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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: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZxhpzWZDX2CC2-XsHauL8UqkTetIjRUdW7Ptfz7WVpHATDQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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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

ACTION
A dog's purpose

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

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

DRAMA
To walk invisible : the Brontë sisters

FOREIGN
El Jeremias = Jeremy

THRILLER
The girl with all the gifts
The bye bye man
Rings

TV
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 erlawrim@uncg.edu, 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!

#UNCG students hanging out and drinking Coke in a dormitory...

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:43 -0400



#UNCG students hanging out and drinking Coke in a dormitory lounge, 1964!


Spartan Stories

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

Farming and Feeding the Campus

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Looking at the current site of the Quad, you might never guess that it was once the home to a campus farm and dairy barn that supplied State Normal (now UNCG) with milk, pork, and produce. But in 1897 Charles Duncan McIver established the first campus farm on a newly-acquired plot of land on the western side of the campus. In addition to providing the school with food products, the farm also served as a teaching laboratory for horticulture classes.
Campus dairy farm (near site of current Aycock Street), 1922

Initially the farm was managed by Thomas L. Brown, an English horticulturalist who was then working at the Biltmore Estate. McIver, however, did not allow the farm to proceed without his direct supervision and impact. In fact, he bought much of the livestock himself. The campus also constructed a substantial dairy barn near the current site of Shaw Dormitory.

It took seven years (as well as Brown’s replacement and a reduction in the livestock herd) for the farm to begin turning a profit for the school. After 1904, however, the farm operations grew substantially. By 1910, the cattle produced more milk than the students could consume, allowing the college to sell and profit from the surplus.

Soon, however, campus expansion (specifically the newly-constructed Woman’s Dormitory) led administrators to search for new sites for the barn. In 1913, the livestock and their barn were moved further west, closer to Dairy Street (now Aycock Street).

Only four years later, however, the campus farm had proven too small for the growing student body, and the land it occupied was needed for other purposes. The Quad was carved out of the farm’s eastern side, and there were plans for a physical education building and golf course to occupy the remaining area. While the college had use of an additional farm southeast of Greensboro, it needed more space to produce more foodstuffs.

So, in 1923, president Foust purchased a 250-acre plot of land in Friendship Township about eight miles west of campus (near the current Piedmont Triad International Airport). Primarily, this site was used as a dairy farm, with Holstein cows providing milk for students and extra milk being sold to local dairies. The old campus barn was demolished, physical education facilities were constructed where the farm stood, and farming operations fully moved away from the immediate campus area.

During World War II, the campus experienced a shortage of workers for the farm. As a result, forty to fifty German prisoners of war were bused in daily from Winston-Salem to provide much-needed labor. Once American soldiers returned from overseas, however, the labor shortage continued. Foust and later president Walter Clinton Jackson were advised – but refused – to sell the farm as it began to lose money. Both cited distrust in the quality and quantity of milk available from local dairies as the primary reason for retaining the farm. But in 1945, ultimately the shortage of labor and high cost of animal feed led the College to sell the farm at auction.

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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: http://www.uncg.edu/mat/qms/