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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.


  • 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

Input needed for provost and business affairs VC searches

The search committees for Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor and for Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs are respectively seeking perspectives from the campus community (faculty, staff, and students) to help inform the committees’ efforts and those of our partners Isaacson, Miller (IM). Only IM will see the responses; and IM will then submit a report on the findings to each search committee, without identifiers attached. 

Links to both surveys below:

Both surveys will close on Monday, November 25. 

Additionally, today’s Faculty Forum will focus on the provost search. The forum will be held this afternoon (Nov. 20), 3-5 p.m., Alumni House. The campus community is invited to attend. 

Bryan School: 50 and far-out fabulous!

Celebrating Nov. 14, 1969, in style

On November 14, 1969, the executive committee of the UNC Board of Trustees approved the creation of the School of Business at UNC Greensboro.

That made November 14, 2019, a day for celebrating.

The Bryan School celebrated its 50th birthday with cupcakes for students, faculty, and staff. Dean Mac Banks (right-on, in photo) marked the occasion with a vintage 1969 look, making him the grooviest business school dean we’ve ever seen!

The Bryan School has lots of events in store for the months ahead, culminating with its biggest celebration in April.

See the upcoming anniversary celebrations events at Bryan50.UNCG.edu.

Copy and photo courtesy Bryan School.

NC Arts Council Fellowships for alumna and faculty

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Two UNC Greensboro faculty members and one alumna have received 2019 North Carolina Arts Council fellowships. Eighteen artists across North Carolina received awards in the literary categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting and in the musical categories of composition and songwriting. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with discipline-specific expertise and experience.

girl and dogEmilia Phillips is an assistant professor in UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program, a poet, and a nonfiction writer.

She is the author of three collections of poetry, including “Empty Clip” and “Groundspeed” from the University of Akron Press, and three chapbooks, including “Hemlock” from Diode Editions and “Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike,” from Bull City Press. In 2019, she received a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Pathetic Fallacy,” and her lyric nonfiction piece, “Excisions,” was awarded a 2015 Storyquarterly Nonfiction Prize.

Phillips will use the grant to fund experiential research and residencies toward the completion of a lyric essay collection. Her two current nonfiction projects, “Wound Revisions: Lyric Memoirs” and “Rewilding: On Queerness, Family, and Body,” examine reconstructive surgery, gun violence, queer families, and troublesome namesakes.

“My writing, both poetry, and nonfiction is concerned with the ways in which our bodies embody violence,” says Emilia Phillips, “whether it’s physical and externalized (as is the case with bruises and scars) or emotional and internalized (homophobia, misogyny, etc.).”

man in jazz bandSteve Haines is director of the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program in UNCG’s School of Music, a post he has held for the past 20 years.

The first album he created as a leader was “Beginner’s Mind,” in 2003, and next was “Stickadiboom.” He also wrote the music for the musical “Ella: The Life And Music of Ella Fitzgerald.” His fourth and latest CD as a leader is Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra, which was released by Justin Time Records in 2019.

“For this project,” said Haines. “I had the focal points of Becca Stevens, Chad Eby, and Joey Calderazzo. I sought to wrap the orchestra around their sounds like a warm blanket.”

Haines also won the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship in musical composition in 2008. He was also named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the UNCG School of Music in 2006, received a semi-finalist ranking for the 2010 Jazz Knights Commission in New York, and won the 2019 UNCG Gladys Strewn Bullard Award for leadership and service.

With support from the fellowship, Haines plan on making an album of holiday music with fellow colleague, vocalist, and jazz pianist Ariel Pocock.

Jennie Malboeuf graduated from UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program and her poetry examines issues of authority, control, and violence and how these themes intersect with gender, sexuality, and memory.

“Ultimately, the objective of my writing is to explore the relationships between the body (animal) and the mind (God),” says Malboeuf.

Her latest book, “God had a body,” was awarded the 2019 Blue Light Books Prize and is forthcoming in the spring of 2020 from Indiana University Press and the Indiana Review. Malboeuf’s poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review, among other places. She received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention for her poem, “Hubris” (first published in New South) in 2019 and has been named twice to the Best New Poets list, a series featuring emerging writers published by the University of Virginia Press.

Malboeuf will use the grant to give her time to work on a new book of poetry and also to travel to give readings at various colleges, universities, festivals and bookstores for the release of “God had a body.”

Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith


SECC ends today – donate by deadline for chance to win prize

It’s not too late to make a SECC donation and win a prize. You still have until midnight tonight (Nov. 20) to get your donation into ePledge or the printed form to your Team Coordinator to be eligible for the end-of-campaign prize drawing.
All participants who have made a pledge or donation through ePledge or by paper form will be included in the drawing. The prizes this year are:  Robovac, Instant Pot, Echo Dot, Smartwatch, and Bluetooth Earbuds.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 21, and posted to UNCG’s SECC webpage at https://secc.uncg.edu.
While Nov. 20 marks that end of the UNCG’s active promotion for this year’s SECC, faculty and staff can continue to donate through ePledge until the end of December.  Those that want to submit paper forms will need to mail them to: State Employees Combined Campaign, 1130 Kildaire Farm Road, Suite 100, Cary, NC 27511.
The SECC Team Volunteers want to thank the UNCG community for being so generous to the SECC charitable organizations that make a positive difference in our communities.

Disability rights exhibit at Civil Rights Center

The traveling exhibit “Patient No More” will be at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum downtown until Dec. 4, thanks to work by UNCG Museum Studies graduate students. The exhibit explores an event in 1977 where 100 people with and without disabilities occupied a federal building in San Francisco for twenty six days to secure civil rights for people with disabilities.

The exhibit, celebrating this event, will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day until Dec. 4. On Nov. 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m., there will be a discussion panel that will further explore the issues highlighted by the exhibit.

Copy provided by Joey Fink


Happy holidays at UNCG, with lots to enjoy

Photo of UNCG Christmas decorations on a treeSoon, UNCG will light up for the holidays. Through the rest of November and into December are a variety of musical performances, service opportunities, and annual campus traditions. See the upcoming holiday-related events below:

  • Nov. 24: Harvest Home Choral Concert: Join UNCG Choirs for a festive evening of music in the beautiful, acoustically dynamic First Presbyterian Church on N. Elm St. 5 p.m., free entry.
  • Dec. 2-3: UNCG Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale: Bring your Spartan Card to receive an extra 10% off non-textbook items, in addition to your current 20% Faculty/Staff discount!
  • Dec. 5: Campus Holiday Open House: All faculty and staff are invited to the annual holiday open house. Come to the Virginia Dare Room at the Alumni House for the afternoon reception, 2-4 p.m.
  • Dec. 5: Vacc Bell Tower lighting and campus luminaires: Every year on Reading Day, the holiday season is marked by the lighting of the bell tower and Anniversary Plaza. The lighting of the luminaires, a tradition that began in 1969, is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds. The event is free and open to all, and will include music from the tower’s full carillon of bells. Dusk., Vacc Bell Tower and throughout campus.
  • Dec. 6: Pop Up Shop opening: The UNCG Pop Up Shop on Downtown’s Elm. St. will again open for three consecutive weekends this December. Learn about the great discounts at the shop and the exciting events happening there in a separate post in this week’s CW. 6 p.m., Downtown Greensboro.
  • Dec. 6: Festival of Lights: Greensboro’s annual holiday tradition will feature a variety of events and performers, including UNCG alumni and students. 6 p.m., Elm Street, Downtown Greensboro.
  • Dec. 7: Branches of Love: Join Spartans of all ages to decorate trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Come with a 4-person team and be entered in competitions for Best Themed, Best Traditional, and Best overall tree. Have fun and serve the community this holiday season. See more information and register here. 12:30 p.m., Alumni House.

In addition to Branches of Love, here are several UNCG-sponsored ways to make a difference in others’ lives this holiday season:


On Nov. 22, Red, White, & Blue (RWB), a student organization, will be collecting toys for “Toys 4 Tots,” with free donuts for anyone who donates. The event will be 12-2 p.m., EUC. Additional collection boxes will be in the EUC near the information desk, the top floor of the Bryan Building, and in the Student Veterans Association office lobby. 


UNCG collects items year-round for the Spartan Open Pantry, which supports students on campus who may be homeless or in need. The box for donations has been moved into the Advising Center on the first floor of the Moore Nursing Building. Click here for more information.

Faculty and students throughout UNCG are involved in the Moss Street Elementary Partnership School in Reidsville. They are collecting personal hygiene products for all of the elementary students in a box on the fourth floor of the Moore Nursing Building and in the School of Education Building. Click here for more information.

Students are collecting food to provide Thanksgiving meals to families at Cottage Grove, where CNNC and the School of Nursing are making an impact. They have two boxes for donations in the Moore Nursing building, one in the first-floor lobby and another in the fourth-floor nursing lounge. Click here for more information.

The Service Committee of the UNCG Staff Senate is promoting this annual collection of holiday presents for UNCG families. A sign-up with specific items the children need to make this holiday season more special is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4DADA72FA6FC1-angel.

Once you have your gift, please contact one of the following people to arrange a time to drop off your donation by Friday, December 6, 2019:

You do not need to wrap the gifts; however, please tag them with Family#, gender and age.

Items assembled by Avery Campbell and Alex Abrams.

New at UNCG: Banner Communications Management

Banner Communications Management is now available to all UNCG departments!

Banner Communications Management, or BCM, recently completed trial testing with the Financial Aid and Cashier and Student Accounts offices with great success. BCM has enabled these pilot departments the ability to communicate more effectively their students, who are now better informed with more timely and personalized communication.

The tool has great potential to help streamline communications without the need to purchase more software or licenses as this is a delivered tool within our ERP that is now live and ready to use.

If there are data in Banner and an email or physical address associated with the data, a communication can be created with the added option to make it event-based or recurring. To learn more and use this tool within your department, please sign up for one of the upcoming monthly introductory workshops.

Monthly workshops will be held on the second Friday of every month for all faculty and staff. Participants in the workshop will learn how this new communication tool works, potential uses, capabilities, and see a live demo. Sign up for the next event at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/banner-communications-management-introduction-2019-12-13/2019-12-13/.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, please contact Kyle Sauvageau (Business Affairs Systems & Procedures) to schedule a consulting session: kasauvag@uncg.edu.

Note: This post was updated Nov. 20 to correct the link.

Search process begins for provost and business affairs VC; committees announced

The search committees for the next provost and executive vice chancellor and for the next vice chancellor for business affairs have been selected. The search committee for the provost position will convene on Nov. 20. The committee anticipates the next provost will be named in May.

The business affairs VC search committee has already begun its work. The new vice chancellor for business affairs will likely be named mid-Spring semester.

Look for a future CW piece about the best ways the campus community can provide input, for each of these searches.


Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Search Committee:

  • Andrea Hunter, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and immediate past Faculty Senate Chair (chair of search committee)
  • Cathy Akens, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Mac Banks, Dean, Bryan School of Business and Economics
  • Kelly Burke, Dean, Graduate School 
  • Anthony Chow, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science and Chair of Faculty Senate 
  • Jewell Cooper, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Education 
  • Andrew Hamilton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  • Greg Hodges, Associate Vice Chancellor, Planning and Performance Management
  • Julia Jackson-Newsom, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Policy
  • John Kiss, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Esther Leerkes, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Health and Human Sciences 
  • Pamela Johnson Rowsey, Professor and Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing
  • Alejandro Rutty, Associate Professor of Music
  • Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • Olivia Tarpley, Class of 2020
  • Waiyi Tse, Chief of Staff (staffing committee)


Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs 

Search Committee:     

  • Jerry Blakemore, General Counsel
  • Alan Boyette, Senior Vice Provost
  • Beth Fischer, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
  • Donna Heath, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services
  • Jeanne Madorin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Scott Milman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Real Estate
  • Randy Penfield, Dean of School of Education
  • Jeff Shafer, Vice Chancellor for Communications
  • Kim Littlefield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • Waiyi Tse, Chief of Staff (staffing committee) 

Post was updated Nov. 19, 8 a.m., to add one name to VC for BA committee list.

‘OK Boomer.’ Two UNCG researchers give us the meme’s lowdown

In the past week, two words have made a splash.

“OK Boomer.”

It’s crossed over from TikTok and sub-Reddit memes (which Baby Boomers may not see) into “exposé” pieces in the world’s major newspapers and TV news – which Baby Boomers definitely see. 

Last Tuesday, a 25-year-old member of the New Zealand parliament, Chlöe Swarbrick, was heckled by an older member as she delivered a speech on a huge concern for her generation, better climate policy: “In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old; yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old” – and at that moment, she was heckled. 

Her brief retort made world-wide waves. “OK, Boomer.” And she kept right on.

“She was making a speech. She had the floor,” says Dr. Risa Applegarth, professor of rhetoric in UNCG’s Department of English. Applegarth’s upcoming book focuses on youth voices and youth activism.

A lot of times young people are charged with not showing proper respect, she says, noting the young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who repeatedly said, “How dare you!” to international leaders at the United Nations recently when criticizing the lack of urgency on climate change policy.

Applegarth looks at it as a scholar of rhetoric. “To say something is uncivil or something is ‘improper’ has gender and age dimensions.”

“I would ask: Who has the most power in this scenario? If ‘OK Boomer’ is understood as improper, how is the heckling that prompted it also understood? It enabled her to keep arguing in favor of her position – she wants to speak to all of Parliament. It prevented the heckler from taking the floor away from her.”

Maggie Murphy, an assistant professor and humanities librarian in University Libraries, has presented her memes research on campus and at conferences. She is a co-director of this year’s Uplifting Memes series at UNCG University Libraries. And she finds the “OK Boomer” meme remarkable because “it has an ‘analog presence’ and not just an internet one.”

“I have heard from my fellow Millennial colleagues who are high school teachers that ‘OK Boomer’ has been used as a retort in hallways and classrooms. It’s a really interesting example of a meme that is moving as sort of a viral cultural moment and not a visual image expression.” 

Its first use on the internet was last January, and the sub-Reddit “r/teenagers” is where it really took off, she says. 

“‘It’s an expression of exasperation at the people who have caused the problems they are refusing to deal with, in a very time-sensitive situation – the climate, nuclear weapons, etc.,” she says. And there’s a level of humor.

“I really like that the brevity of the retort speaks to the idea there isn’t a lot of time to deal with the issue.”

Speaking of little time … How long will this meme continue to be popular?

“It’s now a conversation touchstone,” Murphy notes. “Which is the quickest way to kill a meme.”

Learn more about the University Libraries’ “Uplifting Memes” series

By Mike Harris.
GIF visual from Giphy.


Native American Heritage Month Events

November is Native American Heritage Month, and through the rest of the month UNCG will host several events highlighting Native American identity and heritage. See the upcoming events below.

  • 11/15: Irna Priore Music and Culture Lecture Series: “Sound, Sociality, and the Making of Mountain Skies”: Sara Snyder, Assistant Professor and Director of the Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University, will give a talk on the making of a ethnographic documentary about the Mountain Skies Festival at Black Mountain, and the way music interacts with culture, technology, and identity.
  • 11/16: Food Sovereignty and Two-spirit Indigiqueer Identities: Delesslin George-Warren, of the Catawba Indian Nation, will discuss food sovereignty, and host a conversation about two-spirit and indigenous queer identities. 6:30 p.m., EUC Kirkland.

If you know of additional events this month, please contact Campus Weekly.

One week left for SECC giving campaign

Aerial photo of the campusIt’s not too late to donate to your favorite local charity and support an outstanding cause.

UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) is in its final week, and Spartan faculty and staff are invited to donate to one or more of their preferred charities.

Breakfast participation was up this year, with 249 attendees up from 209 at last year’s event. This year’s SECC breakfast prize winners were recently announced.
“We have just crossed a milestone for the last week of October. We are now over 50% (toward our goal) – $87,669 from 444 donors,” says SECC chair Barbara Tookey.
That gives UNCG a 15% participation rate at present, which is the highest in the UNC System so far, she notes.
This year’s goal is to beat last year’s figures which were: $173,396 total raised; 801 donors; and a 28% participation rate.
As of October 29, UNCG was at: $111,336 total raised; 550 donors; and a 19% participation rate. Can we do it? UNCG raised over $100,000 in the last few weeks of the campaign last year.

To donate securely online, visit https://secc.uncg.edu

If you don’t see your favorite charity listed, please ask them to apply to become an SECC charity. Details can be found on the official State Employees Combined Campaign website.

For a live update for the statewide totals: https://ncsecc.upicsolutions.org/ncsecc/UserPreferences/Master3.html

UNCG Dance BFA majors’ end-of-semester performance

UNCG Dance presents “Exposure,” an evening of unique and dynamic choreography by School of Dance Bachelor of Fine Arts Choreography and Performance majors.

Created through a rigorous showing and mentoring process, their choreography reflects each individual’s choreographic interests.

“Exposure” will be performed in the UNCG Dance Theater, at 1408
Walker Avenue on November 22 and 23, 2019, at 8 pm, and Saturday, November 22, at 2 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www. etix.com. Ticket prices are $7 for UNCG Students, $10 for non-UNCG Students and Seniors and $15 for General Admission.

1. Alexis Clanin has created a contemporary work for seven dancers that focuses on the perception of time and the effect time has on us physically and emotionally. Clanin has been working collaboratively with her dancers with hopes of relaying the message of how precious time truly is.
2. Anna Grooms has created a contemporary work in collaboration with her five dancers that focuses on the relativity of space and the way that we view the space around us based on our perspectives. Anna and her dancers have been exploring movement vocabulary and costuming, as well as lighting and production elements to play with the visibility of the dancers on stage, which provides the audience with a variety of perspectives from which to experience the piece.
3. Kate Gupton, and her five dancers have been working to create a light-hearted dance about the “wood wide web” and what we can learn about the nature of communication. To create this work Kate and her dancers asked questions like “How do our bodies
communicate?” …  What are the similarities and differences in the ways humans communicate as compared to the natural world?” … and “How can we embody the physical and chemical properties of communication in the human brain and natural world?”
4. Lauren Kelly is premiering a sociopolitical work incorporating contemporary and aerial dance, called ‘Entangled.” Alongside her five dancers, Lauren has been working collaboratively to explore how women are oppressed through the lens of the proverbial principle of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” which Western society has
interpreted as “turning a blind eye.”
5. Marissa Kuczkowski, in collaboration with her dancers, musicians, videographer, and lighting designer, has facilitated a creative process fueled by site-specific improvisation. This team of artists visited three sites around Greensboro to generate all of the material used to craft the staged performance. Marissa hopes that her work inspires audiences to see their surroundings in a new light and find inspiration throughout the physical world.
6. Magalli Morana and her cast of six dancers have worked collaboratively to develop a process-driven and research-based contemporary dance work examining both the somatic and psychological response to trauma, as well as the idea of collective trauma, particularly in regards to women. Making use of trauma-informed practices in this process, Morana has placed an emphasis on finding a way to communicate how trauma affects the mind and body without reenacting traumatic experiences. Ultimately, with this
piece, Morana and cast hope to open possibilities for healing and reclaiming one’s body.
7. Jordan Shadley has created a contemporary work that revolves around the idea of miscommunication and confusion using the format of a group chat. Alongside her six dancers, Jordan has created movement exploring partnerships, repetition, and the incorporation of vocals with movement. Jordan will also be creating a live soundscape during the piece in collaboration with her dancers’ movement.

NC Theatre for Young People stages ‘The Witches’

poster for theater productionThis week, UNC Greensboro’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People stages a play based on “The Witches” by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.

The public performances are Nov. 16, 17, and 23 at 2 p.m. in Taylor Theatre. The fantastical production is suited for children in second grade or seven years old and above.

Created by UNCG faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students, the production includes inventive puppetry, shadow-work, illusion, magic, original compositions by UNCG student James Stryska, and fantastic special effects. It also includes a unique perspective on evil.

“Terrifying things can be exciting,” says director and MFA student Chad Parsons. “We will never be without fear or evil, and we must learn to overcome that. ‘The Witches’ reminds us that we need to find and embrace love despite terrifying and challenging circumstances.”

Purchase tickets online here.

Tickets are also available by phone (336.334.4392), or in person at the UNCG Theatre Box Office located at 406 Tate St., Greensboro, NC 27412. The hours of operation for the UNCG Theatre Box Office are Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00 pm.

For information about bringing your group to student matinee performances (Nov. 19-22), contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.



UNCG joins National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

UNC Greensboro has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an institutional member. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

The center provides the following virtual programs:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly core curriculum webinars
  • Monthly guest speaker webinars
  • Access to multi-week courses
  • Access to dissertation success curriculum for graduate students
  • Private discussion forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, and moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to 14-day writing challenges
  • Access to member library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings


To create your account that permits you to access this Institutional Membership, complete the following steps:

1)  Go to http://www.facultydiversity.org/join

2)  Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.

3)  Select “Activate my Membership”

4)  Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e. @InstitutionalEmail.edu)

5)  Go to your institution email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.


In addition, please note two upcoming deadlines: 

First,  on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 12:00pm-1:30pm ET Lisa Hanasono, PhD, is facilitating Making the Most of your NCFDD Membership: Exploring Classic and Creative New Ways to Advance Your Professional Development. In this webinar, Dr. Hanasono will discuss how individuals and institutions can use the NCFDD’s resources in creative, clever, and collaborative ways to encourage faculty members, post docs, and graduate students to advance their careers and thrive in academia. You may register by following the link here.

Second is registration for the Spring 2020 Faculty Success
Program that runs from January 19 to April 11.
  Being an institutional member reduces the registration fee by $500.  Registration closes on November 22, 2019.  

If you have any questions about the membership, please contact: Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement at shelton@uncg.edu.

If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at Membership@FacultyDiversity.org.

Sweet Spartan sounds, as November 2019 ‘Concert Weeks’ begin

Picture of a concert performanceOnce again, the UNCG School of Music will come together for a wonderful variety of performances from its many ensembles and guests. See some of the many world-class performances coming in the next two weeks and view the full schedule here.

And, all the ones listed below are free-admission and open to all! Come enjoy the fantastic artistry.

  • Nov. 13: Sinfonia: The Sinfonia, a diverse ensemble of major and non-major performers, will present an array of material covering romantic, baroque, classical, and modern works. The group is dedicated to broadening the performance level of its members, and the musical experiences of its audience. 7:30 p.m., Tew Recital Hall. 
  • Nov. 15: Eric Mandat Portrait Concert: Internationally renowned clarinetist and composer Eric Mandat will be joined by clarinet faculty and students to play a selection of his contemporary clarinet compositions, inspired by jazz and non-western traditional music. 7:30 p.m., Tew Recital Hall.
  • Nov. 19: University and Symphonic Bands: The University Band, consisting of dedicated musicians from across campus, and the Symphonic Band, made of 55 music majors, will play a concert with a wide variety of material drawn from multiple traditions. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Nov. 21: Wind Ensemble: The wind ensemble, a highly-select concert band of fifty music majors, will be joined by the Panther Creek High School Wind Ensemble for a special concert preceded by a panel that will explore the music of the program. Panel at 6:50 p.m., show at 7:30, UNCG Auditorium.
  • Nov. 23: The Difficulties – Faculty and Guest Artist Recital: The Difficulties are a unique trio of musicians and artists who will bring their neo-beat garage gospel and poetry to UNCG at the end of the month. 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Project Space.
  • Nov. 24: Choral Ensemble – Harvest Home: Join the UNCG Choir for a night of soaring music at the beautiful and acoustically dynamic First Presbytarian Church in Greensboro. 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 25: Symphony Orchestra with Lilla Keith and Ming Liu: Soprano Lilla Keith and conductor Ming Liu will join the UNCG Symphony Orchestra for a night of music, including pieces by Nielsen, Debussy, Bach/Elger, and Sibelius. Pre-concert discussion 6:50 p.m., performance 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

3 Minute Thesis Competition on Thursday

This Thursday, select graduate students will describing their entire thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Each finalist can use only one static PowerPoint slide as they succinctly convey the importance of their research to a non-specialist audience.
The finals will take place in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome at attend.
Among this year’s judges are two UNCG Board of Trustees members.
The judges determine the $1000 first place winner and $500 second place. The attendees will determine the $250 “People’s Choice” award.

This year’s 10 finalists were selected by faculty judges at the preliminary rounds. They represent four different academic units and are working on an exciting and diverse array of projects with real world impact.

  • Shoroq Alkhattabi, Specialized Education Services (Dr. Diane Ryndak)
  • Alyssa Bedrosian, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt)
  • Brown Biggers, Computer Science (Dr. Somya Mohanty)
    Kristof Cank, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Dr. Nicholas Oberlies)
  • Yoojin Chang, Psychology (Dr. Peter Delaney)
  • Gabrielle Dailey, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Dr. Ethan Will Taylor)
  • Sheeba Dawood, Nanoscience (Dr. Hemali Rathnayake)
  • Elvis Foli, Kinesiology (Dr. Sandra Shultz)
  • Yener Ulus, Biology (Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui)
  • Masahiro Yamada, Kinesiology (Dr. Louisa Raisbeck)
The event is hosted by by the Graduate School. More information is available here: grs.uncg.edu/3mt/

Course Reserves due for Winter, Spring 2020

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists are due as follows:

Winter – Friday, December 6
Spring – Friday, December 13

Requests to renew fall lists for use in winter and/or spring are due by Wednesday, December 4.

eReserve readings are stored in Box@UNCG and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box and then sends an email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert them into Canvas; instructions are provided and available at https://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/AddingeReservestoYourCourseinCanvas.pdf. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

For more information about course reserves including copyright information (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107), how to submit lists, and how to find reserve lists online please visit our Reserves webpages at http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/. Please remember that only small portions of copyrighted books may be placed on eReserve and the amount allowable is based on the reasonable limits of fair use (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107) under United States law. Allowable amounts differ; please contact us regarding questions.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources (http://uncg.libguides.com/streamingfilms). Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide (http://uncg.libguides.com/ebooks).

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 336-256-1199 or 336-334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

SERVE receives $15.6 million from Department of Education

UNCG’s SERVE Center has been awarded a five-year, $15.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a regional comprehensive center designed to improve educational opportunities and academic outcomes for disadvantaged and low-income students.

SERVE, UNCG’s education research and technical assistance center, will operate the U.S. Department of
Education’s Region 6 Comprehensive Center, which will provide support and services to K-12 education
systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Researchers will collaborate with educational
agencies in three states to ensure college and career readiness, address issues of equity and
disproportionality, and support the region’s lowest performing schools.

“Creating opportunities for students to succeed is what we do,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D.
Gilliam, Jr., “and to lead this effort is an opportunity for the University to make a significant impact on
the future of education in the southeast. Our experience with innovative instruction and community
engagement positions us well to shape the future of K-12 education, and make positive, lasting change.
This generous award enables UNCG to make real progress, and ultimately change life trajectories.”

The U.S. Department of Education supports 19 regional Comprehensive Centers nationally, awarding
funding based on an applicant’s ability to provide high quality, capacity-building services to state clients,
and to develop and sustain effective evidence-based practices that support improved educator and
student outcomes.

In recent months the SERVE Center also received $6.2 million in funding to continue operating the
National Center for Homeless Education, and $5 million to assess North Carolina’s Career and College
Promise program, which offers high school students opportunities to earn credits for college or career
and technical education programs. In the same period, UNCG’s School of Education received a $6.1
million grant to partner with Rockingham and Surry school districts to improve teacher training.

“UNCG is bringing significant expertise and resources to bear in the effort to improve educational
outcomes for all children and youth,” said UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Terri L.
Shelton. “The $32.9 million in new education funding we have received over the last four months is a
testament to our reputation for collaborative partnerships, research, and translating research into
practice in this field.”