Remarks from Alumni Association President Keith Ayscue
Allow me to introduce myself, your new UNCG Alumni Association president for 2010-11. My name is Keith Ayscue (That's pronounced ask-you!) and I am a proud friend and alumnus of UNCG. I received my Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1991, and my Master of Business Administration in 2003 from the Bryan School of Business and Economics. In 2006, I joined the UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors while being very active with the Bryan School Alumni Association Board of Directors, holding the position of vice president for two years.
Growing up on a tobacco farm in Wendell, N.C., impressed on me the importance of hard work and the value of an education. I was the first in my family to graduate from college, and I am so grateful for everything a UNCG education has allowed me to accomplish.
Since assuming the role as president, I can only describe it as off and running! Indeed, the role of president has many demands: attending various meetings including the Board of Trustees, Excellence Foundation, Investment Fund, Budget Sounding Board and Weatherspoon Art Museum. Of course, all that is in addition to our four board meetings scheduled throughout the year. I look forward to the challenges and demands that this position requires along with meeting more of our wonderful alumni at even more events that will be held through the year.
As more budget cuts loom, we must work to find more creative revenue streams. With a new UNCG Strategic Plan, we will continue to re-examine the Alumni Association's own strategy and ensure that we complement the new direction while protecting the purpose and mission of the Association.
Also, keep an eye on your UNCG Alumni web site as it evolves to better serve your interests. We are carefully considering redesign options and ideas with you in mind.
We want to encourage more alumni to stay connected, and we will continue to utilize the social network revolution Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in order to keep up with our alumni around the world. And don't forget our new alumni online community Spartan Village. We have been very successful with some of our affinity groups with recent events in New York, D.C., Greensboro and Charlotte, so please continue to check our calendar of events at www.uncg.edu/ala/calendar for happenings in your area. If you would like help with planning an event in your area, please contact Mary Swantek at M_SWANTE@uncg.edu or call her at (336) 256-2011.
Finally, I invite all of you to email your thoughts, suggestions and ideas on how the UNCG Alumni Association can continue to work for the alumni. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith Ayscue '91, '03 MBA
UNCG Alumni Association president
Did you know?
- There are more than 105,000 alumni on record
- The Men's Basketball program moved its home court to the historic Greensboro Coliseum in 2009
- The fall 2009 freshman class is the largest ever at 2,510 and ethnic minority enrollment is about 33 percent
- Our picturesque campus includes more than 30 academic buildings and 24 residence halls on 210 acres
- UNCG offers more than 100 undergraduate, 61 master 's and 26 doctoral programs
While many of us are dreaming of the beach, don't forget fall has its advantages such as UNCG's favorite party.
Known as FallFest for the last several years, the festival is undergoing a name change. It's now officially Homecoming.
The name might be different but the fun will be all the same. You can look forward to live music, inflatables, games for the kids, a pep rally and parade, topped off with the homecoming soccer game against Wake Forest.
So circle Sept. 20-25 on your calendar, talk it up with your friends and start gathering your blue and gold for Homecoming.
Here's a brief overview of what's in store:
- Sept. 20 Founders Day Celebration, Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, Student Cake Decorating Contest, Campus Tours
- Sept. 24 Bryan School Alumni Reception and the not-to-be missed alumni-student Rugby game
- Sept. 25 Reunion Gatherings for UNCG classes ending in 0 and 5 (and that includes brand-new grads from the Class of 2010), Karla Davis performance, Greek Alumni Reunion, Russian Studies Reunion, Children's Festival, Family Weekend, Spartan Village, UNCG vs. WFU Men's Soccer, Step Show and ending with the All-Black (attire) Party at the Lotus Lounge.
After the Homecoming king and queen are crowned, see the men's Spartans take on soccer royalty.
Wake Forest has advanced to the NCAA College Cup, soccer's version of the Final Four, each of the past four years. They won the national title in 2007.
The Spartans have advanced to the NCAA Final 16 four of the last six years.
Email the Athletics Ticket Office for ticket information for the Sept. 25 Homecoming match-up.
Class jackets. Rat day. Dressing up Charlie's statue. Walking around the clock tower instead of under it. What traditions official or unofficial do you remember from your student days?
Today's students are interested in learning more about the things that make UNCG uniquely UNCG. This spring, alumni were invited back to share their WC/UNCG stories.
Chapel Hill and Duke are touted as historical institutions, said senior Megan Letchworth, president of the Residence Hall Association and organizer of the week-long series of events celebrating UNCG's heritage. We want everyone to know we have a rich history as well.
The idea of educating students about traditions sprung out of an initiative with the university's Housing and Residence Life department. As students began to learn about daisy chains and class colors, they thought about what they had been missing.
So many traditions have fallen by the wayside, Megan said. We want to pick them back up and make them exciting for students.