UNCG Campus Weekly

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125th Anniversary pop-up museum

Last Tuesday, after hearing Chancellor Gilliam’s State of the Campus Address reflecting on the university’s past and looking toward the future, faculty and staff had the opportunity to learn even more about UNCG’s dynamic history – through a 125th anniversary-themed pop-up museum launched by Special Collections and University Archives during the traditional post-State of the Campus luncheon.

The collection, displayed on the ground floor of Moran Commons, covered a 20-year time period, from the late 1880s through the early 1900s, and museum visitors were greeted by several UNCG graduate student actors in period costumes.

“Looking at our past is a great way to start thinking about where we are today and where we want to be in the future,” explained university archivist Erin Lawrimore, who designed the pop-up museum and assembled the historical objects.

On display were artifacts, photographs, publications and information focused on the founding of the university and what the State Normal and Industrial School was like 125 years ago, including a 1900 key to the president’s office in Main Building (Foust) and an 1891-92 prospectus outlining courses.

One case held the unique and popular death mask of the university’s first president, Charles Duncan McIver. The second case contained, among other items, a letter by and photograph of Ezekiel “Zeke” Robinson, hired by McIver to serve as “General Factotum,” managing the State Normal College’s support staff. Robinson worked under three college presidents, doing everything from ringing the school bell and managing horse-and-buggy transportation to the city to assisting with visiting dignitaries such as Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan and Anna Howard Shaw

A separate exhibition room displayed physical education gym suits from the 1900s,’30s and ’60s, a nurse’s uniform from 1963, a class jacket from 1961 and a 1942 drum signed by the Woman’s College Darlinettes – a recent University Archives acquisition making its public debut. Also on display was a typewriter used by alumna JoAnne Smart Drane, among the first African American students at the college. There was also a five-banner display that highlighted many key moments in UNCG’s history reflecting opportunity and excellence, and a looping video of historical footage.

“The pop-up museum was a great way to kick off our 125th anniversary celebration,” said Lawrimore. I was pleased to see so many people actively engaging with and excited about university history.”

For those who want to learn more about UNCG’s history and artifacts, University Archives is open for research Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Jackson Library. There are also a number of other ways to explore university history:

  • The online collections and resources are on the University Archives website. Digitized materials include yearbooks, student newspapers, course bulletins, Charles Duncan McIver’s papers and many print photographs.
  • From October through May, there will be a university history exhibition in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

UNCG to partner with Allegacy FCU on wellness program

photo of BulidingUNCG and Allegacy Federal Credit Union have announced a new collaboration that offers rewards for UNCG students, faculty and staff who use UNCG’s state-of-the-art Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The partnership is made possible thanks to the university’s new “Millennial Campus” designation, which allows UNCG to enter into arrangements with private-sector entities.

This fall, Allegacy will open a financial center on campus as part of the new Health and Wellness Millennial District. The credit union will be located in Spartan Village II, UNCG’s new mixed-use project featuring two residence halls and 26,000 square feet of retail space.

Allegacy’s AllHealth Wellness Savings Account is available to current and new members of the Kaplan Center. Designed as an incentive to be more active, the wellness savings account offers financial rewards for visits to the wellness center. Members will earn higher returns on their savings based on the number of visits to the center each month. Participants can earn up to 1 percent APY on a savings balance of up to $10,000.

“By broadly embracing the idea of health and wellness over a lifetime – bringing together concepts of both physical fitness and financial well-being – Allegacy is bringing unique value to UNCG and our neighboring community,” said Charlie Maimone, UNCG vice chancellor of business affairs. “Allegacy has demonstrated a commitment to providing great services. Even more, they are supporting UNCG’s academic and service mission through student learning opportunities and offering their expertise to many of our service programs. This important relationship is a model for partnerships as we continue developing our Millennial Campus into the future.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with UNCG, expand our presence in Greensboro and be part of a unique mixed-use component of Spartan Village,” said Cathy Pace, president and CEO of Allegacy. “UNCG is transforming this location to enhance the entire community atmosphere, and we look forward to helping our members make positive changes in their financial lives and overall well-being with our many services.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Students get up close & personal with sea turtles in Costa Rica

photo of StudentsTraveling the world and saving animals once felt like a pipe dream to UNCG student Leanne Murray. But after a trip to the Sea Turtle Conservancy Tortuguero Biological Field Station in Costa Rica, that dream is within grasp.

“I got blasted in the face multiple times with thick clouds of sand flung by the turtles while camouflaging their nests,” Murray said. “… how many people can say they’ve been able to get that up close and personal with a nesting green sea turtle?”

July 29 through Aug. 5, Murray and her classmates in Ann Berry Somers’ Biology 361 class had the opportunity of a lifetime tagging and collecting data from sea turtles bedded down for the night on the black-sand shores of Tortuguero National Park.

The seminar and field studies course, “Biology and the Conservation of Sea Turtles,” began in Spring 2017 and along with Costa Rica includes a trip to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, North Carolina. This allows the class to compare conservation efforts in North Carolina with those in Costa Rica.

“This is the only sea turtles class I know of where students get experience with all five of the sea turtles found in the North Atlantic,” said Somers, senior lecturer and Lloyd International Honors College faculty fellow.

The three-credit-hour course tops out at 12 students and has been offered to undergraduates every other year since 1996.

“Students taking this course see first-hand what is happening and feel it deeply,” Somers said. “I am constantly inspired by them. Many of them will spend their lives working to restore what has been damaged.”

Student Kim O’Neill initially had some reluctance about the level of physical exertion required for the Costa Rica experience – a fear that disappeared pretty quickly.

“When I got back from my first shift, I couldn’t sleep, instead I journaled until 6 a.m. I raved over the sheer wonder I felt,” O’Neill said. “I wrote, ‘This world is filled with majesty, we just have to be curious to discover it.’”

The Surf City Rehab Center’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles. It is one of only a few facilities in the U.S. dedicated entirely to sea turtles. Students assisted in the care of the turtles while learning about the causes of decline in U.S. waters.

“I believe I have done a great deed for the sea turtles and feel very fortunate to have been a part of it,” said Biology major Aaron Wagoner.

In late July, Somers and her students arrived by boat at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, a remote area on the Caribbean coast at the edge of a wet tropical rain forest. For 50 years, the Sea Turtle Conservancy has conducted annual sea turtle nest monitoring studies along the 21-mile beach, the nesting site of more endangered sea turtles than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. The monitoring program was initiated in the 1950s by American conservationist Dr. Archie Carr and has reversed the decline of green turtles in the Caribbean.

Somers said she’s seen significant changes resulting from worldwide conservation efforts over the course of the 21 years she has taught the class.

“The consequences of these changes are largely unknown, but certainly this is not just about sea turtles (and the course work emphasizes this), it is about the ocean ecosystems,” Somers said.

In darkness, Somers and her students ventured along the beach, measuring the turtles after they inched toward the shore, counting eggs, tagging and recording data.

“This class has been the highlight of my college career,” said Kait Brown. “I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone into something truly amazing.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Cody Bergland

Spartan SPEARS volunteers

For the past seven years on the first two days of classes, UNCG has seen a flood of lime green scattered around campus. Students wearing lime green shirts with “Ask Me” buttons are known as Spartan SPEARS. These student volunteers are placed all over campus to point the way for new students trying to navigate our campus. This August, over 190 students participated in the SPEARS initiative and were seen helping answer questions and guide students. New Student Transitions & First Year Experience hopes to continue seeing more students participate as a SPEAR in the future. If you have a student group interested in participating, contact Shakinah Simeona-Lee in NST & FYE, and be on the lookout for more lime green in January and next August.

Grasshoppers discount tickets for Spartan employees

How do faculty and staff purchase discounted tickets for the UNCG Night at the Grasshoppers game? Those interested in the event the evening of Saturday, Aug. 19 may use the purchasing code, UNCG125, to receive $2 off your ticket. The code can be used to purchase tickets at the stadium’s box office or online at gsohoppers.com.

From bees to RVs: Total eclipse of the heartland

photo of MapAug. 21 will be a historic day for American astronomy. Hotels in cities and small towns on the total eclipse path have been booked up for a year, and eclipse viewers will also fill RVs and campsites across the country, from Oregon to South Carolina.

“The last solar eclipse I saw was in Oct. 2014, when I was visiting the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena,” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. John Kiss. “What makes this event exciting is that it is the first total eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in almost a century.”

While Kiss, who has recently launched seedlings into space, will see the partial solar eclipse from campus, other UNCG researchers will travel far and wide to reach the path of totality. 

Astronomy professors Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko and Dr. Steve Danford (emeritus) will both journey to Nebraska, where the chances of clear weather are higher than in the southeast. Miroshnichenko will go to a small town approximately 50 miles south of Lincoln, an area that will experience 2 minutes and 35 seconds of totality. Danford, who has been giving eclipse lectures in North Carolina totality cities such as Highlands, will venture via RV more than 200 miles farther west in Nebraska to an open field 80 miles above North Platte.

Professor of Biology Dr. Olav Rueppell will travel with three students – Prashan Walker, Saman Baral and Carlos Vega-Melendez  –  to Clemson University to perform an experiment about honey bee foraging behavior, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, cooperative extension apiculture specialist in South Carolina. Clemson is on the path of totality and will experience midday darkness for 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

“We know that honey bee foraging activity during solar eclipse events decreases, but the details are unknown,” explained Rueppell. “Our study is designed to shed light on how colony status affects honey bee foraging decisions. Specifically, we will use this extraordinary event of the solar eclipse to test whether honey bees that are in greater need of food are more reluctant to give up foraging activities when conditions become unfavorable – dark, cold and a lack of the sun compass for orientation.”

The researchers will monitor the bees’ foraging activity throughout the eclipse and compare colonies with varying levels of resources.

“The results will reveal how flexible honey bee behavior responds to hive internal and external conditions, which may be important for honey bees to adapt to the changing world they are living in,” said Rueppell.

The world will completely, yet briefly, change for the honey bees at Clemson at 2:37 p.m., just a few minutes before a momentary twilight settles over UNCG, at 2:42 p.m.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Updated Aug. 16, 11:45 a.m. Note that due to high demand, eclipse glasses will not be provided for attendees at the UNCG Petty Science Bridge event on Monday, HRL notes. Instructions on how to make a pinhole viewer may be seen here.

More information about the eclipse may be found at this UNCG web site.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week events Aug. 21-25

The UNCG Department of Recreation and Wellness has collaborated with other departments and student groups to hold UNCG’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week, with a variety of events to promote campus safety and victim support.

Olivia Jackson-Lewis, who has recently joined UNCG as the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Coordinator, is responsible for programming on sexual violence prevention topics including healthy relationships and consent education.

She notes that “sexual violence is an issue that impacts us all.”

Jackson-Lewis praised the involvement of student groups in Sexual Assault Awareness Week and said she looks forward to the opening of the newly established Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC). (See story in next week’s Campus Weekly about the center’s opening).

Sexual Assault Awareness Week events include:

The Clothesline Project
A week-long display on the Jackson Library and Stone lawns features shirts decorated by UNCG students, faculty, and staff. Each displayed shirt features a story of how intimate partner violence  had affected the shirt-maker.

CVRC Hosts Create a T-shirt for The Clothesline Project
Monday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gove 015

Violence Unsilenced Film Screening: “Audrie and Daisy”
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m., EUC Auditorium
A new documentary tells two young women’s stories side by side.

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Jackson Library Lawn
An annual event. Participants may share their stories of healing.

Grand Opening: Campus Violence Response Center
Thursday, Aug. 24, 4 p.m., ground floor of Gove Student Health

Cram and Scram sale Aug. 25

UNCG’s premiere rummage sale, Cram and Scram, will be Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom. The goods are made up of items collected from residence halls as students departed campus last spring. The sale is open to anyone, but particularly geared toward UNCG students. All items are only 50 cents, cash only.

Proceeds from the sale, put on by UNCG’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, fund environmental educational opportunities for UNCG students and the greater community.

For more information, contact Ben Kunka at recycle@uncg.edu or (336) 334-5192.

Chelimo medals at World Championships

UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo continued his medal-winning ways Saturday evening in London as he claimed the bronze medal in the 5,000-meter race at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. This marks the second time in two years Chelimo has medaled in the 5,000-meter distance – he won the Silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chelimo came in third overall in the distance race with a time of 13:33.30 as his final kick came up just short of the top two finishers. The third-place finish capped off a crazy week in London as he qualified for the finals despite falling twice in the preliminary heat.

The 2014 UNCG graduate in public health is a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

See video from Chelimo’s post-race media conference.

See full story at UNCG Athletics site.

2017 Spartans of Promise nomination

photo of StudentsEach year, 10 outstanding seniors at UNCG are recognized with the prestigious honor of being a Spartan of Promise. The Spartan of Promise award is given to those who exhibit characteristics of a well-rounded student at UNCG and have a passion for service. Spartans of Promise are honored at the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner in October and later participate in UNCG Alumni events throughout the duration of the academic year.

Spartans of Promise must exemplify:

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


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

If you know a senior who fits the criteria, nominate them now! Email your letters of recommendation to Dorian Thompson at drthomp2@uncg.edu. Students who are recommended by faculty, student organizations, or staff will be contacted by email and encouraged to submit the student application form, which can be found here. The deadline for the student application and recommendation submissions is Sept. 2, 2017.

For more information about the Spartans of Promise awards, visit alumni.uncg.edu/Spartans-of-Promise.

Boosting student success: Starfish News, Fall 2017

The Starfish technology is now available to all instructors, academic support staff, and students for the fall semester. Starfish is an early-alert system that allows UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. Starfish allows instructors, advisors, and other staff members to track student progress and remain in the loop about their shared students. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Beginning Fall 2017, users can log into Starfish at STARFISH.UNCG.EDU.

Fall 2017 Updates, Reminders, and Training Opportunities:

  • NEW Log-In Method for Starfish: UNCG users may now access Starfish by logging into STARFISH.UNCG.EDU with their usernames and passwords. This update improves Starfish screen readability and allows users to view Canvas and Starfish concurrently if desired.
  • Starfish Referrals: Starfish offers instructors and academic support staff several referral options for directing students to helpful campus resources. Raising a referral will simultaneously alert the student to take action and notify the service provider of the referral.
  • Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff: Training workshops are available throughout the semester to help users learn how to navigate Starfish features. Workshop details and sign-ups can be accessed at workshops.uncg.edu.

New to Starfish? Here is some information on how UNCG currently uses this technology

Instructors and faculty use Starfish to:

  • Raise alert flags for your students with academic and personal concerns so that they can connect with the resources and people that may help them
  • Give kudos to students who are performing well or showing improvement
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources that may help them
  • Complete Academic Status Reports throughout the semester to flag many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts on the following dates: Sept. 5 & Sept. 26
  • Post office-hour availability and manage student meetings

Advisors and academic support staff use Starfish to:

  • Stay in the loop on which advisees have been flagged for academic concerns and provide additional support
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources
  • Post appointment availability and manage advising appointments
  • Maintain appointment notes and outcomes
  • Clear flags as concerns resolve

Students use Starfish to:

  • Keep track of the feedback they get from their instructors
  • Schedule appointments with their instructors and advisors who use Starfish for online scheduling
  • Schedule an appointment with a Starfish Outreach Team member for help after being flagged

Instructors, staff, and students may refer to the Starfish website for more information about Starfish. Technical support requests can be emailed to starfish@uncg.edu.

Research and community engagement events

This list includes workshops, dates and events related to research and community engagement, particularly those offered by offices within the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE). More may be added in the future, or individual schools and departments may plan workshops and events, so faculty are encouraged to check their unit’s websites and emails for additional opportunities. A listing of all ORE workshops can also be found at research.uncg.edu/events/ and registration for all workshops is available at workshops.uncg.edu.

Applying for Internal Research Awards (New Faculty Research Awards and Regular Faculty Research Awards)

Tues., 8/22, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 1607 MHRA OR

Wed., 8/30, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 1607 MHRA

This workshop covers what you need to know to successfully apply for New Faculty Research Awards and the Regular Faculty Research Awards. Faculty may apply for New Faculty Research Awards or Regular Faculty Research Awards from Sept. 1, 2017, through Oct. 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. For more information, guidelines, directions and forms, go to research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/.

Show Me The Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities

Thurs., 8/24, 11:0-1:00 p.m., 304 Curry OR

Wed., 10/25, 9:00-11:00 p.m., 304 Curry

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

Submitting a Grant Proposal to an External Agency

Tues., 9/12, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 2711 MHRA OR

Wed., 11/01, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 2711 MHRA

The workshop will go over the typical sections of a grant proposal. We will discuss who at the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) can provide assistance with locating funding opportunities, budgeting, and proposal development.

Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG

Wed., 9/27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 1607 MHRA OR

Thurs., 9/28, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 3603 MHRA OR

Wed., 4/18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 3603 MHRA

UNCG supports community-engaged teaching, research, and service. This brown bag will provide a brief overview of community engagement at UNCG. We will focus on best practices for identifying collaborators within the community, how to get the word out about your community engagement, and how to plan for documenting your community engagement for promotion, tenure, and/or annual reviews. The Institute for Community Engagement and Economic Engagement also creates and curates various resources that are available online at communityengagement.uncg.edu. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Human Subjects Research Training

Tues., 10/25, 9:00-11:00 a.m., 2711 MHRA

This training is conducted to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and to fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB. It covers areas such as confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment, and the history of human research protection and is offered as an alternative to CITI training. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Applying For Faculty First Awards

Wed., 11/29, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 1607 MHRA OR

Thurs., 11/30, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 1607 MHRA

Application Deadline Tuesday, Feb. 28. Faculty First Awards are offered to tenure-track and tenured faculty in the form of “Tenure-Track Faculty First Awards” and “Tenured Faculty First Awards.” Faculty may apply for Faculty First Awards from January 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. Faculty First Awards typically fund summer scholarship and require participation in a Spring 2019 presentation event. See more at research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/. Register at workshops.uncg.edu.

Child and Family Research Network 10th Year Anniversary Fall Social

Thurs., 8/17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Faculty Center


Banner Finance Contracts & Grants

Tues., 8/15, 1:00-4:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 9/19, 9:00AM-12:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 10/17, 1:00-4:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 11/14, 9:00AM-12:00 p.m., 209 Bryan


Introduction to Online Surveys using Qualtrics

Tues., 8/22, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Wed., 9/20, 9:00-10:30 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 10/17, 9:30-11:00 a.m., 209 Bryan OR

Wed., 11/15, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 209 Bryan

Intro to SPSS

Tues., 8/29, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 209 Bryan OR

Wed., 10/18, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 209 Bryan

Intro to SAS

Wed., 9/6, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 209 Bryan

Intermediate Qualtrics

Wed., 9/27, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 209 Bryan OR

Tues., 10/24, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 209 Bryan

Entrepreneurial Journeys Speaker Series

HQ Greensboro, 111 W. Lewis Street

Check the website for registration information and updated info on presenters as they are confirmed at entrepreneur.uncg.edu/entrepreneurial-journeys-speaker-series/.

UNCG Entrepreneur Day

Tuesday, 10/31

To participate, contact Justin Streuli at 336-256-8649 or jtstreuli@uncg.edu. For more information go to startup.uncg.edu/uncg-entrepreneur-day/ .

Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data

Go to integrity.uncg.edu/training/ for more information.

2 Minutes to Win It Business Competition

3/22/2018, 3:00 PM, HQ Greensboro, 111 W. Lewis Street

More information is at startup.uncg.edu/2_minutes-html/.


Chancellor Gilliam: ‘We are just getting started’

photo of chancellor UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. marked the beginning of the new academic year Tuesday with a simple, yet impactful call to the campus community: “We are just getting started.”

During his annual State of the Campus Address to faculty and staff in UNCG Auditorium, Chancellor Gilliam remarked that this past year was one of “Giant Steps” for UNCG.

New facilities, such as the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, transformed campus life. UNCG Athletics broke records – both on the court and in the classroom. The School of Nursing, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Athletics celebrated milestone anniversaries. Fundraising is up nearly 14.8 percent over the previous year, with alumni gifts up 19 percent.

But these successes are only the beginning of what’s to come.

Chancellor Gilliam reflected on the unique history of the university: the foundational era from 1891-1962, and the era of expansion, which began in 1963 when the university became coeducational.

Now, we’ve reached a new era: the era of Giant Steps, a time for UNCG to more boldly step into the spotlight.

“When people talk about the top public institutions in this region, we need to be in that conversation,” Gilliam said. “We want to be front and center.”

So how can the university continue to develop into a top school of choice in the Southeast? By solidifying the strength of academic programs, raising overall visibility, improving graduation rates and competing for athletic championships, to name a few.

UNCG has already made significant strides this fall, announcing new co-admission programs with local community collegespreparing for the opening of Spartan Village II and beginning work on the new Millennial Campus districts.

“We’ve come a long way, but we have farther to go,” Gilliam said. “And I believe – deeply believe – that we are poised now, more than ever, to take Giant Steps.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

See additional reports at News & Record and WFMY.

‘South Pacific,’ Rhiannon Giddens launch arts series

photo of studentSingle-event tickets are now on sale for the 2017-18 UNCG University Concert and Lecture Series (UC/LS), a year-long series of live arts experiences formerly known as the University Performing Arts Series (UPAS).

The season opens Sept. 17 with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic Broadway musical “South Pacific,” a collaboration between UNCG and Triad Stage. This year’s headliner is UNCG alumna and Grammy award-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens, who will perform as part of UNCG’s Founders Day celebration on Thursday, Oct. 5, in UNCG Auditorium.

In celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary, UCLS is bringing Colson Whitehead, New York Times bestselling author of “The Underground Railroad,” to campus on Feb. 8. This special anniversary event is offered free to the public.

“UCLS is a great opportunity for the general public to see renowned artists at a very affordable price,” said Brigette Pfister, assistant dean for budget and operations in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “In addition to the public performances and lectures, UNCG students will have the opportunity to interact with these artists through master classes, one-on-one instruction, discussions and workshops.”

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Triad Stage Box Office. Season tickets are also available, and student season tickets cost just $20.

The full UCLS schedule is listed below. For more information, visit vpa.uncg.edu/ucls.

Season tickets for the University Concert & Lecture Series are currently available by phone (336.272-0160) or in person at the Triad Stage box office, 232 South Elm Street, in downtown Greensboro. Single event ticket sales begin August 1 and will be available online, as well as by phone or at the Triad Stage box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available for purchase at the UNCG Auditorium box office one hour before show time. All performances and lectures begin promptly at 8 p.m.

– “South Pacific” opens Sept. 17, at Triad Stage.
– Rhiannon Giddens: Thursday, Oct. 5, at UNCG Auditorium
– Juilliard String Quartet: Friday, Oct. 27, at UNCG Auditorium
– Limón Dance Company: Friday, Jan. 19, at UNCG Auditorium
– Colson Whitehead:  Thursday, Feb. 8, at the School of Music Recital Hall
– Sanford Biggers: Thursday, March 15, at the Elliott University Center Auditorium
– Lynn Harrell: Saturday, March 17, at the School of Music Recital Hall

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Visual: Rhiannon Giddens

UNCG co-admission agreements with GTCC, Alamance CC

photo of pepoleUNCG has announced two new co-admission agreements with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and Alamance Community College (ACC) to facilitate degree completion and bolster student success by improving access to undergraduate and graduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems.

Unlike other traditional four-year, community college co-admission agreements, the UNCG-GTCC-ACC partnerships are unique: the GTCC “G²” (Gsquared) partnership expands opportunities for transfer students to access and complete their baccalaureate degrees in a selection of popular majors. These efforts capitalize on two recent academic innovations:

  • First, the recent selection of GTCC and UNCG to participate in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Frontier Set project, which is focused on improving student success and postsecondary degree attainment;
  • Second, the ACC “Spartan Passage” partnership, which offers an accelerated master’s program in six different disciplines as well as a comprehensive undergraduate program.

“This new partnership is designed to bridge the gap for students in our state, making it easier and more affordable for them to get their degree in a shorter timeframe, and get them into the workforce sooner,” said UNC system President Margaret Spellings. “For students, for the business community, for our economy and beyond, this initiative is a win-win for the state of NC. Together, we are setting the stage for a successful future.”

“At UNCG, we are dedicated to improving our transfer student graduation rates,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Partnerships like these are essential to delivering results that benefit our students, our communities and our state. On one hand, they enable us to offer expanded educational opportunities to community college students at a tremendous cost-savings – because reducing student debt is a top priority. On the other hand, we know that creating a seamless transition from the community college environment to a four-year institution has direct, tangible benefits to student success. This collaboration with GTCC and ACC will produce a greater number of qualified graduates for our workforce.”

“As pioneers in improving student success in learning, and in credential and degree completion, partnering with UNCG on this endeavor allows us to build upon both of our institutions’ strengths to advance our mission of strengthening pathways to transfer and completion,” said GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker. “This co-admission agreement with UNCG further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to significantly increase student success rates and impact the lives and careers of our students.”

“We at Alamance Community College are very grateful and excited to partner with UNCG on this initiative that creates a pathway for many of our students to qualify for guaranteed admission and accessibility to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “I commend Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and the other excellent personnel at UNCG for working so collaboratively with our staff on this partnership. We look forward to maximizing the benefit of this agreement and forging new opportunities for our students to advance from the associate degree at Alamance Community College to earn the bachelor’s degree through The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

Application for the “G²” and “Spartan Passage” programs have been streamlined to benefit students. Prospective students complete one application, with a waived application fee for UNCG. Admitted students will have access to campus facilities, events, activities and services, including the UNCG University Library (in-house and online), the new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, academic advising and financial aid, among other benefits.

The need for these programs is clear. According to research from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the Aspen Institute, approximately 80 percent of incoming community college students begin with the goal of eventually earning a four-year degree. Yet just 14 percent do so within six years.

For more information about the new co-admission programs, visit: admissions.uncg.edu/apply-coadmissions-programs.php.

Visual: UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., ACC President Algie Gatewood and GTCC President Randy Parker at press conference Aug. 2.

Photo by Martin W. Kane

Second-Annual Business Affairs Expo Draws Over 300

photo of Business_ExpoWhat do superheroes have to do with Human Resources? Just about everything, according to Victoria Benson, HR’s new Deputy Chief HRO, at last week’s Business Affairs Expo.

HR was one of 21 departments represented at the free event, which attracted over 300 faculty and staff as part of the 2017 Business Affairs Conference & Expo, “Taking Giant Steps.”

“It gives people a chance to put a face with a name and a chance to see how much Business Affairs interacts with the day-to-day job,” said Richard Fleming, assistant director of purchasing and contracts and this year’s chair of the Conference and Expo.

Benson said she wanted to show attendees the volume of services and trainings available from her team.

“Human Resources has a lot of people and some don’t realize the superheroes we are and the services we offer,” she said.

Each table had an inventive way to display their department’s offerings and attendees were lured in with contests and swag.

Financial Planning and Budgets gave away one men’s and one women’s fragrance and sponsored a photo booth complete with wacky props.

Terri Taylor, a travel auditor with Accounts Payable, used toy cars and artificial food displays to capture people’s attention. She said the event was a great way to talk with people about travel policies, meals and mileage.

photo of Business_ExpoThe neon LimeBike parked next to the Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) table piqued attendee’s interests.

Robert Walker, director of business services and systems for POCAM, said a lot of people were excited about the new dockless bike-share program that just expanded to downtown Greensboro.

His team spoke with visitors about recent updates and services like the Emergency Ride Home program, which provides a way for commuters to get to work in the event of an emergency.

POCAM recently installed a new electronic sign on UNCG buses that displays the next stop, and they are starting an extensive project to complete structural repairs across all parking decks on campus. Part of the project will include improving the gate equipment and eventually adding an option to use credit cards.

Charles Maimone, vice chancellor for business affairs, said he was thankful for yet another successful turnout for the Expo.

“We wanted this event to be meaningful for our colleagues across campus,” he said. “Our goal is to better understand how we assist and improve by interacting with members of the campus community that rely on our services.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Katie Loyd and Elizabeth L. Harrison

Refurbished University Bell stands tall

photo of BellThe next time the iconic UNCG bell clangs, it will do so, fittingly, from atop a base worthy of its grandeur. The bell’s facelift was complete July 26, just in time to welcome students into a new year at the inaugural NAV1GATE New Student Convocation on Aug. 14.

“This new frame respects the history of the bell, and gives it the prominence it deserves,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of new student transitions and first year experience.

Eighteen months ago, in an effort to meet Chancellor Gilliam’s “Giant Steps” challenge, Sousa-Peoples envisioned an idea to spruce up the timeworn symbol.

“There was a new expectation that we come out and show our best,” she said.

It was time for the old bell’s facade to better reflect the formality of occasions such as Founders Day, commencement and ribbon-cuttings, where it has been used since 1897 as a call to gather.

She reached out to Fred Patrick, former director of engineering and construction management, who retired in Jan. 2016 after 28 years at UNCG, and the pair came up with plans for refurbishing the bell’s base. The bell had had a more simple welded base with rollers.

Patrick had an $8,000 budget and a deadline of Aug. 1, so the updated bell would arrive back on campus in time for NAV1GATE.

Installing seal in Gallucci’s studio. Gallucci is on the right.

After a quick sketch, Patrick enlisted the design help of renowned sculptor Jim Gallucci, a former sculpture instructor in the art department at UNCG, and alumnus Eric Little, a former staff member in UNCG’s carpentry shop.

On Wednesday, July 26, the restored bell rolled onto campus a week shy of the deadline. It now sits 48 inches high (its ringers no longer have to bend over) on a gleaming polyurethane-coated walnut wood platform.

And to ensure the historic bell’s forever home at UNCG, Spartan is stamped on either side of the base in the form of two 12-inch bronze academic seals.

“It looks amazing,” Sousa-Peoples said. “All those who worked on restoring the bell did so with impeccable craftsmanship,” she said. “It’s been elevated to the level of prominence and esteem it deserves and will provide many years of ringing to our new and graduating students at formal academic celebrations.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Visual: Bell on its new stand is transported back to campus from Gallucci’s studio.

There goes the sun. It’s all right.

photo of EclipseUpdate: Due to great demand, eclipse glasses will be available only for UNCG students who have already reserved them, HRL notes.

The first total solar eclipse on the mainland of the United States since 1979 will occur across 14 states on Aug. 21, and it will be the first total solar eclipse to cross North Carolina in more than a century. Greensboro is not on the total eclipse path, but the sun will have 93.76 percent obscurity at 2:42 p.m., leaving UNCG in near darkness for several minutes.

“It will be a kind of twilight,” explained UNCG astronomy professor Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko.

The eclipse-viewing event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the intersection of College Avenue and the Petty Science Bridge, adjacent to the dining hall tunnel. The moon’s movement over the sun will begin at 1:13 p.m. and conclude at 4:04 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy an assortment of space-themed treats such as Moon Pies and Starburst candy. There will also be a drawing for a Moon Pie t-shirt. Additional activity stations include a telescope arts and crafts area and a display of solar eclipse information featuring optimal viewing locations across the United States, historical contexts of eclipses and a description of the science behind solar eclipses.  

Students will also have a chance to become acquainted with UNCG’s course offerings in Astronomy and Physics, the Petty Science Building and the locations of the UNCG planetarium and Three College Observatory.

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s North and South Spencer residence halls. For more information on the campus eclipse observation, contact Ian Aitken at 336.334.4172 or ifaitken@uncg.edu.

For information on solar eclipse safety, locations, equipment and history, see the Great American Eclipse website and Eclipse 101 on the NASA website. 

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo courtesy NASA.

Updated Aug. 16, 2017 – eclipse glasses are in very limited supply. Instructions on how to make a pinhole viewer may be seen here.

More information about the eclipse is here.

Parking changes for this week’s move-in days (Aug. 9-11)

UNCG’s Parking Operations and Campus Access Management has a message for the campus community:

Please note that move-in traffic patterns create challenges for all campus access. We estimate approximately 2000 additional vehicles will enter campus each of the three days. To manage the number of vehicles coming onto campus during the residence hall move-in period, the McIver Deck will be reserved for move-in activities on August 9, 10 and 11.

To be certain McIver permit holders have spaces during this period, complimentary parking will be available in the following faculty/staff spaces on campus:

  •  Lot 7 (at the corner at Oakland and Tate St.)
  •  Lot 8 (outside parking surrounding Oakland Deck)
  •  Lot 9 (at the corner of Aycock St. and Walker Ave.)
  •  Oakland Deck

In many ways the influx of vehicles we experience on these days is similar to the first week of classes. However, the traffic patterns are much more unpredictable and difficult to control, which is why we have focused on limiting additional vehicles from McIver Deck. Unloading for move-in, staged move-in locations, and much higher cycle times have a large impact on our ability to control parking and traffic.

UNCG’s Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will be running an express shuttle route from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the perimeter of campus to help those temporarily displaced by this activity.

When approaching campus, please avoid Tate Street, if possible. Grey and North Drive will operate with a one-way traffic pattern during move-in and should be avoided by personal vehicles. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., be prepared for heavy congestion on campus.

For more information about move-in and this temporary change in service, please visit our web page at: https://parking.uncg.edu/fall-move-in/. If you have any questions, please contact Parking Services at 336.334.5681 or parking@uncg.edu.

SpartanCard and Spartan Mail have relocated

photo of Mail CardSpartanCard and Spartan Mail are now located in the new UNCG Campus Enterprises Business Center in Moran Commons, the first floor of the Dining Hall.

The Business Center is a new one-stop-shop for some of your most frequent campus needs. You can stop in and get a new SpartanCard, a replacement, resolve building access issues, add stored-value funds, add a meal plan, send mail or a package, and pick up postage.

The SpartanCard and Spartan Mail team are happy to serve and help make your business experience an excellent one.

If you have questions about our services please contact:

UNCG Campus Enterprises Business Center

1209 North Drive Room #106 – Moran Commons (UNCG Dining Hall)



Email: idcenter@uncg.edu


Spartan Mail

Phone: 336.256.0147

Email: postal@uncg.edu


“Show Me the Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities”

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

Admissions requesting faculty help to update academic-related recruitment materials

Faculty and staff in departments offering undergraduate degree programs may expect a counselor from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to reach out in the coming weeks. Admissions is doing annual updates for two key recruitment pieces seen by thousands of students each year. These materials, the academic “one-pagers” and a departmental welcome message, are specific to each academic area and require faculty review each year to ensure accuracy.

The academic one-pager information is also listed on the Undergraduate “Majors & Concentrations” page, one of the most visited on UNCG’s entire site. The page has recently been reorganized to include a print-friendly version of each one-pager at the bottom right-hand rail of each degree program. In fact, faculty can easily distribute information about their academic areas by printing their one-pager.

Updates are happening through mid-August. If you’d like to reach out to your admissions liaison, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 336-334-5243.

Bridge behind EUC being restored

photo of EUC BridgeYou may have seen restoration work behind the Elliott University Center, with the elevated walkway and the area underneath closed this summer as work is done.

Water infiltration over the years had deteriorated the Elliott University Center (EUC) pedestrian bridge (egress from EUC), UNCG Facilities tells Campus Weekly.

The construction work is a repair project to extend the life of the bridge, which leads from the EUC to College Avenue

This bridge is scheduled to be open to the students, faculty and staff in late October.

Chelimo in World Championships in London

photo of Chelimo

UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo, who won a Silver medal in last summer’s Olympic Games, will compete in the IAAF World Championships this week in the 5,000 meters.

The schedule:

Aug. 9: Preliminaries (3:05 p.m.; NBC Sports, NBC Sports Gold).

Aug. 12: Final (3:20 p.m.; WXII-12, NBC Sports Gold).

Read the News & Record post by Eddie Wooten, from which this schedule was drawn.

Some roads closed on Monday for NAV1GATE

Due to NAV1GATE the following roads will be closed Monday, August 14, 2017:

  • West Drive from Gray Drive to Walker Avenue will be permanently closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m.
  • Walker Avenue Eastbound will be closed at Kenilworth Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Kenilworth Street to access the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.
  • Stirling Street Northbound will be closed at Theta Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m Traffic will be allowed to turn left onto Theta Street to access the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.
  • Spring Garden Street Westbound at Tate Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students transition from lunch on College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.
  • Spring Garden Street Eastbound at Kenilworth Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students transition from lunch on College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.
  • Forest Street between Oakland Avenue and Spring Garden Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students transition from lunch on College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.
  • Glenwood Street between Haywood Street and West Gate City Boulevard will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while students cross over Gate City Boulevard and proceed to the Kaplan Wellness Center for Convocation Craze.
  • College Avenue will be closed to vehicles to allow Dining Services to set up lunch stations.
  • Administrative Drive from Spring Garden Street to College Avenue will be closed to vehicles to allow Dining Services to set up for lunch.

UNCG Faculty Receive Open Access Publishing Support Funding

The University Libraries and the Office of Research and Engagement provide an Open Access Publishing Fund to support faculty who want to have their article published in an open access format. By making their articles open access, this removes price and permission barriers so everyone can review their research worldwide. Faculty can receive up to $1000 of funding each fiscal year.

The following faculty and graduate students have received funding this fall:

Kelly Harper

“Perfectionism and Effort-Related Cardiac Activity: Do Perfectionists Try Harder?” http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0160340

Edward Hellen

“Flexible dynamics of two quorum-sensing coupled repressilators” https://journals.aps.org/pre/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevE.95.022408

Sara Heredia

“Exploring the influence of item context on student response patterns to natural selection multiple choice items” https://evolution-outreach.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12052-016-0061-z

Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell

“Winter Activity of Coastal Plain Populations of Bat Species Affected by White-nose Syndrome and Wind Energy Facilities”http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0166512

Nikita Kuznetsov

“Power Considerations for the Application of Detrended Fluctuation Analysis in Gait Variability Studies”


Nicholas Oberlies

“Enhanced Dereplication of Fungal Cultures via use of Mass Defect Filtering”


Yashomati Patel

“Naringenin Inhibits Proliferation and Survival of Tamoxifen-Resistant Breast Cancer Cells”


“Inhibition of the MAPK Pathway Alone is Insufficient to Account for all of the Cytotoxic Effects of Naringenin in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells” http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221400851630013X

Denise Tucker

“Impact of different cutoff criteria on rate of (central) auditory processing disorders diagnosis” http://www.audiologyresearch.org/index.php/audio/article/view/158

Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm

If you have questions about the fund, please contact Beth Bernhardt (beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu), assistant dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications.


State of the Campus Address, luncheon Aug. 8

photo of uncg campusThe State of the Campus Address will be Tuesday, Aug. 8, in UNCG Auditorium.

Seating begins at 10 a.m. for the 125th Anniversary themed event.

The traditional luncheon in Moran Commons will follow. At the luncheon, be sure to see University Archives’ 125th Anniversary exhibition.

Cech, Oberlies named Sullivan professors

Provost Dunn and Dean Kiss have an announcement:

photo of SullivanWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Nadja Cech and Dr. Nicholas Oberlies have been selected as the inaugural Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professors. They are both outstanding professors and teacher-scholars in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences was established to honor the late chancellor for her service to the university from January 1,1995, until August 31, 2008. Dr. Sullivan died in 2009. A native of Staten Island, NY, Dr. Sullivan was a graduate of St. John’s University, and earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biology from New York University. She came to UNCG from Texas Woman’s University, where she was Vice President for Academic Affairs for seven years. She was also Interim President there for a year. From 1981-1987, she was dean of the college at Salem College in Winston-Salem.

Dr. Nadja Cech started as an Assistant Professor at UNCG in 2001 and has moved up to the rank of Professor. These promotions were based on her excellence as an outstanding teacher-scholar.  As a teacher, she has received a Teaching Excellence Award and the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. With respect to research, Nadja has received UNCG’s Research Excellence Award and has been highly successful with the NIH, including a serving as Principal Investigator of a grant with over $1 million in funding and a department-wide training grant that funds many of our graduate students. Evidence of Nadja’s successful training of researchers is that her researchers have garnered positions in graduate schools, industrial positions, postdoctoral positions, facility directors, and faculty positions.  She also has a strong commitment to equal opportunity and diversity.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies started his independent research position at Research Triangle Institute and moved to UNCG in 2009 as an Associate Professor and since been promoted to Professor. He not only is an impressive teacher but also increased his already impressive research portfolio.  In addition to the natural product courses that Nick teaches, he has taken on significant service duties and has mentored many researchers.  He has obtained multiple grants valued at several million dollars and has published more than 40 papers since 2015. His research productivity earned him the University’s Research Scholar award.  Nick is very enthusiastic and passionate about his work as a teacher-scholar.

We are pleased that Drs. Cech & Oberlies will be the first recipients of the Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professorships in the Sciences.

Key dates in August and September

photo of uncg campusAs UNCG gears up for a new school year, here are some dates to keep in mind:

New Faculty Orientation
Monday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m.

State of Campus Address
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m., UNCG Auditorium

Graduate School’s New Student orientation (Either of two days)
Tuesday, Aug. 8, or Wednesday, Aug. 9
Details at grs.uncg.edu/orientation

Housing and Residence Life Move-In
Wednesday, Aug. 9 to Friday, Aug. 11

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation at Nav1Gate
Monday, Aug. 14

Fall classes begin
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m.

UNCG Night at Greensboro Grasshoppers game
Saturday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., First National Bank Field

Spartan Service Day (volunteering in community)
Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m., See olsl.uncg.edu

Women’s Soccer vs. Elon
Thursday, August 24, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Volleyball vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Men’s Soccer vs. UNC Chapel Hill
Monday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium

Faculty Biennial Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m.

National Folk Festival
Friday, Sept 8 – Sunday, Sept 10, downtown Greensboro

UNCG Collage, Greensboro (tickets are on sale)
Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 14, Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

UNCG Collage, Raleigh
Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

UC/LS: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (UC/LS tickets are on sale)
Sunday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage (opening night)

General Faculty Meeting and Convocation
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Family Weekend
Friday Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24

Updated to edit Summer Graduation item and the student move-in dates

Score some ‘Hoppers tickets for UNCG Fan Appreciation Night Aug. 19

photo of GrasshoppersWant to see Chancellor Gilliam lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”? How about watching Coach Wes Miller throw out the first pitch? Here’s your chance to see this, and more, for free – or at least for a discount.

Saturday, Aug.19, at 7 p.m., UNCG is bringing its 125th anniversary celebration to First National Bank Field for UNCG Fan Appreciation Night with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. There will be giveaways every inning. The UNCG “Band of Sparta” pep band will entertain fans in the concourse. Spiro will make an appearance on the field. And the celebration will end with fireworks.

Join the fun.

Organizers have 50 tickets available for faculty, staff and their families for free. (This is for current faculty/staff. Current students will have a separate drawing.) Just fill out the form here to enter the drawing for up to 2 tickets. Winners will be selected on Wednesday, Aug. 16. If you don’t win, faculty and staff can still buy tickets for a $2.00 discount online or at the stadium with appropriate UNCG ID.

Let’s try to pack the stands with Spartans. Wear your UNCG gear and show Greensboro our blue and gold pride as we continue to bring our 125th anniversary to life across our community.

Many UNCG departments on the move at McIver

photo of McIver bulidingIn preparation for the demolition of the McIver Building and construction of the new Nursing and Instructional Building, several departments have already moved, many departments are beginning to move and others look toward their moves that will take place over the next six months.

New Mind Education and International Programs’ storage are now in Brown, the SES grant program has moved to the School of Education Building and Fixed Assets has moved to the 2900 Oakland Warehouse.

ITS Computer Lab Support is now in the McNutt Building.

This month, the University Teaching and Learning Commons’ Residential College Offices moves to Guilford Residence Hall and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office will make a temporary move to Shaw Residence Hall.

The UNCG Middle College moves to 1510 Walker Avenue, the old student recreation center.

The Annual Giving Call Center moves to the basement of North Spencer and the College Foundation of North Carolina moves to the basement of the Faculty Center.

In August, Peace and Conflict Studies will move to 1510 Walker Avenue.

In September, Advancement and Development and Assessment and Accreditation will move from 1100 Market St. to the old chapel building at 812 Aycock St.

In October, the Health and Human Sciences Associate Dean’s Office will move to Coleman and Kinesiology Research will move to 1510 Walker.

In December, the Kinesiology Physiology Lab will move to Coleman.

The Archaeology Lab will move to the former Art Loft space on Gate City Boulevard, at the corner of Tate St., and the Art Loft will have already moved to Spartan Village in August.

The School of Art Lighting Studio will move to 842A W Gate City Blvd.

The University Teaching and Learning Commons will move to 1100 West Market St.

The School of Nursing will temporarily relocate many research offices to 1605 Spring Garden St. while the new building is underway.

The ITS Learning Technologies and Classroom Support will move to Campus Supply. The remaining ITS offices, Institutional Research, Purchasing, and Systems and Procedures will move to the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium building, at 840 Neal St, which will have been renovated with a new floor added.

The UNCG Theatre scene shop and paint shop will move to a warehouse at 812 Lilly Ave., near Mendenhall and Spring Garden. That large space will increase capacity for UNCG’s set design activity.

HHS Advising and HDF graduate students will be relocated to the Stone Building.

In January, the final office moves from McIver will occur. Enrollment Management will go to Forney.

UNCG Theatre’s costume shop and storage and a design studio will move to 326 Tate St. Next door, 328, will hold an acting studio and lighting studio.

The UNCG Online studio will move into a new studio at 2900 Oakland.

New hires in UNCG Human Resources

A note from Michelle Lamb Moone, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer, about two new hires:

Victoria Benson, has joined UNCG Human Resources (HR) as the Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer. Victoria brings over twenty-five (25) years of human resources experience in generalist, specialist, manager, and director roles. A Navy veteran, she recently arrived from the University of Central Florida, where she was the Director of Human Resources. In her new position with UNCG, Victoria is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for HR related business operations, processes and HRIS and related systems. Additionally, as Deputy CHRO she works closely with me to set strategies, design new initiatives, benchmark best practices, create policies, establish success metrics and monitor results to ensure HR operations are effectively aligned with the university’s needs. Victoria has a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies, a master’s degree in human resources development, and is pursuing a doctorate in business administration with a focus on employee engagement.  Victoria can be reached at v_benson@uncg.edu or (336) 334-4510.

Patricia M. Lynch, PHR, SHRM-CP, has joined UNCG Human Resources as the Director for EEO and Affirmative Action. Patricia comes to UNCG with over fifteen (15) years of experience in the human resources field. She recently arrived from Guilford Child Development, where she was Director of Human Resources. In her new position with UNCG, Patricia is responsible for overseeing HR compliance, minimizing risk, analyzing policies and providing educational programming in the areas of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, organizational cultural change, recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. She will also review, monitor and audit searches for faculty and staff to ensure compliance with university, state and federal regulatory and policy requirements. Patricia earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies (Speech and Hearing Sciences).  Patricia can be reached at pmlynch2@uncg.edu or (336) 334-9725.

Please join me in welcoming these new employees to the UNCG community!


NAV1GATE New Student Convocation Aug. 14

Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their blue and gold on Monday, Aug. 14, as the university welcomes its newest students during the newly conceived NAV1GATE New Student Convocation.

The university expanded its traditional convocation this year to highlight academic resources and connect students with faculty, staff and student leaders in their academic units. More than 3,500 freshmen and transfer students are expected to attend.

The day kicks off with Convocation Celebration hosted by Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dunn, followed by welcome events with school deans and academic support sessions. NAV1GATE also includes lunch on College Avenue, a history walk through the tunnel, and afternoon activities at the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The university encourages faculty and staff who are not directly involved in programming to wear school colors and welcome new Spartans, either in person or on social media. The event hashtag is #NAV1GATEUNCG. You can also be part of the day by watching events and wishing students well on Facebook Live on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

For a list of road closures that day, view information for faculty and staff on the NAV1GATE FAQ site – click the “Information for Faculty and Staff” tab.

By Morgan Glover

Cool treats for new students on move-in day

photo of students taking snacksRawkin’ Welcome Week is just around the corner and with it UNCG’s brand new freshman class of 2021. During move-in, Undergraduate Admissions, the UNCG Alumni Association, and the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience offer an opportunity for students to take a break with free treats on a hot day.

If you work with incoming freshmen who plan to live on campus, help spread the word. Students and their families are invited to enjoy free ice-cold water and popsicles, grab a UNCG giveaway, and meet other Spartans at the Chill Zone. Plus, students can register for a drawing to win a $100 gift card for the UNCG Bookstore.

The move-in team can look for the Chill Zone tent and banner on Moran Commons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9-11.

From Stuttgart to Shanghai, Spartans go global

photo of students Uncovering history at an archaeological field school in Greece. Learning Spanish through community engagement in Costa Rica. Exploring nature, art and the human experience in Wales.

This summer, more than 200 UNCG students studied abroad in 14 countries across the globe through UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC). IPC offered 17 faculty-led programs, as well as international exchange opportunities with the center’s partner universities.

For Spartans, study abroad is an opportunity to not only gain academic credit, but to experience different cultures and new ways of thinking, become more independent and build new friendships.

“Our goal in the International Programs Center is to facilitate the creation of innovative study abroad programming options that are cost-effective and accessible to all students,” said Denise Bellamy, senior director of IPC and director of study abroad and exchange programs. “Not only have we continued to grow our summer options in non-traditional locations, we also continue to see the incredible diversity of UNCG reflected in our study abroad participants. Study abroad returnees have shared that in addition to learning about a new culture, they discover even more about themselves and their future goals.”

Senior Shameeka Wilson, a deaf education major who is also enrolled in the accelerated teaching English as a second language (TESOL) master’s program, participated in the “Experiencing China” program in Shanghai.

Led by Dr. Ye (Jane) He, Wilson and her peers observed bilingual-bicultural teaching practices implemented by Chinese math teachers.

Christina Santiago, an Elementary and Special Education major, also studied in this Shanghai summer program. “Studying abroad has allowed me to get to know myself a little better . … This experience has also allowed me to get to know and experience a culture that is completely different from my own. But the best part of it all, I have built meaningful and lifelong relationships with SHNU undergraduates and Shanghai educators. In fact, being emerged in this culture and their education system has challenged and impacted my perspective on education in ways that I never imagined.”

Both Wilson and Santiago are members of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College.

“My time spent in China was phenomenal,” Wilson said. “I made a lot of connections between the methods courses I’ve taken at UNCG and the educational practices I observed in China. I feel confident as I prepare for a classroom of my own in the future.”

Want to learn more about Study Abroad? Visit the fall Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the foyer of Elliott University Center Auditorium.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Visual courtesy Wilson. UNCG students and teachers from the Shanghai Experimental School visit Old Shanghai. From left to right: Yun Wu, Nyomi Hemphill, Shameeka Wilson, Julie Greenwood, Christina Santiago, Aliyah Ruffin and Xuan Zhou.