As we approach the end of the 125th anniversary year for UNC Greensboro, we turn to the theme we used at the beginning of the year, “Ascension.” This referenced an album by jazz legend John Coltrane – an album that followed his groundbreaking “Giant Steps” – and has served as a guiding principle for us in the past year. Where do our Giant Steps take us? They take us forward. They take us upward. They help us rise.
Consider the steps we have already taken this year – reaching nearly 20,000 students, millennial campus approval, the opening of Spartan Village II, the beginnings of our work on the new state-of-the-art Nursing and Instructional Building, increases in research productivity, national recognition for our faculty and academic programs, the unveiling of a five-year strategic plan, record-setting athletic success, our best-ever Believe in the G fundraising campaign, and the list goes on and on.
Over this past year I talked with students from all over the state and the world, first-generation students and students whose grandmothers went to Woman’s College. I met veterans, UNCG Guarantee students and Reynolds Scholars, and they all agreed on one thing: They undergo a transformative experience here that changes the trajectory of their lives.
Our challenge is to continue this trajectory – in academics and research, in fundraising and alumni engagement, in increasing our visibility and building our reputation, and in the classroom.
I hope you join me in looking back proudly at the tremendous year we have had at UNCG. More importantly, I hope you will join us as we keep taking Giant Steps and keep Ascending at UNC Greensboro.
Spring 2018 - VOLUME 19, NO. 2 ISSN 1525 9838
UNCG Magazine is published by University Communications
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