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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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    The show must go on

    The show must go on

    Soon after graduating from UNCG’s School of Music, Martha Bassett ’96 MM made a name for herself with her first band, Martha and the Moodswingers. Nine albums later, the jazz singer realized she was at a crossroads. She could either commit to developing a national audience or invest more at home – and North Carolina […]

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    BB makes a banjo ring

    BB makes a banjo ring

    She received the Steve Martin Banjo Prize last fall. Her band, Mile Twelve, was named New Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. BB Bowness learned banjo in her native New Zealand – “It isn’t really a hotbed of bluegrass,” she says dryly. At age 12, a local carpenter agreed to teach […]

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    Museum mural

    Museum mural

    A major new artwork by Sheena Rose ’16 MFA will grace the Weatherspoon Art Museum atrium this spring and summer. Her vibrant and energetic work is at once anchored in her Caribbean heritage and expansive in its explorations of culture and human experience. It has been featured internationally, including the A.I.R. Gallery in New York; […]

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    New at UNCG: Robinson Family Fund in Jazz Studies

    New at UNCG: Robinson Family Fund in Jazz Studies

    When Ward Robinson, MD, retired, he turned to a different challenge: music.  As an infectious disease expert, Robinson served for two decades at Moses Cone Health System and five years as medical director for the Guilford County Department of Public Health. “I was trying to find ways for each individual within our community to have […]

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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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    • ‘WICKED’ ties for Dominick Amendum

      ‘WICKED’ ties for Dominick Amendum

      This time, Dominick Amendum plans to see “WICKED” from the audience. How did he come to be a part of thousands of performances of the immensely popular musical? He graduated from UNCG’s music school in 2001, as a classical piano performance major. Within four years, Amendum had joined “WICKED” on its first national tour. That […]

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    • What’s National Dance Day GSO Without UNCG?

      What’s National Dance Day GSO Without UNCG?

      JOYEMOVEMENT Dance Company member Milanda McGinnis This year’s National Dance Day GSO has UNC Greensboro written all over it.     Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. (GDPI) plans a fully in-person celebration this fall – and they will kick things off with the premier performance of “A Wicked Silence” from GDPI’s Artist-in-Residence, and UNCG alumna, Alexandra Joye Warren […]

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    • Social justice through song, with Laurelyn Dossett

      Social justice through song, with Laurelyn Dossett

      The North Carolina Folk Festival returns Sept. 10-12. And once again, “Songs of Hope and Justice,” led by Laurelyn Dossett ’99 MS, will help launch the weekend festival. Like The Weavers? The Almanac Singers? Odetta? The Seegers? Then bring your lawn chair and be ready to “sing out!” Laurelyn Dossett was the cover feature in […]

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    • Vigils and ‘United We Stand’: 9/11 and 9/12 at UNCG

      Vigils and ‘United We Stand’: 9/11 and 9/12 at UNCG

      On Sept. 12, 2001, more than 3,000* UNCG students, faculty, and staff gathered around the  Fountain for a vigil and remembrance service. The Pentagon and World Trade Center sites, as well as a deep depression in Pennsylvian soil, were still smoldering.  The campus community – like all of America – was reeling. The day before, […]

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    • At Minerva: apples, daisies … and peaches?

      At Minerva: apples, daisies … and peaches?

      Students leave offerings at Minerva as classes start every August. It’s for good luck. And even if you don’t believe in it, it’s a nice, uniquely-UNCG tradition. The first items left at Minerva that were documented here in Campus Weekly were coins. That was 2007. A few years later, the first apple at Minerva was […]

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    • Terry Kennedy on NC’s literary inspiration

      Terry Kennedy on NC’s literary inspiration

      Terry Kennedy ’99 MFA has written the poetry collection “New River Breakdown.” He directs the MFA Writing Program here at UNCG. He serves as editor of The Greensboro Review, as well as of StorySouth. His work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. When Carolina Public Press selected panelists for their series “Literary North […]

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    • Spartans help broadcast Olympic Games

      Spartans help broadcast Olympic Games

      The Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year and with no fans in attendance, are proving to be one-of-a-kind. For Spartans Max Negin ’08 MFA and Cindy Hsieh ’13 MFA, they are another opportunity to help capture the rousing spirit, daring physical accomplishment, and drama of Olympic competition.  With no fans, it’s just the athletes and […]

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    • Oakley gift transforms Alumni House reception room

      Oakley gift transforms Alumni House reception room

      As the new academic year swings into gear, UNC Greensboro’s Alumni House will be more inviting than ever – with refinished oak floors, a brightened appearance in the main reception room, and a new name for this newly enhanced room. The Oakley Family Reception Room, on the main floor, received its official name at today’s […]

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    • UNCG Opera alumnus Sidney Outlaw in free concert July 17

      UNCG Opera alumnus Sidney Outlaw in free concert July 17

      This Saturday, Sidney Outlaw ’04 will perform a unique, social justice-themed concert for Greensboro Opera, accompanied by pianist Warren Jones. The concert is free-admission. Outlaw, a renowned baritone, performs internationally and has appeared on many of the most illustrious stages in the world. Among his many performances are Haydn’s The Creation and Handel’s Messiah at […]

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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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