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.
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.”
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.
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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