WE ARE READY. UNCG is poised to take its next giant steps. Together, through this powerful campaign, we will fuel earned achievement for our University’s future.
The strategic plan and priorities are set. Committed leadership is ready. An extraordinary faculty and outstanding student body are going the extra mile, innovating and pursuing new ideas and vistas every day. Alumni and community volunteers are motivated. We will light the fuse and light the way for UNCG by raising $200 million to strengthen student access, academic excellence, and the tremendous impact of our programs.
IS THERE ANYTHING MORE SATISFYING than lighting the way for the next generation? As the co-chairs of this campaign, we would say “no.” If we come together to meet the goals of this campaign, we will transform the future of the University.
Now we challenge you – alumni, parents, business leaders, and community members – to join us in supporting this ambitious effort. Meeting the goals of the campaign will strengthen UNCG’s position as a leading university, provide much-needed resources for students and faculty, enhance the University’s role as an economic engine, and positively influence millions of lives in our region and elsewhere for years ahead. We believe there is no better investment.
Susan Morris Safran ’77 Campaign Co-Chair
Randall R. Kaplan Campaign Co-Chair
It’s been a historic semester. With the return to pre-pandemic on-campus college experiences, the official opening of the Nursing and Instructional Building, and the first launch of a comprehensive campaign at our University in 15 years, these are exciting times.
The largest campaign in UNCG’s history, “Light the Way: The Campaign for Earned Achievement” features an ambitious goal of $200 million. With your support, I know we can transform our University by greatly increasing scholarships, doubling the number of named professorships, and investing in key initiatives to enhance our distinction in academics, research, community engagement, and more. I am so appreciative of the more than 18,000 alumni and other supporters who’ve already come together to put us well over the halfway mark, during the quiet phase of the campaign.
With your help, UNCG is prepared to take its next giant steps. Together, we will achieve our aspirations, for our
students and for our University.
By Mike Harris ’93 MA
Photography by Martin W. Kane
When students become absorbed by a work of art, something magical happens.
It’s a small moment of transformation, curator Emily Stamey says. Stamey is one of the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s curators who lead Dillard Sessions, where classes engage with objects not current on view in the galleries.
“They get this one-on-one experience with the work of art, and then they can share with the larger group for a bigger conversation. I’m always blown away by the different things students will bring up – a new detail in the artwork, a comparison to music, something else that resonates with them.”
More professors than ever before are bringing their classes to the Weatherspoon, according to Ann Grimaldi, the Weatherspoon’s curator of academic programming, whether to see current exhibitions or to undertake more pointed learning experiences in the Dillard Room.
Students in Grogan Residential College came during their first weeks on campus with their history, art, or foreign language classes. Professor Emilia Phillips brought her Queer Poetry & Poetics seminar of upperclass students in September to study several works by self-identifying queer artists.
“I walked them through a step-by-step analysis of one of the artworks that we had pulled out,” Stamey says. “Then they broke into smaller groups, and each of them took one of these individual art objects, came up with their own ideas, and then shared them with the class.
“It’s an incredible conversation.”
One candle. Then another, and another lit on a 1969 December evening. A tradition was kindled.
America had never seen a year like 1969. Vietnam War protests grew in every city. The My Lai massacre and other horrors in the news. At Harvard, the administration building was seized by students. James Earl Ray pled guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr. The Manson family murders rocked California, as did the “Zodiac killer.” Hurricane Camille pummeled the Deep South. What began at Woodstock ended in violence at Altamont.
Likewise, UNCG had never seen an unsettled year like 1969. A cafeteria workers strike, with many students joining in. A march on the chancellor’s house. Dr. Judy Penny ’70, ’74 MA, ’89 PhD recalls students at one point “blockading” Foust Building. Dr. Cherry Callahan ’71, PhD ’87 recalls the 1969 Greensboro Uprising, after a Dudley High School student government election was reversed. National Guardsmen raided the NC A&T campus and held a strong presence at UNCG.
The country, the city, and campus felt like a powderkeg.
And then. And then, for one blessed, brisk evening, as darkness settled, for a few hours, something changed.
The cacophony of the past 11 months subsided. There was sweet silence. Facilities staff turned off much of the outdoor lighting. Some students sang carols. A bonfire was lit behind Elliott Hall. Word had spread to the Greensboro community, and College Avenue was bumper to bumper with cars, the headlights off or dimmed. And the glow of 2,000 candles illuminated the walkways.
Luminaires in front of Stone Building.
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION! Educators and administrators have risen to the myriad challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through tough, changing situations, they have strived to support their students and elevate their education. Here, Ashley Westmoreland ’13 Cert, principal of Alexander Wilson Elementary in Alamance County, leads children in a Spanish-immersion lesson in a cheer on an August school day. Bienvenido a la escuela!
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Rachel Kelly ’07, ’09 MPA
Mike Harris ’93 MA
Martin W. Kane
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Sherri MacCheyne ’10, ’14 MSITM
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