News Archive

Yiyang Liu '17

Yiyang Liu, from Luoyang, China, always knew he wanted to study chemistry, following in the footsteps of his chemist uncle. He came to UNCG’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) because of its outstanding research capability and resources, and because it was part of the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor, one of 16 National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) sites chosen by the National Science Foundation. Read more.

Thank you for a successful #GivingTuesday

Thank you for your generosity to UNCG on #GivingTuesday! Your support helps provide the funding to maintain quality academic programming, assist in the creation of exciting new initiatives and award student scholarships. Read more.

'It's never too late': 82-year-old Greensboro man is UNCG's oldest graduate

Phil Koch has made history at UNCG. At 82, he was the oldest Spartan to graduate from the university. About his experience, he said: "I know I'm going to miss this tremendously... . Anybody my age or younger can always go back and finish up. I think it helps keep you young." Watch his interview and read his profile in the News & Record.

Spartans celebrate milestone, new beginnings

Proud graduates. Proud friends and family. Proud faculty and staff. UNCG awarded approximately 1,444 bachelor’s degrees, 281 master’s degrees, 78 doctoral degrees and four specialist in education degrees at the university’s December Commencement ceremonies. Read more.

Board nominations open until January 31

The UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors is a group of dedicated volunteers who serve the more than 120,000 UNCG alumni throughout the world, by developing programs and inspiring them to be engaged with the University. If you or someone you know would be interested in serving on the UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors, please complete the form here to submit your nomination. The deadline for submitting a nomination is January 31. Nominations submitted past this deadline will be considered in the following year (or in the event of a mid-year vacancy on the board).

Call for Nominations - Alumni of Distinction Awards

Honor. Integrity. Selflessness. Accomplishment. If you know of a graduate of UNCG or Woman's College that exhibits these qualities, please take a few moments to nominate him or her for a 2018 Alumni of Distinction Award in one of the following categories: Alumni Lifetime Achievement, Alumni Distinguished Service, Alumni Excellence, Young Alumni, or WC Legacy. The deadline for nominations for all awards except the WC Legacy is Thursday, February 1. Nominations for the WC Legacy Award are due by April 30. You can read more on the history, past winners and criteria for the awards here.

A historic year for Spartans

It’s been a historic year for UNCG. The university kicked off its 125th anniversary celebration, launched a new strategic plan and continued to take “Giant Steps” – from new campus facilities to athletic championships to emerging community partnerships and more. As the year comes to an end, here’s a look back at some of the top moments from 2017. Read more.

2017 Spartans of Promise

The Alumni Association is proud to present the 2017 Spartans of Promise, a recognition that honors 10 outstanding seniors who have excelled in both academics and service. The recipients were selected by an esteemed alumni panel that included members of the UNCG Board of Trustees, The GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council, and the UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors. Read more.

#UNCGHome: Spartans share their Homecoming memories

UNCG’s campus bustled with Spartan spirit as alumni, students, faculty, staff and the greater Greensboro community celebrated Homecoming. The annual celebration, a 35-year tradition, culminated on Saturday with the Homecoming Block Party at Kaplan Commons and the men’s soccer team’s thrilling double-overtime win over Mercer. Read more or view photo galleries from the weekend's events.

UNCG celebrates 50 years of Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholars at UNCG. Since its inception, more than 500 Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholars have graduated from the university. Through the receipt of this award, these remarkable scholars have been provided the tools they need to excel within and beyond the classroom, serve their communities and become exemplary leaders. Read more.

UNCG partners with Guilford County Schools on $1.4 million grant for arts education

UNCG is partnering with Guilford County Schools (GCS) to help public school teachers use the arts more effectively, thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education. Read more.

Beth Hens, Ms. Homecoming 2017

The Mr. or Ms. Homecoming Award is given each year to a UNCG employee (faculty, staff or administrator) who leads by example, embodies the Spartan spirit and is truly committed to providing outstanding service to all. The Alumni Association was thrilled to present the 2017 honor to Beth Hens, University Program Specialist. Read more.

Melanie Vaughn '12

Melanie Vaughn grew up in dance studios around Forsyth County, eventually studying dance at the UNC School of the Arts high school program and later, earning a bachelor of fine arts at UNC Greensboro. Four years ago, she started Dance Explosion School of Performing Arts in Clemmons. It’s a nonprofit organization that offers low-cost tuition for dancers. Read more.

Bonnie Angelo '44

Bonnie Angelo graduated from Woman's College in 1944 and worked her way to becoming a Time magazine reporter who covered the White House, chronicled the rise of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and wrote a well-received book about the impact of presidential mothers on their sons. Angelo died Sept. 17 at age 93. Read her tribute in the Washington Post.
Special $99 men’s basketball season ticket offer for alumni

Special $99 men’s basketball season ticket offer for alumni

Help UNCG Athletics reach a record 1,000 men’s basketball season tickets by taking advantage of a one-time, introductory $99 per season ticket offer for UNCG alumni who are first-time purchasers! A purchase of men’s basketball season tickets includes a parking pass ($65 value) and women’s basketball season tickets ($35), which adds up to a $229 value for just $99! That’s 32 Division I college basketball games for just $3.09 per game. Show your Spartan pride and call 336-334-3250 to order your tickets today!

Celebrate Founders Day Oct. 5

On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, join Chancellor Gilliam, fellow students, alumni and friends by wearing UNCG Blue and Gold in celebration of Founders Day. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Quad will host the Founders Day Festival, celebrating 125 years. Join in the fun and enjoy live music, food-truck dining, photo booths and a piece of UNCG’s cake. Read more.

New strategic plan highlights where today's 'Giant Steps' will take UNCG in the future

UNCG has unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, a road map for the university that outlines significant areas of focus, key goals and initiatives, and a number of important metrics that will be tracked over time. Dubbed “Taking Giant Steps,” the strategic plan is anchored by three “areas of transformation”: transforming students to help them become successful in life and in work; transforming knowledge through research and translation of research to practice; and transforming the region through partnerships that promote economic, social and cultural development. Read more.

Apply for GOLD Council membership

The GOLD Council is an advisory group of alumni whose mission is to serve graduates through events, communication, and support of the UNCG Spartan community. It allows you to connect with other alumni and stay engaged with your alma mater. We are currently accepting applications for new members to serve on the GOLD Council. Membership requires a one-year commitment to quarterly council meetings and other volunteer opportunities. Apply here.

2017 Alumni of Distinction

Each year, the Alumni Association presents a series of Alumni of Distinction Awards, a tradition that began with the awarding of the first Alumnae Service Award in 1960 to Laura Weill Cone, Class of 1910, for her "unselfish and faithful service to the advancement of the College." The 2017 honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, Excellence Award, and Young Alumni Award. In addition, several alumni will receive the Woman’s College Legacy Award, a distinction introduced in 2014 to recognize alumni of any generation who embody the values that hearken back to the WC era. These outstanding alumni will be recognized at the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 19. Learn more about this year's recipients.

Nominations for 2017-2018 Alumni Teaching Excellence & Board of Governors Awards

The Alumni and Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Awards are given to four faculty members each year in recognition of their outstanding teaching efforts. Three awards are presented by the University, and a fourth is presented by the UNC system. We urge you to submit nominations for the 2017-2018 Awards. Nominations from alumni are welcome and are due Oct. 4. Learn more about the awards and submit your nomination here.

Now accepting nominations for 2017 Mr. or Ms. Homecoming

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a UNCG employee who demonstrates a strong sense of Spartan pride, serves as a mentor to others, and is committed to providing quality service to all members of the UNCG community with the Mr. or Ms. Homecoming Award. Past honorees include Dean Celia Hooper, Vice Chancellor Cherry Callahan, lecturer Jeff Colbert, and retired grounds manager Chris Fay. Please nominate a faculty or staff member that you think bleeds blue and gold by September 30!

Enter to win: #UNCG125 social media contest

Help UNCG celebrate its 125th anniversary this year by participating in the #UNCG125 social media contest. Share your tradition pictures and videos – past and present – for a chance to win a prize pack from University Communications. Read more.

Be a Homecoming Champion!

In celebration of UNCG's 125th anniversary, make a gift of $125** to the UNCG Alumni Association and help create a lasting legacy at the university! As a Homecoming Champion, you’ll enjoy VIP perks. Add your Homecoming Champion gift when you register for Homecoming 2017.

**GOLD alumni (Graduates of the Last Decade, classes of 2007-2017) can become a Homecoming Champion by making a gift of $75 to the UNCG Alumni Association.

Alumni Association fund supports students and faculty

The Alumni Association has started a Fund for Student and Faculty Initiatives with a challenge grant of $75,000 and are calling on you to help make difference. Whether it's supporting a senior with an unexpected change in family finances, or a researcher who needs help to complete an exciting study, a gift to the fund will help propel our most valuable assets—our people—into success. We have the opportunity to continue the strong tradition of standing behind our alma mater, and providing impactful support when it’s needed the most. Give today.

Register for Homecoming 2017

We hope to see you back on campus October 19-21 for Homecoming 2017! The weekend will feature the Block Party at Kaplan Commons with live entertainment from Sleeping Booty. Other festivities include the Homecoming Bonfire with food trucks, GOLD Alumni Spartan Hop tavern tour, UNCG Legacy Reception, Children’s Festival, Homecoming 5K, the Homecoming soccer match against SoCon rival Mercer and dozens of alumni receptions and reunion celebrations throughout the weekend. Register here and visit for more details and updates.

Kelly Cherry '67 MFA

UNCG alumna Kelly Cherry's newest poetry collection Beholder’s Eye was published August 18 by Groundhog Press. Check out her book here and read more about Cherry here.

UNCG chosen for NSF-supported undergraduate research project

Hands-on research is a powerful experience for undergraduates, with a huge impact on student success. UNCG has been selected, among only 12 institutions nationally, to participate in the National Science Foundation-supported Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Transformations Project. Read more.

New discounts and deals for alumni

Exciting news! There are two new programs that offer savings to UNCG alumni. We have partnered with the UNCG bookstore to bring you discounts on Spartan spirit gear. Sign up here to get your first 25% off coupon. Also be on the lookout for an email from Alumni Access next week, which will allow you to unlock an entire network of up to 50% off hundreds of local restaurants and stores.

Casey Thomas '16 MPH

Community health is community wealth. That idea led Casey Thomas ’16 MPH to become a key player in the establishment of the Renaissance Community Cooperative (RCC), a full-service grocery store cooperative that is a beacon for Northeast Greensboro. Read more.

Late alumna Nina Riggs' 'The Bright Hour' on NYT bestseller list

This summer, a UNCG alumna’s words reached thousands across the globe. In her work, she conveyed the profound joys of life, in the midst of impending death. Many Spartans knew and admired Nina Riggs, who attended the MFA in Creative Writing Program from 2002 to 2004. She died in February at age 39, only weeks after finishing her book, “The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying,” published by Simon and Schuster on June 6.
Exciting news! There are two new programs that offer savings to UNCG alumni. We have partnered with the UNCG bookstore to bring you discounts on Spartan spirit gear. Sign up here to get your first 25% off coupon. Also be on the lookout for an email from Alumni Access next week, which will allow you to unlock an entire network of up to 50% off hundreds of local restaurants and stores.

School of Nursing is first in the world to use new childbirth simulator

Active labor can be one of the riskiest moments in a woman and her infant’s life. Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art full-body childbirth simulator, UNCG nursing students will be prepared for even the most critical live birth scenarios. UNCG's School of Nursing is the first school in the world to own the new version of "SimMom". Read more.

UNCG ranks third among NC public universities according to College Choice

UNCG ranks third among public universities and sixth among all colleges and universities in North Carolina according to the 2017 College Choice “25 Best Colleges in North Carolina” list. Read more.

Spartan Cinema: UNCG to sponsor summer movie nights at LeBauer Park

This summer, UNCG is partnering with LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro to present “Spartan Cinema,” a series of Friday Night movie screenings that are free and open to the public. Read more.

The PhD in English program celebrates 50th anniversary

The PhD in English received official approval in December of 1967, and had its first bulletin year in 1968-69. Save the date for their upcoming celebration, “Intellectual Worlds, Social Change: Alumni Speak about Pedagogy, Scholarship, and Community Impact” – October 19, 2017. Read more.

Rodney Johnson

Rodney Johnson '16 coordinates a program called the the Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI) that was designed by the North Carolina Community College System. The program works to strengthen minority male student outcomes. Read more about Rodney in this blog post written for the Center for Creative Leadership's Time to LEAD series by April Dunston and Carol Torres, students in UNCG's Communication Studies Department.

CARS Alumni invited to Centennial Gala

The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies will mark its centennial anniversary with a gala event on Friday, September 29 at the Revolution Mill Events Center in Greensboro. Enjoy dinner and a salon-style fashion show depicting styles created by current and former students, and influenced by the department’s 10 decades of history.

New website shares stories of gift impact

Want to know what impact your gifts have on UNCG and its students? Check out the new University Advancement website, which features stories about students and donors, and outlines all of the ways that you can give back to UNCG. Visit the website here.

Green machines: New bike share program gets its start at UNCG

A California startup called LimeBike has picked Greensboro to be its first U.S. market for its bike share program. The new model uses smart bike technology and an app that allows users to drop off bikes anywhere on campus and at designated racks throughout the City of Greensboro. The program continues UNCG's commitment to wellness and sustainability. Read more.

UNCG professor leads NASA experiment

A UNCG-led spaceflight experiment — that may ultimately help humans grow plants on Mars and the Moon — launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center last week on SpaceX CRS-11. Spearheaded by Dr. John Z. Kiss, dean of UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences, the joint NASA-European Space Agency (ESA) experiment is the third in a series of studies that examine how light and gravity control plant growth and development. Read more.

Celebrating 125 years of opportunity and excellence

June 2 marked the beginning of UNCG’s 125th anniversary celebration, a yearlong commemoration of UNCG’s history as the university looks forward to the future. The institution was chartered in 1891 and welcomed its first class of students – approximately 200 women – on Oct. 5, 1892. Now, UNCG is the largest university in the Piedmont Triad with nearly 20,000 students and more than 2,500 faculty and staff. The anniversary website is now live and features information on UNCG's history, anniversary events and plans for the future. 

Spartan student-athletes set records in classroom

UNCG Athletics had a banner year in 2016-17, but even more impressive was its record-setting performance in the classroom. Read more.

Ahmet Tanhan '17

One of the biggest barriers to accessing mental health services? For many Americans, it’s stigma. For Muslims in the United States, social and public stigma are often amplified. It’s a complex issue, and one that Ahmet Tanhan, who earned his PhD from UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development this May, spent the past three years investigating. Read more.

Class of 2017 Shines on the Red Carpet

Over 450 graduating students and family members gathered at the Alumni House on Thursday, May 11 for the fourth annual Red Carpet Reception to celebrate their transition into the ranks of UNCG alumni. The event was hosted by the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council and the Spartans of Promise. Read more.

Spartans turn tassels, dream big

More than 2,600 Spartans joined the ranks of UNCG alumni this morning at the 2017 May Commencement ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The celebration was full of smiles, selfies and inspiring speeches, including the highly-anticipated address from Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures,” which was made into a major motion picture. Read more.

UNCG Magazine needs your stories

The next issue of UNCG Magazine will mark 125 years since our university opened its doors. UNCG publications are collecting your stories of the most meaningful moments from your college experience and the most memorable spots on campus for you. Perhaps it was a particular classroom ... a playing field ... a stage ... a lab ... an office. Share those memories of classes where you were inspired, unforgettable moments of growth as a scholar - or perhaps as transformation as a person. We’ll use many of the stories in the fall. Email us today at

UNCG's millennial campus plan takes big step forward

UNCG is on the verge of getting permission to create a pair of millennial campus districts for health and the arts. The university’s proposal sailed through a UNC Board of Governors committee Thursday with only a little discussion and no negative votes. The full board that oversees the UNC system is expected to approve the plan Friday. Read more.

New website offers more ways to engage with Chancellor Gilliam

The new Office of the Chancellor website launched recently with a redesign that reflects the university’s increased focus on creating meaningful engagement – and having some fun sharing the UNCG story. Read more.

Congratulations, Deja Lewis, #UNCGNewAlum Contest Winner

UNCG Alumni hosted their second #UNCGNewAlum Giveaway, a social media contest for graduating seniors. We are pleased to announce that Deja Lewis is our winner for May 2017! The participation from the Class of 2017 was phenomenal, and you can view a sampling of the photos and videos shared here.

UNCG takes Giant Steps with Millennial Campus

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a proposal from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) for the establishment of a Millennial Campus designation, creating opportunities for growth, development of innovative academic experiences, and the creation of unique public-private partnerships for the university. Read more.

Class of 1963 commemorates Hinshaw Patio

The Class of 1963 Patio stands proudly in the historic residential Quad in front of Hinshaw Residence Hall. Thanks to donors from the class who made gifts to the Quad Renovation Fund leading up to their 50th reunion in 2013 and additional gifts more recently, the Class of 1963 will be forever remembered by students past, present and future. Come visit the Class of 1963 Patio next time you're in the quad! Read more.

Celebrating 65 years

Nine members of the Woman's College Class of 1952 gathered at the Vanguard Lunch on April 8 to celebrate their 65th Reunion. Several alumnae traveled long distances, including Everlasting Class President, June Rainey Honeycutt, who drove from Delaware with her daughter for the occasion. Read more.

Save the Date: Alumni Network Baseball Outings

The following Alumni Network outings have been confirmed:
Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Kannapolis Intimidators: May 25
Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides: June 8
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds: June 9
Charlotte Knights vs. Louisville Bats: June 15
Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins: June 16

We are also working on a game night for the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Winston Salem Dash. Watch the Alumni Event Calendar for more information and registration.

Wynton Marsalis and orchestra to visit UNCG

Wynton Marsalis, renowned trumpet player, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading figure in the promotion of jazz music throughout the world, will visit UNCG next week. He will perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in one of the biggest University Performing Arts Series events of the year. Read more.

Alumni to host tent at UNCG's Science Everywhere festival

If you plan to visit UNCG on Saturday, April 22 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for the second annual Science Everywhere festival, be sure to stop by the UNCG Alumni tent in front of the Alumni House on College Avenue. Members of our GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council will be offering Spiro coloring sheets, ice pops and face painting! We look forward to meeting your families! Learn more about the festival and view a list of activities here.

International Programs Center and UNCG Alumni partner for Study Abroad Social

On Thursday March 9, The UNCG Alumni Engagement Office hosted a Study Abroad Social at HQ Greensboro. This event was the first of its kind and brought together former and current study abroad students to meet and discuss how their international experience influenced their lives and careers. Over 40 guests attended the event that had studied in more than 20 countries around the world. Read more.

Class of 1967 'Redcoats' reunite for 50th Reunion

The Class of 1967, also known as the "Redcoats" because of the color of their class jackets, celebrated their 50th anniversary at this year's Reunion, held April 7-8 at UNCG and Greensboro Country Club. The festivities included trolley tours of campus, Yum Yum ice cream in Shaw Residence Hall, and special sessions led by Dr. Brett Carter, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Mr. Charlie Maimone, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs. Read more.

UNCG Career Story: Submit a nomination to be featured!

UNCG Career Story is an alumni spotlight series to show current students how successful careers can start in many different places. Consider sharing your story by filling out the nomination form here. Read our most recent interviews with UNCG Alumni here!

'Hidden Figures' author to deliver May Commencement address

UNCG announced that Margot Lee Shetterly, best-selling author of the book “Hidden Figures,” will present the commencement address to the university’s 2017 graduating class on Friday, May 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum. “Hidden Figures” was made into a major motion picture nominated for multiple Oscars and Golden Globe awards. Read more.

Spartans shine under Broadway lights

The impact of UNCG in the world’s biggest and most important performing arts market was on full display in March as UNCG Theatre students traveled to New York City for the 18th annual Industry Showcase. The event is an opportunity for soon-to-be graduates to perform in front of top casting and talent agents – representing Broadway, touring theater companies, film and television – and network with alumni who have found great success. It’s a weeklong reunion of sorts that proves that Spartans aren’t just making their mark on Broadway. They’re stealing the show. Read more.

'Scholarship That Matters' at UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo

More than 100 graduate students revealed the breadth and depth of research at UNCG at the 5th annual UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters.” Students from more than 30 departments made 89 presentations, and six were recognized as winners of their categories. Read more.

Damion Moore & Randy Wadsworth

After starting their first restaurant in Durham in 2010, they used their success to open another location in Greensboro, and a Dame’s Express on the campus of Duke University. This year, they opened their first franchise location in Cary. They have also opened a production facility in Mooresville where they create their waffle batter and famous schmears. Their growth has been deliberate, well-planned, and self-funded, with a focus on quality. Read more about Moore '95 and Wadsworth '95 and Dame's Chicken and Waffles on the Bryan School website.

Ten Spartans recognized in Triad Business Journal's 40 Under Forty awards

Ten UNCG students and alumni were recognized at the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty event held at UNCG’s Elliott University Center on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Sponsored by the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the annual event honors the top movers and shakers – under the age of 40 – from across the Triad. The 2017 honorees range in age from 26 to 39 and represent a variety of industries.

UNCG picked for national effort to improve college graduation rates

UNCG has been picked to be part of the Frontier Set, a project financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thirty-one universities, community colleges and college systems are involved in the effort. UNCG was selected because of its ongoing — and nationally recognized — efforts to graduate more low-income students and close the graduation gap between black and white students.

Spartans battle to the end, earn NIT bid

The UNCG men’s basketball team took second in the Southern Conference Tournament to round out what has been a record-setting run for Coach Wes Miller and his team.

The Spartans are now 25-9 on the season and will advance to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for postseason play.

Despite the loss to East Tennessee State in Monday night’s championship game, this year’s SoCon Tournament was one for the books. UNCG students, alumni and fans turned out in droves to cheer on the team – both in Asheville and at viewing parties on campus and across the state.

Reconnect with classmates using the improved alumni directory

The alumni directory is now online with new features. You can use an advanced search to look for classmates by name, class year, city, state and academic major. You can also add your own photo and social media contact information. If it is your first time visiting the Spartan Village Online Community, you will need to activate your account using your last name and date of birth. Once your account is created, you will be required to sign in using your email address each time you visit. Contact us at if you have any questions.

Nina Riggs

It is with great sadness that we share that Nina Riggs '04 MFA passed away on February 26, 2017 after battling cancer for a little over two years. Riggs has achieved great success in the publishing industry and her memoir,The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, will be published by SImon and Schuster in June of this year. Riggs has published numerous poems and essays including, "When a Couch is More than a Couch", which was featured in the "Modern Love" section of the New York Times last fall. You can view a video that introduces Nina and her book here.

NC General Assembly officially marks 125th anniversary of UNCG

Members of the North Carolina General Assembly marked the 125th anniversary of the first classes to attend The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with statements celebrating the University’s rich history and tradition of providing academic opportunity and excellence to students.

Founded in 1891, UNCG is one of the original three institutions in the UNC system, the oldest public university system in the United States. Today, it serves more than 19,400 students and employs 2,500 faculty and staff. UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion.

Alumni make an impact at Spartans Connect Networking Night

Over 90 alumni and close to 100 students came together on February 23 for Spartans Connect: Student + Alumni Networking night. The event has evolved over the past four years, but is creating a tradition of Spartans helping Spartans in significant ways. 

Congratulations, Trisha & Kevin, our 2017 Spartan Sweethearts

Congratulations to Trisha and Kevin Prunest, both of the Class of 2013 on winning our 2017 Spartan Sweethearts contest. Thank you to all who shared your beautiful tales. You can view all of this year's entries here.

Q&A with UNCG trailblazer JoAnne Smart Drane

In September of 1956, JoAnne Smart and Bettye Tillman stepped foot on the campus of Woman’s College, now UNCG, as the institution’s first African American students.

Their four years on campus were marked by courage, strength of character and a commitment to pursuing excellence in education, despite the challenges they faced. Now more than 60 years later, in celebration of Black History Month, UNCG is proud to share the story of JoAnne Smart Drane ’60 and remember the life of the late Bettye Ann Tillman ’60.

1,130 donors Believe in the G!

Thank you to our alumni, faculty, staff, friends and students for your immense support during this year's Believe in the G giving campaign!

More Spartans than ever before came together to celebrate and promote the future of UNCG. These gifts support student scholarships, academic departments, and campus programs like the Career Services Center. A total of 1,130 generous donors stepped up to show how and why they Believe in the G, contributing a total of $111,467!

Million dollar NSF award for UNCG Science, Technology, Math prep scholarships

The National Science Foundation has awarded one million dollars to support Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) at UNCG.  The National Science Foundation will support a collaborative effort proposed by faculty and staff within UNCG’s College of Arts and Science, School of Education and University Teaching and Learning Commons.
UNCG students, faculty and staff are joining together to host a series of campus events – including a variety show, diversity expo and daylong conference – in celebration of Black History Month. Click here to view a list of events throughout the month. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

'Triad Today' host Jim Longworth interviews UNCG School of Nursing Dean Robin Remsburg on Jan. 4, 2017, about school's latest developments.

Class of 1967 prepares to celebrate their 50th reunion

On April 7-8, we welcome the Class of 1967 to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion. The classes of 1957 and 1952 are also invited to return for a weekend of festivities in honor of their 60th and 65th reunions.

Dr. Brett Carter, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Mr. Charlie Maimone, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs will speak in special sessions, and each class will have a dinner and other opportunities to reconnect and make new memories. On Saturday, the Class of 1967 will be inducted in the Vanguard, and all members of the Vanguard are invited to attend the celebratory lunch. You can register for Reunion 2017 here.

The Vanguard Presents, Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten

The Vanguard alumnae are hosting a special evening at the Greensboro Project Space exhibiting the photography of North Carolina visionary and State Normal and Industrial School graduate Bayard Wootten on March 2 at 4 p.m. Enjoy light food and live music while you appreciate modern prints of Bayard Wootten's work from the first half of the 20th century from The North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives (UNC-Chapel Hill.)

Special guest Stephen Fletcher, Photographic Archivist at UNC-Chapel Hill, will be giving lectures on Bayard Wootten's life and work starting at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. You can read more about Wootten and the exhibit here.

Chinese New Year celebration Friday, Feb. 3, at UNCG

The Chinese New Year celebration is not new at UNCG, but this year’s on-campus celebration on Friday, Feb. 3, will bring in more local community members than ever before. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has worked with the Greensboro Chinese Association, New Mind Education, the UNCG School of Education and the UNCG Chinese Student Association to expand the celebration on campus. The events are free and open to the public.
An exhibition at UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space (GPS) will focus on alumna Bayard Wootten's career as a photographer – including some years she spent in Greensboro in the 1920s. The exhibition “Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten” opens this Friday (Jan. 20) at 5 p.m. It runs through March 3, 2017.

Alumni Association and Career Services Center to host Spartans Connect: Student + Alumni Networking Night

​Share your expertise and build connections with current students at our networking night on Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Cone Ball Room, EUC.

Call for nominations - College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award

The UNCG College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations for their 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is given to alumni who have achieved distinction on the national, state, or local levels. It honors outstanding contributions to the recipient’s profession, community, institution, or society at large. Click here to learn more and to nominate a deserving individual. Nominations must be received by February 15.

UNCG's Emily Shields comes back to win Women's Collegiate Club Nationals

Women’s championship racing at the 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals kicked off on Wednesday afternoon with the Women’s Collegiate Club race. Emily Shields (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) withstood a fast start by Lily Williams (Northwestern University) and eventually took over the race to take home the National Champion’s jersey.

UNCG shares unique connection to movie 'Hidden Figures'

With the highly-anticipated film “Hidden Figures” set to open in theaters across the nation on Jan. 6, UNCG remembers alumna Virginia Tucker ’30, a trailblazer for the female mathematicians – known as “computers” – highlighted in the film.

Chuck Purvis

Coastal Federal Credit Union's President and CEO, Chuck Purvis '79, was recently named 2016 Businessperson of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal. The award recognizes Purvis’ business accomplishments and positive impact on the greater Triangle community. 

UNCG partners with Phillips Foundation to launch Healthy Relationships Initiative

The UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development is partnering with Phillips Foundation to launch the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI), a community-wide effort to improve relational health across Guilford County.

UNCG receives $46,000 from Duke Energy to construct wetlands on campus

UNCG has received a $46,112 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund to construct two wetlands on campus. The wetlands will improve water quality and biotic diversity, provide educational and research opportunities, spur community outreach and enhance the natural beauty of campus.

Call for Nominations - Alumni of Distinction Awards

Do you know a graduate of UNCG or Woman's College that has carried on the Spartan passion for service and made significant accomplishments in the community? Please take the time to nominate him or her for a 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award in one of the following categories: Alumni Lifetime Achievement, Alumni Distinguished Service, Alumni Excellence, Young Alumni, or WC Legacy. The deadline for nominations for all awards except the WC Legacy is Wednesday, February 1. Nominations for the WC Legacy Award are due by April 30. You can read more on the history, past winners, and criteria for the awards here. 

Dr. Dianne Welsh wins 2016 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation Award

Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program, accepted the Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers for a class she designed that combines traditional students with students in the Beyond Academics Program (students with intellectual/developmental disabilities).

Dr. Wineburg examines increasing role of churches as 'houses of service'

Since the 1980s, UNCG's Dr. Bob Wineburg, a professor in the Department of Social Work, has partnered with religious communities to study their role as “houses of service.” According to him, there's a gap between perceived religious life in America and the reality of religious life in America.

UNCG named top workplace for commuters

UNCG was named the top university nationally for employees who commute in the 2016 Best Workplaces for Commuters “Race to Excellence” awards. Best Workplaces for Commuters is a national program that recognizes employers offering outstanding commuter benefits.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Alumnae Establish Scholarship

During the celebration of their chapter's 35th anniversary, alumnae sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. pledged $91,000 for a scholarship to support young AKA women.

Justin Outling

Justin Outling is a 2005 graduate of the Political Science Department and an active UNCG alumnus. He is a Greensboro Councilman and active local community member. Outling says, “I am an unabashedly proud Spartan alum, I am forever grateful for how UNCG helped to improve my life, as well as the lives of thousands of others and the City of Greensboro.” Read more here.

SON 50th Anniversary Celebration Update

The School of Nursing is having it's 50th year reunion celebration coming up in April of 2017. They are now looking for alumni who will help contact classmates and encourage them to be involved and attend the Celebration. Please visit this link to find out more about the celebration, activities, and registration.

Pearls of Promise - Nu Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship Endowment

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrates their 35th Anniversary this year by establishing the Pearls of Promise - Nu Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship Endowment. 

Strader Receives Bryan School Alumni Award

The Bryan School of Business and Economics presented Steven Strader with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award during the annual Emeritus Advisor Society and Awards Dinner in September. This annual award recognizes exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient’s profession and to the business community. Find out more information on Steven Strader, the 2016 distinguished Emeritus Advisor Society alumnus, here.

Caroline Blair

Caroline Blair graduated with honors from UNCG in 2006 with a double major in Media Studies and Communication Studies. She attended UNC-Greensboro on a full athletic scholarship for basketball, where she played all four years. She landed a national NBC news internship and now works as a full-time anchor in Raleigh, NC.

2016 Spartans of Promise

At the Alumni of Distinction Awards dinner leading up to Homecoming, we will present ten outstanding UNCG seniors with the third annual Spartans of Promise awards, in recognition of exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors. Meet these exceptional young men and women.

Enjoy new Fall 2016 UNCG Magazine

Excellence is a hallmark of UNCG. In this just-released fall issue of UNCG Magazine, enjoy stories of UNCG alumni, faculty, staff and students that highlight this excellence.

5 Tips to Successfully Negotiate a Higher Salary

It’s employee review time. That means it’s time to make your case for a promotion, using key metrics and projects that show how you’ve exceeded expectations. But chances are your boss isn’t going to simply hand you a promotion and raise; you’ve got ask for more. That’s where Glassdoor comes in. We’ve identified 5 key ways to negotiate your way up the career ladder.

How To Get A Hiring Manager's Name

How can you get a hiring manager's name? Job listings posted all over the place simply read: "No phone calls" and "direct resume to BD," or some other letter combination at some post office box or no-reply e-mail address. Getting a name is like pulling a needle from a haystack.

News and Features: UNCG among Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ for 18th consecutive year

For the 18th consecutive year, UNCG is recognized as one of nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review's "The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition." The guide, published annually since 1992, highlights just 15 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. In addition to making "The Best 381 Colleges" list, UNCG was also named to the "Best Southeastern" and "Green Colleges" lists.

Campus Weekly: Eleven sites, service projects on Spartan Service Day

Nearly 200 UNCG students spent their Saturday morning serving the greater Greensboro community during the 10th annual Spartan Service Day on August 27. Students worked at 11 sites across the city and surrounding area, including the Greensboro Children's Museum, Peacehaven Farm, and BackPack Beginnings. New service project sites included Grove Street Community Garden in the nearby Glenwood neighborhood.


The Weatherspoon Art Museum's prize painting, William de Kooning's "Woman" (1949-50), will be a highlight in the Royal Academy of Arts' major exhibition "Abstract Expressionism," the first survey of the movement since 1959. "Woman," a seminal example of the artist's easy movement between representation and abstraction and considered a key work in his oeuvre, was acquired by the Weatherspoon in 1954. Residing at the Royal Academy from September 24, 2016 until January 2, 2017, "Woman" will be in the company of important works from around the globe. We're confident that she can hold her own!

Paul Chelimo

UNCG's first Olympian, former Spartan track and field star Paul Chelimo '14 placed second in the men's 5,000-meter race and brought home a silver medal for Team USA, becoming the first U.S. medal winner in the event since 1964. Chelimo posted a personal-best time of 13:03.90, just 0.60 seconds behind Mo Farrah of Great Britain. "It’s the best feeling ever," Chelimo told the Associated Press.

The Free LinkedIn Tool That Makes it So Much Easier to Connect With Alumni

How many times have you heard the saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know?" Hundreds, right? Whether or not that's your go-to philosophy, tapping your network can help you land a job. But building relationships does even more than uncover job prospects: It’s one of the key skills needed to succeed in your career. And, even if you think you're at the top of your networking game, you can still step it up, with a tool you may not even know is there -- LinkedIn's "Find Alumni."

Accepting Nominations Now for the Mr. or Ms. Homecoming Award

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a UNCG employee who demonstrates a strong sense of Spartan pride, serves as a mentor to others, and is committed to providing quality service to all members of the UNCG community with the Mr. or Ms. Homecoming Award. Past honorees include vice chancellor Cherry Callahan, lecturer Jeff Colbert, and retired grounds manager Chris Fay. We are still accepting nominations for this year's award for a few more days. Please nominate a faculty or staff member that you think bleeds blue and gold by September 15!


Alumni -- did any other members of your family (parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, aunt or uncle, niece or nephew, etc.) also go to UNCG? Do you have a family member attending now? Maybe you even have a high school junior or senior in your family who is looking at UNCG for the future? If so, bring them to experience true Spartan pride during Homecoming at this year's Legacy Reception. You are also invited to email photos of you and your Spartan family members (with names and class years) to Dorian Thompson at; your pictures could be featured in promotional materials for the event.

Homecoming Update on Facebook Live

Join Donegan Root '87 and Crystal Josey '08 for our first ever Facebook Live video, as they take a golf cart across campus and provide highlights of the upcoming Homecoming festivities! Starting at The Rawk and making their away across Kaplan Commons, the tour ends with a trip through the pedestrian underpass to offer a sneak peek at the new Kaplan Center for Wellness!

Pokemon Go To UNCG

UNCG is a great place to play Pokemon Go. We invite you to get together with some fellow alumni, friends, or your kids, and come to campus to catch Pokemon and increase your score. On your journey you will learn about UNCG history and landmarks at the many cool PokeStops.

Union Square Campus opens Friday

At the corner of Arlington Street and Gate City Boulevard, the Union Square Campus is a symbol of partnership and revitalization in downtown Greensboro, and it's opening its doors for the first time later this week. The campus will house UNCG's doctor of nursing practice program, as well and components of nursing and health care education programs for NC A&T State, Guilford Tech Community College and Cone Health.

UNCG’s new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness opens its doors

The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has officially opened its doors, ushering in a new era of recreation and wellness at UNCG focused on lifelong well-being for the campus community. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 16, and is open to the public.

UNCG announces formation of College of Visual and Performing Arts

A new unit that unifies the discipline of art with the former School of Music, Theatre and Dance, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is now the largest arts college in the state and one of the largest in the Southeast, with nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Giant Steps

At a reception sponsored by the Alumni Association and hosted by alumni from the Neo-Black Society and the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam spoke about moving the university forward, and how he needs the help of alumni to do it.

Ten Things Never To Reveal Until You Have The Job

It's tempting to share too much information with a recruiter or your hiring manager sometimes, but if you do, you'll make yourself a less desirable candidate and kill your negotiating leverage. Here are 10 details to keep to yourself until the ink is dry on your offer letter.

Alumni Networks: Baseball Outings, Welcome to the City Parties

Coming off of successful gatherings this spring at ball parks (and a couple more yet to come!), the Alumni Networks are gearing up to welcome a new crop of UNCG grads to the six cities they represent.

Hot Shots

With your help, our fundraising efforts finished strong at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, and Annual Giving Director Bob Amico is making good on his promise with a fiery toast to the entire Spartan family.

Global UNCG: A practical education

Germany native Chong Zhang left his hometown of Speyer, in the summer of 2015 to pursue an MBA at UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics. For Zhang, what stood out most about his UNCG experience – aside from the initial culture shock – were the relationships he built with faculty.

Life on the farm

When UNCG’s Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard received a call from Peacehaven Community Farm last summer asking for clinical services for one of its core members, her response was an unequivocal yes.

UNCG fashion program earns top national rankings

For the fifth consecutive year, UNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) ranks among the nation’s top fashion programs, according to The program ranks No. 4 among fashion programs at public and private universities in the South and is one of the top 15 programs at public universities across the nation for both fashion merchandising and fashion design.

Spartans spur growth downtown

The buzz word in Greensboro right now? Downtown revitalization. From new craft breweries to the widely anticipated opening of LeBauer Park, the city’s center is teeming with activity. And Spartans are getting in on the action.

Vote on Slate of Nominees for Alumni Association Board 2016-2017

The UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the proposed slate of nominees for Directors and Officers for the 2016-2017 year. Please visit this page to review the slate and cast your vote electronically. As always, thank you for your support of our University and the Alumni Association.


Art museum docents are a dedicated group of volunteers trained to engage with visitors of all ages and help them to observe, interpret, and think creatively about art. The "Learning to Look" program at the Weatherspoon Art Museum prepares volunteers to lead free, guided tours for nearly 6,000 school age children, university students, and adult learners annually. Apply by August 5 for consideration for the 2016-17 program. Visit or contact Ann Grimaldi, Curator of Education, at

Gate City Girl

Born and bred in Greensboro, Emma Rettew had no plans of attending college in her hometown. Instead, she headed west to a university in the mountains. But after a year and a half, she missed the pace of the city. She transferred to UNCG, a decision that’s meant top-notch internships, being able to shadow industry leaders, and access to a range of international study abroad choices.

Global UNCG: A newfound confidence

Fulbright scholar Sheena Rose left the sunny, close-knit island of Barbados to pursue a Master of Fine arts in studio art at UNCG. "I love drawing. I love painting. I’m very expressive you know… to me it just something I feel like I have to do." Beyond expanding her portfolio and knowledge of art, Rose learned valuable lessons about herself. "You gotta love yourself and build confidence in yourself."

What They Didn’t Teach You in Class: 4 Key Money Tips for College Grads

It's that time of year again – college seniors are finally celebrating the end of a four-year trek through undergraduate school. After spending more than half of their lives in school, it's now up to each graduate to know how to properly manage their money and balance their budgets as they navigate their first "big kid" job.

UNCG Dance at Kennedy Center

For UNCG dance students looking to launch their careers in an increasingly competitive field, few places are better platforms than the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where they’ll be performing this week. A group of 10 UNCG dance students and freshly minted alumni is one of just 31 university groups in the nation to be selected to perform as part of the American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) 2016 National College Dance Festival.

Nancy James Adams

In the early ’70s, Nancy James Adams often attended seminars and other events at her alma mater, Woman's College (now UNCG). But one day in 1973, Adams heard something on the radio that caught her attention. "I don’t remember what station I was listening to, but they used two terms I’d never heard used together – ‘genetics’ and ‘counseling,’" she recalls. She immediately began forming an idea that would lead to a groundbreaking career – and ultimately a new program at UNCG – in genetic counseling.

Allison Weavil is WSFCS Teacher of the Year

Allison Weavil, who teaches biology at East Forsyth High School, is the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for Winton-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Weavil has a gift for making learning fun, her students say, and she cares about them as people.

2016 School of Nursing Retirement Celebration

SON faculty, staff, family and friends attended a retirement reception on April 27 in celebration of over 100 years of combined service: Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg (31); Jayne Lutz (28); Dr. Linda McNeal (27); Lillie Granger (9); and Karen Stacherski (5 1/2). Dr. Don Kautz also gave a short memorial for Elizabeth Tornquist, editor/consultant.

2016 School of Nursing Graduation

Graduates attended the SON graduation ceremony on May 5, with keynote speaker Judy Schanel, Chief Operating Officer at Moses Cone Health System, Inc.

Getting down to business

Hard work and discipline have always been part of Lawrence Watkins' DNA. So when he arrived at UNCG as a freshman and learned about the nationally-renowned Bryan School of Business and Economics and its demanding degree program in accounting, there was no doubt he was up for the challenge.

Green Goes Groovy

On April 15 and 16, members of the Class of 1966 returned to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion. Their theme -- "Green Goes Groovy," inspired by their official class color -- was evident throughout the weekend, from the sustainable centerpieces used at their class luncheon to the peace signs on display at dinner.

Spartans Share Series

The Spartans Share Series of virtual events will return on Wednesdays in September! Topics (tentatively) will include Entrepreneurship 101, Planning For The Future (Financial & Estate Planning), and Social Media Presence & Branding. Details will be available soon.

Bringing muscle to the ceremony, DiAnne Borders carries the mace

Perhaps no one bears the weight of a commencement ceremony like the Faculty Marshal. Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, who began her five-year term in the Fall 2014 semester, will carry the mace on May 6.

Bright lights and big dreams

Jennifer Leigh Mann has always loved the movies. Little did she know that one day, she wouldn't just be watching movies. She'd be acting in them.

Global UNCG: Shrirang Sahasrabudhe enjoys new access

India native Shrirang Sahasrabudhe shares his story about leaving his life in India to come to the U.S. and attend UNCG.

UNCG students present unique business models at Aging Services Innovation Competition

What do a virtual grocery store, an online interpretation service and an outdoor adventure program have in common? According to UNCG students, all three business models are sustainable, high-impact solutions that can meet the needs of an aging population.

Dr. Randy Penfield will be Dean of the School of Education

Following a national search, Dr. Randy Penfield has been appointed to serve as Dean of the School of Education effective June 1, 2016.

Globe trotting and goal scoring

When it comes to balancing athletics and academics, there are few who do it better than UNCG senior Evan Rees.

GSA administrator and former Greensboro city manager to deliver UNCG Commencement address

Denise Turner Roth, the 21st Senate-confirmed administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), will deliver the address to the Class of 2016 at UNCG's Spring Commencement.

Access and success on display at UNCG, as President Spellings visits

Some UNCG strengths that UNC System President Margaret Spellings noted? Health care fields. Support of veterans and non-traditional students. Music. Nursing. The School of Education. Spellings, who took office as UNC system president March 1, visited the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on April 25, the 14th stop in her meet-and-greet tour of all UNC campuses.

Dancing through life

Domonique Edwards is a scholar, a high-achiever, a researcher and a performer, and UNCG is the place where all those pieces were able to come together.

VAP offers accelerated BSN program to veterans

The School of Nursing's Veteran Access Program puts veterans with medical training on an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Made in Greensboro - Seth Burhenn, 24, Care Giver

Seth Burhenn just finished serving his country. Next, he's going to be serving his community.

Thousands gather for UNCG's second annual Science Everywhere

Rockets launched, snakes slithered and goo formed on the campus of UNCG, as children and teens from across the Triad explored the wonders of science and its role in their everyday lives.

Teaching and tech: Deaf education students create lessons in SELF Design Studio

Claudia Pagliaro's students create language-based projects for their future deaf and hard of hearing students using the UNCG School of Education's SELF Design Studio.

Global UNCG: From Philippines to America, a life of exploration

Philippines native Rodell Barrientos shares his story of growing up living the "simple life" in Manila, and later pursuing a PhD in medicinal biochemistry at UNCG.

Dr. John Z. Kiss named Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. John Z. Kiss, dean of the Graduate School and professor of biology at the University of Mississippi, has accepted the position of dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, effective July 1, 2016. John Kiss will succeed Dr. Timothy Johnston, who has held the position since 2003.

The Alumni Networks

Our regional Alumni Networks (formerly Alumni Clubs) are working on all new ways to connect graduates and friends to UNCG. Join our new Facebook groups to network online with other alumni in your area, and sign up for our upcoming service and social events so you can meet face-to-face. Keep checking for new activities in your city!

Call for SON Award Nominations

The UNCG School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award shall be presented to an alumnus/a who has made significant contributions to the nursing profession. Distinctive service shall have been rendered on the international, national, state, and/or local levels in the field of nursing in the areas of practice, education, and/or research. We are accepting nominations for the School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award through May 18, 2016.

UNCG alumna makes Broadway debut in 'The Crucible'

UNCG alumna Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut '15 made her Broadway debut on Thursday, March 31, when Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" opened at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York City. Chestnut plays Susanna Walcott, a friend of Abigail Williams, in the classic 1953 historical drama about the Salem witch trials.

Redesigning downtowns

As a young girl, Emily-Kate Hannapel was constantly rearranging her room – shifting furniture, changing color and envisioning new spaces. Twenty years later, Hannapel is scratching that creative itch in a unique and impactful way, one main street at a time.

SOE Students Receive UNCG Student Excellence Award

UNCG School of Education students Kasey-Lynn Schmidt and Aliyah Prontaut have been chosen to receive the Student Excellence Award, UNCG's highest academic honor for undergraduates. The award recognizes excellence as a student both in and out of the classroom for qualities of creativity, originality, motivation, analytical skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

Signing agreement with Piedmont Community College

A signing ceremony for the RN to BSN education program between UNCG and PCC was held on March 15, 2016. Signers for UNCG: Dr. Frankin Gilliam, Chancellor; Dr. Robin Remsburg, Dean, SON. Signers for PCC: Dr. Walter Bartlett, President; Alisa Montgomery, Dean, Health and Human Sciences; Director, ADN Education.

UNCG recognized as national leader in supporting Pell Grant recipients

UNCG is featured in a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell Grant-eligible students.

Rhythm in Rennes

Evan Ringel's senior spring break trip – full of big sounds and breathtaking sights – was one he'll never forget. Along with three fellow seniors and three professors in UNCG’s nationally-renowned Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program, Ringel traveled to the University of Rennes 2 in Rennes, France, last month in what was the program's first international trip. And it certainly won’t be the last.

Bryan School Creates New Office of External Affairs

Over the past four months, the new Office of External Affairs in the Dean's organization has been taking shape, lead by Assistant Dean Joe Erba.

Wrongs of Passage

The Department of Social Work at UNCG will present "Foster Care Chronicles: Wrongs of Passage," written and directed by Debra LeWinter (Class of 2007, Master of Education in Theatre), April 14-24 at Triad Stage's Upstage Cabaret.

UNCG's Counseling and Educational Development program ranked second in the nation

For the second year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) No. 2 nationally. "The faculty in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development are thrilled by the recent No. 2 ranking from US News and World Report," said Scott Young, CED department chair. "Such national recognition of our work and the high quality programs the department offers is wonderful validation of the department’s years of sustained commitment to excellence."

Beer and Bonding for the Ages

Over beer with colleagues one night in 1997, UNCG Archaeology Professor Donna Nash agreed to take part in an excavation to explore the ancient Peruvian Wari Empire. At the time she had no idea how the simple activity of communing over beer was to bonding people and celebrating alliances in antiquity. Nearly 20 years later, Nash and the team of archaeologists from five other universities have proof that communing over beverages was as essential to the fabric of the Wari society 1,000 years ago as it is to society today.

Extended Nomination Deadline for WC Legacy Awards

The WC Legacy Award will be given to alumni of either Woman's College or UNCG who have made significant contributions in their lifetime that exemplify value, character and high integrity. Recipients will represent these ideals and values that were characteristic of the Woman’s College era. The WC Legacy Award may be bestowed posthumously. A maximum of ten awards may be given annually. The nomination deadline for the WC Legacy Awards has been extended to April 30.

Don't knock this door

For nearly 80 years, the Alumni House has greeted students, guests, and alumni alike to UNCG's campus with its inviting facade, stately front porch and graceful entrance. But that sturdy walnut door? It isn't original to the house. It was in the late 90s that Virginia Edwards Hester '39 and her husband L.B. donated the replacement door that stands there today -- 60 years after Virginia graduated from Woman's College.

Basketball Comes to a Close, Spring Sports In Full Swing

In last week's season finale of the Wes Miller Show, Coach and host Luke Miller recap the UNCG men's basketball team's first postseason appearance since 2002. This week, the #LetsGoG Sports show returns for the spring season with a look at UNCG baseball.

Broadway’s Beth Leavel, Dom Amendum share tips with UNCG students

"Coming back, it’s like coming home," Tony winner Beth Leavel said. Leavel, a 1980 UNCG MFA graduate in theater, was back at UNCG recently to speak with Spartan students. She was joined by "Wicked" associate music director Dominick Amendum, a fellow alumnus ('01). Currently a visiting professor, Amendum will conduct the orchestra for "Into the Woods" at UNCG (April 29 & 30).

New Bryan School Alumni Web Page

Visit the new web site of the Bryan School Alumni Association for opportunities to connect with your Bryan Alumni network and the Bryan School.

Gtalk: Spartans share views in student video series

Prospective students curious about the college experience at UNCG can hear directly from current students in a new video series called "Gtalk." The series publishes biweekly on UNCG's social media channels during the academic year.

Spiro's Ball Silent Auction Now Live!

The UNCG Spartan Club has officially launched the Spiro's Ball Online Silent Auction. The Spiro’s Ball Silent Auction will benefit the UNCG Athletic Scholarship Fund with a wide variety of items available for bidding, including vacation getaways, concert tickets, tickets to sporting events, signed UNCG gear, UNCG-fan experiences, restaurant packages and much more. Auction runs through April 20th, 2016.'s 100 Best Companies to Work For

To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune conducts the most extensive employee survey in corporate America, based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey and on responses to the Culture Audit. See who made this year's list.

Thank you for supporting the Connect NC Bond

North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed the Connect NC Bond, which will bring a new nursing and STEM instructional building to UNCG's campus. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. issued a statement thanking those who advocated for its passage.

Greensboro philanthropist makes transformative gift to promote wellness at UNCG

UNCG recently received a $5 million gift made by Tobee Kaplan in honor of her late husband, Leonard J. Kaplan. Her gift, which will create an endowment in support of health and wellness programs on the UNCG campus, will be recognized by the naming of the new wellness center on West Gate City Blvd., as the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.

UNCG's springtime bucket list

You can feel the buzz around campus. Days are longer, the weather is warmer, and students are starting to trade in their jackets and boots for T-shirts and flip-flops. As a way to celebrate the warmer weather, we've compiled a springtime bucket list of the top 10 ways to take a break and have some fun on and around campus this spring.

Spartans make mark in Montagnard community

The Montagnards (also known as Dega) supported U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, and have suffered political persecution and violence in the region ever since. Since the 1980s, Guilford County has welcomed many hundreds of Montagnard families. Their healthcare needs are a concern. UNCG, in collaboration with Guilford College and NC A&T State, is making a difference through community-engaged research – and the day-to-day outreach work is often led by undergraduates.

Reception at SETC Conference

UNCG Theatre and the NC Theatre for Young People are so fortunate this year that the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) is being held in Greensboro from March 3-7 at the Koury Convention Center. If you are in the area, please plan to join UNCG Theatre faculty, staff, alumni and friends for a complimentary reception in the Brown Building Theatre at 402 Tate Street (campus) on Friday, March 4 from 10 p.m. - midnight.

2016 HHS Alumni Award Recipients

The School of Health and Human Sciences is proud to announce the 2016 HHS Alumni Award Recipients: Distinguished Alumni Award winner Dr. Jeffrey Martin, Lifetime Legacy Award winner Dr. Margaret Bordeaux Arbuckle, Public Service Award winner Dr. Donna Biederman, Emerging Leader Award winner Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, and the ten HHS Pacesetter Award winners.

Calling all Spartans to vote on March 15

Don't forget -- the NC primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 15, and it includes a vote on the ConnectNC bond to invest in infrastucture needs across the state. If passed, the $2 billion package would fund a new Nursing & STEM building at UNCG, as well as projects benefiting the UNC System, Community Colleges, state parks, National Guard and agriculture. Be sure to get the facts, and then get out and vote!

UNCG students use spring break as a way to serve

From serving the homeless in Washington, D.C., to providing care for abandoned and abused dogs in Tennessee, UNCG students are using their spring break as a way to give back. Approximately 75 UNCG students are participating in four different service trips in cities across the Southeast March 6-12.

More than 900 Donors and $150,000 Raised by #BelieveInTheG

Thank you to our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students for your overwhelming support during this year's #BelieveInTheG giving campaign! In 48 exhilarating hours, we hit every one of our goals, received the full challenge gift of $85,000 from our generous challenge donors, and generated an incredible amount of energy on both our campus and virtual communities.

UNCG alumni, staff recognized in Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty

Ten UNCG alumni and staff were honored at the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty ceremony at UNCG’s Elliott University Center on Thursday, Feb. 18. The annual event, sponsored by UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics, honored the Triad’s top 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are helping their employers become more profitable, efficient and effective, while at the same time making a difference in their respective communities.

#SpartanSweethearts 2016 Winners!

We received an overwhelming response to the first ever #SpartanSweethearts Love Stories contest. Your stories were so amazing, we couldn’t pick just one. Please join us in congratulating all THREE of our winning Spartan couples!

Singing Spartans

Were you in the Spartones, the Sapphires, or another singing group while here at UNCG? Do you love to sing but only get to do it in the shower or your car? If the answer is yes, look no further -- we have a great opportunity for you to get connected with the university doing what you enjoy.

Upcoming Company Spotlights

This spring the Bryan School of Business and Economics is hosting a number of Company Spotlight events to allow local businesses to share details about their companies and current employment information with UNCG students. Every company participating is looking for employees or interns. UNCG alumni are welcome to attend these events. Visit for a complete schedule and to RSVP for the events.

BSN Pinning & Capping Ceremony

On January 10, 2016, the senior BSN Class and graduating class of RN-BSN received their nursing pins and UNCG School of Nursing baseball caps. Dr. Sandra (Micqui) Reed, professor emerita, gave the history of the pin; the keynote speaker was Daria Kring, BSN '88, MSN '95, PhD '08, and the student speaker was Kaziah Miller, Class of 2016.

AGNP DNP White Coat Ceremony

The School of Nursing hosted their White Coat Ceremony for AGNP DNP students in the Moore Nursing Auditorium on Thursday, January 28. Twenty six graduate students participated in the ceremony, with Junior Class President and Veteran’s Program student Bruce Vosefski speaking at the event. Congratulations on this milestone!


Studying abroad is no longer just an option -- it's a necessity. From education to public health, solutions to the world's most complex problems will come from global thinking and cross-cultural collaboration. The Institute of International Education (IIE), in partnership with Go Overseas, has launched a nationwide campaign asking everyone who has ever studied abroad to encourage U.S. college students to study abroad by the time they graduate.

Spartan Trader -- 100% Student Run Resale and New Store

The Spartan Trader has men’s and women’s professional wear including suits and ties for men, dress pants, dresses, jackets and blouses for women, casual and business style shoes, jeans, flannels, warm outerwear – coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves – jewelry, and more!

There's no denying that UNCG holds a special place in the hearts of all Spartan alumni.

For those of you who met your significant others on campus, that connection is a little bit sweeter. As Valentine's Day approaches, it's time once again for our Spartan Sweethearts contest.

Did you paint the Rawk for your crush? Was your first date at Yum Yum's? Did you propose or get married on campus? We want to hear your story! Tell us how you met your Spartan Sweetheart and be entered to win a romantic prize pack from the Alumni Association! We'll announce the winner on February 15th as we kick off this year's Believe in the G campaign.

Share your #SpartanSweethearts Love Story with us by Tuesday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m. Click here for official contest details, entry, and rules.

Sidney Minter

This semester, the Career Services Center asked some of our inspiring UNCG alumni to tell us about their careers and provide advice to current students. Our first Spartan Alumni Spotlight is Sidney O. Minter. Sidney graduated in 2004 with a degree in political science and a minor in sociology. He currently works as an Employment Law and Litigation Associate at Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLC.

Tickets Now on Sale for March 22 Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner with Author Chris Bohjalian

The annual fundraiser for UNCG’s libraries will be March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Elliot University Center’s Cone Ballroom. The guest speaker will be New York Times Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian. He has written 18 books, including "Midwives" and "The Sandcastle Girls."

UNCG Athletics Set to Produce ESPN3 Games

The Spartans will produce live events for men’s and women’s basketball with a crew made up of UNCG athletics staff members, local professionals and students from the Spartan Sports Link Program. The crew will produce the events, giving students valuable experience working on high-quality, ESPN-branded productions.

UNCG to mark Black History Month with variety of events on campus

From an exhibition highlighting early African-American staff at UNCG, to a discussion of the persona and speech-making of Michelle Obama, UNCG is marking Black History Month with a variety of unique events on campus.

Gateway Center earns international accreditation

The Gateway Materials Test Center, a program of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, has earned a new, international accreditation -- and is the only site on the East Coast to receive this credential.

Tyra Callaway: Going global with research

As a junior in high school, Tyra Callaway began her college search with one non-negotiable requirement in mind: undergraduate research, not just in a lab, but with real-world, hands-on research experience. Which is exactly why she ended up at UNCG.

Gov. McCrory visits UNCG to discuss Connect NC bond

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, along with key state officials and Triad academic leaders, visited UNCG on Thursday, Jan. 21, to discuss the proposed $2 billion Connect NC bond, which will be put to a vote March 15.

4 Job Search Tips You'll Need in the New Year

While your life may or may not be radically different than it was at this point last year, you can definitely expect some changes this year to the job market and, as a result, the job search. The new year brings new opportunities, and to seize them you need to step up your job search game. Here are four trends and tips to help you find a job in 2016.

4 LinkedIn Updates You Need to Know About For 2016

You not only have an up-to-date profile, but you also have a stellar headline, plenty of endorsements, and a photo that manages to make you look both professional and approachable. So you're all set, right? Think again. LinkedIn recently rolled out a few new features that you should know about if you want to take full advantage of the platform.

Chancellor Gilliam to Speak at Greensboro's 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

This annual breakfast in honor of Dr. King's contributions to human rights takes place from 7:30-9 am Monday, January 18, at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center. Brittany Hudson, a UNCG student, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Call for Nominations - Alumni of Distinction Awards

Honor. Integrity. Selflessness. Accomplishment. If you know of a graduate of UNCG or Woman's College that exhibits these qualities, please take a few moments to nominate him or her for one of the 2016 Alumni of Distinction Awards: Alumni Lifetime Achievement, Alumni Distinguished Service, Alumni Excellence, Young Alumni, or WC Legacy. The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 1. (History and selection criteria of these awards can be found here.)

Lucy Mason, an all-around all-star

Senior Lucy Mason is best known at UNCG for her stellar performance on the basketball court, but she’s also an all-star in the classroom.

Weatherspoon kicks off 75th anniversary with 'First Toast' celebration

The toast, to be held this Thursday, Jan.7, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Weatherspoon Art Museum, marks 75 years to the day since Gregory Ivy opened the Weatherspoon Art Gallery in the Department of Art.

Fall 2015 UNCG Research Magazine

The UNCG Research magazine highlights UNCG excellence at the intersections of discovery, economic development, community engagement, and graduate and undergraduate education. The Fall 2015 issue features stories about movement for health,

Worth Their Weight in GOLD

Recent graduates of UNCG are reconnecting in meaningful ways this fall -- with each other, with current students, with the new Chancellor, and with their own UNCG experiences as both students and alumni.

Board Nominations

The UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors is still accepting nominations for new board members for the 2016-2017 academic year until Monday, January 11. If you know (or are) a UNCG or Woman's College alumnus/a who would be interested in serving on the board, please complete our online nomination form.

Wise Beyond His Years

Senior Zechariah Etheridge, one of our 2015 Spartans of Promise set to graduate in December, "strives to keep a good attitude about everything and always seek the joy out of life," and credits UNCG for pushing him to grow up.

An alumna, Kevin Harvick Foundation and a Boys & Girls Club field

There’s a new multi-purpose athletics field for kids within a mile of UNCG. It's beside the Boys & Girls Club community center and Salvation Army corps in the historic Warnersville area. The Kevin Harvick Foundation Park -- built by the charitable foundation of Kevin and DeLana Linville Harvick '96 -- will be a great benefit for the community.

Memories and Appreciation, as Parker Parlor Dedicated

Lib Parker McPherson '51 was surrounded by family and well-wishers as she helped dedicate the parlor in Gray Residence Hall, part of the historic Quad.

Military Times Recognizes UNCG as a Top University for Veterans

UNCG has been named to the Military Times' "Best for Vets: Colleges 2016" list, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

Explore the Pacific Northwest with Dr. Robert Gatten, one of three founders of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in 1993, former President of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Spartans of Promise

In addition to the Alumni of Distinction Award recipients recognized at last month's awards dinner, the Alumni Association also presented ten outstanding UNCG seniors with the second annual Spartans of Promise awards, in recognition of exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors.

Join Karl Schleunes, Professor Emeritus of History at UNC Greensboro, and Jim Schlosser, renowned Greensboro writer and local historian, for a journey to the WWI battlefields and memorials of The Somme, Verdun, the Meuse/Argonne, and on to Paris where the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

Students Show Off Design With 8th Annual Best Dressed Room Contest

Gone are the days of decorating dorm rooms with a few band posters and a "We’re #1" foam finger. For UNCG students in 2015, creating a space that feels like home is an art form. This fall, 281 students in 180 rooms across 25 residence halls participated in the eighth annual Best Dressed Room Contest sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

The UNCG men's soccer team wrapped up the 2015 regular season as SoCon champions. By posting a 1-1 double overtime tie at East Tennessee State Saturday night, they secured the regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming SoCon Tournament.

UNCG recently survived its biannual zombie apocalypse, with the return of the highly anticipated Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ), a 24/7 game of tag that transports students into an alternate reality of magical creatures, secret missions and a whole lot of fun.

More than 1,300 prospective students and family members got an inside look at UNCG’s academic program’s student life and campus culture during Spartan Showcase, the university’s annual fall open house. Check out event highlights in this Storify post.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) is now offering a wide range of private music lessons, taught exclusively by students, to the UNCG and Greater Greensboro communities.

The MBA Consulting Program has been a staple of the Bryan School’s curriculum for many years, offering students hands-on project experience while developing and supporting relationships with the regional business community.

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a UNCG employee who demonstrates a strong sense of Spartan pride, serves as a mentor to others and is committed to providing quality service to all members of the UNCG community as "Mr. or Ms. Homecoming." After receiving nominations from alumni, faculty, staff and students, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, has been named Ms. Homecoming 2015.

October 17, 2015 Alumni Association Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation

Towards a focused future: A life journey leads Zeinab Hassan to UNCG School of Nursing

Dean Robin Remsburg successfully completed the prestigious AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Meet the 2015 Class of AACN-Wharton Fellows

UNCG School of Nursing is one of 2 schools in North Carolina to receive the Gold Foundation grant for a White Coat Ceremony for incoming juniors. Gold Foundation and AACN Select 60 Nursing Schools for White Coat Ceremonies

Upcoming SoN Calendar of Events

Earlier this week, students, faculty and staff gathered at Moran Commons and Plaza to hear the big news: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of just five universities in the United States to receive the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award.

UNCG is a campus with poetry woven into the very fiber of its soul. So it's only fitting that the university receive a visit from North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, who will be speaking Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room in Jackson Library.

Would you like to recruit future Spartans to UNCG? The Alumni Association and Undergraduate Admissions invite you to participate in the new Spartan Alumni Recruitment program! Alumni can share their stories and UNCG experience while recruiting the next class of Spartans. Join us for training on Saturday, October 17, as we prepare the Spartan Alumni Recruiters to represent UNCG! Learn more and register for training at the Spartan Alumni Recruitment website.

Mary Jean Pyatt

Mary Jean Pyatt attended Woman's College in the 1940s and quickly discovered a love for learning that focused on dance after just one class with the modern dance professor Virginia Moomaw. And thus began a career that mingled her love for dance, education and flying.

WC Legacy Award

Last month, we introduced some of our 2015 Alumni of Distinction Award recipients, all of whom will be recognized at an awards dinner on October 15, the Thursday before Homecoming. This month, we feature our remaining honorees -- those who have been chosen for the WC Legacy Awards, and who represent the ideals and values that were characteristic of the Woman's College era.

Larkin Schramm speaks eloquently of her Interior Architecture major, although she's only in her first week of classes. “In daily life, our environments inspire an appreciation for the connection between humanity and nature,” says Schramm.

The School of Nursing has been ranked No. 26 in Value Colleges' Top 50 Best Value MSN Programs of 2015.

UNCG’s Office of Leadership & Service-learning has sharpened its pencils and tallied the university-wide numbers. And UNCG’s students have reached a milestone: They are now engaging in more than 1 million community service hours annually. Help our students continue to make an impact on our community and around the world by making a gift to UNCG today.

Chancellor-Elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. delivered remarks at the 124th State of the Campus Address Aug. 12, with UNCG faculty, staff and board members assembled in Aycock Auditorium. His first day at UNCG will be Sept. 8.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors had its first meeting of the new academic year on Friday and Saturday, and these dedicated volunteers are already hard at work, serving UNCG alumni throughout North Carolina, across the U.S., and around the world. Meet our newest members!

The School of Health and Human Sciences invites you to view the Summer 2015 HHS Online Newsletter. Feature article: "Leveling the Playing Field: CTR Class Presents Adapted Sports Day."

Kentucky Waterfall

Kentucky Waterfall used to just be the name of a particular kind of mullet -- business in the front, party in the back. But for the last two years, it's also been the name of a champion soccer team, in the men's over 45 bracket of the United States Adult Soccer Association's National Veterans Cup. Best of all, eight of these guys are UNCG soccer alumni from the late 80's to early 90's.

When you step in Spartan Trader this semester, it'll be completely different. The store has transitioned from an art consignment shop to a resale store – with the inventory coming from what the students leave behind at the end of the spring semester.

Incoming UNCG education major Abigail Kidd taught her first students when she was in middle school. After the bell rang to end her school day she'd walk to her mother's kindergarten class and teach math to five-year-olds. And when she arrived home she helped younger neighbors learn all she'd absorbed at school that day. Her love for teaching has never wavered.

Lisa McHenry '97, administrative support associate for The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS), knew working at UNCG would be a perfect fit. "I became who I am here. I liked the idea of working with students and being able to give back." This year, Lisa was honored with the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award.

Few cities match the religious history and architectural splendor of Istanbul. For 13 UNCG Religious Studies and History students, few trips will ever match the one they took last semester.

Meet Lynn Kendrick Erdman '77, the School of Nursing's 2015 Distinguished Alumna; and Ernest Grant '93, '15, vice president of the American Nurses Association.

Dean Robin Remsburg invites you to look with us to the future of the School of Nursing and help shape what is to come.

Over the last 33 years, more than 50,000 young musicians have arrived on the UNCG campus during the steamy weeks of July to fine-tune their musical skills. This year, some 1,858 students came to UNCG for the annual Summer Music Camp, the largest university-sponsored summer music camp in the nation. They came from across North Carolina and from eighteen other states and four foreign countries.

Many hundreds of Spartans have invested their time in the UNCG Gardens, making the plots remarkably sustainable and productive for the past five years. Co-directors Susan Andreatta, professor of anthropology, and Guy Sanders, associate director of administrative operations in Housing and Residence Life, coordinate the volunteer work days at the garden each semester, a large collective effort.

2015 Alumni of Distinction Awards

Each year, the Alumni Association presents a series of Alumni of Distinction Awards, a tradition that began with the awarding of the first Alumnae Service Award in 1960 to Laura Weill Cone. We are pleased to announce the 2015 recipients, and will be featuring these extraordinary alumni in our news section between now and the awards dinner during the week of Homecoming in October.

Betsy S. Oakley '69, Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, William (Dean) A. Priddy, Jr. '83, '86 MBA, and Mona G. Edwards have been appointed to serve on the UNCG Board of Trustees through June 2019. In addition, UNCG Student Government President Brittany Hudson will serve as an ex officio member during the 2015-2016 academic year; and Charles Blackmon, Susan Safran '77 and Brad Hayes '87 were each reappointed for a four-year term.

UNCG’s Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald has headed up UNCG's sustainability program since 2009, and he and his team are on a mission – to make UNCG one of the top 25 most sustainable campuses in the nation. If recent news is any indication, they are well on their way.

Jan Van Dyke, former department head and professor emerita of dance at UNCG, passed away on Friday, July 3rd, 2015. The Greensboro dance community would not have the vitality and breadth of talent that it has today without Jan’s vision and dedication to fostering the work of choreographers. A memorial service celebrating her life and career will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, and will also be live streamed at

UNCG School of Education Interim Dean Randy Penfield announced Dr. Jewell Cooper as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services. Dr. Cooper, a member of the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education who has worked in higher education for 28 years and has been involved in teacher education for the past 25, began her new role on August 1.

Human development and family studies professor Arthur Anastopoulos will share a $3.2 million federal grant to study a program known as ACCESS, designed to help college students understand and manage ADHD in conjunction with medication and other therapies.

Greensboro native and UNCG alum Kerry Prince is competing on national TV in "MasterChef," a competitive cooking reality show in which amateur chefs compete in elimination challenges. It airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on FOX. "The long days, the tough judgment all feels right," he says. "It feels worth it."

Following a professional career in public service and a volunteer career with her local civic association, Betty Conley Brooks combined her love of community and passion for education by being the lead donor to her local community foundation, for a capital project to provide office space and a network education center for non-profit organizations serving the underprivileged.

As the founder and chief investment officer of AM Global Family Investment Office headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, Andrew Mehalko was recently recognized as the "Best Newcomer" in the private wealth industry by Private Asset Management Magazine in 2014.

In early May, a vibrant truck appeared outside UNCG's Gatewood Studio Arts Building. Adorned on its sides read slogans such as "Project One Art" and "Reach In, Bring Out," with abstract recreations of the famous Greensboro skyline. This former U-Haul, now the "UNCG Art Truck," will appear again on June 5, as a part of Greensboro's monthly “First Friday” celebration downtown.

Candace Robinson volunteered with a bunch of fellow UNCG students at the Topsail Island sea turtle hospital in April, camping through a storm. But it's hardly the most unusual biology field experience she’s had. That came during a UNCG student exchange experience to Australia a year ago.

Sir Patrick Waddell is going to make a difference. A Public Health major specializing in Community Health Education, he’s ready to change how people think about mental illness. Not just one or two folks but entire communities. He believes it’s important to be on the front lines in churches and other community organizations where individuals often turn for help.

The Bryan School Alumni Association is hosting its 22nd annual Bryan Alumni Captain's Choice Golf Tournament this fall. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship and the mission of the Bryan School Alumni Association to serve the UNCG and Triad community, grow the network of Bryan Alumni and raise funds for the Bryan School.

Greensboro Light Opera and Song (UNCG Opera Theatre's summer program for young artists) presents Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe" on June 18-21 in Aycock Auditorium, starring UNCG voice professor Robert Wells as the Lord High Chancellor.

Katherine Davis is a poster child for the importance of going back to school. Literally. After earning an associate's degree in early childhood education from Randolph Community College in the late 90s, she also earned a small measure of local fame when her face went on a highway billboard advertising the college's academic offerings and her own career success. As it turned out, that was just one highlight on Katherine's educational journey.

On May 7, the Alumni Association hosted its 2nd annual Red Carpet Reception, welcoming the Class of 2015 as our newest members. The event also marked the launch of GOLD, a new alumni group created to inspire and engage Graduates Of the Last Decade to stay connected to their alma mater.

The eagle feather, intricate tribal beading and traditional Cherokee tear dress worn by Symphony Oxendine during UNCG's Commencement reflect both her academic accomplishment and her heritage. By successfully completing her doctoral degree in educational studies, Symphony has joined the ranks of the less than 1 percent of Native Americans with doctoral degrees.

At 92 years and 65 days old, Harriette Thompson '66 MM finished the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on Sunday, May 31 in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 36 seconds. In doing so, she broke two records -- by becoming the oldest woman to ever finish a marathon, as well as the fastest woman over 90 to complete marathon (beating her own previous record by 6 seconds).

There’s great art and invaluable history in lots of unanticipated places at UNCG. First, let’s stop by Sink Building – and consider perhaps the most important architect to call Greensboro home: Harry Barton.

Fourteen banner options were floated. Two will fly -- the winners of an online poll conducted by Undergraduate Admissions and the Division of Continual Learning. Look for new UNCG banners to grace the campus' lamp posts soon.

First-year Spartans and their families will be hosted on campus in June and August. Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) will bring in eight freshman sessions and two Transfer and Adult sessions this month. "This is such an exciting time of year," said Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. "We're very pleased to welcome our newest Spartans to campus."

Big UNCG Welcome

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), has been elected Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. Gilliam, 60, will assume his new duties September 8.

The 2015 University Honors evening would be a "celebration of service," said Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. Betsy Buford '68 received the Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. Fred Chappell received the Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation.

The survey results are in. A report has been compiled. There's no clear consensus currently on the topic of the name of Aycock Auditorium. But one thing is clear: People want an educational component.

Spartans Turn Tassels

Approximately 2,400 students were awarded degrees at UNCG’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony, held on Friday, May 8 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tim Rice, the former CEO of Cone Health, delivered a Dr. Seuss themed commencement address - see the full text here.

Our own Alumni Association President Jeff Collins also gave remarks at Commencement, in the form of a poem about all things UNCG - read Jeff's remarks here.

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance welcomed five of its most accomplished alumni back to campus Thursday and Friday to recognize their achievements in the school's first Distinguished Alumni awards. "We're honored to have these five alumni return to campus so our students and faculty can learn from their accomplishments and experiences," said Dean Peter Alexander.

As a college student with literary ambitions, Emily Herring Wilson studied in Greensboro with famed poet Randall Jarrell and other distinguished writers. Decades later, she’s being honored for her own impressive array of work. Wilson, who graduated from Woman's College in 1961 with a degree in English, will receive the first UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award on April 28.

The Class of 1965 celebrated their 50th anniversary at this year's Reunion, held April 9-11 on the UNCG campus. The class had record attendance, enjoyed special activities like a tour of the International Civil Rights Museum, engaged in discussions with current students about the UNCG traditions of service and excellence, and made an incredible class gift of over $1 million.

The Union Square Campus will educate the next generation of in-demand nursing professionals. "There's such high demand for nurses at all levels and there’s a great demand for nurses to increase their skills to a higher level," said Ed Kitchen, who has been working on the project intensely for the last three years.

For more details about Union Square Campus, visit

For the sixth year in a row, UNCG has been named a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation. The honor recognizes UNCG's dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. A leader in sustainable campus tree management, UNCG was the first university in the UNC system to earn the designation.

UNCG is an excellent value, according to Washington Monthly. Among universities in the Southeast, UNCG was placed at No. 8 by rankings in the publication's annual "The Other College Guide," billed as "a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to deciding what matters when choosing a college."

The UNCG School of Education is pleased to announce our 2014-15 Alumni Award winners in the following categories: Early Career, Distinguished Career, Outstanding Achievement and Distinguished Service.

Tim Rice, former CEO and current CEO emeritus of Cone Health, will deliver the commencement address at the May 8 graduation ceremony of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In honor of his lifetime of service and contributions to the humanities and to human welfare, Rice will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters as part of commencement ceremonies.

Alumni, staff, faculty, faculty emeriti, students and dear friends of Woman's College and UNCG gathered on March 25 to celebrate the re-dedication of the Mary Channing Coleman Building, formerly named the HHP Building. Miss Coleman served Woman's College from 1920 to 1947. She accomplished during her extraordinary tenure the first program for the professional preparation of physical education teachers in North Carolina. The program she founded grew to be one of the premier programs in the United States.

THREADS -- a student-run organization that connects students of the Consumer, Retail and Apparel Studies (CARS) program with mentors, outreach experiences, professional networking and internships that often lead to full-time positions -- celebrated 10 years with its annual fashion show on March 21.

The Counseling and Educational Development program at UNCG’s School of Education has been ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of the Best Student Counseling and Personnel Services graduate programs in the country.

In the spirit of our university's motto, "Service," the UNCG Alumni Clubs have been organizing service projects this spring. From fighting hunger, to planting trees, to promoting health and fitness, alumni are being asked to come together and show our communities just what Spartans are made of.

On April 24, 2015, Justin LeBlanc, will be coming to UNCG to share his experiences as a fashion designer, as one of the finalists on the TV show “Project Runway” and of his growing up years being a deaf person. LeBlanc is a native of Raleigh, NC and teaches at NC State University. Starting at 1:00 pm in the School of Education Building, he will give a one-hour presentation followed by a one-hour Q&A session and then a Meet and Greet with refreshments.

For this and more SOE news, click here.

The University Archives' "Spartan Stories" blog this month is featuring alumni from the Woman's College, North Carolina College for Women and State Normal eras. Meet Annie V. Scott '14, Phyllis Sheeran '44, Sister Mary Michel Boulus '47 and Virginia Tucker '30.

Alumni and friends joined faculty, staff and students on March 17 for the dedication of the Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education (SCENE) in the Moore Nursing Building, to tour the facility and celebrate its donors, Dr. Walter and Jacquelyn Wolfe '71.

For the full story about the new SCENE space, click here.

Philip Glass, one of the most celebrated composers of the modern era, performs with violinist Timothy Fain on Tuesday, April 14, at UNCG. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. The concert is part of UNCG's University Performing Arts Series as well as a highlight of "Globe & Cosmos," UNCG's year long celebration of Galileo and Shakespeare.

A UNCG-led effort to increase the number of adults in Greensboro and High Point with college degrees just got a major boost from the John M. Belk Endowment. The Charlotte-based charitable foundation awarded $125,000 to "Degrees Matter!," a community partnership that is housed within the Office of Research and Economic Development.

"The Role of Physical Activity in Chronic Disease Prevention" will be presented by Dr. I-Min Lee, Professor at The Harvard School of Medicine and The Harvard School of Public Health, on Monday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. The Lawther Lecture, co-sponsored by the School of Health and Human Sciences and the UNCG RISE Network, is open to the public and is free of charge.

Have you seen our latest crowdfunding project? Graffiti Garden is a one-year old urban-community project, sponsored by UNCG's Center for Community-Engaged Design (CCED), which focuses on providing transitional, homeless, and unaccompanied youth with an educational garden plot. This is the fourth project for UNCG's new crowdfunding platform in a little over a year, and each one gets just a little closer to reaching its goal. We are almost halfway to meeting our goal for Graffiti Garden with just 12 days left.

A pair of UNCG MBA students won third place in the 2015 Small Business Institute Project of the Year contest for their analysis of the economic impact of Family Service of the Piedmont. Ashley Ferrell and Will Kapakos earned the honor in the graduate feasibility business plan category of the competition, which was held last month.

The Chancellor Search Committee met on March 2, 2015. Search consultant Bill Funk informed the committee that there are already about 20 applicants so far and it is anticipated that 40-50 will ultimately be candidates for the chancellor position. "We’re very pleased with where we are," said Funk.

It was a monumental day for the Spartan family! 550+ donors gave more than $100,000 to UNCG. We are still counting all the many donors who Believed In The G. We will be updating until we have the final number. Thank you to everyone who participated. Enjoy this video of thanks from our grateful students!

For 13 years, Danny Yancey  ’07 M.M.Ed has given the gift of music to his students. Now one of them has returned the favor.

UNCG has been recertified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a 2015 Community-Engaged Institution.

UNCG’s accreditation has been reaffirmed unconditionally for 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges.

For the second straight year, UNCG has made the President’s Higher Education and Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the publication’s 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG alum Alejandro Moreno ready for World Cup

At UNCG, he was a star student-athlete. Now at ESPN, Alejandro Moreno is a star analyst – one of the network’s most recognizable faces for World Cup coverage.

Change Is Coming

The Alumni Association is launching a new website, and with it will come new and better ways to register for events, share alumni news, and communicate with alumni via email. Thanks for your patience while we launch these exciting new features! In the meantime, our old website can still be found here.


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