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At 2019 Faculty Awards, celebrating ‘outstanding achievements’

Photo of the Faculty Awards recipientsThe videos showed the honorees larger than life. And that’s fitting, when you consider the impact these faculty have on our students, our state, and – in many cases – our world.

The 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday in the EUC Auditorium. The awards honor UNCG faculty who display excellence in teaching, research, and enhancing student success.

Provost Dana Dunn welcomed the audience and honorees with remarks – as did Chancellor Gilliam via a beautiful taped video message. They noted the ceremony presented an ideal opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our faculty.

Trustees chair Brad Hayes joined Dunn in presenting awards. Dr. Alan Boyette assisted in the ceremony, which included a brief video highlighting the recipients’ accomplishments and approach to teaching.

The recipients of the 2019 Faculty Awards:

  • Dr. Dianne Welsh: UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Mariche Bayonas: Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • Dr. Amanda Gale: James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Aaron Terranova: Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • Dr. Pam Kocher Brown: UNCG Online Award for Excellence in Online Education
  • Dr. Susan Keane: Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School
  • Dr. Ruth DeHoog and Dr. Ken Klase (on behalf of MPA program, Political Science): Student Learning Enhancement Award
  • Dr. Ramji Bhandari: Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
  • Sarah Dunning: Advising Excellence Award for Faculty Advisor
  • Steve Haines: Gladys Strawn Bullard Award 
  • Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell: Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service nominee
  • Dr. Tom Martinek, Sr.: O. Max Gardner Award nominee
  • Dr. L. DiAnne Borders: Senor Research Excellence Award
  • Dr. Risa Applegarth: Junior Research Excellence Award

Six faculty members received 30 years of service awards: Dr. Keith Debbage, Dr. John Lepri, Roberta (Robin) Maxwell, Dr. Jonathan Tudge, Dr. Kathleen Williams, and Dr. Michael Zimmerman.

Six received 35 years of service awards: Dr. Rebecca Adams, Cathy Griffith, Mary Eloise Hassell, Dr. Susan Keane, Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, and Dr. Jerry Walsh.

Three were recognized for 40 years of service: Dr. William Karper, Dr. Stephen Layson, and Mark Schumacher.

A reception in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room followed.

This year the Faculty and Staff Awards are being presented in two parts, to better highlight the outstanding contributions of both UNCG faculty and UNCG staff members. The Staff Awards Ceremony will be held on May 20.

View the videos below to learn about the award recipients.

Videos by UNCG media studies students and Professor Michael Frierson
Photograph by Jiyoung Park.



Cookie Monster, Sesame Street and UNCG-based HRI

Photo of Cookie Monster, Elmo, and AbbyEveryone’s favorite furry, blue, cookie-loving monster is coming to Guilford County next week.

His love for cookies is simply summed up in his favorite quote: “C is for Cookies. That’s good enough for me.” However, Cookie Monster’s upcoming visits to Guilford County are to celebrate a local collaboration that leverages the simplicity and familiarity of Sesame Street characters to help parents and professionals discuss complicated issues with young children.

Guilford County is one of a small number of communities in the United States that has a formal partnership with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), which is the nonprofit arm of Sesame Street that offers online and print resources to foster positive development in early childhood. In addition to resources that foster positive academic, social, and physical development, SSIC resources use familiar characters to address serious challenges that families may face, such as trauma, homelessness, community violence, and grief.

The Sesame Street in Communities-Guilford County collaborative is spearheaded by five local organizations: UNC Greensboro’s Healthy Relationships Initiative, the Guilford County Partnership for Children, Guilford Child Development, the United Way of Greater High Point, and Ready for School, Ready for Life.

Dr. Christine Murray, the UNCG professor who directs the Healthy Relationships Initiative, said, “Our organizations have been working independently for the last few years to embed the Sesame Street in Communities resources into our programs. Last year, we formalized our local collaborative so that we could most effectively share these resources with families and professionals in our community. The May 7th events will be a great way to celebrate our collaboration and spotlight the wonderful resources that our partnership with Sesame Street in Communities brings to Guilford County.”

Two free launch events will occur on May 7, with the morning program at the High Point Public Library and the afternoon program at the Greensboro Public Library. Both events will feature appearances by a walk-around Cookie Monster character, performances by local band, Big Bang Boom, free cookies, and family-friendly activities.

“We know that families in our community face many difficult challenges when raising young children,” said Murray. “The resources from Sesame Street in Communities offer some kid-friendly tools that parents and professionals can use to help young children through challenging times.”

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or www.ssicguilford.org/launch.

Prestigious Phi Beta Kappa welcomes 55 Spartan initiates

Photo of the PBK initiates standing outside the WeatherspoonPhi Beta Kappa’s initiation ceremony for new members was held Monday, April 15.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and one of the most prestigious honor societies in the United States for liberal arts undergraduates. Established in 1934, UNCG’s Epsilon chapter is just one of seven Phi Beta Kappa chapters in North Carolina. It and was recognized in 2006 by the national society as the nation’s most outstanding chapter.

Now, UNCG’s chapter of PBK has inducted a new group of 55 exemplary UNCG students.

The ceremony, held in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium, featured Dr. Stan Meiburg, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Wake Forest University. He presented the lecture “Wisdom and the Sustainable Life.”

Provost Dana Dunn was presented with an honorary membership to Phi Beta Kappa, in recognition of her support of and excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

The in-state inductees and their hometowns are:

Alamance County: Jessica Rebecca Lewis Miller (Burlington)

Buncombe County: Eliza Rosebrock (Asheville)

Caswell County: Evan Bradner (Blanch)

Cherokee County: Lily Eliza Beaster (Murphy), Caitlin Clement (Murphy)

Edgecombe County: David Jamal Webb (Rocky Mount)

Forsyth County: Kyle Eric Bays (Lewisville), Alexis Jane Brunnert (Kernersville), Mr. Peyton Carver Hammed (Kernersville), Rebecca Martinez (Kernersville)

Guilford County: Michael J. Bell (Greensboro), Mr. David Lawrence Blackman (High Point), John Mark Bracewell, Jr. (Oak Ridge), Walter Combs (Stokesdale), Matthew Edwards (Greensboro), Ayesha Ejaz (Jamestown), Madeline Cecilia Galliano (Greensboro), Skye Michelle Harrelson (Greensboro), Mr. Jonathan Andrew Harris (Greensboro), Sufiya Sheikuna Hassan (Greensboro), Melissa Hensch (Stokesdale), Mr. Ibeabuchi Iloghalu (Greensboro), Manead Khin (Greensboro), Miss Brenna R. Koss (Greensboro), Morgan Eliza Lathery (Greensboro), Shelby Kay Dearborn Lentz (Greensboro), Mr. Daniel McLaughlin (Greensboro), Abigail Panz (Greensboro), Miss Hannah Snow (High Point), Amy Elizabeth Stanton (Greensboro), David John Von Dohlen (High Point), Mrs. Virginia Owens Wheeler-Truhe (High Point)

Halifax County: Monique Williams (Roanoke Rapids)

Henderson County: Kaitlyn Rose Farina (Hendersonville), Sarah Ezzat Kasem (Hendersonville), MaryKent Renee Wolff (Fletcher)

Iredell County: T. Brandon Purcell (Statesville)

Johnston County: Olivia Rose Biro (Clayton)

Mecklenburg County: Anitra Celeste Harris (Charlotte), Jeremy Munden (Charlotte)

Pitt County: Shayla Lee (Greenville)

Rockingham County: Elizabeth Padgett Robertson (Reidsville)

Wake County: Talita Ahmed (Cary), Mr. Nicholas Jack Chambers (Wake Forest), Ms. Carolina Elizabeth Galdi (Apex), Arielle Smallwood (Cary), Mr. Alexander Williams (Morrisville)

Yancey County: Brandon L. King (Burnsville)

Out-of-state inductees are:

Arizona: Sarah L. Banks (Litchfield Park)

Colorado: Kayley Rae Tucker (Littleton)

Georgia: Miss Abigail Elizabeth Klima (Dallas)

Maryland: Trevor Richardson (Street)

Ohio: Ruth Anne Michelle Robinson (Caldwell)

Pennsylvania: Mrs. Tracy Probst Bowman (Annville)

Virginia: Megan Amber Saunders (Ashburn)

Edited by Avery Campbell. Photography by Jiyoung Park.

Call for Participants – 2019 Global Engagement Summer Institute

As part of UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on Global Engagement, a final summer institute for faculty development will be offered May 15-17, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Days 1 and 2, and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Day 3, including lunch.

The purpose of this year’s institute is to provide professional development opportunities for selected faculty and administrators who wish to sustain global engagement activities on campus beyond the funding of the QEP. “We are particularly interested in participants who serve as committee heads, dean’s office personnel, and other influential stakeholders who work within the realm of global engagement. We will focus on the future by considering a toolkit, incorporating high impact practices into majors and in co-curricular activities, discussing ways to address new general education competencies, and advancing best practices to include graduate students in global engagement. In addition to speakers, activities, and panels, GESI participants will help build a campus network of champions who are interested in sustaining global engagement beyond the five years of the QEP. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Anthony Ogden, of the University of Wyoming, who created an intercultural toolkit similar to what we have in development now at UNCG. We will focus some of our energy on sustainability work groups designed to brainstorm a future plan that supports faculty development and student education across all learning environments at UNCG.”

If you are committed to sustaining global engagement at UNCG, and you are involved in influencing your unit on campus, then please join in, in May. Fill out the application below by April 29, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by May 2.
Submit your application here:  https://forms.gle/orLqJ2iyc7N6rsAc7

Coffee and collaboration and nursing deans throughout the region

Photo of the Deans around a tableMore than two dozen administrators shared ideas over coffee and discussed best practices during lunch. They spent the day advocating for North Carolina nursing students.

Representatives from 25 universities and colleges across the state gathered April 10 as UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T hosted the North Carolina Council of Higher Education in Nursing’s annual spring meeting at the Union Square Campus.

Dr. Robin Remsburg, dean of UNCG’s School of Nursing, was among 17 chief academic officers who represented in-state institutions that ranged from large public universities to small private colleges at the day-long meeting.

“There’s nothing like being with other deans because frankly no matter where you’re from, whether it’s here in North Carolina or across the country, we have a special bond because of our profession,” said Dr. Marion Broome, dean of Duke University’s School of Nursing.

“We have a special responsibility because we’re putting out the future nurses, and frankly we have all the same challenges. It really doesn’t matter how big your program is or how small it is, the challenges are very very similar.”

Tables were arranged in a large rectangle to seat all the administrators who had traveled to Greensboro to discuss a variety of issues affecting North Carolina nursing schools. One presentation covered ways to identify and address work-related stress in nurses.

Dr. Tama Morris serves as president of the North Carolina Council of Higher Education in Nursing in addition to her position as dean of the Blair College of Health at Queens University of Charlotte. She said the council represents a united “voice of higher nursing education” in the state.

“It could be a very adversarial type relationship, but what we do is we actually share ideas. We address common issues,” Morris said. “We provide a lot of support for each other. We have a mentoring piece that we’ve started in the last two years, so that if you’re new in the state, you get a mentor. We also pick up the phone and call each other.”

The North Carolina Council of Higher Education in Nursing consists of 28 in-state universities and colleges that serve as members. Its mission includes improving the nursing profession by “advancing the quality of baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing.”

Other states have similar organizations. “The needs in health care and the challenges in health care are so enormous, and there is plenty of work to go around,” Broome said.

“So especially in nursing education, there’s no room for competition. We each have a different mission.”

By Alex Abrams

Diversity in Language and Culture Conference May 4

On Saturday May 4, 2019, the Coalition for Diversity in Language and Culture will host the second annual Diversity in Language and Culture Conference in the School of Education Building from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s conference theme is “Love and Compassion in Education.”

Dr. Laura Rendón, the author of “Sentipensante Pedagogy: Toward a Transformed Vision of Education Centering Wholeness, Social Justice, & Liberation,” will provide the keynote address. Following her keynote speech, numerous breakout sessions will be available for workshops and panel presentations. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register: https://dlccuncg.weebly.com/

Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic

All are invited to join the Department of Recreation at Oak Hollow Golf Course Monday, May 13, for the 33rd Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic.

Register at https://recwell.uncg.edu/im/golf/

The fee is $40 per person and includes the green fee with cart, range balls, picnic, and door prizes. The round will begin with a 9:00am shotgun start and will feature 18 hole Captain’s Choice (4-person teams) format. Teams must register by Tuesday, May 6, 2019.

If you have any questions or would like to request accessibility/disability accommodations reach out to b_ohr@uncg.edu or 336-334-3575.

Information Literacy Development Awards available for faculty and instructors

UNCG’s University Libraries will offer four $1,250 awards for courses to be taught in Fall 2019.

These awards support faculty who plan to restructure a course in order to more intentionally integrate information literacy and research throughout the course. Recipients will also participate with colleagues in a new faculty learning community on information literacy. This award is open to anyone who teaches a course at the undergraduate or graduate level and has the authority to make substantive changes to that course.

Applications are due by April 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. For full details and application materials, visit http://go.uncg.edu/ilfacdev. For questions or more information, contact Jenny Dale at jedale2@uncg.edu.

Newsmakers: Nash, Minerva, Phillips, and Moss Street

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

  • Dr. Donna Nash’s research was featured in National Geographic online last week. Look for it in the print magazine. It was also featured in The London Economic. The National Geographic article and the TLE Piece.
  • Professor Emilia Phillips was one of two poets sharing their work at the “Poetry on the Porch” event, hosted by UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the Americna South. The article.
  • UNCG’s Moss Street Partnership School was featured on Triad Today.
  • Yes! Weekly featured an article on UNCG’s Minerva statue, with commentary from the sculptor, James Barnhill, as well as UNCG staff and students. The piece.

UNCG Retired Faculty will hold end-of-year reception

Photo of an ARF banner with a picture of a dog, that reads, "We don't just roll over when we retire. We join ARF, the UNCG Association of Retired Faculty."

An ad for the Assn. of Retired Faculty

UNCG’s new Association of Retired Faculty – ARF – has had a successful first year. They sponsored or co-sponsored six informative and thought-provoking events/presentations. The nine-member ARF Board did an outstanding job planning both organizational issues and events. They were able to secure ongoing discounts for our members to several university events and services.

They invite all faculty members who are 55+ years old to the end of the year business meeting on May 6, 2019, in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House,  from 4 to 6 p.m. This wine and appetizer reception will give faculty a good overview of the events that ARF sponsored this year along with plans for next academic year.

New UNCG hub for web accessibility support services

UNCG invites you to visit a new website, accessibility.uncg.edu. This website will serve as a hub for web accessibility support services and educational resources for faculty, staff and students.

Within the site, you will find detailed, practical how-to guides for making various types of online content accessible, checking existing materials for accessibility, and useful resources such as a syllabus statement about accessibility.

You will also find forms for requesting assistance and ordering captions, as well as relevant laws, guidelines, concepts, and on-campus resources and contacts.

This website reflects UNCG’s commitment to accessibility. The materials included are a result of a major effort and commitment on the part of UNCG faculty and staff over the past few months. This site will continue to evolve as new technologies for accessibility and new opportunities to support learning emerge.

For questions and/or feedback regarding the site, or to schedule a session to learn about the site’s key features, contact Accessibility Coordinator Melanie Eley at accessibility@uncg.edu.

Signs of Excellence: UNCG’s unique Professions in Deafness program

Photo of Latoya Jordan

The full version of this story originally appeared in UNCG Magazine. To read the full story and other stories about Spartans making an impact, visit alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

The presence of skilled sign language interpreters, teachers, and advocates is critical in working toward a more accessible and fair society. Meeting needs for communication begins with comprehensive education in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture. That’s where UNC Greensboro comes in.

UNCG’s Professions in Deafness in the School of Education is the only program in the UNC System that graduates students with a license in sign language interpreting. It is the only one in the nation to offer a program with three distinct tracks: Interpreter Preparation, Deaf Education K-12 teacher licensure, and Advocacy Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. And with each graduating class, its uniquely remarkable impact continues to grow.

The PID curriculum isn’t only about developing professional-level ASL skills but also about becoming familiar with the deaf or hard of hearing person’s experience, and the nuances within the Deaf community.

Read the full story with photos.



UNCG celebrates 2019 Earth Day and Arbor Day

Photo of the college ave cherry treesIn 2009, the UNC System adopted a Sustainability Policy compelling each of the schools in the system to recognize sustainability as a core value, and to work toward carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest.

Working toward that goal, UNCG established a Sustainability Council, developed a Climate Action Plan, committed to constructing new buildings to United States Green Building Council LEED Silver standards, embedded sustainability-related topics across the curriculum, including annual appointments of Sustainability Faculty Fellows, and has initiated a process to move toward socially responsible investing strategies, with the involvement of governance groups and investment committees.

Four years ago, students elected to establish a Green Fund which has since invested over $183,000 in 39 projects that include numerous research and professional development opportunities for students, the creation of campus wetlands, and the installation of occupancy sensors in dorms, outdoor LED lighting, a cistern to collect rainwater, and electric vehicle charging stations in the Oakland parking deck (more are being installed in McIver), to name but a few. Those efforts have produced annual savings of over $16,000 and an annual reduction of 230,000+ kWh used.

All of that work recently earned UNCG a STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). (See full story.) STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. With more than 800 participants in 30 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.

Furthermore, UNCG was just ranked within the top 101-200 universities globally in the inaugural Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, which measures global universities’ success in delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

Those rankings reflect the day-to-day operations and culture of UNCG’s campus community. At UNCG, we define sustainability as the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, economy, and aesthetics. That interconnectedness provides a foundation from which we aim to instill values that promote justice and invent innovative approaches and solutions to environmental and economic challenges.

Whether you attend guest lectures from leading experts in climate change, ride a bike, rent a Zipcar, recycle (UNCG has an average annual landfill diversion rate of about 40 percent), or join student clubs that garden, clean-up streams, and reduce food waste, there’s never a lack of opportunity to learn about or to lessen your impact on the environment. Earth Day may only come once a year, but at UNCG we do our best to celebrate and protect the Earth every day.

This April 22 is the 49th anniversary of Earth Day. We hope you will join us for our Earth Day Fair as student clubs and UNCG departments table from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the EUC lobby. Then on Friday, April 26, we’ll celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting and a walking tour of our Tree Campus USA – meet in the EUC quad near Campus Ministries at 10 a.m. Later in the day, you can attend a nutrition workshop on a plant-based diet – register here.

Copy provided by Sean MacInnes, Sustainability Specialist

A spring of sweet music: upcoming ‘Concert Weeks” at UNCG

Photo of several musicians playingNear the end of each spring, UNCG’s wonderful music ensembles perform a variety of world-class concerts. These concerts, nearly one night after another, allow you to enjoy beautiful music in great venues.

And, most performances are free. It’s hard to find an opportunity like this anywhere else.

Here are just some of the exciting performances coming up for “concert weeks.” Events are free unless otherwise noted:

  • 4/23: Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band is made up of 55 music majors chosen by audition who perform a variety of pieces in two concerts each semester. They will perform a variety of pieces with Professor of Oboe Ashley Barrett and Guest Conductor Andrea E. Brown. 7:30 p.m. at the UNCG Auditorium.
  • 4/25: Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is a highly select concert band of fifty performers majoring in music at the UNCG School of Music. They will be performing with soprano Lindsay Kesselman. 7:30 p.m. UNCG Auditorium.
  • 4/26: Becca Stevens With Jazz Ensemble I and The Third Floor Orchestra: As part of the Miles Davis Jazz Festival, singer-songwriter and Winston-Salem native Becca Stevens will be featured in a program of her original music, American songbook standards, and other surprises. 8 p.m., UNCG Auditorium. Tickets range from $6-12. To purchase tickets, see the entry on the website here.
  • 4/28: University Chorale and Chamber Singers: The University Chorale is an ensemble of approximately 60 of the most gifted and dedicated singers from the UNCG student body, while the Chamber Singers are a highly select ensemble of 22-26 pre-professional singers, music educators, and amateurs chosen from the UNCG student body. 5 p.m., First Presbytarian Church, 617 N. Elm St.
  • 4/29: Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia: The University Band consists of 85 music majors and non-majors who perform challenging music of artistic and historical significance. The Symphonic Band is made up of 55 music majors chosen by audition who perform a variety of pieces in two concerts each semester. The Sinfonia is dedicated to broadening the artistic performance level of its members while presenting programs that encompass a wide range of styles, from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • 5/1: University Band: The University Band is comprised of approximately 85 musicians, both music majors and non-majors, who join together to perform two concerts each semester. This ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members while performing challenging music of artistic and historical significance. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

If you can’t make it to an event, many programs are streamed via CVPA Live. See more information here.

For a complete listing of events, see the School of Music website.

Some copy drawn from the CVPA website.

Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo winners

Photo of a student presenting at the undergraduate research expoApril 4 marked the 13th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, designed as an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research, scholarship and creative inquiry.

203 presentations were included in the event, making it the largest thus far. 245 UNCG undergraduates participated, with 111 mentors from 42 academic departments and programs.

First, second, and third place winners and honorable mentions were selected in four categories: Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences and Performing Arts. The award winners are:

Humanities and Social Sciences

1st Place: Courtney Phillips (Nursing)
“Nurse Practitioner Knowledge and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the
Management of Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study”
Faculty Mentor: Susan Letvak

2nd Place: Vanessa Enoch (Human Development and Family Studies)
“Trauma and Abuse Experience and Elevated Scalp Hair Cortisol Concentrations Among SE
Asian Refugees in the US South”
Faculty Mentor: Sudha Shreeniwas

3rd Place: Kaitlyn Chaplin (Communication Studies), Ariana Chavez (Classical Studies), and Brianna Rogers (Classical Studies)
“There’s No Place Like Homescreen” (Performance)
Faculty Mentor: Killian Manning

Education and Behavioral Sciences

1st Place: Avila Ramirez Itzel (Psychology)
“Do Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages Manifest in Technological Communication Between
Romantic Partners of Latinx Heritage?”
Faculty Mentor: Michaeline Jensen

2nd Place: Sarah Ragab (Biology)
“The Transfer of Global Applications of Sport for Positive Youth Development”
Faculty Mentor: Michael Hemphill

3rd Place: Brianna Ferraro (Specialized Education Services)
“From Accommodation to Invitation: Roles Communication Centers Play in Acknowledging and Empowering People with Disabilities”
Faculty Mentor: Roy Schwartzman

Honorable Mention:
Morgan Bryant (Interior Architecture)
“The Ancillary Office: The Effects of Biophilia and Ergonomic Solutions within the Workplace”
Faculty Mentor: Travis Hicks

Aran Garnett-Deakin (Human Development and Family Studies) and Rachel Fuqua (Human
Development and Family Studies)
“A Meta-Analytic Review of the Associations between Marital Dissolution and Anxiety”
Faculty Mentor: Heather Helms

Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences

1st Place: Ayesha Ejaz (Chemistry)
“Simulating a Microchip-based Stark Guide and Decelerator using Simion”
Faculty Mentor: Liam Duffy

2nd Place: Quashawn Chadwick (Biology & Biochemistry)
“Transgenic Tobacco with Archaeal Heat Stress Resistance”
Faculty Mentor: Ayalew Osena

3rd Place: Ekaterina Ellyce San Pedro (Biology)
“Effect of the Regulatory Light Chain of MyosinII on Glut 4 Translocation to the Plasma
Faculty Mentor: Yashomati Patel


1st Place: Michael Newman (Theatre), Jordan Speas (Theatre), Steve Williams  (Theatre), Auntais Faulkner (Theatre)
“MAMA” (Mindfulness Arts Mindfulness Action)
Faculty Mentor: Denise Gabriel

Emerging Scholars (UNCG Residential College Students)

1st Place: Isabelle Cooper (Environmental and Sustainability Studies)
“An Interactive Map of Holistic Veterinary Medicine”
Faculty Mentor: John Sopper

2nd Place: Ryan Peace (Political Science)
“The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Black Men”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

3rd Place: De’Viona Lowery (Consumer Apparel & Retail Studies)
“Cancel Culture: Destroyer of Celebrities but How Does It Affect You?”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Honorable Mention:
Belle Downing (Community and Therapeutic Recreation)
“How Recreation Therapy Can Improve the Quality of Lives within Human Trafficking
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Sydney Chamberlain (Biology)
“Cannibalism in Food Culture: Why Prions Need Regulation”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Summer and Fall 2019 Course Reserves

Attention faculty members, it’s time to create your print and electronic course reserves with University Libraries. In order for the course reserves to be available for students on the first day of classes, new lists are due as follows:

  • Summer 2019: Friday, May 10
  • Fall 2019: Friday, August 9

Requests to renew spring lists for use in summer and/or fall are due Wednesday, May 8, 2019. At UNCG, eReserve readings are stored in Box and delivered to students via Canvas. The reserve staff create eReserve folders in Box and then email instructors, along with embedded codes to insert into Canvas. The embedded codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget inside Canvas. Instructions are available at https://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/AddingeReservestoYourCourseinCanvas.pdf

Before placing a film on reserve, review University Libraries’ streaming film sources by visiting http://uncg.libguides.com/streamingfilms. We also offer e-books that may be linked directly to your course syllabus. To learn more about e-books, visit http://uncg.libguides.com/ebooks.

For more information about Course Reserves, please contact University Libraries with any questions at reserves@uncg.edu, 336.256.1199 or 336.334.5245 or visit http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/.

Refugees and the CNNC: “The Cone and Summit Experience”

UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians and its interns will host a symposium “Working in the Midst of Adversity: The Cone and Summit Experience” Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

It will be held at Christ Church 414 N. Church St.

The purpose is to reflect on a series of events that happened last year affecting the refugee community. In May, 2018, a tragic apartment fire in Northeast Greensboro resulted in the death of 5 refugee children who came to the U.S. with their parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fire spurred a city-wide conversation regarding the state of the entire apartment complex and in September 2018, almost all of the units were condemned by the city. Over 30 families had to relocate, all but one being foreign-born. The CNNC along with lots of other community partners assisted in the process of the families moving.

The center’s social work student interns, which include UNCG students and students from other universities, were instrumental in that process and are still providing case management to a number of those families. The symposium is an intern-led event that will include a panel of intern voices, a panel of residents from the apartments, and other community partners who assisted in the process.


Spartans score silver for Sustainability achievements

Photo of Quad with studentsUNC Greensboro has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

With more than 800 participants in 30 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “UNC Greensboro has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

“We are very proud to have achieved a STARS Silver rating for our sustainability accomplishments. We look forward to growing our sustainability efforts and improving through the STARS program,” said Jorge Quintal, UNCG’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.

UNCG’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website here: https://reports.aashe.org/institutions/university-of-north-carolina-greensboro-nc/report/2019-02-07/

Lighting up the fairways this spring

Bryce Hendrix at Irish Creek Collegiate

UNCG Men’s Golf is having an outstanding year. And they head to the SoCon Championship tournament next week.

The team won the recent 2019 Irish Creek Intercollegiate – marking only the second time Men’s Golf has won three tournaments in one year. They also finished in first place at the UNCG Grandover Collegiate and the UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate.

Lexi Kershaw, business administration major

Bryce Hendrix, a senior majoring in recreation and parks management, easily took home the individual championship in the tournament, finishing at 20-under. His 54-hole score of 193 shattered the previous school record of 203 set by Carter Jenkins and his 20-under also easily broke the school record for a score against par.

Women’s Golf competed in the SoCon Championship this week. They placed second at the Fall Spartan Classic. Their academic discipline is noteworthy. They have a team GPA of 3.83. That stellar academic mark received special notice during last week’s trustees meeting.

Newsmakers: Ali, Tew Recital Hall, Etnier, Spartan Passage, “Unlikely,” and Welsh

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

  • Dr. Omar Ali was featured as an expert on the PBS documentary “Reconstruction,” speaking on the aftermath of Reconstruction, the rise of sharecropping, and the political movement Black Populism. The documentary.
  • The News & Record featured the naming of the Tew Recital Hall. The piece.
  • Dr. Jenny Etnier spoke to Fox8 about UNCG’s upcoming clinical trial on Alzheimer’s. The piece.
  • The Richmond Daily Journal featured the Spartan Passage program, which provides co-admission between Richmond Community College and UNCG. The article.
  • Business North Carolina wrote a piece on the conversation on student success spurred by the screenings of “Unlikely” and talks by the filmmaker at UNCG. The piece.
  • Dr. Dianne Welsh was featured among the winners of the UNC system Teaching Excellence Award in the News & Record. The article.

Inaugural inductees of UNCG’s new Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is one of the nation’s oldest honor societies. Now, it is UNCG’s newest.

On April 11, a ceremony honored the first Spartan members of this prestigious honor society. The 70 initiates, chosen from students, faculty, and staff, were each called to the front of the room and presented with a certificate of membership and a Phi Kappa Phi pin. The ceremony, held in Ferguson Auditorium, featured remarks by Provost Dana Dunn, Dr. Omar Ali, Dr. Brad Johnson, Dr. Heather Holian, Dr. Angela Bolte and Dr. Greg Bell.

Ali is president-elect of the organization. Johnson is the secretary, Holian is the treasurer, and Bolte the PR officer.

The 352nd chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society had been officially installed at UNCG March 13 in a small ceremony.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest cross-discipline honors society, founded in 1897, and one of the most prestigious. It admits the most distinguished junior, senior, and undergraduate students in any major. It was also one of the first honors societies to admit women, two years after it formed. Notable past members include former president Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, and astronaut Wendy Lawrence.

For more information and future events, see the PKP website here.

38 inducted into 2019 Golden Chain at UNCG

The Golden Chain Honor Society welcomed 38 new members during the Spring 2019 inductions. This diverse student population represents many facets of the university experience.

This semester’s induction class includes:

Kelsey Barrett
Kelsey is a student athlete on the UNCG Cross Country/Track team.  She is a junior double majoring in Biology and Psychology.

Michael Bell
Michael is a senior majoring in Classical Studies and is a member of the first class of McNair Scholars here at UNCG.

Caroline Bolin
Caroline is a senior majoring in Communication Studies.  She is also a Senior Managing Consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center.

Casey Bolt
Casey is a senior majoring in Sociology.  He is a United States Army National Guard and has served for 8 years, recently helping residents to safety during Hurricane Florence.

Jack Burkill
Jack is a junior majoring in Business Administration.  He is a student athlete on the Men’s Tennis Team.

Breanna Butcher
Breanna is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and a member of the UNCG Women’s Softball Team.

Nicholas Conklin
Nicholas is a junior majoring in Sociology.  He has dedicated several hours volunteering and mentoring with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

Rachel Digman
Rachel is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies.  She is also a Communications Consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center.

Kendall Dobbins
Kendall is a junior majoring in Business Marketing.  She is a student athlete on the Women’s Golf Team.

Maria Esch
Maria is a junior double majoring in International Global Human Rights and Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is also a member of the UNCG Women’s Volleyball Team.

Marissa Ferrantino
Marissa is a junior majoring in Psychology and a member of the UNCG Women’s Soccer Team.

Brandi Fier
Brandi is a senior majoring in Studio Arts and minoring in business.  She is also student athlete on the Women’s Basketball Team.

Nautica Friday
Nautica is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and a member of the UNCG Cross Country Track Team.

Jordan Gontram
Jordan is a junior majoring in Business Administration and a member of the Women’s Softball Team.

Mary Kennedy
Mary is a junior majoring in Speech Pathology and a member of the UNCG Women’s Soccer Team.

Kate Krupp
Kate is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a minor in American Sign Language.

Matthew Mattis
Matthew is a senior majoring in Business Economics.  He is a student athlete on the Men’s Soccer Team.

Megan Moran
Megan is a junior majoring in Business Marketing and member of the UNCG Women’s Volleyball Team.

Taqqi Muhammad
Taqqi is a senior majoring in Kinesiology.  He is a student athlete on the Men’s Basketball Team and a student assistant coach.

Jasmine Palmer
Jasmine is a Senior majoring in Communication Studies and a member of the Women’s Softball Team.

Kellar Poteat
Kellar is a junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in American Sign Language.

Victoria Powell
Victoria is a junior majoring in Media Studies.  She is an athlete on the Women’s Basketball Team.

Ali Ramirez-Garibay
Ali is junior majoring in Spanish. Next year she will oversee the children’s program at Real World English, which is a two-generation program which helps Latinx parents learn English while their children participate in STEM activities.

Cienna Rideout
Cienna is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management.  She is a student athlete on the Women’s Soccer Team.

Daniel Rust
Daniel is a junior majoring in Business Economics.  He is a student athlete on the UNCG Cross Country Track Team.

Sara Rydman
Sara is a junior majoring in International Business and is a member of the Women’s Golf Team.

Nadine Soliman
Nadine is a junior from Egypt majoring in Communication Studies.  She is also a student athlete and Captain of the Women’s Basketball Team.

Kara Stomp
Kara is a senior double majoring in Public Health and Communication Studies with a minor in Business Studies.  She is a managing consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center.  She is also a member of the first Chancellor’s Ambassador’s Class.

Kaitlyn Stone
Kaitlyn is a junior double majoring in Anthropology and Sociology.  She is captain of the UNCG Cross Country/Track team and an employee in the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

Olivia Tarpley
Olivia is a junior double majoring in History and Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is a member of the Spartan Orientation Staff and Vice President of the Student Government Association.

Crystal Tejada
Crystal is a junior majoring in Business Administration.  She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and the Lloyd International Honors College.

Abigail Thomas
Abigail is a junior majoring in Spanish and Communication Studies.  She also volunteers with the UNCG Speaking Center with groups of elementary and middle school students in theatre camps during the summer.

Louisa Tichy
Louisa is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and a member of the Women’s Golf Team.  She has also served as an Assistant Golf Instructor.

Kaley Tucker
Kaley is a junior majoring in Communication Studies.  She is a student athlete on the Women’s Soccer Team at UNCG.

Heida Vidarsdottir
Heida is a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is a captain on the Women’s Soccer Team and awarded Most Outstanding Player of the SoCon Tournament.

Cameron Warren
Cameron is a junior majoring in Business Administration.  He is also a Writing Consultant in the University Writing Center.

Ny-Juan Williams
Ny-Juan is a senior majoring in Kinesiology.  He is a student athlete on the UNCG Cross Country/Track team.

Riccardo Zarri
Riccardo is a junior majoring in International Business.  He is also a student athlete on the Men’s Soccer team.


UNCG Board of Trustees welcomes newest members

UNCG announced two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Mae Douglas and Linda Sloan, both UNCG alumni with tremendous business, civic, and community credentials, were appointed by the UNC System Board of Governors on March 22 to four-year terms beginning July 1. They will replace Charles Blackmon and Susan Safran, who rotate off the board as of June 30, following eight and 10 years of service, respectively.

Mae Douglas is a native of Greensboro and holds a BA in Sociology from UNCG. She is an active and engaged community leader with an established, decorated career as a Human Resources executive, culminating with her tenure as a highly respected executive vice-president and chief people officer for Cox Communications. Under her leadership, Cox received recognition for its people practices from Women in Cable Telecommunications and from Diversity, Inc. as one of the top 50 companies for diversity and inclusion. Mae has previously served on UNCG’s Excellence Foundation Board of Directors as well as the boards for Gateway University Research Park and Friends of the UNCG Libraries. In 2015, she established the Mae Douglas Fund in honor of her nephew, Sterling Douglas, to support the Library’s Digital Media Commons and name its Presentation Practice Room.

Said UNCG Board of Trustees Chairman, Brad Hayes, “Mae’s professional background and passion, along with her commitment to leading diversity and inclusion initiatives and setting human capital strategy, align perfectly with the UNCG mission, core values, and strategic plan.”

Linda Sloan is a dynamic leader in the Greensboro community, particularly in the area of theater and the arts. She is a UNCG alum with a Master’s in Fine Arts. Linda and her husband Tom have established five scholarships at UNCG, including the Lisbeth V. Stevens Scholarship Fund in 1988 in memory of Linda’s sister, and the Harry B. and Edith V. Sloan Memorial Scholarship in Science, Math & Health in 1997, in memory of Tom’s parents. Linda has served on the Board of Visitors for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and as a member of the Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board. She and Tom have hosted welcome dinners at their New York City home during the annual UNCG CVPA Theatre Industry Showcase and at their Greensboro home for our Library’s Jackson Society. Sloan taught for twenty years at Greensboro Day School, where she established their ongoing theater program. She was instrumental in founding the Women to Women Endowment of the Community Foundation.  She was also the founding board chair of Triad Stage, a role she served for seven years. Her community involvement also includes chairperson of the United Arts Council and Greenhill Art Gallery, as well as service on several additional arts organizations and community boards.

“Linda’s established support for student success is well aligned with our strategic plan,” Hayes said.  “Her expertise in the arts and engagement in that community will be invaluable as we develop the Visual and Performing Arts district of UNCG’s Millennial Campus.”

The Board of Governors also reappointed Brad Hayes and Mona Edwards to the UNCG Board for second four-year terms. Hayes currently serves as Chairman of both the Board and the Executive Committee. He has been a member of the Board since 2014.  Edwards currently serves as Secretary and has been a member since 2015. She chairs the Grievance Committee.

Their appointments run through June 30, 2023.

In Greensboro, it’s just one great event after another

This week the world Irish Dancing Championship is hosted at the Koury Convention Center on Gate City Boulevard. Not your cup of tea? You won’t know unless you check it out. (Many of the events are free for all residents of North Carolina.) And if you take a pass on that, consider all the other events you can conveniently see that make this city so full of life.

Each time the NCAA Tourney is hosted there, you get a free opportunity to see open practices. Each time figure skating championships are there, there are free or lost-cost opportunities to see the warm-up sessions – remarkably up-close. And then the real competitions are well worth the price.

Our city has hosted lots of big events over the decades, including the greatest Final Four ever (1974 at the Coliseum). Our campus has hosted Charlie Chaplin, Martha Graham and George Washington Carver. And Flannery O’Connor. John Hope Franklin.

Remember the double-bill of Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma in UNCG Auditorium? That was an evening. And the double-bill of pianist George Shearing and blues singer Joe Williams?

The many dozens of concerts in the area by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with former UNCG grad student Rhiannon Giddens. In an early concert, I took my boys to a community center 30 minutes away to hear them play with Joe Thompson. I have some photos somewhere.

And speaking of Ms. Giddens, did you see the first production of “Beautiful Star,” with music by alumna Lauralyn Dossett, in which Rhiannon sang “O Holy Night” to end the show? Moments like those are Broadway quality – and you don’t have to fly to New York. UNCG Theatre’s ongoing relationship with Triad Stage is a win-win – and Triad Stage tickets are as low as $10 for any production. You can park in the deck behind the theater, often for free. Try that in Manhattan.

I missed Toad the Wet Sprocket on campus in the 90s. I did catch The Drive-By Truckers beside Yum-Yum. 10 dollars a ticket. I missed a free show by Merle Haggard at a summer downtown festival, but I did see The Mavericks. Free.

I’ve seen Springsteen five times at the Coliseum, plus The Cars, Dixie Chicks, Prince (Purple Rain tour, with Sheila E. opening.), Paul Simon.

Charlie Louvin at a local club. Jason Isbell at the Blind Tiger. Guitar Gabriel at New York Pizza. Gillian Welch at the Flying Anvil. Gibson Brothers at the Green Bean. The pop/punk band Ex Hex in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building, electric guitar reverb bouncing off the concrete walls. That was crazy good.

UNCG and one or two other Greensboro colleges hosted Kendrick Lamar (and joining him, J. Cole) at the Coliseum complex, geared for students. I didn’t see it, but I heard it was a blast. Our university hosted The Lumineers in Cone Ballroom for students just before “Ho, Hey” was broke big. Someone recorded the moment.

Prefer sports? Spartans in the 90s caught a couple of seasons of Derek Jeter playing shortstop for the Greensboro Single A team. (I remember the fielding errors – and his looking pretty smooth.) More recently, Spartans have seen stars like Brian McCann and Bryce Harper play at the stadium a mile away. And remember Giaoncarlo Stanton blasting all those homers? And then there’s basketball. The Kyle Hines vs Stephen Curry match-ups on campus and at the Coliseum. (My sons were impressed by how quickly Curry could get a shot up.) And our PGA tournament, another great deal. The chance to see Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, and other top golfers up-close with my family has made for good memories.

The point is: Greensboro and UNCG offer so much. Every month of every year. And most of it’s relatively low-cost. Or free-admission. You just have to go.

This year’s UCLS has been particularly strong. I am looking forward to what’s in store next year. And speaking of next year, I’ve already bought my tickets for the first opera at the Tanger Center, “Porgy and Bess,” starring UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens. I expect it’ll be the big event in our state next spring; it will sell out; I recommend buying your tickets soon.

The Greensboro Bound book festival, all events free-admission, is a few weeks away. The NC Folk Festival, a few months away, is all free-admission. Spartan Cinema again will offer free movies in LeBauer Park, each Friday this summer. (CW will run a story before each of these three begin, spotlighting the UNCG connections.)

And check out the other colleges’ listings too – they offer some great things as well.

If you haven’t seen a UNCG Music performance, check this story out. Haven’t seen a softball or baseball game? You have a few weeks left to do it. UNCG Tennis is great to watch too – you’re very close to the action. There are a few events left in the Sixties series, including the big Grateful Dead weekend and “Man of La Mancha” next month.

Now, I’m going to go see about this Irish dancing. I hear we have a student competing.

By Mike Harris ‘93 MA, Campus Weekly editor

Tew Recital Hall concert will be April 11

Photo of the Tew Recital Hall interiorThe 350-seat recital hall at UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts has long been known as one of the most visually and aurally stunning performance spaces in the Triad.

It will now be known as the Tew Recital Hall in honor of Christopher and Laura Braxton Tew, both UNCG Class of 1969 alumni. The Tews provided a generous gift of $1 million to name the hall, honor the UNCG School of Music, and mark the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1969’s graduation.

The event to formally name the Tew Recital Hall will be on Thursday, April 11, at 7:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The program features compositions by Christopher Tew, including two songs for soprano and piano written while he was a student at UNCG, a piece for viola and piano, excerpted movements from three larger works for strings, and the premiere of “3 Panoramas: Memories of Japan” for string orchestra. The performances will also feature work by UNCG student Shar Joyner, Class of 2019.

“We are proud that this revered space will bear the names of Laura Braxton Tew and Christopher Tew,” Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said. “Their support of UNC Greensboro, the School of Music and the students and faculty is heartfelt and longstanding. It is truly an honor to share this gift with both our University and the community.”

Laura Braxton Tew grew up on tobacco farms in Pitt County, NC. After graduating from UNCG she went on to earn advanced degrees from Duke University and Pace University and pursued a career in the chemical manufacturing industry. She worked her way up from bench chemist to corporate director of stakeholder relations, which included global responsibilities. Since retiring, she has been involved extensively in volunteerism and philanthropy, and especially focused on introducing young women to STEM studies and careers. Her work in this area was recently featured in a piece titled “Girl Power” in UNCG Magazine.

Christopher C. Tew is originally from McLeansville, NC and a graduate of UNCG. A professional composer, Tew was the first UNCG student to ever have his works performed by the UNCG Sinfonia and Symphony. Over the last 50 years, he has composed concert music for school, community, and professional orchestras. He has received commissions from groups as diverse as Louisville’s Jewish Community Center, Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee. His works have been performed by numerous professional orchestras, including the Salisbury and Hickory Symphonies and the NCSU Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Livonia, MI; Lake Charles, LA; West Hartford, CT; and Lone Tree, CO, as well as featured in a festival in Lviv, Ukraine. The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia has recorded two CDs of his compositions, including most of the works featured in the dedication program.

Seating for the dedication concert is free, but will be first come, first served and is limited to 350 people.

For more information, please see the CVPA page on the dedication concert.


Photos that wow! Thumbs up to “A Week at the G”

Photo of students during A Week at the G

What does a typical week look like at UNCG?

It looks like professors and their children building a research exhibition on a Sunday afternoon, students fencing at a regional tournament, and business students from Belgium touring campus. It looks like professors sharing their insights at a TEDxGreensboro event, soccer players practicing in the rain, sculptors hearing critiques from classmates in an art studio, and students hosting a spring dance for community members with disabilities.

And more.

The University hosted its inaugural “A Week at the G” photo project March 31-April 6. Campus photographers captured a range of Spartan experiences, submitting more than 800 photos during the week, and publishing about 180 of them online. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni also shared photos and videos on social media; the hashtag #AWeekattheG was used or shared more than 1,000 times on Twitter and Instagram.

Scroll through to see a sampling of photos published online over the seven days, as well as a video highlighting that week. Visit weekattheg.uncg.edu.

‘Science everywhere’ this week; biggest day is Saturday

Photo of children and adults at Science EverywhereIt’ll literally be science everywhere at UNCG this week.

Thursday, as part of the NC Science Festival, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering will host its seventh Gateway to Science event. JSNN graduate students will do over 30 hands-on experiments with participants of all-ages, exploring concepts such as Lenz’s Law, the physics of pendulums, and the Bernoulli Concept. This year, JSNN will be joined by First North Carolina and the Triad Impactors to further expand the impact of the event.

Gateway to Science is Thursday, April 11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is open to all.

A few days later, UNCG will again celebrate science in all its forms with the all-ages Science Everywhere event on April 13. This year’s theme is “Made in North Carolina”, celebrating local makers and innovators. Become a scientist for the day with a variety of exciting activities such as measuring the iron in a cheerio, programming a robot, using a 3D printer, and more than 70 other opportunities to explore the science that surrounds you every day. Take home your projects, as well as prizes and t-shirts, and enjoy food from on-campus restaurants and local food trucks.

Participants will check in at one of four welcome centers, where they will receive an activity passport and a free bag. They are then free to explore the campus, exploring, discovering, and creating as they go. Children and families will be able to engage hands-on with new scientific principles, and interact with experts in many fields.

Science Everywhere is free and open to all, and is ideal for children aged 3-18. Parking in all parking decks will be free for the course of the event.

The event is April 13 from 12-4 p.m. For more information, see the website here.  

The event is sponsored by the UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education Network, the School of Education, the Provost’s office, and two National Science Foundation-funded projects.

Compiled by Avery Campbell.

bruce d. mcclung will be dean of CVPA

Provost Dunn has announced the new dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. bruce d. mcclung has accepted the position as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Dr. mcclung will serve as the inaugural dean of the college (first dean hired into the new College of Visual and Performing Arts), following Dr. Peter Alexander’s service as founding dean.

As the premier, most comprehensive, and largest set of visual and performing arts programs in North Carolina, the College of Visual and Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, School of Dance, School of Music, and School of Theatre, as well as the Arts Administration program.

Dr. mcclung is currently Head of the Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. For two years he served as Interim Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music also at the College-Conservatory of Music.

An American music scholar, Dr. mcclung’s book Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical from Oxford University Press won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, the Kurt Weill Prize, and the Musical Library Association’s George Freedley Award-Special Jury Prize. Last year, his co-edited critical edition of Lady in the Dark was published as part of the Kurt Weill Edition. The Society for American Music presented Dr. mcclung with its Lifetime Service Award also in 2018. At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. mcclung received the Mrs. A. B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching and the Graduate School’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award, and was elected to the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. mcclung holds a baccalaureate degree from the New England Conservatory and a PhD in musicology from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

Please join me in welcoming bruce to the UNC Greensboro community. He will begin his new role on July 14, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new dean. Finally, thanks are due to Dr. Lawrence Jenkens who stepped into the role of interim dean in January of this year.

Enjoy just-published Spring 2019 UNCG Magazine


American Sign Language. Bob Wineburg. Spartan service. Pulitzer finalist Kelly Link.

These are among the many excellent stories in the just-published UNCG Magazine. The online version of the magazine with great videos is at alumnnimagazine.uncg.edu.

As you enjoy the individual stories, share them via social media to amplify their reach.

More than 15,000 alumni who are donors received a print issue of the issue earlier this week.

This dynamic issue includes a comprehensive view of the careers of Professions in Deafness graduates, from interpreting for President Obama to day-to-day work with students and clients of all ages.

Readers will also see the web of learning and accomplishment that stems from one renowned faculty member and mentor in social work: Bob Wineburg.

Also featured is the University’s motto of “Service” in practice in the community, through students and alumni from a variety of disciplines.

And enjoy an interview with MacArthur “genius” grant winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link ’05 MFA, with an original illustration by alumna Tristin Miller.

“Newsfront” holds a variety of updates and items, including about the Millennial Campus, a student-athlete turned MLB scouter, the Double Oaks Bed and Breakfast proprietors, an up-and-coming Nashville songwriter, and much more.

Visit alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

Scholarly Communication Symposium Will Focus on Impact and Infrastructure

The 2019 Scholarly Communication Symposium will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center. This annual symposium provocatively explores particular issues in the evolving landscape of scholarly communications, bringing together researchers, technologists, librarians and other stakeholders in the scholarly communications ecosystem.

This year, University Libraries is partnering with the Educopia Institute to host the symposium. National experts will speak to the issues of creating and sustaining infrastructure for research data management, digital humanities and online publishing.

Learn how to enable your research to thrive in the digital era. Reserve your seat by visiting https://libconf.uncg.edu/2019-symposium/registration/

Making Student Digital Projects More Accessible

The Digital ACT Studio will hold a workshop on April 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. on Making Student Digital Projects More Accessible.

Designed for UNCG instructors (both faculty and grad students), this workshop in the studio (Lower Level, Jackson Library) will examine commonly assigned digital media and design projects–slide presentations, websites, podcasts, and videos–and discuss ways to build accessibility principles into the projects UNCG students create. Topics will include ways to introduce accessibility to students, options for scaffolding digital assignments, workflows for creating such projects, and possible ways to evaluate accessibility.

RSVPs aren’t required but are appreciated at go.uncg.edu/dactsaccess19.

Spring Dances concerts

This week, CVPA has its annual spring dances.

The dances feature choreography by both School of Dance faculty and guests, with student dancers.  There will be performances April 12 at 8 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m, all at the School of Dance Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from Triad Stage here and are $7 for students, $10 for UNCG faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission.

Newsmakers: UNCG Threads, TEDx, Admissions, McGowan, Rinker and Rhodes, and Record

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

  • Yes! Weekly featured the upcoming UNCG Threads fashion show, which will present over 100 new looks by student designers. The article.
  • Dr. Nadja Cech spoke to the News & Record about the coaches that helped her prepare for her TEDx presentation. The piece.
  • High school senior and future Spartan Cierra Short wrote for her school newspaper about her very helpful meetings with Assistant Director of Admissions Claire King. The piece.
  • Dr. Brian McGowan will join Dr. Dan Tillapaugh of CLU on Higher Ed Live to discuss the new book they co-edited, “Men & Masculinities”. The announcement.
  • Fox8 featured the group, including Dr. Jeremy Rinker and Dr. Daniel Rhodes, which is coming together to discuss last year’s fire at the Summit Avenue apartments. The article.
  • Kim Record was named one of the Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business 2019 (as featured in a recent Campus Weekly). The piece (subscriber content).

2019-20 Space Requests for EUC and campus spaces; Books open April 15

A note to Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Administrative Officers from William Parrish, Director:

The Elliott University Center reservation books for Academic Departments and Administrative Units will open on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. for events and meetings your department would like to hold in the EUC and other campus spaces (College Avenue, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. They will confirm room requests in the order in which the Reservations Office receives them. Please visit http://euc.uncg.edu to review the updated Elliott University Center Guidelines and Procedures for Facilities and Services prior to making your request(s).    

The reservation books opening dates for events and meetings you would like to hold in academic spaces will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 10 a.m..

The reservation books for the EUC display cases, as well as the indoor railing and outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 15.

Through Virtual EMS, you have the option to obtain a user account that will allow you to complete reservation requests online.  We would appreciate it if the person responsible for programming in your area would obtain an account and complete a Room Reservation request for each event being planned.  Please visit http://reservations.uncg.edu and open the Account Management link to request an account.

In efforts to increase our sustainability practices, we will be reducing the amount of paper generated through this office.  At the time of the reservation request you will be required to submit the fund and account numbers to be billed for your reservation.  We will continue to provide you with a detailed invoice electronically prior to submitting a payment request to Accounts Payable.

Please visit the Additional Services & Spaces link on the Reservations web site to access the form to display outdoor banners and to request space in display cases and on the indoor railing in the EUC Commons.  You may also visit the Reservations Office in the EUC to complete a hard copy of the forms, if necessary.

Completed forms for outdoor banners request should be forwarded to: Kathleen McGirty – Room 221 Elliott University Center

For more information contact the Reservations Office at 336 334-5378.

UNCG-MPA 29th Annual Public Service Leadership Lecture

The Department of Political Science will host its 29th Annual Public Service Leadership Lecture, “The Role of Corporate Foundations and Philanthropic Professionals in the Triad Community.”The featured lecturers this year are Jana Barrett and Laura Collins. Barrett is Regional Director of Foundation and Community Relations for the philanthropic Lincoln Financial Foundation. Collins is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Southwest Development and Exempt Organizations Tax Practice. Both have multiple decades of experience working with corporate philanthropy, tax exempt organizations, and community foundations.

The lecture will be Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., with a dessert reception at 6 p.m. in Curry 225. For more information or disability accommodations contact Tamaki Onishi at t_onishi@uncg.edu or Cheryl Hylton at 336-334-5093. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, MPA Program and the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.