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UNCG Alumni Club of the Triad
Enews May 31 , 2012
Volume 3, Issue 5

Alumni News

Can you believe it’s already summer? Vacations and warm weather are here and there are still many exciting opportunities for Piedmont Triad Area alumni to explore and connect with each other and with UNCG.

A unique way to give back — become a mentor

If you've been thinking about becoming a mentor for a UNCG Guarantee student, now is a great time to volunteer.

The UNCG Guarantee program is entering its third year, and with that comes a new cohort of students who will need mentors.

The UNCG Guarantee is a scholarship program that helps in-state students graduate in four years with little or no debt. In addition to the financial support, the program also provides help for students by offering workshops, retreats, leadership training and a mentor. That's where you come in.

Mentoring doesn't take any special talent — just a willingness to talk and listen and be available.
Mentors are asked to meet or touch base with their mentee once or twice a month. Sometimes it involves meeting over a cup of coffee on Tate Street or going to a theatre production; other times it's a simple email or phone call to just check in.

Some students sail through their freshman year but others run into difficulties. In those instances, a mentor is there to spot potential problems and direct their mentee toward campus services that can help.

Ideally mentors should be from the Piedmont Triad area so that it's easy to meet up with their students. Aside from that, all ages, genders and professions are welcome.

To become a mentor, fill out this form. For more information about being a mentor, contact Linda Carter, executive director of the Alumni Association, at 336-256-2014 or email linda_carter@uncg.edu.

Press Conference - Alumni Association to make historical


The UNCG community is invited to take part in a press conference announcing the Spartan Legislative Network. This historical announcement will allow you to use your voice to make a difference for UNCG. Come to the press conference and learn how you can become a charter member of this important advocacy group. Local media and city officials have been invited to this event.  

When: Wednesday, June 13, 10 - 11 a.m.

Where: UNCG Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Parking: Is available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck just behind Yum Yums.

The Spartan Legislative Network is a special advocacy group of the Alumni Association comprised of UNCG alumni, parents, students and friends that promote the value of UNCG and public higher education to elected officials in the state of North Carolina. The network’s mission is to uphold, maintain and strengthen UNCG as one of the flagship institutions of the University of North Carolina system.

For more information on the Spartan Legislative Network visit the Alumni Association website and/or contact Mary Swantek at 336.256.2011 or m_swante@uncg.edu


Let’s get UNCG on the road

License Plate

Show your Spartan pride without saying a word. All you have to do is drive.

UNCG is working to get the Department of Motor Vehicles to create a specialty license plate with the Spartan rising logo.

To do that, 300 people need to sign up. We’re getting there. To date, we have just over 115 applications.

Why don’t you join them? And right now any alumnus/a who signs up before June 30 will be entered to win a $50 gas gift card. On July 1 we will draw the names of three winners from all completed applications.

Signing up is easy. Visit uncglicenseplate.info to fill out the application and payment information. Then, encourage all of your friends to show their UNCG pride and sign up for a new plate too.

The cost is $25 ($55 for a personalized plate) and a portion of the fees from each plate will go to support the UNCG Alumni Association and the Spartan Club.

Plates will be produced after 300 applications have been received. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will mail your plate to you directly.

The Alumni Association on Facebook — There’s a lot to like


Are you traveling this summer? Have any good memories of your summer adventures at UNCG? Be sure to share them with us on Facebook!

The UNCG Alumni Association has a Facebook page where you can get alumni news immediately. It's interactive, timely, and fun — all the good things social media can provide.

So take a moment to like the Alumni Association Facebook page and stay up-to-date. You'll be glad you did.

Turning wine to water

Looking for a good summer read? Check out “Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World” by Doc Hendley.

Incoming UNCG freshmen will be reading this book as part of the Freshman Summer Reading Project, designed to introduce students to the intellectual life of UNCG. Alumni are encouraged to read the book and be a part of the conversation as well.

“Wine to Water” tells the story of a Raleigh bartender who learned about the shortage of clean water in countries like Sudan and dreamed up a way to help. The result is Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide clean water to the needy around the world.

When Doc, “a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music and his Harley,” first traveled to Darfur, Sudan, in 2004, he installed water systems for victims of genocide.
A year later he returned home and worked two jobs to continue building the organization he had started. In 2007, it became an official 501 (c) (3).

“Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation,” reads the mission statement. “Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can't fight for themselves.”

In a video on his site, Hendley says, “The most important thing I learned in this whole process, this journey, is you can be an everyday, average individual and have a huge, extraordinary impact on the world.”

Hendley, who was named a CNN hero in 2009, will speak on Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center.

Alumni Events

75th anniversary of the Alumni House - Tuesday, June 5

June marks the 75th anniversary of the Alumni House, and you're invited to the celebration.
To commemorate the anniversary of the house's dedication on June 5, 1937, the Office of Alumni Relations is hosting an open house on June 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and a retrospective.

banner The Alumni House has quite a history. Fundraising for this building began as far back as 1924. President Julius Foust and the college's board of directors challenged each alumna to give $60. A year later, half of the money was raised; then the stock market crashed in 1929.

Undeterred, Alumnae Secretary Clara Booth Byrd traveled the state to raise money. By 1937, a “2 to 5” initiative was launched, encouraging everyone who had not given to contribute $2-$5.

The Alumni House, which was patterned after Homewood, a colonial-style home built by Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll, was finally constructed at a cost of about $155,000. At the time it was built, it was one of maybe six alumni buildings in the country.

If you'd like a reminder of all the charm of the Alumni House, take a look at this UNCG Magazine slideshow of the building just after it was refurbished in 2008.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
2 - 4 p.m.

UNCG Alumni House
College Avenue
UNCG Campus

Is available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck just behind Yum Yums.

Please email julie_landen@uncg.edu.

**Official notice to UNCG alumni regarding proposed by-laws changes**
Alumni attending the UNCG Alumni House 75th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, are invited to complete a ballot addressing proposed changes to the UNCG Alumni Association By-Laws to the Charter. You may review proposed changes (highlighted in yellow) by clicking on the following link: May 2012 Proposed Changes to the UNCG Alumni Association By-Laws to the Charter.

Triad Business School Alumni Mixer

Join local business school alumni from a variety of North Carolina business schools for a networking mixer. Connect with alumni from UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics and enjoy this opportunity to network with other business leaders working and living where you do.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Foothills Brewing
638 West Fourth Street
(336) 777-3348

Is available on the street or one block east in the Cherry Marshall Parking Deck - 402 North Cherry Street near the corner of Fourth and Cherry Streets.

Guests cover their own beverages and food, but please click here so we know who from UNCG will attend.

Participating Schools
UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics
UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler School of Business
Duke University Fuqua School of Business
North Carolina State University Poole College of Management

UNCG Alumni Night at the Winston-Salem Dash

Join UNCG alumni and friends at BB&T Stadium to celebrate summer, baseball and your UNCG connections. Cheer the Winston-Salem Dash to victory as they host the Frederick Keys on the first Thirsty Thursday of the summer - Thursday, June 28.  So come out and help fill section 116 with Spartan Blue & Gold!

Thirsty Thursday, June 28, 2012

Game starts at 7 p.m.

BB&T Stadium in downtown Winston-Salem. For directions to the stadium, click here.

$10 ticket price includes: One game ticket and a Dash baseball cap! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Tickets can be picked up the day of the game at the UNCG Alumni will call table located just inside the outfield entrance. Look for the Alumni Association banner!

Parking is free at the Center City West Deck located at 650 West Fourth Street  with free shuttle service to BB&T Ballpark from 6-11 p.m. Click here for shuttle information. Additional metered parking on the street is available for free after 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Donegan Root at 336.256.2013 or d_root@uncg.edu mni Events

Save the Date for Homecoming

Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2012 — November 2-4. UNCG’s biggest party will be held a little later in the fall this year but you can expect another fun-filled weekend that includes the re-dedication of the newly renovated Quad, Homecoming Parade, live music, a men’s basketball exhibition game, men’s SoCon soccer match (tentative), Children’s Festival and Family Weekend. The 35th Annual Rugby alumni weekend is one of many reunions scheduled during the weekend that also includes reunions for the Class of ’07, Class of ’87, Bryan School, School of Health & Human Sciences, Department of Political Science, UNCG Teaching Fellows, All Greeks, African American alumni, Elliott University Center staff, Campus Recreation staff, Literary Homecoming, Speaking Center, Department of Chemistry, Beyond Academics, LGBTQA, Department of Geography, the Carolinian, and WUAG.

Interested in organizing a reunion? Contact Donegan Root at d_root@uncg.edu  or (336) 256-2013.

UNCG Happenings

Focus on Piano Literature: May 31 - June 2


From May 31 - June 2, 2012, UNCG’s Focus on Piano Literature will celebrate the piano music of Gabriel Fauré, one of the greatest French Romantic composers.

Over two and a half days of recitals, lectures, discussions and convivial gatherings, Focus will delve deeply into Fauré's solo, vocal and chamber repertoire for the piano. Guest recitalist Monique Duphil of the Oberlin Conservatory and guest lecturer Carlo Caballero of the University of Colorado will be joined by UNCG faculty presenters from the music, art and English departments.  The recreation of an all-Fauré concert given in 1906 in Paris will be one of many highlights of the varied program.

Please visit the Focus on Piano Literature web site for complete information about registration and details of the program. Individual tickets for the three evening concerts may be purchased online. Partial registration for one or two days is also available; if interested, please contact Andrew Willis at aswillis@uncg.edu  or (336) 334-5508.

Greensboro Light Opera and Song - Gilbert & Sullivan:

June 14 - 16


The UNCG Opera Theatre, under the direction of David Holley, annually produces at least four operas. Since 1993, UNCG's productions have regularly earned awards in the National Opera Association's Annual Opera Production Competition, including first place recognition for “Susannah” (2004), “Little Women” (2003), “Orpheus in the Underworld” (2001), “The Consul” (2000), “Dialogues of the Carmelites” (1997), “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (1996) and “Don Giovanni” (1994).

One of the primary missions of the UNCG Opera Theatre is outreach to the community, and particularly, educating children about opera. Activities include an annual tour to the elementary schools and on-campus matinee performances. The UNCG Opera Theatre annually introduces more than 10,000 school children to the wonderful world of opera.

This summer they are performing Gilbert & Sullivan's “The Pirates of Penzance” and “HMS Pinafore”. Both shows feature UNCG professor Robert Wells as The Major General (Pirates) and Sir Joseph Porter (HMS Pinafore).  The series is conducted and directed by UNCG professor David Holley

Some of the pirates stopped by News 2 to promote the performances. Click here to check out the video.

The Pirates of Penzance
June 14, 7:30 p.m.
June 16, 2 p.m.
(Special Family Show - come dressed as your favorite Pirate or Maiden)

HMS Pinafore
June 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m.

All performances are in Aycock Auditorium

Tickets are $22 each and can be purchased in person at Triad Stage Box Office (232 S. Elm St.), by phone (336) 272-0160 or online at http://opera.uncg.edu.

These productions are made possible in part by generous support from the Greensboro Opera Company.

Special Offer for UNCG Alumni: “Fashionistas” by Janet Allard

The House of Narcissus is gearing up for the fashion show of the season, but life on the runway can be treacherous. An activist plots to destroy the show, the supermodels can’t find their shoes, Echo is in love with Narcissus, and Narcissus is consumed by the one thing he can never obtain: himself. In this world of unrequited love, insatiable desire and fabulous clothes, what is the cost of falling in love with illusion? “Fashionistas” is a high-fashion adaptation of the classic story of Echo and Narcissus.

UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage
232 South Elm Street

Performed in cabaret style seating with bar service beginning at 9:30 p.m. Curtain approximately at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20
Thursday, June 21
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28

Other performances are June 22, 23, 29 and 30, but the special alumni package is not available for those dates.

Call (336) 272-0160 for tickets or purchase at www.triadstage.org.

Mention you are a UNCG alumnus/a and get a Buy 1 Ticket, Get 1 Free offer for June 20, 21, 27 or 28.

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UNCG Athletics Summer Camps - Throughout the summer

The UNCG Spartans offer an array of camps throughout the summer for baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball at both the youth and elite level.

Youth camps are available for campers from 7-12 years old and focus on skill development and interactive training techniques. Elite level camps are for high school students and allow each participant to be evaluated by the UNCG coaching staff. Your camper will receive expert instruction in all phases of the sport.

For a complete schedule of all camps please click here.

UNCG Summer Music Camp

It’s the 30th season for the UNCG music camp this year! This camp provides music offerings for students in grades 6 through 12 in band, orchestra, chorus and piano. It will be offered the weeks of July 10 and July 17.

It is “far and away the largest and most popular summer music camp in America on a college campus with 1,725 camp students and a staff of 150 professionals,” says Dr. John Locke, director of bands and also director of this camp.

Full details, pictures, videos and a down-loadable brochure and registration form are available at www.smcamp.org.

Friday evening concerts celebrating the end of each session are open to the public.

Week 1: Friday, July 13 - 6:15 p.m.
Elliott University Center; Cone Ballroom - Junior Orchestra and Blue Junior Band
Elliott University Center; Auditorium - Green Beginner Band and Gold Beginner Band
Taylor Theatre - White Junior Band and Purple Junior Band
Aycock Auditorium - Red Junior band, Taylor Senior Band and Aycock Senior Band
Music Building Recital Hall - Piano Soloist and Piano Camp Chorus

Week 2: Friday, July 20 - 6:15 p.m.
Elliott University Center; Cone Ballroom - Junior Orchestra and Senior Orchestra
Elliott University Center; Auditorium - Green Beginner Band and Gold Beginner Band
Taylor Theatre - White Junior Band and Blue Junior Band
Aycock Auditorium - Red Junior band, Taylor Senior Band and Aycock Senior Band
Music Building Recital Hall - Piano Soloist and Piano Camp Chorus

Want to know more about what is going on at UNCG - from exhibitions to games to meetings? Check out the following calendars for upcoming events!

UNCG Alumni Association Calendar

UNCG Calendar

Weatherspoon Art Museum Calendar

School of Music, Theater and Dance Calendar

Spartan Athletics

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