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Archives for May 2016

They’re ready. Are you? Big Cram & Scram June 4

060116Feature_RummageSaleKaitlyn Runion picked through an armful of garments, sorting them into a neat row of bins labeled for clothing, shoes, electronics and more.

Runion, along with other UNCG Guarantee Scholars and Ben Kunka of the UNCG Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, spent five days in May sorting items that UNCG students left in the Cram & Scram donation bins at the end of the academic year. The items are to be sold in the annual Rummage Sale on June 4 in the EUC.

Last year over six tons of material was diverted from landfill disposal through UNCG’s Cram and Scram reuse program and rummage sale.

This year, UNCG’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling is partnering with the Daisy Trader, a program that helps offer bedding and clothing to students in need.

“It’s rewarding for me to give back to a program that helped me so much,” said Runion, a recent graduate, Guarantee Scholar and founder of the Daisy Trader. “I wouldn’t have been in school without the Guarantee Program.”

The UNCG Guarantee Program offers scholarships to high-achieving students from low-income households. Runion, who comes from a single-parent low-income family, created the Daisy Trader to offer help to others in a similar situation.

Kunka sees the rummage sale as fulfilling two functions: to give back to the community and to keep still-good items in use.

“The purpose is not to make money,” said Kunka, as he placed two Guitar-Hero controllers into a bin for electronics. “It’s to keep it out of the landfill.”

All proceeds will help fund environmental learning opportunities on campus such as Earth Day celebrations and other events.  All material not sold will be donated to Goodwill.

All items are sold at 50 cents a piece. The June 4 Cram & Scram rummage sale will be held in the EUC Cone Ballroom at UNCG. Doors open at 8 a.m.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Photograph by Daniel Wirtheim

2016 SOAR begins next week

060116Feature_SOARSpartan Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) is UNCG’s orientation program for all undergraduate students and their families. SOAR is an interactive program for incoming students and families to meet with an advisor, register for classes, learn about campus resources, experience the UNCG environment, and much more.

Students and families will learn tips to aid in the college transition process. Faculty members, administrators, advisors, and current students will present a wide spectrum of information including academics, class selection, campus resources, meal plan options, and co-curricular opportunities. Many faculty and staff volunteer each year to help welcome our newest Spartans.

Sessions will begin next week on June 6.

Tom Ross, Shirley Frye receive highest service awards

060116Feature_FryeRossFormer UNC system president Tom Ross and educator and community volunteer Shirley Frye received UNCG’s two highest university-wide awards for community service. The 2016 University Honors ceremony was held May 12.

Tom Ross received the Charles Duncan McIver Award, also known as the McIver Medal, for his distinguished service to North Carolina. Ross has not only served as president of the UNC system, but also as a superior court judge, administrator of the state court system, president of Davidson College and executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. A Greensboro native and a graduate of what is now known as Grimsley High School, Ross has been a longtime advocate of local universities, and held his formal UNC system inauguration on the campuses of North Carolina A&T and UNCG in 2011. He also served on the UNCG Board of Trustees prior to his appointment as system president, including time as board chair.

The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established in 1983 to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished public service to the state or nation.

Shirley Frye received the Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award for her service to Greensboro and the state of North Carolina. Frye began her career as an educator and has spent decades raising funds for higher education, serving on foundation boards and engaging in community outreach efforts. She has served as vice president of community relations for WFMY News 2, assistant to the president and director of planned giving at Bennett College and assistant vice chancellor for development and university relations at North Carolina A&T. She has served as chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation’s board of directors and the Guilford Technical Community College’s board of trustees and has been a member of the boards of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, United Way of Greensboro, Greensboro College and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The Holderness/Weaver Award is named for Greensboro residents Adelaide Fortune Holderness, who passed away in 2013, and H. Michael Weaver. It recognizes North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished public service to the community, state or nation but whose service may not be widely known.

UNCG Chancellor Frank Gilliam said, “I can think of no better recipients of UNCG’s highest service honors than Shirley Frye and Tom Ross – two people who have dedicated their lives to serving the people of Greensboro and North Carolina.”

By Tim Young

Visual: l-r, Shirley Frye, Chancellor Gilliam, Tom Ross

June update on Kaplan Center for Wellness

060116Feature_KaplanCenterWork on UNCG’s new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness continues to stay on schedule, and it should be ready to occupy for the Fall 2016 semester. UNCG Facilities Design & Construction notes that landscaping and site work is well underway, with trees and shrubs starting to be planted and pedestrian light poles being installed. Work on the interior of the building is mostly centered around the completion of finishes, testing the various mechanical and electrical systems, and completing the pools. Repaving of Neal Street and McCormick Street was part of May’s work, as well.

See photos from mid-May.

With prep work for “UNCG Auditorium,” an older name revealed

060116Feature_Auditorium“UNCG Auditorium” will be spelled out in cast bronze letters later this summer. The past name of “Aycock Auditorium” was removed from the building’s facade last week, and afterward some prep work began.

“We’re trying to clean it up,” said Chris Aareo, UNCG project manager in Facilities. Workers were taking off a coating placed during an earlier renovation.

Some of the coating on the facade was popping off, he explained, as were some fill-in materials from over the decades.

As the coating was removed, the earliest name for the auditorium was revealed for passers-by to discover: “NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AUDITORIUM.”

Those letters hadn’t seen the light of day in a long time, said Benjamin Roberts of Miraje Reconstruction Development, who was working to remove the coating on the limestone.

The letters were chiseled into the stone when the auditorium was built in the 1920s. They were filled in with some type of mortar and painted decades ago, he explained. But for a few days last week, the long-hidden lettering was quite apparent.

Interestingly, this architect’s drawing from 1922 shows “NC” instead of “North Carolina,” shortening the number of letters. Here is the lettering as the auditorium was constructed in early 1927 and when it was complete. Here is the lettering seen in 1945 – North Carolina College for Women Auditorium. (These visuals are courtesy the UNCG Digital Collections.)

UNCG Archivist Erin Lawrimore in University Libraries, after researching visuals in the archives, said that the Aycock name went up at some point between 1947 and 1958. She pointed out a photo from 1958 that had the Aycock name on the facade.

Women'snNameAs he oversaw the work last week, Aeroe said, “What we put on will bond better and have some opacity.” It will likely be a mineral paint, conducive to use with limestone. It’ll be somewhat opaque; you’ll be able to see some of the limestone features, such as texture and joints.

The Board of Trustees approved the “UNCG Auditorium” name in February. The bronze letters of the former “Aycock Auditorium” name that were removed, 15 inches in height, will be stored in UNCG Archives.

The new “UNCG Auditorium” name is expected to be in place in several weeks.

By Mike Harris
Photographs by Mike Harris

June 2016 Human Resources Professional Development workshops

UNCG’s Human Resources Professional Development program offers many resources to gain workplace knowledge and skills as well as free workshops to assist in planning for better work-life balance. To view the workshops offered and to register for a workshop, visit the Professional Development catalog at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/.

Among the summer offerings:

Personal Development Workshops

  • June 15, noon to 1 p.m., ‘Ten Strategies for Improving Your Finances’

The ten financial tips discussed in this workshop will get you on the road to financial well-being during challenging times. You will be able to identify the most immediate financial steps to take in your life, describe those steps, and discover ways to build long-term plans for your financial health.

  • June 22, 1-2 p.m., ‘Managing Personal Finances’

Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck. You will be able to identify financial warning signs, create a budget that will work for you, identify good credit behaviors and practical saving tips.

All workshops will take place in the HR Training Room, Bryan 113, unless otherwise noted.

 

Offered at Guilford College, a joint venture providing opportunities to both campuses’ employees:

‘Breakfast Briefing’ (includes a complimentary breakfast):

  • June 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. ‘Fostering Inclusion in the Workplace’

Inclusive work environments are productive environments! This seminar discusses how employees and managers can create an inclusive workplace. Participants will learn to identify activities, attitudes and assumptions that exclude co-workers. Then they’ll explore ways to include others and to enrich the office as well as their personal lives.

Registration Required (limited seating available)

To register for the Guilford College workshop, please visit: http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77003093

Shred-a-Thon June 17

Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the opportunity to shred paper documents with sensitive and confidential information for free will be in front of Foust Building on Administration Drive. The mobile shredding truck that will be stationed there is designed to process large amounts of paper on site.

Confidential materials from your office or home are welcome. This event is limited to UNCG faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Help will be available to unload your car. Staples, envelope windows and small paper clips are fine to be included with the material but no binders will be accepted. Be sure all paper is out of any binders before bringing your material. Use proper lifting technique and teamwork to move paper to the event — paper is deceptively heavy.

Last year about 16,920 lbs. of material was shredded and recycled, which is roughly equivalent to 143 trees worth of paper.

For any questions or assistance with getting records to the event, contact Ben Kunka, bakunka@uncg.edu.

Records that have permanent or historical value, based on the approved records schedule, are to be transferred to University Archives. Instructions for transferring records to University Archives are available at http://uncg.libguides.com/university_archives/transferring_to_archives.

If you have questions about transferring records to University Archives or the historic value of your records (both paper and digital) contact Erin Lawrimore at erlawrim@uncg.edu.

UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Records are to be disposed of according to university and state-approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available at http://its.uncg.edu/records_management/.  If you have questions about records management, contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program grant

Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, has received a grant from the Coleman Foundation for the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program for 2016-17.

There are 14 Coleman Veteran Entrepreneurship Fellows across campus who retain the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows title in addition to two new recipients this year:

  • J. Scott Young, professor and chair of the Dept. of Counseling and Educational Development, School of Education
  • Megan Delph, Student Success Navigator, School of Health and Human Sciences

Additionally, three Coleman Entrepreneurship Veteran Fellows are named in the grant for this year and will support ongoing cross-campus entrepreneurship projects:

  • Bonnie Canziani, associate professor of sustainable hospitality & tourism (Dept. of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism)
  • Keith Debbage, professor of geography (Dept. of Geography, Dept. of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism)
  • Steve Cramer, business librarian (University Libraries) and associate director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

Noah Reynolds, entrepreneur and adjunct instructor of entrepreneurship, has been named the Coleman Entrepreneur in Residence for 2016-17. This is UNCG’s first Entrepreneur in Residence to work with the academic courses in entrepreneurship across campus and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Club.

The Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program extends self-employment education across 17 university and college campuses. Fellows engage in the development of courses and leadership of projects in support of entrepreneurship education on their campus, inspiring students in non-business disciplines to gain self-employment skills and experience.

​For more information about the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows at UNCG, visit entrepreneurship.uncg.edu ​or contact Welsh at dhwelsh@uncg.edu or 336-256-8507.

A generosity of eye and ‘outsider art’ at Weatherspoon

060116Feature_InsideTheOutsideOne self-taught artist, James Castle, used soot from his stove and sharpened sticks to draw on found paper and packaging. At the Weatherspoon, Collector William Louis-Dreyfus pointed to Castle’s and other’s works – and desire to produce art – as an example of “the strength of the artistic urge.”

The May 20 gallery talk by collector William Louis-Dreyfus, hosted by Weatherspoon museum director Nancy Doll, filled at least half of the large Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, where the exhibition is on view.

“Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation” will be on display through Sep. 4. Admission is free.

“Inside the Outside” showcases the work of James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor and Willie Young.

Each of these artists has created a body of work that stands beside the canon of the mainstream art world, the organizers note. Among many things Louis-Dreyfus shared with the attendees:

  • “I am hugely impressed” by the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Louis-Dreyfus said. “It’s perfectly wonderful.”
  • How did he start collecting “outsider art”? he was asked. It was completely by accident, he explained. A friend showed him a work by Traylor. “I thought it was amazing.” But he balked at the asking price. But he couldn’t get it out of his mind, so he bought it.
  • His first appreciation of art? As a young teenager in Paris, he would sometimes skip school. “I would go to the movies – or the Louvre.” One painting was particularly enticing to him: “The Country Girl” by Dutch painter Frans Hal.
  • The documentary, which will be screened Thursday at the museum? “My daughter is an actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). She is married to a fellow who makes movies. They decided to make a film about the collection. The movie is a lot of fun and really good – (though) there’s too much of me in it. (Yet) it’s my daughter’s movie and I respect that. My daughter – she’s a great deal of fun.”

“I hope you like what you see,” he said in conclusion, adding amusingly deadpan, “If you don’t like, please don’t tell me about it.”

Enjoy a viewing of “Generosity of Eye” about Louis-Dreyfus and the collection June 2 at 6 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. Admission is free.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Loring Mortensen, as Louis-Dreyfus (in center) speaks with attendees.

‘Say Yes to Education,’ a workshop

Staff Senate is sponsoring an information session on “Say Yes to Education,” June 7 at noon in SOE Building, Room 118.

Say Yes was founded in 1987 by money manager George Weiss, who promised to prepare 112 Philadelphia sixth graders for college and to pay their college tuition if they graduated high school. Say Yes now helps entire communities make a similar commitment to every public high school student. Say Yes Guilford was launched in September 2015.

Sign up at:
http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021900

http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshop-details.jsp?wks_id=44011465

Basic Digital Photography Workshop June 22

This one-day professional-development workshop will introduce basic topics in digital photography to interested employees. Bring your camera. The workshop will be in Bryan 206 on June 22, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In a morning classroom session, learn about:

  • Digital resolution and how it is related to publishing in print and on the web
  • Digital sensor sizes
  • Image formats
  • Basic camera controls and what they do – for example, what is PSAM?
  • ISO sensitivity vs. image noise
  • Aperture and depth-of-field
  • Shutter speed
  • Basic composition
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Discussion of portraiture

After lunch, the class will go outdoors for some hands-on practice, and will learn about Image-editing software; Histogram; White balance; Cataloging and metadata.

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021979

Questions? Email Martin W. Kane (mwkane@uncg.edu).

Justin Streuli is NC Minority Business Advocate of the Year

Photo of Justin Streuli.Justin Streuli, director of UNCG’s NC Entrepreneurship Center, was recognized as the 2016 NC Minority Business Advocate of the Year. The award was presented by the Small Business Administration NC District Office in conjunction with The Support Center in honor of National Small Business Week.

One of the main programs that was highlighted with the award was the entrepreneurship center’s Micro-enterprise for Refugees in the Triad (MERIT) program, which is a partnership with the African Services Coalition, the Center for New North Carolinians and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center. MERIT puts immigrant refugees in the Triad and beyond through a business plan workshop, helping them fine-tune their business idea into an actionable plan.

Once approved, these refugees are given a low-interest loan to help them start their business as well as build credit to become more easily acclimated into the North Carolina small business community. About 60 refugees have been through the program so far.

Streuli is a UNCG alumnus, earning his MBA degree in 2011.

Stephen Moore

Photo of Stephen Moore.Dr. Stephen Moore (Degrees Matter) received additional funding from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for “Degrees Matter: Advisor and Volunteer Coordinator.” This project is supported by funds from the Lumina Foundation.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen Sills.Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from Reinvestment Fund, Inc. for the project “Unhealthy Homes & Childhood Asthma: Community Action Planning for an Asthma Safe City.” This project is supported by funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nearly a third of children in North Carolina visited the ER or Urgent Care in the last year due to asthma, the abstract states. The project intend to address pediatric asthma disparities by focusing on deteriorating housing conditions and affordability with the goal of making Greensboro homes asthma-safe.

Additionally, Sills received funding from the City of Greensboro Human Relations Department for the project “Rental Housing Discrimination of LGBTQ Home Seekers in Greensboro: A Fair Housing Study.” In January 2015, Greensboro city council members voted unanimously to add protections for sexuality and gender identity to the city’s Fair Housing Ordinance. Greensboro is the first city in North Carolina to protect gay and transgender citizens from discrimination in housing” the abstract says. The funded project will audit rental housing in Greensboro for discrimination of same-sex couples.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Photo of Dr. Heidi Carlone.Dr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received additional funding from The Museum of Science in Boston for the project “Engineering is Elementary.”

In memoriam: Lee Shiflett

Dr. Lee Shiflett died May 27. A longtime faculty member in the School of Education’s Department of Library and Information Studies, he was deeply involved in the libraries and information studies field for almost five decades. His research into American library history resulted in the publication of three books and his interest in history and rare books resulted in another. He taught many courses including cataloging, government documents, management and special collections. In 2001, he was appointed chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies until 2009. Since 2014, he had served as interim chair of the department.

Before joining UNCG in 2001, he was on faculty at Louisiana State University and at University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.

The memorial service information may be viewed here. Those who would like to make a memorial gift may choose to do so to the UNCG Library and Information Studies Alumni Endowment, which has been established in his honor (online here or via mail at LIS Alumni Endowment, University Advancement, PO Box 26170, Greensboro NC  27402).

With the Staff: May and early June

Hello: Teresa Hefner, Student Health Services; Michael Lee, Parking Services; Stefanie Hunter, Human Development & Family Studies; Bethany Schaefer, Human Development & Family Studies; Frederick Ellerbe, Housekeeping; Karen Brady-Siler, Information Systems and Supply Chain Mgmt; Larry Meris, Buildings & Trades; Siera Schubach, Physics & Astronomy

Good-bye: Ann Deal, Campus Recreation; Tammie Hill, Human Resources; Rachel Hill, Languages Literatures and Cultures; Charlotte Leitch, School of Nursing Dean’s Office; Lisa McHenry, Consumer Apparel & Retail; William Bradford, Housekeeping; Justin Balser, Interior Architecture; Jason Stogner, Emergency Management; Ashley Trebisacci, School of HHS Dean’s Office

See/hear: June 1, 2016

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In their four years at UNCG, twin sisters Nicole and Lindsay Thomas made a huge impact on UNCG Softball. After being named a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III First Team selection for the third consecutive year, Nicole was named to the Division I Academic All-America Second Team this year. Nicole ends her career with a .362 batting average and 31 home runs, ranking fourth and fifth in the UNCG record books respectively. As a pitcher, she posted a 22-17 record with three saves, ranking sixth on the all time saves list. Lindsay Thomas helped rewrite the UNCG record books, finishing as the all-time leader in batting average (.382), runs scored (189), hits (257), home runs (57) and slugging percentage (.728).

They both earned first team All-Region accolades for the third time of their careers this year. See a clip on them, as their Spartan sports careers come to an end.

 

Looking ahead: June 1, 2016

Fringe on Film: ‘Generosity of Eye’
Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Cram and Scram Rummage Sale
Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m., EUC

‘Trial by Jury,’ UNCG’s Greensboro Light Opera and Sound
Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m., Courtroom 1C, New Guilford County Courthouse, 201 S. Eugene Street.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’ or ‘The Witch’s Curse’
June 16, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

2016 Spring Commencement: ‘Believe in yourself’

051816Feature_CommencementIn his first May Commencement, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. opened the ceremony with a loud, resounding “It’s a great day to be a Spartan!” He continued by inspiring students to seize opportunities, pursue excellence and embody the core values of UNCG.

“This isn’t the end, you know. This is really just the beginning,” Gilliam said. “UNCG will be your alma mater, and you will be part of a legacy that has been about pushing boundaries.”

Commencement speaker Denise Turner Roth, the 21st Senate-confirmed administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the former city manager of Greensboro, shared her inspiring personal story of overcoming adversity. Having grown up in a low-income neighborhood in Washington, D.C., it was the support of her family and friends, hard work and discipline, and a desire to make a difference that propelled her to where she is today.

“It does not matter what others think about us. What stands out most in our life’s journey is what we think about ourselves – how we assess and develop and apply our talents,” Roth said. “My message is really very straightforward. Believe in yourself.”

Approximately 2,466 students turned their tassels at UNCG’s 2016 May Commencement, a joyous celebration marked by lots of cheers, smiles and laughter. The university awarded roughly 1,788 bachelor’s degrees, 587 master’s degrees, 74 doctoral degrees and 17 specialist in education degrees. Eighty-four of those degrees were awarded to international students – the largest group of graduating international students in UNCG’s history. The 84 international students represent 33 countries.

The university also presented honorary degrees to William F. “Bill” Black and Dr. Harold A. Schiffman. Dr. Gregory Grieve, an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, was presented with the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Full story at UNCG Now.
By Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography of Denise Turner Roth by Martin W. Kane, University Relations

President Spellings at UNCG

Photo of Spellings. After President Margaret Spellings visited UNCG as part of her tour of UNC campuses, she reflected on her visit in a blog post. In part, she said:

What I’ll remember most from UNC Greensboro is their success at tackling one of the core missions of modern higher education — welcoming low-income, first-generation college students and helping them find a path to graduation. Forty-four percent of UNCG students are eligible for Pell Grants, and those students have a six-year graduation rate that is just a few points shy of the university’s overall average. The ability to serve students who come from more challenging backgrounds is crucial at a time when our state’s population is changing and our economic needs are evolving. Long-range prosperity means educating more North Carolinians, especially those who have historically faced too many obstacles to higher education.

Read President Spellings’ blog post about her visit to UNCG at www.northcarolina.edu/content/driving-right-direction.

Weatherspoon hosts William Louis-Dreyfus collection of self-taught artists

051816Feature_InsideOutsideThe Weatherspoon Art Museum hosts “Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation” May 21 to Sep. 4.

“Inside the Outside” showcases the work of James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor and Willie Young.

Each of these artists has examined an idiosyncratic personal reality to create works full of imaginative and visual power, works that stand beside the canon of the mainstream art world.

William Louis-Dreyfus is the father of actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, known for her role as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.” Julia also produced the 2015 documentary “Generosity of Eye,” which explores her father’s passion for sharing and collecting art.

William Louis-Dreyfus began collecting the works of self-taught artists in the 1970s with the purchase of a Bill Traylor drawing. He now owns more than 500 works by these artists, within his over-all collection of 3,500 objects, which includes well-known names such as Jean Dubuffet, Albert Giacometti, Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms and Alice Neel. When asked what caused him to collect self-taught art, he explains that, “I think the answer is not anything different from what propelled me to collect art itself, namely a conviction that the work achieves an inescapable and meaningful artistic presence: the quality that differentiates art from illustration.

Three of the exhibition’s artists grew up in the Deep South: Thornton Dial on a tenant farm in Alabama, Nellie Mae Rowe on a farm in rural Georgia, and Bill Traylor, born a slave in Alabama, who only began to draw and paint at age 84. Willie Youn participated as a child in a scholarship art class at the Dallas Museum of Art but found his own voice using only pencil as a medium. James Castle was born deaf and spent his entire life at his rural family home in Idaho.

The exhibition was co-organized by Darsie Alexander, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art and Nancy Doll, Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum. ArtsGreensboro and the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation are sponsors of the exhibition at the Weatherspoon. Thank you to the City of Greensboro for their support of the Fringe on Film Series.”

Related Events

  • Members’ Gallery Talk: William Louis-Dreyfus and Nancy Doll
    Friday, May 20, 6 pm; Public Reception, 6:30 pm
    Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.
  • Films: Fringe on Film Series
    Thursdays, June 2, July 7 & August 4, 7 p.m.* Often considered on the fringe of the art world, the self-taught artists in this summer’s film series demonstrate a creative visual reality that is remarkably unique and contemporary. June 2: “Generosity of Eye” (2015, 63 min.), July 7: “James Castle: Portrait of an Artist” (2008, 53 min.), August 4: “Mr. Dial Has Something to Say” (2007, 60 min.). * Enjoy pre-film refreshments and tours: Complimentary beer and refreshments hosted by the Membership Committee of the Weatherspoon Art Museum (6-7 p.m); mini tours of “Inside the Outside” (6:30-7 p.m). Free.

Visual: Nellie Mae Rowe, “Big Cat”, c. 1980, ballpoint and felt tip ink on paper. The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.

In memoriam: Dr. Ethel Glenn

Dr. Ethel Chappell Glenn died April 8. She joined UNCG’s Communication Studies faculty in 1972 and retired from UNCG in 1995. Her areas of specialization were public address, public speaking and listening. During her years as a university professor, she was an active member of the Speech Communication Association, the Southern Speech Communication Association, the Carolinas Speech Communication Association, the International Listening Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Honorary Society for Women Educators. She was author or co-author of two textbooks, 15 journal articles, and more than 20 convention papers. As an administrator, she was director of UNCG’s Communication Studies Division teacher education coordinator for the Department of Communication and Theatre, and director of Graduate Studies In recent years, her greatest volunteer passion was assisting the teachers and students of the Washington Montessori School in Greensboro. You may donate to the UNCG Glenn/Tedford Graduate Enrichment Endowed Fund in her memory, if you wish, at Glenn/Tedford Graduate Fund, UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402. The fund provides for enrichment activities for graduate students in Communication Studies. More information on her life may be found in her obituary (the source of some of this information) at http://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/glenn-dr-ethel-chappell/article_529efcee-9e0a-5dbd-bcb3-3bbd942f045d.html

View illuminated manuscripts, through end of May

Book of Hours--Scythe

Book of Hours

Recognized as the first major book printed with mass-produced moveable type, the 1454 Gutenberg Bible is a good starting point for UNCG Special Collections and University Archives’ “Wondrous Works: Illuminated Manuscripts from Three Continents.The exhibition, which is on display in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room through the end of May, displays illuminated manuscripts and printed books made during or shortly after the invention of moveable type.

“It sets the tone,” said Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives Keith Gorman, as he explained how the moveable type featured on the Gutenberg Bible changed the bookmaker’s craft throughout the world.

According to Gorman, “Wondrous Works” aims to exhibit the artistic trends in illuminated works and the interplay between cultures. Illuminations, or illustrated pages, often depict flora and cultural artifacts specific to the region and time period that each book was made. Featuring illuminated works from three continents gives the viewer a sense of the rich cultural trade of bookmaking.

Gorman more thoroughly explains the exhibit in a blog post:

Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG’s University Libraries has mounted an exhibit highlighting the rich tradition of illuminated manuscripts in Europe, India, Persia, Ethiopia, and Armenia. By presenting these works within a global perspective, the exhibition Wondrous Works: Illuminated Manuscripts From Three Continents” strives to broaden our understanding of the history of the book, the influence of artistic trends on illuminated works, and the cultural contact and cultural exchange amongst peoples.

Working with local bookman Norman Smith and his collection of rare works, the exhibit features manuscripts that were created during or shortly after the invention of movable type in 1454.  Despite the widespread adoption of print technology, the exhibit reveals a continued interest and market for illuminated works well into the 1600s.

The term manuscript comes from the Latin word for “handwritten.” Before the invention of movable type, all books had to be written out by hand. It was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process that could take months or years to complete.  Some manuscripts were made even more special by the process of “illumination.” This term comes from the Latin word for “lit up” or “enlightened” and refers to the use of bright colors and precious metals to embellish initial letters or to portray whole scenes.

The Hodges Reading Room is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

UNCG Baseball tied for first. Final games this weekend.

051816Feature_BaseballSo it’s come down to this: UNCG and Mercer are both tied for first in the conference. UNCG hosts Mercer this weekend for three games. Whoever wins the most this weekend, wins the SoCon regular season championship.

The games are free admission. Come out to the UNCG Baseball Stadium for this final home series of the 2016 regular season

There’ll be Dollar Dogs on Thursday night, food trucks on Friday and Saturday, and giveaways all series long, including Bojangle’s mystery gift cards, UNCG Baseball photo roster cards, and UNCG croakies. Come to the final game of the series on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. as Athletics recognizes the 2016 Senior Class pregame.

Saturday, May 21, is also Armed Forces Day. During Saturday’s game Athletics will be recognizing all active and retired military in attendance on the field at the end of the 2nd inning. Active and retired military members attending the game and wishing to participate are asked to meet at the marketing table on the concourse by the middle of the 2nd inning.

Tresa Saxton retiring as director of Student Health Services

Photo of Saxton. After twenty years of service to UNCG, Dr. Tresa Saxton, Director of Student Health Services, will be retiring effective the 31st of May. Dr. Saxton came to UNCG from Kent State University where she had served as Director of Student Health. During her tenure, she provided leadership in blending the medical and counseling services in order to create a holistic approach to student health. She has served as a leader among her peers in the UNC system and one to whom others have sought counsel and advice. Tresa has also overseen the implementation of both the required student health insurance program and electronic medical records while serving as a campus resource for all things related to HIPAA. Dr. Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, noted that “Tresa’s expertise and willingness to challenge the ‘ways things have always been done’ have been instrumental in creating a first class Student Health Center. She will be missed!” Kathy Baber, current Associate Director of Student Health Services, will serve as Interim Director for the coming year.

Jim Fisher had questions. Tony Kushner had answers.

National Medal of Arts winning playwright Tony Kushner joined UNCG Theatre professor and alumnus Jim Fisher for two question and answer sessions last month.  On April 1, Kushner and Fisher conversation was the keynote event at the 40th annual Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland  They did an onstage Q&A – in fact, they did two, including one for a smaller group of about 50 American theatre scholars.

Kushner is best known for his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning “Angels in America.”

Fisher, who received the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s Outstanding Teacher Award earlier this month, is the author of three books on Kushner and his work, as well as editor of a collection of essays on his plays. Some readers may have enjoyed their Q&A in Taylor Theatre in 2008; at that time Kushner spoke about his then-current work on the screenplay for Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

Kyle Hines three times a Euroleague champion

CSKA-Brose_01Former UNCG men’s basketball standout Kyle Hines placed his name among the all-time greats in Euroleague history Sunday as he helped his team CSKA Moscow win the Euroleague Championship Game with a 101-96 overtime victory against Fenerbahce in Berlin.

Hines becomes just the third American in Euroleague history to win the league title three times as he took home the title in 2012 and 2013 playing for Olympiacos.

Hines helped CSKA claim the title with a strong game in the title contest, scoring 15 points on the strength of 6-of-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. His play helped his team knock of Fenerbahce and former Spartan Ricky Hickman in the title game. Also this season, he was named the 2016 Euroleague Best Defender.

Hines played for the Spartans from 2004-08 and is the all-time leading scorer in Spartan history with 2,147 career points. Additionally, he holds the career records in rebounds (1,047), blocked shots (349), field goals made (582) and free throws made (419).

By Matt McCollester. Photo from earlier in the season courtesy Euroleague.
Full story at UNCG Athletics.

From Peabody Park to Peabody Conservatory: Kaitlyn Wagner

Photo of Wagner.Moogfest is making news in North Carolina – it’s a celebration of Moog analog synthesizers and electronic music. UNCG actually has the oldest electronic music studio in the state. When UNCG ordered its first Moog synthesizer, it invited Bob Moog to campus to lecture. Dr. Mark Engebretson is now director of the A.V. Williams Electronic Music Studio at UNCG. Last year we spoke with him and with an undergraduate, Holt Music Scholarship recipient Kaitlyn Wagner (in visual), who loves UNCG’s classic Moog synthesizer. It’s been a big part of her music program here – she composed a song using it in tribute to Philip Glass, and spent time with Glass when he came to campus last year.

Wagner, who graduated this month, will pursue acoustical studies at the Peabody Conservatory in August. “Kate is among a large number of Composition students who have been admitted to strong programs this year,” says Engebretson. Another recent graduate was awarded a fellowship to Princeton University. Curtis Institute, Florida State, University of North Texas and Ohio State University are among the destinations of his students. One 2013 graduate recently received his MM in Composition from Juilliard.

But back to Kaitlyn: “I am going to Peabody for my MA in Acoustics, funded by a graduate assistantship in computer music,” she tells CW. And she has a great summer internship. “ I’m working as an intern at Polk Audio this summer doing acoustical tests and measurements. My long term goal is to work in product development designing and building audio equipment such as speakers, microphones and synthesizers.”

Dr. Bob Griffiths

Photo of Dr. Bob Griffiths.Dr. Bob Griffiths (Political Science) has had his book “U.S. Security Cooperation with Africa: Political and Policy Challenges” published by Routledge as part of their series on Advances in International Relations and Global Politics.

Griffiths, associate professor of political science, teaches courses on African politics, international security, international law, and the politics of the non-western world. For the past two decades, he has edited the reader “Annual Editions: The Developing World” for McGraw-Hill Publishers. His research interests focus on democracy, security, and development in Africa and U.S. security cooperation with Africa. He is the associate editor for Africa for the journal “Politics and Policy” and has also been a consultant to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Photo of Dr. Colleen FairbanksDr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Elon University for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Elon University (2016-2017).”

Dr. Lisa Pluff

Dr. Lisa Pluff (Beyond Academics) received a grant from CenterPoint Human Services for the project “Uber/LYFT Curriculum Development.” In enhancing the educational and career success of individuals with intellectual disabilities, transportation and navigating one’s neighborhood can become a barrier, the abstract says. To address this potential barrier and to enhance the capacity of individuals with I/DD and their communities to take advantage of newer forms of transportation (e.g., Uber, LYFT), UNCG will work with the LME/MCO to develop a curriculum. The curriculum will use universal design principles.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen SillsDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Hinton Center for the project “Asset Based Community Development Planning.”  This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request by Rev. Amy Spivey, Director of Program Ministries at the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC, to conduct an asset based needs assessment and gap analysis. A needs assessment documents the existing services being provided to a community. It then identifies actual needs of the community and uncovers the “gap” between services and needs. Both geo-spatial and socio-economic Community Asset Mapping will be employed. This needs assessment will help organizations define their priorities and develop plans to address deficits while avoiding duplication in the service matrix. Cost-effectiveness, projected population change, legal mandates, and client input are considered in the process. Suggestions for training and organizational development are made, as well as plans for monitoring and evaluating implementation of plans to address the identified service deficiencies. The results of that mapping will be used to assist the “Partnering for Change” project to establish an inter-agency, collaborative Community Action Plan (CAP).

Additionally, Sills received funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “Measuring the Impact of the Housing Crisis: A Census of Housing Stock in Greensboro.” This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request by the Housing Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG). CFGG has been helping sponsor efforts in the city to bring together policy makers, non-profit service providers, and property management companies, as well as investors and developers to tackle the issue of a lack of affordable housing. One problem with studying vacant and abandoned properties is that many communities have no reliable way to keep track of their vacant and abandoned properties. It is hard to quantify the costs of such properties when there is no central mode of determining the scale and scope of vacancies in a given area. This project will involve the collection of primary data on all land parcels in in the city to determine the frequency of vacant, abandoned, and substandard properties in the area. It will lead to a separate, later market segmentation and cost analysis study for Greensboro.

Looking ahead: May 18, 2016

Baseball vs. Mercer
Friday, May 20, 6 p.m.

Gallery Talk with William Louis-Dreyfus
Friday, May 20, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Baseball vs. Mercer
Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.

Cram and Scram Rummage Sale
Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m., EUC

See/hear: May 18, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Kyle Hines was honored as the top defender in European basketball this year. He helped lead his Moscow team to the Euroleague title as well. See a highlight reel of his year. It’ll be a trip down memory lane for all those who remember the Spartan big man breaking school records last decade here at UNCG.