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Adams’ study aims to help states improve high school athlete safety

photo of AdamsHow are states measuring up when it comes to the health and safety of their high school athletes? That’s a question Dr. William Adams answers in a study set to be published in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine in September.

The good news is that North Carolina ranks No. 1 in having the most comprehensive state-level policies for preventing and managing the leading causes of sudden death and catastrophic injury in sport, but Adams, who co-led the study at the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute (named for the late NFL player who died from complications of heat stroke during a Vikings practice in 2001) found that other states should be doing more.

“States need to fill the gap and focus their energy on training and minimizing risk,” said Adams, a newly minted assistant professor in UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology and associate director of Athletic Training Education.

The national study on high school sports safety lays out what states are, or are not doing to protect athletes from concussions, heat stroke and sudden cardiac arrest. Adams found that policies vary from state to state and some states are not doing enough to protect athletes from concussions, as well as other life-threatening injuries.

From 1982 to 2015, there were 735 fatalities and 626 catastrophic injuries related to high school sports, according to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s National Center for Catastrophic Sport Research. Sudden cardiac arrest, traumatic head injury, exertional heat stroke and exertional sickling are the culprits of 90 percent of deaths in sport, Adams said.

State-level policies would ensure athletes at all schools – public and private – would be protected.

Adams and colleagues developed a grading rubric that assessed current best practices for not only preventing, but also managing those leading causes of death.

States ranking in the top five were Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey and South Dakota – with North Carolina at No. 1. States scored higher for having return-to-play strategies and athletic trainers on site to carry out emergency action plans and medical care. They also had policies in place that were focused on all of the leading causes of death in sport.

In 2003, NCAA mandated heat acclimatization – the phasing in of an activity over the course of two weeks – dictating when football teams practice and how long equipment can be worn. Prior to the policy, Adams said, teams were seeing one to two exertional heat stroke deaths per year. In the last 14 years, there have only been two deaths during the first two weeks of practice.

“If you extrapolate that data from then to now, that’s in theory saved roughly 30 athletes or so from dying of heat stroke just having one simple policy of no cost,” Adams said.

He estimated that having site- and sport-specific emergency plans at every high school (heat acclimatization policy, environmental monitoring policy, adequate AEDs on site, trained personnel, proper cooling modalities, etc.) would cost less than $5,000 per school.

Adams said he hopes the study will serve as a catalyst for states to reach out to one another and figure out ways they can all improve policies to protect young athletes. North Carolina’s ranking is a response to prior catastrophic injuries that led to fatalities, and the state was proactive following those events.

“Our culture is reactive – we wait for something bad to happen before we change things,” Adams said. “If there is a scientific way to show these policies are successful, just do it, especially if it’s minimal cost.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

UNCG and Rockingham County Schools bring innovative “Lab School” to Reidsville

UNCG and Rockingham County Schools today unveiled a proposal for an innovative new partnership school in Rockingham County. The school – also called a “Lab School” – will bring the latest concepts in experiential learning and cutting edge teaching techniques to Moss Street Elementary School beginning in the fall of 2018. The proposed school will occupy the existing Moss Street facility and serve approximately 400 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The proposal was presented at a Rockingham County Schools Board of Education work session Monday night.

Under the provisions of recently passed North Carolina state legislation and as part of a University of North Carolina system initiative to foster engagement between North Carolina universities and state elementary schools, the new partnership school will feature innovative approaches in terms of curriculum, hands-on teaching and learning, and professional development opportunities for area educators. The school will develop student skills and interest in the highly-desired “STEAM” subjects – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – as well as providing other services including counseling, nutrition and additional support for students and families. It will be one of nine such schools expected to be established over the next two years under the legislation.

“At UNCG, we recognize our responsibility to provide both academic opportunity and excellence to students across the region – in terms of innovative teaching, relevant subject matter and meaningful academic experiences,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “With Rockingham County, we can forge a deep partnership – transforming not just an entire building but by extension a community. We will open up new doors and create new life chances for students who may have otherwise been underserved. With our world-class School of Education and proven track record of producing outstanding educators, UNCG is well equipped to deliver on the vision for this kind of powerful collaboration, and we are excited about the future of this initiative in Rockingham County.”

Added Rodney Shotwell, superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, “We are proud to partner with UNCG in a way that directly benefits the students, families and teachers of Rockingham County. This will create a wave of new opportunity, usher in new ideas and techniques and introduce new resources to our community.”


JSNN founding dean plans to step down after decade of service

After a decade of service to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, founding dean Dr. James Ryan is stepping down.

In a memorandum, Ryan announced his plan to leave at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, take a year of transition leave during the 2018-19 year and return to North Carolina A&T State University and UNCG as a professor of nanoscience.

Ryan was appointed to deanship of the Joint School in 2008. Since then, four degree programs have been established, including a master of science and a PhD. in nanoengineering and a professional science master’s and PhD in nanoscience. Under Ryan’s leadership, JSNN has become a site in the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program, developed a core lab model to aid NC A&T and UNCG researchers and provided technical outreach to various companies in the Piedmont Triad region.

Prior to his appointment at JSNN, Ryan served as the vice president of technology at Albany Nanotech and the associate vice president of technology and professor of nanoscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, now the State

University of New York Polytechnic. Prior to that, he had a 25-year career as an innovator and executive with IBM.

A national search for the next dean will begin this academic year. Details to be announced later this fall.

Rathnayake uses nanomaterials to develop affordable, efficient solar panels

photo of NanomaterialsImagine charging your cell phone outside using only a tiny sticker on the back – no cord or pad needed. Thanks in part to UNCG’s Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, solar-powered cell phones could be the wave of the future.

Alongside collaborators from University of Louisville, Rathnayake is developing smaller, more energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, inexpensive solar panels. Her research has received $1.5 million in grant support from NASA, the National Science Foundation and other funders.
“Our goal is for you to be able to go to Walmart, buy your solar panel, pull off the sticker and put it on your window,” says Rathnayake, an associate professor in UNCG’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. “That’s the dream. It needs to be plug and play.”

To meet this goal, she’s using carbon-based nanoparticles, roughly one-millionth of a millimeter in size, to build flexible solar panels. They’re bendable, making them useful in more places than existing rigid silicon panels. The unique structure of the particles, which incorporate many void spaces, also makes the panels lightweight.

In addition to being small – roughly 4 centimeters by 8 centimeters – they use less sunlight energy to create the same amount of electricity as a silicon panel, she says. They produce voltage equivalent to a small battery, and, while they don’t outlast silicon panels, they do cut production costs by 25 percent. Carbon-based panels are also more environmentally friendly because they don’t include heavy metals that become toxic when processed.

Ultimately, she envisions being able to use a spray can, much like an airbrush used to paint a car, to coat the carbon solar cell solution on any surface.

Rathnayake is also interested in harnessing waste energy – energy produced, but not captured – for electricity production. In particular, she’s investigating thermoelectrics, the direct conversion of temperature differences into electric voltages.

She’s working on a device that uses body heat to power electronic devices. For example, the body heat you produce while jogging could be used to run – and recharge – the mp3 player playing your music.

Overall, she says, the impetus behind her research is bringing electricity to the public in a more effective, affordable form.

“I come from a country where sunlight is abundant, but electricity isn’t,” she says. “Electricity isn’t affordable for all families. That’s the reason we’re thinking about doing this in an environmentally-friendly, cheaper way.”

This post was adapted from a UNCG Research Magazine story written by Whitney J. Palmer. To read the full story and more, click here.

Volunteer for UNCG’s outreach at National Folk Festival

UNCG will have a role at the National Folk Festival like never before. Next week’s Campus Weekly will detail that community outreach and the festival itself.

Spartan volunteers are needed. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the National Folk Festival with fellow Spartans as we infuse downtown Greensboro with Spartan Spirit. Be sure to wear blue and gold.

UNCG University Communications seeks faculty, staff and all members of the campus community to help. Volunteers will hand out give-away items.

Volunteer shift options are in two-hour increments within the following time spans:

Friday, Sept. 8, 6-10 p.m

Saturday, Sept. 9, 12-9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10, 12-9 p.m.

Register to volunteer here.


Ashby Dialogue Series 2017-2018: ‘The Universe Story and the University: Education for Justice and Sacred Earth’

As part of this Ashby Dialogue Series, Dr. Jeff Titon (emeritus professor of ethnomusicology at Brown University) will speak about “Sustainability and A Sound Ecology” Sept. 7, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Aaron Allen, associate professor and director of the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program, will facilitate.

“The problem of sustainability is not only a problem of science and engineering, but it is also a problem of ethics and epistemology,” Titon said. “Sound-worlds offer an opportunity to experience a connection among beings missing when experience is directed at texts or objects. A sound connection offers an opportunity to think through a sound epistemology that may lead to sound economies, sustainable communities and a sound ecology that foregrounds the interdependence of all beings.”

Questions? Contact Etsuko Kinefuchi, Communication Studies, e_kinefu@uncg.edu.

Red Cross blood drive Sept. 12

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2017-2018 academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal!

For those wishing to make a Power Red donation, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative, B negative, O positive and O negative.

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations because of the critical shortage they are experiencing, and they need your help!
Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification and the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Email notifications begin for Cloud storage files that may contain sensitive data

Protecting University data is important. For increased data protection, UNCG uses CloudLock, a cloud security service operated by Information Technology Services (ITS).

CloudLock scans cloud storage services like Google Drive and Box to guard against inadvertent exposures and ensure data security.

These scans check data patterns and file permissions to determine if there might be a security risk. (Note: This is an automated process; ITS will not read your files)

When CloudLock identifies a file that may contain sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers or credit card data, it generates an alert. In the coming weeks, ITS will begin sending email notifications to faculty or staff who own files that trigger alerts.

What to do if you receive notification of a CloudLock alert?

If you receive one of these messages, please consider the following:

Business, academic and research data are subject to the university’s Data Classification Policy, which defines four categories of data with respect to risk: High, Moderate, Low and Minimal. Storage requirements have been established for each category of data. It is important to properly classify data and to only store it in services that meet these requirements.

Learn more

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

“Hangouts” highlight housing-related issues

“Hangouts” are monthly informal gatherings with students, faculty, researchers, community agencies and governmental representatives from local, regional and state agencies. Discussions are the first Friday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. in the Moore Humanities and Research building – light refreshments are served. Hangouts are organized by the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies.

2017-2018 Housing Hangouts

Sept. 8* – Veterans Housing, RM 1607

Oct. 6 – Homebuying 101, RM 1607

Nov. 3 – Housing Innovations, RM 1607

Dec. 1 – Public Housing and Section 8, RM 1607

Jan. – No Housing Hangout

Feb. 2 – Regional and Local Consolidated Planning, RM 2711

March 2 – Prison Re-entry, Work and Housing, RM 2711

April 6 – Fair Housing, RM 2711

May 4 – School Catchment Areas and Housing Choice, RM 1607

*Second Friday due to Labor Day weekend

See/hear: Aug. 30, 2017

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Tickets are on sale for “South Pacific” Sept. 17 – Oct. 15 at Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater in Downtown Greensboro. In this video, the production’s music director, Justin P. Cowan (UNCG Music), leads the orchestra through their first rehearsal of “South Pacific,” including “Bali Hai’i,” “There’s Nothing Like A Dame” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Andrea Hunter chair of Faculty Senate, as it marks 25th year

photo of Hunter.

When speaking about her new role as chair of the UNCG Faculty Senate, Dr. Andrea Hunter’s enthusiasm and positivity are infectious.     

“I just see so many possibilities for us as a faculty in this moment,” Hunter said.

Hunter succeeds Dr. Anne Wallace and is the second Faculty Senate chair to serve under the revised rules providing for two-year terms for each chair.

Strengthening partnerships, increasing faculty’s commitment to diversity and elevating the senate’s voice and visibility on campus are among Hunter’s ambitions as chair during the Faculty Senate’s 25th anniversary year.

Hunter came to UNCG in Fall 1999 after working as an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She received a bachelor of arts in Psychology and Child Development from Spelman College, and a master of science and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University. At UNCG, she is the associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

She said UNCG was a good fit. She appreciated the emphasis on direct contact, advising and building relationships with students, and the strong commitment to research and creative activity.

In her 17 years at the university, she said she’s seen a ton of growth as UNCG distinguishes itself as a diverse and minority-serving institution with strong teaching excellence, a world-class faculty, and by its engagement in cutting-edge research.

“UNCG has the benefit of a smaller university, a very student-centered mission and a mission to work with a diverse student body, and we also have highly ranked programs and a stellar faculty. We are teacher-scholars, and this is very rewarding,” Hunter said.

Hunter has a long history of service throughout her career. At UNCG, in addition to the faculty senate and other roles in faculty governance, she served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence and was director of the School of Health and Human Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“I’ve always been interested in working in those capacities,” she said. “In my very nature, I’m a team player.”

She added that working at different levels in the university system gives people a richer perspective.

“I think faculty governance really opens that up for you and informs the other work you do, and certainly informs the way you engage with students,” Hunter said.

As Faculty Senate chair, Hunter has a vision for both programmatic and organizational  improvements. She’s interested in continuing the internal self-study started under Wallace and figuring out how to operate as a stronger organization.

“How would we like to see ourselves and what are the structures and processes we need in place?” Hunter said. “Some of that has to do with communication and transparency.”

She said it’s critical to strengthen the ways faculty connect and communicate across units and divisions such as student affairs and academic and business affairs as we develop a shared sense of identity and common fate.

Hunter would also like greater recognition and value of the breadth of the faculty government structure and work.

“It’s really important for Faculty Senate to be engaged and empowered partners where there’s mutual respect across those divisions and we have the opportunity for dialogue and connection,” Hunter said. “A lot of our role is advisory and consultative, but we also make recommendations and review and approve policies in areas central to instruction and student learning, as well as faculty welfare and development. Faculty have an important and unique perspective to bring.”

She said building relationships and mutual trust is key to increasing communication, particularly during a time of change and transformation.

An ongoing part of Hunter’s work is being a part of the institutional effort to move forward student and faculty diversity and success, which is a passion she is eager to bring to the Faculty Senate table.

“As a university, we’ve done really excellent work being able to attract, retain and graduate a diverse student body,” Hunter said. “The chancellor has said that diversity should be part of our DNA. As part of our DNA, the Faculty Senate is one place we can express that because we have the opportunity to live that out, raise issues, make recommendations in light of those issues…I think we can be leaders in that effort.”

Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public, and Hunter encouraged faculty to take advantage of the opportunity to engage at this level.

Meetings are monthly – the first is Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House – and the schedule is available on the Faculty Senate website. The senate also holds frequent forums around issues relevant to faculty.

She suggested faculty get to know their senators, ask questions and talk with them about issues. Not only is the Faculty Senate the voice of the faculty, she said, but the liaison between faculty and the administration.

“I’m quite excited about this moment where we are taking giant steps, which I think means a lot of different things for us,” Hunter said. “It’s a good moment to be here, I think, as faculty members, students, staff as well, and a good moment to be chair of the Faculty Senate.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Dr. George Hancock

photo of HancockDr. George Hancock (SERVE Center) received over $1 million in continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE).

NCHE is housed at UNCG’s SERVE center and operates USED’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth program. NCHE has developed long-standing collaborations that foster a comprehensive and interagency approach to serving homeless children and youth at the national, state and local levels. The NCHE staff bring not only experience and expertise in homeless education and/or working with at-risk youth, but commitment and passion for the work. Key focus areas of NCHE’s work include building the capacity of state- and local-level program administrators to implement effective programs and activities that are compliant with federal legislation, providing expert advice and assistance to address challenging and emerging issues, building connections among constituents and outside agencies, and providing resources that enable constituents to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

Thus, NCHE provides resources that are accurate in content, relevant to constituent needs, and immediately applicable to their work in support of the more than 1.3 million homeless children and youth enrolled in our schools nationally.

Funding will continue to provide the assistance and support to all stakeholders, including parents and families experiencing homelessness, to help homeless students succeed in school and overcome the devastating effects of lacking a stable place to live.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

photo of SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the project “AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.”

The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency. Services to be provided include: 1. Employment Readiness and Placement, Disaster Preparedness, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, and related services to immigrant and refugees resulting in greater self-sufficiency; 2. Provide leadership development training to AmeriCorps staff; and 3. Provide community development training to community and faith-based partner organizations to help them achieve sustainability.

Holly Goddard Jones

photo of JonesHolly Goddard Jones (English, Creative Writing) will give a reading this Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at Scuppernong Books in downtown Greensboro. The event will celebrate the release of Jones’ latest novel, “The Salt Line,” published by Penguin Random House. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing. Jones is also the author of  “The Next Time You See Me” and “Girl Trouble.” Her work has appeared in “The Best American Mystery Stories,” “New Stories from the South,” Tin House magazine and elsewhere. She was a recipient of the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ Hillsdale Prize for Excellence in Fiction and of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.

Dr. Iris Wagstaff

Dr. Iris Wagstaff (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a UNCG graduate and adjunct associate professor. She will receive the K-12 Promotion of Education Award by the Women of Color Magazine and Women of Color STEM Conference. A subsidiary of Career Communications Group, INC, Women of Color magazine’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference is the forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields. Wagstaff will be presented the award at the 22nd Annual Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 7.

Wagstaff is a STEM Program Director in the Education and Human Resources Department of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Most recently she served as 2015-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Justice in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences. She has over 20 years of STEM outreach and advocacy in the community developing informal science programs, mentoring STEM majors, equipping parents with tools and resources to encourage their children in STEM, and providing culturally relevant science education pedagogy to teachers.

Looking ahead: Aug. 30, 2017

Panel discussion: ‘Race and the University’
Thursday, Aug. 31, noon, Alexander Room, EUC

First Look: ‘South Pacific’ with Bob Gatten
Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Faculty Reading: Holly Goddard Jones (Creative Writing)
Thursday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Scuppernong Books

Volleyball vs. Presbyterian (Spartan-Aggie Invitational)
Friday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Soccer vs. UNC Chapel Hill
Monday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Lecture on German election, Dr. Peter Pfeiffer (Georgetown)
Friday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Bryan 172

65 or older? You can audit courses, if space available

Beginning this semester, the General Assembly authorized the UNC Board of Governors to establish rules permitting those who have attained the age of 65 to audit courses tuition-free on a space available basis (see below).  

Senior citizens 65 and older who wish to take advantage of this tuition-free opportunity and audit a class must submit a completed Visiting Auditor Registration Form to UNCG Online.  The UNCG Online staff verifies that space is available and obtains instructor permission for the audit.

SECTION 10.12.(a) Chapter 115B of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

Ҥ 115B-2.2. Senior citizens may audit classes.

Any person who is at least 65 years old may audit courses offered at the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and the community colleges as defined in G.S. 115D-2(2) without payment of any required registration fee or tuition for the audit provided the audit is approved in accordance with policies adopted by the Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges for their respective institutions, and there is no cost to the State. A person shall be allowed to audit a class under this section only on a space available basis. Persons auditing classes under this section shall not be counted in the computation of enrollment for funding purposes. This section does not apply to audits of courses provided on a self-supporting basis by community colleges.”

Any additional questions may be directed to the University Registrar’s Office or UNCG Online.

Glorious sounds of Collage: Atlantic Crossings Sept. 9

photo of people playing musicThis is the 10th annual Collage, a unique production in which musicians in groups large and small seamlessly take the spotlight onstage and from various places in the auditorium, one after another, exploring musical pieces from various decades and illustrating connections of musical works across time and cultures.

This year’s production, which includes more than 300 students from the School of Music, will be a celebration of diversity and the exchange of ideas between cultures across the Atlantic Ocean. Over the course of nearly thirty brief performances, Collage explores the relationship between Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean through music, with works like Dvorak’s New World Symphony, jazzed-up Bach, sacred music from eighteenth-century Brazil, and much, much more.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9.

A week following this concert, the School of Music will present its Collage concert outside of Greensboro for the first time. That concert, in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, is already sold out.

Tickets remain for the UNCG Auditorium concert (as of Aug. 21).

Tickets have sold out each year in Greensboro.

Tickets are $14-$26 for adults, $10-$21 for seniors and $7-$16 for students. All ticket proceeds benefit the School of Music Collage Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are available in person, by phone, and online through Triad Stage until Sept. 9:

Triad Stage Box Office
232 South Elm Street
Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(336) 272-0160
Purchase tickets from Triad Stage online here.
For group tickets, contact the Triad Stage Box office in person or at 336.373.0160 (discounts are available for groups of 10 or more).

Tickets are also available at UNCG Box Office Locations, Aug. 21 – Sept. 8:

Music Building Box Office
UNCG Music Building
100 McIver St.
Monday – Friday, 12- 1 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.

Brown Building Theatre Box Office
UNCG Brown Building
402 Tate St.
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.  – 5 p.m.

See full information at vpa.uncg.edu/collage/collage-gso.

New year, new tradition with UNCG’s NAV1GATE

photo of StudentA new tradition was born Aug. 14 as UNCG welcomed the newest group of Spartans at the inaugural NAV1GATE New Student Convocation.

Nearly 3,000 first-year and transfer students participated in the daylong event, which included a re-energized convocation celebration, a welcome from each dean, academic success sessions, a “UNCG History Walk” through campus and a “Convocation Craze” to round out the day.

New students also received a special welcome from Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., who congratulated them on this “giant step” in their lives, and encouraged them to follow their passions, ask for help from faculty and staff, and surround themselves with supportive people.

“This giant step takes courage and commitment. I congratulate you for getting to this important milestone in your life,” Gilliam said. “I look forward to taking this adventure with all of you.”

See social media photos and clips at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photograph by Katie Loyd

Before National Folk Festival, a journey through Celtic music at UNCG Sept. 7

photo of RitchieIn two weeks, prepare for a global weekend, and it starts at UNCG.

Thursday, Sept. 7, the night before the National Folk Festival kicks off in downtown Greensboro, UNCG and the Atlantic World Research Network welcome Scottish music maven Fiona Ritchie, best known as host and producer of NPR’s “The Thistle & Shamrock,” and Doug Orr, founder of the legendary Swannanoa Gathering. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. in the EUC auditorium.

They will present “Wayfaring Strangers,” a transatlantic journey through Celtic and mountain music in story and song, based on their bestselling book and album.

Gaelic music duo Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, open the evening presentation.

“One of North Carolina’s most powerful transatlantic ties is its Celtic music traditions,” said Dr. Christopher Hodgkins, director of the Atlantic World Research Network. “They are the songs of highland and lowland Scotland and Ulster, and their ties go further back to ancient Gaelic music of Wales, Ireland, France, and Spain—and northward to the Canadian Maritime Provinces.”

The concert also serves as an introduction to UNCG’s 2017 Atlantic World Research Network (AWRN) conference, “Atlantic World Arts.” AWRN focuses on interdisciplinary research, teaching and creative work concerning peoples, cultures and ecologies of the “Atlantic Rim” – Africa, Europe and the Americas – embracing Atlantic World work in the humanities, arts, sciences and social sciences.

This year’s conference also includes a keynote lecture on African modernist photography by Dr. Candace Keller, a presentation on the art of African-American preaching by Dr. Jeff Titon, a transatlantic modernism art exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and sessions that illustrate thematic links to UNCG’s annual Collage concert (featured in this week’s Campus Weekly.)

For more information about the interdisciplinary Atlantic World Arts Symposium, which includes presentations throughout Sept. 8 and 9, visit the website: awrn.uncg.edu.

Photography courtesy R. L. Geyer

University Speaking Center serves campus, community

photo of studentsIn a 2017 study, 63.9 percent of college students reported fear of public speaking – a high number for a population who will be assigned to make oral presentations for a grade in the immediate future. Two speaking-intensive courses are required for the completion of any undergraduate degree at UNCG and, beyond the degree, many careers require effective speaking and presentations.

Fortunately, UNCG students can receive one-on-one consultations to work on oral presentations and general speaking skills at the University Speaking Center, now in operation for 15 years.

The center directors Kim Cuny and Erin Ellis describe the peer-to-peer individual consultations as non-instructional and judgement-free.

“We meet students where they are and we move them forward,” said Cuny.

Dianne Garrett, lecturer in the Bryan School of Business, frequently sends her students to Speaking Center consultations.

“Afterwards, they tend to hold themselves with more professionalism in approach and in execution,” she said. “The speeches are more organized and polished.”

Interior architecture professors Dr. Maruja Torres-Antonini and Felicia F. Dean have their Basic Environmental Design III students receive coaching from Speaking Center consultants throughout the semester, on design proposal projects that are meant to mimic real-world presentations to clients. The instructors film the students’ initial presentations and the Speaking Center consultants view the films with the students individually and help them make changes for a final presentation.

“We’ve found that the quality and efficiency of our students’ verbal presentations improve significantly with this approach,” said Torres-Antonini.

The center is staffed with four graduate and 45 undergraduate consultants who have completed a course in Speaking Center theory and practice. They’re not only prepared to do individual consultations in interpersonal, public and group communication, but also to conduct group trainings and workshops.

In the context of developing spoken communication projects, the consultants are prepared to address technology issues, such as how to put a PowerPoint presentation from a phone on the classroom projector, or how to record a speech for an online assignment. They offer conversation practice for non-native speakers of English and coaching for advanced speakers preparing to make public presentations. The Speaking Center is also a safe space for students working on their identity presentation, if they are in the process of changing their gender or cultural identity.

Beyond its hallmark one-on-one consultations and class workshops, the Speaking Center consultations conduct workshops with tutors from the UNCG Student Success Center and the Graduate School’s new teaching assistants.

During the past year, Cuny and Ellis collaborated with Professor of Biology Bruce Kirchoff on a workshop titled “Communicating Science,” which was open to any scientist in the area and drew participants from NC A&T and Bennett College as well as from UNCG. Cuny and Kirchoff plan to hold more “Communicating Science” workshops this fall.

“The students seem to enjoy the process,” Kirchoff observed about those who have attended Speaking Center consultations and trainings. “They appear more relaxed having had the chance to practice prior to their formal presentations.”

Consultants also facilitate workshops at nonprofits, such as Peacehaven, a farm and housing community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those workshops can become part of graduate student research and teaching portfolios.

UNCG’s University Speaking Center faculty, students and alumni frequently receive awards at the National Association of Communication Centers Conference for their research and records of service. At the 2017 conference, communication studies graduate student Taylor Williams received the Outstanding Graduate Tutor Award.

Cuny describes all of the consultants as strong interpersonal communicators who have a passion for helping others, and for learning from their experiences with students and other speakers.

“We’re one of the places on campus where students can make connections,” she said.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Photography courtesy Taylor Williams

UNCG opens Campus Violence Response Center

photo of studentsOn Thursday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m., during UNCG’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week, is the official grand opening of the innovative Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC). The opening event will feature a slideshow, tours, refreshments and remarks from the staff and local representatives from state agencies.

The center is dedicated to responding to students who report an assault incident, with an emphasis on the victim’s convenience and comfort. Established through a recent grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and developed by UNCG Title IX Coordinator Murphie Chappell, the CVRC increases victim support and streamlines the reporting of incidents on campus. The CVRC will have three primary staff members, in addition to the advisory support of Chappell and Katie Vance of the Title IX Office.

“A lot of campuses have the various pieces similar to this but with this place, we’re bringing the services to the victim,” said Chappell. “We’ve created a comfortable, confidential space where people can go and get an immediate response.”

Dr. Christine Murray, director of the Healthy Relationships Initiative and associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, pointed to the CVRC’s innovation in bringing an adapted version of the Family Justice Center model to campus response.

“It brings a variety of resources for victims under one roof,” she said. “Our campus community is fortunate to have this new center to bring that type of coordinated care to UNCG.”

Lauren Rivenbark has joined UNCG as the CVRC counselor. Rivenbark worked at the Collaboration for Assault Response & Education Center at UNC Wilmington before and after earning her master’s degree in social work, in addition to serving as a counselor at a rape crisis center in Wilmington.

Tia Jarrell, who serves as the navigator, or first point of contact for the center, worked for the Title IX Office and the Dean of Students Office as a UNCG undergraduate.

In addition to responding to students reporting incidents, Rivenbark and Jarrell will initiate a support and discussion group that will meet beside the center, in Gove 015, every Thursday.

CVRC will work closely with UNCG Police, and campus outreach partners also include the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residence Life, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Recreation and Wellness, the Counseling Center, the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Their community partners include the Family Justice Center, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Family Services of the Piedmont.

The Campus Violence Response Center is located on the ground floor of the Gove Student Health Center. More information is available on the CVRC website: cvrc.uncg.edu.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual, l-r: Katie Vance, Murphie Chappell, Lauren Rivenbark, Tia Jarrell

“South Pacific” first look at Weatherspoon Art Museum

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How does a Pulitzer Prize meet the Great White Way?

UNCG emeritus professor Bob Gatten can tell you at the “South Pacific” preview event. Take a deep dive into the history of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that opens Sept. 17, presented by UNCG and Triad Stage.

The Aug. 31 preview will include early photos and videos from the rehearsal and design process and Gatten will share his knowledge of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tales of the South Pacific,” by James Michener, and of how Michener’s work came to be the inspiration for what many regard as the best musical of all time.

Gatten has conducted research at the Michener Archives at the University of Northern Colorado and at the “South Pacific” archives of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization in New York, and saw no fewer than seven performances of the 2008 revival at Lincoln Center.

The preview event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Weatherspoon auditorium and is free and open to the public. Attendees receive a 25 percent off discount code for tickets to “South Pacific.” For more information, contact Triad Stage at: 336.272.0160 or triadstage.org.

Human Rights Film Series starts Sept. 7

Join the Human Rights Research Network for its annual International Human Rights Film Series. This year’s theme is “History and Human Rights.” The films include “Belle” (Sept. 7), “Paradise Now” (Oct. 12) and “The Devil Came on Horseback” (Nov. 16).

All films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120. A post-film discussion facilitated by members of UNCG faculty will follow all screenings.

“Belle,” the first film in the series, tells the story of Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of a British Royal Navy Captain, whose life became intertwined with efforts to end slavery in England. Mark Elliott, associate professor of History will lead a discussion after the film.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information on the film series or upcoming film showings, visit humanrightsresearchnetwork.weebly.com.

Library webinar series offers resources for campus community

UNCG Libraries has created a new webinar series, “Research and Applications,” for students, staff, faculty, instructors and librarians. The series runs throughout the Fall 2017 semester and cover topics on library resources and research tools. The 30-minute webinars will be recorded in the WebEx Meeting Center and made available on the UNCG Libraries website. To sign up for the webinars, visit workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001727.

Innovation Commercialization’s new name: UNCG Innovation Partnership Services Office

On Aug. 1, 2017, the Office of Innovation Commercialization officially became the UNCG Innovation Partnership Services Office (IPSO). The name change reflects the office’s evolving role on campus and the valuable services it provides to faculty, staff, students and external partners.

As in the past, IPSO will offer patent, licensing and marketing evaluation services. The office will also continue to manage various agreements integral to scholarly partnerships, collaborations, and commercialization, such as confidentiality agreements (NDAs), material transfer agreements (MTAs) and intellectual property clauses in sponsored research agreements.

IPSO will also work to meet the campus’s needs more broadly by identifying and fostering relationships between faculty and external partners, by working alongside faculty on proposals that require or would benefit from commercialization plans, and by helping to craft sustainable models for UNCG centers. All scholars, even those unsure about their projects’ commercialization possibilities, are encouraged to reach out to IPSO for resources, guidance and support.

In a major step toward fulfilling its broader vision, IPSO, in conjunction with the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center and NC A&T, has been named a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site. The NSF I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the lab and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

The UNCG NC A&T I-Corps Site, funded at $500,000 over five years, will provide faculty, staff, students and alumni with tools, training and funding to explore commercial markets and advance the commercial potential of their work. Thirty teams will be trained each year in three separate cohorts, with the first cohort training commencing in October 2017.

To learn more about the Innovation Partnership Services Office and services relevant to your work, visit innovate.uncg.edu or email ipso@uncg.edu.

Copy courtesy UNCG Research and Engagement

Dr. Victoria Coyle

photo of CoyleDr. Victoria Coyle (SERVE Center) received continuation of funding from Temple University for the project “SEADAP Evaluation/Planarians and the Pharmacology of addition: an in vivo model for K-12 education.”

The award from Temple is for the continued evaluation of a National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsored program titled, “Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership” (SEADAP). The program is starting its fourth year and has been designed to use live flatworms (planarians) to develop and deliver an inquiry-based grade 4 – 12 program to teach the science of drug addiction, and the pharmacology of natural and drug rewards. The program is being provided to teachers in the northeast (Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York, through Temple University) and in Eastern North Carolina (through Eastern Carolina University). The program provides professional development, including hands-on experiences with the planaria and lesson plans to the teachers who then incorporate the lessons into their curriculum. The flatworms and materials are all provided to the teachers through the project. The teachers come from diverse content areas, including math, science, physical education, and health.

Dr. Jacqueline Debrew

photo of DeBrewDr. Jacqueline Debrew (School of Nursing) received new funding from North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC) Program for the project “Proposal for RN to BSN Outreach Programs: 2017-2018.”  

The project will support five cohort programs for Registered Nurses seeking Bachelor of Science degrees. The five established cohorts are located on the North Carolina campuses of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, Gaston College in Dallas, Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, and Piedmont Community College in Roxboro.

Chris Gregory

photo of GregoryChris Gregory (Assistant Director, Residence Life) co-authored a chapter in the recently published book “Leadership, Equity and Social Justice in American Higher Education.” The chapter, titled “The Unintended Consequences of New Residence Hall Construction,” looked at national building trends and the implications for equity and success.

Dr. Anne Hershey

photo of HersheyDr. Anne Hershey (Biology) received new funding from NC State University’s North Carolina Sea Grant for the project “Distribution and Concentrations of Antibiotics in Rural Wells and Streams.”  

Funding for this project will be used in the sampling of rural wells and streams to measure concentrations of antibiotics in order to assess the potential for land use to influence environmental exposure to antibiotics.

Dr. Chris Payne

photo of PayneDr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships), received new funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”  

UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships will serve as the Research/Implementation/Professional Development partner to Guilford Child Development (GCD) for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant to increase staff knowledge and skills, which support high-quality comprehensive child development services. Using an implementation model, the project will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County.

GCD, in partnership with UNCG, will increase access to high-quality early childhood care through a two-pronged approach: (A) Direct provision of high-quality early childhood services through additional Early Head Start classrooms in Greensboro; and (B) Comprehensive training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care staff and heighten the quality of care in homes and classrooms. This two-pronged approach will help to meet the immediate need for high-quality child care while also building a broad base of early childhood professionals to continue to meet community needs.

Provision of high quality, comprehensive child care services in this area will provide families with a path to a better future for their children. By building on the strengths of existing community agencies and partners, and developing a strong cadre of early childhood professionals, we can make permanent gains in the availability of high-quality services and opportunities for children in poverty and their families.

Dr. Diane Ryndak

photo of RyndakDr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project LEAPS: Leadership in Extensive and Pervasive Support Needs.”  

The Doctoral Program in Special Education at UNCG has a history of (a) graduating scholars who procure and maintain employment in teacher preparation programs nationally, and (b) conducting OSEP projects to prepare high-quality leaders. LEAPS builds on this history by collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, low-performing schools in North Carolina, self-advocates and parents of students with disabilities, and national experts to prepare leaders in research and the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of high-need students with disabilities who are far below grade level; at risk of not graduating with a regular high school diploma on time; or not on track to being college- or career-ready by graduation.

Specifically, LEAPS will focus on competencies for conducting research and preparing teachers to work with students historically labeled as having significant intellectual disabilities, autism, severe, or multiple disabilities, areas in which there has been a chronic critical shortage of qualified teachers nationally and in North Carolina.

LEAPS will extend UNCG’s existing doctoral program’s competencies for research, preservice teacher preparation, and service, and add competencies for evidence-based practices (EBP) to meet the needs of high-needs students with EPSN in low-performing schools. Scholars will learn competencies in inclusive practices, secondary and post-secondary education and transition, EBP and individualized supports (including assistive technology), advocacy, and academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. This will be accomplished using technology during courses, when teaching, and in collaboration with schools, national experts, and other scholars nationally within the context of the existing doctoral program, additional one-hour seminars related to students with EPSN, authentic experiences with low-performing schools, and the use of resources and expertise of National Technical Assistance Projects. The intent is to improve outcomes for these students and their schools.

Looking Ahead: August 23, 2017

Women’s Soccer vs. Elon
Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Cram and Scram sale
Friday, Aug. 25, 8 a.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Reframe Fall 2017 Learning Series
Friday, Aug. 25, noon, Faculty Center.

Spartan Cinema: Jurassic World
Friday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., film at sunset, LeBauer Park

Volleyball vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Women’s Soccer vs. Clemson
Sunday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Men’s Soccer vs. High Point
Monday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Dick Gregory remembered

Dick Gregory, civil rights activist, social critic and comedian, died last weekend at age 84. He holds a special place in UNCG history as he was keynote speaker at UNCG’s first MLK Celebration (see the listing on the UNCG Multicultural Engagement page.) He was followed by John Lewis and Ralph Abernathy in those first three years. Gregory is the only person to twice be the keynote speaker, as he spoke again in 2013.

Dr. Stephen Sills

photo of SillisDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Greensboro Housing Coalition for the project “Evaluation of the Collaborative Cottage Grove BUILD 2.0 Health Challenge Project.”  

This project is supported by funds from the BUILD Health Challenge. UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies will serve as the evaluator for the Greensboro Housing Coalition and the Collaborative Cottage Grove for their BUILD Health Challenge grant. The project will employ a contextually responsive, collaborative model of participatory research. The evaluators will work with the BUILD team and partners to ensure that evaluation is institutionalized throughout by developing data tracking and feedback mechanisms for accurate reporting. The evaluation design is responsive to the evolving project and that it provides data intended to: support program improvement, demonstrate initial outcomes, and reveal institutional changes resulting from the program.

The evaluation will be quasi-experimental, mixed-method, and include GIS mapping. Impact will be evaluated using multiple data sources. Residents will be asked at three separate time points to provide assessments of: (1) community activities (gardens, health fairs, trainings) (2) physical improvements that promote activity (bike lanes, parks, sidewalks), and (3) self-reported health status and nutrition. Residents will also provide assessment of their health at the time of their participation and 90 days following. This will provide a means to identify the “contribution” that participation in a particular activity had on perceptions of health and engagement in behaviors associated with positive health. Attendance counts at health fairs and other events will help to determine overall community engagement. Observational counts of bike riding, walking, playground use, other activities use will be made.

The project focuses on measuring impact at the (1) individual, (2) health issue, and (3) community level. At the individual level the focus will be on changes in perceptions of health promotion and reported levels of engagement. At the health issue level, the focus will be on improvements on health issues and their consequences (reduction in emergency department visits, living in homes without asthma triggers, healthy eating, reduction of diabetes symptoms, more physical active). At the community level, the impact on community dynamics (collaborations and communication, support for promoting healthy environment), community economics, improvement to housing, and development of public areas will be examined. To determine the relative impact of BUILD, residents of a nearby community with comparable socio-demographics will be surveyed at the same times. The communities will be compared on health indicators relating to diabetes, asthma, and general health.