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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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    Turn up the front burner

    Turn up the front burner

    UNCG alumna and guest curator Ashlynn Browning ’02 MFA assembled a stellar lineup of artists for the “Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting” exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Featured are 25 painters from throughout the state working in a variety of media and styles, including UNCG art professor Barbara […]

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    High Notes

    High Notes

    Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim scholar in mid-nineteenth century Fayetteville, was a topic of alumna Rhiannon Giddens’ discussion on campus last autumn. She has composed an opera on him, which was scheduled to debut this spring in Charleston, but its premiere will have to wait. That fall evening, she and Francesco Turrisi played a […]

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    Cool jazz legend

    Cool jazz legend

    Jazz icon, band leader, and composer Dave Brubeck was born 100 years ago.  This fall, the biggest Brubeck centennial celebration in the world will be hosted at UNCG, with an opening concert by the Brubeck Family Quartet, followed by several days of performances, reflections, discussions, choreography, and social events.  While Brubeck is widely known as […]

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    London Calling: Dominick Amendum

    London Calling: Dominick Amendum

    What do you do when you come off the high of having worked on the first national tour of the smash Broadway hit production of “Wicked?” Well, you begin work on a high-profile, international stage production of a wildly successful animated film.  This February, the Dominion Theatre in London will play “The Prince of Egypt,” […]

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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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    Creative in command

    Creative in command

    Meet Greensboro’s new leader for all things arts.  Ryan Deal was hired last fall to lead Creative Greensboro, the city’s new office for arts and culture.  The UNCG graduate has the perfect blend of corporate, nonprofit, and artistic experience. But the path to becoming Greensboro’s first-ever chief creative economy officer often felt long and winding. […]

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    Seeing the New South

    Seeing the New South

    What does contemporary “Southerness” look like? This is the challenge that UNCG geography professor Dr. Rick Bunch and his collaborators from the College of Charleston – Mark Sloan and Mark Long – took on in their book and exhibition, “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.” In the project, fine art meets geography in […]

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    Gimme a bee

    Gimme a bee

    Last fall, UNCG marked the opening of the Plant and Pollinator Center, the first research facility in the nation to focus on both plants and pollinators. It includes a molecular research laboratory space, a field lab space, a community engagement room for classroom instruction and meetings, and the field station, which is made up of […]

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    ‘Together Again’

    ‘Together Again’

    Alumna Emmylou Harris’ first performance on campus since the 60s was one for the ages. The auditorium was packed. The Class of 1969 cheered their classmate from the front rows. The upbeat “Here I Am” opened the show. She encored with the country standard “Together Again” and then the song she called the first great […]

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    A global pandemic and UNCG’s mission

    A global pandemic and UNCG’s mission

    A message from our chancellor: Our world has been forever changed. The outbreak of the coronavirus that initially seemed so distant has touched all of our lives in profound and personal ways. The first cases were reported in North Carolina in early March, and the steady spread has reached our community and nearly every part […]

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    Grace under pressure

    Grace under pressure

    One UNCG alumna has become the image for all nurses during this wave of coronavirus. Perhaps you’ve seen the meme on Reddit or Twitter? A nurse sporting sunglasses, mask, walkie-talkie, and an arm sleeve of animal tattoos, making her way with confidence as though in anepic movie battle scene. It’s UNCG’s own Grace Cindric, 2016 […]

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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

    UNCG Magazine is published by
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