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FALL 2019

Spartans Take Broadway

Two alumni grabbed the spotlight in this year's awards season. Meanwhile, one more young Spartan took the stage - in the most celebrated Broadway show of our time.

By Susan Kirby-Smith '06 MA, Alyssa Bedrosian, and Mike Harris '93 MA

Photography by Martin W. Kane

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Stage of Life: Deon’te Goodman ’16

Stage of Life: Deon’te Goodman ’16

By Susan Kirby-Smith ’06 MA, In March of this year, Deon’te Goodman ’16 experienced the night all actors dream about – his first night on the Broadway stage. “I was terrified,” he says, remembering the seconds before the curtain went up at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. No wonder. It’s only “Hamilton” – arguably the hottest […]

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Leavel Best: Beth Leavel ‘80 MA

Leavel Best: Beth Leavel ‘80 MA

By Mike Harris ’93 MA The 2019 Tony’s telecast begins. The full casts of the nominated musicals hit the stage. One actress cheekily plops a hat on the host’s head. Only one of Broadway’s brightest stars could do that. That was Beth Leavel ‘80 MA.  Beth premiered on Broadway in “42nd Street” in 1980. Her […]

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Setting the Scene: Joseph Forbes ’75

Setting the Scene: Joseph Forbes ’75

By Alyssa Bedrosian If you’ve been to a Broadway show, chances are you’ve seen Joseph Forbes’ work on stage. “Beetlejuice.” “Frozen.” “The Prom.” “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The list goes on. They all feature work from Scenic Art Studios, a premier scene painting studio for Broadway that Joseph founded more than 25 years ago. The […]

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Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chancellor

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chancellor

We face an important question together at UNCG: How will we transform ourselves and realize our full potential as a great public university? To help answer this, I have used metaphors, like “Giant Steps” and “our inflection point.” So, how are we moving from metaphor to action across UNCG?

We are investing in student success programs that are succeeding, hiring new faculty to support our growth, and launching new programs in highly desirable disciplines. We have expanded our research infrastructure and are investing in information technology to make access to data faster and more open. We are growing our campus itself – constructing the new Nursing and Instructional Building, securing support for a renovation of Jackson Library, making early plans for new facilities on Gate City Blvd. and Tate St. We are competing in athletics while our student-athletes excel in the classroom. And we have done much more to tell our story and raise our visibility.

As you can see, we have stuck some pretty significant “stakes in the ground” (another metaphor!) to mark our progress and show how we are taking “Giant Steps.”

Just. Right.

A delicious look at a new concept in hiring – and a daring model in fine dining.

If there’s a handbook for how to start and run a restaurant, Kathryn Hubert ’12 has completely rewritten it.

As owner and chef of Chez Genèse, Greensboro’s newest French restaurant, she decided to do things differently when the restaurant opened last fall.

She hired a staff with virtually no restaurant experience. Instead, she looked for people with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude.

She created an integrated work environment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to thrive.

She instituted no tipping and decided to pay all employees above minimum wage.

And she said “no” to dinner. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, so that Kathryn and her team can enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

It’s a model that has not only found success, but has been transformative – for her staff, for downtown, and for the Greensboro community.

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    London Calling: Dominick Amendum

    London Calling: Dominick Amendum

    What do you do when you come off the high of having worked on the first national tour of the smash Broadway hit production of “Wicked?” Well, you begin work on a high-profile, international stage production of a wildly successful animated film.  This February, the Dominion Theatre in London will play “The Prince of Egypt,” […]

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    ‘To the Hoop’ at Weatherspoon

    ‘To the Hoop’ at Weatherspoon

    Among the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s extensive lineup of exhibitions and events this year, the “To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art” exhibition looks to be a slam dunk. Coinciding with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament hosted in the Greensboro Coliseum this spring, the exhibition will explore basketball’s intersection with contemporary art and culture. The work […]

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    Soaring sounds for UNCG’s choral groups

    Soaring sounds for UNCG’s choral groups

    Choral music lovers consider Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church a uniquely ambient space. Good news: UNCG’s choral program this year will host more concerts there than ever before. Dr. Welborn Young and Dr. Carole Ott, along with doctoral students, will conduct the choral groups. The Gothic Revival church is crafted largely from brick and stone to […]

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    Visit from Opera Royalty

    Visit from Opera Royalty

    Renée Fleming is the only classical artist to sing the national anthem at the SuperBowl. She is the first woman in Metropolitan Opera history to solo headline an opening night gala. The National Medal of Arts holder and multiple Grammy winner has performed at events from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s […]

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    Outtake

    ROUND AND ROUND All the sights and sounds of the annual UNCG International Festival can be wonderfully dizzying. With more than 30 countries from across the globe represented at the welcoming, inclusive event, it’s a joy to behold. Diversity is a UNCG forté, and this big festival puts that global engagement in the spotlight. There’s great music, fun learning, and tasty culinary treats. And it’s free admission.

    If you’ve never checked it out, bring family and friends and come give it all a spin. The date? April 4, 2020.

    PHOTOGRAPH BY MARTIN W. KANE

    “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” – Ansel Adams

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    Batchelor’s Life: A food critic’s career

    Batchelor’s Life: A food critic’s career

    The most exciting careers have twists and turns. UNCG’s career services experts say most people have multiple careers over a lifetime. Just ask Dr. John Batchelor ’83 MA. Teacher A junior high school teacher of language arts and social studies for 15 years, he started writing professionally on weekends. It made him a better teacher. […]

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    Ken Jeong vs Charlie Chaplin

    Ken Jeong vs Charlie Chaplin

    The two comedians spoke to huge audiences at our university, nearly one century apart.

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    Fond Farewell for Michael Parker

    Fond Farewell for Michael Parker

    Michael Parker published his first book the first year he taught at UNCG, 1992. He published his 10th book as he retired from UNCG earlier this year. ”I’ve always loved teaching the undergraduates here,” he said. “They’re very open-minded. They’re fun to teach, because they don’t get offended. A lot of them have full-time jobs, […]

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    Google guru

    Google guru

    Jaime Casap, education evangelist at Google, advocates for building innovation into our education policies and practices. Raised by a single immigrant mother, Jaime believes strongly in the power of education to change families. He will visit campus on Friday, April 17, for a free, public event as part of the Bryan School of Business and […]

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    Refugee Resource

    Refugee Resource

    After a tragic 2018 apartment fire in Greensboro, many immigrants and refugees there needed support securing new places to live. UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) helped. Student interns made a huge impact, and at the end of the 2018-2019 school year they organized the first CNNC Intern Symposium. Topics included healthy housing information […]

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    Spartans will storm the streets

    Spartans will storm the streets

    The men’s basketball home opener vs NC A&T tips off Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. The cheering will begin hours earlier. The UNCG community is invited to join for a festive spirit march from campus to Coliseum. At 4:30 p.m., be part of a brief pep rally. Then it’ll be “on to the game.” […]

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    Global Journeys

    ON EVERY INHABITED CONTINENT, UNCG STUDENTS ARE LEARNING, PUSHING RESEARCH FORWARD, AND TRANSFORMING THEIR PERSPECTIVES. HOW THEY SEE THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

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    Fall 2019

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