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Alumni Association President Marirose Keyes Steigerwald
A lifelong friendship
Remarks from Alumni Association President Marirose Keyes Steigerwald

The first time I set foot on UNCG's campus, I was a 14-year-old teenager visiting my sister, who lived in Grogan. I felt so grown up — hanging out with college kids.

The second time on campus was 1980 — as I began my freshman year. In Cotten I met my roommate and began a lifelong friendship. There I grew up — experiencing independence in a safe, secure setting, and began learning how to be an adult in this world.

The third time was in 2007 as we moved my daughter into her room at Weil-Winfield. Three and a half years later, she graduated (EARLY!) and missed her commencement ceremony because it was snowy and icy that day.

Now I'm back — beginning my tenure as the president of the Alumni Association. I joined the Board of Directors three years ago for different reasons — to give back to the university that taught me much, and to spend more time with my oldest child, who would not move home again. My time on the board has made me realize that this wonderful, vibrant university has held one constant — the focus on leadership and service. Whether it's from the '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s or now, the staff, administration and alumni work to lead and serve. We're looking forward to another exciting year of growth, challenge and service — join us!

Marirose Keyes Steigerwald '84
UNCG Alumni Association president

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Dan Jones' ring photo

Return of the ring (class ring, that is)

Dan Jones '88 had stopped wondering years ago about what became of his UNCG class ring, the handsome, custom-ordered one with the Sigma Phi Epsilon insignia and the diamond set in the face.

He recalls that he paid $300 to $350 for the ring, which would cost an estimated $950 to $1,000 today. He wore it proudly and then it disappeared. He figured it was gone for good.

Flash forward to late 2010 and the Alumni House offices at UNCG, where the ring showed up in the mail.

It came with a note from a man in Waldorf, Md., who had found it in a dry cleaning machine back in the late 1980s or early 1990s in Arlington, Va. He took it home, stuck it in a drawer, and forgot about it — that is until he was cleaning out some things last fall. There was the ring again, and when he examined it closely, he saw a name was engraved on it.

“The last time I remember having it, I remember going to the men's room at SRA in Arlington, around 1990, and taking the ring off to wash my hands,” Dan said. “However, the dry cleaning store in Arlington, I took my clothes to on a regular basis.”

Donegan Root, the associate director of development for alumni relations, played the role of detective. The alumni relations office takes on these roles probably two to three times a year. He worked with UNCG's Development Office, went online, and called some Sig Ep members that he knew. After a week or so of sleuthing, he got Dan's current address in Sierra Vista, Ariz. “It was a good-looking ring, and I knew he would want to get it back,” Donegan said. “I thought this was really cool.”

Dan thought so, too. It was a really good day when he heard that the ring was being returned.

“I could not wait to get it in the mail. I forgot how really nice the ring looked. To show how long ago I graduated, the ring has my Social Security number on the inside. Donegan was a class act. He also included a UNCG pin that I now wear on my work lanyard.

“The ring proudly displays the Sig Ep skull and crossbones. I wear it on occasion now. I do not want the same thing to happen.”

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Homecoming photo

Party planning

It's never too early to mark your calendar for UNCG's biggest party — Homecoming.

This year, Homecoming will fall on the week of Sept. 19-25, with Spartan Village and the men's soccer homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 24. Special activities are planned for those who graduated in 1971 and 1976.

Planned events include:

Monday, Sept. 19

  • Founders Day Celebration — Taylor Garden, EUC

Wednesday, Sept. 21

  • Comedy Show — EUC

Thursday, Sept. 22

  • MS 5K Run
  • Phi Beta Sigma Talent Show

Friday, Sept. 23

  • Family Weekend begins
  • Bryan School Reunion
  • Rugby Alumni Reunion — 34th Annual Past vs. Present Match
  • Women's Volleyball — UNCG vs. Elon
  • Women's Soccer — UNCG vs. Chattanooga

Saturday, Sept. 24 — Spartan Village - Kaplan Commons & EUC

  • Family Weekend Chancellor's Lunch — Cone Ballroom, EUC
  • Trolley Tours
  • Bands, Food, Beer Garden, Games and more!
  • Homecoming Parade of Chariots
  • Pep Rally — Homecoming King and Queen
  • Homecoming Men's Soccer Game — UNCG vs. Gardner Webb
  • UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame — Proximity Hotel
  • All Greek Reunion
  • 7th Annual All Black (attire) Party

Sunday, Sept. 25

  • Women's Soccer — UNCG vs. Samford
  • Family Weekend Cookout — Piney Lake

Everyone is welcome to attend. But those who have ties to the following groups are especially encouraged to come and reconnect:

  • Rugby
  • All Greek
  • Political Science
  • Bryan School
  • Men's Soccer
  • Men's Baseball
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Softball
  • Cheer & Dance
  • Campus Recreation
  • Class of 1971
  • Class of 1976
  • All UNCG classes ending in 1 and 6
  • African American alumni

If you have close ties to a group not listed here, it's not too late to plan a reunion. Simply contact Donegan Root '87, associate director of development for Alumni Relations, at (336) 256-2013 or email d_root@uncg.edu.

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Send-off in style

High school may have just ended, but many upcoming freshmen are already feeling excited and a little nervous about coming to UNCG in the fall.

To ease the transition, the Office of Alumni Relations is looking for volunteers to help organize summer send-offs.

Essentially, these are parties where incoming students and their families can get to know one another in a relaxed atmosphere and talk with alumni and current students about their experiences. After all — someone needs to tell them to go straight to Yum Yum on their first day, right?

Organizers will need to recommend a location for the gathering — whether it be a home, neighborhood clubhouse or park. And most events will occur in July along the East Coast, where the highest concentration of incoming students live.

To learn more about the summer send-offs or to volunteer to organize one for your area, contact Mary Swantek at m_swante@uncg.edu.

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Back in the photo booth

Reunion 2011 attendees got a chance to ham it up in a photo booth set up in the registration headquarters. Some grabbed an old friend or a new one and had a good time making faces for the camera. Take a look.

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Alumni Events
  • July 17 – Triangle freshman summer send-off, Scott Mills Clubhouse, 201 Scotts Ridge Trail, Apex, 4 p.m.
  • July 21 – Triad freshman summer send-off, Triad Park, Shelter #6, 9652 E. Mountain Street, Kernersville, 6:30 p.m.
  • July 26 – Class of 1957, 55th reunion planning committee meeting, 11:45 a.m.
  • July 28 – Happy hour in New York City, networking social, Legends, 6 W. 33rd St., NYC, 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 10 – Collage concert, Aycock Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 19-25 – Homecoming

Dates and times are subject to change. For more information about alumni gatherings, email the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@uncg.edu or call (336) 334-5696.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 04 October 2011
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