UNCG’s Business Affairs division will be renamed Finance and Administration, which is the new higher education term of art. This is pending UNC System approval. The start of the new VC search presents a good time to change the name to one that candidates will more readily respond to. The new Vice Chancellor’s title will now be Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. (See earlier CW post about the search process and search committee.)

Additionally, two other searches have an update:

 

VC for Enrollment Management

The new Vice Chancellor for Enrollment will report to the Chancellor. The Chancellor has appointed the following individuals to the VC for Enrollment Management search committee:

  • Kelly Burke, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (Chair) 
  • Karen Bull, Dean, UNCG Online
  • Joi Bulls, Associate Chair, AP Associate Professor & Internship Director, Dept. of HDFS
  • Beth Fischer, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
  • Tim Johnson, Executive Director, Housing and Residence Life
  • Andrew Hamilton, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Steve Honeycutt, Director of Financial Planning and Budgets
  • Christopher Keller, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Larry Mayes, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Institutional Research 
  • Kimberly Osborne, Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Todd Sutton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technology and Client Services
  • Deborah Tollefson, Director of Financial Aid

 

Weatherspoon Art Museum director

The search committee has been appointed:

  • Peter Alexander, Dean Emeritus, College of Visual and Performing Arts (Co-Chair)
  • Margaret Benjamin, Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board Member (Co-Chair)
  • Lindsey Auman, Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Member 
  • Chris Cassidy, Director, School of Art 
  • Pam Coote, Weatherspoon Arts Museum Advisory Board Member 
  • Ann Grimaldi, Curator of Education, Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Nancy Hoffman, Greensboro City Councilmember 
  • Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art History 
  • Susan Taaffe, Preparator, Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Maggie Triplette, Weatherspoon Arts Museum Advisory Board Member 
  • Tim Warmath, Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board Member 
  • Antoine Williams, Assistant Professor of Art, Guilford College 

Cranes, drains, and trains: a campus construction cornucopia

As fall draws to a close, here are highlights of the campus construction projects that are finishing up, underway, or on the horizon for the coming calendar year.

Recently completed/wrapping up:

  • Steam line replacement behind Mossman – You know the one … the project with the long, blue fence.
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum – Upgraded lighting and dimming controls in Falk, Tannenbaum, and Gallery 6.
  • Well-Winfield fire alarm replacement
  • Bryan School Room 137 – Renovation (in the space formerly known as Au Bon Pain)
  • Mossman third-floor suite – Final tweaks to space and furniture are being conducted.

Nursing and Instructional Building progress as of December 2, 2019.

Ongoing:

  • Nursing and Instructional Building – Building drywall and most of the brickwork was completed by Thanksgiving. Occupant move-in is anticipated for October 202o, with the building fully open by Spring 2021.
  • Coleman Building Academic Success Center – An existing athletics equipment room is being repurposed into an academic study space for 50 students.
  • School of Dance Coleman – Landscaping is being done in the courtyard outside of the second-floor circulation space.
  • Tennis courts – Final inbounds colors are being added to the recent resurfacing.
  • Spartan Village II retail monument sign – The new sign will be a 4-sided brick and precast retail sign that includes integral lighting, changeable retail plates for up to 13 tenants, and a digital component that is remotely programmable by University Communications.

Upcoming for spring 2020:

  • UNCG Police station plaza – New banners will be installed.
  • Ragsdale-Mendenhall Residence Hall – The building will be fully renovated, prompting the relocation of occupants (see related story).
  • Stone Building Room 142 -The project includes new auditorium seating, handrails, acoustical tiles, ceiling tiles, LED lighting, flat-panel screens, and air distribution devices, along with the removal of the stage.
  • Coleman Athletics weight room – A new mezzanine and support offices will be added, and equipment upgraded.
  • Coleman 139 and 141 – These rooms will be combined to created a new Men’s Basketball team lounge and film review room.
  • Music Building – Brickwork will be done at the Herring Garden water feature and handicap access path.
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum – Sculpture courtyard modifications  will include the removal of Cor-ten steel “wave” planter and trees.
  • UNCG Online office – This project includes the creation of 6-8 additional offices and modification to existing space as needed.
  • Sullivan Science Building – All lighting will be upgraded to LED.
  • Coleman dance studio 221A & B – The floors will be replaced.
  • UNCG Auditorium – The chandelier hoist mechanism will be upgraded.
  • Mossman – The main path of egress will be relocated from Room 241 to 200E, and a new door installed between those rooms.
  • Mossman 275 – A new pantry will be installed, and the flooring and carpet will be upgraded.

Upcoming for summer 2020:

  • Moore-Strong Residence Hall – Full roof replacement
  • Graham Building – Full roof replacement
  • Phillips-Hawkins – Full roof replacement
  • Stone Building – Repair of damaged exterior masonry stairs and landings will take place at northwest entrance.
  • Stirling St./Theta to Bryan Building service drive – The steam distribution system will be replaced.
  • Sullivan Science Building greenhouse – New environmental control systems will be installed to meet temperature, humidity, and sunlight requirements.

Pending for 2020:

  • New Arts Place at Tate & Gate – A new multi-cultural arts venue to include flexible performance space, gallery, instructional and practice rooms, office space, and a retail component.
  • Railroad bridge painting – Railway bridges at Tate St. and Josephine Boyd will get new colors.
  • Steam Plant control system upgrade – A new building automation system means big improvements to efficiency in campus climate control and energy usage.
  • Campus Master Plan update – The project will update the 2014 Master Plan to incorporate the strategic plan, capital plans, recent construction, millennial campus designation, land acquisition, and campus-wise space assessment.
  • Moore Nursing Building – Modernization and reconfiguration of existing space will take place to support general instructional use and academic support.

Compiled by Matthew Bryant

UNCG announces 13 Gilman Scholars

Thirteen UNCG students will receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad next semester.

The Congressionally funded Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad.

With thirteen recipients, UNCG has more Gilman Scholars than any other college or university in the Carolinas.

UNCG is ranked 14th nationally out of 407 institutions in the number of Gilman Scholarships awarded.

Since 2012, 130 UNCG Gilman Scholars have received over $430,000 in scholarship funding through the Gilman program.

UNCG’s Gilman Cycle 1 Recipients for Spring 2020:

That Htoo, Belgium
Jazlyn Ibarra, Spain
Malaika Nzau, South Africa
Esteban Garcia, Finland
Joseph Santiago, South Korea
Shante McNeill, Sweden
Jaimon McMillan, France
Faith Brown, Botswana
Leonardo Lopez-Trejo, Netherlands
Kiara Bethune, South Korea
Ian Surman, China
Kaila Williams, Canada
Nyat Fessehaye

All Gilman Scholars are studying abroad on exchange programs at UNCG partner institutions. 

For a full list of Gilman recipients, visit gilmanscholarship.org

To learn more about UNCG’s International Programs Center or to support global opportunities for UNCG students, visit international.uncg.edu.

Gifts, music, and Spartan spirit at Greensboro’s Festival of Lights

Photo of the horn choir at the festival of lightsOne of Greensboro’s most enduring holiday traditions will again light up downtown this Friday, as the Festival of Lights brings holiday cheer to the city. And, as always, Spartans play a big role.

The UNCG Pop Up Shop will hold its grand opening during the festival. Come find discounted UNCG merch just in time for holiday gift-giving, and enjoy appearances by Spiro, the UNCG spirit squad, and the UNCG Chariots a capella group.

Once you’re done at the shop, make sure to stick around for the variety of Spartan musicians who will be performing at the festival. The UNCG Horn Choir and Tuba Band will play LeBauer Park and the UNCG Sapphires, the women’s a capella group, can be found throughout the festival performing as a strolling group.

As well, a variety of UNCG alumni will bring their talents to the Elm Street Musical Stroll. Catch UNCG Old Time Ensemble alumni in The Zinc Kings and The Gate City Railbenders for some lively fiddling and folk at 308 and 527 S. Elm respectively. Then, find Laura Jane Vincent ‘04 at the corner of Elm and Washington for a set of rousing ballads. Finally, end your stroll with a wide repertoire of jazz and pop classics, delivered by alumna Jessica Mashburn, near Gate City Boulevard.

For a list of all Pop Up Shop events, see here. For a map and full schedule of the Festival of Lights, see the event page here.

Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 5

Photo of the Vacc Bell Tower with a wreathThe annual Campus Holiday Open House will be held Thursday, Dec. 5. Join the Spartan community at the Alumni House for an afternoon of food, music, and cheer. Make sure to bring a non-perishable food item, to donate to the Spartan Open Pantry. The open house will run 2-4 p.m.

A special treat just before the open house: Help UNCG’s Grounds crew plant two new trees in Foust Park! From 1 to 2 p.m., Assistant Director of Grounds and certified arborist Andy Currin will be on hand at Foust Park (in front of the Alumni House) to talk about the trees in the beautiful park and to answer your questions about UNCG’s Tree Campus USA distinction.

Later in the day, UNCG will host another campus tradition. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UNCG luminaires, which have provided a warm glow throughout campus on the evening of Reading Day since 1969. (See UNCG Archives’ story about the tradition’s origin.)

Additionally, the Vacc Bell Tower will be decked out for the holidays that evening – and throughout the month.

Angel Tree donation deadline extended to Dec. 10

It’s that time of year for Spartans to sign up and purchase gifts for our Angel Tree Families to help make their holidays special. Find a particular item or items you would like to purchase, sign up, and shop – it’s that easy.

Once you have identified your gift, please contact one of the following to arrange a time to drop off your donation. The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, but the sooner the better.

You do not need to wrap the gifts. However, please be sure to tag them with the Family No., gender, and age. This information, along with the signup link, may be found at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4dada72fa6fc1-angel

Office of Housing and Residence Life will relocate

On Dec. 16, UNCG’s Office of Housing and Residence Life will relocate to the Jefferson Suites Residence Hall as part of the Ragsdale/Mendenhall renovation. Staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same, but the office’s location will be 1501 Spring Garden Street.

In the upcoming Spring semester, the Ragsdale/Mendenhall Residence Hall will be closed for renovation, which includes:
– Adding central air conditioning and an elevator
– New plumbing, vanities, doors, and hardware
– ADA ramps to make the first floor more accessible
– Variety of cosmetic changes in the rooms.

Students assigned to live in Ragsdale/Mendenhall for the Fall 2019 semester will be reassigned to another room for the Spring 2020 semester. Assignments were made by Dec. 1. Housing and Residence Life has offered frequent updates to Ragsdale/Mendenhall residents, including monthly Town Hall meetings.

“Ragsdale/Mendenhall is the last of a group of major renovations in the residence halls that we have been working on for the past eight years, “said Timothy Johnson, executive director of Housing & Residence Life. “We made the decision to wait until spring semester to take the building off-line to be able to accommodate the largest number of residential students for the fall semester. We have been working since last spring to notify students of our plans, so that they would know about the “Big Move,” even before they signed up for the building. We are excited about the renovations coming and very appreciative of the students that signed up to live in the building, despite the move. They have created a great community this fall and we are hopeful they will carry that Ragsdale/Mendenhall spirit to other parts of campus in the spring.”

For more information, visit hrl.uncg.edu.

Volunteer opportunity: POCAM seeks volunteers for Salvation Army Toy Drive

Would you like an opportunity to use up your remaining Community Involvement Leave? Parking Operations & Campus Access Management is sending volunteers to help with the Salvation Army Toy Drive in High Point.

They have a signup sheet available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f45aaac23a1f94-salvation if any other UNCG employees would like to volunteer.

Dates available are Dec. 11, Dec. 12, and Dec. 17. The beginning time indicated on the sign up sheet is the time that the Spartan Chariot will depart from Stirling St, in front of the EUC. The end time indicated is the time that the Spartan Chariot will arrive back on campus. Anyone who signs up is welcome to catch a ride on the Spartan Chariot.

Since Dec. 11 is a full day of volunteering, the Spartan Chariot will provide transportation to Chili’s for anyone wanting to purchase their lunch.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Hunt at tchunt@uncg.edu or 336-256-1242.

Also: The UNCG Police canned food drive for the Spartan Open Pantry has been extended till Dec. 13.  See more here.

Coffman, Stein will lead UNCG’s Child and Family Research Network

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Dr. Jennifer Coffman and Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein will serve as co-directors of the UNCG Child and Family Research Network, the University has announced.

Established over a decade ago, the Child and Family Research Network (CFRN) is a group of faculty members and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflects a core concern for the welfare of children and families. The goal of the network is to facilitate collaboration among these faculty and other individuals interested in children and families, and to enhance scholarship, teaching, and service within the local, regional, national and international community.

To provide an opportunity for networking, meeting the new leadership, and charting the next decade of CFRN’s support for scholarship, teaching, and service designed to bring faculty together to enhance their work, the University invites you to a reception on Monday, Dec. 9, 3-5 p.m., in the Faculty Center.

LLC holds its first Undergraduate Research Expo

Photo of the research expoUNCG’s first Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Undergraduate Research Expo was held on Monday.

The expo brought together students in four LLC courses  Global Crossings: Images, Media, and Texts; Immigration Stories; Globalization and Diversity: Cultural Expressions; and The Best of German Literature to share papers, posters, and videos on diverse topics.

The expo, funded by the Mellon Fund’s Transforming Humanities project, was an opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in research with real-world impact. The research covered diverse topics including accessibility in education, human trafficking, child labor, and workplace discrimination. Through the process of preparing for the expo, students were introduced to contemporary issues and how to employ academic research as a tool to create practical solutions.

“This is an opportunity for students to put to use what they’re learning in particular areas through the research they’re conducting,” said Head of LLC Dr. Roberto Campo.

As research is typically associated with graduate students, the undergraduate expo is an opportunity to demystify the research process for students who traditionally may not be able to engage in research, he explained. We all do research every day, Campo noted, and what the expo teaches is how to apply this to the conditions of life that the classes and students are concerned with. “It’s a uniquely valuable experience.”

Plans are already being set for next semester’s expo, which will have a larger focus on LLC’s language classes, including French, Spanish, Russian, and Spanish Linguistics. It will be another great opportunity for undergraduate engagement.

Story and photography by Avery Campbell

Roots music icon Emmylou Harris returns to Tate St.

WomanGreensboro, particularly the UNC Greensboro campus, has always been a home to writers and musicians.

And as part of that distinction, one of the greatest living country singer-songwriters began her career on UNCG’s own Tate Street.

In 1965-67, before recording and touring with Gram Parsons, before assembling a band of country music and bluegrass masters that included Elvis’ Hot Band, before becoming a 14-time Grammy winner and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and decades before being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, a UNCG student performed at Tate Street’s Red Door Café, roughly in the current spot of Leon’s hair salon.

Emmylou Harris.

The golden-voiced singer and then-budding songwriter was the recipient of a drama scholarship in UNCG’s Department of Drama and Speech, and faculty from that time remember not only her shows at the Red Door, but also seeing her in a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Taylor Theatre and “The Dancing Donkey,” with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People.

This winter, the world-famous singer-songwriter and bandleader is set for a return to Tate Street, performing at UNCG Auditorium on Jan. 24 as part of UNCG’s University Concert and Lecture Series.

Coming up in the 1960s and 70s music scene, Harris blurred the lines between country and rock ’n’ roll. Before becoming a prolific composer in her own right, Harris played songs by and collaborated with a tremendously diverse set of artists: Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Lucinda Williams, Delbert McClinton, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and Rodney Crowell, just to name a few.

Harris’ 1992 album “At the Ryman” is credited with saving Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium from demolition, and instead renewing it as a world-class venue. Her 1995 album, “Wrecking Ball,” was hailed as an experimental alternative rock-country triumph and showcased a number of contemporary songwriters. In 2000, “Red Dirt Girl,” made up almost entirely of Harris’ own compositions, was No. 3 on the Billboard country album charts and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Her 2006 collaboration with Mark Knopfler, “All the Roadrunning” was an international success, and in 2014 “Old Yellow Moon,” an album that featured both Harris and Rodney Crowell, earned Harris her 13th Grammy award. In 2016, Harris and Crowell won an Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the year and two Grammy nominations for their 2015 album, “The Traveling Kind.”

With her current band, The Red Dirt Boys, Harris continues to sing and perform worldwide.

For tickets to the show on Jan. 24 at UNCG Auditorium – doors open at 7:30, the show starts at 8 p.m. –  visit: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6026607/ucls-emmylou-harris-greensboro-uncg-auditorium.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Veronique Rolland