UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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.

In Memoriam: Malinda Richbourg

Malinda Richbourg, an employee with the ITS Enterprise Applications – Data Warehousing, Analytics and Visualization group, died Feb. 17.

Richbourg graduated from UNCG in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She began work at UNCG in 1974 in Undergraduate Admissions, and in 2008, she retired as the associate director for operations. She returned to UNCG as a part-time employee with ITS in 2009, assisting in duplicate PIDM resolution as part of the Data Management group.

Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services Donna Heath remembers about her:

“Malinda was both a people person and a data person, a rare combination of skills. Everywhere she went, she either already knew someone, or through conversation quickly made a new friend. Her eye for process and attention to detail helped UNCG admissions grow from the pre-computing era through to our Banner world today. UNCG is most fortunate to have had her to faithfully serve her alma mater for 45 years,”

There are no current plans for a memorial service, but there will be a campus-based gathering at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Malinda B. & David L. Richbourg Endowed Athletic Scholarship at UNCG.

Dr. Nancy Maclean to present on democracy

Dr. Nancy MacLean, the William H. Chafe Professor of History & Public Policy at Duke University, will present to UNCG and the larger community on Monday, February 25, in the EUC Auditorium at 7 p.m.

She is the author of “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” Coffee, tea, and desserts will be served in the reception area of the auditorium at 6 p.m. and her book will be available for purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by the UNCG Chapter of AAUP, the UNCG Association of Retired Professors, and the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad.

Men’s Basketball heads into 2 big match-ups

Photo of UNCG Men's Basketball player Francis AlonsoMen’s Basketball is currently rated no. 46 in the nation in the NCAA’s NET (RPI) ratings. They are just behind UCF and Alabama, and just ahead of Syracuse.

UNCG (22-3 overall and 11-1 in the conference) is in second place in the SoCon, trailing Wofford, who is undefeated in the conference.

UNCG has two big road games this week:

at Furman, who is third in the SoCon and no. 56 nationally
at Wofford, first in the SoCon and rated no. 27 nationally.

Both games can be enjoyed on ESPN+.

And if you’d like, enjoy the games with other fans. Kickback Jack’s, at 1600 Battleground Avenue, is where many Spartans watch the away games.

Read The News & Record’s coverage here.






‘Modern Black Lives and the Medieval Right’

The first talk in the spring semester of the Medievalism in Contemporary Culture Speaker Series will be:

“Modern Black Lives and the Medieval Right: Rhetoric and the Making of Modernity” by Dr. Cord Whitaker, Wellesley College.

The talk will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., MHRA 1215.

The talk is co-sponsored by the English Department’s Class of 1952 Professorship and the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program.

Mathematics Education’s Yopp Speaker Series

Teaching math to children is a complex and always-relevant subject. As part of its Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series, the Mathematics Education Department has two talks coming up soon. Both are free and open to the public.

First, Dr. Sandra Crespo, Professor of Mathematics Education at Michigan State University, will present “Against All Odds: Teaching Collaborative Learning in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom”. Dr. Crespo will share her experience with the Complex Instruction framework, and will discuss how to use it as a tool to address inequities in the teaching and learning of mathematics. This talk is March 18, 5:30-7 p.m., in the EUC Alexander Room.

Following will be Dr. Nicholas Johnson, a senior researcher at the University of California – Los Angeles. His talk, “Expanding Competence: Recognizing and Building from Children’s Partial Understandings”, will analyze research on children’s mathematical competence. He will explore the value of children’s partial understandings and the socially constructed nature of competence. The presentation is May 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon, in SOEB 401.

Phi Beta Kappa Spring 2019 events

UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa will have two events this semester:

General membership meeting – refreshments included

MHRA Building Faculty Lounge, room 3501

Wednesday, February 27   4 – 5 pm

Primary order of business will be to elect the next class of new members to our chapter


Spring 2019 Initiation Ceremony

Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium

Monday, April 15    Program starts at 7 pm, followed by a reception in the lobby

Guest speaker: Dr. Stan Meiburg, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Wake Forest University

Brady-Heyer Family Scholarship Endowment

Photo of Chancellor Linda P. BradyDr. Linda P. Brady made a gift of $60,000 to fund the Brady-Heyer Family Scholarship Endowment. The purpose of this gift is to support scholarships for the UNCG men’s basketball program. The endowment links the Brady and Heyer families, including sons Stephen A. Heyer and Michael S. Heyer, and their shared love of college basketball. Her husband was Steven Heyer.

Brady served as chancellor 2008-15, during which time UNCG men’s basketball increased its profile, with enhanced strength of schedule and its move to the Greensboro Coliseum as its home court. Brady, who retired as political science professor last year, attends many men’s and women’s basketball games to cheer on the teams.

Book drive at UNCG for IRC homeless day center

The University Speaking Center is marking their official opening for the spring semester with a book drive. Books collected are delivered to the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro’s day center supporting people experiencing homelessness. All books are welcome.

Got books to donate? Contact kmcuny@uncg.edu to arrange for on-campus pick up or you can drop them off at the Speaking Center on the 3rd floor of MHRA. Donations are being delivered as they come in.

In memoriam: Dr. Ann Saab

Dr. Ann Saab died on Feb. 25. A graduate of Wellesley College, she earned her doctorate from Harvard-Radcliffe University. She came UNCG in 1965 to join the Department of History and served as department head from 1978 to 1984. She was an American Association of University Women fellow and in 1981 received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. She was the author of “The Origins of the Crimean Alliance” and “Reluctant Icon: Gladstone, Bulgaria, and the Working Classes, 1856–1878.”

At UNCG, she also served as acting head of the Department of Classical Civilization (now Classical Studies) and assistant chancellor.

See the obituary  for more information.

Reception next Thursday: learn about Mellon Foundation funded humanities initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UNCG $200,000 for a new humanities initiative that aims to strengthen and transform the humanities for our students, faculty, and communities.

Faculty and staff wanting to learn more about this exciting new humanities project are invited to join Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dunn at a reception on:

Thursday, January 31
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be provided.

Please RSVP at: https://goo.gl/fdQCTH

Newsmakers: Late January 2019

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 past weeks:

  • UNCG’s impressive efforts to improve student success were featured in a Higher Education Chronicle article, with quotes from Provost Dana Dunn and Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Student Success Samantha Raynor. The article spotlighted UNCG’s use of analytics to foster student success – and noted its growing share of low-income and first-generation students. It also noted that Pell Grant recipients at UNCG graduate at a rate nearly identical to that of the general student population.
  • Hundreds of UNCG students took part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service last Saturday. Photos of the event were featured in the News and Record. The feature.
  • EdNC featured an article on Dr. Julie Edmunds’ study of the effectiveness of early colleges.
  • Dr. Rick Bunch was commissioned by The Halsey Institute at The College of Charleston to design an interactive map of the South for their exhibit Southbound. See the result here.


In Memoriam: Lois Edinger

Lois Virginia Edinger died on Dec. 20. She was a professor of education at Woman’s College, beginning in 1962 and retired from UNCG in 1988. During the early 1960s, Edinger served as a high school history instructor for the Governor’s Commission for Educational Television’s “in-school TV experiment,” teaching classes via television on WUNC-TV. She served a one year term as the president of the National Education Association (NEA), and her lobbying efforts during that time are credited with helping to pass President Johnson’s aid-to-education bill in 1965.

In 1966, she received the O. Max Gardner Award, which is the highest honor the UNC System can bestow on one of its faculty members. Edinger also served as a representative of the Associated Schools Project sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In that capacity, she traveled to Pakistan, Kenya, and Malaysia, to exchange materials, methods, and curriculum models with participating schools and instructors in an effort to broaden intercultural education. In the late 1970s and through 1980, Edinger worked as director of a federal grant program to develop international studies facilities for a consortium of area colleges and universities, including UNCG, N.C. A&T, Guilford College, Greensboro College, High Point College, and Bennett College.

Information and copy drawn from The Encyclopedia of UNCG History.

Looking Ahead: January 16, 2019

Artist Talk: Ricardo Dominguez
Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Women’s Basketball vs. Samford
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium,

Guest Artist Recital: Duo Montagnard
Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Mercer
Saturday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Music: À la carte (Zither to early Baroque to Dvorak)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m, Recital Hall.

The Profs Do the Movies: ‘Pictures at a Revolution: In the Heat of the Night’
Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:30, School of Music Collins Lecture Hall (217)

Faculty Recital: Donald Hartmann, voice
Sunday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall

MLK Jr.  Day at the Swarm presented by UNCG
Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Coliseum complex

Men’s Basketball vs. Citadel
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Guest Artist Recital: Sarah Busman, flute
Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer
Saturday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum