UNCG Campus Weekly

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Text me, Rosalind: Shakespeare in the cyber age

Image of Forest“As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, will open this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in UNCG’s Taylor Theatre, and the production is far from traditional.

You won’t see any bustles or breeches in the costuming, for one thing. It’s business suits, ties and smartphones. The play’s first setting, the court of Duke Frederick, resembles an Apple store.

With the help of students in the Technical Production program, Professor of Theatre and Scenery Designer Randy McMullen created a sleek, modern rectilinear design for the court scenes, all in black and white.

“We want UNCG students to walk into Taylor Theatre, see that set and go ‘wait a second − this is not the Shakespeare I know,’” explained the production’s director, Associate Professor John Gulley.

In the play, when the setting shifts from the court to the Forest of Arden, the characters are out of a Wi-Fi connection and encounter nature for the first time. They gradually shed their ties and electronic devices as they adapt to the forest.

“The play begins with a very sleek business look and ends with a bohemian forest wedding, said Costume Studio Supervisor Amy Holroyd.  

“Nature itself has a transformative effect on them,” added Gulley. “And that’s what has always drawn me to this play.”

Although the production’s outward appearance will be uniquely contemporary, the script is still Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” in its original form. Gulley and Associate Professor Christine Morris, who serves as the production’s vocal coach, are in agreement that the work of Shakespeare is indispensable in theatre education and in campus and community life.

“For the student actors, it’s invigorating to convey what I call ‘the big stuff,’” said Morris. “We keep doing Shakespeare not because of some grand idea of history or poetry or an idea of what theatre should be, but because it’s full of ‘the big stuff.’ It’s love, it’s death, it’s loneliness, humor, fear and triumph − all of that. If a student can learn to unlock the acting clues that are in here, that’s something that’s going to serve them well.”

“University students need to hear language like this,” said Gulley, who can easily point to Shakespeare’s profound influence in George R.R. Martin and HBO’s hit series, “Game of Thrones.” “When it’s done right, an audience will get it, even if they don’t know iambic pentameter or the Elizabethan metaphors. Something different happens with elevated language – it drives you deeper into the psyche of a character, which helps out, because we’re all here to tell a story.”

The two main leads of the production are seniors Baraka Ongeri as Orlando and Katie Olson as Rosalind. The initial costume design was created by senior Lauren McCoy with the assistance of Amy Holroyd and junior Katelyn Wingerson.

Along with the 20 UNCG undergraduate actors, the cast includes graduate students James MacFarlane, Bryanna Vinge and Zach Vinge who, as Jaques, delivers the famous “all the world’s a stage” monologue. Faculty members Jim Wren and Denise Gabriel serve as movement directors.

“As You Like It” opens on Sept. 22 and runs through Sept. 30, with a pay-what-you-can preview on Sept. 21. Tickets are available through the Triad Stage website, by phone at 336-272-0160 or the Brown Box Office (336-334-4392).

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Conceptual drawing of set courtesy UNCG Theatre.

Updated Sept. 22.

See related story on Frame/Works.

Men’s basketball season-ticket discount for faculty/staff

photo of studentsThe UNCG Athletics Department has set its sights on making season-ticket history in support of the men’s basketball team, and with a new discount, faculty and staff can help.

The new Spartan Pride Season Ticket Referral Program gives season-ticket holders cash incentives for season-ticket referrals. For each new season-ticket referral purchase, the current season ticket-holder will receive $10 cash back. If a current season-ticket holder gets 10 new season tickets, they receive one season ticket (account credit) for free. Anyone they refer, faculty/staff or not, would receive $99 season tickets for the first year.

The goal is 1,000 men’s basketball season tickets. Last season, UNCG sold 866 total season tickets to fans that watched the Spartans post a 13-4 home record – the most wins in program history, including a win at the Southern Conference regular season championship.Faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $99 in the lower level (as many as they like). Normally, season tickets in the lower level are $129. All season tickets come with a parking pass for these games at the Coliseum, a $65 value. They also come with several Buddy Passes so you can bring others to a few games, and the opportunity to receive complimentary women’s basketball season tickets. Payroll deduction is available for all faculty/staff – the payment is split evenly over four months.

To order tickets with the faculty/staff discount, to take advantage of the referral program or if you have any questions, contact the UNCG Athletics ticket office at 336-334-3250.

More information on the season-ticket referral program can be found at uncgspartans.com/referral.

Kaplan Center receives LEED Gold rating for sustainability

photo of Kaplan bulidingUNCG’s Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

A leading benchmark in green building, LEED offers four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. UNCG has 17 LEED-certified buildings, including 10 that have attained the Gold rating.

“The Kaplan Center was designed with every aspect of sustainability in mind – from the raw materials used in construction to the light, airy design of the facility,” said Dr. Shanna Eller, sustainability coordinator for operations. “We’re proud that the Kaplan Center has surpassed our initial goal of LEED Silver, and we continue to find new solutions that will help make this state-of-the-art facility even more sustainable and energy efficient.”

Since its opening last August, the Kaplan Center has helped transform campus life at UNCG, with approximately 90 percent of all on-campus students accessing the facility at least once during the 2016-17 academic year.

In addition to promoting health and wellness across campus, the Kaplan Center has hosted numerous student events – such as the popular dive-in movie nights at the pool and this year’s “Convocation Craze” – as well as conferences and meetings for faculty and staff.

To learn more about LEED-certified buildings on campus and the university’s sustainability efforts, visit sustainability.uncg.edu. For more information about the Kaplan Center, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Provost: Growing number of faculty boosts academic mission

As newly minted chair Andrea Hunter remarked at the Faculty Senate’s inaugural meeting of the semester, it is time for Giant Steps.

At the Sept. 6 meeting, Provost Dana Dunn said there is much momentum at present, and laid out a few of the university’s key initiatives.

UNCG has over 600 tenure-stream faculty, and this year welcomed 39 new tenured faculty as well as many additional full-time faculty. In August, nine faculty received endowed professorship appointments, including two Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professorships. (A listing of new faculty may be seen here.)

Dunn said 26 new expansion searches for tenure-stream faculty have been authorized and many key positions beyond faculty are being filled, such as dean searches for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and the School of Health and Human Sciences, vice chancellor for student affairs and associate vice chancellor for research.

Beyond faculty, Dunn spoke of enrollment – up 1.4 percent overall and 3.3 percent at the graduate level – and residential housing growth, with 5,400 students now living on campus.

Five new academic programs are currently in various stages of development: an undergraduate information studies cross-disciplinary degree, a master’s in data science, international business, a joint PhD in social work with NC A&T and a PhD in business offered online.

The university has intensified its research activity after exceeding its goal of 5 percent externally funded research.

Student success remains a major initiative for the university. UNCG was one of 31 institutions nationally chosen for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Frontier Set and one of five that will be profiled by the foundation.

The Banner 9 software upgrade was a topic at the meeting, and Dunn explained it related to UNCG’s focus on improving infrastructure. In addition, the university will be implementing CourseLeaf Academic Catalogue Management Software, which will revolutionize approvals and reviews of curriculum.

The university’s strategic planning is nearing finalization, with a new website (posting later this week) that will include framework for the strategic plan and goals for colleges and schools. There are plans to launch another strategic seed-funding program for faculty this year with $150,000 in grants tied to themes in the strategic plan.

Faculty will be key in working to move the institution forward, Dunn said.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

UNCG Trustees approve design for new Nursing and Instructional Building

The UNCG Board of Trustees approved the external design for UNCG’s new Nursing and Instructional Building on Friday at the September board meeting.

The approved renderings showcase a five-story, 180,000-square-foot building with an atrium that connects the two sides of the building.

The Nursing and Instructional Building is slated to open in the summer of 2020. The building will be built at the same site as the current McIver Building, which will be demolished next summer.

The new facility is made possible thanks to $105 million in state funds from the Connect NC Bond, which was passed by North Carolina voters in the spring of 2016.

Visual: Exterior rendering of new building. View from College Avenue between Forney and Foust buildings.

Liked “Cars,” “Brave,” “Monsters, Inc.”? Hear Pixar’s Tia Kratter Oct. 4.

Tia Kratter has been a part of the artistry of Pixar films since the very first one, “Toy Story,” released in 1995. Before that, she contributed work to such Disney classics as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

The stories she can share are quite colorful – literally.

Tia Kratter will visit UNCG Wednesday, Oct. 4. She will give a public lecture at 6 p.m. in Bryan 160. The public is invited. (It’s recommended that you get there early.) In the morning she will speak to UNCG art students in Dr. Heather Holian’s “Art of Disney and Pixar” class.

After working at Disney Feature Animation for five years as a background painter, and later as a Disney freelance artist, Kratter joined the “Toy Story” art team at Pixar in 1993. Since her arrival at Pixar Tia has served as an art director on many of the studio’s films including “A Bug’s Life,”  “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars” and “Brave.”

Today, she is manager of Art & Film Education at Pixar University, the studio’s internal education program. She also has authored the illustrated new book “The Color of Pixar,” showcasing many film stills from the Pixar archives. (The campus bookstore will have that book available at the talk.)

“She has a tremendous amount of experience in the animation industry and at two of the medium’s most important studios,” said Holian. “She has been at these studios during a seismic shift in the industry, from 2D animation to 3D or digital animation. This change has impacted her own work over the years, from the kinds of work she makes to the materials she uses.”

This talk, sponsored by UNCG School of Art, marks the sixth Pixar artist Holian has invited to speak at UNCG – a unique learning experience for her students and the public.

“Tia’s talk will be especially interesting because it will bear out the great importance of ideas, problem-solving and collaboration in animation, regardless of the technology making the film, or the media of her own pieces,” Holian said. “She also plans to talk about how she has adapted, grown and changed as an artist while at Pixar over the last 24 years.”

Holian emphasized Kratter’s breadth and talent as an artist.

“She is capable of working on the completely imagined world of ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ the racing world of ‘Cars’ and the lush, organic world of medieval Scotland. She often paints in watercolor when not at the studio, and for ‘Brave’ she made several watercolor studies of the Scottish landscape that are among some of the most evocative concept paintings made for that entire film.”

Kratter also is a gifted speaker. “She has a great sense of humor, which I imagine listeners will be treated to during her talk.”

Holian, associate professor of art history, is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. Another key specialty is the art of the Pixar Animation Studios, and she is currently finishing a book on the topic.

Holian travels to Pixar regularly to interview artists and conduct research in the studio’s archives. Her essay “A Brave Collaboration: A Case Study of Collaborative Dynamics and Collective Imagination within the Pixar Art Department” is scheduled for publication next year, and her essay “New and Inherited Aesthetics: Designing for the ‘Toy Story’ Trilogy One Film at a Time” will appear in “‘Toy Story:’ Animation – Key Texts” this winter.

By Mike Harris
Photo courtesy Tia Kratter

UNCG volunteers recover 62 pounds of leftover food from Folk Festival

photo of studentsUNCG’s Food Recovery Network chapter collected 62 pounds of surplus food during the 2017 National Folk Festival Sept. 8-10. Student volunteers arrived around 9:30 p.m. on each day of the festival and spent the night collecting leftovers from the festival’s vendors. They gathered enough food to feed about 51 people, which was donated to Mary’s Table. Mary’s Table is a nonprofit that serves warm meals six days a week to those in need.

Founded in April 2015, the UNCG chapter of the national Food Recovery Network regularly recovers excess food from UNCG Dining Services, as well as from local events. Since its founding, volunteers have donated over 10,362 pounds of food, or over 8,635 meals, to feed people in Greensboro living with food insecurity. For more information on the UNCG FRN, like their Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter at frm_uncg and Instagram at foodrecoveryuncg.

By Avery Campbell
Photograph courtesy the UNCG FRN.

Apply for Giant Steps Research Development Grants

The Provost and the Office of Research and Engagement announce the release of funding for the Giant Steps Research Development Grants

The goal of this program is to provide seed funding for projects that will enhance UNCG’s external visibility, encourage research as well as increase the opportunity to leverage preliminary results obtained with this funding to gain significant future federal and/or private funding.

Winning proposals are expected to define an integrated research effort distinguished by intellectual excellence and driven by a clear vision of fundamental advances, new discoveries or technological developments having state, national and global and societal impact aligned with the areas defined in the strategic plan (e.g., health and wellness, vibrant communities or global connections).

A requirement of the award is the submission of at least one research proposal to an external funding source by the end of the award period. The Provost and Office of Research and Engagement anticipates funding up to six proposals of up to $25,000 each.

Applications are due Nov. 6, 2017, with projects to begin Jan. 8, 2018, and work completed no later than June 30, 2019. For more information, contact Dr. Terri Shelton, shelton@uncg.edu.

Take advantage of HR’s Learning and Development offerings

UNCG Human Resources Learning and Development is pleased to offer a rich array of offerings reflecting the talent of faculty and staff. Courses provide the opportunity to explore new passions, strengthen skills and contribute further to building an inclusive and collaborative workplace.

Learning and Development workshops, including Professional, Personal and Organizational Development, are a benefit for all UNCG employees. Workshops focus on self-enhancement, work-life balance and workplace training. Some highlights this year include an active shooter training, conflict resolution, tours of Jackson library, thriving in the workplace and intercultural sensitivity awareness.

Full workshop descriptions are listed on the new HR website:

workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001000

HHS hosts speaker on chronic pain

photo of GatchelDr. Robert Gatchel will visit Sept. 29 to deliver the presentation “The Biopsychological Model of Chronic Pain: Past, Present and Future Clinical Directions.” The presentation is 11 a.m. in the EUC Maple Room. A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.

Gatchel is professor of clinical health psychology and directs the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illness at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement, one of the highest honors in psychology. His research explores the causes, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain behavior, including opioid overuse and misuse.

Sustainable and socially responsible investing

photo of a personThe UNCG Sustainability Council announces a series of Conversations on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing.

The first conversation, “What is Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing and Why Is It Important?” will be Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center and will feature panelists Jill Hopke from DePaul University and Luis Hestres from the University of Texas at San Antonio. This conversation is hosted by Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Geography.

The second conversation, “The Business of Investing Responsibly” will be Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center and will feature Ebony Perkins of Self Help Credit Union, Christopher Demetropoulos of Trillium Asset Management and Chas Mansfield of Compass Financial Partners. This conversation is hosted by the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Check the web page for more information on additional conversations.

‘Frame/Works’ for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ Sept. 28

Conceived by Dr. Christine Woodworth, former UNCG Theatre faculty member, “Frame/Works” is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice.

photo of posterThe “Frame/Works” selection for the fall is UNCG Theatre’s production of “As You Like It,” and will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28. The presenting researchers are Dr. Jennifer Feather, Dr. Lauren Shook and Dr. Jennifer Park, from the English department, and their presentations are, respectively: “Restless Shakespeare: The Forest of Arden After Hurricane Harvey,” “Dining in Deserts: Understanding Food Scarcity in the Forest of Arden” and “Cosmetics of Color: Celia as Aliena in As You Like it.”

School of Theatre Director Dr. John Poole will moderate the discussion and Professor and Production Director John Gulley and selected performers and designers will also participate in the post-show Q&A discussion.

At 5 p.m., light refreshments will be served in the Slane Lobby of UNCG Auditorium, and the pre-show presentation of research will begin at 5:15 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a dinner break, and the 7:30 p.m. production of “As You Like” it at Taylor Theatre. The post-show responses and Q&A will begin at 9:40 p.m.

All “Frame/Works” participants may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $12; UNCG student tickets are all $9.

The box office is located in 115 Brown Building and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 336-334-4392 – or guests may contact Triad Stage to secure “As You Like It” tickets at 336-272-0160. Online ticketing is here.

Rud Turnbull, advocate for people with disabilities, to give lecture series

Beginning tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 20), UNCG shines a light on the challenges that disability poses as a matter of law and policy by sponsoring three lectures by Rud Turnbull. Each lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room at the UNCG Alumni House. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Turnbull, father of a son (1967-2009) with intellectual and emotional-behavioral disabilities, is a scholar of disability policy and an advocate for people with disabilities, especially those who have intellectual, developmental and mental health disabilities.

Sept. 20, 2017 Lecture 1: Nature and scope of discrimination against persons with disabilities and the law’s general approach in prohibiting such discrimination.

Oct. 11, 2017 Lecture 2: Legal issues that arise when a person with a disability is at the “edges of life,” whether as a newborn baby or an adult.

Feb. 21, 2018 Lecture 3: Legal issues that arise when a person may need the protection of guardianship and the conflict that guardianship presents to the person’s autonomy and decision-making.

The series is sponsored by UNCG Office of Research and Engagement, UNCG Community and Therapeutic Recreation and the UNCG Department of Specialized Education Services.

Interested in graduate school?

The Fall 2017 Graduate School Information Session will be Monday evening, Oct. 2, 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the EUC.

Information Sessions are designed for individuals who are exploring graduate programs at UNCG and include workshops on the application process, graduate student life on campus, professional development programs and an opportunity to meet with faculty representatives from academic departments.

To register, visit docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchbV_YFiBR4WBRmBUNWUCYk8je0vDLfAm86bktcv_cwypdxw/viewform.

Forum addresses cultural diversity in the marketplace

“Diversity, Entrepreneurship, and Direct Selling” will be the topic of a forum Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Bryan 160. The panel will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a reception with catering provided by Dame’s Chicken & Waffles and A Sweet Success. The forum is free and open to the public.

Accomplished executives Connie Tang, president and CEO of Princess House, and Ursula Dudley Oglesby, president of Dudley Products, will speak on how their companies are making strides towards cultural diversity in the marketplace.

The occasion will be moderated by John T. Fleming, past board member of Direct Selling Educational Foundation.

The event is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Direct Selling Educational Foundation.

Fun Asian Autumn Festival Sept. 23

photo of students

If you’re a fan of dazzling performances and delectable dishes, UNCG’s annual Asian Autumn Festival is right up your alley.

Join the International and Global Studies Program in celebrating the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Elliot University Center.

The festival serves as an opportunity to experience the mosaic of Asian cultures that are a part of the UNCG community. Festival-goers of all ages will enjoy performances ranging from tai chi demonstrations to K-Pop dances, food samples, games and raffles hosted by the university’s many Asian clubs.

Both admission and parking (available in Walker Avenue Parking Deck) are free and open to the public.

By Ishan Davis
Photography courtesy festival organizers

Sample recipes from across the state at Vintage Viands tasting Sept. 22

photo of VintageViands

The Jackson Library is home to many loved collections, but one has recently come to the forefront. Hundreds of cookbooks were recently donated with recipes from across North Carolina.

The recipes are all the result of the work of Foy Allen Edelman, author, cookbook collector and cuisine aficionado. Edelman has traveled across nearly all counties in North Carolina to seek out dishes from it’s inhabitants. In doing this, she has captured the essence of the regions through the meals that make us feel at home.

These books have found a home of their own in the Special Collections of UNCG’s Jackson Library. Carolyn Shankle, the library’s Special Collections specialist, and her team have been working to inventory around 60 cartons worth of cookbooks, according to the featured article “A Delicious Collection” in Our State Magazine. This expansive donation adds to the depth of the culinary section in the university’s library, which includes Home Economics Pamphlets and other historical cookbooks.

Callie Coward and Erica Rau, both UNCG graduates and Jackson Library technicians, grew interested in these pieces while scanning them. They had a vision for an event where recipes from the collections could be showcased and tasted by the public: thus Vintage Viands was born. The event began in 2015, when the focus was included all of the library’s cookbooks. This year’s Vintage Viands was inspired by Foy Edelman’s collection, and will center entirely on recipes from North Carolina.

While recipes from North Carolina have a wide spectrum of flavors, some may say they’re not particularly unique, “If I’m honest, there’s really nothing more special pertaining to North Carolina recipes than anywhere else,” Coward tells Campus Weekly. “These recipes, just like anywhere else, spark memories or at least we hope they do. You can remember your grandmother’s famous coconut cake or persimmon pudding. These recipes bring back the nostalgia from that time in your life; the good ol’ days if you will. Foods and smells can trigger memories and that’s what makes these recipes so special.”

This free taste-testing event will allow the public to experience their own nostalgia. Rau says that through Vintage Viands, she would like ”to expose the students and larger UNCG community to a really cool resource that they may not know we even had. We’d like them to walk away from the event knowing that our special collections and archives aren’t just some dusty old photos or letters from past university presidents,” she says. “Hopefully, students can walk away with a new or renewed passion for cooking, or maybe a fun idea for a project they’d like to research.”

Enjoy Vintage Viands: North Carolina Edition in the Reading Room on the First Floor of Jackson Library, from 12 – 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. All are invited.

By Ishan Davis
Photographer: Paula Damasceno De Oliveira

 

Ahoy! “South Pacific” launches UCLS, Triad Stage seasons

photo of studentsThis weekend, one of Broadway’s most iconic musicals hits the Greensboro downtown stage: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” opening Sept. 17 at Triad Stage’s Pyrle Theater.
The joint production of UNCG and Triad Stage will kick off the 2017-2018 University Concert and Lecture Series, and it will have Triad Stage’s largest cast to date. The performers include 20 UNCG student and alumni actors, as well as UNCG orchestra musicians, directed by doctoral candidate Justin Cowan.

Based on a story collection by James Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “South Pacific” unfolds on an island that serves as a World War II-era United States military stopover. Many who are familiar with the music remember catchy numbers like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” but the story addresses serious issues that resonate with a contemporary audience.

“It’s so compellingly about a particular time period, but it also speaks to us today,” said Triad Stage artistic director and UNCG School of Theatre faculty member Preston Lane. “It’s about young people ripped out of complacency and sent to another place. They’re not yet in battle but they’re about to be. They have love, excitement, patriotism, fear.”

Kamilah Bush, a recent graduate of UNCG’s Theatre Education program, serves as the production’s dramaturg, or the contextual researcher and script advisor. She describes her work on “South Pacific” as an intensely meaningful challenge.

“It’s not just a museum piece with cute 1940s costumes,” she said. “It’s a real, relevant conversation that a modern-day audience can connect with.”

Throughout the rehearsal weeks, the “South Pacific” cast and designers held discussions about the play’s historical context and how it translates for contemporary audiences. The love story hinges on racial segregation, and at the time of the musical’s debut, the song “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” which Lane calls “the heart of the show,” was highly controversial.

“This production has given me a chance to examine the world through many different perspectives, and to deal with the difficult realities of racism, war, human nature and love,” said senior theatre major Stephanie Schroeder.

Schroeder, who plays a nurse in “South Pacific,” is also completing a minor in vocal performance and in musical theatre, a new minor in the UNCG School of Theatre.

The ongoing partnership between Triad Stage and UNCG has been a boon for both organizations. With opportunity to perform in professional productions, UNCG students, such as the 14 students in the cast of “South Pacific,” gain real-world experience as they complete their degrees, going through “the throes and rigor of a professional rehearsal process,” as theater education major William Stapleton calls it.

Triad Stage benefits from the partnership in part by tapping the talent of UNCG students, faculty and alumni, which gives directors the ability to stage plays with larger casts and greater production needs.

“We’re on a real journey together,” said Lane, “to reimagine what a professional theatre and university relationship can be in the 21st century.

“South Pacific” runs through Oct. 15. Tickets are available at the Triad Stage box office online, by phone at (336) 272-0160 and in person at 232 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro, Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for UNCG students for $5 and UNCG faculty and staff receive a 20 percent discount by using the code “BALIHAI.”

View the entire UCLS season here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography courtesy of Triad Stage

Institute: Advisors help students identify their strengths

Faculty, staff and professional advisors from UNCG and NC A&T had an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of advising theory, best practices in advising and the integral relationship between advising and career counseling – particularly in meeting the needs of freshmen and sophomore students, and other at-risk groups – at a two-day advising institute Sept. 7 and 8.

The kick off for the event started at UNCG’s Kaplan Wellness Center on Thursday and ended on NC A&T’s campus Friday. The institute was designed as a structured, intensive and collaborative program where participants learned from noted experts from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), colleagues at both universities and one another on both academic advising practices and their relationship to effective career counseling.

The Division of Enrollment Management’s Office of Retention Initiatives at UNCG, the Career Services Center at UNCG and the Center for Academic Excellence at NC A&T State University planned and implemented the institute with support of grant funding by the UNC General Administration. This joint venture was co-led by Dr. Jacquelyn R. Jones, Director of Retention Initiatives at UNCG and Dr. Regina Williams Davis, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Academic Support and the Director for the Center for Academic Excellence at NC A&T State University.

“The Advisor Institute was a wonderful learning experience for all who attended this first collaborative advising experience,” said Jo Ann Huber, a national consultant with NACADA and the keynote speaker. “The participants were fully engaged for two days in strengths-quest activities with relevant information to assist the advising process with students. Case studies rounded out the practical scenarios in dealing with academic as well as ethical situations.”

Huber has been actively involved in higher education administration for over 38 years. Her experience ranges from admissions/school relations to academic advising administration. She played a pivotal role in establishing the award-winning Undergraduate Advising Center at the University of Texas at Austin that dealt with undeclared students across the campus. She recently helped reorganize the advising structure in the College of Liberal Arts to form advising teams. Huber has held many offices in NACADA, including the presidency in 2005-06, Awards & Scholarship chair, Regional Representative and is the past chair of the Summer Institute Advisory Board. She is an active member of the NACADA Consultant & Speaker Service and was recognized in 2010 with the Service to NACADA Award.

Most notably, the institute allowed colleagues the opportunity to explore the connections between academic advising and strengths-based learning as avenues for supporting students’ development of non-cognitive skills. At its core, strengths-based learning aids students in identifying their greatest talents, and then applying those strengths to achieve academic, personal and career goals. Academic advising supports students in learning more about themselves, their interests and personal strengths as integrated components of their academic and career exploration.

During the institute, academic advisors:

  • Took the StrengthsFinder assessment to identify their own talents
  • Identified ways to apply their individual strengths in their academic advising work
  • Practiced utilizing Strengths Quest resources to guide students in academic/career planning
  • Learned how to identify and leverage students’ strengths through academic advising

“Academic advising provides an opportunity for all students to develop a personal and consistent relationship with someone at the institution who cares about them,” Jones said. “Advisors are in a unique position to enable students to see the connection between their present academic experience and their future life plans. Advisors are the direct link for assisting with retention and student success, since often they are the first interactions that students encounter.”

Jones added that George Kuh, founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, makes the point that just as important as the time and effort students put into their coursework is the way institutions support strategies that connect students to the campus environment and high-impact learning experiences. Both UNCG and NC A&T support academic advising as a profession.

“Student success must be at the core of all institutional work and decision-making,” Jones said. “Academic advising is critical to the success of higher education and so is providing professional development for our advisors.”

Advising Institute Planning Committee:

Dr. Jacquelyn R. Jones, Director of Retention Initiatives at UNCG, Co-Chair

Dr. Regina Williams Davis, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Academic Support and the Director for the Center for Academic Excellence at NC A&T State University, Co-Chair

Dana Saunders, Director of the Students First Office at UNCG

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at UNCG

Nicole Hall, Director of the Career Services Center at UNCG

Megan Walters, Associate Director for Career Development at UNCG

Emily Wiersma, Assistant Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at UNCG

Christa Cigna and Rachel Horton, Graduate Assistants in the Office of Retention Initiatives at UNCG

Photo courtesy of Dr. Jacquelyn R. Jones.

“Comanche: Hero Complexities” premieres Sept. 22

photo of studentsBefore his untimely death, Duane Cyrus’ uncle helped save the lives of 93 servicemen drowning in the icy waters off Greenland during a World War II rescue mission. Now, Charles W. David Jr.’s heroism is the inspiration for the cutting-edge, research-based dance production “Comanche: Hero Complexities.” The gala performance by Cyrus and his visual and performing arts collective, Theatre of Movement, premieres Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium.

“‘Comanche’ is something that’s really been around me my whole life,” said Cyrus, associate professor of dance at UNCG.

The performance explores themes of rescue, self-sacrifice, and heroism when black male bodies are positioned in contemporary spaces. How do black contemporary bodies simultaneously relate to past acts of heroism while negotiating present-day dilemmas through art?

In 1943, David, a Caribbean-American United States Coast Guardsman, was working as a Steward’s Mate First Class in the kitchen of the Comanche, a Coast Guard cutter (coastal patrol boat). A German U-boat torpedoed the Army transport ship, The Dorchester, of nearby servicemen, and Comanche responded to the rescue mission. Since the military was segregated at the time, David was not required to participate in the rescue. But he volunteered, and helped save the 93 men, including the Comanche’s executive officer who contracted hypothermia during the mission. A few days later, David passed away from prolonged exposure to pneumonia.

Cyrus said he never fully comprehended his uncle’s sacrifice until 2013, when he attended a ceremony where the U.S. Coast Guard commissioned a cutter in Key West, Florida, in David’s name. It dawned on him that David’s story was extremely fertile ground for creative work.

“I realized that while I continue as a creative artist, I could use research to connect students to important historical legacies and encourage them to do their own research – to delve deeply,” said Cyrus, a 35-year-veteran of dance.

With support from Dr. Peter Alexander, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Provost Dunn, Lawrence Jenkens, associate dean, Janet Lilly, head of the dance department and a Strategic Seed Grant for vibrant communities from the Office of the Provost, Cyrus began his artistic exploration of the past. Theatre of Movement encourages collaboration among a group of contributing artists, rather than a more traditional division of labor among the choreographer, film director, dancers and designers.

His dancers are primarily trained in modern, contemporary and hip hop. But they are not bound by any one dance discipline.

“Technique is important to work on yes, but we don’t stop there – That’s the foundation,” Cyrus said. “These dancers are theatrical conveyors of ideas beyond their technique. And I’m very proud of them.”

His quest took him to Cape Charles, Virginia, New York, Washington, DC, Antigua and China. Over the course of his research, he met with a Coast Guard historian and reviewed documents related to his uncle’s service. He read about African Americans in the military, and conducted interviews with family members and subject matter experts.

Cyrus and his team conducted workshops and engaged the community in his research questions: “What does it mean to be a problem and a savior at the same time? How do contemporary black bodies negotiate the dynamics that arise when intention meets perception? What does a black man look like? What is heroism?”

Workshop participants – made up of professionals and nonprofessionals, dancers and artists – answered through sketches, interviews and other creative outlets. Cyrus said he wants to demonstrate the positive imagery of African American males on a range of levels.

“My goal through ‘Comanche’ is to show through multidisciplinary talent how to defy stereotypes,” he said. “It’s an open lens for us to see ourselves.”

Along with an appreciation of the legacy of his uncle, Cyrus said he hopes the audience walks away with a broader view of people.

“From seeing this concert of multidisciplinary art, I hope they would have a broader perspective not only of the diversity of African-American men,” Cyrus said. “but the diversity of us all to realize that within one group there are many.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison and Dawn Martin
Photography by Mike Dickens of Cyrus (center) working with UNCG BFA graduate Devonte Wells

“Fabric of Memory” exhibition at Revolution Mill honored

photo of exbitionThe “Fabric of Memory: The Cone Mill Villages” a permanent exhibition at Greensboro’s Revolution Mill created by students in UNCG’s History/Museum Studies graduate program and their advisor Director of Public History Benjamin Filene, won a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The award, which recognizes achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history was given to only 48 people, projects, exhibits or publications throughout the United States.

Created in 1945, the Leadership in History Awards Program is intended to support standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history.

“The Leadership in History Awards is AASLH’s highest distinction and the winners represent the best in the field,” said Trina Nelson Thomas, AASLH Awards Chair and Director.

Filene will receive the award at a banquet during the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 8.

A full listing of recipients can be found at about.aaslh.org/awards. The exhibition is located at 1250 Revolution Mill Drive and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Nominations for 2017-18 Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Awards

Chancellor Gilliam has an announcement for faculty, staff, student leadership, and the Alumni Association:

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year. Let me urge you to submit nominations for the 2017-2018 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions will happen in Fall 2017, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2018.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenure-track faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for any full-time lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017. Eligible faculty members who received 20162017 teaching awards from their College or School will be automatically nominated.  The nomination form is available at: http://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/teaching-excellence-awards

For more information contact Marisa Gonzalez at teach_xl@uncg.edu.

Human Resources launches new, user-friendly website

The new UNCG Human Resources website is designed to provide users with an easier navigation experience, better search options and more. See below for a detailed list from HR Information Systems Analyst Chris Wilson, to see what makes the new site so great.

What’s New

Easier Navigation. We listened to you when you told us we should make information easier to find on our website. Once we knew what you wanted to find most often, we put that information front and center on the new site. Whether you want to sign up for a training class, read the latest HR news, learn about your retirement options, or post a job opening, your destination is a click or two away.

Better Search Options. The UNCG Human Resources website is rich with content, but all of that content is sometimes hard to find. When you’re just looking for a policy or form, our new search feature on the “Policies” and “Forms” links are designed to help you find what you need within seconds.

Employee Category Sites. We’ve organized the banner content by employee category: current employee, faculty, manager, student employee or prospective employee. You can search our site based on your category right from our home page.

Online Processes. We are working hard to eliminate paper processes in HR. The new resource is a convenient tool for getting HR tasks completed quickly and accurately. Here are a few of the first online forms available now:

  • New Employee Online Onboarding From getting a PIN, to requesting a parking pass, to signing up for direct deposit, to getting around campus, our New Employee Online Onboarding site makes it easy for new employees to quickly complete new hire administrative tasks and be ready for work.  
  • Find Your HR Business Partner or Talent Consultant Use the online database to plug in your department name and locate the name and contact information for your HR representative.
  • Contact Us Reach out to us instantly by submitting an online request or click on the HR Directory and contact us through one of our department email addresses.
  • Sign Up for a Training Class or Webinar For early-career and mid-career professionals who want to enhance their professional and personal development we offer soft and technical skills training, career development guidance and performance management training, some of which are available through webinars, self-paced training and in-person classes.  
  • Connect with an HR Client Partner. When you need to find information about Staff Senate, the Payroll Office, or Faculty Personnel Services, we can help redirect you through our HR pages.

Other Places to Check Out

We invite you to wander around the site and explore.

  • “SpartansOnTheMove” Our NEW relocation program for job candidates and current employees, a benefit program offering financial rewards.
  • UNCG Jobsearch For posting (and finding) UNCG jobs.
  • HR Tools Lots of tools and resources to assist you with your job responsibilities.
  • Work/Life Balance Help with leave management, family care, health and wellness, life and culture, employee recognition and financial resources.
  • New Employee Orientation Help your new employees find events, review the New Employee Guidebook or view videos to learn about the City of Greensboro and the State of North Carolina.
  • Talent Solutions Submit a salary increase request, modify a position or write a position description.
  • Benefits Explore the wealth of benefits offered by UNCG.

Need Help?

As with any new website, there may be a few kinks that need to be worked out. If you have trouble finding what you need on our new site, please contact us at UNCG HR.

Personnel news from UNCG Campus Enterprises

UNCG Campus Enterprises recently announced several important personnel changes within its department.

Scott Milman has been named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Real Estate effective July 1, 2017.  Milman previously served as Executive Director for Campus Enterprises since 2015. In that role, he managed operations for many private contractors and university departments, including UNCG Dining and Catering, Parking Operations & Campus Access Management, Motor Pool, UNCG Bookstore, SpartanCard, Spartan Printing, Spartan Mail, Vending, Community Development and Property Acquisition and Leasing. He joined UNCG in 1997 serving in a series of housing and residence life, business services and auxiliary positions. In his new position, Milman assumes responsibilities with the development of UNCG’s Millennial Campus initiative. He can be reached at 4-5197 or slmilman@uncg.edu.

Shannon Clegg has joined Campus Enterprises as the Senior Director for Auxiliary Services. She will provide leadership in the management of auxiliary enterprises, including UNCG Dining and Catering, UNCG Bookstore and Vending Services. Clegg will also oversee retail contracts in Spartan Village II. She began her tenure at UNCG in 1998 as the Director of Business & Student Services. She has broad experience in Purchasing, Printing, Postal, SpartanCard, Surplus Property/Warehouse, Bookstore and Planning & Performance Management. Prior to UNCG, Clegg worked for 10 years at UNC Pembroke as Director of Business Services. She can be reached at 4-5764 or shannon.clegg@uncg.edu.

Robert Walker has assumed leadership of Spartan Printing as Director for Business Services and Systems. He is responsible for administration and management of multiple complex businesses. These include a comprehensive Parking and Transportation program (parking, transit, travel demand management, motor pool and the fuel depot), Spartan Mail, Spartan Printing, SpartanCard (ID) and Campus Enterprises systems that service the university. Walker joined UNCG in 2008 and has since worked across all departments of Campus Enterprises. He can be reached at 4-9709 or robert.walker@uncg.edu.

Tiffany Hunt joined Campus Enterprises in June 2017 as the new Deck Operations Manager for Parking Operations & Campus Access Management. Hunt’s responsibilities include programming and managing the parking management system and reconciling and managing financial records. She has been with UNCG since 2014, when she started as an Administrative Support Associate in the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Hunt can be reached at 6-1242 or tchunt@uncg.edu

Aljosa Stojanovic joined Campus Enterprises in July 2017. He serves as Technology Specialist (which he says is a fancy term for “IT guy”) for Campus Enterprises. Stojanovic supports several technology-related matters, including door access and general computing. Additionally, he designs and manages the Campus Enterprises websites. Prior to his new role, Stojanovic worked with UNCG’s Human Resources department. He can be reached at 336.355.8182 or a_stojan@uncg.edu.

Fighting ISIS: The Middle East in Flux

Join the International & Global Studies Program for a semester of “Global Spotlights” featuring international political topics in the news.

The first spotlight is Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Dr. Jeff Jones from the Department of History will lead the discussion, “Fighting ISIS: The Middle East in Flux.”

Additional spotlights are scheduled for Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Free meditation program every Monday

Looking for a more mindful way to start your week? Join us for Mindful Mondays, a weekly drop-in meditation program at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Mondays, 12:30-1 p.m., Sept. 11 to Dec. 18, 2017 in the Dillard Room.

The 30-minute silent meditation is facilitated by UNCG faculty and staff volunteers. First-time meditators are especially welcome. No special postures or special clothes needed. Free and open to all.

Mindful Mondays upcoming dates: Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18.

Be a part of history in Human 125 photo

uncg logoJoin students and colleagues in commemorating UNCG’s 125th anniversary by forming the “Human 125” photo. Wear a white t-shirt and meet at the UNCG Soccer Stadium Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to be a part of UNCG’s visual history. Rain date is Thursday, Sept. 21.

 

Gen Ed Program assessment forums in September

UNCG’s General Education Council invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the General Education Program assessment forums scheduled to be held in Room 140 in the McIver Building on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Sept. 21, noon – 2 p.m.

Council members will present and lead discussion of results from the fall 2017 assessment of the Fine Arts (GFA), Literature (GLT) and Philosophical, Religious, & Ethical Principles (GPR) categories.

The General Education Program provides the foundation for the more specialized knowledge gained in a major. Because the program belongs to the entire university, everyone’s input is vital to its improvement.

‘Chasing Coral’ at Sustainability Series

photo of studentOn Sept. 21, the 12th-annual Sustainability Film & Discussion Series kicks off with a screening of “Chasing Coral,” directed by Jeff Orlowski. The film follows a team of divers and scientists studying a massive coral reef decline. At the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the film won an Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category.

The UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series is the longest-running program of its kind in the region and continues to give a voice to environmental, sustainability and climate issues affecting our community and the world. The Series hosts a documentary film and discussion each month. For more information on events and sponsorship opportunities, visit facsustainability.uncg.edu/sustainability-film-series/ or email Sarah Dorsey at sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

Director Jeff Orlowski filming on the Great Barrier Reef; photo by Richard Vevers at Chasing Coral

Service-Learning workshops for faculty Sept. 22

photo of gardenThis semester, the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning is offering a workshop series called “Reframe,” led by Assistant Director for Academic Service-Learning Lauren D. Cunningham. The sessions are professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and graduate students who are interested in using academic service-learning in class activities.

Academic service-learning is a high-impact practice, determined by the Association for American Colleges and Universities. There are nearly 40 classes offered each semester that include service-learning, and the workshops aim to make service-learning available in more classes across disciplines at UNCG.

The next workshop, “Critical Reflection: A Vehicle for Learning,” will take place on Sept. 22. All workshops are at noon in the Faculty Center.

  • “Civic Commitments Across the Curriculum,” with Dr. Spoma Jovanovic will be Oct. 27
  • “Faculty-led Community-Based Research with Students and Local Partners” will be Nov. 17

For more information and to register for workshops, visit  olsl.uncg.edu/reframe. Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged.

First annual Diversity in Language & Culture Conference

The School of Education’s Coalition for Diverse Language Communities will host the first-annual Diversity in Language & Culture Conference Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Education Building. The conference will explore what it means to teach today’s evolving youth in ways that foster their diverse languages, literacies and cultural practices, working toward inclusion and equity.

The keynote presenters are:

  • Dr. Django Paris, a professor of language and literacy at Michigan State University, who will present on culturally sustaining pedagogy as a framework for fostering equitable teaching practices.
  • Dr. Jennifer Leeman, a professor of modern and classical languages at George Mason University, who will talk about critical pedagogy and the sociopolitics of heritage/minority language education.
  • Dr. Imani Goffney, a professor of mathematics education at the University of Maryland, who will discuss her research focused on identifying, measuring, and defining equitable mathematics instruction for students often poorly served by schools, particularly African American and Latino children, low-income students, and those for whom English is a second language.

Registration for the one-day conference will begin at 8:15 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. by Dean of the School of Education Dr. Randy Pinfield. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will explore additional topics of interest in the community.

Registration, lunch and parking are complimentary. Register here and see the program schedule here.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) was founded more than five years ago by professors Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Colleen Fairbanks and Barbara Levin.  Its goal is to promote innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work and professional development. The CDLC aims to be a catalyst for innovative, relevant, collaborative and policy-related research, leveraging the synergy and knowledge of faculty, staff, students, and communities locally, nationally and globally.

 

Discussion on “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish to Say’ Project”

Sheryl Oring, associate professor of art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will lead the discussion of her book, “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish to Say’ Project,” on Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., in the Hodges Reading Room of the Jackson Library. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Motivated by her belief in the value of free expression that is guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States, Oring’s “I Wish to Say” project has been helping citizens voice their concerns about the state of affairs in the U.S. for more than a decade now. Oring examines critical social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange.

Using tools typically employed by journalists (the camera, the typewriter, the pen, the interview and the archive) she builds on experience in her former profession to create installations, performances, artist books and internet-based works. Oring holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.F.A. in visual art from the University of California, San Diego.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Diversity in Leadership series begins Sept. 26

The UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics is hosting a three-part Diversity in Leadership series. The first installment of the series will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and will focus on women in leadership. The event is free, but registration is required.

Attendees will hear a powerful keynote address and choose from two of the three breakout sessions facilitated by phenomenal professional women. Breakout sessions will cover achieving a work/life balance, wage equity and the new age for women. Speakers include Jacquie Gilliam, Nicole Hall, Sue Cole and Me’Chelle McKenney.

Upcoming sessions in January and March 2018 will focus on minorities in leadership and an executive look on the importance of equity diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

For details and to register, visit go.uncg.edu/diversityinleadership.

“Contemporary Feminisms: Disability” first in WGS series

Women’s & Gender Studies recently announced two upcoming events in September and October:

Thursday, Sept. 28, two scholars will address feminist understandings and engagements with the question of disability, including what counts as disability and for whom, in a panel discussion. “Contemporary Feminisms: Disability” is the first in a series WGS is presenting this year focused on contemporary feminisms.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, independent scholar and feminist writer Sara Ahmed will give the inaugural presentation of the Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Women’s Lecture Series, which is endowed by UNCG alumna Claudia Kadis.

“The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism and the Politics of Complaint” lecture will be held in the EUC’s Maple Room from 4 to 5 p.m. with a reception following. The lecture explores how institutions are built from small acts of use. Once we are attuned to an environment, we know what usually happens. Ahmed explores how sexism and racism become usual, with specific reference to uses of banter, ways of using words that point to how spaces become occupied. What happens with you challenge the use of banter as an abuse of power? What follows such challenges teaches us about power; the more you try to transform institutions the more you come up against them.

Ahmed has held academic posts at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books include, “Living a Feminist Life,” “Willful Subjects,” “On Being Included,” “The Promise of Happiness,” “Queer Phenomenology,” “The Cultural Politics of Emotion,” “Strange Encounters” and “Differences that Matter.”

UNCG approaches 20,000 students as enrollment grows for fourth straight year

UNCG announced record overall enrollment of 19,922 students for this year, the fourth straight year enrollment has grown at the Triad’s largest state university.

Enrollment climbed almost 1.4 percent from last year (19,653) with a strong 3.3 percent increase in graduate students (from 3,372 to 3,483). This year, UNCG welcomed its second-largest new student (freshmen and transfer student) class ever at 4,657 students. Even as the university grew, the average high school GPA for freshmen increased by 0.3 percent to 3.83. UNCG also reports a 23 percent increase in distance education credit hours, from 18,700 during the 2016-17 academic year to 23,000 this year. Total student credit hours are up by 1.3 percent to more than 247,600.

“Our record enrollment and steady growth demonstrate that UNCG is living up to its promise as an institution that provides opportunity and academic excellence for both undergraduate and graduate students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “With a significant new student population, as well as growth in both the graduate school and online programs, we think UNCG has real momentum. Of course for us, growth is important, but the true focus and priority of our institution is ensuring that we produce capable, qualified, well-trained graduates ready for productive careers and prepared to serve our state, our region and our world.”

UNCG continues to expand its capabilities, services and infrastructure to support its growing student population. This year, the university opened up a new phase of mixed-use residential and commercial development called Spartan Village II, with added space for more than 300 new residential students. UNCG now has almost 5,400 students living on campus.

The university has also focused on innovative programs to improve retention and foster student success. For example, UNCG has been chosen to join 30 other institutions nationwide in a new effort to help close achievement gaps, better prepare students for college and help improve educational outcomes. Called the “Frontier Set,” and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this project will identify successful strategies for improving graduation rates, especially for low-income, first generation and students of color.

Additionally, UNCG is actively creating new programs to help drive continued growth. In August, UNCG announced two new co-admission agreements with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and Alamance Community College (ACC) to facilitate degree completion and bolster student success by improving access to undergraduate and graduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems. Programs like these will help meet the increasing demand of incoming community college students as they work toward a 4-year degree.