UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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.

See/hear: Nov. 9, 2016

YouTube Preview Image On her way to national teaching honors – and an invitation to meet with President Obama at the White House – UNCG alumna Leslie Ross discovered her voice. So she could then help kids find theirs. She received two degrees from the UNCG School of Education, and is one of many alumni who define excellence. Read her cover story at alumnimagazine.uncg.edu. And enjoy this film clip, where she speaks about teaching and about her trip to the White House to discuss education with President Obama.

See/hear: Nov. 2, 2016

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Season tickets are on sale for UNCG Men’s Basketball. There is a discount for UNCG faculty and staff. Faculty/Staff members can purchase Lower Level season tickets for as low as $99 per ticket. Home games include the ACC’s Virginia and Wake Forest., North Carolina A&T State, and the entire Southern Conference. For information, contact Adam Rich, director of Athletic Ticket Operations, at alrich@uncg.edu or 336-334-3250.

See/hear: Oct. 26, 2016

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Learn how self regulation skills affect success from age 2 to adulthood, in this UNCG Research video.

Dr. Susan Calkins’ RIGHT Track study investigates how emotional regulation develops over time. With over $8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the study has followed its child participants from ages 2 to 19. More than 450 families have participated in the study, which was developed by Calkins and current and former collaborators Susan Keane, Marion O’Brien, and Lilly Shanahan.

See/hear: Oct. 19, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Enjoy a video of the full Chancellor Installation ceremony, including music beforehand. (The ceremony begins at the 12:05 mark.)

See/hear: Oct. 12, 2016

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Robert Walker recently received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for an innovation he created at UNCG. See the video clip.

See/hear: Oct. 5, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Author Najla Said, author of ‘Looking for Palestine,’ will perform on campus Oct. 12. It is part of the Keker First Year Common Read. Watch as Said tells of what students will gain from her talk and from her book.

See/hear: Sept. 28, 2016

YouTube Preview Image The first Let’sGoG show of the academic year has been posted. It’s produced by Athletics and presented by the UNCG Alumni Association. The fall sports seasons are heading into conference play – see the update on all the teams’ news.

See/hear: Sept. 21, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Joseph Graham, the 2016-17 president of the UNCG Student Government Association, shares his goals for the year, his advice to the Class of 2020, and why he is an advocate for the university. Graham is also an ex officio member of the UNCG Board of Trustees.

See/hear: Sept. 14, 2016

YouTube Preview Image In the past two week, Campus Weekly readers have enjoyed videos shown at the 2016 Excellence Awards ceremony. This week, enjoy the third of the three films shows that day. This film highlights the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Research Excellence Awards, Student Learning Enhancement Awards and the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

See/hear: Sept. 7, 2016

YouTube Preview Image See a video clip from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, for the Gladys Strawn Bullard, Excellence, and Service Awards. See a video clip from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, for the Gladys Strawn Bullard, Excellence and Service Awards.
Cherry Callahan, Chris Gregory, Maggie Jones, Tiffany Boley, Patti Sink and Travis Hicks are featured in the film. Each honoree speaks to the university’s motto of “Service,” perhaps none more eloquently than Dr. Callahan: “The satisfaction of knowing that “service” is at the core of my being is what matters most to me,” she says.

See/Hear: August 31, 2016

YouTube Preview Image See a film clip from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards. The clip focuses on four teaching excellence awards and the O. Max Gardner Award nominee. Featured in the video are Eloise Hassell, Gregory Grieve, Risa Applegarth, Claudia Cabello-Hutt and Deborah Cassidy, who passed away this summer.

See/hear: Aug. 24, 2016

YouTube Preview ImageSee Chancellor Gilliam’s complete State of the Campus address here.

See/hear: August 17, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Dr. John Kiss, who begins his first year as dean of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, welcomes incoming students as they begin their 2016-17 academic year. See the video clip.



See/hear: Aug. 3, 2016

Nancy Adams ’60, ’77 MS, with the support of UNCG Dean Eberhart, became the first genetic counselor in the state of North Carolina. Hear her tell her story, in this brief video.

See/hear: July 27, 2016

YouTube Preview Image UNCG PhD candidate Rakkiyappan Chandran shares the story of his journey from a remote village in India to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

See/hear: July 13, 2016

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Every spring, the UNCG history department hosts the Piedmont N.C. regional of National History Day – a program for middle and high school students, in which students do original research and create exhibitions, performances, websites, papers, and documentaries.  One of those documentaries won the national competition in Washington, D.C., last month, Dr. Benjamin Filene tells us.  Filene is director of Public History at UNCG. Winners Sydney Dye and Caroline Murphy attend high school in Chapel Hill.


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Dr. Anthony Dellinger ’14 had a delightfully fishy experience with UNCG. He rigorously researched a sustainable replacement for bait fish while earning his doctorate at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a joint venture of UNCG and NC A&T State. And thanks to the entrepreneurial focus of the school, and a partnership with Dr. Christopher Kepley, that research has become a viable business. Organobait was formulated to replace the use of wild fish stocks as the primary bait in commercial lobster and crab traps. He praises JSNN’s unique nature, which emphasizes not only academics but also teaches business aspects of the field including funding, business development and patent creation. “It offers students an extremely novel and diverse educational experience.”

You can read more in the latest UNCG Magazine, alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

See/hear: June 15, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Donovan Livingston will arrive as a doctoral student this fall in the UNCG School of Education. This summer, he became a viral sensation, for his commencement speech at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education ceremony. His speech at Harvard has been “shared” widely via social media and news outlets in the past weeks. If you haven’t seen it yet, have a look.