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Looking Ahead: March 22, 2017

Faculty Forum: Sustainability and Student Evaluations of Teaching
Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Lecture, writer Chris Abani
Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Talk, ‘Forensic Anthropologist in Iraq: Mass Graves in a Conflict Zone’
Thursday, March 23, 5 p.m., Graham 423

Art talk: George Dimock on Lucinda Devlin
Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Forum: “What is Fascism? What is Authoritarianism?”
Thursday, March 23, 6:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Guest artist recital: “Mark Snyder Multimedia Show”
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Colloquium: “The Inner Passage: Personal Development, the Progressives, and the National Parks”
Friday, March 24, 3:30 p.m., Graham 106

Softball vs. Western Carolina (Doubleheader)
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium

Martin Halbert will be dean of UNCG University Libraries

Dr. Martin Halbert has been appointed dean of University Libraries effective July 17, 2017.

Halbert has served as the dean of libraries and associate professor at the University of North Texas since 2009. Halbert also serves as president the board of directors of the Educopia Institute, a growing international alliance of cultural memory organizations that was one of the founding partners of the US National Digital Preservation Program. Prior to this appointment, he served as the director for digital innovations and earlier as the director for digital programs and systems at Emory University Libraries. Previous positions have included appointments at Rice University, a consultant for the IBM Corporation and a programmer for the University of Texas. Early in his career, Halbert was an ALA/USIA Library Fellow stationed in Estonia, assisting with the automation of the Tartu University Library.

He has served as principal investigator for grants and contracts totaling more than $6 million during the past six years, funding more than a dozen large-scale collaborative projects among many educational institutions. His doctoral research and subsequent projects have focused on exploring the future of research library services.

Halbert received his Ph.D from Emory University, an MLIS from the University of Texas and a BA from Rice University.

Updated April 22, noon.


Sharon Morrison will receive BOG Excellence in Teaching Award

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected Dr. Sharon Morrison to receive a 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will receive the medal at the May Commencement ceremony.

The associate professor has been a member of the Public Health Education department since 2001. She is also a research fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians.

Campus Weekly asked her what she most wants to accomplish as a faculty member.

“I work hard at providing ‘real time’ learning opportunities for our students,” she said. “These ‘next generation’ thinkers and doers need these kinds of experiences so they can grow their confidence and competence.”

Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, said, “Sharon Morrison is a highly valued faculty member whose work exemplifies the best of UNC Greensboro. She brings strong community engaged research together with outstanding instruction and mentoring.”

Dr. Sharon Morrison received her B.S. in Biology from Barry University, a master’s in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, and a master’s in Public Health Education( and a PhD in Health Behavior from the University of Florida with a Graduate Certificate in Latin and Caribbean Studies.

In announcing the news of her award, the UNC System stated this about Dr. Morrison:

Empowerment for action: for Dr. Sharon Morrison, this refrain defines the scope and aim of every course she teaches, the motive at the heart of her research, and the goal of her institutional and community engagement. Dr. Morrison recognizes that learning is a unique experience, one that requires a student to bring and use their background and personal knowledge to build their intellectual proficiency and professional competency and to develop into lifelong learners. Students are participant learners for Dr. Morrison…Service Learners in her lexicon…and their individual perspectives serve as a classroom tool set for the intellectual growth of all. Always humble, Dr. Morrison claims simply to facilitate the learning process, but she does much more. In her fifteen years of service at UNCG, Sharon Morrison has demonstrated an unshakable, passionate commitment to her students – undergraduate and graduate — and to their growth as scholars.

Dr. Morrison is exceptionally proud of her students, and when speaking with her she will quickly recount their great efforts and accomplishments. Dr. Morrison’s creativity as a professor is highlighted by her fearless adoption of multiple pedagogical techniques and methods, from the classic Socratic Method to more cutting edge modern on-line opportunities. Her Service Learning International Health and Immigrant and Refugee Health courses provide distinctive Service-Learning opportunities. In these courses, students align classroom theory with the practice of real world challenges. These courses possess that “boots on the ground” attitude that exemplifies the essence of a ‘Dr. Sharon Morrison course’ — an immersive experience that simply demands intellectual growth. Students have participated on home-based care visits with HIV affected families in Africa. Students have worked in the Montagnard community and implemented a health fair with health education classes for immigrant families. In the Summer of 2016, Dr. Morrison brought her students far into the field, travelling to Malaysia with students so that they could witness and learn first-hand the peril and trials of the hidden refugee community. As one student has noted, ‘Traveling to Malaysia has by far been the greatest learning experience I have been involved in. Learning about the refugee process in class and what it’s like from the Stateside point of view is one thing, but to be physically in an area witnessing what was being taught in class and putting it into a real life setting, was extremely eye opening.’

Dr. Morrison’s students are indelibly marked with the ebullience, courage, ingenuity, and dedication that she displays. A former student states this most eloquently … ‘Dr. Morrison inspires me to continue her legacy of challenging students in a way that opens their eyes to the realities of our world and empowers them to engage it and make a true difference. I am deeply grateful for the passion that she fueled in me, that will drive the work I do for the rest of my life…. Dr. Morrison not only made me believe that I was capable of changing the world but she equipped me the tools I need to achieve my dreams.’

Updated with additional information 8:40 a.m.

UNCG a leader in closing completion gap between white, black students

UNCG was recently recognized as a top-performing institution in a report by The Education Trust that investigates black student success at the university level.

Released earlier this month, “A Look at Black Student Success” goes beyond national averages to understand and highlight patterns in student success and identify the top- and bottom-performing institutions.

UNCG is among 18 institutions recognized for success in graduating black students. According to data from 2012-2014, the six-year graduation rate for black students at UNCG is nearly 60 percent – compared to a national average of 45 percent.

“UNC Greensboro is committed to closing the gaps in student success by ensuring that all admitted students have the academic support they need to graduate and pursue their goals,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “We’re proud to be a national leader in this area, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to access and opportunity for all.”

Nationally, the graduation gap between white and black students is 19.3 percentage points. However, at UNCG, black students graduate at a higher rate than their white counterparts.

The report indicates that many black students encounter financial, academic and social challenges that can make the path to degree completion more difficult.

Closing the national completion gap requires addressing inequities within individual institutions, changing enrollment patterns so that selective institutions with higher graduation rates enroll more black students, and improving completion rates at institutions where black students are more likely to attend.

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. To learn more, visit edtrust.org. To read the full report, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

ArtsRevolution April 1 at Revolution Mill, with many UNCG ties

UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center has a big event in the works at Revolution Mill.

On Saturday, April 1, the second annual ArtsRevolution will run 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offer special workshops for working artists and aspiring artists, as well as a festival that’s open to the entire Greensboro community.

The first part, Artrepreneur, will include 10 art-business workshops led by 14 experts and arts professionals. The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. sessions will focus on managing art as a professional and creating strategies for developing a profitable arts business. Among the speakers are UNCG’s Justin Streuli, director of the NCEC, and Erika Rauer, program director of the Community Arts Collaborative at UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. You may learn more and register here: http://artsrev2017.eventbrite.com.

The afternoon and evening is a free-admission arts festival named Artapalooza, which will showcase a variety of live performances and work from local artisans. Two UNCG students are among the performers. Tarayjah Hoey is a student in the School of Dance, and she is the founder of Dance Now Cry Later, one of the performing groups. Her company is an educational dance company that participates in outreach programs for at-risk communities. Princess Johnson, is a student of dance and of business at UNCG. She founded another of the ArtsRevolution performing groups, Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, and has been an innovator in choreography as well as in bringing renowned dancers and choreographers to Greensboro.

Other performers at the festival portion include theatre groups, musicians, a comedian, a food sculptor and more, and the organizers of the event seek to produce a street festival atmosphere. There will be interactive activities for attendees, such as mural painting. Refreshments will be available from local food trucks.

Developed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center in conjunction with Revolution Mill, ArtRevolution involves the planning efforts of other supporting partners, including representatives from CityArts, UNCG School of Music, GTCC’s Business, Creative & Performing Arts, Create Your City and other art community organizations and individuals. The goal of ArtsRevolution is to educate and celebrate the Triad’s multi-faceted art community.

See the website for more information on the event and to register for the Artrepreneur workshops. There is no need to register for the performance and festival portion; it is free and open to the public.

Portions of this copy courtesy of ArtsRevolution.

Dr. Omar Ali appointed dean of Lloyd International Honors College

Photo of Dr. Omar AliDr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, sent this message to faculty and staff:

Following an external review of the Lloyd International Honors College, as well as an internal survey assessment of Dr. Omar Ali’s two-year service as Interim Dean, I am delighted to announce that I have removed the interim label from Dr. Ali’s title. His new appointment as Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College is effective April 1, 2017.

I am grateful to those of you who participated in the external program review and/or internal performance assessment. These evaluations confirmed that the Honors College plays a vital role in the academic experience of faculty and students at UNCG and is poised for even greater achievements under Dr. Ali’s continued leadership.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ali on his appointment to this important deanship.

A Roman holiday: UNCG Classics Day festival April 1

Friends, Romans and countrymen are invited to Classics Day on Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Stone Lawn at College Ave. The festival, hosted by the Lloyd International Honors College and the UNCG Classical Society, will celebrate the Mediterranean world, especially Greece and Rome.

Hear a performance of Euripides’ tragedy “Alcestis,” as well as Roman oratory—the speeches of Cicero in both Latin and English. At the archaeology dig, find bottles and pots and recreate ancient stratigraphy through sand art. The pottery booth offers a chance to sculpt and paint pots in Grecian and Roman styles. See your name written in Ancient Greek or Egyptian Hieroglyphs, or get your fortune told by Pythia, the ancient priestess of Apollo, at the Oracle of Delphi booth.  Compete in Roman board games, a Classics trivia competition and in gladiator combat. (The swords are foam.)

Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, faculty advisor for the UNCG Classical Society, said, “Classics Day really shows the passion and dedication that our students have for the ancient world. It’s run by students, and I think it does a terrific job of highlighting that there’s something for everyone in studying the ancient Greeks and Romans.”

Today’s Faculty Forum: sustainability and student ratings of instruction

The March 22 Faculty Forum offers two topics:

At 3 p.m. the Sustainability Council will host “Embedding Sustainability at UNCG,” which will feature a brief presentation on ways that faculty, staff and students can get involved in sustainability efforts on campus. Topics include applying for funds through UNCG’s Green Fund and opportunities to serve as an academic sustainability coordinator or a sustainability faculty fellow for 2017-18 and beyond, as well as general strategies for embedding sustainability across campus and in the community.

Marianne LeGreco, faculty senate liaison to UNCG’s Sustainability Council, will lead a presentation about the Council’s recent work, and  she will take questions and comments about these efforts. For questions regarding the upcoming forum please email Dr. Marianne LeGreco (melegrec@uncg.edu).

At 4 p.m., David Teachout, director of the UTLC, and Carl Lashley, senator, will continue the discussion of a possible university-wide “Student Rating of Instruction” instrument that began at the March 1 Faculty Senate meeting. They will summarize the feedback they’ve received to date, and hear more comments and suggestions.

All faculty are invited to contribute to campus initiatives, and to discuss the issues they address. Attendees are welcome to attend any portion of one or both segments.

Triad BioNight 2017 March 30

LabCorp Chairman and CEO David P. King will be the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s will host Triad BioNight 2017 on Thursday evening, March 30.

The event is hosted by the Center’s Piedmont Triad Office and the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad.

Committee members with UNCG ties include:

Dr. Dan Herr, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
John Merrill, executive director, Gateway University Research Park
Dr. Nick Oberlies, UNCG Chemistry and Biochemistry

See details at http://www.ncbiotech.org/article/triad-bionight-march-30/211786.

6-TECH Service Center opens in McNutt Building

On March 20, the new 6-TECH Service Center (formerly, the Technology Support Center) relocated from Forney to the lobby of the McNutt Building. The McNutt Building is located at 611 Forest Street, behind the MHRA Building. View this Campus Map for directions.

The 6-TECH Service Center will continue to offer laptop walk-in support, including a 48-hour laptop loaner program. Visit the 6-TECH Service Center web page for service details and hours of operation.

Understanding restorative practices and using them

“Becoming Restorative” is a 1/2 day workshop facilitated by Haley Farrar, on April 7, 9 a.m. to noon. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn basic information about restorative practices’ history and philosophy, how these practices are applied in formal and informal contexts, and gain tools for utilizing such practices in their personal and professional settings. hop.

Attendance is limited; organizers are requiring registration.

The workshop will take place at the Loft in the Community Foundation’s building in downtown Greensboro, 330 S. Greene St. Participants will receive details upon registration.

This workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement; Peace and Conflict Studies; Kinesiology; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Questions, including how to register? Contact communityengagement@uncg.edu or call 336-334-4661.

Quality Matters workshop for online faculty: register by April 10

UNCG Online is hosting the “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshop in Bryan 209 on Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you teach online, you are invited to register for this exciting opportunity.

In this workshop, you will learn to identify and apply the Quality Matters principles and rubric to online course reviews. This workshop is the prerequisite to participating in the Peer Reviewer course, which is required to become a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.

To register, please complete this form by Monday, April 10. Participation is limited to the first 25 to register.

‘Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence: The Long View from Asia’

Dr. Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke University, will give a lecture at UNCG on Tuesday, March 28, titled “Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence: The Long View from Asia.”

Duara’s research focuses on modernity, global changes and environmental responsibility, looking at the values and resources in Asian traditions, particularly of China and India. His latest book is “The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future,” published by Cambridge University Press. The New York Times interviewed Durara this past October and referred to him as “one of the most original thinkers on culture and religion in Asia.”

His talk at UNCG, which will be March 28 at 5 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will address the relationship between the personal, ecological and universal.

Nominate employee for Governor’s Award for Excellence

Do you know of a state employee who leads by example and contributes well beyond their normal job requirements? Nominate them for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence.

The deadline for submission is April 28. Winners selected for this prestigious award will be recognized at a special luncheon and ceremony in November.

You can find more information about the program, as well as the online nomination form, at excellenceawards.nc.gov.


Kim M. Cuny

Photo of Kim M. Cuny Kim M. Cuny (Communication Studies, Multiliteracy Centers, Theatre) has co-authored an article with one of her former UNCG Speaking Center graduate assistants, Evan Zakia-O’Donnel. The article, “Music as an Effective Anxiolytic Intervention in Communication Centers,” appears in the current edition of the peer reviewed scholarly publication, Communication Centers Journal.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from The Foundation for a Healthy High Point for the project “Determination of the Prevalence, Incidence and Impact of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Issues in Greater High Point.” The research team consists of Dr. Kenneth Gruber, Dr. Stephen Sills, and Dr. Erika Payton. They will help the Foundation for Healthy High Point identify the most impactful behavioral health issues affecting Greater High Point. Individuals suffering from behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse, are often overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of daily life, the abstract states. “As part of the identification process we will seek from local and county sources patient count data and other information to develop a current count report of the prevalence (the proportion of cases in the population that have the condition) and the incidence (the number of new cases with the condition) that can be used as a baseline for directing interventions to reduce the prevalence, incidence, and impact of these issues. The final step of the project will be presentation of a findings report and recommendations to the Foundation for its review.”

Talk on caste systems in South Asia

The International & Global Studies program will host a Global Spotlight on Monday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Dr. Jeremy Rinker, assistant professor in the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, will talk about his research on caste systems in South Asia. In addition, we will connect his research with the forthcoming Keker First Year Common Read for 2017-2018, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Soccer talk: Immigrant Players, Status and the English Premier League

Thursday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom C,  Dr. Richard Elliot will give a talk titled “Winning the Global War for Talent: Immigrant Players, Status and the English Premier League”.

Elliot is associate professor and head of Football Performance and Participation in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University, UK. He is also director of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

The event has been organized by faculty members Ignacio López, Alejandro Hortal and Felipe Troncoso (the team behind the LLC 120 course on how soccer explains the world), and sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the School of Health and Human Sciences, the International and Global Studies Program and the UNCG Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Spartan Food Drive week

March 27-31, UNCG’s Student Government Association and UNCG’s Food Recovery Network will hold a week-long canned food drive and host events to raise awareness about food insecurity and poverty in North Carolina.

The events kick off with a soccer pick-up game at the EUC’s Kaplan Commons on Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m.

“A Place at the Table,” a film about hunger in America, will screen Thursday, March 30, at SOEB 114 at 7 p.m. This event includes a guest speaker from the Food Recovery Network. On Saturday, April 1, all are invited to participate in the Hunger Walk-a-Thon at Bur-Mill Park. Participants who want to carpool should meet at UNCG’s RAWK at 11 a.m.

The SGA and FRN will accept canned food items and monetary donations for the Spartan Open Pantry from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the cafeteria at Moran Commons. The Spartan Open Pantry requests canned foods, cereals, grains, meat, fruit and microwaveable meals.

For details, contact Elisven Saavedra Villatoro (e_saaved@uncg) or Connor Sullivan (cksulliv@uncg).

See/hear: March 22, 2017

YouTube Preview Image Arts Revolution 2017 will be Saturday, April 1. There will be lots to do and see – and the afternoon/evening portion of the event – Artapalooza – is free-admission. See story in this week’s CW. And check out these highlights from ArtsRev 2016, the inaugural event.

Deadline for Green Fund proposals is April 1

The deadline for UNCG Green Fund proposals – specifically proposals over $1,000 and those that will require modifications to campus buildings or grounds – is April 1.

The Green Fund consists of a $2.22 student semester fee that supports sustainability initiatives on campus. The fund invests in campus infrastructure to help meet the goals of the UNCG Climate Action Plan, while also offering education, research and professional development opportunities for

UNCG students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals to the Green Fund. Student committee members vote on which proposals are funded.

To make a proposal, click here.

UNCG Women advance, will play Thursday in Fleming

UNCG Women’s Basketball will host Milwaukee Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational at Fleming Gymnasium – for a chance to play for the championship this weekend
The team advanced by defeating Charleston Southern and Brown in the past week.

UNCG outscored Brown 30-21 in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon to defeat the Bears 87-84. The 87 points were a season high for the Spartans.

Bailey Williams, an environmental studies major, took over in the final 10 minutes, scoring 15 of her 27 points in the final stanza to push the Spartans to victory. Williams made 11-of-20 attempts from the field, while dishing out six assists and committing no turnovers in her 35 minutes of action.

On Thursday evening, the first 200 fans will receive free burritos and chips from Barberitos. Additionally, everything in the concession stand will be just $1. Parking is free in the Walker Ave. Parking Deck.

Tickets for faculty, staff and students are free with a UNCG I.D.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors over 55 as well as youth under 12. Group rates are also available for 10 or more people. Call 336.334.3250 for more information.

See more at http://www.womensbasketballinvitational.com/news/2015-2016/WBI_2017 and at http://www.uncgspartans.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32200&SPID=137661.

Award-winning writer Chris Abani visits March 22

Just after Spring Break, UNCG will host award-winning novelist Chris Abani, also known internationally for his poetry and his essays on humanitarian issues, art and political responsibility.

He is author of the recent “The Secret History of Las Vegas” and the bestselling “The Virgin of the Flames” and “GraceLand,” winner of the PEN Hemingway Award.

The lecture will take place Wednesday, March 22, in the EUC Cone Ballroom at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a book-signing.

In one of his TED talks, Abani begins with, “My search is always to find ways to chronicle, to share and to document stories about people, just everyday people. Stories that offer transformation, that lean into transcendence, but that are never sentimental, that never look away from the darkest things about us.”

Abani is from Nigeria, and grew up during the Biafran war, escaping with his family via refugee camps and later returning to Nigeria. His prolific career began when he published his first novel, “Masters of the Board” at age 16. Two years later, he was put in prison for that novel.

The poems he wrote while imprisoned were praised by Harold Pinter as “the most naked, harrowing expression of prison life and political torture imaginable.”

UNCG’s Dr. Alexandra Schultheis Moore, professor of postcolonial and global Anglophone literature, calls him “one of the most experimental and dynamic writers who can be classified in that tradition writing today.”

“He really writes to explore what he can make language do,” Moore said. “He’s always pushing against the boundaries of what is possible to represent and what is possible to say.”

Moore collaborated with UNCG fiction professor Michael Parker to bring Abani to campus. His visit to UNCG is well-timed, because, as Moore says, there is a growing interest in human rights issues in coursework across the college, including a concentration in International and Global Studies.

While Abani is at UNCG, he will talk with undergraduate and graduate students in classes. Moore is looking forward to his visit because she has seen his generosity in speaking to students.

“He’s a very brave writer, and it’s exciting to bring into the classroom,” she said. “It’s a huge treat to have someone working at his level who has so much to offer across different genres.” She expects Abani’s public lecture to be just as inspiring and engaging. “The more people bring into the room, the more he gives back.”

Moore has published articles on two of Abani’s novellas, and she’s included an essay of his in anthology she co-edited, “Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights.” One essential thing that she appreciates about his work is the way he uses storytelling. “His work shows us the way in which storytelling is necessary for navigating difficult, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly worlds,” she said.

Abani’s visit promises to be valuable for those interested in postcolonial literature and human rights, and also for creative writers.

“What I find refreshing about Abani’s work it that it speaks to political and cultural injustices not through authorial ideology but through character and landscape,” said Michael Parker. “We’re thrilled that our students will have a chance to hear him read.”

Abani is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University, and the winner of a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award and a Guggenheim Award. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine and Bomb, among other places. He is also an advocate of African literature, and, with Kwame Dawes, is the coeditor of a poetry series called “New Generation African Voices.”

His visit is part of the War and Peace Imagined series, and in addition to reading his work, he will discuss how literature and the arts connect us globally in unexpected ways.

The event is sponsored by the UNCG Department of English and the MFA in creative writing program.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Big variety of UNCG summer camps

Summer camps at UNCG provide summer learning experiences for thousands of young people in the Triad and beyond, with programs for kids aged 7 through 18, and even for college students. Dance, music, technology, theatre, visual art, writing, speech and hearing, a variety of sports and herpetology are all available this summer. The camps are accepting applications for Summer 2017.


UNCG Summer Arts and Design Camp
July 9-14

Students in grades 8 through 12 have the opportunity to be guided by experienced practicing visual artists and art professors. The students may choose up to three art disciplines to fill their morning, afternoon and evening studio hours. The choices include: advanced drawing, painting, clay, digital photography, digital graphic design, filmmaking, interior architecture, animation and time-based media.  Foundational instruction in technique and skill-building are part of each workshop, as well as the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and work on student-led projects.

The program includes visits to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, guided visits to open studios and other enrichment activities with professional artists. At the conclusion of the program, students will get to show their work in an exhibition at the Gatewood Studio Arts Gallery. Experienced and beginning students are invited.

Commuting Day Camp includes studio instruction, art supplies, art exhibition, meals, and art enrichment activities.

Residential Camp includes all of the above, as well as double occupancy housing in a UNCG dormitory.

Learn more and register for the camp online: https://vpa.uncg.edu/artcamp/


UNCG Summer Music Camp
July 9 -14
July 16 -21

UNCG’s Summer Music Camp is known as the largest and most popular university-sponsored music camp in the United States. Many of the teaching and counseling staff come from the UNCG School of Music and all are music educators.  Students in grades 6 through 12 can attend for programs in band, orchestra, piano and mixed chorus during two different weeks.

Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in UNCG residence halls and receive meals in the University Dining Hall. Ensemble performance will be emphasized and each week will conclude with a Friday performance for families, friends and community members.

All programs include classes in basic musicianship, as well as recital performances and sectional rehearsals with camp staff members. Private lessons are also an available option to all campers.

To learn more and to apply go to https://www.smcamp.org/music-camp/


All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
July 16-12

Children ages 7–15 receive in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences and technology. Campers may attend as day campers, from 8 a.m to 9 p.m., or as residential campers, staying overnight in UNCG dormitories.

During the week, each camper attends a morning class and an afternoon class, and the campers are divided into two age groups (2nd–5th and 6th and up) for all activities and classes. The class size are small, and the curriculum encourages problem solving and critical thinking. See the course selections here and here. In addition to hands-on learning in the arts and sciences, the campers will gain exposure to great artists and scientists whose contributions have made a significant impact on the world.

The camp also includes multicultural entertainment, a focus on citizenship and daily recreation with a variety of sports and games. There is special pricing for UNCG faculty and staff. Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details – or to register.


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp
July 10-21

This two-week camp, which runs 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., introduces young writers in grades 3-12 to the writing process and to digital tools, such as storyboarding, blogging and movie-making. In daily workshops, the students work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, North Carolina teachers and local authors who support the development of a variety of writing styles. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a special “Writing and Robotics” companion program and visit the Weatherspoon Art Museum, to learn how to use visual art to inspire their writing. Typically, all student writers have the opportunity to publish their work via the camp website. Scholarships are available. See the web site’s Scholarship Page or contact amvetter@uncg.edu. Visit www.youngwriterscampuncg.com for registration, to view some of the writing tools for student writers and to read the work of past participants.


UNCG Summer Theatre Camp
June 19-August 4

The nationally recognized North Carolina Theatre for Young People will hold its first year of the UNCG Summer Theatre Camp. Run by the professionally trained artistic team at NCTYP, the weeklong summer camps will host children aged 5 to 16, in three groups according to age. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UNCG School of Theatre. Sessions will focus on fairy tales, musical theatre showcases, developing improvisation skills or creating original plays. In this structured, safe environment, children will be encouraged to use their imaginations and build confidence through developing communication skills and collaborating with friends.


North Carolina Summer Program for Kids (NCSPK)
June 19-July 28

The NCSPK is a highly structured, fun and supportive summer day camp program for 7- to 13-year-old children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The camp will run Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 24 children.

The NCSPK is a unique summer day treatment program that brings together the expertise of the ADHD Clinic at UNCG and its partner, Noble Academy. The goals of NCSPK are to improve self-control, friendships, academic skills, sports skills and self-esteem. In addition to daily behavioral and educational programming, children have opportunities for sports, arts and crafts, swimming, music, and weekly field trips. Last year’s field trips included visits to the SciAquarium, a Grasshoppers baseball game, and bowling. Parents also have weekly opportunities to learn specialized skills that improve parent-child relations and home behavior. For information visit www.ncsummerprogramforkids.org.


“IT is for Girls / We Make IT” Summer Camp
July 24-28

“IT is for Girls” is a week-long program for middle and high-school girls that includes hands-on technology and leadership activities. High-school students who have participated in past summer camps will be invited to serve as teen mentors for the campers in grades 6-8. Past activities have included creating animations and video games, designing web pages, developing Android mobile apps, creating a video production, working with LEGO Robotics, going on field trips and more.  The camp is limited to 80 qualified students. Registration opens March 6, and if registration exceeds the limit, there will be a wait-list. For more details and to register, see this page: https://wiit.uncg.edu/it-is-for-girls/participate.

UNCG Summer Dance Intensive
June 12-16

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers the Summer Dance Intensive, a program designed for UNCG Dance majors and minors, dancers from other universities, and  rising high school juniors and seniors, who can earn UNCG credit or attend with a non-credit option.

The guest instructor for 2017 is Roger C. Jeffrey, a teacher and choreographer who performs with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has been a guest instructor at the Ailey and Julliard schools, among many other places.
Students may register for the Technique morning session as a stand-alone credit. Dance repertory credit requires full-day enrolment. All students must be at an intermediate or advanced level of dance training in contemporary or ballet technique. Details and registration information are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive/.
Herpetological Research Experience
June 11-16

In this residential research based camp, rising 9th through 12th graders work alongside field experts in exploring the vast ecosystem at Chestnut Ridge. Each morning students will go into the field to catch, catalog and release various reptiles and amphibians. They’ll study the inhabitants of ephemeral pools, streams, lakes and hardwood forests. Possible field studies include: water turtles, box turtles, snakes, stream amphibians, ephemeral pool amphibians and frog calls.  The camp is based at a nut free facility that can provide vegetarian and gluten-free options as needed. Scholarships are available.

Contact christine@campchestnutridge.org for more information. And visit the website here.

Find out more about the Herp Project at UNCG and other summer programs here.


UNCG Speech & Hearing Center summer camps

“The Listening Lab,” auditory training and language intervention for children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD) will be offered from (exact dates TBA) June 2017 to July 2017, 9 am-12 noon. For more information, see the brochure here.
Horsepower Experience at the Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, NC. This year the summer camp will serve school-aged children with fluency disorders. The camp will be held (exact dates TBA) June 2017-July 2017, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. For more information contact Perry Flynn at pfflynn@uncg.edu or (336) 256-2005 and see the brochure here.
LIME Camp – Language Intervention through Movement and Exercise Camp at UNCG recreation center. This camp will serve rising 2nd and 3rd grade students with a language disorder. Students will participate in language therapy infused with yoga. Camp will be held (exact dates TBA) July 2017, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. each day at the student recreation center. Space is limited. For more information or to register contact Emily Hamuka at elpraste@uncg.edu or (336) 256-1105.

Check for updates on the website.


Sports camps at UNCG

Though summer sports camps are not operated by the university, UNCG coaches own and operate camps in a variety of sports – and many are on the campus. Information about those sports camps can be found here.

Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith

Innovative teaching projects: strategic seed grant recipients announced

UNCG has been a long-time leader in exploring effective and innovative pedagogy. Dr. David Teachout, director of the University Teaching & Learning Commons, notes that was true of Woman’s College with its dedication to high quality innovative teaching practices – and those traditions of excellence and outreach continue to be seen throughout the university.

In December and January, a number of faculty submitted proposals to be considered for SEED Grant funding for Innovative Teaching projects that highlight experiential learning and focus on the three themes of the UNCG strategic plan.

These projects employ innovative practices and strategies that provide students with the tools and disposition to synthesize and transfer learning to new complex situations, particularly related to the strategic plan themes (Health and Wellness, Vibrant Communities, or Global Connections), within and beyond the campus. The projects connect students to transferrable knowledge and experiences (experiential learning) and help them develop the ability to formulate questions from multiple perspectives.

After a review by faculty colleagues, the following proposals were selected:

Jeannette Alarcon, School of Education
TED 646: Introduction to Equity Education


Barbara Campbell Thomas, School of Art
VPA 533: Mindfulness for Artists


Mark Elliot, Department of History
HIS 210: Human Rights in Modern World History


Benjamin Filene, Department of History
HIS 317: Creating a Public Past: History beyond the University


Michael Frierson, Department of Media Studies
MST 485: Client Based Production


Heather Helms, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
HDF 212: Families and Close Relationships


Elizabeth Perrill, Department of Art
ARH 370: African Art, Digital and Experiential Redesign


Hemali Rathnayake, Department of Nanoscience
NAN 705: Macromolecular and Supramolecular Chemistry


Jeanie Reynolds, Department of English
Summer Institute for Writing


Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, School of Nursing
NUR 420: Community Health and Nursing


Deborah Taub, Department of Specialized Education Services
SES 100-level: Madness, Freaks, and Others: History of Disability


Sarah Wheeler, Department of Specialized Education Services
SES 300-level: Disability in Global Contexts

Men’s Basketball earns bid to NIT

The UNCG men’s basketball team made it to the Finals of the Southern Conference Tournament before falling to East Tennessee State. The Spartans, who entered the Finals with a nine-game winning streak, are now 25-9 on the season and will advance to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for postseason play.

The Spartans will learn who they will face in the first round after the NIT Selection Committee conducts selections March 10-12. See the UNCG Athletics site for updates in the days ahead.

See a collection of social media visuals and video clips highlights in the UNCG Now web post.

Photo by Katie Loyd.

Pulitzer finalist Kelly Link reads this Thursday

The UNCG MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review will host a fiction reading by Pulitzer Prize finalist and alumna Kelly Link on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue.

Kelly Link is the author of the collections “Stranger Things Happen,” “Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters” and “Get in Trouble.” Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and has co-edited  several anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

ACC and UNCG create Piedmont Voices National Writing Project Site

In collaboration with Alamance Community College, UNCG will soon create the Piedmont Voices National Writing Project (PVNWP) site, to help teachers and students from the surrounding communities become better writers and writing teachers. That makes UNCG one of only four institutions in the state to host a National Writing Project, and Piedmont Voices is the only one that is a partnership between a university and community college.

As part of the NWP network, Piedmont Voices will provide professional development for teachers by teachers. They will have opportunities to focus on their own writing and to learn new ways of teaching writing to students from kindergarten through college.

The Piedmont Voices Writing project will be co-directed by Jeanie Reynolds, Director of English Education at UNCG, and Courtney Doi, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at ACC. Reynolds has experience with the NWP from the UNC-Charlotte Writing Project site, and Doi was the director of a mini-institute in the Alamance/Burlington School System.

The Piedmont Voices Writing Project will begin this summer with a summer program for K-16 teachers. Teachers are encouraged to apply for Piedmont Voices Writing Project’s first Invitational Summer Institute on the ACC campus from June 26-29 and July 10-13. Virtual meetings will occur the week of July 3. Teachers will receive a stipend for their work and will earn three graduate-level credits from UNCG. Applications are accepted at http://tinyurl.com/pvwritingproject and the deadline is March 17.

For information about the Summer Institute email  piedmontvoiceswp@gmail.com. For information about the National Writing Project network, visit nwp.org.

Harriet Elliot Lecture Series: ‘Voice, Activism, and Democracy’

On March 29 and 30, UNCG’s Department of Communication Studies will host “Voice, Activism, and Democracy,” the Harriet Elliot Lecture Series. The keynote speaker, Lawrence Frey will speak on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 114. His presentation is “Takin’ it to the Streets and the Seats: Communication Activism Research and Teaching for Social Justice.” There will be an ASL interpreter free parking is available in the Oakland parking deck. There will be a reception following the event.

On Thursday, March 30, panels will begin in Curry Auditorium at 9:30 a.m.with panelists Lori Brigg, Billie Murray and Armond Towns who will speak on activism in scholarship and among students.

At 11 a.m. panelists Valerie Warren, Mo Kessler and Casey Thomas will present “Women in Greensboro: Communicating for Social Change.” At 2 p.m. Billie Murray will lead a student speakout, which is co-sponsored by African American and African Diaspora Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Disability accommodations for March 30 are available upon request by contacting Sonia Martin at slmartin@uncg.edu by March 20.

Language Learning Series March 25

On Saturday, March 25, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will host the 16th Language Learning Series. Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the MHRA Building, Room 1214. Presenters and their presentation titles are listed below:

Thomas Alexander, “Racialized identities in second language acquisition: case study of African American study abroad program in northeastern Brasil”

Marie-Lyne Lavoie, “Film pedagogy for L2 Instruction:  How to best use this rich and attractive input”

Melissa Bius, “Ideas about Error Correction”

Jamison Smith, “What’s gender got to do with it?  Why are male learners lacking in encouragement to study French versus their female peers?”

Souleymane Bah, “The role of Age in L2 Acquisition:  A Psychological Perspective”

Alyssa Bedrosian, “Pedagogical podcasts: Using digital audio to teach second language pronunciation”

Junlan Li, “The effectiveness of bilingual education: Not only language proficiency but also academic achievement”

Marisa Gonzalez, “How owering anxiety benefits L2 learning”

Cinthia Arango, “The fundamental role of input”

RSVP by March 20 to megarcia@uncg.edu. This event is free and light refreshments will be served.

UNC GA grant provides Open Educational Resources for students at UNC campuses

The libraries of the UNC system are joining together to reduce textbook costs for students. According to a 2016 U.S. PIRG Report, the cost of a college textbook has increased by 73 percent since 2006 ─ over four times the rate of inflation. Results from a 2016 survey conducted in Florida, Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey, indicated that 66 percent of students do not buy their textbooks, greatly hindering their success in the classroom.

“Academic libraries around the country, including several in North Carolina, are working with their faculty to implement Open Educational Resources (OERs), which are high impact, low-cost or free resources in their courses,” said Kathy Crowe, interim dean of University Libraries at UNCG.

In November 2016 the University of North Carolina’s General Administration (GA) offered “Actualizing Innovations Meant to Scale” (AIMS) grants to the campuses to support their strategic plan. One initiative included OERs under GA’s “Deploying Academic Innovations for Affordability” goal. The University Librarians Advisory Council (ULAC), which includes the library deans and directors from the 17 UNC campuses, applied for an AIMS grant and was awarded $32,750 to provide an OER education and outreach program for librarians and faculty at UNC campuses. Crowe co-wrote the application with Janice S. Lewis, director of Academic Library Services at East Carolina University and Will Cross, director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University Libraries.

“The funds will be used to support a system-wide membership in the Open Textbook Network (OTN). The OTN, based at the University of Minnesota, is an alliance of more than 350 colleges and universities advancing the use of open textbooks in higher education,” said Cross. “ULAC will sponsor a day-long training workshop, led by OTN representatives, for North Carolina librarians from each campus in May 2017.”

Membership in OTN also provides funds for four North Carolina librarians to attend OTN’s Summer Institute at the University of Minnesota. These librarians will conduct additional regional workshops across the state. And finally, OTN sponsors a program with incentives for UNC faculty to adopt OERs.

The grant will provide an additional workshop in May for up to 100 librarians and faculty to increase their baseline knowledge of OERs. Librarians and faculty from UNCG, ECU and NCSU, who have been active in promoting open resources, will give presentations and participate in panel sessions. Additionally, Jeff Gallant from the University System of Georgia will present on Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG).

“ALG is a successful statewide effort that has used “textbook transformation grants” to spur the creation or adoption of no-cost and open course materials,” said Crowe. “Since 2015, ALG has saved 266,412 students an estimated $35.1 million.”

Both workshops will be held at the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. The OER education and outreach program will be coordinated by ULAC’s Textbook Affordability Working Group, which has representatives from several ULAC libraries. The Working Group will also develop online training materials and resources. “We want to implement OERs statewide and reduce educational costs for all North Carolina students,” said Lewis.

Copy courtesy UNCG University Libraries. Writer Hollie Stevenson-Parrish.

Course-based undergraduate research experiences: UNCG receives grant, will host summit

UNCG URSCO director Dr. Lee Phillips, Dr. Joanne Murphy and Dr. Iglika Pavlova have been awarded a UNC system Undergraduate Research Award.

UNC system announced the selection, granting $100,000 in funding to support projects that span nine UNC institutions. Phillips’s multi-university team, composed of UNCG, NC A&T State, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will collaborate to promote the development of CUREs (course-based undergraduate research experiences) across the system.

The overarching goals of the UNCG-led project are to: 1) Promote the development of CUREs; 2) Create a network of CURE developers on each partnering campus, as well as across the entire UNC system; and 3) Develop a system-wide, two-day CURE Summit designed to bring together a community of faculty, administrators, and students from a variety of disciplines to discuss best practices in undergraduate research.

UNCG will host that systemwide CURE Summit April 30-May 1 in the EUC, and will host subsequent teleconferences, says Phillips.

Registration information can be found at http://utlc.uncg.edu/ursco

Undergraduate research is a learning tool in which undergraduate students explore a topic or discipline and make a unique contribution to the research or scholarship in that field. It is typically carried out in close collaboration with a faculty mentor and is is a key contributor to student success.

Students who participate in undergraduate research are generally more likely to remain in school and are more likely to engage in various professional activities. They are also more likely to continue their education beyond their undergraduate studies and are more competitive for jobs.

The grant proposal notes that despite the widespread advantages of undergraduate research, few students participate because the experience is most commonly limited to the traditional apprentice model where one student works with one faculty member. This model is time-consuming for the faculty member and favors students whose cultural background and earlier educational training allow them to stand out and be selected for such an experience. This greatly restricts the overall impact of undergraduate research on the full student body. To counter these limitations, recent efforts in higher education have focused on the integration of research and research skills development into the curriculum, including introductory and general education courses and advanced major-centered courses.

CUREs constitute one recent model for combatting the limited accessibility of undergraduate research by introducing large numbers of students to research in the classroom.

Since their introduction a few years ago, these inquiry-based classes have been growing in popularity with documented successful impact, predominantly in the STEM disciplines.

The specific goals of the CURE Summit, hosted on the UNCG campus, are for participants to 1) learn about CURE effectiveness, design and implementation, 2 2) learn about discipline-specific CURE design, 3) design, develop, and exchange ideas for CUREs across the disciplines, 4) develop a network of CURE users through interaction and work-sharing and 5) create a venue for the promotion of Undergraduate Research across the UNC system.

The CURE Summit will facilitate the exchange of ideas and generate specific deliverables that support faculty in CURE development, implementation, scaling curricula, assessment, and troubleshooting.

Learn more about UNCG Undergraduate Research and CUREs at http://utlc.uncg.edu/ursco.

Photography by Katie Loyd. R-L, Dr. Lee Phillips, Dr. Joanne Murphy and Dr. Iglika Pavlova meet regarding CUREs.

Come to De-Stress with Less … Monday Play … Bridging the Gap

The Lloyd International Honors College collaborates with university partners and special guests to offer three unique programs for UNCG faculty, staff, and students:

New!  De-Stress with Less: Focus and Re-Center
Time: Every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (till 2:00)
Location: At Faculty Center this week, but locations will vary – Check workshops.uncg.edu for location for the week
No registration required; limited to first 25

Looking for a great way to end your week?! Relax and breathe; stretch and re-center. Join us to learn fun and easy techniques to relieve stress. Focus on personal well-being with special guests. Yoga mats are provided – or bring your own. Relaxation and rebalancing every Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Monday Play!
Time: Every Monday at 12:14 (till 1:00)
Location: Faculty Center
No registration required

Looking for a great way to start your week?! Come join us for some improvisation and play every Monday at 12:14 (and 42 seconds) in Faculty Center. Co-led by improv/play aficionados Sarah Dreier-Kasik and Omar H. Ali, Monday Play! is the way to kick-start your week with some free play and games.

Play is fundamental to our ability to continue growing and developing – and it’s fun. Drop in for some play any or every week and experience the power of play … All power to the players!

Bridging the Gap!

The purpose of the Student Advisory Council for the UNCG Police is to communicate student questions and concerns and to make recommendations to the Chief of Police. The Council is to serve as the UNCG student body’s voice to the command level of the UNCG Police Department. The Council will work collaboratively with the Chief of Police and Department to examine areas of concern and celebrate areas of success.

Principal Objectives of the Student Advisory Council

* To bring diverse perspectives and help guide the practices of UNCG Police with regard to communication with the campus.

* To promote dialogue between UNCG students, faculty, and staff and UNCG police as a way to support positive community police relations.

* To propose new programs, workshops, and community-outreach events to be co-led by students and the UNCG Police.

The primary benefit of the Council includes giving the UNCG community a safe space to create new opportunities and relationships with police officers.

Photograph, from a Monday Play session, by Mike Harris.

Managing moves from McIver: Who will be where?

Last March, the Connect NC bond was approved by the North Carolina voters, and that provided UNCG with funding for a Nursing and Instructional Building. The site for the new building is the present site of McIver Building, a fully occupied building.

For close to a year, Director of Space Management Judy Smith and Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge Quintal, along with department representatives, have been working on planning for the relocation of each department that will be moved from McIver.

“It’s a lot of dominoes,” says Smith. “Quite an exercise in logistics.” She says there is a major goal that has been agreed upon and has guided the relocation decisions, and that’s keeping academic programs as close to the core of campus as possible. Also, whenever possible they have maximized the benefits a department may find in a new location.

  • UNCG Theatre’s costume shop and storage and a design studio will move to 326 Tate St. Next door, 328, will hold an acting studio and lighting studio. The scene shop and paint shop will move to a warehouse at 812 Lilly Ave., near Mendenhall and Spring Garden. That large space will increase capacity for UNCG’s set design activity.
  • The Art Loft will enjoy a retail space in Spartan Village II, and the archaeology lab will find a new location in The Art Loft’s current space on Gate City Boulevard, at the corner of Tate St.
  • Advancement and Development will move from 1100 Market St. to the old chapel building at 812 S Aycock St., which will become a convenient place to meet donors. Their move will also make room for University Teaching and Learning Commons and the Veterans Access Program at 1100 West Market St.
  • The Boys and Girls Club gymnasium building, at 840 Neal St, will be renovated and have a floor added to accommodate the offices of Institutional Research, Academic Technology, Systems and procedures, Purchasing and various ITS departments.
  • New Mind Education and International Programs’ storage will move to Brown.
  • Kinesiology Research, UNCG Middle College, and Peace and Conflict Studies will move to 1510 Walker Avenue, which is the old student recreation center. That building is currently under renovation and due to be open for the fall 2017 semester.
  • Fixed Assets and the DCL recording studio will be re-located to the 2900 Oakland warehouse.
  • The SES grant program will move to the School of Education Building.
  • The School of Nursing will temporarily relocate many research offices to 1605 Spring Garden St. while the new building is underway.
  • HHS Advising and HDF graduate students will be relocated to the Stone Building.
  • The Kinesiology Physiology lab will go to Coleman.
  • Enrollment Management will go to Forney.
  • ITS, ITS Classroom Technology and Technology Services will go to the McNutt Building and the Campus Supply Building.

To stay updated about any changes in relocation plans, see here.

Transatlantic traveling and collaboration

For the sixth consecutive year at UNCG, Associate Vice Chancellor of Economic Engagement Bryan Toney is coordinating a short-term international student exchange with a university in Belgium, and a record number of students are participating.

During Spring Break UNCG students and their UNCG instructor, Dr. Nir Kshetri, will visit the Louvain School of Management (LSM), which has been ranked No. 4 in the world for its entrepreneurship program. The following week, Belgian students from the LSM will be in Greensboro. Throughout the exchanges, the 19 UNCG students will collaborate with the 21 LSM students on business plan projects.

In Greensboro, the visiting Belgian students will, as Toney says, “gain insights into the American economy and in particular the startup ecosystem in a typical mid-sized American city.”  They’ll tour HQ Greensboro, the Forge and UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space, as well as several local businesses.


“Too often, Europeans only see our big cities like New York or tourism areas and don’t get to experience the ‘real America,’ says Toney. “This course does just that.”


While in Belgium, the UNCG students will meet Belgian entrepreneurs and visit the Greensboro Center for Creative Leadership’s Brussels office. They’ll also see a local business incubator, and a startup brewery, which was founded by a previous participant in the program.
This program is now in its tenth year–the first four years were at Appalachian State where Toney worked previously.  With his Belgian colleague, Dr. Frank Janssen, Toney started the program so that students could have an international entrepreneurship experience that is also academic and part of a semester course. Through the exchange, he says that students learn how to work on teams with people from other countries, and they form long-lasting friendships with students from the other side of the world. Toney has kept the costs for the students low, scheduling the trips during a low travel season and having students host one another in their homes.


He says, “A specific goal we have at UNCG is to provide opportunities students who may not otherwise get a chance to study abroad.”


By Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications