UNCG Campus Weekly

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State of the Campus address Aug. 12

Photo of faculty and staff members entering the AuditoriumUNCG’s 2015 State of the Campus address will be Aug. 12.

Acting Chancellor Dunn and Chancellor Elect Gilliam request your attendance as we begin our new academic year.

The event on Wednesday, Aug. 12, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

The customary luncheon will immediately follow, at Moran Commons and Plaza.

Trustees welcome 5 new members

Campus photo of Alumni House and Bell Clock TowerThe UNCG Board of Trustees has welcomed five new members.

In early July, Governor Pat McCrory appointed two new members to the UNCG Board of Trustees. Betsy S. Oakley, UNCG alumna and co-owner of Charles Aris, Inc., and Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, executive director of the Phillips Foundation, were appointed to serve through June 2019.

William (Dean) A. Priddy, Jr., UNCG alumnus and retired executive vice president at Qorvo, Inc., and Mona G. Edwards, chief operating officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, were recently appointed to the UNCG Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors. Their appointments are also through June 2019.

Charles Blackmon and UNCG alumni Susan Safran and Brad Hayes were each reappointed by the Board of Governors for a four-year term.

UNCG Student Government President Brittany Hudson will serve as an ex officio member during the academic year.

On July 2, the trustees elected their board officers for 2015-16. The officers are:
Chair – Susan Safran
Vice-Chair – Brad Hayes
Secretary – Ward Russell
Officers-at-large – Charles Blackmon and Frances Bullock

The full membership of the 2015-16 Board of Trustees is:
Charles Blackmon
Frances Bullock
Vanessa Carroll
Mona Edwards
Brad Hayes
Randall Kaplan
Betsy Oakley
Elizabeth Phillips
Dean Priddy
Ward Russell
Susan Safran
David Sprinkle
Brittany Hudson

Some brief information about the newly appointed members:

Betsy S. Oakley is co-owner of Charles Aris, Inc. At UNCG, she received her bachelor’s degree in Clothing and Textiles, has served on the Board of Directors of the School of Human Environmental Sciences Foundation, has been a member of the UNCG Legislative Network, and has been chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Elizabeth C. Phillips is executive director of the Phillips Foundation. A recipient of the Triad Business Journal’s Women in Business Award in 2015, she is involved in a variety of organizations, including Action Greensboro Operating Group, Salvation Army of Greensboro Advisory Board, Generation GPAC (founder and co-chair), Akola Project (founding designer and vice president) and Echelon (founding president).

William (Dean) A. Priddy retired this year as executive vice president of administration, Qorvo, Inc. Earlier in his career, he was at Analog Devices and RFMD. He received both his bachelor’s and M.B.A. degrees from UNCG. Priddy has served on the UNCG Bryan Business School Advisory Board and has received the Bryan School Distinguished Alumni Award. He also has served on the Board of Partners Ending Homelessness and in 2010 was named the Triad Business Journal’s Change Agent of the Year.

Mona G. Edwards is chief operating officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, where she oversees day-to-day operations, human resources and the staff who lead marketing and communications and community and foundation relations. She has more than 20 years of combined experience in the nonprofit sector, government, legal and leadership fields. She also serves as a feedback and executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Brittany H. Hudson, as UNCG Student Government Association president, will serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees this academic year. A senior, she is a Business Administration and Media Studies double major from Charlotte, NC. In addition to her service in student government, she is a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and the 2015 recipient of The James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship.

UNCG looking sharp!

Photo of model on runway during a past Threads fashion showThe 2015 Fashion School Rankings have been published. And UNCG, you look marvelous.

UNCG’s rankings in fashion design:

No. 10 nationally among public schools and colleges
No. 4 in the South
No. 22 nationally (top 20 percent of all schools considered)

The rankings can be found here at www.fashion-schools.org.

The work of the Bryan School’s CARS program is celebrated at the gala THREADS fashion show each year. Get your tickets early.

The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies is one of six departments in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The Department offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Post-Baccalaureate Certificate(PBC), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Three undergraduate concentrations are offered:

  • Apparel Design – prepares students for careers in apparel and textile products design and production.
  • Retailing and Consumer Studies – prepares students for careers in apparel marketing, distribution, and retailing.
  • Global Apparel and Related Industry Studies – prepares students for apparel and related industry careers in the global arena.

The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department was one of the first departments of its kind to establish an Industry Advisory Board, which provides a link between the Department and the industries that will employ its graduates. Made up of 20 members who represent major companies in the Southeast, the Board provides advice relative to curricular offerings, technological developments, job placement and industry trends.

In 2003, the Department’s Apparel Product Design concentration, whose title has since been shortened to Apparel Design, met the educational competencies and laboratory standards for approval by the American Apparel and Footwear Association. One of only 16 programs nationally recognized by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), CARS students receive AAFA scholarships.

NanoBus is launched, boosting STEM outreach

Photo of ribbon cutting for the Nano busOn Tuesday, July 21, JSNN, UNCG and NC A&T officials along with JSNN students launched the NanoBus (also called the STEM Bus). The NanoBus is an after school program that is designed to provide inner city and rural middle school students the opportunity to interact with university students and enjoy safe and informative science demonstrations created by the students to encourage interest in science studies.

JSNN – the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering – is an initiative of UNCG and NC A&T State.

The NanoBus Initiative was envisioned as the result of discussions between Dean Ryan, Del Ruff (Director of the North Carolina After School Program), and Joe Magno (Executive Director of COIN) and made possible by the contributions of the Duke Energy Foundation, Thomas Bus in High Point and from the dedication of Dr. Ryan’s students.

The bus is designed to carry appropriately trained and prepared university students and their mentors to designated locations in the community in an after school setting where they will set up their experiments and demonstrations for the local students (and others) to enjoy and learn. The university students providing the demonstrations will act as role models to the children and provide encouragement to students who have not considered college or have an interest in science.

Text courtesy newsletter of the NC Center of Innovation Network (NC COIN).
Photograph by Martin Kane. L-r: Dean Ryan (JSNN), Mario Di Foggio (Thomas Built), Acting Chancellor Dunn (UNCG), Chancellor Martin (NC A&T), John Geib (Duke Energy).

An arts legacy: Jan Van Dyke Performing Arts Space

hoto immediately after ceremony, as Van Dyke was greeted by friends and former students.Dr. Jan Van Dyke passed away July 3. Her profound impact on the arts in our city and state will endure.

The UNCG professor emeritus was honored June 15 in a ceremony dedicating the name of the Jan Van Dyke Performing Arts Space in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. She was on hand that morning.and heard many tributes.

She founded the Dance Project and co-founded the NC Dance Festival. She taught at UNCG for 23 years. She received many honors along the way. Recently, she provided funding for a new performance space ideal for dance performances, in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. A photo rendering of the performance space was displayed.

“The impact you have had on Greensboro cannot be overstated,” Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, thanking her on behalf of the City of Greensboro.

City Council mayor pro tem and former mayor Yvonne Johnson noted how hard Van Dyke had worked at UNCG and in the community. She added that former mayor Keith Holiday was on hand for this tribute as well.

Chris Wilson, assistant city manager and a UNCG alumnus, spoke about how much Van Dyke meant to the arts in Greensboro and the state. “Thank you for inspiring us.”

He noted that this new performance space is part of the transformation of Downtown Greensboro.

Florence Gatten, chair of ArtsGreensboro’s board, called her “the catalyst” – an apt description of her life’s work.

Janet Lilly, UNCG Dance chair, introduced Van Dyke, who received her doctorate at UNCG.

“I am delighted to say a few words about Jan Van Dyke’s many accomplishments at this wonderful occasion of unveiling plans for the Van Dyke Performance Space. The Greensboro dance community would not have the vitality and breadth of talent that it does today without Jan’s numerous contributions to the field of dance performance and choreography,” Lilly said. “The high quality of choreography that we have come to expect from North Carolina choreographers is a result in a large part to Van Dyke’s professional company, the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group established in 1989, her many years as a Professor of Dance at UNCG and her commitment to making Greensboro a place where dance thrives.”

Dr. Van Dyke stepped to the podium to address the many well-wishers, which included former UNCG students. She spoke of how she wanted a space downtown for dance performance – and that she felt “really lucky to have had the means” to help make it a reality.

“It’s not just due to me,” she said, of the new space. “It’s due to so many people here, who helped make this happen. Thank you all.”

She received a standing ovation.

Leadership of the Dance Project has been passed to two UNCG alumni and former Van Dyke students, Lauren Trollinger Joyner and Anne Morris. That legacy will continue.

And Greensboro’s downtown will have a place where dance can be enjoyed and celebrated.

Text and photo by Mike Harris
Photo immediately after ceremony, as Van Dyke was greeted by friends, colleagues, former students and many well-wishers.

Education Maker Faire Friday 11:15 a.m.

You are invited to attend UNCG’s Learning Factory Summer Camp Maker Faire on July 24.

The UNCG School of Education’s TQP grant, Transforming Teaching Through Technology, in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools, is sponsoring The Learning Factory Summer Camp for select students from those districts in grades 1 – 8. The camp for middle grades students was July 13-17 and the elementary school camp is July 20-24. Classroom teachers from the partner districts will lead hands-on activities in the SELF Design Studio as campers learn about story elements, phases of the moon, weather, character perspective and point of view, slope and coordinate planes, and the culture of masks.

To celebrate the campers’ projects, a Maker Faire will be held in the front lobby of the UNCG School of Education Building on Friday, July 24, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (One for middle schoolers was held last Friday.)

Join the campers to see the projects created during the Learning Factory Summer Camp.

UNCG’s School of Education was awarded the five-year, $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant furthers UNCG’s efforts to emphasize technology integration across all teaching fields as well as recruit, train and support more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)  teachers. The grant was one of just 24 Teacher Quality Partnership grants awarded by the Department of Education.

Have questions? Email Christina O’Connor at ckoconno@uncg.edu.

Nano Manufacturing 2015 Conference registration is open

Learn more about nano manufacturing Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The conference will be held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park on Gate City Boulevard.

JSNN’s 2015 conference will bear the theme “From Innovation To Commercialization.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Meador, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

The conference goal is to gather together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders, economic developers, educators, government and nonprofit organization executives to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that Nano Manufacturing enables.

“This conference is a real opportunity for those interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing technologies and how the application of these new technologies can help grow the manufacturing sector in North Carolina and the US,” said Joe Magno, Executive Director at The North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN).

Attendees at last year’s conference came from North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Georgia.Sixteen speakers from industry, academia, government, and small medium size businesses to global corporation presented their nano manufacturing applications and future opportunities.

Register or learn more at http://www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/home.php.

H&RL keeps residence halls in order all summer (and all year)

Scenic campus photo of the QuadAs temperatures peak, so does the opportunity to appreciate the organizational acumen of UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life.

With SOAR students and families as well as summer campers coming and going, the residence halls have to be maintained with precision. And of course there’s the preparation for the incoming students in August.

Everyone in H&RL depends heavily on communication and team-work. To ensure they keep things in order, the leaders have meetings every Thursday, where they go through what has to be taken care of to make everything run smoothly.

In a recent meeting, they discussed four camps using UNCG housing facilities this month. The meeting involved a walkthrough of where the students were going to be, making sure they know about the details and any instances where camp schedules may overlap. There is SOAR as well as camps to juggle, so housing strategies must be organized months in advance. Still, there are day by day adjustments.

Ed Keller, Associate Director of Operations, notes that: every year, HRL plans to paint at least one building – that building will be closed for the summer. And sometimes building projects, such as this year’s renovations at Grogan hall, take a building out of commission temporarily.

Steve Raye, maintenance supervisor in H&RL, stresses the importance of coordination. Mary Davis-Jones, HRL coordinator, gathers all the information and assimilates it. Rhonda Strader manages the smaller renovation projects, such as painting. Many are involved. Teamwork is key.

A big focus for the university right now is student move-in and welcoming thousands of students to their campus homes. The process a dozen years ago was different – all students moving in at the same time, in all areas of the campus. For greater efficiency for everyone, the students now move in over three days, and the process occurs geographically. Staff and many volunteers help the students move in. H&RL works with Dining Services, Campus Police, New Student & Spartan Family Programs, the Sustainability office and other offices to ensure it all goes smoothly for the students.

Once the students move in in August, the “summer” is over. And the new semester brings its own professional rewards and challenges, as H&RL ensures the students have what they need for a successful year.

By Christina Blankenship and Mike Harris

UNCG and NC A&T students take top place in SC3 supply management

UNCG and NC A&T State joined teams recently to earn top honors – and prove their procurement and supply management prowess – during the Institute for Supply Management – Carolinas-Virginia’s inaugural Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition, or “SC3”.

The achievement came during ISM-CV’s annual conference, held June 25 this year at Sea Trails Resort in Sunset Beach, NC.

UNCG’s Mehek Khera, of Greensboro, and NC A&T’s Devonta Ellington, of Summerfield,  each took home a $1,000 scholarship for the victory. They received competition support and oversight from advisor Larry Taube, director of the undergraduate program at UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.

NC State University took the runner-up prize.

The Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition (SC3), a signature event of the ISM-CV Emerging Professional Group, provides a platform for college students studying business and supply chain management to showcase their talents and schools.

Competitors were provided a real-life, industry-based case study courtesy of SMS-Advisors. Supplied with a case briefing, seven hours of team collaboration time, supporting material and scheduled time for Q&A, the students assumed the role of a supply-chain consulting firm. They were “hired” to formulate a sales pitch and plan of action for a prospective client in the mattress industry ready to turn around their cost-management program. Using supporting material and impromptu training sessions, the students drafted a strategic sourcing plan – identifying and generating cost savings and working capital opportunities to ultimately deliver their pitch to the “management” of the mock consulting firm. In reality, that “management” was a four-person judging panel, and the setting was in front of a real audience of potential employers and executives, as well as, university faculty and community leaders.

ISM-CV, founded in 1920 as a professional purchasing association, is an affiliate of the 47,000-member Institute for Supply Management, and is the largest regional supply management and procurement organization in the southeastern United States.

Art studio made of cardboard, yields couples’ conversations

Photo of studio made of cardboard named “FULL STOP” and is courtesy WeatherspoonThe Weatherspoon’s ‘Conversations on Creativity’ will continue through end of July.

Join some of Greensboro’s inspiring creative couples to learn how they jumpstart their creative processes. Each program will provide a unique opportunity to explore the nature of inspiration in the lives of local practicing artists. The Weatherspoon will provide the snacks and drinks. You add to the conversation.

On July 23, Jack Stratton, a painter who has worked diligently for many years, and Sara Jane Mann, who only recently returned to artistic practice with the medium of photography share their perspectives on making art in the context of living a creative life. On July 30, join Carolyn de Berry and Harvey Robinson who will share aspects of their individual artistic practices and unique partnership, Monkeywhale Productions.

Conversations on Creativity series is inspired by artist Tom Burckhardt’s installation FULL STOP (2004-05). This popular, full-scale installation work is constructed entirely of cardboard, black paint, wood and hot glue. A highly detailed replica of a mythical artist’s studio, the work presents viewers with a cluttered interior space filled with art books, research material and all the tools of the classic post-war American oil painter.

Visual of “FULL STOP” is courtesy Weatherspoon.

Gen Ed Program assessment forums in August

UNCG’s General Education Council invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the General Education Program Assessment Forums scheduled to be held in the Faculty Center (on College Avenue) on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 10 to 11:45 a.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Council members will present and lead discussion of results from the fall 2014 pilot of AAC&U VALUE rubrics used to assess student work in the General Education Program.

The General Education Program provides the foundation for the more specialized knowledge gained in a major.  Because the program belongs to the entire university, everyone’s input is vital to its improvement.

Ensure no one in our Spartan community goes hungry

Help the UNCG Staff Senate restock the shelves in the Spartan Pantry in time for returning students this fall. Staff Senate is sponsoring a campus-wide food drive to collect donations. Donation bins will be scattered across campus (see the Staff Senate website for locations or contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu). The drive will run till August 4, 2015.

Suggested donation items:

Peanut butter
Rice (small bags)
Boxed pasta
Canned fruit
Canned beans
Canned meat (especially chicken)
Pasta sauces (non-glass preferred)
Canned vegetables (especially high fiber)
Canned soup (both condensed and non-condensed, and microwavable)
Small Toiletries

In addition, monetary gifts can be made to this fund through The Wesley Foundation @UNCG, by including “Students in Need Fund” in the memo line of a donation check. Checks can also be mailed to Wesley-Luther, ACM Center at UNCG, 500 Stirling St., Greensboro NC 27402 or to Andrew Mails, ACM Center #206 through campus mail.

Donation boxes will be placed in the following buildings: Coleman, Sink, EUC (near Career Services on the first floor), Mossman (near the Registrar’s office), Library, MHRA, Bryan School (Dean’s Office), Becher-Weaver, McIver and Sullivan.

UNCG and Belgian students collaborate, travel together

Group photo of students at startup-success receptionCountries that once seemed light years away are now our next door neighbors in the business world. As international markets integrate, young entrepreneurs need broader cultural intelligence.

They can find it in the Bryan School’s “Experience Business Abroad” course. UNCG’s unique program prepares students for globalization by exposing them to entrepreneurship in other countries and classmates from varying backgrounds.

Here’s the breakdown: students from UNCG and Belgium’s Louvain School of Management at the Universite Catholique de Louvain team up on semester-long entrepreneurial projects. First, the Americans and Belgians meet separately in their home countries and prepare global startup concepts to pitch to their international counterparts. Once all the business ideas are on the table, the American and Belgian students form teams and eventually meet abroad to develop their plans in person.

In March, UNCG students traveled to Belgium over spring break to work on their projects, attend lectures, tour historic sites throughout the country, visit Belgian entrepreneurs, and learn from Louvain School alumni who have launched successful startups. They also participated in a workshop at the Center for Creative Leadership’s European headquarters in Brussels.

Two weeks after returning from their adventures, the UNCG students became the hosts, and Louvain School students visited Greensboro businesses and learned from American entrepreneurs. The Belgian students’ trip coincided with UNCG’s Entrepreneur Day and the Inventors Liftoff, a celebration hosted by The Forge and The Greensboro Partnership.

Bryan Toney, UNCG Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement, has seen the tremendous impact the program has on students. “They learn on so many different levels with this unique course offering. Since they stay in each other’s homes, they develop a deep understanding of cultural differences and similarities while building lifelong friendships.”

Joseph Erba of the Bryan School of Business and Economics now helms Experience Business Abroad at UNCG, with aid from Toney.

“I consider this journey a truly invaluable experience both academically and socially,” reflects UNCG participant Lasse Palomaki. “One that I am capable of appreciating more and more every day.”

By Kevin Flanagan
Full story at the UNCG Research web site at http://research.uncg.edu/spotlight/going-global-for-startup-success/

UNCG Faculty First 2015 Summer Scholarship Support

Photo of Dr. Jennifer Etnier observing study participantsWith the generous support of UNCG donors, this year the Office of the Provost launched the Faculty First Summer Scholarship Support Awards. Below you will find the award winners for 2015.

  • Adamson, Amy – Biology – Just say no to acid: Targeting a cellular proton pump to reduce Influenza virus infection
  • Allard, Janet – Theatre – Frank: A New Play
  • Anastopoulos, Arthur – Human Dev. & Family Studies – Improving the Educational and Psychosocial Functioning of College Students with ADHD
  • Andersen, Martin – Economics – Estimating the Welfare Effect of a Public Insurance Program
  • Bell, Gregory – Mathematics & Statistics – A Coarse Geometric Approach to Detecting Tree-like Structure in Networks
  • Boseovski, Janet – Psychology – Children’s Selective Social Learning in a Science Center Setting
  • Campbell, Thomas Barbara – Art – World Without End: A New Representation
  • Daynes, Sarah – Sociology – Ethnographic Methods: Theory and Practice
  • Dean, John Tomkiel – Biology – Whole genome sequencing to identify genes that control entry into meiosis in Drosophila
  • Etnier, Jennifer and Beverly, Lee – Nutrition; Kinesiology – Understanding the role of interleukin-6 and leukemia inhibiting factor as mediators of the effects of chroic exercise on hippocampal-dependent memory
  • Faircloth, Beverly – Teacher Education/Higher Ed. – A Place to belong: leveraging the Assets of Refugee Youth as Building Blocks of Learning
  • Grieve, Gregory – Religious Studies – Awake Online: Contemplating Zen, Digital, Religion, and The Virtual World of Second Life
  • Haines, Steve – Music Performance – Composing and Arranging For Chamber Strings and Small Jazz Ensemble
  • Helms, Heather and Supple, Andrew – Human Dev. & Family Studies – Marriage and Co-parenting amount Mexican Immigrant Parents: An Advanced Dyadic Analytic Approach, Collaboration, & Graduate Mentoring
  • Huebner, Daniel – Sociology – Creating Normal Schools: Institutional Factors in the Development of Teacher education in the American South, 1865-1930
  • Ingram, Brett – Media Studies – A History of Rocaterrania: The Creative Life of Renaldo Kuhler (Book)
  • Jones, Jeff – History – Smoke, Mirrors, and Memories: Varying Perspectives of the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-2014
  • Jovanovic, Spoma – Communication Studies – Evaluating Participatory Budgeting in Greensboro
  • Katula, Karen – Biology – Functional Analysis of the WNT5A Isoforms A and B
  • Keathley, Elizabeth – Music Studies – Alma Mahler & Arnold Schoenberg: Documents of a Modern Musical Friendship
  • Knapp, Paul – Geography – “Hurricane Droughts”: A multi-century reconstruction of tropical cyclone rainfall variability derived from longleaf pine in North Carolina
  • Kriger, Colleen – History – Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on the Guinea Coast
  • Krueger, Derek – Religious Studies – Hymnography and the Emotions in Byzantine Liturgy: Liturgical Joy and Marian Devotion
  • LeGreco, Marianne – Communication Studies – Promoting Food Systems Literacy: A Case Study of a Community-Based Mobile Food Program
  • Lewis, Thomas – Mathematics & Statistics – Approximation Methods for Fully Nonlinear Second Order Partial Differential Equations
  • Murray, Christine – Counseling & Educ. Develop. – Experiences and Perspectives related to Teen Dating Violence among Survivors and Parents of Survivors
  • Pathman, Thanujeni – Psychology – A neuroimaging investigation of the development of temporal memory
  • Perrill, Elizabeth – Art – Burnished by History” Blackware Pottery and Global Markets
  • Rogers, Eugene – Religious Studies – The Cost of Signaling in Blood
  • Rubinoff, Kallan – Music Studies – “Music is Not a Solitary Act”: The Collaborations of Berio, Andriessen, Bruggen and Berberian
  • Rupert, Linda – History – Inter-colonial Marronage, Spanish Policy, and Imperial Rivalries in the Eighteenth-century Circum-Caribbean
  • Sills, Stephen – Sociology – Healthy Communities: A GIS Analysis of Housing, Health, and Race in the Piedmont
  • Swick, Danielle – Social Work – Examining Adolescent Risk Factors from a School-based Health Center Collaborative to Inform Prevention and Intervention Efforts
  • Tsui, Tsz-Ki – Biology – Isolating methyl mercury from environmental samples for stable isotope analyses: Identification of hotspots of mercury methllation in nature
  • Vreshek-Schallhorn, Suzanne – Psychology – High or Low” Resolving Divergent Results for Depression Risk Predicting Cortisol Stress Responses
  • Wasserberg, Gideon – Biology – Field-test of the attraction of Lutzomyia verrucarum, the vector of Carrion’s disease and Adean Cutaneous Loishmaniasis, to male-sex pheromones in Ancash, Peru
  • Willis, Andrew – Music Performance – Recording The Six Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach on a Florentine Portepiano
  • Wisco, Blair – Psychology – Cardiovascular Reactivity to Trauma Cues in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Originally published on UNCG Research site.
Visual of Dr. Jennifer Etnier, an award recipient

UNCG-NCAA final decision

Photo of Spartan statueUNCG received notice on June 25 from the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions of its final decision that the athletic department was found to have failed to adequately monitor the NCAA initial-eligibility certification and squad-list certification form process.

UNCG discovered the violations, self-reported the violations to the NCAA, took corrective action and self-imposed penalties. None of the eligibility violations were related to admission to the university. No student athletes were improperly admitted to the university.

(The Summary Report document is available at this link.)

“I want to commend our athletics compliance staff for taking prompt, decisive action upon discovery of these inadvertent initial-eligibility certification violations,” said Dr. Dana Dunn, acting chancellor. “UNCG discovered violations, self-reported the violations, took immediate corrective action, and self-imposed penalties in coordination and cooperation with the NCAA.”

The case involves multiple inadvertent violations of the NCAA’s initial-eligibility legislation that resulted in 57 student-athletes from 2007-08 through 2012-13 academic years practicing, competing, receiving athletically related aid and/or receiving actual and necessary expenses for competition while ineligible. A majority of the deficiencies that caused the NCAA initial-eligibility certification violations included student-athletes not registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, not completing the required amateurism certification questionnaire, not requesting certification for a specific sport in which the student-athlete participated, not submitting transcripts or test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center and/or not requesting final amateurism certification. Additionally, from 2007-08 through 2010-11, the university did not require the athletics director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and did not keep lists on file.

“I want to stress that these violations were certification-based and at no time were any student-athletes admitted to UNCG improperly,” Dunn further stated. “The NCAA has agreed that these violations did not constitute unethical conduct. These violations also do not constitute academic fraud and there was no intent to gain a competitive advantage.”

Full post at UNCG Now.

UNCG senior heading to Sumatra for herpetology

Portrait of Douglas LawtonIndonesia has 17,000 islands. And lots of rich opportunities for the study of turtles, frogs, lizards and snakes.

Douglas Lawton will fly out in less than two months – after he returns from his UNCG Biology course in Costa Rica to focus on sea turtles in early August.

“I am going to a remote part of Indonesia in a city called Bengkulu on Sumatra (an island of Indonesia), he said.” I am staying in Indonesia for five months (September-January 2016), so it’s going to be an adventure.”

He will be working out of Bengkulu University. His main goals for going to Indonesia is herpetological research and education.

He explains that he will always be amazed by the sheer beauty of nature.

“I am inspired by the extraordinary diversity of life on this small planet that we live on! Its amazing to think about how everything is interconnected and that each piece of life’s puzzle is important – just as important as the next,” he says.

“Therefore, conservation of Earth’s biodiversity is crucial because of its intrinsic beauty as well as the services that it provides for humanity.”

He plans to graduate this December from UNCG. Then he’ll attend graduate school out west, focusing on ecology.

Compiled by Mike Harris
Photo courtesy Douglas Lawton

Build that house: a Staff Senate led service outing

Group photo of UNCG staff membersThe date was shifted due to weather. But an energetic group of staff members from UNCG assisted with a Habitat for Humanity build last month. Staff Senate sponsored the day of volunteering.

“It was an awesome day,” one volunteer said.

Staff receive time from the state to volunteer in our community Debbie Freund notes. She is chair of the Service Committee for UNCG Staff Senate. For information about how to use officially designated volunteer time, see the Community Service Leave policy at http://www.oshr.nc.gov/Guide/Policies/5_Leave/Community%20Service.pdf

UNCG students immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture

Group photos of students in Costa RicaStudy trip led by Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) and Lisa McDonald (CSD)).

This past month, 19 UNCG Human Development & Family Studies and Social Work majors studied abroad for three weeks in Costa Rica as a part of the Language and Culture Immersion program that UNCG has hosted since 2006.

This year, the trip was led by Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology), and Dr. Lisa McDonald (Communication Sciences and Disorders). Duffy explained that the goals of the trip were to help “students gain personal and professional experience as a result of this trip, which better informs them to work with people from diverse backgrounds and with people who have needs that are different from their own.”

UNCG teamed up with Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), allowing students to explore Costa Rican culture through language training, unique tripes to ecological and cultural sites, and rooming with local families.

A typical day for the UNCG students was brimming with a plethora of both education and leisurely activities. Desiree Louvierre, a UNCG Social Work major, explains:

“A normal day in Costa Rica was waking up around 5 a.m., getting ready and eating breakfast with our host families, then walking to our meeting point to join our group of students and professors. We would drive to whatever our day field-trip was, such as touring coffee plantations or schools, then we would eat lunch at a local restaurant and drive back to school for our four-hour Spanish class. Once class was over, we would head back home to eat dinner with our host families and call it a night.”

This condensed trip abroad offers students various opportunities for cultural emersion: Desiree explains that being bilingual, working with children and understanding how different countries deal with welfare and poverty are pivotal towards success with her Social Work degree. She explains that the trip “definitely jump-started my efforts to learn more Spanish and I hope to continue learning,” and would love to continue studying abroad if given the opportunity.

Ultimately, the trip was an eye-opening experience for all students involved. UNCG prides itself on offering their students various study-abroad opportunities, allowing them to enrich their majors and personal life experiences, and take unexpected learning paths in their time as students.

See more at http://blog.studyandtravelcostarica.com/?cat=105.

By Christina Blankenship
Photo courtesy Lisa McDonald

UNCG alumni fly high, in wake of Lindbergh’s visit

Portrait photo of Charles Lindbergh standing with his Spirit of St. Louis planeCharles Lindbergh had circled low over the UNCG campus in his Spirit of St. Louis. And now the campus community was waiting for his motorcade to pass through.

It was midday on Oct. 14, 1927. The biggest celebrity of the decade had touched down at Greensboro’s new airport, as part of a tour promoting aviation and air mail. He was due to speak to thousands at Greensboro’s new War Memorial Stadium – and he proceeded through the UNCG campus as he entered the city.

At the time, Walker Avenue cut through the campus, passing under a bridge on College Avenue. Reportedly, students, faculty and staff lined Walker all the way from Shaw Residence Hall to the Brown Music Building at Tate Street. The Oct. 13 student newspaper noted they planned to group themselves by classes by 11:45 a.m., to properly greet the procession. The students were asked to wear white or light dresses and be sure to have a white handkerchief to wave.

At noon, the famous pilot’s motorcade appeared on the horizon. “Suddenly the sputtering of motor-cycles was heard, mounted police came into view, and then the long-awaited Lindy, seated in a high-powered car and accompanied by Governor McLean and Mayor Jeffress,” said the Oct. 20 Carolinian. “To the wildly cheering mob of girls he merely gave a military salute as he passed. Swiftly he was driven by, much to the disappointment of the spectators and amateur photographers who would have preferred a much slower rate of speed so they could take in all the details. However, the girls got the thrill of their lives when the slender blonde hero with his unsmiling visage was whisked by.”

His “drive through” visit – and low flights over the campus in his Spirit of St. Louis – stirred a lot of excitement. Even the alumni around the state caught the Lindy fever.

For example, when the Caldwell County alumni association celebrated Founders Day that month in Lenoir, said the November 1927 Alumnae News, “(t)he program given centered around an airplane flight in ‘The Spirit of.N.C.C.W.’”

The university at that time was called North Carolina College for Women.

Northampton County’s alumni took it even further on Oct. 20. “Carrying out the airplane idea, the tables were grouped so as to suggest an airship; and suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the room hung a small yellow plane, the ‘Spirit of N.C.C.W.’ … Place cards, decorated with a miniature plane, lay at each plate, and yellow aviator helmets, inscribed with N.C.C.W., were worn by all the alumnae present,” the magazine said. Pitt County specifically noted their alumni wore their school-pride aviator caps during their meal. The Randolph County alumni secretary reported about her county’s alumni, “You would have thought us a company of aviators for sure from the yellow helmets, bearing the insignia N.C.C.W., each of us wore!” They sang college songs between each course of the meal. “Following the meal, in true aviator style, we boarded the ‘Spirit of N.C.C.W.’ and soared among the clouds!”

It was a serious part of the evening, with an aviator theme. From that birds-eye view, the alumni considered the proud past and promising future of the college – now known as UNCG. The school faced challenges, but there was so much promise. The solo flyer, bravely striving to achieve what had never been done before, served as an inspiration.

By Mike Harris

May 31, 1927, photo courtesy Library of Congress. http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3a23920/
Sources: The November 1927 Alumnae News; The Carolinian issues of October 1927; Smithsonian Magazine November 2013; Daily News of the week of Oct. 14.
See Part 1 of this report at http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2015/06/09/lindbergh/

Rebecca Adams, the Grateful Dead and 1,000,000+ Deadheads

Photo of Rebecca Adams and UNCG students, summer 1989When UNCG professor Dr. Rebecca Adams sees all three big “Fare Thee Well” concerts of Grateful Dead members in Chicago’s Soldiers Field, it will hardly be her first. She heard Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead, play with the band about 100 times before he died in 1995 and has heard the remaining members of the Dead play together many times since then.

Her first Grateful Dead show was in 1970. Since then she has become well-known for her sociology research of the Grateful Dead fanbase – known for decades as “Deadheads.”

The “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” concerts on July 3-5, 2015, will be the Grateful Dead members’ final performance together. It’s a milestone for Deadheads.

Adams, professor and Gerontology Program director at UNCG, has been one of the foremost scholars on the Grateful Dead fans – known as Deadheads – since the 1980s.

She is co-author or co-editor of five books, including “Deadhead Social Science: You Ain’t Gonna Learn What You Don’t Want to Know” (2000) with Robert Sardiello, a graduate of UNCG’s Sociology MA program), “Placing Friendship in Context” (1998) and “Adult Friendship” (1992), as well as many scholarly articles and book chapters, including nine on Grateful Dead fans.

Her research areas include:

  • Aging
  • Friendships/community
  • Music fans  (mostly the Grateful Dead community)

These days, these three research areas have dovetailed, as the members of the Deadhead community are getting older. Many are in their 60s and 70s. One person calls her work “jerry-ontology,” she says.

“A conservative estimate of the number of Deadheads is over a million,” she says. “Most Deadheads tend to be professionals – they like to say ‘we are everywhere’ and that is accurate.”

When she taught a UNCG class in 1989 on the Deadheads – and took her students on a research field trip that involved observations at eight concerts and parking lot interviews – she and her students became a media sensation, throughout the US and even in England. Today, sociological study involving pop culture is commonplace, she notes.

“Now, popular culture is an established field. But back then I was written up in the Congressional Record as “a symbol of the decline of higher education.” She notes that she remains grateful to former UNCG Chancellor Moran for defending her right to study and teach about the Deadheads.

Things changed and the world has caught up to her academic research.

“Now people see me as a pioneer.”

She continued what she calls her “more respected research” on friendships of older adults. But she knew her sociological research on music fans, specifically the Deadheads, would be valued someday. She has written or co-written many academic pieces on Deadhead research – and written pieces and been interviewed for the popular press as well. From Rolling Stone to London publications to the LA Times.

Now, as the Grateful Dead members play their final shows, she is fielding more media requests.

How did she get tickets, if they sold out immediately? It was good karma, she believes. “I waited for ‘the community’ to function like it’s supposed to. I waited and waited.” She could have used connections, but waiting was the karmically-correct way, as she explains it. A co-author found he could not use the tickets he bought, so she purchased them. “$1,390 – that’s why I’m teaching summer school, so I can afford them.”

She’ll also attend the Dark Star Orchestra show in Chicago July 2. She used to host some of the “tribute” band members at her home.

She taught the UNCG course “Aging and Music” this spring; she plans to teach it again. Faculty from all over campus participated in it and loved it, she notes.

The Chicago shows will feel like a homecoming in many ways. She attended the University of Chicago, receiving an MA from there in 1977 and PhD from there in 1983, both in Sociology. She began her teaching career an adjunct at several Chicago-area schools including Roosevelt University, Elmhurst College, Barat College and Indiana University Northwest.

She began her longstanding career at UNCG in the fall of 1983.

How did the Deadheads become an academic specialty for her in the 1980s? One UNCG student in particular convinced her to pursue it, she explains. His name was Matt Russ, known to many people today for his Tate Street Coffee House, which gives a sense of community to many at UNCG.

  • Want to hear more? She will give a Gerontology Research Outreach Workforce and Teaching Hub (GROWTH) presentation – “Music, Aging and Well-Being: Deadheads and Other Babyboomers” on Sept. 30, noon-1:15 p.m. in Edwards Lounge, Stone Bldg., UNCG.
  • See a four-minute excerpt from “Deadheads: An American Subculture.” The 1990 film was narrated by Adams and produced by Dr. Emily Edwards (UNCG Media Studies).

By Mike Harris

Photo of Rebecca Adams and UNCG students, summer 1989, used with permission of photographer © Lloyd Wolf / www.lloydwolf.com  All rights reserved.

UNCG Police Building, Spartan Village get LEED Silver

Photo of Lee Residence Hall with student crossing the streetSustainability efforts at UNCG have received more recognition.

The new UNCG Police Building and Spartan Village Phase 1 were both certified as LEED Silver this month. The university received the notification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which manages the LEED certification standards.

“UNCG has made tremendous strides in our efforts to become a more sustainable institution over the last six years,” said UNCG Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald. “Besides ensuring that new construction strives to meet the latest standards to reduce its environmental footprint, we have other ongoing efforts that involve every aspect of campus life.”

Sustainability has been one of the university’s key strategic initiatives since 2009, when trustees made it one of UNCG’s five core values. Traditionally sustainability has three dimensions: the environmental stewardship, social equity and economic responsibility. UNCG’s definition includes a fourth element, aesthetics, which takes into account the importance of integrating sustainability into the arts and using that as a way to influence behavior change.  In addition, aesthetics also relates to the beautification and preservation of the campus environment, which has been demonstrated the Grounds Division and their work to secure Tree Campus USA status six years running for UNCG.

2015 Student Affairs Staff Awards

Photo of Shaw Residence Hall with student walkingThe recipients of the 2015 UNCG Student Affairs Staff Awards were honored at the division’s year-end celebration in late May.

Here are the recipients, along with an excerpt from what was stated at ceremony:

Partnership Award:
Beyond Academics
Since the first students from Beyond Academics moved into campus housing in fall 2014, their staff has gone above and beyond to make this process successful. They’ve trained Housing & Residence Life on inclusive language and behaviors, have been quick to respond to questions/concerns, and shown a firm commitment to a successful residential experience for their students.

Team Player:
William Parrish (Elliott University Center)
As director of the Elliott University Center, William works with departments across campus to ensure that the details of their events are complete and handled with great attention. It’s not unusual to see him doing everything from answering phones to assisting set-up crews. William is a positive ambassador for the Division in every project in which he is involved.

Unsung Hero:
Eric Alston and Wayne Michaux (Housing & Residence Life)
As the second shift fix-it team, these two have made significant contributions to UNCG’s culture of care. They go above and beyond to handle overnight issues to provide a safe and secure living environment to students.

Graduate Assistant of the Year:
Lisa Santiago (Career Services Center)
As a graduate student in Career Services, Lisa stepped up to manage the Student Employment Process on her own after professional staff changes. She also developed, implemented, and managed a formal program for our UNCG Guarantee students and initiated a new mentoring program for UNCG students.

Employee of the Year:
Ericka Smith (Office of Leadership & Service Learning)
Ericka’s energy and optimism have gone far beyond the leadership programming for which she was hired. She has made tremendous connections across campus, and under her management the Leadership Challenge Program has experienced exponential growth. She is a masterful facilitator, popular and demanding teacher of for-credit courses, exceptional curriculum design specialist, and organized administrator.

UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass receives Star Award

Photo of entrance to Pedestrian UnderpassAt the 2015 Annual Construction Professionals Network (CPN) Conference, UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass received the Star Award for Best Project under $20 million category.  The project had already received the ENR Southeastern Award and the AGC Pinnacle Award.

CPN of North Carolina, Inc. is a statewide organization of business and professional leaders who are involved with design, construction and related services.

The UNCG Pedestrian Underpass, built to run underneath the railroad tracks from Oakland Avenue to West City City Boulevard, opened April 2014. The underpass connects Spartan Village, a residence hall complex on Lee Street, with the main part of campus.

The tunnel is 170 feet long and cost about $10 million to build. It was a joint project of UNCG and the N.C. Railroad Co.

More about the award-winning features of the project may be viewed at this recent North Carolina Construction News feature.

Awards at UNCG College of Arts & Sciences

Group photo of award winnersSeveral faculty members in the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences have received major awards from the state. They are:

Cardinal Award
Carl Goldstein (Art) – 44 years of service

Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Joshua Hoffman (Philosophy) – 41 years of service
Terrance McConnell (Philosophy) – 38 years of service
William Markham (Sociology) – 34 years of service
Margo Bender (Languages, Literatures & Cultures) – 36 years of service

Order of the Long Leaf Pine and Caswell Award
D. Gordon Bennett (Geography) – 48 years of service

The Cardinal Award, given by the governor, is newly created and was introduced July 1, 2014. This award is specifically designated for public servants who have spent thirty or more years in state or local government. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine requires a minimum of thirty years, significant community service and demonstrated excellence in service. The Richard Caswell Award Program, established in January 1998 for state employees with 45 or more years of service, is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for noteworthy extended dedicated service.

The College recognized four other retiring members as well, Lori Kerr notes:
Lynn Bresko (Development) – 17 years
Paul Duvall (Mathematics & Statistics) – 28 years
Kathe Martin (Biology) – 10 1/2 years
Elizabeth Walker (Women’s and Gender Studies) – 9 years

6-TECH will soon be 24/7

UNCG’s ITS Service Desk (6-TECH) will offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service, as of July 1.

This enhanced service is being offered to respond to the needs of UNCG’s increasing number of online students, who may be doing coursework at any hour of any day, says Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter.

This initiative is being accomplished without any new funds coming to ITS for this purpose.

“By providing additional training for ITS Service Operations and Support staff, we will now be able to give round-the-clock tier 1 technical support to UNCG faculty, staff, students and potential students,” says Sherry Woody, who is leading this initiative in ITS. “My staff has worked hard to prepare and we are excited to be part of this initiative.”

6-TECH was created to provide the university campus community with a single point of contact for technology support. In keeping with the ITS Vision Statement, anyone in the campus community can call one number, 336-256-TECH (8324), and get immediate technical support from the 6-TECH Service Desk  – or be directed to the proper support personnel on campus.

If they prefer, they may email 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

UNCG, WCU partner on new Communication Sciences & Disorders Ph.D program

A partnership announced last Friday by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Western Carolina University is designed to replenish the dwindling national numbers of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology) doctoral graduates.

The doctoral training program, dubbed Inter-institutional Distance Education Agreement for Learning and Leadership in Communication Sciences and Disorders (IDEALL CSD), will begin in January 2016.  It is available to full and part-time students.

In a 2007 national survey (Hull, 2007) of 143 university graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, 90 percent responded that they were experiencing a shortage of available doctoral-level personnel to fill new or vacant faculty positions; 93 percent stated they were expecting the shortage of available doctoral-level faculty to continue for the foreseeable future.  Further, 55 percent indicated that they were experiencing difficulty attracting applicants for new or vacant doctoral-level faculty positions.

“The shortage is driven by a number of factors,” said Dr. Denise Tucker, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communications Science and Disorders at UNCG. “A large number of early and late retirees; more attractive employment opportunities for doctoral-level personnel in the private sector; and a lack of Ph.D students entering and graduating from doctoral programs. This shortage of CSD doctoral students is a nationwide problem.”

UNCG’s Communications and Science Disorder (CSD) Department has a long-standing, nationally ranked SLP Masters program, and in Fall 2007, their graduate program added the doctoral program.

Dr. Robert Mayo, professor and director of Graduate Studies for the UNCG CSD Ph.D program, will oversee the IDEALL CSD program at UNCG, and Dr. Billy Ogletree, Professor and Head of Western Carolina’s Communication Science and Disorders Department, will oversee the program at WCU.

Students should be able to complete the program in five to seven years.

By Joe Gallehugh
Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG’s Coleman Fellows advance entrepreneurship education

For the sixth year in a row, Dianne Welsh, director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at UNCG, has received a Coleman Foundation grant to name three new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and 12 Veteran Entrepreneurship Fellows.

The UNCG professors are named Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and will receive grant funding to help them create a new entrepreneurship course or revise an existing course to include entrepreneurship.

The new Coleman Fellows are:

  • Keith G. Debbage, professor of geography. He will revise an urban planning course to include entrepreneurship.
  • Janice I. Wassel, associate professor of gerontology. She will revise a course in silver industries (businesses that serve older adults) to include entrepreneurship.
  • Bonnie Yarbrough, adjunct lecturer in English. She will revise the Writing in the Professions course to include entrepreneurship when applying communications strategies in the workplace.

The fellows are each awarded $4,000, to support their entrepreneurship-focused teaching efforts. All fellows have doctoral degrees.

UNCG is one of 19 universities nationally to receive funding for the program from the Chicago-based Coleman Foundation. The Coleman Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship program since it started awarding grants at UNCG.

“The Coleman Fellows program has been instrumental in helping UNCG develop a cross-disciplinary environment of entrepreneurship in the classroom and through various extracurricular activities,” Welsh said. “The Coleman grant helps faculty expose students to entrepreneurial ideas and teach them about self-employment and entrepreneurship.”

The academic entrepreneurship program has won six national and international awards, including the Best Emerging Program in the United States by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Freedoms Foundation Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education.

In addition to the new Coleman Fellows, several faculty members were also named Coleman Veteran Fellows. Veteran Fellows are those who have been named Coleman Fellows previously. As fellows, have access to a national network of other Coleman Fellows and resources, such as opportunities to attend conferences. They also receive $2,000 that can be used for entrepreneurship education and serve as members of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Council at UNCG.

The Veteran Fellows are:

  • Stoel Burrowes, assistant professor of interior architecture
  • Bonnie Canziani, associate professor of hospitality and tourism
  • Steve Cramer, business librarian and associate director of the Coleman program at UNCG
  • Duane Cyrus, associate professor of dance
  • Donna Duffy, assistant professor of kinesiology
  • Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
  • David Holley, professor of music
  • Bill Johnson, student success coordinator in the School of Health & Human Sciences
  • Sharon Morrison, associate professor of public health education
  • Cedric Pearce, adjunct professor of chemistry
  • Chris Thomas, lecturer in art
  • Dianne Welsh, professor of entrepreneurship
  • Jennifer Yurchisin, associate professor of consumer apparel and retail studies

For information on the entrepreneurship program, visit http://entrepreneurship.uncg.edu.

Perrill, Williams, Yarbrough are i3@UNC Fellows

The University of North Carolina Office of Learning Technology and Innovation has announced the selection of 28 fellows to participate in the second annual Instructional Innovation Incubator (i3@UNC).

UNCG’s fellows, who attended a summer workshop earlier this month, are Elizabeth Perrill (Art History), Kathy Williams (HHS) and Bonnie Yarbrough (English). Details are at http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=news/2015/03/fellows-announced-2015-i3unc-workshop

The i3@UNC program supports UNC system faculty in the development of new online and blended courses that expand educational opportunities and improve student learning outcomes. Faculty participants are designated i3@UNC Fellows. Fellows work under the guidance of state and national experts in instructional technology and design to develop new online and blended courses. The program fosters a system-wide community of faculty innovators in teaching and learning.

Improving Road Sign Program for NC’s agritourism industry

Photo of highway sign for Laurel Gray, Windsor Run, Shadow Springs and Raffaldini wineriesA state-run road signage program has played a key role in connecting tourists with North Carolina’s booming wine and grape industry, which supports nearly 8,000 jobs and creates an annual economic impact of $1.71 billion. While there are some concerns about the program, most stakeholders involved in the N.C. Agricultural Tourism Directional Signage Program (NCATDSP) believe the program is unique and effective for participant wineries, leads to increased visits and is vital for the growth of the industry, according to a new UNCG study.

However, the program could be more efficient, and recommendations for making that happen are included in the new study by a team at the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics.

The UNCG research team reviewed 21 different road sign programs in 10 states as part of its study of the NCATDSP, which was created by the N.C. General Assembly in 1999 to make it easier for tourists to find wineries and related businesses. The N.C. Wine and Grape Council and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services funded the report.

Among the report’s main recommendations:

  • Currently, the signage program is jointly co-administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and the N.C. Department of Transportation. Coordination between the two agencies should be improved to avoid confusion for wineries applying to post a sign.
  • The terms “winery” and “wine” are currently not allowed to be used on signs in the N.C. Agricultural Tourism Directional Signage Program even if “winery” is part of a business’ full name. Many other states, including California, New York and Virginia, permit the terms to be used on signs. North Carolina should look into allowing these terms to be used in the NCATDSP to help with overall branding of the industry.
  • Wineries pay the full cost of building and posting road signs, with such signs in North Carolina among the most expensive in the 10 states that were studied. Fees for interstate signs range from $25,000 to $50,000 and must be paid in full up front, which is challenging for smaller wineries. Staggered payment programs, industry-backed subsidies and insurance programs for repairing or replacing damaged signs should be explored.

UNCG Bryan School professor Joy Bhadury, associate professor Erick Byrd and executive in residence Samuel Troy authored the report, which is the latest of several that UNCG research teams have done over the past several years about various aspects of the state’s wine and grape industry.

Triad Stage, UNCG Theatre team for ‘Common Enemy’

Actors rehearsing for the upcoming production of Triad Stage’s production of the new play, Common Enemy.UNCG’s The Globe and the Cosmos series is going out with a slam dunk.

Triad Stage presents “Common Enemy” June 7-28. Preston Lane, artistic director at Triad Stage and a head of the directors’ program at UNCG Theatre, has taken an Ibsen classic and created a very modern tale set squarely in North Carolina.

Basketball on tobacco road. Whistle-blowing both on the court and off. Multi-media. Scandal. Reputations in the balance. Core university values in the balance, as well.

It’s looking to be the most innovative, timely and provocative production the theater has staged.

“First of all I want to go on the record that I love both college basketball and free speech,” Lane says. As for what spurred the play, which he wrote and is directing, he says that Triad Stage Board Chair Alan Tutterow said he wished he’d update Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People to present-day Greensboro. And other things spurred him. “It might have started when Peter Alexander, dean of the (UNCG) School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and I talked about producing Bertolt Brecht’s A Life of Galileo as part of UNCG’s “Globe and Cosmos” year-long conversation about Shakespeare and Galileo. Or perhaps it started when current Board Chair Kathy Manning asked why there are so few plays set in the contemporary South.”

This one is as contemporary and as political as it gets. “My ideal political theater doesn’t tell us what to think; it asks us to examine why we think what we think we think.”

The Triad Stage summer production is a collaboration with UNCG Theatre. Of the 15 actors in the cast, eight are UNCG MFA candidates in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Two others are UNCG alumni. Many behind the scenes are UNCG professors or alumni.

Michael Tourek, who portrays Star Robbins, is entering his second year in the UNCG Theatre MFA program.

“The first Triad Stage show I ever saw was “Brother Wolf.” As it ended, he turned to his wife, Sara Geffert. and said, “I will work at this theatre.” His first show was another Preston Lane / Laurelyn Dossett collaboration, “Beautiful Star.” The cast included former UNCG Music master’s student Rhiannon Giddens. People still stop him on the sidewalk and say, “You were that guy in Beautiful Star!”

His wife completed the UNCG Dance master’s program – which had drawn them to Greensboro. He continued his relationship with Triad Stage and got his bachelor’s at UNCG. He’d already been acting for 20 years. Inspired by the many theatre professionals involved in Triad Stage and other companies and also at UNCG Theatre – such as Denise Gabriel, Jim Wren, Christine Morris – he entered the UNCG MFA in Acting program. “They’ve pushed me even further – to own by craft.” As a result, he’s never felt so confident as an actor, he explains.

He and his family have put down roots in Greensboro – that is, when he’s not flying out to do TV or film.

His role on the ABC series “Resurrection” expanded over the last two years. His acting credits – and his Equity card – are proof of his professional chops.

Ben Baker, another Equity actor who’s a UNCG MFA student, plays a professor who has tough decisions to make and advice to give.

“Everyone’s a hypocrite. Everyone lives in ambiguity – whether they know if or not,” Baker says in explaining the “thought-provoking” play. The creative process for the actors has been very open, he says.

Baker earned his Equity card 16 years ago in a Sir Peter Hall Shakespeare repertory at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. He’d gotten his Acting BFA at New York City, but wanted a “full, broad theater education.” He saw that with specialists like John Gully, Jim Wren, Chris Morris, Jim Fisher and Denise Gabriel on the faculty at UNCG Theatre, the university was the right place at the right time in his career. He heads into his final year at UNCG, and he plans to be an actor in a large city after that.

He lauds the collaboration between Triad Stage and the UNCG Theatre. It’s rare for a theater and a university to have such strong relationship, he explains. It’s remarkable that all of his classmates are in the same production, alongside professionals from New York City and beyond. “All eight of us – it’s a tremendous thing.”

Tourek also praises the collaboration with UNCG and the opportunity the professional productions give to all of the students. “You’re expected to be a professional.” Some of them already are, with Equity cards in hand. The rest are on their way.

To see more information and to purchase tickets, visit triadstage.org/series/168/common-enemy.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Martin Kane

UNCG’s new Art Truck hits the road

Photo of students and professor looking over the Art TruckIn early May, a vibrant truck appeared outside UNCG’s Gatewood Studio Arts Building. Adorned on its sides read slogans such as “Project One Art” and “Reach In, Bring Out,” with abstract recreations of the famous Greensboro skyline.

This former U-Haul, now the “UNCG Art Truck,” appeared again on June 5, as a part of Greensboro’s monthly “First Friday” celebration downtown. It was filled with art for the public to view.

What makes the UNCG Art Truck such an impactful idea is that it brings together the community and university students. This takes the traditional gallery form, and mobilizes it for the community.

The UNCG Art Truck is an art piece itself: open to interpretation, conversation and formulating ideas amongst each other. The truck’s conception, as explained by Art Department Head Lawrence Jenkens, comes from a suggestion by faculty member Mariam Stephan, who wanted to put a garden shed on a trailer and use it for art shows. Akin to any creative process, the initial idea metamorphosed into its current purpose: transporting art beyond the campus and into the community.

Through the work of a UNCG “think tank” class led by Chris Thomas, Travis Hicks and Stoel Burrowes, the UNCG Art Truck is packed with symbols representative of the Triad community. The truck’s exterior, designed by UNCG Art professor Amy Purcell’s independent study students, stimulates the mind. Jenkens explains that the art is actually drawn from a map. There’s literally more in this art than meets the eyes.

By Christina Blankenship
Photograph courtesy UNCG Art Department


Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis swoops over UNCG

Photograph of Spirit of St. Louis at Greensboro’s Lindley Field, Oct. 14, 1927, courtesy Greensboro Historical MuseumLook up, above the campus. It’s a bird. It’s a plane … It’s the Spirit of St. Louis, piloted by Charles Lindbergh.

The celebrated plane, with Lindbergh alone in the cockpit, had been the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop. Lindbergh left New York on May 20, 1927, and touched down in Paris on May 21. He and the plane were instantly famous.

Lindbergh sailed low over the UNCG campus on Oct. 14, 1927 – a thrilling sight no doubt. He also rode through the UNCG campus, perched in an open convertible.

“N.C.C. Gives Lindy a Hearty Welcome” the Carolinian headline proclaimed.

UNCG was then known as “The North Carolina College for Women” – NCC or NCCW for short.

Fall 1927 was an exciting time for the campus. Architect Harry Barton’s new auditorium at the corner of Tate and Spring Garden provided plenty of seating for October 5 Founders Day – and the students suggested they add a ceremony at the McIver Statue as well, the Carolinian reported. It also reported that contracts were bidded out for several new buildings, including Mary Foust and Guilford Residence Halls and a home economics building that is now the oldest part of Stone Building, facing Walker Avenue. (Barton, featured in last week’s Campus Weekly, designed each of them.) Old Curry had burned the previous year, but new Curry Building, also designed by Barton, had opened.

The year was momentous for the city as well. Greensboro had just opened War Memorial Stadium, a monument to the area men who had died in the War to End All Wars. The new stadium (also designed by Barton) allowed about 20,000 to hear Lindbergh speak. People came from southern Virginia and throughout North Carolina to see the man Governor McLean introduced as “perhaps the greatest hero of the age.” (Daily News, Oct. 15)

He landed his plane at the newly opened Lindley Field – now known as Piedmont Triad International Airport. Many thousands greeted him there. A focus of his Greensboro visit, which generated a lot of press coverage, was the importance of aviation. During his brief remarks at the stadium, the former airmail pilot predicted there’d soon be a surge in airmail and even passengers in the United States, as more airfields would be built and enhanced. “For this reason I want to to bring before you the importance of backing and standing behind the aviation progress that has been inaugurated in Greensboro,” he said, according to the Oct. 15 Daily News.

A historical marker at the airport notes Greensboro’s airport becoming part of the Eastern United States’ air mail route a few months later. Air transportation in Greensboro continued to blossom over the decades – and is one of the Triad’s key industries today.

Before landing at the Greensboro airfield, he circled the city three times, the third so low “the markings on the great aircraft could be easily read,” said the next day’s Greensboro Daily News. Actually, Lindbergh buzzed the UNCG campus twice that day, judging by the Nov. 1927 Alumnae News: “Previous to landing at the airport and just before leaving the city, Colonel Lindbergh circled low over the campus in the ‘Spirit of St. Louis.’”

The Oct. 15 newspaper corroborates this account, saying he made a “pleasing final gesture” of – instead of flying straight to Winston-Salem, his only other North Carolina visit on the tour – taking time to fly again over Greensboro that early afternoon.

And the UNCG students got a close-up look as Lindy rode through campus in an open convertible.

“The Famous Aviator Smiles and Salutes as He Passes Through City” proclaimed the Greensboro Daily News.

He would donate his plane to the Smithsonian the following year, after 174 flights.

Lindbergh died four decades ago. But the repercussions of that October 1927 day – for the city of Greensboro and the Triad aviation industry – live on.

In a future CW: part 2. UNCG community lines the banks of Walker Avenue through the campus to welcome Lindbergh; alumni statewide revel in aviation theme in wake of Lindbergh’s visit.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Spirit of St. Louis at Greensboro’s Lindley Field, Oct. 14, 1927, courtesy Greensboro Historical Museum.

Sources: Greensboro Daily News newspapers week of October 1927, courtesy Greensboro Public Library. November 2017 Alumnae News and October Carolinian student newspapers courtesy UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives / Digital Collection. “Lindbergh” by A. Scott Berg, 1998. “Lindbergh Alone” by Brendan Gill, 1977. Historical marker’s full text may be viewed at http://www.historicalmarkerproject.com/markers/HMKM6_lindley-field_Greensboro-NC.html. Thanks to GHM Archivist Elise Allison for providing photography from that day.

UNCG Honors College students and their articulate dragons

Photo of Olivia Wood from RomeWho knew that dragons could compose such great blog posts? Or take selfies – Do they even have an opposable thumb?

It’s a little like “Flat Stanley” – but these are unique UNCG dragons. Each UNCG Lloyd International Honors College student going abroad names their red, plush fellow traveler. And in the blog posts, they let the dragon do the talking.

Olivia Wood (or, I should say, her dragon Khaleesi) last week took us to the Roman Coliseum and Pompeii. She is part of the UNCG in Rome study program. It seems that he got into a scuffle with another plush dragon at the Coliseum, but what do you expect from dragons hearing lots of tales of gladiators? The students, on the other hand, are taking in lots of history. And discovering the joys of a tasty 2-euro Roman breakfast.

The little dragon tells us, “Olivia (that’s my human) likes seeing all the places where people like Julius Caesar and Romulus used to live.”

UNCG has been a North Carolina leader in study abroad for decades.

The LIHC mascot is the Welsh Dragon, Y Ddraig Goch, the blog intro notes. “There Be Dragons” refers to the Latin phrase “HC SUNT DRACONES (here are dragons), used on maps centuries ago to indicate uncharted waters.

A great summer activity at UNCG is sitting back and being an armchair traveler – reading the students adventures and learning around the world.

UNCG’s honors program goes back to the 1940s. It was named for Rebecca Lloyd in 2006

Read this story and see pictures – and enjoy other posts – at http://lihcdragonblog.blogspot.com/.

Find out about more study abroad opportunities at https://www.uncg.edu/ipg/sae/study_abroad_exchanges.html.

By Mike Harris

‘Tatted Up’ – Think before you ink

A UNCG Residence Life program has received national recognition from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. This is believed to be the first time a UNCG program has received this recognition.

The program was called “Tatted Up” and was presented to students in the Moore-Strong Residence Halls in order to teach students about how to make a safe, healthy decision about body modifications (tattoos and piercings).

First-year students often come to college and begin to experience new cultures, academic pursuits, and personal realizations. It is commonplace for a Residential Staff Life member to hear of residents going out to get tattoos and body piercings, sometimes on a whim. “While we, as staff members, recognize that a student’s first year is an impactful and exploratory time, and that we are in a position of support rather than judgment, we also realize that we have a prime opportunity to arm our residents with the only tool that can be used without our physical presence in a decision of this magnitude: knowledge,” their materials say.

The speakers in the presentation were staff members who had tattoos, piercings, or some combination of the two, which provided residents with credible information sources. There was research done to create the presentation as well.

“As Residential Life staff members, we are in no way able to make decisions for our residents, nor are we required to do so,” their materials noted. “However, we are a part of residents’ lives to care about them and to provide them with resources and information that they can use to make rational, beneficial decisions to their future success.”

UNCG Police in Unified Torch Run for Special Olympics

Group photo of UNCG Police staffUNCG Police were part of the national Unified Torch Run for Special Olympics, on June 4.

The relay is delivering the Flame of Hope from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games in July. The UNCG Police department team – named G Force – raised $1,515 for Special Olympics. Thirteen took part in the 2.5 mile run. They picked the torch up on Spring Garden Street and ran it through campus and eventually turned it over on Friendly Avenue, noted Lt. Steve DeDona. The department has raised money for Special Olympics for the past several years.

The torch is on display in the UNCG Police Building.

UNCG alumna Jenn DeBeers, a route manager for the Special Olympics torch run, helped organize their run.

Picture may be viewed at http://unifiedrelay.smugmug.com/South-Route

Visual courtesy Twitter feed.