UNCG Campus Weekly

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

A dissertation in 3 minutes? Registration for 3MT competition opens today.

Imagine describing your entire thesis or dissertation to a general audience in just 3 minutes.

Imagine describing your entire thesis or dissertation to a general audience in just 3 minutes.

Rada Petric (left) did just that, earning her title as the winner of the 2018 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Rada is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Biology at UNC Greensboro and says she was urged to enter the competition by her academic advisor. Rada’s research focuses on the effects of man-made noise on wild mice. She says that the 3MT competition greatly improved her public speaking skills as well as her ability to explain her own research to anyone. Rada now will compete at the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association conference in Charleston, South Carolina, in late September.

Registration is now open for the 2019 3MT competition: https://forms.gle/4hkGebxuHZ7NXkPB9   Preliminary rounds will be held October 29th-30th with the final round being hosted by The Graduate School on November 14th in the Alumni House.

More information about the competition can be found on the graduate school website, or: https://grs.uncg.edu/3mt/

Deaf Awareness Week events

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will present two American Sign Language-centered events on campus this weekend in honor of Deaf Awareness Week.

Saturday, Sept. 21, Deaf artist Nancy Rourke will give a painting workshop 1 to 4 p.m. in the Elliot University Center, Kirkland Room. The event is free but registration is required. Email kmdenapl@uncg.edu for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 22, Deaf “Kiss-Fist” will showcase talents by Deaf children and adults at the Elliott University Center. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will include stories, jokes, skits, and songs, signed in ASL and voice interpreted. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

Parking is free for both events, in the Walker deck.

For more information, contact Karen De Naples at 336.543.2193 VP or kmdenapl@uncg.edu.

Newsmakers: U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Jensen, food insecurity, opioids, Dr. Obare, and men’s basketball

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:

  • UNCG was ranked no. 1 in the state and no. 27 nationally for social mobility in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020. See the full report here.
  • Dr. Michaeline Jensen was quoted in a U.S. News article on a study about the effect of technology on young people’s mood problems, which she co-authored. The article.
  • UNCG’s efforts to reduce food insecurity for students were highlighted in a front-page News & Record story. The piece.
  • Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard and Chase Holleman were quoted in a News & Record piece on the opioid crisis, which also highlighted the GCSTOP program. The piece.
  • Dr. Sherin Obare’s appointment as dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering was featured in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. The feature.
  • The upcoming men’s basketball game between UNCG and NC State was featured in a 24/7 Sports piece. The article.

Walker Circle HEAT bus stop is moved

An archival HEAT photo at Walker Circle

Effective immediately, Walker Circle (Library Tower) will no longer be served by HEAT Routes 71, 72 and 73.

The new stop is located at the intersection of Stirling Street and Walker Avenue.
It was moved in order to increase the on-time performance of HEAT services.
Updated routes can be found at Rideheat.com.
A reminder that all HEAT buses, as well as all GTA buses, can be ridden at no cost to faculty, staff, and students, if you swipe your UNCG ID.

Free 2019 Business Affairs Expo September 24

You are invited to the 2019 Business Affairs Expo September 24, 2019 – 11 am to 2 pm – Cone Ballroom, EUC.

The Expo is an informative, interactive showcase of Business Affairs services to help everyone learn more about the most effective ways to use the innovative services.

 This year’s theme is “Find Your Services Here!”

 This exhibition is free and open to all University faculty and staff.

 At the Expo you will:

·   Learn how to make the most of Business Affairs services (Save time, money – work smarter)

·   Test gadgets (Learn how to use new technology)

·   Discover and test new trends and tools (We must keep up with the times)

·   Meet new people (Your new best friend will be waiting)

·   Win prizes, play games and eat cake! (It’s prizes, games and cake.)

See details at https://baf.uncg.edu/expo/.

Shred-a-Thon on Friday

UNCG Campus Recyclers, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) will host a paper shredding event at UNCG on Friday September 13, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The location will be at the baseball field service drive area at the corner of Kenilworth Street and Theta Street. The UNCG Shred-A-Thon will provide faculty, staff and students an opportunity to safely dispose and recycle paper records that have met retention requirements along with personal materials.
This event is open to all UNCG faculty, staff and students only; it is not open to the general public. For more information about the UNCG Shred-a-Thon, contact Facilities Operations at 336-334-5684.

A celebration of the legacy of Dr. Amy Williamsen

The College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and Alianza, UNCG’s faculty-staff-student Latino/Hispanic organization, invite the campus community to a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Amy Williamsen, who was professor of Spanish at UNCG and recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Award for Diversity & Inclusiveness.

The event will be Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“Amy’s efforts to make UNCG a more inclusive institution will have a lasting impact on the lives of many students, faculty and staff,” says Williamsen’s colleague, Dr. Carmen Sotomayor.

Funds from the Amy Williamsen Memorial Scholarship will be used to support students in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

To donate to the scholarship, visit https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1659/community.aspx?sid=1659&gid=2&pgid=1716&cid=4034&dids=1241&bledit=1&appealcode=APAMYW19

Newsmakers: Folk Festival, Tan, hurricane, and Goldstein

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:

  • The News & Record featured UNCG Libraries’ effort to archive performances at the NC Folk Festival. The piece.
  • Dr. Edna Tan spoke to the Philadelphia Enquirer about science education for young children. The article.
  • MyFox8 wrote a feature on the UNCW students hosted at UNCG over the course of Hurricane Dorian. The piece.
  • Dr. Evan Goldstein was one of twenty scientists awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship by The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. See the full list.

Intercultural Lecture Series hosts influential college athlete

Photo of the flyer for Bailor's talkThe Office of Intercultural Engagement and UNCG Athletics are co-hosting speaker Schuyler Bailar as a part of the Intercultural Lecture Series. Bailar is a senior at Harvard University, a member of the men’s swimming program, and the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level. In 2017, Schuyler was named to the OUT100, celebrating the 100 most influential queer people of the year. Since then, Schuyler has been featured on TedX, The Olympic Channel, NCAA Champion Magazine, CBS 60 Minutes, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV, and many other notable platforms. This event will be held on Monday, September 16, 7 p.m., in the School of Education Auditorium, Room 114. 

Majors, Minors, and More Fair student success event next Tuesday

Arial image of College AveHelp Spartan students find their way to their future by encouraging them to attend the University-wide “3M: Majors, Minors, and More Fair,” scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom.

Students can explore various majors, minors, and professional development opportunities that are offered at UNCG. Participants can get their headshots made, have their resumes checked, and enjoy music and food.

This inaugural event is hosted by UNCG’s Student Success Center along with UNCG Career and Professional Development.

 

 

Newsmakers: Mansfield, Yourkavitch and Chetwynd, Sills, Kauzlarich, Jensen

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. Katherine Cumings Mansfield was on Inside Higher Ed’s “The Academic Minute” podcast to discuss the need to keep student voices in the discussion of how to improve schools. Listen here.
  • Dr. Jennifer Yourkavitch and Dr. Ellen Chetwynd were guest bloggers at Public Health Newswire, discussing empowering women to achieve breastfeeding. The feature.
  • MyFox8 featured Stephen Sills and the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies’ efforts to improve water quality in High Point communities. The article.
  • The News & Record spoke to Dr. David Kauzlarich about retooling law enforcement training for the modern world. The piece.
  • The News & Record, on Sunday’s front page, interviewed Doryl Jensen, who works with UNCG’s International Programs Center, and her work in arranging the visit of an opera troupe from Asia. The article.

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the state

University leaders sent this message to the campus community Monday, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian later this week:

Dear UNCG Community,

As you may be aware, according to the National Weather ServiceHurricane Dorian may have some effect on the Triad later this week. There is still uncertainty in the forecast, but currently the impact for our area is projected to be limited.

The UNCG Office of Emergency Management, along with University leaders, as well as state and national agency partners, are closely monitoring the forecast. We are actively communicating with all of our on- and off-campus partners. The preparedness and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities.

Beginning later today (Tuesday), UNCG will host approximately 35 students and staff from UNC Wilmington who are evacuating in anticipation of the storm.  (Update: UNCG is now hosting 55 students and 5 staff members from UNCW.) We stand ready to help further if needed and are proud of our campus staff in Housing, Dining, and Kaplan Center for their efforts in making this possible.

We recognize some members of our own campus community are from areas that may ultimately be impacted by this storm. Students with specific concerns are asked to work with their professors as needed.

Please continue to monitor all local and regional weather forecasts and road condition reports when planning travel, and prepare as appropriate. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide updates as needed throughout the week via the UNCG Mobile App (available at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store), email, Spartan Alerts, and the University’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

This post was updated 9 a.m., Sept. 4.

Annual NC Canvas Meetup Sept. 18 at UNCG

Aerial photo of campusUNC Greensboro will welcome area university and college professionals to the second annual NC Canvas Meetup session, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

It will be held 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the EUC.

During this event, organizers will explore and exchange ideas related to recommended practices for teaching and learning with Canvas LMS and e-learning in higher education. The event is open to instructors, instructional designers, librarians, administrators, and anyone else who is using technology for teaching and learning.

This session is organized by UNC Greensboro Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs) and Information Technology Services (ITS).

There is no cost to attend. The deadline to register is Friday, September 13.

See full Second Annual NC Canvas Meetup information.

Newsmakers: Miller, Picket, and Adams

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:

  • The News & Record wrote a feature on former College of Arts and Sciences dean Bob Miller’s life and experience during and after World War II. The piece.
  • Assistant professor of nursing Stephanie Pickett was interviewed on “The State of Things” on WUNC 91.5 about her fight to reduce African American health disparities. Listen here.
  • Dr. Rebecca Adams’ research on relationships was highlighted in an Atlantic article on why people want to say friends after a breakup. The piece.

Newsmakers: ‘State of Things,’ Yang, Holroyd, library legislature tour, Kane, Woodstock

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. Stephanie Pickett (Nursing) was interviewed on WUNC Radio’s “The State of Things” Tuesday about her research examining cardiovascular risk factors, with a particular interest in obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses among young African American women. The interview.
  • Dr. Zhiyong Yang was quoted in a WalletHub article on children with credit cards. The article.
  • Amy Holroyd, costume supervisor for UNCG Theatre, spoke to Triad City Beat for a cover story on UNCG’s costume archives. The piece.
  • The News & Record featured NC lawmakers’ tour of the Jackson Library. The piece.
  • Dr. Michael Kane was featured in a BrainWorld Magazine piece on daydreaming and creativity. The article.
  • The News & Record featured UNCG’s exhibition of Woodstock photos taken by the late Arnold Doren, and referenced Dr. Allan Goldfarb’s Woodstock memories.  The feature.

Newsmakers: Police, Baker, CHANCE, Costume Shop, and Skudra

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:

  • MyFox8 highlighted UNCG Police’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety. The feature.
  • Dr. Levi R. Baker was quoted in a Business Insider article on how memory contributes to relationship quality. The piece.
  • The CHANCE program’s recent recognition by Exelencia in Education was spotlighted in a Spectrum News feature. The article.
  • UNCG’s Costume Shop and costume supervisor Amy Holroyd were featured in Triad City Beat. Learn about maintaining twenty-thousand theatrical outfits here.
  • President of UNCG’s Spectrum organization, Nils Skudra, wrote an article for The Art of Autism on work and disability empowerment. The piece.

Spartans sponsor Music in the Park this Sunday

On Sunday, Aug. 18, come to Latham Park, bring some lawn chairs and maybe a snack, and enjoy music in the great outdoors.

Two bands will be featured at the free-admission event:

6 p.m. – Wonderwall, The Beatles Tribute (Beatles Cover Band)

7:15 p.m. – doby (Funk)

The concert will be held near W. Wendover at Latham Rd. and Cridland Rd.

The UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts will promote the Collage concerts at this event, which is made possible by the sponsorship of UNC Greensboro.

 

 

Call for Nominations for 2019-20 Teaching Excellence Awards

UNCG Faculty and Staff:

Provost Dunn and the Board of Governors/Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards Committee invite members of the UNCG community to nominate individuals for the 2019-2020 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, or for one of three Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards described below. Recipients of these awards receive an honorarium and university-wide or, in the case of the Board of Governors award, state-wide recognition. Self-nominations are encouraged. Click here for the nomination form. Eligible faculty members who received a 2018-2019 teaching award from their School or College will be nominated automatically.

The nomination period closes Tuesday, September 3. Nominees will be reviewed to ensure basic criteria are met.  Eligible nominees will be invited to submit dossiers. Completed dossiers are due by 5 pm Monday, October 28, 2019. Award recipients will be notified in spring 2020. The dossier cover sheet and submission instructions are available at the BOG / ATEA Site.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG. The BOG Award is the highest post-secondary award in the state and carries the expectation that applicants will be exceptional teachers who have extended their pedagogical activities beyond the classroom. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, mentorship and educational service) that has resulted in the advancement of the profession. The Board of Governors presents one faculty member from each UNC school with this award every year. The award brings statewide recognition.

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Untenured, Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to untenured, tenure-track faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to any full-time non-tenure-track faculty member (lecturer, academic professional, clinical faculty, etc.) who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction) at UNCG.

For questions, contact: Marisa Gonzalez at  (teach_xl@uncg.edu)

Street closures on Monday’s NAV1GATE

The 2019 NAV1GATE new student convocation experience will be held at UNC Greensboro on Monday, Aug. 19. The following roads will be closed during the times indicated:

  • West Drive from Gray Drive to Walker Avenue will be permanently closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.

  • Walker Avenue Eastbound will be closed at Kenilworth Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. (traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Kenilworth Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)

  • Stirling Street Northbound will be closed at Theta Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m (traffic will be allowed to turn left onto Theta Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)

  • Spring Garden Street Westbound at Tate Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Spring Garden Street Eastbound at Kenilworth Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Forest Street between Oakland Avenue and Spring Garden Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Glenwood Ave between Haywood Street and West Gate City Boulevard will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. While students cross over Gate City Boulevard and proceed to the Kaplan Center for Wellness for Convocation Craze.

  • Parking spots in front of the Foust Building on Administrative Drive will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. to allow students to walk from College Avenue to The Kaplan Center for Convocation Craze. (It will reopen once students have cleared the area).

  • College Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the day to allow students to walk from College Avenue to The Kaplan Center for Convocation Craze. (It will reopen once students have cleared the area).

Newsmakers: Somers, Rich, Debbage, Kuperberg, Baucom, and Obare

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. Ann Berry Somers was one of seven women featured in a Women in Academia Report article on women in higher education who have received prestigious awards recently. The piece.
  • New men’s soccer coach Chris Rich was highlighted in a News & Record piece. The article.
  • Dr. Keith Debbage spoke to the Winston-Salem Journal for a piece on Amazon’s new one-day shipping. The article.
  • Dr. Arielle Kuperberg’s research on cohabitation was featured in a Council on Contemporary Families article. The piece.
  • Doctoral student Lauren Baucom was featured in a Mashup Math article on math education strategies for teachers. The article.
  • Dr. Sherin Obare, dean of JSNN, was quoted in a piece on the Baylor University’s news site about a new environmental scanning project. The piece.

In Memoriam: Frank McCormack

Francis (Frank) McCormack died July 2.  Dr. McCormack came to UNCG in 1967 to teach in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was previously in the U.S. Army, where his rank was captain; he worked in the U.S. Ballistics Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md. His area of research was the kinetic theory of gases.

He served as chair of his department and was instrumental in working with Dr. Eloise Lewis when the School of Nursing school began and physics was a required course. After 40 years at UNCG, Dr. McCormack retired in 2007.

Play ball! Discounts for UNCG’s night at the Grasshoppers

Photo of the Chancellor and others at a baseball gameBreak out your blue and gold, and come ready to cheer – and sing.

The 2019 UNC Greensboro Fan Appreciation Night with the Greensboro Grasshoppers will be Saturday, Aug. 17. The first pitch is at 7 p.m. – but arrive early to catch all the fun.

You’ll see UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. announce the starting lineups and, at the seventh inning stretch, lead the crowd in the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” (All Spartans, sing along.)

UNCG student Tucker Daniel will play “God Bless America” before the 7th inning stretch.

Spiro will throw out the first pitch.

The Bands of Sparta pep band and the Spirit Team will be on hand, and UNCG Athletics will have a concourse table for fans to register for “nine innings of giving.” After the game, enjoy fireworks!

How do faculty, staff, students and alumni purchase discounted tickets for the game? Those interested in the event the evening of Saturday, Aug. 17, may visit https://groupmatics.events/s/other/Uncg to receive the premium seats at the reduced price of $8.

Be sure to show wear your Spartan gear and show off your Spartan spirit.

 

2019 National Night Out will be August 6

UNCG is partnering with both the Glenwood neighborhood and College Hill neighborhood in planning for their respective National Night Out events.

Both events will be held on the evening of August 6, with UNCG providing activities centered around “health and wellness” and “visual and performing arts.” 

Glenwood’s National Night Out will be held at the Glenwood Recreation Center on Coliseum Blvd. beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m. Among the kid-friendly activities will be a healthful and tasty “hydration station” by UNCG’s Recipe for Success Program and movement activities offered by a member of UNCG’s Kaplan Center for Wellness. The movie “Shifting Gears,” written by and featuring UNCG MFA alumnus R. Keith Harris, will be screened.

College Hill’s National Night Out will be held at Tate Street (which will be closed to vehicles between Carr St. and Walker Ave.) starting at 5 p.m. UNCG’s Costume Shop on Tate St. will have an open house, and food will be collected for the Spartan Pantry. Additional community partners include the City of Greensboro, AARP, the Tate St. Merchants, and a variety of performers. 

The events are free-admission. Questions? Contact either of these neighborhood associations through their Facebook pages or email Nikki Baker at nikki.baker@uncg.edu.

‘Real News, Real Talk for Middle Schoolers’

Calling all middle schoolers! Join UNCG University Libraries this summer for a free workshop for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders that encourages critical thinking, civil discourse, information literacy, and promotes a lifelong love of learning. Your child will learn how to find quality information, evaluate sources, communicate ideas effectively, and develop informed opinions.

Registration is required — reserve your place by July 26, 2019. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by Onward!, UNCG Department of Communication Studies, and University Libraries. For disability accommodations, email mmurphy@uncg.edu.

For more information and to register, visit http://go.uncg.edu/rnrtregister.

Newsmakers: Lenstra, Sloan, Janke, McGuirt, and big grant

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. Noah Lenstra was featured in an episode of NPR’s “All Things Considered” on libraries employing social workers. The episode.
  • Yes! Weekly featured an article by senior Marisa Sloan on the science behind brewing. The article.
  • Dr. Emily Janke was featured in the latest issue of Metropolitan Universities, discussing the role of scholar-administrators as agents of change. The article.
  • A High Point Enterprise article on food insecurity quoted professor Jared McGuirt on his work making nutritional information accessible to children. The piece.
  • Dr. Noah Lenstra wrote an article for the National Recreation and Park Association on how libraries tackle food insecurity. The piece.
  • The News & Record featured the $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to UNCG. The article.

New leaders for UNCG Staff Senate

Two UNC Greensboro staff members have taken the reigns as co-chairs of the 2019-20 UNCG Staff Senate.

Kisha Carmichael-Motley and Adam Horton will share leadership of the group of campus senators who represent seven areas of campus: Academic Affairs (including Moss Street Partnership School, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, UNCG Online, International Programs, Enrollment Management, Graduate School, Weatherspoon Art Museum), Business Affairs, Student Affairs, Information Technology Services, University Advancement, Office of the Chancellor (including Intercollegiate Athletics, General Counsel, University Communications), and the Office of Research and Engagement.

Carmichael-Motley is an instructional designer for UNCG Online.

Horton is director of technology support for The Graduate School.

The Staff Senate is campus staff’s voice in the Chancellor’s Office and within other areas of campus administration. Carmichael-Motley and Horton explain that senators are a resource for staff to voice concerns and suggestions, and part of their responsibility is to share updates on major campus or UNC System developments and opportunities.

The new co-chairs have challenged themselves to make the Staff Senate even better by improving communication among staff, especially when it comes to promoting events, initiatives, and opportunities to connect and get involved. Past volunteer events for staff have included working at Moss Street Elementary field days, Habitat for Humanity projects, and the “Fresh Mobile Market” as part of the “Out in the Garden Project,” which provides food for qualifying families in the Greensboro and High Point area.

But the work the Staff Senate extends to recruitment of future staff as well. Horton says that he and Carmichael-Motley want to make UNCG more prominent and a place where people want to come and work. “That ‘Find Your Way Here’ thing, you know, it’s for employees too,” Carmichael-Motley says. “We want people to be excited about working here, and to know all of the wonderful things that are part of this university.”

The latest Staff Senate news can be found on their website at https://staffsenate.uncg.edu/category/featured-news/

By Matthew Bryant

In Memoriam: Suzanne Lea

Dr. Suzanne Moore Lea died May 29.

She was a professor of physics and computer science at UNCG, serving as director of the computer science division within the Department of Mathematical Science until 2004.

She earned a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Rice University in Texas in 1964, a master’s of science in physics from Ohio State University in 1965, and her PhD in physics from Duke University in 1970. She also received a master’s of science in computer science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986.

With her UNCG colleagues and partners across the UNC System, she worked on a major project: “A Consortium to Promote Computational Science and High Performance Computing.”

In memoriam: Lawrence (“Larry”) Queen, Jr.

Veteran North Carolina journalist and teacher Lawrence (“Larry”) Talmbadge Queen, Jr., died July 6. He received a master’s degree from UNCG in 1970, and had a long career in journalism, as a reporter and a youth news editor, working with high school students. In the 1960’s, while with the Winston-Salem newspapers, he also did freelance radio interviews broadcast locally, and nationally by NBC in New York City and by the Armed Forces Overseas Network.

In 1985, Larry retired from the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel newspapers after 29 years and then taught journalism at UNCG for 10 years as a visiting lecturer.

As a volunteer Larry advocated for local parks and other public projects, and was involved with Guilford County Greenways Commission, Nature Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Greensboro Episcopal Housing Ministry, and other organizations. Larry served with the Army in World War II in military police and combat engineers, including duty in the Southwest Pacific Theater.

He spoke in an interview for a UNCG University Archives oral history project.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

In memoriam: Michael Dean Parker

Michael Dean Parker, MD, died on June 24.

He attended Duke Medical School and served on the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After retiring from practicing radiology, he taught physiology and physics as an adjunct professor here at UNCG.

His research into antinuclear antibodies led to more accurate diagnoses of several autoimmune diseases, and his 1985 “Introduction to Radiology” textbook was used in medical schools throughout the country. He was a major in the US Air Force from 1972-1974, where he served as a teaching physician at Keesler Air Force Base and assisted in caring for U.S. prisoners returning from Vietnam. He taught himself to play guitar and played lead at many open Blues Jams sponsored by the Piedmont Blues Society.

Newsmakers: Holleman, Delaney, CHANCE, reading, Kshetri, Debbage, Miller, and Rueppel

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:

  • Wednesday, July 10, staff member Chase Holleman will sit on a panel discussing the opioid epidemic in the Triad; the panel will also include the Attorney General. The panel will be live streamed on the WFMY News2 site – details here.
  • Gizmodo spoke to Dr. Peter Delaney, among other psychologists, for a piece on whether it’s possible to forget things on purpose. The piece.
  • MyFox8 featured UNCG CHANCE’s efforts to introduce young Latinx people to the college experience. The article.
  • A News & Record “The Syllabus” post featured the new Keker Common Experience program, and it mentions a listing of new books by those affiliated with the MFA in Writing program. The piece.
  • Dr. Nir Kshetri wrote a piece for Moneyweb about how cryptocurrency scams work. The article.
  • Dr. Keith Debbage was quoted in a Winston-Salem Journal article on Forsyth County’s millennial population.  The article.
  • UNCG men’s basketball rising junior Isaiah Miller was selected to participate in the CP3 Elite Guard Camp, reported by WFMY News2. The piece.
  • Dr. Olav Rueppel is editor on a new study about infectious diseases in bees. The study.

Newsmakers: Bush, Lubika, musical petting zoo, Ortiz, Gunn, Hubert, and Dawkins

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:

  • The News & Record wrote a feature on student Magloire Lubika’s efforts to destroy stigmas related to homelessness. The article.
  • WUNC highlighted the “musical petting zoo” hosted in LeBauer park, with comments from junior Carley Gerdes. The piece.
  • Senior Dixie Ortiz’s research on mentorship and diversity was featured in The Voice of Hispanic Higher Education’s summer 2019 issue.
  • As reported by the Environmental News Network, Joel Gunn was a collaborator on new research about ancient societal development. The article.
  • Alumna Kathryn Hubert spoke to Fox8 on her impetus for opening her restaurant, Chez Genese. The interview.
  • Dr. April Dawkins co-authored new research on e-books in high school libraries, as reported by the American Library Association. The piece.
  • Dr. Catherine Bush, a CNNC research fellow, co-authored a research project on plant use in Greensboro Montagnard communities. Read more here.

Newsmakers: Leavel, Edmunds, Sarbaum, Alumnus in film, Sparks, Miles Davis’ trumpet, Parsons, Jax, and Gateway Research Park

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:

  • Beth Leavel was profiled in the Raleigh News & Observer, which noted her attending UNCG in the late 1970s. The News & Record article.
  • Julie Edmunds, program director of UNCG’s SERVE Center, co-wrote an article for the RAND Corporation about how dual enrollment can make college more open to high schoolers. The piece.
  • Dr. Jeff Sarbaum spoke to WFMY News2 about the potential economic effects of new tariffs. The interview.
  • Alumnus Bo Yokely has secured his first leading role in a movie, the News & Record reported. The article.
  • Fox8 featured junior Victoria Sparks’ efforts to make scholarships easier to find for college students. The article.
  • Yes! Weekly published a feature on the late Buddy Gist’s relationship with UNCG and his donation of Miles Davis’ trumpet to the School of Music. The piece.
  • Dr. Anne Parsons spoke with Fox8 about the historical marker and exhibition commemorating the site of the Greensboro’s polio hospital. The piece.
  • The Gateway Research Park, jointly sponsored by UNCG and N.C. A&T, was highlighted in a Fox8 piece. The article.
  • UNCG’s Police K9 unit reports that Jax has died. Jax had appeared in Campus Weekly in 2016. This News2 report gives details. 

Come enjoy! UNCG Baseball hosts regular season’s final games

This weekend, UNCG Baseball hosts its final home series of the season. Come enjoy! Admission is free, and you’ll see some of the best baseball around.

The team is at 32-16 overall and is 22-5 at home. The Thursday and Friday games start at 6 p.m, and Saturday’s game is at 2 p.m.

The Spartan pair of Chad Sykes and Corey Jackson have proved to be one of the best bullpen duos in the Southern Conference this season. Collectively, they have six wins and seven saves in 20 appearances for UNCG in league action. Four of the six wins belong to Jackson, who is a perfect 4-0 in SoCon action, while all seven saves belong to Sykes.

Sykes is among the nation’s statistical leaders in several major categories – including ERA, where he is first with a 0.74 mark. He is 20th nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (5.77) and is 24th in saves (10).

While you’re at the game, be sure to say Hi to Juanita Newcomb, who warmly greets all fans coming through the front gate. (See story.) She recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and was well-celebrated by UNCG Athletics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police rapid deployment training May 21 and May 23

The UNCG Police will conduct rapid deployment (active shooter) training on May 21 and May 23, 2019.

UNCG’s McCormick Residence Hall will be the site for the training. A plan is in place to notify all of the shops adjacent to that hall. A larger police presence will be evident in and around the hall. UNCG Police will fire blank rounds inside the building. The training will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those two days. Questions? Contact Captain S.C. DeDona at scdedona@uncg.edu.

 

Honoring police offers killed in line of duty

Four members of the UNCG Police Department have made the trip to Washington, DC, this week, representing the department in paying respect to officers killed in the line of duty.

Police Major Richard Bailey, Captain Steven DeDona, Lt. Ashley Westbrook, and Sgt. Hopkins are attending Police Week observances.

At least one officer from UNCG Police has made this trip annually since 2002, following the  9/11 attacks.

In our nation, 158 officers were killed in the line of duty last year, nine from our state.

Particularly meaningful each year is the candlelight vigil, which was held Monday night, Bailey says. “After the sun goes down, approximately 30-40 thousand people will gather on the Mall holding candles as every name of the officers that perished in the  line of duty have their names read followed by the somber toll of a bell. Seeing the families, especially the children of the officer,  gather in front of the crowd evokes many feelings; sadness, pride, and disappointment that an annual trip of this kind is necessary.”

Other events, he explained, include attending the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where various police honor guard units participate alongside the Old Guard in conducting the well-known ceremony.

They also pay their respects at the Police Memorial Wall, where the names of fallen officers are etched.

“The trip is at the same time sobering and gratifying.”

Information is at www.policeweek.org/schedule.html.

 

Major, Assistant Chief of Police