UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

New campus construction provides opportunities for minority businesses

As classes begin this week, you may notice that the construction phases of UNC Greensboro’s new Nursing and Instructional building and new Chiller Plant are well underway. What may not be as obvious is that these projects recently surpassed their goals in providing economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE).

The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program at UNCG is part of a statewide initiative to help MWBE contractors and vendors build contacts and foster growth and profitability for their small business.

To receive HUB certification, businesses must be 51 percent owned by minorities who self-identify with one of the following demographics: Black, Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, Female or a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Person, Disabled-Owned or a Disabled Business Enterprise.

The state of North Carolina has a goal of 10 percent HUB participation for all major construction projects completed by state agencies.

The Nursing and Instructional Building is at 32 percent, and the Chiller Plant is at 36 percent.

Together, the two projects have provided over $25.3 million of economic opportunities to businesses that are most in need.

See full story, more photos and a video clip of the construction site at UNCG Now.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Grant Evan Gilliard

SECC total? More than $171,000 for charity

UNC Greensboro’s 2018 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) raised more than $170,000 last year for charities across the community, state, and beyond. The campaign kicked off in September and final donations were accepted in late December.

The campaign saw donations from nearly 800 staff and faculty members, and was supported by nearly 100 SECC team coordinators and volunteers. With a 28 percent participation rate, UNCG tied with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the highest participation rate in the UNC System.

“From the two dozen that helped with the primary planning, to the more than one hundred team coordinators, this was a university-wide effort,” said 2018 SECC Campaign Chair Wade Maki. “I’m so grateful for the time, support, and efforts of everyone involved. The dedication and commitment of these volunteers has been inspiring. Too often, we spend our work days in our own zone and a campus-wide project like this really shows how many good people doing good work it takes to make a big difference.”

The SECC helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across the state and beyond, ranging from the Second Harvest Food Bank and YWCA to Duke Children’s Hospital and USO North Carolina.

As the only workplace giving program for state employees, the SECC is a direct way for staff and faculty at the University to help those in need, sustain service organizations, and make a meaningful contribution to the community. The SECC was established as a medium to assure state employees and retirees an avenue and opportunity to support charitable organizations that are accountable, fiscally sound, and committed to improving the quality of life in the state, nation and the world.

“I’m just glad that we all could come together and really make a difference in our community,” said Barbara Tookey, who will take the lead for this year’s campaign as 2019 SECC Campaign Chair. “I’m very proud of UNCG and the volunteers for all the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the campaign. It doesn’t matter if they gave one dollar or a thousand dollars, we all are participating in the greater good, and I love that.”

By Victor Ayala

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, to speak at MLK Celebration

Author and community activist Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual joint Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, presented by UNC Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T).

This year’s event will take place in UNCG Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to Shabazz’s keynote address, the evening program will feature a performance by the UNCG Neo-Black Society Choir, a presentation of UNCG’s MLK Service Award, and a performance by A&T’s MLK Oratory Contest winner. A meet-and-greet and book signing with Shabazz will follow the program.

Shabazz is a professor, social activist, community organizer, speaker, and author of three award-winning publications: “Growing Up X,” a coming of age memoir; “Malcolm Little,” a children’s illustration book; and the award-winning “X, A Novel.”

Shabazz promotes higher education for at-risk youth and interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates in international humanitarian delegations. She holds a Master of Science in education and human resource development from Fordham University; a Bachelor of Science in biology from SUNY/New Paltz; and is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Earlier in the day, A&T will host a faculty and staff reception with Shabazz on its campus from 3-4 p.m. A free shuttle will provide round trip service to and from the event from the UNCG campus. Faculty and staff should call 336-334-5090 or email intercultural@uncg.edu to reserve their seat on the shuttle.

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement, UNCG Bookstore, Parking Operations and Campus Access Management, UNCG Auditorium, Spartan Printing, and Student Affairs. A&T sponsors include the MLK Commemorative Observance Committee, Student Affairs, and Multicultural Student Center, among other student and student affairs groups.

To learn more about the event, visit intercultural.uncg.edu.

Two additional events related to the MLK Day are:

  1. A National Day of Racial Healing gathering on Tuesday, Jan. 22., noon, at the Minerva Statue near the EUC, to learn together and celebrate our common humanity. The three speakers will be:
  • UNCG Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate, Julia Mendez
  • Director of UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement, Augusto Pena
  • Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Carla Fullwood

2. MLK Day Game at the Swarm, presented by UNCG. This special event will be Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m. See this web post for details.

What’s new for Spring Semester 2019?

Here are some things to make a note of, for the new semester:

The 2019 student research expos will be held on the same week – on back-to-back days. The 2019 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo will be the next day, Thursday April 4, 2019. More information on these two expos will be in Campus Weekly in the next two weeks.

The Excellence Awards for faculty and staff will have two ceremonies instead of one. One ceremony will be dedicated to staff, one ceremony dedicated to faculty. The Faculty Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. (The General Faculty Meeting that day will begin at 2 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium.) A reception will be held in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, immediately after the awards ceremony.

As reported in last week’s CW, the Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be on April 25, 2019.

The UNCG Science Everywhere festival, which draws thousands of people to campus each spring, will be April 13, 2019. Activities from departments and programs on campus are being solicited for the festival. See how to participate.

Reviews will be “paperless.” UNCG’s new e-Performance performance management program is designed to be easier and mostly paperless. As noted in an earlier CW, the due dates for both SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty performance plans have been extended to January 31, 2019, to allow you additional time to complete the required tasks. The SHRA performance appraisal due date will remain March 31, 2019. EHRA Non-Faculty performance appraisals are due June 30, 2019.

Some key dates to be aware of:  

Feb. 21 and 22 mark the sixth annual Believe in the G – a 48-hour celebration of Spartan pride for the entire campus community and beyond.

UCLS events:

Carrie Mae Weems – February 7, 6 pm (free admission)
Herbie Hancock – February 12, 8 p.m.
Mark Morris Dance Group – February 27, 8 p.m.
Audra McDonald – March 9, 8 p.m.


UNCG spring opera, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff “- April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 2 p.m

“Man of La Mancha” – joint production by Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre – April 28 through May 26

Assembled by Mike Harris


Participate in UNCG Science Everywhere Festival on campus

The fifth annual UNCG Science Everywhere Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 12-4 p.m.

The festival attracts over 5,000 community members and is always a great opportunity for outreach, to show off our faculty and departments, and to give our students practice in communicating science.

We invite you to join the fun by creating a hands-on activity for families to enjoy.   

Stretch the definition of STEM to the limits! We all use “science” everyday. This year’s NC Science Festival theme is “Made in NC!”

All disciplines can participate — create a nature collage, dance with students, identify different musical tones, create origami creatures, touch a fossil, make flavored water, or tell nature stories.  

Please check out the SE website for more info, including activity descriptions from 2018.

Please complete the activity form by January 28, 2019.

Have questions? Contact RISE@uncg.edu or Lynn Sametz at l_sametz@uncg.edu

Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity.

A “Show Me the Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities” workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am, Bryan 221.

This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including 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 key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest.

The workshop is presented by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu

Leadership transition at Middle College at UNCG

Angela Polk-Jones, the inaugural principal of the Middle College at UNCG, will become principal of The Early College at Guilford later this month.

A UNCG alumnus, she has served as the inaugural principal of the Middle College at UNCG for the past eight years.

The school has been nationally recognized for its achievements over that period. Polk-Jones and staff accepted the prestigious America’s Best Urban Schools Gold Award from the Center for Urban School Transformation in San Diego earlier this school year. The Middle College at UNCG was the only high school in the country to receive the organization’s coveted Gold Award.

The school district plans to complete a position search in time for a new principal to begin work this summer. Beginning this week, David Moody and Charles Burns will begin a transition as co-interim principals at the Middle College at UNCG. Moody is a former assistant superintendent in Chatham County Schools, who also served as co-interim principal at The Academy at Smith and at Kiser Middle School. Burns is a retired principal at Kernodle Middle School and the former co-interim principal at The Academy at Smith. Both of them also provided interim support to Grimsley High School. Moody has begun working together with Polk-Jones this week, to ensure a smooth transition. Burns will join Moody later this month.

1960s fashion at the Weatherspoon? Far out!

Grab your go-go boots and come enjoy a fun evening talk on 1960s fashion styles.

Kit Rodenborough, founder of the cool vintage store Design Archives, will share her love for fashion and 1960s clothing at the talk.

The event is Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., at the Weaterspoon Art Museum.

The museum is open till 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, so it’s a great chance to see the “1960s: A Survey of the Decade” and other great exhibitions.

It is presented in conjunction with the campus-wide initiative 1960s:  Exploring the Limits.

This event is made possible by Lincoln Financial Foundation.

“Surfing in the Age of Fake News” and more lectures coming to campus

This spring, the UNCG chapter of the American Association of University Professors will present three lectures on campus.

Dr. Sam Wineburg: “Surfing in the Age of Fake News: Media Literacy for College-Level Readers”
January 22 at 7 p.m. in the EUC, Alexander Room

Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and a professor of history at Stanford University. Educated at Brown, Berkeley, and Stanford, he holds an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University. His study “How Young People Make Decisions about What to Believe on the Internet” has been featured in such places as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the New York Times, and NPR. His 2002 book, “Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts”, won the Frederic W. Ness award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.” His latest book is “Why Learn History When It’s Already on Your Phone” (University of Chicago Press). In 2013, Wineburg – who is the brother of UNCG professor Robert Wineburg – was named a fellow of both the National Academy of Education and the Obama-Nehru Distinguished Chair by the US-India Fulbright Commission.

Dr. Nancy MacLean: “The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”
February 25 at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium

Dr. Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author, most recently, of “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Current Affairs and the Lillian Smith Book Award.

Dr. Michael Roberto: “The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States”
March 28 at 7 p.m. in the EUC, Alexander room

Dr. Michael Joseph Roberto is the author of “The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920-1940” (Monthly Review Press, 2018). Roberto taught contemporary world history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University until his retirement in December 2016.

No forum this week for UNCG Online dean candidates; See new schedule

The UNCG Online dean candidate open forum originally scheduled for Jan. 16th was cancelled.

A new schedule for the UNCG Online dean open forums is below. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their vision for online learning at UNC Greensboro, followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled in the School of Education Building, Room 114 as follows:

Candidate 1: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2:15-3:30 pm

Candidate 2: Thursday, January 24th, 2:15-3:30 pm

Candidate 3: Tuesday, January 29th, 2:15-3:30 pm

Candidate 4:  Thursday, January 31st, 2:15-3:30 pm

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed athttps://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/uncg-online-dean-search/.


Library webinar series offers resources for campus community

University Libraries will host two webinar series during the spring 2019 semester, including on Research and Application as well as on Online Learning and Innovation. The webinars are for UNCG students, staff, faculty, instructors and librarians. Each session is 30 minutes in length and will be hosted in Webex Meetings. After registering through the Google Form, participants will receive an email with a link to the session the day before the webinar. For more information or questions, contact Samantha Harlow, online learning librarian, at slharlow@uncg.edu.

Research and Applications Webinar Schedule:

Thursday, January 17 at 1 p.m.

Sage Research Methods


Wednesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Digitalia: ebooks and Streaming Film


Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m.

OpenRefine: Free Tools for Messy Data


Tuesday, March 19 at 11 a.m.

Researching with Digital Archives

To register for a Research and Applications webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2skqXD7


Online Learning and Innovation Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, February 12 at 1 p.m.

Embedding Google Slides in Canvas


Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m.

Universal Design for Learning: The Basics


Thursday, April 4 at 11 a.m.

Library Online Tutorials and Research for Students and Instructors

To register for an Online Learning and Innovation webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2FlaMy3

Coming up at UNCG’s GPS downtown

From film, to Tibetan paintings, to songwriting, the Greensboro Project Space on Lewis St. hosts a wide variety of interesting exhibits and events. Here are some events to look forward to in the coming weeks:

  • “Somebody In Your Corner: A short film” by Jagmeet Singh Mac about a mother who lost her daughter to homicide, and a friendship that grows in the aftermath. The film will be at the GPS Terminal from January 7th-31st.
  • Traditional Nepali Thangka Paintings: Artist Madhu Krishna Chitrakar. The artist will travel from Nepal to Greensboro to exhibit his Thangka paintings and interact with the community. Chitrakar is a renowned Thangka painter, from a long line of traditional artists whose work is used for a variety of religious practices. The exhibit will run January 14th-February 18th. Opening is February 1st, from 6-8 p.m.. On January 25th, at 6 p.m., anthropologist Ana Lopes will give a lecture on Tibetan Buddhist art.
  • Gate City Songwriters: A biweekly gathering of songwriters, open to all genres and levels of experience. Occurs the first and third Sunday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
  • Upstairs at GPS: A monthly guided conversation about current issues in the arts. Hosted by UNCG faculty Andrew Wasserman, Francis Bottenberg, and Mariam Stephan. Welcome to all. The discussion is 8-10 p.m., January 24th, February 21st, March 21st, and April 18th.
  • Grateful Dead Documentary Series Parts Three and Four: The second screening of the six-part Grateful Dead Documentary series will focus on the band’s fans, “Dead Heads”, with the episodes “Let’s Go Get in the Band” and “Dead Heads.” Dr. Rebecca Adams will lead a discussion. The event is February 8th, 6:30 p.m.

UNCG best online nursing program among NC public colleges, says USN&WR

US News & World Report ranked the best online nursing programs.

UNCG Nursing’s online program was rated 13th nationally among all universities. The program was the highest rated among North Carolina’s public universities.

The other public North Carolina universities to make the top 100 in this category were ECU at number 27 and UNC Charlotte at 62.

The results were announced Jan. 15.

The School of Education had great news too. The ranking for Best Online Education Programs was 61st nationally among all universities.




UNCG alum EJ O’Keeffe named Men’s Soccer head coach

EJ O’Keeffe, a two-time Big South Coach of the Year, has been named the men’s soccer head coach after a national search. The move represents a homecoming for O’Keeffe, who played at UNCG for three seasons, serving as team captain and leading the Spartans to the 2008 Southern Conference championship and NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

“This is an exciting day for our men’s soccer program,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record. “EJ was chosen following an extensive national search and stood out with a proven track record of success and as an alum has the passion for what the history and tradition of UNCG soccer is all about.  With his leadership and experience — including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen as a player and his coaching success, we fully believe he is the right fit for our program. His intensity, enthusiasm and passion reflect our commitment to seeking excellence in all that we do. ”

The Greensboro native joins UNCG after spending the last nine years at High Point, including four seasons as head coach where he was twice named Big South Coach of the Year and had the Panthers ranked as high as No. 12 nationally last season. O’Keeffe is also an official US Soccer National Team Scout and is a member of the United Soccer Coaches National Ranking Committee, United Soccer Coaches Regional Ranking Committee and the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee along with being a MLS Combine Scout/Liaison.

Prior to his time with the Panthers, O’Keeffe was the Director of Recreation, Championships, Discipline and Appeals for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association where he managed a yearly $900,000 budget.

“I’m excited to come home,” O’Keeffe said. “I’d like to thank Chancellor Gilliam, Kim and Sport Oversight Jody Smith. UNCG is close to my heart along with so many alums. There is a rich tradition at UNCG Soccer and I look to add to that. We have a lot of work to do but I’m excited and humbled to lead the program moving forward.”

UNCG will hold an official welcome for O’Keeffe today (Wednesday, Jan. 16) at 12:15 p.m. in Coleman Building, Room 137. It will be streamed via YouTube and the link can be found here.

To view the full release, visit uncgspartans.com.

McNair Scholars represent every school at UNCG

Photo of McNair scholars being inducted UNCG has welcomed its second cohort of McNair Scholars. Nineteen students were inducted into the UNCG Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program, a federal TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The new cohort includes representation from every school at UNCG and 17 departments.

Several current McNair scholars presented their research at national conferences during the fall, and more than half of the scholars are applying to graduate programs.

“I continue to be impressed by the students in the McNair Scholars program,” said Dr. Kara Baldwin, director of the Office of Federal TRiO Programs. “Last year, I watched the first cohort of scholars develop their research interests and add their voices to conversations around critical topics. This new cohort seems as invested in making an impact in their research fields as well. What really sticks out to me is that our McNair Scholars are engaged in critical conversations and they want to make an impact on their community through the research they complete here at UNCG.”

Read more about UNCG-McNair and see more photos on the Provost News Site.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Weatherspoon exhibition shows how Warhol’s work anticipated social media

Photo of the Warhol Weatherspoon exhibitWhat was social media before social media?

Decades before the dawn of Facebook, Friendster, or even email, an artist from an Eastern European immigrant family (“Warhola”) learned to draw during a childhood illness, attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, moved to New York, and became a leader in the pop art movement.

Along the way, this artist conceived a process – available to celebrities and wealthy socialites – for instantaneous portrait production, and Snapchat-level modification, but with a single, controlling voice: Warhol.

“Andy Warhol: Prints, Polaroids, and Photographs from the Collection,” at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, is a telling display of what social media takes inspiration from today.

“He was way ahead of the curve with the instant gratification of social media,” says Curator of Collections Elaine Gustafson. “He knew that people wanted to see themselves, and this kind of daily documentation that we now have on Facebook.”

Today, we see and publish our photos as we are taking them, but at Warhol’s time, the Polaroid camera was the only way to see your photograph right then and there.

Each patron of Warhol’s sat for a series of Polaroid photos, and eighteen of those sessions are currently on display at WAM. Among them are shots of writer Truman Capote, musician Carly Simon and premier fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. Warhol had the subjects pose in a number of different ways, and then, with their input, he selected photos to make prints of, in his classic 60’s era advertising-style with off-kilter, aggressive colors.

Warhol was not accepted by the established art community at that time, but he created his own scene, notably at The Factory, his Manhattan studio and event space. He became a friend of the most famous people of any given time Lou Reed, Jackie O., David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and the list goes on and on – many who were celebrities or near-celebrities, artists, and business people.

“He had a lot of people in his life who were not conventional, and he was very supportive of them,” says Gustafson. It wasn’t really until his death that he became a hot commodity in the art world. He was on the fringes.”

Eventually, Warhol’s graphic design style and his penchant for cultural documentation made him a household name, and his work, including single pieces that have sold for more than $100 million, was enormously influential on contemporary art and anticipated – or even inspired – social media the way we now experience it. He was also a diarist of objects.

“He would collect something from his life every day,” notes Gustafson. “Tickets for a movie, or something he found on the ground, and he’d put them in a box and archive them.” Today, you find snapshots of such objects continuously rolling through social media feeds.

“Andy Warhol: Prints, Polaroids, and Photographs from the Collection” also includes a screen print of a paper cut-out by fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson, who carried his art supplies around and made cut-outs to entertain children.

Another stand-out piece in the collection is a print based on a Romanian castle that was the inspiration for Disneyland’s “Sleeping Beauty” castle created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bavarian Reinsurance Company

“Everything from fairy tales to celebrities and monarchs to industry,” says Gustafson.

Warhol’s art and his artifacts were not just about his own life, but a cultural record of the times. The Weatherspoon exhibition is a step back into our shared history at a point where art met commerce, celebrity culture, and social currency, launching us to where we find ourselves  – and 3,000 of our closest friends – today.

The exhibition is open through Feb. 3. All exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum are free and open to the public.

See the website for hours and more information.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Star light, stars bright at UNCG

Photo of the observatory exterior at night Come out and see the stars this semester at the UNCG Planetarium and Three College Observatory. Multiple viewing dates are coming up at both locations, and they all require reservations.

The UNCG Planetarium is operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is located in Petty 310. The planetarium will be open at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, Feb 15th
  • Friday, March 22nd
  • Friday, April 19th
  • Friday, May 17th

The Three College Observatory is jointly run by UNCG, NC A&T, and Guilford college, and will be open to the public at the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, Feb 2nd, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1st, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13th, 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3rd, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 25th, 8:30 p.m.

Visit https://physics.uncg.edu/ to reserve seats. Dates tend to fill quickly, so act fast. For more information, email ssschuba@uncg.edu.

Come cheer! Men’s Basketball has two big games this week

Photo of a men's basketball game UNCG Men’s Basketball is currently at 14 wins, 2 losses, its losses coming at LSU and at Kentucky, both ranked teams. They have a 3 wins, 0 losses mark early in the SoCon regular season.

Coach Wes Miller, with a late-December win over Chattanooga, became the winningest coach in the program’s history with 125 wins, passing Mike Dement.

Photo of coach Wes Miller during a game

Two teams near the top in the preseason SoCon rankings visit Greensboro in the coming days. If you haven’t seen a game yet, this is a perfect time.

  • UNCG hosts Wofford this Thursday at 7 p.m. Their leading scorer, Fletcher Magee, recently passed Stephen Curry for the all-time SoCon three-pointer mark.
  • This Saturday, Furman, which was in the Top 25 nationally a few weeks this season, comes to town. Tip-off is at 5 pm.

Also, mark your calendars for UNCG Military Appreciation Night, Thursday, Jan. 31, as UNCG hosts VMI. Veterans, active and reserve military members can call 336-334-3250 for discount ticket information.

Tickets for all the games can be purchased at 334-3250 or visit the Tickets site.

UNCG Day at the Swarm January 21

On Monday, January 21, UNCG will team up with the Greensboro Swarm for a special afternoon of basketball.

“MLK Jr. Day at the Swarm presented by UNCG” will feature the Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate team of the Charlotte Hornets, taking on the Canton Charge. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

The UNCG Spartones, singing a cappella, will perform before tip-off.

Candidates for Dean of UNCG Online Open Forums

The UNCG Online Dean Search Committee and the provost have selected four finalists to visit campus.  You are encouraged to participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their vision for online learning at UNC Greensboro, followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled in the School of Education Building, Room 114, as follows:

  • Candidate 1:  Wednesday, January 16, 2:15-3:30 pm
  • Candidate 2: Tuesday, January 22, 2:15-3:30 pm
  • Candidate 3: Thursday, January 24, 2:15-3:30 pm
  • Candidate 4: Tuesday, January 29, 2:15-3:30 pm

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.

All information can be accessed at https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/uncg-online-dean-search/.

Newsmakers: Early January 2019

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

  • Dr. Jennifer Yourkavich was featured in a New York Times article on evidence that breastfeeding improves liver health.
  • Forbes profiled alumna Beth Leavel on her career and role in the Tony-winning Broadway musical “The Prom.” The piece.
  • Dr. Jocelyn Smith Lee was interviewed for a piece on the Philadelphia Enquirer about the impact of gun death on Black teen boys. The article.
  • Fox8 featured efforts by UNCG students and staff to combat the “freshman 15”. The piece.
  • Dr. Jason Pierce collaborated on a study examining whether men lie more than women, featured in Forbes. The piece.

Artist honors alumni Drane and Tillman with murals

A local artist, Kathryn Crawford, has created a mural honoring JoAnne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman, the first two African American students to attend and graduate from Woman’s College (UNCG).

The mural is located at 503 East Washington Street and is part of a series of murals by different artists honoring civil rights figures.

See more information here.


Photograph by Michael Ream

Appalachian Energy Summit at UNCG

UNCG invites you to attend the eighth annual Mid-year Appalachian Energy Summit – AMY for short. This one-day event will be held on Thursday, February 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Elliott University Center.

The Mid-year Summit brings together students, faculty, and leaders in academia and business to exchange ideas and share best practices in support of a clean energy economy. Since 2012, the Summit has provided a platform through which UNC System campuses have worked together to avoid more than $800 million in utility costs, representing almost 9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All campus and community members are invited to mark their calendars for an exciting day of speakers, networking, and learning. A full agenda will be shared closer to the date. Information will be posted on UNCG and Appalachian State websites.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-mid-year-energy-summit-registration-53145313062

10th Annual Sustainability Short Film Competition, Call for submissions

All entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., where winners will be announced and celebrated. Prizes range from $500 to $200.

Deadline for submitting a film is 5 p.m., February 15, 2019.

Entries must address sustainability, which UNCG defines as the “enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Judging is based on relation to sustainability as well as concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming, writing, etc.

For more guideline information, visit https://sustainability.uncg.edu/sustainability-film-series/.

2019-20 Sustainability Faculty Fellows, Call for applications

The Sustainability Faculty Fellows program accepts two to three fellows each year for funding. The position is for one year and is renewable through re-application. Each SFF is remunerated on an ad hoc basis in consultation with the faculty member’s department head and dean; remuneration (up to $3,500) may include a course release, funding for research or travel, graduate assistant support, or other mutually agreed upon non-financial resources.


  • Tenured, tenure-track, or full-time non-ladder faculty.
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills that foster collaboration.
  • Successful teacher.
  • Advanced degree (terminal degree preferred, but not required).
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant research and creative activity.

For more information. https://sustainability.uncg.edu/appointed-faculty-fellows/

New library resources available in Canvas

Beginning January 11, 2019, a “Library Resources” tab will appear in all UNCG banner-fed Canvas courses within the navigation menu. This tab will allow you to access general UNCG University Libraries’ resources, as well as department-specific or course-specific resources. For more information on this update, please visit the Library and Canvas guide located at https://uncg.libguides.com/canvas. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Samantha Harlow, Online Learning Librarian, at slharlow@uncg.edu.

Mindfulness for Beginners at the Weatherspoon

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will host Susan Poulos’ Mindfulness for Beginners workshop through January and February. Over five weeks, Poulos will guide participants through an introduction to mindfulness practices, including meditation, mindful walking and eating, and gentle movement. These practices encourage reflection and help build resilience in times of stress.

The workshop is every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., starting on January 23 and running through February 20. It is free, drop-in, and open to all, especially those with little or no experience.

If time is tight, the Weatherspoon also hosts Mindful Mondays at 12:30 p.m. This is a half-hour silent meditation session, free and open to all, running every monday from February 4 to May 6.

For more information, see the entry on the WAM website or email ann_grimaldi@uncg.edu.

Support for these programs comes from the Fred B. Lopp and Deborah L. Schandler (‘40) Endowed Education Fund of the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, this year

Every April, the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony honors faculty and staff selected for 14 different awards. This year, the ceremony will be in two parts, one for faculty and one for staff, allowing the university to better shine a spotlight on all of the honorees.

To honor staff winners, the Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be followed by a lunch with Chancellor Gilliam on April 25, 2019. More information is to come.

If you have a departmental staff award that you would like to be part of the ceremony, please contact Sarah Alston at s_alston@uncg.edu as soon as possible.

For more information on the awards and to view last year’s recipient videos, visit https://hrs.uncg.edu/Excellence_Awards/.

Information about the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony will be in next week’s Campus Weekly.

Women’s Basketball and Spirit Teams host clinics

Women’s Basketball and the Spirit Teams will host clinics for kids ages 6-13 in January and February.

The first clinic is on Jan. 19, National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It is an all-sport clinic hosted by UNCG student-athletes and will take place prior to the UNCG Women’s Basketball game against Mercer. Participants will learn about the progress of women in athletics and develop new sports skills.

The second clinic will be on Feb. 9, prior to the game against Furman. At the February clinic, dancers and cheerleaders will have the opportunity to work with the UNCG spirit team of their choice and to perform at halftime during the Women’s Basketball game.

Registration and more information  for the NGWSD clinic is here: https://bit.ly/2EnJyFR

Registration and more information  for the Cheer and Dance clinic is here: https://bit.ly/2R1vTe5

Both clinics, which take place at Fleming Gymnasium, include a t-shirt and admission to the game.

For more information regarding the pregame women’s basketball clinics, call 336-334-3250 or email eahulse@uncg.edu.


‘The Best Retirement Plan for You: Traditional or Phased?’

Faculty will have a great opportunity to learn more about Retirement Choices.

On Thursday, January 17, the UNCG Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) and the UNCG Faculty Senate are co-hosting a panel discussion entitled, “What’s the Best Retirement Plan for You: Traditional or Phased?” Retired UNCG faculty will share why they decided on phased or traditional retirement and what their experiences were. This panel will be of particular interest to tenured or tenure track faculty who have the option of phased vs. traditional retirement. The panel will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event runs 4–6 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center.

The event is open to all UNCG faculty and EPA administrative and professional staff, regardless of whether you are an ARF member.

ARF membership is open to all UNCG retired and employed faculty (tenure track, non-tenure track, & EPA administrative and professional staff) who are 55 and older. Membership applications will be available at this event, or you can join online at http://uncgarf.org/. For more information, contact Susan Dennison, ARF President (stdennis@uncg.edu).

Nominations are open for the 2018-19 Staff Excellence Award

The University Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the University this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SHRA or EHRA non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline. Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty

The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.


The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the University Mission.


The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the University through involvement on committees and/or representing the University in civic or professional organizations, etc.

Human Relations

The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements

The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above. This could include, but is not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

Make your nominations via this nomination form.

Nomination deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019.

Nearly 2,000 turn tassels at Commencement

Photo of the commencement ceremonyDecember Commencement marked the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of nearly 2,000 UNC Greensboro students.

Whether that new chapter in life means graduate school, new careers, travel, or a well-deserved break, UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. reminded graduates to honor their shared responsibility to make a mark on the world.

“I know this journey has not been easy. In fact, anything worth having is never easy,” Gilliam said. “But we know that you will go into the world with vision, with leadership, with a mission to affect change and make this a better world. A better world rests on you. You’re not students anymore, and you have to take this responsibility seriously, but you’re prepared.”

Greensboro city councilman, attorney, and UNCG alumnus Justin Outling spoke about the power of making choices. He recalled his father, who made the choice to become a garbage collector to support his family after being laid off from a factory job. Outling said that every choice has an impact, no matter how small it may seem.

“Nothing happens without choices being made, Outling said. “I know with all certainty that but for my father’s choice not to give into disappointment, not to give into the sudden great loss, the sore back and swollen feet, I wouldn’t be here today. Think about the choices that you’ve made that seemed small, but were, in fact, monumental. After today, you’re officially alumni. You’re going to have more choices to make. Make the most of them.”

The University conferred approximately 1,550 bachelor’s degrees, 330 master’s degrees, 112 doctoral degrees, and two specialist in education degrees. Of the degrees awarded, 104 were conferred to international students. These figures represent students who received degrees in August as well as those who completed their degrees in December.

Among those who graduated today are the first Piedmont Community College RN-BSN Nursing cohort, the first graduates in UNCG’s new Bachelor of Science in Integrated Professional Studies (BIPS) online program, and the first graduates from the UNCG McNair Scholars Program.

By Victor Ayala

See more photographs at UNCG Now.

UNCG awards 112 doctoral degrees at hooding ceremony

Photo of the hooding ceremonyDespite the chilly temperatures outside, UNCG Auditorium was a warmth of celebration Thursday, Dec. 6, as 112 doctoral graduates were honored at UNCG’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

“Doctoral education serves as the incubator for growing the commitment, passion, and vision of many of the individuals tasked with providing leadership at the local and global level as we navigate an ever-changing, complex, and complicated world,” Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said in his remarks to the graduates.  

The ceremony, a more intimate predecessor to the commencement exercises held on Friday for bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates, recognized scholars in four fields of achievement: doctor of education, doctor of musical arts, doctor of nursing practice, and doctor of philosophy.

Dr. Melanie Spence addressed the graduates, encouraging them to keep an open mind.

“Life has a way of throwing us curve balls,” said Spence, who is associate dean of undergraduate education and professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Dallas. “If that happens, it’s important to be open to new opportunities.”

Develop relationships that support collaboration, she added, and continue to seek out mentors.

Each candidate was hooded by their committee chair and crossed the stage with pride, often to a backdrop of whistles and applause from family and friends.

In his final charge to the graduates who have achieved the highest degree in academics, Gilliam said:  

“We will look to you – our newest doctors – to be the guardians of higher education, of the critical importance of doctoral education, and of the indisputable role that the expertise, experience, and dedication that doctoral education conveys in furthering the betterment of society for future generations.

“Congratulations, doctors. It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the family.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Martin W. Kane

1 chancellor, 2 coaches, and 2 Guys Named Chris at Pop Up Shop

Photo of the exterior of the pop up shopAs the snow melts, Spartan Spirit is heating up in Downtown Greensboro.  

Tomorrow (Thursday), Chancellor Gilliam, Men’s Basketball Coach Wes Miller and Women’s basketball Coach Trina Patterson will be joined by the Triad’s most popular morning radio show team – Rock 92’s “2 Guys Named Chris” – for a special event at the UNCG Pop Up Shop on Elm Street.  They will be staffing the store and giving away some UNCG goodies from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The shop is located in the heart of downtown Greensboro , between the Wrangler Store and Scuppernong Bookstore near the Washington and Elm intersection.

Help spread the word – and stop in if you can.

Spartan merchandise and apparel will be available for purchase – and you can even get special Spartan ornaments for a tree. Plus basketball tickets can be purchased too.

And there are great deals. If you’re an employee or student, bring your Spartan ID for a 20 percent discount on your entire purchase. At check-out, just show that you follow UNCG on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll be shown how to get a Barnes and Noble app so you can also receive an even bigger 25 percent discount on one of your items.

Additionally, get an extra 10 percent off any one item if you print out any game ticket and show it. This includes any Spartan Basketball ticket from this season, whether a past or future game. Limit one discount per customer. See store manager for details.  

If you can, come enjoy!

Photo of a display of shirts inside the pop up shop

Newsmakers: December 2018

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

  • National Geographic featured Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüpell’s work in an article on mouse vocalizations. The piece.
  • Dr. Stephen Sills spoke to the national PBS NewsHour about healthy housing and community outreach. The interview.
  • Dean John Kiss was interviewed by Nature for a piece on China’s experiments with plant growth on the moon.
  • Spartan basketball senior guard Francis Alonso was interviewed by WFMY2. The article.
  • The Triad Business Journal featured Sherine Obare’s appointment to Dean of The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The feature.
  • PhD student Peijia Ku’s first publication from her PhD work, on wildfire ash and mercury, was featured on phys.org, eurakalert, and Science Daily.
  • Dr. Marilyn Friend spoke to Education Week about the effectiveness of co-teaching in special ed classrooms. The article.