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Chilean visual theatre breaks barriers: “Nomadas” at UNCG

Is there theatre without language? Theatre that can be understood across cultures by anyone, regardless of their native tongue? You don’t need to travel to New York City or London to find out.

On the last Sunday afternoon of October, a unique visual theatre performance comes to UNCG’s campus – “Nomadas” (“The Nomads”) – by the Chilean theatre company, La Llave Maestra, for its first performance in the United States.

The afternoon performance is part of Greensboro’s seventh annual 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival. Although “Nomadas” is on the stage for one day only, the company will remain in residency for three weeks to conduct workshops with UNCG students as well as students at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School.

The show combines dance, music, theatre and visual art, using handmade materials that create a dramatic theatrical texture. The storytelling occurs visually, and the performance, which includes puppets, clowning techniques and the animation of objects, is intended to be widely accessible across cultures.

“‘Nomadas’ addresses themes of immigration, travel and exile,” says Associate Professor of Theatre Rachel Briley, who is responsible for making the performance and residency possible. “It is a story of loss and gain,” says Briley. “What we lose when we leave people and places, and what we gain when we enter new communities.  It is a story of traveling into the unknown.”

Briley began working on bringing “Nomadas” to UNCG earlier this year, after she traveled to Chile as a Theatre Communications Group U.S. delegate at the Santiago a Mil festival, the largest international performing arts festival in the world. With the artistic directors of “Nomadas,” Edurne Rankin and Alvaro Morales, Briley planned the La Llave Maestra performance and residencies.

Several other UNCG professors will collaborate with Rankin, Morales and “Nomadas” music composer Gorka Pastor during their three-week residency following the performance. Associate Professor of music Alejandro Rutty, Associate Professor of art Lee Walton and Associate Professor of dance Robin Gee will join Briley in creating workshops where UNCG students will learn from the artists’ methods and innovations.

To engage the local community in the performance, Briley has also collaborated with Faith Action House and Casa Azul, a Greensboro organization that works to promote Latin-American arts and culture, to increase the understanding of Latinos in the area and encourage community involvement.

The performance and residencies are supported by the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, the UNCG Office of the Provost, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Theatre, the College of Arts and Sciences and the local community.

The performance of “Nomadas” is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, in UNCG Auditorium. Tickets, which are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under, are available online through Triad Stage, or by calling (336) 334-4392 or (336) 272-0160.

See video previewing the performance.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo of “Nomadas” performance by Michael A. Galvez

Graduate student receives prestigious research grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

UNCG is a leader in the research of medicinal biochemistry, and graduate research plays an important part in new discoveries and developments.

In September, PhD student Joseph Mwangi received a competitive research grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, which has the mission of advancing the biomedical sciences and supporting a diverse scientific workforce to advance research, innovation, academic discovery and public service.

Mwangi has been working on the development of a new method for measuring changes in ribonucleic acids (RNA). Mwangi’s research advisor, associate professor of chemistry Dr. Norman Chiu, said RNAs are “the messengers within our bodies that ultimately provide the essential structures and functions in life.”

“They do big jobs for us,” explained Chiu. “They’re associated with many diseases, including cancer. Therefore, they can provide new ways to diagnose and treat diseases.”

“Every scientist wants to play a role in finding a solution to a problem,” said Mwangi. “We want to develop a method that can be applied to accurately identify isomeric RNA – the biomarkers.”

Mwangi came to UNCG as a scholar in the National Science Foundation-funded GK-12 program, through which he helped teachers conduct scientific experiments and convey the concept of cutting-edge research in the public middle and high school in North Carolina. Before he was a doctoral student, he taught high school science in his native country of Kenya and in Japan.

He was drawn to UNCG’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry because of the unique focus on medical-related research work, and the notable collaboration within the department.

In 2016, Mwangi won the Grand Prize for his research project at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers annual conference.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Photograph by Martin W. Kane

SECC launches with big Kick-off and Agency Fair Oct. 23


UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) will launch next week with the annual Kick-off and Agency Fair on Monday, Oct. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center.

The SECC – the official giving campaign for state employees – helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across our community, state and beyond. This year, in honor of the university’s 125th anniversary, UNCG’s giving goal is $200,125. Organizers hope to reach a participation level of 45 percent.

Monday’s event will include free food and performances by School of Music faculty members and the UNCG Cheerleading Squad. Provost Dana Dunn and other campus leaders will make remarks, and 25 SECC charities will be on site to discuss the causes they champion and how the UNCG community can make a difference.

The following Monday, Oct. 30, UNCG will host the first-ever SECC Breakfast and Silent Auction from 7 to 9 a.m. at Fountain View Dining Hall. Tickets to the SECC fundraiser are $6 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. To purchase tickets, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

UNCG Homecoming builds ties year after year

Networking is all about making meaningful connections that last and turn into something greater. While it can lead to different opportunities, it can also be a means of reflection. UNCG has created these opportunities and chances for reflection in the form of its many Homecoming celebrations, reunions, and receptions.

The highly anticipated week comes as a chance for students and alumni alike to revisit the programs and people that made up their college experience and accomplishments. Kicking off the festivities, the English Department will be hosting its PhD 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Organ Hall, is a time to reflect with alumni about the achievements over the decades as a school and as a program. Director of English Graduate Studies and celebration organizer, Dr. Jennifer Feather, has been working to make this celebration and panel happen since last year.

“I am most looking forward to hearing the perspectives of our graduate students on what their graduate education has meant to them,” says Feather. “I hope attendees will see how connected graduate work and social change can be.

This year’s panel full of alumni will focus on pedagogy, scholarship, and community impact.  

Other departments will have events to commemorate their own academic histories. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be hosting a reunion on Friday, Oct. 20, from 6-9 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Building. This reunion will feature student research posters on display as well as special scholarship announcements for award recipients. This event will be great for joining past and present members of the programs to see the great things the department has been up to. “I love that we have an event to connect scholarship donors with the scholarship recipients.” says Department Head, Mitchell Croatt.

On Friday, Oct. 20, from 6-10 p.m. in the Curry Building (3rd floor), the Political Science Department will host its annual Networking Reception. “Our current juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to meet and learn from many UNCG Political Science alumni,” says political science professor, UNCG alumnus, and reception organizer Dr. Jeff Colbert. “Students will have the chance to listen to panels of alumni talk about their careers and their lives after UNCG.” He says that in past receptions, he has been able to speak with many of our own alumni who are now successful in their post-UNCG careers. In attending this event, students can be put in touch with accomplished individuals whose college experiences might mirror their own and get questions answered about possible career paths.

Homecoming week, which lasts through this Sunday, will be an exceptional time for today’s students to get to know not only peers but the people whose footsteps they may not have even know they were following in.

For any questions about the English PhD 50th Anniversary Celebration, contact Dr. Feather at j_feathe@uncg.edu

For any questions about the Chemistry and Biochemistry Reunion, contact Mitchell Croatt at mpcroatt@uncg.edu

For any questions about the Political Science Networking Reception, contact Jeff Colbert at

By Ishan Davis

Katherine Boo visits for Keker First Year Common Read Oct. 24

Many first-year students on campus have been reading “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. Now, they will hear the author speak Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. (Note: The talk is not open to the public as this post originally indicated; it is exclusively for UNCG first-year students.) 

The book is the centerpiece of the 2017 UNCG Keker First Year Common Read program, an opportunity for new students to begin their academic experience, prior to starting college in the fall, by reading a book intentionally selected by members of the UNCG campus community. With the help of faculty and staff from across campus, the book is then integrated throughout the students’ curricular and co-curricular learning experiences.

The Office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience brings the author to campus each year to engage with first-year students for an entire day. The visiting author joins students, faculty, and community members on campus for a luncheon, class visit, and an evening presentation about the Keker First Year Common Read book.

Katherine Boo, a staff writer at The New Yorker, has also published in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and The Washington Monthly. Over the years, her reporting on disadvantaged communities has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. For the last decade, she has divided her time between the United States and India, the birthplace of her husband, Sunil Khilnani.

Her New York Times bestseller and National Book Award-winning “Behind the Beautiful Forever” is her first book. The book is the winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Questions? Contact Emily Wiersma at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

See related story about a book discussion of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.”

This post was updated Oct. 18.

Civic Commitments Across the Curriculum, part of ReFrame Learning Series

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, professor of communication studies and a pioneer at UNCG in the area of community-engaged scholarship, will present the third workshop in the ReFrame Learning Series on Friday, Oct. 27, 12 to 1:15 p.m. in the Faculty Center. The mission of the series of events, organized by the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning, is to challenge the lens through which we view public scholarship in higher education. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy additional refreshments.

For more information on the ReFrame Learning Series, or to register, visit olsl.uncg.edu/reframe. Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.

On view now: UNCG Archives’ exhibition of UNCG history

As part of the university’s celebration of 125 years of opportunity and excellence, the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library will feature an exhibition of UNCG history through the end of the academic year. Exhibition materials will rotate throughout the year, with new content added on a bimonthly basis. It will conclude on May 31, 2018.

Currently, the exhibit features materials from the founding years of the State Normal and Industrial School, including an original copy of the 1891 Act of Establishment in which the North Carolina legislature founded the institution, the letter sent to Charles Duncan McIver in June 1891 informing him that he had been named the school’s first president, and photographs and other document reflecting the faculty and staff who were instrumental in the Normal’s early years. Of particular note, the exhibit also includes the always-popular death mask of founding president Charles Duncan McIver, who passed away in 1906.

A second UNCG-themed exhibit currently in Hodges Reading Room explores the early history of the Alumnae (now Alumni) House, which opened in 1937. It was designed by Penrose V. Stout of Bronxville, New York, and modeled after Homewood in Baltimore, Maryland. Photographs, serving dishes, a guest register, and other items important to the Alumnae House are on display.

In future months as the exhibit contents are rotated, themes including social and political protests on campus, student organizations, and faculty contributions will be explored.

More information on the University Archives and the University’s 125th anniversary celebration, can be seen on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

Additional note: The UNCG Archives hosts a Hops into History event on the theme of UNCG’s 125th anniversary tomorrow (Thursday) evening at Gibbs Hundred.

Flannery O’Connor, a visual response: great exhibition at GPS

An exhibition opens this Friday evening (Oct. 20) at the Greensboro Project Space on Lewis Street. The space is the UNCG School of Art’s contemporary art center.

“Intrusions of Grace: A Visual Response to the Works of Flannery O’Connor” is the combined photographic works of Southern artists Anne Berry (Newnan, Georgia) and Lori Vrba (Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Curated by Dennis Kiel, Director of the Dishman Art Museum of Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Flannery O’Connor was aware of the connection between fiction and visual art; she argued that writers sometimes painted because it made them notice things. Both the writer and the visual artist should be concerned with showing the reader or viewer something important, what Joseph Conrad called “that glimpse of truth for which you had forgotten to ask.”

The works in this exhibit also hint at the mystery of the unknown and the existence of things beyond the surface. These works, like O’Connor’s stories, present something real and believable while hinting at what is invisible but nonetheless true.

Also, a “Southern Artist Panel” will be held on Oct. 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about GPS events at http://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/.

Visual: “Genesis,” Lori Vrba

26 Promotion and Tenure honorees

Twenty-six faculty members were celebrated recently for attaining promotion and tenure.

Fȇted at a September 27 reception sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries, honorees include tenured faculty and promoted academic professional and clinical faculty.

Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, Dr. Martin Halbert, dean of the University Libraries, and Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., chancellor, spoke spoke during the event in the Virginia Dare Room.

In a tradition begun in 2006, honorees were given the opportunity to select a book, DVD, or music CD that has special meaning to them for the University Libraries collection. A book plate was applied to each new piece for the collection. For those who accepted the offer of a photograph with their selection, READ posters were created.

A display of photographs of the faculty and their selections are now on view near the Reference desk on the main floor of Jackson Library.

2017 honorees (click on each to see a photo and the book they chose)

Dr. Heng An, Accounting and Finance

Dr. Jill C. Bender, History

Mr. Stoel Burrowes, Interior Architecture

Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Tanya M. Coakley, Social Work

Ms. Anna R. Craft, University Libraries

Dr. Leslie L. Davis, Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Xiaoli Gao, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Laurie W. Gold, Kinesiology

Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Mr. Travis L. Hicks, Interior Architecture

Dr. Arielle T. Kuperberg, Sociology

Dr. Karen M. La Paro, Human Development and Family Studies

Ms. Erin Lawrimore, University Libraries

Dr. Jennifer Mangrum, Teacher Education and Higher Education

Dr. Constance L. McKoy, Music Education

Dr. Esra Memili, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism

Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko, Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Loreen N. Olson, Communication Studies

Ms. Sheryl A. Oring, Art

Dr. Kimberly S. Petersen, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Kimberlianne Podlas, Media Studies

Dr. Julia M. Smith, Psychology

Dr. Tyreasa Washington, Social Work

Dr. Jianjun Wei, Nanoscience

Dr. Ethan Zell, Psychology

More information, as well as honorees from previous years, is at

Information courtesy University Libraries and Christine Fisher.
Photographs from the event by Laath Martin

Tim George the latest Spartan on “Triad Today”

If you’ve been watching “Triad Today,” you know UNCG has a lot of great news to share.

UNCG Athletics’ Tim George is the most recent Spartan to appear on the program. He was interviewed by host Jim Longworth.

George, senior associate athletics director for external operations and chief marketing officer, reviewed the athletic and academic successes of the 2016-17 seasons and UNCG Athletics’ plans for the coming year.

He noted that over the last year, the men’s basketball team won a program record 25 games. The team also won the Southern Conference Regular Season Championship, and went to New York to play in the NIT. In the coming season, the team will be traveling to play three ACC opponents: NC State, Wake Forest, and Virginia.

Many of UNCG’s 17 Division I sports teams have had great seasons. The UNCG women’s basketball team won 20 games for the first time in a decade, and their new coach, Trina Patterson, was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year. UNCG’s softball team won the Southern Conference Regular Championship. Meanwhile, the baseball team won the Southern Conference Tournament Championship, and went on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Men’s basketball season tickets start at $129 for the general public. For faculty and staff, they’re discounted to $99 – and that includes extras. See full story.

Athletics’ goal this season is to break sales records with 1,000 season ticket sales. Tickets can be bought online at the UNCG Athletics website. 

Longworth is a UNCG alumnus, and he regularly celebrates Spartan Spirit on Triad Today. Recent UNCG visitors to the program include:


Chancellor Gilliam discussed his vision for the future of higher education.

Dr. Carol Ott and Dr. Kevin Geraldi previewed UNCG’s 10th annual Collage concert.

Shanna Eller, UNCG’s sustainability coordinator, discussed sustainability efforts at UNCG.

Dr. Charles Maimone discussed UNCG’s upcoming Millennial Campus.

Dr. John Kiss, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, talked about his work with NASA.

By Avery Campbell

Basic First Aid & Emergency First Response workshop Oct. 26

Join Donald Sweeney at the Faculty Center for a Basic First Aid & Emergency First Response (EFR) workshop. Sweeney is an emergency nurse from Moses Cone and certified practitioner of wilderness medicine. The workshop is intended for those with no first aid experience, and will teach immediate care skills to provide aid before the EMS arrive, or when you can’t get through to 911. You will learn how to use whatever you have on hand to provide first aid care, and will learn survival tips and techniques.

The workshop will be Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Faculty Center.

The workshop, sponsored by the Staff Senate’s Personal & Professional Development Committee, is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Register here. If you have questions, please contact Nor Othman-LeSaux at naothman@uncg.edu.

ReadytoTeach.uncg.edu: your guide to online courses

Interested in teaching online or learning more about 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.

Ready to Teach now includes a new technology orientation for instructors new to teaching online in Part 6 of the Plan section! Check it out for tips and strategies about what instructors need to know and be able to do technologically to teach online.

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.

Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Clinical Psychology Program

Interested in learning more on improving diversity and inclusion? The Clinical Psychology Program will lead a discussion Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the EUC Kirkland Room.

The discussion, “Pathways to Increasing Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from the Clinical Psychology Program,” is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. The program last year received the Dean’s Award for the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusiveness.

At the event, open to the public, program faculty and students will talk about the best practices for diversity and inclusion. The panel will consist of faculty members Kari Eddington, Jason Herndon, Susan Keane, Gabriella Livas Stein, Julia Mendez Smith, Rosemery Nelson Gray, and Blair Wisco, with students Kelly Harper and Blake Herd.

SHRA Performance Management: interim reviews due Oct. 31

STEPS2EXCELLENCE, a performance program designed to guide supervisors and their employees in taking giant steps to high performance, was successfully launched this past summer. The first step, Performance Plans, were completed in May 2017.

As we progress through the SHRA Performance Cycle (April 1, 2017-March 30, 2018), action is required for all SHRA employees to complete Interim Reviews. Interim Reviews are due on October 31.

For more information on STEPS2EXCELLENCE, reach out to your Department Campus Champion or your HR Business Partner for assistance. For your reference, the SHRA Performance Appraisal Policy can be found HERE.

For your convenience below are the Key Dates and Actions required including links to the associated SHRA PMP documents:

SHRA Performance PlanMay 30, 2017 – Department File

SHRA Performance Plans for New EmployeesWithin 30 days of hire – Department File

Probationary Quarterly Review for New Employees (Off-Cycle)Each Quarter for the first 12 months of hire – UNCG Human Resources via email at PMP2018@uncg.edu

SHRA Off-Cycle Review Form  – October 31, 2017 – Department File

SHRA Performance Appraisal FormApril 30, 2018 – UNCG Human Resources via email at PMP2018@uncg.edu


EHRA Non-Faculty Performance Management:

The EHRA Non-faculty Annual Performance cycle runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. All EHRA non-faculty employees are required to receive an annual Performance Plan and Performance Appraisal using the new form. For your reference, the EHRA Non-Faculty Performance Management Policy can be found HERE.

For your convenience below are the Key Dates and Actions required including links to the associated EHRA PMP documents:

Performance PlanAugust 30, 2017 – Department File

Performance Plans for New EmployeesWithin 30 days of hire – Department File

EHRA Non-Faculty Performance Evaluation PlanWithin 30 days of hire – UNCG Human Resources via email at PMP2018@uncg.edu

Training Opportunities:

More than 700 employees have been trained on STEPS2EXCELLENCE. If you are an SHRA employee or supervise an SHRA employee and would like to participate in an SHRA PMP Workshop, both the In-classroom and WebEx classes are open for registration. Our HR Business Partners are also holding SHRA PMP Clinics to provide supervisors with hands-on assistance in writing performance plans and off-cycle reviews.

If you are interested in registering for a PMP Workshop or PMP Clinic, REGISTER NOW.

Have questions regarding policy interpretation and application, please contact Gwen Evans, Director of HR Business Partners and Employee Relations at 336-334-4512 or via email at gdevans2@uncg.edu. You may also visit our Performance Management website for more information.

Provide input to Gen Ed Task Force

UNCG’s General Education Self-Study Task Force is currently holding meetings and gathering information from faculty, staff, students, and recent alumni, as part of its review of UNCG’s General Education Program.

In addition to several focus groups with faculty, there are three upcoming chances for faculty to provide input to the Task Force: today’s Faculty Senate’s Faculty Forum (Wednesday, October 18) from 3-5 p m. in the Virginia Dare Room; a second Faculty Forum organized by the Task Force on Friday, October 27, from 9-11 a.m. in the Faculty Center; and a UTLC Coffeehouse event on Wednesday, November 15 (9-10 a.m. in the Faculty Center).

The Task Force and the General Education Council value all faculty input regarding our General Education Program; please take advantage of one or more of these opportunities to discuss with us and other faculty your opinions and ideas.

Several discussion groups are also underway this month with faculty advisers, advising center directors, professional advisers, staff from URO/admissions, and other staff on campus.  Members of the Task Force will also be talking to several student groups on campus in the coming weeks, and the Task Force is working on a student survey about General Education, to be given later this semester in targeted courses. Finally, the Task Force is working with the GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Alumni group to gather information about our recent graduates and their experiences with General Education.

For more information about the General Education Self-Study Task Force, see http://assessment.uncg.edu/curriculum/GEC/GEC_selfstudy.html

Blue Mountain: Forecast will perform free concert at Weatherspoon

The Weatherspoon Art Museum presents Blue Mountain: Forecast, a concert of colorful depictions and visual references through sound, on Thursday, October 26, 7-8pm

A pre-concert art tour will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Experience moods and environments that have inspired composers and visual artists for centuries: calm, playful, angry, passionate and political. A special pre-concert tour of Louise Fishman’s abstract expressionistic paintings from the 1970s to today sets the stage for a fun evening of art and music.

This free concert, in the Weatherspoon Atrium,  is made possible with generous support from Lincoln Financial Foundation.

For a complete, updated list of WAM programs, visit: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu

Full information on this event is available here.

South African troupe helps teach at UNCG, will perform at Triad Stage

In 2015, UNCG and Triad Stage began an international performance series, galvanized by the school director of theatre, associate professor Denise Gabriel, and Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane, to bring international artists to perform in the Triad UpStage Cabaret.

In 2015, the first international artist brought to the cabaret space was Robert Bowman, actor and artistic director of Living Pictures UK.

Gabriel, that same year, had been invited to attend the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival where she saw the production of “Lady Aoi” by Yukio Mishima, performed by South Africa’s Abrahamse and Meyer Productions. In 2016, Abrahamse and Meyer Productions were brought to Greensboro with support from the Kohler Foundation and various funding to perform “Desire Under the Elms” by Eugene O’Neill at the Triad UpStage Cabaret space.

Now, they are returning for their second residency in Greensboro, performing at the Triad UpStage Cabaret space “Two by Tenn”, featuring two Williams One Acts: “A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot” and “The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme. LeMonde”.

A critical component added to this year’s residency, for UNCG, is that Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyers are working alongside Gabriel in her THR 420 course titled: Devised Theatre and Social Awareness with 28 students, and offering workshops, faculty exchange, and Q&A sessions with the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts.

“Two by Tenn” will première at the UpStage Cabaret, Triad Stage, 232 South Elm Street, on October 19  at 8 p.m. and have additional performances at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. on October 21. To purchase tickets call: 336-272-0160. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for UNCG students. Note that “The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme Le Monde” is for mature audiences: it contains strong language, violence and sexual content.

Enjoy the fun: Homecoming 2017 next week

The bonfire and food trucks are back, and so is our campus’ most festive week.  

Homecoming 2017 will be in full swing Monday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 22. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends are invited to come out and enjoy the many activities in store and celebrate the university’s 125-year history.

The weekdays will feature a Kick-off Party, a Homecoming Royal Court Contest, Glow Party and many departmental get-togethers and reunions. Friday will include a big bonfire and food trucks at Kaplan Commons at 7 p.m., as well as a women’s soccer match against Mercer also at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Soccer Stadium and the GOLD Alumni 3rd Annual Spartan Hop in Kaplan Commons.

Saturday, Oct. 21, will be packed with fun events starting at 8 a.m. Festivities include:

  • Cars and Coffee – Ferrari’s to Fiats, 8 a.m.
  • Homecoming 5k run, 9 a.m.
  • Children’s Festival, 3-6 p.m.
  • Performances by the Sleeping Booty Band, 4 and 5:30 p.m.
  • 13th Annual All Black Attire Party Masquerade, 10 p.m.
  • Homecoming Soccer Match vs. Mercer, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Homecoming 2017 is a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow Spartans while also showing your school pride in this 35-year-old tradition.

The campus community is encouraged to wear Spartan blue and gold all week long.

Also one note: UNCG Nursing faculty and students will be offering free flu shots starting at 3 p.m. in Kaplan Commons – until they’re all gone.

Have questions or want to volunteer? Visit https://homecoming.uncg.edu/hmcmng/2017/ or contact Donegan Root ‘87 at d_root@uncg.edu.

Rhiannon Giddens performs at UNCG, jams with Old-Time Ensemble

Distinguished guest artists come to UNCG’s campus every semester, but for the 125th anniversary Founders Day concert, the music star was one of our own.

Last Thursday, just days before receiving the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” Greensboro native, former UNCG opera student and founding member of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens paid a visit to her alma mater to give a powerful, dynamic Founders Day concert.

In one of the most widely anticipated events of the 2017-2018 University Concert and Lecture Series, Giddens and her band performed for a full house in UNCG Auditorium. Many of the songs were from her 2017 album, “Freedom Highway,” focused on civil rights and slave narratives.

During the first set, the spellbinding song, “At the Purchaser’s Option,” inspired by a 1792 newspaper slave advertisement, showed Giddens’ commitment to historical infusion in her songwriting.

“Well, it’s getting out,” Giddens told the audience. “I’m a bit of a history nut, and I read a lot.”

The stirring lyrics and Giddens’ tremendous vocal talent worked in tandem with riveting instrumental work that blended blues, old time, rock, Cajun, jazz and country, with band members Jason Sypher, Jamie Dick, Hubby Jenkins and Dirk Powell, the producer of “Freedom Highway.” Along with original songs, Giddens sang covers originally performed by Etta James and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett and Giddens’ sister, Director of UNCG’s Beyond Academics program Dr. Lalenja Harrington, joined Giddens for “Freedom Highway,” and Dossett also sang on Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

Earlier in the day, Giddens, who has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris at the White House, held a masterclass open to the UNCG community and also played in a jam session with UNCG’s Old-Time Ensemble, directed by Dr. Christen Blanton Mack.

“Seeing the Old-Time Ensemble students jamming with a musician of that caliber was awesome,” said Mack. “Rhiannon gave the group some amazing feedback about drive, pulse and groove in fiddle tunes. Drawing on her own experiences, she brought the players to a whole new level.”

Giddens shared her comprehensive knowledge of music history throughout the masterclass and the jam session with the 22 students and several faculty and staff members.

“This music was for dances,” Giddens told the Old-Time Ensemble. “In that time, when this style of music began, if you had a band, it was for a dance. Experiment with why it existed, and you can pull that into a performance.”

At the masterclass, Giddens encouraged students to be fully involved in their education and to lead with their hearts while still developing skills that can benefit their careers in the long term.

Giddens detailed her own experience with Greensboro Youth Chorus and family singing as her only musical training until she arrived at Oberlin Conservatory, admitted on the strength of her ear, as she said.

Many students, both music students and those from other disciplines, said they felt inspired by both Giddens’ career and what she shared with them about her musical history.

“I had been struggling with participating in the Old-Time and Celtic culture in a way that speaks to me through music and dance,” said senior biology major and fiddle player Olivia Deitrich. “I didn’t know this until I got in the jam session, but Rhiannon’s words in the masterclass had freed me to just do what I love – play music.”

“Her level of musicianship and performance is so high that it seems unreal,” said senior English major and banjo player Jeremy Glasgow. “The opportunity to play with Rhiannon was an honor in itself, and to hear about her experience with the Old-Time music tradition was eye-opening.”

Concurrent to studying opera at UNCG as a master’s student in the early 2000s, Giddens picked up the banjo and fiddle, exploring both Gaelic and Old-Time music styles and playing at contra dances. She co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops in part to honor her mentor and friend, North Carolina fiddle master Joe Thompson – a detail she brought up in the masterclass to illustrate the value of crafting a career path that’s led by the heart.

“Whatever you’re doing,” she told UNCG students. “The core should be something that really speaks to you.”

Giddens played an old-time song during the evening concert’s first set and gave a shout-out to the UNCG Old-Time Ensemble.

“We had a lot of fun today,” she said.

Breaking news: Rhiannon Giddens will receive MacArthur Grant (known as the genius grant). 

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo by Martin W. Kane

Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship turns 50

When the Reynolds Foundation bet on Alyssa Sanchez’s success, the odds were in their favor.

“Gambling on my ability to succeed has further fueled my drive to do more,” said Sanchez, a Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholar majoring in biochemistry (pre-pharmacy) on track to graduate with full honors in 2019. “Achieving is the least that I could do to repay the Reynolds Foundation for all that they have done for me.”

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholars at UNCG.

Since its inception, more than 500 Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholars have graduated from the university. Through the receipt of this award, these scholars have been provided the tools they need to excel within and beyond the classroom, serve their communities and become exemplary leaders.

Sanchez said that without this life-changing scholarship, it’s likely she would not have attended UNCG.

“For many students today, it is only through a combination of part-time jobs, financial aid and loans that earning a college degree is even possible,” said Jane Taylor Brookshire ’67, ’70 MED, a Reynolds Scholar who established her own endowed scholarship fund for undergraduates. “I know the impact that a scholarship and the decision to attend UNCG had on my future success. I want those same opportunities for today’s students.”

In 1962, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Trustees established a merit-based scholarship program at UNCG, then Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, to commemorate the life and legacy of alumna Katharine Smith Reynolds – wife of R.J. Reynolds and mother of Z. (Zachary) Smith Reynolds.

The first scholarships were awarded to women, all residents of North Carolina, in their freshman year (1963-64). The scholarship was expanded to male students in 1980, effective 1981-82 academic year. In 1997, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation pledged $5 million to the university over 10 years. $4.3 million of the pledged amount was to fund the Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship Endowment and $700,000 was reserved for support of out-of-classroom learning activities such as travel abroad, research and service projects.

Dean Omar H. Ali of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, which awards the Reynolds Scholarships, described its impact:

“Reynolds Scholars embody the best of North Carolina’s students. High-achieving, community-engaged, globally minded and forward-looking, our scholars develop as leaders in their respective fields of study, refining their academic and social skills through innovative pedagogy, research and experiential learning opportunities in the Honors College.”

Scholarships are competitive and awarded to students on the basis of superior achievement and potential, qualities of leadership, evidence of interest in others and motivation toward useful purposes in life. Reynolds Scholars receive four years of generous funding and are eligible to receive stipends for community service involvement, participation in an internship and study abroad.

“Affiliation with the Reynolds Foundation has provided opportunities for me to grow as a student and leader,” Sanchez said. “Having the financial and supportive backing from the Reynolds Foundation has encouraged me to do more.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications and Shaheen Syal (Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation)

Photography by Martin Kane

Quad was packed with fun for Founders Day

Thousands of UNCG students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered together last Thursday for a campus-wide Founders Day celebration. And it was one for the ages.

Festivities included the annual luncheon, a special Founders Day Festival on the Quad – featuring a 125-foot-long birthday cake – and an anniversary concert by UNCG’s own Rhiannon Giddens.

UNCG opened its doors to 198 students on Oct. 5, 1892. Fifteen faculty members taught in three areas: commercial, domestic science and pedagogy.

Now, UNCG boasts nearly 20,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and staff, and over 120,000 living alumni.

“I think we can say it’s been a pretty good 125 years for UNCG,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. during the Founders Day Festival. “One thing I can tell you is that we’re only going to get better.”

UNC President Spellings spoke to the large crowd of Spartans as well. “Wow, what a terrific day to be in Greensboro and to be at UNCG!”

She and the chancellor led everyone in the singing of singing ‘Happy Birthday’ for the university with UNCG’s Bands of Sparta pep band joining in.

See lots of social media photos and posts at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian. Storify by Morgan Glover.

Photography by Alycee Byrd.

Blast off: SELF Design Studio and the great balloon launch

Great teachers tell students to shoot for the stars. UNCG School of Education students literally help them do it.

This past spring, UNCG’s School of Education’s SELF Design Studio (SDS) worked with the Kiser Middle School Meteorology Club and N.C. Near Space to launch a high-altitude balloon into the stratosphere, more than 100,000 feet above the earth’s surface.

With the help of UNCG student and pre-service educator Eric Winkelman, and N.C. Near Space’s Paul Lowell, Kiser students began designing their payload, contemplating what to send to the stratosphere. Ideas ranged from Hot Cheetos to a bacon shell, to see if it would cook from exposure to solar radiation. Finally, they decided on a raw egg, and created world’s highest egg drop experiment, and they also sent along a small tiger, Kiser’s mascot.

In the weeks leading up to the launch, Winkelman led the students testing parachute designs, building an extension arm, and practicing filming videos with on-board cameras. The balloon was cleared for launch by the Greensboro Fire Department, and the Kiser students were assigned to Mission Control, Launch Control and Chase teams.

On the morning of May 8, the Launch team arrived at 7 a.m. at the Grimsley High School football field to set up for the big moment. A few minutes after 9 a.m., with the balloon filled with hydrogen, the cameras activated and the payload secure, the students counted down and released the tether line holding the balloon. Over the next hour, the balloon drifted to its highest altitude of 102,000, when it burst over Apex, North Carolina. 

From there, the attached eight-sided parachute (created with rip-stop nylon, string, sewing thread and lots of hot glue), descended into the field of a lumber yard in Smithfield. The Chase team, led by UNCG SDS Assistant Director Matt Fisher, recovered the payload and returned to Kiser to preview with the Kiser students the on-board video captured in flight.


The onboard tracking devices tracked the payload’s location for the entire journey and gathered data for the Meteorology Club. The data can also be used to inspire new ideas for their next launch, planned for Spring 2018.

See full documentation of the project on the NC Near Space page for Space Flight 53 and watch the video below of the launch, flight and descent:

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Copy and photographs courtesy of UNCG’s SELF Design Studio.

UNCG’s Healthy Relationships Initiative expands community partnerships

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
It’s the chorus most adults these days can recite by heart. Thanks to community partnerships involved in UNCG’s  Healthy Relationships Initiative, on Oct. 18, a national affiliate of the beloved children’s television classic will make two stops in Greensboro to introduce new resources that leverage the power of the muppets to help children facing difficult issues in their lives.

The partnership with Sesame Street in Communities is just one of many being fostered by the UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, ranked No. 4 nationally by U.S. News & World Report..

The Healthy Relationships Initiative, housed within UNCG and in partnership with the Phillips Foundation, was launched in February 2017. HRI is a community-wide effort promoting happy, healthy and safe relationships to improve quality of life across Guilford County.

The initiative offers a range of relationship-enrichment and family-wellness educational programs, face-to-face workshops and online learning. One of the main goals of HRI is to equip local nonprofit and community organizations to empower their clients with skills and information to promote healthy relationships.

The partnerships that underlie HRI reflect UNCG’s commitment to community engagement. A sampling of HRI’s recent activities shows the diverse network of community partners involved in the initiative. In September alone, HRI hosted a workshop for single moms at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro; co-developed a social media outreach series and community education event with Fellowship Hall, a local residential addiction treatment facility on the impact of addictions on families; and launched its #FindHelpFridays series to help local residents learn more about community resources, such as the Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality and Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children Division.

This month, Sesame Street in Communities will expand HRI’s partnerships even further. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, HRI is partnering with the Guilford County Family Justice Center and Guilford County’s Ready for School, Ready for Life for a professional training on the new Sesame Street in Communities Child Trauma Digital Toolkit. Another event will be held at the Greensboro Public Library to help local parents and caregivers learn how they can use all of the Sesame Street in Communities resources to foster their children’s health, school readiness and social and emotional development.

“The partnerships we have through HRI are key to embedding the outreach and programming of the initiative within the community,” said Dr. Christine Murray, associate professor of counseling and educational development. “Our goal is to work with existing partnerships and build new ones so that healthy relationships information and resources can be infused throughout the Guilford County community. We want to help make these resources as accessible as possible.”

To learn more about HRI and its upcoming events, connect with HRI at https://www.facebook.com/guilfordHRI/.

Want to attend one of HRI’s Sesame Street in Communities events?

By Elizabeth L. Harrison      

Retrospective of painter Louise Fishman’s work at Weatherspoon

A noteworthy traveling exhibition will make only one stop at a museum in the South. That museum is the Weatherspoon.

The retrospective of painter Louise Fishman’s work marks the first survey of Fishman’s work, notes the museum’s newsletter. It charts her lengthy career from her beginnings in the 1960s up to the present day. Fishman is known for large-scale, abstract expressionist paintings that combine feminist, lesbian and Jewish themes.

The exhibition, which opened last weekend, charts the evolution of Fishman’s art, as her style and influences developed and changed. Of particular note are her early grid paintings, her “Angry Paintings” of the 70s and the gestural paintings inspired by her Jewish background she began to produce after a life-changing visit to Auschwitz and Terezin in 1988. These paintings remain among her most well-known and affecting work.

“Louise Fishman: A Retrospective” will be in residency at the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery through Dec. 22. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated scholarly monograph on the artist’s work.

One typewriter, one novel will yield one remarkable piece of visual art

When someone’s typing, maybe just leave them be? With performance artist Tim Youd, the more observers the better.

This week through Friday, artist Tim Youd will be performing a new entry in his “100 Novels” series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. For each entry in the series, Youd retypes a 20th-century novel at a location of historical significance to its writing. Youd writes on a single sheet of paper, with another under it, that is repeatedly run through the typewriter. Once finished, the two pieces of paper are mounted side-by-side as a diptych.

Youd describes his process as “ecstatic reading”, and as an attempt to “experience deep engagement with the book.” Although the typed pages, containing the entire text of the novel in tattered and illegible form, are the result of the project, the core is the performance itself. Over a course of days, Youd publicly reads and re-types his chosen novels, displaying the intense focus and “out-of-body experience” provoked by deep connection to art and literature. Through this exhibition, Youd reveals the intimate, often secret connection between artist and art-in-production, and displays it to the audience as performance.

While at WAM, Youd will be retyping North Carolina author Daphne Athas’s “Entering Ephesus.” This exhibition is part of a three-novel retyping Youd is performing in North Carolina this Fall. For more information on the artist and his stay at UNCG, visit the entry on WAM’s website. In addition, The Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University will be showing a selection of Youd’s completed re-typings, and related artwork. For more information on that exhibit, go here.

Dig it! Archaeology Day this Saturday

“Exploring the Past Through Archaeology” is the theme Saturday, Oct. 14, on the grounds of the Greensboro History Museum.

The family-friendly event will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is hosted by the UNCG Archaeology program and the Greensboro History Museum

Enjoy hands-on activities, see casts of fossils and learn about ground-penetrating radar, very helpful in the field of archaeology.

Dr. Linda Stine notes that UNCG’s archaeology professors enjoy doing this for the community. And it’s excellent outreach experience for the UNCG students, whether they are making poster presentations about their personal research projects or fielding general questions.

“They are applying their classroom/lab knowledge outside the classroom and lab – gaining experience in public speaking and interaction while promoting UNCG and archaeology to students and kids and parents,” she said.

They are also showcasing UNCG Archaeology’s wide range of experience globally: Tanzania, Peru, the Southeastern United States, Greece, and former Roman provinces.

Questions? Contact Linda Stine at lfstine@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris.
Photo of 2016 Archaeology Day at Caldwell Park / Bicentennial Garden.


Nominations open for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society, organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community.

The organization is unique to the UNCG campus.

“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.

Members embody the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 inductions. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee).

The nomination form and instructions can be found at sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain-honor-society/ and should be returned to Coretta Walker at crwalke5@uncg.edu by Oct. 25.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities invites grant proposals

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) provides competitive grants to support those engaged in research, grant writing and project implementation activities that fulfill the CDLC mission. Individuals and groups, including at least one UNCG tenured, tenure track or clinical faculty, may apply. Research groups are also encouraged to include graduate students.

See more and submission information at cdlc.uncg.edu/newsandevents/cdlc-fellowships/.


Vagina Monologues auditions Oct. 17-18

The annual “Vagina Monologues” performance presented by UNCG Housing and Residence Life will hold auditions on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the EUC Maple Room and Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Shaw Tillman-Smart Room (Quad), from 7 to 9 p.m. both days. No appointment nor previous acting experience is needed. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate. Each person auditioning will read a monologue from texts that will be distributed at the audition, so advanced preparation is not necessary.

Performances will be at the EUC Auditorium Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. “The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning play based on the work of V-Day founder Eve Ensler, and is part of a movement to end violence against women and to raise awareness about related issues. This production will donate its profits to the Clara House, a local domestic violence shelter.

Contact Maggie Gillespie, magilles@uncg.edu, for details.

Mehaffy on “The Faculty Role in Student Success” Oct. 17

Dr. George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will visit campus next Tuesday.

He will speak on “The Faculty Role in Student Success: Insights from the Field” Oct. 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The Office of the Provost is bringing Dr. Mehaffy to speak.

Research shows that the faculty-student relationship is fundamental to student success within the academy. In the effort to help students toward degree completion, we must turn our attention back to learning and understand strategies that faculty can employ to enhance student success. Dr. Mehaffy brings to campus experience working with faculty on building a stronger campus culture based on student success. Dr. Mehaffy will share insights on the faculty role in student success based on his extensive experience working with public institutions on a variety of innovative initiatives of national and international scope.

Questions? Contact Ben Peterson at bcpeters@uncg.edu.

UNCG HR Epic Fall Town Hall

The new UNCG 5-Year Strategic Plan has been unveiled. The major focus of the plan is Transformation of students, knowledge and our region. Now, we have to start bringing this plan to life. Join us as we share how the university’s brand development, new technologies and, most importantly, UNCG’s people, are critical to successful transformation.

Faculty and staff, come and participate with great guests, fabulous presentations, demos and videos, interactive discussion, food, giveaways and lots of fun.

The forums will be Oct. 11, 17, 18 and 19.

Kristine Sunda, executive director of ENGAGE, shares a powerful presentation and demo of the future state of Technology TransformationJeff Shafer, associate vice chancellor and chief communications officer, will highlight the UNCG story and walk us through our ongoing, dynamic Brand Transformation. Michelle Lamb Moone, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, will present innovative human resources programs and initiatives with a drive towards Talent Transformation and ensuring UNCG has the kind of diverse, inclusive climate and culture that we need to be successful.

Are you a Change Agent? Are you ready to take Giant Steps forward? Click the REGISTER link now to learn more.

Contact Sarah Dreier-Kasik, sdreier@uncg.edu, if you have questions or need more information.

Ashby Dialogue seminars next semester

The College of Arts and Sciences Ashby Dialogue program awarded UNCG’s LGBTQ+ Education and Research Network (LEARN) funding to support a dialogue for Spring 2018.

Titled “Mass Impact: The Impact of Mainstream Media on Perceptions of LGBTQ+ Identities,” this dialogue will bring together students, faculty and staff for a conversation about how state legislation affects perceptions of LGBTQ+ communities.

Students at UNCG (graduate and undergraduate), staff and faculty are invited to participate in this two-seminar dialogue. The university community will be invited to a symposium following the seminars.

Questions? Visit hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cwhw/learn/ or contact LEARN Coordinator Brad Johnson, rbjohnso@uncg.edu; or Jay Poole, LEARN Pedagogy Committee, jaypoolephd@gmail.com.

To participate in the dialogue, contact Love Odetola, CWHW doctoral student research assistant, loodetol@uncg.edu.

20th Anniversary Women Veterans Luncheon

The 2017 Women Veterans Luncheon will be held Friday, Nov. 3, in the Alumni House.

The event is 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon.

The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) began with a luncheon in 1998 to honor the unrecognized military service of women, including many Woman’s College alumnae. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the WHVP and the 125th anniversary of UNCG, the luncheon will celebrate the history of the WVHP, and attendees from some of the veterans who are a part of the project.

Thanks to the generosity of Glenda Schillinger, UNCG alumna and U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps veteran, tickets to the November luncheon will be free. As always, the luncheon is open to everyone, so please bring family and friends. Please note the new place and time for the luncheon.

Parking passes for the Walker Deck will be available at the luncheon.

RSVP by Oct. 23 to Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu.

Contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or (336) 334-5838 with questions.

Greensboro Dance Film Festival Oct. 21 at GPS

Sugarfoote Productions presents the fourth annual Greensboro Dance Film Festival with support from the UNCG School of Dance and the Greensboro Project Space on Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., with rolling screenings at GPS (7 p.m.), HQ Greensboro (7:30 p.m.) and VCM Studio (8 p.m.). This year’s festival is also part of the Burning Bell Festival in Downtown Greensboro.

Associate Professor Robin Gee hosts the Greensboro Dance Film Festival in three locations along the south end of Elm Street. The festival, the first of its kind to reside in Greensboro, features dance films from 17 countries in both student and professional categories. The event will also host an opening reception at HQ Greensboro featuring live dance and music performances. The programs will also feature works that specifically address issues of race, place and identity in a modern and ever-changing world. Each location will feature a program designed for and unique to the space. GDFF will also culminate with a touring program that will travel to several locations around North Carolina as well as the Dance In/Out Festival in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, West Africa, as well as partner organizations around the country.

Sugarfoote Productions is a multipurpose arts organization created to help local audiences experience
the richness of African and Diasporan cultural traditions. GDFF is a boutique film festival seeking to connect diverse populations through the innovative genre of dance on screen. Merging performance  and cinematic aesthetics screen dance has expanded the possibilities of choreographic composition and structure by pushing the boundaries of dance beyond its staged possibilities. The festival highlights films from around the world and supports artists through interdisciplinary collaboration and artistic exchange.

For more information, contact: gso.dance.films@gmail.com or rmgee@uncg.edu or visit greensbordancefilms.org.

Reel Talk: Dialogue and Dinner Film Series

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the next Reel Talk program, the second in an ongoing series that offers participants an opportunity to educate themselves and their fellow attendees on topics related to interracial and intercultural understanding. Focusing on the experiences, perspectives, and responsibilities of people of European descent, the Oct. 17 program will examine how Americans of European as well as of non-European descent can together – through dialogue and collaboration – tackle the prejudices and policies that have resulted in a society that has yet to fulfill its promise of liberty, justice and equal opportunity for all.

The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. in Phillips Hawkins Residence Hall, Lower Lounge.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Housing and Residence Life Faculty-in-Residence Sarah Carrig.

Questions? Contact Faculty-in-Residence Sarah Carrig at smcarrig@uncg.edu; or Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement Carla Fullwood, atccfullwo@uncg.edu.