UNCG Magazine

Fall 2021

Light
the Way

This campaign is set to transform our university.

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.

Light the Way

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

Assure
Access

$100 Million

FROM SMALL RURAL TOWNS, burgeoning suburbs, and big cities, a vast array of students from all backgrounds and circumstances find their way here and their future here. Along the way, they find their best selves. Ambitious students from every imaginable background receive an education of the highest quality.

Leverage Excellence

$40 Million

WE SEEK TO DOUBLE our current number of endowed professorships. By raising support for 40 additional endowed chairs and professorships – there currently are 36 – we will attract and retain high-quality faculty.  With more academic luminaries – “star professors” – teaching and mentoring our students in various programs, our university’s academic distinction will soar.

Create
Impact

$60 Million

WHAT WILL IT TAKE to meet the evolving needs of our region and our state? The answer will likely be very different in 10 or 20 years than it is today. Through Light the Way, we seek to build an endowed fund that will give us flexibility to respond to current demands and challenges, as well as those that present themselves in the future.

Join In!

There’s a place for everyone in this bold initiative!

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 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.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chancellor
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
Chancellor

The Art of Now

Weatherspoon Art Museum is Reframed

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.”

Illuminating

Tradition

By Mike Harris ’93 MA • Photography by Martin W. Kane • Archival Photographs Courtesy Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives

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.

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    Musician Ben Folds returned to UNCG last week to receive an honorary doctorate at Friday’s commencement. He addressed the graduates as well, during the ceremony. The evening before, he gave the UNCG community a rare treat: a full hour of conversation and questions/answers about his approach to songs, his career, and his remarkable memories of […]

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  • UNCG’s Educational Leadership prepares administrators

    UNCG’s Educational Leadership prepares administrators

    UNCG’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) plays an important role in the preparation of administrators who are capable and ready to elevate students in schools. Researchers in the department take an interdisciplinary approach, studying educational philosophy and sociocultural analysis, and using their findings to train new principals in the field. The researchers […]

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  • Principal Kevin Wheat cultivates an environment of care

    Principal Kevin Wheat cultivates an environment of care

    North Carolina’s principals and superintendents have done wonderful work, particularly in the face of the pandemic. Many of these school administrators are Spartans, proud alumni of the UNCG School of Education. Each alumnus has a fascinating story and a unique perspective: An educator is an advocate, and as an administrator you are not only the […]

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  • School principal Ashley Westmoreland and those a-ha moments

    School principal Ashley Westmoreland and those a-ha moments

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  • Kisha Clemons’ path to NC Principal of the Year

    Kisha Clemons’ path to NC Principal of the Year

    North Carolina’s principals and superintendents have done wonderful work, particularly in the face of the pandemic. Many of these school administrators are Spartans, proud alumni of the UNCG School of Education. Each alumnus has a fascinating story and a unique perspective: The COVID-19 pandemic created many new barriers for administrators to deal with. Adjustment to […]

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  • Superintendent Aaron Woody, a chief cheerleader for students

    Superintendent Aaron Woody, a chief cheerleader for students

    North Carolina’s principals and superintendents have done wonderful work, particularly in the face of the pandemic. Many of these school administrators are Spartans, proud alumni of the UNCG School of Education. Each alumnus has a fascinating story and a unique perspective: To Superintendent of Asheboro City Schools Aaron Woody MEd ’04 EdD ’10, leading a […]

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  • Planned giving: Gifts with forethought

    Planned giving: Gifts with forethought

    Many donors at UNC Greensboro are visionary, opting to give gifts that they may never see come to full fruition. Over the last decade, an average of 41 percent of gifts given or pledged to the University have come through the Office of Planned Giving. Wills, trusts, retirement plans, life insurance policies – have all […]

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  • $2 million funds scholarships in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

    $2 million funds scholarships in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

    Denim has a long history in Greensboro. So does UNCG’s scholarly focus on apparel. A $2 million gift from the Blue Bell Foundation will support that focus for many decades to come. The new Blue Bell Foundation CARS Scholar Endowed Fund will support an endowed scholarship in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies […]

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  • Oakley Family Reception Room

    Oakley Family Reception Room

    A gift from Betsy and Mitchell Oakley has made possible the renovation of the Alumni House’s large reception room. The University, with a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, announced its new name: “Oakley Family Reception Room.” Betsy S. Oakley ’69, who chairs the Board of Trustees and the UNCG Endowment Fund Board, is […]

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Outtake

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!

Photograph by Martin W. Kane
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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‘Porgy and Bess’ at Tanger in January

The first opera in Greensboro’s new Tanger Center is set to be a very Spartan affair. Sidney Outlaw ’04, the cover feature in this magazine in 2012, has performed on the biggest stages in Europe and the US, from the Met Opera to English National Opera to Carnegie Hall. The fact that it’s multi-Grammy winner […]

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Simon says: Spartans have got talent

Simon says: Spartans have got talent

They made it through round after round on television’s “America’s Got Talent” – receiving standing ovations from the judges and audience for largely a capella versions of songs they love. It was pure coincidence that College of Visual and Performing Arts students Tavis Cunningham, Christoff Hairston, and Julian Kennedy sat at the same table one […]

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UCLS spring season

The university concert and lecture series offers a particularly strong spring line-up, with artists appearing on stage in UNCG Auditorium: • Jan. 14 – Kelli O’Hara• Feb. 6 – Margaret Atwood• Feb. 26 – Geena Davis• April 23 – Malpaso Dance As a special offer, you can get a 10% discount if you purchase tickets […]

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Power of dance

This fall’s biggest dance day in Greensboro was led by Spartans. The National Dance Day celebration kicked off with the premier performance of “A Wicked Silence” from Alexandra Joye Warren ’06 MFA. Warren and dancers from her JOYEMOVEMENT Dance Company explored, through their “choreoplay,” the consequences of the eugenics program in North Carolina, which promoted […]

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FALL 2021

UNCG Magazine is published by University Advancement & University Communications 

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Mary G. Landers

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Rachel Kelly ’07, ’09 MPA

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Editor
Mike Harris ’93 MA

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Lisa Summerell

Lead Photographer
Martin W. Kane

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Avery Campbell ’20
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Matthew W. Johnston

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Antwain Hairston ’21

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