UNCG Campus Weekly

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President Spellings pays UNCG a visit

Photo of President Spellings visit to the School of EducationSome UNCG strengths that UNC System President Margaret Spellings noted in a mid-day question and answer session with reporters? Health care fields. Support of veterans and non-traditional students. Music. Nursing. The School of Education.

Spellings, who took office as UNC system president March 1, is in the course of visiting each of the UNC system campuses. Last week, for example, she was in the eastern part of the state, with stops at Elizabeth City State, NC State and UNC Wilmington.

Her April 25 visit to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, which was titled “UNC Greensboro: A Legacy of Access and Success,” is the 14th in her ongoing meet-and-greet tour of UNC campuses.

During the morning, she was hosted at a roundtable moderated by UNCG Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. The session, titled “Signature Programs Enhancing Access to UNC Greensboro,” highlighted UNCG’s programs, some challenges and some larger policy debate around issues in higher education. As he explained, the theme was “opportunity and access.”

She also toured the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace in the UNCG School of Education Building. It features many emerging technologies and tools including 3-D printers, robotics, art supplies and circuitry kits.

After a reception with students at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, she enjoyed a tour of campus.

A second roundtable, moderated by Provost Dana Dunn, was titled “Promoting Academic and Career Success.” This afternoon session focused on UNCG’s experiential learning programs and culture of teacher engagement, which provides a unique, enriched experience for Spartan students.

Spellings spoke earlier about UNCG’s excellence in certain programs, though that fact may not be known widely enough. Programs such as UNCG Music are a “best kept secret,” she said.

Spellings also spoke about affordability and the need to serve non-traditional students – it’s about opportunity and access. “The takeaway? Anyone can be successful here.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin Kane, as Spellings visits the School of Education

Onto the stage, ‘Into the Woods’

042716Feature_IntoTheWoodsThis weekend, the greatest fairy tales of all time will collide on stage in UNCG’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods.”

The special staged-concert event produced by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) will take place Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

“Into the Woods” tells the story of a childless baker and his wife and their quest to reverse a witch’s curse. Their journey includes iconic storybook characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella, among others.

Directed by Triad Stage Artistic Associate Bryan Conger ’11 MFA  and conducted by Music Supervisor of Broadway’s “Wicked” Dominick Amendum ’01, UNCG’s production is a unique twist on Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.

Instead of performing in an orchestra pit, the 22-piece orchestra – made up of UNCG students and alumni – will be on stage with the actors.

“It’s been fun and challenging to imagine the show in a new way,” said Justin Cowan ’14, a graduate student and the show’s musical director. “A lot will be left to the audience’s imagination.”

For graduate student Taylor Hale, who plays the baker, the opportunity to work with Amendum is what makes this experience so valuable. Amendum has visited campus numerous times over the course of the semester to meet with students individually and in groups.

“He’s really invested in our futures,” Hale said. “He’s so knowledgeable. It’s wonderful to work with him.”

Amendum has been instrumental in building strong musical theater offerings at UNCG. Starting in the fall, SMTD will offer a new minor in musical theater, with Amendum and Cowan continuing to cultivate the program.

“Into the Woods” serves as the cast members’ final exam for their Workshop in Musical Theatre course.

“It’s not just a performance – it’s also the culmination of a course,” Cowan said. “It’s been a big undertaking for our students, so I’m excited to see it come together. It will be a really fun adventure for the audience.”

Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit performingarts.uncg.edu/into-the-woods.

See full story at UNCG Now.
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Band of Scholars: UNCG’s Folger Membership Thrives in D.C.

042716Feature_FolgerInstituteWhat’s next door to the Library of Congress, kitty-corner from the Supreme Court, and two blocks from the Capitol Dome?

It’s the Folger Shakespeare Library, America’s great research Bard-O-Mecca, housing the world’s largest collection of Shakespeareana (including 82 “First Folios” of the Complete Works from 1623), plus half a million rare manuscripts, books, images, and artifacts ranging from the 13th to the 18th Centuries – not to mention its own Renaissance-style theater.

2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and a banner year for UNCG: since joining the Folger Institute Consortium in 2011, the university has sent a dozen UNCG faculty and graduate students to spend plenty of time digging deep into the Folger’s great resources. As one of the newest members of the Consortium, UNCG has arrived on Capitol Hill with a splash, sending its best and brightest from across the disciplines to join in highly selective programs with professors and students from the likes of Harvard and Yale and Princeton, NYU and Chicago and St. Andrews.

Hailing from such departments as History, English, Art and LLC, these UNCG “affiliates,” as eligible faculty and graduate students are called, have participated in programs ranging from weekend symposia to seven-day conferences to seminars meeting weekly for a semester or monthly for an entire year—and with most travel and lodging expenses covered by Folger Grants-in-Aid.

“The Folger represents the Platonic Form of a research institution in the arts and humanities,” says Christopher Hodgkins, Professor of Renaissance Literature, Director of UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network, and Faculty Representative for UNCG on the Folger Institute’s Consortium Executive Committee.

“It is founded on one of the world’s great archives,” says Hodgkins, “located at the heart of our capital city, staffed by brilliant and helpful staff, and it attracts many of the planet’s finest scholars, teachers, students, musicians and actors. Since joining the Folger Institute, UNCG has enjoyed a 63 percent acceptance rate—which translates to batting .630 in the big leagues.”

For graduate students like Lauren Shook, Melle Elmes, and Neal Buck, Folger programs have provided an incomparable career launching pad.

“During my year-long 2013-2014 colloquium on the Renaissance idea of authorship,” says Shook, “I had the pleasure of learning under Harvard’s Barbara Lewalski, the renowned English Renaissance literary scholar. I was able to draft a dissertation chapter and have 13 other scholars (including Dr. Lewalski) read it, respond, and give me fruitful suggestions!”

For Elmes, her Spring 2015 Folger seminar on ecology and catastrophe put into her hands some unforgettable documents and artifacts. “It is one thing to talk about the social effects of the plague; but it is quite another to examine county records of fatalities, written in a 16th century hand, and to see the names and numbers of the dead multiplying across the pages.

“One of the most moving artifacts we examined was a gold ‘poesy memorial’ ring made in 1692 to honor a sailor lost in a storm at sea; on the front, it featured a pebble, lying over a skeleton’s head, and inscribed within the band was the couplet: ‘The cruell seas, remember / took him in November.’”

Buck’s Fall 2015 symposium on the concept of literary periods meant that “I was able to meet some of my scholarly heroes, like Gordon Teskey, James Simpson, and Heather Dubrow. I was most inspired as it became clear early on that we were all struggling with the same questions, that scholars who had been in the field for thirty years were just as curious about our topic as I was.”

In addition to its unexcelled collections and its superb programming, the Folger offers other things less quantifiable but just as real: ambience and fellowship.

According to Kathleen Fowler, currently one of a dozen graduate students attending the Folger’s exclusive 2015-2016 Researching the Archives Dissertation Seminar, “examining those resources in the library’s beautifully atmospheric Tudor-style Reading Room has been a constant pleasure, as have the conversational afternoon teas.”

Shook elaborates: “Before the 3:30 session on Friday afternoons, many of us would meet for tea in the Folger’s Common Room; after our seminar, we continued discussions over a pint at the infamous Hawk & Dove on Pennsylvania Avenue.” And time bunking in the Folger Guest House next to the Library of Congress can keep the talk flowing late into the night.

Ancient tomes, tea, beer, boon companions—who could ask for anything more? Elmes puts it all in a larger perspective: “This was the first time that I have participated in the active production of new knowledge on such a level, and I felt keenly the responsibility of being a professional thinker and a public scholar. The Folger’s model of collegiality-cum-friendship has become a paradigm for the kind of generous scholarship that I choose for my future.”

Applications for Folger Institute programs are open to UNCG faculty and graduate students across the arts and humanities, including not only history, literature and languages, but also music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, as well as religion, philosophy, and political theory. For more information and links for application, see www.uncg.edu/eng/awrn/folger_institute.html.

UNCG’s Folger Institute membership is supported by Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Tim Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bryan Conger directs ‘Into the Woods’

Photo of Bryan CongerStephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” sparked Bryan Conger’s fascination with theater. Now, he is directing a cast of UNCG Theatre students in this celebrated work.

UNCG Theatre faculty member and Triad Stage Artistic Associate Bryan Conger directs a staged concert of the Sondheim musical April 29 and 30 in the UNCG Auditorium.

Conger, an alumnus of UNCG’s MFA Directing program (2011), said that “Into the Woods,” which intertwines the stories of several classic fairy tale characters, inspired him as a young actor.

“In my generation, ‘Into the Woods’ was a play that inspired us to do theatre,” said Conger. “I think it’s a good play for actors. It has great music, great stories and really impactful characters that you don’t forget.”

As the production’s director, Conger wanted to break the traditional format of a musical, so he looked to the New York Philharmonic’s “Sweeney Todd” and “Encores!” at New York City Center for inspiration.

“We decided that we still want the actors to be able to move throughout the space because the play is so much about a journey, about people being able to go through the woods,” said Conger. “So we decided to not have music stands and to have the music memorized and that really allowed things to happen.”

Conger said that “Into the Woods” is a great play for families, combining sophisticated wit with vibrant music.

The staged concert event will feature a 21-piece on-stage orchestra conducted by UNCG alumnus Dominick Amendum. He is music supervisor of Broadway’s “Wicked.”

Students from a UNCG musical-theatre workshop class will be performers.

Find more information or purchase tickets at performingarts.uncg.edu/into-the-woods/.
See related story in this week’s CW: “Onto the stage, ‘Into the Woods.'”


Message from Provost Dunn: Update on Graduate School Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

As promised in the recent announcement of the Graduate School reorganization, I am writing to provide an update.  I am pleased to announce that Kelly Burke, Associate Dean of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD) and Professor of Clarinet, has accepted the position of Vice Provost for Graduate Education, effective August 1, 2016.  Kelly has extensive experience with graduate education at UNCG.  As a faculty member, she has taught in the Music graduate programs, chaired more than 15 doctoral committees, and been involved with graduate curriculum reform.  As Associate Dean of MTD, Kelly has had responsibility for allocating graduate assistantships and for graduate enrollment growth planning.  Kelly’s interest in leadership in graduate education goes back to her own time as a graduate student when she was the President of the Eastman School of Music Graduate Student Association.  Kelly combines strong administrative talents gained from her years of experience as an Associate Dean and a Department Head with outstanding faculty accomplishments including being the recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and a nominee in 2009 for the UNCG Research Excellence Award.  Most recently she has led a group of faculty engaged in an important new initiative in partnership with the Educational Advisory Board, The Institutional Scorecard Initiative.  When complete, this project will provide important enrollment capacity and student demand data to inform academic decision-making.  Kelly also served as Chair of the Faculty Credentialing Committee for the last SACSCOC review.  In addition to assuming oversight of the Graduate School, as Vice Provost Kelly will also work on other Academic Affairs projects and initiatives as time permits.

Kelly will be assisted in her oversight of graduate education by two longstanding Graduate School administrators whose titles will change as follows:  Laura Chesak, currently Associate Dean of the Graduate School will become Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Scott Hudgins, currently Assistant Dean of the Graduate School will become Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

While these changes will not become effective until August 1st, Kelly will work later this summer with Dean Wiener and other members of the Graduate School to begin to transition to the new role.  Please join me in congratulating Kelly and welcoming her to her new role.

Dana Dunn

Staff members, take Staff Priorities Survey

Staff Senate, in this message, encourages staff to take a survey:

Your participation is needed to help prioritize top issues facing staff at UNCG.

Over the past year Staff Senate has worked closely with Campus Leadership on developing staff priorities. Through collaborative effort, we have assembled this survey to help define the top issues facing staff at UNCG.

We have worked hard to capture your voice though forums, electronic forms, and in-person interactions. Now, we need you to help us prioritize these issues.

Staff Senate will use your voice to continue to work with Campus Leadership toward practical solutions. We will be providing feedback and progress reports through the course of our normal operations moving forward.

We feel it is important to note that no ideas were removed from this list, at any point. Similar items were grouped into actionable items, and several specific items (suggested at forums, etc.) have been answered and addressed.

Answered items may not appear on the list to be ranked, but they can be viewed on our website— https://staffsenate.uncg.edu/.

As we develop solutions in the future, this list and website will evolve.

Please vote on ALL items (not just 10!) – we will identify top issues based on your vote.

Take the survey:


UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa initiates

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

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

Phi Beta Kappa initiates this year include:

*Deborah Marie Andrus, Sociology (Social Work)

Robert Harrison Bardsley IV, Biochemistry

Lauren Dolce Beard, English

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

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

Zachary Daniel Blizard, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy

Danielle Cherese Byerly, Communication Studies (Spanish)

Andrew E. Byrum, Sociology (African American Studies)

*Amber Campos, Psychology (Biology)

*Ian Mitchell Culp, Psychology, Sociology

*Anna Rose Curtis, Communication Studies (Sociology)

Sunbin Deng, Biochemistry

Anneliesse Brianna Duncan, Biology (Chemistry)

Emily Pearl Esterwood, Biology (Chemistry, Spanish)

Haleigh Fallyn Evans, Classical Studies (English)

Darren Matthew Fogarty, Economics (Sustainability Studies)

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

Danielle Hill, Biology

Alexandra Rae Hillen, English (Spanish)

Robin Malia Holde, Communication Studies

Rhythm Tierra-Simone Howie, Psychology

William Hueholt, Music Performance, German

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

Eira Nordeng Jensen, Psychology, Sociology

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

Darcie Knight, Spec Prog:  Asian Studies (History)

Camille L. Knudsen, Art History

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

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

Carolyn Anne McClure, History

Tiera Moore, African American Studies (Social Work)

Rashmi Muthukkumar, Biology (Chemistry, Spanish)

Arthur Mark Notini, Computer Science

*Kelsey Overby, Sociology

Angeleah Patrice Owens, Religious Studies, Communication Studies

Mark Taylor Parent, Political Science

*Donna Previtte, Sociology (Spanish)

Rachel Ryding, Sociology

Anastasia Shymanovich Sociology (Communication Studies, Media Studies)

Kelsey Jane Stewart, History

Ana Paula Carvalho Tognasoli, Biology (Mathematics)

Carli Ann Tuscano, Biology

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

Anne Wittenberg, Psychology (English)

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

Austin Wayne Yow, Political Science (History)

*Early Election

Majors follow names; minors are in parentheses

On faculty since 1970, Stewart bows out with a recital

After nearly 46 years on the UNCG music faculty, Paul Stewart will retire from UNCG with a celebratory recital.

The free recital will be this Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall.

Music Professor John Locke will serve as master of ceremonies, the News and Record reports, adding that those who will perform with Stewart are Joseph Di Piazza, Andrew Willis, Diane Higgins, Rebecca Oden, Joshua Johnstone, George Kiorpes, Connie Kostis, James Douglass, Andre Lash and John Salmon.

More information at News and Record, from which this information was drawn.

Notable Latinos of the Triad

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

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

Honorees in the Corazon Latinos category:

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

Last chance to see “Pan American Modernism”

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

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

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

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

The 2016 UNCG MFA Thesis Exhibition begins May 3.

Information from weatherspoon.uncg.edu

Make your choice: 2016 summer camps at UNCG

042016Feature_SummerCampsEach year, thousands of young people in the Triad and beyond enjoy camps at UNCG providing summer learning opportunities. The camps are accepting applications for summer 2016.


UNCG Summer Music Camp

Known as “America’s Most Popular,” this summer camp each year has more students than any other music camp on a college campus in America. This summer there will be two one-week camps, with programs in band, mixed chorus, orchestra, and piano. Ensemble performance in band, chorus, or orchestra will be emphasized and each camp will conclude on Friday evening with a concert for parents, relatives, friends, and area residents. Classes in basic musicianship, as well as recital performances and sectional rehearsals by the camp staff members will serve to balance the total program. A private lesson on your instrument, in voice, or on piano is an available option to all campers. The camp weeks are:

Week No. 1:  July 10 – 15
Week No. 2:  July 17 – 22

Visit www.smcamp.org to download the camp brochure and application.


UNCG Summer Arts & Design Camp

Explore your Creativity and Artistic Potential. The UNCG Department of Art is preparing for our annual summer arts and design camp for current 8th graders through 12th graders. The student artists will receive daily, studio instruction & supervision from UNCG faculty and art education staff. The department is offering a one week day or overnight camp followed by a closing student exhibition for the students’ artwork created at the camp. One-Week Day Camp: July 10 – 16, Overnight camp: July 10 – July 16. For more information visit www.uncg.edu/art/ArtCamp/about.html.


All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp

The All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp is designed to give in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences and technology. The camp also includes recreation, citizenship and evening entertainment. Campers are divided into two grade levels (2nd–5th, and 6th and up) for coursework – many different types of topics are offered. It is operated by SERVE Inc. in cooperation with UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. It’s week at UNCG is July 24-29. Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details – or to register.


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp

Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. In daily writing workshops, students will work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, NC teachers, and local authors.  The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports the development of a variety of writing styles.  Write stories in the morning and build robots in the afternoon for an all-day integrated STEAM experience! Build an interactive robot based on your Young Writers Camp project. Learn how to build and program an artistically crafted robot controlled by motors, servos, LEDs, and sensors! The camp is two weeks, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon, July 11-July 22.

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.  Students will be divided into three different sections based on grade level (3-5; 6-8; and 9-12). Each section will have approximately 30 students and at least two instructors.  Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit www.youngwriterscampuncg.com for registration and addtional information.


North Carolina Summer Program for Kids (NCSPK)

The NCSPK is a highly structured, fun and supportive summer day camp program for 7 to 13-year-old children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The camp will run Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 13th – July 29, with a break in activities during the July 4th holiday week.  Enrollment is limited to 24 children, and this year a donor has provided partial scholarships to defray the cost for all eligible campers.

The NCSPK is a unique summer day treatment program that brings together the expertise of the ADHD Clinic at UNCG and its partner, Noble Academy. The goals of NCSPK are to improve self-control, friendships, academic skills, organizational skills, sports skills, and self-esteem.  In addition to daily behavioral and educational programming, children have opportunities for sports, arts and crafts, swimming, Bricks 4 Kidz, and weekly field trips. Parents also have weekly opportunities to learn specialized skills that improve parent-child relations and home behavior.For information visit www.ncsummerprogramforkids.org.


“IT is for Girls / We Make IT” Summer Camp

The “IT is for Girls” a program for middle and high-school girls began in 2009. It is a week-long summer program and engages girls in middle, high-school and college through several hands-on technology and leadership activities. The program has been funded by NCWIT, AAUW and Lincoln Financial Group among others. Registration is now open for “IT is for Girls/We Make IT” Summer Camp, July 25-29, 2016. Details for this camp at the UNCG Bryan Building are at wiit.uncg.edu.


Summer Dance Intensive

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers Summer Dance Technique & Repertory Intensive June 13-17, 2016; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This intensive is open to rising high school juniors and seniors as well as college-aged and professional dancers. Students may register for the Technique portion (morning session) as a standalone credit; Dance Repertory credit requires enrollment in both sessions (full day). Students may NOT enroll in only Dance Repertory. REQUIREMENT: Intermediate to advanced level of dance training in contemporary and/or ballet technique. Applicants will be required to furnish contact information for two (2) dance instructors to speak to student level. The Intensive offers students the opportunity to explore new and current techniques in the field of Contemporary Dance training and repertory, with UNCG BFA alumna Christal Brown. Details and registration information are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive/.


Herpetological Research Experience

Interested in North Carolina ecology – particularly local populations of reptiles and amphibians? The HERP Project, an NSF-funded program, will offer residential and daytime only week-long herpetological research experiences for rising 9th –12th graders again this summer. In 2016, The HERP Project is co-sponsoring programs at Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, Greensboro Natural Science Center and Elon Academy (applicants must be enrolled in Elon Academy to apply). All programs are currently accepting applicants and scholarships are available. See information at theherpproject.uncg.edu. Dr. Catherine E. Matthews (UNCG Teacher Education & Higher Education) is the project director.


UNCG Speech & Hearing Center summer camps

UNCG Speech and Hearing Center summer camps:

  • The Listening Lab”  auditory training and language intervention for children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD) will be offered from June 20, 2016, to July 1, 2016, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, return the application in the brochure.
  • Horsepower Experience  at the Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, NC. This year the summer camp will serve school-aged children with fluency disorders. The camp will be held June 20, 2016-July 1, 2016, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information contact Perry Flynn at pfflynn@uncg.edu or 336.256.2005.

For more information visit http://csd.wp.uncg.ed/shc/about/.


Sport camps at UNCG

Though summer sports camps are not operated by the university, UNCG coaches own and operate camps in a variety of sports – and many are on the campus. The coaches’ contact information may be found here.
Compiled by Mike Harris

Bring items for SPCA, at Friday’s Field Day

042016Feature_SPCAFieldDayUNCG Employee Field Day will be April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held in Foust Park.

The SPCA of the Triad will have animals on hand, and are accepting donations of items for pets. Items needed include Dry/Wet Food, Toys, Blankets, Treats and monetary donations. This “Fill the Truck” donation drive is hosted by UNCG Staff Senate.

Additionally, the Greensboro Police Department will have a K-9 unit demonstration throughout the event.

There will be light snacks and water – but bring a brown-bag lunch.

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

Rain date is one week later, same time, same location.

Pre-register for a chance to win prizes – individual and team events. Visit Healthy.UNCG.edu for full details – or contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or 334-4131 for more information.

Nearly 3,000 enjoyed UNCG’s Science Everywhere festival

science festival

science festival

Rockets launched, snakes slithered and goo formed on the campus of UNCG this past Saturday. More importantly, however, children and teens from across the Triad explored the wonders of science and its role in their everyday lives.

Nearly 3,000 people participated in more than 70 interactive and hands-on exhibits led by UNCG students, staff and scientists from across the state.

“I learned that rockets are much more difficult [to make] than they look like,” said Jason Johnson, a fifth grader at Sedalia Elementary. Just moments before, Johnson sent his own air propelled rocket sailing over Stirling Street. “I learned that it uses a lot of dynamics, paper and tape.”

Science Everywhere is an official NC Science Festival event, hosted by UNCG’s RISE Network. This was the second year UNCG participated in the festival, and attendance tripled this year.

By Jeanie Groh

Photography by Martin Kane

Social Work sheds light on foster care issues in Triad Stage play

042016Feature_WrongsOfPassageEver since theater professional Debra LeWinter met UNCG professor and social worker Alicia Kaplan, the two have been dreaming about creating a theatrical production that sheds light on issues within the foster care system.

Six years later, that dream has become a reality.

“Foster Care Chronicles: Wrongs of Passage” has opened at the Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret in what is the Department of Social Work’s first Triad Stage production.

Written and directed by LeWinter, “Wrongs of Passage” tells the real stories of local youth ages 15-23 who have gone through the foster care system.

Seven of the nine cast members will have their personal stories depicted in the show. In order to conceal the originator of each story, the cast will take communal ownership of the stories and perform each other’s experiences. The remaining two cast members are undergraduate students in UNCG’s Theatre Department.

The show is set in a preschool and highlights both the positives and negatives of the foster care experience, including the trauma that many children in the system face.

“Many of the childhood activities are twisted, because that was the reality for these individuals,” said LeWinter, who serves as an adjunct instructor at UNCG. “We use childhood images that resonate with all of us to address these major issues in the system.”

The play was born out of a similar 2009 production directed by Kaplan. Preparation began back in the fall, when Kaplan and LeWinter led the cast through a series of group bonding and processing activities.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on April 21, 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. on April 24. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $12 for students. The show is free for individuals in foster care and their chaperones.The content of the play is mature and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Triad Stage Box Office or online at triadstage.org/series/207/foster-care-chronicles-wrongs-of-passage.

The production is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Training Grant and serves as a way to train social work students in using the arts for self-expression and healing.

By Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations

Photography by Martin W. Kane. UNCG Professor Alicia Kaplan (center left) and “Wrongs of Passage” Playwright Debra LeWinter (center right) rehearse a scene with cast members Alysa Rambo (far left) and Malik Worthy (far right).    

New degree program prepares students for global engagement

Starting in the fall of 2016, UNCG’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) will offer a new concentration for students who are interested in developing multiple literacies and strengthening intercultural skills.

The concentration in global languages and communities, one of four concentrations offered in the department’s newly restructured Bachelor of Arts, takes the traditional language program to the next level by providing students the opportunity to study two or more languages at the same time. The department offers programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Additionally, the curriculum is designed to help students develop and strengthen intercultural competence, a valued skill for any career path.

“The vision behind this program is to encourage students to think of themselves as participants in a globalized world and to understand that the world is everywhere, including here on UNCG’s campus,” said Associate Professor of German Studies and Associate Department Head Dr. Susanne Rinner.

According to Rinner, research shows that global readiness – enhanced by fluency in at least two languages – offers students more career opportunities and significantly increases their earning potential over a lifetime.

The new curriculum includes three core courses – Global Crossings, Global Green and Global Cultures Through Film – as well as others that examine a variety of subject areas from a global perspective.

The program also requires an intercultural experience, which can be met through study abroad, and a service-learning course.

“It encourages meaningful interaction with languages through community engagement,” Rinner said.

In addition to global languages and communities, the restructured BA in languages, literatures, and cultures will offer the following concentrations: French and Francophone studies, German studies and applied languages (K-12 teaching licensure in French and Spanish).

The department also offers a BA in Spanish and a graduate program that allows students to complete a Master of Arts in languages, literatures, and cultures with concentrations in French and Spanish.
To learn more about LLC, visit uncg.edu/llc.

Screening: Matt Barr film on fighting for workers’ rights

Poster5-2The Smithfield struggle in Tar Heel, NC, is an important chapter in the history of unions in the meatpacking industry. It also demonstrates the convergence of labor rights and civil rights.

The film “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” premieres at 7 p.m., April 28, 2016, at the Elliott University Center. It is free and open to the public.

Matthew Barr produced and directed the documentary, filming from 2007 to 2015. Barr is professor of Media Studies. His film work focuses on the impact of globalization and social change on working people.

“Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” tells the story of the meatpacking workers who fought dangerous working conditions at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant. From 1993 to 2008, workers sought to organize a union.

In the third union election in 2008, a majority of plant employees voted to bring in the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union (UFCW). Since that time, UFCW Local 1208 in Tar Heel has successfully negotiated higher pay rates and safer working conditions.

The documentary is narrated by actor and activist Danny Glover. The core of the film, however, is the voices of the Smithfield employees, many African-American and Hispanic, who showed courage in standing up to a multinational corporation. Employee Wanda Blue embodies this courage in one of the most evocative quotes in the film: “I just had to get the fear out. Once I got the fear out of me, I was good to go.”

Top 40 UNCG Baseball leads NCAA in hitting

042016Feature_BaseballIf you haven’t been out to see the Spartan baseball team and Spartan softball team this spring, you have a few more weeks to do it. The teams are playing well and they’re fun to watch. And admission is free.

Men’s Baseball The team is currently no. 2 in the SoCon standings, with a 6 – 2 conference mark. Overall, the team has 27 wins, 10 losses. As they took on Furman last weekend, a Greenville News sportswriter noted their impressive mark: “Spartans are batting .358 as a team. That leads all of (NCAA) Division I by 20 points.” He later tweeted, “Only UNCG starter not hitting at least .330 is Jake Kusz (.283). All he’s done is caught all 38 games for the Spartans.”

They’re in the top 40 nationally in the RPI rankings. They’ve lost only one home game this season.

UNCG Softball The softball team is currently third in the SoCon standings, with a 4-4 conference mark They have 27 wins, 17 losses. Senior Nicole Thomas recently returned from the disabled list to lead the team to walk-off wins in back-to-back games against Mercer. She and her twin sister Lindsey Thomas have won SoCon Player of the Week honors this season, while Alicia Bazonski has been named Pitcher of the Week on three occasions.

UNCG Softball hosts NC State tonight (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. See full schedule here.

UNCG Baseball has three home games this weekend. See full schedule here.

All home games are free admission.

Visual courtesy UNCG Athletics

New Questions for Old Jazz Histories

The talk “Jazz and Ecomusicology: New Questions for Old Jazz Histories” will be presented by Dr. William Bares, UNC Asheville, Thursday, April 21, 5 p.m., UNCG Music Building 217.

This talk will bring established understandings of jazz history as an unruly, macho, heroic, American and urban soloist’s art into dialog with the budding field of ecomusicology.

Dr. Bares holds a BA from Amherst College, a M.M. in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. In addition to his university teaching career, Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Democratic National Committee and for Representative Jane Harman (D-CA).

The event is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Music Studies and the UNCG Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program.

Open to the public.

MFA film screenings April 30

On April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Elliott University Center Auditorium, students from the MFA in Drama program (Concentration in Film and Video) at UNCG will be screening their thesis films. Soheil Tajeddini, Fausto Barrionuevo, Chris Metz, Nathan Gjersted, David Moore, Michael Woods,  and David Row will premiere their films in two separate shows, one beginning at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. A short Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each show. There will be food and drink beforehand, starting at 5 p.m. The films span multiple genres, from horror to romance to pseudo-documentary.

For more information, contact Fausto Barrionuevo at 305-807-8011, fbarrio@uncg.edu.

Appointment of Dr. Larry Mayes, Associate Vice Provost & Director of Institutional Research

Vice Chancellor Alan Boyette provided this message:

Following a national search led by Provost Dana Dunn and me, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Larry Mayes has accepted the position of Associate Vice Provost & Director of Institutional Research (IR) at UNCG, effective June 1, 2016. Dr. Mayes comes to us from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he has served since 2003 as Director of Assessment within Chapel Hill’s Office of Institutional Research. Prior to that role, he spent four years at UNC General Administration as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Program Assessment.  Dr. Mayes also held IR posts and adjunct faculty appointments at colleges and universities in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The mission of UNCG’s Office of Institutional Research is to collect, analyze and disseminate information in support of institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision making. Provost Dunn and I are confident that Dr. Mayes is well suited to provide effective leadership for this important function. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mayes to UNC Greensboro.

Course Reserves due for summer, fall 2016

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists are due as follows:

Summer 2016 – Friday, May 6
Fall 2016 – Friday, August 5

Requests to renew spring lists for use in summer and/or fall are due by Wednesday, May 4.

eReserve readings are stored in Box@UNCG and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box then sends email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert them into Canvas; instructions are provided. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences visitors at UNCG

042016Feature_HealthSciencesOn April 7, a group from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) visited UNCG.  While here, they met with UNCG faculty to discuss scientific priorities of NIEHS, and to encourage UNCG faculty to apply for upcoming research funding opportunities.  NIEHS staff also met with UNCG students to discuss undergraduate internships and  graduate fellowships. The visit was coordinated by the UNCG Career Services Center and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, and is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIEHS invests more than $650 million annually in medical research for the American people.

For more about NIEHS funding for faculty research studies:


For more about NIEHS undergraduate student internship opportunities:


For more about NIEHS graduate fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, and career awards:

Applications accepted for Staff Scholarship Fund

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster. This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.

The JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship provides one or more annual awards, based on the availability of funds. Scholarships provide assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification. The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000. Awards are not automatically renewable. Recipients are selected by a Selection Committee.

Some of the following factors will be considered by the committee in making selections:

  • The educational goals of the applicant
  • The financial needs of the applicant
  • The commitment of the applicant to his or her UNC employer institution
  • The relationship of the educational program to the applicant’s job

Applicants are encouraged to describe how the educational program relates to the applicant’s career goals.

The scholarship can be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, books, or registration fees. Payment will be made directly to the school, provider, or vendor.

To be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Be a permanent full-time non-faculty employee of the UNC system
  • Submit a completed application
  • Include information that will help the selection committee understand how the educational opportunity will benefit you and your UNC institution

The applications are now being accepted for Fall 2016 and the deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.  Incomplete applications may not be considered. For more information about the scholarship and to apply:


New appointments at UNCG School of Nursing

The UNCG School of Nursing has announced new appointments for academic year 2016-17:

Dr. Nancy Hoffart, Forsyth Distinguished Professor

Dr. Nancy Hoffart will assume the School of Nursing’s Distinguished Forsyth Professorship position beginning Sept. Throughout her distinguished nursing career, Dr. Hoffart has held numerous leadership positions. She currently serves as the founding Dean for the Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing (ARCSON) at Lebanese American University (LAU), Byblos, Lebanon. At the University of Kansas School of Nursing she served as the Academic Coordinator/Assistant Dean. She left Kansas to assume the deanship at Northeastern University School of Nursing. Dr. Hoffart’s experience in higher education includes serving as the Academic Coordinator for Nursing Systems and Administration with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas. She has received numerous awards for teaching, research and service, including serving as a Leadership Fellow for the Academy of Nursing with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Hoffart received a PhD in nursing with a minor in higher education from the University of Virginia, a master’s in nursing from University of Minnesota, and a BSN from South Dakota State University. She completed a postdoctoral Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar fellowship at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Pam Rowsey, Chair, Department of Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Pamela Rowsey will assume the position of Chair for the Department of Adult Health Nursing beginning Aug. 1. Rowsey is currently an Associate Professor with tenure and the Coordinator for student diversity and recruitment at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Coordinator for Student Diversity and Recruitment, Education Coordinator, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Assistant Head Nurse, Assistant Chief Nurse and Officer-in-Charge of a military hospital. She is a retired Captain, United States Army Reserve.

In addition to these important leadership positions, Rowsey completed the Academic Leadership Program at UNC Chapel Hill. Rowsey earned a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BSN from Mississippi University for Women. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Courtney Caiola, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health

Dr. Courtney Caiola will assume a tenure track position as an assistant professor on Aug. 1. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has served in a variety of practice and educational positions, including nine years as a staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Education Specialist at UNC Hospitals, Clinical Lead/Charge Nurse, teaching assistant, Global Health Clinical Nursing instructor, research assistant and clinical instructor.  Dr. Caiola’s program of research is focused on understanding the impact of social determinants of health on minority and disadvantaged populations.  She has worked to reduce stigma in HIV-infected women and is currently engaged in developing community partnerships to reduce racial injustices and health inequities.  Dr. Caiola earned a PhD in Nursing from Duke University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Distinguished Jewish-Christian relations scholar to speak at UNCG

Amy-Jill Levine, a distinguished scholar of Jewish-Christian relations, will deliver her lecture “Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories” on Wednesday, April 20, at UNCG.

Levine is currently a professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and she received her master’s and doctoral degrees at Duke University. She has published numerous books including “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” “The Historical Jesus in Context” and “Feminist Companions to the New Testament.”

Hosted by the UNCG Jewish studies program in partnership with the Religious Studies Department, Levine’s lecture is part of the Henry Samuel Levinson Lecture.

Levine’s lecture will be held in the Elliott University Center auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on April 20. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Religious Studies at 334-5762 or email Ellen Haskell at edhaskel@uncg.edu.

Boosting financial awareness for UNCG undergraduates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mike Harris

Revisiting the Great War, April 16

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

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

And he’s hoping millennials will listen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG makes ‘Bicycle Friendly Universities’ list

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

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

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

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

By Daniel Wirtheim
Visual: departmental archives

Friends of the UNCG Libraries elect new officers

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

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

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

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

Full story at Friends of the University Libraries blog.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full story at Friends of the University Libraries blog.

Enjoy new spring UNCG Magazine online

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

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

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

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

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

Read the spring issue of UNCG Magazine here.



Rollin Donelson retirement reception April 22

AVC Rollin Donelson is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service to UNCG. A retirement reception for Rollin Donelon will be held Friday, April 22, 2016. from 11 am till 1 pm. The reception will be held in the new UNCG Police Building located at 1200 W. Gate City Blvd.

Excellence lauded, at awards ceremony for faculty/staff

040616Feature_ExcellenceLaudedThese are folks who “make it go.”

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

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

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

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

The 2015-16 honorees are:

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

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

Dr. Deborah Cassidy – O. Max Gardner Award nominee

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

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

Travis Hicks – Holshouser Award for Public Service nominee

Dr. Terry Ackerman – Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

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

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

Dr. Olav Rueppell – Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

UNCG Science Everywhere April 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNCG national leader in supporting Pell Grant recipients

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

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

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

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

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

To access the full report, click here.