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2016 Spring Commencement: ‘Believe in yourself’

051816Feature_CommencementIn his first May Commencement, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. opened the ceremony with a loud, resounding “It’s a great day to be a Spartan!” He continued by inspiring students to seize opportunities, pursue excellence and embody the core values of UNCG.

“This isn’t the end, you know. This is really just the beginning,” Gilliam said. “UNCG will be your alma mater, and you will be part of a legacy that has been about pushing boundaries.”

Commencement speaker Denise Turner Roth, the 21st Senate-confirmed administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the former city manager of Greensboro, shared her inspiring personal story of overcoming adversity. Having grown up in a low-income neighborhood in Washington, D.C., it was the support of her family and friends, hard work and discipline, and a desire to make a difference that propelled her to where she is today.

“It does not matter what others think about us. What stands out most in our life’s journey is what we think about ourselves – how we assess and develop and apply our talents,” Roth said. “My message is really very straightforward. Believe in yourself.”

Approximately 2,466 students turned their tassels at UNCG’s 2016 May Commencement, a joyous celebration marked by lots of cheers, smiles and laughter. The university awarded roughly 1,788 bachelor’s degrees, 587 master’s degrees, 74 doctoral degrees and 17 specialist in education degrees. Eighty-four of those degrees were awarded to international students – the largest group of graduating international students in UNCG’s history. The 84 international students represent 33 countries.

The university also presented honorary degrees to William F. “Bill” Black and Dr. Harold A. Schiffman. Dr. Gregory Grieve, an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, was presented with the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Full story at UNCG Now.
By Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography of Denise Turner Roth by Martin W. Kane, University Relations

President Spellings at UNCG

Photo of Spellings. After President Margaret Spellings visited UNCG as part of her tour of UNC campuses, she reflected on her visit in a blog post. In part, she said:

What I’ll remember most from UNC Greensboro is their success at tackling one of the core missions of modern higher education — welcoming low-income, first-generation college students and helping them find a path to graduation. Forty-four percent of UNCG students are eligible for Pell Grants, and those students have a six-year graduation rate that is just a few points shy of the university’s overall average. The ability to serve students who come from more challenging backgrounds is crucial at a time when our state’s population is changing and our economic needs are evolving. Long-range prosperity means educating more North Carolinians, especially those who have historically faced too many obstacles to higher education.

Read President Spellings’ blog post about her visit to UNCG at www.northcarolina.edu/content/driving-right-direction.

Weatherspoon hosts William Louis-Dreyfus collection of self-taught artists

051816Feature_InsideOutsideThe Weatherspoon Art Museum hosts “Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation” May 21 to Sep. 4.

“Inside the Outside” showcases the work of James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor and Willie Young.

Each of these artists has examined an idiosyncratic personal reality to create works full of imaginative and visual power, works that stand beside the canon of the mainstream art world.

William Louis-Dreyfus is the father of actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, known for her role as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.” Julia also produced the 2015 documentary “Generosity of Eye,” which explores her father’s passion for sharing and collecting art.

William Louis-Dreyfus began collecting the works of self-taught artists in the 1970s with the purchase of a Bill Traylor drawing. He now owns more than 500 works by these artists, within his over-all collection of 3,500 objects, which includes well-known names such as Jean Dubuffet, Albert Giacometti, Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms and Alice Neel. When asked what caused him to collect self-taught art, he explains that, “I think the answer is not anything different from what propelled me to collect art itself, namely a conviction that the work achieves an inescapable and meaningful artistic presence: the quality that differentiates art from illustration.

Three of the exhibition’s artists grew up in the Deep South: Thornton Dial on a tenant farm in Alabama, Nellie Mae Rowe on a farm in rural Georgia, and Bill Traylor, born a slave in Alabama, who only began to draw and paint at age 84. Willie Youn participated as a child in a scholarship art class at the Dallas Museum of Art but found his own voice using only pencil as a medium. James Castle was born deaf and spent his entire life at his rural family home in Idaho.

The exhibition was co-organized by Darsie Alexander, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art and Nancy Doll, Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum. ArtsGreensboro and the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation are sponsors of the exhibition at the Weatherspoon. Thank you to the City of Greensboro for their support of the Fringe on Film Series.”

Related Events

  • Members’ Gallery Talk: William Louis-Dreyfus and Nancy Doll
    Friday, May 20, 6 pm; Public Reception, 6:30 pm
    Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.
  • Films: Fringe on Film Series
    Thursdays, June 2, July 7 & August 4, 7 p.m.* Often considered on the fringe of the art world, the self-taught artists in this summer’s film series demonstrate a creative visual reality that is remarkably unique and contemporary. June 2: “Generosity of Eye” (2015, 63 min.), July 7: “James Castle: Portrait of an Artist” (2008, 53 min.), August 4: “Mr. Dial Has Something to Say” (2007, 60 min.). * Enjoy pre-film refreshments and tours: Complimentary beer and refreshments hosted by the Membership Committee of the Weatherspoon Art Museum (6-7 p.m); mini tours of “Inside the Outside” (6:30-7 p.m). Free.

Visual: Nellie Mae Rowe, “Big Cat”, c. 1980, ballpoint and felt tip ink on paper. The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.

In memoriam: Dr. Ethel Glenn

Dr. Ethel Chappell Glenn died April 8. She joined UNCG’s Communication Studies faculty in 1972 and retired from UNCG in 1995. Her areas of specialization were public address, public speaking and listening. During her years as a university professor, she was an active member of the Speech Communication Association, the Southern Speech Communication Association, the Carolinas Speech Communication Association, the International Listening Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Honorary Society for Women Educators. She was author or co-author of two textbooks, 15 journal articles, and more than 20 convention papers. As an administrator, she was director of UNCG’s Communication Studies Division teacher education coordinator for the Department of Communication and Theatre, and director of Graduate Studies In recent years, her greatest volunteer passion was assisting the teachers and students of the Washington Montessori School in Greensboro. You may donate to the UNCG Glenn/Tedford Graduate Enrichment Endowed Fund in her memory, if you wish, at Glenn/Tedford Graduate Fund, UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402. The fund provides for enrichment activities for graduate students in Communication Studies. More information on her life may be found in her obituary (the source of some of this information) at http://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/glenn-dr-ethel-chappell/article_529efcee-9e0a-5dbd-bcb3-3bbd942f045d.html

View illuminated manuscripts, through end of May

Book of Hours--Scythe

Book of Hours

Recognized as the first major book printed with mass-produced moveable type, the 1454 Gutenberg Bible is a good starting point for UNCG Special Collections and University Archives’ “Wondrous Works: Illuminated Manuscripts from Three Continents.The exhibition, which is on display in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room through the end of May, displays illuminated manuscripts and printed books made during or shortly after the invention of moveable type.

“It sets the tone,” said Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives Keith Gorman, as he explained how the moveable type featured on the Gutenberg Bible changed the bookmaker’s craft throughout the world.

According to Gorman, “Wondrous Works” aims to exhibit the artistic trends in illuminated works and the interplay between cultures. Illuminations, or illustrated pages, often depict flora and cultural artifacts specific to the region and time period that each book was made. Featuring illuminated works from three continents gives the viewer a sense of the rich cultural trade of bookmaking.

Gorman more thoroughly explains the exhibit in a blog post:

Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG’s University Libraries has mounted an exhibit highlighting the rich tradition of illuminated manuscripts in Europe, India, Persia, Ethiopia, and Armenia. By presenting these works within a global perspective, the exhibition Wondrous Works: Illuminated Manuscripts From Three Continents” strives to broaden our understanding of the history of the book, the influence of artistic trends on illuminated works, and the cultural contact and cultural exchange amongst peoples.

Working with local bookman Norman Smith and his collection of rare works, the exhibit features manuscripts that were created during or shortly after the invention of movable type in 1454.  Despite the widespread adoption of print technology, the exhibit reveals a continued interest and market for illuminated works well into the 1600s.

The term manuscript comes from the Latin word for “handwritten.” Before the invention of movable type, all books had to be written out by hand. It was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process that could take months or years to complete.  Some manuscripts were made even more special by the process of “illumination.” This term comes from the Latin word for “lit up” or “enlightened” and refers to the use of bright colors and precious metals to embellish initial letters or to portray whole scenes.

The Hodges Reading Room is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

UNCG Baseball tied for first. Final games this weekend.

051816Feature_BaseballSo it’s come down to this: UNCG and Mercer are both tied for first in the conference. UNCG hosts Mercer this weekend for three games. Whoever wins the most this weekend, wins the SoCon regular season championship.

The games are free admission. Come out to the UNCG Baseball Stadium for this final home series of the 2016 regular season

There’ll be Dollar Dogs on Thursday night, food trucks on Friday and Saturday, and giveaways all series long, including Bojangle’s mystery gift cards, UNCG Baseball photo roster cards, and UNCG croakies. Come to the final game of the series on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. as Athletics recognizes the 2016 Senior Class pregame.

Saturday, May 21, is also Armed Forces Day. During Saturday’s game Athletics will be recognizing all active and retired military in attendance on the field at the end of the 2nd inning. Active and retired military members attending the game and wishing to participate are asked to meet at the marketing table on the concourse by the middle of the 2nd inning.

Jim Fisher had questions. Tony Kushner had answers.

National Medal of Arts winning playwright Tony Kushner joined UNCG Theatre professor and alumnus Jim Fisher for two question and answer sessions last month.  On April 1, Kushner and Fisher conversation was the keynote event at the 40th annual Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland  They did an onstage Q&A – in fact, they did two, including one for a smaller group of about 50 American theatre scholars.

Kushner is best known for his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning “Angels in America.”

Fisher, who received the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s Outstanding Teacher Award earlier this month, is the author of three books on Kushner and his work, as well as editor of a collection of essays on his plays. Some readers may have enjoyed their Q&A in Taylor Theatre in 2008; at that time Kushner spoke about his then-current work on the screenplay for Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

Kyle Hines three times a Euroleague champion

CSKA-Brose_01Former UNCG men’s basketball standout Kyle Hines placed his name among the all-time greats in Euroleague history Sunday as he helped his team CSKA Moscow win the Euroleague Championship Game with a 101-96 overtime victory against Fenerbahce in Berlin.

Hines becomes just the third American in Euroleague history to win the league title three times as he took home the title in 2012 and 2013 playing for Olympiacos.

Hines helped CSKA claim the title with a strong game in the title contest, scoring 15 points on the strength of 6-of-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. His play helped his team knock of Fenerbahce and former Spartan Ricky Hickman in the title game. Also this season, he was named the 2016 Euroleague Best Defender.

Hines played for the Spartans from 2004-08 and is the all-time leading scorer in Spartan history with 2,147 career points. Additionally, he holds the career records in rebounds (1,047), blocked shots (349), field goals made (582) and free throws made (419).

By Matt McCollester. Photo from earlier in the season courtesy Euroleague.
Full story at UNCG Athletics.

From Peabody Park to Peabody Conservatory: Kaitlyn Wagner

Photo of Wagner.Moogfest is making news in North Carolina – it’s a celebration of Moog analog synthesizers and electronic music. UNCG actually has the oldest electronic music studio in the state. When UNCG ordered its first Moog synthesizer, it invited Bob Moog to campus to lecture. Dr. Mark Engebretson is now director of the A.V. Williams Electronic Music Studio at UNCG. Last year we spoke with him and with an undergraduate, Holt Music Scholarship recipient Kaitlyn Wagner (in visual), who loves UNCG’s classic Moog synthesizer. It’s been a big part of her music program here – she composed a song using it in tribute to Philip Glass, and spent time with Glass when he came to campus last year.

Wagner, who graduated this month, will pursue acoustical studies at the Peabody Conservatory in August. “Kate is among a large number of Composition students who have been admitted to strong programs this year,” says Engebretson. Another recent graduate was awarded a fellowship to Princeton University. Curtis Institute, Florida State, University of North Texas and Ohio State University are among the destinations of his students. One 2013 graduate recently received his MM in Composition from Juilliard.

But back to Kaitlyn: “I am going to Peabody for my MA in Acoustics, funded by a graduate assistantship in computer music,” she tells CW. And she has a great summer internship. “ I’m working as an intern at Polk Audio this summer doing acoustical tests and measurements. My long term goal is to work in product development designing and building audio equipment such as speakers, microphones and synthesizers.”

Bringing muscle to the ceremony, DiAnne Borders carries the mace

050416Feature_DiAnneBordersPerhaps no one bears the weight of a commencement ceremony like the Faculty Marshal.

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, who began her five-year term in the Fall 2014 semester, will carry the mace on May 6. Elected to five-year terms, the Faculty Marshal carries the UNCG Mace at formal events.

Hand-chased in sterling silver, the UNCG Mace is a ceremonial insignia of the university. The UNCG Mace bears motifs depicting the history of this campus: daisies, the official university flower; pine cones (UNCG’s yearbook was titled “Pine Needles”); and a depiction of Minerva. The Class of 1926 presented the UNCG Mace to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its graduation and the Bicentennial of the nation, notes UNCG Archives.

“In preparation for the first commencement ceremony, I increased my bicep curls and practiced at the gym with a weight about the same size and shape but that is heavier than the mace,” said Borders. “I also got pointers on how to hold it.”

Although she is not UNCG’s first female Faculty Marshal, she said, she is the first female to carry the mace.

“I was told I could ask a faculty friend to carry the mace and march with me,” said Borders. “But my Spartan feminist pride would not allow that. I carry it without any harness, although that was suggested to me also.”

Since 1987 Borders has researched clinical supervision at UNCG, focusing on the educational process of facilitating counselors’ effective application of their knowledge and skills in their work with clients. The UNCG Counseling and Educational Development program, part of the School of Education, is rated second best in the nation by US News & World Report.

She holds an undergraduate degree in English education from UNCG.

“I do hope the mace and the procession add to the significance, dignity and honor of the occasion for the parents, families and friends there, and the pride they feel for their graduate,” said Borders. “I think about that as I march in and look into the stands where my parents once sat.”

By Daniel Wirtheim

Note: Commencement will be livestreamed at https://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video/.


Dr. Gregory Grieve is BOG honoree for teaching excellence

050416Feature_GrieveBOGHonoreeDr. Gregory Grieve researches and teaches in the intersection of Asian religions, digital media, popular culture and ethnographic approaches to the study of religion.

“I approach teaching as an intellectual and creative endeavor that is an important element of my own research and scholarship. Like the curious problems that drive my own research, I believe the key for creating in students the habit of lifelong learning is posing curious questions. Excellent teachers make the material interesting and pertinent to students.”

He will receive at Spring Commencement the UNC system’s highest award for teaching. The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to one faculty member at each UNC university.

He wrote “Cyber Zen: Imagining Authentic Buddhist Identity, Community and Practices in the Virtual World of Second Life” [in press] and “Retheorizing Religion in Nepal.”

He is co-editor of the books “Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus;”  “Religion in Play: Finding Religion in Digital Gaming;” and “Historicizing ‘Tradition’ in the Study of Religion.”

Grieve is professor and department head of Religious Studies and the Director of MERGE: A Network for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship at UNCG.

He received his doctorate in divinity at the University of Chicago, with a concentration on the history of religions. He also received his master’s there. He received his bachelor’s at San Francisco State University, in film production and philosophy.

He recently reflected on his own learning, as a student. “It was in my first year of college that I decided to become a professor. After all the trouble I caused them, my elementary school teachers would laugh to find that I have become an educator. … In college I was introduced to professors who cultivated my curiosity and creativity rather than attempting to tame them. For the first time in my life, caring, knowledgeable faculty inspired me, and I saw school not as a set of arbitrary rules, but as an intellectual feast.”

It’s a feast his students enjoy each semester.

“My area of expertise is religion in popular culture,” he explains. “Because religion is where people describe their highest values, religion plays a crucial role in understanding what it means to be human. Many look for the essence of humanity in high art. I want students to see the humanity in themselves. And I want them to critically look at popular culture.”

Photograph by Martin Kane; Grieve (center) with students

Dear Mr. Trump … Dear Ms. Clinton. UNCG helps New Yorkers send a message.

050416Feature_UNCGHelpsNewYorkersANearly 60 UNCG students armed with manual typewriters set up tables in New York City’s Bryant Park last week. Passers-by had the opportunity to compose a message to the presidential candidates, as the UNCG students typed away.

Click, clack, clack, clack …. bing!

It was performance art – with a larger purpose. People had a chance to have their say.

In Sheryl Oring’s “I Wish to Say” performances, the public is invited to dictate postcards to the presidential candidates. The notes are always typed verbatim on manual typewriters, and forwarded to the candidates. The work last week was presented as part of the PEN World Voices Festival in Bryant Park.

About 40 student volunteers from the UNCG Art Department participated in “I Wish to Say” on Wednesday, April 27.

Additional students were from the UNCG honors class Art & Politics. It’s a UNCG Lloyd International Honors College course taught by Dr. David Holian (Political Science) and Oring (Art).

Holian said “The course examines the links between politics, culture and contemporary art practice to provide students with a critical framework that we hope will prove useful for those intending to document or create art as well as those seeking to broaden their overall knowledge of contemporary culture and politics.”

Oring’s book on this ongoing performance art project will be published in September. She plans a performance at SECCA in Winston-Salem on Nov. 1, and there will likely be a performance in Greensboro this year as well.

Had these undergraduates ever used a typewriter? Oring said, “A few of them said their families had typewriters in the attic and a few had typed a bit.” She gave typewriter workshops for the students in the weeks before the bus trip to New York.

What do you think the students who participated that day got out of it? “The students learned a lot about various aspects of creating a large-scale public art project, from project management and planning to documentation and promotion,” she said. “They also learned about teamwork as this project definitely required us to work together.”


Sheryl Oring

This performance makes a difference, one person at a time. She showed a note she received afterward from a New Yorker. “Until I arrived and sat down with one of your typists, I don’t think I realized the extent of my desire to communicate with our candidates. While some people find Facebook comments (rants) empowering, I found being heard by your typist and knowing that my letter will be mailed to Senator Sanders far more effective. Thank you.”

Hear the NPR report and read the San Francisco Chronicle feature about last week’s event.

By Mike Harris
Photograph in Bryant Park by Jiyoung Park

Dr. Randy Penfield will be Dean of the School of Education

050416Feature_PenfieldProvost Dunn has made an announcement regarding the UNCG School of Education deanship:

I am very pleased to announce that, following a national search, Dr. Randy Penfield has been appointed to serve as Dean of the School of Education effective June 1, 2016.  Randy has served as Interim Dean of the School of Education since July 1, 2015.

After serving on the faculty of the College of Education of the University of Florida (2000-2004) and the University of Miami (2004-2012), Randy joined UNCG in 2012 to assume the position of Chair of the Department of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education.  During his time at UNCG he has led a range of innovative initiatives aimed at expanding experiential learning opportunities for students, including the development of the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) and the establishment of the Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program (NESP) in collaboration with the SERVE Center of UNCG.

Dr. Penfield received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a specialization in educational measurement and assessment.  He is a leading expert in the area of fairness in testing, having published extensively on the development of methods to identify bias in educational assessments and the promotion of fair and equitable testing practices.  He has also been actively engaged in funded research, being an investigator on a variety of federally funded grants focusing on improving teacher professional development in multicultural settings and the assessment of science readiness for multilingual student populations.  In recognition of his research productivity, he was awarded the 2005 Jason Millman Early Career Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education, and in 2011 was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Please join me in congratulating Randy on his appointment as Dean of the School of Education.  I am confident he will work collaboratively with faculty and staff and the university community to move the School of Education further along its trajectory of success and impact.

Dana Dunn

Many are celebrated at College of Arts and Sciences

050416Feature_CollegeArtsSciencesIn the College of Arts & Sciences last week, a remarkable number of retiring professors received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Eleven, in fact.

Twenty retirees (with a cumulative 563 years of service) were recognized. Also honored were three CAS Teaching Excellence recipients, three CAS Staff Excellence recipients and several service pin recipients, including Dr. Denise Baker with 40 years of service.

The eleven retiring faculty members who were honored with the state’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine award:

Walter Beale
Patricia Bowden (not present)
Julie Brown
Robert Cannon
James Clotfelter
James Evans
Alice Hill
Elizabeth Lacey (not present)
Paul Mazgaj
Karen Patrick
Jeffrey Soles

This award is presented to individuals for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

Two received the Caswell Award, which honors those with 45 years of service to our state:

Walter Beale
James Evans

Dean Tim Johnston noted that many of the recipients of university-wide faculty awards this year were in the College.

At the end of the ceremony, Johnston noted that he would not be at UNCG for next spring’s ceremony. In 2015, he had announced his retirement. Dr. John Z. Kiss will become dean effective July 1.

The faculty and staff gave Johnston a lengthy standing ovation.

Visual of some of the event’s honorees:

Front row (left to right), Paul Mazgaj, Karen Patrick, Marcia Payne Wooten
Back row (l-r), James Clotfelter, Patricia Fairfield-Artman, Hephzibah Roskelly, James Evans, Robert Cannon, Walter Beale, Alice Hill, Jeffrey Soles

By Mike Harris and Lori Wright

Denise Turner Roth will deliver commencement address Friday

050416Feature_RothDenise Turner Roth, the 21st Senate-confirmed administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), will deliver the address to the Class of 2016 at UNCG’s Spring Commencement.

The ceremony will take place Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. It will be livestreamed at https://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video/.

UNCG will award approximately 2,466 earned degrees and two honorary degrees.

Roth, who previously served as Greensboro’s city manager, arrived at GSA in March of 2014 as deputy administrator and assumed the role of administrator in August of 2015.

As administrator, Roth leads the GSA’s efforts in delivering the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services. GSA provides workspace to more than 1 million federal civilian workers, oversees the preservation of more than 480 historic buildings and facilitates the federal government’s purchase of goods and services from commercial vendors.

Roth’s dedication to public service began on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Jim Moran. Later, she served as a special assistant for legislative affairs in the office of District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams and as the public space manager for the District’s Department of Transportation, overseeing a $36 million revenue stream and managing public space access for major utility and telecommunication companies.

As the city manager for the City of Greensboro from 2012 to 2014, her leadership helped pave the way for several creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery.

In her capacity as vice president for governmental affairs at the Greensboro Partnership, Roth successfully advocated for $60 million in state funds to establish UNCG and NC A&T State’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN).

Additionally, Roth served on the UNCG Board of Visitors from 2008 to 2011.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Faculty Senate meeting today (May 4) at 3 p.m.

The final Faculty Senate meeting for the 2015-16 year will be today (Wednesday, May 4) at 3 p.m. in Alumni House.

Chair Anne Wallace and Provost Dana Dunn will offer remarks.

Susan Shelmerdine (Academic Policies and Regulations Committee) will present two resolutions and John Lepri (Faculty Assembly) as well as Anne Wallace and past chair Spoma Jovanovic will present two resolutions.

Nora Bird (Affirmation of Faculty Scholarship Recipients) and Marianne LeGreco (Sustainability Council) and Spoma Jovanovic (Plans for a Retired Faculty Council) will speak as well.

Julia Jackson Newsom and Lisa Goble will give an update on Conflict of Interest and External Professional Activities for Pay.

The agenda may be viewed at http://facsen.uncg.edu/Content/AgendaPackets/1zFaculty%20Senate%20Agenda%20Packet%2005-04-2016.pdf

UNCG undergraduate researcher on Capitol Hill

050416Feature_CapitolHillUNCG honors student Amanda Baeten and her mentor, Dr. Blair Wisco of the UNCG Department of Psychology, took their research to Capitol Hill last month. Amanda’s research project, titled “How Rumination Affects Emotions,” examines the harmful effects of rumination, a negative thinking style that increases risk for depression. Amanda’s research reveals that individuals suffering from depression can be helped by using healthy distraction techniques instead of ruminating about their problems, particularly when managing feelings of anger.

The project was one of 60 from across the nation selected from over 400 applications for the 20th Annual Posters on the Hill event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. This marks the second year in a row where a UNCG student has been chosen for this prestigious event. UNCG’s Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, Dr. Lee Phillips. traveled with Baeten and Wisco to Washington, D.C. April 19-21, where they discussed their work and the importance of undergraduate research with staffers in Senators Burr and Tillis’s offices, as well as many NC representatives to the U.S. Congress.  The UNCG trio met with Representative Mark Walker (pictured above). They also met with White House staffers from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Bryan School celebrates faculty & staff excellence

Congratulations to the following Bryan School faculty and staff members, who were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Bryan School in the areas of teaching, research or service.

Junior Research Excellence Award:  Dr. Seoha Min, CARS

Senior Research Excellence Award:  Dr. Nir Kshetri, Management

Non-Tenure Track Teaching Excellence Award:  Dr. Jeffrey Sarbaum, Economics

Junior Teaching Excellence Award:  Dora Gicheva, Economics

Senior Teaching Excellence Award:  Ken Snowden, Economics

Staff Excellence Award:  Beth Todd, Dean’s Office

Starfish updates: Summer 2016

With the spring semester coming to a close, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative summer As the university transitions out of the spring term, please be advised that the ability to raise Starfish flags and kudos will be turned off on May 6 and will be unavailable until August 22, when Fall 2016 classes begin. Tutoring referrals will remain available during Summer Session I, and Academic Skills Referrals will remain available throughout the summer.

The following features will remain available over the summer:

*Available Summer 2016 features will also be advertised in an announcement at the top of your Starfish homepage

If you are new to Starfish or would like to refresh your knowledge, please consider attending one of our faculty/staff Starfish workshops over the summer. Advanced registration is required to allow for more individualized training sessions—please sign up through workshops.uncg.edu.

  • Thursday, June 2 @ 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 18 @ 3-4:30 p.m.

For assistance using Starfish, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish webpages (http://studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish/how-to.php) for additional information about Starfish and to see available training guides.

Spoon races, hula hoop marathon and lunchtime fun

Spoon race

Spoon race

An estimate 90-100 UNCG employees played games, got some fresh air and great exercise, and had lots of healthful fun, as they took part in UNCG’s annual Employee Field Day April 29. The lunch hour event had been rescheduled due to weather.

The hula hoop contest went longer than anyone would have imagined. Most were out before eight minutes. Two remained at the 10 minute mark: Cati Munoz (Human Resources) and Marcia Griffin (Genetic Counseling).

They were both going strong at the 15 mark. And the 20 minute mark.

Finally, organizers resolved to settle it by adding a second hoop for each person – they both kept right on going, now with two hoops. And they both stopped at about the same time. They were both declared winners.

How’d they get so adept at hula hooping? It turns out they each do Hula hooping as part of their exercise regimens.

By the way, HealthyUNCG offers fitness events and options throughout the year. They even have exercise items you can check out for no charge. See what they offer at healthy.uncg.edu.

Visual: A spoon race is set to start at the 2016 event

President Spellings pays UNCG a visit

Photo of President Spellings visit to the School of EducationSome UNCG strengths that UNC System President Margaret Spellings noted in a mid-day question and answer session with reporters? Health care fields. Support of veterans and non-traditional students. Music. Nursing. The School of Education.

Spellings, who took office as UNC system president March 1, is in the course of visiting each of the UNC system campuses. Last week, for example, she was in the eastern part of the state, with stops at Elizabeth City State, NC State and UNC Wilmington.

Her April 25 visit to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, which was titled “UNC Greensboro: A Legacy of Access and Success,” is the 14th in her ongoing meet-and-greet tour of UNC campuses.

During the morning, she was hosted at a roundtable moderated by UNCG Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. The session, titled “Signature Programs Enhancing Access to UNC Greensboro,” highlighted UNCG’s programs, some challenges and some larger policy debate around issues in higher education. As he explained, the theme was “opportunity and access.”

She also toured the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace in the UNCG School of Education Building. It features many emerging technologies and tools including 3-D printers, robotics, art supplies and circuitry kits.

After a reception with students at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, she enjoyed a tour of campus.

A second roundtable, moderated by Provost Dana Dunn, was titled “Promoting Academic and Career Success.” This afternoon session focused on UNCG’s experiential learning programs and culture of teacher engagement, which provides a unique, enriched experience for Spartan students.

Spellings spoke earlier about UNCG’s excellence in certain programs, though that fact may not be known widely enough. Programs such as UNCG Music are a “best kept secret,” she said.

Spellings also spoke about affordability and the need to serve non-traditional students – it’s about opportunity and access. “The takeaway? Anyone can be successful here.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin Kane, as Spellings visits the School of Education

Onto the stage, ‘Into the Woods’

042716Feature_IntoTheWoodsThis weekend, the greatest fairy tales of all time will collide on stage in UNCG’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods.”

The special staged-concert event produced by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) will take place Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

“Into the Woods” tells the story of a childless baker and his wife and their quest to reverse a witch’s curse. Their journey includes iconic storybook characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella, among others.

Directed by Triad Stage Artistic Associate Bryan Conger ’11 MFA  and conducted by Music Supervisor of Broadway’s “Wicked” Dominick Amendum ’01, UNCG’s production is a unique twist on Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.

Instead of performing in an orchestra pit, the 22-piece orchestra – made up of UNCG students and alumni – will be on stage with the actors.

“It’s been fun and challenging to imagine the show in a new way,” said Justin Cowan ’14, a graduate student and the show’s musical director. “A lot will be left to the audience’s imagination.”

For graduate student Taylor Hale, who plays the baker, the opportunity to work with Amendum is what makes this experience so valuable. Amendum has visited campus numerous times over the course of the semester to meet with students individually and in groups.

“He’s really invested in our futures,” Hale said. “He’s so knowledgeable. It’s wonderful to work with him.”

Amendum has been instrumental in building strong musical theater offerings at UNCG. Starting in the fall, SMTD will offer a new minor in musical theater, with Amendum and Cowan continuing to cultivate the program.

“Into the Woods” serves as the cast members’ final exam for their Workshop in Musical Theatre course.

“It’s not just a performance – it’s also the culmination of a course,” Cowan said. “It’s been a big undertaking for our students, so I’m excited to see it come together. It will be a really fun adventure for the audience.”

Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit performingarts.uncg.edu/into-the-woods.

See full story at UNCG Now.
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Band of Scholars: UNCG’s Folger Membership Thrives in D.C.

042716Feature_FolgerInstituteWhat’s next door to the Library of Congress, kitty-corner from the Supreme Court, and two blocks from the Capitol Dome?

It’s the Folger Shakespeare Library, America’s great research Bard-O-Mecca, housing the world’s largest collection of Shakespeareana (including 82 “First Folios” of the Complete Works from 1623), plus half a million rare manuscripts, books, images, and artifacts ranging from the 13th to the 18th Centuries – not to mention its own Renaissance-style theater.

2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and a banner year for UNCG: since joining the Folger Institute Consortium in 2011, the university has sent a dozen UNCG faculty and graduate students to spend plenty of time digging deep into the Folger’s great resources. As one of the newest members of the Consortium, UNCG has arrived on Capitol Hill with a splash, sending its best and brightest from across the disciplines to join in highly selective programs with professors and students from the likes of Harvard and Yale and Princeton, NYU and Chicago and St. Andrews.

Hailing from such departments as History, English, Art and LLC, these UNCG “affiliates,” as eligible faculty and graduate students are called, have participated in programs ranging from weekend symposia to seven-day conferences to seminars meeting weekly for a semester or monthly for an entire year—and with most travel and lodging expenses covered by Folger Grants-in-Aid.

“The Folger represents the Platonic Form of a research institution in the arts and humanities,” says Christopher Hodgkins, Professor of Renaissance Literature, Director of UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network, and Faculty Representative for UNCG on the Folger Institute’s Consortium Executive Committee.

“It is founded on one of the world’s great archives,” says Hodgkins, “located at the heart of our capital city, staffed by brilliant and helpful staff, and it attracts many of the planet’s finest scholars, teachers, students, musicians and actors. Since joining the Folger Institute, UNCG has enjoyed a 63 percent acceptance rate—which translates to batting .630 in the big leagues.”

For graduate students like Lauren Shook, Melle Elmes, and Neal Buck, Folger programs have provided an incomparable career launching pad.

“During my year-long 2013-2014 colloquium on the Renaissance idea of authorship,” says Shook, “I had the pleasure of learning under Harvard’s Barbara Lewalski, the renowned English Renaissance literary scholar. I was able to draft a dissertation chapter and have 13 other scholars (including Dr. Lewalski) read it, respond, and give me fruitful suggestions!”

For Elmes, her Spring 2015 Folger seminar on ecology and catastrophe put into her hands some unforgettable documents and artifacts. “It is one thing to talk about the social effects of the plague; but it is quite another to examine county records of fatalities, written in a 16th century hand, and to see the names and numbers of the dead multiplying across the pages.

“One of the most moving artifacts we examined was a gold ‘poesy memorial’ ring made in 1692 to honor a sailor lost in a storm at sea; on the front, it featured a pebble, lying over a skeleton’s head, and inscribed within the band was the couplet: ‘The cruell seas, remember / took him in November.’”

Buck’s Fall 2015 symposium on the concept of literary periods meant that “I was able to meet some of my scholarly heroes, like Gordon Teskey, James Simpson, and Heather Dubrow. I was most inspired as it became clear early on that we were all struggling with the same questions, that scholars who had been in the field for thirty years were just as curious about our topic as I was.”

In addition to its unexcelled collections and its superb programming, the Folger offers other things less quantifiable but just as real: ambience and fellowship.

According to Kathleen Fowler, currently one of a dozen graduate students attending the Folger’s exclusive 2015-2016 Researching the Archives Dissertation Seminar, “examining those resources in the library’s beautifully atmospheric Tudor-style Reading Room has been a constant pleasure, as have the conversational afternoon teas.”

Shook elaborates: “Before the 3:30 session on Friday afternoons, many of us would meet for tea in the Folger’s Common Room; after our seminar, we continued discussions over a pint at the infamous Hawk & Dove on Pennsylvania Avenue.” And time bunking in the Folger Guest House next to the Library of Congress can keep the talk flowing late into the night.

Ancient tomes, tea, beer, boon companions—who could ask for anything more? Elmes puts it all in a larger perspective: “This was the first time that I have participated in the active production of new knowledge on such a level, and I felt keenly the responsibility of being a professional thinker and a public scholar. The Folger’s model of collegiality-cum-friendship has become a paradigm for the kind of generous scholarship that I choose for my future.”

Applications for Folger Institute programs are open to UNCG faculty and graduate students across the arts and humanities, including not only history, literature and languages, but also music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, as well as religion, philosophy, and political theory. For more information and links for application, see www.uncg.edu/eng/awrn/folger_institute.html.

UNCG’s Folger Institute membership is supported by Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Tim Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bryan Conger directs ‘Into the Woods’

Photo of Bryan CongerStephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” sparked Bryan Conger’s fascination with theater. Now, he is directing a cast of UNCG Theatre students in this celebrated work.

UNCG Theatre faculty member and Triad Stage Artistic Associate Bryan Conger directs a staged concert of the Sondheim musical April 29 and 30 in the UNCG Auditorium.

Conger, an alumnus of UNCG’s MFA Directing program (2011), said that “Into the Woods,” which intertwines the stories of several classic fairy tale characters, inspired him as a young actor.

“In my generation, ‘Into the Woods’ was a play that inspired us to do theatre,” said Conger. “I think it’s a good play for actors. It has great music, great stories and really impactful characters that you don’t forget.”

As the production’s director, Conger wanted to break the traditional format of a musical, so he looked to the New York Philharmonic’s “Sweeney Todd” and “Encores!” at New York City Center for inspiration.

“We decided that we still want the actors to be able to move throughout the space because the play is so much about a journey, about people being able to go through the woods,” said Conger. “So we decided to not have music stands and to have the music memorized and that really allowed things to happen.”

Conger said that “Into the Woods” is a great play for families, combining sophisticated wit with vibrant music.

The staged concert event will feature a 21-piece on-stage orchestra conducted by UNCG alumnus Dominick Amendum. He is music supervisor of Broadway’s “Wicked.”

Students from a UNCG musical-theatre workshop class will be performers.

Find more information or purchase tickets at performingarts.uncg.edu/into-the-woods/.
See related story in this week’s CW: “Onto the stage, ‘Into the Woods.'”


Message from Provost Dunn: Update on Graduate School Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

As promised in the recent announcement of the Graduate School reorganization, I am writing to provide an update.  I am pleased to announce that Kelly Burke, Associate Dean of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD) and Professor of Clarinet, has accepted the position of Vice Provost for Graduate Education, effective August 1, 2016.  Kelly has extensive experience with graduate education at UNCG.  As a faculty member, she has taught in the Music graduate programs, chaired more than 15 doctoral committees, and been involved with graduate curriculum reform.  As Associate Dean of MTD, Kelly has had responsibility for allocating graduate assistantships and for graduate enrollment growth planning.  Kelly’s interest in leadership in graduate education goes back to her own time as a graduate student when she was the President of the Eastman School of Music Graduate Student Association.  Kelly combines strong administrative talents gained from her years of experience as an Associate Dean and a Department Head with outstanding faculty accomplishments including being the recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and a nominee in 2009 for the UNCG Research Excellence Award.  Most recently she has led a group of faculty engaged in an important new initiative in partnership with the Educational Advisory Board, The Institutional Scorecard Initiative.  When complete, this project will provide important enrollment capacity and student demand data to inform academic decision-making.  Kelly also served as Chair of the Faculty Credentialing Committee for the last SACSCOC review.  In addition to assuming oversight of the Graduate School, as Vice Provost Kelly will also work on other Academic Affairs projects and initiatives as time permits.

Kelly will be assisted in her oversight of graduate education by two longstanding Graduate School administrators whose titles will change as follows:  Laura Chesak, currently Associate Dean of the Graduate School will become Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Scott Hudgins, currently Assistant Dean of the Graduate School will become Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

While these changes will not become effective until August 1st, Kelly will work later this summer with Dean Wiener and other members of the Graduate School to begin to transition to the new role.  Please join me in congratulating Kelly and welcoming her to her new role.

Dana Dunn

Staff members, take Staff Priorities Survey

Staff Senate, in this message, encourages staff to take a survey:

Your participation is needed to help prioritize top issues facing staff at UNCG.

Over the past year Staff Senate has worked closely with Campus Leadership on developing staff priorities. Through collaborative effort, we have assembled this survey to help define the top issues facing staff at UNCG.

We have worked hard to capture your voice though forums, electronic forms, and in-person interactions. Now, we need you to help us prioritize these issues.

Staff Senate will use your voice to continue to work with Campus Leadership toward practical solutions. We will be providing feedback and progress reports through the course of our normal operations moving forward.

We feel it is important to note that no ideas were removed from this list, at any point. Similar items were grouped into actionable items, and several specific items (suggested at forums, etc.) have been answered and addressed.

Answered items may not appear on the list to be ranked, but they can be viewed on our website— https://staffsenate.uncg.edu/.

As we develop solutions in the future, this list and website will evolve.

Please vote on ALL items (not just 10!) – we will identify top issues based on your vote.

Take the survey:


UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa initiates

Initiates, gtu 006UNCG’s Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society held its eighty-second annual initiation April 13, 2016.

Dr. Timothy D. Johnston, dean of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, gave an address titled “Why Books.”

Phi Beta Kappa initiates this year include:

*Deborah Marie Andrus, Sociology (Social Work)

Robert Harrison Bardsley IV, Biochemistry

Lauren Dolce Beard, English

Rachel Maureen Blackburn, Political Science, Spanish (Environmental Studies)

Lyndsey Alexandria-Hope Blalock, Psychology (History, Social St HS Teaching)

Zachary Daniel Blizard, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy

Danielle Cherese Byerly, Communication Studies (Spanish)

Andrew E. Byrum, Sociology (African American Studies)

*Amber Campos, Psychology (Biology)

*Ian Mitchell Culp, Psychology, Sociology

*Anna Rose Curtis, Communication Studies (Sociology)

Sunbin Deng, Biochemistry

Anneliesse Brianna Duncan, Biology (Chemistry)

Emily Pearl Esterwood, Biology (Chemistry, Spanish)

Haleigh Fallyn Evans, Classical Studies (English)

Darren Matthew Fogarty, Economics (Sustainability Studies)

Ellen Brooke Hathaway, Political Science (Environmental Studies, Anthropology)

Danielle Hill, Biology

Alexandra Rae Hillen, English (Spanish)

Robin Malia Holde, Communication Studies

Rhythm Tierra-Simone Howie, Psychology

William Hueholt, Music Performance, German

Amanda Ingman, Spec Prog: Intl/Global Affairs & Dev, French

Eira Nordeng Jensen, Psychology, Sociology

Keisha G. Johnston, Spec Prog: Social Sciences (Online)

Darcie Knight, Spec Prog:  Asian Studies (History)

Camille L. Knudsen, Art History

Katherine Conner Langley, Spec Prog: Intl/Global Affairs & Dev, French (History)

Linda C. Levanti, Spec Prog: Humanities (Online)

Carolyn Anne McClure, History

Tiera Moore, African American Studies (Social Work)

Rashmi Muthukkumar, Biology (Chemistry, Spanish)

Arthur Mark Notini, Computer Science

*Kelsey Overby, Sociology

Angeleah Patrice Owens, Religious Studies, Communication Studies

Mark Taylor Parent, Political Science

*Donna Previtte, Sociology (Spanish)

Rachel Ryding, Sociology

Anastasia Shymanovich Sociology (Communication Studies, Media Studies)

Kelsey Jane Stewart, History

Ana Paula Carvalho Tognasoli, Biology (Mathematics)

Carli Ann Tuscano, Biology

Kerri Cinnamon Wike, Spec Prog: Humanities (Online) (Anthropology)

Anne Wittenberg, Psychology (English)

Olivia Wood English, Anthropology (Classical Studies, Religious Studies)

Austin Wayne Yow, Political Science (History)

*Early Election

Majors follow names; minors are in parentheses

On faculty since 1970, Stewart bows out with a recital

After nearly 46 years on the UNCG music faculty, Paul Stewart will retire from UNCG with a celebratory recital.

The free recital will be this Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall.

Music Professor John Locke will serve as master of ceremonies, the News and Record reports, adding that those who will perform with Stewart are Joseph Di Piazza, Andrew Willis, Diane Higgins, Rebecca Oden, Joshua Johnstone, George Kiorpes, Connie Kostis, James Douglass, Andre Lash and John Salmon.

More information at News and Record, from which this information was drawn.

Notable Latinos of the Triad

A number of UNCG faculty and staff will be honored at the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford “Notable Latinos of the Triad Gala” on April 28. Honorees in the Notable Latinos category:

Dr. Omar Ali
Kattya Castellon
Dr. Eldaliz Fernandez
Krycya Flores
Kathy Hinshaw
Ericka Gonzalez Smith
Lorena Guillen
Margarita Kerkado
Rosa Guadalupe Ruiz-Mendez

Honorees in the Corazon Latinos category:

Aaron Hall
Brianna Higgins
Dr. Amy Williamsen
Dr. Art Murphy
Dr. Laura Gonzalez
Pat Levitin

Last chance to see “Pan American Modernism”

Photo of exterior of Weatherspoon Art Museum. The excellent “Pan American Modernism” exhibition leaves the Weatherspoon Art Museum April 30.

Developed by the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works.

The works of art illustrate the many forms in which Modernism took shape and reveal the commonalities and disconnects that developed throughout the Americas.

Rather than perpetuating a North American-centric hegemony, which tends to diminish and polarize works of art produced by Latin American artists, “Pan American Modernism” demonstrates that these artists were not working in isolation; rather, the global influences of Central and South American artists contributed to the experimental, innovative nature of Modernism in the U.S.

The 2016 UNCG MFA Thesis Exhibition begins May 3.

Information from weatherspoon.uncg.edu

Make your choice: 2016 summer camps at UNCG

042016Feature_SummerCampsEach year, thousands of young people in the Triad and beyond enjoy camps at UNCG providing summer learning opportunities. The camps are accepting applications for summer 2016.


UNCG Summer Music Camp

Known as “America’s Most Popular,” this summer camp each year has more students than any other music camp on a college campus in America. This summer there will be two one-week camps, with programs in band, mixed chorus, orchestra, and piano. Ensemble performance in band, chorus, or orchestra will be emphasized and each camp will conclude on Friday evening with a concert for parents, relatives, friends, and area residents. Classes in basic musicianship, as well as recital performances and sectional rehearsals by the camp staff members will serve to balance the total program. A private lesson on your instrument, in voice, or on piano is an available option to all campers. The camp weeks are:

Week No. 1:  July 10 – 15
Week No. 2:  July 17 – 22

Visit www.smcamp.org to download the camp brochure and application.


UNCG Summer Arts & Design Camp

Explore your Creativity and Artistic Potential. The UNCG Department of Art is preparing for our annual summer arts and design camp for current 8th graders through 12th graders. The student artists will receive daily, studio instruction & supervision from UNCG faculty and art education staff. The department is offering a one week day or overnight camp followed by a closing student exhibition for the students’ artwork created at the camp. One-Week Day Camp: July 10 – 16, Overnight camp: July 10 – July 16. For more information visit www.uncg.edu/art/ArtCamp/about.html.


All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp

The All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp is designed to give in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences and technology. The camp also includes recreation, citizenship and evening entertainment. Campers are divided into two grade levels (2nd–5th, and 6th and up) for coursework – many different types of topics are offered. It is operated by SERVE Inc. in cooperation with UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. It’s week at UNCG is July 24-29. Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details – or to register.


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp

Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. In daily writing workshops, students will work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, NC teachers, and local authors.  The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports the development of a variety of writing styles.  Write stories in the morning and build robots in the afternoon for an all-day integrated STEAM experience! Build an interactive robot based on your Young Writers Camp project. Learn how to build and program an artistically crafted robot controlled by motors, servos, LEDs, and sensors! The camp is two weeks, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon, July 11-July 22.

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.  Students will be divided into three different sections based on grade level (3-5; 6-8; and 9-12). Each section will have approximately 30 students and at least two instructors.  Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit www.youngwriterscampuncg.com for registration and addtional information.


North Carolina Summer Program for Kids (NCSPK)

The NCSPK is a highly structured, fun and supportive summer day camp program for 7 to 13-year-old children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The camp will run Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 13th – July 29, with a break in activities during the July 4th holiday week.  Enrollment is limited to 24 children, and this year a donor has provided partial scholarships to defray the cost for all eligible campers.

The NCSPK is a unique summer day treatment program that brings together the expertise of the ADHD Clinic at UNCG and its partner, Noble Academy. The goals of NCSPK are to improve self-control, friendships, academic skills, organizational skills, sports skills, and self-esteem.  In addition to daily behavioral and educational programming, children have opportunities for sports, arts and crafts, swimming, Bricks 4 Kidz, and weekly field trips. Parents also have weekly opportunities to learn specialized skills that improve parent-child relations and home behavior.For information visit www.ncsummerprogramforkids.org.


“IT is for Girls / We Make IT” Summer Camp

The “IT is for Girls” a program for middle and high-school girls began in 2009. It is a week-long summer program and engages girls in middle, high-school and college through several hands-on technology and leadership activities. The program has been funded by NCWIT, AAUW and Lincoln Financial Group among others. Registration is now open for “IT is for Girls/We Make IT” Summer Camp, July 25-29, 2016. Details for this camp at the UNCG Bryan Building are at wiit.uncg.edu.


Summer Dance Intensive

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers Summer Dance Technique & Repertory Intensive June 13-17, 2016; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This intensive is open to rising high school juniors and seniors as well as college-aged and professional dancers. Students may register for the Technique portion (morning session) as a standalone credit; Dance Repertory credit requires enrollment in both sessions (full day). Students may NOT enroll in only Dance Repertory. REQUIREMENT: Intermediate to advanced level of dance training in contemporary and/or ballet technique. Applicants will be required to furnish contact information for two (2) dance instructors to speak to student level. The Intensive offers students the opportunity to explore new and current techniques in the field of Contemporary Dance training and repertory, with UNCG BFA alumna Christal Brown. Details and registration information are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive/.


Herpetological Research Experience

Interested in North Carolina ecology – particularly local populations of reptiles and amphibians? The HERP Project, an NSF-funded program, will offer residential and daytime only week-long herpetological research experiences for rising 9th –12th graders again this summer. In 2016, The HERP Project is co-sponsoring programs at Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, Greensboro Natural Science Center and Elon Academy (applicants must be enrolled in Elon Academy to apply). All programs are currently accepting applicants and scholarships are available. See information at theherpproject.uncg.edu. Dr. Catherine E. Matthews (UNCG Teacher Education & Higher Education) is the project director.


UNCG Speech & Hearing Center summer camps

UNCG Speech and Hearing Center summer camps:

  • The Listening Lab”  auditory training and language intervention for children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD) will be offered from June 20, 2016, to July 1, 2016, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, return the application in the brochure.
  • Horsepower Experience  at the Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, NC. This year the summer camp will serve school-aged children with fluency disorders. The camp will be held June 20, 2016-July 1, 2016, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information contact Perry Flynn at pfflynn@uncg.edu or 336.256.2005.

For more information visit http://csd.wp.uncg.ed/shc/about/.


Sport camps at UNCG

Though summer sports camps are not operated by the university, UNCG coaches own and operate camps in a variety of sports – and many are on the campus. The coaches’ contact information may be found here.
Compiled by Mike Harris

Bring items for SPCA, at Friday’s Field Day

042016Feature_SPCAFieldDayUNCG Employee Field Day will be April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held in Foust Park.

The SPCA of the Triad will have animals on hand, and are accepting donations of items for pets. Items needed include Dry/Wet Food, Toys, Blankets, Treats and monetary donations. This “Fill the Truck” donation drive is hosted by UNCG Staff Senate.

Additionally, the Greensboro Police Department will have a K-9 unit demonstration throughout the event.

There will be light snacks and water – but bring a brown-bag lunch.

Employees will enjoy games, prizes and music. There will be lawn bowling and corn hole, as well as a picnic area. An obstacle course and other games will be set up as well. Come have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of your co-workers during the mid-day hour.

Rain date is one week later, same time, same location.

Pre-register for a chance to win prizes – individual and team events. Visit Healthy.UNCG.edu for full details – or contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or 334-4131 for more information.

Nearly 3,000 enjoyed UNCG’s Science Everywhere festival

science festival

science festival

Rockets launched, snakes slithered and goo formed on the campus of UNCG this past Saturday. More importantly, however, children and teens from across the Triad explored the wonders of science and its role in their everyday lives.

Nearly 3,000 people participated in more than 70 interactive and hands-on exhibits led by UNCG students, staff and scientists from across the state.

“I learned that rockets are much more difficult [to make] than they look like,” said Jason Johnson, a fifth grader at Sedalia Elementary. Just moments before, Johnson sent his own air propelled rocket sailing over Stirling Street. “I learned that it uses a lot of dynamics, paper and tape.”

Science Everywhere is an official NC Science Festival event, hosted by UNCG’s RISE Network. This was the second year UNCG participated in the festival, and attendance tripled this year.

By Jeanie Groh

Photography by Martin Kane

Social Work sheds light on foster care issues in Triad Stage play

042016Feature_WrongsOfPassageEver since theater professional Debra LeWinter met UNCG professor and social worker Alicia Kaplan, the two have been dreaming about creating a theatrical production that sheds light on issues within the foster care system.

Six years later, that dream has become a reality.

“Foster Care Chronicles: Wrongs of Passage” has opened at the Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret in what is the Department of Social Work’s first Triad Stage production.

Written and directed by LeWinter, “Wrongs of Passage” tells the real stories of local youth ages 15-23 who have gone through the foster care system.

Seven of the nine cast members will have their personal stories depicted in the show. In order to conceal the originator of each story, the cast will take communal ownership of the stories and perform each other’s experiences. The remaining two cast members are undergraduate students in UNCG’s Theatre Department.

The show is set in a preschool and highlights both the positives and negatives of the foster care experience, including the trauma that many children in the system face.

“Many of the childhood activities are twisted, because that was the reality for these individuals,” said LeWinter, who serves as an adjunct instructor at UNCG. “We use childhood images that resonate with all of us to address these major issues in the system.”

The play was born out of a similar 2009 production directed by Kaplan. Preparation began back in the fall, when Kaplan and LeWinter led the cast through a series of group bonding and processing activities.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on April 21, 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. on April 24. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $12 for students. The show is free for individuals in foster care and their chaperones.The content of the play is mature and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Triad Stage Box Office or online at triadstage.org/series/207/foster-care-chronicles-wrongs-of-passage.

The production is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Training Grant and serves as a way to train social work students in using the arts for self-expression and healing.

By Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations

Photography by Martin W. Kane. UNCG Professor Alicia Kaplan (center left) and “Wrongs of Passage” Playwright Debra LeWinter (center right) rehearse a scene with cast members Alysa Rambo (far left) and Malik Worthy (far right).    

New degree program prepares students for global engagement

Starting in the fall of 2016, UNCG’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) will offer a new concentration for students who are interested in developing multiple literacies and strengthening intercultural skills.

The concentration in global languages and communities, one of four concentrations offered in the department’s newly restructured Bachelor of Arts, takes the traditional language program to the next level by providing students the opportunity to study two or more languages at the same time. The department offers programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Additionally, the curriculum is designed to help students develop and strengthen intercultural competence, a valued skill for any career path.

“The vision behind this program is to encourage students to think of themselves as participants in a globalized world and to understand that the world is everywhere, including here on UNCG’s campus,” said Associate Professor of German Studies and Associate Department Head Dr. Susanne Rinner.

According to Rinner, research shows that global readiness – enhanced by fluency in at least two languages – offers students more career opportunities and significantly increases their earning potential over a lifetime.

The new curriculum includes three core courses – Global Crossings, Global Green and Global Cultures Through Film – as well as others that examine a variety of subject areas from a global perspective.

The program also requires an intercultural experience, which can be met through study abroad, and a service-learning course.

“It encourages meaningful interaction with languages through community engagement,” Rinner said.

In addition to global languages and communities, the restructured BA in languages, literatures, and cultures will offer the following concentrations: French and Francophone studies, German studies and applied languages (K-12 teaching licensure in French and Spanish).

The department also offers a BA in Spanish and a graduate program that allows students to complete a Master of Arts in languages, literatures, and cultures with concentrations in French and Spanish.
To learn more about LLC, visit uncg.edu/llc.