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Tradition of excellence, at re-dedicated Coleman Building

Photo of Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn and Dr. Catherine Ennis greeting folks at ceremonyFaculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UNCG gathered in front of the Rosenthal Gym part of the formerly-named HHP Building. This day, the building was re-dedicated as the Mary Channing Coleman Building. In re-dedicating this space, the university once again bestowed the large building with a name that honors a truly transformative figure in our university’s history.

“In the UNCG family, as in every family, tradition is extraordinarily important,” Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn told the large crowd who gathered. “It is the glue that keeps us together.”

“The work that Mary Channing Coleman did on this campus for 27 years not only changed the lives of countless Woman’s College students, but also improved the health and fitness of generations of North Carolinians. Her influence can still be felt in departments across our campus, from Kinesiology to Dance to Public Health. Without her, not only would the School of HHS not be where it is today, our university would be missing an enormous piece of what makes it so great. She built a tradition of excellence on this campus, and I am so pleased that her name will once again grace this building.”

A former student told HHS Dean Celia Hooper she and the fellow students called her Mary Charming Coleman. She loved to share a good story – and she was always stylish in her gloves and hats.

She led with style and determination.

“Miss Coleman administered the first program for professional preparation of physical education teachers in North Carolina,” Hooper said. “Her department was one of the leading places in the country to train women physical education teachers. This was before ranking, but it was considered in the top 3.”

She explained that although the School of HHS has grown from the physical education department founded by Miss Coleman in the early twenties, its core mission remains: to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. “What were once physical education majors are now Kinesiology majors, health studies majors, community and therapeutic recreation majors, dance majors … all growing from the discipline of “PE.”

Folks from HHS thought Ms. Coleman should be represented in some tangible way. Dr. Eilene Miller stopped in a vintage clothing shop to find period gloves and a stylish hat. Coleman would not be seen in public without them – particularly the hat.

The hat and glove were gently placed on the new building sign. The Coleman family members on hand must have liked the gesture – as did those from the campus community. A nod to tradition, which binds us together.

By Mike Harris

Photo: Ann Thomas shakes hands with Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. Gay Chaney is seated; Dr. Catherine Ennis is in middle of photo. In the background can be seen Dr. Tom Martinek and Career Development Coordinator for the Middle College Michael Prioleau. At far right is Dean Celia Hooper.