UNCG Campus Weekly

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Ribbon cutting Aug. 5 at Union Square

072716Feature_UnionSquareAt the corner of Arlington Street and Gate City Boulevard, the Union Square Campus is a symbol of partnership and revitalization in downtown Greensboro, and it’s opening its doors for the first time next month.

The campus will house UNCG’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program that trains nurse practitioners, nurse executives and certified registered nurse anesthetists, as well as components of nursing and health care education programs for NC A&T State, Guilford Tech Community College and Cone Health.

The high-tech, energy-efficient building includes a 340-seat auditorium, multiple classroom and lab spaces, informal study and common areas and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. It will serve 160 UNCG students each day this academic year, and that number is expected to grow to more than 200 next year.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 5, and you’re invited to help celebrate the facility’s grand opening. An informational program will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium, and will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception and tours.

Admission is free, but RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/union-square-campus-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-tickets-26545899500.

The Union Square Campus is located at 109 Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro.

By Jeanie McDowell

Social media gives new life to UNCG history

072716Feature_SocialMediaIn a room packed with the rows, shelves and cabinets that store over 120 years of UNCG artifacts, Erin Lawrimore flips through a single cabinet of photographs. She stops on a black and white photograph of 1940s faculty members inspecting a device purported to test the resilience of textiles.

These photograph — artifacts from UNCG’s nearly 125 years — are the building blocks of University Archives’ social-media campaign, the outlet through which UNCG students, faculty and staff are accessing the university’s archives and special collections.

There’s the Spartan Stories blog, a Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account — each requiring a team of archivists on a regimented schedule. There’s Monday’s Spartan Story along with a #MusicMonday post; Wednesday’s Who-Dun-It, which features a mystery novel from the university’s rare book collection; #ThrowbackThursdays; and the most popular of all, Fashion and Foodie Fridays.

“We will probably never run out of stuff,” said Lawrimore, who oversees the social-media outreach. “We’ve got negatives, glass-plate negatives, 80-plus years of yearbooks – by the time we run out no one will be on Twitter.”

Some of the clips are published solely for the sake of nostalgia (snapshots from the ‘80s and ‘90s are among the most popular) but University Archivist Lawrimore and the greater team of archivists aim to tell the university’s story with all the nuances of period-specific dress and social-norms of the period.

“Any student here today is part of a trend of students going back 120 years,” said Lawrimore. “I want to help make the university’s history real, to make them feel that they’re part of a place that has a history.”

As the archivists work through their daily operations, which include intensive research on subjects submitted by faculty members, they’ll often make mental notes that will become the subject of a blogpost.

Lawrimore made one such note when she saw a disciplinary case in Julius Foust’s folder. The note led to a post titled “A ‘Most Unfortunate Experience,” which follows the story of six students from what was then known as the North Carolina College for Women, as they purchased a car against university policy and later faced the repercussions when they crashed into a telephone pole. It was a single line in Allen Trelease’s book of UNCG history, “Making N.C. Literate,” that led the team to investigate the case of Dr. Albert Keister, a UNCG professor whose support of evolutionary theory was chastised by 1920s society.

The Spartan Stories blog posts can be thought of as the meat of the team’s social media operations. They take a considerable amount of research and aim to be introspective and informative rather than morale-boosting. But the quick stuff, the often funny or nostalgic photos, are usually the most shared items.

The archivists are often asked to teach archival classes. They’ll come into a classroom for a day and demonstrate the archival process. And, occasionally a student will recognize the team as the faces behind “Fashion Friday.” Lawrimore said that those moments are what the social media campaign is all about, exposing students to a history they’re connected to.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Visual from a Throwback-Thursday post, of UNCG’s Fall Kickoff in the early 1990s

A second cistern at UNCG

072716Feature_CisternA new cistern is being designed for UNCG. The design and the components should be completed by the end of August, says Jim Munro (UNCG Grounds). The cistern will be located behind the Financial Aid office, located on Kenilworth Street.

It is funded by UNCG’s Green Fund. (See previous article.)

A lot of water can be utilized through a cistern. For example, in the fall 2015 semester between Aug. 15 and Oct. 20, 7,500 gallons of water were conserved in the campus’s one existing cistern and used on campus plantings.

“That is water we didn’t have to purchase,” says Munro.

Over the winter, 725 gallons were used to make brine.

And it was valuable in the spring. For example, from April 25 to June 3, UNCG Grounds captured and used 3,400 gallons of water, Munro has calculated.

The campus has wells to water the athletic fields. But for the other parts of campus, the cistern is used – though Grounds ran out of cistern water during part of last fall. This additional cistern, which will also collect the condensate from the chiller units / air-conditioning at Financial Aid, will provide for additional water to be used in landscape plantings campuswide. And once it’s built, it’s free water, Munro notes.

Money doesn’t fall from the sky. In this case, it sort of does.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Mike Harris, of Kevin Siler using cistern water to water begonias on July 21, 2016

UNCG Nursing deemed “Center of Excellence” again and again

Photo of School of Nursing building.The UNCG School of Nursing has been selected for the fourth consecutive time by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center of Excellence in recognition of its sustained efforts in “Creating Environments That Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.” This designation runs from 2016-2021, and will be formally awarded at the NLN Summit in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 21, 2016.

Only 10 schools in the country have been designated as Centers of Excellence more than twice; the UNCG School of Nursing first received designation in 2005. The NLN “offers the Centers of Excellence program as a way to recognize schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and invested resources over a sustained period of time to distinguish themselves in a specific area related to nursing education.”

Information drawn from www.nln.org/recognition-programs/centers- of-excellence- in-nursing-education

UNCG Athletics will celebrate 50th anniversary

072716Feature_Athletics50thThe UNCG athletic department announced a year-long celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary of formally recognized intercollegiate athletics at the university for the 2016-17 season. The commemoration will be highlighted throughout the year at various athletic events as well as online at www.uncgspartans.com and on UNCG social media avenues.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary, the athletic department is unveiling a commemorative logo for the occasion that will be used throughout the year. The 50th anniversary celebration will kick off with the first official home event of the fall campaign when women’s soccer hosts Triad rival High Point August 19 at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

The university first formally recognized intercollegiate athletics during the 1967-68 season and this year’s campaign will mark the 50th season of athletics, including the 25th year of NCAA Division I competition. Additionally, the athletic department will recognize the rich history of athletics prior to the formal recognition, a history that laid the foundation for the current athletic department.

By Matt McCollester

Grant to reduce some textbook costs

Photo of Jackson Library. A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid students at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University by reducing their costs for required textbooks. The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at ECU and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to Alternative Textbooks. Including matching funds from both universities, the total cost of the two-year project is $184,332.

Sharing best practices, procedures, and promotional materials, the librarians at both institutions will work with departmental faculty to reduce students’ textbook costs and increase their academic engagement through two concurrent strategies. One strategy is to award departmental faculty mini-grants to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources (OER’s) as the bases for their syllabi. The second strategy is to identify required texts that either the library already owns or can purchase as ebooks that students may use in addition to or instead of a printed copy that they purchase.

Textbook affordability is a personal goal for Joyner Library director Janice S. Lewis, as well as a library goal. She is looking forward, she says, to working with colleagues at UNCG’s Jackson Library on “our cooperative efforts to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money.”

Kathy Crowe, Interim Dean for the UNCG’s University Libraries, says “We are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance and build on our OER initiatives at UNCG and broaden the scope across the state.”  Student response to a UNCG pilot program was equally enthusiastic; one student commented “I believe that this method of teaching is great, and I have learned just as much as I would using a textbook.”

The Alternative Textbooks Project benefits to students include a reduction in the cost of attending college and increased opportunities for engagement and academic success in their classes. Studies of student achievement across multiple colleges and universities have suggested that students in OER  classes take more classes, have higher retention rates and shorter times to degree, and have learning outcomes equivalent to or slightly higher than students in classes with traditional textbooks.

Any OER objects created will be made freely available to a global audience, and planning documents, procedures, and promotional materials will be shared with other libraries so that they can adopt this model for their own campuses. For more information, contact any of our co-principal investigators: Cindy Shirkey or Joseph Thomas from East Carolina University, or Beth Bernhardt from UNC Greensboro.

Faculty/staff: Tour Kaplan Center for Wellness

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center.The Department of Recreation & Wellness is offering Faculty & Staff an opportunity to tour the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness following the official opening on Aug. 1. Individuals interested in touring the facility can register online through the UNCG Workshops Web Portal (workshops.uncg.edu). Kaplan Center Tours are listed under the Department of Recreation & Wellness.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes as the tour will involve standing and walking for an extended amount of time.

Please contact the Department of Recreation & Wellness at 336-334-5924 or recwell@uncg.edu for accommodation requests or any other questions.

Athletics receives second largest gift in their history

Photo of Dr. Nancy Vacc

Dr. Nancy Vacc

Dr. Nancy Vacc, former UNCG professor, has made a planned gift in the amount of $725,000 to establish the Vacc Women’s Golf Scholarship Endowment for the women’s golf program. As the second largest overall gift and the largest planned gift ever received by UNCG Athletics, the Vacc Women’s Golf Endowment will provide the value of a full out of state scholarship for Women’s Golf on an annual basis.

Women’s golf has a rich history at UNCG and participation in the sport dates back to before the university had an officially recognized intercollegiate athletics department. Notable players from the past include former LPGA players Marge Burns, Jenny Gleason, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Carol Mann, H.B. MacArthur, and Becky Morgan, among others.

Vacc has a long history of supporting UNCG. In 2004, she gave, in memory of her late husband Dr. Nicholas Vacc, the Bell Tower at Anniversary Plaza as well as funds for landscaping the area. The area is now known as the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza on the south end of College Avenue.

Dr. Nancy Vacc, after completing her doctorate in curriculum and teaching at UNCG, joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1987. She received the UNCG School of Education Teaching Excellence Award in 1998. Her husband, Nicholas, taught at UNCG for 23 years and served as head of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development from 1986 to 1996.

“UNCG was such a special place for Nicholas and me,” said Dr. Nancy Vacc. “I am pleased to be able to provide support for future generations of wonderful student-athletes who play the game of golf at UNCG.”

Other funds at the university in the name of this generous couple are the Nancy Nesbitt Vacc Doctoral Fellowship in Elementary Education, the Nicholas A. and Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship, and the Nicholas A. Vacc Doctoral Fellowship in Counselor Education.

Full story at UNCG Athletics.

By Matt McCollester
Photo of Dr. Vacc in December 2015, by Martin W. Kane

Attracting bees and butterflies, at UNCG pollinator gardens

071316Feature_GardensA collaboration among UNCG Grounds, a class of biology students led by professor Ann Somers, and agrochemical company Syngenta, pollinator gardens are blooming in their first season on campus.

The gardens, which house an eclectic mix of flora and fauna, are five in total: four in Peabody Park and one on the edge of the Aycock parking lot, next to the UNCG Baseball stadium. The pollinator mix, which is specifically designed for North Carolina, offers both perennials and annuals that attract honey bees, bumble bees, moths and numerous bird varieties.

While the students are on summer break, Building and Environmental Supervisor of UNCG Grounds Peter Ashe looks over the gardens. He said that the gardens will become more lush as they continue to mature in the coming years.

“The perennials take a couple growing seasons to establish and shoot flowers,” said Ashe. “This first season they’re establishing a root system. In the next two or three years they’re going to get some blossoming. You’re fighting the weeds, you’re fighting drought sometimes you’re fighting the weather — It’s not easy, it’s a challenge.”

Somers, who led the service learning wildlife course that planted the gardens, said that foresight and an understanding that actions of environmental stewardship today have a positive impact for the future is part of the learning process.

“It’s not all about the moment. Bringing wildlife back is a long process,” said Somers. “What the students in 2015 understood is that the work we did would really come to fruition in 2017.”

Both Somers and Ashe believe that naturalizing the grounds is an act of environmental stewardship. Somers said she imagines that in thirty years the campus norm could be pollinators, rather than sterile non-nectar producing plants.

The pollinators allow a community of plants and animals to thrive, a partnership not unlike that shared between grounds, students and faculty.

Wondering about some of the flowering plants you see in these gardens? To help you in identifying them, here are the seeds they used.

Swamp milkweed
Butterfly milkweed
New England aster
Purple coneflower
Swamp sunflower
Autumn sneezeweed
Gayfeather
Bergamot
Spotted beebalm
Hairy beardstem
Virginia mountain mint
Gray goldenrod
Ohio spiderwort
New York ironweed
Golden Alexander
Aster, China single mix
Baby’s breath, annual
Black-eyed Susan (this is native)
Bluebell, California
Candytuft, annual
Catchfly
Clarkia, deerhorn
Coreeopsis, dwarf Plains
Daisy, African
Daisy, African stick
Forget-me-not, Chinese
Godetia, dwarf
Larkspur, rocket
Poppy, California
Poppy, corn
Snapdragon, tall spurred Northern Lights
Stock, Virginia
By Daniel Wirtheim
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Riding high at therapy camp

071316Feature_HorsepowerCampAt first glance, UNCG’s Horsepower Experience looks like any other horseback riding camp, but it’s much more.

Over the past 13 summers, graduate students in UNCG’s Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program have spent two weeks at HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax.

They use horses to provide therapy to individuals with communication disorders alongside various physical, emotional and developmental needs. This year, for the first time, Horsepower Experience focused on language fluency.

“It’s a boutique skill we’re able to offer CSD graduate students,” said Perry Flynn, UNCG clinical educator.

Research shows that the motion of riding a horse can stimulate children, and they are more likely to talk to or about a horse than they would in a traditional therapy environment.

The graduate students worked one-on-one with preschool and school age children who struggle with stuttering and articulation, as well as expressive and receptive language. As campers learned about, cared for and rode horses, CSD students asked them leading questions to engage them in conversation.

“That was great talking,” Flynn said to one camper. “Can you say that again with smooth speech?”

Michelle Forrest, a graduate student, asked another child questions about a puzzle he was working on as he awaited his turn to ride.

Once all the campers were in the ring, they verbally repeated each step as they worked their way through an obstacle course.

Flynn and fellow faculty member Lisa McDonald lead the camp, which offers 30 hours of free, individualized therapy to participants. It also counts as a clinical practicum experience for the CSD students.

Claire Cuthrell was paired with a nonverbal 3-year-old during the two-week camp. It was Cuthrell’s first experience with hippotherapy, something that’s always intrigued her.

“I can see huge improvements on a day-to-day basis (in the campers),” she said.

Full story at UNCG Now

By Jeanie McDowell
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Paul Chelimo will race in Rio Olympics

Photo of Paul Chelimo.UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo made history Saturday night as he became the first Spartan all-time to qualify for the Olympics by finishing third overall in the 5,000-meter race in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Chelimo will be part of the U.S.A. National Team in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chelimo ran an aggressive race in the 5,000-meter final at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., holding off a late push for the final Olympic spot by 0.06 seconds as the top three qualified. He was never lower than fourth place through the duration of the race.

Chelimo has been featured on the UNCG web site and in UNCG Magazine a number of times in the past five years.

A native of Kenya, Chelimo is now a U.S. citizen after being part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Project. He was a two-time national runner-up in the 5,000-meters in the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships and is the most decorated track athlete in UNCG history. He also was a three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion and was a six-time All-America recipient during his career.

He graduated December 2014 in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education.

The News & Record reports that “the first round of the 5,000 meters at Rio is scheduled for 9:05 a.m. EDT Aug. 17, with the final at 8:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 20.”

By Matt McCollester, with additional information

See photo gallery of Saturday’s qualifying race.

State Health Plan update

Human Resources sent this update to employees:

The State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees approved the following changes for the 2017 benefit year.

  • All members will be placed into the Traditional 70/30 Plan and must take action during Open Enrollment to select a different plan.
  • The Traditional 70/30 Plan will include a base premium that can be reduced to $0, if members complete the tobacco attestation premium credit.
  • Annual deductibles for the Enhanced 80/20 and Traditional 70/30 plans will increase. Click here for more detail.

Plan premiums have not been finalized, and will be announced once the state budget has passed.

Open Enrollment will take place October 1-31, 2016. Materials regarding Open Enrollment will be sent to members later this summer.

Please feel free to contact the HR Benefits Office with questions at 336-334-5009.

UNCG’s baseball beauty

071316Feature_BaseballIt’s not the first time UNCG’s Baseball Stadium’s charm has gotten national notice. Just the latest.

UNCG’s Baseball Stadium came in at No. 45 on a top 50 rating this month, on the Baseball Journey web site. It rated the “College Baseball Ballpark Experience.”

They obviously had a good one at UNCG. It is a great place to catch some baseball action. “There is plenty of room to stretch out, relax and enjoy the game,” it notes.

It rated just higher than NC State’s stadium (46) and the University of Miami (Fla.) stadium (47), both in the ACC.
See the ratings here.

By Mike Harris

July at UNCG Dining

Faculty and staff have dining options on campus this month. Click on this link to view this month’s hours via PDF.

Further details regarding open retail locations are below.

  • Chick-Fil-A is open from 7:30 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday, serving breakfast from 7:30 am-10:30 am and lunch from 10:30 am – 3 pm.
  • The Elliott University Center Food Court also serves a variety of Grab-N-Go sandwiches, salads, chips, yogurt and fruit every day.
  • Salsarita’s runs its lunch menu from 10:30 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Marketplace Convenience Store in the EUC is open from 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday offering a variety of Grab-N-Go items.
  • Subway Café located off of Gate City Blvd in Highland Residence Hall will be open from 11:30 am – 7 pm Monday through Thursday throughout the month of July. It’s also open Friday 7/8.

August 1 opening date

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center. The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness is scheduled to open on August 1, 2016. As the Department of Recreation & Wellness prepares for the opening of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, the department will have modified hours of operations for most of its programs and services. More information is available on the UNCG Recreation & Wellness web site at https://recwell.uncg.edu/transition/.

To learn more about the center, visit https://recwell.uncg.edu/kaplan-center/.

68 Spartans and the ghost of Dvořák

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canines on the case, at UNCG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“He’s family,” said Sgt. Graves.

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

EMF classical music at UNCG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recognition for UNCG Pedestrian Underpass

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

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

UNCG HRL and Make-A-Wish

By the close of the spring 2016 semester, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff raised a total of $7,016.82 for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina.  They received many donations from the student body and community to make this possible.

Katie Patschke-McGuire, a coordinator for Residence Life for HRL, organized this fundraising effort to incorporate the institution’s motto of service into the daily lives of the resident advisors (RAs) at UNCG. HRL partnered with Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina in August, 2015. HRL set a fundraising goal of $6,000 to representatively fund the average cost of a wish for a local child facing a life-threatening medical condition.

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

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

By raising the average cost of a wish, HRL staff will also have the opportunity to host a Welcome Home party for a local wish family.

Questions? Contact Chris Gregory, cdgregor@uncg.edu.

Editor’s note: Copy updated and revised 7/6/2016.

NEH summer stipends go to UNCG researchers

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

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

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

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

By Olivia Wood
See full story at UNCG Research site.

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

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

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

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

‘North Carolina College for Women’ will get careful cleaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

UNCG goes greener with new campus, community sustainability projects

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

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

The fully-funded Green Fund projects are:

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

Implementation will last through the summer.

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

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

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

Verdict’s in: Gilbert & Sullivan fans are winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

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

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

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

She shares 10 more tips with equal amount of wisdom:

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

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

Trina Patterson announces Women’s Basketball coaching staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full story at UNCG Athletics site.

Results from 2016 UNCG Cram and Scram

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

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

And whatever didn’t sell was donated to Goodwill.

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

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

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

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

By Mike Harris

12th Annual Summer Solstice Party

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

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

A message from the museum:

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

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

Student Affairs awards for 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Daniel Wirtheim
Photograph by Daniel Wirtheim

2016 SOAR begins next week

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

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

Sessions will begin next week on June 6.

Tom Ross, Shirley Frye receive highest service awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tim Young

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

June update on Kaplan Center for Wellness

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

See photos from mid-May.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mike Harris
Photographs by Mike Harris