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Dabney and Walker Sanders receive Holderness/Weaver Award

“An extraordinary partnership.” “Game-changers in our community.” Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. used the terms “dreamers” and “visionaries.”Those were apt descriptions, as Dabney and Walker Sanders received the 2023 Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award. The couple were honored for their exemplary public service to Greensboro and the greater community at the Distinguished Service Awards ceremony held […]

Loving the Lab: Mapes Scholarship recipient Empress Williams ’23

Chemistry major and quintessential “WCer” Nancy Romefelt Mapes ’48 was ahead of her time.She chafed against barriers and relished the tough subjects she took in college. In her day, the sciences were male-dominated – a fact that did not deter Nancy from becoming a high school chemistry teacher and earning her master’s degree while working […]

Andrew Young, MLK, and a ‘freedom high’

His activism began as a young pastor in southern Georgia organizing voter registration drives while he faced death threats. That was nearly 70 years ago.  At age 90, Andrew Young stepped on the stage with UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. for 1 1/2 hours of discussion of his experiences in activism and politics. Young’s […]

Alumna Caroline Blair delivers fact-based journalism

Since graduating from UNC Greensboro, Caroline Blair ’06 has worked in newsrooms from New York to Georgia writing, reporting, and producing fact-based news stories. The whole time, she has followed one guiding light – journalistic integrity. “I think it’s important for those of us who call ourselves journalists to make sure that we are reporting […]

Dr. Frank Woods and late ‘Logie’ Meachum honored

Two spaces in UNCG’s African American and African Diaspora Studies program will have an official name. And each honors an outstanding individual. The two spaces? Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum Lecturer’s OfficeN. Frank Woods, Jr. Library A naming ceremony, titled “Celebrating our Names,” was held last Friday in Curry Auditorium. It was sponsored by African American and […]

Raise a glass to the Physical Education Class of ’75

“If I knew for sure what made the Physical Education Class of ’75 so special, I would bottle and sell it because it made our time at UNCG incredibly important,” says Cathy Tamsberg ’75, senior-year Physical Education Class of ’75 president.Something magical happened in September 1971 when 40 eager, new physical education majors first met […]

At Weatherspoon, ‘Gilded’ on view till April

Gold has served as a metaphor for what we value most. It conveys goodness, excellence, brilliance, and wealth. Across the arts, craftspeople have long pounded gold into thin sheets called leaves, which are applied in a process called gilding. Gilding has illuminated sacred texts, given luster to holy spaces, and allowed religious sculptures to shine.It […]

Benjamins’ artistic gift at Weatherspoon

Margaret ’01 MALS and Bill Benjamin, active champions of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, have made a generous gift to endow a faculty fellowship grant and to support the museum director’s discretionary fund to further increase accessibility to the museum and its collection.In recognition of their impact, the Weatherspoon’s 145-seat auditorium was dedicated in the Benjamins’ […]

Alumnus Richard Griffiths: “Local journalism is absolutely critical”

More than 2,200 local newspapers have shut down in the last 15 years, the Washington Post reports. In Greensboro, the News & Record – which once was able to employ more than 100 people to bring readers the latest news each day – reportedly has only six full-time journalists on staff. The amount of local […]

PopTech, new at UNCG School of Music

The School of Music has added a degree concentration in Popular Music and Technology. It’s “PopTech,” as thestudents call it.“This will really diversify our program by welcoming students who are accomplished musicians in areas we haven’tbeen able to bring to the School in the past because we didn’t offer what they needed,” says Professor MarkEngebretson. […]

Animation concentration, new for Fall 2022

This fall, for the first time, UNCG students will be able to choose animation as a concentration within the BFA in Studio Art. By the end of the Fall 2022 semester, the program is expected to have admitted a full first cohort of 20 students. Assistant Professor of Animation Dan Hale ’01 predicts that the […]

Special Collections & University Archives celebrates 50th anniversary

Greensboro has a rich history, and UNCG plays a big role in preserving it. The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) was established at UNCG 50 years ago. SCUA archives a wide variety of history, from UNCG’s nearly 14 decades as well as from the larger Greensboro community. “The university archives, the […]

Fall 2022: What’s new at the G?

During the fall 2022 semester, UNC Greensboro excitedly welcomes more than 2,400 first-year students. They come from cities across North Carolina and beyond, but their top larger cities of origin are Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem, and the top smaller towns of origin are Siler City, Hillsborough, Summerfield, and Henderson. Fifty-three percent of the first-year […]

James Dutton’s $1.6 million commitment to UNCG Volleyball

UNCG volleyball is known for its vocal fans, giving the team a boost at key moments. One such fan, James Dutton, with a $1.6 million planned gift, will help turn the volleyball program into a perennial power. $1.1 million of the planned gift will establish the James Dutton Endowed Scholarships in Volleyball, providing two full-cost-of […]

Real-world care at the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships

Frederick Douglas ’82 has been supporting families for 30 years. Early on she adopted the System of Care philosophy, focusing on collaboration across agencies, families, and youth to make decisions and provide support. “The process recognizes that the family has the most important information to meet their own needs,” she says. Now, she serves at […]

UNCG organization launches NC Youth & Family Voices Amplified

The UNCG Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships (CYFCP), with collaboration and funding support from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, has launched NC Youth & Family Voices Amplified. This program will provide training, technical assistance, and support for Family and Youth Peer Support Providers across the state. “Voices Amplified will amplify […]

Alumni journalists report high-stakes stories

Stephen J. Berry ’84 MA and Chris Boyette ’10 represent two generations of UNCG alumni working to tell important fact-based stories. While at UNCG, Berry focused on American history with a specialty in the Civil Rights Movement. As a reporter working for The Orlando Sentinel, Berry and a colleague earned a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism […]

Commemorative plate from the Woman’s College era

UNCG staff recently asked the vintage tableware experts at Replacements, Ltd. to help them learn more about a commemorative plate that features a luxurious period depiction of campus architecture. “We still have a few of (those) plates in stock,” said marketing and media relations manager Keith Winkler. A limited number are even available for purchase […]

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