UNCG Campus Weekly

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Elizabeth Perrill: Curatorial vision for new NC Museum of Art gallery

UNCG art history professor Elizabeth Perrill’s courses in African art often start with the oldest symbolic objects ever created by human beings. They may span 750 centuries, and 54 countries, within a continent more than three times the size of the United States. Perrill is a Zulu ceramic specialist, but her overall knowledge of African art goes far beyond her specific research area.

Her museum training and curatorial work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Center, the Faulconer Gallery of Art and the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum has led her to become a major force behind the planning and upcoming opening of a brand new African art gallery in the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA.) As consulting curator, she has been at work on a thorough plan for the new gallery, which will be three times as large as the current one and display almost twice as many works, including many newly acquired pieces purchased or donated during her time as consulting curator.

For a collection such as that of the NCMA, Perrill has to determine which objects are museum-worthy. They must be exemplary for the type of work they are, formally and aesthetically the best.

“More than anything you’re trying to show the aesthetic norms and best version of that art work from the culture it came from,” says Perrill. The expert knowledge that Perrill has developed to make those decisions is something UNCG students can benefit from, in tremendous ways.

“I learn more about objects I’ve been teaching about for years,” she says. “But now I know one more aspect about how it was used or who made it. And I can share that with my students.”

Last spring, her African art history students were able to gain curatorial and conservation experience by working with objects from the newly gifted Warren M. Robbins and Lydia Pucinelli Collections at Bennett College. The students completed detailed condition reports about each object. They also became aware of each object’s provenance, or object history—what country it came from, who or which cultural tradition made it, how it was made, and any history available about its owners following its creation—details that establish the legitimacy and value of art objects for any part of the world.

Provenance histories are crucial for works of art in museums like the NCMA. The African pieces that have been acquired come from a variety of sources—international galleries, private collections, or even the attic of a Greensboro resident with a great uncle who was part of the South African Gold Rush of 1885. Perrill says that Greensboro connection yielded some of the best pieces added to the NCMA collection during the past five years, such as a headrest and a snuff container. She hopes these works will be featured in the North Carolina Collections Wall in the new African reinstallation at NCMA.

Preparing museum objects for an exhibition was something Perrill herself experienced in a college course, and she wanted to give that valuable experience of art history research training to her own students. Bennett’s collection provided the perfect opportunity. One of the most challenging tasks Perrill had her students perform was to write wall texts describing the pieces.

She says, “I wanted to share my own experience working as a curator—how selective you have to be was something I wanted to show the students.” Students were each allowed 200-250 words to discuss what they saw as the most relevant details form library and archival research on their assigned piece. “They were frustrated, but persevered. I actually cut them some slack. I’m only allowed 160 words on most object labels.”

Perrill has been working with the North Carolina Museum of Art since 2012, when she began helping with exhibition rotations and African art acquisitions proposals.  In 2015, when the museum received a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, she became a full-fledged consulting curator. She has been requested to write and will soon publish an exhibition preview of the gallery in African Arts, the lead journal in her field.  

Next week: A detailed look at Perrill’s work on the new NCMA African art gallery, opening this summer.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual: Perrill shows a design component of the new gallery space.

Experience throat singing, with Mongolian artist-in-residence Narisu

This semester UNCG Music’s artist-in-residence from China, Narisu Bao, presents a distinct talent: Khoomei, which is Mongolian throat singing.

He will give a concert at UNCG next Monday, Feb. 27, and in the meantime he’s sharing his talent with music students by teaching them the techniques of throat singing. The students who have been practicing with Narisu will perform traditional Khoomei folk songs with him in the concert, showing off their new skill.

Narisu is a Mongolian native who teaches at the Inner Mongolia University of the Nationalities. He established a Khoomei ensemble called “Sound of Heaven,” which performs in Inner Mongolia and in other provinces of China.

Of Khoomei singing Narisu says,  “It’s totally different from other types of singing,” and calls it “the non-material heritage.” He says he enjoys teaching the skill to students abroad as well as to students from various provinces in China. “Everyone can learn it,” he says, “No matter what region or country they’re from.”

The concert is Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. It is free and open to the public.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual: Narisu (right) teaches a class.

See the video below of Narisu’s recent work with UNCG music students.

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Men’s Basketball tops top team in SoCon; two home games remain

UNCG men’s basketball has 20 wins so far. Last weekend, they defeated league-leading Furman in an away game by 21 points. The big upset put UNCG in sole possession of third place, currently. (The top four teams will have a bye in the first round of the SoCon tournament.)

This team is fun to watch. Two home games remain:

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m., Fleming Gym – VMI
  • Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum – ETSU – final home game of season

The women’s team won their final home game, last weekend. They are currently 16-12, and 7-6 in the conference.

For basketball ticket information, click here.

Verdi’s Requiem Feb. 24

Photo of interior of Aycock AuditoriumVerdi’s Requiem will be performed Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

Featured performers include Jill Bowen Gardner, soprano; Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Stein, tenor; and David Weigel, bass.

The UNCG Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the UNCG Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Women’s Choir, and Glee Clubs.

Verdi’s monumental Requiem is both a memorial for the dead and a plea for consolation of the living. This special performance will combine the powerful music with real-time digital artwork created by UNCG Professor Chris Cassidy. Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most significant and moving works in the repertoire, and this performance is not to be missed. A pre-concert lecture will tie Verdi’s masterpiece to his biography and the struggle for Italian Nationalism.

Admission is free.

Ten Spartans honored in “40 under Forty”

On February 16, UNCG’s Bryan School hosted the Triad Business Journal’s 2017 “40 under Forty” awards event and ten Spartans were honored for their accomplishments in professions, industries and communities.

Tyler E. Freeman, Senior in Business Administration
Operations director / associate vice president of Barn Ridge Financial Partners

After five years and three deployments with the Marines, Freeman in 2014 joined Ameriprise, only two days after completing his active duty. He was pivotal last year as the firm transitioned into an Ameriprise franchise, Barn Ridge Financial Partners, ensuring a seamless shift for the firm’s 200 clients, 575 individual accounts and some $62.5 million in assets under management. Now 26, he is president of the UNCG Student Veterans Association and serves with the N.C. Entrepreneurship Centers GEMS Program that mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.

Rachel Moss Gauldin
Chief operation officer of Business High Point Inc. / High Point Chamber of Commerce

Upon the exit of the High Point chamber’s CEO two years ago, Gauldin stepped up to lead the organization through a challenging transition and merger and has since been instrumental in the growth and success of Business High Point. Now 34, she has helped lead strategic efforts and fundraising at numerous community organizations, including the High Point Market Authority, board of visitors at High Point University, the board of Laurel University and the High Point Food Alliance.

Dr. Nicholas Hester PhD ’10 Kinesiology
Interim director of Student Support Services (Building Outstanding Student Success) at Winston-Salem University

Hester, 35, leads the BOSS program that supports students who are either first-generation college students, have disabilities or are from low-income families. He’s also a personal trainer who, after losing 81 pounds in eight months, has authored 10 motivational books.

Skylar Mearing BS ’10 Marketing/International Business
Marketing and communications manager, Bank of Oak Ridge

Mearing, 29, has used her understanding of digital media to boost marketing reach wherever she serves. At Bank of Oak Ridge, she’s led branding for implementation of new interactive teller machines and managed the “ME Banking” social media promotion. As a community volunteer, she donated more than 500 hours to direct the 9/11 National Day of Service in Greensboro, coordinating 80 nonprofits, 40 corporate sponsors, 22 media outlets and training 450 volunteers.

Chris Murray, Senior in Business Administration
Vice president of member experience, Truliant Federal Credit Union

Murray, 38, joined Truliant in 2009 without a college degree and is now one of the youngest vice presidents in the credit union’s history. He supervises more than 260 professionals and 32 branches and has been key in guiding Truliant’s 10 branch Charlotte expansion. A foster parent to four children, he’s also engaged in the community, raising nearly $10,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank.

David Parrish BS ’00 Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
Assistant city manager, Greensboro

An assistant city manager since 2013, Parrish, 38, oversees engineering and inspections, field operations, transportation, water, fire and Guilford Metro 911 operations, as well as working with development services and Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise functions. He serves on the board with the Guilford County Partnership for Children, is a youth sports coach and a volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child.

Ashley Hicks Raper BA ’08 History, MBA ’15
Director of development, Junior Achievement of the Triad

Raper, 33, leads marketing, fundraising and business development activities, helping lead the nonprofit to 26 percent growth in revenues and the number of students served from about 11,000 to more than 16,000. She founded the UNC-Greensboro chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs and also serves on the Bryan School advisory board.

Jessica I. Roberts BS ’03 Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
Director of marketing and tourism, Mount Airy Tourism/Tourism Partnership of Surry County

Roberts, 36, leads tourism efforts that have helped tourism expenditures surge from $66 million to $117 million during her 12 years there. She is also a leader in the industry, locally and at the state level, including serving on the N.C. Travel & Tourism Board, the Piedmont Triad Film Commission and with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Joe Scott BA ’06 English
Co-owner and creative director, Geeksboro Coffee and Beverage Co.

Scott, 36, transitioned Geeksboro from a coffeehouse and independent theater into a multifaceted event space that has since 2012 hosted hundreds of events for local creative communities. In the past year, he also launched the Superfamous Nintendo-fandom convention that brought 2,000 people downtown.

Adam Tarleton MFA ’03 Creative Writing
Partner, Brooks Pierce

Tarleton, 37, is highly regarded for his success in representing clients on tax, business, trust and estate issues. For example, he successfully defended a client when the IRS reduced his conservation easement deduction by 75 percent, ultimately saving the client millions of dollars in taxes. In the community, he’s served since 2011 with the Green Hill Center for N.C. Art, and has served on the board of the nonprofit Ten Thousand Villages.

Read more about the “40 under Forty” program and view the slideshow of recipients here.

Biographical copy drawn from Triad Business Journal. Photo courtesy Triad Business Journal.

Faculty recipients of seed grants

Photo of Kaplan Commons and the front entrance to the Elliott University CenterLast fall, proposals were solicited for seed grants to fund research and creativity activity tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan.  This opportunity was designed to support faculty engagement in multidisciplinary endeavors that advance understanding of key factors related to and/or develop solutions to some of the major challenges associated with Health and Wellness, Vibrant Communities, or Global Connections. After a review process that included both peers, community members, and campus leadership, the following awardees have been announced:


Allison Bramwell, Political Science; Al Link, Economics; Daniel Herr, Nanoscience; & Jim Ryan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Creating Nano Opportunity

Allan Goldfarb, Kinesiology; Blair Wisco, Psychology; & Joseph Starobin, Nanoscience
Identifying Electrophysiological and Blood Markers

David Gwynn, University Libraries; Lisa Tolbert, History; & Nora Bird, Library and Information Studies
North Carolina Runaway Slave Project

Prashanti Manda, Computer Science & Xiaoli Geo, Mathematics
Robust Integrative Data Analysis for Ontology-Powered Big Biological Data

Sherri McFarland, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Jianjun Wei, Nanoscience; Liam Duffy, Chemistry; & Colin Cameron, Chemistry
Using Nanophotomedicine to Fight Cancer

Randy Schmitz, Kinesiology; Robin Wilkins, ORED; Louisa Raisbeck, Kinesiology; Chris Rhea, Kinesiology
Neural Correlates of Effective Motor Transference Following an Attentionally Focused Neuromuscular Intervention

Gabriela Stein, Psychology; Laura Gonzalez, Counseling and Educational Development; Andy Supple, Human Development and Family Studies; & Stephanie Coard, Human Development and Family Studies
Promoting Dialogues: Racial/Ethnic Socialization in Racially/Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant Families


Community Engaged Research:

Duane Cyrus, Dance; Cerise Glenn, Communication Studies; & Erin Lawrimore, University Libraries
Comanche: Hero Complexities

Christine Murray, Counseling and Educational Development; Rick Bunch, Geography; & Xiaoli Gao, Mathematics
Identifying High-Risk and Underserved Neighborhoods for Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in Greensboro Using GIS and Big Data Analysis

Sandy Shultz, Kinesiology; Emily Janke, Peace and Conflict Studies; Lauren Haldeman, Nutrition; & Marianne LeGreco, Communication Studies
Lifetime Eating and Physical Activity Practices (LEAP) Forward: Common Goals and Common Measures

Nominate outstanding students 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, which was organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the University with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNC Greensboro campus. Members embody the characteristics of: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Spring 2017 inductions. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form and instructions can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain-3/ and should be returned to Coretta Walker at crwalke5@uncg.edu by March 15, 2017. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni, and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee).

Coming in April – New Developments with Adobe Creative Cloud & Mobile Printing

Exciting new developments are on the horizon affecting Adobe Creative Cloud Software and campus-wide printing.


Widespread Availability for Adobe Creative Cloud Software

By pooling resources from the Provost, Information Technology Services (ITS), and other departments on campus who were already purchasing their own licensing for Adobe Creative Cloud, UNCG will be able to offer the Creative Cloud suite on all university-owned computers (both Macs and PCs). Faculty and staff will also be able to install the software on a “work-at-home” computer.

This use of resources is not only more cost effective, saving over 80% on standard pricing, it allows us to continue widespread use of this industry-standard software suite for students, faculty and staff.

Adobe Creative Cloud also includes licenses for Acrobat Pro. Restrictions on usage will no longer be enforced after the switch to Creative Cloud.

More information will be made available as plans are finalized. Visit Get Adobe for the latest on Adobe Creative Cloud licensing at UNCG.


Print Anywhere from Most Any Device

Pharos managed print software delivers a robust printing solution that enables location-independent printing from a variety of devices (laptops, tablets and smartphones). Some departments already use Pharos for printing. We are adopting the Pharos solution campus-wide, improving access to printing and printer security for all students, faculty and staff. ITS expects departments to be able to migrate to the new printing environment beginning in April.

UNCG Baseball is pre-season no. 1 in SoCon

Sophomore Matt Frisbee

UNCG Baseball has been picked to finish first in the Southern Conference in the SoCon’s Preseason Coaches Poll.

This marks the first time in 13 years that UNCG has been picked to win the conference.

The team is coming off a strong 2016 season, with a 38-21 overall record, and a second place finish in the conference.  The 38 wins were the most in a season since the 2003 season.

Last year, they finished with the best batting average in the nation.

They began this season on the road, impressively taking one win against No. 4 nationally ranked South Carolina, in their weekend series of three games. More than 8,000 fans saw UNCG defeat the Gamecocks 1-0.

Admission to all home games is free. The attractive ballpark is regarded as one of the best places to watch college baseball in America. The most recent recognition came last July, when Stadium Journey announced its list of the top 50 baseball stadiums. UNCG Baseball Stadium cracked the top 50, earning the No. 45 spot on the list.

Come watch some games.

The team’s upcoming home slate include three games against Michigan State this weekend (including a 4 p.m. game on Friday).  They host No. 14 NC State on Tuesday, Feb. 28 , at 4 p.m.

The full schedule is here.

Students add to Digital Library of American Slavery

UNCG has outstanding digital archives. What you might not know is that, through coursework and internships, students have the opportunity to contribute to them.

This spring, several history courses are interacting with one of UNCG Libraries’ most valuable resources – the extensive Digital Library of American Slavery, created by professor emeritus Loren Schweninger over more than 20 years, and currently managed by Digital Technology Consultant Richard Cox.

Dr. Lisa Tolbert’s undergraduate history research methods course and Dr. Joey Fink’s graduate history course are using, and adding to, the DLAS’s Runaway Slave Advertisement Database. The advertisement database is managed by University Libraries’ Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn, who is helping to facilitate the students’ contributions. A recently awarded Strategic Seed grant will fund student interns to help digitize advertisements and work with classes in adding to the database.

Since the Runaway Slave Advertisement Database presently includes ads up to 1840, the students from Tolbert’s class are adding content from the 1850s and 1860s. To find this content, they’re reading newspapers on microfilm to find runaway slave ads, and later creating transcriptions and metadata that will make it easier for researchers to locate patterns within the ads. When they finish the data collecting portion of the assignment, they will develop research projects that will contextualize the slave ads. Their projects will include different areas of research—they may include looking at social networks of runaways, how advertisements document the skills of runaways or the distinct experience of women runaways.

“I am particularly excited that these students will get an opportunity to see how a primary source database is created,” says Tolbert. “More and more, historical documents are being digitized and students are regularly using sources on the web, but they don’t often get to see how many choices go into digitizing those documents and how those choices affect the way we interpret a source.”

With Tolbert’s guidance the classes are discussing the way that newspaper readers of the nineteenth century may have seen the advertisements on newspaper pages, compared to the way we see the scans of the ads today.

The DLAS is one of the most used digital collections in the UNCG libraries, and, as Tolbert has said, shows the outstanding commitment to a teaching mission demonstrated by the University Libraries’ staff, beyond their work as collection managers, curators and preservationists.

Tolbert has been working closely with David Gwynn and Sarah Prescott to integrate the DLAS into coursework. Gwynn and Prescott have led a class workshop that instructs students in filling out the metadata spreadsheet and shows them techniques for transcribing the ads. Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam has trained the students in using microfilm readers and will lead workshops on bibliographic development as the students embark on their research this spring.

“This project offers them unique opportunities to develop more sophisticated digital and information literacies, says Tolbert. “I feel incredibly lucky to have the instructional support we enjoy from the library staff here at UNCG.”

The initial phase of the Runaway Slave Advertisements Database was supported by a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the State Library of North Carolina. The database contains more than 2,300 items published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840. The NCRSA website includes digital scans of the ads, contextual essays to address their historical research value, full text transcripts, an annotated bibliography to aid researchers and a searchable database.  In the fall, a library information science class will also use and contribute to the DLAS.

See related story for more information about the Digital Library of American Slavery.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Candidates for Dean, University Libraries: presentations and receptions

The Dean of University Libraries Search Committee has screened candidates, conducted first stage interviews and recommended five candidates for campus visits.

You are invited to attend the five candidates’ public presentations and receptions.

The presentation schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 15
2:30-3:20 p.m.
EUC, Maple Room

Monday, February 20
2:30-3:20 p.m.
SOE Building, Room 118

Thursday, February 23
2:30-3:20 p.m.
Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library

Monday, February 27
2:30-3:20 p.m.
SOE Building, Room 118

Thursday, March 2
2:30-3:20 p.m.
Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library

A reception will follow each presentation at 3:30 p.m. in the Hodges Special Collections Room in Jackson Library.

Untold stories: American slavery archives at UNCG

In UNCG’s University Libraries there exists a nationally significant resource for American history. It was built in-house, and it’s gaining more and more recognition.

The Digital Library on American Slavery (DLAS) is an extensive collection of documents focused on race and slavery in the American South. It’s the largest single index to slave-related public documents from the pre-Civil war era from the Southern states, and the largest collection of names of African Americans from that period. The collections are not only valuable to the UNCG community, but to scholars and writers worldwide—for instance, writer Colson Whitehead, who mentions the DLAS in his acknowledgments of his novel, the 2016 National Book Award winner, “The Underground Railroad.”

Additionally, media attention for the resource is growing. Recently, Richard Cox, UNCG’s digital technology consultant who manages the DLAS, was interviewed by Fox 8 News about the collections – the report will air Feb. 22. This spring, he will also give presentations on it at The High Point Museum and at several history-focused conferences.

“The value is in the uniqueness of the resource,” Cox says. “The amount of information, through primary sources, available here that gives the user a window not only into slavery but into broader aspects of life at the time, is amazing. It helps people better understand their personal history as well as finding a place in the broader history of the country.”

The library staff is constantly taking in other public document groups as they receive them. In building and promoting the databases, Cox is also joined by developer Daniel Nanez, and other partners in the community, such as the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Heritage Research Center, and the Division of Archives and Records and the Register of Deeds.

How was this outstanding resource created at UNCG?

Since 1991, Dr. Loren Schweninger, now professor emeritus of history at UNCG, had been at work on the Race and Slavery Petitions Project, a collection of petitions that came from 200 county courthouse and 15 state archives, and covered a wide range of legal issues, including wills, inventories, bills of sales, divorce proceedings, punishment of runaway slaves, calls for abolition, property disputes, amended petitions and more—a goldmine of untold biographies.

In the field of American history, there was a tremendous need for such a project—while the 1860 U.S. Census registered the names of slave owners and the age, gender and color of slaves, the slaves’ names were not recorded. Before Schweninger began the Petitions project, few scholars had dug into county courts with such intensity, and his work became one of the most—if not the most—detailed database concerning slavery in the U.S. between the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

In 2005, Schweninger received a $200,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create the DLAS. It was one of the largest humanities grants in the UNCG’s history. Marguerite Ross Howell, senior associate editor, and Nicole Mazgaj, associate editor, worked with Schweninger on entering data and connecting histories through the documents.

Their work, the searchable Race and Slavery Petitions Project includes information on 150,000 people, 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions, with more than 2,500 from slaves and free blacks. There are records of purchasing and emancipation, escapes, petitions from whites on behalf of slaves and even petitions from freed slaves to be returned to slavery in order to be with loved ones who had not been emancipated. The number of petitions provides a clear record of the fight against enslavement by the slaves.

The entire resource holds three other crucial collections. One of those is the North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements database, managed by University Libraries’ digital projects coordinator David Gwynn. That database provides online access to all known runaway slave advertisements—more than 2300 items—published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840. The brief ads provide a glimpse into the social, economic and cultural world of the American slave system and the specific experience within North Carolina. The NCRSA website includes digital scans of the ads, contextual essays to address their historical research value, full text transcripts, an annotated bibliography to aid researchers and a searchable database.

There’s also the People Not Property, Slave Deeds of North Carolina project, the first major effort to digitize slave records statewide. It has involved the work of Sarah Koontz, director of archives and records for North Carolina, and Drew Reisinger, register of deeds for Buncombe County, who have helped in indexing the names of enslaved people from across North Carolina. When completed, the database will include robust metadata, high resolution images and full-text searchable transcripts. The project is currently seeking funding in order to add thousands of new primary source documents, and the intention is open the project to states beyond North Carolina, creating a central location for accessing and researching slave deeds from across the Southern United States.

Also in the DLAS is is a link to Emory University’s Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, which includes 34,946 voyages, 86,689 slave names and 34,551 captain names. It is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars around the Atlantic world. As part of this project the Voyages website was developed over two years by a multidisciplinary team of historians, librarians, curriculum specialists, cartographers, computer programmers and web designers, in consultation with scholars of the slave trade from universities in Europe, Africa, South America and North America

With this unparalleled set of collections, UNCG offers the campus, and the entire world, access to new ways of studying history and American slavery. Cox reports that the level of community engagement in expanding the resource has been high—local historical research organizations are very interested in making available the documents that explain our past as a state and as a nation, and individual researchers are energized.

“I’ve gotten phone calls from people around the country,” Cox shares. “Not only with questions, but also who just want to talk about what they found, and tell me about their families. It’s very gratifying.  I just want to try to be a good custodian of the data and provide access to the data, and let people do amazing things with it.”

Although the current focus of DLAS is on sources associated with North Carolina, there is considerable data contained relating to all 15 slave states and Washington, D.C., including detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders and free people of color.

Concerning the possible expansion of the resource, Cox says, “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to work more with partner states to expand our scope, and that one day researchers will pull out data from the project and find something new and exciting that hasn’t been explored before. Finally, I’m hopeful that we can keep working with community leaders to continue to make it an important part of their vibrant communities.”

Upcoming Related Events:

  • The University Archives’ “Hops Into History” event at Gibbs Brewery on Feb. 16 will focus on slavery, through the DLAS, well as through items from the Quaker collections at Guilford College. Come to chat with an archivist 5 to 7 p.m.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m., Richard Cox, manager of the DLAS, will give a presentation at The High Point Museum regarding an exhibit titled “Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County.” The exhibit will be open through April 14 and Cox was on the steering committee.  More details may be found here.
  • On Thursday, March 16, Richard Cox will be joined by Christy Hyman, Marcellaus Joiner and Erin Lawrimore in a presentation exploring hidden African-American history in North Carolina, at the Society of North Carolina Archivists Conference in Asheville.

By Susan Kirby-Smith with some copy drawn from University Libraries’ website and the DLAS.

Next week: Learn how some UNCG faculty are using the DLAS as a teaching tool in their courses.

Give back with #BelieveInTheG

For the fourth straight year, UNCG is hosting the #BelieveInTheG 48-hour giving campaign, an opportunity for alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members to share their UNCG story and give back to the university.

Last year’s campaign exceeded expectations, with more than 900 participants making a gift in just two days. For this year’s event on Feb. 15-16, the university is asking 1,000 Spartans to donate and share their UNCG pride on social media using the hashtag #BelieveInTheG.

“The #BelieveInTheG campaign highlights what’s best about our Spartan family: strength of character and a commitment to the future,” said Bob Amico, director of annual giving. “This annual celebration of generosity empowers students to pursue their dreams, knowing that membership in our community is for life.”

Throughout the two-day campaign, participants from different academic programs and class years will be challenged by loyal donors. For example, if 100 GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumni make a donation, an additional $1,000 will be gifted by a challenge donor.

This year’s challenge donors – Kevin Bottomley ’06 MBA, Betsy Buford ’68, Dean Celia Hooper ’74 MA, Kathi Lester ’09, ’12 MA, Aubrey Ravenel ’08 and Anne Tate ’68 – have pledged to give a total of $6,500 if certain participation goals, which will be promoted during the campaign, are met.

To learn more about the campaign and to make a gift, visit BelieveInTheG.com. To participate on social media, simply use the hashtag to share why you #BelieveInTheG.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

From ‘The Incredibles’ to ‘Inside Out’ … Dan Holland on ‘creative problem solving’ Feb. 28

Dan Holland, a noted animation artist at Pixar Animation Studios, will speak at UNCG on Feb. 28.

Holland was an animator for “The Incredibles” and the short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” before serving in the art department for “WALL-E” and as a character artist for “Cars 2.” More recently he was the sets art director for the Academy Award-winning “Inside Out.”

He studied art and film at Brigham Young University and attended the Vancouver Film School’s year-long program for traditional, hand-drawn animation before enrolling at CalArts. After his second year at CalArts, he completed an animation internship at Pixar.

He officially started at Pixar in 2003, shortly after graduation.

Holland will give a talk, “Personal Inspiration for Creative Problem Solving in a Collaborative Environment,” using his work and experience at Pixar to illustrate the points in his lecture.

The talk, open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. in Bryan Building, Room 160. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

Holland will also address UNCG School of Art students in a Q & A earlier in the day.

The event is sponsored by the School of Art in the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Dr. Heather Holian, who is writing a scholarly book on the art of Pixar and has invited several Pixar artists to the UNCG campus in recent years, says, “I am extremely excited to welcome Dan to UNCG. I have admired his Pixar work for years. He’s a gifted artist with a strong design sense for character and built environments, and an amazing ability to speak about his work with humor and insight. I know his talk will be a real treat for our students and community.”

Visuals: Dan Holland and one of his art pieces, courtesy the artist.

School of Education launches Impact Through Innovation initiative

The UNCG School of Education is seeking to address its core purpose – changing lives through advancing access to life’s opportunities – through a new initiative, Impact Through Innovation (ITI).  ITI aims to put ideas into action, connecting SOE faculty with the broader community through innovative and collaborative projects. ITI leverages ideas that emerge within the SOE to create tangible programs, services, and products that address our most pressing social needs.

Through ITI, SOE faculty and students can benefit from consultation to optimize the impact of their academic pursuits, education and training on applying an innovation mindset in their work, networking with community organizations to impact the direction and scope of educational research and scholarship, and funding to support innovation.

An example is Gate City Writes (GCW), facilitating opportunities for teachers to write and teach writing alongside K-12 students in the form of professional development. In addition, GCW supports young writers as they draft and publish a text using digital media during a summer camp. Each year, the camp serves 80 young writers in grades 3-12.  The goal of GCW is to connect research in writing education to classroom practice by engaging K-12 educators and students with university faculty in a collaborative writing community. GCW creates a structured space for teachers to learn and enact necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the teaching of writing within their school communities. Research done with the young writers and teachers enhances understandings about how to better foster successful writing practices in the 21st century.
Another example is The STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (TLC), a community of teachers, teacher candidates, university faculty, administrators, local business leaders and community stakeholders that supports, celebrates and sustains teachers’ efforts to include enriching, rigorous, equitable and responsive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction in high-needs elementary schools in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad. Through an annual reception and summit, week-long STEM TLC Summer Institutes, and year-long virtual professional supports such as webinars and coaching, the STEM TLC supports teachers’ empowerment in making important instructional changes, taking instructional risks, and reconnecting with the vision that brought them to teaching. As of January 2017, Dr. Heidi Carlone, Dr. Jennifer Mangrum and a team of UNCG students have conducted Summer Institutes with approximately 60 classroom teachers in high-needs schools in Guilford County and reached an estimated 1,500 students who are typically underrepresented in STEM.

Current board members include:

Staton Noel III, Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization, UNCG
Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University
W. Noah Reynolds, Coleman Entrepreneur in Residence, The Bryan School of Business & Economics, UNCG
Susan M. Safran, Board of Trustees, UNCG
J. Scott Young, School of Education, Dean’s Fellow of Innovation

More information, including how to apply for ITI services and support, is available at soeinnovation.uncg.edu.


For any questions, contact Scott Young at jsyoung3@uncg.edu.


Presentations about Impact Through Innovation will be given at SOE functions over the coming weeks.

Completing the FAFSA is different this year

Completing the FAFSA is different for the 2017-2018 academic year than it has been in the past. Read on to find out how this could impact families and what steps to take:

By Alaina Giesbrecht*

At least a couple of times each day, I am asked by students and families why completing the FAFSA is different for the 2017-2018 academic year than it has been in the past. What is different? How does this impact me and my family? First, the timeline. The 2017-2018 FAFSA opened on October 1, 2016 at fafsa.gov. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change – you will no longer need to wait to complete the FAFSA in January. The earlier you file, the earlier you will know how much your family is expected to contribute, which will help with budgeting for the upcoming school year. Now that the FAFSA opens in October instead of January, the priority filing window has shifted from January 1 – March 1, to October 1 – December 1. Students should file their FAFSA early to get the best aid options. File as early as you can! You do not have to wait until your current year taxes are filed, because the Federal Department of Education has moved to a model where tax information from two years prior to the academic year will be used when completing the FAFSA instead of tax information from the year immediately prior. For example, for the 2016-2017 academic year, 2015 tax information was used on the FAFSA – the tax information was from one year prior to the 2016-2017 academic year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 2015 tax information will be used again, because 2015 tax information is from two years prior to the 2017-2018 academic year. There has been a lot of confusion around using 2015 tax information again. This is a transition year, and transitions are often a little painful. Just remember: 2016 tax information will not be used until completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA. But wait – what if I lost my job in 2016? Can’t I just use 2016 tax information on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, since that is a more accurate representation of my family’s financial situation? No! 2016 tax information will never be used when completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA. However, there is a process called Professional Judgment, through which students and families may request that the Financial Aid Office, in compliance with Federal guidelines, review certain data elements on the FAFSA related to income and assets to determine whether the student could potentially be eligible for additional financial assistance if the family’s situation has undergone a drastic change due to significant or total loss of income. In order to review a Professional Judgment request for 2017-2018, the Financial Aid Office must be able to confirm that we have a FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year on file. Therefore, even if you anticipate engaging in the Professional Judgment process, do not delay in completing your FAFSA! So, again – file early! Filing the FAFSA as early as possible gives students the best options for financial aid, and allows families time to engage in Professional Judgment, if necessary. For more information, or to have a Professional Judgment request emailed directly to a UNCG email address, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@uncg.edu or call 334-5702.

*Alaina Giesbrecht is part of the UNCG Financial Aid Counselors Team, providing outstanding service via phone, email and in office visits.

Couples workshop: Guilford Health Relationships Initiative event February 18

Renowned relationship therapists Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelley Hunt will speak at UNCG
Saturday, February 18, 2017. They will present their day-long Safe Conversations workshop, which is grounded in the Imago Relationship Theory that Dr. Hendrix and Dr. Hunt co-created.

At the 2016 Valentine’s Day presentation of the Safe Conversations workshop in Dallas, over 2,000 participants attended the on-site event, and many more people attended virtually via live-streaming across the city of Dallas and around the country and world.

Hendrix and Hunt are partners in work and in life, and their workshop blends sound professional information with examples from their own lives and relationship. Together, they continue to co-create Imago Relationship Theory and Therapy and make it available in workshops, training programs, lectures, seminars and books. Over 2400 Imago therapists practice in 37 countries. Their professional partnership has produced 10 books including three New York Times best sellers (Getting the Love You Want, Keeping the Love You Find, and Giving the Love that Heals). Their latest book is Making Marriage Simple (2013). They are working on a new professional text on Imago theory and therapy.

Dr. Hendrix has over 40 years experience as an educator, couple therapist, clinical trainer, and lecturer whose work has been on Oprah 17 times. In addition to Dr. Hunt’s partnership with her husband in the co-creation of Imago, she is sole author of Faith and Feminism and creator of Women Moving Millions. For her work with philanthropic entrepreneurism for women and girls and leadership in the global women’s movement, she was installed in the Women’s Hall of Fame. Helen and Harville have been married for over 30 years, have six children, and six grandchildren and reside in Dallas, Texas and New York City.

All members of the general public are welcome to attend this interactive couples workshop. Participants are invited to attend the event with their relationship partners, but participants who attend alone are welcome and will have opportunities to practice the workshop exercises with other participants.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the UNCG campus. This event is free to Guilford County residents, but space is limited.

The Guilford Healthy Relationships Initiative within the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development is the lead sponsor for this event.

To learn more and register, please visit the following web site: https://goo.gl/niXXiV.

Spiro’s Ball: Fun silent & live auction by UNCG Spartan Club

Tickets are on sale now for Spiro’s Ball, the UNCG Spartan Club’s silent and live auction event sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.

This year, Spiro’s Ball will be held at the Greensboro Country Club from 6-9 p.m on April 19, 2017, and will feature a three-course dinner, appearances from UNCG head coaches and student-athletes, a silent auction, and a live auction with auctioneer Donna Joyce, a UNCG alum and realtor with Berkshire Hathaway.

All proceeds from Spiro’s Ball will benefit the UNCG Athletic Scholarship Fund. This year’s auction will feature a wide variety of items, including vacation getaways, concert tickets, tickets to sporting events, signed UNCG gear, UNCG-fan experiences, restaurant packages and much more.

Last year’s inaugural Spiro’s Ball event generated more than $52,000 in total revenue from 200 attendees and over 100 auction items sold.

For questions or to find out more about tickets or event sponsorship for Spiro’s Ball, contact the Spartan Club at 336-334-5156.

See more at http://www.spartanclub.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32210&ATCLID=211452226

Faculty, staff contribute with recruitment initiative

Over the past two weeks, UNCG faculty and staff collaborated with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to call high-caliber admitted students as a part of the Faculty Phone-a-thon.

This initiative allows potential freshmen for Fall 2017 to make early connections to future faculty and encourages them to attend the university.  During the phone-a-thon, students expressed gratitude and some surprise that faculty would take the time to reach out and answer questions. (A full list of participants is below.)

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomes participation from faculty and staff in student recruitment efforts and may have opportunities this spring. Please contact Janoah Williams, Undergraduate Admissions graduate assistant, at jgwilli6@uncg.edu to note your interest or for more information.

Faculty Phone-a-thon participants

Matt Barr, Media Studies

Dr. Sara Estle, Psychology

Dr. Chris Wahlheim, Psychology

Dr. Roberto Campo, International and Global Studies

Dr. Randy Schmitz, Kinesiology

Dr. Allan Goldfarb, Kinesiology

Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, Nursing

Dr. Harper Roehm, Business Administration

Dr. Dan Yasaki, Mathematics

Dr. Aaron Terranova, Kinesiology

Dr. Hugh Parker, Classical Studies

Dr. Stuart Schleien, Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Dr. Jeremy Rinker, Peace and Conflict Studies

Carrie Rosario, Public Health Education

Dr. Jerry Walsh, Chemistry

Karen Lynden, Management

Kathryn Aldridge, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Dayna Touron, Psychology

Dr. Arielle Kuperberg, Sociology

Dr. Dora Gicheva, Economics

Anne Mitchell Wood, Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies

Dr. Lauren Ceneviva, Management

Robin Maxwell, Biology

Dr. Courtney Caiola, Nursing

Dr. Tracey Howell, Mathematics

Janet Lilly, Dance

Dr. Robert Anemone, Anthropology

Dr. Maura Heyn, Archeology

James Milanese, Accounting

Dr. Robin Remsburg, Nursing

Dr. Anju Mehta, Management

Dr. Vidya Gargeya, Information Systems and Operations Management

Sandra Blaha, Nursing

Dr. Dale Schunk, Education

Jennifer Clark, School of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Douglas Levine, Psychology

Dr. Sarah Cervenak, Women and Gender Studies

Emily Hamuka, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bess Hopkins, Communication Science and Disorders

Dr. Rochelle Cassidy, School of Health and Human Sciences

Eloise Hassell, Management

Dr. Elizabeth Tomlin, Biology

Deb Stanford, Nursing

Dr. Rick Bunch, Geography

Dr. Robert Griffiths, Political Science

Dr. Jeff Jones, History

Nominate students for Spartans-In-Dialogue program

The Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) is offering a new co-curricular dialogue experience for students, Spartans-In-Dialogue, and they are seeking your support.

1) Please share the attached flyer or the following webpage with students: intercultural.uncg.edu/spartans-in-dialogue
2) Please nominate students to participate in this program by emailing their name and email address to carla.fullwood@uncg.edu. Interested students should complete this application form by March 1, 2017.

What is the Spartans-In-Dialogue Program?

Spartans-In-Dialogue is a five-week interactive dialogue experience designed to build relationships across difference. Participants of different identities (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, socioeconomic status, etc.) will engage in ongoing, intergroup communication about topics related to social identity and intersectionality. During the Spring 2017 semester, dialogues will focus on the topic of race, race relations, and its intersectionality with other identities. All participants who complete the 5-week experience will receive an official “certificate of completion.. Visit intercultural.uncg.edu/spartans-in-dialogue to learn more or to apply.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017. The dialogue group assignments will be the week of March 6. The program will last the weeks of March 6 to April 17.

If you have any questions about the Spartans-In-Dialogue program, please contact Carla Fullwood, Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement, at carla.fullwood@uncg.edu or 336-334-5090.

“Antigone” opens Feb. 16; see Frame/Works discussions Feb. 23

UNCG’s Theatre’s production of Sophocles’ “Antigone,” directed by John Gulley, opens on February 16, with a “pay what you can” preview at 7:30 p.m. The subsequent evening shows, on February 17, 18, 22 and 23, are at 8 p.m., and the matinée performances, on Feb. 19 and 26, are at 2 p.m. For ticket purchases, the Theatre Box Office is located at 402 Tate Street, in room 115 of the Brown Building, open 11 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call 336-334-4392  and see Triad Stage’s website for online ticket purchases. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $12 for UNCG students.

On Thursday, Feb. 23 (that is the corrected date), the production will be part of the Frame/Works series, a program that links scholarly work to artistic practice. Dr. Jen Feather from Women and Gender Studies and the English department, Wade Maki, from the Philosophy department and Dr. Derek Keyser from Classical Studies will make presentations at 5:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Brown Building Theatre. Their presentation will be followed by a dinner break from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., before the performance of “Antigone” in Taylor Theatre. After the performance, Feather and Keyser will join members of the cast and creative team, including John Gulley, for a post-show discussion and Q & A. Audience members are encouraged to join in the discussion. Frame/Works participants may purchase tickets to the performance for $12. The pre- and post-show events are complimentary but seating is provided on a first come/first serve basis.

Correction: The Frame/Works evening will be Thursday, Feb. 23, not the 26th as earlier indicated in this post.

Collaboratively countering rising costs of textbooks

The UNCG University Libraries and the UNCG Bookstore are working together to help students lower the rising costs of textbooks. Last semester, the bookstore provided a list to the library of the faculty-adopted textbooks for the Spring 2017 semester. The library staff worked diligently to identify e-book versions of the titles that were either currently in their collection or available for purchase through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant. These federal dollars from the Institute of Museum and Library Services were awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries for 2016 through 2018. The library staff shared the list of titles and links with the bookstore, which were then added to the bookstore’s online portal to show the electronic version of the textbook.

Additionally, the library emailed faculty members that an electronic version of their required textbook was available in the bookstore for their students. Through this collaborative effort, the library and bookstore identified 220 e-books available for students. The e-books can be found in the library catalog at http://uncg.libguides.com/coursetexts or through the bookstore’s online portal at https://bookstore.uncg.edu/.

Faculty with questions may contact Beth R. Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications, University Libraries.

“Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” documentary

The UNCG Department of Media Studies will screen the documentary “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” at the 2017 Black History Media Festival, an event hosted by Bennett College. The theme this year is “The Spirit of Social Justice.”

“Union Time” was produced and directed by Matthew Barr, professor in UNCG’s Media Studies Department. The film tells the story of one of the biggest union victories of the 21st century—the fight to organize Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose Justice@Smithfield campaign brought national attention to the struggle.  Also involved in the campaign were the North Carolina NAACP, led by Reverend William T. Barber, and the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, with leadership from Reverend Nelson Johnson. The victory led to the formation of UFCW Local 1208 and fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

“Union Time” premiered at UNCG on April 28, 2016, and has been screened at the DC Laborfest. In addition, the film is scheduled to be shown at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the UCLA Labor Center, and the Oral History Association, among others.

Assistant Professor Tom Lipscomb of Bennett College’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies is the moderator of the event. (Lipscomb graduated in 2003 from UNCG’s MFA Program in Film and Video Production.)

It will be screened Friday, February 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Global Learning Center Lecture Hall, Bennett College. It is free and open to the public.

‘War and Peace Imagined’ spring 2017 events

Photo of Greensboro skylight with UNCG campus at night.UNCG’s War & Peace Imagined event series continues this semester with a variety of lectures, performances and discussions that explore the themes of war and peace over the past century.

Listed below are featured events for the remainder of the yearlong series. All events are open to the public, and many offer free admission.

To learn more and to view the full schedule of events, download the UNCG Guides app or visit warandpeace.uncg.edu.

Feb. 15: “War Stories: Violent Acts and Violent Texts in Northern Kenya & Beyond”
This lecture by Dr. Jon Holtzman, Professor of Anthropology, Western Michigan University, will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium. It is presented by the Center for Legislative Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Anthropology
Holtzman’s lecture plays off of Tim O’Brien’s concept of a “true war story”, and uses two disparate examples (the controversy over Rigoberta Menchu and German political mythologies that justified the Holocaust) to consider how to analyze the conflicting narratives (e.g. Pokot and Samburu explanations for the war between them) gathered in my multi-sited ethnography. The talk foregrounds the ethnographic context of violence and some of the specific aspects of Pokot and Samburu war stories about it, and then contextualize these within comparative examples accessible to a non-specialized audience.

Note: CW has learned the Feb. 16 “Illusions of Peace, Realities of War” talk, included in an earlier version of this listing, has been cancelled. 


Feb. 16-26: “Antigone”

The UNCG School of Theatre will present Sophocles’ “Antigone,” a classic Greek tragedy that encompasses the themes of war and peace. The show opens Feb. 16 and runs through Feb. 26 at Taylor Theatre on campus. Visit theatre.uncg.edu to learn more and purchase tickets.

Feb. 20: Honor Under Pressure – Reflections of a Former POW in North Vietnam

Retired Navy Commander Porter Halyburton, whose inspiring story of war and friendship was told in the book “Two Souls Indivisible,” will visit UNCG to share his experience as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the Elliott University Center (EUC) Auditorium.

Feb. 24: Giuseppe Verdi – “Requiem”

This special performance, featuring four UNCG alumni as vocal soloists, will combine the powerful music of Verdi’s monumental “Requiem” with real-time digital artwork created by UNCG School of Art Director Chris Cassidy. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

Feb. 26: For the End of Time – Holocaust Memorial Concert

A quartet including UNCG faculty member Kelly Burke and Greensboro Symphony maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky will present a program in commemoration of the Holocaust and the power of music during troubled times. The concert will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the UNCG Music Building.

Feb. 26: Prayer, Protest, Peace – Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

UNCG Jazz Ensembles I and II will present music related to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. This evening performance begins at 7:30 in the Recital Hall in the UNCG Music Building. Tickets can be purchased at music.uncg.edu.

March 7: Tikvah

Written by Burton Beerman, Tikvah is a multimedia oratorio based on the memoir of Holocaust survivor and Torah scholar Philip Markowicz. The piece includes UNCG professor Welborn Young and the UNCG Chamber Singers collaborating with the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. Join the School of Music for this special performance at 7:30 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at music.uncg.edu.

March 22: Lecture by Chris Abani

Drawing on his life and work in Nigeria, London and the United States, award-winning poet and novelist Chris Abani will discuss how literature and the arts connect us globally in unexpected ways. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. (Note: That time has been corrected. It is 7 p.m.)


By Alyssa Bedrosian

Healthy Relationships Initiative launches with kick-off community events

UNCG and Phillips Foundation have officially launched the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI), an original program to promote happy, healthy and safe relationships and improve quality of life across Guilford County.

At a launch event held at UNCG’s new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, the HRI team unveiled the program’s three-pronged public health approach focused on community mobilization, social marketing and educational programming.

In addition, HRI introduced a month-long series of kick-off events, including a community date night, educational workshops and a family fun day at local YMCA branches.

“Traditionally, relational health has been viewed as a private matter, and as a result, individuals haven’t had access to the support and resources they need to form and foster positive relationships,” said Dr. Christine Murray, director of HRI and associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development. “HRI is changing the conversation so that relationships are seen as an important public health issue. Our goal is to be a go-to community resource for individuals, couples and families across the county.”

HRI is guided by a steering committee that represents 21 community organizations. These partnerships will allow the initiative to reach a broad audience and host engaging programs and events, most of which will be offered free to the public.

In addition to public programming, HRI offers free, online toolkits, as well as training for Guilford County professionals.

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

While the initial implementation plan focuses on the next four years, the long-term goal is to create a lasting, sustainable initiative that can serve as a resource for Guilford County residents and a model for communities across the United States.

To learn more about HRI and upcoming events, visit guilfordhri.org.

Visual: Christine Murray, at event. By Martin W. Kane.

UNCG reduces energy and water consumption

UNCG is growing. An expanding student body and more building space naturally cause an increase in the use of natural gas, electricity and water, according to UNCG energy analyst Nihal Al Raees. There’s also the weather—harsher winters and summers make it more energy intensive to control the indoor climate.

But a strategic energy plan is at work, to ensure that the university’s total energy and water consumption not only meet but surpass state-mandated reductions. The UNCG Facilities Energy Conservation Team has been evaluating and implementing technologies and strategies to reduce fossil fuel consumption wherever possible, reducing the Energy Use Intensity number, which is the energy per square foot, per year. This year’s energy use goal is to reduce the campus EUI by one percent.

According to UNCG’s Strategic Energy Plan report for 2015-16, through the implementation of the UNC system’s first performance contract, installation of several new technologies, improvements to the steam and chilled water infrastructures, and education and outreach efforts, energy and water consumption have decreased significantly at UNCG since 2003. In 2015-16, the Energy Use Intensity number was the lowest ever recorded at UNCG and water consumption had been reduced dramatically, far surpassing the 20 percent water-saving goal established by the state.

Moving toward sustainable energy resources is a future goal, with a plan for UNCG to become a model of campus energy use. Implementation of the UNCG Climate Action Plan to reduce energy consumption and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions began in the fall of 2013. These and all other efforts keep UNCG moving toward the 2050 carbon neutrality directive of The University of North Carolina Policy of Sustainability, in which all North Carolina system branches are committed to becoming carbon neutral as soon as practical and by 2050 at the latest.

How can you help?

Students, faculty and staff are requested to help conserve energy at UNCG, with small actions that can have big results.  These actions can be as simple as turning off any electronics and lights when they are not in use, using CFL or LED light bulbs and using natural light whenever possible. Setting computers to hibernate when they’re not in use, shutting them down before leaving for the day, and not leaving them plugged in overnight, can make a big difference in how much energy each computer uses. Together, Spartans can make a difference in reducing energy costs and the university’s impact on the environment.

The Energy Conservation Pledge is available online for those who will promise to take small steps to reduce unnecessary energy use. Sign the energy conservation pledge here.

See tips on saving energy here and try these steps immediately:
·         Turn off lights when leaving any unoccupied room.

·         Unplug electronics when not in use, or use a smart power strip.

·         Put computer on “sleep” or “hibernate” when not in use for short periods, and shut them down when they are not going to be used for more than two hours.

·         Take the stairs instead of an elevator whenever possible.

·         Do not open windows during cold weather and report uncomfortable temperatures to Facilities Operations by phone at 334-5684 or workrequest@uncg.edu

·         If working in a lab, lower the sash on the fume hood when not in use.

Information and some copy drawn from UNCG’s Strategic Energy Plan report for 2015-16, with the assistance of UNCG energy analyst Nihal Al Raees.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

CACE Conference: “Black America in the 21st Century”

The Conference on African-American & African Diasporic Culture and Experience will take place Feb. 22 and will feature many presentations and performances from students, alumni and faculty from various schools and universities. The theme for this year is “Black America in the 21st Century.” The entire UNCG and Greensboro community are invited, and faculty are encouraged to bring classes to the conference.
All research presentations will be in various rooms in the EUC except for the CACE Networking Social and Poster Presentations, which will be in the Virginia Dare Room at the Alumni House.

Here is what to expect at CACE this year:

– The opening session, at 9 a.m., will feature remarks from Dean Kiss, Provost Dunn and Chancellor Gilliam, followed by an interactive performance from Community Play
– Research presentations will occupy the rest of the morning and the CACE luncheon which follows will feature  performances from Suah African Drummers and the African Student Union Miwasi Kitoko Dance Team.
– Research presentations will continue through the early afternoon and the CACE networking and poster presentations will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., over coffee and snacks.
– From 6 to 8 p.m. the Literary Café will feature poets and spoken word performances about Black America in the 21st Century,  hosted by Tiera Moore, Dominick Hand and Demetrius Noble.
– Register for the conference here, see the schedule here and find more information on the website.

Email aads@uncg.edu with questions.

Chancellor’s musings: Finding a way forward in turbulent times

Chancellor Gilliam, at the start of his Q&A session with Faculty Senate last week, addressed a potential, positive approach in these times. His thoughts were repeated (in a lengthier way) in an email to faculty, staff and students later last week, in one of his occasional “Chancellor’s musings” messages, reprinted here:


“When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble”


“What Should I Do Now?”


I’ve struggled the last few months to write something that is meaningful and thoughtful; something that sheds light on a way forward in these most turbulent of times. It’s been difficult because I don’t want to succumb to rhetoric and intemperate language—that does nothing more than add fuel to the fire. And I don’t want to impugn the integrity of anyone who truthfully believes that his or her perspective is valid and without malice, whether on the political left or right.

So where does this leave me?

Two recent and interrelated stories have provided me some clarity. The first story concerns the reported shortages of food at the Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Food Pantry. As has been reported in the media, the demand for food in the latter part of 2016 left Urban Ministry with a desperately low inventory of food items to distribute to individuals and families in need. While it appears that charitable contributions from generous members of our community have staved off immediate shortfalls, leaders at Urban Ministry are understandably worried about the days ahead.

The second story is about the Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI) spearheaded by Associate Professor Christine Murray of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development in the School of Education and Elizabeth Phillips, Executive Director of the Phillips Foundation. This project focuses on the role that healthy relationships play in contributing to broader community-wide health. Put differently, this work lifts up the idea that one way to prevent community corrosion associated with domestic violence, drug abuse, and the neglect and abuse of children is to engage preventative strategies that target the interactions that form the foundation of our day-to-day experience. The HRI framework calls attention to interventions designed to build healthy relationships. The theory is that one critical marker of a healthy community is a significant number of healthy and vibrant interpersonal relationships, particularly at the family level.

An exciting feature of this work is that it brings together representatives from the academic community, the philanthropic community, and the governmental, non-profit, and private sectors. Of course the cynic will observe that it is remarkable that these disparate interests can collaborate at all. I’d rather stipulate that this network is the contemporary antidote to today’s complex and interrelated problems. Not only is it desirable, it is necessary.

Now – what does this have to do with finding a way forward in the current climate?

It is this. We should pay attention to and work on the problems that are right in front of us.

We have many problems right here in Guilford County. People are hungry. Children are abandoned. Families are in distress. I was stunned to learn, for example, that the Guilford County Family Justice Center, which works on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse issues, has helped over 8,300 individuals and families since its inception a year and a half ago. I was shocked when I heard this data reported by Catherine Johnson, the new Executive Director of the Center and a UNCG alum.

Now, I’m not arguing that we should ignore the daunting issues that face the nation. Nor am I suggesting that we can’t or shouldn’t have strong emotions about issues currently on the public agenda. We absolutely should. There are times when conditions are such that they present complex challenges to our individual and institutional core values. When they do, we must take the time and invest the energy to understand how to move forward and when it is necessary to take a stand. This is what this university has always done and will continue to do.

What I’m suggesting, however, is that we not allow the noise on the political and social landscape to paralyze us or derail efforts to make a difference, discourage individuals from doing things that can help their communities, or dissuade people from believing they can have a positive and meaningful impact even in an environment where it seems that the challenges we face can be overwhelming.

Let’s focus our energy on transforming our community and making it a more vibrant place to live. A safer and more welcoming place to live. Let’s help our neighbors, be kind to strangers, and love each other a little bit more.

Save your students money with Open Education Mini-Grants

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students? The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents.

A new program at UNCG encourages you to do something about that concern. The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support UNCG’s Open Education “Mini-Grants” initiative to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. Fifteen $1,000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring, made possible by an LSTA grant through the State Library. The fifteen mini-grants are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi and modify assignments, as well as any actual expenses you incur.

If you are interested in applying for these “mini-grants”, you are encouraged to attend one of the Open Education Initiative Information Sessions to be held Feb. 21 or 22 from non to 1 p.m. in Jackson Library, Room 216. Please RSVP prior to the workshop or direct your questions to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu. Additional literature on open educational resources is available at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer.

The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is March 10.

You can apply at http://tinyurl.com/o2xck9j.

Supportive ‘culture of care’ at UNCG – two workshops

In an effort to create a culture of care, the Dean of Students Office invites you to attend workshops specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/uncg-cares/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 336-334-5514.

UNCG Still Cares
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
2  – 4 p.m.
EUC Sharp Room

“UNCG Cares” about students! During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, February 24, 2017
2  – 3:30 p.m.
EUC Willow Room

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual’s behavior and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

HR professional development offerings: Feb. 2017

UNCG’s Human Resources Professional Development program offers a variety of new workshops, personal and professional, as well as old favorites. Take advantage of this benefit available to all supervisors and their employees.  Please visit the Professional Development catalog located at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/


How To Deal With a Difficult Person Learning to recognize and cope with common difficult behaviors in ourselves and others can help make those difficult encounters much more manageable. This workshop is for those who wish to improve their ability to communicate and resolve conflict with others. Led by a local professional with UNCG’s Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, on February 8 from 12pm-1pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022760


The Impact of Attitude on Work and Life This workshop will help participants explore how attitude can change their life and will provide them with opportunities to develop a more positive mind-set. Led by a local professional with UNCG’s Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, on February 15 from 12pm-1pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022761


IT STARTS WITH DESIGN: Improving Your Presentations with Simple Digital Design Advice**** An additional course on presentations will be offered later this semester on February 17 from 11am-12:30pm. This course, IT STARTS WITH DESIGN: Improving Your Presentations with Simple Digital Design Advice, co-presented by the Jackson Library’s Digital Media Commons and Digital ACT Studio, will introduce users to some helpful tips for improving the aesthetic quality of their presentations, from a digital design perspective. Armondo Collins, Head of the Digital Media Commons, and Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, the Director of the Digital ACT Studio, will guide users through some best practices that mixes a hands-on technical experience with ideas on improving the rhetorical effectiveness of your visual presentations. All participants are asked to bring a PowerPoint presentation that they don’t mind getting dirty.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021579.


TSERS: Retirement Workshop* This workshop, given by Emily Foust, HR’s Benefits Manager, is designed for members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and mid-to-late career employees. This workshop will help employees understand retirement calculations, conversion of sick leave to service, retiree health insurance vesting, the process to initiate monthly retirement payments and more. Please feel free to bring a spouse, or partner.  This workshop will be held on February 15th from 3:30pm-5pm. 

Please note this is not a financial planning workshop. Workshops on retirement, financial planning, and individual sessions with vendors/financial planners are offered throughout the year.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022759


Introductory American Sign Language – Part I This four-part series gives you a quick introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) focusing on conversations and phrases that are useful in day-to-day office interactions. Because the sessions will build on one another, it is strongly recommended that you take all four two-hour sessions offered in a compact four-week period. Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture and learn useful phrases that can be used in the workplace. Join Glenda Torres from the Professions in Deafness department on February 24th from 10am-12pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022860


Managing Personnel Action Forms: Undergraduate Student Employment This workshop will provide a primer on undergraduate eligibility requirements for student payroll and review of personnel action forms, to include key EPAFs. Procedural review will consist of the when and how to utilize available personnel action forms and EPAFs to ensure timely pay for student workers. Please join Cati Munoz, HR’s Specialist on Undergraduate Students, on February 28 from 10am-11:30am.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022778


Managing Personnel Action Forms: Graduate Student Employment This workshop will provide a primer on graduate student employment and appropriate personnel action forms, EPAFs and PD-7s. Procedural review will consist of when and how to utilize these forms, the differences between the two and policy information related to graduate student employment. Please join Mitzi Burchinal, from The Graduate School, on March 1st from 10am-12pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022679


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

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

Black History Month: Governor’s proclamation, chancellor’s interview

This month is Black History Month. A number of events will be held on campus, including a Diversity Expo and a UNCG Neo-Black Society hosted Black Arts Festival. A listing of events may be viewed in here.  Chancellor Gilliam recently spoke to WGHP about Black History Month – the video clip can be viewed here. And Governor Cooper issued this proclamation:

State of North Carolina

Roy Cooper


Black History Month 2017

By the Governor of the State of North Carolina

A Proclamation


WHEREAS, the national theme for Black History Month in 2017 highlights the historic success of African Americans in overcoming the crisis in black education, and in North Carolina we celebrate the ascent of African American people and communities through education in centuries past and for centuries to come; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Carter G. Woodson is known as the father of Black History, and Black History Month originated from “Negro History Week” established in 1926 by Dr. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and is now celebrated throughout the entire month of February; and

WHEREAS, the sons and daughters of North Carolina have quenched the thirst for education and knowledge, sharing it and using its power to uplift a people; and

WHEREAS, Shaw University in Raleigh was founded in 1865 as the first African American institution of higher learning in the South, and whose graduates were founders of North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University, and where was housed North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for its first year, making Shaw a fount nurturing opportunity and hope for a people; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina is home to the largest number of four-year, degree-granting Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation; and

WHEREAS, John Chavis from Halifax County, a Revolutionary War veteran, a free man of color educated by the president of Princeton University, a licensed Presbyterian minister in 1800, and a teacher of white students by day and black students by night, is considered by some to be the most educated African American at the time; and

WHEREAS, Anna Julia Cooper of Raleigh, enrolled in the first class at St. Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute upon its opening in 1868, earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Oberlin College in 1887 and became a school principal, college professor, activist for civil rights and women’s rights; earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris and won international acclaim as a beacon for equality; and wrote “A Voice from the South,” the first book-length feminist analysis of the condition of African Americans; and

WHEREAS, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, born in Henderson and educated in Massachusetts, established Palmer Institute in Sedalia in 1902 to feed the hunger for learning of African American youth, creating a day and boarding school that was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and became a destination for blacks from across the country and internationally, as Dr. Brown became nationally known and spoke out for the American principals of freedom and justice for all people;  and

WHEREAS, Annie Wealthy Holland, a Virginian who in 1911 became teaching supervisor in North Carolina and in 1915 was named state demonstration agent for North Carolina, effectively serving as state supervisor for black elementary schools, traveling to every county to teach demonstration classes in subjects from reading to nutrition and sewing, and was founder of the first African American parent-teacher association in North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, Julius Chambers from Montgomery County became a distinguished jurist who in 1971 won the Supreme Court Case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, which established the nation’s commitment to end racially segregated schools and helped to provide access to a quality education for all children in America; and
WHEREAS, African Americans have contributed and continue to contribute significantly to remedying the crisis in education, and furthering the ascent of African Americans in the great state of North Carolina and beyond;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Roy Cooper, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

Symposium: ‘#NODAPL: Indigenous Resistance at Standing Rock’

The symposium “#NODAPL: Indigenous Resistance at Standing Rock” will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Maple Room of the EUC. There will be a panel of guest speakers presenting on the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, its context, and the opposition to it by indigenous peoples, particularly the Standing Rock Sioux. Panelists will include Jaskiran Dhillon from the New School, Nick Estes, from the University of New Mexico, and Melanie Yazzie, from the University of California, Riverside.

“Indigenous Resistance at Standing Rock” is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and the Office of Intercultural Engagement.

Spartan Club launches redesigned website at www.spartanclub.org

The UNCG Spartan Club has launched its brand new website redesign at www.spartanclub.org in conjunction with the Giant Steps For 50 Years fundraising effort in 2017.

The new and improved Spartan Club website features information on how to get involved and support UNCG Athletics. Donors and fans can find information on benefits and giving levels as well as links to directly donate to support UNCG student-athletes.

The Spartan Club website will now offer donors a tracking tool for the Spartan Athletics Scholarship Fund goal. This year’s Giant Step for 50 Years is an ambitious fundraising effort inspired by this year’s celebration of 50 years of organized intercollegiate athletics at UNCG. The Giant Steps effort has two goals related to the 2016-17 Spartan Athletic Scholarship Fund: reaching $500,000 in cash raised and 1,000 donors. This would mark increases of 18% in cash raised and 29% in donors from 2015-16.

The mission of the Spartan Club is to secure the financial support that will provide our student-athletes with the opportunities to achieve academic and athletic excellence. As a non-profit organization, the Spartan Club supports more than 220 student-athletes who compete in 17 varsity sports at the Division I level.  To join the Spartan Club or to learn more about its effort on behalf of UNCG student-athletes, call 336-334-3576 or visit www.spartanclub.org.
See more at http://www.spartanclub.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32210&ATCLID=211449792

Go green on the screen: Two films and a contest

There are two upcoming films as part of UNCG’s Sustainability Series, as well as an opportunity to become a locally recognized filmmaker.

The two film screenings listed below begin at 6:30 p.m. They are free and accompanied by a discussion of an environmental issue.

Feb 23 – Landfill Harmonic (2015) in Ferguson, Room 100
Mar 9 – This Changes Everything (2015), at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

The UNCG Sustainability Council, Office of Sustainability & Green Fund also announce the 2017 eighth annual Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. Submissions of original 10-minute films about sustainability are accepted up to March 24, 2017, and participants are eligible for one of three prizes.

All entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., where winners will be announced and celebrated.

Entries must address sustainability, which UNCG defines as the “enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Judging is based on relation to sustainability as well as concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming and writing.

Submit films on DVD or in a screenable online format (YouTube, Vimeo) together with your name, phone number and email address, and the title and length of the film by 5 p.m. on March 24, 2017 to Sarah Dorsey sbdorsey@uncg.edu. For more information, contact Sarah via email or at 336.334.5610.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to the following: 1) Films must be original work, must not infringe on any rights of others, and must have all necessary permissions. UNCG will not be held liable for any copyright infringements. 2) To claim prizes, winners must be present (in person or via audio/video connection) at the screening. 3) Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films. 4) UNCG reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason. 5) Prizes are not negotiable or transferable. 6) The decisions of the judges are final.