UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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.

See/hear: June 1, 2016

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In their four years at UNCG, twin sisters Nicole and Lindsay Thomas made a huge impact on UNCG Softball. After being named a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III First Team selection for the third consecutive year, Nicole was named to the Division I Academic All-America Second Team this year. Nicole ends her career with a .362 batting average and 31 home runs, ranking fourth and fifth in the UNCG record books respectively. As a pitcher, she posted a 22-17 record with three saves, ranking sixth on the all time saves list. Lindsay Thomas helped rewrite the UNCG record books, finishing as the all-time leader in batting average (.382), runs scored (189), hits (257), home runs (57) and slugging percentage (.728).

They both earned first team All-Region accolades for the third time of their careers this year. See a clip on them, as their Spartan sports careers come to an end.


See/hear: May 18, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Kyle Hines was honored as the top defender in European basketball this year. He helped lead his Moscow team to the Euroleague title as well. See a highlight reel of his year. It’ll be a trip down memory lane for all those who remember the Spartan big man breaking school records last decade here at UNCG.

See/hear: May 4, 2016

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Spartans share some of their post-graduation plans.

See/hear: April 27, 2016

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The UNCG School of Education Awards Ceremony was held earlier this month. See the video shown at the event, highlighting many excellent research initiatives and impact in our community and beyond.

See/hear: April 20, 2016

YouTube Preview ImageThe UNCG School of Nursing’s Veteran Access Program puts veterans with medical training on an accelerated path to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Each veteran’s path is customized to his or her training and experience. “The Veterans Access Program took my military training and turned it into credits for nursing school,” one student explained.

The faculty, several of whom are veterans themselves, help their students with the transition from soldier to student. See how several students, as well as UNCG alumna Susan Safran, describe the program, which literally gives credit for those who served.

And download the full magazine at alumnimagazine.uncg.edu.

See/hear: April 13, 2016

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UNCG’s second annual Science Everywhere, a hands-on interactive science festival, will be held on Saturday, April 16, from noon to 4 p.m. on the university campus.

See/hear: April 5, 2016

YouTube Preview Image Fatema Albalushi, Omani native, shares her story of leaving Sohar, Oman, to study at UNCG and experience life in America. Albalushi embraces the independence she discovered in America because it has helped her learn to do things on her own and build her own personality.

See/hear: March 30, 2016

YouTube Preview Image The 2016 International Festival will be Saturday, April 9. See a clip for an earlier year’s International Festival, for a sample of the fun and learning on tap.

See/hear: March 23, 2016

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In this video clip, meet Barbara Mootoo, who is playing the Witch this April in UNCG’s ‘Into the Woods’ in Concert. Stephen Sondheim’s musical will be performed in a staged concert with 21 piece orchestra at UNCG this April. This performance will be conducted by UNCG alumnus and Broadway music director Dominick Amendum, and directed by Triad Stage Artistic Associate Bryan Conger. For ticket information call 336.334.4392 or 336.272.0160

See/hear: March 16, 2016

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International student Mei-Lan Chen shares her story about her life in Taiwan and the United States. Chen is pursuing her doctorate in UNCG’s Nursing PhD Program. She believes the relationships she’s fostered at UNCG are lifelong. See the video.

See/hear: March 2, 2016

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International student Awa Mbaye tells her story of traveling from Senegal to the United States. Mbaye said the diversity of UNCG is what led her to the university, where she double majors in sociology and international studies, with a concentration in criminology.

See/hear: Feb. 24, 2016

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The Spartans men’s basketball team stunned the league-leading Chattanooga Mocs Saturday in Tennessee. The Mocs were No. 32 in the nation in the RPI rankings and had not lost at home since January 2015. See some highlights.

See/hear: Feb. 17, 2016

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UNCG’s #BelieveInTheG campaign runs through the end of today (Wednesday, Feb. 17). See how students respond when they’re asked, “Why do you believe in the G?” See more at believeintheg.com.



See/hear: Feb. 10, 2016

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Jordy Kuiper got the surprise of his life the other day.

Do you know Jordy – or maybe you’ve read about him? He is majoring in liberal studies in social sciences. He’s a junior. He’s tall. He tells us he lives by one of his mom’s sayings: “Shoot for the moon. Even as you miss you’ll land among the stars.” He suffered an injury at the NC State game, but he is working hard to prepare for his return to the court next year.

He reflects on growing up in the Netherlands, managing his diabetes, playing ball and dreaming. “Now I’m living my dream right now.”

CW spoke to his mom as she proudly watched the Spartans take on Western Carolina last week – the Spartans’ third win in four games. For the first time in about a year, she was able to get away and visit her son. It was a long trip, and so worth every minute in the airports and planes. She says that was the first time she has truly surprised him. He was bowled over, as this short Athletics clip shows.

She told us something every parent can understand: Sometimes you just have to see your son, and hold him.

By Mike Harris
Video by UNCG Athletics

See/hear: Feb. 3, 2016

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International student Hyelim “Heather” Shin shares her story about leaving Wonju, South Korea, to pursue a degree in psychology at UNCG.

See/hear: Jan. 27, 2016

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International student Rudolph Bedeley shares his story of leaving Ghana to pursue additional education in the U.S. He is pursuing a PhD in information systems at UNCG. Hear him tell his experience.

See/hear: Jan. 20, 2016

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International student Qassim Al-Maskary shares his story about traveling to the United States from Oman to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources management in the Bryan Business and Economic School at UNCG. Al-Maskary said he was excited to come to the United States because it gave him a chance to show he’s a leader and prove his independence and true personality to everyone. See the video clip.

See/hear: Jan. 13, 2016

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See a highlight clip of the final seconds of UNCG men’s basketball’s victory over Furman. Diante Baldwin hit the game-winning shot and then played stellar defense to help seal the victory at home.

See/hear: Jan. 6, 2016

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As we entered the holidays, Chancellor Gilliam shared an update on the strategic planning process, the development of UNCG’s “metanarrative” story and more.

See/hear: Dec. 9, 2015

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Last week readers learned about a joint UNCG Athletics/ESPN3 initiative. This week, take a look at the mobile video production facility.

See/hear: Dec. 2, 2015

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Every year, the men’s basketball intro video – shown on the scoreboard just before player introductions and tipoff – offers something different. Here, the men’s team takes downtown by storm – and shows a few dance moves while they’re at it. The team has several games in the coming weeks at home. Check out the men’s and women’s basketball schedule at www.uncgspartans.com.