UNCG Campus Weekly

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Make nominations for UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education

UNCG Online: The Division of Online Learning facilitates the annual award to honor a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in developing, supporting, and/or teaching of online courses and programs at UNCG. Our hope is to showcase outstanding teaching and to recognize development and support efforts that create engaging online learning experiences. The ultimate goal of this recognition is to promote innovation and improve the quality of UNCG online courses and programs.

This year’s award will be presented at the UNCG Awards Ceremony in April 2020. Nominations should be submitted no later than November 11, 2019. The award winner will receive an honorarium of $3,000.

● Faculty and staff members can be nominated for online teaching, development, and
support activities conducted in the 2019 calendar year. Self-nominations are accepted.
● Faculty and staff can be nominated for exemplary work related to online learning,
including but not limited to
○ Teaching online courses,
○ Development of online courses or programs,
○ Effort to enhance online student success,
○ Any combination of the above.

Nomination Process
● Students, staff, faculty or administrators can submit a nomination.
● The UNCG Online Academy of Online Professors will constitute the Screening and
Selection Committee.
● The nomination packet should include
○ A letter of nomination detailing the qualifications of the nominee and a description
of the online course and/or support service. (300 words)
○ A brief statement on the impact or innovation of the nominee’s work. (100 words)
○ A letter of support from the nominee’s department chair, dean, or direct
○ Student testimonials. Limit 3 testimonials. Must be from the last 3 years. (Please
attach as Word files or PDF.)
○ Peer evaluations (maximum of 3) and course and instructor evaluations
(maximum of 3). Please attach as a Word or PDF file

Send nominations and support via email submission by November 11, 2019, to Nichole McGill, UNCG Online, ntmcgill@uncg.edu.

For questions on the UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education, please contact Karen Bull, Dean, The Division of Online Learning, kzbull@uncg.edu.

Free Speech Conference: ‘Finding Expression in Contested Public Spaces’

UNCG’s Department of Communication Studies presents “Finding Expression in Contested Public Spaces” Oct. 24-25.

This Free Speech Conference 2019 will be held in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. It is free admission and open to the public. It is designed to affirm principles of free speech, highlight scholarly contributions, and feature community presentations addressing current day concerns about, debates on, and promises for free expression.

Dr. Eric King Watts

The conference opens Thursday evening with Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric King Watts (UNC Chapel Hill) on the topic “Tribalism, Voicelessness, and the Problem of Free Speech.” The event is Thursday, Oct. 24,  7 p.m.

The evening will begin with a brief remembrance of the 1979 Greensboro Massacre (the name itself a source of public debate in past years).

On Friday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., there will be several discussions and performances:


8-8:50 a.m: Pedagogy and the 1st Amendment

Moderator: Dr. Spoma Jovanvoic, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Welcome Remarks: Dr. John Kiss, UNCG Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Music as Communication Activism: Educating for Freedom Through an Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Projec” – Mark Congdon Jr. and Lamera Palmer, The College of Saint Rose
  • Video Games as Free Speech: Reproducing Inequalities and Pushing Justice to the Margins – Marina Lambrinou, UNC Greensboro, and Yacine Kout, University of North Georgia

9-9:50 am: Academic Freedom & Campus Free Speech

Moderator: Michael Frierson, UNCG Chapter of AAUP

  • The Freedom to Listen – Lisbeth Lipari, Denison University
  • The First Amendment and the NC Campus Free Speech Act: Their Application to Public Universities in North Carolina – Jerry Blakemore. UNC Greensboro
  • Circumventing the Clear and Present Danger Test – Craig Smith, California State University, Long Beach

10-10:50 a.m: Contested Public Spaces

Moderator: Anna Fesmire, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad

  • Legislating Memory: Accommodating Contestations of Public Monuments – Laura Ricciardi, State University of New York at Purchase College
  • Social Power and the Right to the City: Homelessness, Access to Public Space, Activism and the First Amendment – Marcus Hyde, UNC Greensboro, and Gary Kenton and Zalonda Woods, Community Members
  • Activists Video of Greensboro grassroots leaders funded by UNCG-Mellon Foundation

11-11:50 a.m: Boundaries of Free Speech and Expression

Moderator: Dr. Roy Schwartzman, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Greensboro, 1963: Mass Nonviolence at the Boundaries of Free Speech – Thomas Jackson, UNC Greensboro
  • Money, Speech, and Power: Participatory Budgeting as a Path to Free Expression in Public Spending – Vincent Russell and Therese Gardner, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Speakers’ Corners Around the World – Spoma Jovanovic, UNC Greensboro

1-1:50 p.m.: Violence, Hate, Control of Free Speech

Moderator: Holly Williams, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Identity and Free Speech: African-American Women’s Social Justice Rhetoric – Sarah Hollingsworth, Oklahoma State University
  • Balancing the Goods of Speech In a Postmodern Historical Moment – David Errera, Duquesne University
  • A Safe Space for the White Race: An Interrogation of White Nationalist Propaganda on College Campuses – Gabriel Cruz, High Point University, and Patrick Sawyer, UNC Greensboro

2-2:50 p.m.: Talking about Race

Moderator: Doris Wesley, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Performatively Unpacking the Race Talk – Sonny Kelly and Elizabeth M. Melton, UNC Chapel Hill

The event received major funding from the National Communication Association. Co-sponsors include UNCG Office of the Provost, UNCG College of Arts & Sciences, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad, Lloyd International Honors College, UNCG Association of Retired Faculty, African American & African Diaspora Studies, Democracy Greensboro, UNCG Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Homeless Union of Greensboro, UNCG AAUP, UNCG Speaking Center, UNCG Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, and Transforming the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The conference organizer, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, is a professor of Communication Studies and a 2019-2010 Fellow with the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

For conference details visit https://tinyurl.com/FreeSpeechUNCG2019 or email s_jovano@uncg.edu.

Jovanovic and Dr. Omar Ali will participate in Greensboro History Museum’s “History & Reconciliation: A Community Symposium” on Oct. 26, 10 a.m., 130 Summit Avenue. Community members and academics will share perspectives on investigating difficult history and identifying paths forward.

Photograph courtesy Creative Commons.

Krowchuk, Letvak, Rowsey receive excellence professorships

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk, Dr. Susan Letvak, and Dr. Pamela Johnson Rowsey were presented with the excellence professorship, which was established to honor Dr. Eloise Lewis, the founding dean of the School of Nursing.

Krowchuk has served in key positions throughout her 29 years as a UNCG faculty member. As associate dean for academic programs, she has played an instrumental role in the planning of the new Nursing and Instructional Building that is scheduled to open in Fall 2020.

Dr. Susan Letvak

Letvak joined the nursing faculty as an assistant professor in 2000, and she currently oversees the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program as its coordinator. The program provides support for medically trained veterans to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Rowsey came to UNCG as a professor and the department chair of Adult Health Nursing in 2016. She has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for her expertise in nursing education and research and ways to improve resources for historically underrepresented ethnic minority students.

Dr. Pamela Johnson Rowsey

Dr. Kelly Stamp, department chair of Family and Community Nursing, was the only Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor prior to the newest appointments. The professorship includes a stipend and research funding.






Tate Street Festival Oct. 19

A street to celebrate (courtesy UNCG Archives)

‘Tate Street, that great street’ – as the refrain goes.

The Tate Street community and heritage will be celebrated once again with the 2019 Tate Street Festival, which presents live music and performance, fine arts and crafts.
The event is this Saturday (Oct. 19), 1-7 p.m., in the Tate Street business district.
Be part of the free-admission celebration and discover some great new art, music, and food. This year, there will be over 60 vendors on Tate Street – including 10 booths filled with UNCG student work – selling jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, organic health and beauty products, handmade clothing, hats, fine crafts, vintage clothing and furniture, stained glass and even more unique works of art.
It’s the same afternoon as the big UNCG Homecoming Party, so stop in on your way to the campus party on Kaplan Commons.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/tatestreetfestival/ or email tatestreetfestival@gmail.com for more info on the Tate Street Festival.

Big Belly receptacles now at UNCG

Innovative Big Belly receptacles on campus

Big changes are coming to UNCG’s recycling program. Take a stroll down College Avenue and you’ll notice the new Big Belly waste and recycling receptacles. Funded by a grant from the UNCG Green Fund, the Big Belly receptacles are a smart platform of network-connected receptacles that will increase productivity in our labor force, reduce our carbon footprint, increase our waste diversion rate, and help keep our public areas clean and green.

This new initiative at UNCG comes at a time when recycling is a hot topic of conversation across the nation, including here in Greensboro, where the City recently stopped collecting glass in residential commingled curbside recycling.

“The question I get asked most often on campus is: Can this be recycled? To me, that question reveals a
couple of things,” says Sean MacInnes, UNCG’s sustainability specialist. “One, it shows people care
about our environment and they want to help and do the right thing. Two, it reveals just how
complicated the recycling process is. The Big Belly receptacles and our new recycling guide are intended
to simplify and improve that process for our campus community.”

The improvements the Big Belly receptacles provide:

  • They are connected to the cellular network and have sensors that communicate their real-time
    status to notify crews when they are full and ready to be collected.
  • An internal compactor provides greater capacity than the standard Victor Stanley bins.
  • They have scales inside that will improve data collection for our landfill diversion efforts.
  • Their design is aesthetically pleasing and allows branding and educational opportunities.
  • They are solar powered.

The ability to begin to modernize our waste management system allows us to continue to decrease our
carbon footprint, while optimizing our efficiency,” says Ross Rick, assistant director for facility
services. “For the students to decide that this investment was important to them is an empowering
statement that they are committed to this project in the present and the future. I sincerely thank our
students, the Green Fund Committee, and University Communications for their support, particularly
graphic designers Ariel Hewlin and Mark Unrue, who were tremendous partners in this effort.”

The UNCG Green Fund is a campus-based grant program supported by student activity fees and is
meant to forward UNCG’s Climate Action Plan. It was developed by the UNCGreen student club and
approved by the Student Government Association in 2015. Through the Green Fund, UNCG students
have invested over $200,000 to support 44 different sustainability initiatives on campus, which have
saved the University approximately $16,000 in utility costs and over 200,000 kWh hours of electricity
(equal to about 16 standard homes), annually.

“I’m excited about the Big Belly receptacles,” says Marc Keith, an English Ph.D. candidate and student
co-chair of the Green Fund Committee. “This project not only has real, tangible benefits, but helps
spread awareness about UNCG’s sustainability efforts and directly engages students in those efforts.”

UNCG recycles an average of 200 tons of commingled material annually and has an average overall
landfill diversion rate of about 43% over the past five years. On top of that, all bottle sales (water and
other beverages) have trended down across campus; last year sales were down 21.94% vs the previous
year. The University aims to become a zero-waste campus by 2050.

“The changes in the recycling commodities market are also being felt at UNCG,” says MacInnes. “Like
Greensboro and other cities across the country, we are seeing an increase in the cost of operating our
recycling program. Like all responsible businesses and stewards of our environment, we’re exploring all
the options that will allow us to keep our commitment to zero-waste in a fiscally responsible manner.

“For the time being we will continue to collect glass in our commingled recycling stream on campus. But
we ask those who live off campus to continue to use the City’s free drop-off locations for glass
recycling. We get charged per ton and glass is the heaviest material. There’s also low demand for it in
the market. Those factors,” MacInnes says, “make it expensive to recycle, which is one of the reasons
the City made the decision it did. Although we operate on a much smaller scale than the City, the
increase in cost is not insignificant for us and we ask everyone to be considerate of that. But if you live in
the dorms or if you buy a beverage in a glass bottle from a campus vendor, please continue to recycle
glass here.”

You can download UNCG’s new recycling guide here. And MacInnes recommends everyone download
the City’s GSO Collects app (available on Android and Apple) and take advantage of the app’s Waste
Wizard. “Our recycling goes to the same place as the City’s and other than the fact that we’ll continue to
accept glass bottles and jars, and plastic cups as long as they have recycling numbers 1, 2, and 5, you
can’t go wrong.

“It’s also important for our campus community to keep in mind that Greensboro has one of the highest
recycling contamination rates in nation and it’s an issue we have here too,” MacInnes says. “If we want
recycling costs to decrease and have more companies incorporate recycled material into their products,
then we have to empty our cups and clean our food containers before we put them in the recycling bin.
As consumers, we’re an important factor in the circular economy.”

Do you have an idea for a sustainability initiative? Proposals for the Green Fund are due on the 1st of
every month during the academic year. Project proposals requesting $1,000 or more in funding are only
accepted on November 1 and April 1. More information and the application can be found here.

Presentation on suffrage, racism, and a complex history

In advance of the “She Can, We Can” series for 2020-21, which focuses on the women’s suffrage movement, the Women’s and Gender Studies department, the History department, and HNAC will host the talk “When Women Won the Right to Vote: An American Fiction.”

The presentation, by Dr. Lisa Tetrault of Carnegie Mellon University, will address the misleading common narrative of women’s suffrage and discuss the legacy of racism in the movement. The talk will explore suffrage’s complex history and speak on strategies for continuing the project of securing voting rights for all.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be Monday, Oct. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m.  It will be held at the UNCG Faculty Center.

ITS: Changes coming to identity and access management

Aerial photo of the campusUNCG Information Technology Services (ITS) is launching a multi-phase project to modernize UNCG’s identity and access management (IAM) system.

Computer and Security Account Management (C-SAM), the current system, was built in the late 1990s as an in-house solution for creating campus computing accounts. Over the last 20 years, C-SAM met UNCG’s needs. However, like technology, the University is evolving rapidly. The new IAM system will meet the demands – and challenges – that this rapid evolution brings.

The first phase of the implementation will change how passwords are reset. Associated with this project are upcoming changes to password management and account authentication. Secondary accounts will be redefined into more function-specific categories for proper identification and security maintenance. ITS expects the first phase to be completed in early 2020.

Subsequent phases of the IAM modernization project will be announced as it progresses.

Follow the IAM modernization project website to track ITS’ progress in improving these critically essential services for the UNCG community.

Spartans ADVANCE: $1 million NSF grant to enhance faculty equity, diversity, inclusion

UNC Greensboro has been awarded a prestigious, $1 million ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This three-year award will support the adaptation and implementation of proven organizational change strategies to promote gender equity inclusive of intersecting social identities such as race and ethnicity.

“We are delighted to have received this important award. It signals our ongoing commitment to all forms of equity and provides resources to help us achieve our desired outcomes.” said Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

Using a data analytic approach, coupled with focus group data and incorporating evidence-based
practices, UNCG has committed to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic
science careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering
workforce. While the focus of the grant is to address aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional
structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators, UNCG views this
grant as an opportunity to enhance our commitment to a diverse professoriate across all disciplines.
The ADVANCE program activities also include key allies necessary for achieving true culture change.

Under the leadership of the principal investigator, Provost Dunn, the ADVANCE team brings together a
diverse group of co-principal investigators including: Dr. Ayesha Boyce, Assistant Professor of
Educational and Research Methodology (ERM); Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy, Associate Professor of Sociology;
Dr. Cerise L.  Glenn, Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Professor
of Communication Studies, Dr. Julie Mendez Smith, inaugural Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate
and Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Terri Shelton, Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor and
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.  The UNCG ADVANCE team is rounded out with Provost
Faculty Fellow, 2019-2020, Professor Steve Haines; the Office of Sponsored Programs’ Associate Director
of Proposal Development Services Dr. Aubrey Turner and Proposal Development Specialist Julie
Voorhees; Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Dr. Kimberly Littlefield, and ERM
Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Aileen Reid.

There will be a robust set of activities as part of this transformative initiative including a website that will
update the campus on activities and resources, support for ongoing implicit bias training particularly for
search committees, and reviews of barriers and innovative solutions to achieving work/life balance
while advancing in promotion and tenure among others.

All activities and initiatives will be internally and externally evaluated.

A fall launch event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“We urge all UNCG faculty to attend and learn more about how they can support this important work,” said Provost Dunn.

Enjoy ‘Soaring Sounds’ free choral concerts this weekend

Dr. Coelle conducts chorale ensemble in First Presbyterian Church

Dr. Carole Ott Coelho conducts in the Gothic Revival First Presbyterian Church

UNCG’s University Chorale, in collaboration with the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble, will highlight Argentine tango and its crossed-path with Jewish culture, partly through compositions of the first generation of Argentine-Jewish composers.

This collaboration is the culmination of a project initiated by Dr. Lorena Guillén, Dr. Carole Ott Coelho notes. The Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor, she directs the University Chorale. It has been immersed in these pieces throughout the rehearsal process, which included lessons in tango dancing and singing in yiddish. The compositions have been arranged for choir by Dr. Alejandro Rutty.

The concert will also feature UNCG Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Welborn Young, who is director of Choral Activities and Professor. The Chamber Singers will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore: a Madrigal Ballad.

UNC Greensboro’s choral program will fill Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church – a space ideal for choral acoustics – Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. It is free-admission.

An additional, seasonal-themed UNCG choral concert will be Sunday, Nov. 24, 5 to 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian.

Homecoming weekend holds an extra treat: The UNCG Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs will hold their concert Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in Grace United Methodist Church, 438 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro. That is also free-admission.

See the UNCG Magazine article, “Soaring Sounds.”

By Mike Harris.
Photograph by Martin W. Kane


Three Spartans honored with gerontology award

L to R: Dr. Janice Wassel, Dr. Richard Tucker, and Dr. Rebecca Adams at the award ceremony

Earlier this year, three Spartans were selected as honorees by the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) for the Gerontologist Rooted In The South (GRITS) award.

Dr. Rebecca Adams, Dr. Janice Wassel, and Dr. Richard Tucker ’70 MA were selected.

The award seeks to maintain and stimulate interest in the history of SGS and perpetuate the legacy of past and present members. Members are recognized for their achievements in the field of gerontology, their contributions to enhancing the lives of elders in the SGS region, and their service as role models for future generations interested in the advancement of knowledge and practice in the field of aging.

Adams was recruited to UNCG in 1983 to help start the gerontology program, which she directed during the 1980s and again from 2013-2017. Although she now writes mainly about aging music fans, most of her publications, including two of her books, focus on older adult friendship. She is a professor in the Gerontology program and recently co-curated a series of talks, exhibits, screenings, and performances related to Deadhead culture. She has helped develop the Gerontology Research, Outreach, Workforce, and Teaching Hub (GROWTH), which is a network of faculty and community partners who support transdisciplinary aging-related research, education, and outreach across the campus and community. Check out her recent feature in UNCG Research Magazine.

Wassel was director of the UNCG gerontology program from 2001 to 2015. Her research interests include how couples make decisions about retirement timing, post-retirement employment after forced retirement, pension wealth, the relationship of family caregiving and depression, and family structures and decision-making in caregiving relationships.

Tucker has written and taught on the psychology of aging, and his research interests include characteristics of older Canadians in Florida with focus on health care needs and utilization; the effects of respite care on care givers for those with Alzheimer’s disease; and general issues in clinical geropsychology.

Information on the GRITS award can be found at https://southerngerontologicalsociety.org/grits.html

Information on the UNCG gerontology program can be found at http://gerontology.wp.uncg.edu/


FAFSA workshops for early filing, Dec. 1 deadline

The early filing period for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now open, and all current and prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA before the period closes on Dec. 1.

Here’s what Spartans need to know:

  • Students must submit a FAFSA each year in order to continue to receive aid.
  • UNC Greensboro funds and certain state funds are limited. Students who file early have a better chance of receiving these funds, in addition to any federal aid they may receive, such as Pell grants.
  • The Financial Aid Office is offering FAFSA workshops every Tuesday during the months of October and November. The workshops will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Mossman Building atrium. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops.

In March 2020, students will be notified of their financial aid package for the 2020-21 academic year. Students are encouraged to resolve any financial aid issues before they leave campus for the summer. Filing the FAFSA early will help students get their financial aid refunds before classes begin in the fall.

UNCG students receive more than $200 million in financial aid annually. The University awards $10 million in institutional aid, such as scholarships, each year.

To learn more, visit fia.uncg.edu.


“She Can, We Can”: Project proposals requested for 2020-21 

UNCG faculty member Harriet Elliott in the midst of State Normal students, ca. 1920. Courtesy of University Libraries

Every two years, UNC Greensboro puts forth a theme to link events across campus and encourage interdisciplinary activity and community engagement.

A new theme is on the horizon: “She Can, We Can: Beyond the Women’s Suffrage Centennial” will be the theme for 2020-21. 

Proposals are requested for projects relating to the theme. Projects can relate to the history or current events of women, or equity. Eight projects will be funded for up to $4,000. Proposals are due Monday, Dec 9.

“This themed series is the perfect way to bring UNCG community members and stakeholders together around important issues of gender equity,” Provost Dana Dunn says. “The expertise and talent of our faculty and students, combined with engaging external speakers and performers, will ensure an opportunity for everyone to engage, learn, and be inspired.”

UNCG’s history has a strong link to the women’s suffrage movement. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, the namesake for Shaw Residence Hall and a well-known suffragette, spoke three times at the school. UNCG Archives notes that she felt especially close to the State Normal students, stating that the spirit of the school was “inspiring and unique.” The Class of 1919 asked for her to be their commencement speaker, a year before the amendment was ratified. They all knew the nation was reaching a milestone. One of her quotes from the 1919 commencement is “Do not tread down the beaten path, but assume the new duties dictated by your conscience,” says Steve Haines, Provost’s Office Faculty Fellow for 2019-20. 

“The Collaborations Committee of thirty administrators, faculty and students galvanized our university theme,” Haines adds. “We are excited to take an honest look at history. Women were battling for far more than the vote. Some things I’ve read about are inspiring. Some are appalling. Ultimately, we aim to improve today’s issues relating to equity. To me, this theme brings great hope.”

“She Can, We Can” will be a part of 2020-21 performances, lectures, panel discussions, art, exhibits, presentations, new classes, interdisciplinary events and more, that bring gender equity or justice to light.

Earlier themes at UNCG have included “The Globe and the Cosmos (2014-15),” with events related to the historical significance of the work of William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei.“War and Peace Imagined” and “The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits” have been more recent themes. 

Faculty and staff should contact Steve Haines at sjhaines@uncg.edu for more information about submitting proposals or support.

‘Trowel blazer’ Linda Stine on panel of NC female archaeologists

She has been immersed in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgian and  learning about Gullah culture, past and present. She has worked on African American enslaved houses showing some ties to the Caribbean and Yoruba housing. She has seen evidence for foodways similar to some west African cultures such as Sierra Leone. And here in Guilford County, she and her students have brought more understanding at the urban slave plantation known as Blandwood and at the area of the original Guilford Courthouse.
These community-engaged projects, as she works with local people and students on projects that are important to their communities, are key to her career and research.
“Archaeology is a passion first.  Then you create a career that allows you to continue to practice your craft and science,” says Dr. Linda France Stine, assistant professor of historical archaeology at UNCG.
Archaeology as a field has changed and evolved over the decades. A panel of North Carolina female archaeologists in the private and public sectors will discuss their diverse experiences in the field at the NC Museum of History Friday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m.

Stine will join Dr. Susan Bamann, Kimberly Kenyon, Dr. Margaret Scarry, and Dr. Alice P. Wright on the panel.

What changes has Stine seen, since her career began? A large increase in the number of archaeologists with jobs in the field. Most work in industry or for government agencies overseeing environmental assessment and impacts on federal lands or for projects using federal money, she says. There are fewer jobs in academia, she notes. “Much fewer. ” 
And there are many more women, especially since historic archaeology became more accepted as a field. “As for mentoring, grants, publications, jobs, and pay, there is still disparity between men and women.” A recent industry survey showed this.
“As the future president of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, I am working closely with the heads of other major archaeological organizations to increase ethical awareness and practices, to increase the number of archaeologists willing to sign up and apply for registration avowing they will promote the best of good standards and practices, and to actively intervene in observed harassment, discrimination, or bullying,” she says. “We also are learning that our younger generation of archaeologists have some important, diverse perspectives on what constitutes acceptable working conditions such as hours and physical labor.” 
The event is presented by the NC Office of State Archaeology, and is free-admission. It is an Archaeology Month event.
Photos: Linda Stine and an open house event at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

Employee Wellness events for October

October is Employee Wellness month, and Healthy UNCG is hosting a variety of events this month and throughout the semester to support the physical and mental health of all UNCG employees. Most are free.

Upcoming events include:

  • Gentle Flow on the Lawn: Every Tuesday in October, join a gentle flow yoga class in Foust Park, surrounded by nature. Every Tuesday, 12:15-12:45 p.m., Foust Park.
  • Oct. 9 & Oct. 16: Flu Clinic: Flu shots are available to all covered employees of the state health plan for free. Bring your insurance card and get immunized for the flu season! Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., EUC Alexander Room and Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Campus Supply, Oakland Street.
  • Oct. 19: Wonder Woman College Run: Run or walk in the first DC Wonder Woman College Run Series, with entertainment, swag, and a post-run party. Oct. 19, 9 a.m., 1200 West Gate City Blvd. Entry is $30 for UNCG affiliates. See more at ______.
  • Oct. 23: Healthy Relationships at Work: Learn skills to help facilitate healthy communication and collaboration in the workplace environment with the Healthy Relationships Initiative. Oct. 23, 1-2 p.m., Shaw Residence Hall, Tillman Smart Room.
  • Oct. 25: Virtual Grocery Store Your: Take a virtual walk through a grocery store with a dietitian to better understand what to look for when shopping, how read labels, and more skills that will help make healthy choices at the grocery store. Oct. 25, noon-1 p.m, EUC Dogwood Room.

For more information, disability accommodations, and future events, see the HealthyUNCG website here.

Dr. Elizabeth ‘Jody’ Natalle receives career teaching award

Dr. Elizabeth (“Jody”) Natalle, associate professor of communication studies, was awarded the 2019 Lloyd Rohler Career Teaching Award from the Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) for “demonstrating excellent teaching throughout her career.”

Natalle has been a member of CCA for 34 years, a past president, and an active faculty mentor who has regularly sponsored student research presentations at the annual conference.

The award was presented at the 2019 conference held in Hilton Head, SC, the last weekend in September.

 “My objective when teaching is to facilitate the student’s critical development as a communicator, as a citizen, and as an independent problem-solver,” Natalle said. “Using the knowledge of our field, I am all about sharing that knowledge so that a student can achieve communication competence, active participation as a citizen, and has the ability to approach life with problem-solving skills. “
What brings her the most joy in teaching? “When a student is able to own the knowledge of the field and become an independent learner. Then I know they are set for life. When the light bulb goes on, you just know that you did your job as the teacher-facilitator. It’s the joy of ‘paying it forward.'”

By Mike Harris
Photography by Jiyoung Park

Public talk by Honorary Consul of Germany Oct. 2

Klaus Becker, honorary consul of Germany, will give a talk on cultural images of Germany, the value of Americans learning German, and business matters pertaining to the German-American relationship. The talk takes place Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Petty Building 136.

Each year, the German Information Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C., sponsors a “Campus Weeks” series at numerous U.S. universities and colleges. Participating schools organize a variety of events, guest speakers, symposia, and competitions that are centered on a yearly theme. The embassy has awarded the UNCG German Program with funding for the “Campus Weeks” series since 2012.

This fall’s theme of “Wunderbar Together” highlights how Germany and the U.S. are intertwined. Through the partnership with the German Embassy, the UNCG German program will focus on the significance of the transatlantic relationship, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the anniversary of women’s suffrage in Germany and the U.S.

Other upcoming events include:

Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., MHRA 1214: Screening of the film “Balloon” (2018, Michael Bully Herbig), based on the true story of two families who attempted to escape East Germany by balloon in order to explore everyday life in East Germany and forms of resistance.

Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 to 10:50 a.m., SOEB 222: Former UNCG professor and artist Sheryl Oring will give a talk titled “Berlin Berlin: The City as Muse” on her art projects related to censorship and the Berlin Wall.

A poetry competition open to all UNCG students will allow students to share German poetry and their own original poetry at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures “Poetry Jam” event on Nov. 6 as well as at a prize ceremony on Monday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.

For further information, visit https://llc.uncg.edu/german/ or contact Dr. Brooke Kreitinger at bdkreiti@uncg.edu.

Groundbreaking artist Mary Kelly, in exhibition and in person

a print

“How to use the shelter as a table”

UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum has opened an exhibition of selected works by world-renowned artist Mary Kelly.

Since the 1970s, Kelly has been creating influential and groundbreaking work that weaves art and politics together and reflects on historical and personal moments through innovative forms. Her work has  appeared in a variety of cutting-edge galleries, including New York’s Whitney Museum, the Tate Modern, Musée National d’Art Moderne, and many others. She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2015.

As Falk Visiting Artist, Kelly will speak Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Weatherspoon, with curator of the show and museum director Nancy Doll.

The current show considers military power in various manifestations. Central in one room of the exhibition is  a mock bomb shelter that, through optical illusion, descends endlessly below the floor. “Habitus: Type II” simulates the type of shelter that was mass produced during The Blitz in World War II. The cage top is blanketed by a large-print narrative “…We used to talk about what would happen if they pushed the button, where we’d go. Some said Australia. Others began to make a list – flashlight, first aid kid, toilet paper, teddy bear…”

The story Kelly tells through her work is not only reflected literally within “Habitus: Type II” but thematically around the room. One wall holds printed diagrams with a domestic flavor, “How to build an outdoor bomb shelter” and “How to use a bomb shelter as a table.”

Adjacent are rubbings of shields, created by Kelly during the first Gulf War, and meant to contemplate excessive demonstrations of masculinity, says Doll. On another wall are uplifting lightbox prints, “Peace is the only shelter,” “End the arms race not the human race,” and “We don’t want to set the world on fire.”

The next room holds pieces from the “News from home” series – large prints of handwritten letters on sheets of colorful compressed laundry lint, another link to domestic life. One oversized lint letter comes from London around the time of the 1974 bombing of the Tower of London, and another comes from Beirut just prior to the Lebanese Civil War. Both are places that Kelly has lived and absorbed history firsthand, and the letters contain both personal and political sentiment of the time when they were written, such as “Americans are too angry to handle political responsibility. It’s hard enough to survive and just keep your head.”

On the opposite wall are prints of “Seven Days,” a short-lived but influential publication born of the New Left and the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s.

Doll predicts Kelly’s passion for social and political events, as well as her artistry, will be of interest to students and the community who come to see her speak at the Weatherspoon on Oct. 10.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson presents ‘Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History’

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will present the talk “Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History” Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

It will be followed by a Q and A session, moderated by Dr. Tara T. Green (Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor, UNCG) and Dr. Valerie Johnson (Mott Professor of Africana Women’s Studies, Bennett College).

Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, Johnson’s book, published in 2018 by UNC Press, powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities – all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, the work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region’s thriving black lesbian communities.

A native of North Carolina, E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.”

The talk is hosted by the UNCG Women and Gender Studies program, and co-sponsored by the UNCG English Department and the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC).

It will be followed by book signing.

Editor’s note: An early calendar listing included a different date. This event is confirmed for Oct. 8.

Collaborative anti-abuse campaign launches

The Abuse is Never Okay Campaign is a collaboration between organizations across Guilford County focused on educating the community about abuse, promoting healthy relationships, and connecting victims to local resources and support. UNCG and the Healthy Relationship Initiative are primary collaborators.

The campaign launches Oct. 1 with the Greensboro Purple Tree Lighting, where Dr. Christine Murray will be the keynote speaker. There will be more events through October, including film viewings and panel discussions, and a number of events as part of the YWCA’s Week Without Violence. Beyond October, the campaign will continue to provide education about and support for sufferers of abuse in all its forms.

For more details and a full schedule, see www.neverokayguilford.org. The events are free and open to all.

Faculty/staff discount for home opener – plus other deals

2019 NIT game

The men’s basketball season is opening soon, and with it a great opportunity for discounted tickets. For $75 you can purchase the Spartan 4-Game Mini Plan. The plan gives you one ticket for the game against NC State, one ticket for a non-conference game of your choice, and two tickets for SoCon games of your choice. To buy tickets, see the website here.


Faculty/staff can purchase season tickets for a discount price of $109 (regularly $139). Learn more here.


Want $5 tickets, for one of the biggest games of the year? It’ll be the home opener, and faculty/staff can purchase tickets for themselves and guests for $5 each.

Coinciding with “Storm The Streets” for the UNC Greensboro men’s basketball home opener against North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, Nov. 5, UNCG Athletics has set a goal of 10,000 fans at the game, which would be a new program record for a home opener. The current attendance record for a home opener was set on Nov. 8, 2013 against High Point (5,989).

For faculty/staff tickets for the home opener – $5 dollars per ticket for employees and their guests – use the following:

And to get in the basketball spirit here in the unseasonably warm days of early fall, come to LeBauer Park this Saturday.  From 10 am to 6 pm, it’s “3 on 3 with the G” and a Fan Fest.

Questions about basketball tickets? Call Tyler Weedon, Director of Ticket Sales, at 336-334-3250 or email him at t_weedon@uncg.edu.

Register soon for Business Affairs Conference – deadline is Oct. 11

Photo of School of Education buildingSpartans, there is just over one week remaining to register for the 2019 Business Affairs Conference.

The conference will be on Oct. 15, 2019, in the School of Education Building. This will be an all-day event; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Business Affairs is proud to invite the UNCG community to join us for a day of concurrent workshop sessions designed to provide practical training and resources that will support our efforts to meet the exciting challenge of UNCG’s “inflection point!”

The theme of the conference is “Innovation at the Inflection Point.”

This means a transformation in how Business Affairs provides customer service to and engages with our colleagues across campus. These efforts are informed by principles of empowerment through access to information, and engagement through partnership with service providers.

Sessions are tailored to inform, educate, and entertain administrative staff who engage with and do business exchanges with UNCG’s Business Affairs. All staff are welcome

Sessions will include:

  • A Purchasing Primer – Panel Discussion
  • Career Pathing at the G
  • Ergonomics and a Healthy U
  • Know Before You Go: Roadtrippers Edition
  • Managing Your Funds at UNCG – Panel Discussion
  • Onboarding: Employees in Transition
  • Simply Stunning: Successful Event Planning
  • Stress Less: The Importance of Self-Care
  • The Color of Money
  • The Employee Life Cycle at UNCG – Panel Discussion
  • Your Departmental Wallet: The Budget Guide

The goal is to equip our customers with access to information and the knowledge of how to effectively use this information to meet their departmental objectives. The conference aims to provide practical take-aways while being supported by the theme of innovation throughout all sessions.

Registration (click here) is required to attend and participate.

Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 11.

Registration = $35 (this fee is to be paid by your department).

  • Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Participants will be issued complimentary parking passes for Walker Parking Deck

Participants should expect to reserve the entire day to attend all sessions, lunch, and panel discussions.

For more information visit https://baf.uncg.edu/conference/.


State Employees Combined Campaign is underway

Wade Maki (Philosophy) draws names at last year’s SECC raffle and breakfast. This event will be a featured part of this year’s campaign.

Do you have a favorite organization or cause that you would like to support? Do you want to support communities by giving back? The State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) is underway, and Spartans are invited to donate to one or more of their preferred charities.

In the first week, the campaign has already raised $30,800. The goal is $175,000.

Team Coordinator volunteers will be the primary point of contact for their respective departments and areas on campus, and they add a personal touch to the giving process. Coordinators will provide information, forms and giving guides – and will organize special events or activities related to the campaign.

This giving season, which runs through Nov. 20, marks the 34th year of the official statewide SECC. Last year, UNC Greensboro tied for the highest participation rate in the UNC System and generously donated $173,396 to 316 out of the almost 900 participating non-profit organizations.

Many hundreds of charitable organizations in our region and state are supported by the SECC. You may choose one or more to support, if you’d like. You’ll find them here.

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

To donate securely online, access the Giving Guide, or see the real-time “Campaign Progress Thermometer,” visit https://secc.uncg.edu.


Music to our ears – year’s first UNCG ‘Concert Weeks’

Photo of school of music musicians performingIt’s that time of the semester: the first Concert Weeks at UNCG.  There will be music in the air over the coming days, as a variety of excellent UNCG ensembles have their initial performances, marking the halfway point of the semester. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

The coming events are:

  • Oct. 3: Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band is a select ensemble of 55 music majors, chosen by audition. Their wide repertoire includes both contemporary and classic pieces.  They will be joined by guest Justin Worley, UNCG’s Director of Athletic Bands, on tuba. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Oct. 4: Jazz Ensembles I and II: UNCG’s jazz ensembles will appear at the Carolina Theatre’s Crown space for another night of swingin’ tunes directed by Chad Eby and Thomas Heflin. 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $9-12.
  • Oct. 6: University Band: The University Band, composed of 85 majors and non-majors, perform two concerts every semester. They will play a variety of music with conductors J. Benjamin Jones, Cole Hairston, and Carolina Perez. 1:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Oct. 8: Wind Ensemble: The ensemble of wind players will be joined by Associate Professor of Horn Dr. Abigael Pack for a selection of pieces by composers including Holst, Saint-Saëns, and Welcher. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.
  • Oct. 10: Symphony Orchestra: Violinist Marjorie Bagley will join UNCG’s symphony orchestra for a night of music by Ives/Schuman, Barber, Price, and Copland. 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

For more information, see the College of Visual and Performing Arts calendar.

Chinese music concert follows Asian Autumn Festival

three girls with Chinese flags

Students at the Asian Autumn Festival

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will host a Chinese music concert this Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Blooming Flowers and Full Moon” will be presented by Crescent Chinese Music Studios, a North Carolina nonprofit that promotes Chinese music. The ensemble includes Chinese and Western instruments and presents a diverse repertoire of Chinese traditional music, new folk music, and pop-styled music.

The concert is free and open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. in UNCG’s Tew Recital Hall. Refreshments will be available starting at 5:30, following the the Asian Autumn Festival, which takes place at the EUC Auditorium 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Asian Autumn Festival will include Asian dance, music, crafts, martial arts, guest speakers, and activities for children.

Free parking for the festival is available at the Walker Avenue parking deck, and for the concert at the McIver parking deck.

For more information about the concert, contact Dr. Meiqing Sun by email: m_sun@uncg.edu. For more information about the festival, contact Yvonne Matlosz by email at ylmatlos@uncg.edu or by phone: (336) 334-5560.

A demonstration at the Asian Autumn Festival

‘Dynamic duo’ pianists Anderson and Roe will perform

two glamorous peopleNext Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, two “rock stars of the classical world,” as described the by Miami Herald, will perform at UNCG’s Tew Recital Hall, in one of the first University Concert and Lecture Series events for 2019-20.

Tickets are available for the piano duo, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, known as “Anderson and Roe.”

They will also appear in a presentation on the day after the concert, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in the Music Building, which is open to the campus community.

Anderson and Roe have played with countless symphony orchestras, from Rochester to San Francisco, and have toured extensively overseas. Their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals. They have appeared on MTV’s Total Request Live, NPR’s All Things Considered and From the Top, APM’s Performance Today, PBS’ Texas Music Cafe, and BBC’s In Tune.

The performers met at The Juilliard School as freshmen before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They performed the world premiere of their own composition, Star Wars Fantasy: Four Impressions for Two Pianos, in Juilliard’s “Cinema Serenades” concert at Alice Tully Hall. They directed the project “Life between the Keys,” which involved the entire Juilliard Piano Class of 2004.

To learn more about the concert and to purchase tickets, visit the event page here: https://vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/anderson-roe/

RISE Network turns 10, gains new leadership

woman, man, buildingAssociate Professor of Kinesiology Christopher Rhea will serve as director and Senior Academic Professional of Mathematics and Statistics Tracey Howell will serve as associate director of UNCG’s RISE Network, now in its tenth year.

The RISE Network is a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The network provides access to STEM funding and research opportunities, promotes working partnerships, and sponsors special events such as workshops and guest speakers.

RISE has been a part of many initiatives from enhancing support for STEM education in K-12 classrooms to Science and Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) awards for UNCG students to the initial conception of the campus wetlands.

As Rhea and Howell assume the leadership of RISE, succeeding previous directors Malcolm Schug and Lynn Sametz, they are looking toward increasing outreach and collaboration, at UNCG and beyond – to university partners within the city and across the state.

“One thing I really like about UNCG is that there’s a real emphasis on collaboration – across departments, across units, and across all different levels. And STEM is a real key player in that,” says Rhea.

Along with continuing their small grant programs, speaker series, and networking events, such as research “speed-dating,” they plan to increase RISE’s social media presence and amplify programming that relates to graduate students to prepare them for their careers following graduation.

Another goal is to reach across disciplines to widen the perceptions of what disciplines could be included in the network.

“RISE is for a broader range of people,” says Howell. “We’d like to bring in more folks from more departments.”

Rhea and Howell are also looking toward the next Science Everywhere festival, which RISE has a significant role in planning and executing. It will be held April 25, 2020.

To learn more about the RISE network, explore the website here: https://rise.uncg.edu.

Story and photograph by Susan Kirby-Smith

UNCG Athletics gears up for SoCon Mental Health Week

UNCG banner in treesNext week, UNCG Athletics will participate in a Southern Conference-wide initiative to raise awareness about mental health, reduce the stigma of seeking mental health resources, and promote resources available to student-athletes. The initiative, created by the SoCon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, will be ongoing throughout the year, but will kick off during the Mental Health Awareness Week Sept. 29 through Oct. 5.

UNCG Athletics will host multiple “Green” events in honor of the initiative, where student-athletes will wear something green to show their support. Those include the women’s soccer game against Mercer Sunday, Sept. 29; the women’s golf tournament on Monday, Sept 30, and Tuesday, Oct 1; the softball game against Catawba on Saturday, Oct. 5, and the volleyball match against Wofford, also on that Saturday.

UNCG Athletics has produced a mental health awareness video that will be shown throughout the week on social media and at athletic events. Additionally, there will be a banner for student-athletes to sign to pledge to help end the stigma. There will also be several events to support student-athletes, including a workshop about mental health and a de-stress dinner. All students are encouraged to wear green to support mental health awareness on Friday, Sept. 4. The initiative uses the hashtag #SoConnected to unite the universities’ efforts.

“The message is that it’s okay to ask for help,” says sports psychologist Dr. Jen Farrell, who holds a dual appointment with UNCG Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology. “The ‘Green’ initiative is a great way for athletes to share the message with each other, and also with the campus community.”

Farrell, who was a college athlete at Bryn Mawr and earned her doctorate from UNCG, provides mental health services to student-athletes and directs UNCG’s applied sports psychology master’s program, helping them complete internships through Athletics. She provides training and education to staff about how to have difficult conversations and how to refer students for services. She also teaches students about identity development and how to adopt a growth mindset – skills that matter greatly in the athletic arena but could be applicable across campus and for any student. She says that, statistically, student-athletes don’t experience more mental health concerns than other groups, but they are less likely to seek help for them.

“One of my goals to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health,” she says. “I want to help people become more comfortable asking for help and reaching out. And it’s nice to be in a place where mental health is valued.”

To learn more about the SoCon Mental Health Awareness Week, follow the hashtag #SoConnected.

By Susan Kirby-Smith


Aaron Allen’s work fuses music, environment, and culture; wins award

Dr. Aaron Allen, director of the Environment and Sustainability Program and associate professor of musicology at UNC Greensboro, recently received the 2018 Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the book “Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, and Nature.”

He shared the award with co-editor and co-author Dr. Kevin Dawe from the University of Kent.

Campus Weekly caught up with Dr. Allen to ask him about the book and his work.

What is ecomusicology?

When ecomusicologists are thinking about environmental concerns we ask: What role does music play in causing environmental problems or in activating people through activism and emotional responses? What role does music play in communicating a broader cultural understanding of environmental problems or connection between humans and nature? How does sound tell us about the state of environmental and cultural affairs? Typically, musicology and ethnomusicology are about the study of music and culture. The way that we’ve framed ecomusicology is as a triad: the study of music, culture, and nature.

So, a mixture of disciplines.

In environmental studies, we connect the environmental and the human. In music we’re constantly connecting the sonic and the human: sound, artistry, musicality, and pieces of music or poetry with human culture. For ecomusicology, we overlap those two approaches.

Is this a relatively new field of inquiry?

People have theorized for a long time about how sound comes from nature and how music impacts human emotion. It’s just taken awhile for music scholars to give it the name “ecomusicology.” And I think the reason for naming the field is that we have finally come to grips with this huge environmental crisis going on that’s about climate change and loss of biodiversity.

This book is the first sustained example of ecomusicology. So, it’s both new and old. It’s both something innovative and specific to right now, and also something completely mundane and obvious.

As co-editors of the book, do you share similar research interests?

I’m a music historian and a musicologist, trained in historical method broadly, working to understanding music and history. Kevin is trained as a music anthropologist and ethnomusicologist. We both have backgrounds in the natural sciences. We wanted to bridge the disciplinary divides in ethnomusicology and musicology by collaborating. We each offered something different. I offered more of an environmental studies and historical approach, and he offered more of an anthropological and biological sciences approach.

For the book project, how did the two of you decide who would be responsible for what?

Kevin was really good at organizing, recruiting, and communicating with the press. And I was really down in the text of each article. As a junior scholar, I learned a lot from collaborating with a more experienced colleague.

What was one of your biggest challenges as co-editors?

Organization! We really thought hard about how to order the chapters, and we had some sections sketched out at the outset based on different kinds of environmental problems. But ultimately, we found that approach was too narrow, so we zoomed out and thought about providing an orientation to a field as if the book were a map or a field guide. We’re trying to understand something – trying to get somewhere. So we went with four directions: ecological, fieldwork, critical, and textual. We called them current directions with the understanding that the field of ecomusicology will change – that the terrain will likely be quite different the next time someone sits down to do a book about ecomusicology.

How do you see ecomusicology fitting into all the recent conversation and activism around climate change?

The ecomusicology project is drawing attention to the cultural basis of environmental problems. Fundamentally, all environmental problems are cultural problems. The ecomusicological approach is one of many ways to teach people to draw unusual connections, and to activate people to consider human-environmental issues and work to change culture to solve and prevent these catastrophic problems.

We can’t rely on just the scientists and politicians and technocrats to figure it out and deploy the solutions. That’s not working! We need a lot of different ways to confront the environmental crisis. Ecomusicology is not the be-all, end-all. It’s not a panacea. It’s just one of many ways to approach it. And I think that it’s an interesting and creative way, and I think one of the foremost things that it can offer in the context of a liberal arts education is to make the unusual interdisciplinary connections that are necessary to move us from a liberal arts approach to an environmental liberal arts approach, which would help us change culture.

What about your research on the relationship between musical instruments and the environment?

That research is about how human musical cultures value particular types of musical instruments, and how the materials for those instruments can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment. What’s interesting is that those impacts come from the same aesthetic values. I’m not suggesting we must entirely change that aesthetic culture; but I do think we need to adjust according to our environmental and social impacts.

Any new developments coming up for the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability?

The UNC System Board of Governors just approved last week our new BA in Environment & Sustainability!

Story by Matthew Bryant

Call for speakers: TEDxUNCGreensboro theme will be ’empower’

Speakers at last year’s event

Do you have an idea to share with the world?

Take a chance and step onto a TEDx stage right on campus. For the second year, UNC Greensboro will host a TEDx event. The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All UNCG students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to apply to speak.

TEDx is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. The program is an outgrowth of TED, a global community of curious minds and inspired thinkers sharing ideas both online and at events throughout the world.

The theme and title for the evening will be “Empower,” pending TEDx official approval. Dr. Omar Ali, a veteran TEDx speaker and dean of Lloyd International Honors College, will co-emcee the event with colleague Portia Harris. The event will take place in the EUC Auditorium.

Potential speakers are encouraged to contemplate how their chosen topics relate to and empower people on campus or in the broader community. Each speaker who is selected will have the benefit of at least two individual coaching sessions with UNCG alumna Katie Marshall, of Creative Machine Consulting.
All those interested in presenting a talk should complete this online form by Oct. 4, 2019. Each speaker must attend the following meetings prior to the event:
All Call Group Meetings – Nov. 22 @ 1:00 and Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal – March 12 or March 13 at 3-6 p.m.

Applicants should take time to review “What is a TEDx Talk?” and the YouTube video “What Makes a Great Ted Talk” before submitting their ideas.
Learn more at the TEDxUNCGreensboro website: https://www.tedxuncgreensboro.com.

Collaboratory hosts Community-Engaged Scholar Gathering on Sept. 26

The UNC Greensboro Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) will host the 3rd annual Community-Engaged Scholar Gathering on Sept. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Greensboro Project Space. The purpose of this event is to convene UNCG and North Carolina A&T faculty, staff, and administrators who are enacting or supporting community-engaged work.

ICEE participates in Collaboratory, a publicly searchable, online database that shares an institutional story about who, what, where, and to what ends community-University partners are working towards community-identified priorities for shared learning and mutual benefits.

This year, ICEE will celebrate over 100 activities in Collaboratory and will share opportunities and resources with attendees. The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, and students. RSVP by September 19.

Chancellor’s Town Hall for Faculty and Staff Oct. 17

Photo of the EUC exteriorA Chancellor’s Town Hall for Faculty and Staff will be held Thursday, Oct. 17.

The event will be held in the EUC Maple Room, 3-4:30 p.m.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will offer brief remarks and then he and Provost Dana Dunn will take questions from faculty and staff.

The chairs of Faculty Senate and Staff Senate will facilitate the Town Hall, which will provide time for questions from the senates, from the audience, and from online submissions.

This is the third Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty and staff. The first was held last fall, and one was held in the spring.

(Faculty and staff were invited over the past weeks to submit questions via a Google form in this post.) Faculty and staff are invited to please ask questions at the event.

Note: The EUC room location – Maple Room – was added to this post. 




Make nominations for honorary degree candidates

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2021 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the University as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the University;
To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the University in order to provide examples of the University’s aspirations for its graduates;
To elevate the visibility and reputation of the University by honoring those individuals who are well-known and highly regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas:  humanities, sciences, arts, public service, and education, to name a few. Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible. The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the University, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the University or state is not mandatory, but is considered a strength.

To see examples of the people who have received honorary degrees, we invite you to examine the names of awardees from past years: Mansukh C. Wani, William Mangum (2017); William Black, Harold Schiffman (2016); Timothy Rice (2015); Norman Anderson (2013); Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T.  Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993).

The Committee requests that candidates and their biographical information be submitted on the Honorary Degree Candidate Nomination Form. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 1, 2019.  Please send the completed nomination form to Jennifer Johnson, Assistant to the Provost, at jennyjojohnson@uncg.edu, or to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building.

Upcoming sustainability film series

A still from “The River and the Wall”

The UNCG Sustainability & Film Series, the longest running program of its kind in the region, is back for the 2019-20 academic year. Come watch films on various contemporary sustainability issues and participate in constructive discussions on how to address these issues. And, all showings are free.

The films in the series are:

  • Sept. 19: “Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia:” Explore the rivers and streams of North America’s most biologically rich waters, those of the Appalachian region. The work of the conservationists and biologists highlighted show both the beauty and the vulnerability of the area. 6:30 p.m., EUC Alexander Room.
  • Oct. 17: “The Human Element:” Photographer James Balog explores how the lives of regular people in Tangier Island, Colorado, Kentucky, and California are affected by climate change. Through his investigation, he argues that humans are a part of nature as a whole, not separate from it. 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum.
  • Jan. 30: “A Quest For Meaning:” A Quest For Meaning tells the story of two childhood friends who travel the world and meet great thinkers of diverse traditions in an effort to better understand climate change and how to make change themselves. 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum.
  • Feb 27: “The River and the Wall:” This film follows a diverse group who journey down the Rio Grande to document the US-Mexico border and to explore the impact of a border wall on public lands, immigration, and the environment. 6:30 p.m., location TBA.

For more information, see the website here.

Copy from UNCG Office of Sustainability

Edited by Avery Campbell

Call for raffle prize donations and save the date: 3rd annual SECC breakfast

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications Jeff Shafer and Women’s Basketball coach Trina Patterson work the grill for last year’s breakfast.

Faculty and staff are invited to partake in good food, good fun, and a good cause by attending the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) annual breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event cost is $6 and will take place in Fountain View Dining Hall from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Pre-event tickets are available through the SpartanCard Center in Moran Commons and will also be available at the event. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will open the event with remarks.

Event organizers request that Spartans donate items to be used as prizes during the breakfast raffle.

Faculty and staff in the past have donated handmade items such as jewelry boxes or other crafts, UNCG swag, gift certificates, and jewelry. The items up for bid are diverse – there is something for every interest. The raffle tables are always popular.

The deadline for raffle item donations is Oct. 21. For drop-off locations and times, contact Tammy Downs at adowns@uncg.edu.

Last year, the breakfast raffle and ticket proceeds yielded $2,039 of the $173,396 total raised by UNCG.

Created in 1984 by the state of North Carolina, the SECC is the official workplace giving campaign for state employees. The principal aim of the SECC is to strengthen and sustain North Carolina communities and their citizens. The campaign gives state employees and retirees continuous opportunity to support charitable organizations that are accountable, fiscally sound, and committed to improving the quality of life in our state, nation, and the world.



UCLS launches with multidisciplinary artist Nick Cave

Next week, UNCG hosts a notable artist who works within a variety of mediums and fields of study: art history, studio art, dance, fashion design, and anthropology, to name a few.

Visual and performing artist Nick Cave and his partner and collaborator Bob Faust will speak at Elliot University Center Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. The University Concert and Lecture Series (UCLS) event is free and open to the public.

Cave works through a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance. His pieces blend fashion, sculpture, and performance. Drawing on his dance training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as well as his study of fiber arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, Cave is best known for his Soundsuits—vibrant, wearable sculptures in which the artist and others perform. One of those very Soundsuits is on display currently at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum as part of the exhibition “Here We Are: Painting and Sculpting the Human Form.” Cave’s solo exhibitions have taken place in the United States, France, Africa, Denmark, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Most recently, Cave and Faust have opened a 20,000 square-foot collaboration incubator for young artists in Chicago.

UNCG professors in various fields have incorporated Cave and Faust’s visit into their coursework this semester.

Lecturer in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Anne Mitchell relates Cave’s work, particularly the Soundsuits, to trends in nationally prominent fashion magazines.

“From a CARS department perspective, I would say that dress and identity are key, as well as looking at his work from a cultural anthropology angle. In other words, how might we understand and interpret his work in a broader context such as areas like visual merchandising, trend forecasting, apparel design and consumer behavior?”

Associate Professor of Art History Elizabeth Perrill brings Cave’s art into her course material on West African masquerade and art production. She notes that his work incorporates historical knowledge of movement and performance into the contemporary global art world and intersects with histories of oppression, protection, and performance in relation to gender, queer identities, and African American/Black histories.

“His Soundsuits are at once a protection and an evocation of histories of Black performance. He uses the body and movement to break art out of static gallery or museum displays.”

The event is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and co-sponsored by UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art, and Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies.

Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography courtesy of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the artist