UNCG Campus Weekly

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68 Spartans and the ghost of Dvořák

062916Feature_WindEnsembleHere, in Prague’s Dvořák Hall, composer Antonín Dvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic in its first performance, of his own splendid works.

And here, the UNCG Wind Ensemble launched its 2016 summer tour of Europe – the first European tour in the ensemble’s history.

Dr. John Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi led the tour, for which the students could earn academic credit.

For Locke, that initial concert in one of Europe’s oldest concert halls was the highlight. “The place was all but full.”

For Geraldi, a concert in Innsbruck, surrounded by snow-capped Alps, was another highlight. “It was a fundraiser for their version of a Ronald McDonald House. The audience was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and they all wanted to talk with us at a reception following the concert.”

That post-concert reception and interaction in Innsbruck made that concert the favorite of Music doctoral student JR Lake Jr, studying to be a conductor. He conducted at most of the concerts.

Justin Swaim, who just completed his master’s in conducting, also conducted at most of the performances – and loved everything about their time in Innsbruck. “It was nice playing for a packed house. The energy was really great.”

The ensemble played concerts in Prague, Czech Republic; Bad Ischl, Austria; Innsbruck, Austria; Bologna, Italy; and Rome, Italy. In addition to touring in those cities, they also visited the historic sights in Salzburg, Austria; Florence, Italy; and Venice, Italy.

Their double-decker bus took them from city to city, with a trailer behind, through tight ancient city streets and through Alpine tunnels.

They’d rehearsed for the tour in the two weeks before they left, on May 10, for the twelve day journey. They played six concerts. It was a for-credit course. SMTD scholarships payed for a portion of these student expenses. Sixty-eight UNCG students were part of the tour.

Complementing the students’ tour, a group of alumni and friends of the university enjoyed their own tour of Europe, where they saw several of the ensemble’s concerts.

Nathan Phillips, who played trombone for the UNCG Wind Ensemble, called the ensemble journey a one-in-a-lifetime trip. Jared Gilbert, who also played trombone, noted it was his first time abroad.

Geraldi explains that for many students it was their first trip beyond our border. “It was life-changing for the students.” They got to perform in wonderful, historic auditoriums – and they were able to see some of the most historic places in Western culture.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Brad McMillan of the ensemble in Prague’s Dvořák Hall

Canines on the case, at UNCG

062916Feature_CaininesLate one night, Sergeant Marcus Graves was patrolling the Oakland Avenue parking lot with his canine Jax when he came noticed a student crawling on her hands and knees through the grass.

“It was dark and she had lost her key,” said Sgt. Graves. “It’d take me and her hours to search the grass so I gave Jax the command and he found it in a minute.”

Sgt. Graves, who’s served with the UNCG Police Department since 2005, has partnered with the Belgian Malinois since 2009. The two share not only the same birthday and a friendship but a strong working relationship, as well. While Sgt. Graves offers Jax a kennel at his own home, the canine offers his keen sense of smell.

“You know whenever a rock hits the water and there’s that ripple? That effect is not unlike what Jax is sensing,” said Sgt. Graves. “There’s human odor on those keys. But the longer it sits, the harder it is to locate. He could also be sniffing for something that’s out of place.”

According to Sgt. Graves, 95 percent of the K9 unit’s duties involve narcotics and traffic stops. At other times the City of Greensboro might use the duo for article searches or tracking a suspect. On top of that, Jax and Sgt. Graves offer public demonstrations about four or five times a month.

Jax is one of three dogs that make up UNCG PD’s K-9 unit. The other two, Sasha and Tink – a Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois, respectively – make up the complete unit.

Jax is trained in Schutzhund, a German dog-training technique that emphasizes selective breeding and requires rigorous training. Like many police dogs trained in Schutzhund, Jax was imported from a European breeder and takes commands in German. Importing from selective breeders means that Jax has the right temperament for police work and is less likely to suffer physical ailments such as hip dysplasia. But at 9 years old, Jax is beginning to show signs of aging.

He still likes his red ball and is as hardworking as ever, but now he wants to be petted. Jax’s retirement is still some ways off, but when the day comes, Sgt. Graves said that there will always be a place for the canine at his home.

“He’s family,” said Sgt. Graves.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Photo: Jax and Sergeant Graves at a demonstration on UNCG Field Day

EMF classical music at UNCG

Photo of Sonnenbergann.Enjoy the Eastern Music Festival Faculty Chamber Series in July at UNCG. Each performance features renowned musicians.

The first event is this Sunday, 3 p.m., in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall and will feature Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (in visual) on violin.

The remainder of our campus’ July events are in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall on Monday evenings at 8 p.m.

The Monday, July 11, concert will feature compositions of Mozart, Pawassar and Mendelssohn.

Additional concerts will follow on Monday, July 18, and Monday, July 25.

Details and ticket information are at http://easternmusicfestival.org/festival/event/174/2016-7-11/faculty-chamber-series-at-uncg.

Recognition for UNCG Pedestrian Underpass

Photo of UNCG underpass. The design of the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass is a top 100 award winner in this year’s CODAawards.

These awards of the global online Community of Art and Design celebrates design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior, architectural, or public space, the web site states. 407 projects from 29 countries submitted to this year’s awards, it says.  The Top 100 entries are featured on CODAworx and available for public voting. Two projects will win the CODAawards People’s Choice award. If you wish to vote for the pedestrian underpass project – the deadline is tomorrow (Thursday, June 30) – visit https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2016/voting and see Vision Plan for New Neighborhood.

UNCG HRL and Make-a-Wish event July 7

By the close of the spring 2016 semester, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff raised a total of $7,016.82 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. These donations will fully sponsor a wish for a young woman named Precious. The public is invited to join Make-A-Wish staff, Precious and her family, and HRL staff at the “wish reveal” on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. in the Tillman-Smart room of Shaw Hall.

Katie Patschke-McGuire, a Coordinator for Residence Life for HRL, organized this fundraising effort to incorporate the institution’s motto of service into the daily lives of the Resident Advisors (RAs) at UNCG. HRL partnered with the Central and Western North Carolina chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation in August, 2015. HRL set a fundraising goal of $6,000 to fully fund one wish for a local child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

The RA Make-A-Wish Committee was formed, including at least one RA from each of the residential communities in order to effectively organize fundraising initiatives. 21 students, almost 18% of the RAs on campus, volunteered to help. As part of the committee, these enthusiastic students were responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts within their halls. Fundraising programs included “pie-your-RA,” competitive penny wars, “Star Walls,” and more.

They also created campus-wide initiatives to raise money. From November to January, donation bins were placed in each residence hall and residents were encouraged to donate any articles of clothing they no longer wanted or wore. The clothing was washed and prepped, and a “Pop-Up Thrift Shop” was set up in the EUC for two days in February, 2016. All proceeds were included with the Make-A-Wish funds and any unsold clothing was donated to Backpack Beginnings and the Salvation Army.

By fully funding a wish, HRL staff will also have the opportunity to host a Welcome Home party for Precious, when she and her family will share their memories of their completed wish.
Questions? Contact Chris Gregory, cdgregor@uncg.edu.

NEH summer stipends go to UNCG researchers

Dr. Joan Titus and Dr. Linda Rupert have both received 2016 summer stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Universities may only submit two applications per year for these highly competitive awards, and less than 10 percent of all applicants secure funding. The funding of not one but both applications reflects highly on the winners and UNCG.

The stipends provide funding for two months of research. One project will explore a current gap in research at the intersection of non-western cinema, media studies, and music, while the other seeks to highlight the varied experiences of escaped slaves in the Caribbean.

Titus, an associate professor of musicology, will conduct archival research in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, in preparation for her second book, currently titled “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema.” Titus’s analysis will include discussions of Soviet identities, post-war film narratives, and the musical strategies Dmitry Shostakovich employed as he explored these ideas while composing for cinema. Spanning the rise and fall of the Stalinist Soviet Union, Shostakovich’s  work reflects ongoing advances in cinema technology and style, his collaborations with film directors, and the sociopolitical climate of his time.

Rupert, an associate professor of history, specializes in trans-Atlantic colonialism. Her stipend will support work on a book examining the actions and impacts of Carribbean slaves who escaped to settle in free Spanish colonies in the late 17th and 18th centuries. The book explores how the choices of these escaped slaves went on to shape colonial law and policy. Rupert has also been awarded a fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, for the 2016-2017 academic year, where she hopes to complete the manuscript.

By Olivia Wood
See full story at UNCG Research site.

University Libraries receive grant to support “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015”

The University Libraries at UNCG are partnering with three other area institutions on a project to make the records of the history of medicine in Greensboro – a total of thirteen unique archival collections – better known and more accessible to scholars, students and community researchers.

“Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015” will provide digital access to more than 47,100 items from thirteen archival collections and also from several monographs. The material documents Greensboro’s rich medical history, from its origin in church-housed hospitals during the Civil War and the arrival of Greensboro’s first Catholic hospital, to the development of nursing education programs and large health care providers. Along with institutions, Good Medicine will document the contributions of individuals such as Dr. Anna Gove (one of the first female physicians in North Carolina) and Dr. Wesley Long during the World War I era, as well as the important roles of philanthropists such as Moses H. Cone and Lunsford Richardson. Good Medicine will build on the significant content currently being digitized on the history of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and the correspondence of Dr. Anna Gove. The project is a collaborative effort of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries, the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum Archives, and the Greensboro Public Library.

Additional information is at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2016/06/university-libraries-receive-grant-to.html.

‘North Carolina College for Women’ will get careful cleaning

061516Feature_CollegeForWomenMany passers-by have enjoyed seeing a long-hidden reminder of UNCG’s history revealed on the facade of UNCG’s auditorium.

“NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AUDITORIUM,” the grand building’s original inscription, graces the facade. A painted coating had concealed the inscription for many decades.

“The chancellor has asked us to leave the chiseled letters in place,” said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities.

UNCG Facilities will continue to work on some of the inscribed limestone on the facade, Quintal explained.

“We may need to look at removing the remainder of the coating used in the past.”

“Some of the old coating came out cleanly,” he said, referring the inscribed letters in the “NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AUDITORIUM” on the facade. And some seems to be very well bonded and has not yet been removed.

The campus known as UNCG today was the North Carolina College for Women from 1919 to 1931. It was known as Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina from 1932 to 1963, before adopting its current name.

Ideally, Quintal said, Facilities will get some more of the old coating out of the incised letters of the name – but they are taking care not to cause any harm.

They have some additional work to do to the 13 or 14 blocks on which the letters are chiseled, he said. They are mortared side-by-side joints, and he wants them to be watertight.

Facilities and the university will place a ground-mounted sign in front of the auditorium with the name “UNCG Auditorium” in the next few weeks, he said.

But what about the facade, with the old inscribed lettering?

“I wouldn’t be upset if it stays there for a long time,” he said.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

UNCG goes greener with new campus, community sustainability projects

061516Feature_UNCGGoesGreenerIn the fall of 2014, student group UNCGreen presented a unique yet simple proposition to UNCG’s Student Fees Committee: implement a $2.22 annual fee per student to raise funds for sustainability projects across campus and the surrounding community.

Launched just last semester, UNCG’s Green Fund now has $55,000 designated solely for making the campus and the community more sustainable. The Green Fund Committee selected six projects from 20 proposals – submitted by students, faculty and staff – to implement this spring and summer.

The fully-funded Green Fund projects are:

  • Installation of LED lighting on McIver Mall, submitted by junior Matt Krieger
    UNCG Facilities Operations plans to upgrade a minimum of 20 light fixtures on McIver Mall (pedestrian walkway that runs from the south end of McIver Street to McIver Building), resulting in a projected 61 percent decrease in energy use. Total cost is $9,135.
  • Installation of a second cistern, submitted by junior Erin Yow
    The installation of an additional 2,500-gallon cistern will allow the university’s grounds crew to collect more rainwater to water plants and make brine. Total cost is $6,000.
  • Conversion of Warnersville Community Garden to multi-purpose local foodscape, submitted by faculty member Dr. Marianne LeGreco
    The conversion will provide a more agriculturally and economically sustainable approach to growing food in a neighborhood with a 65 percent poverty rate. Total cost is $5,900.
  • Installation of water bottle refill station in Mossman Building, submitted by staff member Adam Horton
    Americans throw away an estimated 35 billion plastic bottles every year. The refill station in Mossman Building will encourage students, faculty and staff to use a reusable water bottle. Total cost is $1,250.
  • Restoration of award prizes for winners of Sustainability Shorts series, submitted by staff member Sarah Dorsey
    Prizes for award winners of the Sustainability Shorts series have been slashed in recent years due to budget cuts. This project will provide $1,000 to restore the awards to their original amounts.
  • Expansion of elementary school Adopt-A-Stream program, submitted by faculty member Julie Loreth
    Eight elementary schools in Guilford and Randolph counties will adopt streams near their respective schools and work with UNCG students over the next four years to clean the streams and test water quality. Total cost is $850.

Implementation will last through the summer.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at UNCG, visit facsustainability.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Full story at UNCG Now.
Photo: Green Fund Committee Co-Chair Spencer Schneier (middle) and Green Fund project leaders Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Matt Krieger and Adam Horton are among the UNCG students, faculty and staff who are leading sustainability initiatives on campus.

Verdict’s in: Gilbert & Sullivan fans are winners

061516Feature_GilbertSullivanYoung artists from across the country recently arrived on UNCG’s campus for the fifth annual Greensboro Light Opera and Song (GLOS), a five-week intensive performance and training program for vocalists.

From individual voice coaching to entrepreneurship classes to performances across the state, GLOS is focused on giving students and recent graduates a unique summer experience centered on career advancement.

Nationwide auditions were held in the spring and 24 artists were selected to participate.

“The program is well-balanced between training and performance,” said David Holley, UNCG’s director of opera and GLOS founder and artistic director. “We’re really excited about the talent we have this year.”

The season kicked off in downtown Greensboro with “American Art Song as Cabaret,” a celebration of American song.

On June 9 and 10, GLOS returned to the stage, performing the Gilbert and Sullivan classic “Trial By Jury” in Courtroom 1C of the Guilford County Courthouse – not your typical opera house. The production, in partnership with the Greensboro Bar Association, featured North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge Robby Hassell as the Learned Judge.

This weekend, June 16-19, the group will put on four performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore,” also known as “The Witch’s Curse.” All performances are in UNCG Auditorium and will be fully staged with a professional orchestra.

“It’s a supernatural operetta that’s funny and fast-paced,” Holley said.

The program culminates with performances of “Seussical, Jr.” at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, North Carolina, June 22-24.

Tickets for all GLOS performances may be purchased online at opera.uncg.edu, by phone at 336-272-0160 or in person at the Triad Stage Box Office, located at 232 S. Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Tickets will also be sold at the door an hour before the performances.

GLOS is underwritten by a generous grant from the Greensboro Opera. For more information about the program, visit opera.uncg.edu.

 

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Honors College, London’s Tower Bridge, and 11 wise tips

061516Feature_HonorsCollegeUNCG has lots of students studying abroad each semester and each summer. “There Be Dragons” is a blog featuring posts by UNCG Lloyd International Honors College students studying abroad. A recent post by Arjanai Miller, studying at Plymouth University, England, UK, gave some great advice on having a successful experience while studying abroad. The following are some excerpts:

1. Studying abroad doesn’t mean you have to change yourself. Instead, allow the experience to build character upon who you already are. When I first decided to study abroad, I thought of it as a chance to “makeover” who I was. You read books and see films about people who go overseas and come back home a different person. They make physically changes such as cutting their hair or changing their wardrobe and this supposedly brings about a new-found understanding of their purpose in life. How crazy is that? What does a shorter hair length or new clothes have to do with gaining a better understanding of who you are? Nothing at all. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to change physically, allow the experience to change you internally. Then you will see the change you want to see.

She shares 10 more tips with equal amount of wisdom:

2. Say ‘yes’ to everything (that’s legal!). (One of my best moments from visiting Barcelona over break was climbing a mountain in Park Güell.)
3. If you have to choose between staying in alone and exploring, always choose exploring. You never know what you’ll find. (There is always something new and beautiful right around the corner.)
4. If you plan to visit other countries during breaks, always plan ahead.
5. Really allow yourself to indulge in the culture.
6. Do not be afraid to use resources provided by your host university.
7. If possible, join a club or sport!
8. While it’s great to visit popular landmarks, take time to explore the unknown hidden gems of your country.
9. You packed way too much.
10. Journal or blog about every experience!
11. Don’t let expectations ruin this experience. Create your own experience, don’t try to recreate something you saw on television!

Excepted from UNCG Lloyd International Honors College blog post by Arjanai Miller, studying at Plymouth University, England, UK.
She captioned the photo “A few UNCG students and I jumping on the London Bridge.” She is second from right.
Enjoy her full post at http://lihcdragonblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/arjanai-and-huxley-in-england.html

Trina Patterson announces Women’s Basketball coaching staff

Newly appointed head women’s basketball coach Trina Patterson has announced that Cait Wetmore and Asia Williams have been hired as assistant coaches and Brooke Long will take on the role as Director of Basketball Operations.

“I wanted to put together a staff of coaches who are committed to excellence, energetic, and driven to succeed,” said Patterson.

Wetmore has spent two seasons as assistant coach at UNCG and has done everything from coordinating the defense to working with the guards including UNCG’s all-time leading scorer Lucy Mason (’16).

This past season Wetmore took over as recruiting coordinator and in her first year signed two McDonald’s All-American nominees in Alexus Willey and Mangela Ngandjui.

She also coordinated the team’s offense that saw a jump in production over the season prior. Under the guidance of Wetmore, the Spartans led the Southern Conference in scoring average (65.5 points per game) and offensive rebounds per game (15.5). UNCG also set a single-game record for UNCG during the Division I era when the Spartans shot 66.1 percent from the field (44-for-62) against North Carolina Central.

Wetmore came to UNCG in 2014 after serving as a graduate assistant for two years at Columbia University. She then returned to her alma mater, Aldelphi, as an assistant coach and helped the Panthers to their first Northeast-10 Conference post season appearance since joining the conference in 2009. In her final year at Adelphi she aided in guiding the Panthers to the NE-10 Conference Championship game and a regional semifinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 23-8 record.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi and graduated with her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia in 2012.

Williams joins UNCG after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at LIU-Brooklyn. She is no stranger to the SoCon as she spent two seasons on the staff at then member Appalachian State helping the Mountaineers to a 10-8 league record in their final year in the SoCon. In her second year at ASU she made the move to video coordinator.

Williams, a native of Durham, N.C., is a former North Carolina High School Gatorade Player of the Year and stand out at Wake Forest. She appeared in 109 games for the Demon Deacons and made 36 starts in the backcourt. During her senior campaign in Winston-Salem she led the team with 145 assists, the sixth highest in single-season history, while ranking fourth on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game.

Long spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Christopher Newport where she helped guide them to a 24-5 overall record and a NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2015-16. In her first season she helped CNU to a 17-win season and assisted with recruiting, film exchange and basketball operations.
Long began her coaching career at Keen State College after a standout basketball career. Long brings a plethora of knowledge after playing both Division I & II basketball and coaching at the Division III level.

The trio will begin their duties immediately. The Spartans return nine players from the 2015-16 squad and have signed five fresh faces for the upcoming season.

Full story at UNCG Athletics site.

Results from 2016 UNCG Cram and Scram

061516Feature_CramScramAbout $900, to help finance environmental learning opportunities on campus. Over seven tons of items diverted from the landfill.

The 2016 Cram & Scram rummage sale got good results, says Ben Kunka, head of UNCG Waste Reduction and Recycling. An improvement over last year.

And whatever didn’t sell was donated to Goodwill.

The earliest people say they got there at 2 a.m., he said They were well prepared. They brought a cart. Others told him a line was forming at 6 a.m. The doors opened at 8 a.m. “They were lined up for a long time.”

Even some incoming freshmen were there, purchasing items for their dorm rooms.

People still ask him, “Everything is really two for a dollar?”

Yep. And by doing that, the items are recycled and reused. That’s less waste in the landfill.

By Mike Harris

12th Annual Summer Solstice Party

Weatherspoon Art Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary during its 12th Annual Summer Solstice Party June 24.

A yoga salute to the sun preludes the event. The museum encourages yogis to bring comfy clothes, a yoga mat and any level of experience to the yoga salute. Folk rock band Gipsy Danger plays as a cash bar pours and the summer commences.

A message from the museum:

“Check out the new exhibitions in the galleries. Enjoy activities for kids and kids at heart. Please your palate with a range of tasty treats and libations. Wear whatever party clothes make you happy—our theme is simply summer fun.”

Yogis meet at 6 p.m. on the west side of the museum parking lot. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Student Affairs awards for 2016

The Student Affairs awards for 2016 recognize individuals whose service and performance goes beyond their position’s daily responsibilities. The 2016 recipients:

  • Employee of the Year:  Kala Taylor, Career Services
  • Partnership Award (a person outside Student Affairs recognized for their collaborative efforts with Student Affairs):  Dr. Keith Mobley, School of Education
  • Legacy of Excellence Award:  Dr. Tresa Saxton, Student Health Services
  • Graduate Assistant of the Year:  Alex Stanczak, Campus Recreation
  • Unsung Hero (demonstrates leadership through dedication and service): A Pu, Student Health Services
  • Team Player:  Robert Barker, assistant dean of students

More information is at
http://sa.uncg.edu/about/employment/staff-development-2/staff-development/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Daniel Wirtheim
Photograph by Daniel Wirtheim

2016 SOAR begins next week

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

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

Sessions will begin next week on June 6.

Tom Ross, Shirley Frye receive highest service awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tim Young

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

June update on Kaplan Center for Wellness

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

See photos from mid-May.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mike Harris
Photographs by Mike Harris

June 2016 Human Resources Professional Development workshops

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

Among the summer offerings:

Personal Development Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

‘Breakfast Briefing’ (includes a complimentary breakfast):

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

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

Registration Required (limited seating available)

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

Shred-a-Thon June 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A generosity of eye and ‘outsider art’ at Weatherspoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Say Yes to Education,’ a workshop

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

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

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

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

Basic Digital Photography Workshop June 22

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

In a morning classroom session, learn about:

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

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

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

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

2016 Spring Commencement: ‘Believe in yourself’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Spellings at UNCG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Events

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

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

In memoriam: Dr. Ethel Glenn

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

View illuminated manuscripts, through end of May

Book of Hours--Scythe

Book of Hours

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

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

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

Gorman more thoroughly explains the exhibit in a blog post:

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

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

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

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

UNCG Baseball tied for first. Final games this weekend.

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

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

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

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

Jim Fisher had questions. Tony Kushner had answers.

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

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

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

Kyle Hines three times a Euroleague champion

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

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

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

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

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

From Peabody Park to Peabody Conservatory: Kaitlyn Wagner

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

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

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