UNCG Campus Weekly

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Campus community celebrates dedication of Kaplan Center

092116feature_kaplanribboncuttingUNCG students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered together on Friday, Sept. 16, to celebrate the official dedication of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the ringing of the university bell and an open house for the campus community.

“To me, what this center represents is the health of the community and the health of the campus,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. “It really serves all of our missions of service and education and research.”

During his remarks, Gilliam expressed deep gratitude to the late Leonard J. Kaplan and his late wife Tobee Kaplan. In March, UNCG announced a $5 million gift made by Tobee Kaplan in honor of her husband. The gift, which created an endowment in support of health and wellness programs on UNCG’s campus, was recognized in the naming of the new wellness center.

“The Kaplan family has contributed a lot to the Triad community philanthropically,” Gilliam said. “This building in many ways not only stands in testament to Leonard J. Kaplan, but also to the vision of his wife, Tobee.”

The Kaplans were widely known for the indelible mark they left on the community through their extraordinary record of philanthropy and leadership. Together they established the Kaplan Family Foundation (later renamed the Toleo Foundation), which has been active in furthering the causes of education, health, social services and community involvement.

The Kaplan Center opened to students, staff, faculty and alumni members on Aug. 1. The facility features more than 20,000 square feet of weight and cardio space, seven basketball courts and a 54-foot climbing wall, among other wellness spaces and classrooms. The center also provides education on sexual health, mental health, sexual violence and relationships, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and body image.

By Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

Visual:  Past and present campus leaders take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Kaplan Center. From left to right: Katie Marshall ’11, Isaac Miller ’12, Chelsea Boccardo ’13, Dr. Jill Beville, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., former Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Trustee David Sprinkle, SGA President Joseph Graham.

Financial Aid and Human Resources offices are moving

092116feature_officesmovingTwo UNCG offices are trading spaces.

On September 30, the Financial Aid Office will be moving to the Mossman Building at the corner of Spring Garden and Stirling. They will be trading spaces with Human Resources. Financial Aid’s phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same.

Office and phone assistance for the Financial Aid Office will be limited on Friday, September 30, and Monday, October 3. Please email finaid.uncg.edu with any questions you may have while they settle into their new location.

On September 30, the Human Resources office is moving to 723 Kenilworth St., which currently houses Financial Aid.  HR phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same.

Human Resources will be closed on Friday, September 30, and will be open with limited availability on Monday, October 3. Please email hrs@uncg.edu with any questions you may have while they settle into their new location.

See the stars (and planets too)

092116feature_seethestarsThe fall and winter dates for the UNCG Planetarium Show and the Three College Observatory (TCO) Public Nights are now listed. These shows are free, open to the community and appropriate for adults and older children.

UNCG’s Spitz projector will project the stars, planets, sun, and moon onto the interior of a 20-ft dome on Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, and Jan. 13, with all shows at 7:30 p.m., in Petty Science Building, 310. This remarkable tool is used to reveal astronomical objects and patterns of motion.

The TCO, located at a dark-sky location near Snow Camp, will have shows Oct. 7 at 8 p.m., Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19, Dec. 2. and Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. This facility opened in 1981 and contains a 0.81-meter reflecting telescope, one of the largest in the southeastern United States.

Although admission is free, seats are limited for both. The shows are popular; slots fill quickly. Reservations can be made through the UNCG Department of Physics and Astronomy website: https://physics.uncg.edu/.

Inaugural UNCG Business Affairs Expo Sept. 27

The first annual Business Affairs Expo will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom. The event will include exhibitions and demonstrations on power saving, office ergonomics, financial planning and digital signage. The Business Affairs department will share information about key initiative and available services. Samples from Spartan Dining and other light refreshments will be available. The campus community is invited.

Now, you can give online to SECC

The SECC’s ePledge, the online giving system for the campaign, is officially up and running for UNCG faculty and staff.

The SECC is an annual giving campaign that allows state employees to support a variety of charitable organizations in North Carolina. Employees can now pledge online instead of submitting a paper pledge form.

“Using ePledge to make a donation is easy and quick, and it immediately records participation,” said Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, SECC committee chair and faculty member. “It’s a convenient alternative to the paper pledge form.”

All UNCG employees received an email on Monday with a link to the ePledge site. The ePledge site can only be accessed through the link in the email. Online pledging is designed for payroll deduction (to begin January 2017) or one-time credit card payment. Individuals who wish to pay by cash or check should complete the paper pledge form and submit it to their assigned solicitor.

For more information, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Ashby Dialogues: Race, Student Activism and Responsible Speech

The Ashby Dialogues were created to honor the late Dr. Warren Ashby and his assertion that a university is “freedom in the search for and service of truth.” Every year, the UNCG program invites faculty and students from at least two academic departments to meet at least once a month to discuss crucial issues and to build a community of inquiry. This year’s fall dialogues have been curated by professors in the African American and African Diaspora Studies, Sociology and Anthropology departments. On Sept. 9 the series began at the Alumni House with “White Privilege and the Black Experience,” moderated by Dr. Robert L. Anemone, professor of Biological Anthropology and Paleoanthropology at UNCG.

The second session will be Oct. 11, 5-6:15 p.m. in Curry Auditorium (225), when Mark Anthony Neal, professor in Duke University’s African and African American Studies department, will speak about race relations on North Carolina campuses. Dr. Tara T. Green, professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG,  will moderate the dialogue following the talk.

The third session, “Race, Gender, Identity, and (In)visibility” will be on Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This discussion will concern Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, a National Book Award finalist. The lyric essay presents experiences of daily life that are affected by racial injustice and police brutality. Students are asked to bring responses to the text, which may include poems, journal entries and video blogs. Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy, associate professor of sociology, will moderate this discussion.

To enroll in the public Canvas.org course, visit https://aas.uncg.edu/ashby/2016-17/race-activism-campus-speech/

Careers in Student Affairs Conference

On Oct. 28 the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education M.Ed. program at UNCG, with support from the North Carolina College Professional Association, will present its annual Careers in Student Affairs/ NextGenNC Conference at Elliott University Center. This conference will offer information and guidance to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to professionals and those considering a doctoral program.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Cherry Callahan, UNCG vice chancellor for Student Affairs. Callahan has been a dedicated mentor of students and young professionals and has served as president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The cost of registration for the conference is $20 and includes lunch. Find more information at: http://uncgcsa.blogspot.com/

Human Subjects Research Training Workshop

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity will offer a two-hour session in human research protection on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m., in MHRA 2711. The workshop will cover all required categories to meet the requirements of assurance with the Office of Research Protections, including areas such as confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment and the history of human research protection. This session is offered as an alternative to CITI training. Registration is available at http://workshops.uncg.edu/.

Registration is open for 2016 Homecoming 5K

092116feature_homecoming5kUNCG’s Homecoming will hold its fourth annual 5K Saturday, Oct. 22, and you are invited to participate.

What’s new this year? The 5K will support the Spartan Open Pantry.  Participants may make a donation to the pantry in lieu of paying a $20-25 registration fee. Details regarding registration and food donations are listed on the event page, http://recwell.uncg.edu/fitness/events/5k/. (There is a shopping list for most needed food items.)

Also new this year, the race will start and finish at the Plaza and UNCG’s award-winning Pedestrian Underpass. Parking on campus is free the day of the event and race participants are encouraged to park in the Oakland Deck. The race will begin at 9 a.m., and will be followed by a 10:30 a.m. awards ceremony and pancake brunch at the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

Golden Chain Honor Society seeking nominations

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society for Fall 2016 inductions. Candidates must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and should demonstrate leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity, and character.

The Golden Chain organization, unique to the UNCG campus, was created in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come.

The nomination form and instructions can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned to Coretta Walker at crwalke5@uncg.edu by October 7, 2016. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni, and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee.)

Mysterious celebration

University Libraries will host a reception and pop-up exhibit of crime novels on Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:30-5 p.m. in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room. This event is in celebration of the national recognition UNCG has received for its collection of mysteries written by female authors. Last March, UNCG University Libraries was awarded a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime, to purchase additional rare mystery and crime books for the collection.

“We’re really celebrating the craft of writing mysteries,” said Keith Gorman, assistant dean for Special Collections and University Archives. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the campus and Greensboro communities.

Kaplan Center for Wellness ribbon-cutting Sept. 16

Kaplan Center for WellnessThe dedication of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness will be held Sept. 16, 2016, at 1 p.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on the center’s front plaza, at 1301 W. Gate City Boulevard.

After the ceremony, attendees will enjoy an open house and tours.

Light refreshments will be served.

See earlier report on the opening of the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

UNCG SECC aims to raise $199,999

091416feature_secc-1UNCG kicked off its 2016 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) on Monday with a goal of raising $199,999 for charities across the Triad and the state.

The SECC is an annual giving campaign that allows state employees to support a variety of charitable organizations in North Carolina. Since its launch in 1985, the statewide campaign has raised more than $100 million.

SECC solicitors and core committee members gathered Monday morning for the annual SECC Kick-off and Training at the Alumni House, an event that included a message of shared fate from Chancellor Gilliam.

“The thing I love about this is that it’s about more than just the university. It’s about our community,” Gilliam said. “When our community is stronger, we’re stronger.”

UNCG raised more than $192,000 last year, earning the 2015 Chairman’s Award and Top Ten Award. This year, SECC committee chair and faculty member Dr. L. DiAnne Borders aims to increase participation in order to reach the goal of $199,999 – a number that was specifically selected by committee members to pique interest.

“We think it’s a fun goal, but we also think it’s a realistic goal,” Borders told volunteer solicitors at the kick-off event.

Paper pledge forms are now available for faculty and staff members, and the ePledge system is scheduled to launch on Monday, Sept 19. For more information and to view a complete list of the more than 1,000 SECC charities, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin W. Kane, of Dr. Borders at the SECC Kickoff.

War & Peace Imagined – a yearlong series of events

091416feature_warandpeaceUNCG kicks off War & Peace Imagined, a yearlong, interdisciplinary event series that explores war and peace throughout the arts and humanities.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of World War I, UNCG and community partners will host some of the nation’s most renowned artists, authors and intellectuals, including Lynn Harrell, Najla Said and many of UNCG’s own.

“Our campus is widely known for its intellectual and artistic vibrancy,” said UNCG Provost Dana Dunn. “War & Peace Imagined is the perfect opportunity for our campus and the greater Greensboro community to engage in cultural events and delve deeply into important themes that have shaped the last century.”

Last weekend’s Collage concert – which again sold out – was the first performance of the series. Two screenings as part of the War on the Silver Screen series will be held this Friday.

All series events are open to the public, and many offer free admission. A complete calendar of events can be accessed via the UNCG Guides app – which allows individuals to build their own schedule, check into events and interact on social media – or online at warandpeace.uncg.edu.

Note: Members of the UNCG campus community may get tickets to one upcoming event at a reduced price. Half-price tickets for the Greensboro Symphony’s ‘War & Peace Reimagined’ are available. The event is Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 8 p.m., in the UNCG Auditorium. Student prices are always $6 for symphony events. For adults, prices for UNCG are reduced to $23, $20 and $17, half their normal price. To order these discount tickets, call the box office at 336.335 5456, ext. 224, and give the code UNCGWP.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Visual: UNCG Dance alumnus Emmanuel Malette ’16 from “Comanche: Rescue,” a film by Duane Cyrus and Jonathan Garris. Photo by Candi Yi.

UNCG welcomes record freshman class

091416feature_freshmanclassThis fall, UNCG continues to make history and break enrollment records.

“I’m pleased to announce that this year marks the largest incoming new student freshman class in UNCG history with 2,852 new freshmen – a 2.8 percent increase over last year,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.

It isn’t just the freshman class that’s growing, either. UNCG’s total number of students has continued to rise over the last three fall and spring semesters.

The university’s total headcount enrollment increased 1.3 percent over the last year, from 19,393 in 2015 to 19,653. The number of students seeking a degree increased at an even faster rate – 3.6 percent – from 18,224 to 18,879 over the same period.

Students are taking more classes, too. Fundable student credit hours have risen 3.7 percent since fall 2015, in part because of UNCG’s growing distance-education programs, which have grown nearly 30 percent over the last year as well.

“It’s exciting to watch our enrollment continue to grow,” Gilliam said. “It means more and more students are recognizing UNCG as the world-class university that it is.”

By Jeanie McDowell

2016 International Housekeepers Week

Several members of Housekeeping

Several members of Housekeeping

International Housekeepers Week will be marked at UNCG the week of September 19, 2016. Events will include:

Awards Day (Guest Speaker, Jorge Quintal)
Tuesday, September 20, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Organ Hall, Music Building

Lunch Social
Wednesday, September 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNCG Police Station

Zone Appreciation Days
Thursday and Friday, September 22 – 23

This week is a great time to show appreciation to UNCG’s housekeeping staff members for the essential work that they do for students, faculty and staff.

More information is at https://international.uncg.edu/Fall%202016%20Special%20Print%20Issue.pdf.

Call for volunteers for Chancellor’s Installation

The Chancellor’s Installation will be Friday, Oct. 7. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and immediately following the ceremony is a community celebration on campus from 3:30-5 p.m.

“As for previous ceremonies like this and for our annual commencement, we are counting on volunteers from the campus community, leading up to and throughout that day, to make this special event in the life of the university a rousing success,” says Dr. Dennis AsKew (School of Music), chair of the Chancellor’s Installation Committee.

He has asked campus leadership to forward a call for volunteers to appropriate staff, with instruction/request for them to obtain approval first from their supervisors. For those who are approved and would like to volunteer, he asks that they complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/PP1bq2nqYt14L0nh2

Questions? Email Linda Dunston-Stacey at lrdunsto@uncg.edu.

Asian Autumn Festival will be Sept. 24; begins at 11 a.m.

091416feature_asianfestivalInternational and Global Studies at UNCG invites you to celebrate the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. This free event will be Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the EUC Auditorium and surrounding areas.

The public is invited.

The festival offers fun and entertaining demonstrations, exhibits, food samples, cultural performances and children’s activities. Everyone is welcome. Admission and parking (Walker Deck) are free.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Matlosz, ylmatlos@uncg.edu.

Update: The start time has been corrected. It begins at 11 a.m.

Lecture: ‘Forecasting the elections’

The lecture “Forecasting the 2016 Presidential & Congressional Elections” will be given by Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz. The event will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His areas of specialization include American politics, political parties, elections, and voting behavior and his research interests involve party realignment and political polarization in the United States and their consequences for presidential and congressional elections.

His recent book publications include “The Polarized Public: Why American Government is so Dysfunctional” (2012, Pearson Longman), “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy” (2010, Yale University Press) and “Voice of the People: Elections and Voting in the United States” (2004, McGraw Hill).

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies.

UNCG Intercultural Lecture Series – Fall 2016

091416feature_lectureseriesUNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement presents an Intercultural Lecture Series this year.

The events for fall 2016 will be held in the Elliott University Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The Intercultural Lecture Series is designed to bring leading thinkers, educators and community leaders to UNCG for the purpose of advancing conversations on a variety of intersecting cultural and social issues. This series helps UNCG students become more aware of and engaged with the increasingly diverse and interconnected world around us all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
“Klan-Destine Relationships”

Over the last twenty years, Daryl Davis walked on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice.  On a quest to do nothing more than explore racism and gather information for a book he was writing, Mr. Davis eventually became the recipient of robes and hoods by Klan members who came to him to rescind their beliefs.  Daryl will take audience members on a thrilling first-person account of a Black man’s journey into the mindset of the Ku Klux Klan.  Filled with exciting encounters and amusing anecdotes, this presentation promises to empower the audience to confront their own prejudices and overcome their fears.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
“Transcending Trauma: If I fall who will catch me?”

Forgiving others is not easy. Forgiving ourselves is equally hard. Patty Grant’s youth was characterized by emotional, physical and mental abuse.  She barely finished high school because of constant bullying and threats to her life.  Patty’s journey to forgiveness has taken her from personal trauma to recovery.  Along the way she envisioned a way to help others heal and begin their own journey toward reconciliation.  Patty weaves a story that moves the audience through Indian boarding schools, survival, abuse, and addiction.  In dealing with historical grief and trauma, Patty found a way forward and has been teaching this concept to others ever since. Patty is a behavioral health consultant for the Cherokee.

The series continues in the Spring 2017 semester. UNCG Campus Weekly will preview those series events later in the semester.

Questions? Email aepenaes@uncg.edu or call 336-334-5090.

UNCG Social Work will host conference led by renowned psychologist

UNCG’s Department of Social Work will host a conference on Friday, Sept. 16, titled “Treatment of Adults with PTSD and Comorbid Disorders: A Constructive Narrative Treatment Approach.” Led by Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy, the event will examine how to provide integrative treatment for the comorbid conditions of PTSD and substance abuse.

The event is the inaugural conference for the Annual Joseph & Susan Dennison Social Work Continuing Education Series, established by Associate Professor Susan Dennison to provide presentations by distinguished speakers for the Triad and surrounding area.

The conference, designed specifically for social work professionals and graduate students, will take place in the Elliott University Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Registration has closed.)

Questions about event? Email Wanda Patterson at wdpatter@uncg.edu.

State of the Campus address on a Tuesday next year

The university is moving the date of the State of the Campus address to Tuesday, instead of Wednesday, beginning next August. The address will be on August 8, 2017. This move is in response to logistical challenges with holding the State of the Campus address on the first day of student move-in, and in the hope that more staff will be able to attend. (Many have been tied up with activities on move-in Wednesdays).

Alianza, UNCG Latino Faculty/Staff Association meeting

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 is inviting the entire campus community to join in at their first meeting for the school year 2016-17. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

The meeting will be held September 19, at noon, at the MHRA Building, 3rd floor faculty lounge, Room 3501.

For questions about Alianza, contact Estela Ratliff, Alianza board chair for 2016-17, by phone at 336-334-3230 or email at eyratlif@uncg.edu.

Update: Export Control & Conflict of Interest programs

Two news items:


The Export Control and Conflict of Interest (COI) Officer reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UNCG and is responsible for the development, oversight and administration of the university’s Export Control and COI programs. Dr. Lisa A. Goble ‘03, is a summa cum laude graduate from the UNCG Bryan School, and her PhD is in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill, where she focused her research on federal policy that has an impact upon the academic environment. She has been employed at UNCG since 2003, and was instrumental the early formation of the Office of Innovation Commercialization. In this new role, Dr. Goble leverages her experience with entrepreneurial faculty and provides guidance on decisions that have conflict of interest or import/export impact, and serves as a point-of-contact for UNCG on related issues. Her contact information is below:

Lisa A. Goble, PhD
Export Control & COI Official
Office of Research and Economic Development, UNCG
Office: 336-256-1173

https://coi.uncg.edu/                                    email: coi@uncg.edu

https://exportcontrol.uncg.edu/              email: exportcontrol@uncg.edu


Conflict of Interest Annual Reporting Deadline


The deadline for completing Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures is September 30, 2016.

Annual Disclosures are collected via the Activities, Relationships, and Interests (AIR) online module. Detailed instructions for completing disclosures via AIR can be found here.

UNCG has “best bang for the buck” of UNC System

Photo of Minerva. UNCG has the “best bang for the buck” of the UNC System schools, according to a recent ranking from Washington Monthly.

The university ranked No. 21 in magazine’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges,” surpassing all other UNC System schools. The university also landed in the top 50 nationally, coming it at No. 48.

“I’m thrilled to see UNCG recognized for excellence and accessibility on both a regional and national level,” said UNCG Provost Dr. Dana Dunn. “This ranking speaks to UNCG’s commitment to provide each student with a high-quality educational experience, while maintaining an affordable experience for students of all income levels.”

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the Washington Monthly looked at factors pointing to affordability, accessibility and post-graduation success. The national ranking also incorporated excellence in research and service.

Qualities that made UNCG stand out were the high number of students receiving Pell Grants – 44 percent – and the percent of students repaying loan principal five years after leaving the University (ranked No. 6 of all colleges in the Southeast).

View the Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide here.


By Jeanie McDowell

Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG Pedestrian Underpass takes a top prize in international design awards

Photo of UNCG underpass.UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass took top honors in the Institutional category of the the Collaboration of Art + Design (CODA) Awards, an annual international competition that judges design projects on their successful integration of commissioned art into interior, architectural or public spaces.

The 200 foot underpass with a footpath beneath railroad lines won in the Institutional category.  Projects were judged on the extent of collaboration between craftsman to integrate commissioned artwork into the design project, and the influence of that artwork on the overall design.

The underpass boasts a vaulted ceiling with ribbons of cast concrete painted in blue and gold.

In selecting the project for the top prize, one CODA juror stated, “Stunning. One does not normally think of tunnels as optimistic places, but this one is a bright, vibrant weave of color and panels of light.”

Wagner Murray Architects, P.A., a boutique commercial architecture practice in Charlotte, N.C., was the architect of the project.

Creative manipulation of light was a theme among the winning projects. Taking first place in the Public Spaces category was an oculus design in the student activity center at the University of Texas at Austin, a feature that floods the space with natural light and a programmed LED light show.  A riotous neon light installation gracing a landmark New York City hotel won in the Hospitality category.

The mission of the CODA Awards, now in its fourth year, is to recognize those building architecture and interior design projects that promote happiness, well-being and beauty.

Copy drawn from Wagner Murray release.

See additional Charlotte Observer report.

Weatherspoon and Revolution Mill collaboration

090716Feature_RevolutionMillUNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum and Greensboro’s Revolution Mill have partnered to present a painting installation by Raleigh-based artist James Marshall (aka Dalek) inside the newly completed Gallery 1250 space at 1250 Revolution Mill drive in Greensboro, NC.

Titled “Articulate,”Marshall’s design was inspired by a desire to both feature the angular geometries found throughout the historic mill building and set off the vibrant red that has been used as the signature color of its renovation. He created a composition in which interlocking and overlapping bands fit together to form an array of rectangles, diamonds, and bisected squares. His use of wall space emphasizes the height and depth of the gallery, while a cool palette of greens and blues contrast with, and give greater definition to, the hot red of the historic industrial duct work overhead. “Marshall’s installation is stunning” says WAM curator Emily Stamey. “He not only responded thoughtfully to the space, but used every inch of the gallery walls to dramatic effect.”

WAM and Revolution are working to make this installation the first in a series of ongoing WAMRev collaborations, reflecting a shared commitment to presenting bold and imaginative exhibitions and reaching new audiences. Nancy Doll, Weatherspoon’s director, says, “This collaborative venture supports our continuing interest in reaching audiences beyond the physical space of the museum building. In the last several years, board members and supporters also have expressed hope that we would someday have another location. It’s an opportunity for us to commission artists to create new and adventurous work that might live better in an experimental space such as the gallery at Revolution Mill. We are grateful to the Office of the UNCG Chancellor and to Revolution Mill for help in supporting the effort.”

Gallery 1250 is a new art space on the first floor of Revolution Mill’s newly redeveloped 1250 building. The gallery was designed in the center of the floor, with walkways through the space and large glass windows so that tenants and visitors can continually view and experience the art. The 1250 building is part of the 50-acre mixed-use campus, and is home to artist studios, creative office spaces. It also features a multimedia gallery for film installations, a café area, and an outdoor event and performance space named Revolution Docks.

This installation is the first in a series of ongoing collaborations between Revolution Mill and WAM that will take place in Gallery 1250. “Articulate” will remain on view through the end of 2016.

Learn more about this partnership at www.revolutionmillgreensboro.com/WAMRev.

Matisse originals, works by Kelly on view through Sept. 18

090716Feature_MatisseOriginalsA great exhibition featuring original works by Henri Matisse will close Sept. 18.

“Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection” is the exhibition.

With forty-five drawings from across fifty years of Henri Matisse’s career, Matisse Drawings provides new insight into the French master’s graphic work. Ranging in date from 1900 through 1950, the drawings reveal both Matisse’s process and the range of his creativity as a draughtsman.

Curated by contemporary artist Ellsworth Kelly (who selected not only the drawings but also the frame choice and placement of the work), “Matisse Drawings” is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that features an interview with Kelly, Kelly’s original installation plan, and a special plates section reproducing all of the works in the exhibition.

Complementing the “Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection” is an exhibition of works by Kelly. It is titled “Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly 1964-1966” (see visual).

This was organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

“Matisse Drawings” and the adjacent exhibition, “Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly, 1964-1966, are sponsored at the Weatherspoon by a generous gift from Jane R. Kearns.

Visual: Ellsworth Kelly, “Magnolia”, 1966

Food trucks this fall

Photo of food truck serving customerHave you heard about UNCG’s Food Truck Tuesdays? Two food trucks will be outside the EUC (College Avenue entrance) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. For example, on a recent Tuesday, BaconEssence and Mixed Koren Bistro were serving lunches there.

Food Truck Tuesday will run every Tuesday through Oct. 11.

Music lessons at UNCG

The Private Lessons Program of the UNCG Community Arts Collaborative is enrolling students on piano, voice, violin, guitar, flute and more. The program engages UNCG musicians from undergraduate to doctoral level as instructors. It’s an opportunity for you or your child to have a music experience customized to your goals – upcoming auditions, school solos, serious study, experimentation, or just fun.

For more information, visit https://vpa.uncg.edu/lessons.

UNCG Researchers Seeking Participants for Survey on Relationships and Families in Guilford County

Researchers in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development are conducting a study to inform the new Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI), which is a community-wide initiative to infuse the local community with resources and information to support safe, healthy, and satisfying relationships. The HRI is being launched in partnership with the Phillips Foundation and a number of other community partner organizations.

The focus of this study is to learn about the perspectives and resource needs related to relationships and families among residents of Guilford County. To be eligible to participate in this study, prospective participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently reside in Guilford County. Eligible volunteers will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The study will be conducted anonymously, and participants who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of two $100 store gift cards.

To learn more or participate in this research study, please visit the following web site: goo.gl/rEiOkX

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. Christine E. Murray, Associate Professor in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, at 336-334-3426 or cemurray@uncg.edu.

Eleven sites, service projects at Spartan Service Day

083116Feature_SpartanServiceNearly 200 UNCG students spent their Saturday morning serving the greater Greensboro community at the 10th annual Spartan Service Day last weekend.

Students worked at 11 sites across the city and surrounding area, including the Greensboro Children’s Museum, Peacehaven Farm and BackPack Beginnings.

New service project sites included Grove Street Community Garden in the nearby Glenwood neighborhood. The student staff of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness partnered with neighborhood members to plant flowers, spread wood chips and build a pallet compost bin, a project that also serves as the culminating event of the Kaplan Center’s grand opening week celebration.

“Including a day of service as part of Rawkin’ Welcome Week is a wonderful reflection of our university motto of ‘Service’” said Kristina Snader, assistant director for community engagement in UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL). “Spartan Service Day is a great way to kick off the semester and contribute something meaningful to the community.”

Spartan Service Day is one of two annual, university-wide days of service. Both Spartan Service Day and MLK Service Day, held in January, are sponsored by OLSL.

Additionally, OLSL will host its annual Volunteer & Service-Learning Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photo of Delta Sigma Pi students at the Greensboro Children’s Museum, by Martin W. Kane.

Tutors at the ready: SSC tutor training program is recertified

083116Feature_TutorTrainingThe UNCG Student Success Center’s Tutor Training Program has been recertified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certificate (ITTPC) until April 2021.

CRLA sets a standard of skills and strategies for our tutors, says Emily Polk, Senior Assistant Director, Tutoring and Academic Skills Programs. CRLA ITTPC certifies our program which allows us to certify our tutors. “This means that our tutors through Tutoring and Academic Skills Programs (TASP) and Special Support Services (SSS) are receiving quality training to provide quality service to UNCG’s students. Our tutor training is comprised of three levels. All tutors are required to go to training  – until they complete all levels.”

This past academic year (2015-2016) the program awarded 82 CRLA certificates to UNCG tutors.

The certificates indicate that the tutors have gone through an internationally approved training on how to work with college students to help them succeed. It also certifies that they’ve acquired at least 25 hours of tutoring experience.

“Our tutors are given skills on how the flow of a tutoring session should go and how to check for understanding to ensure their techniques are effective for students.” They are skilled in working with students and assisting them in a variety of study skills,” Polk adds.

“They also receive training on goal setting to assist students in setting and achieving goals for their courses. Our tutors learn about different learning/student development theories as well so they can understand where a student is coming from developmentally; and they’re trained to work with a diverse group of students.”
Tutors must have a B+ or higher in the course, a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and receive a faculty recommendation in each subject area they want to tutor.

“Our tutor training also helps our tutors professionally by training them to give effective feedback, use effective communication methods, develop assertiveness and learn group management techniques, which in turn helps them gain skills for the future workforce.”

Want to know more? Visit success.uncg.edu/lac/tutoring.php.

By Mike Harris

Make nomination for Mr. / Ms. Homecoming

083116Feature_HomecomingAwardUNCG’s Mr. or Ms. Homecoming Award is given each year to a UNCG employee (faculty, staff or administrator) who demonstrates the following criteria:
– Consistently performs above job requirements.
– Leads by example.
– Serves as mentor and helper to others.
– Exhibits a strong sense of UNCG pride.
– Can be described as a supporter of all things UNCG – e.g. support of UNCG athletics and student programs, going above and beyond the call of duty to help students, or making financial contributions.
– A commitment to providing quality service to all UNCG constituents.

Last year’s Ms. Homecoming was Dr. Cherry Callahan, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

To nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form.

The recipient will be honored throughout Homecoming 2016 (October 15-17).

Nominations must be submitted by September 15.

Visual: Ms. Homecoming 2015 Cherry Callahan in the parade.

UTLC offerings for faculty: Fall 2016

Through its Teaching Innovations Office, UNCG’s University Teaching & Learning Commons offers innovative programming and professional development resources and spaces aimed at encouraging our faculty community to explore, develop, and share ideas about teaching that foster innovative environments in which all learners can succeed.

Some highlights for the semester are the following:

Coffeehouses, Faculty Center, 9-10 a.m.

Every other Wednesday starting  August 24 , 2016

Every other Thursday starting September 1, 2016

The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty and are offered weekly in a rotating Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Coffeehouses are meant to bring faculty members together for a quick cross-campus conversation. No specific topic is identified.  No sign-up required.


Faculty Development

Integration of Research into the Curriculum 1 – Value of Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 1-2 p.m., Faculty Center

This workshop will provide general background information about the High Impact Practice of undergraduate research, and its benefits to students and faculty.  The focus will be on cultivating research-ready juniors and seniors through the intentional integration of research skills development into the curriculum.  The program will provide an introduction to other workshops in the series, including lower and intermediate course modifications to include research, scaffolding research through the curriculum, and assessment.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


TIO Workshop Series (Sign up details to follow)

September 13, 2016, Teaching Large Courses, Faculty Center, 10- 11 a.m.

September 22, 2016, Developing Integrated Courses, Faculty Center, 10 – 11 am

October 4, 2016 Teaching Large Courses,  Faculty Center, 10 – 11 am

October 22, 2016, Developing Integrated Courses, Faculty Center, 10 – 11 am


Dialogues on Undergraduate Research – Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 –  1-3 p.m., Faculty Center

This workshop will focus on the basics of research at the undergraduate level from the faculty perspective. We will discuss student and faculty benefits and expectations, as well as tips for engaging students in meaningful scholarly experiences.  Designed for all faculty interested in mentoring undergraduates. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Integration of Research into the Curriculum 2 – Integrating Research Skills into Lower Level and Intermediate Classes

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Noon – 2:00pm, Faculty Center

This workshop will emphasize the need to expand our understanding of undergraduate research and breaking it down into fundamental elements of research skills development (RSD). The discussion will include RSD within General Education and other beginning/intermediate courses.  Participants will take away ideas for integrating RSD, as well as have an opportunity to share successes and challenges faced. Arrive late or leave early if needed.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Brown Bag Lunches

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Faculty Mentoring, Tenured/Mid-Career Faculty, The UTLC Brown Bag Lunches are opportunities for faculty members to gather around key topics of discussion. Faculty should bring their lunch, the UTLC will provide snacks and beverages.

Faculty Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, Faculty Mentoring, Tenure-Track Faculty, Faculty Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm..

Friday, November 18, 2016, Faculty Mentoring, Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Faculty Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm

No signup required.


RCO Faculty Fellowships for Innovative Course Redesign

October 15  – December 15, 2016, application open for RCO Faculty Fellowships for 2017-18

The Residential Colleges Office (RCO) offers RCO Faculty Fellowships, which provide compensation and development opportunities for faculty interested in innovative course redesign, teaching, and professional development service appointments with the RCO in the UTLC. These year-long fellowships focus on the innovative redesign of courses in the General Education Core (GEC) curriculum and the opportunity to pilot these courses with highly motivated students who are immersed in unique Residential College environments that integrate academic pursuits with residential life. Selected RCO Faculty Fellows will be supported to attend the 2017 Summer Teaching Institute at UNCG, will be given a stipend for course redesign and professional development service, and will be provided with financial support to the RCO Faculty Fellows’ academic departments for faculty release to pilot the innovatively redesigned courses within the Residential Colleges. Full-time UNCG faculty members (non-tenure track and tenure track) are eligible to apply. See http://utlc.uncg.edu/residentialcolleges/faculty/faculty-fellows for more information and to apply.


Integration of Research into the Curriculum 3 – Curricular Mapping

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 –  Noon-3:00, Faculty Center

Integrating research assignments in the curriculum gives all students access to the benefits and rewards of conducting scholarly work. Disciplinarily appropriate, inquiry-driven assignments can be “scaffolded” throughout the curriculum, intentionally building students’ research skills, including creative and critical thinking, analysis, and oral and written communication. This workshop provides practical ideas for creating scaffolded, inquiry-based assignments and research-rich courses across the curriculum—with appropriate supports in lower-division courses and intentional advancement of skills in the transition to upper-division work, ultimately leading to more independent scholarship in the last year of undergraduate study.  Conducted by Dr. Jenny Shanahan, Bridgewater State University. Light lunch provided.  Arrive late or leave early if needed. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Integration of Research into the Curriculum 4 – Assessment of Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 1-3 p.m., Faculty Center

The final workshop of the series will focus on Assessment Practices for Classes, Courses, and Programs on a departmental/programmatic level and in individual classes. The workshop will explore what it means to assess a program; how to model program assessment; how individual course outcomes connect with the program; how to identify outcomes and assessment within a course; and how curriculum mapping can offer structure for this process.  Conducted by Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni, Office of Assessment and Accreditation.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Teaching Students How to Learn – A Day with Sandra McQuire

Friday, December 2, 2016, All Day Event

This day institute features key work in the area of Intentional Learning and Metacognition. Dr. Sandra McQuire will be sharing pedagogical practices for teaching our students how to be critical learners.  Sign up and location details to follow.
For more information, contact Dr. David Teachout at djteacho@uncg.edu or Laura Pipe at lmpipe@uncg.edu.