UNCG Campus Weekly

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Chancellor Gilliam, Dean Obare are TBJ Power Players

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and JSNN Dean Sherine Obare have been named Triad Business Journal’s 2019 Power Players.

Each year, the Triad Business Journal identifies key leaders who have put impactful ideas into action to lead the region forward.

The Triad Business Journal recognized Chancellor Gilliam’s efforts in guiding the school’s Millennial Campus initiative, as well as enhanced research opportunities through a two-year grant that will result in a high-speed data network.

The Millennial Campus will create opportunities for growth, development of innovative academic experiences, and the creation of unique public-private partnerships for the University. Two areas of campus will be recognized as new districts for future development: one primarily along Gate City Boulevard, which will focus on health and wellness, and the other along Tate Street, which will focus on visual and performing arts.

With N.C. A&T, UNCG has been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $499,912 to build a high-speed research data network that will both connect the two largest universities in the Triad with each other and enable faster, easier sharing of research with scientists around the world.

Photo of Dr. ObareDr. Obare, who joined the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) as dean in January, has established an internationally recognized and externally funded research program that has fostered successful collaborations in chemistry and environmental engineering globally. She has received many awards and accomplishments including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Science and Technology, and the American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship of the National Science Foundation. She has also been named one of the top 25 women professors in the state of Michigan by Online Schools Michigan.

Her research work lies in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, alternative energy, and in developing strategies to improve STEM education. In addition to her work as associate vice president for research, Obare serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research.

Obare was chosen by the Triad Business Journal because she has “quickly become the person to know in the Triad regarding technology and innovation.”

SECC Breakfast prize winners announced!

Congratulations to all of the following 2019 SECC breakfast prize winners!

  • Madison Gilhool:  Large Canvas Bag filled with Athletic Swag
  • Joyce Clapp:  2 tickets to Panthers vs Seahawks
  • Richard Ratcliffe:  4 UNCG Coffee Mugs
  • Beverly Lucas:  Weatherspoon Membership & Large Bag
  • Phillip Kluttz:  4 North Carolina Zoo Passes
  • Andi Smith:  Greensboro Children’s Museum Family Pass
  • Ida Johnson:  Large Canvas Bag filled with UNCG Swag
  • Winners of handcrafted wood decorations & jewelry:
    • Patrick Martin
    • Kathy Baker
    • Laura Pearce
    • Donna Huff
  • Michael Hemphill:  Large Canvas Bag filled with Athletic Swag
  • James Ferriter:  Handcrafted Ironsmith Fireset
  • Linda Dunston-Stacey:  Gift Basket with UNCG Swag
  • Barbara Tookey: 3 Donkeys Original Painting
  • James Ferriter:  Sterling Silver Jewelry Set
  • Ellen Ashley:  Echo Smart Speaker
  • Kathy Williams: Handcrafted Wood Memory Box
  • Allan Goldfarb:  Snap Crackle Pop Puzzle
  • James Ferriter:  50″ Smart TV

Those who have not received their prize should arrange to pick up from Cathy Church, McNutt Building (ITS), mcchurch@uncg.edu.

The SECC campaign will continue through November 20.

See for the latest statewide SECC donations to date.


Nancy Doll will step down as Weatherspoon’s director next summer

After 22 years of dedicated service, Nancy Doll will step down as director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum on July 31, 2020.

In sharing this news with the campus community yesterday afternoon, Provost Dunn said: “Under Nancy’s outstanding leadership, the Weatherspoon’s collection has continued to be known and highly regarded on a global scale, as indicated by the growing number of loan requests we receive from major museums in this country and abroad. Nancy has overseen impressive enhancements in the museum’s service to the national and international arts communities, as well as to the UNCG campus.

More faculty than ever, representing a wider array of disciplines, have incorporated Weatherspoon exhibitions into their curricula and assign classes to visit the galleries in support of class projects. Non-student attendance has also grown steadily, reaching more than 38,000 annual visitors.

Nancy has been successful in raising funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations to advance the mission of the Weatherspoon. Supporters have included the National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Cemala Foundation, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Deluxe Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Working with the curatorial staff, Nancy has led the charge to diversify our collections, exhibitions, and programs to include many more artists of color and women artists. Because of her steady commitment to these issues, the Weatherspoon’s audience has also greatly diversified. Nancy was also instrumental in marshaling the Weatherspoon through two successful reaccreditation reviews by the American Alliance of Museums.”

Nancy Doll was appointed director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in July 1998. She had been executive director of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California.

She had earlier served as:

  • Curator of 20th Century Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Director of Gallery Eleven and Curator of the University Art Collection at Tufts University, and
  • Director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

Doll holds a BFA (cum laude) from Mundelin College of Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Iowa.


Students’ perceptions of UNCG campus climate? The results are in.

The University and the Division of Student Affairs strive to promote a climate at UNCG where everyone feels supported and welcomed. UNCG’s iBelong Project, launched last spring, will help us better understand student experiences here.

A survey, developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity, has measured UNCG students’ perceptions of our campus environment.

Some key findings indicate the following:

  • 85% of students surveyed were very satisfied or satisfied with their college experience at UNCG. Just under 5% were dissatisfied, and 9% were neither satisfied or dissatisfied. 
  • Students were also asked to describe why they selected their response about their level of satisfaction. The top three response categories were: people they encountered (152 responses), professors (129 responses), and faculty/staff (82 responses). 
    • Students were also asked in a likert scale question about perception of faculty commitment to success.  79% of students agreed/strongly agreed that educators care about students at UNCG. 
  • 64% of students agreed or strongly agreed that “I feel like I am part of a community at UNCG.”
  • 71% of students agreed or strongly agreed that “I feel like I belong at UNCG”. The three demographic groups that were significantly more likely to agree with this response were students who lived on campus, students who identified as female, and traditional college-aged students.
  • Online students reported not participating in campus activities, and transfer students also reported needing support, suggesting the need for additional or new efforts with online and transfer students to ensure a sense of belonging. 
  • Overall, most students (81%) agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is a major priority at UNCG.
  • 81% of students reported rarely/never experiencing any form of prejudice while at UNCG, compared to 66% reporting never/rarely seeing someone else experience prejudice.

“Our student survey has given us rich data to inform current and future efforts at UNCG, in order to build a greater sense of belonging and connection for all our students,” said Dr. Julia Mendez Smith, co-chair of the iBelong project and Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate. “We know that when our students have the resources they need and receive holistic support, they thrive. I’m excited about the upcoming conversations and working with many groups on our campus on these important issues.” 

Dr. Cathy Akens, co-chair of the iBelong project and Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs, said, “This project is one more example that highlights UNCG’s culture of care. We care about the experience of our students and we want to understand how we can best help all students succeed here. The conversations that we have with our students and other groups on our campus will help us plan for the future.” 

How was this Culturally Engaging Campus Environments survey conducted? 7,000 undergraduate students were randomly sampled from the UNCG roster to provide a representative sample of our student population. Selected students were then invited by email to complete the survey, and students needed to complete at least the first major section – 53 questions (21%) – of the survey in order to be included in the final sample. The final sample used to compile the results included 1,127 undergraduates, including online and transfer students, and their demographic data mirrored the general demographics of the UNCG student body.  

The survey is based on a conceptual framework that identifies external and internal factors that impact student success, some of which include family, finances, employment, demographics, initial academic dispositions, and academic preparation. It seeks to showcase student voices and create conversations about inclusive excellence, learning, and sense of belonging. The specific goal of the iBelong Project is to understand how students experience our campus now, and how to help the University better meet the learning, professional, and personal needs of all of our current and future 

A full report is at UNCG’s iBelong website, sa.uncg.edu/ibelong. A feedback form on the website allows  you to share your reaction and input. 

As the University continues to learn from the results of the survey, next steps will proceed throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. Undergraduate students will be able to learn more about the survey and share their input at two Town Hall-style meetings this month. 

Additionally, a similar survey will be administered to graduate students in the upcoming Spring 2020 semester. To measure change over time, UNCG plans to readminister a campus climate survey every three years. Increasing sense of belonging for students will assist with their persistence to degree and student success. Therefore, intentional conversations about belonging and helping students build connections throughout their college experience will be critical to continue to improve this indicator. 

Please visit sa.uncg.edu/ibelong to learn more.

UNCG staff and faculty members, please give input on UNC president

The Presidential Search Committee has initiated a process to identify and evaluate candidates to serve as the next president of the UNC System. The UNC System President will lead the 17-campus system and numerous other critical programs and facilities, which not only impact our great state but more broadly our nation and world. For this reason, the UNC System deserves nothing less than the finest leader. Defining the essential qualities of the ideal candidate for our leader is the search committee’s first priority. The committee is seeking UNC Staff input in defining those qualities.

UNCG staff members are invited to take the survey here.

Faculty members and all other stakeholders may take the survey here.

The search committee requests all survey responses be completed by Friday, Nov. 15.

Additionally, another survey – on Campus Priorities Survey for faculty and staff – may be taken here.

View information about the UNC System presidential search.

Update: Dr. Anthony Chow, UNCG Faculty Senate chair, also serves as the secretary of the UNC System Faculty Assembly. He notes that UNCG’s Faculty Senate dedicated the recent Faculty Senate forum to prepare a memo to the BOG presidential search committee about its perspective and suggestions.

2019 Spartans of Promise recognized

The Spartans of Promise award honor for UNCG seniors who have demonstrated exceptional academic and service accomplishments during their time on campus. Ten seniors are honored each year. The award recipients were recognized at the UNCG Alumni Awards Celebration during Homecoming Week and will participate in UNCG alumni events throughout the year.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Brianna Bogga: Public Health
  • Cassidy Burel: Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies
  • Justin Cato: Communication Studies, Drama
  • Preston Ellington: Kinesiology
  • Alexandria Johnson: Special Education
  • Marianna Levithan: Communication Studies, International and Global Studies
  • Ashley Murray: Nursing
  • Olivia Tarpley: History, Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Carver Thompson: Marketing, Sustainable Tourism, and Hospitality
  • Cameron Warren: Business Administration

For more information, see the website here.

Salute! 2019 Veterans Day at UNCG

UNCG will hold Veterans Day activities on campus Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 10 a.m. with a special program on Kaplan Commons (EUC lawn) at 1:30 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Student Veterans Association (SVA) and Staff Senate will hold a holiday card signing for deployed service members in the EUC Commons. Military recruiters, various lawn games, and military vehicles will be on the Jackson Library lawn, and SVA will host a YETI fundraiser. The Marine Corps will offer a combat fitness test, and the Military Affiliated Students Association will offer MRE sampling for those who would like to taste field rations.

The 1:30 p.m. program will include a poetry reading by student and warrior poet Aaron Graham and keynote speech from former city attorney of Greensboro Jim Hoffman.

UNCG Seraphim will perform the National Anthem, and the UNCG Army ROTC color guard will present the colors. The U.S. Marine Corps will conduct a swearing-in ceremony for recruits. The program will be followed by a reception in the EUC Commons for special guests, student veterans, and their families.

Flags will be set up on the southwest corner of Kaplan Commons to represent the approximately 1,500 military-affiliated students at UNCG.

In honor of Veterans Day, UNCG Athletics is offering a discounted $5 ticket rate for military-affiliated students’ friends and family for the UNCG men’s basketball game against Averett at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The first 100 to buy discounted tickets will receive an additional $5 concessions voucher for the game courtesy of the Military Affiliated Students Association.

Click here to RSVP for the event. To order additional tickets at $5 each, click here and enter the code VETAPPRECIATION. Deadline to order is Monday, Nov.11, at noon. Call 336-334-3250 for more information.

By Alexandra McQueen

Photography by Jiyoung Park


‘Pose’ star lecture at UNCG is postponed

Update: This event was postponed by the artist. UNCG hopes it will rescheduled for later in the academic year.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, Dominique Jackson was scheduled to speak at the EUC Auditorium as part of the Office of Intercultural Engagement’s Intercultural Lecture Series.

Jackson stars in the acclaimed FX series “Pose,” which made television history with the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles. In addition to her work as an actress, Jackson has worked as a model, published a memoir, and is known for her work as an activist and advocate.

Campus Weekly will run an update when this is rescheduled.

Updated Nov. 8, 1:50 p.m.


‘Microbes, Fluids, and Rocks: Life Beneath the Seafloor’ at symposium

UNC Greensboro departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Biology will co-host “Microbes, Fluids, and Rocks: Life Beneath the Seafloor,” a talk by visiting scientist Julie Huber from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The Syngenta Science Symposium is free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Sullivan Science Building, Mead Auditorium.

Exploration of the sea over the last 40 years has resulted in astounding discoveries about the extent and diversity of life in the deep ocean, pushing our understanding of the intimate connections between the biosphere and geosphere to the extremes, including the discovery of chemosynthetic ecosystems at hydrothermal vents and active microbes buried in sediments, kilometers beneath the seafloor.

This lecture will focus on microbial communities in the largest actively flowing aquifer system on Earth, the fluids circulating through oceanic crust underlying the oceans and sediments, and include recent discoveries and the technology that enabled such discoveries at both well-studied underwater volcanoes and completely novel and unexplored systems, including the worlds’ deepest hydrothermal vents.

“The Normal Heart” at UNCG’s Sprinkle Theatre

Normal Heart promotional posterThe acclaimed play “The Normal Heart,” about a gay activist grappling with the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis, will open this Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sprinkle Theatre. There will be a discussion following the show.

MFA Directing student Kyle Metzger will helm the searing drama, joined by UNCG Theatre students and faculty.

Following the opening, there will be additional performances Nov. 8, 9, and 10.

To purchase tickets, go to https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15078/sprinkle-theatre

Poetry Flow: An LLC Celebration of Words on Nov. 6

The UNC Greensboro Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) will sponsor the event Poetry Flow: A Celebration of Words on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Elliott University Center.

The event will take place in three simultaneous venues:

  • a Poster Presentation option so that students can showcase their work (Cone Ballroom C)
  • workshops in which students and faculty will work on language-specific activities related to poetry (in several EUC rooms)
  • an open mic session (Cone Ballroom A and B) for students who love to recite poetry. Students will have the opportunity to participate according to their proficiency level and their personal preference.

This year’s goal has been to embed poetry in LLC courses so that this event serves as a catalyzer of the work done previously by students. A second goal is to expose UNCG students to the rich cultural traditions of the languages that are taught in LLC. This multifaceted event will provide students with a venue to showcase their work as well as to appreciate the work of others.

The mission of this LLC initiative is to highlight LLC’s diversity, common love, and respect for all languages and cultures, as well as the desire to instill in our students an appreciation for cultural diversity through language and other forms of cultural expression. LLC seeks to spark students’ interest in languages through several creative outlets. Therefore, LLC will offer several opportunities throughout the day for students to be exposed to the aesthetic side of all the languages studied in the LLC Department: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Learn more about LLC at llc.uncg.edu.

Classics Day re-enactments, activities on Nov. 9

A celebration of the ancient Mediterranean world, open to all, with re-enactments, displays, hands-on interactions, and more will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, in front of the Stone Building. The events begins at 9 a.m.

Come experience the Roman military in action, get your future predicted by an oracle, and witness ancient Greek religious rituals.

Classics Day is a multi-event festival at UNC Greensboro that celebrates some of the highlights of Classical Greece and Rome. It is planned, organized, and carried out by the members of the student-run Classical Society, which is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Classical Studies, and with assistance from faculty in the department.

Photography by Martin W. Kane.

Organ Studio Spooktacular on Halloween

Ready for some terrifying tunes?

Visit UNC Greensboro’s Organ Hall on Halloween at 7:30 p.m. to hear the hair-raising melodies of André Lash’s Organ Studio students. This year’s Spooktacular, a free event, is the 10th iteration of the Halloween tradition. The event will include costumes, refreshments, and pumpkin carols.

Whether or not students play organ as their primary instrument, Lash says learning to play the instrument is a tremendous asset in a musician or music educator’s set of skills. Because organ literature goes back around 600 years, and developed differently across Europe, students are exposed to immensely diverse music literature through the study of organ music. Through their practice, they also grow as accompanists and musical collaborators.

While an organ’s  sound is often associated with spooky films such as “Phantom of the Opera,” the instrument and musical literature developed in grand church spaces. UNCG Organ Studio instructor Lash is retired from serving as accompanist at Greensboro’s Christ United Methodist Church, which draws music audiences to hear its exceptional organ. Three of the current Organ Studio students who are performing Thursday, Pingyi Song, Xiuwei Yu, and George Dent were recently hired to organist positions in Triad area churches.

Another of Lash’s students, Marya Fancey, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 2018 to pursue her scholarship and performance of early Polish organ music.

View the video below to hear from Lash about this year’s Halloween event.


Story by Susan Kirby-Smith

Video by Susan Kirby-Smith and Matt Bryant

Open Enrollment begins November 2

This year’s open enrollment is shorter than usual. The upcoming enrollment period is from November 2
to November 19. You will enroll for both your State Health Plan and your NCFlex benefits. Your new
elections will go into effect January 1, 2020.

Good news for 2020! Your health plan premiums will remain the same as 2019.

Health Changes

70/30 Plan*
 Preventive services will be covered at 100% and you will no longer have to pay a copay.
 The copay for a Primary Care Provider (PCP) visit will be reduced from $45 to $30 when you use a PCP listed on your ID card.
 The out-of-pocket maximum will change from a separate medical and pharmacy out-of- pocket amount to a combined medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket maximum.
 The deductible and some copays have changed.

80/20 Plan* No Changes

* The formulary (drug list for covered medications) is updated quarterly, so there may be changes in drug coverage for both plans.

Tobacco Attestation

The tobacco attestation premium credit activity has been simplified. Tobacco users must commit to visit
a CVS MinuteClinic for at least one tobacco cessation counseling session by December 31, 2019, or risk
losing the monthly premium credit. However, a voucher is no longer required.

NC Flex Changes

Dental Plan
 In addition to your current options, you’ll have a new plan to consider—the Classic Option plan.
 If you’re currently enrolled in the High Option plan, you will be mapped to the new Classic
Option plan since its premiums are the same as your current option.
 The Classic Option plan features the same annual deductible as the Low Option plan with an
annual maximum that is slightly higher.
 The Classic Option plan includes coverage for orthodontics.
 Premiums for the High Option and Low Option plans are increasing.

Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
 The maximum annual contribution will be $2,700 for 2020.

To learn more about your options, visit www.shpnc.org for information about your health benefits
and www.ncflex.org for information about your NCFlex benefits.

The UNCG Benefits Staff will be offering several Open Enrollment Information Sessions in computer labs to assist employees with this process. Click here to enroll in a session.

Please contact the UNCG Benefits Office at (336) 334-4514, or askbenefits@uncg.edu if you have any

Deadline for nominations for highest service awards: McIver and Holderness/Weaver

Since UNCG’s founding, the ongoing commitment of service to the community, state, and nation has remained central to all we do. “Service” is our motto, and the time to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to serving others is now.

In that tradition, the UNCG Board of Trustees confers its highest honors on behalf of the University to acknowledge exemplary public service and civic engagement. The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished service to our state or nation. The Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award is designed to recognize North Carolinians who have served our local community, but who may not have received attention for their actions.

UNCG needs your help to nominate individuals who deserve recognition for all they have done for our society. While the recipients are often UNCG alumni, the awards are intended to honor any remarkable North Carolinian, regardless of alma mater.

Further information is available at https://publicserviceawards.uncg.edu/

Please submit your completed nomination form no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019.

The awards will be presented at the University Honors event next spring. If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact Theresa Hancock, Director of Donor Relations, at 336-256-1050 or tmhancoc@uncg.edu.

‘Civic Engagement Matters!’ symposium Nov. 19

A “Civic Engagement Matters!” symposium will focus on ways to become more civically engaged with non-partisan groups such as the League of Women Voters, NC You Can Vote, Common Cause, NC, Democracy NC, and the UNCG Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The UNCG Association of Retired Faculty, the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and UNCG AAUP Chapter are sponsoring the event.

Also, learn about the UNCG interdisciplinary course “Reclaiming Democracy,” which involves community members learning side-by-side with students and faculty from six area colleges and universities.

For more information on the event, email Dr. Susan Dennison, professor emerita, at stdennis@uncg.edu.

First G at the G helps first-gen students

“First G at the G” is a weeklong series of events from November 4 – 8, 2019, with programming meant to help first-generation students connect with each other, faculty, and staff, as well as learn about campus resources.

First-generation students are more likely to live off-campus, attend college close to home, attend school part-time, and work full-time while in college. Many first-generation students are nontraditional (commuter, transfer, returning, foster, married, etc.) and therefore have a peripheral identity due to responsibilities outside of school. Some students – particularly from immigrant backgrounds – may serve as cultural brokers or translators. Many have high expectations placed on them as the first to attend college. Our goal with the First G at the G program is to help make the transition easier for these students.

See full event schedule and details https://sa.uncg.edu/firstg/


Nominations needed for Staff Senate Angel Tree – deadline extended to Nov. 8

Do you know a staff member or student in need this holiday season? The UNCG Staff Senate is sponsoring an Angel Tree this winter to benefit members of our campus community.

Note that the nomination deadline has been extended. Please submit your nomination by this Friday, November 8, 2019, to:

Katherine Stamey, ksstamey@uncg.edu, 336-256-1397  or
Britt Flanagan, bsflanag@uncg.edu, 336-334-4686

The nomination form may be accessed at https://staffsenate.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Angel-Tree-Nomination_2019.pdf

Please obtain approval from nominees before submitting a nomination form.  All information provided will be kept confidential.




New Community Enrichment Center to offer health and wellness to local communities

Ribbon cutting on Oct. 29

The UNCG Center for New North Carolinians (UNCG CNNC), Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program, and Phillips Management Group (PMG) have opened a new Community Enrichment Center that will bring a unique, innovative set of free nursing services, mental health resources, case management services, and community and education enrichment activities to adults and children living in four PMG-owned apartment communities in Greensboro. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Oct. 29.

CNNC, Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program, and Phillips Management Group were represented at the ceremony

The center will serve Autumn Trace, Colonial, Empire Crossings, and Willow Run Apartments. Phillips Management Group donated the use of a free-standing 3-bedroom home in the Autumn Trace Apartment community to house the new Center.

The Center for New North Carolinians and the Congregational Nurse Program will provide the services, which are free to residents.

Photographs by Martin W. Kane

Free Upcoming Public Nights at Three College Observatory

The Three College Observatory is now taking reservations for the upcoming public viewing nights. The free events will take place on:

Saturday, November 30, 6 p.m.
Friday, January 3, 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m.

The observatory is located in central North Carolina approximately eight miles south of Burlington. The site was selected because of its proximity to the Greensboro metropolitan area as well as the reasonably-dark skies to the south of the observatory. As a dark sky site this location poses an excellent compromise between the need to be close to urban centers and the desire for very dark skies.

For a schedule of events and to make a reservation for the Three College Observatory: https://physics.uncg.edu/tco/public-nights/upcoming-events/

For a detailed map and driving directions to reach the observatory https://physics.uncg.edu/tco/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/03/maptotco.pdf

Plus, public nights for the UNCG Planetarium in Petty Building have been announced:

Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

All planetarium shows take place in 310 Petty Science Building, and run for approximately 45 – 60 minutes. Reservations tend to fill up quickly. Learn more and make reservations: https://physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/upcoming-events/.

Photography by Martin W. Kane.

Make nominations for Research Excellence Awards

In 1988, the Research Excellence Awards were established in recognition of the following principle:

“Given that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the University, the Research Excellence Award will be given to a full-time member of the faculty whose work contributes in an exemplary fashion to this end.”

Each year, the Chancellor solicits nominations for the Research Excellence Awards and a faculty review committee studies the portfolios with regard to the following criteria: 1) the importance of the research contributions to the field, 2) the originality of thought, 3) the execution of the research, and 4) the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity.

Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

To nominate a faculty member for a 2019-2020 Research Excellence Award, click on this link for a copy of the Nomination Packet which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria, and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The Nomination Packet, including the signed nomination form, should be scanned as a pdf file and submitted via InfoReady Review at: https://uncg.infoready4.com/#manageCompetitionsDetail/1794501 by December 6, 2019.

For more information, contact Haley Childers at hachilde@uncg.edu or 336-256-0426.

UNCG Nursing hosts delegation from Moldova

Like most people living in Moldova, Dr. Oxana Sarbu said her knowledge of the United States was limited mostly to what she had seen in Hollywood films.

Sarbu gained a much better understanding of the nursing profession in the U.S. after spending more than a week interacting with students and faculty members in UNC Greensboro’s School of Nursing, as well as registered nurses at Cone Health.

Sarbu was part of a small delegation of faculty members from Moldova’s Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy (USMF) that visited Greensboro from Oct. 11-19. The goal of their visit was to learn best practices for teaching bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students, which is a new concept in the small eastern European country.

USMF accepted its first class of BSN students in 2018. The students have already embraced the American standard for what nurses are capable of in their roles.

“They are very open to everything. They are much younger than us, most of them twice younger than us,” Sarbu said of the Moldovan BSN students. “So what could be a little more difficult for us, for them it’s very easy like with all the technological things. They are very open to any suggestions.

“If you would say, ‘That will be just like in the United States,’ [they will be like] ‘Oh, I will start not tomorrow. I will start today.’”

The visit from the six-member delegation was the latest in a long-standing collaboration with the North Carolina-Moldova Nursing Collaborative. It was also part of the North Carolina/Moldova Partnership for Peace program through the Office of the North Carolina Secretary of State.

During her time in Greensboro, Sarbu observed registered nurses as they provided care to patients and interacted with other members of the care team. She spoke with nursing students and watched as they participated in simulation training experiences coordinated by UNCG faculty members Dr. Deborah Lekan and Dr. Susan Collins.

Sarbu also accompanied UNCG clinical instructors Brandi Apple and Lori Hubbard and nursing students on their clinical rotations at Cone Health sites.

Sarbu said she was struck by the different ways nurses in the U.S. play a critical role in the care of patients. She learned American nurses explain information to patients, and unlike in Moldova, they coordinate with a team of physicians and caregivers to make decisions that are “most important for the moment.”

“It’s a great challenge for our system because our system of health is more different than in the United States,” said Dr. Lora Gitu, who was part of the Moldovan delegation. “But we have hope, and we have a dream to change the things in our country.”

Story and photography by Alex Abrams/School of Nursing

Environmental Justice is Harriet Elliott series topic

Photo of Minerva statue.UNCG’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability will host the 2019-2020 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series with the theme of “Just Futures: Equity and Sustainability.”

The first four events in the series will take place in November:

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-8 pm, Sullivan 200: “From PCBs to Coal Ash: Environmental Justice in North Carolina,” panel discussion

Monday, November 11, 6-8 p.m., Bryan 111: “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice,” panel discussion

Wednesday, November 13, 1:30-3 p.m., Faculty Center: “Rachel Carson and Environmental Justice in North Carolina,” Dr. Robert Musil

Saturday, November 23, 5-7 p.m., Music 217: “Saving the Songwood: Global Consumption, Sustainability, and Value,” Alex Smith and Tijan Dorwan.

The series’ goal is to create a sustained discussion, says Dr. Sarah Praskievicz, co-chair of the Harriet Elliot Lecture Series Committee and assistant professor. “By participating in our events, attendees can contribute their ideas and perspectives about this topic, learn from the experiences and expertise of others, and help develop principles for building a more just future.”

She added, “We recognize sustainability as the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, economy, and aesthetics. We wanted to highlight the social equity aspects of sustainability this year. As our first event in the series, ‘From PCBs to Coal Ash: Environmental Justice in North Carolina,’ will discuss, North Carolina is widely recognized by scholars as the birthplace of the modern environmental justice movement, when civil rights and community activists began organizing in 1982 to oppose the construction of a PCB landfill in Warren County.”

She notes many pressing issues regionally and globally, from exposure to air and water pollution in North Carolina communities, to calls for a just transition away from a carbon-based economy, to the global movement for climate justice. “Through our year-long series of events, we will engage many of these issues from diverse perspectives.”

The series will continue in the spring for more events on this topic.

Learn more at GES.UNCG.EDU/HELS/

Contact Lois Carney (lscarney@uncg.edu or 336-334-5388) for disability accommodations.

Make nominations for 2 Student Success awards

Photo of Minerva in front of leavesNominations are being sought for the Advising Excellence Awards and the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award. Nominations are welcome from faculty, staff, and students, and are due November 8.
The Advising Excellence Awards honors one faculty academic advisor and one professional academic advisor – both recognizing, among other criteria, those who demonstrate innovative advising techniques, create positive relationships with students, and have an expert level of knowledge around campus resources, major and career integration, and academic policies impacting student success.
The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts and significant contributions of UNCG faculty and staff who provide leadership in creating a positive transition to college and successful learning environment for first-year students.

For more information, visit https://success.uncg.edu/awards-recognitions/
To go directly to the nomination form, visit go.uncg.edu/successawards20

10,000 fans. 5 dollar tickets. Let’s step it off – then tip it off!

A scene from last year’s “Storm the Streets”

Basketball season is here. And the home opener next Tuesday, Nov. 5, will be big.

10,000 fans is the goal.

It’ll be UNCG faculty and staff appreciation night. They can get tickets for 5 dollars each for themselves and guests, to the game vs. in-town rival NC A&T.

Student tickets, as always for basketball games, will be free.

A spirit march announces the season opener and our Spartan spirit. At 4:15 p.m., students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will assemble on campus in the UNCG Baseball Stadium concourse – Kenilworth Ave. entrance – for the spirit march. (The march will start at 4:45 p.m.) Wear your best blue and gold! The Grimsley High School drumline and UNCG cheer squad will be on hand for a brief pep rally. Then it’s on to the Coliseum!

The 1.1-mile route (which last year took a brief 15 minutes for most) will be west on Walker Ave., then left on Chapman all the way to the Coliseum. The streets will have “rolling closures,” meaning police will stop traffic one block at a time. “In order to provide safety for the participants, we will have to shut some streets down between 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. until everyone leaves campus,” says Captain S.C. DeDona. “Walker Avenue will close between Josephine Boyd Street and Kenilworth Street, and West Drive between Gray Drive and Walker Avenue will also close between those times. They will open back up as soon as the participants leave campus, which should be between 4:45 p.m. and 4:55 p.m.”

Free shuttles back to campus are available for faculty, staff, students, and alumni throughout and after the game.

There will be a tailgate with free pizza and music for the students, starting around 5 p.m., before the game. The first 100 faculty/staff members to check in before the spirit march, at the stadium, will receive entrance to the the student tailgate at the Coliseum. Those first 100 faculty and staff members will receive a wristband for entrance into the tailgate.
Doors to the Coliseum will open at 6 p.m. and tip off is at 7 p.m. Faculty and staff can purchase $5 discounted tickets online at this page using promo code “FACULTYSTAFF1”.
Free parking is available at Walker Deck with a shuttle to the Coliseum.

In the event of rain, the march will not happen. However, the tailgate will still take place inside the Coliseum West Wing B.

One UNCG student will win a semester of free tuition.

For more information, visit: https://newstudents.uncg.edu/yfy/storm-the-streets/


If you are walking to the Coliseum, parking on campus is free in the surface lot at the corner of Josephine Boyd and Walker Ave. and the Walker parking deck. Due to road closures, reach these parking options from Spring Garden Street. If you are driving to the Coliseum, parking is $5 per vehicle and can be paid at the gate. Free shuttles back to campus are available for alumni throughout and after the game.

See video of last year’s “Storm the Streets” event.

By Mike Harris

Senior leadership announcement

Photo of Dr. Dana DunnThe chancellor sent a message this afternoon to the campus community about UNCG’s provost and executive vice chancellor, Dr. Dana Dunn:

It is with tremendous gratitude and admiration that today I share with you news from our senior leadership team. Provost Dana Dunn, who has been a truly exceptional leader for UNCG, has decided to transition out of this role effective July 31, 2020. UNCG would not be where it is today – with record enrollment, an expanding research enterprise, a vibrant and growing faculty, and a reputation for serving students that grows stronger every day – without Dana. She has been the right person at the right time for UNCG, and we thank her for her tireless service.

UNCG is strong. Our academic, financial, strategic, and operational foundations are rock solid. We will continue building on our momentum, and will navigate this transition gracefully, with Dana’s support, over the course of the coming months. We have enlisted the help of a trusted partner, Isaacson Miller, to immediately begin a national search for our next provost. Because of all Dana has helped to build and achieve, I know this will be perceived as a tremendous opportunity and we will attract world-class candidates.

Please join me in thanking Dana for all she has given to and accomplished for UNCG, our faculty, our staff, and, above all, our students. In the meantime, the work continues! I’m glad we have the rest of this year to work together to move our key initiatives forward and prepare for a seamless transition.

42 honored at 2019 Promotion & Tenure ceremony

A special display in Jackson Library spotlights this year’s P&T honorees – and a special book in Jackson Library for each person.

Promotion and Tenure Attainment Recognition Reception to recognize the recent achievement of promotion and tenure by faculty members was held earlier this month in Alumni House. It was hosted by The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries. Additionally, each honoree selected a book for University Libraries’ collection, to be included with a bookplate and a statement on the significance of their selection. These books, with a statement about the book and a photo of the honoree, are currently displayed in Jackson Library on the main floor, near the reference desk.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Kathryn Massey Cheves Aldridge: Human Development and Family Studies – School of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Dr. Ali B. Askerov: Peace and Conflict Studies – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. Silvia C. Bettez: Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations – School of Education
  • Dr. Allison F. Bramwell: Political Science – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Rachel Briley: Theatre – College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Jill Anne Chouinard: Educational Research Methodology – School of Education
  • Dr. Steven R. Cureton: Sociology – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Sarah C. Daynes: Sociology – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Donna Duffy: Kinesiology – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Sarah Grenon: Family and Community Nursing – School of Nursing
  • Erin Harrison: Communication Studies – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Babbi Hawkins: Nutrition – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. Ye “Jane” He: Teacher Education and Higher Education – School of Education
  • Dr. Robert A. Henson: Educational Research Methodology – School of Education
  • Dr. Maura K. Heyn: Classical Studies – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Jiyoung Hwang: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism – Bryan School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Corey M. Johnson: Geography, Environment, and Sustainability – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Wayne Journell: Teacher Education and Higher Education – School of Education
  • Dr. Pete Kellett: Communication Studies – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Crystal Lamb: Adult Health Nursing – School of Nursing
  • Dr. Thomas L. Lewis: Mathematics and Statistics – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Rebecca B. MacLeod: Music Education – College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Lisa McDonald: Communication Sciences and Disorders – School of Health and Human Science
  • Dr. Hamid R. Nemati: Information Systems and Supply Chain Management – Bryan School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Tamaki Onishi: Political Science – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Anne E. Parsons: History – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fran Pearson: Social Work – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. K. Jay Poole: Social Work – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. Hemali P. Rathnayake: Nanoscience – Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • Dr. Daniel Rhodes: Social Work – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • B. Burgin Ross: Nutrition – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. Jonathan T. Rowell: Mathematics and Statistics – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Jamie L. Schissel: Teacher Education and Higher Education – School of Education
  • Dr. Stephen J. Sills: Sociology – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Sunny R. Spillane: School of Art – College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Robert W. Strack: Public Health Education – School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. Edna Tan: Teacher Education and Higher Education – School of Education
  • Dr. Tsz-Ki M. Tsui: Biology – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Amy M. Vetter: Teacher Education and Higher Education – School of Education
  • Lee M. Walton: School of Art – College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Pat Wasserboehr: School of Art – College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Naurice F. “Frank” Woods, Jr.: African American and African Diaspora Studies – College of Arts and Sciences

See more here – including links for many of the honorees, giving more information about the books they chose.

Oct. 16 Faculty Senate highlight: Gen Ed revision passed

Minerva statureThere was a little drama at the last Faculty Senate meeting – of the best kind, most theatrical kind.

Before the Faculty Senate meeting last week, several members of UNCG Theatre’s cast of “The Wolves” performed a scene and explained why they value the play. The director, MFA student Ashley Sarver, made brief remarks.

Faculty Senate Chair Anthony Chow convened the meeting and the Senate voted to extend the committee election deadlines.

Provost Dana Dunn gave updates, notably that the tuition and fee proposal process is underway, and that the UNC System will accept tuition increase requests this year, for the first time in the last three years. The proposed cap is three percent for tuition and three percent for fees. Any increase approved will apply only to incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students. The March Board of Governors meeting will likely reveal whether or not the proposal is approved. More details about allocation of new resources will be available on the provost’s website.

Chair of General Education Council Aaron Terranova introduced the resolution approved by General Education Council based on the work from the General Education Revision Task Force II. The revisions the securing of a competency-based program capped at 33-34 credits with 11 competencies, and the removal of the marker system. New features in the program include a Foundations course and expanded core competencies in health and wellness, information literacy, and equity and diversity.

The general education revision was passed after a vote.

Before the meeting was adjourned, an election was held for the Promotion & Tenure Committee and two were elected.

The next Faculty Senate event is Faculty Forum: Faculty Priorities and President’s Search on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House.

By Susan Kirby-Smith


Pay & retention, parking & traffic top topics at forum for faculty/staff

Nearly 20 questions were asked at the Oct.17 Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty and staff.

Adam Horton, Staff Senate co-chair, welcomed the faculty and staff, as did Chancellor Gilliam. The chancellor noted he held a similar “town hall Q&A” with students recently – that one was via social media, on Instagram Live. About 200 students were engaged during that one, he said.

The first two questions from faculty and staff were related to pay and retention efforts. Brad Johnson, a Faculty Senate officer, noted that in a recent survey conducted by the Faculty Senate, the highest priority identified was faculty retention and development. What are the best practices for ensuring high retention of faculty and does UNCG have an issue here?  

Kisha Carmichael-Motley, Staff Senate co-chair, asked a similar question, focused on staff: What measures has UNCG taken or will it undertake to continue recruiting and retaining top staff talent in a tight labor market?

First, the chancellor and the provost spoke about the UNC System’s Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund.

Jeanne Madorin (Human Resources)

The fund at the UNC System is valuable to help us retain faculty who have an offer and plan to leave, the provost said.

UNCG’s faculty retention rate is competitive, she added, noting that the overwhelming majority of the time that we use system retention funds to counter an offer, we are able to successfully retain the faculty member who otherwise would leave for a more lucrative opportunity.

Board of Governors members and members of the legislature see the importance of this fund, the chancellor added.

And regarding securing and retaining top staff talent? The chancellor said that UNCG has recently created two positions for the retention and recruitment of staff.

“They are being posted,” said Jeanne Madorin, Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.

“We are going to beat the bushes” to secure top talent, Madorin said.  “And there will be a learning and development position, too.”

The latter will help in developing the current staff members for other, higher-level opportunities, which will often mean moving to other departments in order to advance.  

This professional development is essential. “So when those opportunities come, you’ll be ready,” she said.

The third question was about the looming enrollment concern for universities, as we look at high school enrollment numbers now.

The room was near capacity for the event.

“We’ve been anticipating (this)” the chancellor said. The University will look where there are opportunities to bring in students otherwise (not only traditional students straight from high school). One strategy lies in partnerships with community colleges. And looking to engage with more online students.

“We have 41 fully online programs – and that is increasing,” the provost said. 

Attracting more “part-way-home” students, those who never completed their degree programs earlier in life, presents an opportunity. The University can mine data to identify and and pull them back to get their degrees. That would be beneficial for our state, driving economic development.

And graduate-level education is another opportunity area for enrollment. In the last cycle, our university saw an increase in graduate enrollment, while many other universities saw a decrease. Likewise, our enrollment numbers for international students is growing.

A sampling of other questions and responses:

Why did you stop the State of the Campus address? “Well, I don’t know MANY of you miss it,” the chancellor said, to some laughter. “It was unidirectional. I hear people like the lunch. But I felt like it was a production, a show – not very authentic.” 

Skill sets for the new UNC president? “I hope for stability … And someone who understands higher education, but understands variances. … We have vastly different campuses in our system.”

Regarding the prospective Gate and Tate building, what departments may be using it? “(It’s) for arts culture and community. We’ll have a lot of input, we have a lot of options.”

Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dunn

The chancellor spoke about envisioning, collectively, what that space can do. “It will encourage people to come deeper into the campus. … It is not envisioned to last 50 or 60 years, more like 20-30 years.” And flexibility will be key. It will not be “a traditional UNCG facility.” It may hold performances, events, meetings, classes, etc – so let’s consider as malleable a space as possible, he said.

“It sits at the intersection between the arts and community well-being, literally – and that may be something to explore.” 

What about the speed of traffic on Gate City Blvd, near our campus?

“A few things we’re doing ….vertical banners to indicate you’re at a campus. The crosswalks will have school colors to also signal that this is a campus. … Also the city has a plan to improve the streetscape. We want to see a median. … We need to do things to denote this is a campus; you can’t drive 50 mph.”

What about more parking spaces?

The Nursing and Instructional Building zone and Chiller Plant construction project mean about 200 spots are out of commission currently. That has put extra pressure on parking. The chancellor also noted the option to build a deck for many millions of dollars. “It’s a tremendously expensive proposition.” Then you’d have to maintain the deck, and you can never place a more important building there. Plus it runs counter to our desire to bring down our carbon footprint, he observed. 

Scott Milman noted that the passes for the lots farther from campus cost less. And there are plenty of spaces there. Additionally, UNCG’s faculty, staff, and students can ride GTA and HEAT buses for free.

What will be the impact if no budget is passed in Raleigh this calendar year?

The chancellor said, “The budget will be the same as last year, for us, if no budget passes. It’s called a ‘continuation budget.’” He also spoke about the possibility of “mini-budgets” being passed. He concluded by saying, “No one knows what is going to happen.”

The 14th question was actually a wish: “Empower us to be a Research 2 university with great teaching, not R1.” 

The provost said, “This campus truly walks the walk in the synergy between the two.” We are solid in teaching. And we are serving students in a rich research environment. “We seize this.” 

The chancellor added, “We value the ‘scholar-teacher.’ We pay a lot of attention to teaching. It’s a false dichotomy.” We can be a national model in blending the realms of research and teaching, he explained.

Other topics and questions included: The value of our Housekeeping staff. How are deans and department heads chosen and regularly reviewed? The new policy for paid parental leave, which the BOG recently passed and will go into effect next year. More solar panels on roofs? The mental health of our students. Intercultural support for all students – including online students.

The room was at capacity throughout the 1 1/2 hour town hall. About 25 stood in the back, while about 25 empty seats were unfilled nearer the front.

At the end, the chancellor acknowledged the many staff members in the audience who’d given extra context during the town hall, in answering the questions. Cathy Akens, Scott Milman, Jeanne Madorin, Andrew Cagle, and Sean MacInnes were among staff who contributed to the discussions. “I hope you all appreciate the great folks working here. … We have some really fine leadership on this campus. They didn’t know I was going to put them on the spot today.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane


“The Wolves” and FrameWorks panel discussion

A poster for the Wolves, a play

“The Wolves,” a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist that depicts the experience of a girls’ high school soccer team, opens this week at UNCG, with a FrameWorks panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 25.

The play’s director and MFA candidate Ashley Sarver will join Associate Professor of English Jennifer Feather, American literature Ph.D candidate Kayla Forrest and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Donna Duffy.

The panel discussion, which explores women’s communication and the role of sport in women’s lives, among other topics, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Taylor Theatre. The discussion will be followed by a performance of “The Wolves” in Sprinkle Theatre in Brown Building, at 7:30 p.m.

There are also performances of “The Wolves” Oct. 24 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.

For tickets, visit https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15078/sprinkle-theatre.

Happy Halloween at UNCG

Photo of pumpkins on a railingHalloween is always an exciting time at UNCG. Every year, organizations across campus host a variety of fun and “frightening” events. The campus community is invited to come carve pumpkins, check out the annual haunted house, enjoy a spooky organ recital, see an opera that’s perfectly named for the Halloween season, and more. And, most events are free.

  • Today (10/22), Pumpkin Carving: The annual pumpkin carving event will again celebrate Halloween and the creativity of the community. Come carve no mess pumpkins; materials and snacks provided. 7 p.m., EUC Claxton Room.
  • Though 10/29: Cauldron Contest: University Libraries is hosting a cauldron decorating contest for its various departments. The cauldrons are on display just inside the main library space, near the first floor reading room. Vote online or in person. Link: go.uncg.edu/cauldrons
  • 10/24: Spooky Movie Night: The Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority will host an on-campus movie night for students, with a variety of nostalgic Disney Halloween movies. 7 p.m., EUC Alexander Room.
  • UNCG Opera’s “Die Fledermaus”: In Johann Strauss, Jr.’s beloved operetta “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat), the cunning Dr. Falke decides to play a joke on his friend Eisenstein. Deceptions and disguises give way to affection and laughter. Thursday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission; at UNCG Auditorium.
  • 10/26 – 11/1: Humans vs. Zombies: The 10th annual humans vs. zombies game – exclusively for students – is a multi-day game of nerf tag. For more information, see the website here.
  • 10/26: Ashby Haunted House: Every year Ashby Residential College (in Mary Foust Residence Hall) creates a large-scale, creative haunted house experience, open to campus and the public.  This year, the theme is “Zombicology,” a zombie-infested hospital. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight in Mary Foust, 301 College Avenue. Admission is $5 per person, or $3 with a canned food donation. All proceeds benefit The ARC of Greensboro and the Spartan Open Pantry. Join hundreds of Spartans for the fun scare of a lifetime!
  • 10/31: UNCG Organ Spooktacular: Every Halloween, UNCG Music’s Organ Hall plays host to a variety of spine-chilling music pieces, with refreshments. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to all.
  • 10/31 Jackson Library’s Digital Media Commons will have a Halloween photo booth in the VIA Lab and spooky virtual reality games in the VR Lab 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Your department has a Halloween-related event? Let us know. Message mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Bunch’s work in exhibition, book, website on ‘Southerness’

Detail from cover visual of award-winning book

How would one catalog and visually depict “Southerness”? What would a collection of photographs of the New South look like? How would you map the “Broiler Belt,” which is generally considered the swath of the southern United States where the highest concentration of broiler chickens are reared and prepared for consumption?

This is the project that UNC Greensboro’s Geography professor Dr. Rick Bunch and his project co-creators took on in their book and exhibition titled “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.” And the resulting book just received the prestigious Alice Award.

Composed of fine art photographs by fifty-six photographers, the book and exhibition represents the largest showing of photographs of and about the contemporary American South. Bunch contributed maps for the exhibition and book, and also created the website for the project. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software and publicly available datasets from various census bureaus, Bunch created his “Index of Southerness” maps based on hundreds of millions of data points used to analyze the prevalence of street names, reading habits, chickens, business names, field crops, churches, and place names, among other categories.

How did Bunch become a part of this project? “I was at lunch down in Charleston with fellow researchers discussing another project, and this idea came up and they looked at me and asked, ‘Can you map Southerness?’ That’s how it began. I then started thinking about what that would look like, how you would map it. And that’s the point where this became a project for me.”

The traveling exhibition is currently on display through December at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University and the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University.

See the project website (created by Bunch) at  http://southboundproject.org/ 

Bunch’s maps may be viewed at https://scgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=55a1b8b3d5f6488d8cfcdb0a109d219f 


By Matthew Bryant
Image courtesy of Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, South Carolina

SECC breakfast and raffle on Nov. 5

UNCG staff serve pancakes at SECC breakfast

Ready for some pancakes? How about some Panthers football?

Mark your calendars for the upcoming State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) breakfast. It will take place from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 in the Fountain View Dining Hall. And on your way in, buy some raffle tickets – among the big prizes are some NFL Panthers tickets.

Come and see your favorite campus leaders flipping pancakes for a good cause! This year’s pancake flippers and servers include:

Brett Carter
Carl Mattacola
Donna Heath
Anthony Chow
Wade Maki
Sameer Kapileshwari
Jennifer Kelley
Jeff Shafer
Charlie Lefflor
Kristen Meeks
Brian Downs
William Parrish
Andre Hill
Mark McKinney
Paul Lester

The SECC campaign is in full swing and UNC Greensboro has raised over $75,000 so far in this year’s giving season. You can view the statewide stats on how much participating organizations have raised at https://ncsecc.upicsolutions.org/ncsecc/UserPreferences/Master3.html

All faculty and staff are encouraged to invite any new faculty and staff who may not be familiar with our campaign. Tickets are $6 and are available at the door during the event, and retiree tickets are $5.

Raffle prize tickets can be purchased for $1. Prizes include original art, gift baskets, a 50” Vizio 4K TV, Panthers vs. Seahawks tickets, and more. A limited number of SECC breakfast parking vouchers for Oakland Deck will be handed out at the breakfast.

For more information on UNCG’s SECC campaign see https://secc.uncg.edu/

By Matthew Bryant
Photo of Beth Fischer and Jerry Blakemore at last year’s event by Jiyoung Park.

Weatherspoon: Family Night Oct. 24, Indo-Persian miniature paintings talk Nov. 1

The Weatherspoon Art Museum offers two great events in the coming days:

First, “Family Night at the Weatherspoon” will be this Thursday (Oct. 24), 5-6:30 p.m. Art & science meet in the artwork of sculptor Alyson Shotz, who explores how force and gravity affect the properties of materials. Families and friends are invited to drop in to enjoy the inauguration of WAM’s new mobile art cart, participate in some experimentation of their own, and enjoy this lively exhibition.

Next week, learn about Indo-Persian miniature painting at an art talk. Shahzia Sikander takes classical Indo-Persian miniature painting—a traditional genre that is both highly stylized and disciplined—as the point of departure for her work, but challenges its strict formal tropes by experimenting with scale, layering, and various forms of new media.

In Disruption as Rapture, she uses animation to enliven an eighteenth-century illuminated manuscript of the Gulshan-i Ishq (Rose Garden of Love). In keeping with the manuscript’s religious and cultural plurality, Sikander’s animation is multilayered, constantly in flux and transition, and open to multiple interpretations.

Join Chanchal Dadlani, associate professor of art history at Wake Forest University, and Elaine Gustafson, curator of collections, as they discuss the religious, cultural, and contemporary contexts of Sikander’s video installation “Disruption as Rapture.” The talk will be on Friday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m.

Sikander’s current exhibit, “Distruption as Rapture,” is on display on the second floor of the Weatherspoon through Jan. 5, 202o.

A first: UNCG will host big medieval studies conference

medieval city map

UNC Greensboro will host the 2019 Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) Conference Nov. 14-16 at Elliott University Center, along with co-hosts Wake Forest University and North Carolina Wesleyan College.

It will be the first time SEMA has met on UNCG’s campus although medieval faculty and student scholars have participated in the conference in the past, and Dr. Amy Vines has served on the organization’s executive board for several years.

The mission of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) is to promote the study and enjoyment of the Middle Ages by students at every level of expertise. Professional and independent scholars from various branches of medieval studies – history, arts, science, philosophy, archaeology, paleography, theology, language, and literatures – make the association’s annual meeting a forum for scholarly and pedagogical growth within those disciplines as well as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. Members publish their research in the association’s refereed journal, “Medieval Perspectives.”

Nearly 200 scholars of medieval literature will attend the conference, which has a theme of  “Medieval Gateways.” Along with the academic sessions, there will be a book exhibit, and there will be a special exhibit of the medieval manuscripts collection in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library throughout the three-day event.

The conference will begin Thursday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. and continue that day through the 3:30 p.m. plenary session with Dr. Sonja Drimmer, who will give the talk “On the Threshold: Heads, Monuments, and Memory in Late Medieval England.”

Friday’s official events will conclude with the conference opening reception at the Marriott Hotel, where Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences John Kiss will give comments. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Panels will resume at the EUC Friday at 8:30 a.m., and the day includes a 10:15 a.m. plenary session with Dr. Holly Crocker, who will deliver the talk “A Path to Women’s Experience? Rethinking Affect in Chaucer, Langland, and Kempe.” Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research and Engagement Terri Shelton will also give comments. Panels will continue at the EUC until 6 p.m. and the SEMA conference banquet will follow at the Marriott.

“Breakfast with Chaucer” begins the conference the next morning, at 7:15 a.m. in the EUC’s Birch Room. Saturday morning sessions will conclude with the SEMA business lunch at 12 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

See the complete schedule here: