UNCG Campus Weekly

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

In Memoriam: Dr. Donald F. Allen

Dr. Donald F. Allen, professor emeritus of sociology at UNCG, died May 31.

He joined UNCG’s Department of Sociology in 1962 and retired after 30 years of service to the university, his obituary notes. He taught social theory, social problems and sociology of religion courses.

The full obituary may be viewed here.

Looking ahead: June 13, 2018

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting

Thursday, June 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room


Spartan Cinema, “The Princess and the Frog”

Friday, June 15, LeBauer Park, sundown


Summer Solstice Celebration

Friday, June 22, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum


Spartan Cinema, “Sing”

Friday, June 22, LeBauer Park, sundown


Independence Day holiday

Wednesday, July 4: Classes dismissed; offices closed

Looking ahead: May 30, 2018

Will add items today.

UNCG Athletics have record GPA

Spartan Athletics students had a UNCG Athletics record GPA for the 2017-2018 school year.

The department GPA for 2017-2018 was 3.23. Women’s Golf led the department with the highest GPA for the academic year: 3.71.



Looking ahead: May 16, 2018

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival Kick-Off
Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Lorena Guillén and Alejandro Rutty with the Difficulties and Mark Engebretson
Friday, May 18, 8:30 p.m., Scuppernong Books

‘Finally Me,’ a 15-minute opera
Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

Triad Today, interview with David Holley
Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m., ABC 45 (time changed this week)

Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 28

Greensboro Bound: UNCG faculty and alumni highlights

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival is this coming weekend, and many UNC Greensboro faculty and alumni are participating alongside community members and visiting writers. Check out UNCG participants in the event listings below. View the Greensboro Bound website for the complete schedule.


Thursday, May 17

Introduction by Fred Chappell (Creative Writing) with a reading by Brett Ingram ’95

6 p.m. reception; 6:45 p.m. opening remarks, Weatherspoon Art Museum


Friday, May 19

Lorena Guillén (Music) and Alejandro Rutty (Music) with the Difficulties with Mark Engebretson (Music)

8:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, Scuppernong Books


Saturday, May 18

A Conversation with Lee Smith and Michael Parker (Creative Writing)

10 a.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space


Unicorn Press Panel including Mark Smith-Soto (Languages, Literatures and Cultures)

10 a.m., Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room


Bull City Press Panel including Emilia Phillips (Creative Writing)

11:15 a.m., Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room


Greensboro Opera: 15-minute opera for middle schoolers, directed by David Holley (Music) with music by Mark Engebretson (Music)

1 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space


Jabberbox Puppets with Marianne Ginger ’74 MFA and Deborah Seabrook ’75 MFA

2 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center: Hyers Theater

*For mature audiences


Contemporary Muslim Writing Beyond Politics: A Conversation including Dr. Omar H. Ali (Honors College, African American & African Diaspora Studies)

3:15, Cultural Arts Center, Hyers Theater


“On Grief and Love,” a Conversation about “The Bright Hour,” by Nina Riggs 04’ MFA, introduced by Provost Dana Dunn

4:30 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space


Short Story Panel including Steve Cushman ’02 MFA

4:30 p.m., Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall


The Music of John Prine and the Blues, with Dr. Emily Edwards (Media Studies)

9:30 p.m. Greensboro Project Space


Sunday, May 20

Novel Panel moderated by Holly Goddard-Jones (Creative Writing) including Jim Minick ’15 MFA

2:15 p.m., Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room


UNCG M.F.A. Panel moderated by Terry Kennedy ’99 MFA (Creative Writing) with Heidi Czerwiec’95 MFA, Kerry French ’06 MFA, Sarah Rose Nordgren ’07 MFA

2:15 p.m., Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret


Feminist Panel moderated by Dr. Jennifer Feather (English)

2:15, Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space


Poetry Panel including Lauren Moseley ’08 MFA

3:30 p.m., Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret



Excellence in every way, on display

To begin the 2018 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony, UNCG Music students Detra Davis and Jacob Dishman presented Gershwin’s “Summertime.” And before the summertime begins, the university paused to recognize what Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. called the “extraordinary contributions” of this year’s honorees.

“Today we recognize those who have put forth a sustained and innovative contribution to campus success,” Chancellor Gilliam said.

The operative word is “sustained,” he explained. The honorees show excellence consistently, day in and day out.

Eleven awards were presented by Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dana Dunn during the ceremony, which was hosted by Associate Vice Chancellor Michelle Lamb Moore and Senior Vice Provost Alan Boyette.

The honorees were:


UNCG Online Award for Excellence in Online Learning

Dr. Bonnie Canziani


Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Kimberly Petersen


James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Jiyoung Hwang


Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Pam Kocher Brown


Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Michael Perko


O. Max Gardner Award nomination

Dr. Debra Wallace


Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Dr. Jerry Walsh 

Deborah Tollefson 

Shameeka Wilson 


Staff Excellence Award

Murphie Chappell, J.D.

Jane LaMarre


Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Professor Rachel Briley


Research Excellence Award

Dr. Mitchell Croatt

Professor Stuart Dischell


Student Learning Enhancement Award

Professor Amanda Cromartie – Accounting

Drs. Gary Rosencrantz and Rick Gallimore – Philosophy


Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Dr. Joanne Murphy


The chancellor and provost also made note of Staff Stars throughout the year and recognized faculty and staff who’d reached 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

During the ceremony, the audience enjoyed films created by students in Dr. Michael Frierson’s advanced media practicum. The films highlighted the honorees’ areas of focus and their dedication to students.

See more information, including past years’ recipients and videos, here.

Lectures on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

The UNCG Psychology Department is hosting the Kendon Smith Lecture Series on April 12 and 13, 2018. This is an endowed lecture series that brings internationally renowned experts to campus to speak about a common theme of interest.

This year’s theme is “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: From the Lab to the Clinic.” More information is available at: https://psy.uncg.edu/save-date-kendon-smith-lecture-series-spring-2018/.

In memoriam: Betty Carter, retired commencement coordinator

Betty Jean Melton Carter died Thursday, Jan. 25.

She retired from the Registrar’s Office as the commencement coordinator, gathering scores of volunteers and planning and staging the university’s most public annual event, former Assistant Vice Chancellor David Vaughan explains. “We called her out of retirement to help us organize the zillions of details associated with the inauguration of Erskine Bowles as the university president.”

He also notes that there were two prominent staff members named Betty Carter in that era. The recently deceased Betty Carter was in the Registrar’s Office, not University Libraries.

Carter’s obituary may be seen here.

Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing

The third conversation in this series will be Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center. The “Learning from Other Schools & Strategies” event will be a moderated panel discussion featuring UNCG Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Charles Maimone, Steward Thomas from UNC Pembroke and John Pierce from UNC Asheville.  

Conversations on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing are sponsored by the the UNCG Sustainability Council. Check the website for more information on additional conversations.

Looking ahead: Jan. 24, 2018

Men’s Basketball vs. Furman
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Film: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’
Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon, discussion led by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker

Silent film with piano: ‘A Page of Madness’ with Gil Fray
Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., UNCG Art’s GPS, Lewis St.

GROWTH gerontology Lunch & Learn, Catherine and David Sevier
Wednesday, Jan. 31, noon, Edwards’ Lounge, Stone Building

Diversity and Global Engagement Expo
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2 – 5 p.m., Reading Room (first floor of Jackson Library)

Emergency exercise, at McIver Building (see story in this issue)
Thursday, Feb. 1; Starts at 9 a.m.

Looking ahead: Jan. 19, 2018


UC/LS performance: Limón Dance Company
Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer
Saturday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m., Coliseum

Silent film with piano: ‘A Page of Madness’ with Gil Fray
Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., UNCG Art’s GPS, Lewis St.


Looking Ahead: Jan. 10, 2018

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Women’s Basketball vs. Wofford
Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

Opera: Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’
Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

MLK Holiday. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
Monday, Jan. 15

MLK Celebration
Wednesday, Jan. 17, Harrison Auditorium, NC A&T State

Recognition for Union Square design

The Union Square campus’ building is recognized in the category of outstanding designs – Healthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals, by the American School & University Magazine. It was part of the Educational Interiors Showcase. Earlier in the year, Union Square was recognized by the NC Chapter of the Construction Professionals Network (CPN) with a STAR Award. The building is a partnership between Cone Health, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and UNCG.  

Looking Ahead: Jan. 4, 2018

Classes begin for Spring semester
Monday, Jan. 8

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Women’s Basketball vs. Wofford
Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

Opera: Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’
Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Looking ahead: Dec. 6, 2017

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Doctoral hooding ceremony
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Friday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. UNCW
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

NCAA Division III Soccer championships Dec. 1- 2 at UNCG

The Greensboro Sports Commission and UNCG Athletics will host the 2017 NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships at UNCG Soccer Stadium this Friday and Saturday. The Semifinals will take place on Friday, December 1, with the women’s matches  at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the men’s matches at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Championship matches will be held on Saturday, December 2, with the women playing at 2:30 p.m. and the men playing at 7 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to the first women’s and men’s matches on Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices range from $8 to $15 depending on age and whether purchasing single or all session passes. To purchase tickets, go to NCAA.com/tickets.

Looking Ahead: November 29, 2017

Concert: Old-Time Ensemble
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Holiday Open House
Thursday, Nov. 30, 1 – 5 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m., Alumni House

Luminaires throughout campus
Thursday, Nov. 30, dusk

Festival of Lights, downtown Greensboro
Friday, Nov. 31, evening

Greensboro Holiday Parade; UNCG Bands of Sparta beforehand
Saturday, Dec. 2, noon, downtown Greensboro

Branches of Love
Saturday, Dec. 2, noon, Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Men’s Basketball vs. Elon
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Public Housing/Section 8 topic of Dec. 1 forum

UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies hosts its final Housing Hangout of 2017 on Friday, Dec. 1, with the topic “Public Housing/Section 8.” It will be noon-2 p.m. in MHRA Building, Room 1607. Light refreshments will be provided. Details are at the Facebook event pageSpeakers will include Nancy Hunter, who will speak on the history of Public Housing in Greensbor. Two speakers – Angela McGill and Rosemary Steele – will speak on public housing and Section 8 housing in High Point.

​Mindful Mondays at Weatherspoon to continue in January 2018

Free, drop-in meditation sessions are offered every Monday, 12:30-1 p.m. at the Weatherspoon.

The sessions continue through Dec. 18, 2017, and will resume Jan. 8 – April 30, 2018.

The 30 minute sessions are voluntarily led by UNCG faculty and staff. All are welcome.

Meditation practices promote health and well-being. No experience or reservations are necessary and no special postures or special clothing required. This program is free and open to the public. Limited free parking during Mindful Mondays is available behind the museum.

Questions: 336-334-5770 or weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

Chancellor, 3 alumni on WUNC Radio’s ‘State of Things’

Chancellor Gilliam and three UNCG alumni – Jo Safrit, Justin Outling and Tom Martin – were featured on WUNC 91.5FM “The State of Things” program yesterday (Nov. 14). It was broadcast from Triad Stage’s Upstage area.

The program may be enjoyed at http://wunc.org/post/university-north-carolina-greensboro-celebrates-its-125th-year.

Volunteering opportunity at Garden Fresh Mobile Market

UNCG Staff Senate is hosting a volunteering opportunity for employees, at the Out of the Garden Fresh Mobile Market. Eight volunteers are needed for each event.  Staff can use their Community Involvement hours for these events. The next event will be Tuesday, Nov. 28. Another event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15. Remaining events scheduled in 2018: Thursday, Jan. 25; Friday, Feb. 23; Tuesday, March 27; Friday, April 20; and Thursday, May 17.  All events occur between 2:30 p.m and 4 p.m. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4dada72fa6fc1-fresh.  

Looking ahead: Nov. 15, 2017

Faculty Forum
Wednesday, November 15, 3 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Sustainability Series: ‘Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights’
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., School of Education Room 114

‘Fall Dances in Exile’
Friday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Van Dyke Performance Space

Harvest Home Concert, by UNCG choral ensembles
Sunday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Men’s Basketball vs. Delaware
Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Women’s Basketball vs. VCU
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

‘Political Money Should Make You Mad (But Probably Not for the Reasons You Expect)’

The talk “Political Money Should Make You Mad (But Probably Not for the Reasons You Expect)” will be presented by Dr. Eric Heberlig Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

Heberlig is professor of political science at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The talk is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Political Science and the UNCG Center for Legislative Studies.

Heberlig is coauthor of “Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control” (University of Michigan Press), “How Government Got in Your Backyard” (Timber Press), “Classics in Congressional Politics” (Longman), “American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena” (Rowman & Littlefield) and of journal articles on legislative, interest group and electoral politics. He has served as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association in the office of Rep. Thomas C. Sawyer.






McNair Scholars Induction Ceremony Monday

The first Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholars Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 13, in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room, beginning at 5 p.m.

There are 26 students in this inaugural class.

The speakers at the ceremony will be Provost Dana Dunn, Dean Omar Ali, Dean John Kiss, Dr. Kara Baldwin and Dr. Joseph Green.

Questions? Email knhunte2@uncg.edu.



Looking Ahead: November 8, 2017

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Poetry reading: Stuart Dischell with music by Laurent Estoppey
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Scuppernong Books

Guest artists: “Lineage” with Gaurang Doshi, Pallavi Mehta live in concert
Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Greensboro College
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Gallery talk: Kukuli Velarde
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

HR workshop on secondary trauma, how to handle impact

UNCG Human Resources offers a workshop on secondary trauma and how to handle the impact on faculty and staff. This workshop will take place on November 8, at 2 pm in Bryan 113. For more information, please visit https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44012470.

Vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress or compassion fatigue, trauma exposure response, and burnout are “all forms of stress that may affect those working in ‘helping’ professions, because their work involves direct exposure to other’s trauma.” (Phoenix, 2014) Often, vicarious trauma refers to a changing in someone’s worldview and secondary traumatic stress refers to the emotional duress an individual experiences as the result of working with someone who has experienced violence. These changes can result in a shift in ideals and have a negative effect on work with students, supervisors, or even the institution at large. In order for campus staff to continue to provide trauma informed, timely, and appropriate care for students, employees must have the opportunity to find support and practice their own self-care.

This interactive presentation will highlight the importance of recognizing and responding to personal experiences with vicarious trauma as well as implementing approaches for prevention. The facilitators will identify obstacles to a healthy self-care plan as well as resources for staff to use including methods of self-care and ideas for vicarious trauma prevention.

Instructors: Kathryn Vance, Title IX Investigator, Chancellor’s Office, and Lauren Rivenbark, Counselor for the Campus Violence Resource Center.

In memoriam: Jim Clark

Jim Clark, longtime director of UNCG’s MFA Writing program, died in his sleep Monday morning.

He edited The Greensboro Review, and supervised graduate tutorials in publishing and editing as well as directed teaching internships for MFA students. He also served as an editorial consultant for numerous presses and magazines.

He joined UNCG in 1976, earning his MFA in 1978. Before he joined UNCG, many knew him as a minister in the Tate Street area. He received his MDiv degree from Duke University in 1971, and his BA degree from Florida State University in 1967.

As one person says on a tribute page, “Jim was a grand program director, writer, and editor, but best of all, Jim was a wholehearted human being who built a family of writers across nations and decades.”

The family asks that, instead of flowers, memorials be made to the Jim Clark Graduate Fund in Creative Writing.

The visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 2, 68 p.m. at Forbis & Dick Funeral Service, 1118 N. Elm Street, Greensboro.

You may view the obituary here. A News & Record post, with several tributes, is here.

Looking Ahead: November 1, 2017

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Faculty Talk: Heather Holian, publishing on Pixar films
Friday, Nov. 3, 12 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Guest Artist Recital: US Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

“Etty,” by Susan Stein
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Ferguson 100

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Campus Weekly schedule for next weeks

As the end of the semester nears, here is the publishing schedule for Campus Weekly. CW will publish next week and on Nov. 15. CW will not publish the week of Thanksgiving, but will return on Nov. 29. It will continue publishing weekly through Dec. 13 (which is the week after Commencement). CW will take a break, publishing again weekly starting with the Jan. 4 CW. Please have submissions for the Jan. 4 CW by Dec. 29.

Classes begin on Jan. 8.

Volunteer opportunity: Out of the Garden Project

The UNCG Staff Senate Service Committee is organizing numerous volunteer opportunities for any university staff or faculty that would like to volunteer with Out of the Garden Project. Their Fresh Mobile Markets take place at 4-6 high need schools and food deserts every week. They distribute between 50–70 Ibs of food per family. Depending on the site, OOGTP has between 50-80 families at each Fresh Mobile Market. This food includes shelf-stable food from the government, bread/dessert, milk/juice, fresh produce, pizza, and meat.

Various locations offer shifts that last between 1.5-2 hours. Closed toe shoes are a requirement and heavy lifting is involved, but can be avoided if necessary.

Contact Britt Flanagan at bsflanag@uncg.edu or sign up for a shift(s) at www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4dada72fa6fc1-fresh.

Big October at UNCG – a look back

Homecoming 2017 has ended, and it was bigger than ever.

Founders Day 2017 was bigger than ever as well – with a big party on the Quad lawn.

Looking Ahead: October 25, 2017

Casella Sinfonietta
Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Concert: Blue Mountain Forecast
Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

UC/LS: The Juilliard String Quartet
Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Music Building, Recital Hall

Run 4 the Greenway (co-sponsored by UNCG)
Saturday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Morehead Park

Women’s Soccer SoCon Championships
Saturday, Oct. 28 – Sunday Oct. 29, UNCG Soccer Stadium

Mary Foust Haunted House
Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Mary Foust

Organ “Spooktacular”
Monday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Implicit Bias workshop, by Claire Morse
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Tillman-Smart Room, Shaw Residence Hall

Book discussion: ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’

Jenny Dale, Information Literacy Coordinator in Research, Outreach and Instruction at University Libraries, will lead a book discussion of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” on October 24, 4 p.m., in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room, located on the 2nd floor of Jackson Library.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is free and open to the public.

Greek Treats at UNCG Men’s Soccer next Tuesday

On Tuesday, Oct, 24 6 p.m., the Fraternity Sorority Association  will host Greek Treats before the UNCG Men’s Soccer match. This is an annual event for where the students set up tables on the south end of the soccer field before the game for local children to trick or treat and play games. The event will take place at UNCG Soccer Stadium, and will end at kickoff at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy this fun event and stick around to cheer on your UNCG Men’s Soccer team as they take on VMI.