University Libraries' Faculty and Staff Recognized for Years of Service

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:11:00 +0000

Audrey Sage, Karen Ward, Marilyn Hanichak, Sean Mulligan,
Stacey Krim, Pat Kelly, Kathy Howard, Marcie Burton
Brown Biggers and Michael Reeder
On May 16, faculty and staff were honored at the annual Staff Service Awards presentation for their years of service and dedication to University Libraries. Recipients were presented with a pin and received a monetary gift. 

2017 Staff Service Award Winner: 

  • Sean Mulligan

Five Years: 

  • Erin Lawrimore

10 Years: 

  • Marcie Burton
  • Stacey Krim
  • Marilyn Hanichak
  • Brown Biggers
  • Cheryl Cross

15 Years: 

  • Pat Kelly

20 Years:

  • Michael Reeder
  • Kathy Howard
  • Susan Farr

25 Years: 

  • Edward Waters
  • Karen Ward
  • Audrey Sage
  • Franklin Graves

30 Years: 

  • Paul Hessling

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

OIE hosts Lavender Graduation - May 3rd

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:30:00 +0000

On May 3 from 4-6pm in EUC Kirkland, the Office of Intercultural Engagement will be hosting a Lavender Graduation ceremony for 9 undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating in May.

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.

If you would like to attend and honor these graduates, please use the RSVP form:

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Ryan Ridpath Wins 2017 Undergraduate Research Award from University Libraries

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:59:00 +0000

Jennifer Motszko presents award to Ryan Ridpath
Assistant Dean Michael Crumpton and Undergraduate Research Award Committee Chair Jennifer Motszko presented the 2017 University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award to Ryan Ridpath on May 3 at the Student Honors Convocation. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding original research project or paper written by an undergraduate student or students at UNCG. A successful project demonstrates sophistication, creativity, originality and depth or breadth in the use of library collections and scholarly resources, an exceptional ability to use these resources in the creation of an original research project or paper and responsible use of information including appropriate and accurate citations and credits. 

In his paper, Ridpath explores “women’s roles and the emotions attributed to them, comparing them to men in Njal’s Saga, and analyzing the sorts of gendered language and insults hurled by both genders” to “derive a more concise understanding about the societal values of legitimate violence as it related to gender in the Viking Age, said Motszko.” Ridpath was nominated by his professor, Dr. Richard Barton. "Ryan produced some extremely valuable insight, particularly concerning the dynamic relationship between manliness and violence that existed in Icelandic society and concerning the role of insult as a way for such relationships to be expressed and, occasionally, transgressed,” said Dr. Barton. Additionally, he commented on Ridpath’s excellent use of library resources, particularly in finding the best English translation of Njal’s Saga and assembling a bibliography of secondary scholarship to support his research. His personal essay included a description of the research process, which involved using online databases and inter-library loan materials. He also browsed sections of the library stacks to find books related to his topic. Through the research process, he learned how invaluable it is to have a familiarity with the physical system of the library and that often, just by looking on the shelves, one can find both the necessary piece for their current research and the cornerstone for the next research project. University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award was established to recognize students who make these discoveries and apply them to their coursework. Ridpath’s winning paper has been added to NC DOCKS, UNCG’s Institutional Repository.

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:45:00 +0000

A dog's purpose

The red turtle
One piece film. Gold.
One piece. Heart of gold.
海がきこえる = [Ocean waves]

All of me
$aving Banksy
I am not your negro
At the fork

To walk invisible : the Brontë sisters

El Jeremias = Jeremy

The girl with all the gifts
The bye bye man

Divorce. The complete first season
Silicon Valley. The complete second season
Silicon Valley. The complete third season
Animal kingdom. The complete first season

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

NC Waterfalls

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:18:00 +0000

Did you know that North Carolina is home to hundreds of breathtaking waterfalls?  Have you ever wondered where these waterfalls are?  Perhaps you are looking for some "new" ones?  If so, then the NC Literary Map has quite the list for you!

Naturalist, photographer, and writer Kevin Adams describes the locations of hundreds of waterfalls in the third edition of his aptly titled "North Carolina Waterfalls".  Firefighter, hiker, and writer Melissa Watson focuses on scenic and easily accessible hikes to well over a hundred waterfalls in "Hiking Waterfalls in North Carolina", which is also part of the "Falcon Guide" series.  Both books include color photographs, directions, and more.  They focus on waterfalls both big and small across our state, in parks, national forests, and many other places.

Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  Enjoy NC's abundance of waterfalls!

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

SCUA collects, preserves, and makes accessible rare, unique, or otherwise significant materials outside the scope of the general UNCG library collection. We also deliver presentations, classes, tours, and exhibits. Our collections include official records, personal manuscripts, rare books, textiles, A/V materials and artifacts. Subject strengths include women's history, literature, theatre, music, and dance.

125th Student Researcher Jobs Available!

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:07:00 +0000

Beginning in October 2017, UNCG will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the opening of the institution as the State Normal and Industrial School. In anticipation of this year-long celebration, many departments and units across campus will be researching their organizational histories and using the resources in University Archives to plan and promote their commemorative events. Additionally, the University Archives will be working on numerous events and activities to help promote institutional history. We are currently seeking two student researchers to help with our work on this fun and exciting celebration!

These positions are only open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled at UNCG during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Each student researcher will be expected to work 10-12 hours during the academic year (pay rate is $10 per hour). Preference will be given to students who are able to work the complete academic year (as opposed to just the Fall 2017 semester).

The positions are available to start in either Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. No previous work experience in archives is required (although, that is always a great bonus!), but an interest in UNCG history and a willingness to learn are absolutely necessary.

If you are interested in working as a student researcher in the University Archives during the 125th anniversary celebration, email, including your resume along with a cover letter that addresses why you are interested in the job.

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

1986 #UNCG student, Sheila Kamp, is wondering if there is any...

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:00:43 -0400

1986 #UNCG student, Sheila Kamp, is wondering if there is any end to practicing scales. No Sheila, there is no end to scales. #MusicMonday

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“A Noble Idea” The History of Peabody Park (Part Two)

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Have you ever wondered how UNCG acquired such a beautiful green space on the northern edge of its campus?  Well, the founding and development of Peabody Park is a fascinating story that reflects UNCG’s overall growth as a center of higher learning and a Greensboro neighbor.  Given the complexity of the story, the Park’s history is being told in three Spartan Story installments.  The first installment was told in November 2016, “A Noble Idea:” The History of Peabody Park (Part One), and focused on the Park’s founding through a generous donation of monies.  The second installment, May 2017, will pick up the Park’s story in 1902 and how it evolved from a place of strolling and reflection to one of recreational activities, open-air theatrical performances, and finally, institutional encroachment. 
Shortly after the land for Peabody Park was purchased in 1901, landscape designers established a series of walking trails.  Wooden benches were strategically placed along the paths.  Female students used this new green space for their required daily “walking periods.”  President Charles Duncan McIver described the designed space as an education park where student learning and physical education were brought together in one place.  McIver envisioned that stone markers and plaques would be installed to highlight human advancement and inspire the passing walker. However, plans for the installation of stone educational markers were shelved with McIver’s sudden death in 1906.  Despite his untimely death, the Park was quickly being incorporated into campus life.
Peabody Park became a popular venue for school festivals and performances.  Starting in 1904, students staged elaborate May Day Festivals.  Over the years, the festivals became more and more elaborate.  The Festival’s activities included: the crowning of a May Day queen, dramatic performances, parades, and folk dances.   With the American entry into World War One in 1917, the May Day festivals were stopped and did not resume until the 1920s.  Instead, students used Peabody Park to hold patriotic rallies and pageants to boost morale and to encourage the purchase of Liberty Bonds.  With May Day festivals starting up again in the 1920s and continuing into the 1950s, Peabody Park was again being used for student events and performances.  Indeed, there was even the establishment of “Park Night” that honored students who embodied the school’s ideals of scholarship and service. 
As enrollment grew in the 1920s, the school was challenged to meet the needs of its growing student population.  Under the leadership of President Foust, the school experienced a building boom and sought to incorporate parts of Peabody Park into its educational programs.  Tennis courts and an archery range were constructed to support physical education classes.  In 1934, during the height of the Depression, the federal government’s Civil Works Administration built a nine-hole golf course in the Park.  With the establishment of a Golf Club, the school administration hoped that faculty and students would be active members and that their membership dues would help support the maintenance of the grounds.  Unfortunately, Club membership remained low and the maintenance of the grounds proved to be costly. 

On the eve of America’s entry into World War Two in 1941, the golf course had fallen into disrepair.  It was decided to transform the space by damming one of the branches of the Buffalo Creek.  The dam helped to form a small lake for boating.  Peabody Park suddenly had a lake!  In addition, an outdoor amphitheater was constructed on the lake’s shore to be used for concerts and pageants.  All traces of the 1934 golf course disappeared.

Interestingly enough, the idea of a school golf course for recreation and learning was resurrected in the postwar period.  In 1954, the lake was drained and the lake bed was leveled.  State funds for a new nine-hole golf course were obtained.  To generate interest for this instructional course, the school held a “gala” in 1957 that featured local golf pros playing the course.  To sustain the project, the course was designed to keep maintenance costs down and to bring golf into the curriculum.  Unlike the fate of the Depression-era course, the 1954 golf course functioned as a nine-hole course until the 1990s.  In 1999, the old golf course was transformed into a short-game practice facility (150 yard fairway, 2 holes and a bunker) to be used by the school’s golf teams as well as for physical education classes.

With the projected growth of the school in the 1960s, there was a strong need to expand residential housing on the campus.  Portions of Peabody Park was identified as a space for development.  Plans were drawn up.  In 1960, the Moore-Strong Residence Hall was built.  In 1963, the Reynolds Residence Hall and the Grogan Residence Hall were opened.  Upon learning of the construction of residences halls in Peabody Park, a number of former students wrote to Chancellor Otis Singletary in 1965 objecting to the University's building plans.  They insisted that this unique green space be preserved.  Despite these written protests, the University moved forward with its building plans and opened both the Cone Residence Hall and the Phillips-Hawkins Residence Hall in 1967.

The third and final installment of the story of Peabody Park will examine how the Park continued to evolve along with the University’s own growth.  The blog post will consider issues such as the 1990s student protests over planned campus expansion as well as the 2016 announcement for the construction of two wetlands sites within Peabody Park.  Stay Tuned! 

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Summer Series on Quantitative Methodology

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:01:00 +0000

From the Quantitative Methodology Series (QMS):

The 3rd Annual Summer Series on Quantitative Methodology is scheduled for May 23-25, and features four half-day workshops: Regression Analysis I, Regression Analysis II, Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis and Introduction to Resampling Methods.
The workshops are free and open to all UNCG faculty, staff and students.

Workshop details and registration information is available here: