UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. John R. Locke: A Legacy of Music

This weekend is a celebration of John Locke’s retirement from serving as UNC Greensboro’s Director of Bands.  Be sure to catch him at a special retirement concert Nov. 18, but also view a short video about his career in UNCG’s School of Music.

Annual SECC breakfast a hit with faculty and staff

The second-annual SECC breakfast was a huge success, pulling in nearly $2,000 in proceeds. With more than 500 donors, UNCG faculty and staff have raised more than $120,000 dollars this fall, bringing the SECC to 60 percent of its 2018 goal. Here are some highlights from last week’s event.

Researcher discusses bat populations in PBS documentary

UNCG postdoctoral researcher in biology Han Li appears in this PBS documentary discussing bat populations, their importance in ecosystems and agriculture and a devastating disease, White Nose Syndrome. Read more about bat research at UNCG and a special guest speaker this Friday, 11/2, on UNCG Now.


Chancellor Gilliam and a “tiny bus concert”

There’s no blues like the Spartan blues. The Greensboro Transit Authority launched a mobile concert series aboard its HEAT buses last week, and Chancellor Gilliam was the first performer. He was joined by double bass player Steve Haines (who directs the jazz studies program), guitarist Logan Butler and vocalist Jessica Schneider. Several UNCG students also brought Spartan spirit to the ride around Greensboro.  It was very popular on social media, helping build buzz about UNC Greensboro.


See/hear: Sept. 26, 2018

The SECC Kickoff will be held today 11-1 p.m. in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to enjoy great snacks, learn from many of the SECC charitable organizations, enjoy the speakers, and take part in the drawings.

Video: A Day in the UNCG Foundry

University Communications stepped into the UNCG sculpture foundry in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building, where a metal casting class worked together to pour original bronze and aluminum sculptures. Enjoy the excellent video.


Triad Today interview with Chancellor Gilliam

In Triad Today’s 700th show, Chancellor Gilliam discusses UNCG’s record growth, academic accomplishments, brand refresh and new marketing campaign and upcoming events.

See/hear: August 15, 2018

The creator of some of Greensboro’s most iconic statues gives a behind-the-scenes look at his work, including his creative process for UNCG’s Minerva. The statue sported 27 apples the day before classes began this year, part of a continuing “good luck” tradition.

See/hear: July 25, 2018

Two UNCG students recently interviewed Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr, particularly about his perspectives on leadership. See the interview by Eugene Mance Jr. and Keith Parham Jr., the students who are founders of NVsion: Inspiration for Millennials.


See/hear: July 11, 2018

Marsha McKay, director of learning and organizational development at UNCG Human Resources, was recently featured on Triad Today. She discussed the role of organizational development and how the university helps employees reach their professional goals.


See/hear: June 13, 2018

Dr. Stephen Sills presented a fascinating talk about data at the the TedX event in Greensboro in March. “Analyzing data in smaller component areas, such as housing districts, leads to a clear understanding of problem “hot spots” and enables decision-makers to focus resources and personnel more effectively. As Associate Professor and Director of Center for Housing and Community Studies, Sills uses statistical analysis of large data sets, GIS mapping, and in-depth ethnography to assist nonprofit and government agencies in visualizing social issues for decision-making.”





See/hear: May 30, 2018

On May 1, Kiser Middle School’s Meteorology Club and UNCG School of Education collaborators launched a high-altitude weather balloon into the stratosphere, more than 85,000 feet above the earth’s surface. See photos of the creation process, the live launch and the spectacular view from the spacecraft, including the ascent, the peak-height travel and the descent back to Earth.


Video – The McIver Building: An Epilogue’

The building is gone, as it makes way for the five-story Nursing and Instructional Building, set to open in 2020. Dr. Denise Baker, Jack Stratton, and Linda Danford have lots of memories of their years in McIver Building – and shared a few in this great video for UNCG Magazine. 


See/hear: May 2, 2018

Watch what happens when UNCG staff recovered a time capsule from the cornerstone of the McIver Building in April 2018.

See/hear: April 25, 2018

Learn about Healthy UNCG, the university’s health and wellness program for employees, and the university’s involvement in the Guilford County Heart and Stroke Walk on May 19. Healthy UNCG Director Stefanie Milroy was interviewed on Triad Today recently about both of these.

See/hear: March 28, 2018

As UNCG’s social media manager, Morgan Glover is in the thick of it all. Her day-to-day is a constant balancing act – sharing university news, monitoring what she calls “social chatter,” responding to questions, training other social media administrators on campus and gathering content. This week, she led UNCG’s inaugural “Social Media Day.”

See/hear: March 21, 2018

Relive highlights from UNCG Men’s Basketball’s win over ETSU to take the SoCon Tournament title. And enjoy the post-game celebration. It was a season to remember.


See/hear: March 14, 2018

Science Everywhere, free and fun for all ages, will be presented throughout campus Saturday, April 21, all day. Mark your calendar. See the Triad Today preview, as host (and UNCG alumnus) Jim Longworth interviews graduate assistant Lily Carden about the day of science fun.

See/hear: February 28, 2018

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore speaks about our university’s history in this new video. “At the very first commencement, President Charles McIver basically told the students, ‘Your job now is to go out and make a difference for the state.’ And they did.” The impact has continued, decade after decade.

See/Hear: Feb. 21, 2018


In case you missed it, three Spartan couples shared their love stories and UNCG memories last week in celebration of Valentine’s Day. 

See/Hear: Jan. 24, 2018

The play on the court is fun to watch. The support on the bench is just as great. Jack Konstanzer, Taqqi Muhammad, and CJ Coleman show how just because you don’t play in the game, doesn’t mean you can’t impact it. Get an inside look at UNCG Men’s Basketball’s “Bench Mob.” And catch the big home game tonight (Wednesday) against Furman. Join these guys in cheering on the team.

See/hear: Jan. 17, 2018

More than 300 students participated in UNCG Day of Service on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Watch  Kristina Gage with the Office of Leadership and Service Learning share the ways the university involves students in service and leadership opportunities.

See/hear: Jan. 10, 2018

Duane Cyrus, associate professor of Dance, answers a few questions in this short clip geared to prospective and current students. Video is by Grant Gilliard.

See/hear: Jan. 4, 2018

Greensboro Opera will present Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Both performances will be in UNCG Auditorium. 

See/hear: Dec. 13, 2017

At age 82, Phil Koch is the oldest Spartan to graduate from the university. He said getting his bachelor’s degree was on his “bucket list.” About his experience, he said: “I know I’m going to miss this tremendously… Anybody my age or younger can always go back and finish up. I think it helps keep you young.”

Enjoy this video interview – and read his profile in the News & Record.

See/hear: Dec. 6, 2017

In UNCG’s 125th anniversary year, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. joins the university’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program students, led by Professor Steve Haines, for a special holiday jazz recording session. It was a featured part of the chancellor’s Holiday Card this year. Enjoy!


See/hear: Nov. 15, 2017

See the first installment of this season’s Wes Miller Show, as the basketball season begins. The first home game is tonight (Nov. 15) in Fleming Gym at 7 p.m.

See/hear: Nov. 1, 2017

See what you can enjoy at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Auditorium in the next two months. Have relatives or friends visiting for the holidays? The Weatherspoon’s a perfect destination. Free admission. Free parking. Free thinking.



See/hear: Oct. 25, 2017

Founders Day was quite the celebration. This new video shows UNC System President Spellings touring the campus with Chancellor Gilliam on the special day – and culminates with the big festival on the Quad.

See/hear: Oct. 18, 2017

After an intensive selection process, the UNCG Alumni Association has announced the 2017 Spartans of Promise award recipients. This recognition honors 10 outstanding senior who have excelled in both academics and service.

  • Hitam Alsharif of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Biology
  • Ciara Gazaway of Apex, North Carolina, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Qua’-Shaun Henning of Raleigh, North Carolina, Elementary Education
  • Kailin Payton McGarry of Wilson, North Carolina, Economics
  • Robert Rose of Denver, North Carolina, Art Education
  • Ashley Sanchez of Kernersville, North Carolina, Kinesiology
  • Alexander Smith of High Point, North Carolina, Economics
  • Michaela Stovall of Albemarle, North Carolina, Elementary Education
  • Shameeka Wilson of Wilmington, North Carolina, K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Mackenzie Winslow of Mooresville, North Carolina, Business Administration

The Spartans of Promise are an exceptional group of students who represent the diversity of UNCG. Award recipients will be recognized at the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner – a signature Homecoming event – on Thursday, Oct. 19, and will be invited to participate and network at UNCG Alumni Association events throughout the year.

See/hear: Oct. 11, 2017

UNCG’s diversity is a hallmark of the university. The first African American students to enroll moved into Shaw Hall in 1956. In this video, one of those two students, JoAnne Smart Drane ‘60 – who later became vice-president of the UNCG Alumni Association and a UNCG trustee – reflects on her experience. See more about UNCG’s history in the special 125th Anniversary edition of UNCG Magazine.

See/Hear: Oct. 4, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, will be the 125th Anniversary! Students, faculty and staff gathered on the soccer field on Sept. 20, 2017, to take a formation photo in celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary.

See/hear: Sept. 27, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill will speak today (Wednesday, Sept. 27) at a noon faculty talk at the Weatherspoon. She will speak about her experiences as curator of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s newly expanded African Art Gallery. It has received acclaim since opening this summer. In this video, she is interviewed about the gallery.

See/hear: Oct. 20, 2017

A 20 percent discount on “South Pacific” tickets is available to UNCG faculty and staff. Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre have partnered to bring the grand Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to the Triad. More than twenty Spartan students, faculty and alumni are involved in the production, along with stellar guest artists. Receive a 20 percent discount by using the code “BALIHAI” when you place your order. Additionally, The White and Wood downtown offers a discount on tickets. Questions about ticket discounts? Call (336) 272-0160 or visit the Triad Stage box office.

See/Hear: Sept. 13, 2017

Why Greensboro? There a lot of reasons Greensboro is the place to be. This video, with short interviews taken at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s State of Our Community luncheon on August 30, 2017, shows you just a few reasons Greensboro is a special, vibrant community. All those interviewed are Spartans. Enjoy.