We have much to celebrate this fall: record enrollment; incredible new faculty and staff; a growing research enterprise; historic athletic success on and off the field; a reputation that is gaining visibility across the region. We have taken Giant Steps at UNC Greensboro. So what’s next?
I have been exploring the idea of “inflection points.” It’s the turning point after which a dramatic change is expected. That is where we stand today at UNCG – at an inflection point.
We are poised to become a national model for how a university can blend opportunity, excellence and impact to transform the lives of individual students while at the same time making a major contribution to the prosperity of the state. Our road map is clear:
Tenaciously commit ourselves to student success;
Continue to hire and support the best faculty who are, on balance, committed to both innovative instruction and impactful research;
Advance our impact through scholarship, research and community engagement;
Be a regional leader through our Millennial Campus focused on health and wellness, and arts and culture;
Elevate alumni’s pride in having a degree from UNCG and create more opportunities to be involved with today’s students;
Develop an innovative and robust capital campaign to help potential donors support the University.
Today, we have 125,000 living alumni. You are a powerful group, and we need your help to seize the moment. It’s time to find out if we are ready to embrace this inflection point. I believe we are.
"I went into college expecting the world would tell me what to do, and it would be my job to rage against that.
I left understanding my job was to control my destiny."
Academy Award nominee Emily V. Gordon
Spartan fans went into a frenzy as the clock wound down. The buzzer rang, confetti fell and the bench rushed the court.
Coach Wes Miller stood proud, finally tasting the sweetness of a Southern Conference Tournament Championship and anNCAA Tournament automatic bid – the team's first since 2011.
Championship-level athletic programs aren’t built overnight. It’s a long, slow haul.
There have been heartbreaking losses. Rebuilding years. Times when the Spartans were “oh so close.”
There has also been great success – NCAA Tournament appearances in ’96 and ’01, ACC upsets, legendary names like Hartzell and Hines.
It’s these moments that have paved the way to what feels like a new era of Spartan hoops.
With 27 wins and a SoCon title – not to mention a near bracket- busting upset in the Big Dance – UNCG men’s basketball proved that it plays some of the most exciting basketball in the state.
Yet Miller admits that he hasn't taken a lot of time to reflect on the success.
"Our motto is 'No finish line,'" he says. "Even though we accomplished a goal, there was an immediate sense that there was still work to do."
During the offseason, he and his players have kept their heads down, focusing on getting better, one day at a time.
But there’s no denying that the buzz is building. The stage is set. And the Spartans are ready to step further into the spotlight.
“There’s a deep sense of urgency in our program to keep growing,” Miller says. “This returning group now has the confidence that they can play with anybody, and that they belong on the national stage.”
In October, UNC Greensboro will host a campus-wide welcome home party for Spartans, and you won’t want to miss it. Here are some highlights of the five-day Homecoming celebration:
Homecoming Bonfire with food trucks and DJ
Block Party at Kaplan Commons with live music, food and children’s festival
Third annual Homecoming 5K
Dozens of alumni reunions
Men’s soccer game against East Tennessee State
More info: homecoming.uncg.edu
Fall 2018 - VOLUME 20, NO. 1 ISSN 1525 9838
UNCG Magazine is published by University Communications
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