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Archives for November 2015

Holiday happenings for UNCG

Photo of Luminaires lighting the entrance to the Elliott University CenterThe semester is winding down. The days are getting shorter. Meanwhile, seasonal events on campus create lots of ways to enjoy time with your fellow Spartans.

A Very Spartan Holiday Festival Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. in the EUC’s Kirkland Room, experience the sights, smells, and sounds of cultures from around the world. Explore holidays from local to global with the Office of Intercultural Engagement. The festival is hosted by the Diversity Peer Engagement Committee with participation from multiple organizations and departments.

10th Annual “Branches of Love” Spartans of all ages as will gather at the Alumni House on Saturday, Nov. 21, noon-3 p.m., to decorate holiday trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Refreshments, holiday music and good cheer will be part of this UNCG tradition. Enter your four-person team to win Best Themed, Best Traditional and Best Overall tree. Or simply come enjoy the afternoon. Limited ornaments will be provided and teams are encouraged to supply their own theme decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Admission is 20 canned or non-perishable items per team – these items will be donated to the Spartan Open Pantry. Please register here if you plan to attend, so organizers can plan accordingly. If you are unable to attend this event, please consider sponsoring a tree by making a gift to the Alumni Association.

noon– Alumni House opens
12:30 p.m. – Tree decorating contest begins
1:30 p.m. – Winners announced
2 – 3 p.m. – Enjoy refreshments and holiday cheer!

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale at UNCG Bookstore Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-textbook items. (Magazines, Nook, computer hardware and software not included.) Present your SpartanCard to the cashier to receive your discount.

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Mix and mingle with colleagues as you enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Guests at the open house can simply step next door and enjoy the festivities.

Luminaires throughout campus that evening (Tuesday, Dec. 1). Enjoy the luminaires placed at Moran Plaza, along College Avenue – and all throughout the university. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds.

Staff Senate angel tree Several UNCG students and staff members have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree, making the holidays brighter for them and their families. The Staff Senate Service Committee is accepting donations through Dec. 2. Donations may be dropped off at 135 McIver Building (Lynn Wyrick) or 1704 MHRA (Debbie Freund). The list of needed or suggested items is updated often, so remember to check the Staff Senate website for the most current list at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/angel-tree.

Angel Tree Wrapping Party and Staff Senate Holiday Social will be Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, 9-11 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium Pre-Function room. This is a fun filled event with music, food and holiday cheer for all staff. For more info, visit: http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/angel-tree.

Downtown Festival of Lights The free event – a downtown Greensboro tradition – will be the evening of Friday, Dec. 4, along several blocks of Elm Street. A variety of UNCG groups and individuals are always among the performers. (Don’t miss the ever-popular UNCG Tuba Ensemble.)

Compiled by Mike Harris

Memories and appreciation, as Parker Parlor dedicated

Photo of Lib Parker McPherson being honored during the dedicationLib Parker McPherson ‘51 was surrounded by family and well-wishers, as she helped dedicate the parlor in Gray Residence Hall, part of the historic Quad.

The UNCG event was held Oct. 23.

It was a day of thanksgiving. She was the first in her family to attend college, and she valued the opportunity that Woman’s College (UNCG) gave her. She arrived on campus a few years after WW II. A Home Economics major, she went on to become a renowned nutritionist. She spoke and made an impact in every state in the Continental US, and even worked overseas, working to provide nutrition to children in underdeveloped regions.

The attendees celebrated not only a parlor naming but a new residence life endowment from the Lib Parker McPherson family.

The Quad’s residence halls were designed by noted architect Harry Barton. Several years ago, the university considered the best use of the land for housing; ultimately the university decided to preserve the exteriors in an extensive renovation of the Quad residence halls.

The treasured oaks, which were smaller in the 40’s, were carefully preserved as well during the renovation, with piping underground routed in ways that would least disturb roots. The oaks gave shade to the parlor on this autumn day.

Her gift is valued and appreciated. Generations of students will read, study and make new lifelong friends in the parlor, shaded by the same oaks she had enjoyed. Perhaps some of those undergraduates may be inspired to give back to the university in some way, someday, to help future students.

It’s part of our sense of place, which helps create a community – shared one generation after another. Is there a better UNCG Thanksgiving story?

By Mike Harris

UNCG top 3 in state for ‘best for vets’

Photo of two Army officers in Army fatigues conversingUNCG has been named to the Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

UNCG ranks No. 68 nationally for four-year schools, and is one of seven public and private universities in North Carolina to be recognized. UNCG ranks third among North Carolina schools after East Carolina and Fayetteville State. The annual rankings recognize the top 125 four-year institutions, 25 two-year schools and 25 online and nontraditional schools.

“UNCG is a place that values and supports veterans and their families. We’re thrilled to be recognized for the work we are doing,” said Chris Gregory, interim coordinator of UNCG’s Veterans Resource Center. “The creation of the new Veterans Resource Center has allowed us to expand and grow a lot of our programs and initiatives. We look forward to welcoming even more veterans to campus and providing them with the services they need to succeed.”

Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges and universities took part in this year’s detailed survey.

Earlier this year, UNCG was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a “Top School” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities. UNCG has a long legacy of embracing veteran students and offers a wide range of resources for veterans and their families, including the Veterans Resource Center, the Student Veterans Association and numerous scholarship opportunities.

Full story at UNCG Now.
By Alyssa Bedrosian

The UNCG alumni magazine makes its return

UNCG Magazine cover artworkUNCG Magazine is back. Many alumni have received their copies over the past days.

For this issue, budgets allowed for 15,000 to be printed.

Everyone can download and enjoy the magazine at alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

Alumni making their mark in the arts are featured in this issue. Chris Chalk, Beth Leavel and faculty member Dominick Amendum are among the many alumni profiled.

Some other highlighted stories in this issue:

  • Chancellor Gilliam has been visiting with alumni around the state. Read some of what he has been saying.
  • See what Dr. Hepsie Roskelly told the Class of 1965 of our campus’ history, as she prepared to teach her final semester at UNCG.
  • View some works by one of North Carolina’s most important painters, the late Maud Gatewood.
  • See the honorees at the Alumni of Distinction Awards and the University Honors.
  • Check out a page of highlights from Homecoming.
  • See a preview of the lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza Dec. 1.
  • And there’s lots more to enjoy.

Download the Fall 2015 UNCG Magazine now.

Rachel Carson in North Carolina

Hear the talk “Rachel Carson & Her Legacy for North Carolina” by Dr. Robert K. Musil, president of the Rachel Carson Council.

The talk will be Nov. 19, 5 p.m., Music Building, room 217.

Dr. Musil will discuss Carson’s visit to the North Carolina coast and her opposition to CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations).

The UNCG Bookstore will be present to sell copies of Dr. Musil’s book “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment” (Rutgers Press, 2014).

The talk is sponsored by the UNCG Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the UNCG Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program.

It is open to the public.

Make nomination for Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

It’s the time of year to solicit nominations for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. This prestigious award honors faculty, staff, and students who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university. The Bullard Selection Committee asks your support in forwarding the online Bullard nomination material to those in your division who would have knowledge of faculty, staff, and students who meet the criteria for this award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 15, 2016.

The online nomination form is available at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/bullard.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Gwen Evans, HR consultant/committee chair. She can be reached at gdevans2@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

This week, UNCG students are giving back to those in need as part of the 2015 National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual initiative sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger & Homelessness.

Each year as Thanksgiving approaches, high schools, colleges and universities, community groups and faith-based groups from across the country come together to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness. Since 2011, UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) has hosted events throughout the week in keeping with the university’s motto of “Service.”

“College is a great time to get engaged with the community,” said Allison Plitman, an AmeriCorps VISTA member who serves in OLSL and organizer of the week’s events. “It’s so fulfilling to make a difference, especially a tangible difference like packaging food or serving a meal.”

Over the past five years, UNCG students have contributed more than 3.6 million hours of community service, giving back through Spartan Service Day, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and a variety of other campus-sponsored events.

“A sense of community is foundational to our well-being,” said George Hancock, director of the National Center for Homeless Education, which is housed at UNCG’s SERVE Center. “Efforts such as those being undertaken during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week can have a tremendous impact by allowing some of our most vulnerable citizens to regain this sense of community, while also inspiring volunteers to advocate on their behalf.”

Some of the events:

Wednesday 11/18 – “Crossing the Threshold” Screening
Join us for a screening of “Crossing the Threshold,” a powerful short film that shows the important issue of homelessness for our returning veterans. After the screening, we will be joined by a panel of speakers who have experienced homelessness firsthand for a brief discussion and then Q/A section with questions from the audience
SOEB 222, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19 – 21st Annual “Will Read for Food”
Will Read for Food! with UNCG MFA Faculty – featuring Stuart Dischell, Ansel Elkins, Craig Nova, Michael Parker, L. Lamar Wilson and Lee Zacharias. MC – Holly Goddard Jones. Guest Bartenders: Terry Kennedy and Jim Whiteside All proceeds collected through tips, donations and raffle tickets will be donated to the Interactive Resource Center.
Scuppernong Books on Elm, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20 – Stop Hunger Now
Race the clock with RHA, CAB, OLSL, and Congresswoman Alma Adams as we package 5,000 meals for hungry school children worldwide! Volunteers for this event will package as many meals as possible, with rotating shifts taking place all day between 11am-3pm. All meals built will be sent abroad to help international hunger needs. Learn more or sign-up for a volunteer shift here.
Student Rec Center, 11-3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21 – servGSO with The Pathways Center
Come join OLSL staff in a servGSO with The Pathways Center, a housing program that aims to provide homeless families a safe, temporary environment to live while they are searching for other housing. At this servGSO, UNCG volunteers will cook and serve a Thanksgiving-themed lunch for Pathways resident families. After the meal is served, volunteers will be free to work with the Pathways children, playing games or music with them.

Register for this event here. Volunteers will meet at bus stop on Stirling St at 10 a.m.

Contact Allison Plitman at aeplitma@uncg.edu for more information.

To learn more and to register for events, visit olsl.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Survey for LGBTQIA Education & Research Network

LEARN (LGBTQIA Education and Research Network) is one of UNCG’s newest networks, dedicated to advancing the health, wellness, and quality of life of the LGBTQIA population through research, education, and community engagement. Housed in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in the School of Health and Human Sciences, LEARN is building strong and productive interdisciplinary networks of faculty, staff and students from across the university and community agencies to promote scholarship, education, practice, and policy in support of this mission.

The LEARN Steering Committee conducted a strategic planning mini-retreat in Spring 2015 to examine three areas of focus and interest for the 2015-16 academic year: Research, Pedagogy, and Safe & Supportive UNCG Community.  As part of its strategic planning, LEARN is conducting a brief survey for UNCG faculty and students who are engaged in teaching and research at UNCG who might be involved or interested in teaching, research, or scholarship related to advancing the health, wellness and quality of life of LGBTQIA populations through research, education, and community development.

The center’s leaders have a request regarding a survey:

LEARN is looking to document UNCG faculty pedagogy and research that includes topics relating to sexuality, queer/trans* studies, and/or LGBTQIA-related issues. We are inviting all faculty and students engaged in teaching and research to complete a short survey, with the goals of better understanding how these issues are being addressed in UNCG classes and in our scholarly activities and helping create intellectual and pedagogical community around these topics.

We hope that you will take just a few minutes (around 5) to complete this survey if:

  1. You are incorporating topics relating to sexuality, queer/trans* studies, and/or LGBTQIA-related issues into your teaching
  2. Your current or past research/scholarship focuses on, or incorporates, sexuality, gender expression, queer identity, queer studies, trans* studies, LGBTQIA populations, or collects data/information from study participants related to these issues.
  3. You would like to further develop your teaching and/or scholarship in these areas.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions or concerns regarding LEARN or this survey, please contact­­­­ us.

Paige Hall Smith, CWHW Director
Brad Johnson, LEARN Coordinator, Chair LEARN Safe Campus/ Communities Subcommittee
Roger Mills-Koonce, LEARN Research Director, Chair LEARN Research Subcommittee
Jay Poole, Chair, LEARN Pedagogy Subcommittee

Follow this link to the survey or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser: https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5nWCjKhPS030SKV

Former UNCG professor Ruark in New Yorker, gives reading

Photo of Poet Gibbons Ruark talking withPoet Gibbons Ruark taught at UNCG in the English Department/Creative Writing Program in the mid to late 1960s, returning nearly two decades later for another period on the faculty.

He read Nov. 8 at Scuppernong Bookstore, with many members of the UNCG community in attendance. His poem “Birdsong After a Sleepless Night,” which appeared in the New Yorker in the Nov. 2 issue, was among the ones he read. (See it and hear him read it here.)

His appearance was another reminder of how storied UNCG’s Creative Writing program is. After the reading, he recalled a conversation he had with Randall Jarrell in the mid 60s at a gathering at Peter Taylor’s home in Fisher Park. (Jarrell was what we’d now call US Poet Laureate. Taylor was a Pulitzer recipient.) Ruark recalled how Randall Jarrell would be very attentive to whomever he was speaking, with great focus. A student that evening told him she liked the writings of WB Yeats. Jarrell did not take that as small talk or idle talk. He pressed her on the particular works she liked.

UNCG has quite a history, of great faculty making an impact on our world.

By Mike Harris
Photo of (l-r) Ruark with Jim Clark; Terry Kennedy in background.

Handy guide lets you help former students return to campus

For some, admission to the university is a chance to finish what they started. Along with the large number of freshman and transfer inquiries that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives, former students often have questions about the process of returning to campus.

The Undergraduate Admissions counselors appreciate the campus community’s help in communicating with this very important student population. They know that students sometimes have a lot of questions, so they’ve put together a handy reference should any former students come seeking help.

Former students must fill out a new application to the university. It is the same undergraduate application that transfer and freshman students access through SpartanLink.uncg.edu.

Former students must send Undergraduate Admissions transcripts from any other university attended after originally leaving UNCG. Beyond that, however, all documents from the student’s previous enrollment should already be on file with the university.

Former students who wish to be considered for the spring semester must submit a completed application by Dec. 1. Comprehensive deadline information is available at admissions.uncg.edu/apply-deadlines.

You can direct students with concerns about academic probation, suspension or dismissal to admissions.uncg.edu/students-former.php for more information.

If you have questions or concerns about how to assist a student who wants to return to UNCG, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 334-5243.

An alumna, Kevin Harvick Foundation and a Boys & Girls Club field

Group photo of Kevin and DeLana Harvick with Cal RipkenThere’s a new multi-purpose athletics field for kids within a mile of UNCG. It’s beside the Boys & Girls Club community center and Salvation Army corps in the historic Warnersville area.

The Kevin Harvick Foundation Park, built by Kevin and DeLana Harvick’s charitable foundation and Cal Ripken’s foundation, will be a great benefit for the community. The News & Record ran a feature at the ribbon cutting recently; more details are here.

The UNCG connection? DeLana Linville Harvick is a UNCG alumna. In a 2010 UNCG Magazine feature, she spoke of her UNCG experience – Dr. Charles Tisdale was her favorite professor. After graduation as an English major she used her communications skills to work PR for NASCAR drivers – she’d grown up around the sport. Her father was driver Paul Linville. She met a young driver from California, Kevin Harvick. They married and ultimately formed KHI Racing Team and also the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which has done a lot of great work.

In the hours before each race – and during the race – her tweets are informative and engaging, an inside look at the race. As Kevin Harvick competes for the championship again in the final race of the year this Sunday, follow her at https://twitter.com/DeLanaHarvick.

Kelly Rulison investigates peer relationships and risky behaviors

Photo of Kelly RulisonJust Say No. Above the Influence. D.A.R.E. You’ve probably heard of these programs, all created to teach children about the dangers of substance abuse and aimed to reduce the rate of risky behaviors in adolescents. You may have even participated in a drug prevention campaign when you were in grade school. But did the program really make an impact on you?

Research suggests the answer is probably “no.” Since its creation in the 1980s, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) has received millions of dollars in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense. However, a 1999 study entitled “Project DARE: No Effects at 10-Year Follow-Up” showed that despite the campaign’s best intentions, children who had gone through the program were no better off than those who had not. While we need to teach kids how to avoid risky behaviors, it’s clear we need a better approach.

That’s what Dr. Kelly Rulison is investigating. Specifically, she’s examining what role peers play in the development of substance abuse and how can this information be used in a program to discourage risky behavior in adolescents.

“A lot of my research focuses on trying to understand when peer influence occurs, what peers are most influential, and how kids end up in relationships with delinquent kids,” explains Rulison, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Education. These relationships can have a significant effect on substance abuse, delinquency, and other health risk behaviors, and are often more complex than they initially seem.

“There is a lot of public press out there saying that peers are extremely influential, but what they’ve found when they’ve done interventions is that the direct peer pressure of someone saying ‘Come on, come on, try this cigarette,’ is really not the main influence that kids experience,” explains Rulison.

“It is a lot more subtle than that.”

Studying and attempting to quantify this subtlety is no easy task. Much of Rulison’s research involves asking adolescents questions about both their own behavior and the perceived behavior of their peers — questions like “How much do you think [this person] drinks/smokes?” or “How much would your friends approve of your drinking?” It gets even trickier when researchers try to determine which members of the peer community have the most influence and how much that influence matters. Are kids selecting friends who then lead them to risky behaviors? Or are kids selecting friends based on their risky behaviors? While complex, doing this kind of research does have payoffs.

So far one of the most promising results has been in an area of specialization for Rulison — diffusion of intervention effects.
Read full story at UNCG Research web site.

By Mary McLean

Looking ahead: Nov. 18, 2015

Faculty Senate Forum, faculty roles in university governance
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Concert, University Band
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Very Spartan Holiday Festival
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Kirkland Room, EUC

Concert, UNCG Wind Ensemble
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Concert, University Chorale & Chamber Singers
Sunday, Nov. 22, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Concert, UNCG Symphony Orchestra
Monday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m, Aycock Auditorium

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Campus Weekly in November and December

Campus Weekly will not publish on Thanksgiving week. It will publish the week after Thanksgiving (staff will prepare the posts before the Thanksgiving break) and it will publish once more in December, the week of commencement. It will publish again after the Winter Break, on Jan. 6.

Volunteer for Thriving at Three

The UNCG Center for New North Carolinians’ Latino child development program Thriving at Three resumed activities this semester. The CNNC welcomes Thriving at Three’s new director, Shareese D. Castillo. Thriving at Three’s mission is to ensure that Latino immigrant children in Greensboro have a positive and strong foundation from birth to three.This mission is met by delivering at-home services to at-risk families as well as educational group sessions. There is a need for volunteers at group sessions every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon to help work with children, the CNNC newsletter notes. The center welcomes volunteers with backgrounds in education, social work, human development and other pertinent fields. They must enjoy kids and Spanish speaking ability is preferred. See details and contact information at cnnc.uncg.edu/thriving-at-three.

See/hear: Nov. 18, 2015

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Before fall passes us by, let’s take a look at Homecoming 2015 highlights, with sunny weather, big crowds and fun. And go ahead and mark your calendar for next year’s homecoming: Oct. 19-23, 2016.

Lane Ridenhour

Photo of Lane RidenhourLane Ridenhour (ITS) received the Robyn Render Endeavor Award from the MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). A 1977 graduate of UNCG, he is program coordinator and video manager of UNCG’s TeleLearning and Teleconference Center. This award honors a devoted North Carolina leader who understands how technology could grow educational opportunity for all citizens. A picture and more information is at www.mcnc.org/news/mcnc-helps-create-the-future-in-north-carolina.

Dr. Belinda Hardin

Photo of Dr. Belinda HardinDr. Belinda Hardin (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the project “Online Master’s Degree Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.” The new emphasis in early childhood leadership and program administration, which was initiated through a planned Race to the Top project, led to a dramatic increase in student applications at UNCG, the abstract states. The funding helps accommodate these new students through December 2015.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received a continuation of funding from the DHHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for the project “Micro-Enterprise for Refugees in the Triad.”

Dr. Peter Villella

Dr. Peter Villella (History) received funding from the University of Iowa for the project “History of the Chichimec Nation: Translation of Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Seventeenth-Century History of Mexico.” This project is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Soon, a full carillon at Vacc Bell Tower

Photo of Bell TowerUNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower will soon have more bells. Work is ahead of schedule and it’s possible the bells, a gift of Dr. Nancy Vacc, may be in place and pealing their beautiful sounds at the night of the lighting of the bell tower, Dec. 1.

“They’re pulling brackets off right now,” said Jason Allison on Tuesday morning. The new brackets were near the tower, ready for installation.

There will be 49 bells. Forty-eight or more bells are considered a full carillon, said Stacey Dickerson of Verdin. By way of context, Duke Chapel has about the same number, 50 bells.

See full story in a future Campus Weekly.

 

 

 

 

See/hear: Nov. 11, 2015

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The men’s and women’s basketball seasons begin this weekend. The SoCon regular season champion men’s soccer team plays Friday in the SoCon Tournament semi-finals (it’s livestreamed, starting 3:30 p.m. Friday). And the volleyball team is only one game out of first place. Check out the #let’sgoG Sports Show, presented by the UNCG Alumni Association.

NC Dance Festival celebrates 25th anniversary at UNCG

Action photo of dancers from The North Carolina Dance FestivalThe North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) is returning to the UNCG Dance Theater this weekend to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The two-day event will include evening performances by some of the best modern dance choreographers in the state. From the merging of technology and dance to the exploration of the body as home, the works will explore a wide range of themes and styles.

“One of the most exciting things about this festival is that we have a variety of different types of dance and approaches,” said Anne Morris ‘11 MFA, co-director of Dance Project, the nonprofit organization that runs the annual festival. “It’s a really wonderful opportunity to see professional-level dance and choreography right here in Greensboro.”

Friday night’s performance at 7:30 p.m. will feature some of NCDF’s most beloved “veterans,” including the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and Martha Connerton. These choreographers have been invited back to present premieres and older works, including the late Dance Project Founder Jan Van Dyke’s last choreographed work, “And Back Again.”

This year’s touring artists – Anna Barker (Durham), Amy Love Beasley (Winston-Salem), Thomas DeFrantz (Durham), Karola Lüttringhaus (Wilmington/Winston-Salem) and the Van Dyke Dance Group (Greensboro) – will take the stage Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. All artists were chosen in a blind adjudication process.

In addition to the performances, the festival will hold an afternoon film screening of four new dance films that reimagine Van Dyke’s 25-year-old duet, “The Life and Times.” Video footage of the original duet will be shown along with new dance films by Carol Finley, Cara Hagan, Jen Guy Metcalf and Melissa Pihos. The screening will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

This year’s festival, which has already made stops in Boone and Raleigh, is dedicated to Van Dyke, who founded Dance Project and NCDF and served as the festival’s artistic director until her death in July. Van Dyke was a professor in UNCG’s dance department for 23 years and served as department head from 2006-11.

“Jan was a well-loved faculty member at UNCG and a very influential choreographer, educator and visionary in the dance community,” Morris said. “She was a real force not only in Greensboro, but across the state and the nation.”

Janet Lilly, professor and head of UNCG’s dance department, echoed Morris’ sentiments.

“Jan understood that for dance to take root outside of larger urban centers, there needs to be a community of dancers and dance lovers,” she said. “She recognized the importance of building a community of dance artists to support emerging choreographers and performers.”

In addition to the performances at UNCG, the choreographers will participate in local outreach, working with schools and community centers to teach dance and perform.

NCDF is an annual production of Dance Project, a Greensboro-based nonprofit and community resource that is comprised of the festival, the School at City Arts and the Van Dyke Dance Group. The two-day event at UNCG is the last stop of the festival’s statewide tour. The project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council and Arts Greensboro.

All performances take place in the UNCG Dance Theater at 1408 Walker Ave., and parking is available in the Walker Deck. Tickets for evening performances are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for UNCG and non-UNCG students. Group tickets can also be purchased for $8 per ticket with a group of 10 or more. The Saturday matinee film screening is $5 at the door with no reservations required. To purchase tickets, visit the Triad Stage Box Office or call 866-579-TIXX. For more information, visit danceproject.org/festival.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Pixar star at UNCG Nov. 20

Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar of Ralph Eggleston, August 12, 2014, at Pixar Animation StudiosPixar’s Ralph Eggleston, a visionary behind some of the greatest feature-length animated films of the last 20 years, is coming to UNCG’s campus on Friday, Nov. 20, to share his story and give an inside look at the art of Pixar.

In what will be his first time speaking in North Carolina, Eggleston will present to Renaissance art scholar Dr. Heather Holian’s “Art of Disney and Pixar” class and will give a public lecture at 5:30 in the Sullivan Science Building Mead Auditorium. Sponsored by the Art Department, the talk is free and open to the public.

Best known as the art director of “Toy Story,” Eggleston is a veteran animator, art director, storyboard artist and production designer. Since joining Pixar in 1992, he has been a part of some of the studio’s biggest hits, including “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “WALL-E” and, most recently, “Inside Out.” He also wrote and directed the short film “For the Birds,” which won an Academy Award.

“I’m so thrilled that Ralph is coming to campus,” Holian said. “Our students have the opportunity to learn from someone who has created animation art for more than 20 years. It’s fantastic.”

Eggleston now joins a growing list of Pixar artists and animators who have visited UNCG. Since 2008, Adam Burke, Teddy Newton and Bill Cone have traveled to Greensboro to share their work and speak with students.

“Our students are increasingly interested in illustration and animation,” Holian said. “We like to bring artists to campus who really resonate with our student body.”

The budding relationship between Pixar and UNCG is in large part due to Holian, who, as far as she knows, is the only academic scholar to teach the art of Pixar and to have visited the Pixar studio.

Holian became especially interested in Disney art during high school after she saw concept art for the first time at the Disney Gallery. She started to study the artwork behind animation in college, and, as a PhD student at Indiana University, designed a course titled “The Art of Disney.” The course filled up almost immediately, with 75 students on the waitlist. Years later at UNCG, Holian resurrected the course, which now includes a focus on Pixar.

According to Holian, Eggleston’s visit is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the UNCG and Greensboro communities.

“The public will get to see the hand-made artwork behind the classic films they have enjoyed for years,” she said. “Ralph has been at Pixar since they started making feature animated films. He’s been there throughout that entire history. That’s amazing.”

For more information about the lecture and to view a list of upcoming art events, visit uncg.edu/art.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar of Ralph Eggleston, August 12, 2014, at Pixar Animation Studios

Words of Michelle Obama, black feminist intellectual

Photo of Michelle Obama during a trip to AsiaMichelle Obama has broken new ground for the role of First Lady, according to a new anthology by two UNCG faculty members in Communication Studies.

Dr. Elizabeth J. Natalle, associate professor of communication studies, and Dr. Jenni M. Simon, instructor of communication studies, have published the anthology “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” with Lexington Press.

They presented chapters from the book at the Carolinas Communication Association annual conference in Charleston, SC, in October.

The book is a rhetorical-critical analysis of Mrs. Obama, tracing her development as first lady from president’s spouse to black feminist intellectual. Her public speeches – from the national conventions to a trip to Africa to her Let’s Move! and Reach Higher agendas to her eulogy of Maya Angelou – are the basis of the book’s analysis, they explain.

Natalle says readers will discover that Mrs. Obama is one of the most focused and accomplished first ladies in recent memory.

“I think she has also shown her intellectual strengths in a very independent way (we last saw this with Eleanor Roosevelt) that tells the American people that a first lady is not simply a repetitive supporter of the president or a person who is always the party line,” she said, in an email. “Rather, she is a real person with a persuasive agenda for the good of the American people.​”

“She has redefined motherhood and the work-life struggle so that everyday people can see how to strategize and be successful,” she added. “Mrs. Obama’s presence as both first lady and cultural icon requires us to find new research techniques and scholarly frameworks for analyzing the communicative effectiveness of first ladies. Hence, the book breaks new ground in showing how to do this kind of work.​”

Natalle offered an example of her rhetorical impact. “Certainly, her eulogy at the memorial for Maya Angelou is a significant turning point in her rhetoric because she demonstrated her persona as a black feminist intellectual. This had not been done before in her speaking.”

Simon notes that rhetoric and what we want from public speakers is changing in the United States. “Our expectations, our needs, etc. are being redefined, and Mrs. Obama is an example of a new type of American rhetor.”

“Mrs. Obama spoke to high school athletes on Signing Day in San Antonio,” Simon offers as an example. “At this speech, where academics is not the focus, the first lady was able to intertwine the narrative of personal success with academic success. Where the focus of the day may have been sports, she made it obvious that the two are compatible and important for personal growth.”

When asked their predictions for Mrs. Obama’s future,​ Simon replied, “I think Mrs. Obama is going back to Chicago. I think she’ll take up the reins in addressing the city’s issues with violence and continue her cause for girls and education.”

Natalle’s prediction? “She will probably continue her work with learning, community building and young people. She is a servant-leader in her leadership philosophy, and I just don’t see that changing once she leaves the White House.​”

By Mike Harris
Photo courtesy the White House

Lots of events in International Education Week 2015

Archival photo from earlier year of students conversingUNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC) invites you to celebrate International Education Week 2015, Nov. 16-20.

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It is designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and share experiences in the United States.

IPC and other departments are organizing a variety of events, activities, and workshops during this week.

Two of the many highlights:

  • A photo contest, with a chance for everyone to vote during the week.
  • An information session for faculty, on inviting International Scholars to UNCG. This session, which is new this year, will be held Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m., Joyner Room, EUC.

For a complete schedule and event descriptions, see www.uncg.edu/ipg/IEWposter2015.pdf

Archival photo from earlier year

UNCG’s annual Classics Day Nov. 14

Photo from a past Classical Studies DayEver wonder what it would have been like to watch chariot races, participate in the Olympic Games or fight a gladiator in ancient Greece or Rome? If you have, here’s your chance travel back in time with UNCG’s Classical Society to find out.

The group’s fifth annual Classics Day will be on Saturday, Nov. 14. Attendees will be able to participate in Olympic games, such as discus, javelin and foot races, as well as step into the gladiatorial ring and try their hand at ancient Roman games. There will be a puppet show, a Greek tragedy and a Roman comedy for entertainment, and students will demonstrate Greek and Roman military techniques. The Oracle at Delphi will make an appearance, and UNCG students and attendees will participate in a human-drawn chariot race.

The Classical Society expects a large crowd once again this year and hopes to surpass last year’s attendance of more than 400 individuals.

Classics Day will be Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Stone Lawn, in front of the Stone Building on College Avenue.

By Jeanie Groh
Archival photo from earlier year

Up to $22,500 in resources available from Digital Partners Grants

Are you a UNCG faculty member working on a research project for which you would like to create a freely shared, open access digital component? If so, consider applying for a Digital Partners Grant of $22,500 worth of resources from the University Libraries, which will assist you in building an online scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term

To apply, simply fill out a short one-page online form by January 12.  The Selection Committee will review submissions and announce recipients by the end of February. We are happy to help you with the form! All you need is a good idea and we’ll guide you through the application process. The awards’ funding period is March 2016 – February 2017.

Applicants must be UNCG faculty members. The digital project must be hosted on the Library’s servers, and must be Open Access and freely shared.  The Faculty member must resolve any copyright or intellectual property issues (but we can help with that).

Selection of the funded project will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Projects that build on the strengths of the Libraries’ extant digital projects
  2. Projects that develop a library of resources that support a range of scholarly activities in general rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course.

For more information including examples of previous projects and details, please review the Library/Faculty Digital Initiatives Partnerships website http://library.uncg.edu/research/support/ or contact Assistant Dean of the University Libraries Tim Bucknall (bucknall@uncg.edu) for more information.

LIHC Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship call for applications

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) announces the 2016-17 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows competition. Central to the mission and work of Lloyd International Honors College are the talented UNCG faculty who teach the College’s courses and interact with its students. For the 2016-2017 academic year the College will appoint one Chancellor’s Resident Fellow who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the College throughout the year.

The Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Program offers a wonderful opportunity for UNCG faculty to change their teaching routine and teach exclusively for one year the highly motivated and talented students the Lloyd International Honors College. There, all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in the scholar’s own department. In addition to a Fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the Fellowship.

The Fellowship is open to all full time UNCG faculty. The term of the Resident Fellowship will be one year from July, 2016, through June, 2017. During the fellowship year the Fellow will teach exclusively in Lloyd International Honors College. Depending on the selected Fellow’s usual departmental teaching load, the teaching load during the Fellowship year will be 4 to 6 courses plus a section of the one-credit colloquium for first-year Honors College students. The Fellow’s teaching schedule will include, in the fall semester, instruction of a section of the Honors College’s colloquium, one 100-level Honors course, and possibly an additional course in the College or a Disciplinary Honors course that carries course credit in the Fellow’s discipline. In the spring semester the Fellow will teach some combination of 200-level

Honors courses and disciplinary honors courses up to the level of the total agreed load. Resident Fellows are expected to participate in the life of the College during their one-year appointment by, among other activities, attending Honors College events, meeting with students, and working closely with the Dean and staff on the future direction of the College.

The Chancellor’s Resident Fellow normally should be released from his or her usual departmental responsibilities during the fellowship year. However, the selected Fellow, in consultation with the Fellow’s department Head and Dean and the Honors College Dean, may continue certain ongoing obligations such as, but not limited to, serving on Master’s and Doctoral committees, and administering external grants. Fellows receive, in addition to their regular salary, a $5,000 teaching stipend and a $3,000 research stipend, both payable only during the year of the Fellowship. The research stipend may be spent as the Fellow determines it is appropriate to his or her research, all expenditures requiring the approval of the Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and the Head of the Fellow’s department. The Fellow will be provided with office space and necessary computer and administrative support services. At the discretion of the appropriate Dean, departments will be compensated for up to 6 courses, depending on the Fellow’s normal teaching load, at $3,500 per course.

Application and Selection Process:

If you are interested in securing the Fellowship position, please submit an application letter, approved by your department head and dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust Building) by Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. The department head and dean should note this approval by affixing their signatures to the bottom of the application letter. Among other items you may wish to enclose, the submitted application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of the courses you have taught over the previous two years, a proposal of the courses you would like to teach during your year in the Honors College with as much specificity as possible, a statement of interest that should address what you might contribute to the mission and work of the College (particularly its commitment to an international perspective), and a brief description of your research agenda.

The selection of the Chancellor’s Resident Fellow will be made by a committee consisting of the Dean and an Assistant Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, and three members of the Honors Council.

Selection of a Fellow will also be based on the quality of the courses the candidate proposes to teach and the extent to which the offerings fulfill the goals of Lloyd International Honors College.

If you have questions about the Fellowship Program or your application, please contact Omar Ali, interim dean of Lloyd International Honors College, at 334-5538; or by e-mail at ohali@uncg.edu.

Ashby Dialogue series continues Nov. 12

The November Meeting for UNCG’s 2015-16 Ashby Dialogue Series: Europe and Other Fortresses in a Borderless World will be this Thursday.

Join a discussion of the film “ La Pirogue” Thursday, Nov. 12, 2-3:15 p.m., Moore HRA, Room 1607

“La Pirogue” tells the story of 30 stowaways on a wooden fishing pirogue who undertake the perilous journey across the sea from Senegal to Spain were the hope to find better lives. The film is available on DVD or for streaming through Jackson Library http://library.uncg.edu/. Discussion will be led by Dr. Cybelle McFadden, associate professor of French at UNCG.

For more information, contact Dr. Susanne Rinner (s_rinner@uncg.edu) or Dr. Brooke Kreitinger (bdkreiti@uncg.edu) or visit http://aas.uncg.edu/ashby/.

Capstone Conference for students culminates common read

The Global Engagement Office, in partnership with Lloyd International Honors College, is hosting a Keker First Year Common Read Capstone Conference for 150 first-year students this week. The conference will serve as a culminating experience for “Where Am I Wearing” by Kelsey Timmerman (the 2015-16 Keker First Year Common Read). The event will bring students face to face with where Greensboro meets the global apparel industry.

Day One will take place at Revolution Mill, a former textile mill-turned-event space. Activities will include a World Cafe interactive discussion, panel on engaging public history from textile workers’ perspectives, presentation on global apparel industry, and keynote speakers from members of the Cone family. Day Two will focus on engaging students in the community.

Graduate students to show off their theses in 3MT competition

Graduate students from across all disciplines have accepted the ultimate challenge – to explain their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. They are armed with their knowledge and just one PowerPoint slide.

Thirty-three students entered the preliminary rounds and only 10 remain to compete in the final round of the competition. The winner will take home $1,000. A people’s choice award will be selected as well.

The final round of the competition will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public.

Course Reserves due For Winter, Spring 2016

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists for winter and/or spring are due Friday, December 4.

Requests to renew fall lists are due by Wednesday, December 9.

Reserve readings are stored in Box@UNCG and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box then sends email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert them into Canvas; instructions are provided. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

UNCG Opera Nov. 12-15

The UNCG Opera Theatre will present a fall opera production of three English one-acts: Floyd’s “Slow Dusk” (the “sad”), Holst’s “Sāvitri” (the “sublime”) and Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” (the “ridiculous”).

The performances are Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium

“We’re presenting three very unique and interesting short, one-act operas this fall,” David Holley explains. “‘Slow Dusk’ is a dark tragedy set in the hills of North Carolina, while ‘Savitri’ is a very well-known, uplifting episode from the ‘Mahābhārata.’ We are capping off the performances with ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’ by Gian-Carlo Menotti, the same composer as ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors.’  ‘Old Maid’ is a hilarious, quick-paced comedy that will keep the audience in stitches from beginning to end.”

Tickets may be purchased through the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160 or at  http://bit.ly/ZMwnpZ.

Downtown Greensboro Inc. honors Bryan Toney

Photo of Bryan ToneyDowntown Greensboro Inc. honored UNCG Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement Bryan Toney with the Ed Kitchen Leadership Award for his efforts to revitalize downtown Greensboro.

The award, given by Downtown Greensboro Inc., recognizes a local individual who, through leadership, vision and dedication, has been a champion for downtown Greensboro.

Toney received the award for his efforts related to expanding UNCG’s presence downtown through Union Square and HQ Greensboro. He was also a key leader in Greensboro’s InnovateNC initiative as well as the team that won the $500,000 top prize in the SC2 Challenge for the Global Opportunities Center.

Downtown Greensboro Incorporated is an economic development organization focused on stimulating investment and activity in downtown Greensboro.