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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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    UNCG alumnus making waves on ‘Outer Banks’

    UNCG alumnus making waves on ‘Outer Banks’

    One of the most popular series binge watched around the globe during the pandemic quarantine was “Outer Banks,” the hit Netflix television series that premiered last spring. The show is about a group of teenagers hunting for treasure on a picturesque island called the Outer Banks. The cinematographer behind all of those beautiful sunset scenes […]

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    Artist Sherrill Roland: spotlight on incarceration

    Artist Sherrill Roland: spotlight on incarceration

    After spending months in jail and on probation, he ultimately received a bill of innocence. He turned his experience into art. Sherrill Roland ’09, ’17 MFA is the founder of the Jumpsuit Project, which raises awareness around issues related to incarceration. This year, he won the prestigious Southern Prize from South Arts. Roland created the […]

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    New Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Directorship

    THE CONES were deeply devoted supporters of the Weatherspoon. Honoring their memory, a gift from an anonymous donor recently established the Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Directorship Fund – the first of its kind for the University’s museum. Juliette Bianco is the first Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Director. Anne and Ben Cone […]

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    A WAM welcome

    A WAM welcome

    The Weatherspoon Art Museum always has something new: new exhibitions, programs, and opportunities for teaching and learning. This fall, a new director joins the Greensboro art community. Juliette Bianco succeeds Nancy Doll, who retired after leading the museum for 22 years. Bianco comes to UNCG from Dartmouth, where she worked at the Hood Museum of […]

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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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    • Studying the selenium data in China

      AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF RESEARCHERS, including UNCG Biochemistry professor Ethan W. Taylor, has identified a significant association between COVID-19 prognosis and regional selenium status in China.Selenium is an essential dietary trace element that over the last 40 years has been found to be a significant factor affecting the incidence, severity, or mortality of various viral […]

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    • Lessons from the past, at Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

      Lessons from the past, at Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

      Spartans connect history to today’s pressing issues Off a busy, rural road in Gibsonville, North Carolina, stands the one state historic site in North Carolina focusing on African American history – and the only one honoring a woman. Brick dormitories, pastel teachers’ cottages, and a school bell mark what was once the Palmer Memorial Institute, […]

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    • Wes Miller and Trina Patterson lead during uncertain year

      Wes Miller and Trina Patterson lead during uncertain year

      WES MILLER AND TRINA PATTERSON have adapted their leadership strategies during these unusual times. “The key is in life, like basketball, you have to be flexible and prepared for the unknown,” said Patterson, head coach of UNCG Women’s Basketball. “During these times, you have to prepare your players somewhat differently in your system and make […]

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    • 5 alumni will be honored at virtual Homecoming

      Carole Boston Weatherford ’92 MFA has helped generations explore and honor the achievements and contributions of the African American community, from Harriet Tubman to John Coltrane to the Greensboro sit-ins and beyond.She will receive UNCG’s McIver Lifetime Achievement Award during Homecoming Week. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus of UNCG. More […]

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    • Monica Davis’ preservation work in Wilson

      Monica Davis’ preservation work in Wilson

      Wilson, North Carolina, was once home to a vital tobacco industry and the largest population of working-class African Americans in the state. Many resided in one of 301 “shotgun” houses in the area until the tobacco industry moved overseas in the ’80s, resulting in many of these homes becoming abandoned and eventually demolished.Eighty-eight shotgun houses […]

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    • Personal touch: Letters from President Foust to parents

      Personal touch: Letters from President Foust to parents

      COVID-19 is not the first pandemic our campus has faced. In 1918, influenza hit what was then called State Normal and Industrial College. That was just months after the campus was shortly quarantined for a measles and diphtheria outbreak. Sophomore Abigail Knight began researching the flu pandemic’s effects on the campus in an “Interrogating UNCG’s […]

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    • Echoes of 100 years at UNCG: Women’s suffrage and equal pay

      Echoes of 100 years at UNCG: Women’s suffrage and equal pay

      This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, codifying women’s suffrage in the U.S. This campus’ alumni magazine of the late 1910s, as WWI concluded, took on two big societal issues: women’s suffrage and equal pay for equal work. Equal Pay for Equal Work?(in June and November 1918 Alumnae News issues) The magazine […]

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    • 100 years at Shaw Hall

      100 years at Shaw Hall

      Shaw is the oldest residence hall in the Quad. Designed by notable architect Harry Barton – as were all the Quad halls – it opened for the 1919-20 academic year. During the Quad renovation 90 years later, Shaw was the most heavily redesigned building. The columns and portico were retained, and an opening was carved […]

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    • Hagan and Richburg honored

      UNCG’s Distinguished Service Awards represent the most prestigious public service honors conferred by the University. Named for UNCG’s founding president, the Charles Duncan McIver Award is the University’s highest public service honor and recognizes extraordinary service at the national or international level. The Holderness/Weaver Award is named for Adelaide Holderness ’39, the first woman to […]

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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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