UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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

History Museum will screen Frierson’s film on Cascade Saloon Building

Enjoy a free screening of the documentary “Cascade: Caring for a Place” at the Greensboro History Museum on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. A discussion with filmmaker Michael Frierson, professor in the Department of Media Studies, and several people involved in the rehabilitation of Downtown Greensboro’s Cascade Saloon Building follows the film.

The 18 minute documentary chronicles the transformation of a decaying building that sits between South Elm Street and the railroad tracks into the bustling office of the Christman Company, a firm that specializes in historic preservation. Preservation Greensboro led a decades long battle to save the building, built in 1895, which had fallen in to complete disrepair by the 1970s. The film records the great effort required to save the building, from partnership with the City of Greensboro to the reconstruction of the building’s interior. The rich history of the property includes a period when African American couple Wiley and Ida Weaver owned and operated a café in the building around 1907, unusual for a segregated southern business district in that era.

Four guests who were intimately involved in the rehabilitation of the building will be present to discuss the project:  Benjamin Briggs, executive of Preservation Greensboro, and Chris Brummel, Sarah DosSantos and April Larkins of the Christman Company. Richard Cox from UNCG Libraries’ Well Crafted NC research project will also be on hand to offer some history of Greensboro saloons.

The Greensboro History Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is located at 130 Summit Ave., next to LeBauer Park.

Newsmakers: Nash, Leavel, Parker, Dial-Stanley, UNCG Police

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:

  • A Discover magazine article featured Dr. Donna Nash’s contributions to the rediscovery of the recipe of an ancient Incan drink. The piece.
  • Beth Leavel is a nominee for a Tony Award this year, as reported in the News & Record. The piece.
  • Michael Parker was featured in a News & Record article on retiring professors. The article.
  • UNCG’s vigil for UNCC last Thursday was featured in multiple publications, including WFMY News2, WXII 12, and the News & Record.
  • UNCG Police’s “Run.Hide.Fight” safety training was featured on News2, on WXII, and Fox8.
  • UNCG undergraduate Raven Dial-Stanley was interviewed for a story on the teaching of U.S. history and the history of Native Americans in our public schools. The story.

Dax, the second K9 in the UNCG Police Department, has died

UNCG Police Department has announced the passing of retired K9 Dax (2007-2019) on May 1.

After the formation of the department’s K9 Unit in 2007, Dax was the second K9 selected by the department. Dax worked with his K9 handler Sgt. J.B. Smith until 2010. At that time, Dax was medically retired due to health reasons.

Dax had numerous deployments for searches and apprehensions. Most noteworthy, Dax and Sgt. Smith greatly contributed to building the foundation and ultimate success of our UNCG Police’s K9 Unit.

In its announcement of this death, the department finished by stating:

“UNCG PD extends our sincere gratitude to Sgt. Smith and his family for taking great care of him after his retirement.  Rest in Peace Dax – job well done!”

Join the Faculty and Staff Alumni Network for coffee and treats

Join the UNCG Faculty and Staff Alumni Network for coffee and treats before the exam season begins.

Celebrate our Spring 2019 graduates and see your alumni coworkers before summer break.

The Open House format event will be May 2, 2019, 8 – 10 a.m., with remarks at 8:45 a.m., in Alumni House.

In memoriam: Dr. Amy Williamsen

Dr. Amy Williamsen, professor of Spanish and former head of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, died Monday.

She was devoted to her students and was a wonderful teacher and mentor.

She was passionate about diversity and inclusion, and particularly about supporting the Latinx community at UNCG. She was a leader on campus, establishing the Alianza network for Latinx faculty, students, and staff, and she played a key role in the CHANCE program, which introduces Latinx high school students to the University. In recognition of those accomplishments, she was selected to receive the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Award.

She was also an accomplished scholar and translator and the co-founder of GEMELA, a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of women’s cultural production in medieval and early modern Spain and colonial Latin America.

When memorial information is available, CW will include it here.

Campus Weekly publication summer schedule

During the summer months, the Campus Weekly enewsletter is sent every other week, instead of its weekly schedule the rest of the year. The CW “summer schedule” will begin the week after May 10 commencement. The following is the CW schedule for the summer months:

May 15

May 29

Jun 12

June 26

July 10

July 24

On Aug 7, CW will return to its weekly issues, in anticipation of the State of the Campus event on August 13. Classes will begin Aug. 20.

Have any questions? Email the Campus Weekly editor, Mike Harris, at mdharri3@uncg.edu.

It’s spring. Ready for some football?

Photo of the banner for the football gameReady. Set. Hike!

It’ll be UNCG Night at the Cobras on Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The indoor football professional league Carolina Cobras are looking to overtake the Streets of New York. Spiro will be on hand to see all the action. UNCG’s Police Department will be the main focus of the event for UNCG community. The officers will attend with their families, and they will acknowledged during the game as the “hometown hero.”

Plus, it’s Star Wars Night.  

Ask about how Spartans can get discount tickets to this game. Email Tia McDaniel, tia@carcobras.com, for information.



In memoriam: Martha Cole McEnally

Dr. Martha Cole McEnally, who retired in 2004, died April 16. McEnally came to UNCG in 1980 and served as a professor in the Department of Business Administration. In 2002-03 she also served as the interim head of the Department of Textile Product Design & Marketing. She held a B.A. from Duke University, an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her obituary is at https://www.triadfuneralservice.com/notices/Martha-McEnally.

‘UNCG Dead Scholars Unite!’ in big event April 27

Grateful Dead visualUNC Greensboro’s “The 60s: Exploring the Limits” series is drawing to a close, with a big event.

Throughout the year, the Grateful Dead and their fans have been explored at UNCG through exhibitions and films. Now, on Saturday, April 27, the conference “UNCG Dead Scholars Unite!”  will offer a full day of scholarly presentations and panels on the Grateful Dead and the “Deadheads.”

Dr. Rebecca Adams is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on Deadheads. She first taught a sociology class focusing on Deadheads 30 years ago. The class went into the field, studying Deadhead culture first-hand. What they learned will be a featured part of the conference – as some of these alumni share their stories. Other members of the UNCG community with scholarly interests in the Grateful Dead and Deadheads will also present, as will special guests from North Carolina and beyond – including Amir Bar-Lev, David Gans, and Jesse Jarnow.

The panels and discussions during the day will take place in UNCG’s Elliott University Center. These events are open to all, but registration is required.

To register, complete the form at alumni.uncg.edu/deadscholarsunite. If you are only able to attend a session or two, please email dead@uncg.edu to reserve a space rather than registering. If you decide to attend a session or even the entire day’s events at the last minute, stop by the registration desk to find out if “miracle tickets” are available.

The conference starts at 9 a.m. Over the course of the day, panels will spotlight:

  • Filming the Grateful Dead and Deadheads. 9:45 a.m.
  • Report on the UNCG Deadhead Community Project. 11 a.m.
  • The Grateful Dead Legacy. 12 p.m.
  • Reflections on THE CLASS Thirty Years Later. 12 p.m.
  • Grateful Dead Shows as Rituals. 1:30 p.m.
  • Photographing the Grateful Dead and Deadheads. 1:30 p.m.
  • Collecting Data on the Dead and Deadheads. 1:30 p.m.
  • Musical Influences on the Grateful Dead. 2:30 p.m..
  • Covering the Grateful Dead. 4 p.m.
  • Gender in the Grateful Dead Community. 5 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m. enjoy a closing reception for the “Images of the Grateful Dead and Deadheads” exhibition at Tate Street Coffee House, with live music by Jon Walters and David Gans. Admission is free.

Afterward, UNCG’s Grateful Dead cover band, “Spartans Play Dead,” will take to the Van Dyke Performance Space for a show. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. with the concert starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for the “Spartans Play Dead” concert are $5 and may be purchased in advance at https://thevandyke.org/ or at the door.

More details will be posted at the Facebook page and the UNCG CVPA site.

Artwork by Lena Dominique Rodriguez-Gillett, UNCG Class of 2018. Stealie and other Grateful Dead images used with permission of Rhino records (not to be used on t-shirts or other merchandise).

Demolition project on east side of McIver Street

UNC Greensboro is demolishing four vacant residential properties on the east side of McIver Street, located at 111, 113, 115, and 213 McIver Street. Temporary safety fencing will be erected around the sites this week and demolition will begin the following week. All demolition activities are expected to be complete by the end of May.

The sidewalk in front of these houses will be temporarily blocked and there will be some periods of noise associated with the demolitions. Precautions are being taken to minimize any potential risks to health and safety including signage, air quality monitoring, dust suppression, and coordination with the adjacent UNCG child care facility at 117 McIver Street.

Once demolition is complete, the sites will be graded  and planted in grass. There are no immediate construction or development plans for these sites.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Facilities Design and Construction at 336-334-5684 or uncg_fdc@uncg.edu. If you have any questions related to health or safety, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 336-334-4357 or safety@uncg.edu.

Award season comes to UNCG

This year, faculty and staff will notice a little something different about our annual awards. In order to give more focus to the incredible work being done across our institution, UNCG will now have two celebrations to honor faculty and staff achievements. On April 17 at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, Provost Dunn will host our Faculty Awards ceremony, honoring the innovations and accomplishments of our teacher-scholars. This will include celebrating our state, UNC System, and UNCG-specific award winners. This event, as well as a reception afterwards in the Alumni House, is open to everyone on campus.

Then, on May 20, we will honor our staff members with our first Staff Appreciation Day. This day will celebrate staff who have received departmental awards, Staff Stars, and Staff Excellence awards from the past year, and honor those who have exhibited devotion to duty and service to the campus community and beyond. Their stories will be shared across the campus community.  We invite colleagues to join Chancellor Gilliam and the awardees to a campus-wide celebration that will be held on Monday, May 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m. More details to come!

“Recognizing excellence is an important element of our culture and essential to inspiring our team to keep taking Giant Steps forward,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Our faculty and staff are all working toward a common goal on behalf of our University, community, and students. We want to take the time to celebrate outstanding work and high-impact achievement across our entire organization.”

Faculty Awards Ceremony will be April 17

You are cordially invited to join Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn for the 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium

A cocktail reception will follow the ceremony in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.



Newsmakers: Bleed for the Throne, Women in IT, and David Wyrick

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

  • Yes! Weekly featured UNCG’s participation in HBO’s “Bleed for the Throne” blood drive campaign. The article
  • UNCG hosted high school senior Ambica Ramchandra’s free Women in IT camp for refugee students, The News & Record reported. The front page piece.
  • Dr. David Wyrick presented the keynote for the opening of UNCW’s Health and Human Services Week. See more here.

Chinese Film Festival first screening Friday

The Chinese Film Festival, organized by the Chinese Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, is themed youth and love, and will run from Friday, March 29, to Friday April 12, 2019.

Highlights are:

3/29 Fri.         Film Screening: Taiwanese Teen Drama “Winds of September” – 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan 122

4/5 Fri.           Film Screening: Taiwanese Teen Drama “Girlfriend, Boyfriend” – 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan 122

4/12 Fri.         Lecture by Taiwanese Film Scholar Dr. Guo-Juin Hong (Duke University)  – 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan 122

The Chinese Film Festival series enables the campus community to explore Chinese culture, history and society across a broad range of disciplines, and promotes international cultural exchange..

The Chinese Film Festival is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the International Programs Center.

In Memoriam: Lee Beverly

Dr. Lee Beverly, professor and former chair of the Department of Nutrition, died on March 24.

Beverly came to UNCG in 2012 as chair, a position he held until 2015. He was a distinguished scholar, receiving funding from NIH to support his research regarding hypothalamic mechanisms regulating energy balance and feeding behavior. He enjoyed all aspects of academia and mentored numerous students and faculty at UNCG – and The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign prior to coming to Greensboro.

There are no services planned but Beverly’s family and friends welcome others to join them in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Greensboro on May 11.

“Lee was also admired by his friends and colleagues as he managed his disease with incredible grace and courage never complaining throughout,” said current Department of Nutrition chair Ron Morrison. “A true friend that will be missed.”



Gen Ed Revision Report topic of today’s special Faculty Senate meeting

Today’s Faculty Forum has been canceled to accommodate a Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate. The topic will be the General Education Revision Task Force Report.

Today’s (March 20) meeting will be held 3-5 p.m. in Alumni House.

In spring 2017, the UNCG Faculty Senate and the UNCG General Education Council approved a call for a task force of UNCG faculty to conduct a self-study of the UNCG General Education Program. The General Education Revision Task Force has been working on a new General Education Plan for UNCG students.

Dr. Alice Haddy and Dr. Chuck Bolton serve as co-chairs of the task force.

Last summer, the task force designed a variety of model Gen Ed programs to provide examples for the campus community. In the past half year, they have taken part in many Campus Conversions, including three forums, several faculty focus groups, faculty meetings of several schools, three student focus groups and panels, administrative groups and councils, a meeting with Community College partners, and additional outreach. They also received input via a web site survey.

The members of the task force and background information may be viewed here.

Visuals from Feb. 20 Gen Ed Forum in Alumni House. Text and photos compiled by Mike Harris.

Actor Tyler Barnhardt will present Q&A

Actor and alumnus Tyler Barnhardt (BFA Acting Class of 2015) will conduct a Question and Answer session today  (Wednesday, March 20) from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Acting Studio at 328 Tate Street. Tyler has multiple film and television credits in the four years since he graduated from UNCG. He’s able to offer great insights in how to move from the classroom into the world of professional acting. All are welcome. 


Call for Nominations: UNCG Faculty Assembly

UNCG faculty, nominations for the two-member UNCG Faculty Assembly delegation are being solicited. 

These two positions will represent UNCG at the UNC System Faculty Assembly along with the Faculty Senate Chair and Immediate Past Chair.

Please take a moment to follow the link below and submit your nominations. 

Please nominate yourself or a colleague (get her/his approval first) by no later than March 31.

Visit https://goo.gl/forms/SOu4WVUpQJ18FluU2.


In memoriam: Trudy Atkins

Trudy Atkins, who led UNCG’s publications from the 1960s until 1982, died March 15. She was editor of UNCG’s alumni magazine, Alumni News, for 18 years. 

She left UNCG in 1982 to work for Dr. William Friday, president of the UNC System, until his retirement in 1986, her obituary notes. She then worked for the family business, Southern Trade Publications, publishing trade journals and the Retirement Resource Guide.

She maintained a relationship with UNCG’s communications staff over the years, very interested in stories or event announcements that would be of interest to her readers. She was asked to contribute memories for the 125th anniversary issue of UNCG Magazine – in a great quote, she recalled her classes with Randall Jarrell.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, at West Market Street United Methodist Church, 302 West Market Street. 

See the obituary.

In memoriam: Clifton “Bob” Clark

Dr. Bob Clark died March 12. He came to UNCG’s Department of Physics in 1965 from Southern Methodist University, where he was department head. UNCG had recently become coed, and Clark was hired to be the department head and build up the department. He was head for 10 years and continued as a professor to his retirement in 1994.

He earned his PhD in physics at the University of Maryland in 1957. He taught physics at the United States Naval Academy from 1951-1957.

The obituary may be viewed at https://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/clark-c-bob/article_92693a12-fcaa-5bd5-ad25-282e60f13a7f.html

George Singleton, notable alumnus, gives reading Thursday

The MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review will host a fiction reading by notable alumnus George Singleton on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Singleton’s work resonates with that of Donald Barthelme, T. C. Boyle, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver. “Staff Picks,” his new collection from LSU Press, provides a loosely linked baker’s dozen of stories set in small, often-floundering towns such as Steepleburg, which once boasted more congregations per capita than anywhere in the southeastern U.S., and Poke, home to a dedicated chapter of Optimists International. In turns both comic and tragic, Singleton shows characters trying to make sense out of the Old South, the New South, and the New New South in all their ragged glory.

Singleton has published seven collections of stories, one book of nonfiction, and two novels. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly,Harper’s, Georgia Review, Agni, Southern Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


In memoriam: Suzanne Schmutz

Graduate admissions specialist Suzanne Schmutz died this past weekend.

Schmutz came to UNCG in 2010 as a temporary employee in Enrolled Student Services within the Graduate School. She became a permanent employee in 2012, working as in graduate admissions. Her colleagues described her as irreplaceable, hardworking, and an influential role model. She received a standing ovation during a new student orientation and often received thank you notes from applicants.

“I found Suzanne to have incredible attention to detail, and she was willing to work hard with our departments to bring the best students to UNCG,” recalls Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Kelly Burke.

“She said she would never retire because she loved what she did so much, and it showed,” remembers her close friend, Director of Graduate Admissions Kelly Meris.

Schmutz’ Celebration of Life will be at Forbis & Dick on Elm Street in Greensboro, NC, on Friday, March 15, from 6  to 8 pm.

Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate March 20

The Faculty Forum has been canceled to accommodate a Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate.

It will be held 3-5 p.m. in Alumni House next Wednesday, March 20.

Nominate outstanding students for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society, which was organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made a significant and meaningful contributions to the University community.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the University with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNCG campus. Members embody the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity, and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Spring 2019 inductions. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form and instructions can be found here and should be returned to Ashley Tuck at actuck@uncg.edu by March 15. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni, and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee).

UNCG hosts mentoring event for women

On Monday, Feb. 25, UNC Greensboro hosted the Triad Business Journal’s annual “Bizwomen Mentoring Monday” networking event for the third consecutive year.

Bizwomen Mentoring Monday is a nationwide initiative organized by American City Business Journals. Forty-four cities and more than 10,000 women participated in this year’s program. Approximately 170 students and professionals participated in the event on UNCG’s campus.

Seasoned professionals working in industries across the Triad served as mentors and shared their own stories and career advice in one-on-one, “speed dating” style mentoring sessions. Additionally, there were several round table sessions on key topics related to women in the workplace.

Provost Dana Dunn attended the event and provided opening remarks. UNCG mentors who participated in the event were Dr. Cathy Akens, vice chancellor for student affairs; Dr. Terri Shelton, vice chancellor for research and engagement; Beth Fischer, vice chancellor for advancement; Kim Record, director of athletics; Eden Bloss, senior director of external communications; and Samaya Roary, Student Government Association president.


By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane









In memoriam: Rebecca Holland Taylor

Rebecca Holland Taylor, former faculty member in the School of Nursing, died Feb. 6. She is remembered as a gracious mentor and welcoming colleague.

Taylor came to UNCG in 1970 and retired in 2001. She taught in Community Health and Gerontology and started the first nurse-managed clinic for UNCG’s 35-year partnership with Housing and Urban Development. She continued to practice nursing in the community throughout her career and even after her UNCG retirement, until 2013. She kept her nursing license up to her death. She was president of the North Carolina Nurses Association 1975-77.

“Rebecca was great at mentoring new faculty,” remembered her colleague Linda McNeal ’76 ’77 MSN.  “I didn’t mind going to her with any questions. She was always so welcoming and kind and always did what she needed to do to support her colleagues and her students. “

“Everyone thought the world of her,” said another former faculty member Sue Beeson ’73 MSN ’77, who, like McNeal, was both a student and colleague of Taylor. “She was such a good teacher. She was so receptive and so good with students. It was a real pleasure to be her student and her colleague.”

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Peace United Church of Christ, 2714 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27403.