UNCG Campus Weekly

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Spartan Showcase on campus November 5

102616feature_spartanshowcaseUndergraduate Admissions is holding a fall open house for high school juniors and seniors Saturday, November 5. This event, Spartan Showcase, attracts prospective students from all over North Carolina and the East Coast.

Chris Keller, director of Undergraduate Admissions, has this message for faculty and staff:

“Students and families are always excited to talk with faculty and staff who attend Spartan Showcase. On behalf of Undergraduate Admissions, I would like to thank all of you who have volunteered for this year’s event or have helped us in the past. Getting campus ready for visitors and making students feel welcome is truly a team effort at UNCG.

“Some of you may be planning to attend Spartan Showcase with your own prospective student. I hope you find the experience to be fun and informative. Students will receive an email survey after the event, but if any of you have additional feedback to pass along, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks again for all you do to support Undergraduate Admissions.”

More information about Spartan Showcase is at UNCG Now.

Princeton Review: Bryan School No. 6 nationally in opportunity for minority students

102616feature_bryanno6nationallyUNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics is ranked No. 6 in the nation for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 294 Business Schools.”

The rankings are based on institutional data – including the percent of students and faculty from underrepresented minority groups – and student answers to survey questions.

“What makes this recognition from The Princeton Review especially meaningful is that it is based on surveys of our students. They value our diverse learning environment and supportive culture,” said Dr. Mac Banks, dean of the Bryan School. “The tremendous diversity in our school, and the large number of leadership positions held by students of color, give all of our students a unique opportunity to engage with a wide range of viewpoints and experiences.”

In addition, the Bryan School was included in the Best Business Schools – Southeast listing. “The Best 294 Business Schools” is based on the survey responses of the approximately 25,000 students attending the 294 business schools included in the book.

Women Veterans Historical Project luncheon Nov. 12

102616feature_womenveteransluncheonTickets are available for the 2016 Women Veterans Historical Project Annual Luncheon on November 12.

The event will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.

For nineteen years, the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) in the University Libraries at UNCG has recognized the contributions of women veterans with a November luncheon.

This year’s program features a moderated point/counterpoint discussion between Jude Eden and Kate Germano, Marine Corps veterans who have differing views about women in combat roles in the U.S. military. There will also be an exhibit of uniforms and other selected items from the collection.

The purpose of the luncheon is fourfold: to honor the service of women who served in the United States armed forces and the American Red Cross; to serve as an educational forum about women veterans; to engage the veteran community at UNCG and Greensboro; and to highlight the work of the WVHP and its ongoing oral history project.

An exhibit of military uniforms and other materials from the WVHP collection begins at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and program will begin at 12 noon. This is a ticketed event which is open to the public.

Tickets are free for UNCG military affiliated students (veterans, reservists, active military), $18 (suggested) for all other veterans and $22 for non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities to support student attendance and veterans with limited means will be available for $350. Please make your luncheon reservations and table sponsorships by Nov. 1.

For disability accommodations or other questions – and to make reservations – contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or 336/334-5838.

Visual: WAVES pass in review, 1946; photo courtesy UNCG Archives.

Sheryl Oring’s ‘I Wish to Say’ Thursday, Oct. 27, at WAM

050416Feature_UNCGHelpsNewYorkersBDriven by a powerful belief in the value of free expression, Sheryl Oring, UNCG assistant professor of art, has spent more than a decade helping people across the country voice concerns about public affairs through her “I Wish to Say” project.

Her latest publication, “Activating Democracy: The “I Wish to Say” Project” (Intellect, 2016), uses that project as the starting point to explore a series of public interest issues being addressed by artists today. The book features essays by contributors ranging from art historians and practicing artists to scholars and creators working in literature, political science, and architecture.

The Thursday, Oct. 27, event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special book release and a performance by Oring and UNCG students in the museum atrium, followed by a presentation and discussion with Oring and contributing book essayists at 7 p.m.

Visitors will be invited to dictate postcards to the next president. The North Carolina-based contributors who will discuss their essays are Lee Walton, associate professor of art at UNCG; Dr. David Holian, associate professor of political science at UNCG; George Scheer, founder of Elsewhere, a living museum in downtown Greensboro; and Dhanraj Emanuel, a Greensboro-based photographer.

A reception immediately follows and books will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

Spartan Halloween happenings

102616feature_spartanhalloweenFrights are afoot on campus. See details below for UNCG events: spooky artifacts, a haunted house, family event, ghost hunting and a Halloween organ recital.

Hops into History

Archivists from UNCG and Wake Forest University will present a special, spooky Hops into History at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company on Thursday, Oct 27. You’ll have a chance to see some of the creepiest items from both library collections, such as death masks, Victorian poetry, frightening illustrations and a pair of “dead man’s boots.” Coloring books for kids and doggie treats for any visiting history hounds. Baconessence food truck will be there from 6 to 9 p.m. The event begins at 5 p.m. and Gibb’s is located at 117 W. Lewis St in downtown Greensboro.

Which Witch Hat?

Several departments in University Libraries have decorated witches’ hats for their annual contest and University Libraries invites you to help choose a winner. Please “like” your favorite entry on the University Libraries Facebook post by Thursday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. – or stop by Jackson Library to vote.

Nightmare on College Ave

On Friday, 7 to 10 p.m., all students are invited to Kaplan Commons to enjoy a Candy Land-themed Halloween festival. There will be custom glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, a horror movie poster photo booth, carnival games, food, music and more.

Devil’s Dollhouse

Ashby Residential College will open its annual large-scale haunted house Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. to midnight in Mary Foust Residence Hall at 301 College Ave. It’s $5, or $3 with a canned food item, to enter the haunted toy factory. All proceeds benefit the ARC of Greensboro and the Spartan Pantry. All are welcome.

Greek Treats at UNCG Soccer Stadium

The Greek community will host a family event on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the UNCG Soccer Stadium before the the UNCG men’s soccer game against Virginia Military Institute. Games, prizes, and trick-or-treating on the field start at 6 p.m. and the match begins at 7 p.m. Free and open to the community

Paranormal Presentation

Ghost expert Chris Fleming will tell his story of growing up in a haunted house and witnessing the appearance of ghosts and spirits. He’ll then lead the audience on a campus ghost hunt. Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 to 10 p.m. starting out in the EUC Auditorium. This event, sponsored by Campus Activities and Programs, is open to all students, who should bring IDs.

Halloween Organ “Spooktacular”

The UNCG Organ Studio will present its annual Halloween organ recital, “Spooktacular,” Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 in the Music Building’s Organ Hall. This concert is open to the community and admission is free.

Assembled by Susan Kirby-Smith

75 years of “art of the now” on display at WAM

102616feature_artofthenow1 “Decade by Decade: Art Acquired in Its Time,” a new exhibition at the Weatherspoon, presents “art of the now” from each decade since the museum opened in 1941.

Curated by Elaine Gustafson, the exhibition is quintessential to the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The museum’s founder, Gregory Ivy, always advocated for “art of the now,” so that UNCG and the Greensboro community could experience art that was truly of their time.

All the pieces featured in this current exhibition entered the collection shortly after being produced, which means they hadn’t been vetted by critics and art historians. Sometimes these works were made by very young artists and the Weatherspoon was the first museum to ever purchase their work.

102616feature_artofthenow2Gustafson notes that with timing like that, “you’re really taking a chance.” Art collected in this manner has a big payoff, however—when an artist experiences a great career after the museum has acquired their early works, it’s very gratifying for a museum to have supported their career and to have those works in their collection. Collections that feature “art of the now” supports the Weatherspoon’s mission as a teaching museum, not only because it exposes viewers to the newest types of creations and styles but also because fine art students can identify with work that’s featured, and see that, as Gustafson says, “the work they are producing is also worthy of being in a collection.”

Among the many notable pieces, “Decade by Decade” includes (Annie) Elizabeth Beall’s “Bus Station” (1943), Alexander Calder’s mobile, “Yellow Sail,” (1951), Lee Lozano’s “Clash” (1965), Philip Pearlstein’s “Female Model in Red Robe on Wrought Iron Bench (1972), Nancy Grossman’s “A” (1981), Robert Colescott’s “A Visit from Uncle Charlie” (1995), Amy Cutler’s “Saddlebacked” (2002) and Ursula von Rydingsvard’s “Spoon-Ladle” (2011).

“It’s a very select idea of the history of art in the last half of the twentieth and the twenty-first century,” Gustafson says, and adds that it shows “constant tension between abstraction and figuration.”  These are works that could be featured in top museums in New York City or L.A., but instead they’re available to UNCG and the Greensboro community, thanks to the Weatherspoon curators, staff and donors.

“Decade by Decade” runs through December 23. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

On Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., enjoy a screening of a documentary about one of most widely known artists in Decade by Decade, Eva Hesse, with a Q and A with the filmmaker.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual: Curator Elaine Gustafson, before exhibition opened. Visual at top: “Out of Body,” Shinique Smith

Nominations for Research Excellence Awards Due Dec. 5

To recognize outstanding achievement in scholarly activities, the university bestows up to two Research Excellence Awards each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award is based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award.

The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

To nominate a faculty member for the 2016-2017 Research Excellence Award, go to http://research.uncg.edu/research-excellence-awards/ for a copy of the Nomination Packet which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The Nomination Packet, including the signed nomination cover sheet, should be scanned as a pdf file and emailed to rsh_ptnr@uncg.edu by December 5, 2016.

For more information, contact Debbie Freund in the Office of Research and Economic at freundd@uncg.edu or 336-256-0426.

Update: Forums for Associate VC for Human Resources Candidates

Hear from candidates for the position of associate vice chancellor for human resources:

Monday, October 24, 2016 — 10 – 11 a.m., EUC, Maple Room

Monday, October 31, 2016 — 10 – 11 a.m., EUC, Maple Room

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 — 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.., EUC, Claxton Room

(Note: Notice of the October 24 forum was included in last week’s Campus Weekly.)

Panel discussion: “Race and the University: Black Lives Matter”

The panel “Race and the University: Black Lives Matter” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. in Cone Ballroom C of the EUC.

The panel and discussion will address the implications of the Black Lives Matter movement for thinking about the internal life and social role of the university, says Dr. Mark Rifkin, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program and professor of English. 

Panelists will include:

Sarah Cervenak – WGS & African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS)

Femi Shittu – IGNITE NC

Carly Springs – Defund Racism

Andrea Hunter – Human Development & Family Studies
It is co-sponsored by UNCG WGS and UNCG AADS.

Register for semester’s final HR Professional Development Workshops

102616feature_hrworkshopsUNCG’s Human Resources is a resource for knowledge for you. To view the workshops being offered and to register for a workshop, visit the Professional Development catalog located at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

Some offerings in the coming weeks include:


Leave Management 101 will answer your questions regarding leave – when to use what, and how to interpret the policy in regards to your department.  Various types of leave include, but are not limited to: adverse weather, holidays, compensatory (comp) time, vacation/sick leave, community service, civil leave and voluntary shared leave.  This workshop with Human Resources’ Marcia Rey and Rhonda Rogers will be held on Friday, October 28, from 10am-12pm.

Please register for this workshop on October 28 here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022526


Human Resources’ Deb Carley will present a workshop, Time Management, on prioritizing your needs and your departmental needs while helping you identify time wasters.  This workshop will offer tips on using a “Priority Matrix” as well as the use of a 5-step method to assist with time management.  This workshop is offered on Wednesday, November 2, from 9am-11am.

Please register for this workshop on November 2 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022398


UNCG’s Human Resources provides an informative workshop on Managing Personnel Action Forms: SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty Employment.  This workshop on Thursday, November 3, from 10am-12pm will provide a primer on temporary and permanent personnel action forms. This important procedural review will consist of the when and how to utilize available personnel action forms and EPAFs to ensure timely pay.  This workshop is provided by Kathy Watford, Human Resources Specialist for SHRA Temporary; Marcia Rey, Human Resources Specialist for EHRA Non-Faculty, and Rhonda Rogers, Human Resources Specialist for SHRA Permanent.

**Please note that there is a recommended prerequisite for this workshop: Banner HR: EPAF and PAFs.

Please register for this workshop on November 3 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022527


A workshop on the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) is designed to help mid to late career employees see what resources are available to you.  Emily Foust, UNCG’s Benefit Manager, will discuss retirements in her TSERS: Retirement Workshop. Feel free to bring your spouse or partner with you.  Please register for you both as seating is limited. This workshop will take place on Monday, November 7th from 1 pm-2:30 pm in Forney 112.

Please register for the workshop on November 7 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022540

**Please note this is not a financial planning workshop.**




It’s Back: A special four-part series, Introduction to American Sign Language, will give you a quick introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) focusing on conversations and phrases that are useful in day-to-day office interactions. This series began earlier this month with one session; three sessions remain:

Register for the November 4th session here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022389

Register for the November 11th session here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022390

Register for the November 18th session here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022391



Hiring series: An important aspect of hiring requires finding the right candidates.  Human Resources’ Benita Peace discusses Recruiting for Success: Safe Hire Practices. Within this workshop, you will find available resources, discuss the benefits of successful hiring and the pitfalls of not carefully selecting candidates. This workshop takes place on Friday, November 4th from 2pm-4pm.

Please register for the workshop on November 4th here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022396



Hiring series: Another important aspect of finding the right candidate in your recruitment search, is having the right tools to advertise and garner applicants. Join our UNCGjobsearch expert, Natalie Jacobs, as she presents a series on UNCGjobsearch.  The November workshops series begins on Tuesday, November 8th, from 11:30am-1pm and concludes on Thursday, November 10th 11am-12:30pm and are on Creating a Posting for EPA/SPA, Review and Transition of Applicants, and Creating a Hiring Proposal.

Seats are limited, so please register today.




Hiring series: An important aspect of hiring is having the right interview techniques. Come to a workshop with Deb Carley, Interim AVC for Human Resources, as she presents on Behavioral Interviewing.  The workshop will explore the best techniques for the interview process in order to hire the best person for the job.  Several areas that will be covered include: how to evaluate past behavior to indicate future performance, the best way to use open-ended questions without theoretical (“What if”) questions, and how to frame the questions so there are no legal ramifications.  This workshop is offered on Tuesday, November 8th from 9am-11am.

Please register for this workshop on November 8th here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022376



Dr. Omar Ali will show in his three-part workshop, Transforming the Workplace through the Power of Play, that play is one way for you as an employee to become happier and more efficient in the workplace.  Come learn through the latest in research in psychology, business, and improvisation, and through interactive exercises that will build your self-confidence and interpersonal skills. It is recommended, as each of the workshops build upon each other, to attend all three workshops on Mondays: November 4, November 21, and November 28 at 11:30am-12:45pm in the Faculty Center.

Register for the November 4th session here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022379

Register for the November 21st session here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022380

Register for the November 28th session here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022381

Join Wade Maki, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, as he provides a fun and thought-provoking workshop on ethics. Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum helps us cope by providing tools and useful solutions to real life situations found here at UNCG.  This workshop will be held on Thursday, November 10th from 2pm-4pm.

Please register for this workshop on November 10 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022395



Human Resources’ Angela Mahoney is offering a workshop on the current Performance Management Plans (PMPs) process. Performance Management involves three separate phases: planning, managing, and appraising. Learn the value of each of these phases for your working relationship with your employee. This workshop will be held on Monday, November 14, from 9am-11am.  Please register for this workshop on November 14 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022394


The International Programs Center is offering this workshop, Intercultural Sensitivity: Looking Through Other Eyes, to help employees become more aware of their own cultural background and to heighten their intercultural worldview.  This workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 2 pm-5 pm in Foust 206.  There is an intercultural sensitivity assessment ($12) associated with this workshop. Please submit a BANFIN-33 with your registration to s_dreier@uncg.edu. Please register for this workshop on November 15 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022538


New offering: From the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Office, Macea Whisette is offering a new workshop on presentations. In Conversational Presenting 101, participants will learn different strategies to enhance their personal presenting styles for increased engagement and participant satisfaction. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 9:30 am-10:30 am.

Please register for this workshop on November 15 here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022409


Personal Development Workshops

October 26, from noon-1pm: Friendly Persuasion: How to Get the Things You Want

Persuasion is a skill that everyone in the organization uses to accomplish goals. Used effectively, persuasion can lead to solutions that work in everyone’s best interest.

Registration: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022412


November 9, from 1 pm-2 pm: Overcoming Procrastination

Pushing important tasks and projects off until later can cause emotional anguish and keep you from accomplishing professional and personal goals. This workshop will provide you with techniques and strategies to overcome procrastination in your work and personal life.

Registration: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022412


November 17, from noon-1 pm: Cutting Through the Clutter

When surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to focus or have clarity about life. In this workshop you will learn that clutter is not the result of sloppiness, laziness or incompetence but several surmountable obstacles. Recognizing the source of your clutter problem can empower you to address the problem directly and without shame.

Registration: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022410


November 30, from noon-1pm: Improving Your Memory

Our ability to remember things is one of the most useful tools we have in our work and home lives, but the amount of things we are trying to remember at once can sometimes be overwhelming. Memory is a skill, and like any skill, with practice it can be developed and improved.

Registration: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022413


All workshops will take place in the HR Training Room, Bryan 113, unless otherwise noted.

UNCG School of HHS will launch Dean’s Lecture Series with discussion on brain trauma

UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences will launch its inaugural Dean’s Lecture Series on Nov. 9, 2016, with a lecture given by Dr. Robert Stern, professor of neurology, neurosurgery and anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine.

The lecture, titled “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Long-Term Consequences of Repetitive Brain Trauma,” will speak to the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma often resulting from contact sports or military combat.

This event, which is part of UNCG’s yearlong War & Peace Imagined event series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Dean’s Lecture Series if supported by the Ethel Martus Lawther Fund.

The event is Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

One of the foremost experts on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Stern currently leads a collaborative study funded by a $16 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that investigates early diagnoses for living CTE patients. Sterns serves on the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL Players Association and appears frequently in national and international print and broadcast media for his work on CTE. His other major areas of funded research include the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly, thyroid-brain relationships, and driving and dementia.

UNCG Collaborative Entrepreneurship Program receives award

102616feature_entrepreneurshipprogramThe Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers presented UNCG with the 2016 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award this October. The award recognizes the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program for its experiential learning component, focus on community engagement, and collaboration with the Integrative Community Studies/Beyond Academics Program (ICS) Program for intellectually and/or developmentally disabled adults.

The Campus Entrepreneurs class is just one of over 46 courses offered as part of UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. The program is housed in the Bryan School and directed by Dr. Dianne Welsh, and provides students in a variety of majors the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.

“What sets this program apart is that it combines all students from across the university in an entrepreneurial learning environment and teaches students first-hand to respect, honor, and accept differences in individual learning styles and the contributions that each of us has the ability to make,” said Welsh.

Students in the Campus Entrepreneurs and Feasibility Analysis classes this semester will complete consulting projects with ArkBarks, a local organization that teaches developmentally disabled adults job skills while employing them as bakers to manufacture dog treats. Teams will help the organization develop an improved inventory system, conduct a product feasibility analysis, and develop marketing and social media plan.

The collaborative program benefits all students, as those involved gain experience working with a diverse work team. Additionally, it allows students in the Beyond Academics Program to explore entrepreneurial skills in the hopes of opening doors for both solo pursuits or family businesses and internships.

“Like their peers in other programs of study, ICS students are taking advantage of their time in college to discover interests and strengths that lead to meaningful career paths, of which entrepreneurship is an important one,” said Lalenja Harrington, Program Director for the Beyond Academics Program. “The Campus Entrepreneurs class provides students with the opportunity to learn about business development experientially and for learning to be assessed in a variety of universally designed ways, which is ultimately beneficial for all students. We have great appreciation for that pedagogical commitment and are excited that the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship finds value in that as well!”

‘Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence’

UNCG will host several Wall of Hope events this week. The Wall of Hope Events are sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, The Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, Kaplan Center for Wellness, Dean of Students Office, International and Global Studies, and Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.

The series of events is centered around breaking the silence against domestic violence.

All events are open to the UNCG community

Bev Hoffman, human rights and social justice activist, will be on campus working with students from a Communication Studies class and partnering with multiple sponsors throughout campus to host the events spotlight breaking the silence towards violence against women and girls around the world.

Bev Hoffman, from New Orleans, Louisiana, currently splits his time between Kathmandu, Nepal and Berkeley, California. He is currently organizing a global Wall of Hope Campaign that will culminate in December, 2017 as part of the United Nations Sixteen Day Campaign To Stop Violence Against Women.

The week at UNCG ends with performances, films and a co-created art project. As part of a larger global campaign, “Wall of Hope,” the following events are planned:

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – noon – 1 p.m. – EUC Sharpe
“From Fear to Freedom – Ending Violence Against Women”  – A Lunch and Learn with Bev Hoffman


Wednesday October 26, 6 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Silent Witness  Project – A memorial event the focuses on Greensboro residents. Hear the stories of men, women, and children who have been murdered by their partners. Domestic violence survivors will also speak about their experience.


Thursday, October 27 – 5:30 p.m., Ferguson Building, Room 100 

‘Wall of Hope campaign’ performance – A co-created art project by the UNCG community, the “Wall of Hope” will culminate the week at UNCG.

‘Speed Dating’ with UNCG Opera

Photo of School of Music, Theatre and Dance building from Herring GardenDon’t have time right now for a full evening of opera? How about a free, forty minutes?

Thursday, Oct 27, and Saturday, Oct 29, UNCG Opera Theatre will present “Speed Dating Tonight!” The 40-minute, fast-paced opera examines the very brief dating adventures of a variety of amusing characters. At Joe’s Bar “the car dude” meets “the cat woman,” meets “the shy organist,”meets “the dancer” meets “the guy suffering from ‘obsessive screen disorder.’” The show will begin on at 7:30 p.m.on Thursday and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and the performances will be in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall.

UNCG Student Affairs and the Student Government Association team with Red Cross for Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort

Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Caribbean before closing out its path in eastern North Carolina. At its highest force, the Category 5 cyclone, left death, homelessness, flooding, and devastation.

In an effort to support those in need, including students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and East Carolina University, families, friends and loved ones in eastern North Carolina, The UNCG Division of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in conjunction with the American Red Cross will be accepting fiscal donations.

All financial support goes to help with shelters, feeding and critical necessities of those who have lost so much in the aftermath of the storm. Many of these are other UNC System students, faculty and staff across the eastern part of our state.

Those interested in donating funds to the American Red Cross can give financial donations by texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or by visiting the American Red Cross donation site.

If you are a student or know of a fellow Spartan who is need of assistance, visit the UNCG Dean of Students in the EUC, Suite 210.

Applying for Faculty First Awards

Faculty First Awards are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty in the form of “Tenure-Track Faculty First Awards” and “Tenured Faculty First Awards.” Faculty may apply for Faculty First Awards from January 1, 2017, through February 28, 2017, at 5 p.m. Faculty First Awards typically fund summer scholarship and require participation in a Spring 2018 presentation event.

Learn more:

Dec. 5, 2016, 2-3 pm, 1607 MHRA

Dec. 6, 2016, 9-10 am, 1607 MHRA

See more at http://research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/. Register for the early-December workshops, if you want to learn more, at http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77000524.

UNCG Latino Faculty and Staff Association social luncheon

Alianza is UNCG’s faculty and staff organization for Latino and Hispanic issues. Since 2013, UNCG’s Alianza has been a gathering point for university employees who are interested in collaborating around issues that impact Hispanic/Latino staff, as well as initiatives that enhance activity on campus related to the Hispanic/Latino cultures and communities.

Alianza invites the campus community for a social luncheon on October 28 at 12 noon at Pedro’s Taco Shop, 948 Walker Ave.

Those with questions may contact Estela Ratliff, Alianza board chair 2016-2017, by phone at 336-334-3230 or email at eyratlif@uncg.edu.

Welcome home Spartans

101916feature_homecomingUNCG Homecoming kicks off this evening (Wednesday, Oct. 19), and this year’s celebration is expected to be one of the largest in UNCG history.

Festivities include beloved Spartan traditions – such as the Rugby Alumni 39th Annual Past vs. Present Match – as well as new events, like this year’s UNCG Legacy Reception, an event specifically for legacy students, alumni and their families.

The annual bonfire on Friday night is also getting a makeover, with a variety of local food trucks serving great food. (See story on Friday’s bonfire event.)

After the bonfire, UNCG is hosting the 2nd Annual Spartan Hop for graduates of the last decade – or GOLD alumni. The event was a huge success last year, with more than 100 alumni participating in the tavern tour and trivia challenge on Spring Garden Street.

“There’s nothing like coming back to campus, especially if you haven’t been back in a while,” said Donegan Root ’87, associate director of alumni engagement. “Homecoming is a time to visit your alma mater, reconnect with old classmates and friends and take part in all of the great things that UNCG offers.”

Saturday morning kicks off with the Homecoming 5K at 9 a.m., and the celebration continues with the Homecoming Party on Kaplan Commons from 4 to 8 p.m. This year’s party features the Homecoming Parade of Chariots, alumni tent receptions with lots of food, and live music by party band Jessie’s Girls.

Homecoming culminates with the men’s soccer game on Saturday night against Southern Conference-rival Wofford College and the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen, followed by a fireworks show. The 12th Annual All Black Attire Party, which serves as a scholarship fundraiser, will cap off the night.

Parking is free for all events on Friday and Saturday in the Walker, Oakland and McIver decks and all surface lots.

To learn more and to view the complete Homecoming schedule, visit homecoming.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Visual from last year’s Homecoming, by Martin W. Kane.

63 faculty members honored at Promotion/Tenure event

101916feature_promotiontenureUNCG has a special way to honor those faculty attaining tenure and/or promotion. The faculty get to choose a book for the university libraries – and that book will forever bear a special marker noting the occasion.

Sixty-three faculty members were honored earlier this month in the annual Promotion and Tenure Attainment Recognition Event at the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Honorees select a book, DVD, or music CD that has special meaning to them – and a book plate was applied to each, to commemorate the faculty member’s achievements. The books were on display at the event.

Each recipient was also offered the chance to have a photograph made with their selection, to create posters in the tradition of the American Library Association READ posters.

This reception was jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries. All honorees are listed below, with links to pages for individual faculty members who chose to participate. The faculty pages include a photograph and the statement about the selected title.

A display commemorating the event can be viewed next to the Reference Desk in the Jackson Library lobby. The books selected, along with the personal statements, are currently on display on the first level of Jackson Library.

2016 Promotion and Tenure Honorees

Dr. Omar H. Ali, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Ms. Janet Allard, Theatre

Dr. Joi W. Bulls, Human Development and Family Studies

Mr. Dennis A. Burnes, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mr. Michael D. Cauthen, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Dr. Nadja B. Cech, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Sarah Jane Cervenak, Women’s and Gender Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Ms. Joyce F. Clapp, Sociology

Ms. Yekaterina Colon, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Jewell E. Cooper, Teacher Education and Higher Education

Ms. Randi Culp-Stewart, Genetic Counseling

Ms. Jenny E. M. Dale, University Libraries

Dr. Ann W. Davis, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Dr. Jigna M. Dharod, Nutrition

Dr. Michelle M. Dowd, English

Dr. Charles P. Egeland, Anthropology

Mr. Bryan Ellis, Art

Dr. Talia Fernos, Mathematics and Statistics

Mr. Michael Flannery, Theatre

Dr. Anne C. Fletcher, Human Development and Family Studies

Mrs. Mary Ann Gerhard, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Laura M. Gonzalez, Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Keith Phelan Gorman, University Libraries

Dr. Gregory P. Grieve, Religious Studies

Mr. David Gwynn, University Libraries

Mr. Steve Haines, Music Performance

Ms. Babbi Hawkins, Nutrition

Dr. Stephen P. Holland, Economics

Ms. Margaret K. Hood, Biology

Dr. Tracey H. Howell, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Emily M. Janke, Peace and Conflict Studies

Dr. Zhenquan Jia, Biology

Ms. Wendy K. Jones-Worden, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Jennifer M. Keith, English

Dr. Emily J. Levine, History

Dr. Stuart Marcovitch, Psychology

Dr. Gregory E. McAvoy, Political Science

Dr. W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Alexandra S. Moore, English

Dr. Donna J. Nash, Anthropology

Mr. James A. Nelson, Geography

Dr. Fatih Oguz, Library and Information Studies

Dr. Yashomati M. Patel, Biology

Dr. Michael A. Perko, Public Health Education

Dr. Scott W. Rawls, Music Performance

Dr. Christopher K. Rhea, Kinesiology

Dr. Kelly L. Rulison, Public Health Education

Dr. Mary Catherine Scott-Little, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Lenka H. Shriver, Nutrition

Dr. Paul Silvia, Psychology

Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, Psychology

Dr. Linda France Stine, Anthropology

Dr. Selima Sultana, Geography

Dr. Amanda E. Tanner, Public Health Education

Dr. Elizabeth S. Tomlin, Biology

Dr. Dayna R. Touron, Psychology

Dr. Bas van der Vossen, Philosophy

Dr. Leila E. Villaverde, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Dr. Peter B. Villella, History

Dr. Kelly L. Wester, Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Saundra D. Westervelt, Sociology

Mr. Kenneth D. White, Theatre

Mr. James M. Wren, Theatre

Pink Power Fashion Show seen by sold-out crowd

101916feature_pinkpowerThreads, the student organization within UNCG’s Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS), hosted their 2nd annual Pink Power Fashion Show on Saturday at the W in downtown Greensboro, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A sold-out crowd of 150 were on hand for the fundraiser.

Pink Power is a charity event to benefit the Mammography Scholarship Foundation at Cone Health’s Women’s Hospital, which provides free mammograms for women who otherwise couldn’t afford the screening.

The 40 fashions, put together by 16 student designers and eight student stylists, worked with the theme of pink, but the designs also celebrated women’s empowerment and strength, and body freedom, said Amber Colburn, Threads’ vice president of design. The looks on display ranged from formal wear to street wear to lingerie, and some of the fashions were even designed for, and modeled by, breast cancer survivors.

Threads’ shows are open to the community and well attended by students, family members and fashion industry friends. Saturday’s Pink Power show also included a speaker, Pam Barrett, of Cone Health Institutional Advancement, who spoke about the mammography scholarship.

According to Colburn, Threads raised $800 with Saturday’s event and will continue to accept donations through the end of October online.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photograph by Susan Kirby-Smith of Amber Colburn

Big bonfire will light up Homecoming’s Friday night

Photo of homecoming bonfire.

Scene from last year’s bonfire event

Homecoming 2016 will be the hottest one yet.

Come be a part of Homecoming Friday, as the UNCG community gathers around a bonfire on Kaplan Commons in front of the Elliott University Center.

The “Bonfire and Food Truck Rodeo” will begin at 7 p.m.

UNCG Homecoming’s new firepit is the largest in the campus’s history. Fifteen feet in diameter and made of A36 steel, it weighs two tons. About 70 repurposed pallets, stacked almost 10 feet high, will be used in the Friday evening blaze, said Alumni Engagement’s Donegan Root ’87. Pine needles and brush will fuel the fire as well. “UNCG” is laser cut into the steel along the firepit’s edges. It will be assembled by Facilities staff, using heavy equipment, from four quarter-sections on Kaplan Commons mid-day on Friday. And it’ll all be moved away before dawn on Saturday – Homecoming’s biggest day on Kaplan Commons.

The special firepit was first used last fall, and the bonfire was a roaring success. “Jeff Collins welded it himself,” said Donegan. Jeff Collins ’84, past chair of the UNCG Alumni Association Board, called last year’s bonfire the biggest one the campus had ever seen. And perhaps, he said, the biggest bonfire Greensboro’s ever seen.
The campus tradition goes back decades. UNCG Archives traces references to bonfires going back to at least the 1940s. The photo seen here is from the 1960s. Attendance has multiplied in the last three years – more than 1,000 gathered around the bonfire last year. More are expected this year. Dean Celia Hooper, who has been named Ms. Homecoming 2016, will join Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. and soccer coaches and players in lighting the bonfire.

The event is now known as the Bonfire and Food Truck Rodeo. Hot cocoa, cider and snacks will be served. And yes, there will be s’mores. Plus there’ll be a variety of local food trucks. The cheerleaders and dance team will lead the students, alumni, faculty and staff in Spartan cheers. Everyone will surround the fire – and surround themselves in Spartan spirit.

Come enjoy.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

SECC reaches halfway mark, with three weeks to go

Dr. Goldfarb

Dr. Goldfarb

UNCG’s 2016 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) has reached the halfway mark, with more than $100,000 raised for charities. The campaign’s goal is to raise $199,999 by the wrap-up event on Nov. 9.

Through the SECC, UNCG faculty and staff can select from more than 1,000 charities across the state, nation and world. Dr. Allan Goldfarb, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, gives back to charities that have influenced him personally.

“My father died of cancer when I was a teenager, so I give to the American Cancer Society and other organizations that help detect and treat cancer,” he said.

Goldfarb encourages his colleagues to give to organizations that have touched their lives – or the lives of their family and friends – in some way.

“There are so many agencies that need support, and I’m sure that at least one or two of these organizations have impacted a staff or faculty member and their families,” Goldfarb said.

UNCG employees can pledge online using ePledge or via the paper pledge form.

For more information or to access ePledge, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Teaching excellence awards deadline: Oct. 24

Nominations are being accepted for the Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Teaching Excellence awards. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Oct. 24.

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year. You are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2016-17 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions will happen in Fall 2016, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2017.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load of over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenure-track faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for any full-time lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Nominations must be submitted by October 24, 2016, 5 p.m. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by November 18, 2016. Eligible faculty members who received 2015-16 teaching awards from their College or School will be automatically nominated. The nomination form is available at:


Those with questions may contact Kristi Crowther at teach_xl@uncg.edu.

A Tribute to John Philip Sousa, Oct. 20-21

101916feature_sousaUNCG’s Wind Ensemble will recreate a performance of John Philip Sousa and his band, with Dr. John Locke, Director of Bands, appearing as Sousa himself.

The special event will be held Oct. 20 and 21 in UNCG Auditorium. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble will play 6-7 marches during the evening to honor the work of the “March King,” in the same auditorium where Sousa’s band played in 1930.

Locke, who has been conducting UNCG bands since 1982, first took his UNCG Sousa show to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center in 1992. Each time UNCG has recreated the Sousa performance, the shows have been very popular. This will be non-stop evening of toe-tapping fun for the entire family.

The entire concert will be presented in the unique “Sousa style” – a mixture of classics, solos and popular music with rapid-fire encores featuring Sousa’s own famous marches.

All proceeds will benefit the School of Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets range from $10 to $26.

To purchase tickets:

Online: sousa.uncg.edu
Phone: (336) 272-0160
UNCG School of Music Box Office (12-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.)

More information is at https://vpa.uncg.edu/upas/sousa.

Visual: Dr. John Locke as John Philip Sousa, 2016. By Martin W. Kane.

‘UNCG Budget 101’ will be Oct. 27

UNCG Budget 101 will be presented Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to noon in Room 113, Bryan Building.

Vice Chancellor Maimone will provide an overview of the UNCG budget, state budget processes and trends, along with the latest updates about the university budget. The session will address how enrollment numbers affect UNCG’s budget, how UNCG sets tuition and fees, how budget allocations are made, and where individuals can find more information about UNCG’s budget. All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited. Register at the UNCG Workshops and Events website: http://workshops.uncg.edu

Ten students named Spartans of Promise

At the 2016 Alumni of Distinction Awards dinner during Homecoming week, ten outstanding UNCG seniors will receive Spartans of Promise awards, in recognition of exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors.

Anna Poteat – Greensboro, NC, Geography

Rouven Wahlfedlt – Welbert, Germany, International Business

Summer Drum – Jacksonville, NC, Elementary Education and Music

Hugo Coicaud – Le Havre, France, Finance (minor in Economics)

Remi Olagoke – Raleigh, NC, Speech Language Pathology (minor in American Sign Language)

Olivia Robinson – Wilkesboro, NC, Business Administration

Antonio Roberson – Charlotte, NC, Information and Supply Chain Management (minor in Communication Studies)

Antonio Southern – Greensboro, NC, Business Administration

Joshua Parish – Milwaukee, Public Health

Alma Diaz – Graham, NC,  Nursing

See more about these students at the UNCG Alumni Association web site.

German program’s Campus Weeks

For the fifth consecutive year, the UNCG German Program will rank among roughly 45 colleges and universities across the U.S. that participate in the German Embassy’s annual Campus Weeks.

On Friday, November 4, the German Program will host a one-day symposium to engage with this fall’s topic “Germany Meets the US.” Students and faculty from UNCG and guests from the greater Greensboro community will gather on campus for panels including alumni of the UNCG German Program as well as scholars from various disciplines and institutions near and far to explore the historical and contemporary ties between Germany and the United States. The day will conclude with an exhibition of student work and a keynote address followed by a reception. The symposium is free and open to the public. For details on events, times and locations, please visit https://llc.uncg.edu/german/

The German Program wishes to thank the German Embassy, the UNCG Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the UNCG International Programs Center for their sponsorship of this symposium.

Open Enrollment for employees ends October 31

UNCG Human Resources provides some information about the annual open enrollment. The deadline is Oct. 31, 2016.

What You Need to Know and Do:

As you consider your needs for 2017 and decide which benefits to elect, remember the following:

  1. All State Health Plan members will be automatically enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan. Please be aware that if you want to be enrolled in the Enhanced 80/20 Plan or the CDHP (85/15) in 2017, you must take action and enroll through uncg.hrintouch.com during Open Enrollment.
  2. If you want to reduce your premium under any of the plans, you MUST complete your wellness premium credits by October 31, 2016.

New for 2017: You must complete a tobacco attestation to receive employee coverage at no cost to you under the Traditional 70/30 Plan. Click here for more details.

  1. The Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require re-enrollment every year. If you want to participate in either or both of the FSAs, you must make your election during Open Enrollment.
  2. Information sessions will be held in computer labs through the month of October. To sign up for a session, click here.

If You Do Not Enroll

Health Benefits

If you do nothing, you will be automatically enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan under the State Health Plan. In addition, you will pay a premium for employee-only coverage.

NCFlex Benefits

You will receive the same coverage in 2017 as you have in 2016, except for Flexible Spending Accounts. To participate in either FSA, you must make an active election, even if you currently participate in one.

NCFlex Enrollment Guides
Click here to access an electronic copy of the NCFlex Enrollment guide.

In case you have not heard, Human Resources moved to 723 Kenilworth on October 1st.NCFlex Enrollment Guides arrived a couple of days prior to the move. We are in the process of sending hard copies of guide booklets to departments through interoffice mail. Due to time constraints and our move, guides are not addressed to individual employees.

If you have any questions, or need any additional copies of NCFlex guide booklets, please contact the Benefits Staff at 336-334-5009.

For more information, visit the UNCG Benefits Open Enrollment Page:

A double bill, at Oct. 19 Faculty Forum

The October 2016 Faculty Forum will have two topics. It is scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 3 –- 5 p.m.
Place: Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Topic 3 p.m.
Global Engagement: Curricular opportunities and supports for faculty

Presentation and discussion with:
Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs &
C. Thomas Lambeth, Associate Professor, Interior Architecture

Topic 4 p.m.
Strategic Planning for UNCG & UNC: Next Steps

Presentation by: Julia Jackson-Newsom, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

History students’ voting rights ‘teach-in’ Oct. 24

During the 1960s, students at college campuses across the United States began to host “teach-ins,” or student-run forums designed to educate individuals on pressing political issues. From the Vietnam War to the feminist movement, teach-ins served as a platform for students to inspire change.

More than half a century later, UNCG history students will host their own teach-in on Monday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., to educate the campus community about the history of voter rights and to discuss current voting issues, including voter suppression.

The “MOTIVOTE” teach-in, which will take place in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, is a nonpartisan event that serves as a project for Dr. Lisa Levenstein’s course Voting Rights in U.S. History.

“Students are demonstrating an unprecedented level of engagement with this course,” Levenstein said. “They were surprised to learn that the right to vote has not only expanded but also contracted over the course of U.S. history. This knowledge has motivated them to become more engaged with the political process.”

Students began working on the project in August and have led the entire planning process, from developing an outline of topics to promoting the event on campus.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The teach-in is sponsored by the Department of History and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now.

Another side of the Bob Dylan news

101916feature_dischellElsewhere in this issue of Campus Weekly, we hear a Music professor’s reaction to the announcement that Bob Dylan will receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Campus Weekly wanted to get a poet’s perspective on this news.

Stuart Dischell teaches poetry writing as well as modern and contemporary poetry in the UNCG Creative Writing program. He has received honors and awards from the National Poetry Series, the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, among others. He holds the poetry position at UNCG once held by Robert Watson.

“Bob Dylan is an amazing choice” for the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, Stuart said by email. He made these observations:

  • Although some folks might debate the merits of poetry versus songwriting, Dylan is closer to the poetic traditions than any other writer of his generation.
  • The minstrel has always had a central role in literature, and Dylan has fulfilled it with some of the most memorable songs and melodies ever composed.
  • His curiosity as an artist has been unceasing.
  • I cannot think of another contemporary American writer whose work has so much defined the times in which he lived.

Dylan goes electric. Dylan wins Nobel. Revell Carr puts it all in perspective.

Photo of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan from 1963Bob Dylan was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in an Oct. 13 announcement. For some it was a shock, much like it was a shock when he “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival.

UNCG Campus Weekly asked Dr. Revell Carr his thoughts about Dylan and the news.

“He comes up in my work occasionally, particularly in my research on the 60s folk revival,” says Carr, associate professor of ethnomusicology in the UNCG School of Music.

Carr has written about Dylan’s performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, when Dylan startled the folk crowd with rock songs – and a lot of his fans responded with boos.

“His fans were concerned that he had “sold out” but by moving from a pure folk music style to embrace the sound of rock and roll.” Carr explains. “Dylan was being true to his artistic vision, and he reached a much greater audience in the process. His influence on American music and culture has been immense, to the point at which even the Nobel Prize in Literature doesn’t seem like a big enough award to encompass everything that makes him great.

“He revolutionized the American songwriting industry, while staying true to American songwriting traditions. He changed how we looked at the art of popular songwriting, bringing a poetic sensibility, and a type of literary cleverness that had rarely cracked through into the pop culture mainstream. He’s still out there performing, and he is constantly reinterpreting his own music, renewing it so it continues to comment on the world in profound ways.”

Carr grew up with parents who’d known his music in the 60s.

“My mom and dad were at that infamous Newport Folk Festival performance, and my dad was a very early fan of Dylan during his earliest days in New York.” He’d seen him at Gerde’s Folk City.

A few years ago, he invited his dad to UNCG to speak to his American Music class.

“He talked about that early folk music scene in New York and about the 1966 performance. I think that was the last time Dad saw Dylan.”

His parents always said about the well-reported booing: “It didn’t seem so bad at the time.” They thought people were booing because the sound quality wasn’t so good.

The students were fascinated with the first-person account.

His parents had had their Dylan moment. In that School of Music classroom, Carr had his. “It was fun to have him come in and reminisce about those days.”

By Mike Harris
Photo of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, 1963. National Archives, public domain.

Gilliam installed at UNCG’s 11th chancellor

101216feature_installationDr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. was installed as The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s 11th chancellor last Friday in a ceremony held in UNCG Auditorium.

“Frank knows we’re still building for the next generation, and he recognizes the joy and the honor in that task – the sheer excitement of what we get to do each day in higher education,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “His leadership gives me enormous hope for what we can accomplish together, and I’m proud to welcome Dr. Gilliam to this university.”

The ceremony began with greetings from Susan Safran, former chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees and chair of the Chancellor’s Search Committee, and Professor of Music Dr. Dennis AsKew, chairman of the Chancellor’s Installation Committee. The investiture was led by Margaret Spellings, president of The University of North Carolina system, who was joined by Louis Bissette, chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, and Brad Hayes, chairman of the UNCG Board of Trustees. Henry Frye, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, administered the Oath of Office.

Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment and a long-time friend and colleague of Gilliam, delivered the keynote address, highlighting Gilliam’s work in the area of community engagement. In his investiture response, Gilliam noted that access and opportunity have been a part of UNCG’s heritage since its earliest days as a college for women.

“There were very few educational opportunities for women. [Founding President] McIver took a giant step.”

Gilliam spent much of his address looking not at the past, but toward the future.

“The future is bright,” he said. “Together, we can shape our shared fate. Together, we can take giant steps.”

Gilliam, who took office in September 2015, follows a long line of outstanding leaders since the university’s inception in 1891, including Dr. Charles Duncan McIver, Dr. Julius I. Foust, Dr. Walter Clinton Jackson, Dr. Edward Kidder Graham Jr., Dr. Gordon W. Blackwell, Dr. Otis A. Singletary, Dr. James S. Ferguson, Dr. William E. Moran, Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan and Dr. Linda P. Brady.

Gilliam’s career in higher education spans three decades. He served at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a long-standing faculty member in political science, and most recently, served as dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for seven years. Just prior to assuming the deanship, Gilliam served as the inaugural associate vice chancellor of community partnerships for the University of California system for six years. Gilliam began his career at the University of Wisconsin.

Author of “Farther to Go: Readings and Cases in African-American Politics,” Gilliam is known as a champion for civic engagement. He was honored with the 2015 Upton Sinclair Award by the Liberty Hill Foundation for his renowned work advancing civic engagement and commitment to issues of equity. Twice nominated for UCLA’s Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, Gilliam also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grinnell College, and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University. In addition, he taught at Columbia University, Fisk University and — with former Vice President Al Gore — at Middle Tennessee State University.

Gilliam received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Iowa. Chancellor Gilliam and his wife, Jacquelean, are parents to daughter, Ariel and son, Trey.

Visual: Gillian takes oath of office, administered by Frye. Photograph by Martin W. Kane.

See related Storify post, showing many more visuals and social media posts.

UNCG receives $2.3 million gift to train future teachers

101216feature_majorgiftThe Tom Haggai and Associates (THA) Foundation has awarded UNCG’s School of Education a $2.3 million grant to establish the THA Endowed Fund in Education at UNCG, which will create the newly-established Haggai Academy at UNCG and other programs in support of teacher preparation.

Dr. Thomas Haggai founded the THA Foundation in 1963 for the purpose of enriching the lives of our nation’s children through education and community programming. After more than 50 years, the THA board decided it was a natural time of transition, and after inviting proposals from other universities it serves, the board decided to award its remaining funds to UNCG’s School of Education.

The THA Foundation’s support of UNCG’s School of Education is nothing new. The university first began awarding THA scholarships during the 1999-2000 academic year, working in collaboration with then dean of the UNCG School of Education, David Armstrong. Since then, the THA Foundation has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to 170 students in the UNCG School of Education. The Foundation has also supported similar programs at five other universities, including Florida Gulf Coast University, George Mason University, Miami University, Texas A&M University and Winthrop University. In total, the THA Foundation has distributed more than $4 million in scholarships, funding over 780 students.

This gift, combined with matching funds secured by UNCG, will be used to create a permanent endowment for the Haggai Academy, which will train non-traditional students to become highly qualified and committed educators. This will also make it the largest gift ever received by the UNCG School of Education.

“Since its inception in 1891, UNCG has a proud tradition of producing premiere educators who impact the lives of their students across the state and around the world,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “We could not be more grateful for Dr. Tom Haggai and the Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation for their generosity to UNCG and its School of Education, ensuring its continued success for many years to come.”

The Haggai Academy will provide financial and professional support to non-traditional students in UNCG’s School of Education, such as undergraduate students over the age of 24, graduate students seeking initial teacher licensure as they earn a master’s degree in teaching, lateral entry teachers and veterans. It will also include a leadership component for these students – called Haggai Scholars – focusing on ethics, service learning and professional development.

Haggai is a philanthropist, businessman, minister and recognized speaker. A former president and CEO of IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance), he now serves as chairman emeritus for the company. He also served as personnel director for the Boy Scouts of America from 1975 to 1977. Haggai has been asked to speak to groups with General Motors, Belk Department Stores and the Pentagon, as well as at military bases around the world.

Haggai earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky in 2013. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from UNCG.

Undergraduate Admissions launches initiative to support Latino students, families

101216feature_latinostudentsWhen Kattya Castellón first joined UNCG Undergraduate Admissions in 2005, UNCG’s Latino student population was just above 3 percent, and Castellón was the only Spanish-speaker in the office.

Eleven years later, the Latino student population has more than doubled, and Castellón is now spearheading the Latino Recruitment Initiative (LRI), a new, concerted effort to support the growing number of prospective and current Latino students on campus.

Having been an immigrant before becoming a naturalized citizen, Castellón came to UNCG with a deep understanding of the difficulties that many Latino families face, especially when it comes to navigating the education system in the United States.

“In addition to my assigned job duties, I started to work with Latino and immigrant families,” said Castellón, a native of Nicaragua. “I became more involved in the Latino community in Greensboro, and we started creating informational resources in Spanish.”

Now serving as the associate director of Latino education affairs, Castellón and admissions counselor Margarita Kerkado are working specifically with Latino students to guide them through the application and enrollment processes.

Once students arrive on campus, Castellón and Kerkado help connect them to a variety of resources, including UNCG’s seven Latino student organizations, the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Alianza, an association of Latino and Latino-interested faculty and staff.

“We want to be known as the university that goes the extra mile for Latino families,” said Chris Keller, director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment.

For senior entrepreneurship major Yaseline Muñoz, Castellón has provided the support system she needed as a first-generation Latina student. With the help of Castellón, Muñoz recently organized and held the inaugural “Mi Placita,” an event that brought together not just Latino students, but students of all backgrounds for a night of food, fun and community.

“It’s great to be able to go to someone like Kattya who understands your culture and the difficulties of being a first-generation student,” Muñoz said. “She is always there to help connect students to resources on campus.”

According to Castellón, gaining parental support is critical to Latino student success. For Latino families, attending college isn’t just a student decision – it’s a family decision. Castellón works closely with parents to make sure they understand the university system and have access to the informational materials they need in a language they can understand.

In addition to working one-on-one with Latino families, Undergraduate Admissions offers Spanish sessions for all major admissions events, including SOAR, Destination UNCG and Spartan Showcase. Castellón and her team also host Evento Familiar, an admissions event especially for Latino students.

For Castellón and Kerkado, their work with Latino families is much more than a job – it’s their passion.

“It’s really rewarding,” Castellón said. “The momentum has really picked up. There are so many opportunities for Latino students at UNCG.”

For more information about UNCG and the admissions process, visitadmissions.uncg.edu. To access admissions information in Spanish, visit latino.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane