Remarks from Alumni Association President Jeff Colbert
I'm writing this note in May for a July publication date. So, while the evenings in North Carolina are still a bit cool and the days mild, by the time you read this, we'll all be sweltering in the July sun! But that illustrates one of the comforts of life some things don't change all that much. However, one of life's challenges is that other things change considerably. That's part of what we face in this next year.
By now, you have no doubt met our new chancellor. I hope that you have already begun sending her your well wishes and prayers for success. If not, please do so today. A principal foundation of any successful university is its alumni base. A chancellor must know that we will always support the institution and do our best to assist her in lifting UNCG to even higher levels of success. In addition, in the fall, both Aycock Auditorium and the Alumni House will re-open and the Students First Capital Campaign will enter its final year. There is a LOT to look forward to this fall!
In the next year, I encourage all of you to be as supportive of and committed to our university as possible. Wear UNCG T-shirts, sweatshirts (later in the year!), pull out your WC paraphernalia, put that Minerva sticker on the back windshield of your car and send in your application for the UNCG license tag. Most alums of WC/UNCG love her dearly, but we are not always the best at displaying that affection publicly. One of my principal goals is that we change THAT in the next year. That's a change WE control.
Jeff Colbert '84, '86 MPA is the new president of the UNCG Alumni Association. In addition to earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at UNCG, he also is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science.
North Carolina motorists will soon be able to drive with Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and the university's symbol.
The UNCG Alumni Association is still recruiting students, faculty, staff and friends of UNCG to sign up to purchase a collegiate license plate. The plates will feature the letters UNCG along with the yellow and blue Minerva logo.
State law requires that 300 applications and fees must first be collected by the university before the plates can be manufactured. Once applications and fees are received the Department of Motor Vehicles will print the tags and mail them directly to applicants.
Driving with Minerva and UNCG on the license plate gives the UNCG community who live in North Carolina the chance to show their pride and loyalty to the university wherever they drive, said Becci Menghini, director of Alumni Relations and executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association.
The plates cost $25 a year in addition to standard renewal costs for vehicle registration. Of the $25, $15 is returned to UNCG to support alumni and student programs. Personalized plates are available for $55. License plates are also available for motorcycles.
More than 20 North Carolina colleges and universities have their own license plates.
For more information contact UNCG Alumni Association at (336) 334-5696 or visit www.uncg.edu/ala/drivewithpridefaq.
After almost two years as UNCG's Alumni Association executive director, Becci Menghini is going home.
Menghini will return to Wisconsin where she can attend to family obligations. Her last day will be Aug. 8.
I have enjoyed greatly my time at UNCG and feel great satisfaction about the growth we've accomplished and the success we've realized, both as a staff and as an association, she said. I cannot underscore how much I have come to care about this place. I have learned so much since I arrived, and I feel lucky to have had this time with you.
The Class of 1958 has made its mark on UNCG in a whole new way.
Call it the million dollar mark.
The Class of 1958 presented UNCG with the largest reunion class gift in the history of the university $1,080,663. This is the first time a reunion class gift has exceeded a million dollars.
The gift was presented during Reunion weekend, May 2-3. Presenters were Rascha Sklut Kriegsman of Greensboro, Pat Shore Clark of Winston-Salem and Sue Sigmon Williams of Atlanta, who served as reunion chairs. Williams also received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Reunion.
Class members were encouraged to give to whatever program, fund, scholarship or other designation had special meaning to them from across the six schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and other parts of the university. Out of the 350 classmates, 47 percent made some kind of donation.
Funds from the gift will go toward the Students First Campaign, UNCG's $100 million capital campaign that is under way, which had raised more than $98 million by the end May.
Two Woman's College alumnae have joined a distinguished group.
Dr. Sally Beaver Buckner '53 of Cary and Sue Sigmon Williams '58 of Atlanta are the 2008 Alumni Distinguished Service Award winners.
Buckner, a published poet, taught literature and writing at Peace College for 28 years before her retirement in 1998. Never one to seek the limelight, wrote one nominator, Sally has worked on, year after year, as a teacher, writer and community advocate for various humane causes.
A Statesville native, Buckner has taught at every level, from kindergarten through graduate school. She published fiction and poetry in a number of journals and anthologies, including Voices from Home, Crucible and Out of Line, and authored a poetry collection, Strawberry Harvest. Buckner also edited two anthologies, Our Words, Our Ways and Words and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry.
Williams, a writer and singer who holds a master's in vocal performance from Georgia State University, has spent a decade on the board of the Atlanta Symphony. One nominator wrote that Sue Williams is still learning, still sharing her extraordinary gifts for language and music, still doing everything she can to make Atlanta a culturally rich community.
A Charlotte native, Williams majored in English at UNCG and taught history to high school and college students after graduation. In 2004, she endowed one of the largest faculty awards at UNCG, the Friedlaender.