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Bonnie Miller ‘22 standing with her husband Bob.

“To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.”

“The Count of Monte Cristo” by Andre Dumas

Bonnie Miller ‘22 has always aspired to be among the learned. At UNC Greensboro, she found a community that encouraged that mindset.

The French and Francophone major persisted through the educational challenges of being an 80-year-old non-traditional student. This December, she celebrates with the rest of the Class of 2022 and gets ready to move on to her next learning opportunity in UNCG’s Masters of French program.

Miller first joined UNCG more than 40 years ago. In 1982, she completed a degree in social work. She describes the program as “a smaller department, but it was practitioners, real social workers who taught the classes and taught me how to be a social worker.” She also worked in the administration of UNCG’s French studies department.

After 30 years doing social work for Guilford County, Miller decided to revisit her childhood. While her father was serving in the U.S. Army, she’d spent about 15 years in the South of France and spoke French as a child, but over the years she had lost her fluency.

Bonnie Miller receives her LLC diploma.

It all began when Miller sat down one day to read “The Count of Monte Cristo” in the original French. According to her husband, Bob Miller, “She started to read it, but she found that what she remembered about French was not quite up to the level necessary to read the real French versions of the story. So, she said, ‘I think I’ll go back to school.’”

It was this curiosity that began Miller’s journey, but it was pure perseverance that finished it. Miller turned to the French and Francophone studies department at UNCG in 2018 to rejuvenate her childhood language skills. “I have been connected to the University for many years, and I wanted to take a few classes,” she says. “I started as an auditor and I liked it so much that I thought, ‘Well, why don’t I see if I can get this so that it will eventually go into a degree if that’s what I decide.’ So, that’s what I did, and it was wonderful.”

With the help and support of Dr. Cybelle McFadden, director of the undergraduate studies in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and an associate professor of French and Francophone studies, Miller accomplished nearly five years of study with the pure and original goal of education: learning. “This was something brand new. I took a class on colonialism, something that was totally new to me, and I loved it. I particularly liked the classes about the French Renaissance, but what they were actually teaching was much broader than I had expected, so I learned a lot of new stuff. I said, ‘Let’s see what else is there.’”

French and Francophone studies at UNCG is not merely about learning a language. It’s about understanding the history and the culture of places that have been touched by French influence. Typically, students that pursue a B.A. in French and Francophone studies go into translation, teaching in higher education, or they continue their own education with a master’s degree as Miller is doing.

“Keep the mantra of keeping an open mind,” she encourages other students. “Nothing that you get in college is a waste of time. Nothing. The way you look at life will be enriched by it. If you have a feeling that a field of study is right for you, go for it. Be yourself; if your body tells you ‘I don’t think this is for me’, then just move on. You may have to try it for a while to get that sense but put a little trust in yourself. That would be my advice.”

Story by Dana Broadus, University Communications
Photography by Sean Norona, University Communications
Video by David Lee Row, University Communications

Student in graduation robe at UNCG Spring Commencement 2022

#UNCGRAD, Celebrate With Us!

Graduates are invited to share their accomplishments on social media by using related “digital swag,” tagging posts #UNCGGrad, and using Commencement-themed Snapchat filters at the Greensboro Coliseum. The University will display #UNCGGrad-tagged Instagram and Twitter posts live before the ceremony. Graduates are also encouraged to use the Commencement 2022 persona in the UNCG Mobile App.

Professor Stuart Dischell talks to writing students with pen, paper, and a stack of books.

The editorial staff of “The Greensboro Review” is pleased to announce the publication of our issue 112th issue.

We’re proud to share this Fall 2022 edition – marking continuous student- and faculty-run publication since 1965 – which features the Amon Liner Poetry Prize winner, “Broken Showerhead,” by UNC Greensboro alumna Dom Witten.

You’ll also find new poems and stories from both award-winning and emerging voices, including Cynthia Gunadi, Matt Hart, AE Hines, A. Van Jordan, Louise Marburg, Aidan O’Brien, Skyler Osborne, Suphil Lee Park, Sarah Elaine Smith, and Dean Young.

This issue also features a special folio of works by Kelly Cherry (1940-2022), former poet laureate of Virginia and one of the very first graduates of our own Graduate Program in Creative Writing (MFA ’67).

Despite challenges in literary publishing, our campus staff remains hard at work and dedicated to rigorous editorial production. Graduate students in creative writing continue to serve as editors and interns on “The Greensboro Review,” and our editors emeritus have gone on to pursue careers at celebrated publishing houses, literary agencies, arts organizations, tech companies, and universities across the country.

Christmas wreaths hang from the UNCG clocktower on a cold winter day.

Moss Street Partnership School is wishing to bring cheer approximately a hundred families that are in need this holiday season. Inflation and changes in prices have caused additional strains on families’ finances. They are working to provide those families in need with gift cards in lieu of specific gifts. The goal is to give gift cards in the amount of $25.

Anyone who would like to purchase a gift card to pass along to families, please donate a minimum of $25 increment gift cards (ex. $50 donation as two $25 cards) to the families. Local stores in Reidsville include Wal-Mart, Sheetz, Lowes Food, Food Lion, Family Dollar, Shell, and Amazon.

Please review the available slots and select a date to drop off the gift card. Donors may also request someone from the administrative team pick them up. Upon selecting a date, please indicate how many gift cards are being donated and the amount.

Please drop off gift card or cards at Moss Street Partnership School to the principal, Dr. Catina Chestnut or the school social worker Courtney Hall by Friday, December 9. Any questions can be emailed to Dr. Chestnut or Hall, or call 336-349-5370.

The MSPS staff appreciate everyone’s generosity.

Students in Santa and elf hats play french horns on the street.

The Spartan family will once again fill the streets of downtown Greensboro at the 2022 Festival of Lights, bringing art and music that will get everyone in the holiday spirit on Friday, December 2.

The Festival of Lights has been a holiday tradition in Greensboro for over 35 years. It includes popular holiday fare such as a tree lighting, carolers, toasted marshmallows, and an opportunity to begin your holiday shopping in our local downtown merchants.

The festivities will be found in Center City Park and along Elm Street. The live entertainment begins around 5:30 p.m. while the tree lighting will be held shortly before 7 p.m. The UNCG Horn Choir and the UNCG Chariots will perform, and you can visit the Greensboro Project Space to browse the UNCG Student Art Market for original gift items.

Don’t miss the circus performers and an eight-foot-tall LED robot that will promote UNCG’s Esports programs.

Dr. Joanne Murphy stands next to the states in a cemetery.

Dr. Joanne Murphy’s work to bring more students into archaeological fields and give them more opportunities for research has garnered the attention of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The professor of Classical Studies received the institute’s 2023 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Dr. Murphy began teaching at UNC Greensboro in 2008, teaching a variety of courses ranging from Mythology to Ancient Sports and Society. She directs the Kea Archaeological Survey and has led students doing field work on the Greek island of Kea. She has worked with three different archaeological field schools in the past 18 years.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime,” she says, “To find and touch objects that might have been held in several thousands of years; to have that connection with another human that lived so long ago is a true wonder. Apart from the humanistic romance of that, the transferable skills from archaeology are phenomenal- develop strong observation skills, learn how to synthesize and analyze large bodies of data, research, communicate findings, and all in an international work environment.”

The institute wrote, “A combination of exceptional teaching skills, an indomitable spirit, and energetic leadership is rare to find in a single person, and yet Dr. Joanne Murphy embodies each and every one of these qualities.”

It praised Dr. Murphy’s student mentorship and her use of a $200 thousand grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to redesign 40 courses across 13 disciplines, and to increase the capacity for undergraduate research opportunities.

Connecting her students to financial help “has made coming to Greece much more attainable for students,” she says. “They also get a chance to do a deep dive into an archaeological project and present their work at conferences. This ownership over a topic really connects them to archaeology.”

Her previous accolades include the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award in 2018 and the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award in 2020.

Hannah Carter, a nutrition student, shows off her research board to visitors at the Research Expo.

The Carolina Population Center recently opened its Triangle Federal Statistical Research Data Center (RDC) in Chapel Hill, and is offering an opportunity for researchers within the UNC System.

Through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) program, the Census Bureau allows researchers with approved proposals to perform statistical analysis on non-public microdata from the Census Bureau’s economic, health, and demographic censuses and surveys. These datasets are among the largest and most important sources of statistical information in the US, and many of them can only be accessed through a FSRDC.

This is free to all faculty and graduate student researchers affiliated with a UNC System school.

More information about the RDC and its resources can be found here and here.

Anyone interested in using the RDC for research can contact them here.

Catherine Ricci, a speech pathology & audiology major, presents her research at the SoCon research forum.
Catherine Ricci, a speech pathology & audiology major, presents her research at the SoCon research forum.

In 1988, the Research Excellence Awards were established in recognition of the following principle: “Given that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the University, the Research Excellence Award will be given to a full-time member of the faculty whose work contributes in an exemplary fashion to this end.”

Each year, the Chancellor solicits nominations for the Research Excellence Awards and a faculty review committee studies the portfolios with regard to the following criteria:

  • the importance of the research contributions to the field
  • the originality of thought
  • the execution of the research
  • the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity.

The nominations are due December 9. Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

To nominate a faculty member for a Research Excellence Award click on this link to open a copy of the nomination guidelines. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The Nomination Packet, including the signed 2022-23 nomination form (click on this link to open a copy of the 2022-23 nomination form), should be scanned as a single PDF file and submitted via InfoReady Review.

For more information, contact Haley Childers or call 336-256-0426.

Students pay close attention to their class.

The Professional Development Committee has been gearing up for the Hot Topics in Higher Education Conference on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Elliott University Center. This conference is an opportunity for higher education professionals to network, share knowledge and resources, and get inspired. The annual Hot Topics Conference is open to anyone, but geared towards staff, faculty, and graduate students who engage regularly with students.

Interested in presenting? Fill out this form by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023. All proposals submitted will receive notice of their status by February 15.

The Hot Topics website has been updated with the proposal form and will continue to be updated with other important details as we get closer to the conference. More information regarding registration will be sent out in January.

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues from other institutions who may be interested in presenting or attending the conference.

If you have any questions, please email Lindsey Woelker.

Students sit on the Nursing Building steps while studying.

The Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a magnificent and invigorating winter break! As the University prepares for a new term, we would like to remind the campus community of important information about the Starfish EARLY ALERT and CONNECT appointment scheduling technology.

Starfish Reminders & Winter Break Schedule:
  • November 30: Last day of classes for Fall 2022
  • December 8: Last day to issue flags, kudos, and referrals for the Fall 2022 term
  • December 9: Starfish administrator clears Fall 2022 flags, kudos, and referrals (Note: Cleared fall items will remain available for historical viewing in the student’s folder, but the status will show as resolved)
  • December 12: Flags, kudos, and select referrals re-enabled for instructors to issue to students enrolled in Winter Term courses

Starfish EARLY ALERT will remain available during the winter term to allow instructors to issue flags, kudos, and select referrals for students enrolled in their courses. Instructors will not be asked to complete any Academic Status Reports during Winter term.

Starfish CONNECT appointment scheduling will remain available to allow instructors and staff to post appointment availability for students. Instructors and staff who will be away during this time should remove all appointment availability from Starfish prior to leaving to prevent scheduling conflicts. 

Starfish Support & Training

For Starfish assistance, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Please note that Starfish support will be unavailable when the University is closed December 26, 2022 to January 2, 2023.  Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish website for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.

Late night breakfast logo against a night sky and a smiling cartoon moon.

The tradition continues! UNCG Dining will hold the always anticipated late night breakfast for students on Wednesday, November 30. At 9 p.m., students will flock to the dining hall to fuel up in preparation for final exam studying.

UNCG Dining needs your help to make this semester’s late night breakfast a success. To volunteer to serve or stock food and beverages for our students during the event, please contact Des St. Cyr. at des.cyr@compass-usa.com or 336-334-4464.