UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Farewell event for Bryan Terry

You are invited to join Enrollment Management and the campus community for a farewell event for Dr. Bryan Terry on Tuesday, November 13, between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Admissions tour space, 2nd floor of the Spring Garden Apartments on Spring Garden St. This is a drop-in event with remarks at 3:30 p.m.

CW schedule for the remainder of 2018

Campus Weekly will publish next week (the newsletter will be emailed Nov. 14), then return after the Thanksgiving break, on Nov. 28..

Publication dates are:

  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 12

Campus Weekly will publish again on January 9, 2019.

If you have a submission, please send it to us the Thursday before publication. (We normally edit on Fridays and post the articles on Mondays. On Tuesdays, we create and proof the enewsletter.)

Questions? Email us.

Looking ahead: November 7

Pixar Talk: Designing ‘Incredibles 2’ with Bryn Imagire
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Eberhart Building, 250

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Jenny Moody, archaeology lecture on Crete and climate changes
Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m., School of Education Building, Room 118

Talk, ‘Dysfunction and Decay in Democracy in the Americas”
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Sullivan Science, Mead Auditorium

‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., UNCG Taylor Theatre

Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty/staff
Monday, Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium Prefunction Area

Scholarships for rising middle school students experiencing homelessness

Thanks to a Burroughs Welcome Fund grant, the All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp will offer approximately 80 scholarships to rising middle school students experiencing homelessness in Guilford, Forsyth, and Alamance counties.

SERVE, Inc.’s residential summer camp, hosted at UNC Greensboro in partnership with the NC Homeless Education Program, will use the $75,000 Student STEM Enrichment Program grant to cover needs-based scholarships, additional programming, and materials. Students will stay on UNCG’s campus for a week in the summer, take two specialized, hands-on classes in STEM and arts subjects, and experience a fun, interactive camp.

Bat and medicinal research lecture brings large crowd

Dr. Christine Salomon talks with students

On Friday, White Nose Syndrome researcher Dr. Christine Salomon gave a lecture to a packed auditorium in the Sullivan Science building for the Syngenta Science Symposium, a collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Biology.

Co-director of the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative Nicholas Oberlies invited Salomon to introduce herself and her history, as a researcher, as is customary for visiting scientists at UNCG.

She shared her experience as an undergraduate discovering compounds, her previous work in marine biology and how she came to work for the Center for Drug Design and began her research of the cave-dwelling bats of northern Minnesota. She also shared the realities of White Nose Syndrome, such as that it has wiped out 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York State during a period of only six years, and that it is is rapidly spreading across the country.

Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell and Christine Salomon

Salomon then delved into the specifics of her work in biocontrol possibilities for controlling the devastating disease affecting bat populations. As a last area of discussion, Salomon spent a few minutes talking about the importance of communication in science and how to reach the public. Students, faculty and other attendees were invited to ask questions after the lecture and at the reception that followed.

Text and photos by Susan Kirby-Smith

Looking Ahead: October 31, 2018

SECC Pancake Breakfast (fundraiser; $6)
Thursday, Nov. 1, 7-9:30 a.m.

Syngenta Science Symposium with Dr. Christine Salomon
Friday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m., Sullivan Science, Room 101

Fairy tale read-a-thon
Friday, Nov. 2, 12 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Men’s Soccer SoCon Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, UNCG Soccer Stadium

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Talk (Nursing): “Radiation Safety: What can happen if you have too many tests.”
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., Union Square campus

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House

‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., UNCG Taylor Theatre

Educational “House of Privilege”

Starting Nov. 13 and ending Nov. 15, the Office of Intercultural Engagement will host the third annual House of Privilege, an experiential event where participants explore different ways in which privilege is experienced in our society. House of Privilege uses an approach of touring a “home” to highlight privileged experiences and realities people often don’t recognize.

The House of Privilege will be hosted in the Office of Intercultural Engagement, EUC Room 62. The “Open House” is scheduled from Tuesday, Nov. 13 until Thursday, Nov. 15. Participants are able to complete a self-guided tour at any time or attend a facilitated tour.

If your class or student organization would like to visit the House of Privilege as a group, please reserve a tour in place of attending the Open House tour. Facilitated tours and discussion will last approximately 45 minutes and reserved tours will start every hour the House of Privilege is open.

This experiential education program allows attendees to participate in a self-reflection activity as they navigate through a museum highlighting identity-based privileges. Additionally, attendees are able to complete a self-guided tour at any time or participate in facilitated tour and debrief at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. each day.

Accepting donations of backpacks and food

For staff and faculty looking to make a difference in the community, the Moss Street Partnership School in Reidsville is accepting donations of backpacks and food. Some students may not have enough to eat on the weekends, or may not be able to purchase school supplies. Every Friday, teachers at Moss Street collect donations and distribute them to those students in need.

Donations of food and other student necessities are being collected in a box in the UNCG School of Education Building. Students may not be able to prepare food, so non-perishable ready to eat items such as granola bars, crackers, and fruit cups are ideal. The school is also in need of backpacks to help distribute supplies, so if you’ve been looking for a place for the drawstring backpack you got from a camp years ago, Moss Street School would be glad to take it! Other supplies are welcome as well.

For more information, email Rosalie Catanoso at rmcatano@uncg.edu.

By Avery Campbell

WGS presents two talks in November

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UNCG will host two talks in November.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Lia García will present “Between Transits and Genders: Affective Performance as a Strategy and Possibility for Social Resistance” in the Maple Room of the EUC from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The talk will reflect on performance’s intimate relationship with pedagogies of affect that result in new forms of opposing patriarchal violence towards trans people in the context of Mexico.

García is an internationally-renowned feminist and defender of human rights for trans people in Mexico City. She studied Pedagogy and Visual Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

On Thursday, Nov. 15, WGS will host a panel discussion, “Race and the University: Immigration Now,” in the Dail Room of the EUC from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This panel will focus on current issues in immigration, including recent actions by the Trump administration, and how members of the university productively can take part in public discussions and debates.

Panel members will include:

  • Leilani Roughton, Executive Director, New Arrivals Institute
  • Stephen J. Sills, Director, Center for Housing and Community Studies
  • Holly C. Sienkiewicz, Director, Center for New North Carolinians

Coalition for Diverse Language and Cultures accepting grant applications

The Coalition for Diverse Languages and Cultures is now accepting applications for its annual small grant program. The grants are intended to support research and service projects that support local communities. Applications are due November 19, 2018 by 11:49 PM. The application information is attached. The CDLC website also provides recently funded grants at our website, https://cdlc.uncg.edu/newsandevents/cdlc-fellowships/.

UNCG in The Princeton Review’s ‘Green Colleges’ guide

UNC Greensboro is one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features UNCG in the 2018 edition of its free book, “The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges.”

Questions were designed to evaluate whether students have a quality of life on campus that is both healthy and sustainable and how well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy. Schools were also recognized for providing opportunities for students to participate in the advancement of sustainability on campus and to demonstrate sustainability learning outcomes related to through coursework.

More than 25 data points were weighted in the tallies for the Green Rating score which was done on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide.



Sign up for 2019 Faculty Phone-A-Thon

Are you interested in helping prospective students choose UNCG? Are you looking for a way to promote your program?

Join Undergraduate Admissions for the 2019 Faculty Phone-A-Thon

When: Monday, January 28th – Wednesday, January 30th & Monday, February 4th & Tuesday, February 5, 5 pm – 7 p.m.

If you’re interested in being a part of this event go to bit.ly/uncgphoneathon and complete the form. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Michael Clinton atmjclinto@uncg.edu. Please feel free to forward this to anyone that you think might be interested. Let’s help prospective students find their way here.

Battle of Chefs at Fountain View

October 25 at the Fountain View dining hall will be the first Battle of the Chefs competition. Student teams will come together and compete for culinary glory. During the event, dinner will be offered at a special $7 price. The battle begins at 4 p.m., with presentations at 5:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the event, a surprise guest for the Championship Battle on March 19th will be announced. Come out, eat good food and have a good time.

Deadline extended: Angel Tree nominations due Nov. 14

Do you know a staff member or student in need as we approach the holiday season?

The Staff Senate is sponsoring an Angel Tree this winter to benefit members of our campus community. The gifts will make the holidays brighter for them and their family members.

Nominations are due Wednesday, Nov. 14. (The original deadline of Nov. 5 was extended.) Nomination forms can be found here.

Please obtain approval from the nominee before submitting their information. All information provided will be kept confidential.

Send your nominations to Britt Flanagan at bsflanag@uncg.edu or (336) 334-4686. Nominations may also be sent to Katherine Stamey at ksstamey@uncg.edu or (336) 256-1397.

In memoriam: Lee Kinard

Lee Kinard, alumnus of UNCG and a longtime news anchor for WFMY News 2, died Saturday. “A legend in Piedmont-Triad broadcasting, Kinard began working at WFMY in April 1956 when he was 25. … In his 43 years at WFMY, Kinard helped the CBS affiliate become the Triad’s most-watched news source,” the News and Record reports.

He was an outstanding supporter of UNCG. A section of Spring Garden Street, which passes through our campus, is named for him.

Looking ahead: October 17, 2018

Faculty Senate Open Forum: Gen Ed Revision
Wednesday, October 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Talk, “The Continuing Challenge to Voting Rights”
Mark Dorosin, Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Sullivan Science, Mead Auditorium

Human Rights Research Network Film Series: “Story From the Corner of a Park”
Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m., SOEB 120

Women’s soccer vs Chattanooga
Friday, October 19, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

TubaBand Fall Concert
Monday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Meeting of the General Faculty
Wednesday, October 24, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Casella Sinfonietta Concert
Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Fun with Archaeology this Saturday

Explore the past through history and archaeology.

Saturday, Oct. 20, come to a family-friendly, hands-on event at the Greensboro History Museum LeBauer Park terrace. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See remote-sensing in action. Check out fossil casts. Enjoy lots of kid-friendly events.

Meet and talk with UNCG archeaologists and city historians.

The event is free-admission. It will be held rain or shine.

It is sponsored by the UNCG Archaeology program, the Greensboro History Museum and the City of Greensboro.


Book study:  “Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy”

The Coalition for Diverse Language and Culture is hosting a book study of Laura Rendón’s book “Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy.” Over the fall semester, they are meeting monthly to discuss the book and prepare for Dr. Rendón’s visit May 3-4, 2019, as part of the second annual Diversity in Language and Culture Conference. The remaining meeting schedule for the book study is:

October 17 (chapters 2-3)

November 14 (chapters 4-5)

December 5 (chapters 6-7)

All meetings are on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 in School of Education Building, Room 401. If you are not able to join them during the semester,  you are invited to come for the final meeting of the year on December 5 when they will enjoy a potluck and wrap up discussion of the book.

In memoriam: Don Wright

Don Wright, a member of UNCG’s division of Information Technology Services for more than 30 years, died last weekend. 

He received a BS in political science and economics from Western Carolina in 1976 and a Master of Public Affairs degree from UNCG in 1982. He began his career at UNCG in 1984. 

“Those of you who knew Don well know that he was a gentle, sweet man, who extended his kindness to everyone,” Vice Chancellor Donna Heath said in a note to her ITS colleagues.

Arrangements are being coordinated via Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Service. A celebration of life for Don Wright on will be held Monday, October 22, 2-4 p.m. in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room. If you have any pictures of Don, please email them to Michelle Griffin.

Show Me the Money: Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Faculty and staff often require external funding for research, teaching and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by Helen G. Kiss, Ph.D., Office of Sponsored Programs, and Gerald Holmes, University Libraries.

Start Date & Time: Oct. 17, 2018, 9-11 a.m.

Location: 304 Curry


Looking ahead: Oct. 10, 2018

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 11 a.m., Alumni House

UCLS: Ann Hamilton Lecture
Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Homecoming bonfire
Friday, October 12, 7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

UCLS: Alex Bernstein and Lara Downes Performance and Conversation
Friday, October 12, 8 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall

Homecoming block party
Saturday, October 13, 3-7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Faculty Senate, Open Forum: Gen Ed Revision
Wednesday, October 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Millennial Campus open house / roundtables, for faculty/staff
Thursday, October 18,  2 to 3:30 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Looking ahead: Oct. 3, 2018

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

UNCG Symphonic Band Concert
Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Women’s Tennis: Spartan Classic Invitational
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, UNCG Tennis Courts

Employee Flu Shots
Wednesday, October 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Campus Supply Store (Training Room)

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Homecoming bonfire and food trucks
Friday, October 12, 7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Homecoming party
Saturday, October 13, 3 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Open Enrollment period has begun

Human Resources has an announcement about Open Enrollment:

The Open Enrollment period runs from September 29 to October 31, 2018. You will enroll for both your State Health Plan and your NCFlex benefits. Your new elections will go into effect January 1, 2019.

To access the enrollment portal’s Single Sign-On page, click here to visit the Human Resource’s Open Enrollment webpage. Click here to sign up for an Open Enrollment workshop.


1. If you are enrolled for health coverage under the State Health Plan, you and your eligible dependents will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan.  If you want to enroll in the 80/20 Plan, you must actively enroll through eBenefits during Open Enrollment.

2. If you want to reduce your premium under any of the plans offered by the State Health Plan, you MUST complete your tobacco attestation by October 31, 2018 ($60 monthly credit).

3. The Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require re-enrollment every year.

• The 2019 Health Care FSA maximum annual contribution limit is $2,650.
• The 2019 Dependent Day Care FSA maximum annual contribution is $5,000.

Any unused Health Care FSA funds in your account at the end of the calendar year, up to $500, will be rolled over into the next plan year as long as you have a minimum balance of $25.


Health Benefits

• There is no increase to premiums for 2019.
• The 80/20 Plan’s out-of-pocket maximum has changed from a separate medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket amount to a combined medical and pharmacy out-of-pocket maximum.
• There has also been a change in the 80/20 Plan’s specialist and inpatient hospital copay.
• The co-pay reduction offered under the 80/20 Plan for Blue Options Designated specialists and hospitals have been discontinued.
• The tobacco attestation premium credit activity has changed for tobacco users who want to reduce their monthly premium. Now, tobacco users must commit to visit a CVS Minute Clinic for at least one tobacco cessation counseling session within 90 days after the last day of Open Enrollment or risk losing the monthly premium credit.

Click here to review more detailed information about 2019 benefit options.

NCFlex Benefits

• Premium rates for Critical Care Insurance are lower in 2019.
• The annual contribution for the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is $2,650 for 2019.
• You may enroll in or increase your Cancer Insurance coverage without providing Evidence of Insurability (EOI).

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

Please contact the HR Benefits Office at (336) 334-5009 or askbenefits@uncg.eduwith any questions.

HealthyUNCG Open House and flu shot clinic info

Employee Wellness Month kicks off with a HealthyUNCG Open House Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Stop in anytime during those hours at the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

  • Meet wellness professionals from the HealthyUNCG team
  • Nutrition, health coaching, registered dietitians
  • Kaplan Center staff, human resources, and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Giveaways, snacks, games, prizes, and tours.

Win a Kaplan Center membership or a Ninja Blender/Bullet. Please bring your Employee ID Card. Direct shuttle service will be provided: Continuous from EUC 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continuous from Becher Weaver 11 am-1 pm.

Additionally, a flu shot clinic – the final clinic on campus this year – will be held for employees Wednesday, Oct. 10, Campus Supply Store, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Information for both events is at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/.

Looking ahead: Sept. 26, 2018

‘Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Sustainability Film: “Reinventing Power”
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Volleyball vs. Chattanooga
Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium,

Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Updated OSHR leave and adverse weather provisions for Hurricane Florence

Due to the severity and long term impact of Hurricane Florence, the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) recognizes that many state employees continue to be affected by the storm. Impacts were and remain especially severe particularly in areas where agencies and universities moved to Adverse Weather condition 3.  

In the Triad, we were fortunate to avoid the most severe effects of this storm. As a result UNCG remained under condition 1 and 2 during the week of September 10-14.

To help employees here address some of the short term implications of the storm and manage specific Hurricane-related needs, the OSHR has announced several temporary options and policy adjustments:

  • OSHR will extend the make-up provisions of the Adverse Weather and Emergency Closings policy for an additional 90 days. This will allow employees up to 180 calendar days to make up work time missed due to hurricane-related issues.
  • OSHR has approved up to 40 hours of Other Management-Approved Leave (OMAL) for employees facing significant safety issues that are impacting their living conditions. OMAL will cover absences for the employee’s regular work schedule for the week of September 16-23. This leave applies to employees in counties included in the Federal Major Disaster Declaration found here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/. Employees located outside these counties may apply for this leave at the discretion of their supervisor as needed, if it can be determined that their residence has sustained major damage from this storm.
  • OSHR has approved an additional 16 hours (two days) of paid Community Service Leave (CSL) from 24 to 40 hours for the remainder of 2018. The additional CSL will expire on December 31, 2018. Employees should obtain prior approval from their supervisor and be responsible for providing documentation that additional hours used are storm-related.  A temporary expansion of eligible organizations that allow state employees to volunteer for organized efforts coordinated by a local government (county or municipality) entity to address Hurricane Florence recovery activities in addition to regular coverage for activities provided by established nonprofits.

If you would like to help, we encourage you to sign up through the State’s volunteer website or Giving to UNC landing page. If you are looking for a place to give, please consider the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund. Alternatively, employees can provide support through the upcoming State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC), through many different organizations.

OSHR is developing a FAQ for these provisions that will be accessible to all employees via their website. We know the impacts of this storm are far reaching and in some cases long-lasting.  We hope that these provisions and additional flexibility help our employees as they manage some of the challenges that lie ahead.

If you have any questions about your specific situation SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty please contact HR by phone at 336-334-5009 or by email hrops@uncg.edu.

Faculty, please reach out to Faculty Personnel Services at 336-334-5494.

Copy provided by Human Resources.


Two Bryan School events

Bryan School Sponsors Women 2 Watch Series

For the third year, the Bryan School of Business and Economics is sponsoring Junior League of Greensboro’s Women 2 Watch Series.

All women in the community are invited to these free events, which feature area leaders sharing their stories and leadership tips. The series kicks off September 19 with remarks from Kim Gatling, an attorney at Smith Moore Law LLP. Hear how she manages working in a male-dominated field and how she maintains a work-life balance.

The event begins with networking at 6:30 pm. The program begins at 7:00 pm. Find complete details and register here.

Bryan School Ed Talks

Stressed? Join Bryan School professor Dr. Mike Beitlzer for a one-hour workshop on the Benefits of Mindfulness. You’ll learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to handle your stress and become more productive.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, September 25 at 8:30 am in the Elliott University Center. The event is free and open to the public. Find details and register here.

Survey of Greensboro’s workforce

Action Greensboro, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and synerG Young Professionals are conducting a survey of Greensboro’s workforce this fall.

This survey is crucial to cultivating a more robust talent pipeline and creating an attractive community for 21st century workers in the city, of which UNC Greensboro is a vital part.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will not be personally identified as a survey participant.  All responses will be aggregated across respondents to provide a profile of responses. The survey is online at greensboro.org/generationgreensboro.

Avoid hurricane-related scams; helpful information from ITS

Dear UNCG Community,

As people across the Carolinas start the process of recovering from Hurricane Florence, we want to remind everyone to be cautious when contributing financially to disaster relief agencies, and to protect yourselves from the financial scams that typically follow these types of events.

Anyone seeking to help aid in the recovery by contributing financially to disaster relief efforts should ensure that their donations are made only to valid and reputable organizations using well-known websites, apps and payment methods. Fortunately for those in need, there are many valid and trustworthy organizations seeking to help people and areas affected by the storm. Unfortunately, there are also people who seek to profit and take advantage of anyone willing to help, and caution is required in order to protect yourself from hackers and malicious scams.

Observations following past adverse weather events and natural disasters have shown a marked increase in malicious scams designed to defraud contributors, steal financial information, and infect users with malicious software and computer viruses after a disaster like Hurricane Florence. We want to caution the UNCG community to be wary of these scams, and provide resources to help you contribute to valid agencies.

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) warned in an advisory on Friday that arrival of Hurricane Florence is expected to “propel the emergence of new and recycled scams involving financial fraud and malware.” Likewise, North Carolina’s Department of Information Technology has also warned computer users of phishing expeditions tied to the disaster, as has the Department of Homeland Security’s threat-sharing center.

Email and website phishing and other financial scams associated with special events like named hurricanes are often very successful because they prey on people’s altruistic desire to help others which is naturally elevated after a disaster event. Given that hurricanes are one-time events with unique names such as “Florence,” people may expect new websites to be created for them. Users should be cautious about where and how money is sent, and contribute only to well known disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way and Samaritan’s Purse using well-known methods.

If you are searching for where and how to contribute, local news outlets have provided lists of valid disaster relief agencies and resources:

  • Be cautious of any online fundraising efforts that are not associated with well-known disaster relief agencies.
  • Do not click links in emails offering to help you donate money to hurricane victims.
  • Be suspicious of unexpected social media pleas, phone calls, text messages, donation websites, and/or door-to-door solicitations claiming to raise funds for hurricane victims.
  • Check the validity of charities before you donate using the BBB National Charity Report Index
  • Heed the advice of the Federal Trade Commission when it comes to Wise Giving After a Hurricane and How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams.
  • Contact 6-TECH at 336-256-TECH (8324), 6-TECH@uncg.edu, or https://6tech.uncg.edu for help with any emails or websites you feel may be malicious.

Please protect yourself and your financial information throughout the recovery effort to ensure that aid arrives where it is needed most.

Copy provided by Bryce Porter, UNCG chief information security officer.

Live Fire Sprinkler demonstration Sept. 19

The NC Department of Insurance Assistant Director of Public Affairs will sponsor a live fire sprinkler demonstration at UNCG. This safety demonstration is slated to occur Wednesday, September 19, from 11 to 1 p.m., with the actual demonstration fire to occur at 12 noon. The safety demonstration, showing the importance of sprinkler systems, will take place at the Traffic Circle behind Jackson Library. Questions? Contact Erin Price-Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Manager in Environmental Health and Safety, at 336-334-4357.

EUC will hold first blood drive of the year

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to make a Power Red donation, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), and a photo identification (Spartan Card accepted). And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

New Undergraduate Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions launched an updated website on Monday, Sept. 10.
The new site includes improved functionality, including a mobile-friendly design and an updated look in line with the newly refreshed brand.
Please note: If your website links to any pages on the Admissions site (including application requirements, majors and minors list, or tour/event information), the URLs have changed. Please update the links as soon as you can to ensure students and visitors are directed to the correct information.

2018 Nano Manufacturing Conference Sept. 26

The 2018 Nano Manufacturing conference will be held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro Wednesday, Sept. 26. The primary goal of the conference is to bring together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders, economic developers, educators and government and nonprofit organization executives to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that Nano Manufacturing enables.

“This conference is a real opportunity for those interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing technologies and how the application of these new technologies can help grow the manufacturing sector in North Carolina and the US,” said Joe Magno, executive director at The North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN).

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Nano Manufacturing Conference website. (http://www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/program.php )

Arts Summit at UNCG: ‘Art as political action’

Photo of interior of Aycock AuditoriumThe UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts will host an Arts Summit Thursday, September 13.

The theme? Art as political action.

The keynote address will be presented by Lorena Wolffer, a Mexico City-based artist and cultural activist. Her artwork addresses gender and women’s rights, and she has produced and curated a number of artistic projects with other artists across multiple mediums. Her work is a powerful voice for equality and cultural change.

After the keynote, there will be a discussion hosted by a panel of artists from across the country, followed by a workshop, of which there are three choices. The summit starts at 9 a.m. at the UNCG Auditorium on Tate St. After a lunch break, the summit will move to the EUC for workshops. Attendance is free, but please RSVP by September 10. For more information and the full schedule, as well as to RSVP, see the CVPA website

By Avery Campbell

Faculty Senate meeting today (Sept. 5) at 3 p.m.

UNCG’s Faculty Senate will hold its first meeting of the academic year. The meeting begins Wednesday, Sept. 5), 3 p.m., in Alumni House.

Chair Andrea Hunter and Provost Dana Dunn will give remarks.

Alice Haddy and Ian Beatty will lead a discussion on the General Education Task Force. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Akens and Director of Admissions Chris Keller will speak on the Incoming UNCG Student Profile. A discussion on BOG AP Policy for Rewarding Undergraduate Course Credit will be led by Associate Vice Provost Jodi Pettazzoni. A Constitutional Review and Update will be led by Stephen Yarbrough. In the second hour, unit delegates will have have a round table, and then Chair-elect Anthony Chow will speak on Social Media.