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Social media gives new life to UNCG history

072716Feature_SocialMediaIn a room packed with the rows, shelves and cabinets that store over 120 years of UNCG artifacts, Erin Lawrimore flips through a single cabinet of photographs. She stops on a black and white photograph of 1940s faculty members inspecting a device purported to test the resilience of textiles.

These photograph — artifacts from UNCG’s nearly 125 years — are the building blocks of University Archives’ social-media campaign, the outlet through which UNCG students, faculty and staff are accessing the university’s archives and special collections.

There’s the Spartan Stories blog, a Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account — each requiring a team of archivists on a regimented schedule. There’s Monday’s Spartan Story along with a #MusicMonday post; Wednesday’s Who-Dun-It, which features a mystery novel from the university’s rare book collection; #ThrowbackThursdays; and the most popular of all, Fashion and Foodie Fridays.

“We will probably never run out of stuff,” said Lawrimore, who oversees the social-media outreach. “We’ve got negatives, glass-plate negatives, 80-plus years of yearbooks – by the time we run out no one will be on Twitter.”

Some of the clips are published solely for the sake of nostalgia (snapshots from the ‘80s and ‘90s are among the most popular) but University Archivist Lawrimore and the greater team of archivists aim to tell the university’s story with all the nuances of period-specific dress and social-norms of the period.

“Any student here today is part of a trend of students going back 120 years,” said Lawrimore. “I want to help make the university’s history real, to make them feel that they’re part of a place that has a history.”

As the archivists work through their daily operations, which include intensive research on subjects submitted by faculty members, they’ll often make mental notes that will become the subject of a blogpost.

Lawrimore made one such note when she saw a disciplinary case in Julius Foust’s folder. The note led to a post titled “A ‘Most Unfortunate Experience,” which follows the story of six students from what was then known as the North Carolina College for Women, as they purchased a car against university policy and later faced the repercussions when they crashed into a telephone pole. It was a single line in Allen Trelease’s book of UNCG history, “Making N.C. Literate,” that led the team to investigate the case of Dr. Albert Keister, a UNCG professor whose support of evolutionary theory was chastised by 1920s society.

The Spartan Stories blog posts can be thought of as the meat of the team’s social media operations. They take a considerable amount of research and aim to be introspective and informative rather than morale-boosting. But the quick stuff, the often funny or nostalgic photos, are usually the most shared items.

The archivists are often asked to teach archival classes. They’ll come into a classroom for a day and demonstrate the archival process. And, occasionally a student will recognize the team as the faces behind “Fashion Friday.” Lawrimore said that those moments are what the social media campaign is all about, exposing students to a history they’re connected to.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Visual from a Throwback-Thursday post, of UNCG’s Fall Kickoff in the early 1990s

See/hear: July 27, 2016

YouTube Preview Image UNCG PhD candidate Rakkiyappan Chandran shares the story of his journey from a remote village in India to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Tresa Saxton retiring as director of Student Health Services

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

Jim Fisher had questions. Tony Kushner had answers.

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

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

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

UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa initiates

Initiates, gtu 006UNCG’s Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society held its eighty-second annual initiation April 13, 2016.

Dr. Timothy D. Johnston, dean of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, gave an address titled “Why Books.”

Phi Beta Kappa initiates this year include:

*Deborah Marie Andrus, Sociology (Social Work)

Robert Harrison Bardsley IV, Biochemistry

Lauren Dolce Beard, English

Rachel Maureen Blackburn, Political Science, Spanish (Environmental Studies)

Lyndsey Alexandria-Hope Blalock, Psychology (History, Social St HS Teaching)

Zachary Daniel Blizard, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy

Danielle Cherese Byerly, Communication Studies (Spanish)

Andrew E. Byrum, Sociology (African American Studies)

*Amber Campos, Psychology (Biology)

*Ian Mitchell Culp, Psychology, Sociology

*Anna Rose Curtis, Communication Studies (Sociology)

Sunbin Deng, Biochemistry

Anneliesse Brianna Duncan, Biology (Chemistry)

Emily Pearl Esterwood, Biology (Chemistry, Spanish)

Haleigh Fallyn Evans, Classical Studies (English)

Darren Matthew Fogarty, Economics (Sustainability Studies)

Ellen Brooke Hathaway, Political Science (Environmental Studies, Anthropology)

Danielle Hill, Biology

Alexandra Rae Hillen, English (Spanish)

Robin Malia Holde, Communication Studies

Rhythm Tierra-Simone Howie, Psychology

William Hueholt, Music Performance, German

Amanda Ingman, Spec Prog: Intl/Global Affairs & Dev, French

Eira Nordeng Jensen, Psychology, Sociology

Keisha G. Johnston, Spec Prog: Social Sciences (Online)

Darcie Knight, Spec Prog:  Asian Studies (History)

Camille L. Knudsen, Art History

Katherine Conner Langley, Spec Prog: Intl/Global Affairs & Dev, French (History)

Linda C. Levanti, Spec Prog: Humanities (Online)

Carolyn Anne McClure, History

Tiera Moore, African American Studies (Social Work)

Rashmi Muthukkumar, Biology (Chemistry, Spanish)

Arthur Mark Notini, Computer Science

*Kelsey Overby, Sociology

Angeleah Patrice Owens, Religious Studies, Communication Studies

Mark Taylor Parent, Political Science

*Donna Previtte, Sociology (Spanish)

Rachel Ryding, Sociology

Anastasia Shymanovich Sociology (Communication Studies, Media Studies)

Kelsey Jane Stewart, History

Ana Paula Carvalho Tognasoli, Biology (Mathematics)

Carli Ann Tuscano, Biology

Kerri Cinnamon Wike, Spec Prog: Humanities (Online) (Anthropology)

Anne Wittenberg, Psychology (English)

Olivia Wood English, Anthropology (Classical Studies, Religious Studies)

Austin Wayne Yow, Political Science (History)

*Early Election

Majors follow names; minors are in parentheses

Notable Latinos of the Triad

A number of UNCG faculty and staff will be honored at the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford “Notable Latinos of the Triad Gala” on April 28. Honorees in the Notable Latinos category:

Dr. Omar Ali
Kattya Castellon
Dr. Eldaliz Fernandez
Krycya Flores
Kathy Hinshaw
Ericka Gonzalez Smith
Lorena Guillen
Margarita Kerkado
Rosa Guadalupe Ruiz-Mendez

Honorees in the Corazon Latinos category:

Aaron Hall
Brianna Higgins
Dr. Amy Williamsen
Dr. Art Murphy
Dr. Laura Gonzalez
Pat Levitin

Last chance to see “Pan American Modernism”

Photo of exterior of Weatherspoon Art Museum. The excellent “Pan American Modernism” exhibition leaves the Weatherspoon Art Museum April 30.

Developed by the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works.

The works of art illustrate the many forms in which Modernism took shape and reveal the commonalities and disconnects that developed throughout the Americas.

Rather than perpetuating a North American-centric hegemony, which tends to diminish and polarize works of art produced by Latin American artists, “Pan American Modernism” demonstrates that these artists were not working in isolation; rather, the global influences of Central and South American artists contributed to the experimental, innovative nature of Modernism in the U.S.

The 2016 UNCG MFA Thesis Exhibition begins May 3.

Information from weatherspoon.uncg.edu

Looking ahead: April 27, 2016

Looking ahead: April 27, 2016

Exams begin
Thursday, April 28

Employee field day
Friday, April 29, Foust Park, 11:30 a.m.

UNCG Baseball vs. Samford
Friday, April 29, 6 p.m.

UNCG MFA Artist Talks + Opening Reception
Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 6, 10 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum

UNCG Softball vs. Samford (dh)
Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m.

Erin Lawrimore

Photo of Erin Lawrimore.Erin Lawrimore (University Libraries), was elected to a three-year term on the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Council. The 12-member SAA Council is the organization’s governing body. It is responsible for ensuring SAA’s financial stability and growth, developing and implementing the society’s strategic priorities, providing overall leadership and direction for SAA and its component groups, building and coordinating relationships with individuals and groups outside of SAA and providing oversight of the society’s executive office. Lawrimore holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her 2011 arrival at UNCG as university archivist., she worked at N.C. State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also serves as a lecturer for San Jose State University’s School of Information. Lawrimore has been an active member of SAA since 2001, previously serving as Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Awareness, Chair of the SAA Awards Committee, Chair of the Description Section, and steering committee member of both the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section and the Issues and Advocacy Roundtable. Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists.

Michael Logan

Photo of Michael Logan.Michael Logan joined UNCG as the new director of purchasing and contracts on April 25.

Logan has over 20 years of experience in purchasing with significant management experience.  He was previously the assistant director of procurement services at Wake Forest University, where he had been since 1999. He is an alumnus of UNCG, receiving his BS degree in Business Administration with honors. He is also a Certified Purchasing  Manager (C.P.M) from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and is an active member with both the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) and Educational and Institutional Cooperative (E&I).

Jo Leimenstoll

Photo of Jo Leimenstoll.Jo Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the project “North Carolina Main Street Program.”

Keith Debbage

Photo of Keith Debbage. Dr. Keith Debbage (Geography / Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) presented the State of the City 2016 report to the Greensboro Partnership. As reported in the News and Record, the report is a comprehensive look at Greensboro by the numbers. “It examines key indicators of the city’s condition — including jobs, demographics, education, health and wellness — and it shows the city is moving in a positive direction, although some significant long-term challenges remain.” See more information here.

Boosting financial awareness for UNCG undergraduates

041316Feature_FinancialAwarenessApril is Financial Awareness Month. For one UNCG committee, it’s a year-round passion.

In 2014, the UNCG Financial Literacy Committee was created, at Vice Chancellor Bryan Terry’s direction, with point people from Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

Members of the Financial Aid office have led sessions for all first year students enrolled in Foundations for Learning (FFL 100) classes.  In fall 2015, Denise Gabriel’s theater students held improv discussions to talk about financial behaviors, attitudes, and decision making.  Students who attended were pulled into the improv scenarios – such as “You just got your credit card!” About 20-30 students attended each one and all the attendees received the “Get It Together” book, helping provide additional real-world financial learning.

UNCG Enrollment Management is providing funding for the books, says Shakima M. Clency, senior associate director of UNCG New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. “This book is an investment in the students today and in the future.”

Throughout the year, she regularly talks with student organizations about financial wellness.

They explore attitudes toward money, how to make good financial decisions, aspects of student loans, budgeting and managing debt.

UNCG alumni are involved too. On April 12, six alumni who’ve graduated in the last ten years (known as GOLD alumni) facilitated conversations with upperclassmen. The discussion focused on tips and advice to prepare for real-world finances after college. Members of the Financial Literacy Committee were on hand to provide information as well. All students in attendance received the “Get It Together” book as well as information about how to prepare financially for life after college.

A lot of college students have not learned enough about personal finances from their families. “Families do not want to talk about money,” Clency explains. For whatever reason, there’s embarrassment or it’s an off-limit topic for the parents and guardians. Unfortunately, many of the messages that students receive from the media about money is inaccurate and unrealistic. ”

The Financial Literacy Committee want to see that when students leave UNCG with their degree, they have the financial know-how to succeed in their lives and careers.

Undergraduates graduating this May will also receive access to the “Get It Together” E-book.

By Mike Harris

Revisiting the Great War, April 16

041316Feature_GreatWarOn April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I, an act that impacted the lives of millions and forever altered the course of history.

Nearly 100 years later, UNCG graduate student and Army veteran Jason Baum is telling the story of the war from the perspective of those who were impacted most: twenty-somethings.

And he’s hoping millennials will listen.

Baum, who will earn a master’s degree in history with a concentration in museum studies in May, has been working on his capstone project “Battlefield to Ball Field” since August. Having served in the Army for four years – including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 – Baum was compelled to use his project as a way to take part in the WWI Centennial Observation.

His exhibit, which will be on display for the public on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, seeks to tell the story of the war and its effect on the Greensboro community, specifically young adults.

“The large majority of service members serving in WWI were in their early 20s,” Baum said. “I want millennials to see themselves in the lives of these people.”

The exhibit, which guides participants through the stadium concourse and down a runway to the field, includes three main sections:

  • A history of Greensboro from 1900 to 1926
  • An overview of the war experience in Greensboro and overseas
  • The stories of the 86 people from Greensboro who died serving in the war

Throughout these main sections, participants will take a trip back in time to learn more about the economy during the early 1900s, the rise of technology, training for soldiers and Greensboro’s contributions to the war.

Afterward, participants will walk onto the field, which will be transformed into a mini “Flanders Field” and covered with 1,634 poppies – handcrafted by Baum – to represent the individuals from Greensboro who served in the war.

“I modeled the installation after the Tower of London war memorial that featured 888,246 red poppies,” Baum said. “The poppies are designed to help people wrap their minds around the sheer amount of people from this area who served.”

At the conclusion of the exhibit, Baum hopes millennials will walk away with an opinion.

“I want people, especially millennials, to decide if the war was worth it,” Baum said. “The goal is for people to leave with an opinion about WWI and the necessity of war in general.”

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG makes ‘Bicycle Friendly Universities’ list

041316Feature_BikeFriendlyWhen Jay Parr bought a house, one of his “must haves” was that it be in close proximity to UNCG. Parr, who serves as Program Manager of UNCG’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, often makes the four to five-mile bicycle ride to campus.

Parr, like many faculty and students, cite personal fitness and environmental sustainability as reasons for commuting by bicycle to UNCG, which has, for the fifth-consecutive year, made the League of American Bicyclists’ list of “Bike Friendly Universities.”

“What we’re doing right is having bike repair stations and a bike-share program and lots and lots of good places to lock up a bike on campus,” Parr said. “Having bike racks on all the transit buses is also an excellent thing.”

Duke University, NC State and UNC Wilmington share a “bronze” level of bike friendliness with UNCG.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Visual: departmental archives

Friends of the UNCG Libraries elect new officers

041316Features_NewOfficersThe Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting. Chairperson Camille Payton served as master of ceremonies at the event. More than 200 members and other attendees were at the event. Funds raised at the dinner support the University Libraries.

Camille Payton (in visual) was re-elected Chair of the Friends for the coming year.  Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm’s workers’ compensation department. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Forms Manual.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Jennifer Koenig of Greensboro.  Koenig is a member of the Schell Bray law firm, where she specializes in trusts and estates.  She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries.

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Ms. Carolyne Burgman, Dr. Bob Gatten, Ms. Carolyn Green, Ms. Miriam Herin, Ms. Leigh Seager and Dr. Lollie White, all of Greensboro.  Re-elected to a second term was Kate Barrett, also of Greensboro.

Full story at Friends of the University Libraries blog.

Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington: Lessons in Leadership April 21

On Thursday, April 21, enjoy the forum “Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation Between Biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington.” It will be held 4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. The event is free admission.

What makes a successful leader?  What sets some leaders apart from the rest?

Veteran journalists and biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington will engage in a conversation about the lessons in leadership they have gleaned from their books and newspaper careers. The program is free and open to the public.  Those interested in attending are asked but not required to notify Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu that they are coming.

Ned Cline is a veteran journalist and biographer, and like Howard Covington, a former chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.  He is rumored to have “retired” in 1997 from a distinguished newspaper career spanning 30 years. Ned is a self-described political junkie, and his work and his interests often took him on the road, traveling with the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George Wallace, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard where he concentrated on a study of Southern politics and was one of 20 journalists nationwide chosen for a four-month study of Congress at the Washington Journalism Center. His newspaper career began on the Salisbury Post where he concentrated on civil rights, including the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan which helped to send the Grand Dragon to prison. During Ned’s 11-year stint as managing editor of the News and Record in Greensboro, the newspaper was often acknowledged to have the best news coverage in the state and was three times named the best overall in North Carolina.

Ned is well qualified to talk about leadership.  Since his “retirement” he has written biographies of a number of important leaders in our state. His first biography was of Greensboro’s own Joseph Bryan, which brought Ned into our library on a frequent basis to use the Bryan Papers in our Archives.  He followed that biography with one of Stanley Frank, also of Greensboro, focusing on his philanthropic activities.  Biographies followed of Al Lineberry of Greensboro, Marshall Rauch of Gastonia, former Lieutenant Governor Bob Jordan from Mt. Gilead, Texas oilman-turned-benefactor to UNC Walter Davis, and most recently former Glaxo Pharmaceuticals CEO Charles Sanders.  He also found time to write a history of the First Lutheran church in Cabarrus County, so Ned has looked at leadership from many different perspectives, centered on the theme of philanthropy.

Howard E. Covington, Jr. began his career as a reporter on the Charlotte Observer where among other achievements he co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981.  He was executive city editor of the News and Record in Greensboro when he also “retired.” Once again, no one could ever tell that he retired, as his writing continued with a series of books.

Among major works are his multi-generation biography of George Watts and the Hill family of Durham, Favored by Fortune, which received the Ragan Old North State Award for best non-fiction from the NC Literary and Historical Society.

He also wrote well-regarded biographies of Judge Henry Frye of Greensboro, former governor and US Senator Terry Sanford, philanthropist A.J. Fletcher, and Albert Coates, founder of the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill. He co-edited The North Carolina Century, Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000, and was co-author of The Story of Nations Bank, Changing the Face of American Banking, and the author of histories of the Belk stores, Crossnore School. His book, Lady on the Hill, which is about the private preservation of Biltmore Estate, has been reprinted several times. Once upon a City, his history of Greensboro during the 20th century was published by the Greensboro Historical Museum and was the subject of a previous talk sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries a few years ago.
By Barry Miller

Full story at Friends of the University Libraries blog.

Looking ahead: April 13, 2016

New date, due to weather: People mover / golf car demos
Thursday a.m., April 14, Grounds dept, near Sink Bldg.

Jonathan Leib, colloquium speaker
Friday, April 15, 3:30 p.m., 212 Graham

Spring Dances
Friday, April 15, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theater

Volleyball, Blue/Gold Tournament
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m., Fleming Gymnasium

UNCG Science Festival
Saturday, April 16, noon, throughout campus

Music, ‘Lullabies for Little Ones’
Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room

Tolly Tollefsen

Photo of Tolly TollefsenTolly Tollefsen, UNCG Director of Financial Aid, is being honored by the NCASFAA this week. Tollefsen is receiving the “Eleanor S. Morris Distinguished Service Award”

A representative of the association said, in part, “This woman is one of the quiet giants in our profession. Her financial aid knowledge is unmatched and she carries over three decades of experience. … She is quoted as saying, “One of the things I learned early in my career is how supportive and collaborative financial aid professionals are and I have always striven to meet the high standard of ethics, compassion and fellowship in our community.”  She has certainly maintained her standards throughout the years and has been active in SASFAA as an elected officer, led courses in the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop, and presented sessions at SASFAA, NCASFAA, NCHELP and various other conferences.  She is also the person that helped create NCASFAA’s Middle School Enrichment Scholarship program which has helped encourage disadvantaged Middle School students to consider enrolling in college by providing tuition to a summer enrichment program at a North Carolina college or university. With all of her accomplishments, however, I would submit that one of her greatest accomplishments has been serving as a mentor to those new in the profession and those seeking leadership roles within the professional associations.”

Michael Parker keynote speaker at N.C. Writers’ Network Conference at UNCG

Photo of Michael Parker.UNCG hosts the North Carolina Writer’s Network 2016 Spring Conference in Curry Auditorium on Saturday, April 23.

Michael Parker, who holds the Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship in UNCG’s MFA Writing Program, is the keynote speaker. He has been honored with the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction (1994), the Pushcart Prize (2002), the North Carolina Arts Council Fiction Fellowship (2003), the N.E.A. Fellowship in Fiction (2004), and the O. Henry Award (2004), and three career-achievement awards: the Mary Hobson Award in Arts and Letters (2006), the North Carolina Award for Literature (2006), and the R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contribution to the literature and culture of North Carolina.

Jennifer Whitaker, recent recipient of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and director of UNCG’s University Writing Center, teaches the Poetry Master Class.

The conference features 11 distinct workshops on fiction, non-fiction, the creative process and marketing. “Open Mic Readings” and a “Lunch with an Author” session are also featured.

The majority of the sessions are led by UNCG faculty or alumni.

To pre-register or find more information, visit www.ncwriters.org

Campus bookstore expands discount program

In the past, UNCG staff and faculty have received discount cards that were good for a 10% discount on most merchandise at Barnes & Noble superstores. Unfortunately, Barnes & Noble has discontinued this program.

In lieu of that program and to show our appreciation to the faculty and staff that add so much to the UNCG community, our campus bookstore will expand our discount program. Starting now, UNCG faculty and staff will receive a 15% discount on all textbooks purchased or rented for personal use, a 20% discount on most in store merchandise*, and a 20% discount on any special order general reading books. In addition, faculty and staff will now receive a 20% discount at the Café and on all convenience items.

All you have to do is present your UNCG Faculty/Staff ID upon check out, so please be sure to take advantage of these great deals today!

* Exclusions to all of the aforementioned discounts include special orders other than trade special orders, sale books, class and alumni rings, computer software, computer hardware, periodicals, discounted merchandise, stamps and health and beauty aids at the UNCG Bookstore.

Film: American motherhood and post-partum depression

Every year, 1.3 million women in the U.S. struggle with postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders, yet healthcare providers under-diagnose mood and anxiety disorders more than any other pregnancy-related condition.

On Wednesday, April 20, the UNCG School of Nursing will host a special screening of “Dark Side of the Full Moon,” a documentary exposing the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer and treat women with pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

“Dark Side of the Full Moon” was created to raise awareness and promote the treatment of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression.

Offered in cooperation with the North Carolina Perinatal Association, the screening is free and open to the public, and would be especially beneficial for members of the healthcare community, other professionals who advocate for women of childbearing age and expectant or new mothers and their family and friends.

The screening will be April 20 in the School of Nursing Moore Building, Room 130. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the film will begin at 6:15 p.m. Following the showing, there will be a discussion and attendees will receive materials about community resources.  For more information, contact Lori Hubbard at 269-1458 or ljhubbar@uncg.edu.

Ken Pearce

Photo of Ken Pearce.Ken Pearce joined UNCG as the new Director of Facilities Design and Construction in March.

Ken has 10 years of supervisory experience in capital construction and has been closely involved in the execution of a wide variety of capital improvement projects both at NC State University and at Cape Fear Community College. He holds an engineering degree from NC State University, is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, is an LEED accredited professional, and is also a member of the Innovations Committee of the NC State Building Commission.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Shanna Eller

Photo of Shanna Eller . Shanna Eller is the new Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability in March. Shanna has been the Sustainability Director at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California since August of 2011 and was previously the Director of Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy and a doctorate in Urban Studies from Portland State University with a focus on sustainability programs at the local level.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Dr. Linda Rupert

Photo of Dr. Linda Rupert.Dr. Linda Rupert (History) is one of eight academics who has been invited to present her research as part of “Histories from a Shared Past: A Transatlantic Lecture Series,” which will take place in four different venues across the Caribbean and Europe throughout the first half of 2017. Rupert’s presentation, “Navigating Currents of Freedom: Runaway Caribbean Slaves in Atlantic and World Perspective,” connects slave flight with the broader story of refugees and asylum seekers across history—one that is especially relevant today. She is associate professor of history.

Enjoy new spring UNCG Magazine online

Photo of Spring Alumni Magazine. UNCG Magazine offers more video clips, to complement its stories, than ever before.

Read about our state’s very first genetic counselor – and hear her tell a bit of her story in her own words.

Read about UNCG Nursing’s new Veterans Access Program – and hear about it from the students’ perspective.

Read about Gregory Ivy and the early years of the Weatherspoon, including the momentous purchase of “Woman” – and hear Nancy Doll give some background.

And enjoy lots of stories of opportunity and transformation. For every student since our campus’s very beginning, there’s the chance to transform yourself, to prepare yourself for your career, to elevate your game. It’s our university’s heritage, revealed one story after another.

Read the spring issue of UNCG Magazine here.



Excellence lauded, at awards ceremony for faculty/staff

040616Feature_ExcellenceLaudedThese are folks who “make it go.”

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. spoke of the faculty/staff honorees at the April 5 Excellence Awards ceremony. He was joined by Provost Dana Dunn in presenting the awards.

After the presentations and short films on the faculty/staff recipients, the chancellor recounted the values shown in the films. The audience had seen dedication, a desire for social justice and fairness, creativity, support, openness, caring and a striving for excellence.

“These are the kinds of values that make this a special place,” he said.

“I think you saw today what makes us a great university.”

The 2015-16 honorees are:

Dr. Risa Applegarth – Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt – James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Eloise McCain Hassell – Anna Marie Gove Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Gregory Grieve – UNCG Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Deborah Cassidy – O. Max Gardner Award nominee

Dr. Patricia E. Sink – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Dr. Cherry Callahan – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Tiffany Boley – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Chris Gregory – Staff Excellence Award
Maggie Jones – Staff Excellence Award

Travis Hicks – Holshouser Award for Public Service nominee

Dr. Terry Ackerman – Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod – Research Excellence Award
Dr. Michael Zimmerman – Research Excellence Award

Department of Accounting and Finance – Student Learning Enhancement Award
Department of Public Health Education – Student Learning Enhancement Award

Dr. Olav Rueppell – Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

UNCG Science Everywhere April 16

Participants at Science Everywhere.The wonders of science are everywhere — in the kitchen, in the world around us, on our bodies, in outer space.

Scientists of all ages will be able to participate in more than 70 activities demonstrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts at UNCG’s second annual Science Everywhere. The hands-on, interactive science festival will be Saturday, April 16, from noon until 4 p.m. on UNCG’s campus.

Science Everywhere attendees will launch rockets, watch K-9s in action, touch reptiles and amphibians, build with a giant tinker set, make goop, examine DNA and much more.

Admission and parking are free, and Science Everywhere is open to the public. For more information, visit scienceeverywhere.uncg.edu.

Science Everywhere is a NC Science Festival event, hosted by UNCG’s RISE Network.

By Jeanie Groh
Photo by Martin Kane, at 2015 Science Everywhere

UNCG national leader in supporting Pell Grant recipients

Photo of College Avenue. UNCG is featured in a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell Grant-eligible students.

UNCG is one of just 13 public four-year institutions nationwide to be recognized for “excelling in access and success.” According to the report, UNCG outperforms its peer institutions in enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients. More than 40 percent of UNCG students are Pell recipients, and more than half of those students graduate within six years.

“Since our beginnings as a women’s college 125 years ago, UNCG has had a long and storied history of providing opportunity and access to underserved and vulnerable communities,” said Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. “Not only are we committed to providing affordable access, but, as the Department of Education distinction proves, our initiatives are ensuring that these students succeed and thrive.”

“For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. in a news release. “I applaud the colleges and universities that have taken measurable steps to open up this pathway and make it a successful one for students from all backgrounds. But we need these types of efforts to become the rule and not the exception.”

The report, titled “Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students,” used data available from the College Scorecard and incorporated findings of analyses by outside organizations focused on student success.

To access the full report, click here.

Jennifer Whitaker takes prestigious prize in poetry

Photo of Jennifer Whitaker.UNCG English Professor and Director of the University Writing Center Jennifer Whitaker won the 2016 Brittingham Prize in Poetry for her manuscript “The Blue Hour.”

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of English awards the Brittingham Prize to the best book-length manuscript selected by a nationally recognized poet. Denise Duhamel chose “The Blue Hour” for the 2016 prize winner.

The prize-winning book – Whitaker’s first – was published in March by the University of Wisconsin Press.

“The Blue Hour” is steeped in the fairy tale motifs that Whitaker developed a passion for as a graduate student. But unlike pop-culture fairy tales, “The Blue Hour” promises no happy endings. Her poems often meditate on remorse, familial abuse and incest.

“Fairy tales are my way of dealing with that complexity,” Whitaker said. “Fairy tales are the container that I try to pour these stories and difficulties into.”

Whitaker said that many of the concepts explored in “The Blue Hour” are ones that she had experimented with as a graduate student in UNCG’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

She adds that the creative writing faculty fostered a sense of community between the students, which gave her the support she needed as an aspiring poet.

“Being in the MFA program taught what it’s like to be in a community of writers,” Whitaker said. “It was supportive, so I could fight against my worst nature to stay holed up in my apartment and write.”

UNCG alumni have won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry for the past two years. Christina Stoddard, another graduate of UNCG’s Creative Writing MFA program, won the 2015 Brittingham Prize for her manuscript, “Hive.”

For Whitaker, winning the Brittingham is one of the greatest achievements in her career so far.

Whitaker said, “Overwhelmed is an understatement.”

Listen to Jennifer Whitaker read from “The Blue Hour” in the Maple Room of the EUC Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
By Daniel Wirtheim

Fun at noon: 2016 Employee Field Day April 22

Field Day at UNCG, 2015

UNCG Employee Field Day will be April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. It will be held in Foust Park, at the corner of College Avenue and Spring Garden Street.

Employees will enjoy games, prizes, complimentary drinks and snacks,  and music. There will be lawn bowling and corn hole, as well as a picnic area. An obstacle course will be set up as well. Come have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of your co-workers during the mid-day hour.

Pre-register for a chance to win prizes – individual and team events. Visit Healthy.UNCG.edu for full details.

Also, there will be a Greensboro Police K-9 Unit Demonstration at 12:30. Sergeant Marcus Graves will have his eleven year old Belgian Malinois “Jax” on hand for five-minute demonstrations.

Participants will have an opportunity to donate to the SPCA of the Triad. Items needed include Dry/Wet Food, Toys, Blankets, Treats, Monetary, etc. This donation drive hosted by UNCG Staff Senate.

Any questions? Contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or 334-4131 for more information.

Events in UTLC through End of June

A number of events will be offered in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) during the months of April, May and June.

April 5 – CAS Assessment in Canvas – During this workshop, Anita Warfford will address issues regarding assessment in Canvas, including: tips for students, quiz and assignment settings, availability settings, weighting grades, rubrics, and SpeedGrader.  You will need to have a basic understanding of Canvas before signing up for this workshop.  The event, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, will take place 1 – 3 p.m. in McIver 140.

April 12 – RCO Ceramic Craft as Art – A public lecture on ceramics will be presented by Daniel Johnston, artist and owner of Daniel Johnston Pottery. The event, hosted by RCO Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Perrill, will take place 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

April 14 – TIO Coffeehouse – This regular event is an opportunity for faculty from across the university to gather and discuss what they are doing in their teaching.  Start your day off with a snack and a hot cup of coffee (or tea) & join your colleagues for some friendly conversation.  The event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Rm. 134, McIver Building.

April 15 – UTLC Integrating Undergraduate Research into Large Lecture Classes: An Example from Mythology – A workshop using the Mythology course at UNCG as a case study for integrating the undergraduate research process into large lecture classes will be facilitated by RCO Faculty Fellow Joanne Murphy. The event, co-sponsored by the Residential Colleges Office; Teaching Innovations Office; and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office in the UTLC, will take place 9-10 a.m. in McIver 140.  Please sign up for this event at http://workshops.uncg.edu also walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

April 18 – URSCO & the Department of English: Designing Effective Assignments: Where Teaching and Scholarship Come Together – A lecture will be presented by Pat Hutchings, Senior Associate and former Vice President / Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  The event, cosponsored by the Department of English and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO) in the UTLC, will take place 3-4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Rm., Alumni House.

April 19 – RCO Eureka! Writing Scheme – A workshop presenting strategies, knowledge, and tools to scaffold students toward quality research papers will be facilitated by RCO Faculty Fellow Greg Grieve. The event, sponsored by the Residential Colleges Office, will take place 2-4 p.m. in McIver 140.  Please sign up for this event at http://workshops.uncg.edu also walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

April 19 –Office of the Provost: Preparing Your Dossier for Promotion and Tenure – A panel discussion on preparing your dossier for promotion and tenure review will be presented by panel of experienced faculty members.  The event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is aimed particularly at tenure stream faculty or tenured faculty planning to submit their dossiers sometime within the next 1-2 years and will take place 3:00-4:30 PM in the Faculty Center. Please sign up for this event at http://workshops.uncg.edu

April 20 – RCO Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – A brown bag lunch discussion on culturally responsive teaching practices facilitated by Jennifer Stephens, John Sopper, Sara Littlejohn, Jewell Cooper, Tara Green, Jane He, Augusto Peña, and graduate teaching assistant Revital Zilonka. The event, sponsored by the Residential Colleges Office in the UTLC, will take place 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in the Mary Foust Parlor (Room 120).

April 28 – TIO Coffeehouse – This regular event is an opportunity for faculty from across the university to gather and discuss what they are doing in their teaching.  Start your day off with a snack and a hot cup of coffee (or tea) & join your colleagues for some friendly conversation.  The event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Rm. 134, McIver Building.

May 10-12 – TIO Summer Week of Teaching – The Teaching Innovations Office, in collaboration with a number of other units, will host the UNCG’s inaugural Summer Week of Teaching. This multi-day event will include workshops on intentional learning, online learning, general education, and pedagogy.  This event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom, with breakout sessions throughout the EUC and the Faculty Center. Sign up information will be forthcoming.

June 6-10 – TIO Online Course Incubator – Dr. Brian Udermann, Director of Online Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, will be joining the TIO and UNCG for a weeklong course development incubator to coach faculty who bring various levels of comfort with online learning to design (or re-design) courses to be offered online.  This event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 1 – 5:30 p.m.  Venue and sign-up information will be forthcoming.

National Walking Day April 6

Join HealthyUNCG’s campus-wide “Walk Out” at noon on Wednesday, April 6.

Meet HealthyUNCG Staff in the front. main entrance of the EUC at noon on April 6. They will be joining organizations all across the Triad, state and nation by hosting a 30 minute group walk through UNCG’s walking trails to celebrate National Walking Day.

The first 30 people will receive a free HealthyUNCG Water Bottle.

Can’t make the noon walk? Organize a walk with your coworkers throughout the day! Send us your photos or let us know how you plan to participate! The Triad American Heart Association will be keeping track of how many participate across the Triad. Other participating organizations include, NC A&T University, Cone Health, VF Corporation and others.

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For more information, contact HealthyUNCG at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or by calling 334-4131.

54th Student Honors Convocation April 27

The university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students, at the 54th annual Student Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of Elliott University Center. Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards, Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. A reception will follow in the lobby adjacent to the Auditorium. Contact Lloyd International Honors College if you have any questions, at 334-5538.

Talks on ‘Designing Effective Assignments’

The Class of ’52 Teaching and Research Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the ULTC, will host two events on April 18.

First, from 12-2 pm in the Alumni House Horseshoe Room, Pat Hutchings, a senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), will lead a workshop and luncheon, “Designing Assignments for Inquiry-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research.” This interactive workshop will be an opportunity to think together about the design of assignments that engage students in the modes of thought and inquiry that are central to their discipline.

Those interested in participating should email Stephen Yarbrough, Class of ’52 Distinguished Professor: sryarbro@uncg.edu

Then, at 3 p.m., in the Alumni House Virginia Dare Room, Hutchings will deliver a public lecture, “Designing Effective Assignments: Where Teaching and Scholarship Come Together.” This session will explore assignment design as an instance of the scholarship of teaching and learning—a powerful opportunity for collaboration and reflective practice that can strengthen student learning, forge more coherent curricular pathways for students, and bring visibility and value to the intellectual work that faculty do as teachers.