UNCG Campus Weekly

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

See/hear: Oct. 18, 2017

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After an intensive selection process, the UNCG Alumni Association has announced the 2017 Spartans of Promise award recipients. This recognition honors 10 outstanding senior who have excelled in both academics and service.

  • Hitam Alsharif of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Biology
  • Ciara Gazaway of Apex, North Carolina, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Qua’-Shaun Henning of Raleigh, North Carolina, Elementary Education
  • Kailin Payton McGarry of Wilson, North Carolina, Economics
  • Robert Rose of Denver, North Carolina, Art Education
  • Ashley Sanchez of Kernersville, North Carolina, Kinesiology
  • Alexander Smith of High Point, North Carolina, Economics
  • Michaela Stovall of Albemarle, North Carolina, Elementary Education
  • Shameeka Wilson of Wilmington, North Carolina, K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Mackenzie Winslow of Mooresville, North Carolina, Business Administration

The Spartans of Promise are an exceptional group of students who represent the diversity of UNCG. Award recipients will be recognized at the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner – a signature Homecoming event – on Thursday, Oct. 19, and will be invited to participate and network at UNCG Alumni Association events throughout the year.

See/hear: Oct. 11, 2017

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UNCG’s diversity is a hallmark of the university. The first African American students to enroll moved into Shaw Hall in 1956. In this video, one of those two students, JoAnne Smart Drane ‘60 – who later became vice-president of the UNCG Alumni Association and a UNCG trustee – reflects on her experience. See more about UNCG’s history in the special 125th Anniversary edition of UNCG Magazine.

See/Hear: Oct. 4, 2017

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Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, will be the 125th Anniversary! Students, faculty and staff gathered on the soccer field on Sept. 20, 2017, to take a formation photo in celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary.

See/hear: Sept. 27, 2017

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Dr. Elizabeth Perrill will speak today (Wednesday, Sept. 27) at a noon faculty talk at the Weatherspoon. She will speak about her experiences as curator of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s newly expanded African Art Gallery. It has received acclaim since opening this summer. In this video, she is interviewed about the gallery.

See/hear: Oct. 20, 2017

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A 20 percent discount on “South Pacific” tickets is available to UNCG faculty and staff. Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre have partnered to bring the grand Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to the Triad. More than twenty Spartan students, faculty and alumni are involved in the production, along with stellar guest artists. Receive a 20 percent discount by using the code “BALIHAI” when you place your order. Additionally, The White and Wood downtown offers a discount on tickets. Questions about ticket discounts? Call (336) 272-0160 or visit the Triad Stage box office.

See/Hear: Sept. 13, 2017

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Why Greensboro? There a lot of reasons Greensboro is the place to be. This video, with short interviews taken at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s State of Our Community luncheon on August 30, 2017, shows you just a few reasons Greensboro is a special, vibrant community. All those interviewed are Spartans. Enjoy.

See/hear: Sept. 6, 2017

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Taylor Mabe, PhD student at JSNN, and UNCG undergraduate Jenna Schad, were declared popular vote winners of JoVE’s International Film Your Research Contest on Sept. 1. The organization received entrants from over 30 countries.

This international Film Your Research Contest for early-career scientists asked for two minute self-produced videos articulating for a general audience a specific lab/or field experiment – its importance to their overall research focus, as well as the potential societal benefits of their research. More than 100 entries filmed in labs and field settings entered.

See/hear: Aug. 30, 2017

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Tickets are on sale for “South Pacific” Sept. 17 – Oct. 15 at Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater in Downtown Greensboro. In this video, the production’s music director, Justin P. Cowan (UNCG Music), leads the orchestra through their first rehearsal of “South Pacific,” including “Bali Hai’i,” “There’s Nothing Like A Dame” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

See/Hear: Aug. 16, 2017

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Enjoy scenes around Woman’s College (now UNCG) in 1950. The film is a remarkable piece of history. This was digitized from a 16mm film housed in the UNCG University Archives.

See/hear: August 9, 2017

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Chancellor Gilliam delivered the 2017 State of the Campus address Tuesday morning in UNCG Auditorium. Skip to the 15:30 minute mark to see the address.


See/hear: July 26, 2017

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The 2017 UNCG Business Affairs Conference & Expo, which are two separate events, will be held August 2 in the Elliott University Center. The Conference includes training workshops from Human Resources, Facilities, Campus Enterprises and Financial Services. Online registration is now open. As with last year, there will also be an Expo, a separate event that will highlight departments within the division that you might have heard about but didn’t know exactly what their function was. The Expo will open at 11:30 a.m. and is free to attend.
See video highlights clip from last year’s inaugural Business Affairs Expo.

See/hear: July 12, 2017

YouTube Preview Image Did you know UNCG alumni Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester dreamed of opening a place like Natty Greene’s when they were undergraduates in the 1980’s at UNCG? That’s where it all started. Watch Kayne Fisher show you the process of creating fine craft beer – and learn more about the UNCG connection. Read more in the Spring 2017 issue of UNCG Magazine.

See/hear: June 28, 2017

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Paul Chelimo, former UNCG track standout and public health major, spoke with UNCG Magazine last semester on his first return to campus since the 2016 Olympics. He took Silver Medal at the Olympics – as the first Spartan to be an Olympian.

Last weekend, he won the National Championship in the 5,000 meters – and will head to the World Championships in London in a few weeks.

See/hear: June 14, 2017

YouTube Preview Image Dean John Kiss appeared on Triad Today before his seeds/plants experiment was launched into orbit, with the destination of the International Space Station – where the experiment currently is underway. See the interview.

See/Hear: May 31, 2017

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UNCG Baseball took the SoCon title last weekend – and the team gathered on Monday to see the ESPN NCAA Baseball Tournament pairings telecast. The announcement? They will face Clemson in their first game, this Friday. The trip to the NCAA Tournament is their first in 20 years. See Coach Link Jarrett and shortstop Tripp Shelton speak about the SoCon title, and the upcoming NCAA Tournament.


See/hear: May 17, 2017

YouTube Preview Image UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam,  Jr., joins Randolph Community College President Robert S. Shackleford Jr. and Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson on the local show “Triad Today” in a conversation about the future of higher education in the Triad.

See/hear: May 10, 2017

YouTube Preview Image A hungry con-man finds a new venture to sink his teeth into, in this film created by two UNCG undergraduates, as part of Campus MovieFest. See story about the UNCG students’ upcoming trip to Cannes.

See/hear: May 3, 2017

YouTube Preview Image This year, Spartans have once again experienced outstanding performances in the arts. Enjoy a highlight from Verdi’s monumental ‘Requiem.’  The UNCG Symphony Orchestra was joined on Feb. 24 by the UNCG Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Women’s Choir and Glee Clubs in UNCG Auditorium. Featured performers include Jill Bowen Gardner, Stephanie Foley Davis, Daniel Stein and David Weigel.

See/hear: April 26, 2017

YouTube Preview Image See photo highlights from Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s visit to UNCG on April 20, 2017. Orchestra members conducted classes with the UNCG music students during the afternoon. Wynton Marsalis with UNCG’s Chad Eby had a Q&A session in Taylor Theatre late afternoon. Then Marsalis and the orchestra performed at Lawndale Baptist Church as part of UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series. UNCG’s Brandon Lee sat in with the orchestra. Afterward, Marsalis met with UNCG students in attendance. One student called the day “mind-blowing.”

See/hear: April 19, 2017

YouTube Preview Image UNCG School of Nursing celebrated its 50th anniversary with a big gala and reunion earlier this month. See what the current dean and former deans – as well as alumni and students – have to say about UNCG Nursing, its heritage and the impact it has had and will have.

See/hear: April 12, 2017

YouTube Preview Image UNCG’s Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo drew a lot of interest, Monday. Nearly 400 came to see the students’ research and hear their presentations, said Dr. Lee Phillips, director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office. In this video, see why undergraduate research makes such an impact on UNCG students – and why many faculty embrace its value.

See/hear: April 5, 2017

YouTube Preview Image Memories make up who we are as human beings. They create self-identity. They play a critical role in learning in the classroom. And they’re the basis of eyewitness testimony. See the this video and the article on how Dr. Thanujeni Pathman and a team of student researchers are studying how brain development impacts memory in children at UNCG’s MDLab (Memory Development, Learning and Brain).

See/hear: March 29, 2017

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One thing that makes a great university is strong state support. UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., says North Carolina has a history of doing just that. “We’re at a watershed in American public higher education,” Gilliam says. “For so long, the states subsidized state universities at high levels – at 75, 85 percent. And the argument was that it was a public good – that it benefited everyone.”

See more at this Higher Education Works web post.

See/hear: March 22, 2017

YouTube Preview Image Arts Revolution 2017 will be Saturday, April 1. There will be lots to do and see – and the afternoon/evening portion of the event – Artapalooza – is free-admission. See story in this week’s CW. And check out these highlights from ArtsRev 2016, the inaugural event.

See/hear: March 8, 2017

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In this video, Kelly Link discusses her career and her recent book “Get in Trouble: Stories” at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

The Pulitzer Prize finalist and UNCG alumna will read on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center. The reading is free-admission and open to the public.

See/hear: Feb. 21, 2017

YouTube Preview ImageVisiting artist Narisu Bao taught UNCG music students Mongolian throat singing this month. Narisu and the students will present a recital of Mongolian throat singing Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., in the UNCG Music Building’s Recital Hall. Read more about Narisu here and here.

See/hear: Feb. 15, 2017

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Chancellor Gilliam recently spoke with Higher Education Works about UNCG. With an emphasis on opportunity and an emphasis on excellence, UNCG helps transform students’ lives, Gilliam told the publication. “UNC Greensboro is the future of American prosperity.” See the articles at




See/hear: Feb. 8, 2017

YouTube Preview Image When many think of Valentine’s Day at UNCG, they think back to the bustle of activity at the longtime Tate Street store known as The Corner.  The shop, with its long counter and aisles of greeting cards and gifts, was known for inexpensive flowers. On Valentine’s Day, they sold lots of roses to students, faculty, staff – anyone and everyone. Campus Weekly spoke with owner Grant Snavely on the last day of business for The Corner, in 2011. Here’s a trip down memory lane – as he described one Valentine’s Day at the store.

See/hear: Feb. 1, 2017

Vote for a great Nano video, made by a UNCG student about a UNCG student and his impactful research at JSNN.

It’s part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative film contest.

Today, visit www.nano.gov/NanoFilmPublicVoting to view this and other videos from the Nano Film  contest and vote for your favorite. This UNCG film is the third film on the list. Today (Feb. 1) is the voting deadline.

“Shrinking chemical instrumentation can show the same improvements that have revolutionized the computer industry. Faster, cheaper, and portable are some of these benefits. With the worlds analytical instrumentation market in the billions of dollars and only 0.1% using small biosensors there is a vast market growth potential and need, as the shortcomings with large instruments can be solved. Imagine the benefits to mankind from the ability to do an analysis anywhere in the world at any time! The possibilities are endless. Our research focuses on fabricating such a device for an array of diseases. Simply changing the capture molecule on the sensor surface dictates which disease is being tested for. Fabricated at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, these sensors fit in the palm of the hand. The biosensors work on the nanoscale by detecting biological molecules in very small amounts.”

Interviewee: Taylor Mabe, UNCG, Nanoscience Dept.,

Film’s director: Jenna Shad, UNCG, Biology Dept. & Film Dept.


See/hear: Jan. 25, 2017

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The UNCG Men’s Basketball team has had its best start of the season since 1995-96. They currently are atop the conference standings, with 7 wins, 1 loss. They are 16-5 overall. If you haven’t seen a game this year, come check them out. They host Furman Saturday at 2 p.m. at the coliseum.

Here is the “intro video” shown just before each game.

See/hear: Jan. 18, 2017

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Chancellor Gilliam’s message to Spartan students, emailed to them Jan. 17, provided a welcome as the semester began – and spoke to this particular moment in our shared history. See his message here.

See/hear: Jan. 11, 2017

YouTube Preview Image UNCG Nutrition master’s student Emily Shields represented the UNCG Cycling Club at the 2017 Cyclocross Nationals on Jan. 4. She took the national title. It was muddy and intense. See her interview immediately after the race – and the story about the race.

See/hear: Dec. 7, 2016

Madison Blake, a Minerva Scholar in the UNCG School of Music, will give a piano recital Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. She will perform works by Liszt, Schumann and Beethoven. UNCG Magazine recorded her playing Rachmaninoff on the beloved Grogan Residence Hall piano for the spring 2016 issue. Enjoy. YouTube Preview Image

See/hear: Nov. 30, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Just in time for the start of exam studying, here is a look at Jackson Library’s newly renovated first floor Reading Room. Check it out.

See/Hear: Nov. 16, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Here’s a look at a UNCG tradition that dates back to 1969: the holiday luminaires. See how our campus lights up each December Reading Day and learn how students from our fraternities and sororities help make it happen. The luminaires will illuminated the campus walkways Tuesday, Dec. 6. See the next Campus Weekly for a full preview of holiday happenings at UNCG.