UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Lois Holzman to discuss ‘performance and play in higher ed’ on Sept. 19

Dr. Lois Holzman, Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Vygotskian Practice and Performance in Lloyd International Honors College, will give a lecture on “Performance and Play in Higher Education” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the School of Education Building, Room 114.

Dr. Lois Holzman, courtesy of Dr. Omar Ali

Holzman is “a leading proponent of a cultural-performatory approach to human development and learning based on the work of the developmental psychologist and educator Lev Vygotsky and the philosopher of science Fred Newman,” says Dean Omar Ali, who has infused performance and play into the Honors College as a way of supporting the learning and development of students, faculty, and staff.

A principal organizer of the bi-annual Performing the World conferences, Holzman is part of an international cross-disciplinary community of practitioners and scholars who take a cultural-performatory approach in addressing today’s educational, mental health, and social policy issues and challenges.

The lecture will be followed by a roundtable conversation facilitated by Ali and will include Dr. Nadja Cech, Sullivan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Lalenja Harrington, Director of Academic Programs in Beyond Academics, each of whom use performance and play in the honors courses they teach.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Anthony Chow is new chair of Faculty Senate

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When the Faculty Senate holds its first meeting of the 2019-20 year this afternoon, Dr. Anthony Chow will give the welcoming remarks as its new chair.

He is serving a two year term, succeeding Dr. Andrea Hunter, who served two years and is now Associate Chair.

An associate professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies, Chow joined UNCG in 2006. His School of Education courses include administration and management, emerging technology, web design and usability, instructional technology, and virtual communities. He served as the School of Education’s Director of Online Learning from 2012 to 2015.

He has six priorities and areas of focus for Faculty Senate in the coming year:

1) Faculty welfare and faculty representation. As a father of three, he knows that health insurance, benefits and quality of life are important to the faculty – as well as knowing that they are being heard, he tells CW.

2) Utilizing technology to increase communication and representation. Examples? There’ll be more file sharing and interactivity during meetings There’ll be chargers at each table and electronic “sign-in,” for convenience. Instant messaging and the Google suite will be used, as well as WebEx, so those who can’t be there physically can still participate in discussions.

3) Increase alignment between administration and faculty goals. “Our chancellor and provost are great to work with and we want to make sure our relationship remains strong,” he says.

4) System efficiency and effectiveness with an emphasis on UCD. “User-centered design” is key, he says, to breaking down barriers and enhancing usability for students and faculty – in teaching and learning, in choosing and registering for classes, and in navigating many other areas.

5) Refine guidelines and procedures so alignment between University and Units. We’ve grown as a University, and we need to ensure balance and efficiency as well as clarity in expectations, he explains. This includes teaching loads, promotion and tenure, and more.

6) Increase training and normalize core tasks and functioning such as student evaluations, unit leadership, class sizes, and reviews. This will enhance norms from department to department and school to school, across the university, he explains.

“My leadership style is helping other people be successful,” he says. He’s been teaching and researching leadership and management for 20 years. Good leadership means having clear goals, he says. And then the work is easier to do.

He also advocates for the uniquely invaluable position UNCG’s faculty members hold in making a difference for the local and larger community. Their expertise, research, and skill-sets make a huge impact and should be leveraged even further.

Chow has over 20 years of experience in academia, private industry, and government and specializes in web design and usability, leadership and management, instructional technology, and analytics and informatics. He served as a research associate at Florida State University before joining UNCG.

He received his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems at Florida State, his M.S. in Educational Psychology at Florida State, and his B.S. in Developmental Psychology at San Francisco State University.

Past chair Dr. Andrea Hunter serves this year as Associate Chair of Faculty Senate, Dr. Brad Johnson serves as Secretary, and Dr. Channelle James is Parliamentarian.

Chow is also a member of the four-person UNC System Faculty Assembly delegation. Dr. Andrea Hunter, Wade Maki, and Dr. Sarah Daynes are other delegates. (See details here.)

Looking ahead, the General Faculty Meeting and Convocation will be Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m., in Alumni House.

See agenda for today’s (Sept. 11) Faculty Senate meeting, 3 p.m., Alumni House

See full Faculty Senate roster here.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Charles Leffler will be Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. has named Charles Leffler as Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs. 

Leffler will replace outgoing Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Charlie Maimone (see earlier post), while the University conducts a national search for a permanent replacement. Leffler will begin his appointment on October 1, 2019. 

“Charles brings tremendous expertise and experience to this role, and I am pleased that he will help us navigate this transition,” Gilliam said. “He has a proven track record at his previous institutions, a rock-solid understanding of how we operate as a public university within the UNC System, and a great reputation across the state. I look forward to working with him.”

Leffler served for more than 30 years at NC State (11 of those years as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration) before retiring in 2015.  There, he was responsible for an extensive portfolio of financial and operational functions. Leffler was also instrumental in leading the development of the Centennial Campus, a 1,300-acre research campus at NC State.

Most recently, he served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and served on UNC Interim President Bill Roper’s transition team.

Photo courtesy UNC School of the Arts.

Christine Murray new director of Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships

Dr. Christine Murray, formerly professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, will now lead UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships.

The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) was established in 1996, bridging research , policy, and practice to advance the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. Through collaborative partnerships with families, service providers, researchers, teachers, and communities, CYFCP reduces disparities, builds capacity, effects systems change, and promotes sustainable solutions.

Located within UNCG’s Office of Research and Engagement, some of the center’s research and technical assistance initiatives include prevention and intervention in early childhood; juvenile justice/mental health/substance use cross system improvement; program evaluation; , court interventions and community safety; community health; system of care and cultural competency; and workforce development to advance educational success, health and well-being of youth, families, and communities.

CYFCP works with more than 150 community and state partners in research, evaluation, and training and technical assistance collaborations.

Murray served for 14 years as a faculty member in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, where she coordinated the Couple and Family Counseling track. UNCG’s counseling program is consistently rated by US News and World Report as one of the top five in the nation.

Murray’s research interests include couple and family counseling, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, sexuality counseling and preventive interventions.

She is a co-founder of the See the Triumph Campaign (www.seethetriumph.org), which is a research-based social media campaign that highlights the stories of hundreds of survivors of past abuse. She also serves as director of the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (www.guilfordhri.org), a partnership between UNCG and the Phillips Foundation to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships of all kinds.

She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education/Marriage and Family Counseling at the University of Florida; and M.Ed./Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, also at the University of Florida; and her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Duke University.

Murray was named Counselor of the Year in 2015 by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina for her research, teaching and community efforts related to domestic violence.



Dr. Jeremy Bray awarded Jefferson-Pilot Professorship

Photo of Dr. Jeremy Bray .UNCG Bryan School professor Dr. Jeremy Bray ’89, ’92 has been named the new recipient of the school’s Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship due to his research excellence and leadership within his discipline.

Bray has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2013, when he joined the Bryan School of
Business and Economics as professor and head of the department of economics. He has fostered
transdisciplinary health and wellness research within the Bryan School and across the university through
his leadership and mentoring of faculty and students.

Bray is a nationally- and internationally-recognized authority on the economics of risky health behaviors
and the economic evaluation of behavioral health interventions, including workplace substance abuse
prevention programs and alcohol screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinking. Over his career,
he has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles, research monographs, book chapters, and
editorials. He has led or co-led more than a dozen external grants or contracts. As investigator or
principal investigator, he has received more than $30 million in funding. He currently serves on two
editorial boards, has served as a grant reviewer for NIH, AHRQ, and the UK NIHR, and is a visiting full
professor at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

ITS’s Jan Albrecht receives 2019 Thomas Ross Award

Albrecht receives the Thomas Ross Award.

On July 22, Jan Albrecht was awarded the 2019 Thomas Ross Award. 

She is an executive assistant in UNCG Information Technology Services.

Albrecht serves on UNCG Staff Senate’s leadership team as External Affairs/Staff Assembly. She has served 9 of the past 10 years on UNCG Staff Senate, the last two years as a past co-chair. She is a delegate to the UNC System Staff Assembly. 

This UNC System-wide award, presented by the Staff Assembly, honors “a member of the UNC Staff Assembly who has been proven an exemplary leader and one who inspires a shared vision on his/her campus and throughout the whole of the UNC Staff Assembly.”

Among the criteria for the award:

  • The creativity and leadership impact of a nominee’s achievements are of a magnitude that greatly exceeds the normal accomplishments of Staff Assembly colleagues
  • Nominee must exhibit sustained, distinguished and superb leadership achievement by modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act and encouraging the heart of students, staff, faculty and other constituencies on his/her individual campus, as well as within the UNC Staff Assembly.

See more at https://myapps.northcarolina.edu/staffassembly/awards-scholarships/thomas-ross-award/


Karlene Noel Jennings named to ALA Philanthropy Advisory Group

Photo of Karlene JenningsKarlene Noel Jennings, executive director of development for University Libraries, has been appointed to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Philanthropy Advisory Group for a two-year term. In this role, Jennings will be charged with advancing the philanthropic activities of the ALA and increasing the level of external funding that supports the work of the Association.

As a member of this advisory group, Jennings will advise and report to the ALA Executive Board, investigate and analyze the state of philanthropic work in the association, work towards more effectively coordinating philanthropy within ALA and its Development Office and study the impact of new goals and how to evolve more efficiently over time.

Jennings holds a PhD from Iowa State University in educational leadership and policy studies and a master of science in information sciences from the University of Tennessee — Knoxville.

She holds other degrees from the University of South Carolina and Washington & Lee University. Jennings is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and also holds professional memberships in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

In addition to fundraising for academic libraries, Jennings has also served as a public library trustee, co-authored two books about library advancement and published other writings about library development.


Dr. Laura Gonzalez named North Carolina Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Scholar

Photo of Dr. GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez, associate professor of education, has been named one of North Carolina Campus Compact’s 2019-20 Engaged Faculty Scholars (EFS).

The Engaged Faculty Scholars program provides a cash stipend, a travel budget, professional development, and other resources to allow the selected faculty members to carry out a project of their own design to promote engagement at their institution. The nominees also join a larger community of scholars doing community-engaged research and teaching, and act as consultants to other North Carolina colleges.

In the past, Gonzalez has performed research on college accessibility for young Latinx people with immigrant status or immigrant family, including a study with the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford to collect stories from young undocumented people, or those who hold a DACA protection status. The EFS nomination will allow her to further this work.

“Having this time and scholarly support will allow me to focus on bringing forth an idea that had been gestating for quite a while,” Gonzalez says.

She will create a guidebook for K-12 school staff to work directly with students of various immigration statuses. Each chapter of the book will begin with a personal story from a young adult who is undocumented or has DACA, and will then suggest advice and response to the challenges of immigrant students, pulling from best practices and the expertise of educators and advocates. With this project, she hopes to create a resource to help educate school-based personnel, who often don’t have the experience needed to guide immigrant youth through the unique challenges they face.

“I owe my deep gratitude to the seven young adults with varied immigration statuses who shared their stories of educational aspirations and challenges with me,” she says, “Their voices will be the heart of this guidebook.

The other Engaged Faculty Scholar is UNC Pembroke’s Dr. Scott Hicks, whose research will focus on faculty development in sustainability and service-learning.

Sameer Kapileshwari is new Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities

Photo of Sameer KapileshwariSameer Kapileshwari will be UNCG’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities.

Kapileshwari is a licensed Professional Engineer currently leading the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Facilities Planning Construction and Safety. He comes to us with more than 20 years of higher education Facilities experience. Along with his Professional Engineering License, he is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Facilities Management Professional, Certified Sustainability Facilities Professional and he holds an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified lighting surveyor.

He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pune, located in Pune, India, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

He will join the university July 15, 2019.

Reception for Jorge Quintal Wednesday, as he nears retirement

Photo of Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge QuintalJorge Quintal, who has served as UNCG associate vice chancellor for facilities since 2008, will retire later this month.

A retirement celebration will be held Wednesday, June 26, 3-5 p.m., in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. The campus community is invited.

Quintal began his career at NC State as a construction manager. After 10 years on the “construction side,” where he’d risen to be director of construction, he moved to the “design side.” There, he helped put together the construction strategy for the 2000 Higher Education Bonds.

The bond issue passed (as many at UNCG well remember, resulting in several UNCG buildings including the Education Building and finally Sullivan Science Building). Quintal was hired by Winston-Salem State, where he implemented all the construction projects that resulted from the bonds. “These projects transformed the campus,” he recalls.

In 2008, he came to UNCG as associate vice chancellor. The biggest accomplishment during his tenure here? “The development of Spartan Village.”

That stretched from developing the land, designing and constructing the buildings, and bringing the area into UNCG’s maintenance program. At 800,000 square feet of construction, it included the residence halls and buildings of Spartan Village I and II, the UNCG Police Station, the Pedestrian Underpass and plaza, and Kaplan Center for Wellness.

Photo of Quintal and others at the NiB groundbreaking

Scene at Nursing & Instructional Building Groundbreaking. Quintal holds the shovel.

There’s been additional construction, including the current project of the Nursing and Instructional Building. And one million square feet of renovation on campus since he joined UNCG.

“It’s amazing what our team has done,” he says. That ranges beyond design and construction – to preventive maintenance to incorporating metrics for efficiencies to reducing utility consumption.

Since 2003, the university’s energy use per square foot has been reduced by 17 percent, he explains. Plus water consumption has been reduced. In recent years, Quintal has been the university’s chief sustainability officer.

In 2016, Quintal was honored with the Frank B. Turner Award at the annual State Construction Conference. The award recognizes a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment.

Quintal’s legacy can be seen in UNCG’s buildings, but what he focuses on are the relationships he has at UNCG. It’s a uniquely welcoming, vibrant campus.

“People who work at UNCG love UNCG. That’s unique. It’s so uniquely collegial here. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

By Mike Harris

Gerald Holmes named Distinguished Alumnus at UNC-CH

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Gerald Holmes, associate professor and diversity coordinator of University Libraries, has received an honor at UNC Chapel Hill’s Commencement week.

He received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC Chapel HIll School of Information and Library Science. He received his master of science in library science degree there in 1985.

The award recognizes Holmes’ work both here at UNC Greensboro and UNC Chapel Hill, as well as with professional library organizations. Through this work he has strived to make the library profession more welcoming and diverse, and to open it up to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.

At UNCG, Holmes has spearheaded multiple diversity efforts and committees within University Libraries. He has served as chair of both the library’s diversity committee and the Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Holmes has also served on the Chancellor’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee for multiple terms. He led the creation of the Library’s Post MLS Diversity Residency Program. His work in diversity has helped UNCG be the open and diverse community it is, with about half of its students from minority or international backgrounds.

Holmes also works heavily in mentoring other employees and community members. He has worked with important stakeholders at the University and in the community to build networks of diversity education.

Recently, he and the library dean were awarded Institute of Museum and Library Services funding to develop and deliver two institutes for incoming Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) diversity residents to improve their chances of successfully finding and keeping a job and encouraging professional networking.  They also created an ongoing open access publication titled “The Library Diversity and Residency Studies Journal,” along with an associated webinar series to disseminate research and practical guidance for institutions seeking information on diversity and residency programs in library settings.  The institute will orient new residents to best practices in getting the most out of their residency experience, as well as provide them a professional network of colleagues nationally.

Outside of UNCG, Holmes participated in the creation of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Residency Interest Group and has chaired the ACRL African-American Librarians Section. He has served on the Executive Board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the North Carolina Library Association, and he chaired the NCLA’s Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns.

Holmes’ service has been recognized by other organizations, including the UNCG African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Holmes holds a B.S. degree in criminal justice from UNC Charlotte and an M.S. degree in library science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Hamilton named Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Photo of Dr. HamiltonThe provost made this announcement last week:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Hamilton has accepted the position as Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He will also hold an appointment as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.

Dr. Hamilton currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Success, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at University of Houston. His previous administrative appointments include Associate Dean for Student Success, The Honors College as well as Executive Director for Academic Innovation both at the University of Houston.

Dr. Hamilton holds a B.A. from Berea College, M.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego.

Please join me in welcoming Andrew to the UNC Greensboro community.  He will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new Associate Vice Provost and Dean.

You’ve gotta smile. Juanita Newcomb welcomes everyone to Spartan games.

A picture of Juanita Newcomb with another womanIf you’ve been to UNCG games, you know Juanita Newcomb. That smile. That welcome.

Players graduate. One year rolls into the next. But Ms. Newcomb is always there, season after season, with a smile and a “Welcome, good to see you!”

Baseball games. Softball games. Women’s soccer. Men’s soccer. Women’s basketball. At men’s basketball games at the Greensboro Coliseum, she greets the players and the media at their entrance. She notes that the Spartan men’s basketball players give her a hug at every game.

“I’m 90,” she tells us. She has been welcoming fans and helping tend the gate for about 20 years.

Lynn Clark, her daughter, joined her at the entrance for a recent UNCG Softball game – and listened as her mother reminisced about her playing days in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In between her mom greeting fans, that is.

Newcomb grew up in the mill town of Roxboro, North Carolina. When the New York Yankees were on the radio, her father would tell her, “Skeeter, it’s baseball time!”

Enos Slaughter and his brother Sam Slaughter grew up close by. They were both great players, she remembers – Enos was a Hall of Famer.

Her father took care of the community ball field in their part of Roxboro and ran the concession stand. And Ms. Newcomb developed a passion for sports.

“I love sports,” she says. In addition to softball, she played six-on-six basketball.

She tried out for infield positions in softball, then tried centerfield. “Centerfield was my spot.”

She played for Roxboro High School – and continued playing on a community team after that, taking on softball teams from other communities.

“We went all over. We had fun,” she says.

On her recent 90th birthday, members of the UNCG Athletics department surprised her at home with Spartan goodies. (Her daughter was in on the surprise.) Softball Coach Janelle Breneman joined Jarrett Rice, Phil Strobel and Dennis Jansen in Facilities & Game Operations in the fun visit.

“(We) wanted to see her and surprise her on her big day,” Janelle says. “We enjoyed time with her at her house and brought her some UNCG swag along with a huge birthday balloon. Juanita is kind and such a special person to so many in the athletics department – we certainly wanted her to feel special on her 90th birthday.

Only a few more home games remain this year for UNCG Athletics. The baseball team hosts Winthrop May 14 and then Wofford May 16-18. Admission is free.

Juanita Newcomb will be there at the front gate, welcoming fans. And she’ll be at the UNCG Soccer Stadium entrance in August, welcoming fans to the games to we start another Spartan season.

When you see her, give her a big Hello.

By Mike Harris
Photo at recent UNCG Softball game of Juanita Newcomb with her daughter, Lynn Clark.

At Kennedy Center, Professor of Theatre Jim Fisher lauded

Jim Fisher with his wife DanaThis month, Professor of Theatre Jim Fisher was formally inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

The ceremony was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Induction is one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals in American theater. It has only been awarded to just over 200 recipients since the conception. Fellows include Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights; Tony Award-winning actors, directors, artistic directors, and designers; administrators and artists from major regional theatres; academic administrators of distinguished theatre programs; and distinguished scholars of theatre. The Fellows represent the highest standards of service and accomplishment in creativity, education, and research in theater.

“At this point in my career, being a year away from retiring, the honor certainly feels like a kind of culmination of the various aspects of my career in academic theatre and the professional theatre,” said Fisher. “I am in awe of so many of the Fellows, past and present, who have been the leading lights of the American theatre since the early 20th century. At the events, and in the rolls of the Fellows membership, are the ‘heavy hitters’ of the field – so many of them have been mentors and models for me in my own work.”

As part of the honor, Fisher participated in an interview, which was filmed and will be archived at the Harry Ransom Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

Fisher has served as a chair of two university theater departments for a total of 22 years. At UNCG, he helped build a relationship with Triad Stage, directed full productions, and continued teaching a substantial range of courses. He was the 2017 recipient of the Mary Settle Sharpe Award for Teaching Excellence.Over his career, the UNCG alumnus has produced nineteen published books and edited six volumes of “Puppetry Yearbook.” Four of his books are on playwright Tony Kushner, for whose work Fisher was an early champion. Read more about his work on Kushner here.

“There is a profound social and communal dimension to all of Jim’s work,” said nominating Fellow Cheryl Black. “His compassion, his generosity, his concern for social justice, and his love for humanity permeate all he does.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Visual: Jim Fisher with Dana Fisher, his “partner in everything.” They’ve been married 42 years.

Morton distinguished professorship awarded to Dr. Jennifer Etnier

Photo of Dr. Jenny EtnierUNCG is proud to announce the new recipient of the Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professorship in Life and Health Science, Dr. Jennifer Etnier, professor of kinesiology. Etnier is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on the cognitive benefits of physical activity. Her work is especially important as she probes the relationship between physical activity and cognitive decline, with particular attention to people who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Etnier has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2004. She was promoted to professor in 2010, and she has served as director of Graduate Studies (2011-2015), interim department chair (2007-08), and associate department chair (since 2017).

She has published three books (in several editions), more than 75 peer reviewed journal articles, and 17 book chapters. She has been instrumental in securing a dozen external grants and has received more than $8 million in external funding.

In 2013, she was selected as a fellow by the National Academy of Kinesiology, an organization whose membership is limited to 250 of the most widely respected Kinesiology professionals in the US. In 2009 she was recognized as a fellow by the American College of Sports Medicine. Among her many honors and awards, she won the School of Health and Human Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2016), the UNCG Graduate School’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2014), the HHS Graduate Mentoring Award (2013), and the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (2011).

Interim Dean Dave Demo said, “I’m delighted we have this opportunity to recognize Dr. Etnier’s stellar record of accomplishments. I can think of no one who could make better use of this position to teach and mentor students in the life sciences.”

About the Professorship:

The Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professorship in Life and Health Science was established in 1996 by Mr. C. D. Spangler, Jr., then-President of the University of North Carolina System, through the C. D. Spangler Foundation. He created the professorship to honor Morton, a long-time friend and graduate of the Women’s College. Morton was born in Guilford County and served on the UNC Board of Governors for 16 years.

Copy courtesy School of HHS and the Provost Office.

Dianne Welsh will be BOG Teaching Excellence Award winner

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) to receive a 2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She will be recognized at the April 17 Faculty Awards ceremony at UNCG, and she will receive the award during the May Commencement ceremony.

She is one of 17 award recipients, who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities as well as the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

‘Just get out there and do it.’ This is the demand of Dr. Dianne Welsh, the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism.

The sheer number of students and faculty that Dr. Welsh has inspired with this notion is staggering. The idea of practicing and using what she professes to her students resonates throughout her teaching and scholarship. She has spent a career empowering students, faculty, and budding entrepreneurs to engage, explore, take risks, and believe in their own ideas. Through her work, Dr. Welsh champions the interdisciplinary, collaborative work that embodies entrepreneurship. Her students succeed. In her courses, students directly engage business leaders to learn first-hand how the dynamic world of business operates. Through her guidance, students graduate with real world experiences as innovative problem solvers; they start businesses that connect them with their community.

As the architect of the Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program – a program that consists of over fifty courses in twenty-seven different departments at both the undergraduate and graduate level – Welsh has bridged the campus by facilitating communication, instruction, and engagement across disverse disciplines. Whether it is through her teaching and training students, or mentoring faculty, who have won prestigious Coleman Foundation fellowships to develop novel means of instructing the next generation of entrepreneurs, Welsh has become synonymous with the entrepreneurial movement at UNCG.

Her influence extends nationally and internationally as well. Dr. Welsh shares her success and expertise with other colleges and universities nationally and worldwide, to promote and establish new programs in entrepreneurship. For her work, Dr. Welsh has won the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation and the Deshpande Foundation Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship. As one of her former students put it best: ‘(Her) teaching does not end in the classroom- the entire world is fertile land to plant the seeds for education… I’m grateful that she has been a dedicated mentor in making sure that I continue the never-ceasing quest for knowledge .”

Welsh received her B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, her M.S. in Psychology from Emporia State University, and her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. She joined UNCG in 2008 as the Hayes Distinguished Professor of the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Vacc Distinguished Professor will be Dr. Michael Kane

Photo of Dr. Michael KaneProvost Dana L. Dunn and Dean John Z. Kiss (College of Arts & Sciences) are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Kane will be appointed as the Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Professor beginning August 1, 2019.

Dr. Kane is an exceptional scholar and researcher, teacher, and mentor to students.

This professorship was established by a gift from Dr. Nancy Vacc in memory of her husband. Both Nancy and Nick Vacc were long-time members of the UNCG faculty in the School of Education.

In making this appointment Dean Kiss stated, “Dr. Kane is an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies the teacher-scholar model for our College of Arts & Sciences professors. We are very proud of his numerous accomplishments and his tremendous national/international impact in his field of cognitive psychology.”

Added Provost Dana Dunn, “Dr. Kane is a renowned scholar, and it is very fitting that we are able to honor him with this professorship.  The generous donation from Nancy Vacc that created this professorship will result in research funding to support the continuation of Dr. Kane’s impactful work.”

Dr. Kane has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at UNCG since 2000. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles published, an edited book on his specialty area, and numerous book chapters.  His work is so foundational that most cognitive psychology textbooks provide in- depth coverage of his work. As just one of many examples, Reed’s (2007, 7th Ed.) “Cognition: Theory and Applications” text has two pages on the difference between short-term and working memory based on a paper co-authored by Dr. Kane.

Dr. Kane also has been a remarkable mentor, providing high-quality research supervision to undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates from his lab have gone on to graduate programs and professional schools while former graduate students have ascended to successful teaching and research careers.

Over his career, Dr. Kane has been a PI or co-PI on over $2 million in funded grants, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), and the United States Military. This work has advanced our fundamental understanding of learning and improved personnel selection, STEM training, and imagination.

Dr. Kane has also frequently been tapped for scientific leadership positions both within his subfield (cognitive psychology) and more broadly in psychology. For example, he was recently elected to a six- year term on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, which is the largest organization specifically dedicated to cognitive psychology. He has served as associate editor for two of the top journals in cognitive psychology, “Memory & Cognition and Cognitive Psychology,” as well as being a consulting editor on four additional journals.

As an indicator of the broad influence of his work beyond the confines of cognitive psychology, his editorial board service included “Psychological Bulletin” and the “Journal of Experimental Psychology: General,” both of which publish cross-cutting research of broad interest to the entire field of psychology. Other indicators of scientific excellence include being selected to deliver the G. Stanley Hall Lecture in 2015, and he has been the keynote speaker at two international conferences. He also is a frequent invitee to campuses across the country to give lectures on and talk about his research to faculty and graduate students.

We are pleased that Dr. Michael Kane will be the next Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Professor at UNCG.

Stufken will be founding director of MS in Informatics and Analytics

John Stufken will join UNC Greensboro to head the new Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics (MSIA) program. He will direct the Fall 2019 launch and subsequent expansion of the MSIA. Initially, Stufken will focus on recruiting high caliber faculty and students, partnering with local industries to create a strong capstone experience for students, and maintaining an active research program.

Provost Dana Dunn said, “Informatics and analytics credentials are in high demand. Dr. Stufken brings an outstanding record of research and accomplishment to a high priority program designed to be responsive to employer needs.” Stufken will enter the director role with 18+ years of administrative experience, an extensive research background, and an exemplary track record of program development and interdisciplinary partnerships.

Stufken, the inaugural Charles Wexler Professor of Statistics at Arizona State University (ASU), currently serves as the coordinator for statistics for the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SoMSS). Prior to ASU, Stufken served 11 years as head of the Statistics department at the University of Georgia (UGA). From 2000 to 2003, Stufken served as the program director for Statistics at the National Science Foundation. At NSF, Stufken collaborated on many interdisciplinary programs involving geosciences, computer science, biological sciences, and medical sciences.

Stufken has authored more than 75 publications, many in top refereed statistics journals, co-authored/edited two books, given approximately 100 invited presentations at professional conferences plus 70 invited research seminars. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

He will join UNCG July 1.

Stufken says, “It is exciting to see that, with its new MSIA program, UNCG will train students to acquire informatics and analytics skills that will equip them to be leaders in a data-driven world. A focus on these skills is not only important today, but will be invaluable for many years to come. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help build this program as its founding director.”

Lynda Kellam gets Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award

Photo of Lynda KellamLynda Kellam, social sciences data librarian at University Libraries, has been awarded the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award.

The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

SAGE-CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Kellam during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

“Lynda Kellam has provided distinguished service in political science librarianship,” said award chair Erin Ackerman, social sciences librarian at the College of New Jersey. “The tools and programs she has created have an enormous impact on the profession as a whole and individual librarians.”

“Lynda created and continues to coordinate the webinar series ‘Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian,’” Ackerman continued. “These webinars cover a wide range of topics from Brexit to Census data to the U.S. Geological Survey. With this series – now in its ninth year – as well as in her work on academic databrarianship, Lynda creates opportunities for librarians to connect and share the information that helps us do our jobs better.”

Kellam received her B.A. and M.L.I.S. from UNCG and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers.

For more information regarding the ACRL PPIRS Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award, visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


Defending University data: Chief Information Security Officer Bryce Porter

Photo of Bryce PorterBefore coming to UNCG as Chief Information Security Officer last August, Bryce Porter spent more than 25 years in positions that run the gamut of information technology and information security. He’s done everything from building custom computers and consulting to designing courseware for U.S. Air Force cyber warriors and helping secure sensitive information for The Clearing House Payments Company, the largest payment mover in the country.

This wealth of experience is important, as Porter’s role covers a wide range of responsibilities, all critical to protecting sensitive information. He is also HIPAA Security Officer, University Records Officer, and DMCA Agent.

Porter’s many responsibilities highlight the variety of sensitive information stored across the University, and the importance of keeping that information safe.

“If you take into account all the financial data, health data, research data, and personal data (at the University), you see the importance of keeping a good security posture around it.”

Faculty and staff payroll information. Student financial information. Health records kept by the Psychology Clinic, ADHD Clinic, Student Health Services, or the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Research data. Even credit card information handled by the many restaurants and businesses on campus. All of these are handled by University networks, and are all potential vulnerabilities that require appropriate security measures.

Such measures, though addressed in large part by Porter and his team, require the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students that work on University networks, Porter says.

“It’s a choice you make every day,” Porter says. “What are you doing to protect the information the University is responsible for? Every faculty and staff member at the University should understand the role they play in the security of their university information resources. It’s important to behave in a security-focused way.”

The University’s current security posture is strong, Porter says, and will have to continue to improve and adapt as new threats arise and old threats evolve.

See information about UNCG Information Security Awareness training.

By Victor Ayala

Dr. Terri Shelton on APLU Commission on Economic and Community Engagement executive committee

Photo of Dr. Terri SheltonThe Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has created an inaugural Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE).

Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor, has been selected to serve on the executive committee of this innovative, national commission.

This new executive committee is broadly representative of the chief economic and community engagement leaders across the diverse perspectives and missions of the APLU member institutions.

The commission will:

  • Recognize exemplary engagement programs through its Macgrath and IEP designation and awards programs;
  • Support members in improving their engagement practices through learning exchange programs;
  • Engage members in understanding the factors that contribute to successful engagement; and
  • Develop a collective voice about the important role of engagement efforts in achieving the APLU’s institutional missions.

The CECE will offer its members the opportunity to build meaningful partnerships, enhance educational delivery, transfer knowledge, and demonstrate impact in the communities served by public higher education in North America.

The 26 Executive Committee members are listed here on the CECE website.

As UNCG’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, Shelton focuses on the advancement of research at the University and manages activities in the areas of research administration, research integrity, innovation and commercialization, and community and economic engagement. She also oversees interdisciplinary, campus-wide research.

Her scholarly impact includes over 75 publications and over $35 million in grants and contracts. 

A quintessential feature of her work is the bridging of research, policy, and evidence-based practice, to create partnerships that build the capacity of communities, families and youth, service providers, researchers, and policymakers.

Shelton was honored by the State of North Carolina with a Family Driven-System of Care Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of 2017’s Outstanding Women in Business by the Triad Business Journal.

Dr. Susan P. Keane will receive Faculty Mentor Award  

Photo of Dr. Keane The recipient of the 2018-19 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award will be Dr. Susan P. Keane, professor of psychology.

Since 1983, Keane has mentored 41 doctoral dissertations and 54 masters theses at UNCG, including a recipient of the outstanding dissertation award and the outstanding thesis award. Her graduates have pursued a variety of positions in the academy, in clinics and hospitals, as well as in private practice.

Since 2005, Keane has served as the director of clinical training and is responsible for the well-being of the clinical program and its students. Of the 63 students who have completed this program during Keane’s tenure as director, 62 were successfully matched with an internship on their first attempt, far exceeding the national success rate of 2/3 in some years.

Keane has received $2.8m in training grant funds. These external funds were used to support 51 different students as well as to help begin and sustain Dream Camp, a summer day camp for children on the autism spectrum that also serves as a training site for 8-14 student therapists each summer.

Her mentoring extends beyond students’ time at UNCG, with graduates returning to campus years after they graduate to seek Keane’s advice. Her former students describe her as a personal and professional role model who insists on the highest standards of excellence and who has a gift for helping students explain complex results in a way that patients and their families can understand. They remark that she strikes that perfect balance between offering direct advice and imbuing students with confidence to make their own decisions.

She will receive the award in a ceremony for faculty honorees in April.

Gabriela Livas Stein and Melanie Carter on All-SoCon Faculty & Staff Team

Photo of Stein and Carter Ask Melanie Carter and Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein about their individual achievements, and the conversation soon turns to why service is important to them.

“To me it’s really important to give everyone a chance at life,” Stein says, “If I could be in a position where I can help people find the way they want to impact the world, that is such an awesome opportunity.”

Stein is an associate professor in the Psychology Department, while Carter is a Business Officer and Office Staff Manager in the same department. Together they have been named to the Southern Conference All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team. Two representatives from all of the SoCon’s member schools were chosen to recognize their service to their institution and contributions to both campus life and the local community.

At the heart of both their work is the idea that helping someone can turn into a larger, sustained difference that goes beyond the individual. Though Stein still works as a clinical psychologist, and has done important work on psychology and ethnic minorities, she views one of her primary roles as faculty as a mentor. As she says, “being able to form relationships with people and help them find what they want to do” is one of the most rewarding parts of her job, and she’s seen the effect it can have. As Carter points out, Stein still hears from many of her former students, who have spread out across the country doing important work in a variety of fields of psychology. It makes clear that the impact of service is well beyond just one person.

Carter works as Psychology Department staff, but her involvement on campus goes well beyond her job description. Students come to her for advice and guidance. Just recently, Carter met with a student who was looking for an Honors Thesis adviser. She connected this student and Stein, and ensured they were able to start fruitful work on the student’s thesis. It’s creating these connections between people that forms the core of her work. “I do a lot of paperwork,” Carter admits with a hint of self-deprecation, “but I meet a lot of people, talk to a lot of people, point them in the right directions.”

Carter and Stein have both seen firsthand the effect service can have, to the institution and to the larger community. Carter has volunteered at Potter’s House Community Kitchen and spent time working with Greensboro Urban Ministries on their Project Independence program, which helps clothe and house the homeless. Her impact on Project Independence was enough that, when Urban Ministries moved to a new building, she was asked to give a dedication.Stein is vice president of programming for the Society of Research on Adolescence and provides training to mental health providers working with Latinx communities.

Although the recognition the SoCon award represents is an honor, being nominated together is what makes it truly impactful for Carter and Stein.

“I don’t get tearful,” Carter says,” but just being able to share this with Gaby is one of the best moments of my life. I see what she does. She doesn’t tell it all, but I’ve seen what Gaby does. Gaby, her hands reach far and they reach wide. She does a lot of things. She is a key role model in our department.”

Stein echoes the sentiment.

“When I found out I got this award, getting it with her was really special. I know the impact she has, that she makes in the department, and that she makes in the lives of real students, in a quiet way. I think she doesn’t advertise it, people aren’t aware of it, people don’t know.”

The SoCon award will be presented during the men’s basketball game vs. Samford at the Greensboro Coliseum tomorrow night (February 7, tip-off is 7 p.m.). John Iamarino, SoCon Commissioner, will be in attendance, and will present the awards during a scheduled break in the game.

By Avery Campbell

Herbie Hancock, a legend, will visit UNCG (show is now sold out)   

No tickets remain for Herbie Hancock’s performance at UNCG Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The legendary pianist, composer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and master of jazz fusion has touched every popular music movement since the 1960’s. His 1962 debut album, “Takin’ Off,” was an instant success, with the hit “Watermelon Man,” and his 1965 “Maiden Voyage” became a classic in the jazz canon.

He was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the post-bop 60s, alongside Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. In the next decade, he produced record-breaking albums such as “Headhunters,”  which combined electric jazz with funk and rock in a style that became highly influential for contemporary music. With the crossover hit “Chameleon,” it became the first jazz album to go platinum.

Hancock also continued playing acoustic jazz in the ’70s, recording and performing with his Miles Davis colleagues and in duet settings with Chick Corea and Oscar Peterson.

In 1980, Hancock produced Wynton Marsalis’ debut album and toured with him. In 1983, he produced the album “Future Shock,” including the song “Rockit,” which won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental and is considered the first hip-hop jazz song, inspirational to musicians and breakdancers alike.

Over his nearly six decades as a professional musician, Hancock has collaborated with a remarkable variety of artists, including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Susan Tedeschi, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck, Sting, Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, Bill Laswell, Anoushka Shankar, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, and most recently Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus, and Snoop Dogg.

The 14-time Grammy winner and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador, Los Angeles Philharmonic as Creative Chair For Jazz, is also the new namesake for the UCLA Institute of Jazz Performances, where he teaches.

Purchase tickets for the upcoming event here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Dr. Gregory Grieve explores role of evil in video games

Photo of Dr. Gregory GrieveIt’s become a popular debate in contemporary society: Are video games causing young people to become more violent? Or are they just another form of entertainment?

Recently, a new study emerged that ties video games to physical aggression. Yet according to an article in the Scientific American, the debate “is by no means over,” with researchers still disagreeing on the findings and their significance.

UNC Greensboro religious studies professor Dr. Gregory Grieve is taking a different approach to the subject of video games and evil. Grieve thinks the arguments of both sides may be too simplistic, so he’s looking beyond the current controversy to understand how evil works in video games.

“Evil plays a large part not only in how video games are read by audiences, but also how they are designed,” Grieve explains. “There’s this good versus bad struggle that is a common theme.”

Grieve started this new project last summer, thanks to a UNCG Faculty First Grant that allowed him to spend time at the Game Research Lab and Centre of Excellence in Game Studies at the University of Tampere in Finland. In October, as part of a three-year working group on Public Theologies of Technology and Presence, he gave his first public talk on the subject in Berkley, California.

In order to explore the role of evil in video games, Grieve starts with a close reading of a game – the same way that an English professor would do a close reading of a novel. He then talks to designers and players, and conducts an analysis of the paratextual materials, such as the fan fiction and comments on YouTube.

Grieve hypothesizes that humans have always had myths about good and evil, and video games have become the newest outlet for people to engage in these notions of evil. However, unlike a novel or a movie, people are actually interacting with evil – perhaps fighting a dragon, zombies or cult members.

“People have always tried to understand why there is evil in the world. Video games are just another place where people are trying to figure that out.”

So how does a religious studies professor end up studying video games?

Throughout his career, Grieve has always studied popular culture and religion. About a decade ago, he began studying the role of Buddhism online, specifically in the virtual world of the popular online game “Second Life.” From there, his students started asking him about video games.

“Video games became a natural extension of my work – especially how they get students to engage with ethics,” he says.

This semester, Grieve is bringing his research into the classroom as he teaches a new course on religion and evil.

Ultimately, the work will culminate in a book.

“I think this work is significant because it can show us how notions of evil are used in contemporary society,” he says. “Video games are a lens to understand this bigger issue.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian. This story originally appeared in UNCG Now site.

Jeanne Madorin will be leader of Human Resources

jeanne madorinJeanne Madorin, currently at UNC Charlotte where she serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources, will be UNCG’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Vice Chancellor Charlie Maimone made the announcement:

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that Jeanne Madorin has accepted the appointment as Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Jeanne comes to us from UNC Charlotte where she serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources. She has worked in the Charlotte Human Resources Office for the past 22 years and is an accomplished professional with an excellent record for service and  human resources expertise.

I would like to express thanks to the search committee for their fine work and appreciation to Dr. Victoria Benson, our Deputy Director. Victoria stepped into the role of Interim and has done an exceptional job leading the department and advancing the HR services.

Please join me in welcoming Jeanne Madorin, to the UNC Greensboro community. She will begin work on February 7, 2019.

Dr. Carl Mattacola will be dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences

Photo of Dr. Mattacola Dr. Carl Mattacola will become the next dean of the UNC Greensboro School of Health and Human Sciences June 1, 2019.

Through teaching, scholarship, community engagement, and service, the school prepares new generations of professionals, leaders, scholars, and entrepreneurs to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. The school comprises the Communication Sciences and Disorders, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Peace and Conflict Studies, Public Health Education, and Social Work departments, as well as the Gerontology program and Genetic Counseling program.

Dr. Mattacola embodies our commitment to teaching and scholarship at UNCG,” said Provost Dana Dunn, “and he brings a depth of expertise in Kinesiology, one of our fastest-growing majors. Further, his body of work on human performance is aligned with health and wellness, a key pillar of the University’s strategic plan, and a key component of our Millennial Campus initiative. We could not be more pleased to have Dr. Mattacola join us as dean of HHS.”

Mattacola is currently associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Previous administrative appointments include division director of Graduate Athletic Training Education, director of Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, director of Graduate Studies – Division of Athletic Training, and acting associate dean for Research, all at the University of Kentucky.

Mattacola is also a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, as well as the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Sciences.

His research has focused on neuromuscular, postural, and functional considerations in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower extremity injury, especially following surgery. He is currently engaged in the biomechanical assessment of equestrians and identifying professional risk profiles to develop rehabilitation protocols for equestrian sports.

He received the William B. Sturgill Award for outstanding contributions to graduate education and The College of Health Sciences Kingston Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Dave Demo, who has served as interim dean since July 2018, will continue as interim dean until June.

Deborah Yun Caldwell is libraries’ Diversity Resident

Photo of Dr. CaldwellDeborah Yun Caldwell has been appointed as the 2018-2020 Diversity Resident for University Libraries.

Caldwell comes to UNC Greensboro from Denton, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her master of Information Science degree from the University of North Texas in August. While in the program, Caldwell worked as a student assistant in the Department of Information Science and a graduate library assistant in Willis Library and the Eagle Commons Library.

The two-year Post MLS Diversity Residency program was established to further increase the diversity of University Libraries’ professional staff while fostering the growth and development of a new librarian. As the 2018-2020 diversity resident librarian, Caldwell will be participating in the University’s diversity initiatives and collaborating with University Libraries and other divisions across campus in developing programs related to diversity

City Councilman, Attorney Justin Outling to Speak at December Commencement

Photo of Justin OutlingGreensboro city councilman, attorney, and UNCG alumnus Justin Outling will deliver the keynote address at the University’s Dec. 7 Commencement Ceremony. More than 2,000 students are expected to receive degrees at the ceremony.

Outling graduated from UNCG in 2005 with a degree in political science, and then studied law at Duke University. He is a now a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P., practicing in business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Since 2015, he has served on the Greensboro City Council representing District 3.

Outling and his wife, Cora, also a graduate of UNCG, currently serve as co-chairs of the UNCG Board of Visitors.

Prior to joining Brooks Pierce, Outling served as a federal law clerk to Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro. Subsequently, he practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton L.L.P. in New York City, where he represented financial institutions and multi-national corporations in securities and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters.

“Justin is a tremendous example of the level of achievement and impact that is possible for our graduates when they embrace the spirit of service, focus on community, and commitment to hard work that we teach every day at UNCG,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “We are proud of Justin’s accomplishments and the difference he makes in our hometown. I know he will bring wisdom and inspiration to the newest generation of Spartan alumni as they take their next giant steps forward as changemakers for our community, our region, and our world.”

Commencement speakers at UNCG date back to 1893, with then-Governor Elias Carr addressing the students. Since that time, the University has welcomed ambassadors, governors, authors, university presidents, professors, bishops, ministers, and other notable speakers throughout its history.


Dr. Nancy Hodges gets international honor

Photo of Dr. Hodges Dr. Nancy Hodges (CARS) received the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) on November 8. ITAA is the primary academic association for faculty in the textiles and apparel field.

Hodges gave the keynote address titled “Research as a Magnificent Obsession: Encouraging Textile and Apparel Scholarship within a Culture of Mentoring” at the annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 90 proceedings, and given more than 150 presentations at national and international conferences. She was the 2010 UNCG recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2013 recipient of the Graduate School’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.

She has been on the faculty at UNCG since 1998 and is currently the Department Head and Burlington Industries Professor in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS).

Dr. Ratnasingam Shivaji honored as Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

A headshot of Dr. Shivaji

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji, head of UNCG’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was recently named a 2019 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for research contributions, mentoring and leadership. Dr. Shivaji is one of only 65 mathematicians  chosen this year from around the world to receive this prestigious designation.

“This is a lifetime achievement for me,” Shivaji said. “There are more than 30,000 members of the AMS, so to be selected among them is a great honor.”

Shivaji came to UNCG in 2011 after 26 years at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he served as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, director of the Center for Computational Sciences and W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor, MSU’s highest honor. He currently serves UNCG as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as Helen Barton Excellence Professor. For more than seven years, Shivaji has brought to UNCG the same leadership and dedication to teaching and research excellence that helped him transform the MSU graduate program into one of the better departments in the South producing PhDs in mathematical sciences. Under his leadership, the research profile and PhD program at UNCG’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics have seen excellent growth, with improvement in recruitment standards and efforts, increases in external funding, implementation of several lecture series hosting researchers from around the world and more.

Shivaji has personally advised 13 PhD graduates, 15 master’s graduates and almost 25 research undergraduates, and has more than 145 publications in leading journals. His research work has applications in combustion theory, chemical reactor theory, and population dynamics, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simon’s Foundation. Currently, he is serving as the primary investigator on an NSF Math Ecology grant.

For Shivaji, the driving force for his success in research and teaching excellence has always been a love for his students.

“Working with students is the best part of my life. I consider them welcome additions to my family,” Shivaji said. “I’m always excited when I work with students and see them understanding mathematics. For me, teaching and research go hand-in-hand. Research gives students the other side of mathematics. When you teach a class, you teach something that is known, whereas with research, I can involve my students on every level of the process and the students get the pleasure of discovery.”

The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. The American Mathematical Society is dedicated to advancing research and connecting the diverse global mathematical community through our publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy, and awareness programs.

By Victor Ayala

Michael Frierson captures Greensboro history and preservation

Photo of Michael FriersonThursday, Nov. 15, professor of media studies Michael Frierson will screen “Cascade: Caring for a Place,” a short documentary about the preservation of the Cascade Saloon, one of the oldest remaining historical buildings in Greensboro.

The screening will take place inside the building that was the Cascade Saloon, which is now an office of The Christman Company, renowned preservationists who carried out the renovation. It is the first historic adaptive re-use project they have completed in Greensboro, though a unique partnership with the City of Greensboro and Preservation Greensboro.

The building stands beside the railroad tracks and has an odd shape, not exactly rectangular and yet not triangular. It was built in 1895 and the business was operated by an African American couple, Wiley and Ida Weaver, in 1907, which was highly unusual for a white business district in the South.

old Greensboro“It’s a keystone building for downtown Greensboro, and it really connects the south side of main street to the north side,” says Frierson about the building. “It’s really amazing that these partners were able to save it. A lot of people said it couldn’t be saved, but they did it and stuck with it.”

The building had been empty for decades, and the film shows its slow transformation from a decaying, abandoned shell to a vibrant workplace.

“It’s a really positive story for Greensboro,” says Frierson. “I really got to love the building.”

Cascade Saloon building

Among Frierson’s past historical film projects are a documentary on New Orleans photographer Clarence John Laughlin and “FBI KKK,” a documentary about his father who was an FBI agent in Greensboro. Frierson is also the author of the award-winning “Clay Animation: American Highlights 1908 to the Present” and “Film and Video Editing Theory: How Editing Creates Meaning.” He has taught in the Department of Media Studies since 1989, and since 2012 he has guided students through the production of the films that accompany the UNCG Faculty Staff Excellence Awards ceremony.

Frierson’s colleague, Lecturer in Media Studies Kevin Wells, and student Eric Dobbins shot footage for “Cascade: Caring for a Place.” Media Studies student Sarah Seyler assisted with the editing of a historical sequence in the film.

Michael Frierson

The film is 18 minutes long and there will be two screenings on Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The former Cascade Saloon where the film will be shown is located at 408 S. Elm St. Reservations will be open to the general public on and after Thursday, Nov. 8. Contact Preservation Greensboro by email (jkastner@preservationgreensboro.org) or phone 336-272-5003 to reserve a seat. Watch the trailer for the film here.

To see more photographs of the building and restoration process visit the UNCG Now post here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Dr. Anne Parsons’ research culminates in new book: ‘From Asylum to Prison’

Headshot of Dr. Anne ParsonsDr. Anne Parsons’ research on the history of mass incarceration of individuals with mental illnesses has culminated in a new book: “From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration after 1945.”

Published in early October by UNC Press, “From Asylum to Prison” charts how the politics of mass incarceration shaped the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals and mental health policy making.

Throughout the book, Parsons reveals that the asylum did not die during deinstitutionalization. Instead, it returned in the modern prison industrial complex as the government shifted to a more punitive, institutional approach to social deviance. Parsons shows how the lack of community-based services, a fear-based politics around mental illness, and the economics of institutions meant that closing mental hospitals fed a cycle of incarceration that became an epidemic.

In addition to the book, Parsons is also curating a traveling exhibition titled “Care and Custody: A History of Mental Health,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibition will open in 2020 and will travel for approximately five years to cities across the country, including Greensboro.

Dr. Emily Janke wins first-ever Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award

Photo of Dr. Janke Dr. Emily Janke will be awarded the first-ever Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) at their annual conference in Chicago Oct. 23.

The award is a CUMU member-nominated, member-led initiative honoring mid-career scholar-administrators. The award celebrates scholar-administrators whose leadership and intellectual voice is leading to new strategic directions relevant to current challenges in higher education. Holland Scholars are distinguished by a record of both administrative leadership and high-impact scholarship.

“The award honors Barbara’s leadership, intellectual voice and deep commitment to supporting the urban mission of the CUMU membership,” said Dr. Valerie Holton, Executive Editor of CUMU’s “Metropolitan Universities” journal. “Dr. Janke’s approach to leadership shows the strength of integrating inquiry with leadership. Through that approach, she has been able to imagine and animate innovative, evidence-based solutions to the persistent and emerging challenges facing urban and metropolitan universities and their communities.”

Dr. Janke serves as director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) at UNCG and is an associate professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department. As director of ICEE, Dr. Janke connects and convenes scholar-administrators from UNCG and other institutions to address community-identified priorities through partnerships. Her scholar-administrative work focuses on multiple aspects of community engagement, community-university partnerships, and institutional culture and change strategies.

“I am honored to receive the inaugural Holland Award in recognition of my work,” said Dr. Janke. “Dr. Holland has not only led by example, but also created space for a larger community of scholar-administrators to boldly pursue unusual career paths—weaving administrative and scholarly leadership into whole cloth.”

Dr. Marianne LeGreco is named Rising Star at Women to Women event

Photo of Dr. LeGreco.Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) was recognized as a Rising Star at the Women to Women luncheon on Monday at Koury Convention Center. The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro created the annual award to celebrate women younger than 40 in Greater Greensboro who lead now and who will be a leader in the future.

LeGreco, associate professor in Communications Studies, focuses on food policy and food security in her research, as well as health and organizational communication, community engagement and discourse analysis. As the News and Record notes, she has made an impact in the community in numerous, tangible ways, such as:

  • developing an urban garden in the Warnersville neighborhood
  • helping start the Guilford County Food Council
  • and playing a key role in launching the Mobile Oasis Farmers Market, which sells fresh produce in the city’s food deserts.

On UNCG’s faculty since 2007, she has also in recent years received the following honors:

  • 2015 Ten Women Who Make a Difference, News & Record
  • 2014 40 Leaders Under Forty Award, Triad’s Business Journal
  • 2013 Service Engagement Award, Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Assoc.

See News and Record article on LeGreco.

See UNCG Research Magazine feature on UNCG researchers, including LeGreco, working with food security in our city.