UNCG Campus Weekly

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Chancellor’s address: ‘Giant steps’ for UNCG

Photo of Chancellor Gilliam at State of the Campus. It’s time for UNCG to take giant steps.

That was Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.’s message to faculty and staff Aug. 17 in his State of the Campus address.

Gilliam celebrated the university’s accomplishments during his first year as chancellor. He praised the university’s enrollment growth, the passage of the Connect NC bond referendum, the grand openings of the the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness and the Union Square Campus and numerous accolades for departments across campus, including Counseling and Educational Development’s No. 2 national ranking.

“Where we stand now – and what we’ve accomplished over the last year – provides a solid foundation for our future,” he said.

The bulk of his speech, however, focused on what’s next for UNCG.

“It’s time for us now to take some giant steps toward making our great university the best it can possibly be,” Gilliam said.

His message was inspired by John Coltrane’s song, “Giant Steps.” Not only did the piece introduce revolutionary harmonic progressions, but it changed the fabric of jazz composition.

“I like the aspirational metaphor of ‘Giant Steps,’” Gilliam said.

As the world around us continues to evolve, UNCG – like most universities – also faces considerable challenges.

“I understand that taking big steps involves risks,” Gilliam said, but added that safe, incremental changes are not enough.

Giant steps toward success require a change in culture, clear expectations for growth and big ideas. A continued focus on talent management, diversity and inclusion, as well as higher standards for technology are critical as well.

According to Gilliam, there is much work to be done, but there is a solid foundation in place for it to be laid upon.

“We are poised to take giant steps. We are chasing excellence.”

See video of the address.

By Jeanie McDowell
Photography by Martin W. Kane

UNCG Police reach out, make friends at Move-in

Students moving into residents halls during move-in. UNCG Police have always helped in managing traffic and with any other related needs during move-in. But this is the first year UNCG Police Command Staff and officers in the department have helped students with their move-in, from curb to room.

Paul Lester, UNCG Chief of Police, was one of those helping.

Chief Lester said that they had observed other campus entities do this, and wanted to step up their involvement this year.

It’s a way to reach out to the students and their families, Lester explained. They see that UNCG Police are approachable and ready to be of service. And being a bigger part of Move-in was great.

“This is one more way we can help.”

See related story on Move-in facts and figures.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo wins Olympic Silver

Photo of Paul Chelimo.Former Spartan track and field star Paul Chelimo ’14 placed second in the Olympic men’s 5,000-meter race Saturday night bringing home a silver medal for Team USA.

Chelimo posted a personal-best time of 13:03.90, becoming the first U.S. medal winner in the men’s 5,000-meter race since 1964. Chelimo finished just 0.60 seconds behind Mo Farrah of Great Britain.

“It’s the best feeling ever,” Chelimo told the Associated Press. “It’s the best, best feeling ever.”

But the night wasn’t without drama of Olympic proportions. Initially, Chelimo was disqualified for a lane infringement. USA Track and Field appealed the ruling and, an hour later, the International Association of Athletics Federation reinstated Chelimo.

On campus, nearly 600 Spartans gathered in the Elliott University Center for a watch party. As UNCG’s first Olympian crossed the finish line, the Cone Ballroom erupted into cheers, high-fives and a lot of Spartan pride.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography courtesy USA Today

See story – and a great Storify collection of social media posts including video of the Cone Ballroom viewing – at UNCG Now.

Health offerings for employees, at no cost to you

HealthyUNCG, UNCG’s employee wellness program, has several opportunities to keep you active and well this fall.

HealthyU begins August 31.
HealthyU is a free 12-week weight loss program for UNCG Employees only. This program is designed to help you lose weight and keep it off through information and accountability. Session topics focus on nutrition, physical activity, stress management, goal setting and accountability. Join in 3 easy steps:

  1. Register by going to our website HERE.
  2. Stop by the EUC’s Phillips Room any time between 11 a.m.-2 p.m., August 31, for a baseline assessment and pre-survey (takes approximately 15-20 minutes).
  3. Show up to the first session on Sept. 7 from noon-1 p.m. in McIver 140.

Join the 3S (Sip, Stand Stretch!) Movement Challenge
The 3S Movement is a self care intervention to promote health and prevent disease. The Challenge is a 4 week challenge that runs September 5th – Sept 30th. Win prizes by just standing up at your workstation and sipping water.

Every hour you will log drinking water (sip), stand up or walk, and stretch. Learn more and register HERE.

Group Fitness is back
HealthyUNCG and the UNCG Department of Wellness and Recreation will be offering multiple opportunities for group fitness at the new Kaplan Center for Health and Wellness beginning the week of September 5th. We will also continue our weekly group walks! Full details and schedule coming soon.

Fitness Lending Library
Can’t make it to our group fitness programs? Try our Fitness Lending Library (FLL). The FLL allows employees and departments to “check out” various fitness equipment to use while in the office. Items target flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness and includes over 75 items. HealthyUNCG will even deliver the items to you and pick up the items when you are finished They have many new items this year. Check it out Here.
Visit healthy.uncg.edu for a full list of employee wellness opportunities, including the Personal Wellness Profile, Health Coaching, Miles for Wellness walking challenge (coming this fall), customized programs, special events and more.

Move-In 2016 facts and figures

Photo of chancellor Gilliam helping students and families during move in.Move-in Aug. 17-19 was as successful as it was warm.

Chancellor Gilliam was among the many passing out cold water and other treats or helping students and their families unload their belongings.

Tim Johnson, director of Housing & Residence Life, gave Campus Weekly a report on Move-In as of 8 a.m. Monday. Some key numbers:

  • UNCG Housing & Residence Life had 5,380 students checked into their residence halls.
  • Additionally, about 60 students have been assigned to “temporary” spaces. 45 students remain on a waiting list.
  • Each year there are some “no-shows” for student housing. Therefore, most of those currently in temp spaces will be reassigned to permanent rooms in the first couple of weeks of the semester.
  • Most of those on the waiting list are upperclassmen who have a local address and applied very late in the summer. They are generally able to commute to campus until we are able to find them a space, Johnson explains.
  • “We are slightly ahead of last year with these (on-campus residence) numbers,” Johnson added.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Chancellor Gilliam at move-in by Martin W. Kane

New initiative: stipends for three faculty members

In a new initiative, the University Libraries awarded $1,000 stipends to three faculty members to provide support to revise their spring 2016 courses to incorporate more information literacy and increase librarian involvement. The faculty selected partnered with several UNCG librarians to develop new assignments and assessments that enhanced student learning.

Dr. Thomas Jackson, History 391 Historical Skills and Methods,worked with Kathy Crowe (Libraries’ liaison to the History department) Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information Librarian), and Kathelene Smith (Photographs, Artifacts, and Textiles Archivist) to incorporate library databases, historic census and polling data, and archival materials relating to the sit-ins of the 1960s.

Ms.Stephanie Hudson collaborated with Amy Harris Houk (Libraries’ liaison to the School of Education) on ELC 381 The Institution of Education. The class included a series of scaffolded assignments centered around constructing authority in a variety of situations.

Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, Classical Studies 102 The Classical Art of Persuasion) partnered with Jenny Dale (Director of First-Year Programs and Libraries’ liaison to the English department). The class focused on incorporating information literacy into classical rhetoric.

Weight Watchers @ Work open house Aug. 31

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work’s next Open House is Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at noon in MHRA 3501.
Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to the Open House on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at noon in MHRA 3501.  Attending provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Donna Sexton.
The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a 12 week series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Wednesdays in MHRA 3501 from noon-1 p.m. with weigh-in starting Wednesday, September 7.  These meetings are open to the entire UNCG community including faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.  Find the group on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/UNCGWWatWork

*Must have 15 paying members to start a 12 week session.

Douglas and Carr advisors for National Folk Festival

A 2015 National Folk Festival performance

A 2015 National Folk Festival performance

Every big event in Greensboro, it seems, has UNCG ties.

The National Folk Festival is no exception.

Dr. Gavin Douglas and Dr. Revell Carr, faculty in the UNCG School of Music’s ethnomusicology program, are members of the festival’s Program Committee.

Those members are key in selecting the performers, as consultants to the national festival.

It’s an enjoyable role, Carr explained, as they listen to lots of recordings of potential performers.

Both faculty members will also serve in introducing and hosting some of the performers during the three-day festival.

The festival, with no admission charge, will be Sept. 9-11 throughout downtown Greensboro. It will feature a diverse range of musical and art genres from throughout America.

Visual: Klezmer performance at last year’s National Folk Festival. Photo courtesy the National Folk Festival.

“Recovery: It’s epic!” Sept. 1

UNCG’s Spartan Recovery Program (SRP) welcomes Dr. Michael Washo to campus as we recognize National Recovery Month in September. Join us at Elliott University Center from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Dogwood Room for light refreshments and an evening of celebrating recovery. Washo will share his personal and professional experience in the field followed by a panel discussion from the local recovery community.

Washo arrived as medical director at Fellowship Hall from the R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner, N.C., where he served as staff psychiatrist. He completed his medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

This event is part of National Recovery Month., marked nationally in September. The SRP’s additional event is Sept 29 at Elliot, in Dogwood Room, with a screening of the film “Anonymous People.” A panel discussion will follow.

University Libraries’ partnership with data archive

The University Libraries has partnered with UNC Chapel Hill’s Odum Institute to archive and disseminate research data through NC DOCKS. This partnership offers the following advantages over other archiving options:

  • no cost to UNCG faculty
  • integration with NC DOCKS
  • redundant, geographically distributed back ups
  • long term storage of your data
  • ability to control the degree of access others have to your data

The NC DOCKS / Odum partnership will fulfill most data management plan requirements of granting agencies. In addition to providing this option, the University Libraries can provide training and support for data management best practices and more. For a consultation, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam@uncg.edu) or Anna Craft (arcraft@uncg.edu).

For more information on research data services at the UNCG University Libraries, please consult a guide at http://uncg.libguides.com/RDM.

NC DOCKS (http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/) is UNCG’s institutional repository for faculty scholarship and more. For more information, please contact Anna Craft (arcraft@uncg.edu).

Teens and Weatherspoon art

The Weatherspoon Art Museum announces a new education opportunity: “Teens Behind-the-Scenes” is a six-week program where high school teens discover the history of Weatherspoon Art Museum; explore museum careers; and learn about the interpretation of art objects. Based on WAM’s earlier Teen Art Guides program, Teens Behind-the-Scenes distills the museum experience into a single semester, allowing more flexibility for busy high school students.

When & Where: Meet at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, corner of Spring Garden & Tate Street, 4:30-6:00 pm, six Thursday afternoons: September 22-October 27, 2016. Free parking is available behind the museum, and a parking permit is provided.

Materials fee: $25 WAM family and student members/ $35 non-members/ scholarships available. Participants receive a one-year student membership or membership renewal.

Application: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/learn/k12-students-teachers/

Application Due Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Questions? Contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at t_dowell@uncg.edu or call 336-256-1449.

Paul Chelimo, UNCG’s first Olympian, runs Wednesday

081716Feature_ChelimoThirteen minutes and 35 seconds. That’s how long it took former UNCG track and field star Paul Chelimo ’14 to punch his ticket to Rio.

But for the Olympian – who will compete in the first round of the men’s 5,000 meter race on Wednesday, Aug. 17 – the journey has been anything but fast.

A native of Kenya, Chelimo discovered his speed as a young boy playing tag with his brothers.

“They could never catch me,” he said. “That’s when I knew I had something special.”

In middle and high school, Chelimo participated in track and field meets. But it wasn’t until November of 2009, one month after he graduated from high school, that he bought his first pair of running shoes and started training competitively.

Just one year later, Chelimo moved to the United States to attend Shorter University in Georgia. In 2011, he transferred to UNCG.

“Getting an athletic scholarship in the United States was a great opportunity for me,” Chelimo said. “I didn’t just want to run – I wanted a good education as well.”

His career at UNCG – which included outdoor track, indoor track and cross country – was decorated, to say the least. In 2012 and 2013, Chelimo was the national runner-up in the 5,000 meter race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was also a three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion and a six-time All-America recipient during his career.

Chelimo’s work ethic and competitive spirit extended from the track to the classroom. The public health major was a recipient of the Irwin Belk Athletic Scholarship and the Aaron Bobb Scholarship and graduated with a 3.6 grade point average.

Upon graduation, Chelimo was accepted into the highly competitive U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, a unique opportunity that provides outstanding soldier-athletes the support and training to compete in national and international competitions while maintaining a professional military career.

“I really want to thank UNCG, the athletics department and the Greensboro community for the support,” he said. “If I didn’t have the opportunity to train well at UNCG, I wouldn’t be headed to the Olympics.”

And there’s no question that the campus community is behind him.

“To be the first UNCG Spartan to compete in the Olympics – the highest form of competition for an athlete – is incredibly meaningful,” said UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record. “The entire Spartan family will be rooting for Paul. Regardless of the outcome of the race, he will represent us well.”

Chelimo will compete in the first round of the 5,000 meter race on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9:05 a.m. EST. The race will stream live at NBCOlympics.com. The final round is Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 p.m. EST and will broadcast live on NBC.

Share your Spartan pride and wish Paul good luck on social media using the hashtag #ChelimoInRio.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Cheryl Treworgy

Visual:  UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo celebrates after finishing third at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, on July 9.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Open Education Resources save students lots on textbooks

081716Feature_EducationResourcesWhen Dr. Heather Helms, UNCG associate professor of human development and family studies, announced to her class of 230 students that they were swapping their $200 textbook for free, online materials last spring, she was met with loud cheers and a round of applause.

College is an expensive undertaking, and textbooks are especially pricy.

Like Helms, many professors at UNCG are trying to make the financial burden of college a little more bearable by replacing textbooks with open education resources. These resources are available for free use and re-purposing, either through public domain or open licensing, and include items such as e-books, websites, journal articles, lectures and videos.

Beth Bernhardt, University Libraries’ assistant dean for collection management and scholarly communications, has been championing the use of open education resources for a number of years. It wasn’t until last year, however, that she and her team were able to provide a tangible incentive for professors to convert their curriculum from expensive textbooks to include free resources.

UNCG’s University Libraries and the Office of the Provost provided funds to offer $1,000 mini-grants to 10 professors during the 2015-16 academic year.

Over the next two years, University Libraries will be able to provide 31 additional mini-grants to professors through an $85,000 shared grant with East Carolina University.

Not only do open education resources cut down on student costs, they allow professors to share accurate, up-to-date information in a more engaging way.

“It takes a long time to produce a textbook,” Helms said, adding that information is already dated by the time a brand new textbook hits the shelves.

The freedom to incorporate more digital materials made a difference in Helms’ class as well.

“I felt they were really engaged with the material,” Helms said. “This delivery seems more relevant to them. It seems less archaic than a bulky textbook.”

Story by Jeanie McDowell, University Communications

Full story at UNCG Now.

Learn how UNCG faculty can help save students money in this initiative. See http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2016/08/09/help-lower-textbook-costs-students.

More robust Spartan welcome for distance learners

081716Featuer_DistanceLearnersFor the first time ever, UNCG is offering a centralized, online orientation for all full-time distance learners (ie, those students who do not take classes on campus). This is required for all new distance learners beginning fall 2016.

Orientation is hosted as a required course in Canvas, and it includes video modules, quizzes and access and links to resource. It covers topics from financial aid to computing to academic support resources and more, helping students transition into the system, Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples explains. She is director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience.

It’s a formal introduction and hello.

The idea is to ensure online learners feel a greater part of the Spartan university experience. Distance learners can now get a SpartanCard, which they receive with a welcome letter and a UNCG window cling so they can show their pride as a UNCG student.

This orientation/welcome is a collaborative initiative, with oversight by New Student Transitions & First Year Experience and product design and implementation with DCL and Canvas, as well as the SpartanCard office. Needs assessment and content development was a collaboration with the faculty who are the online program directors.

Most of the content may be viewed by anyone on the web site newstudents.uncg.edu/onlinelearners/programinformation.

Artist Willie Young at Weatherspoon

081716Feature_WillieYoungThe Weatherspoon Art Museum had a very special visit Aug. 2 from artist Willie Young. Young is one of those featured in the exhibition “Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.”

Young flew in to Greensboro for the day to tour the installation and was accompanied by Weatherspoon director Nancy Doll, Angela Usrey and writer/curator Tom Patterson, along with Weatherspoon staff and interns.

The “Inside the Outside” exhibition is on view until Sept. 4.

Photograph of Young and Doll by Loring Mortenson.

Grant-seeking databases and applying for internal research awards

Here are two workshops faculty may be interested in being a part of:


Applying For Internal Research Awards Workshop

Wed. 8/31/16, 9:00-10:00 am, 1607 MHRA

Thurs. 9/1/16, 2:00-3:00 pm, 1607 MHRA

Workshop covering what you need to know to successfully apply for New Faculty Research Awards and the Regular Faculty Research Awards. The application deadline is 10/19/2016. For more information, guidelines, directions and forms, go to http://research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/.  Register at http://workshops.uncg.edu.


Show Me the Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases

8/30/2016, 12:30-2:30 pm, Bryan 211

9/16/2016, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Curry 304

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu.

Nominations sought for 2016 Spartans of Promise awards

The Spartans of Promise awards are given to ten seniors excelling academically and in the UNCG community by the Alumni Association during the Alumni of Distinction Awards dinner during Homecoming.

Know a senior who may be deserving of this honor? Recommend a student.

Spartans of Promise must demonstrate:

  • Strong involvement in campus activities
  • Proven leadership in service activities
  • Passion for UNCG


  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 90 credit hours, at least 30 of which are completed at UNCG


– Application deadline for qualifying students is 9/4/2016.
– Applicants chosen as semi finalists notified by 9/20/2016.
– Interviews on 10/1/2016.
– Winners notified on 10/3/2016.
– Winners encouraged to attend Founders Day on 10/5/2016.
– Reception and alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner 10/20/2016.

Faculty, staff and advisers for student groups are encouraged to recommend a student who they think should be considered for the award, by sending a recommendation letter for the student to Crystal Josey at cgjosey@uncg.edu.

Emails will be sent to all recommended students, notifying them that they have been recommended and that they are strongly encouraged to complete the Spartans of Promise Application Form.

For more information and to access the form, click here.

Qualifying students must complete the Spartans of Promise Application Form by Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.

2016 State of the Campus Address Aug. 17

081016Feature_StateOfCampusThe State of the Campus Address will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, in UNCG Auditorium.

Seating begins at 10 a.m.

The traditional luncheon in Moran Commons and Plaza will follow.

“Please join me as we begin a new year,” Chancellor Gilliam said in his invitation to faculty and staff.

Key dates for August-September, 2016

081016Feature_KeyDatesThe UNCG residence halls are ready. Move-in days will be the latter part of next week. As we welcome a new academic year, here are some dates to consider adding to your calendar:

New Faculty Orientation
Monday, Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m., all day. See details.

State of the Campus Address, followed by faculty/staff luncheon
Wednesday, Aug. 17, seating begins at 10 a.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG student move-in days
Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Friday, Aug. 19. Details at hrl.uncg.edu/living-campus/fall-move-in-guide

Graduate School’s New Student orientation (Either of two days)
Tuesday, Aug. 16 or Thursday, Aug. 18.
Details at grs.uncg.edu/orientation

Party Like a Rawkstar, dance party for students
Fri, August 19, 8 p.m. (first of many Rawkin’ Welcome Week (RWW) events)
EUC, Cone Ballroom

RRW Wild West Showdown
Saturday, Aug. 20, noon, College Avenue

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation
Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

RWW Charlie’s Fountain Fest
Sunday, Aug. 21, 5 p.m., Moran Commons

Classes begin.
Monday, August 22, 2016. Spartan SPEARS in lime green shirts will help provide direction for students.

RWW Fall Kickoff for students
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m., College Avenue

RWW, Dive in Movie for students
Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Kaplan Center for Wellness

Spartan Service Day (volunteering in community)
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. See olsl.uncg.edu

RWW, HRL Carnival
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., Quad Lawn

Faculty Senate meeting
Aug. 31, 3 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Moran Commons, Room 109

Collage concert
Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

General Faculty Meeting and Convocation
Thursday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Family Weekend
Sept. 23-25

Compiled by Mike Harris

Correction: The move-in days, Wednesday, Aug. 17-Friday, Aug. 19, originally appeared with incorrect dates. The dates have been corrected in this post, as have the dates for Family Weekend.   (8/10, 8:45 a.m.)

Teaching teachers about HERPS

081016Feature_HERPProjectLed by a team of UNCG researchers, professors and graduate students, 50 top-notch science educators from five different states gathered at Haw River State Park this summer for a weekend herpetology curriculum workshop.

The goal? To teach teachers how to get others – whether students in the classroom or park and nature center visitors – excited about North Carolina’s reptiles and amphibians.

Five years ago, researchers from UNCG, UNC Pembroke and Elon University received a $2.7 million informal science education grant from the National Science Foundation [grant no. DRL-1114558] for the HERP Project, which stands for Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces.

The grant focuses on igniting a passion for North Carolina’s herps, or reptiles and amphibians, developing a connection to the local environment, engaging people in conservation and field ecology experiences and promoting the public’s participation in scientific research. Additionally, the grant focused on educational research on students’ science identities.

“The purpose of the grant was to look at instructional techniques,” said Dr. Catherine Matthews, principal investigator and professor in UNCG’s School of Education. “People tend to know very little about herps in general, especially the herps in their own back yard.”

Matthews and her team have developed a curriculum centered on reptiles and amphibians for teachers, science center educators, informal educators and park rangers. The curriculum is available online for free, but in an effort to disseminate the materials more widely, they decided to host the weekend workshop to share their work.

“The program is mostly about doing science, not talking science. We had them out in the field. If you’re actually out doing science, it’s much more interesting,” Matthews said.

Using large net funnel traps and turtle sniffing dogs, the educators captured, studied, marked and released frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards in the wild. They also learned valuable lessons to take back to their students.

“We were able to put tools in the hands of nature center directors, park rangers and teachers,” Matthews said.

Story by Jeanie McDowell
Photography by Martin W. Kane
Full story at UNCG Now.

Facilities Operations Safety/Employee Recognition Day

081016Feature_RecognitionDayUNCG Facilities Operations Safety/Employee Recognition Day, observed annually, is an occasion held for the purpose of raising awareness of engaging in safe work practices to reduce injury while at work and public recognition of employees.

Held on June 9, 2016, employees started Safety Day at Ferguson Auditorium, where they heard from various speakers on different aspects of safety, including statistics on how Facilities Operations did on reported injuries in the last year.

Safety Day/ Employee Recognition Day is also a day to recognize employees who go above and beyond in the areas of Safety, Collaboration & Teamwork, and Customer Service. Employees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Employee Recognition Awards Committee. Congratulations to Vince Whitt, Rickey Craft and Amanda Teer (in visuals) for winning the awards this June.

The full list of 2016 Facilities Operations Summer Employee Recognition Nominees:
Vincent Whitt
Cynthia Barnes
Amanda Teer
Paul Bigelow
Ricky Craft
Kevin Siler
Chris Aaroe
Maryann Burditt
Chris Chilton
David Alton
Jon Soter

Faculty and staff volunteers needed to welcome students Aug. 29

081016Feature_HouseCallsDear Faculty and Staff,

It is time to welcome our newest Spartans to the UNCG community.

Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life will need our support for the annual House Calls big event.  The purpose of the House Calls program is to welcome new students and provide them with an opportunity to interact with faculty members and administrators on a personal level. Research supports the significant impact curricular and co-curricular interactions have on student educational achievement. Consequently, this program is a valuable asset to the UNCG campus as we strive to be a more engaged and learner-centered community.

Volunteers are essential to help reach the approximately 2,500 new first year residential students joining the UNCG community this academic year.  This is your opportunity to see students in their personal living environment, hear about their first week of classes, and show your Spartan Pride!

House Calls will take place on Monday, August 29, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you volunteer for this program, you will be assigned to a team of UNCG colleagues to visit first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. As a volunteer you will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Interact with 15-20 students in a residence hall environment. You will greet students in their residence hall room, and initiate a brief conversation with them about transitioning to college and their first week of school. You may be asked a few general questions about the university and your role in the community.
  • Provide students with a “welcome bag of success” provided by Housing & Residence Life to support their transition to college and overall academic success.
  • Have dinner with fellow volunteers.  5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center (EUC), Alexander Room. Volunteer check-in will begin as early as 5:15 p.m. and volunteers will be dismissed to their assigned residence halls between 6:15-6:30 p.m.
  • Participate in a brief orientation. During dinner, Housing and Residence Life staff will provide the necessary information and materials to prepare you for your House Calls experience.

REGISTER:  To volunteer for this program, click the link below to complete the volunteer form: Volunteer for House Calls

Deadline for volunteer sign-up is Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.  For more information, contact Erica Farrar, Senior Assistant Director for Residence Life and Academic Enhancement (erica.farrar@uncg.edu), or the main HRL office at 336-334-5636.

Best Regards,

Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost
Dr. Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

See more at hrl.uncg.edu/large-events/house-calls.

Help lower textbook costs for students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending an hour and a half workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

Did You Know…?
●     The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.

●     The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks and supplies in 2014–15.

●     The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.

●     Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.

●     60 percent of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

(Source for bulleted information: the Open Textbook Network.)

Open Textbooks
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do
Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

What: Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review
Where: 216 Jackson Library
When: Friday, September 9, from 2-4 p.m.
Who: The workshop will be led by Rajvi Jhangiani (Psychology Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada) and Merinda McLure (Health and Human Sciences Librarian at Colorado State University Libraries).

Take 5 minutes http://tinyurl.com/gw94hhk, by August 26, 2016. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg or 336-256-1210. You can also visit the https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ for more information about our open education initiatives.

This workshop is sponsored by The UNCG University Libraries.

(See related story is next week’s CW.)

It’s approved: UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts

080316Feature__CVPAUNCG is pleased to announce the formation of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), a new unit that unifies the discipline of art with the former School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Final approval was received from the UNC board of governors on Friday, July 29, to launch the new college this fall. CVPA is now the largest arts college in the state and one of the largest in the Southeast, with nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

“The new college gives us an opportunity to build on our strengths by creating new collaborations, curriculums and international connections,” said Dean Peter Alexander. “The College of Visual and Performing Arts will continue to influence and expand arts access across our region, state and nation.”

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance was created in 2010 as a centerpiece unit for the performing arts at UNCG, linking decades of practice, performance and study within the new school.

In 2014, the installation of Alexander as dean galvanized exploration in unifying the visual arts with the performing arts. Alexander worked with UNCG Provost Dana Dunn to develop a process that provided opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage around the unification of the arts.

“UNCG’s new College of Visual and Performing Arts brings together four areas of academic strength to create new synergies and opportunities to work across disciplines,” Dunn said. “Music, theater, dance and visual arts will be well situated to explore new collaborations between faculty and to ensure that our graduates are well equipped for post-graduation opportunities in the arts.”

The formation of CVPA comes on the heels of the launch of the new arts administration program – one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind offered throughout the UNC system – and the development of a musical theatre minor. CVPA will continue to be a leader in the arts at UNCG and within the Triad community, developing and supporting quality arts experiences for aspiring arts professionals and the general public.

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness opens its doors

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center. The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has officially opened its doors, ushering in a new era of recreation and wellness at UNCG focused on lifelong well-being for the campus community.

The new facility, part of UNCG’s master plan for growth along W. Gate City Boulevard, features more than 20,000 square feet of weight and fitness space, seven basketball courts, lap and activity pools (slated to open on Aug. 19) and a 54-foot climbing wall, among other wellness spaces and classrooms.

The facility also offers new programming, including nutrition services with UNCG’s registered dietitian, aquatic programs and outdoor activities – such as sunrise yoga – on the 4,100-square-foot Spartan Terrace.

“As soon as you walk in the door, you have access to everything – the pools, Outdoor Adventures programs and all the other activity spaces. That’s something we didn’t have in the other facility,” said Dr. Jill Beville, director of recreation and wellness at UNCG. “We’re really excited about the variety of equipment, programing and educational opportunities that are going to be offered.”

In conjunction with the opening of the building, UNCG’s Wellness Center and Campus Recreation have merged to create the Department of Recreation & Wellness, a unification that reflects a national trend of aligning recreation and wellness. UNCG’s Wellness program, which provides education on areas such as sexual health, mental health, sexual violence and relationships, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and body image, is now housed in the Kaplan Center, a move that allows for greater focus on overall well-being.

Additionally, the facility will hold classes for a variety of academic departments, including kinesiology and community and therapeutic recreation.

“The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness benefits our campus and community in multiple ways,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. “In addition to promoting the health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty, this facility expands our capacity for state-of-the-art instruction and research and plays an important role in the development of Spartan Village along the Gate City Boulevard corridor.”

The Kaplan Center, which is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, also offers a variety of social spaces and seating areas.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 16, and is open to the public.

Kaplan Center memberships are available for UNCG faculty, staff and alumni, and members may sponsor one additional person for membership. For more information about the facility, upcoming events and membership options, visit recwell.uncg.edu.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian

Photography by Martin W. Kane

UNCG’s popular Collage concert will be Sept. 10

080316Feature__CollageThe UNCG Collage concert has become an annual arts tradition, a non-stop evening of virtuosic performances.

The 2016 concert will be Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

Collage kicks off the new academic year with a program featuring works inspired by the theme “War and Peace Imagined.”

Featuring an incredible range of performers presenting one riveting work after another without pause. Special lighting enhances the experience and directs the audience’s attention to performances in multiple locations around the auditorium.

Over 300 students from the college will perform on the concert, along with many faculty members, making this the most spectacular event of the year.

Collage has been completely sold out for 6 consecutive years. Mark your calendar and plan to purchase your tickets in advance (all seating is reserved).

Collage is presented with generous assistance from a presenting sponsorship from Charles Aris, Inc., and a patron sponsorship from Well-Spring. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the UNCG Collage Scholarship Fund.

See ticket information at https://vpa.uncg.edu/collage.

Photograph by Martin W. Kane.

In memoriam: Dr. Deb Cassidy

Photo of Dr. Cassidy.Dr. Deborah Cassidy, professor emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies, died July 20. She was serving as president on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She focused her life’s work on advocating for early childhood educators and high quality early learning, the association said in an announcement of her death.

She recently retired from UNCG’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, where she spent 26 years as an early childhood professor and researcher. That included a four year leave to serve as Director of North Carolina’s Division of Child Development and Early Education.

She was UNCG’s nominee for the 2015-16 O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established by the UNC Board of Governors to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” She was selected by UNCG’s Gardner/Holshouser Award Committee because of her significant contributions to the field of early childhood education. Her career has been dedicated to understanding the complex factors that contribute to the high quality early childhood experiences so critical to the future well-being of our youngest citizens. Cassidy provided substantial leadership for the development and widespread adoption of the 5-star rating system for early education settings, and her contributions included working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of education for early childhood teachers.

A recent UNCG HDFS “Family Matters” e-newsletter reflected on her career, as she retired. “Deb’s record of scholarship is equally impressive. Over the years, she and her colleagues have secured millions of dollars of grant and contract funding to further work in the field of early childhood and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

“Her work on the North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project is a clear example of this impact. Beginning in 1999, this project has completed thousands of assessments of quality in licensed child care programs and schools around the state. These assessments provide direct feedback to programs to improve in their level of quality, thus impacting the experiences of the over 250,000 children enrolled in child care in North Carolina and progressively increasing the quality in child care across the state. This work has national implications as well, as Deb has regularly consulted with other state administrators and legislators to discuss how to improve the systems that exist in other states.”

The article also cited her work as director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE), where she advocated strongly for improved wages for teachers of young children and for improvements in the quality of care and education that children were receiving. “In her role as the director of DCDEE, she helped guide and advocate for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant funding that eventually brought nearly $70 million dollars to North Carolina. In her role as the director she also helped strengthen the early childhood system across the state, increasing the number of high quality programs and drastically reducing the number of low quality programs.

See her obituary here.

Second in nation, eighth in nation

080316Feature__SecondandEighthInNationTwo web sites have rated UNCG’s online Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education program among the nation’s best.

UNCG’s Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BKISED) program is ranked second in the country among online Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education programs. The ranking, conducted by The Best Schools, is based according to their web site on academic excellence, classes available in the program, the strength of the faculty, consideration of other program rankings, and indicators of the program’s reputation. The BKISED master’s program is jointly administered by the UNCG departments of Specialized Education Services and Human Development & Family Studies. See the website for further information about this ranking.

Another web site put them no. 8 nationally.

Best College Values (bestcollegevalues.com), an online resource that helps students find reputable and affordable degree programs, has this to say in their 2016 ranking of online Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education:

080316Feature__SecondandEighthInNation2The (UNCG) online Master of Education in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development degree program prepares students to assume leadership roles in diverse settings (both education and community-based) that develop and implement programming for young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families,” the web site says. “This degree is a fully online synchronous program with classes meeting online using web cameras and microphones. … Experienced and committed faculty members from the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services teach, advise, and mentor students through this innovative course of study. There are two areas of emphasis – one on Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration and another on Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure.”

Compiled by Mike Harris

UNCG Summer Music Camp hosted nearly 2,000 students

080316Feature__SummerMusicCampThe UNCG Summer Music Camp, held July 10-22, is known as “America’s Most Popular” – and this summer it showed once again why it’s earned that term. Nearly 2,000 middle and high school students – hailing from 20 states, Mexico, India and China – attended last month. Provost Dana Dunn and founding director Dr. John Locke spoke to all the students and concert attendees at the end of each week, inviting them to learn more about the many excellent programs at UNCG. See related story about the camp at UNCG Now.

Weatherspoon hosts ‘Matisse Drawings’ curated by Ellsworth Kelly

The Weatherspoon Art Museum hosts “Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly” through Sept. 18. The exhibition features a collection of Henri Matisse’s sketches and drawings curated by American artist Ellsworth Kelly.

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection” provides the unique opportunity to view the work of a modern master through the eyes of one of the greatest abstract artists of the twentieth century. Through a selection of 45 works, Ellsworth Kelly surveys Henri Matisse’s drawings from 1900 through 1950—from sketches to finished pieces—and reveals Matisse’s process and creativity as a draftsman. Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

To accompany Matisse’s drawings, nine works from Kelly’s own Suite of Plant Lithographs (1964–66) will be shown in an adjacent gallery in an exhibition entitled Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly 1964-1966. The coupling suggests both the sympathies and distinct differences between the two artists.

The two exhibitions were presented at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (August–December 2014). After the only Southeast appearance at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina (June 25–September 18, 2016), the tour continues to the Katonah Museum of Art, in Katonah, New York (October 23, 2016–January 29, 2017), the Audain Art Museum, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (February 24–May 21, 2017), and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan (November 18, 2017–February 18, 2018).

Read more on “Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly” at the Weatherspoon website.

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