UNCG Magazine


In first six months, Light the Way lights it up

Six months into the Light the Way campaign’s public phase, the tallies are scorching. The campaign will propel us to a future brilliant with possibility by raising $200 million to strengthen three key areas: Access, Excellence, and Impact. Here are where things stood as of March 31, 2022: HIGHER MARK Believe in the G was […]

New heights for Chemeri Anazia

How hard could a one-credit kinesiology rock-climbing class be? “I thought it’d be super easy, but wrong.”The class propelled Chimeri Anazia ’22 out of her comfort zone. “We pushed each other and cheered each other on.” She then joined OA climbing trips, even more exhilarating.The first time she was on the wall, she had thought, […]

Rock steady, on UNCG climbing wall

Caleb Mallory ’22 knows UNCG’s 54-ft. climbing wall well. “I’ve been climbing on Kaplan’s climbing wall for about four years now,” he says. It led him quickly to climbing trips through UNCG’s Outdoor Adventures (OA). “The climbing community is what it’s truly all about. The space and people are so uplifting,” the kinesiology major explained. […]

New messaging campaign: ‘Paths to Prosperity’

The impact made by UNCG and its graduates is gaining more attention. “Too few state leaders and influencers are aware of the vital role we play in providing paths to prosperity to more first-generation and lower-income students than any other public university in the state,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. UNCG’s new “Paths to […]

Athletic Director Brian Mackin and athletics’ life lessons

Brian Mackin joined UNCG as Athletic Director in January. Hecame to UNCG from Conference USA, where he served as deputy commissioner. Mackin’s career encompasses high-level corporate experience for PNC Bank and Vulcan Materials, among others, along with experience in collegiate and professional athletics. He spent 13 years with the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Athletics, including […]

Taylor Theatre for new era

The centennial is not the only big news at UNCG Theatre. Taylor Theatre, which opened in 1967 and was named for William Raymond Taylor, has never had a significant renovation. Now it will. When it was built, of course, there was no internet; there was no wireless; no cell phones or laptops. Americans with Disability […]

From Charles to Hodgkins: Literary legacy for Herbert at UNCG

The trees are long gone. But the legacy continues to grow. The seventeenth-century poet-priest George Herbert, a Shakespeare contemporary, today is considered a titan in English literature. A little-known fact: the first modern biography of George Herbert came out of UNCG in 1977. The author was Dr. Amy Charles, who joined the Woman’s College faculty […]

Creative force

A transformational gift to UNCG’s Light the Way by Jeanne Tannenbaum ’64 has named the future arts and culture-driven facility for creative collaboration at the corner of Tate Street and Gate City Boulevard.“As a proud UNCG alumna, I found my path toward graduate school and professional achievement here,” Jeanne Tannenbaum said. “The Center will encourage […]

’22, here’s to you

Willy Pina ’22, HERE’S TO YOU! Jeymy Enriquez ’22, HERE’S TO YOU! Saheim Jones ’22, HERE’S TO YOU! Mariah Taylor-Judd ’22, HERE’S TO YOU! Nicole Rowe ’22, HERE’S TO YOU! Scarlett Nunez ’22, HERE’S TO YOU! The Class of 2022 is ready for their next chapter.  “We are a force to be reckoned with,” says Nicole Rowe ’22. “That’s something we’ve […]

Class Acts

Class Acts Remembering the traditions of class day, sister classes, and daisy chains Commencement week has always been special on our campus, marked by ceremony and tradition. And daisies, thousands of daisies. For many decades, the big event for seniors was the Class Day ceremony, held the day before commencement – usually in Foust Park. […]

Where Are They Now?

Where arethey Now? We’ve met many UNCG alumni and learned their stories, over the years, through the pages of this magazine. Let’s check in with them. Where to begin? Let’s go back to the start of the last UNCG campaign. A team of writers reached out – through calls, through Zoom, coffee shop chats, hugs-and-smile-filled […]

‘Inside Out,’ ‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Luca’: Pixar’s Dan Holland at UNCG

Pixar Art Director Dan Holland will present a public talk on Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Eberhart 250. The talk, sponsored by UNCG’s School of Art, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Holland was an animator for “The Incredibles” and the short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” before serving in the […]

Sprinkles: A spotlight on impact

Pam and David Sprinkle’s impact at UNCG can be seen in many way across campus. Their contributions during the Light the Way campaign have included support of the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs Fund, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Spartan Athletics, the School of Health and Human Sciences, the University Concert & Lecture Series, Faculty […]

UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens wins Grammy

Rhiannon Giddens has won her first Grammy Award as a solo artist. “They’re Calling Me Home” won in the Best Folk Album category. The album was recorded by Giddens with multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Francesco Turrisi in Ireland during the pandemic. The Grammy Awards ceremony was held Sunday, April 3.  Her Americana band Carolina Chocolate Drops had won […]

Bough wow! The longest-standing trees at UNCG

UNCG was the first in the UNC System to be named a “Tree Campus USA.” Our trees are magnificent, aren’t they? The notification from the Arbor Day Foundation came in February 2010, as UNCG was honored for the year 2009. Campus Weekly proudly published a report, with praise for the Grounds staff. And the campus has […]

UNCG nurses lead education effort in refugee crisis

UNCG Nursing makes an impact regionally and nationally. And, with a refugee crisis along the borders of Ukraine and beyond, internationally as well. In the midst of the Ukrainian refugee crisis, UNCG nurses are collaborating with the Moldova Nurses Association to help. A new program through the NC-Moldova Nursing Collaborative is providing education for Moldovan […]

Dot Kearns: First woman to lead Guilford County Commissioners

With a heritage as perhaps the best public woman’s college America has ever seen, this campus has had many trailblazers. Dot Kendall Kearns ’53, ’74 MEd, who graduated from Woman’s College and from UNCG, is among those at the top of that list. The first woman to serve on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, […]

The art and heart of Minerva’s sculptor

Each spring at midterms and final exam time, Spartans leave apples and coins – thought to bring good luck – at the Minerva sculpture. The artist who created this work is UNCG alumnus Jim Barnhill, who first sculpted live models here as a master’s student at UNCG. Jim Barnhill ’82 MFA, featured in the Spring […]

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