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Spartan Holiday Happenings

113016feature_spartanholidayUNCG is soon to be aglow. Upcoming festivities include musical performances, opportunities to give and decorate, a seasonal art exhibit and a holiday open house, followed by the lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower. And of course, UNCG’s long-standing tradition of luminaires throughout campus.

Minerva Winter Celebration

Winter themed novelties, including a photo booth to capture a winter moment. EUC Maple Room, Nov. 30 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UNCG Holiday Bookstore Sale for faculty/staff

The Faculty and Staff Appreciation Sale is Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Faculty and staff receive an extra 10 percent discount in addition to the regular 20 percent, on non-textbook items. Present your SpartanCard to receive the discount. (Magazines, computer hardware and software not included.)

Festival of Lights, downtown

Downtown Greensboro will hold the 28th annual Festival of Lights, Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. UNCG will be well-represented. Musical performers include the UNCG Tuba Band and UNGG Sapphires, as well as UNCG alumni Bruce Piephoff, Laura Jane Vincent, the Zinc Kings and the Gate City Railbenders Old Time Stringband. The tree lighting will be in Center City Park and music, crafts and food will be featured up and down Elm St.

Branches of Love

The Alumni Association will hold their 11th annual Branches of Love celebration Saturday, Dec. 3. Spartans of all ages are invited to help decorate holiday trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Refreshments and holiday music are part of the tradition. Four-person teams can enter to win Best Themed, Best Traditional and Best Overall Tree. Limited ornaments are provided and teams may supply their own decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Admission is 20 canned or nonperishable food items per team, which will be donated to the Spartan Open Pantry. Doors open at 12 p.m., the tree decorating begins at 12:30 and winners are announced at 1:30. Decorating teams may register here.

For those who are interested in contributing to this event but are unable to attend, donations of canned goods and tree decorations can be dropped off at the Office of Alumni Engagement in the Alumni House, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from now until the end of the day Dec. 2.

For more information contact Donegan Root at d_root@uncg.edu or 336.256.2013.

UNCG Holiday Choir Concert

Sunday, Dec. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St, at 5 p.m.

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House

All faculty and staff are invited to the Chancellor’s Holiday Open House Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House and will be followed by the annual lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower at 5:30 p.m.

Bells and Lights

Hear UNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower’s full carillon of bells played live and see the glow of the traditional luminaires throughout the campus, Dec. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Vacc Bell Tower and Anniversary Plaza. A student speaker will share the history of the campus luminaires and the Grimsley High School Madrigals will perform. Chancellor Gilliam will make remarks and count down to the lighting of the trees surrounding the Bell Tower. This event is open to the public and parking is available in the Oakland Avenue parking deck.

‘In Falling Snow’ at Weatherspoon

The Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition of Japanese prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection will remain open through February 16. The woodblock prints display a variety of winter snow landscapes and subjects. The museum is closed Dec. 24 through January 2, but the exhibition will be open for all other regular hours.

Angel Tree

The UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree wrapping party will be Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. in Moran Commons. All are invited and refreshments will be provided. Donations are accepted through Dec. 7. See our related post for more details on what is needed for each of the 5 UNCG staff member families – or visit the UNCG Angel Tree website here.

List assembled by Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual: Branches of Love event from an earlier year

Studying the world, soccer-style

113016feature_soccerstyle“GOOOOAAALLLLLLLL!”

The celebratory cry of soccer players and fans can be heard in just about any backyard, field or stadium in the United States and across the globe.

Soccer isn’t just the world’s most popular sport. For many, it’s a cultural cornerstone – a rite of passage, a conversation piece and the center of many family activities.

And according to UNCG’s Dr. Ignacio Lopez, Alex Hortal and Felipe Troncoso, it’s a tool for teaching.

The three faculty members in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures came up with the idea for their innovative course “Global Crossings: The World Explained by Soccer” at Old Town Draught House, a local pub near campus and their go-to spot for all things soccer.

“We meet about every other week to talk about soccer,” Troncoso said. “Through these conversations, we started to realize that we could use soccer in the classroom to explain different aspects of culture.”

Ninety students are enrolled in the cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural course, which explores a variety of global topics embodied in literature, film, music, art and other cultural practices related to the sport.

So how can soccer teach students about important global issues? According to Hortal, something as simple as a soccer ball can be used to explore complex problems.

“Soccer balls are typically made in developing countries where labor laws aren’t very strict,” Hortal said. “We use soccer balls to learn about consumption and labor issues.”

The class has analyzed how soccer is used as a political tool, and how team rivalries often reflect social and economic divisions. In addition, the class has hosted a variety of guest speakers, including former FC Barcelona soccer star José Mari Bakero, as well as representatives from TOPSoccer, a local soccer program for children with disabilities, and Greensboro United Soccer Association.

For junior Asha Hashim, a member of UNCG’s Global Village living-learning community, the course has opened her eyes to the impact of the sport worldwide.

“I’ve learned how soccer – including its history, rules, players and fans – is deeply connected to so many cultures and global issues,” Hashim said. “We’ve been able to use soccer to talk about topics such as religion and nationalism. I’ve learned so much about the significance of the sport internationally.”

The collaboration of Lopez, Hortal and Troncoso provides students with unique perspectives on soccer and its impact in different regions. Lopez and Hortal are from Spain, and Troncoso is a native of Chile.

“I grew up near the training camps of Real Madrid,” Lopez said. “My family and I would go there every weekend and watch the team practice. Soccer is something that brought us together.”

The ultimate goal of the course? Facilitate cultural analysis and critical thinking.

“We want our students to think critically about important issues from a humanities perspective,” Troncoso said. “For example, why are people actually fighting over competitive sports? What’s behind that violence? These are the kinds of questions we’re exploring.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Enjoy ‘potpourri’ of newly gifted works at Weatherspoon

hughes-ice-2“The Kindness of Friends,” part of the Weatherspoon’s 75th anniversary celebration, features 38 recently donated pieces displayed in a public exhibition for the very first time. Coming from individual donors’ private collections, the works show a wide variety of styles, periods and subjects. “A potpourri,” is what curator Elaine Gustafson calls “The Kindness of Friends,” currently up in the Gregory D. Ivy Gallery.

Despite that the collection of gifted art pieces is highly eclectic, there is also noticeable unity in the exhibition. Gustafson has placed the works in a particular order, with the intention of telling a story. “Hopefully, the art pieces themselves are creating some dialogue with the visitor,” she says. Many of the pieces display humor and satire, and Gustafson has also added to that by often juxtaposing them with one another.

Anne Chu’s wildly multicolored bear portrait rests next to a quiet, pale mountain in Tom LaDuke’s “Anaheim.” Simon Hughes’ “Ice-Fishing Tower,” shows tiny, sparkling characters ice fishing within a series of cubicles, and another of his pieces, “Frontier Condominiums,’’ wooden cabin-like structures making up a skyscraper. Placed nearby is Joel Shapiro’s human figure statue made only of several wooden blocks—he is completely square on all edges, but leans backward, resembling a jubilant hitchhiker, as Gustafson sees him.

Elsewhere in the exhibit are collage-art pieces with diverse styles but an inherent visual link.  The exhibition holds R. B. Kitaj’s prints that were a collaboration with the poet Robert Creeley, “Guggenheim Poster,” by Roy Lichtenstein and “Boomerang,” by Alexander Calder.

Donors of art works include UNCG faculty, faculty emeritus and community members. Each work includes a credit to the donor on the placard. This exhibition will be open through Jan. 29. The museum will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. but open for all other regular hours in December and January.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual: Simon Hughes, “Ice Fishing Tower,” gift of Scott Morgan and Katy Allgeyer, 2016.

Emotional Regulation: Dr. Susan Calkins and her research team

113016feature_emotionalregulationAlthough school carries an inherent focus on grades, academic ability isn’t the only factor determining whether a child is actually classroom-ready. Another key indicator is whether he or she can appropriately regulate emotions, says Dr. Susan Calkins. “The more structured preschool and school environments present a unique set of challenges to children — challenges that require emotional readiness.”

If you visit the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) professor’s lab while her team collects data, you’ll observe children singing, counting, or playing games. Others might be crying and flailing fists. They’re expressing a wide range of emotional abilities, dependent on their age and experiences.

While some children control their impulses by employing various learned strategies, others lack these skills and have trouble delaying gratification or managing frustrating tasks. Their negative emotional responses indicate immature emotional readiness.

“Being able to manage emotions is critical for academic achievement, school readiness, and mental health,” Calkins explains. Without emotion regulation skills, children can’t establish positive student-teacher and peer-to-peer relationships. If they can’t express themselves or manage their feelings in age-appropriate ways, they also risk social rejection. “If children don’t master emotional regulation, they face challenges for years to come.”

To help children reach appropriate levels of emotional maturity, adults must recognize their natural responses and know how to handle them, Calkins says. To find the tools parents and caregivers need, she and her team have recruited children from more than 450 families to participate in the RIGHT Track study.

Although we can begin to understand emotion regulation by observing the behavior of and collecting information from children and their caregivers, collecting data at the physiological level also provides a key piece of the puzzle. Physiological data helps researchers understand how emotional regulation develops and the degree to which it impacts various areas of the child development.

In one component of the study, Calkins’ team attaches heart rate electrodes to each child to measure their physiological arousal and then presents them with a frustrating task. Two-year-olds are asked to open a cookie jar that was glued shut or wait to open a present, while 5-year-olds are tasked with unlocking a box using a set of keys that does not actually include the correct key.

The team watches both the child’s actions as well as the caregiver’s responses. Did the children quit or did they stick with the task? Did the parent offer guidance or withdraw from the situation? Children and parents return to the lab for more advanced tests as they age.

“So far, we’ve seen that children who get extremely frustrated with these tasks also experience behavior problems,” Calkins says. “These kids who lack skills to control their emotions and cope are also more likely to experience depression and academic and health issues and to engage in substance abuse and risky sexual behavior later in life.”

There are many ways children can rein in overwhelming feelings. Distractions, such as singing songs, diverting concentration, or engaging in self-soothing behaviors, can effectively control emotions.

Knowing how to implement these behaviors helps a child navigate social and academic environments, says Calkins. They also help children stay focused on tasks and enhance their autonomy. When children have these skills, they can approach difficult situations without adult intervention.

Calkins’ findings are important not just for parents but for educators too. Early development of a positive teacher-student relationship can help children sidestep many of the aforementioned problems. “This is critical knowledge, especially in today’s kindergarten climate where we’re getting young children ready for a series of tasks and tests.”

Drawn  from “The Importance of Emotion Regulation,” UNCG Research and Engagement and “Right from the Start” by Whitney L.J. Howell. Read the story on UNCG Research and Engagement and the complete story in the 2016 spring issue of UNCG Research Magazine.

The Office of the Provost is soliciting cross/multi/interdisciplinary research and creative activity proposals tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan: health and wellbeing, vibrant communities, and global connections. Faculty are being asked to review those three themes in the University Plan and consider responding to one of the three RFPs available to provide seed funding for teaching innovations or research tied to the Strategic Plan All proposals by faculty are due by December 9, 2016. Learn more at http://research.uncg.edu/seeking-proposals-strategic-seed-grants/.

UNCG receives American Heart Association Award

113016feature_healthyuncgOn Nov. 16 AHA Director of Development Cory Phillips presented the Fit Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award to HealthyUNCG. This award program recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health, offering physical activity support, healthy eating options at work and a wellness culture. Organizations are rewarded for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff. The award is currently being displayed outside of the HealthyUNCG offices, Coleman 230, but will eventually be displayed in the Mossman Building.

Fit-Friendly worksites receive recognition on AHA’s Honor Roll, recognition at local events, an official recognition letter from AHA, and consultation on workplace wellness. Stefanie Milroy, Director of HealthyUNCG said, “UNCG continues to make tremendous progress in creating a culture of wellness, particularly for employees. Giving employees opportunities to take care of themselves while at work, not only leads to a healthier workforce, it leads to a happier, more committed workforce.”

HealthyUNCG plans to apply for the Platinum Achievement in Spring 2017, which requires fulfilling all gold level criteria as well as demonstrating behavior change, cost saving outcomes or positive return on investment.

Lynn Harrell, visiting cellist, performs Saturday

Photo of Lynn Harrell.This week, internationally-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell visits UNCG. He’ll hold a masterclass with advanced cello students and will play with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening, “a performance opportunity normally reserved for the world’s major orchestras,” said UNCG Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras Kevin Geraldi. Harrell will also give a concert on Saturday as part of the University Performing Arts Series.

Harrell’s appearance at UNCG is part of the “War and Peace Imagined” series. His cello teacher, cellist and composer Lev Aronson, was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, and his musical scores and manuscripts are part of UNCG Libraries’ collection.

Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and the National Symphony.

He has served as the head of the Royal Academy in London and artistic director of the L.A. Philharmonic Institute orchestra. Since 2002, he has taught cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Regarding the value of hosting a performer such as Harrell, Kevin Geraldi said, “I imagine that every student will gain insights into musicianship and performance that only come in the presence of a world-class artist.”

In the Friday show, Harrell will join Geraldi and the UNCG Symphony for a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody, “Schelomo.” The overture to Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” and Mussorgsky’s magnificent “Pictures at an Exhibition” round out the program. It begins at 7:30 in UNCG Auditorium.

Tickets for this performance are $10 general admission or $5 for students. Purchase tickets through the Triad Stage Box Office online by clicking here. You may also order tickets by phone from the Triad Stage Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. or Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. by calling (336) 272-0160, or they may be purchased in person at the UNCG Music Building Box Office. Proceeds from ticket sales for this concert will go directly to the School of Music scholarship fund.

Harrell’s Saturday recital will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online with a pre-sale discount here or at the door for $8-$35. This performance will be in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.

Innovations in teaching: Crary and Elkins teach for fusion

img_1479“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” This phrase of Plutarch’s describes one teaching innovation presently underway at UNCG. This fall, art lecturer Amanda Crary approached visiting assistant professor of poetry, Ansel Elkins, about a collaboration between their classes. Elkins found room in her syllabus for Crary’s idea and the work began.

In mid-November the poets of Elkins’ beginning and intermediate poetry writing classes provided their most recent drafts of poems to the artists in Amanda Crary’s beginning studio art classes. For the past ten days Crary’s students have been working on projects which are meant to be visual representations of the poems. Both parts of the collaboration will be presented Monday, Dec. 5, in an event Crary and Elkins have titled “Poiesis,” derived from an ancient Greek term meaning “creation.”

Elkins explained that on the poetry side, the collaboration encouraged the students to think more visually, and about concrete images, which she feels is essential in creative writing. Submitting poems to the art students was an optional project for Elkins’ students, but she had 100 percent participation. “They’re excited about seeing how their work is interpreted by someone working in a completely different medium,” she said.

Crary’s students have read the poets’ work and considered, what Crary calls, “the mood and temperature” of the poems. Their creations, which are books of various sizes, are meant to be not only made up of illustrations, but to involve various textures and design principles to represent the poems. The artists were instructed to communicate with the poets as they undertook the visual projects. Crary says she’s also received a very positive response from her students concerning this project.

At the culminating event, Poiesis, the poetry students will read their work aloud, and Elkins says that preparing for that has helped students think about their pieces as objects of performance and has taught them to “linger over the words, and relish the language.”

Crary believes that having the poetry read will “activate the space in a stronger way” and will encourage the audience and participants to spend more time viewing the visual artists’ creations. “There’s something really powerful about hearing the words,” she said. Both instructors are looking forward to what they call “the unveiling” at Poiesis.

Crary and Elkins plan to facilitate a collaboration in their spring classes. “It’s an experiment,” Elkins said. “We hope to bring some of the energy of both classes into a really cool fusion.”

“Words and art go hand in hand,” added Crary.

Poiesis will take place in the Gatewood Studio Arts Center atrium on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

The Poiesis project is just one example of an innovation in teaching at UNCG. The Office of the Provost is currently soliciting cross/multi/interdisciplinary research and creative activity proposals tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan: health and well-being, vibrant communities, and global connections. Faculty are being asked to review those three themes in the University Plan and consider responding to one of the three RFPs available to provide seed funding for teaching innovations or research tied to the Strategic Plan. Proposals are due by December 9. Go here for more information.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual: Art by Amanda Crary’s student Hannah Baker; inspired by Ansel Elkins’ student Hannah Dodson

Staff Senate Angel Tree items needed, to help 5 staff members/families

The Staff Senate Service Committee invites you to help make the holidays a little brighter for five UNCG staff members and their families who have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree.

Check out the Wish List for a list of needed items. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 7 and can be dropped off to: Lori Krise, 264 Mossman, Vickie Debari, 208 Sink or Connie Uselman, 401-D Bryan.

Those who would like to donate but cannot shop for specific items are invited to give gift cards to Target, Walmart, or other grocery or drug stores. Visa and MasterCard gift cards are also requested.

Contact Melissa Barnes (mkbarnes@uncg.edu) or Janeen Chastain (jkchast2@uncg.edu) with questions.

UNCG Hall of Fame celebration, 2016

uncg_hof_111216_523The UNCG athletics department inducted two former men’s basketball student-athletes in Courtney Eldridge and Jay Joseph along with two former softball student-athletes in Lara Long Smith and Leigh Irwin.

This year’s UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held November 12.

Eldridge (who spoke via Skype at the event) was a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans from 1998-2002 and helped the Spartans post three winning seasons during his career, including a 20-win campaign in 2001-02. He was part of the Spartans 2001 NCAA Tournament team that won the Southern Conference Tournament title and finished with a 19-12 record on the year. As a senior, he led the Spartans to the SoCon North Division co-championship and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 20-11 record. He is the Spartans’ all-time leader in assists with 584.

Joseph was a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans from 2000-04, including teammates with Eldridge for two years. He also was part of the Spartans 2001 NCAA Tournament team that won the Southern Conference Tournament title and finished with a 19-12 record on the year. As a sophomore, he led the Spartans to the SoCon North Division co-championship and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 20-11 record. Joseph ranks second all-time in UNCG history in scoring with 1,646 career points.

Long Smith was a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans from 1995-98. During her career, she guided the Spartans to the Big South regular season championship twice (1995, 1996) and the Big South Tournament title in 1997. Long Smith was named the 1998 Southern Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time all-conference selection (1995, 1998).

Irwin was also a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans from 1998-2001 and was a teammate of Long’s her freshman year. Irwin was named the 2001 SoCon Player of the Year and was a two-time All-SoCon selection (2000, 2001).

Former Track/Cross-Country athlete Paul Chelimo, who won the silver medal in the 5,000 meters at this year’s Olympics, was recognized at the start of the ceremony. Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. presented him with the inaugural “Spirit of the Spartan” Award.

He spoke of his life story and his running and academic career – and his progression through the Olympic competition in Rio. He praised his poise, sportsmanship, patience, discipline and drive.

“His journey is a microcosm of our university’s journey,” the chancellor said.

At Bryan School, students’ real-world experience in brand management

MBA students Michael Carlone, Alexis Mariani and Christopher Mannie presented a brand awareness strategic plan to the CEO and board of directors of Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine (TAPM) on Friday, Nov. 18.

The project was part of a brand management class taught by Dr. Merlyn Griffiths. Griffiths is currently working with TAPM on developing an internship program for graduate students.

“The depth of research and innovation demonstrated by the MBA students was stellar,” said TAPM CEO Michelle Lewis. “The recommendations were clear and concise, and gave our organization the framework needed to begin our two-year strategic marketing plan.”

Graduate Assistantships in Student Affairs & Higher Education

The Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) M.Ed. program here at UNCG is once again seeking out offices and departments interested in sponsoring a graduate assistant(s) in their area for a 2-year appointment.

The SPARK Employer Handbook and Job Description Form can both be found here in this Google Folder for your convenience. This year’s SPARK process will be held February 19-20, 2017, with a Meet-&-Greet for employers and prospective students held on the 19th and interviews conducted on the 20th.

We would like to have completed job descriptions back to us by no later than January 31, 2017.  We will upload the job descriptions onto a website for SPARK candidates to review.  Likewise, we will be collecting résumés from those students invited to SPARK and will upload those onto a website for you to review.

If you have any questions about the SPARK process, please do not hesitate to contact Brad Johnson (Brad.Johnson@uncg.edu) or Kynnith Francis-Vaughan (kjfranc2@uncg.edu), 1st-year SPAHE student who is also co-chairing SPARK Employer Relations this year.

Life Design Catalyst Coach Training Program Dec. 13-16

If you are looking for an opportunity to change the way you work with students – and change the way you look at your life, you can attend the 6th Life Design Catalyst Coach Training Program here at UNCG from December 13-16, 2016, sponsored by the HHS Advising and Personal Development Center and the School of Health and Human Sciences.

This training will provide activities that help you and your students answer the questions:

Who am I meant to be? (Purpose)
What am I meant to do? (Meaning)

As a participant, you will spend four days engage in various introspective and self-reflective activities, many used in the first-year Design Your Life courses (HHS125: What Could I Do With My Life and HHS135: Redesign a Life You’ll Love). These courses have not only been found to increase retention and graduation rates, but they have also been found to help students clarify a clear path in life.

For more information and to register: https://lifedesigncatalyst.wordpress.com/training/

As a member of the UNCG community, you’ll receive a discounted rate for this Coach Training Program. Have questions? Contact Bill Johnson at whjohnso@uncg.edu or at 336-207-6795.

Big faculty/staff discounts for UNCG / Wake Forest game

The UNCG Athletics Department will host Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Friday, Dec. 9, at the UNCG Men’s Basketball game against Wake Forest at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets are $5 for UNCG faculty or staff and their guests.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link here. Enter ‘UNCG’ in the Special Offers Code Box, then scroll down until you see the UNCG F/S offer. Simply select the amount of tickets you wish to purchase and click ‘reserve.’ After confirming your purchase, you will need to build an account if you do not already have one. You can then proceed to the checkout.

All pre-purchased tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call Dec. 9 at the Greensboro Coliseum starting at 5 pm. The game will begin at 7 p.m. For more information call 336.334.3250.  Check next week’s Campus Weekly for a listing of all holiday season UNCG basketball games.

Heather Ann Thompson will speak on Attica Prison uprising

The UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) will host a lecture by renowned historian Heather Ann Thompson titled “The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy: Why History Matters to Mass Incarceration Today” on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The lecture is based on her book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” which sheds new light on the uprising, the state of New York’s violent response and the victims’ quest for justice. The book, called a “masterly account” by The New York Times, was a 2016 National Book Award finalist.

“Mass incarceration is one of the most pressing problems facing our nation today,” said Dr. Lisa Levenstein, associate professor of history and director of HNAC. “Thompson’s work shows that in order to address the current crisis, we need to understand its historical roots.”

UNCG is partnering with NC A&T State, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum and the National Humanities Alliance to host the lecture, which is free and open to the public. The event is being held in conjunction with States of Incarceration, a national traveling multimedia exhibition on mass incarceration that is on display at the museum. UNCG is one of 20 universities nationwide to participate in this exhibition.

Enjoy ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

111616feature_amahlUNCG Opera Theatre will present Gian-Carlo Menotti’s one-act holiday opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

The show, which includes full costumes, scenery, a professional orchestra and choral singing, is appropriate for family audiences.

Tickets are are $16 general admission, $14 for senior citizens and $8 for students. They available for purchase at the Triad Stage Box Office at 232 S. Elm St, Monday through Friday 12-6 p.m., by phone at (336) 272-0160, online at http://opera.uncg.edu or at the door one hour prior to performances. All performances will be in the UNCG Auditorium at 408 Tate St.

75 volunteer to help keep Peabody Forest thriving

111616feature_peabodyforestOn the first Friday afternoon of November, members of the Peabody Park Preservation Committee (PPPC) and the Office of Sustainability held an ivy pull in the historic Peabody Park Woods, a 115-year old mixed hardwood forest behind UNCG’s Music Building and Cone, Grogan and Philips-Hawkins residence halls. Seventy-five were in attendance; many students, as well as alumni, staff and community members.

UNCG biologist and Peabody Park Preservation Committee (PPPC) chair Dr. Elizabeth Lacey led the pull, teaching the teams to look for different types of invasive plants, such as English ivy and bush honeysuckle. The goal was to remove the invasive species, to restore and maintain the woods as a forest characteristic of the North Carolina piedmont. Groundskeepers and PPPC members Kevin Siler, Wally Morales and others assisted with the event and in leading students. “It’s a good opportunity for students—they earn credit hours and learn something by getting their hands dirty,” Siler said. Locally prominent landscape architect, tree advocate and PPPC member Randal Romie also came to help.

The park’s forest contains a diverse group of tree species that range in size from young saplings to large canopy trees. It is also home to many animals, particularly birds. Two small creeks run through the park and empty into North Buffalo Creek, on the north side of Friendly Avenue. First established as 125-acre area, the park was envisioned as an educational space, and today it is still used by multiple departments. In the first fifty years, it hosted May Day festivals and even had a man-made lake where concerts and pageants were held.

The ivy pulls are conducted once each semester and have been going on for ten consecutive years. Dr. Lacey says that in restoring the forest, “progress is slow, but in the past few years we have begun to see the success of our efforts.” The Peabody Park Preservation Committee has been active since 1997 and, in 2010, received the Greensboro Beautiful annual service award.

More information about Peabody Park can be found on the website, https://peabodypark.uncg.edu/, or by contacting Dr. Elizabeth Lacey at eplacey@uncg.edu

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo by Susan Kirby-Smith, of Dr. Elizabeth Lacey speaking to volunteers

Musical treats as the semester draws to a close

111616feature_musicaltreatsUNCG Music offers an array of wonderful performances over the next two weeks. Here are some highlights:

 

Sinfonia Orchestra

Monday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

With Rebecca MacLeod, conductor, and Donald J. Walter, guest conductor, Sinfonia will perform Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No. 1,” Humperdinck’s “Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel,” Whitacre’s “October” and Mendelssohn’s “Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major.”

 

Symphonic Band

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Led by conductors Kevin M. Geraldi and John R. Locke and graduate conductor J. Ben Jones, the Symphonic Band will play “Selections from ‘The Danserye’ by Susato, “Cane River Murals,” by Ellerby, “Amazing Grace,” by Himes and “Sound and Smoke,” by Cuong.

 

University Band

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Conductor William Lake and assistant conductors Pamela Klena and J. Ben Jones will direct the University Band in Carter’s “Overture for Winds,” Bach’s “Sleepers, Wake!,” Duffy’s “Crystals,” Gjeilo’s “Serenity” and Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music.”

 

Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

World-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell will join conductor Kevin M. Geraldi and the UNCG Symphony for a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody, “Schelomo.” The overture to Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” and Mussorgsky’s magnificent “Pictures at an Exhibition” round out the program.

Tickets for this Symphony Orchestra performance are $10 general admission or $5 for students. Purchase your tickets through the Triad Stage Box Office online by clicking here. You may also order tickets by phone from the Triad Stage Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. or Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. by calling (336) 272-0160, or you may buy tickets in person from the UNCG Music Building Box Office.

 

Wind Ensemble

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Directed by conductors John R. Locke, Kevin M. Geraldi and graduate conductor William L. Lake, the Wind Ensemble will feature the Student Artist Competition winner saxophonist Emily Loboda. The ensemble will perform “Downy Overture,” by Novarro, “Saxophone Concerto,” by Creston, “Symphony in B-flat,” by Hindemith,” “Masks and Machines,” by Dooley, “Danza Finale–Malambo from ‘Estancia’’ by Ginastera and “‘The Earth’ from ‘Planets’” by Nagao.

UNCG hosts national traveling exhibition on mass incarceration

111616feature_massincarcerationUNCG is hosting States of Incarceration, the first national traveling multimedia exhibition and coordinated public dialogue on mass incarceration, through Dec. 15 at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in downtown Greensboro.

The exhibition is organized and produced by The New School’s Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a national hub where the humanities and design generate curricula and public engagement with social issues.

The HAL coalition comprises 20 university partners across the country, including UNCG, Arizona State University, Brown University and Duke University, among others. Over the past two years, each university worked to develop a section of the exhibition that focuses on an issue of incarceration that is unique to its community.

Led by Dr. Anne Parsons, museum studies students in UNCG’s history graduate program investigated North Carolina chain gangs in the 1920s and worked with the International Civil Rights Center & Museum to develop public programming.

“Mass incarceration is one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time,” Parsons said. “This national exhibition creates a space for the public to learn and discuss the history and future of incarceration in the United States.”

UNCG students began researching and developing content for the exhibition in August of 2015.

Their primary research sources were letters written by chain gang prisoners to their families and state government officials.

For master’s student Sonya Laney, the project was an opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experience in her field.

“It’s an incredible opportunity – I love that our program is so hands-on,” Laney said. “I’m excited to go to future employers and show them how I applied concepts and theories we learned in the classroom to this national project.”

The exhibition, designed by design firm Matter Practice, opened in New York City in April. The Greensboro showing is free and open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours – led by individuals directly affected by incarceration and student curators – are available for a fee. An opening reception and open mic night will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, at the museum.

To register for the opening reception and other States of Incarceration events throughout November and December, visit go.uncg.edu/incarceration.

UNCG’s participation in the national project is sponsored by the Gayle Fripp Public History Fund, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of History, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Open Society Foundation.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photography courtesy of Chris Hyun Choi

Food for the greater community

111616feature_greatercommunityTrying to make sure everyone in our community has access to quality food is no small task. But a multidisciplinary approach may be the key for Guilford County.

Dr. Marianne LeGreco is a faculty member in Communication Studies, and Dr. Stephen Sills in Sociology, but their work with the Center of Housing and Community Studies allows them to focus on local issues in collaboration with faculty and students from at least six other UNCG departments. Those include Geography, Nutrition, Public Health, Computer Science, the Nursing School and Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Among the Center’s nonprofit partners are the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office, Greensboro Farmers Market and the Out of the Garden Project.

That widespread collaboration, they say, was crucial to the City of Greensboro’s recent attainment of the $470,000 Local Food Promotion Program Implementation grant for its Fresh Food Access Plan.

LeGreco has been involved in community food concerns since 2007, eight years before the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area was ranked by the Food Research & Action Network as No. 1 in food hardship rates nationally. In 2014, Greensboro received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $25,000 for an assessment of food resources, which meant that LeGreco, her colleagues, and her nonprofit partners were able to begin the task of methodically assessing Greensboro’s food access needs. They investigated Guilford County’s food deserts, or areas with very limited access to fresh food, and they hosted events such as Local Food Storm, where they mapped food access in Guilford County. To this end, LeGreco worked with Sills and the Center for Housing and Community Studies. Due to their work alongside others, the Greensboro-High Point area has moved from No. 1 to No. 9 in its food hardship rate.

The new, much more sizable grant provides a tremendous push for all those working to solve Greensboro’s food access problem, making it possible to track and monitor information about in more detail at a community level. LeGreco and Sills will carry out this research by communicating with focus groups, local health care professionals and residents who are affected. Their ultimate goal is to create a research tool that is grounded in the community, and which could be transferrable to other communities’ food access studies.

The grant also provides funding for several shared-use kitchen spaces in food desert areas. These kitchens, in public locations, can be used by multiple groups producing food commercially. LeGreco, Sills and their partners are working toward the kitchens’ upgrades to meet the food producers’ needs and commercial requirements. There is currently a teaching kitchen at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, and a shared kitchen at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Kitchens managed by Greensboro Parks and Recreation are becoming available as well.

The Fresh Food Access Plan includes guidance and planning assistance, so that small farmers and food business entrepreneurs can “get over the hump,” as LeGreco says, and begin selling food commercially. The grant will help small farmers navigate the food certification process, which, as a new farmer himself, Sills has found challenging.

LeGreco and Sills will also continue to bolster the activity of community gardens and map housing issues and health problems along with food access. Much of LeGreco and Sills’ work is embedded in classes with undergraduates or graduate students, and Sills also hosts a discussion series, Housing Hangouts, at the Center of Housing and Community Studies. Students, faculty and members of the community who want to learn more about improving Greensboro’s food access and addressing other community issues, are encouraged to contact the Center and to watch for upcoming Housing Hangouts through the Facebook page.

The Guilford Food Council Year-End Potluck will be Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension at 3309 Burlington Rd. All are invited to celebrate the Fresh Food Access Plan grant and to learn more.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Note: The Geography department has been included in the paragraph 2 listing. 

 

Innovative teaching: Wade Maki provides one of many examples

Photo of Wade Maki. Teaching is one of the pillars of UNCG’s historical excellence. Students are drawn to UNCG and its outstanding, creative faculty, knowing how much they will learn.

The Office of the Provost is soliciting cross/multi/interdisciplinary research and creative activity proposals tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan: health and wellbeing, vibrant communities, and global connections. Faculty are being asked to review those three themes in the University Plan and consider responding to one of the three RFPs available to provide seed funding for teaching innovations or research tied to the Strategic Plan.

Campus Weekly regularly includes pieces about great research – and in the coming weeks we’ll highlight a sampling of innovations in teaching around campus over the past year.

One of those innovations has been developed by Wade Maki, senior lecturer in Philosophy who teaches courses such as Business Ethics and The Meaning of Life. The problem he tackled: large courses where students attend three times a week in a traditional lecture model, a scenario in which some students become disengaged and also find it difficult to attend every class. He changed this by creating a “flipped class,” or turning lectures into video content, which students would watch on their own time. Classroom time could then be used for team-based learning (TBL) activities, solving problems or taking a quiz. One value of this model according to Maki is that, for any course with a significant lecture component, “it frees up class time for more active learning while providing the content and incentive for students to complete it in advance.”

Because the lectures were available to all students at any time, they did not need to be delivered in class, and classes were then scheduled only once a week, but with 30 students in each class rather than 60. For this particular course, it allowed enrollment to increase to 90, but with more active class time for each student. With his flipped “Ethical Issues in Business,” the response was positive. Maki reported, “Many students are tired of lectures and PowerPoint slides and really appreciate the active nature of class. The ability to get students in smaller groups even for just an hour a week opens up so many options for engaging active learning techniques.”

In this model, students must take responsibility for their education – it requires active participation throughout. As Maki said, “She who does the work does the learning.”

All proposals by faculty are due by December 9, 2016; Learn more at http://research.uncg.edu/seeking-proposals-strategic-seed-grants/.

SECC at 90 percent of goal, still accepting pledges

Although UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) solicitors gathered last week in the Alumni House for the SECC wrap-up event, the campaign is still accepting pledges through December. Currently, UNCG is approximately $20,000 away from its goal of $199,999.

At the event, campaign chair DiAnne Borders thanked solicitors for all of their hard work throughout the campaign and discussed ways to continue to reach out to faculty and staff in the coming weeks.

“We’ve done really well, and we’d really, really, really like to get to that goal so that we can have an even larger impact on the lives of North Carolinians, both in our community and across the state,” Borders told solicitors at the luncheon.

Through the SECC, UNCG faculty and staff can select from more than 1,000 charities across the state, nation and world. Pledges can be made online using ePledge or via the paper pledge form. The ePledge site can be accessed at ncsecc.org.

For more information about UNCG’s campaign, visit secc.uncg.edu.

Spartan Chariot service includes Kaplan Wellness Center

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center.As colder temperatures arrive, remember that Spartan Chariot can be a great way to get from one side of campus to another throughout the year.

The yellow Spartan Chariot buses run on a campus loop to make travel across campus faster and easier. The weekday express service stops at 12 locations at 30 minute intervals, between academic, administrative and facilities buildings, including the Kaplan Wellness Center (its most newly added stop).

Other stops include: Walker Avenue Circle, North Drive at College Ave, North Drive near Sullivan Science, McIver St. near the School of Music, Tate St. near Brown and Taylor Theatre and Lot 7 near Gatewood Studio Arts.

The evening safety shuttle stops at up to 16 designated locations and stops are serviced at 15 minute intervals. Both buses are free for anyone with a UNCG ID. For more stops and details, and a real-time bus location tracker, visit: https://parking.uncg.edu/getting-around-campus/chariot/

SHRA (SPA) Performance Management Plan by Nov. 30

It’s time once again to complete the SHRA Interim Review. Please take an opportunity between now and November 30, 2016, to communicate performance feedback with each employee you supervise. This formal discussion will provide managers/supervisors and employees an opportunity to discuss any changes in organizational priorities or employee development goals, review progress and, if necessary, address performance problems and identify steps the employee should take to improve or adjust priority through the reminder of the performance cycle. We ask that you document this using the PMP Form, located at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PerformanceMgt/.

Please also note the current PMP cycle for 2016-17 is April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017. The timeline is as follows:

  • April 1 to July 31 – Complete the Initial Work Plan
  • October 1 – November 30 – Conduct the Interim Review
  • February 1 – March 31 – Complete the Final Review
  • April 28, 2017 – Final Performance Management Plan due in Human Resources

If you have questions, please contact Angela Mahoney in Human Resources at 336-334-5009.

In memoriam: John Young

Dr. John Young died on Nov. 4, 2016, in Greensboro. He joined the university in 1980. After serving as director of The Office of Continuing Education and Summer Session until 1997, he served as dean of UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning from 1997 to 2001.

At UNCG his leadership was instrumental in creating successful programs for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree, Emeritus Society, and the All Arts, Sciences & Technology Summer Camps. He championed innovative summer session courses as well as challenging interdisciplinary courses. Following his 21 years in administration, he was devoted to teaching and mentoring adult students in the MALS program. In retirement he enjoyed being affiliated as a “resident sage” with the Association for Managers of Innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership.

He graduated from John Carroll University with an A.B. in Philosophy and A.M. in Classical Languages (Latin and Greek), and from the University of Virginia with an M.A. and PhD in philosophy. He attended the University of London as a two-time Fulbright scholar from 1968-70, and Yale University as a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar in 1977-78. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

He taught at John Carroll University, the University of Virginia, the Governor’s School of South Carolina and Davidson College.

He was a past president of the Greensboro Ballet Board and represented UNCG as a member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro on Nov. 19 at noon, followed by a reception and time of remembrances in Mullin Life Center. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct the years he served as dean.

Faculty Forum today: ‘Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and the Undergraduate Experience’

Faculty Senate will host a forum on Wednesday, Nov. 16, a two-part interactive session titled “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Undergraduate Experience: Teaching and Learning at a Diverse and Minority Serving Institution.” The forum is moderated by Julia Mendez Smith, Chancellor’s Fellow of Campus Climate; Gerald Holmes, Chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Andrea Hunter, Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate. The forum will be held at the Alumni House in the Virginia Dare Room.

Julia Mendez Smith will present “Diversity Course Content: Asset Mapping of the Undergraduate Curriculum. Her presentation will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion.

Starting at 4 p.m. there will be three round table discussions. Shelly Brown-Jeffy (Sociology), Julia Mendez Smith (Psychology), and Anthony Taylor (CASA) will facilitate the first table, “Classroom Climate and Pedagogy: The Challenges and Benefits of Student Diversity.” Brad Johnson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) and Gus Peña (Intercultural Engagement) will facilitate table two, “Student Perspectives: Diversity, Inclusion (or not), and Campus Climate” and Mark Rifkin (Women and Gender Studies, English) and Cerise Glenn (African American and African Diaspora Studies, Communication Studies) will facilitate the third table, “Student Activism: Advocating for Equity and Social Change.”

Spartan Village II: Update on mixed-use project

110916feature_spartanvillageUNCG continues to expand its presence on West Gate City Boulevard with Spartan Village Student Housing Phase II, a new $50.9 million mixed-use project featuring two residence halls and 26,000 square feet of retail space.

Spartan Village, which opened in 2013 with four Student Housing Phase I residence halls, was developed in response to the university’s need to provide more on-campus housing for the growing student population. When Phase II opens next fall, approximately 1,200 students will live in Spartan Village, which is adjacent to the new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

The two new residence halls – with space for 330 beds – will offer two-bedroom apartments with one or two bathrooms.

“These buildings are designed for upperclassmen and graduate students with an emphasis on privacy and independence,” said Timothy Johnson, director of Housing & Residence Life. “The retail component of Phase II will serve not only UNCG students, but also the Glenwood neighborhood and greater Greensboro community.”

Retail space will be located on the ground level of both buildings. Confirmed retailers for Phase II include:

  • A grocery store concept by the owners of Bestway Grocery
  • Pita Delite
  • An Asian/Mexican fusion street food concept
  • Homeslice Pizza and Subs
  • The Den, a new diner concept by Denny’s
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Recycles Bike Shop
  • Art Loft

The grocery store and restaurants will accept UNCG Dining FLEX dollars, and many of the retailers will be open late and deliver to campus. The new retail space will also provide employment opportunities for students and members of the Glenwood neighborhood.

“The amount of retail in this residential community is unique,” said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities. “This is the long-awaited mixed-use component of Spartan Village.”

Additionally, Phase II will provide a critical link between the Kaplan Center and the Phase I residence halls. Pedestrian walkways will connect all residence halls to the Kaplan Center and the signalized crosswalk on West Gate City Boulevard, which leads students to the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass. The underpass connects Spartan Village, the Kaplan Center and the UNCG Police Station with the rest of campus.

“This project is so important because it provides additional on-campus housing, a ‘town center’ along West Gate City Boulevard for the campus and the community, and increased pedestrian and bicycle connectivity for our students,” Quintal said. “We’re excited about the ways that Phase II will transform this area of campus.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Rendering provided by Little Diversified

Helping share the stories of war, through StoryCorps

110916feature_storycorpsUNCG’s Dr. Chuck Bolton believes that everyone has an important story that needs to be told.

That’s why the professor of history is partnering with the Greensboro Public Library and the national project StoryCorps to document the stories of war through his course “Oral History and the Veterans’ Experience.”

“Oral history is a way to preserve the voices of everyday people,” he said. “As people look back years from now, these stories will be important.”

One of the signature offerings of UNCG’s War & Peace Imagined event series, “Oral History and the Veterans’ Experience” is designed as both a course for UNCG honors students and a community project. This unique collaboration provides students and community members the opportunity to work together and collect the stories of individuals who have been impacted by war – from veterans to conscientious objectors to refugees fleeing conflict.

In September, StoryCorps traveled to Greensboro to train the 17 students and nine community members participating in the project. Since then, participants have interviewed “storytellers” from a variety of backgrounds. As a StoryCorps project, the interviews will be archived in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as in the Greensboro Public Library.

Over the course of the semester, students have learned oral history theory, interviewing techniques and listening skills.

“The difficult part is knowing when to ask follow-up questions,” Bolton said. “These interviews require students to think on their feet and listen closely. If you’ve done a good interview, you’ll likely be mentally exhausted afterward.”

Junior James Bredon was interested in taking the course because his grandfather is a Korean War veteran.

“I wanted to learn how to ask people about their military experience,” said Bredon, who is double majoring in political science and international and global studies. “Conducting interviews with veterans has shown me firsthand how conflict can have a profound impact on individuals – many interviews led to moments of intense emotion or deep thought.”

Sophomore Alyssa Sanchez was familiar with StoryCorps through its weekly broadcast on NPR and jumped at the opportunity to work with the organization.

“It’s been fascinating to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the production side of StoryCorps,” she said.

Why is it important to collect the stories of war? According to Bolton, military conflict is nearly universal.

“Throughout history, warfare has impacted so many different populations,” he said, adding that the project is also an opportunity to collect some of the last remaining stories from World War II veterans.

The course will culminate in a final project for students. Additionally, Bolton and the Greensboro Public Library will present several story sharing sessions to the public on Feb. 9 and March 9.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo of an interview by Martin W. Kane

Helping with Hunger & Homelessness

110916feature_emptybowlsNext week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, and UNCG aims to raise awareness and provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to help the less fortunate.

Spartans are encouraged to volunteer for and make donations to BackPack Beginnings, a nonprofit currently serving over 2,000 children a week. Pack food and comfort packs for Guilford County children and register to volunteer here. Volunteers will meet on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the bus stop on Stirling Street at 1:30 pm.

On Monday, Nov. 11, UNCG Athletics, Wesley-Luther and OLSL will host Soup for Hoops at the men’s basketball Spartan Showcase game against Presbyterian. Student groups have been challenged to collect as many non-perishable food items as they can, and the winners will be recognized on the court. All items will go to fellow Spartans through the Spartan Open Pantry. Register student groups here, and attend the game at the Greensboro Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, Operation Bed Roll will offer a training at the Central Library at 219 N. Church St., at 6 p.m., and UNCG groups are invited to register here. Recycling educator Tori Carle will train volunteers in repurposing thousands of plastic grocery bags to make sleeping mats that Greensboro police officers will distribute to homeless people throughout the winter. If possible, volunteers should bring 10 or more plastic bags, scissors and Q-sized crochet hooks.

Thursday, Nov. 17, the Empty Bowls Hunger Banquet will be at 6 p.m. in Moran 109. This event is a simulation of food hardship to raise awareness. Admission is a box of cereal for Spartan Open Pantry or $3.

Friday, Nov. 18, volunteers are invited to package 5,000 meals for children worldwide. Shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Kaplan Center, and volunteers should plan to pack. Sign up for a shift or make a donation here.

Contact Allison Heisel at a_heisel@uncg.edu for more information about any of the events, or view all the events on the webpage.

Visual: Archival photo of Empty Bowls Hunger project

UNCG No. 59 nationally on ‘Best for Vets’ ranking

Photo of several American flags. For the second year in a row, Military Times has recognized UNCG for its commitment to serving veteran students with excellence.

The university was ranked No. 59 out of 130 institutions on the publication’s Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 list, up nine spots from last year’s ranking. UNCG also had the fourth highest ranking of North Carolina colleges and universities.

“We were extremely pleased to hear about our ranking on the list this year. The Veterans Resource Center has helped the university to take on a comprehensive and proactive approach to ensure that all our military-affiliated students have access to the resources they need to be successful,” said Bradley Wrenn, Veterans Resource Center coordinator. “We look forward to continuously improving the student veteran experience at UNCG.”

UNCG has a rich history and strong reputation of embracing veteran students. The university has faithfully served military veterans since the first female veterans returned home from World War II and began using the GI Bill to attend Woman’s College in the mid-1940s.

UNCG’s military-affiliated students have access to the Veterans Resource Center,Student Veterans Association and numerous scholarship opportunities. In addition, UNCG’s Veteran Access Program provides medically-trained veterans an accelerated track to a career in nursing.

The university was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a “Top School” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities. The Bryan School of Business was named to Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 list as well.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges list analyzes the services for and academic success of veterans and military personnel at more than 600 colleges and universities across the nation. Using self-reported data, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education, Military Times compiles a comprehensive list of the best schools for veterans in the U.S.

“We limit our list to encourage competition, and we genuinely hope this helps raise the bar for veterans on campus,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets.

For more information and to see Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list in its entirety, click here.

Search #uncgvets on Twitter and Instagram to follow our Veterans Day coverage. Use that hashtag to post your own photos from campus events or to share appreciation for U.S. veterans.

By Jeanie McDowell

Home opener Friday for UNCG Men’s Basketball vs. ACC’s Virginia

Photo of basketballs. The UNCG men’s basketball team finished last season with a five-game winning streak in the regular season and a trip to the College Basketball Invitational – its first shot at postseason play since 2002.

This year, Coach Wes Miller and his team are looking to build on that momentum.

The Spartans open their season on Friday, Nov. 11, with a high-profile match-up against the University of Virginia Cavaliers at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to have a top-10 team come into our home arena,” Miller said. “This is an opportunity to see how we stack up against one of the best teams in college basketball.”

And this year’s squad is ready to put up a fight. The Spartans return 75.9 percent of their scoring and 78.9 percent of their rebounding, as well as four starters from last year.

According to Miller, these players are poised to take UNCG men’s basketball to the next level.

“We’ve been waiting to have a combination of talent, depth and experience,” he said. “This is the first UNCG team that I have coached that has all three.”

Miller is focused on establishing a championship-level culture and raising the standards of success this year. To make these changes, he’s relying on senior leadership from Diante Baldwin and R.J. White, as well as emerging young players like guards Francis Alonso and Demetrius Troy.

He’s also looking to the fans.

“We really feed off the energy of our fans,” he said. “Toward the end of last season, the support from our fans made a difference. We’re hoping to see that same kind of energy in the Greensboro Coliseum this year.”

Tip-off for Friday’s home opener is set for 7 p.m. This special Veterans Day game will include a free tailgate for student veterans and their families, as well as military programming throughout the game. Admission is free for all veterans who have a veterans ID.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit uncgspartans.com.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photograph courtesy UNCG Athletics

Bridging the gap, play by play

The play’s the thing for the Police Student Advisory Council.

The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, and the campus community is invited to attend. In what will be the 9th meeting since the council was formed in 2015, the students and officers will use improvisation games and facilitated conversations to make connections and build understanding. Games like “Zip, Zap, Zop!” Dr. Know-it-all” or “Family Album,” draw the students and officers together in creating a safe and trusting UNCG community.

The Police Student Advisory Council, led by Dr. Omar Ali, has hosted three workshops each semester and different officers attend as their shifts allow. Council member and Ph.D student Domonique Edwards praised the value of holding the workshops regularly. “There is more contact and better relations,” she said. “Play and improv are powerful tools for building new kinds of relationships. It creates connectivity and a sense of community.”

UNCG’s Police Chief Paul Lester, who has been very supportive of the council, says the officers enjoy the meetings as “an opportunity to have fun with the students and address some important issues at the same time.”

In addition to the council meetings, students have other opportunities to connect with UNCG Police. This year officers helped students move into their dorm rooms, often hauling the heaviest loads, to make their first interactions with UNCG Police positive. They also started ‘Cops in the Caf’ where, several times each month, officers make it a point to sit down with students for lunch or dinner in Fountain View.

The council has a table in the EUC three days leading up to the workshops, where they welcome students to drop by and write down questions they have for UNCG police officers. As Dr. Ali, who facilitates the workshops, said, “In modest but important ways, we’re creating positive spaces and building a community where all of us can continue to grow.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Final competition for Three Minute Thesis Nov. 17

Imagine explaining your dissertation or thesis in three minutes – with no more than one visual.

The UNCG Graduate School will host its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2:30 -4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

In the 3MT competition, graduate students convey the essence and importance of their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes and with one PowerPoint slide.

Ten students will compete in the UNCG final competition for first place ($1,000 plus travel and accommodations to the regional CSGS competition), second place ($500), and the people’s choice ($250).

The final round will be:

  1. Brian Suttell, History
  2. Priyanka Ruparelia, Nanoscience
  3. Kelley Massengale, Public Health
  4. Education Jed Diekfuss, Kinesiology
  5. Katelyn Miller, Biology
  6. Paula Swindle, Counseling and Educational Development
  7. Brian Cone, Kinesiology
  8. Stacy Rice, English Reynaldo
  9. Diaz, Nanoscience
  10. Ghina’a Abu Deiab, Chemistry and Biochemistry

You can find more information about the 3MT competition at https://grs.uncg.edu/life-dev/3mt/.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Laura Drew at ladrew@uncg.edu.

Spartan dining events for November 2016

UNCG Dining Services will offer a few special events this month in Moran Commons.

  • Thursday, Nov. 10, there will be ‘Celebrity Indian Lunch,’ featuring an array of Indian dishes inspired by celebrity chef Jehangir Mehta. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Next Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. UNCG Dining Services executive chef Sean Lawrence will teach a turkey carving class, which is open to faculty and staff as well as students.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 17, a Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In ongoing events, every Tuesday is Ice-cream/Crepe Day and Wednesday is Fried Chicken Day, with both offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

International Education Week

Nov. 14 through 18, the International Programs Center, Human Resources, the Global Engagement Office, International and Global Studies, the African Student Union, Career Services, the School of Education Global Committee, Global Leadership Program and Global Village will present International Education Week.

The programming begins with a pre-IEW event, “African Night,” an annual showcase of dance, fashion and music, hosted by the African Student Union, Saturday, Nov. 12, in the EUC Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the SOE Global Immigrant Tapestry will be on display in the EUC commons. This tapestry was created by local immigrant families from various countries. Also on display will be study abroad photographs taken by UNCG students during 2015-16, and viewers can vote on their favorite for a contest in five categories.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5:15 p.m. in the Faculty Center, Dr. Corey Johnson will lead a discussion on refugees and borders and will present information about his work on the refugee crisis in southeastern Europe.

Several workshops are available for faculty and staff. “Intercultural Sensitivity,” designed to help faculty and staff increase their awareness of cultural sensitivity will be Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in Foust 206. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in EUC Sharp, there will be a faculty-led study abroad program directors’ meeting, a workshop which will cover risk management and best practices for directing short-term international experiences. The “Scholar Workshop” for faculty and academic staff members interested in hosting an international scholar at UNCG will be Thursday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Foust 206, and attendees are encouraged to come with questions.

The Study Abroad Expo will be in the EUC Pre-Function area of auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 16, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and throughout the week there will be information sessions and workshops for international F1 students and for students who want to study abroad. Those sessions include financial workshops, curricular training, a reflective writing symposium and “Brown & Abroad,” a panel discussion of minority students’ experience overseas. See this flyer for times and locations of workshops and panels. International F1 students will also have an opportunity to consult with an immigration attorney, and can reserve a spot by emailing email isssga2@uncg.edu.

The week concludes Friday Nov. 18, with an event hosted by Interlink Language Center that includes cultural presentations, performances by JALWA: Bollywood Dance Group and Proyecta Mexican Scholarship Students, the photograph contest winner announcements, a closing ceremony and reception, 2 to 4 p.m. in Jarrell Hall.

For more information, please contact the International Programs Center at 336-334 -5404 or visit www.uncg.edu/ipg.

UNCG awarded $1.8 million to train future rural school principals

UNCG has been awarded a $1.8 million principal preparation grant to train 20 principals in 11 rural North Carolina school districts.

“UNCG is thrilled to partner with area districts to prepare the next generation of outstanding rural school leaders,” said Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, the grant’s principal investigator. “The collaborative partnership between UNCG, the districts, and the Southern Regional Education Board will prepare 20 of the best and brightest to lead high need rural schools in our region.”

The university’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, housed in its School of Education, received the grant from the NC Alliance for School Leadership Development to fund the two-year Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) program.

The program involves 11 rural districts in North Carolina that struggle to find and keep effective principals for high-needs schools. PPEERS will prepare and license 20 principals over a two-year period.

Program participants will spend the first year working through through rigorous coursework and a site-based practicum. During the second year, they will complete a 10-month internship with a mentor principal at a high-needs school.

The PPEERS program will cultivate skills that are key for principals in high-needs schools, including instructional leadership, distributive leadership, talent management and change leadership.

Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, funds from the grant will be used to provide PPEERS participants with full tuition to the Master of School Administration degree program, as well as salary replacement during the full-time internship.

The grant team is led by Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, Dr. Ann Davis, Dr. Carl Lashley and Dr. Brian Clarida.

Educators in Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Person, Montgomery, Stanley, Randolph, Rockingham, Surry and Lee counties, as well as the City of Lexington, may apply. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Kim Kappler Hewitt at kkhewitt@uncg.edu or 336-430-2360.