UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Looking ahead: Jan. 18, 2017

MLK Jr Celebration: An Evening with DeRay Mckesson
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m, UNCG Auditorium

Artist talk: Eric Juth
Thursday, Jan. 19, Gatewood Studio Art Center Gallery

Exhibition opening, Photography of Bayard Wootten
Friday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m., GPS, Lewis Street

Men’s basketball vs. The Citadel – Faculty/Staff Appreciation game
Saturday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m.

Film/discussion: “Starving the Beast,” co-sponsored by Faculty Senate
Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., –EUC Auditorium

Faculty/Staff Appreciation with Men’s & Women’s Basketball

The UNCG Athletics Department invites you and your family to join us for another Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night this Saturday (Jan. 21), when the UNCG Men’s Basketball team hosts the Citadel at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for UNCG Faculty/Staff members and their guests and come with a hot dog and a drink. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link here; be sure to use ‘UNCG’ as the Special Code.

The team is off to their best start since the mid 1990s. Nearly halfway into the SoCon schedule, they are atop the standings at 5 wins, 1 loss – and host Mercer tomorrow night.

UNCG Faculty/Staff members can also enjoy the F/S Appreciation night with the UNCG women’s team on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4 pm in Fleming Gym. Tickets are $5 each for Faculty/Staff members and their guests and come with a hot dog and drink. To purchase tickets, click the link here, be sure to use the code ‘UNCG’ for this special offer. For questions or to order over the phone, call the UNCG Athletic Ticket Office at 336.334.3250

The future of public higher education?

College tuition increasing. Crushing educational debts for many North Carolina students. An increasing number of university classes taught by part-time faculty. A significant loss in tenure-track faculty. The trend of state legislatures reducing the funding of higher education.

These are some of the topics of the film “Starving the Beast,” which will be shown in the EUC Auditorium Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

The screening will be free-admission for members of the UNCG community and others will be asked to provide a donation.

Afterward, Gene Nichol, a UNC Chapel Hill faculty member interviewed in the film, will conduct a discussion of this film through Q & A and a panel.

This event is being co-sponsored by the UNCG AAUP Chapter, UNCG Faculty Senate, UNCG Graduate Student Organization, and UNCG Humanities Network & Consortium.

Copy drawn from release CW received.

Registration is open for Graduate Research and Creativity Expo

Registration is open for the 2017 UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters,” which will take place in the EUC on April 5.

Organizers will be awarding winners of the showcase $1,000 in EACH category.

  • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Creative Arts
  • Professional Programs

This is an opportunity for students to showcase their work to our community. When registering, students will be asked to write an abstract (150 words or less) for the program booklet.  When writing an abstract, students should think about:

  • Why does it matter?
  • Why should people care about your project?
  • Share your contribution to the ongoing conversation of this topic
  • Explain the question you are trying to answer in your abstract/work
  • Provide technology in a way people outside your field can understand

For more information about the 2017 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, visit: https://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo/

Looking ahead: Jan. 11, 2017

MLK Jr Holiday, offices closed.
Monday, Jan. 16

Classes begin for Spring 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 17

MLK Jr Celebration: An Evening with DeRay McKesson
Wednesday, Jan. 18., 7 p.m, UNCG Auditorium

Artist talk: Eric Juth
Thursday, Jan. 19, Gatewood Studio Art Center Gallery

Men’s basketball vs. The Citadel
Saturday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m.

Film/discussion: “Starving the Beast,” co-sponsored by Faculty Senate
Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., –EUC Auditorium

In memoriam: Jean Buchert

Dr. Jean Buchert died Friday, Dec. 2. A former professor in the UNCG English department, she taught Shakespeare from 1957 to 1991. She was known as an engaged educator who was invested in her students’ accomplishments and as a trailblazer for women in academia throughout the United States.

Before coming to UNCG she studied in Rome, Italy, on a Fulbright Scholarship, completed her Ph.D at Yale University in Renaissance literature and taught at University of Rochester in New York for two years. She also taught for three years at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she had completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English.

At UNCG, Buchert was chair of the Academic Cabinet, secretary of Phi Beta Kappa at UNCG and a board member of the SAT College Entrance Exam. For more information, look to the Greensboro New & Record obituary here.

At semester’s start, lime green is very eye-catching

For the past six years on the first two days of classes, UNCG has seen a flood of lime green scattered around campus. Students wearing these lime green shirts are known as UNCG SPEARS. These student volunteers are placed all over campus to point the way for new students trying to navigate our campus. This past August, 197 students participated in the SPEARS initiative and were seen helping answer questions and guide students. Be on the lookout for more lime green January 17 and 18.

Starfish Updates: December 2016

With the fall semester coming to a close, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative Winter break. As the university prepares for a new term, we would like to remind the campus community of important information about the Starfish early alert and scheduling technology.

*Starfish Features: December & January*

December 15: Flags, kudos, and tutoring referrals will be disabled for Winter break (academic skills referrals will remain available until December 16)

January 13: Fall 2016 tracking items will be cleared by a Starfish administrator

January 17: Flags, kudos, referrals enabled for Spring 2017 semester

Online appointment scheduling will remain available over the Winter break to all instructors/staff who post availability on their Starfish calendars. Instructors and staff who will be away from campus during this time should remove all calendar availability prior to leaving.

*Training Opportunities*
If you are new to Starfish or would like to refresh your knowledge, please consider attending one of our faculty/staff Starfish workshops in the spring. View available workshop times and sign up via workshops.uncg.edu.

*Technical Support*
For assistance using Starfish, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be unavailable beginning Friday, December 23 and while the university is closed December 24January 3.

Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish webpages at studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.

Looking ahead: December 7, 2016

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Deadline for Staff Senate Angel Tree items
Wednesday, Dec. 7

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m., Moran Commons, Room 109

UNCG Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m., Kaplan Center for Wellness

Noon at the ’Spoon
Tuesday, Dec. 13, noon, Weatherspoon Art Museum

December commencement
Thursday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Campus Weekly publishes first issue of semester
Wednesday, Jan, 11

MLK Jr Holiday, offices closed
Monday, Jan. 16

Class begin for Spring 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 17

In memoriam: Barbara Gainey

Barbara Gainey died Nov. 25. Before retiring in Spring 2015, she had served as director of housekeeping in Housing and Residence Life since 1992, with direct responsibility for the Building and Environmental staff serving the resident students. She and her staff prepared and opened the residence halls each fall, as well as managing the summer work involved in hosting our many camps and conferences each summer.

In 2014, she was the first recipient of UNCG Student Affairs’ new Legacy of Excellence Award, which is presented to employees who have created a legacy of excellence, supported student success, and provided outstanding contributions to the division and the university.

Commencement will be Dec. 15

Dr. Tom Matyók will deliver the commencement address at the 2016 December Commencement. The event will be Thursday, Dec. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum. Full details are at the UNCG Commencement Central web site: https://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central.

Looking Ahead, Nov. 30, 2016

Alumni Reading: Julie Funderburk
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.,Faculty Center

Women’s Basketball vs. Radford
Friday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Ashby Dialogues: “Race, Activism and Campus Speech”
Friday, Dec. 2, noon, Alumni House, Pecky Cypress Room

Symphony Orchestra with Lynn Harrell, cello
Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Guest Artist: Lynn Harrell, cello
Saturday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Recital Hall

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., Room 132, McIver Building

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House followed by Vacc Bell Tower lighting
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m., Alumni House

‘Race, Activism and Campus Speech’: Ashby Dialogues’ final fall discussion

The UNCG Ashby Dialogues will host a final discussion of the fall semester at noon on Dec. 2, in the Pecky Cypress Room of the Alumni House. This session, titled “Race, Activism and Campus Speech,” is intended to be a summing up of the fall themes and will include discussion of Black Lives Matter, free speech and student activism. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. This event is supported by the Ashby Dialogues program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program. Contact Robert.anemone@uncg.edu for disability accommodations.

Alumna Julie Funderburk Poetry Reading Dec. 1

The UNCG MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review will host a poetry reading by MFA alumna Julie Funderburk on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue. The reading will celebrate the release of Funderburk’s first full-length collection, “The Door That Always Opens,” forthcoming from LSU Press.

Funderburk’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, The Greensboro Review, 32 Poems, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Weight Watchers at Work open house today (Nov. 30)

UNCG’s Weight Watchers at Work will hold an open house Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 12:15. The session is an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, to meet current participants and to ask questions that will be answered by group leader Donna Sexton.

The program is a twelve-week series designed to be informative and motivational, and the weekly meetings range from 45 minutes to an hour. The next series begins Wednesday, Dec. 7. The introduction and the first meeting will be in MHRA 3501, and they are open to the entire UNCG community, including faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.  You can also find the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UNCGWWatWork.

Looking Ahead, Nov. 16, 2016

Faculty Senate Forum: “Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Excellence”
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Film: “Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art”
Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

UNCG Opera Theatre: ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’
Friday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Fall Dances Matinee
Saturday Nov. 19, 2 p.m and 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Women’s Basketball vs. UNC Pembroke
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Thanksgiving holiday; offices closed.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25.

Men’s Basketball vs. Belmont Abbey
Friday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Campus Weekly holiday schedule

CW will not publish the week of Thanksgiving, but will return on Nov. 30. The final Campus Weekly of the year will be Dec. 7, which is two days after exams begin. The first CW of 2017 will publish on Jan. 11.

HR Open Forum Nov. 18

All employees are invited to attend the next Human Resources hosted Open Forum at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 120 School of Education Auditorium. Topics will include:

  • UNCG Police – ‘Run, Hide, Fight’
  • UNCG Purchasing – Lowe’s Home Improvement catalog thru eMarketplace
  • Emergency Management and HR – Adverse Weather

After the election, now what?

A UNCG Center for Legislative Studies Lecture will be offered tonight (Wednesday, November 16, 2016) at 7:30 p.m.

“Election 2016: The Aftermath in North Carolina and Beyond” will be presented by Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, provost and professor of political science, Catawba College.

The event will be held in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium. Free parking is available in the Weatherspoon lot.

Digital Humanities Workshop

A Digital Partners Grant workshop will be offered Nov. 16. You many attend at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m., in the CITI Lab on the first floor of Jackson Library.

Through a competitive, simple annual application process, the University Libraries provides up to $22,500 worth of resources to winning applicants and commits to maintaining the scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term.

Come learn about the grant, see examples of past and current projects, and ask any questions you may have. The application is simple, and may even be completed during the session.

Learn more about the Digital Partners Grant and Libraries research support here: https://library.uncg.edu/research/support/

Looking ahead: Nov. 9, 2016

Concert: Jazz Ensemble II, “A Tribute to Big Bands”
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Women’s Basketball vs. Brevard
Saturday, Nov 12, 4 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Lecture: Dr. Risa Applegarth, ‘Rhetoric in American Anthropology: Gender, Genre, and Science’
Monday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Graham 423

Lecture: Dr. Corey Johnson
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:15 p.m., Faculty Center

Artist Talk: “Creating Peace: Sculpting War in Mozambique”
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Lecture: “Transcending Trauma,” Patty Grant
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. EUC auditorium

Faculty Senate Forum: “Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Excellence”
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Film: “Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art”
Thursday, Nov 17, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Refugees and borders

As part of International Education Week, Dr. Corey Johnson, head of UNCG’s Geography department, will lead a discussion on refugees and borders, presenting information about his work on the refugee crisis in southeastern Europe, Tuesday, Nov 15, at 5:15 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Three School of Education faculty honored

Three Teacher Education & Higher Education faculty members were recognized during the 50th anniversary celebration of the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA), held on UNCG’s campus October 27-28, 2016. NCCPA, a state chapter of ACPA – College Student Educators International, is committed to the education and development of post-secondary students in North Carolina and exists for the benefit of all student personnel professionals in the state.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks received NCCPA’s Service in Support of the Profession award for her efforts to support the work of the Higher Education program.  Award criteria calls for the winner to have made a significant contribution in support of the profession and have demonstrated outstanding service to or have made some other type of significant contribution to the post-secondary student personnel/student development field.

Dr. Symphony Oxendine received the Distinguished Scholar/Professional Contribution award, acknowledging her significant contributions to the field of student development and student affairs in higher education through scholarly contributions, research, teaching, and/or service to the field.

Dr. Brad Johnson (Teacher Education & Higher Education) received the inaugural NCCPA’s President Award, which serves to recognize individuals at all levels and roles within higher education or in support of higher education who have made substantial contributions to NCCPA.

Blood Drive Nov. 16

The Elliott University Center will host its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2016-2017 academic year on Wednesday, November 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

As a result of Hurricane Matthew, 110 blood drives were cancelled resulting in a loss of 3,500 blood and platelet donations.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

eReserves due

Winter and spring print and electronic course reserve lists are due at University Libraries, respectively Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, and Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Requests to renew fall lists are due Wednesday, Dec. 14. Hundreds of thousands of e-books may be linked to course syllabi, and embedded codes allow students to see eReserves on Canvas. When an eReserve folder is created, instructions will be provided to the instructor via email. Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ streaming film sources. To learn more, see the e-book guide. Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 336-256-1199 or 336-334-5245, for information.

Student leadership opportunity

The UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement is seeking students to join Confetti for the Spring 2017 semester.

Confetti is a network of LGBTQ+ and allied students working alongside UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement to develop educational programming and initiatives related to the queer community, create meaningful connections with other students and develop their own leadership in social justice.

The office will host interest sessions in the coming weeks for students who want to learn more. See the OIE website under LGBTQ community, for more information.

Looking ahead: Nov. 2, 2016

Film: ‘Eva Hesse,’ with filmmaker Q & A
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum

UNCG Theatre: ‘Reckless’
Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Brown Building Theatre

Poetry Reading: David Rivard
Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., UNCG Faculty Center

Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors
Saturday, Nov. 5

Public Archaeology Day at David Caldwell Historic Site
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. (site is beside Bicentennial Garden)

Volleyball vs. Mercer
Saturday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Artist Talk: Emmet Gowin
Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

In memoriam: Paul Luebke

Dr. Paul Luebke died Saturday, Oct. 29. An associate professor, he had been a member of the Department of Sociology at UNCG since 1976. He began teaching at UNCG after spending time teaching at Tougaloo College and at UNC Chapel Hill. At UNCG, he taught courses in political sociology, media, social movements and international social problems.

He was a public sociologist, actively engaged in sharing his knowledge of the political structure with others.

He was a frequent presenter at the Mid-South Sociological Society and Southern Sociological Society annual conferences. He was consistently quoted in and interviewed for North Carolina newspapers and the Associated Press.

Since 1991, Luebke had been a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the 30th House District. In July 2016, he was honored for serving 25 years in the North Carolina Legislature.

He was also the author of two books about North Carolina politics, “Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities” (1990) and “Tar Heel Politics 2000” (1998), and wrote several book chapters on the topic of politics in the South.

Award-winning author Claudia Rankine, at Ashby Dialogues event

The UNCG College of Arts and Sciences’ Ashby Dialogues, co-sponsored by the departments of Anthropology and Sociology and the African American and African Diaspora Studies program, will discuss the work of award-winning author Claudia Rankine on Tuesday, November 15, at 12:30 pm. According to a New York Times article on her book “Citizen: An American Lyric,””Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.” Her critically acclaimed book has recently earned her the honor of a MacArthur Genius Grant. She will join the attendees via Skype in 186 Stone Building. An excerpt of her work has been uploaded to the Canvas Ashby org and is now available.

To self enroll: https://aas.uncg.edu/ashby/2016-17/race-activism-campus-speech/

Contact Dr. Tara T. Green for more information.

Hear more, save more

The UNCG Speech and Hearing Center has a note for UNCG employees:

Your Health Care Federal Spending Account dollars can be used for medical devices including hearing aids.   You can set aside up to $2,550 for 2017, but you must do so before open enrollment expires on October 31st.  If you have funds left over this year, it is not too late to apply them to the purchase of new technology or the cost of a comprehensive hearing examination.  UNCG Speech and Hearing Center offers a 50 percent discount on all services to full- and part-time faculty, staff, and students all year long.  This employee benefit reduces the cost of an examination to less than what your copay would be if you billed it through your insurance.  In addition, we offer a $250 discount on the cost of new hearing aids.  Our unbundled pricing also makes the cost of hearing aids more affordable by reducing the upfront costs.  Contact the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center at 336-334-5939 for more information about these employee benefits or to schedule a free hearing screening.

Looking ahead: Oct. 26, 2016

UNCG Budget 101
Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Bryan 113

UNCG Opera Theatre: Speed Dating
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall, Music Building

University Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Oct. 28 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Men’s Soccer vs. VMI
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Halloween Organ “Spooktacular”
Monday, Oct. 31 7:30, Organ Hall, Music Building

Film: ‘Eva Hesse,’ with filmmaker Q & A
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum

Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors
Saturday, Nov. 5

Public Archaeology Day at David Caldwell Historic Site, near Bicentennial Garden
Saturday, November 5, 1 p.m.

Homecoming photos and video clips

Homecoming 2016 was great fun – with big crowds. Throughout the weekend, social media was full of photos and videos of Spartans enjoying the festivities. Take a look at some of the images from our campus community.


Staff Senate Angel Tree Nominations Needed

Do you know of a staff member or student in need this holiday season? The Staff Senate is sponsoring an Angel Tree this winter to benefit members of our campus community. Please submit your nomination by November 4, 2016, to either:

Melissa Barnes – mkbarnes@uncg.edu /334-5896


Janeen Chastain – jkchast2@uncg.edu/334-4781

The Staff Senate asks that you receive approval from the nominee to submit their name prior to submission. All information will be kept confidential.

Planning for retirement – a seminar

Retirement planning for you and your loved ones

Staff Senate is hosting a workshop to help you start planning for retirement. Emily Foust, HR benefits manager, will discuss vesting and benefits. Jeanie Schepisi from Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can connect you with free, trained experts for the extra help you need to evaluate you and your loved ones’ health insurance needs. There will be time for questions.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00 –11:30 a.m.
Bryan Building, Room 113

Learn more or register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022598.

Digital Faith

Dr. Heidi Campbell, author of the books “Exploring Religious Community Online” and “When Religion Meets New Media,” will appear at two UNCG-sponsored events this weekend.

Her first presentation, “Koshering the Cell Phone & Mobile Apps,” will be Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Alumni House. The lecture will explore how different sectors of the religious Jewish community have adopted, resisted or invented mobile technologies so they can be used to maintain rather than challenge community beliefs and boundaries.

Saturday, Oct. 29, Campbell will discuss her new book, “Networked Theology: Negotiating Faith in Digital Culture,” at Scuppernong Books, at 10 a.m., and the event will offer free bagels and coffee.

Campbell is associate professor of communications at Texas A&M University and affiliate Religious Studies faculty. She is the editor of “Digital Judaism” and co-author of “Networked Theology.”

Contact Greg Grieve if there are questions: gpgrieve@uncg.edu.