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BETH ENGLISH

beth_english@uncg.edu
Beth began work at UNCG in 1999 and has served as UNCG Magazine's editor since 2002. Before her time at the university, she spent several years working as a journalist at newspapers across the state. The thing she enjoys most about her job is the chance to get to talk to a variety of people and hear their stories.

One thing most people don't know about me?
I sometimes see colors when I hear people's names.

Favorite spot on campus?
Up in the Jackson Library stacks — the view of campus is amazing.

The movie I've seen the most times?
Probably “When Harry Met Sally”

Secret aspiration?
Write a novel

My favorite book?
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Morning person or night person?
Morning

The destination you've never been to — but want to go?
Greece or Italy

Favorite type of music?
Contemporary Christian

LYDA ADAMS CARPÉN

lyda_carpen@uncg.edu
As director of Creative Services in University Relations, Lyda works on many university publications, but is most proud of her work with the UR team on UNCG Magazine and UNCG Research. Before coming back to work at her alma mater, she art directed and designed prototypes for many consumer and trade magazines.

One thing most people don't know about me?
I once had a personal tour of the Winter Palace by a Russian psychiatrist.

Favorite spot on campus?
The Virginia Dare Room.

The movie I've seen the most times?
“Bull Durham”

Secret aspiration?
To write and illustrate books for children. … also to eat my way through Europe and Asia.

My favorite book?
“West with the Night” by Beryl Markham

Morning person or night person?
Late afternoon

The destination you've never been to — but want to go?
I couldn't possibly narrow it down.

Favorite type of music?
Anything but heavy metal.

CHRIS ENGLISH

chris_english@uncg.edu
Chris has been photographing UNCG for five years. What keeps him going is being able to work on great alumni stories, some of which have changed him forever. Like “Inseparable” — the story of Cindy Howard '74 and how she came to adopt twin girls from Uganda. Cindy not only adopted them but first arranged for them to receive an operation which separated the conjoined twins.

One thing most people don't know about me?
I'm a hypochondriac, so if I hear about a new disease most likely I have it.

Favorite spot on campus?
I don't really have a favorite spot. The whole campus is great.

The movie I've seen the most times?
“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” — not by choice

Secret aspiration?
To make money in the World Series of Poker main event

My favorite book?
“Harrison on Hold 'Em”

Morning person or night person?
Night all the way — I hate morning.

The destination you've never been to — but want to go?
That's a tough one.

Favorite type of music?
Tom Petty — yes, Tom Petty is a category of its own in my book.

MIKE HARRIS

mike_harris@uncg.edu
Mike is assistant editor of UNCG Magazine and of UNCG Research Magazine. He is also editor of Campus Weekly, the weekly newsletter for faculty and staff. He contributes some of the writing for all of them. He received his MA at UNCG in English in 1993, and worked as a technical writer and proofreader in advertising till coming aboard in 2006.

One thing most people don't know about me?
I can count 1-10 in Turkish. (I taught one semester at a private school in Tarsus, Turkey, in the early '90s. I think I have some of those stylish, very baggy Turkish pants stored away somewhere.)

Favorite spot on campus?
The new pedestrian bridge over Peabody Park. You have a remarkable view all the way to Curry Building.

The movie I've seen the most times?
“Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail”

Secret aspiration [ambition]?
To play the banjo, claw-hammer style. I'm going to learn to play, someday. I really am.

My favorite book?
“The Innocents Abroad”

Morning person or night person?
Morning person

The destination you've never been to - but want to go?
Jerusalem. So much history, of so many cultures, faiths, eras.

Favorite type of music?
Americana — bluegrass, old-time, acoustic, alternative country, roots rock

DAN NONTE

dmnonte@uncg.edu

Dan is assistant director of University Relations. He writes news releases and articles for the magazine. He posts stories to the university web page. He answers questions from the media and helps reporters get in touch with faculty experts. He makes sno-cones at FallFest and drives a golf cart at Reunion. Plus he keeps the campus coffee shop in business.

One thing most people don't know about me?
Blood type: A-

Favorite spot on campus?
College Avenue

The movie I've seen the most times?
“Caddyshack”

Secret aspiration?
Host the Academy Awards

My favorite book?
“The Sun Also Rises”

Morning person or night person?
Night

The destination you've never been to — but want to go?
Alaska

Favorite type of music?
Don't have one.

LANITA WITHERS GOINS

ldgoins@uncg.edu
Lanita writes feature stories for UNCG Magazine and writes rotating stories for the university web site. She also works as the media liaison for more than 20 departments and programs as well as for the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the School of Music.

One thing most people don't know about me?
I sung in two a cappella singing groups during my undergraduate collegiate career.

Favorite spot on campus?
Foust Park, Taylor Gardens and the Belk Track. Wait, that's more than one...

The movie I've seen the most times?
“Shawshank Redemption”

Secret aspiration?
To run a marathon. It'll probably never happen.

My favorite book?
“Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers

Morning person or night person?
Morning

The destination you've never been to — but want to go?
Paris

Favorite type of music?
I like it all: classical, jazz, gospel, swing, R&B, global, bluegrass, a cappella, etc.

MICHELLE HINES

michelle_hines@uncg.edu
Michelle writes press releases publicizing university events, people and research as well as longer features for UNCG Magazine and UNCG Research Magazine. She also coordinates media coverage for the School of Education and the School of Nursing.

One thing most people don't know about me?
I love to write poetry and short stories.

Favorite spot on campus?
The garden area around the School of Music

The movie I've seen the most times?
It's a toss up between “The Wizard of Oz,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Secret aspiration?
Playing Annie on Broadway

My favorite book?
Carl Jung's autobiography “Memories, Dreams, Reflections”

Morning person or night person?
Good mornin', good mornin'!

The destination you’ve never been to — but want to go?
Florence, Cairo, Vietnam

Favorite type of music?
Jazz

DAVID WILSON

david_wilson@uncg.edu
David is a photographer. As he says, “I photograph the stories and ideas that make the university unique, and try to capture the beauty of the campus.”

One thing most people don't know about me?
Co-invented the game “Whiskey in the Water”

Favorite spot on campus?
On top of the library tower

The movie I've seen the most times?
“Cars,” my 2-year-old's only movie

Secret aspiration?
To rule the world

My favorite book?
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Band of Brothers”

Morning person or night person?
Morning

The destination you've never been to — but want to go?
St. Lucia or Fuji

Favorite type of music?
Eclectic mix of great songwriters, genre doesn't matter

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Location: 1000 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
Mailing Address: PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Telephone: 336.334.5000
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