Chancellor Brady image UNCG on a global scale

Our students are actively engaged in understanding other peoples and cultures and in making a difference. They are doing something bigger altogether. In return, they are changed human beings. It's community engagement on a global level.

Highlights of 2011-12

When the academic year ends, it's always a good time to look back and feel proud of what's been accomplished. See what Chancellor Linda P. Brady presented as her top milestones of 2011-12.

Honoring the ones who make a difference

Want to learn about lives given to serve others? Read about our top service award winners — Martha Hendrix Kaley '80 Med, Alan and Sally Schindel Cone '72 Med, William Mangum '75, '83 MFA, Mary-Owens Bell Fitzgerald '55 and LaToya Marsh '99. Think you know someone else deserving of this honor? Nominate them for next year's awards. The deadline for nomination is Oct. 22.

Matthew Williamson imageWalking a mile in their shoes

You would have thought Matthew Williamson '12 would have had enough of hospitals. But after chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants, the former music major decided he had found his calling in nursing. “It's like being back home to me,” he said while working in Duke's Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, where he once was a patient. “I can tell the kids, ‘Hey, this was my old room and all the drugs you are getting I've taken. It doesn't last forever.’”

Vacc Bell Tower imageMore bells mean more tunes — even the alma mater

Where there were four bells, there are now 25. Additional bells have been installed and programmed in the Nicholas A. Vacc Bell Tower. Now, melodies may be played. And each day, the university's alma mater rings out exactly at noon.

Vacc Bell Tower image Bringing a small oasis to a ‘food desert’

If you can't bring the people to healthy food, says Marianne LeGreco, bring healthy food to the people.

When the Guilford County Department of Public Health identified no fewer than 15 food deserts — areas marked by poverty and distance from grocery stores — in the county, LeGreco stepped up to help.

Top teacher

Dr. Hephzibah Roskelley, professor of English, received the 2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. See what lies at the heart of her teaching philosophy. Hint — it's not the subject matter.

Retiring faculty

Some familiar faces are saying good-bye to UNCG and hello to retirement. These faculty members have given more than 230 years of service to our university.

Dean departures

Some campus leadership is changing. Deans John Deal, Robert Brown and Lynne Pearcey have retired or will step down within the next academic year.

Academic Program Review recommendations

After 18 months of academic program review at UNCG, in a process involving more than a hundred individuals, recommendations were presented at the final UNCG Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year.

Research rewarded

Two UNCG students caught the attention of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Daniel J. Nasrallah, a chemistry major, was one of 282 scholarships awarded this year for academic merit. Dominick S. DeFelice, a human biology major, received an honorable mention.

Holocaust testimonies

The number of Holocaust survivors in North Carolina shrinks each year. But UNCG's AfterWords project will help keep their experiences alive.

Better prepared to lead high-need schools

The Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy graduated its first class in June.

Talking it up

“There's a possibility that I could have hunkered down and self-taught for seven to 10 years and learned much of what I needed. But at UNCG, I was immersed for two years and came out publishing. It was a wonderful drowning process, and I learned to swim.”

Julianna Baggott '94 MFA in Go Triad, June 28

“It's tight, but we are going to get to the end and make sure the students have a bed to come to in August.”

Fred Patrick, UNCG facilities director, on finishing the Quad renovations, July 1 News & Record

“The women's movement never promised mothers they could ‘have it all.’”

Lisa Levenstein, associate professor of history, in a July 2 opinion article in the News & Record

“When the performance is over, no one rushes out, they applaud in unison, one beat all together, and we take up to four curtain calls.”

Alexander W. Lieberman '08, a member of the dance troupe Pilobolus, on how European audiences differ from American audiences, in The Charlotte Observer

Life 101

How to shoot a ‘three’

When Wes Miller talks three-pointers, he speaks not only as a coach. As a Tar Heel guard, he lit it up from behind the line. During his junior year, under Roy Williams, he led the Tar Heels in three-point shooting.

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