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Archives for April 2017

For award recipient Terri Shelton, steward leadership is about supporting others’ work

What does it take to make a greater impact?

For Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Terri Shelton, it comes from collaboration, working as a team and supporting many others at UNCG and in the community.

“I’m much more comfortable working behind the scenes,” she says. “I take the concept of steward leadership really seriously – it’s about supporting other people’s work.”

This week, Shelton will receive one of Triad Business Journal’s 2017 Outstanding Women in Business honors. She will be recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, April 27, and in a special publication later in the week.

Shelton is passionate about efforts that translate research into policies, programs and community initiatives and efforts that involve the collaboration of stakeholders. “How can we ask the right questions, how can we develop tools and methodology, how do we correctly analyze our data,” she asks, “if we aren’t partnering with the folks that are using the services?”

As a result of this focus, parents, teachers, police departments, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, youth, policymakers and researchers worldwide are all partners in UNCG efforts to make an impact in Guilford County, our state and beyond.

“We co-create the research with community partners,” Dr. Shelton explains. “It always generates really great questions.”

In addition to supporting the research, scholarship and creative activity of UNCG faculty, staff and students, Shelton guides community and economic engagement efforts on campus, as well as eight interdisciplinary research centers. Every initiative Shelton oversees is a multi-angled project, attacking problems from multiple directions, and always asking the next big question.

“I’m interested in how we address big issues,” says Shelton.

The approach has guided her own extensive work as a researcher, and the work she has supported over more than 20 years as a leader and mentor at UNCG.

As a researcher and a supporter of research, she effects change through evidence-based interventions. It’s not a simple type of research. In examining a problem, the work doesn’t only analyze one aspect of the equation, but many, and the research is meant to be applied.

“I often say UNCG is good at ‘messy’ research,” she says. But she doesn’t mean it’s disorganized.

“Sometimes the best practices you identify under controlled conditions don’t work in the real world,” she explains. “You have to look at the implementation piece. We look at what the research really means in the real world, and how to tweak it within that context. I think that’s where you end up getting better outcomes. That’s what I call the messy work, but it’s also the fun work. … We have a number of researchers on this campus that are really smart about doing that applied, implementation work. It’s one of the nice things about our research and scholarship.”

Shelton is the author of more than 70 publications, including the landmark “Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs.” The report, published 30 years ago, laid the foundation for an initiative by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to make services family-centered, culturally competent and community-based.

For that initiative, Shelton had the opportunity to interview thousands of families in order to examine the elements of family-centered care. It showed her the importance of respectful communication and acknowledging the expertise of families as the architects of a patient’s health care. As a continuation of that work, Shelton cofounded the nonprofit Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care in Bethesda, Md. The center is now in its 25th year, and implements its principle across the country and internationally, to produce better health outcomes.

Since she came to UNCG, Shelton’s research projects have brought around $30 million in grant funding, and her policy and program work in Guilford County and across the state is extensive and diverse.

Before becoming vice chancellor, she served for nearly a decade as director of the UNCG Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnership, where she focused on early childhood issues and getting kids off to the right start. In that role, she was part of a group of passionate advocates who created the nonprofit North Carolina Infant and Young Child Mental Health Association, which brings together scholars and community collaborators to support the social and emotional development of young children.

Shelton has also contributed to a 20-year-long focused deterrence effort with partners across North Carolina. It’s part of a national initiative to reduce violence using evidence-based, collaborative approaches. The project, which has received national recognition, has addressed gun and gang violence, drugs, and, more recently, domestic violence.

In explaining the success of those initiatives, she says, “For me, everything comes down to relationships and partnerships. … I often use the phrase ‘ask better questions, get better answers.’ I think the collaborative process really gets you to that.”

Another program that Shelton has been instrumental in developing is Beyond Academics, now celebrating its tenth year. The program, which is part of a growing national movement, enables young adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in a college experience on UNCG’s campus for four years and to earn a certificate, while moving toward more fulfilling lives. It’s the first and only four-year program of its kind in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation.

We’re charting new ground,” she says.

Recently, Shelton volunteered at “Mentoring Monday” on UNCG’s campus. She says she took something away from the mentoring sessions as well. In all cases of good mentorship, she explains, “everybody learns.” Among her own mentors are her parents, who she says taught her to be fearless and to give back.

Shelton’s many projects and initiatives are ongoing, and meant to be sustainable — to have an impact on generation after generation. One thing that keeps her inspired is witnessing the differences, whether it’s encountering a young person she knew through a Head Start program who is now in college, or a Beyond Academics student who is excitedly planning his or her future.

“I’ll hear an individual story, where you can see something was changed, the needle was moved, and it’s extremely powerful,” she says. “But almost immediately as I hear that story, I say, ‘But the work’s not done.’”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

UNCG’s Science Everywhere draws thousands

On Saturday, April 22, UNCG’s campus was transformed into a playground for science.

Drawing an estimated crowd of 4,500 on a beautiful spring day, the third annual UNCG Science Everywhere festival provided young people, parents and members of the community with myriad opportunities to experience science in new and exciting ways.

Nearly 500 more Spartans and volunteers were on hand to lead the activities and provide support for the big day.

Many organizations and campus entities helped make the event a success, including VOLVO Group of Companies, WFMY News 2 (CBS), The Reich Family Foundation, LabCorp, Syngenta, The National Science Foundation, North Carolina Science Festival, Transforming Teaching Through Technology , UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network, UNCG SELF Design Studio, UNCG School of Education, UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, UNCG University Advancement, UNCG Enrollment Management and UNCG’s Office of the Provost.

With 70 hands-on activities throughout campus, from cyanotype blueprints, to flash-freezing tennis balls to drawing in 3D, there was truly something for everyone.

Jenna Buckley and her nine-year-old daughter, Maeve, enjoyed exploring the variety of activities throughout UNCG’s campus. “This was our first time, and I was really impressed,” said Buckley. Maeve agreed. “The (cyanotype) blueprint was really cool.”

For more information on UNCG Science Everywhere, visit scienceeverywhere.uncg.edu/.

‘Mind-blowing’ day with Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

When the world’s most renowned trumpet player brings the world’s most celebrated jazz orchestra to campus, that’s big. When the performers take the time to hear students play, give critiques, field questions and share their wealth of experience, that can be life-changing.

Composer, band leader and advocate for the arts Wynton Marsalis visited UNCG with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) last Thursday as part of the University Performing Arts Series. In the afternoon before the big performance, Marsalis held a public conversation with Interim Director of the UNCG Jazz Studies program Chad Eby in Taylor Theatre. Marsalis spoke about his life and music training, jazz history, what it takes to play the music of Duke Ellington and his general view of the world.

Prior to the talk, UNCG music students had the exclusive opportunity to work with members of the orchestra in clinics throughout the Music Building. Students formed jazz combos to play for the orchestra members, and the student musicians heard critiques and encouragement from some of the best jazz players in the world.

“Those cats can play, and they made me want to dance,” said freshman jazz studies major and piano player Sean Mason. “Dan Nimmer (JLCO pianist) was a cool guy, and so were the other members of the group. I think those are connections that I’ll keep for a lifetime.”

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Mason’s combo-mate, music performance graduate student and vibraphone player Chris Thompson. “It’s always humbling to get a critique from those who are leading the way.”

The UNCG students also impressed the orchestra members.

“They were swinging, they had a good idea about the music, they knew their tunes, they were receptive,” said JLCO trumpet player Tatum Greenblatt. “I wish we had another 45 minutes with them.”

“Fabulous” was JLCO trumpet player Marcus Printup’s assessment of the UNCG student musicians. “I knew they’d be killing it, because Chad and Steve (Haines) and Brandon (Lee) are here,” he said, referring to several UNCG faculty who teach in the jazz program.

“I asked the students who they listened to. The piano player said Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans. The tenor player said John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. They know the traditions.”

JLCO saxophone, flute and clarinet player Alexa Tarantino added, “I don’t often go to a school and have students give 110 percent right away. I could tell when they were playing they were just digging into it and giving their best, and there was no hesitation.”

Ariel Kopelov, a junior jazz studies major and tenor saxophone player, especially appreciated being able to work with Tarantino, a female jazz performer she has long admired.

Kopelov summed up the experience in one word: “mind-blowing.”

In the evening, the orchestra, led by Marsalis, gave a thrilling two-set performance to a packed house. They played original pieces by Victor Goines and Vincent Gardner, as well as tunes by Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Throughout the performance, Marsalis, Goines and Gardner explained the historical contexts or the traditions that inspired each dynamic piece of music. UNCG faculty member Brandon Lee, who is a previous member of the JLCO, played with the band, giving solos on several of the tunes. After the performance, many of UNCG’s jazz students had the opportunity to spend more time with Marsalis and the rest of the orchestra.

The students who met Marsalis remarked on the way he took the time to speak with each student individually.

“It was definitely a life-changing experience,” said Thompson. “The entire day was a moment of reckoning. If nothing else, I know for sure there is one thing Thursday’s experience confirmed for me: I am heading to the practice room.”

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Katie Lloyd

The search for UNCG’s oldest trees

UNCG has again been named a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation, which honors universities promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

UNCG initially received this designation in 2009. It was a first for any UNC system university.

One student researcher, Keith Watkins ’15, has been on a search for UNCG’s oldest trees.

As he toured campus with this writer, he pointed to a shortleaf pine beside a roadway at the edge of UNCG’s Peabody Park.

“That’s the Champion Tree,” he said.

It’s the oldest tree on campus.

It’s graced the campus since 1837, the year Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson as president. The nation gained a 26th state. A young Victoria became queen of England. News of a clash at the Alamo was still fresh.

“It looks like a normal tree,” he said. “But look how high up the lowest limbs are.”

UNCG Grounds, in a program spearheaded by Hal Shelton and Kevin Siler, has placed a small placard on each of the old trees Watkins has tested, with the age and genus of the tree.

Watkins has doggedly and methodically determined the age of UNCG’s oldest trees since 2014. He won a UNCG Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award grant to find out just how old they are.

He marvels at what that one, small grant did for him.

“I was able to do real research on it. It wasn’t the money so much; it gave me the initiative,” he said. “To find one more than 175 years old, it made it all worthwhile.”

He presented the eye-opening results at the 2015 Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo on campus. He won the top award for biology-related projects, inspiring him to continue the research. Now, he’s completing his master’s degree in geography, graduating in May.

When Watkins started, he and Dr. Paul Knapp, founder and director of UNCG’s Carolina Tree-Ring Science Laboratory, had suspected that the pines south of Shaw Residence Hall – enjoyed by everyone passing on Walker Avenue – were the oldest trees on campus.

“This lean is pretty pronounced,” Watkins said as he gestured to the top of the tree nearest Shaw. “You get a twist, a bend. It looks gnarly. And notice the flat top. It can’t pull up the water any higher. It’s all about hydraulic conductance. That one’s 1854.”

Another in front of Shaw, near Walker Avenue, is about 1860.

Knapp said old pictures show there were once 15-20 pine trees in the area around Shaw. Several between the Quad and The Fountain are quite old.

Not wanting to start with ones thought to be the oldest – they’d save the best for last – Watkins tested two in the Quad in front of Weil-Winfield Residence Hall. It turned out they were from 1879 and 1881.

Watkins has not finished yet. He has not only documented history. He has made history, with the first age analysis of the trees of UNCG. He’s peering back in time, just as every student in Knapp’s lab has.

“People had no idea these trees were that old,” Watkins said. “I had no idea.”

He’s seeing the campus’s history – one tree ring at a time.

A version of this story first appeared in UNCG Magazine. To read the full story and more, click here.

By Mike Harris
Photography of Keith Watkins by Martin W. Kane

UNCG community cookout April 28

UNCG Police, Campus Activities and Program, the Student Government Organization and the Residential Hall Association will host a community cookout in Peabody Park on Friday, April 28, starting at 4 p.m. at the sand volley ball courts.

The entire campus community is invited to the cookout.

There will be free food, including hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, soft drinks, popcorn and other snacks. The event will also include casual games of basketball and volleyball, music, giveaways and a “puppy sit.”

For UNCG Police, led by Chief Paul Lester, it’s a way to continue to reach out to the students and the full

campus community.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and officers to have fun together,” he said. “We’re looking forward to all of the food, fun, and festivities, but more importantly the message that this event sends: we value our relationship, we support each other, and we care about our community.”

Visual: UNCG Police got to know more students at 2016 Move-In.

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be May 2

The 2017 UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 10  a.m. in the EUC Auditorium. The campus community is invited at attend.

The ceremony will reflect the creativity, innovation and achievements of UNCG’s talented faculty and staff. Award recipients will be highlighted in short videos.

University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35 and 40 years of service also will be recognized.

The following awards will be presented:

UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Research Excellence Awards
Staff Excellence Awards
Student Learning Enhancement Awards
Holshouser Public Service Award
O. Max Gardner Award
Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

A reception will follow.

Update from the Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office would like to announce some exciting upcoming changes to the Office beginning in May of 2017.

First, we would like to welcome our new full-time staff member, Lindsey Vega, who will represent the office as an Assistant Dean of Students. Beginning May 15, Lindsey will serve in the case manager role in the Dean of Students Office, supporting students by providing comprehensive outreach services to those who have experienced a crisis while enrolled at UNCG. Lindsey received her B.A. in Business Administration from UNCG in 2013 and will be graduating with her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from UNCG on May 12. Lindsey is no stranger to the Dean of Students Office as she has been working in the Office as the SMART Planning Intern for the past academic year.

The Dean of Students Office would also like to announce the relocation of the administrative functions of student conduct and academic integrity to its new home in EUC 236B. Effective May 15, Assistant Dean Robert Barker, who currently oversees all student conduct and academic integrity functions, and Assistant Director Sarah Jefferson (formally the DOS case manager), will be relocating to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) which will continue to fall under the responsibility of the Dean of Students Office. Along with overseeing all student conduct and academic integrity functions, OSRR will be responsible for outreach and marketing efforts to promote student responsibility and civility, and the development of students as responsible citizens and members of the UNCG community.

The decision to relocate these functions to a new location, with an identifying office name, was based on several factors. Similar models already exist at other UNC schools, the current space in the Dean of Students Office has reached service capacity due to an increase in the volume of students seeking support, and the Dean of Students Office needed to strategically position itself to accommodate future growth in students seeking support. One of the main factors warranting the relocation is the current perception of students who visit the Dean of Students Office that it is like “going to the Principal’s Office” as they only view the Office as a conduct office. Students have shown they are hesitant to use the services of the Dean of Students Office because they fear their peers will believe they are in trouble as many of those peers have visited the Dean of Students Office for conduct-related situations. Finally, this physical separation will ensure the Dean of Students Office is meeting the mission and goals of the office while balancing the competing needs of students who may visit for student support and student conduct.

To celebrate the official opening of OSRR, please save the date of August 28, 2017. More details to follow this summer about the grand opening! The office website will be functioning beginning June 1, 2017. Feel free to visit osrr.uncg.edu to learn more about the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The new contact information for the office is included below:

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
236B EUC
336-334-4640
Email: osrr@uncg.edu
Web: osrr.uncg.edu

Looking Ahead: April 26, 2017

Sustainability Short Film Competition
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Concert, University Band
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Arbor Day event: ‘Lorax’ reading and tree planting
Friday, 11 a.m., The Fountain at Moran Plaza

Miles Davis Jazz Ensemble with guest drummer Matt Wilson
Friday, April 28, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Concert, Association of Graduate Students in Dance
Sunday, April 30, 6 p.m., Dance Theater

Concert, University String Orchestra /Sinfonia
Monday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 2, 10  a.m.,  EUC Auditorium

Student Honors Convocation
Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Going global, with newest UNCG Research Magazine

The spring 2017 issue of UNCG Research Magazine is now available online and in print. Each story can be viewed below.
Click here to read the magazine

Prefer a full spread version of the magazine? Click here.

FEATURES:
X-panding the Classroom  X-Culture offers global business experience to students, plus a world of data.

Building Blocks  Data crunching and cross-city collaborations to make neighborhoods stronger.

Civics Education  Do tough political issues have a place in high school classrooms? Absolutely.

Is It Worth It?  Getting the best bang for your buck in health interventions – including for alcohol use.
THE RIGHT IDEA:
Break the Chain  From asylums to prisons

Peacemaker  Religion in conflict resolution and military education

Birds, Bees & Barbershops  Sexual health communication between African American parents and youth

Rewire  Portable monitoring to diagnose and treat PTSD

Healthy Vessels  Soy and Cdots for cardiovascular health

In Harmony  Arts collaborative brings community kids and UNCG music students together

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE:
Are You Sure?  Top senior research award goes to Professor of Philosophy Zimmerman

STUDENT PROFILES
Dead Men Tell No Tales  Undergraduate researcher Ena Prskalo

One Diaper at a Time  Graduate researcher Kelley Massengale

THE WORD’S OUT:
The Art of Democracy  Citizens speak through socially-engaged “I Wish to Say” project

Poet on the Good Road  Revisiting an America of possibilities

Coming to Terms with the Modern South  Rethinking Southern studies

UP & COMING:
Nanomaterials for green energy  Developing flexible, environmentally-friendly, and affordable solar panels

This post originally appeared on the UNCG Research web site.

Healthy fun in the sun, at last Friday’s UNCG Employee Field Day

The third annual UNCG Employee Field Day was the most well-attended yet. It was a lunch-hour of health and wellness, of stress-free fun, and of camaraderie.

Abel Stimpson (Housekeeping) was emerging as a leader in the Stability Ball Surfing event. After a successful run at surfing four large rubber balls lined up in a row, he said the key was “having fun – this takes you back to being a kid.”

The event was hosted by HealthyUNCG and UNCG Staff Senate, with help from UNCG Parking Operations, UNCG Facility Services and the UNCG Department of Recreation and Wellness.

About 100-150 employees attended, Alexis Steptoe estimated. She is a graduate assistant for HealthyUNCG, and helped lead the events.

A collection box for pet food for the Humane Society of the Piedmont was full of donations by the end of day.

Hoyte Phifer volunteered to lead the “fitness center” – with a leaderboard of planks, push-ups and burpees. “Friday was a beautiful day,” he says – and has a message for everyone who participated in the fitness events: “Great work!”

The following received recognition:

Team Competition Winners (Obstacle Course, Tug of War, Human Tic Tac Toe):
IPAHWsome (Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness)
Spartan Shield (UNCG Police Department)
Come 2Gether (HHS Deans Office and Kinesiology)
UNCG Athletics

Fitness Competition Winners:

Hoyte Phifer (Facility Services) – Pushup Competition
Jennifer LePore (Athletics) – Plank Competition
Kristin Rusboldt (Athletics) – Burpee Competition

Individual Game Winners:
Hula Hoop
Casey O’Hara (Graduate School)
Curtis Harsten (Facility Services)
Morgan Mesar (Factility Services)
Daniel Wiggins (Housing and Residence Life)
Estela Ratliff (Student Health Services)
Musical “Chairs”
Aaron Terranova (Kinesiology)
Dorian Thompson (Alumni Affairs)
Paul Bigelow (Facility Services)
Kim Zinke (Planning and Assessment)
Serena Raleigh (Facility Services)
Spoon and Egg Race
Scott James
Sack Race
Jeff Milroy (Public Health Education)
Liane Davenport (Academic Assessment)
Aaron Terranova (Kinesiology)
Daniel Wiggins (Housing and Residence Life)
Ball Toss
Jeff Milroy (Public Health Education) and Erin Reifsteck (Kinesiology)
Donegan Root (Alumni Affairs) and Cliff Vanterpool (Alumni Affairs)
And there were many Minute to Win It game winners.

More information is at the HealthyUNCG site.

At UNCG, how does our garden grow?

Quite well, thanks to all the classes and UNCG organizations that care for each of the plots of vegetables and flowers in the UNCG Garden.

Earlier in the semester, students were planting seeds for spring crops like lettuce, radishes, peas and carrots. Currently some crops such as carrots and lettuce are being harvested, and flowers such as irises are blooming.

The garden is located on McIver Street.  The garden of vegetables, herbs and flowers has more than 50 plots,
You see students tending the garden throughout the week. The UNCG Community Gardens Committee members usually meet on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. to tend their garden plots as a unit.

Dr. Susan Andreatta, an anthropology professor, is the faculty mentor to the committee. She is co-director of the gardens with Guy Sanders of Student Affairs.

Andreatta notes the garden has contributed to the university’s mission of sustainability. And, for many students, it’s a part of their educational experience at UNCG.

There are a few plots available – for classes, UNCG clubs, or even for UNCG offices, Andreatta says.
Classes/groups interested in summer/fall growing, especially for tomatoes, basil and other summer vegetables, should get in touch with Andreatta at s_andrea@uncg.edu.

Can summer classes have a plot, CW asked. “Summer session classes could have a plot too, but they need the commitment over the whole summer and into the fall for the harvest.”

See more at the UNCG Gardens web page, including a listing of the current leaders for the various plots – and at the Facebook page.

Tee it up, at Jack Cooke Classic May 15

A long-standing tradition and a great beginning to the summer, the 31st Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic is scheduled to be played Monday, May 15, 2017. This year’s event will be held at Oak Hollow Golf Course. The fee is $35.00 per person and includes the green fee with cart, range balls, picnic, and door prizes. The round will begin with a 9:00am shotgun start and will feature 18 hole Captain’s Choice (4-person teams) format. Teams must register by Friday, May 5th, 2017. Teams can register online at http://recwell.uncg.edu/golf.

Any questions? Contact the Recreation & Wellness Office at 334-5924 or recwell@uncg.edu.

See/hear: April 26, 2017

YouTube Preview Image See photo highlights from Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s visit to UNCG on April 20, 2017. Orchestra members conducted classes with the UNCG music students during the afternoon. Wynton Marsalis with UNCG’s Chad Eby had a Q&A session in Taylor Theatre late afternoon. Then Marsalis and the orchestra performed at Lawndale Baptist Church as part of UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series. UNCG’s Brandon Lee sat in with the orchestra. Afterward, Marsalis met with UNCG students in attendance. One student called the day “mind-blowing.”

UNCG Science Everywhere festival this Saturday

UNCG celebrates everything science at the third annual free community festival, “Science Everywhere,” on Saturday, April 22, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Free and open to the public, UNCG’s Science Everywhere celebrates the science in our everyday lives through 70 hands-on activities located across UNCG’s campus.

A North Carolina Science Festival activity, the event is ideal for children between the ages of 3 and 18, with opportunities for young people to track honey bees, measure air pollution, mix colors, interact with turtles, create robots, use a 3-D printer (and take home their designs) and more.

“Science Everywhere is a unique program that exposes young people to the wonders of science, technology and math (STEM) in fun and engaging ways,” said Dr. Malcolm Schug, associate head of the Department of Biology. “Through a series of hands-on activities, kids of all ages have a chance to learn more about biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, sustainability and even art. The day even includes a visit to the UNCG planetarium. It’s truly the Super Bowl of Science.”

Families will begin their science adventure at one of four welcome centers, located in front of the School of Education Building, Sullivan Science Building, Coleman Building and Foust Park, where they will check-in and receive an activity passport and a free bag.

From there, they are free to explore UNCG’s campus and observe, discover and create along the way. Young people and their families will be exposed to new and interesting scientific ideas and principles and will be able to interact directly with experts in many fields.

Families can use the free shuttle service to move easily from one part of campus to the next, as activities span from UNCG’s new wetlands near Peabody Park all the way to UNCG’s School of Education Building.

Participants can purchase lunch from UNCG’s dining hall or one of several food trucks on campus, and free T-shirts will be available in the Coleman Building.

Sponsors of the science festival include the UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network, a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM, faculty and students from many STEM departments, the School of Education, the Provost’s office and two National Science Foundation-funded projects.

In case of inclement weather, most activities will be moved indoors.

For more information, visit scienceeverywhere.uncg.edu.

By Eden Bloss
Photograph from 2016 UNCG Science Everywhere by Martin W. Kane

UNCG School of Nursing marks 50th anniversary

The mid-1960s were a transformative time for nursing in North Carolina, as UNCG’s associate degree program – the first in the state – gave way to an innovative baccalaureate program, and the nursing department became a full-fledged School of Nursing.

Now, half a century later, UNCG’s School of Nursing is celebrating its history and tradition of excellence.

The 50th anniversary celebration kicked off on April 7 with a gala at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The next day, the School of Nursing hosted a daylong event for alumni and students to take a walk down memory lane, attend educational sessions that provide continuing education credit and hear about the state of the school from Dean Robin Remsburg.

Hundreds of Spartans attended, with some School of Nursing graduates traveling across the country to attend.

The 50th anniversary is not just a celebration of the past – it’s a platform to share the school’s vision for the future. And the school is already looking ahead.

This past fall, the Union Square Campus – a public-private partnership to educate students and medical professionals – opened downtown. The facility houses UNCG’s new doctor of nursing practice program that prepares nurse practitioners, nurse executives and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Last spring, North Carolina voters passed a bond that will fund a new Nursing & Instructional Building. The facility, slated to open in July 2020, will bring all undergraduate and graduate nursing programs on campus together under one roof.

But it’s not the state-of-the-art buildings that are the focus of Remsburg. It’s the next generation of nurses that will learn in those buildings and then go on to make a tangible difference in our region, state and beyond.

“Across the nation, there is great need to produce nurses who are change agents and who will embrace change,” Remsburg said. “You’ll see us continue to launch new and innovative programs to meet the future needs of nursing and our health systems.”

To learn more about the UNCG School of Nursing, visit nursing.uncg.edu.

See video celebrating UNCG Nursing’s 50th anniversary. And see a Triad Today interview with Dean Remsburg from earlier this semester.

By Alyssa Bedrosian and Mike Harris
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Visual: UNCG School of Nursing alumni Devon Lofters ’10 and Christine Ritter Hinshaw ’90 are part of a legacy that is making an impact right here in Greensboro. Lofters is director of Cone Health’s Surgical ICU, and Hinshaw serves as care coordinator at Moses Cone Hospital.

Class of 1967 ‘Redcoats’ reunite for 50th Reunion

The Class of 1967, also known as the “Redcoats” because of the color of their class jackets, celebrated their 50th anniversary at this year’s Reunion, held April 7-8 at UNCG and Greensboro Country Club.

The festivities included trolley tours of campus, Yum Yum ice cream in Shaw Residence Hall and special sessions led by Dr. Brett Carter, Associate Dean of Student Affairs (see related story), and Mr. Charlie Maimone, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the presentation of the class’s lifetime giving total to Chancellor Gilliam, an incredible $2,380,946. This total includes all donations made by class members since their graduation. As part of their philanthropy, the class recognized the Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies (SAFE) Endowment, which supports students in crisis, by raising approximately $12,000 specifically for that fund.

See more information and photos in this Alumni Engagement post.

Weatherspoon hosted Benefactors’ Choice on March 30

On March 30, a group of patrons, benefactors and friends of the Weatherspoon Art Museum (WAM) cast their votes for a new work for the museum’s collection. Benefactors’ Choice is an annual event in its 16th year, and allows upper level WAM members to participation in the Weatherspoon’s acquisition process.

As in years past, Elaine Gustafson, Emily Stamey and Nancy Doll chose three works to install in the atrium during the event, and the event guests make the final choice for which work will become part of the museum’s permanent collection. After refreshments, the curators made presentations about the three works, sharing information about the artist, the work, the medium and the style.

The winner was Carrie Moyer’s “Tickler” (seen in visual), a work of acrylic and glitter that suggests plant forms, underwater vegetation and the female body. Moyer is known as a contemporary leading abstract expressionist and her work also draws from color field painting, surrealism and 1970s feminist art.

NC Entrepreneurship Center 2017 awards

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center held its award ceremony on March 23 at HQ Greensboro, following the 2 Minutes to Win It competition.

This year’s Jerry McGuire UNCG Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner is Tyler Freeman, a former Marine and co-owner of Barn Ridge Financial Partners. Since its beginning in 2014, his firm has engaged 200 clients, 575 individual accounts and has grown their assets under management to $62.5 million. In 2016, Tyler was elected the president of the Student Veterans Association. In the coming months, Tyler will serve as a Summer District Office Intern for Congressman Mark Walker, assisting with veterans’ issues and outreach. He was honored as one of the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty for 2017.

Kayla Martel, a runner-up for the Jerry McGuire award, is the founder and CEO of Red Ribbon and Company, launched in 2016. Red Ribbon’s main focus is apparel customization, including embroidery, sublimation, vinyl stickers and heat transfers. Red Ribbon and Company creates customized items for sports teams, clubs and other organizations. In 2016, Martel hired UNCG campus representatives to market Red Ribbon’s services, which led to growth in serving campus organizations. Also in 2016, Martel placed first in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Entrepreneurship competition in Greensboro.

Monique McLeary, a runner-up for the Jerry McGuire award, launched a natural skin and hair care company called Munch Cosmetics in 2016. Munch products are handmade in small batches. They are free of sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, and other harmful substances. Since starting her business on Etsy, McLeary has sold many products nationally, and she plans to develop more products. McLeary also currently serves as a mentor with the African American Male Initiative.

The NCEC Volunteer of the Year award went to Mary Chen, the founder and CEO of Chen Language Services and Chen Global Services. Chen spoke in two different classes at UNCG Entrepreneur Day and was a judge for the 2 Minutes to Win It pitch competition.

Winners for the 2 Minutes to Win It were chosen by a panel of thirty judges, based on creativity, viability and presentation skills. 72 undergraduate and graduate student competitors from six universities competed, and four received awards.

Chase Smith won first place for LockBox.io, a system of RFID and fingerprint-enabled locks and lockboxes for managing industrial plant processes. Smith’s product would increase the safety of employees performing repairs.

Sheeba Dawood won second place for Nano Therapeutics. Dawood proposes creating a device that produces light capable of triggering nano particles. The nano particles would transport cancer-fighting drugs and the therapy could become an alternative to chemotherapy and radiation.

Piper Hudson won third place for Black Gold Compost, which would offer composted fertilizer and a service for compost material pickup and delivery. Hudson’s project would use social media to encourage participation and to provide education about food waste and how its disposal affects the environment.

Erika Bridges won the best pitch prize for The Pantry, a small delivery-based grocery store that operates via app and in small locations. The store is designed for commuters who would find it inconvenient to carry groceries on public transportation, and for vendors who would like to have a store in a small space with limited products on-hand.

Three undergraduate students were selected for UNCG Forge Makership awards.

Matthew Froehling currently practices 3D printing, wood and metal working. He plans to increase his skill set in order to build portable DJ facades, a photo booth, foldable table stands and other DJ-related projects.

Amanda Lenz has worked with a variety of materials, including leather, and she plans to use the industrial sewing machines at the Forge to grow her handbag business, Helene Dorothy.

Seth Allred uses 3D printing, sewing, molding, casting, wood and metalworking in making props and replicas for costuming and cosplay. He will use the tools at the Forge to make more props and increase his skills, and he will learn how to use circuitry.

Charge it: New electric car charging station at UNCG

On April 4, UNCG saw the ribbon-cutting of a new sustainability resource: an electric car charging station in Oakland Parking Deck. The opening of the station is an important step in encouraging reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, making the campus and community more eco-friendly.

To kick off the celebration, several who played a key role in the initiative spoke to the crowd of students, faculty and staff. Associate Director of Campus Access and Travel Demand Management Suzanne Williams gave a welcome speech in which she mentioned UNCG’s national honors as a commuter workplace and accomplishments within the Campus Transportation Master Plan and Campus Climate Action Plan.

Following Williams were Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Chief Sustainability Officer Jorge Quintal and Joelle Linderman, an undergraduate student who helped lead the effort.

Campus Enterprises Communication Manager Natasha Toussaint distributed the scissors, and Sustainability Coordinator for Operations Shanna Eller and Academic Sustainability Coordinator Marianne LeGreco joined the speakers in cutting the ribbon. The ceremony was followed by charging demonstrations with several electric vehicles, a Tesla Model X, Tesla Roadster and Nissan Leaf.

Parking Operations and Campus Access Management (POCAM) collaborated with Facilities, Design & Construction (FDC) to install the Oakland station, but all who participated remarked on how the initiative came largely from students, and from support through the UNCG Green Fund.

“When students rallied last year and Green Funds became available a few months ago, we were able to move forward with our first installation at Oakland Deck,” said Williams. “We expect to see more electric vehicles on campus now, and anticipate installing more charging stations to meet growing demand, thus helping UNCG reduce our carbon footprint.”

LeGreco explained that while the Green Fund has only been funding projects for a year and a half, there are tangible results around campus, such as new LED lights, a new cistern and now the charging station.
“There are so many projects that students are proposing to make the campus more sustainable,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see Campus Facilities and Operations step up and say we want to do this too. It also gives students a chance to work with staff and facilities and to learn about what it takes to operate a university.”

“This progress forward to me is, in fact, electrifying,” said Quintal. “And I am very proud for UNCG to be able to add to our vehicle charging infrastructure as we drive toward sustainability.”

The charging stations are free, and open to anyone who has a deck permit or pays the parking fee of $2 for the first hour and $1 for every hour after that. The station has nine stalls, with five standard Level 1 chargers and four Level 2 chargers.

Director of Graduate Studies in Library Information Science Nora J. Bird was the first official “customer” of the new charging station.

“Thank the powers that be for this resource,” she said as she charged her 2012 Nissan Leaf. I know that there are only a few of us but there are new models coming out all of the time, so it is good to encourage zero-emission cars.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Susan Kirby-Smith

Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo award winners

Last week, more than 170 students presented their research at the Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, and nine projects were selected as winners or honorable mentions within two categories.

“Today is a day to celebrate your scholarly accomplishments,” wrote Lee Phillips, director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, in the event’s welcome message.

In Humanities, Business, Behavioral and Social Science, the winners were:

1st Place:       Elexis Cole and Anna Sizemore, psychology majors mentored by Thanujeni Pathman, for “Autobiographical Memory Narratives and the Developing Brain.”

2nd Place:         Sarah Pittman, an archaeology major mentored by Joanne Murphy, for “Testing Survey Validity and Recreating Site Function in the Kea Archaeological Research Survey.”

3rd Place:         Natalia Husby, a psychology major mentored by Gabriela Stein, for “Examining the Effects of Foreign-Based Discrimination on Academic Motivation of Latino Adolescents.”

Honorable Mention:

Amanda Baeten, a psychology major mentored by Blair Wisco, for “The Association between Co-rumination and Social Anxiety in an Adult Sample.”

 

In Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, the winners were:

1st Place:          Nadjali Chung, a chemistry and biochemistry major mentored by Nadja  Cech, for “Mass Spectrometry as a Tool to Monitor Bacterial Growth.”

2nd Place:        Cory Henderson, an anthropology and biology major mentored by Charles Egeland, for “Patterns of Hominin Land-Use and Raw Material Procurement in the Paleo-Olduvai Basin, Tanzania.”

3rd Place:         J.D. Manzo and Ashley Sanchez, kinesiology majors mentored by Christopher Rhea, for “Virtual Reality Obstacle Crossing Training for Potential Rehabilitative Advancements.”

Honorable Mentions:

Aaron Wagoner, a biology major mentored by Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell, for “Monitoring Wildlife Biodiversity at Wetland Restoration Sites on the UNCG Campus”

Eni Minerali, a biology major mentored by Kimberly Petersen, for “Asymmetric Synthesis of Enantioenriched Cyclic Compounds.”

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office also recognized Dr. Nadja Cech as the 2017 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recipient. Cech has mentored more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students since coming to UNCG in 2001. Many of her mentees have received presentation awards at the expo, and she has coauthored research publications with 21 undergraduates.

Provost Dunn: UNCG transforms lives of students from traditionally underserved populations

Photo of provost Dana Dunn. UNCG Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn was interviewed by The EvoLLLution, an online newspaper devoted to insights on higher education, particularly those that concern serving nontraditional students or re-envisioning traditional higher education. UNCG has been recognized as a leader in serving nontraditional students, and in closing the achievement gap between black and white students.

“Obtaining a college degree is the key to transforming the lives of students from traditionally underserved populations,” Dunn said in the interview. “There is ample evidence that well developed student support infrastructure contributes to enhanced student success for all students, in terms of retention, time to graduation and graduation rates. … Targeting the appropriate support to students who face challenges is the formula for student success. These students have the determination and ‘grit’ required to succeed, and will, with the proper orientation and support along the way.”

Dunn spoke about the specific strategies UNCG uses to provide a supportive environment for students who may be the first in their family to attend college or may have limited financial means to do so. Those include at-risk assessments, a variety of academic and financial advising resources and open educational materials.

Dunn mentioned UNCG’s status as one of the most diverse North Carolina institutions, and also that there is the most growth in the population of students who are from traditionally underserved populations.

“Where higher education can make the most difference, and add the most value is among this group,” she said. “It’s an incredible opportunity.”

In addition to support services, Dunn also spoke about UNCG’s active learning strategies, and the fact that UNCG was one of six universities chosen for a special cohort within the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Frontier Set, a new program for closing achievement gaps and improving educational outcomes.

See the full web article here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Apply for UNCG Staff Senate Scholarship

The Staff Senate is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Staff Senate Scholarship.

Do you meet these criteria?

Are you or your dependent, spouse or domestic partner enrolled in a degree seeking program at UNCG for 2017-18?

Are you a permanent full-time UNCG staff member? Do you have at least 5 years of service in the North Carolina State System?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for the 2017-18 Staff Senate Scholarship.

For more information, please visit: http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/about-us/professional-and-personal-development/staff-senate-scholarship/. Scholarship applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Hear community’s seniors tell stories of life and love

Want to hear some valuable life lessons?

The Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative, in collaboration with the Greensboro Public Library and Smith Senior Center, is hosting a StoryCorps listening session of pre-recorded life stories told by some of our local senior adults. These recordings highlight personal stories from seniors about family, friends, love, and tragedy in an effort to share what they have learned about the bonds between people.

This Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative StoryCorps Project will include listening to recorded stories, a poster display, and a presentation from the interviewers on their experience collecting stories. These stories will be uploaded to StoryCorps as part of the national oral history project.

The event will be Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Smith Senior Center, 2401 Fairview Street.

The Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI) is a new, countywide movement in Guilford County, North Carolina, with a mission of infusing the local community with information and resources to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships and prevent the negative consequences of relationship distress. HRI involves a partnership that is led by Phillips Foundation and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG.

Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Murray for more information by email at cemurray@uncg.edu or by phone at 336-334-5000.

Spring meeting of General Faculty, reception today (April 19)

The 2017 Spring Meeting of the General Faculty and End-of-Year Reception will be today (Wednesday, April 19) 3 – 5 p.m. (The reception follows the meeting.)

The meeting will be in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room.

After the meeting,  join your colleagues in the Faculty Center for and End-of-Year Reception & “Faculty Mentoring” in the Faculty Center (next door).

The agenda packet for the Wednesday, April 19, 2017 General Faculty Meeting is posted to the UNCG Faculty Governance Website (facsen.uncg.edu) or may be accessed here.

RUN, HIDE, FIGHT – Active Shooter Training workshop

In conjunction with UNCG’s Campus Police and Public Safety Department, UNCG’s Human Resources offers employees an interactive workshop on “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT – Active Shooter Training.” This workshop will give you the tools and knowledge so if you are in a dangerous situation, you will know what to do. How would you react with an active shooter on campus?

This workshop is offered on:

  • April 26, 2017 – 10 am – 11:30 am
  • May 24, 2017 – 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • June 22, 2017 – 9:30 am – 11 am
  • August 24, 2017 1:30 pm – 3 pm

at 1200 W. Gate City Blvd., Room 212.

You may register for these workshops here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44011252. Departmental workshops are offered as well.

55th Student Honors Convocation on May 3

2016 Honors Convocation

The entire university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students, at the 55th annual Student Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of Elliott University Center.

Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards, Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards.

A reception will follow in the lobby adjacent to the auditorium. Please contact Lloyd International Honors College if you have any questions, at 334-5538.

Student Researchers Celebration at University Archives April 28

The campus community is invited Friday, April 28, to a celebration of University Archives’ 125th Anniversary Student Researchers.at 3 p.m. in Hodges Reading Room These six student researcher positions (three undergraduate students and three graduate students) were made available to Archives thanks to generous support from the Office of Chancellor. The student researchers have ranged from oral history interviews to pop-up exhibits to historical research for campus departments (and more).

Each of the students will talk briefly about their work this year, followed by a reception in the lobby.

Questions? Email University Archivist Erin Lawrimore.

Pet food drive, other Staff Senate updates

The Staff Senate has several updates to share with staff:

The UNC Staff Assembly is now accepting nominations for the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award. If you are interested in nominating a colleague for this prestigious award, please see the attached PDF. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Staff Senate is sponsoring a one-week pet food drive for the Humane Society through April 21. Bins for pet food collections will be in Becher-Weaver, Bryan, the Cafe, the EUC, and Mossman.  Bins will also be available at Employee Field day on Friday, April 21st. Please support the Humane Society to help them feed local pets in need. For more information about the Humane Society and what they do for our community, please visit their website: www.hspiedmont.org.

Registration is now live for the Administrative Personnel Conference (APC).  The APC is sponsored annually by the North Carolina College Personnel Association. Every April, administrative staff from campuses across the state come together for this one-day, drive-in conference of networking, information sharing, and workshops. This year’s conference is hosted by North Carolina State University. The planning team ​ has secured a variety of important and engaging workshops focusing on career and professional development, health and well-being, personal development, leadership, and motivation.

This year, the Administrative Personnel Conference will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017, in the Talley Student Union, at NC State University.​ If you are interested, you can register online at http://nc.myacpa.org/events-programs/administrative-personnel-conference-apc/. ​There you will find registration costs, a schedule for the day and the registration link.​

Looking Ahead: April 19, 2017

General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Concert: Wind Ensemble, War and Peace Reimagined Series
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Theatre

UPAS: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m., Lawndale Baptist Church (shuttles begin 6:30 p.m.)

Colloquium with Dr. Patricia Fall, “Island ecosystems before and after contact in the Bahamas”
Friday, April 21, 3:30 p.m., 106 Graham

Spring Dances
Saturday, April 22, 2 & 8 p.m., Dance Theater

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Talk and Reception
Saturday, April 22, 5 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum

Concert: Chorale/Chamber Singers
Sunday, April 23, 3:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

In memoriam: Bill Bates

Dr. Bill Bates, former head of the Department of Biology, died on April 9, 2017.

In 1966, he joined UNCG’s Department of Biology and served as head of the department from 1979 to 1988. He taught biochemistry, cell biology, radioisotope techniques and introductory biology during his career at UNCG. He retired in 2000 after 33 years on the UNCG faculty.

A native of Texas, he received degrees from Rice University and did postdoctoral research at Stanford.

At UNCG, he was hired by Dr. Eberhart as part of a group of faculty to increase the research mission of the Biology Department, and helped lead the department in making more advanced use of computers in teaching and research. His research work focused on enzyme activity in Neursopera crassa, a fungus that is a common model organism in Biology.

A 2 p.m. memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel, 5926 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro.

His obituary may be viewed here.

Memorial service at UNCG for Cathy Ennis April 25

Dr. Cathy Ennis, professor of curriculum theory and development in the Department of Kinesiology, died April 8. She had been a member of the faculty since 2008 and was an alumna, having received her master’s degree in physical education here in 1977.

A memorial service will be held on the UNCG campus Tuesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, School of Music Building. A reception will follow in the Atrium.

A graveside service was held last Friday in Richmond, Virginia. You may access see an earlier Campus Weekly story here. Her obituary may be accessed here.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav Rueppell.

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received a nearly $1 million grant from the USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative for the project “Identification Of Brood Signals That Induce Hygienic Behavior In Honey Bees To Develop And Implement Novel Strategies For Varroa Control And Sustainable Apiculture.”
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are important pollinators, critical for sustainable agriculture and food security. Declining health has lead to unprecedented honey bee colony losses. The ectoparasitic Varroa destructor mite plays a central role in the health decline and novel control solutions are needed. Hygienic behavior that honey bee workers exhibit toward mite-infected brood is a natural defense mechanism that provides Varroa resistance when sufficiently enhanced. Thus, in response to the program area priority “New Frontiers in Pollinator Health: From Research to Application,” the researchers propose to investigate the stimuli that stimulate hygienic behavior, specifically its initial stage (the uncapping of brood cells), and combine that research with extension activities to promote selective breeding for hygienic behavior as a sustainable apicultural practice.
Using bioassay-guided fractionation, the researchers will systematically study the Varroa-induced changes in surface chemicals of honey bee brood that trigger hygienic uncapping behavior. This approach will be paralleled by electrophysiological recordings to identify compounds that can elicit a neurophysiological response in honey bees. Bioactive compounds will be chemically identified and synthesized.
The researchers will test select candidate substances (one of which they have recently discovered) to their capacity to elicit hygienic behavior. Based on those findings, a selection assay will be developed and tested to improve the acceptance and success of selective breeding for hygienic honey bees. Also, the researchers will examine whether in-hive application of triggers for hygienic uncapping behavior presents a non-toxic treatment strategy to suppress Varroa mite population growth.
The two latter objectives will be pursued in collaboration with beekeepers, ensuring a high degree of engagement among researchers and stakeholders and direct knowledge transfer. For information transfer on a broader scale, the researchers will develop education materials for beekeepers and queen breeders, and train existing extension specialists in the use of our newly developed tools and strategies to complement ongoing programs to help the honey bee industry in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Updated April 28 with additional information.

Preston Lane

Photo of Preston Lane. Preston Lane (Theatre) wrote and directed the play “Actions and Objectives,” currently running at Triad Stage. Many members of the cast of “Actions and Objectives” are UNCG Theatre students or faculty. The production at Triad Stage will run through April 22.

Lane will speak about playwriting and this play Thursday, April 20, 5 p.m., at Scuppernong Books on Elm Street.

The News and Record reported that Lane has received a literary arts fellowship from the Sally and Don Lucas Arts Program at the Montalvo Arts Center in California. Lane is one of four playwrights in the world selected for the fellowship. (See the report here.)

Preston Lane is an adjunct faculty member in the UNCG Theatre Department. He is co-founder and artistic director at Triad Stage.

See/hear: April 19, 2017

YouTube Preview Image UNCG School of Nursing celebrated its 50th anniversary with a big gala and reunion earlier this month. See what the current dean and former deans – as well as alumni and students – have to say about UNCG Nursing, its heritage and the impact it has had and will have.

Brett Carter leads Dean’s Office in bolstering UNCG’s culture of care

Photo of Dr. Brett Carter. In his office, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Brett Carter has a wall of thank you notes from students. They’re thanking him for the support they needed to finish a successful semester, or for help in reaching graduation and in completing their college degrees. He’ll likely get another flood of them in May, as his work continues and the Dean of Students Office considers the past year and looks toward the next.

“Our philosophy here in the Dean of Students Office, as well as throughout the rest of the campus, is creating the culture of care,” he said. “So, we look at our successes—what has helped students fulfill their academic and individual goals and graduate and advance. Then we think about the incoming class and about what we can do to enhance that culture of care.”

Carter grew up in a family of nine, and when he became one of only two siblings in his family to go to college, he was struck by the care he experienced on a college campus. After majoring in human relations at High Point University, he thought he’d work for a nonprofit agency, but then he said to a friend, “Man, I don’t ever want to leave college. I want to stay in college.”
The friend told him about how he could get a graduate degree in higher education, so he came to UNCG to earn his Ph.D in higher education administration. As a UNCG staff member, he started in the Department of Housing and Residence Life, as an area director, and then the assistant director. In 2010 he became the dean of students and was named associate vice chancellor in 2016. Sometimes people ask him how he can work at the same place for 21 years.

“I love what I do,” he answers. “I love the UNCG environment, and there are just so many things UNCG has to offer. This is where I want to be.”

Carter envisions the Dean of Students Office as a hub of support, for students who are new to campus or for any students who are seeking support resources. The staff works collaboratively with a number of departments on the first-year experience, university policy, judicial affairs, student safety concerns, student advocacy, academic integrity and crisis management. More than anything, they want to help students locate and navigate support resources on campus.

“We want you to know that here at UNCG, we care. We care about your success. And success can have different definitions.” Carter cites successful moving-in experiences for freshmen, successful first semesters acclimating to the college environment or students successfully managing wellness—all essential for academic success.

The Dean of Students Office manages several unique programs for helping students feel connected to support and resources. One of those is UNCG Cares. It’s a program for faculty and staff that trains them to recognize students in distress and to connect them to support resources for further help. When a faculty or staff member completes the training, they are given a UNCG Cares sticker to place on their office door, to let students know they can come to that office for support. The program has received national recognition and Carter has shared it with other campuses, such as UNC Chapel Hill.

Another program is Dining with the Deans, which the office hosts four or five times each semester. At those events, students are invited to have lunch with the Dean of Students Office, to learn about the office and listen to presentations by speakers from a variety of campus departments. Carter says students leave the lunches knowing more about support resources on campus, and recognizing that the Dean of Students Office is somewhere they can go for help.

Recently, Carter spoke to the Class of 1967 at their 50th reunion celebration (see visual). He spoke about something that is very important to him: students who face temporary homelessness or food insecurity.

“It has always been a dream of mine to provide support for students in an emergency,” he said. “Their ability to access resources may determine whether they can stay in school, and it might be the thing that keeps them in school.”

The Class of 1967 raised approximately $12,000 for the Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies. With that gift, students who experience an emergency that causes them to lose their housing or ability to buy food will have the resources they need to remain enrolled at UNCG. Helping bolster the health and success of the UNCG student population is a collaborative effort, as Carter points out. Many departments and individuals take part.
“One of the things that I really like about UNCG and the culture here is that people genuinely want to help students,” he said. “I love being able to work in an environment where everybody has the same goal in mind—we all want to see our students succeed.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane