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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.”

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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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    Setting the Stage

    Setting the Stage

    CARMENS, TOREADORS, AND FIGAROS; TOSCAS, BESSES, AND QUEENS OF THE NIGHT – WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? In North Carolina, UNCG Opera Theatre is the premier incubator for singers who advance to the world’s greatest stages. In the past two years, they moved to virtual performances to modified live performances to almost-normal productions, except for […]

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    Broadway COVID Safety, with Hugh Hysell

    Broadway COVID Safety, with Hugh Hysell

    As Broadway audiences have cautiously returned to theaters after the Omicron variant wave, safety is top priority for Hugh Hysell ‘88. The actor and Tony Award winning producer now leads The Broadway COVID Safety Team. In addition to checking proof of vaccination and photo ID of every ticket holder, the safety team also provides manpower […]

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    Lorraine O’Grady exhibition from Brooklyn Museum of Art

    Lorraine O’Grady exhibition from Brooklyn Museum of Art

    It’s a big exhibition straight from the Big Apple. “Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And,” on loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, is the first comprehensive overview of the work of Lorraine O’Grady, one of the most significant figures in contemporary performance, conceptual, and feminist art. O’Grady is widely known for her radical persona […]

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    A lesson of their own, with Geena Davis

    A lesson of their own, with Geena Davis

    When Geena Davis offers you a masterclass on acting for the camera, you grab your notepad and get the best seat you can. Acting major Katherine Gerondelis loved Davis’ funny stories and the practical tips. “I learned that using your emotions before a shoot is okay – and to make sure to somewhat put yourself […]

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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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    ‘Read at whim,’ Fred Chappell advised Maria Hummel

    ‘Read at whim,’ Fred Chappell advised Maria Hummel

    Maria Hummel ’98 MFA, a distinguished alumnus of UNCG’s MFA in Writing program, will read from her works Sept. 30 during UNCG’s weekend celebration of Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell.  Hummel is the author of “House and Fire,” winner of the APR/Honickman Poetry Prize and the novels: “Motherland,” a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year; […]

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    ‘Fred Chappell is like Whitman. He contains multitudes,’ says Rodney Jones

    ‘Fred Chappell is like Whitman. He contains multitudes,’ says Rodney Jones

    Rodney Jones ’73 MFA, a distinguished alumnus of UNCG’s Creative Writing program, has been the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, and the Peter I. B. Lavan Award from […]

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    Fred Chappell: One of us forever

    Fred Chappell: One of us forever

    In recent months, film festival audiences have seen renowned author and professor emeritus Fred Chappell on the big screen. To decades of former students, he’s already larger than life. Ruth Dickey ’04 MFA, a former student of his and now executive director of the National Book Foundation, introduced Chappell and the film at its early […]

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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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