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January 2017 HR Professional Development

UNCG’s Human Resources is a resource for knowledge for you. In 2017, UNCG’s Human Resources is offering a variety of new workshops, personal and professional, as well as old favorites.

Professional Development workshops are a benefit for you as an employee. Take advantage of the many opportunities for self-enhancing and workplace training. To view the courses being offered and to register for a workshop, visit the Professional Development catalog located at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

As a reminder, Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals is a required workshop for all supervisors. If you have already completed EEOI: Equal Employment Opportunity Institute, you have completed your requirement. The next in-person session will be offered on March 30 at UNCG.

EEODF is a two-part hybrid format with several online course modules to be completed prior to the in-class portion. The online segment will take roughly 3.5 hours with the in-class portion taking 8 hours. The online segment must be taken through OSHR’s training site (account required): NC Learning Center.

1)Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Negotiation of Disputes – Practical Strategies as led by Eloise Hassell, attorney and senior lecturer in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, on Wednesday, January 25th from 2-4:30 pm, will help provide tools and understanding of the various ways for negotiating and mediating conflicts of all kinds. Register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022678

2)10 Strategies for Improving Your Finances will help you build long-term financial plans and help you lay out steps to help you through tough economic times as led by a local professional in conjunction with UNCG’s Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, on Wednesday, January 25th from noon-1pm. Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022759
Upcoming HR Workshops, including the ones below, can be found at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

How To Deal With a Difficult Person
2/8/2017  Noon-1pm

The Impact of Attitude on Work and Life
2/15/2017  Noon-1pm

TSERS: Retirement Workshop
2/15/2017  3:30-5pm

Managing Personnel Action Forms: Undergraduate Student Employment
2/28/2017  10-11:30am

Managing Personnel Action Forms: Graduate Student Employment
3/1/2017  10am-noon

Additionally, UNCG hosts a workshop about “Say Yes” on Feb. 2. You can learn about “Say Yes to Education Guilford” and ways you can get involved. Hear speakers from “Say Yes” as well as UNCG Alumni Engagement who are “helping Guilford County Schools’ students get to and through college.” http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001540

Bayard Wootten photo exhibition at GPS opens Friday

Some know Bayard Wootten as the person believed to have created the original Pepsi-Cola logo.

Others think of her as the first woman to ever take a photograph from an airplane.

Still others knew her as the brilliant alumna from the first incoming class at what would become UNCG.

An exhibition at UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space (GPS) will focus on her career as a photographer – including some years she spent in Greensboro in the 1920s. The exhibition “Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten” opens this Friday (Jan. 20) at 5 p.m. It runs through March 3, 2017.

The exhibition is curated by UNCG art professor George Dimock. It was created in collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives. The exhibition prints images have been made from the original large-format negatives selected from the archive’s collection.

Much of the work had already been done in the form of a fine traveling exhibition organized by The North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, “Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten,” curator Dimock said. “To this we have added eight images depicting the Cone Mills in the 1930s as a way of highlighting Wootten’s ties to Greensboro where she kept a studio from 1925 to 1927.”

The exhibition consists of landscapes, portraits and scenes set in North Carolina and neighboring states.

“The exhibition makes a strong case for Bayard Wootten as North Carolina’s most versatile, prolific, and culturally significant photographer in the first half of the twentieth century. In a period when the odds were stacked heavily against her as a woman – a single mother with two young sons – she forged a commercially successful and aesthetically distinguished career,” Dimock said via email. “In the process of making some 600,000 images with her large-format cameras, she created a complex and multi-faceted visual record of life in the American South in the first half of the 20th-century.”

Her most historically significant accomplishment? “The photographic documentation of rural Southerners, both black and white, in the 1930s,” Dimock said. “These included the white farming families of Southern Appalachia and the Gullah  — descendants of enslaved Africans — inhabiting the Lowcountry region of South Carolina.”

A UNCG Magazine article in Spring 1999 featured Wootten’s work. At that time, UNCG alumnus Jerry Cotten had published a 250-page book on her, titled “Light and Air.” Wootten was a member of the State Normal College’s (UNCG’s) first class, but apparently did not graduate, the article says. (It also notes that family members said she designed the first label used by Pepsi-Cola, a drink created by her New Bern next-door neighbor.) A February 12, 1995, News & Record feature by Jim Schlosser also detailed her photography career – her work was in a new exhibition at the Greensboro Historical Museum. The article quoted one thing she said on her 1892 application to this college: “I’m determined to make my own living.”

Dimock notes she was 16 years old when she arrived on campus.

Though she never became wealthy, she became one of the greatest photographers North Carolina has produced.

Dimock explains, “She was a commercial portrait, industrial, and landscape photographer who depended on pleasing her innumerable clients in order to support herself and her family. Yet she also insisted on creating formal images of transcendent beauty. Her best photographs open out onto a wide range of interpretation in response to the viewer’s interests and experience.”

By the way, the exhibition is several blocks from her former photography studio. Schlosser noted her studio in Greensboro was at 215 1/2 South Elm Street.

Another UNCG connection? Her photography appeared in books including “The Story of North Carolina,” produced by UNCG professor Alex Arnett and Chancellor W.C. Jackson, according to the UNCG Magazine article.

The GPS, created by the UNCG School of Art, is located at 219 Lewis Street in Downtown Greensboro, near the Forge. Adam Carlin is the director. Admission to the GPS is free.

See some of her work and studio artifacts at the Wootten-Moulton Museum Facebook page.

See exhibition info at http://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/past-projects/light-and-air-the-photography-of-bayard-wootten

By Mike Harris

Visual: this visual, not a part of the exhibition, is from UNCG Archives. It is a postcard photograph of The Quad residence halls.

UNCG named Military Friendly School again, receives Silver Award

For the sixth consecutive year, UNCG has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for its efforts in recruiting and retaining military veterans.

UNCG is also a recipient of the Silver Award for public universities with more than 10,000 students. In addition to the Military Friendly designation, institutions are now eligible to receive Top Ten, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Silver schools rank within 30 percent of the 10th-ranked school in their category.

“UNCG is very pleased to hear that we were again designated as a Military Friendly School, and we are especially proud of our Silver Award,” said Brad Wrenn, coordinator of UNCG’s Veterans Resource Center. “We look forward to continuing the university’s long and proud history of offering top-quality service to our student veterans.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in this year’s survey, and 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Final ratings were based on an assessment of six critical areas: retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates.

Earlier in the semester, UNCG was recognized in the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 list. UNCG ranked No. 59 out of 130 colleges and universities across the nation.

To learn more about the Military Friendly designation, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

UNCG Intercultural Engagement’s civil rights pilgrimage


Last semester’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, offered by the UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement as a Fall Break trip, was an idea that came from students, says the office’s assistant director and trip organizer Porshé Chiles. The 29 students who went on the trip were from a wide variety of disciplines and spanned class years from freshman to graduate students. Through the pilgrimage to Atlanta, GA, and Birmingham and Selma, AL, they took a close look at history concerning activism and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-60s.

The first day included stops in Atlanta, at Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home and church, as well as his grave site. They also visited the Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta, where they saw images of segregated spaces and communities, heard words of political leaders of the time, and experienced a lunch counter protest simulation, which Chiles says felt intense and realistic to many of the students.

The second day, the UNCG group visited the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders and was the target of an attack that killed four young girls and injured many others. They also visited Kelly Ingram Park, historically known as West End Park, which was the site of the first mass beatings of Freedom Riders, and later selected by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as an assembly point. Next, the students visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

On day three, the UNCG students headed to Selma, stopping at the National Voting Rights Museum, the Slavery and Civil War Museum and Edmund Pettus Bridge. The UNCG students stood on the bridge that, on March 21, 1965, following two other marches and violent conflicts, protesters marching to support voting rights finally crossed, under the protection of federalized National Guard troops. Later that year, the Voting Rights Act was passed, a defining triumph of the United States Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout the trip, students studying social justice and civil rights added to their knowledge of social protest and change; those studying political science saw how policies worked, and how they were changed; education students were able to see the history of “separate but equal” and psychology students examined the psychological warfare present throughout America’s Civil Rights movement.

“They really tie into any and every major,” Chiles said about the pilgrimage stops.

With a wide span of knowledge and experience concerning civil rights history among the students, they were grouped into diverse learning pods. Students who felt underexposed to civil rights history were able to learn from graduate level researchers of the subject. The total experience was reported by students to be powerful and motivating.

Chiles would like to see the pilgrimage happen every year, or even twice a year to accommodate demand, since 86 students applied to go, and interest is growing. She said, “I’d like for even more students to see what civil rights and social justice looks like, through a variety of lenses.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual courtesy of Porshé Chiles, of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge

University Staff Excellence Award – Nominations for 2016-2017

The UNCG Staff Senate is proud of the many outstanding, devoted employees of UNCG and pleased to encourage your nominations for the University Staff Excellence Award.  This award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the University this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA Non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline (February 3, 2017).  Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award.  Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty – The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.

Innovation – The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the University’s mission.

Service – The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the University through involvement on committees and/or representing the University in civic or professional organizations.

Human Relations – The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements – The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above, including, but not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

We encourage you to consider nominating a colleague for this important award.  Please complete the nomination form online at:  https://goo.gl/forms/yDfxawfuved1cX3H3 or print a hard copy and return it to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, ℅ Betty Betts, 723 Kenilworth Street, Campus, by February 3, 2017.

UNCG Online creates a free tool for online instructors

Interested in teaching online or improving your knowledge of online education?

Visit readytoteach.uncg.edu, a free resource developed by UNCG Online to help university level instructors and teaching assistants plan, develop, teach, and evaluate online courses. Ready to Teach reflects national best practices in instructional design, online teaching, and educational research.

Each of the four modules takes about 30 minutes to complete and begins with a video of experienced UNCG instructors sharing their insights for teaching online. Modules include evidence-based strategies, brief exercises, and downloadable templates. A quiz concludes each module, and a certificate can be earned by passing the cumulative exam.

To learn more, contact readytoteach@uncg.edu.

Fixed Assets Office is moving

On January 25, Accounting Services Fixed Assets Department is moving from Campus Supply Store Building, 806 Oakland Avenue, to the front offices at UNCG Warehouse at 2900 Oakland Avenue. Fixed Assets office phone numbers and postal mailing address will remain the same. Their inter-office campus mailing address will be Fixed Assets, 2900 Oakland Ave.

Fixed Assets Office will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and will be open with limited availability on Thursday, Jan. 26. Please email fxdassts@uncg.edu with any questions you may have while they settle into their new location.

‘Hip Hop civics ed, Intersectionality and Black Joy’

UNCG’s Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department presents “GET FREE: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy,” with Dr. Bettina Love on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education for elementary aged students.

Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth.

Organizers hope you and your students will consider joining them for this evening of critical, engaging conversations about educational justice, equity, and change.

Questions? Contact Dr. Rochelle Brock, ELC Department Chair, at 336-334-3460 or r_brock@uncg.edu.

Copy courtesy UNCG School of Education.

Starfish is live for Spring 2017

With the return of students for the Spring 2017 term, the Starfish EARLY ALERT and CONNECT technologies are again available to all students, staff, and instructors at UNCG. Starfish is an early warning and student tracking system that allows UNCG to take a holistic approach to student success. Starfish aims to support the success of students by allowing instructors, advisors, and other staff members to track student progress and remain easily connected to one another. Starfish can be accessed through Canvas (canvas.uncg.edu).

Instructors can use Starfish to raise alert flags related to academic and personal concerns so that students can connect with resources that may help them. Instructors can also raise kudos for students who are performing well academically or who are showing improvement. Lastly, Starfish allows instructors to raise referrals to connect students to the Student Success Center.

Academic Status Reports are sent out three times in the semester to allow for quick tracking of many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts when these reports launch on the following dates:

• February 7

• February 28

• April 4 (sent to instructors of first year students only)

Each time a student is flagged for academic concerns, they are contacted and invited to meet with a Students First Office (SFO) staff member on the Starfish Outreach Team to help them develop a plan for academic success. All flagged students will also receive outreach from SFO with information about helpful campus resources. Students with referrals will be contacted via email by the referred office. Academic advisors are also notified when their students are flagged to enhance the support students may receive after being flagged.

Reminders, Updates, & Training Opportunities

• Starfish Referral Options: The Tutoring Referral and Academic Skills Referral can be raised by faculty and staff to recommend students to academic services that may assist them. Raising a referral will alert the student and support staff within the designated support office.

• Accessing Starfish via Canvas: Instructors, staff, and students can access Starfish by logging into Canvas, selecting Account and Profile in the left menu, and then selecting Starfish.

• Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff: The Students First Office hosts training workshops throughout the semester to help instructors and staff members learn how to navigate Starfish features. Workshop details and sign-ups can be accessed at workshops.uncg.edu. Simply search “Starfish Sessions” for a list of available dates and times.

Students, staff, and instructors may refer to the Starfish website (studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish) for information and training guides on using Starfish features. Users can also email the Starfish Coordinator, Elena Medeiros, at starfish@uncg.edu for additional clarification or troubleshooting.

UNCG Nursing student Laura Pickler earns CHMG Quality Award

On Dec. 7, three UNCG nursing students were recognized by the Cone Health Medical Group (CHMG) Quality and Safety Committee for their work on Quality Improvement projects at clinical sites. During the fall, projects were developed by 16 senior nursing students through a new partnership between the UNCG School of Nursing and CHMG.

The projects were presented to the CHMG Quality and Safety Committee, who chose a winner and two finalists for their positive impact on health care quality. The projects were evaluated based on how they delivered significant results or products that could be beneficial or transferable to other CHMG practices.

Laura Pickler was the recipient of the first CHMG Boettner-Gasaway Student Quality Award, and Kristen Richardson and Brooke Lance were selected as finalists.

The award is named for nurse and quality expert Janice Gasaway, and her parents. “Janice was the first director of quality and safety for CHMG and she helped develop and provide quality improvement education to these students this semester,” said Robert Slaughter, director of clinical services.

Laura Pickler, the award winner, worked with Western Rockingham Family Medicine to develop a patient letter to increase the number of mammograms scheduled. After implementation of the patient letter, 95.6% of appointments were filled for December, and 110.9% of appointments were filled for January at the mobile mammogram screening clinic.

Brooke Lance, finalist, worked with LeBauer Healthcare at MedCenter High Point to design pre-visit checklists for adults for gathering patient information during the visit.

Kristen Richardson, finalist, worked with Cone Health Community Health and Wellness to develop a flu shot protocol.

The partnership between the UNCG’s School of Nursing and CHMG was developed by Dean Robin Remsburg, Dr. Susan Letvak, Mr. Robert Slaughter, and other members of the CHMG. Dr. Courtney Caiola acted as the students’ Clinical Instructor.

Visual: The finalists and winner (pictured left to right): Brooke Lance, Laura Pickler, Kristen Richardson

Recommend a book for 2018 Keker First-Year Common Read

If you want to make a recommendation for the 2018 Keker First Year Common Read, click this link to complete the survey. Recommendations will be accepted through January 30, 2017.

The Keker First Year Common Read Book Selection Team considers the following criteria when selecting the common-read book for each fall:

  • Potential to engage students and spark passionate discussion  Appeal to a wide range of students; a fit with the UNCG student
  • Possibilities for classroom use among various departments, including Foundations for Learning (FFL), Living Learning Communities, the Honors College and any interested academic unit
  • Possibilities for campus programming, particularly hosting an author visit
  • Possibilities for community programming, including alumni and Greensboro reading groups
  • Richness of themes; interdisciplinary in nature
  • Relevance to the college student transition and or adulthood  Relevance to global or intercultural appeal
  • Relevance to sustainability
  • Published within the past four years
  • Available in paperback  400 pages or less

    Staff from New Student Transition & First Year Experience and Global Engagement will review all titles and narrow the list down to three texts to be read by the KFYCR Book Selection Team. The team will make a final recommendation to the Vice Chancellors for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs for approval.

‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ will be 2017 common read

Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” is the chosen book for the 2017 UNCG Keker First Year Common Read program.

Through this non-fiction text, Boo shares the real life experiences of several improvised families struggling for survival near burgeoning Mumbia, India. Although this story takes place many miles away, we are certain that our students will relate to the character’s humanity, grit, and tenacious spirits and will be challenged to think critically about economic inequalities, global issues and the hardships of living in a developing country. All new first year students will receive a copy of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” at SOAR and will participate in the program through a variety of curricular and co-curricular initiatives.

If you are interested in using this book in your class or if your department would like to be involved in the Keker First Year Common Read, contact Shakima M. Clency at 334-5475 or shakima_clency@uncg.edu in the Office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience.

Flip through some of your favorite magazines digitally via UNCG Libraries

Looking for a new recipe, some design inspiration, or the latest in science discoveries? Need some fun reading for that plane ride? Now the University Libraries can help. The library offers a new product called Flipster, a platform that lets you browse through popular magazines in full color, with exactly the same layout as you would find in print. For the journals available, you never will lose an image or ad again. Not only is this great for pleasure reading, but it also provides important content for any projects that call for enhanced understanding of advertising or design.

To view these journals, either go to https://library.uncg.edu/dbs/auth/go.asp?vdbID=1243 or simply go to Databases on our library homepage, and find the F databases. Journals are viewable on and off campus in your web browser or mobile device. You can quickly scan and jump to individual articles and pages, or you can just print an entire journal issue. Mobile apps for full downloading of journal issues are coming soon, so keep your eye on the library website and Campus Weekly.

Currently UNCG Libraries offer 14 journals, including:

The New Yorker




Harper’s Bazaar


Southern Living

Good Housekeeping


UNCG named top workplace for commuters

UNCG was named the top university nationally for employees who commute in the 2016 Best Workplaces for Commuters “Race to Excellence” awards.

Best Workplaces for Commuters is a national program that recognizes employers offering outstanding commuter benefits. In addition to being one of 30 universities named to this year’s list, UNCG received the “Best Of” award in the university category.

“This recognition reaffirms our efforts in offering a multimodal transportation system that emphasizes sustainability,” said Scott Milman, executive director of Campus Enterprises at UNCG. “We’ve built strong partnerships with mass transit organizations and companies like Zipcar and Zimride to provide a variety of alternative transportation options that reduce car emissions and help students, faculty and staff save money.”

Commuter benefits include free fare for city buses, shower facilities and fix-it stations for cyclists, ride sharing, car sharing and an emergency ride home program.

UNCG was the first employer in the Triad to be named to the Best Workplaces for Commuters list in 2010.

Best Workplaces for Commuters is managed by the National Center for Transit Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Employers that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits, a standard established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and maintained by the Center for Urban Transportation Research, are eligible for inclusion in Best Workplaces for Commuters.

For more information about the national recognition, visit bestworkplaces.org. To learn more about UNCG’s transportation options for employees, visit parking.uncg.edu/sustainable.

Trustees discuss millennial districts, tuition rates, Athletics review

The UNCG Board of Trustees met Dec. 9 in the Kaplan Center for Wellness. Some highlights of the meeting:

Tuition and fees set for 2017-18
Current undergraduates have their tuition rates fixed – the tuition will not go up as long as they are enrolled full time​​ through graduation​ (​up to​ eight consecutive semesters). That freeze is part of a state bill passed last summer.

Incoming first-year students next fall will pay 2 percent more in tuition, which will be fixed as long as they are enrolled full time (for eight consecutive semesters). The 2 percent cap was set by UNC General Administration.

Student fees next fall will increase for all students by 3 percent.

Two millennial districts
Much like it did with the creation of the Gateway University Research Park – a millennial campus operated by UNCG and N.C. A&T State – UNCG is planning to create two more districts to spur collaboration with the private sector and enhance student learning.

One millennial district would center on health and wellness, a theme of the new strategic plan. This district will include Spartan Village and the Kaplan Center for Wellness, in addition to Sullivan Science and the Nursing / STEM building that will replace McIver Building.

The other would focus on the visual and performing arts. It will stretch along much of Tate Street – including the Music Building on McIver.

The trustees voted their approval. These districts will now need approval from the UNCG Board of Governors.

Power of history /power of interpretation
Dr. Benjamin Filene and one graduate student gave the trustees an update on Museum Studies’ work related to UNCG Auditorium.

A long-range goal is for Filene and the Museum Studies program in the Department of History to bring a proposal to the Board of Trustees in May 2017 for an exhibition in UNCG Auditorium about Aycock’s historical context and legacies. In February 2016, the board voted to remove its former (Aycock Auditorium) name and name it UNCG Auditorium.

Last semester, the Museum Studies graduate students in the Department of History focused on “commemoration” at UNCG. They explored the many ways people have been commemorated at a university.
Graduate student Katherine Simmons presented the interactive map the Museum Studies Class of 2018 created in the fall, of UNCG’s “commemorative landscape.” It is posted on the website “Building Legacies at UNCG.”

The site features detailed biographies, commemorative histories, and imaginative visions for re-commemoration. UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives and Electronic Resources & Information Technology in Jackson Library collaborated with the students on the project.

Review of Athletics
A consultant from Collegiate Sports Associates presented its study of the UNCG Athletics program. A few of the key points were:

  • Athletics should have a defined identity at UNCG – a defined role and place at this university.
  • UNCG should focus on the competitive success of men’s basketball. And men’s basketball should be the focus of athletic marketing. “A successful men’s basketball program provides the best opportunity for athletics to enhance the university’s reputation and its local, regional and national brand.”
  • Maybe more games should be played in Fleming Gym, instead of nearly all men’s games being played in the coliseum. That would generate money.
  • An on-campus multi-purpose convocation and events center should be considered when men’s basketball becomes consistently more successful.

Parking rates will rise
The trustees approved an increase in the parking rates – the first increase in three years. It will take effect Aug. 1, 2017. The price for an employee surface lot permit (this is where many faculty and staff park) will go up $22 next year to $333.

By Mike Harris

Matyok message to December graduates: ‘Use your passion’

You’ve spent your time at UNCG searching for answers. Now, you are the answer.

That was the message heard by graduates Dec. 15 as UNCG awarded more than 1,700 degrees at commencement.

“What is needed is action,” said commencement speaker Dr. Thomas Matyók. “The challenges facing us cannot wait for answers – they need people who will act now in new ways.”

Matyók, department chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, encouraged the new alumni to find their true passions in order to stay the course and make a difference in the world.

“Passion makes it all worthwhile,” he said. “Use your passion as a way of creating a newer and more humane world. No task is too small.”

UNCG awarded approximately 1,314 bachelor’s degrees, 363 master’s degrees, 76 doctoral degrees and six specialist in education degrees at this morning’s ceremony. Among the sea of blue and gold were the first graduates of the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program, an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing degree program for medically trained veterans.

According to Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., these numbers represent passionate change-makers poised to shape the future.

“Be assured that the training and preparation at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro have made you ready to meet this world head on,” Gilliam said. “And indeed, it is time for all of you to begin to take your giant steps – to make your mark in the world.”

Matyók echoed the chancellor’s remarks, leaving the graduates with one final piece of advice before tassels were turned:

“Find your passion, take responsibility for positively changing a part of the world and building peace, and begin writing your biography today.”

See full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

UNCG’S unique connection to movie ‘Hidden Figures’

With the film “Hidden Figures” opening to rave reviews and big box office receipts this past weekend, UNCG remembers alumna Virginia Tucker ’30, a trailblazer for the female mathematicians – known as “computers” – highlighted in the film.

Tucker was one of five women to join the first human computer pool at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory (now Langley Research Center) in 1935. Langley was the main research center for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the precursor to NASA.

When World War II broke out in 1939, more women were recruited as computers to conduct wind tunnel testing and other critical research for the military. Tucker recruited heavily at institutions across the East Coast, including UNCG (known then as the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina). According to Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book that inspired the movie, UNCG graduated one of the largest cohorts of women who went on to work as human computers.

By the early 1940s, Tucker was the head computer, tasked with managing hundreds of women in computing sections across the laboratory. In her book, Shetterly writes:

“Over the course of twelve years, Virginia Tucker had ascended from a subprofessional employee to the most powerful woman at the lab. She had done so much to transform the position of computer from a proto-clerical job into one of the laboratory’s most valuable assets. … Between 1942 and 1946, four hundred Langley computers received training on Tucker’s watch.”

In 1947, Tucker left civil service for a position as an aerodynamicist at Northrop Corporation, one of the nation’s leading aviation companies. Although she was no longer at Langley, her legacy continued to pave the way for female mathematicians, including the three African-American women whose inspiring stories are told in the movie “Hidden Figures.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography courtesy of Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives; Virginia Tucker at her desk at Langley in 1946

For more details, see Encyclopedia of UNCG History entry by University Archivist Erin Lawrimore.

UNCG’s ‘Super Star Steppers’ – two employee teams finish in top-3 statewide

Two UNCG teams came in close to the top in the North Carolina Miles for Wellness Challenge 14, Celebration Trail: 100 Years of National Parks.

With 5,343 miles walked, The Hare Styles came in second place in the state in the Bionic Hare Division, and the Bryan Cruisers came in third. Bionic Hare is a new division, for teams who walk an average of more than 105,000 steps per week per member.

Both teams will be awarded a trophy by Katherine Hilliard, Statewide Wellness Coordinator, and the teams will receive state recognition in the Office of State Human Resources Newsletter.

Other leading UNCG teams included the Hare Balls, the Action Potentials, the Circulators, the GRE: Graduate Ramblers Ensemble, PHE Nominal and UNCG Anthropology.

UNCG Spartan Recovery Program update

On December 12, 2016, UNC Horizons, a program of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, traveled to Greensboro to host a luncheon for female members of UNCG’s Spartan Recovery Program (SRP). Horizons, a substance abuse treatment program for pregnant and parenting women and their children, including those whose lives have been touched by abuse and violence, hopes to cultivate a community that will encourage participants to take advantage of the support resources offered. UNC Horizons staff chose to seek input from SRP’s female members about recovery issues specific to women, after meeting several of the members at the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Recovery Conference in Raleigh this fall. Future collaborations are under discussion. Terri Spears serves as Coordinator for the Spartan Recovery Program.

UNCG’s Spartan Recovery Program (SRP,) a program of the Counseling Center in Student Health Services, a division of Student Affairs, is proud to share that our 19 active members had an average GPA for the Fall 2016 term of 3.68 with seven members achieving a GPA of 4.0. UNCG students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction benefit from the network of recovery support services that promote the personal, academic and professional goals of students in recovery. These accomplished SRP members prove that Spartans do not have to compromise their recovery or their academics during their pursuit of an enriched college experience.

22 ACC Nursing graduates earn UNCG bachelor degrees

Twenty-two graduates of Alamance Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program earned their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from UNCG in December as the first class of a partnership between the two colleges, known as RN-to-BSN (Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing).

Beginning in January 2015, UNCG’s School of Nursing faculty provided online classes and met with 25 graduates of ACC’s Associate Degree Nursing program one day per week on the ACC campus. Students were charged UNCG distance learning rates and fees. Because the face-to-face class was offered on the ACC campus, students who already lived in Alamance County saved time and travel expenses.

“One of the reasons for the success of our program is the partnership we have with ACC,” said Jacqueline DeBrew, UNCG Program Director. “ACC provides the classroom space, makes parking accommodations for us, and helps with student recruitment.”

After three semesters, that first batch of 22 students graduated with their BSN degrees from UNCG. Three other students will complete additional elective hours before their graduation.

Admission preference is shown to ACC second-year nursing students and RN graduates. Other RNs in the area can join the cohort as space allows.

“In our new ACC cohort starting in January 2017, we expect to have around 33 students,” said Linda Anderson, RN-BSN Outreach Program Specialist at the UNCG School of Nursing.

The American Association of Colleges of Nurses reported that 77.4% of employers expressed a strong preference for BSN program graduates. BSN-educated nurses typically receive 2-3 times the clinical training as Associate Degree in Nursing graduates. Consequently, BSN nurses earn higher salaries because they are better equipped to deliver more complex, high-quality patient care services.

The format of the program also contributes to its success, said DeBrew. Students have two courses, taught in a hybrid format, each semester. The two courses share one time slot, so the students are able to attend class once a week for four hours, but earn credit for two courses. One class meets face to face, while the other meets online and then they switch the next week.

“We also have dedicated faculty who are passionate about RN/BSN students and are willing to make the drive, learn a new campus, to teach their courses,” said DeBrew.

“These BSN credentials make nurses more competitive in today’s job market, and that competitive edge will give Alamance Community College students exactly what they need,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “This really bridges the gaps and ensures that more of our students and people from this community will have opportunities before them that they’ve never had before.”

Copy courtesy ACC web site.

Thanks for reading Campus Weekly

Thank you for reading UNCG Campus Weekly. Readership has increased in the past year. The current CW Google Analytics show 122,536 pageviews between July 1 and December 31, 2016. (That’s an increase over the same period in the previous year, which showed 117,278 pageviews.)

The top five posts in the past semester, based on pageviews?

(Also in the top 10 are lots of accesses to the CW Categories. For example, lots of readers obviously access the People category – this allows you to conveniently read this week’s People posts by simply scrolling, plus you can read previous weeks’ People posts as you continue scrolling. Readers do the same for Notes, for the Spotlight category, etc.)

Campus Weekly now uses iModules in its weekly email notice to faculty/staff – the CW email sent on Wednesday mornings is a convenient way for readers to access the weekly posts. As an example of one month’s average, the average number of recipients who opened the weekly email in the 4 issues of Nov. 2016 was 903 per issue.

How to send a submission or story idea? Email the submission to editor Mike Harris at mdharri3@uncg.edu. (I’ll reply with a quick “thank you” reply when I process the submission within a few days.) Or submit them via a form at the CW Submissions page: http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/submissions (again, you know I received it with a quick “thank you” reply). If it’s to promote an event, send it 2-3 weeks before the event, so we have time to edit it for length/style and readers can mark their calendars.  For other posts, send it by Thursday before the posting date – in other words, about 6 days before the weekly Wednesday publication date. We edit posts on Friday and Monday, post them on Tuesday as we prepare the email, and send the CW email on Wednesday morning.

By Mike Harris

MLK Celebration at UNCG Auditorium Jan. 18

The Martin Luther King Jr Celebration: An Evening with DeRay Mckesson will be held in UNCG Auditorium Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

The event will be hosted by UNCG and N.C. A&T State.

DeRay Mckesson (in visual) is an educator, civil rights activist and leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement.

In 2015, Mckesson was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine. Last year, Time magazine recognized him in its list of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet. Mckesson is currently the interim chief human capital officer for Baltimore City Public Schools and a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He is a 2007 graduate of Bowdoin College and received an honorary doctorate from The New School in New York City in 2016.

Among the associated events earlier in the day, at NC A&T, will be a panel discussion on “Activism and Civil Disobedience,” Dudley Multipurpose room, NC A&T campus, 2-3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit intercultural.uncg.edu.

A lot of mud, a lot of endurance: Shields takes national cyclocross title

UNCG Nutrition’s Emily Shields is a national champion in cycling.

The second-year graduate student won the Women’s Collegiate Club National Championship title at the 2017 Cyclocross Nationals in Hartford, CT, on Jan. 4.

“This specific discipline is called cyclocross,” she told UNCG Campus Weekly in an email interview. “Cyclocross is a 1-2 mile loop, kind of like the terrain on a cross country running course. The race is 45-60 minutes and the number of laps you do depends on how fast the leaders’ lap times are.”

UNCG Cycling is a student club at UNCG. As their Facebook page notes, the club is free to join although members are responsible for their own equipment.

CW asked how she secured her bikes, equipment and uniform. “I race professionally for Ken’s Bike Shop, so I already have my own bikes and equipment – so I just had to purchase the UNCG uniform.”

How long has she competed? “I have been racing cyclocross for 13 years. I began at a cyclocross race my dad was promoting that was part of the North Carolina Cyclocross Series – and fell in love with the sport then. I also race road and mountain bikes but cyclocross is definitely my favorite.”

So how do you train for a national title while being a graduate student? “It does take a lot of energy and it is difficult being in grad school, but I love it so it is worth it. You just have to have good time management skills and motivation to race and train while being in school. The North Carolina Cyclocross Series is a really good way to train for the bigger races.”

In addition to racing in college level races, she also races throughout the country in professional races, she added.

See more in this Cyclocross Magazine article.
See a YouTube interview with her immediately after her win.

By Mike Harris
Photos from the race by Alan Garvick, courtesy Emily Shields.

UNCG’s Greensboro Review celebrates 100th issue

120716feature_greensbororeviewIn the spring of 1966, students in UNCG’s MFA in creative writing program gathered together to collate and staple by hand the very first issues of The Greensboro Review, the program’s fledgling literary magazine.

Now half a century later, the magazine has published its 100th issue – one that, from the outside, looks very much like the first. It’s a no-frills publication, yet one that has earned a national and international reputation of publishing poetry and fiction works of the highest quality.

“People tend to appreciate the simple approach,” said Jim Clark, director of the creative writing program and longtime editor of The Greensboro Review. “It puts the priority on the work.”

Originally, the magazine was designed as a publication for MFA students to share their work. Now, it’s a widely recognized literary magazine that often publishes the first works of new, up-and-coming writers.

The magazine is edited by Clark, Terry Kennedy, who serves as associate director of the program, five graduate students and undergraduate interns.

Clark explains that the magazine serves as an “editing laboratory,” a place where students learn the finer points of copyediting, proofreading, style and usage.

This “laboratory” has helped develop some of the nation’s top writers. Former poetry editor Claudia Emerson ’91 won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her poetry collection “Late Wife.” Just this past spring, Kelly Link ’95 was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

For current managing editor and second-year MFA student Michelle Rosquillo ’11 BA, it’s been “thrilling” to follow in the footsteps of writers such as Emerson and Link.

“These women and many other writers and editors associated with The Greensboro Review have set the bar high,” Rosquillo said. “I look forward to continuing their tradition and joining their ranks.”

The 100th issue includes poetry and fiction that explore a variety of themes, from death and grief to immigration and small-town Texas.

Rosquillo calls the newest publication “phenomenal.”

“We’re celebrating 50 years of excellence – writing that provokes thought, writers who push boundaries, and editors who go above and beyond to polish every facet of the work we publish,” she said. “From the first page of this issue to the last, readers will be treated to the best of the best.”

For more information and to subscribe to The Greensboro Review, visit greensbororeview.org. To learn more about the MFA in creative writing, visit mfagreensboro.org.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

The editors of The Greensboro Review. From left to right: Michelle Rosquillo, Maggie Cooper, Jim Clark, Cody Lee, Mackenzie Campbell, Terry Kennedy. Clark (center) holds the first issue and the 100th issue. Not pictured: Grace Gardiner.

Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative launches in February

120716feature_relationshipsinitiativeThe Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI) will make a great impact in our community, starting in two months.

The HRI is a first-of-its-kind, community-wide effort developed by the Phillips Foundation in partnership with the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development to improve relational health across Guilford County. The initiative will officially launch in February 2017 at the conclusion of its research and development phase.

U.S. Census and National Historical Geographical Information System (NHGIS) data indicate significant growth in relationship distress among Guilford County residents. In 2013 and 2014, Guilford County led the state in domestic violence homicides, and in 2015, the Guilford County Family Justice Center assisted nearly 5,000 primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, and elder abuse.

“Unhealthy relationships, particularly within the family context, threaten the stability of our society’s foundation,” said Elizabeth Phillips, executive director of Phillips Foundation. “With the integration of the HRI’s programming and ‘upstream’ interventions into the service platforms of our partner organizations, we plan to democratize best practices and resources from the clinic environment to the broader culture. Phillips Foundation is excited to set this vision in motion and to enhance a positive community culture across Guilford County that values relationship, ultimately preventing trauma and dysfunction in the home.”

Phillips Foundation brought the concept of the Healthy Relationships Initiative to the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, which has since implemented research and development of the original program involving special emphasis on reaching distressed or vulnerable populations served by existing Phillips Foundation grantee organizations.

“Phillips Foundation has made great strides in improving the well-being of Guilford County residents, and we are grateful for their support and partnership on this important preventative investment,” said Dr. Christine E. Murray, associate professor at UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development. “Launching the HRI will allow us to utilize and disperse effective tools and skills to ensure that families are safe and supportive places for children to develop into successful, contributing members of society.”

In addition to Counseling & Educational Development, faculty from three other departments at UNCG are involved in HRI, Murray notes: Dr. Rick Bunch in Geography, Dr. Anthony Chow in Library and Information Studies, and Dr. Julie Mendez Smith in Psychology.

An HRI Steering Committee met over the last eight months to inform the planning of this initiative. The committee includes representatives from Phillips Foundation grantee organizations, governmental entities, and many other non-profits.

The HRI Steering Committee and UNCG researchers have developed a multi-year, strategic plan for the HRI to address local community needs via three main components: community mobilization, educational programming, and social marketing.

Campus Weekly will have a post next semester as this initiative is launched.

To stay informed about the HRI, follow its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/guilfordHRI.

Visual: Christine Murray with a student at Curry Building.

Innovations in teaching: Murphy integrates undergraduate research skills into coursework

120716feature_teachingnnovationTeaching research methods in the classroom is not easy. Neither is engaging students in material that seems not to relate to their biggest interests. An associate professor of classical studies, Dr. Joanne Murphy has been revamping her classes in order to address both challenges. As last year’s Provost’s Teaching Fellow for Undergraduate Research, and the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for this year and 2014, Murphy has had the opportunity to design new curriculum for several of her courses, re-visioning how students will interact with the course material.

In previous years, guided undergraduate research has been available to undergraduate students mainly through Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) assistantships and through private tutorials, or, independent studies. URSCO’s ongoing campus-wide initiative seeks to introduce a greater number of students to research methods. Professors such as Murphy are moving toward that goal by integrating undergraduate research skills development into coursework. Now, in the courses with the revamped research skills-integrated curriculum, 140 students can build research skills, and Murphy says, without overtaxing the instructor.

How does she do this? For starters, she doesn’t use a catalogue of academic labels to describe what they’re doing. Instead, she begins by simply asking them, “What are you interested in?”  and “What kind of question would you like to ask about that?” With Murphy’s guidance, students relate their strongest interests to the class material. Students majoring in peace and conflict studies, kinesiology and cosmetology, to name a few, have discovered the depth of their own interests and how it relates to the ancient world.

In a course such as Mythology of Ancient Greece, Murphy provides selected readings for students, so that they may engage in close readings. Within the closed contexts of the selected readings, the students use the data in front of them to inform their work, especially their individual research interests. This is part of what she calls the “scaffolded guidance,” which leads them to be successful in undertaking their own research at a later point. As students absorb the readings, Murphy guides them in manageable steps through an inquiry process, argument-building and supporting an argument with textual evidence, increasing their information literacy.

In some upper-level classes, such as Archaeology of Death, she also provides opportunities for peer review and for discussing research aloud. Peer review not only spurs many valuable discussions, but it also helps them learn how to relate to one another as scholars in a respectful and productive manner. She also shares news of her own research accomplishments and challenges with the students. She has found that if students know that their instructor, an accomplished scholar, has obstacles to overcome, they become more patient with themselves and their own work, and their perseverance grows.

With the new curriculum, students are developing research skills more quickly than before, and becoming more positively engaged in the class material and in their own explorations of it.

Murphy says of her students’ experiences with developing research skills, “It really pushes them to be innovative, independent, confident critical thinkers, critical readers who can express and disseminate the information they have discovered. And we want to make that available to everybody.”

Earlier this semester, Murphy led a talk about her integration of research into curriculum at the University Teaching and Learning Commons. She has embedded research skill development into her class on sports in ancient societies course and her mythology course. In the spring, she will bring the new approach to her course in Egyptian art and archaeology.

The Office of the Provost is currently soliciting cross/multi/interdisciplinary research and creative activity proposals tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan: health and well-being, vibrant communities, and global connections. Faculty are being asked to review those three themes in the University Plan and consider responding to one of the three RFPs available to provide seed funding for teaching innovations or research tied to the Strategic Plan. Proposals are due by December 9. Visit here for more information.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Martin W. Kane of Murphy in classroom, Fall 2016.

SECC surpasses goal with more than $203,000 raised

120716feature_seccThe UNCG State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) has surpassed its goal of $199,999, with more than $203,000 and counting raised for charities across the state, country and world.

Nearly 1,000 faculty and staff members have participated in the campaign, which has surpassed last year’s effort by more than $10,000.

“The UNCG community has once again demonstrated its deep commitment to those in need. Those needs were so visible this fall, from the flooding in the east to the drought and fires in the west, in addition to challenges closer to home in Greensboro,” said campaign chair Dr. DiAnne Borders. “The generosity of so many staff and faculty members will mean so much to so many great causes – and will clearly demonstrate ‘The Power of UNCG Giving.’”

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said, “I want to congratulate and honor the hundreds of Spartan employees who contributed. Through their gifts, they are making a tremendous impact in our community and well beyond, exemplifying our university’s motto of service. At this time of year, it is especially important to consider how many lives the people of our university touch through what we do and what we give. I also want to recognize the volunteers – including this year’s campaign chair, DiAnne Borders – who do a tremendous job each year.”

Employees can continue to make pledges through the end of December. Pledges can be made online using ePledge or via the paper pledge form. The ePledge site can be accessed at ncsecc.org.

For more information about UNCG’s campaign, visit secc.uncg.edu.

Visual: Chancellor Gilliam speaks to SECC volunteers. By Martin W. Kane.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

UNCG makes ‘Honor Roll with Distinction’ for Service and Education

120716feature_honorrollUNCG was recognized for excellence in community service and education in the recently announced 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The honor roll highlights institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships. UNCG is the only UNC system institution to receive “With Distinction” honors in the categories of General Community Service and Education.

“Community engagement with a focus on citizen leadership has been integral to the UNCG experience since the founding of the university” said Dr. Cathy H. Hamilton, director of UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service Learning. “Accountability and responsibility for the well-being of all are profound and pervasive values embodied in the culture of UNCG faculty, staff, students and alumni. ”

Launched in 2006, the annual recognition is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. UNCG, whose motto is “Service,” has been recognized every year since the inception of the honor rolll.

Overall, only two universities in North Carolina made the “Honor Roll with Distinction” in more than one category: UNCG and Elon University, both in two categories.


Eighteen colleges and universities made the Honor Roll in this category, ranging from Duke to UNC Chapel Hill to Elon University. Two were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction: UNCG and Warren Wilson College.


Seven colleges and universities made the Honor Roll in the Education category, ranging from NC State to Wake Forest to Pfeiffer University. Two were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction: UNCG and Elon University.

This 2015 rating looked at 2013-2014 data.

For more information, visit nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

Golden Chain Honorees 2016

120716feature_goldenchainUNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society recently inducted 26 new members. The students recognized were chosen for their demonstration of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity and character.

The Golden Chain organization, unique to the UNCG campus, was created in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come.

This semester’s induction class:

  • Corinne Blythe is a Kinesiology major who is regularly recognized on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and the SoCon’s Academic Honor Roll.
  • Margaret “Maggie” Bozovich, is a Communications Studies major who volunteers her time as a dance teacher for Glenwood Family Ministries. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Communications Honors Society.
  • Mitchell Byers, a Geographic Information Systems major, serves as a managing consultant in the UNCG Speaking Center, and has served as the President of the Swim Club for the past two years.
  • Jessica Clifford, a Communication Studies major, is an active volunteer with the Weatherspoon Art Museum and a staff writer for The Carolinian.
  • Siddisee Hirpa, a Communication Studies major, is active in a variety of organizations including The Korean Student Association. She also serves as a Desk Assistant within the Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Kumon Learning Center.
  • Justin Jordan is a Marketing major and a member of UNCG’s men’s basketball team. He served as a guest motivational speaker for Able Kids in Charlotte, NC, where he highlighted the importance of building good study habits, respecting authority and establishing solid character.
  • Brandon King, a Biology major, is also a member of UNCG’s cross country/track team, a University Marshal, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
  • Tyshona Knight, a Sociology major and an African American Studies minor, has provided service work through the Girls Reaching Out organization.
  • Zachary Kuchmaner, a Finance major, is also a member of the UNCG baseball team. He has been named to the SOCON All-Academic Team, and is a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Council.
  • Em Lampkin, an English major, serves as a consultant in both the UNCG Speaking and Writing Centers. He has completed the Bronze Level Leadership Challenge and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary.
  • Kathleen Mansure, a Kinesiology major, is also a passionate runner and a member of UNCG’s cross country/track team. She has participated in the Feed All Regardless of Means program since 2013 and has held numerous leadership roles.
  • Alexis Mourier, a Kinesiology major, is a volunteer tutor at Trinity’s Table and a member of UNCG’s volleyball team.
  • Ashley Muench, a Kinesiology major and a member of the UNCG volleyball team, is the Rayna Taylor SOCON Freshman of the Year. She has volunteered at our local animal shelter and coached for a youth sand volleyball team.
  • Shelby Panttaja, a Nutrition major and a volunteer with the Greensboro Urban Ministry, is currently completing a research project addressing health and wellness issues among refugees, through the Center of New North Carolinians. On campus, she applies what she learns in her with her work with the Food Recovery Network and the Nutrition Club.
  • Ena Prskalo, a Sociology major who speaks Russian, Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian, has presented her research at various conferences and has received UNCG’s Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award.
  • Aubry Ray, a Human Nutrition and Dietetics major, is working on an undergraduate research project examining food insecurity amongst newly arrived refugees. She is Vice President of the UNCG Food Recovery Network, volunteers with Backpack Beginnings, and implemented a nutrition education program at Rankin Elementary.
  • Antonio Roberson, an Information Systems and Supply Chain Management major, is a Spartan of Promise recipient. His extensive co-curricular record includes serving as President of Activities and Campus Events (ACE), Facility Manager for the Elliott University Center, Web Manager for the Carolinian, and as a peer academic leader in the Bryan School of Business.
  • Kimberly Shaver, a Kinesiology major and a member UNCG’s women’s soccer team has provided over 500 hours of volunteer service to the community.
  • Phillip Sheldon, a triple major in Sociology, Religion and History, is a member of Alpha Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. This fall, he won an undergraduate research award for his project studying the intersection of public health and housing for immigrant and refugee residents.
  • Rachel Sieczkowski, a Communications Studies major, is a Managing Consultant at UNCG’s Speaking Center and a member of Chi Omega. She volunteers many hours for Susan G. Komen and the Make a Wish Foundation.
  • David Spain is a Nutrition major who served in the U.S. Army before coming to UNCG. He volunteers with the UNCG Community Garden Project and the Undergraduate Nutrition Club.
  • Melanie Spensiero is Kinesiology major and the 2017 captain of the UNCG women’s soccer team. She has received several honors for her athletic achievements. She has volunteered throughout the community, representing the soccer team.
  • Preston Stephenson, a Human Nutrition and Dietetics major, has volunteered with the Out of the Garden Project and at several long-term care programs supporting the aging community.
  • Elisven Villatoro, a senior Human Nutrition and Dietetics major, is active in a variety of student leadership experiences including LeaderShape, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, and the gold level of the Leadership Challenge curriculum.
  • Katherine “Katie” Wagner, an Elementary Education major, is a member of the UNCG volleyball team and currently serves as team captain for the second consecutive year. She has also been a member of the Student Academic Advisory Council and Campus Outreach.
  • Bailey Williams, an Environmental Studies major, is also a member of the UNCG women’s basketball team. Additionally, she is American Sign Language Certified and volunteers with the CROP Walk and Grace Community Church.

Text, from the event, courtesy UNCG Student Affairs.

‘In Falling Snow’ at Weatherspoon

120716feature_fallingsnowTo get into the mood for winter, look to UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition “In Falling Snow: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection.”

The striking woodblock prints show quiet, contemplative scenes, as well as moments of action, and all are in the snow. Images of bridges, mountains, rooftops and villages appear alongside vibrant mementos from Kabuki theater performances. Many prints are by Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists, which means “pictures of the floating world,” and depict urban and natural scenes.

This exhibition is unusual for the Weatherspoon because the majority of the prints do not date to the twentieth or twenty-first century and, though expertly made, technically, weren’t meant to be fine art. They were, as curator Elaine Gustafson says, the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Japanese equivalent of postcards, posters and playbills. Some, such as Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s “Abe no Hirafu Slaying a Bear,” were created as accompaniment to poems, and the poems appear within the images. The now-rare pieces were collected by Lenoir C. Wright, UNCG faculty emeritus in history and political science.

“In Falling Snow” was planned with the intention that it could be a seasonal pleasure for art viewers, and it will be up through Feb. 26. The museum will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2 but open for all other regular hours. Books and cards featuring the prints are available for purchase at the information desk.

Visual: “Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Snow,” Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige


A Religious Studies faculty tradition: ‘Book Cake Party’

120716feature_bookcakepartyUNCG Religious Studies always launches faculty’s new books in a special way – with a “Book Cake Party.”

“We toast the book, read from it, and then eat a cake in the image of the book,” said Dr. Gregory Grieve, department chair.

The department held its Book Cake Party on Sunday, Dec. 4, with plenty of cake to enjoy.

The department celebrated two monographs:

  • Ellen D. Haskell, “Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar’s Conversations with Christianity.” New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Gregory Price Grieve,. “Cyber Zen: Imagining Authentic Buddhist Identity, Community and Practices in the Virtual World of Second Life.” New York: Routledge, 2016.

And it celebrated two edited volumes:

  • “The New Testament in Byzantium.” Edited by Derek Krueger and Robert S. Nelson. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Press, 2017.
  • “Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th Centuries.” Edited by Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Derek Krueger. London: Routledge, 2017.

Does your department have unique traditions? Let Campus Weekly know – we may do an article on traditions such as this.

Holiday Hoops

120716feature_basketballCheer on UNCG Men’s and Women’s Basketball over the break.

Men’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest
Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Southern Wesleyan
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Women’s Basketball vs. Presbyterian
Friday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. Fleming Gymnasium

Women’s Basketball vs. Norfolk State
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Basketball vs. Samford
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Chattanooga
Monday, Jan. 2, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Each student has their unique story. Senior India Timpton (in center of visual), a forward and Communications major, is in the midst of her final season as a Spartan. See this video clip about her experience teaching English in Vietnam this past summer: https://t.co/OEmzqOoVR1.

Winter holidays 2016 and New Year’s 2017

December 26, 27, 28 and 29 are winter holidays. Jan. 2, 2017, which is marked as New Year’s Day, is a holiday as well.

Employees who are required to work on scheduled holidays shall be given, in addition to their regular salary, premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight time rate for hours on these days, and shall be given equivalent time off on a date approved by the department head.

Permanent part-time employees receive holidays on a prorated basis. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid holidays. Please direct any questions you may have regarding holiday leave to Kathy Watford in the Employee Services Department of HR, extension 45009.

On Dec. 30, 2016, the university is closed.

Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the University is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval. An employee must exhaust all accumulated vacation/bonus leave before going on leave without pay for the purpose of vacation.

See more information at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Dates/CalendarYears/.

What to do in the event of bad weather? In a future issue, CW will post the current Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy. See the most recent CW post about what to know in the event of bad weather. The full policy is at the HR site at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Leave/Adverse_Weather/.

Best batting average in the nation? UNCG Baseball, by far.

120716feature_baseballCampus Weekly kept you aware during the 2016 baseball season that UNCG had the best batting average of all NCAA teams. But how did that finish up? The NCAA recently posted via social media who had the best batting average at season’s end. It wasn’t close.

UNCG had the top batting average in Div. I Baseball at .346, a whopping 21 points higher than second place at .325.

See the final statistics here.

And by the way, if you’re a hot-stove-league aficionado and are already thinking of next season, the team’s schedule has been announced. It’s here. They begin play on the road against perennial power South Carolina.

Visual: Ben Spitznagel, leadoff hitter, was an American Baseball Coaches Association Third Team All-American for 2016. Courtesy UNCG Athletics.

By Mike Harris

Free event on guardianship alternatives for adults with disabilities, Dec. 14

Join N.C. Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield for a presentation on Supported Decision-Making for adults with disabilities.

Historically, individuals with cognitive disabilities and mental health issues have been placed under legal guardianship, restricting their right to make their own choices about life issues such as work, marriage, health care and where to live.

By contrast, Supported-Decision Making (SDM) offers an opportunity for many adults with disabilities to make their own decisions. SDM, which respects fundamental human and legal rights, is receiving growing support in the international community.

Learn more about this guardianship alternative on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at UNCG. The free event takes place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Click here to read more about the event and register.

The event will be live streamed at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKlzuwMXnEmIMyJwuz80QsA/live

The event is supported by The Arc of North Carolina, UNCG Beyond Academics, The Arc of Greensboro, The Arc of Davidson County, The Arc of High Point, and The Enrichment Center. Representative Farmer Butterfield (N.C. District 24) is the Senior Director of LIFEguardianship Supports and Services at the Arc of North Carolina and has served as a legislator in the N.C. House of Representatives since 2003.

This post was updated Dec. 7 to add the weblink for the live stream.