In November, UNCG named the second cohort of McNair scholars, and 19 students were inducted into the UNCG Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program, a federal TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The new cohort includes representation from every school at UNCG and 17 departments.

The goal of UNCG-McNair is to diversify faculty demographics across the nation by providing experience and training to students typically under-represented in the academy. Designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies, UNCG-McNair includes a wide variety of guided research opportunities, including a special interdisciplinary research methodology course, direct mentorship from research librarians, and the UNCG-McNair Summer Research Institute. As part of the Institute, the McNair scholars visited Washington, D.C., where they conducted research at the Library of Congress.

The research opportunities have not only given the McNair scholars access to the world of academia, but also a research community among their peers.

Senior McNair scholar McKayla Bohannon giving the keynote address at the induction ceremony.
Senior McNair scholar McKayla Bohannon giving the keynote address at the induction ceremony.








Junior McNair scholar Asia Brannon pinning new McNair Scholar Antoiné Cunningham as a recognition of her membership.

“The McNair Scholars program has given mea community to belong to that I will be a part of for life,” said senior psychology major Ariana Watkins. “My mentors have been wonderful and have really helped me a lot. I almost didn’t apply for the program because I didn’t think I was good enough,  but this program has taught me that I am good enough.” Watkins plans to pursue graduate study focused on wrongful convictions and jury decisions.

Watkins’ faculty mentor, Associate Professor in Psychology Gabriela Stein admired her mentee’s ability to develop a rigorous methodology and include real-world applicability in her research.

“Our meetings were lively, fun, and engaging,” said Stein. “Watching Ariana develop as a scientist as she has refined her methodology and questions based on her initial pilot results has been inspiring.” The McNair Scholars program aligns with one of Stein’s main goals as a researcher and educator, which is to diversify science.  “Because diversity strengthens psychological science, as a mentor, I endeavor to foster scientific self-efficacy in all my students so that they can significantly contribute to our field,” she said.

Several McNair scholars presented their research at national conferences during the fall, and more than half of the scholars are applying to graduate programs. Alyssa Sanchez has been accepted to the UNC Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and Nicholas Smurthwaite is enrolled in the accelerated MA program in the English department at UNCG.

Scholars reciting the McNair Pledge
The scholars reciting the McNair Pledge.
Scholars reciting the McNair Pledge
The scholars reciting the McNair Pledge

“I continue to be impressed by the students in the McNair Scholars program,” said Director in the Office of Federal TRiO Programs and director of UNCG-McNair Kara Baldwin. “Last year, I watched the first cohort of scholars develop their research interests and add their voices to conversations around critical topics. This new cohort seems as invested in making an impact in their research fields as well. What really sticks out to me is that our McNair Scholars are engaged in critical conversations and they want to make an impact on their community through the research they complete here at UNCG.”

“After a very exciting first year, UNCG-McNair is looking to build on the lessons learned and push forward in helping students succeed in conducting research and gaining admissions to graduate school,” said associate director of the program, D. Clinton Williams.

This year, UNCG will pilot a pre-McNair program that will expose high-achieving first year students to academic research, provide students the opportunity to participate in academic skills workshops, and help students identify the various types of research opportunities available at UNCG. To find out more about UNCG-McNair, visit the website here:

UNCG McNair Pledge

I will strive to honor and respect the legacy set forth by Dr. Ronald E. McNair and former McNair scholars.

I will work earnestly toward the realization of my educational goals.

I embrace the challenge of attaining baccalaureate and post baccalaureate education through hard work and perseverance.

I strive to overcome any obstacles that might hinder my educational attainment.

I will observe high ethical, moral and academic standards.

I understand that I must be trustworthy, honorable and noble.

I commit myself to excellence, scholarship, and service.

I am a McNair Scholar!

With this pledge, I hereby accept the responsibilities and privileges of induction into the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Featured Image: McNair scholars at the induction ceremony, November 26, 2018

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications
Photographs by Jiyoung Park, University Communications

Conversations that Matter: Lloyd International Honors College at NCHA conference

UNC Greensboro’s Lloyd International Honors College was well represented at the North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) 2018 conference, held at High Point University in late September. The Honors College has played a leadership role in the statewide association over the past three years, hosting the conference in 2016 and continuing to host the NCHA’s website.

This year’s conference theme “Conversations that Matter” was well suited for Lloyd International Honors College’s dynamic students, whose presentations highlighted research in education and experiential learning.

Those presentations included: “The Importance of Early Language Acquisition in Deaf Children: Sign Language and Education,” by Lauren Szalay and Brooke Rockot, and “Studying Abroad and Its Impact on My College Experience,” by Sarah Maske. Additionally, “A Never-ending Quest: Tracking and Evaluating Student Engagement and Outcomes,” was presented by Honors staff members Portia Harris, Maria Hayden, Angela Bolte, Julie Boyer and Rebecca Munich.

“Our Honors students modeled poise, curiosity, and generosity,” said Dr. Omar Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College. “The delegation of Lloyd International Honors College, with over half a dozen Honors students, including Student Government Association President Samaya Roary, shone brightly. Not only did they present their excellent work, they asked poignant questions and offered especially helpful remarks, all the while supporting and encouraging fellow presenters in between sessions. I think it’s fair to say that our Honors students help make spaces of scholarly research and inquiry evermore collaborative and enjoyable for all.”

For more information about the Lloyd International Honors College, visit the website here.

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications

Photograph courtesy of Omar Ali, Lloyd International Honors College

Featured Image: UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College delegation

Whether it’s being a first-generation college student, overcoming language barriers or facing other challenges, many young people in the Latino and Hispanic community find understanding the process of applying for financial resources and gaining admission to college a daunting prospect.

Prospective students already have plenty of questions. How do I apply? What resources are available to me? What will I major in? What’s life like on campus? Many of these questions require more than your typical college fair to become informed.

To meet this need, the Division of Enrollment Management’s CHANCE program provides Latino and Hispanic students the opportunity to engage in an intensive, five-day college preparatory immersion experience. The summer program exposes students to classroom experiences, leadership development, course registration, campus organizations, workshops, panel discussions and a college residence experience.

“Our main goal is to help these students envision themselves as university students,” said Dr. Amy Williamsen, Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. “Many didn’t think they could make it to college, but every one of the 36 eligible high-school seniors in the 2017 program applied to college. That’s a tremendous success rate.”

Students experiment with the School of Nursing’s anatomy visualization table.

Students looking at computerized table






When the program first started in 2017, UNC Greensboro welcomed 61 Latino and Hispanic high-school students for three days. The camp was such a success that attendance nearly doubled, to 111, and the duration was extended to five days for the 2018 CHANCE.

“CHANCE has grown a lot in a year,” said rising junior and CHANCE mentor Celeste Cervantes. “I’m really proud we were able to take that leap. There’s more programming and activities and there’s a lot more time for them to explore their values and think about what’s important to them.”

Cervantes, an elementary education major with a focus on dual language, was one of 24 UNCG student mentors in 2018, 23 of whom were Latino or Hispanic.

“It’s really great to have an impact on these kids,” Cervantes said. “Many of them will be first-generation college students, so they have a lot of questions. They learn a lot from us about the college experience, and for us mentors, it’s a time for us to reflect on our own experiences.”

Students explore UNCG’s history in University Archives.  

Two students looking through books






According to volunteers, the expansion of programming and the depth and breadth of the program will have an incredible impact on Latino and Hispanic youths. Miguel Angel Cruz-Morales, a junior nutrition major, said the program’s special attention to Latino culture is especially important.

“We’re engaging them more culturally, really taking it to another level with our cultural presentations,” Cruz-Morales said. “They can see their heritage and their culture represented here on campus. We held panels where currently enrolled students shared their experiences and demonstrated to the campers that their dreams can come true.”


Clinical Instructor, Lori Hubbard, leads a labor and delivery simulation with the School of Nursing’s SimMom during a mock nursing class for CHANCE students.

Students in a simulation of mannequin mom giving birth







CHANCE is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Frontier Set initiative. As one of 31 Frontier Set schools, UNCG was selected to further a number of initiatives focused on identifying successful strategies to improve graduation rates, especially for low-income and first-generation students and students of color. In addition, the program has garnered University-wide support from faculty and staff in each academic and student support unit.

CHANCE is the only program of its kind in the state, and has received more than 250 applications from the mountains of North Carolina to the coast. To learn more, visit


Story by Victor Ayala, University Communications

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Featured Image: UNCG Volunteers and CHANCE students take a tour of the UNCG wetlands.



October 24, 2018


To: UNCG Faculty

RE: Save the Date Wednesday, April 17 Faculty Awards Ceremony

I’m writing to inform you that Faculty and Staff Awards will be presented in separate ceremonies this year.   The Faculty Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 17th at 4pm in the EUC Auditorium.  The previously scheduled General Faculty Meeting will now begin at 2pm in the EUC Auditorium.  A reception will be held in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room immediately after the awards ceremony.

Please note that the Celebration of Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity reception will coincide with the Faculty Awards reception.  Please remove the April 16th Celebration of Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity event from your calendar.

A committee has been constituted to plan this restructured event.  As their work progresses we will communicate more information on this reorganized ceremony.

October 15, 2018


TO:  UNCG Faculty and Staff

RE: Candidates for Dean of School of Health and Human Sciences Open Forums

The Dean of Health and Human Sciences Search Committee and the Provost recently held confidential in-person interviews with semi-finalists for the position and selected four finalists to visit campus.  I encourage you to participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on challenges and opportunities facing Schools of Health and Human Sciences, particularly UNC Greensboro, followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled as follows:

Candidate 1:  Monday, October 22nd 2:15-3:30pm, EUC Alexander Room, reception to follow in EUC Claxton Room.

Candidate 2: Wednesday, November 7th, 2:15-3:30pm, Music Building, Recital Hall

Candidate 3: Wednesday, November 14th, 2:15-3:30pm, EUC Auditorium

Candidate 4: Monday, November 19th, 2:15-3:30pm, Euc Auditorium

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available four days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed at

Thank you in advance for your participation.  I look forward to a successful conclusion to this important search.


September 28, 2018


To:  UNCG Faculty

RE: Dr. Samantha Raynor

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Samantha Raynor to the Office of the Provost.  In her new role as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success Initiatives, Samantha will have continued responsibility as the Co-PI and Site Coordinator for the Gates Foundation funded Frontier Set Initiatives and will assume responsibility for a new grant funded project supported by the Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation, Inc. This project involves the development and implementation of an academic success coaching program for first year students.  Samantha will also serve as the point of contact for the newly formed APLU Student Success Transformation Cluster Initiative.  She will also have responsibility for the development, pilot, assessment and scaling of future undergraduate student success initiatives.

Samantha came to UNC Greensboro in February as the Senior Director for Student Success Initiatives in the Division of Enrollment Management.  No stranger to UNCG, Samantha previously served as the Director for Special Projects and Strategic Assessment in Academic Affairs at the UNC System Office.  In this role she worked closely with the constituent institutions to develop and implement various student success strategies.  One of those was the Adult Learner Initiative (also known as part-way home) which had an associated State appropriation of $2.3 million.  Dr. Raynor completed her doctoral work at The George Washington University in Higher Education Administration, her Masters in English Literature at East Carolina University and her Bachelor’s at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

September 25, 2018


TO: All Faculty

RE: Classroom Emergency Preparedness Script

I’ve attached a suggested emergency preparedness script developed by our Office of Emergency Management.  This is a useful resource for you in the classroom and I strongly recommend you share this information with students in your current classes, as well as at the beginning of classes in the future.

I recognize that issues of safety are top of mind for all at this time and am hopeful that this resource will help you feel as prepared as possible for any unexpected emergency.  Our office of emergency management is a valuable resource for all and available to answer any questions you may have by calling 336.256.8632 or visiting

Classroom Emergency Preparedness Script

September 19, 2018


To: Department Heads/Chairs

RE: UNCG Faculty Credentialing and Verification Policy Update

Attached is an update to UNCG’s Faculty Credentialing and Verification Policy. The policy has been revised to include a definition of the term, “Instructor of Record” (lOR).  You will also note in the “Process” section of this revised policy an explanation of the lOR’s responsibilities when working with support staff and teaching assistants in classrooms, labs, and recitation sections.  Please distribute this policy to all faculty and monitor compliance with it, effective immediately.

For questions about this policy, please contact Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning at jepettaz@uncg .edu.

Please also remember that when a faculty member teaches a course with content they have never taught before, they must be credentialed anew for that course, even if the course is within the same department or program where they normally teach.

For questions about faculty credentialing, please contact Ms. Andrea Whitley at or Ms. Suzanne Angel at in Faculty Personnel Services.

Faculty Credentialing and Verification Policy


September 14, 2018


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE: 2019 UNC System Faculty Fellows Request for Nominations

Please see the attached 2019 UNC System Faculty Fellows request for nominations.   Please note that all applications require a statement of endorsement by your department head/chair, dean, or provost.

All nominations should be submitted to Terry Riocci in my office at by Friday, October 12, 2018.

Thank you.

Faculty Fellows 2019 Announcement