UNCG Campus Weekly

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Considering meta-narrative and more at Strategic Planning forum

Photo of Foust Building with fall foliageChancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. presented some initial thinking regarding UNCG strategic planning at a forum Oct. 5.

He preceded his remarks by saying, “None of this is set in stone.” He offered the metaphor “It’s a first draft of the framework of the manuscript.”

He told the faculty and staff attending the forum, “One of the things this university needs is a meta-narrative – a story of what we’re about.”

He added that those at UNCG’s Bryan School may say that in a different way: “What’s our value proposition?”

He laid out three items for consideration – three things that help define UNCG – in this meta-narrative:

Opportunity for all He spoke of the Woman’s College legacy, our support of first-generation students, our campus’ diversity and UNCG’s strong online presence providing access.

Research intensive He cited the world-class research at UNCG and the wealth of research opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students.

Student-oriented UNCG has a strong emphasis on faculty teaching, to pedagogic innovation and to experiential learning.

A “concept of place” was also explored. Many of our students come from the crescent from Charlotte to Wilmington. Many alumni are in that crescent. And our current students are heavily engaged in our community.

“We are of a place,” he emphasized, giving examples of notable universities around the nation that have little sense of place.

A summary? “A world-class university with a sense of place” he said. That is not a line, just a concept or potential summation.

He also presented three focus areas or “buckets”:

  • Healthy lives (including physical, mental, population/public and as one speaker suggested, environmental)
  • Vibrant lives (including dimensions of community engagement, economic development, cultural enrichment)
  • Global connections (such as cross-cultural engagements and our student exchanges and internships)

“We want to take out what does not make sense and add more that does,” he told the faculty and staff.

Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, served as a facilitator for the first part of the remaining 1 1/2 hours of the forum. “We want to get your feedback,” she said.

The next forum for the campus community will be Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the EUC Auditorium.

By Mike Harris


SMTD launches Private Lessons Program

Photo of School of Music, Theatre and Dance building from Herring GardenGuitar, violin, piano, voice, tuba, bassoon, clarinet … the list goes on and on.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) is now offering a wide range of private music lessons, taught exclusively by students, to the UNCG and Greater Greensboro communities.

Launched this fall as part of the SMTD Community Arts Collaborative (CAC), the Private Lessons Program offers one-on-one musical instruction at an affordable price. In return, UNCG undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students receive invaluable, hands-on learning experience, as well as some extra cash.

Whether you’re a staff or faculty member who has never taken a music lesson in your life, or a student hoping to hone your skills, the program offers a variety of lessons that can be tailored to your needs, interests and busy schedule.

“The Private Lessons Program is about affordability and accessibility,” said Erika Rauer, CAC program director. “This is a great program for a beginner or intermediate student who may not have had access to lessons before.”

Private lessons are available in packages of five, 10 and 20, and pricing is based on the experience level of the instructors. All instructors are music performance or music education majors and must apply to the program and be selected in order to teach. Lessons are available to individuals of all ages and all skill levels and take place in the Music Building’s practice rooms.

The Private Lessons Program is open to all UNCG faculty, staff and their families, as well as students and the general public. For more information and to register for lessons, complete the inquiry form at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/community-arts-collaborative/private-lessons.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Get outside this fall with help from Outdoor Adventures

Photo of students overlooking a mountain rangeCaving in the remote areas of Southwest Virginia. Kayaking along the Carolina coast. Rock climbing at Pilot Mountain.

While most faculty, staff and students know UNCG’s Outdoor Adventures for its incredible trips (most of which fill up in a matter of days), Outdoor Adventures provides another great service for the UNCG community: rental equipment and resources to plan your own outdoor excursion.

This fall, Outdoor Adventures’ Rental and Trip Center is once again offering a wide range of items, including zero-degree sleeping bags, stoves, cooking kits, coolers and backpacks – all at a very affordable price. The center also provides books, maps and other resources, along with expert staff, to help plan trips.

For more information about available rental equipment and to plan your next nature getaway, visit campusrec.uncg.edu/oa.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo of a UNCG outing


Share your story – and donation – with SECC

Photo of SECC Committee Chair Ray Carney holding "I Support" signFor SECC Committee Chair Ray Carney, participating in the giving campaign is a way to raise awareness and support for a cause that hits close to home: serving our nation’s veterans.

Carney was born into a military family and served in the Air Force for more than seven years. Upon returning to the United States after serving in the Philippines during the evacuation of Vietnam, Carney witnessed firsthand the challenges that veterans face as they transition back into civilian life. Now at UNCG, he wants to do more to help veterans.

“These men and women deserve the best medical, mental and emotional support our country can provide in exchange for what they are asked to do for our country,” Carney said.

Through the SECC, Carney supports several veterans organizations, including Operation First Response, Americans VetDogs and Wounded Warrior Project. Carney encourages all UNCG employees to personalize the SECC campaign and use it as a way to share their story.

Employees can make a donation via the online ePledge system or paper form. Those that wish to opt-out of this year’s campaign are encouraged to officially opt-out (either online or on the paper form) to help the committee with data collection. UNCG hopes to raise more than $200,000 for charities across the Triad and the state through this year’s campaign. For more information about the campaign, visit secc.uncg.edu. To access the ePledge system, click here.

What should they read? Make nominations for next year’s Common Read.

UNCG faculty and staff, the university needs your input for next year’s common read.

Recommendations for next year’s Keker First Year Common Read book are now being accepted. If you know of book that would be great for next year’s freshmen class, please submit your recommendation here: https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a35dyYtYE3hq65D

If you would like to recommend a book, but need some inspiration visit: http://ppi-pwf.texterity.com/ppi/fye_-_2015-2016?pg=5#pg5 http://files.harpercollins.com/OMM/FIRSTYEARSTUDENTFINALCATALOG.pdf

*Not all of the books in these links meet the criteria

If you have questions, contact New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at yfy@uncg.edu.

Flu shots at UNCG

Photo of someone receiving a flu shotHuman Resource Services is sponsoring onsite flu shot clinics this fall. Three dates are announced:

Oct.19 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kirkland Room EUC
Oct. 20 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Campus Supply Training Room
Oct. 28 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kirkland Room EUC

How do you register for a flu shot appointment? Appointments are not required but will be given priority over walk-ins.

Go to https://maximflu.bioiq.com.

  1. Click the ‘Sign-Up Now!’ button.
  2. When prompted, enter your Invitation Code, which is UNCGFlu2015.
  3. Enter the requested information.
  4. Select your preferred vaccination event and time.

This clinic will provide free flu shots to State Health Plan members. This includes employees and their covered family members, at least 9 years of age. Retirees with State Health Plan coverage are also welcome. Please bring your State Health Plan ID card and a photo ID.

Forum for associate vice chancellor for human resources candidate

The associate VC for human resources search committee will bring a fourth candidate to campus to interview for the position.

Come hear the candidate speak Thursday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at a campus forum in the Maple Room, EUC.

Visit http://avchrsearch.uncg.edu, where you may view information for the candidates. There, you are invited to provide feedback about each of them.

Join in the 5K at Homecoming

Photo showing the start of last year's Homecoming 5K raceJoin The Department of Campus Recreation and the UNC Greensboro Staff Senate by starting Homecoming’s busiest day off with a beautiful run/jog/walk through UNC Greensboro’s campus.

Proceeds from the race benefit The Department of Campus Recreation Student Employee Professional Development Fund and the Staff Senate Scholarship fund.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Race Starts: 9 a.m.
Check-In and Day of Registration: 8 – 8:40 a.m.
Location: Check-in and Start/Finish Line will begin behind the Student Recreation Center.

More details about the race and route are at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/programs/5k/.

Sign up now through Jones Racing Company  https://jonesracingcompany.webconnex.com/uncghomecoming5k or stop by the Student Recreation Center Administrative Suite during business hours.

If you have any questions, contact Sarah Cheffy at slmccol3@uncg.edu.

Giving to SECC just got easier with ePledge

Photo of staff members entering the Alumni House during the SECC campaign launch partyThe State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) ePledge system, the simplest way for UNCG employees to participate in the giving campaign, is now open for business.

UNCG encourages all employees to participate in the SECC in one of two ways: support a charity or officially opt out via the online ePledge system. Individuals who wish to opt out can follow the link in the SECC emails they receive each week. Employees will continue to receive email reminders until they participate. UNCG hopes to raise more than $200,000 for charities across the Triad and the state through this year’s campaign.

UNCG launched the 2015 SECC last week with a kickoff meeting that included powerful words from Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr.

“It’s these tough economic times that make your contribution more important than ever,” Gilliam said.

“Every donation matters. No matter how large, no matter how small.”

During the training session, SECC Committee Chair Ray Carney praised the solicitors for their work last year.

“You guys are the ones in the trenches. You should be proud.”

Carney emphasized the importance of making this campaign a positive experience for all UNCG employees, and encouraged individuals to personalize the campaign and use SECC as a way to tell their story.

While paper pledge forms are still available for employees, the ePledge system is the easiest way to participate. For more information about the campaign, visit secc.uncg.edu. To donate via ePledge, visit www.ncsecc.org/donate.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin Kane, of SECC volunteers arriving at their campaign kickoff meeting.

Mitch Croatt puts “fun” in functional groups

Photo of Dr. Mitchell Croatt works with research student in the chemistry labIt’s not hard to see why Dr. Mitchell Croatt is a favorite among UNCG students. His passion for organic chemistry is infectious and can make even the most hesitant English major want to strap on a pair of safety goggles and get in the lab. He encourages research and discourse at all levels, incorporating students from the undergraduate to the post-doctorate on his projects. And he takes an active interest in the careers of his students, spearheading programs to ensure their success after they leave UNCG.

A year ago, Croatt received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant goes to junior faculty pursuing innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and making significant impact in their community. By focusing on both, the CAREER grant shines light on the broader impacts of scientific study.

As a CAREER grantee, the associate professor’s influence at UNCG extends far beyond the lab. Since 2011, Croatt has led a discussion series on careers in science that is popular with undergrads and post-docs alike. Every semester his panels address a different subject – most recently the underrepresentation of women and racial minorities in the scientific field. For Croatt, it’s essential to foster an environment where all voices can be heard. “I definitely wouldn’t want to lose potential chemists or scientists of any regard because they felt like they weren’t welcome or they weren’t valued.”

But what students find most engaging about Croatt is his genuine interest in helping them learn. Under his guidance, they don’t just regurgitate facts and formulas – they actually think like chemists.

Croatt’s CAREER grant supports the continued development of one of his most successful teaching innovations – a computer program to help students better understand organic chemistry. This cross between a computer game and “glorified flashcards” results from a collaboration between Croatt and UNCG Biology’s Bruce Kirchoff. The program helps students visualize and conceptualize organic chemistry through a unique approach to functional groups, the groups of atoms that determine how a molecule will behave in chemical reactions.

“If you just memorize it, then you have that image in your mind, and if I present it on the exam upside-down – and how you draw molecules is highly variable – students then don’t understand what it is,” explains Croatt. “Whereas if you really learn what makes an ether an ether, what makes an amide an amide, then you can really start to understand how it’s gonna react, how something will react with it.”

The associate professor has a new program focusing on organic reactions in the works, as well as in-browser and application versions of the programs.

An innovative spirit also characterizes Croatt’s work in the lab. His research projects, which boast funding from the National Institutes of Health and the NC Biotechnology Center, generally fall into two camps. The first is medicinal chemistry. Croatt’s lab creates analogs of molecules, using processes that allow for modification of their individual components. His research focuses on finding ways to make medicinal compounds as simply and efficiently as possible, with the ultimate goal of lowering the costs of pharmaceuticals. Croatt’s second, more general area of focus is new reaction design and development, where he explores novel ways to synthesize molecules.

Full story at UNCG Research web site.

By Ben Tasho with Emma Toxler

Southern soul, at Our State

Photo of Elizabeth Hudson speaks with poet and faculty member Terry Kennedy and other attendees at book signingThere’s a yellowed piece of paper with a jagged edge pinned above Elizabeth Hudson’s desk at Our State magazine. On it, there’s a list penned in tight cursive of nine definitive characteristics of Southern fiction: deep involvement in place, family bonds, celebration of eccentricity, strong narrative voice, themes of human endurance, local tradition, sense of impending loss, pervasive sense of humor in the face of tragedy and an inability to leave the past behind.

Hudson jotted down those words as an undergraduate student at UNCG in Charles Davis’ Southern Fiction class. Now, she uses those characteristics as a guide to build each issue of Our State magazine.

“This is exactly how I make a magazine every month,” Hudson told the group that gathered Sept. 23 at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries event in Alumni House.

Hudson began her career at Our State 18 years ago, but her journey there began long before.

As a child, Hudson was an avid reader, devouring any book she could get her hands on. After high school, Hudson went to Appalachian State University before she dropped out in the middle of her freshman year. When she returned home to the small town of Farmer, she got a job driving the tram around the North Carolina zoo. Before long, however, Hudson decided to return to her studies. She attended Randolph Community College for several semesters and then transferred to UNCG.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she said, but adds that she did know that she wanted to read.

“I started signing up for English classes,” Hudson said.

But she didn’t stick to classes just in the English department.

“This is the kind of school that lets you explore with a lot of things,” she said.

Hudson said she “dabbled” in a number of subjects, including geography and film. In the geography classes, she developed a “sense of place,” and the film courses strengthened her storytelling skills.

“Everything that happened here somehow stayed with me,” she said.

“I’ve had every editorial role that exists in publishing,” she said, explaining that she became an editorial assistant at Our State before moving up to associate editor and now to editor-in-chief, a position she’s held for six years.

“I really love it here,” Hudson said. “Every single month I get paid to read really good stories.”

Since Hudson began in 1997, Our State magazine has grown from 40,000 to 178,000 subscribers.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Jeanie Groh, University Relations
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations. Hudson speaks with poet and faculty member Terry Kennedy and other attendees at book signing.

Did you know Elizabeth Hudson once won the UNCG Magazine fiction writing contest? Read the winning story here. The illustration was by former UNCG faculty member Suzanne Cabrera, who also illustrated her new book, she noted.

UNCG is a picture of health

Photo of UNCG students, faculty and staff gathered at Moran Commons listening to Chancellor GilliamUNCG students, faculty and staff gathered at Moran Commons and Plaza Tuesday to hear the big news:

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of just five universities in the United States to receive the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award.

Active Minds, a national nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues, announced this morning that five campuses across the nation have been recognized as leaders in prioritizing health and demonstrating innovation and excellence in promoting student well-being. UNCG joins Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Minnesota and Western Washington University as the nation’s leaders in creating a culture of health on campus.

“The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to create a healthy college community,” said Sara Abelson, vice president of student health and wellness at Active Minds. “UNCG’s efforts are a model for campuses nationwide and demonstrate what is possible when students, staff, faculty and administrators from across an entire university work together so that every student has the opportunity to thrive.”

For more information about how you can stay healthy on campus, visit shs.uncg.edu.

Full story is at UNCG Now news site.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photograph by Martin Kane

Nominate an outstanding student for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

The Golden Chain Honor Society was organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the University community. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNCG campus. Members embody the characteristics of: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity, and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for fall 2015 inductions. Candidates this fall must be seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned to Casey Fletcher at cmfletch@uncg.edu by Friday, Oct. 9. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee.)

Tackling the stigma: Football player Keith O’Neil speaks on bipolar disorder

Keith O’Neil will come to UNCG to share his personal journey of his struggle and triumph in living with bipolar disorder. O’Neil is a former NFL player who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants.

UNCG’s Department of Social Work along with the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, NAMI Guilford, and Sanctuary House will sponsor the talk by O’Neil on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Aycock Auditorium at 7 p.m.  This free event is open to the community.

The organizers invite students, mental health professionals, educators, first responders, community advocates, civic and faith leaders, and anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and wellness. His trip to the Triad is not about his Super Bowl XLI ring or his football legacy but rather to share his personal story of playing in the NFL with an undiagnosed mental illness. He is currently writing a book and speaking to helping others who suffer with mental health issues. He is president and founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation, which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness.

The host organizations have a common goal of educating the community on the importance of good mental health, connecting people to the mental health support they need, and eradicating prejudice against people with mental illness.

Taking the high road to better data

The presentation “Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data” will be offered by the Office of Research Integrity.

The training session in responsible conduct of research practices includes topics such as Conflict of Interest in Research, Questionable Research Practices, Data Management, Authorship, and Mentor/Mentee Relationships.

The training will be Friday, October 30, 2-3:15 p.m, School of Education, Room 120. Refer to http://integrity.uncg.edu/rcr-training-resources/ for location updates.

Another resource for staff: a Staff Relations Committee

There’s a new UNCG Staff Senate committee, for UNCG staff.

The Staff Relations Committee plans to operate on the principle of confidentiality and informality in offering staff the opportunity to discuss concerns and intends to suggest options and resources to staff members for resolution.

“It’s a safe place to come talk,” explains committee chair Maggie Capone-Chrismon, past co-chair of Staff Senate.

The Staff Relations Committee will collaborate with staff in key areas, focusing on issues that may adversely impact the university community. These key areas include, but are not limited to, the Department of Human Resources, the Legislative Liaison, Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students, and the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence.

The Staff Relations Committee plans to:

  • Listen
  • Help identify options
  • Suggest referrals to other resources
  • Consult with groups on development of policies and procedures.

The membership will be made up of one Staff Senate chair-elect, one immediate past chair, and one current chair. Rod Wyatt, director of Human Relations & chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, serves on the committee as ex officio.

Chair Maggie Capone-Chrismon may be reached at 334-3502 or mgchrism@uncg.edu. Kim Zinke, who is a Staff Senate co-chair, may be reached at 334-5445 or kpzinke@uncg.edu.

Triad Interprofessional Health Education Collaborative next session Oct. 8

About a year ago academic leaders from UNCG, High Point University and North Carolina A&T established a collaborative working group with the goal of developing high quality interprofessional education and practice (IPE & P) experience for our health professional students. That includes nursing, PA, and social work students. The challenges of creating an IPE & P collaboration among three universities are enormous, but great progress is being made. To launch the initiative, the three universities have planned a small pilot consisting of three workshops this year. The first workshop was Sept. 10, 2015. The others are Oct. 8, 2015, and Feb. 4, 2016.

On Sept. 10, 2015, the first Triad Interprofessional Health Collaborative Student Workshop took place in the Cone Moses Hospital AHEC Conference Rooms. The workshop was planned and implemented by UNCG School of Nursing faculty Robin Remsburg, Heidi Krowchuk, Susan Denman, Sue Letvak, and Angela Newman, along with faculty from the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, UNCG Department of Social Work, NC A&T School of Nursing and Department of Social Work, and High Point University’s School of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy program, and Physician Assistant program.

There was time for group / team formation and team building; learning more about the various disciplines; and delving into principles of effective IP communication as well as strategies to improve it. The session ended with a group simulation experience with a standardized patient.

‘Hairspray’ musical at Taylor Theatre

Group photo of student actors during dress rehearsalThe first UNCG musical of the year kicks off this week with a whole lot of spunk, hip-shaking and, of course, hairspray.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) is coming together to produce the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” from Oct. 1-8 at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre.

“Hairspray” has been on th school’s musical docket for a number of years, and the faculty, students and staff couldn’t be more excited for this production.

“When we started talking about ‘Hairspray,’ everything just clicked,” said Jody Kaizen, UNCG Theatre manager and arts administration program director. “It has a powerful message, and it’s really relevant to a lot of the race relations issues that are happening right now.”

UNCG has brought in guest director and choreographer Amy McCleary, a seasoned theater professional who’s worked as a director, choreographer and performer at theaters across the nation.

Justin Cowan ’14, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree in conducting, is working alongside McCleary as the show’s musical director.

Behind the scenes, UNCG students are doing it all. The set and lights were designed by MFA design students and built by both undergraduate and graduate students. All of the costume design was done by UNCG senior Terry Baker. The orchestra is a combination of students, faculty and alumni from the music department.

Given the growing interest in musical theater from SMTD students, Cowan has led an effort to expand UNCG’s musical theater curriculum. Last year, he teamed up with UNCG alumnus Dominick Amendum ‘01, the musical director of Broadway’s “Wicked,” on a course titled “Audition Techniques for Musical Theater.” The students received private coaching and instruction from Cowan and Amendum – an opportunity that was truly once-in-a-lifetime. The course is being offered again this year, along with three new musical theater classes.

What can the audience expect from “Hairspray”? A lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

Students, faculty, staff and the Greensboro community are invited to attend one of “Hairspray’s” eight showings, including the “Pay What You Can” preview on Oct. 1. You can purchase tickets at the Taylor Theatre Box Office located at 402 Tate Street in Room 115 of the Brown Building or online at theatre.uncg.edu. Tickets are also available by phone at 336-334-4392 (Taylor Theatre) or 336-272-0160 (Triad Stage).

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now news site.

Keeping logs of student complaints

Federal regulations require that institutions keep logs of student complaints.  The Office of Assessment and Accreditation, the Dean of Students Office and the Office of the General Counsel are offering a workshop that will clarify the processes surrounding these logs.  This workshop should be attended by assistant/associate deans, department heads, administrative assistants, and anyone else who collects student complaints.  The goals are to help the attendees understand the definition of “student complaint” and understand the expectations around collection of the logs.

The dates, times and locations are:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. in the Kirkland Room, EUC
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. in 140 McIver
  • Thursday, November 19, 11 a,m, in 140 McIver

Questions? Email kpzinke@uncg.edu.

Mental illnesses and gene-environment interactions

UNCG’s Kendon Smith Lectures will be held Oct. 1-2, 2015.

The UNCG Department of Psychology presents the series with the topic “Gene-Environment Interactions in Psychopathology and Beyond.”

The series features Dr. Avshalom Caspi (Duke University), Dr. Danielle M. Dick (Virginia Commonwealth University), Dr. Ahmad Hariri (Duke University), and Dr. Stephen B. Manuck (University of Pittsburgh).

The organizer is Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Click here to access the schedule and location of each talk.

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series is an endowed annual event that brings international experts to the UNCG campus to discuss specific themes in psychology that are of interest to the academic community and the public.

3MT master’s theses and doctoral dissertation competition deadline

Each November, The UNCG Graduate School hosts the Three Minute Thesis / Dissertation Competition (3MT). 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. Limited to the first 60 eligible registrants, entrants are challenged to a rapid fire competition. Ten finalists will have the opportunity to compete before a panel of judges and community audience for prizes including $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for the People’s Choice award. The first place winner will also receive transportation and hotel accommodations to attend the annual Conference of Southern Graduate School regional 3MT Competition.

The deadline to enter is Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Register at http://grs.uncg.edu/3mt.

Alianza promotes dialogue/collaboration around Hispanic/Latin@ issues

Since 2013, UNCG’s Alianza has been a gathering point for university employees who are interested in collaborating around issues that impact Hispanic/Latin@ staff as well as initiatives that enhance activity on campus related to the Hispanic/Latin@ diaspora.

According to the Office of Institutional Research 2014-2015 Fact Book, there were 65 university employees who self-identified as Hispanic. This figure represented 2.76 percent of total number of employees.  The Student Data Profile showed that in 2014, there were 1,128 graduate and undergraduate students who self-identified as Hispanic/Latin@.  This figure represented 6 percent of the total number of undergraduate and graduate students.

Augusto Peña, the recently arrived new director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement, has been selected as the convener for the 2015-16 academic year.  Augusto’s record of service to and within the Hispanic/Latin@ community includes having served as chair of the Education subcommittee of the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.  He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and has taught a short-term service-learning course in his home country of Nicaragua for the past three years.  Other steering group members for Alianza include Kattya Castellon, Associate Director of Admissions; Dr. Amy Williamson, chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Pat Levitin, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions; and Dr. Jim Settle, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

A complete list of meeting dates and times during the 2015-2016 academic year is posted at oie.uncg.edu.  All university employees are welcome.  For questions about Alianza, contact Augusto by phone at 336-334-5090 or email at aepenaes@uncg.edu.

UNCG launches 2015 SECC giving campaign

Photo of volunteers listening to Chancellor Gilliam during the 2015 SECC Kick-offUNCG kicked off its 2015 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) today with one goal in mind: raise $200,000 for charities across the Triad and the state.

UNCG lives out its motto of “Service” each year with the SECC, an annual giving campaign for state employees that allows participants to support more than 1,000 charitable organizations. UNCG is known statewide for being a leader in giving back, a reputation that the university plans to uphold. In 2014, UNCG received the SECC Chairman’s Award for being first in giving for universities with 1,500-4,999 employees. UNCG also received the Top Ten Award after placing sixth in total giving out of all state government agencies, many of which are much larger than UNCG. Looking ahead to this year’s campaign, the committee is excited for a little friendly competition.

“We have a lot to be proud of here at UNCG in our support of the SECC,” said Ray Carney, SECC committee chair and Sullivan Science Building operations manager. “Over the years, UNCG has been extremely giving. It just shows how much we care.”

The university’s 89 SECC solicitors, all faculty and staff, celebrated the launch with a campaign kickoff earlier today at the Alumni House. The event featured a training session to prepare for the next eight weeks.

According to Michele Laudenbacher, SECC committee facilitator and budget/finance manager in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, faculty and staff get really excited during this time of year. For many, including herself, there’s a personal connection tied to giving back – the nonprofits that many employees support are near and dear to their hearts. Not only is participation rewarding, but Laudenbacher says it’s fun to come together as a campus community.

“We are a family,” Laudenbacher said. “This really is a concrete exhibition of that.”

The more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations include big names like the United Way of Greater Greensboro and Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, as well as smaller organizations in the Triad and surrounding areas. Carney encourages employees to do some research and check out smaller nonprofits who often have fewer funds but support just as worthy causes.

UNCG asks all faculty and staff members to participate in one of two ways: give to an organization or officially opt-out via the paper/online pledge forms. Each employee’s decision is personal and completely anonymous.

Faculty and staff can complete a paper pledge form starting today and an ePledge form starting Sept. 28. The campaign runs from Sept. 22-Nov. 13. For more information about how you can make a difference with SECC, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin Kane, of this week’s kickoff SECC meeting for volunteers

Strategic Planning forums Oct. 5 and Oct. 27

Aerial photo looking down College Avenue with students walkingAttend one of the following strategic planning forums to share your input on themes that have emerged from the campus stakeholder discussions over the last year.

The forums will be held:
Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building
Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Each session will begin with a 30-minute presentation from Chancellor Gilliam designed to share the themes and the way in which the ideas have been shaped by him with input from the strategic planning committee.

You may provide your reaction, thoughts and input at the sessions. Additionally, there will be a place on the strategic planning website to submit input for those not able to attend.

Enjoy UNCG’s Asian Autumn Festival Oct. 3

Group photo of Peter Dola and Roberto Campo (l-r), at last year’s festivalUNCG’s 2015 Asian Autumn Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium and surrounding areas.

There will be origami, Asian refreshments, traditional music, dance, calligraphy, martial arts, cultural speakers and activities for children. Admission is free. The public is invited. Free parking will be available.

The event is a celebration of the diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. The UNCG festival originated in 2008 as the Asian Moon Festival. Since 2012, it became the “Asian Autumn Festival,” encompassing the rich diversity of Asian cultures.

For more information, email ylmatlos@uncg.edu or call 336-334-5560.

Photograph of Peter Dola and Roberto Campo (l-r), at last year’s festival

Hodgkins’ NEH grant fuels foundational George Herbert resource

Portrait photo of Dr. Christopher Hodgkins reading a bookDr. Christopher Hodgkins, professor of English, has been awarded a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant. The money will be used to support co-editor Hodgkins and Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University (NMU), in producing “George Herbert: Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse.”

A once-in-several-generations project, Hodgkins’ and Whalen’s edition will provide a foundational resource for Herbert studies. When completed, it will include digital captures of all known manuscripts and first print editions of Herbert’s works—all of the latter housed in the Special Collections of UNCG’s Walter Clinton Jackson Library. The edition also will present original-spelling transcriptions linked to the high-resolution images of each manuscript or print page; edited texts, partially modernized; translations of the Latin and Greek works; and a scholarly apparatus that includes a full set of textual and critical annotations. Constructed as an XML database, the finished product will yield both a digital version accessible and searchable through conventional web browsers and a manuscript for print publication. Together with generous support from UNCG and NMU, the award funds all aspects of production over a three-year period.

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a near contemporary of John Donne and William Shakespeare, public orator at Cambridge University and a priest in the Church of England before the English Civil War.

He is best known, however, as one of the “metaphysical” poets and author of The Temple, widely considered the finest volume of devotional verse in the language. A poet’s poet, his influence as a master of form and technique has reached across the centuries to inform the works of Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill, to name but a few of his artistic progeny.

“Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse” is a major expansion of Hodgkins’ and Whalen’s previous edition of Herbert’s English poetry, The Digital Temple. This earlier project, also funded by the NEH, was published in 2013 by University of Virginia Press and selected that year by the American Library Association’s Choice as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles. It can be found by all UNCG students, faculty and staff at http://digitaltemple.rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/ via the databases supported by Jackson Library.

More at UNCG Research.

Register for Miles for Wellness Challenge, Be Entered to Win a FitBit

Ready for a walk – to help keep in shape and enjoy some exercise? This year’s Miles for Wellness Challenge is right around the corner and registration has begun.

The title of the fall 2015 Challenge is “Plymouth Pilgrimage: A Thanksgiving Trail.” The challenge starts Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Participants will “virtually” walk from one Plymouth town to the next across the United States, just as we approach Thanksgiving.

Who knew there were so many cities named Plymouth, in so many states?

Compete against offices and departments at UNCG, as well as across the state. Each UNCG employee registered who completes all 8 weeks of the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a FitBit activity tracker. The winning UNCG team will be recognized here in Campus Weekly and will receive a luncheon provided by HealthyUNCG.

Registration is taking place now through Oct. 1.

To register, go to: MilesforWellness.nc.gov

Or call Hadley at 919-807-4800 for more information.

Grooving to the music, as you age

Photo of Dr. Rebecca AdamsDr. Rebecca Adams loves music. A leading scholar on the fans of the Grateful Dead and other musical acts, she saw her first Dead show in 1970. She was there for every show in Chicago this summer, as the Grateful Dead played their final shows as a band. Come hear her talk about her research and scholarly publications on the topic of aging Deadheads.

“Music and Aging: Deadheads and other Babyboomers”
Wednesday • Sept. 30, 2015 • Noon – 1:15 p.m.
UNCG • Stone Building Edwards Lounge – Free admission

Dr. Rebecca Adams, UNCG Gerontology Program director, has explored connections between music and identity since she taught research methods and social theory to UNCG sociology graduate students by taking them on tour with the Grateful Dead in the summer of 1989. (See CW story.)

In this talk, Adams provides an overview of the effects of aging on music performance and consumption and the challenges they pose to identity and community, specifically for aging Deadheads and other baby boomers who have been avid consumers of music throughout their lives.

Please bring your lunch to enjoy during GROWTH presentations. Seating is limited. Pay parking is available in three UNCG parking decks.

Tie-dye is optional, by the way.

To attend, RSVP indicating this specific event and your name, e-mail and phone to gerontology@uncg.edu or to 336-256-1020.

Save the date for another GROWTH presentation, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 12:30-2 p.m.

Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey

At last year’s Faculty Convocation, Provost Dana Dunn focused her remarks on the changing landscape in higher education.

At this year’s convocation, held Sept. 16, she presented the findings from last spring’s COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. COACHE is the Collaborate on Academic Careers in Higher Education.

“It’s a climate survey,” she noted. It explains how faculty feel about a wide range of issues, but very seldom provides any insight into why they feel the way they do. Satisfaction with one’s work is the result of two key things: one’s expectations and the workplace conditions they experience. It’s the intersection of the two that determine how satisfied or dissatisfied we are, she explained.

Unfortunately, the COACHE survey doesn’t really get at why we are dissatisfied, she said. “The keys to improvement lie in the realm of the why.”

The findings and the complete survey results are available to faculty at the Provost Office’s web site.

Over half of the faculty completed the survey, she noted. UNCG faculty view tenure policies, tenure clarity, divisional leadership and department quality as areas of strength. The greatest areas of dissatisfaction related to time spent on university service and teaching, personal and family policies, health and retirement benefits, and senior leadership.

She called for a committee to mine the data and identify actionable recommendations for improving faculty satisfaction. Each dean has recommended a faculty member to serve and Faculty Senate will recommend three additional members.

By Mike Harris

UNCG will provide space for start-ups at HQ Greensboro

UNCG is once again leading the way in entrepreneurship with the announcement that the Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) is partnering with HQ Greensboro.

UNCG’s OIC and the city’s newest co-working space have teamed up to provide an office suite supporting the university’s spin-out companies and entrepreneurs. The new suite will be next to the joint UNCG/NC A&T University Engagement Office in HQ Greensboro that opened this summer.

One of UNCG’s many resources devoted to entrepreneurial ventures, the OIC commercializes discoveries developed on campus. When faculty, students and staff create a new product or conduct research that has the potential to translate into a sustainable business model, the OIC offers a wide range of support.

“I think having our early-stage companies working in this new space will really help them grow and get exposure,” said Staton Noel, director of the OIC. “We’re excited to be a part of the start-up ecosystem that is really taking off in Greensboro.”

The space will allow for up to 10 companies to have membership access for approximately six months to one year before establishing headquarters outside of UNCG and HQ Greensboro. Several UNCG spin-out companies and licensees are already lined up to use the space, including Dynamic Mail Management LLC, a software-based solution for mailroom management, and Prevention Strategies LLC, a service providing program development and evaluation to improve the health and wellness of young people.

If you have an innovation that you would like to disclose to the OIC or if you’d like to learn more about the HQ Greensboro space and other OIC initiatives, visit innovate.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now.

Quintal will be honored for advocacy of underrepresented businesses

Photo of Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge QuintalAssociate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge Quintal will receive an inaugural HUB Advocate Award for his work promoting and advocating for historically underutilized businesses.

Quintal will receive the award during the MED Week Award Luncheon Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The award and luncheon are part of the City of Greensboro’s first Minority Enterprise Development Week.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work my colleagues and I do in encouraging minority- and women-owned businesses to compete for business opportunities from the UNCG,” Quintal said.

The purpose of the MED Week is to provide business development opportunities to companies and celebrate the accomplishments of minority and women businesses in the past year.

Quintal and the other HUB Advocate Award winners were selected by the Greensboro MED Week Committee, which is made up of representatives from the City of Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina A&T State University, UNCG, Guilford Tech and Guilford County Schools.

Other winners of the award are Andrew Perkins of NC A&T, Deena Hayes-Greene of Guilford County Schools and Steve Drew of the City of Greensboro.

By Mark Tosczak


Free info session for students interested in transferring to UNCG

UNCG will hold a free information session the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 6, for students who want to learn more about transferring to UNCG to complete an undergraduate degree. Attendees of this Transfer Information Program can speak directly to UNCG faculty members, admission counselors, and financial aid representatives. They also will have the opportunity to learn about UNCG’s admission process, transfer credit, housing, student life, and the university’s many resources.

The session is held in the EUC  on the UNCG campus. Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. with a program beginning at 6:15 p.m. Anyone can register beforehand at spartanlink.uncg.edu. Visit admissions.uncg.edu for information about the event.

Chancellor Gilliam presents plans for ‘first 100 days,’ lauds Provost Dunn

Photo of Provost Dunn with a framed resolution and a bouquet of flowersChancellor Franklin Gilliam praised Provost Dana Dunn, who served as both acting chancellor and provost during the past months. “I want to personally recognize you here publicly,” he said at the UNCG Board of Trustees general meeting Sept. 11.

Trustees Chair Susan Safran read a special resolution from the Board of Trustees. “We could not have asked for better leadership during this time of transition,” Safran said, as she presented Dunn a framed resolution and a bouquet of flowers, with daisies being most prominent.

Chancellor Gilliam, in his remarks to the trustees, looked toward the next three months.

He cited five things on which he’d focus during his “first 100 days.”

  1. Building a strong team. “It’s about the people,” he said. “A very strong, first-rate team.” As examples he referred to Human Resources, to Government/Community Relations and to Communications.
  2. Building an infrastructure. This includes a long-term, prudent strategy to make sure we’re structured in the best ways, he said, as well as looking at how to overcome silos at the university and encourage collaboration.
  3. Establishing “vision.” This involves an articulated mission, articulated value proposition, articulated goals and articulated metrics. The vision has to be authentic and it has to resonate. The vision component is overrated if you don’t first have the right people, he explained. The organization has to be ready to work on that vision. Additionally, the chancellor spoke of the need for a “meta-narrative” – the story of “what we’re about.”
  4. Reaching out. He will be a part of many “meet the chancellor” events around the state over the next two months, to speak with alumni and friends of the university.
  5. Bringing some fun to all of this. He gave an example: a cart he’ll drive around campus to give a lift to students, faculty and staff – and to help him get to know people throughout campus. “This cart will have a Twitter account,” he predicted. He also plans impromptu stop-ins throughout campus, to get to know people and see what they’re doing.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

Three displays of alumna Maud Gatewood’s art

Portrait photo of Maud Gatewood with one of her paintingsMaud Gatewood is one of the most significant painters to work in North Carolina in the second half of this past century.

Dr. Lawrence Jenkens, head of UNCG’s art department, wants the campus community to understand that Maud Gatewood was more than a name on the studio arts building.

Gatewood, who died in 2004, is known for her modern paintings that utilize a number of different styles, materials and creative methods.

An exhibition of her work will be on display at the art department gallery in the Gatewood Building from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8. Gatewood’s artwork will also be on display in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Sketches and letters by Gatewood, who graduated from Woman’s College (UNCG) in 1954, are already on display at Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room.

The Art Department’s and Weatherspoon’s exhibitions of her work open on Thursday, Sept. 24, with a lecture from Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art and former curator of collections for Weatherspoon Art Museum. South’s lecture, titled “The Original Maud: The Life and Legacy of Maud Gatewood,” will be at 4 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum auditorium and will discuss his interactions with Gatewood and his knowledge of her work. The lecture will be followed by an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gatewood gallery lobby.

On Oct. 1, William R. Ferris, eminent professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill, and Joel R. Williamson, senior associate director for the Center for the Study of the American South, will give a presentation titled “Maud Gatewood: Artistic Voice of the South” in Weatherspoon Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing in the gallery of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building.

Two weeks later, the Weatherspoon Art Museum will host “Building on Maud’s Legacy: Place and Being an Artist,” featuring visiting artists and bloggers Sharon Butler of New York, New York and Brett Baker of Durham. This event will take place Oct. 15 in the museum’s auditorium at 6 p.m.

So cultural tourists and art lovers throughout the state can more readily appreciate her art, Jenkins and the UNCG Art Department have created a Maud Gatewood Trail spotlighting Gatewood’s artwork on display at various locations: Asheville Art Museum in Asheville; Mint Museum in Charlotte; UNC Charlotte in Charlotte; UNCC City Center in Charlotte; Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem; Guilford College in Greensboro; UNCG’s Art Department Gallery in Greensboro; UNCG’s Special Collections at Jackson Library in Greensboro; Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro; Averett University in Danville, VA; Danville Museum of Art in Danville, VA; Caswell County Historical Association in Yanceyville; Yanceyville Museum of Art in Yanceyville; Elon University in Elon; North Carolina Museum of Art in  Raleigh; Meredith College in Raleigh; Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville and Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington.

By Jeanie Groh

Updated Sept. 22.

Enjoy big soccer match-up Thursday

Crows photo of the Blue Crew during a past soccer matchCome cheer on the UNCG Women’s soccer team as they host the defending National Champion Florida State tomorrow (Sept. 17), 7 p.m.

It promises to be fun and loud. Show your school spirit and sport your school colors.

In the last week, the Spartans have defeated NC State on the road and tied Elon.

Florida State is currently ranked no. 3 nationally.

5 p.m. – Tailgating begins for students, with raffles, games, etc.
7 p.m. – Women’s soccer match (Raffle winners announced at halftime.)
9 p.m. – Fireworks

Admission is free.