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December 2010

A different kind of homecoming

If passion, enthusiasm and caring make a house a home, then the Ibnaoufs are well on their way. In April, the Sudanese family will be the proud owners of a four bedroom, 1,550-square-foot Habitat for Humanity home built by the UNCG community. Read more about how UNCG is helping and how you can watch as the house grows.

Santa isn't the only person on snowy roofs in December. Members of Staff Senate and homeowner Beshir Ibnaouf (brown jacket) nail down shingles.

Santa isn't the only person on snowy roofs in December. Members of Staff Senate and homeowner Beshir Ibnaouf (brown jacket) nail down shingles.

Branching out

Once again, the trees were memorable. While the snow fell softly outside, 33 teams decorated trees for needy families as part of the annual Branches of Love event. Seasonal music played and students and alumni chattered as their trees began to take shape. Read more about Branches of Love, an annual contest that ends with giving.

Peace and joy

Recently, in the months after my family lost our beloved great Aunt Frances — the last of that wonderful generation on my mother's side of the family — I received an envelope from her daughter, Nancy, containing a number of old photographs of my mother that Aunt Frances had among her possessions. My mamma always wrote little commentaries on the back of photographs. In the years since her death — almost 25 years ago — I've loved to gaze at her handwriting and read extra meaning into the phrases she wrote on the reverse of these treasured photos. Read more about Alumni Association Executive Director Linda Carter's wishes for the year to come.

Human race

“Hood to Coast,” a documentary directed by Christoph Baaden '01 MFA, is coming Jan. 11 to more than 350 movie theaters across the country. The film follows four teams with various levels of athletic ability on their quest to conquer the world's largest relay race. Read more about the film and where you can see it.

Alumni Association Announcements & Upcoming Events

Thursday, Dec. 16, will be a memorable day for students as they officially become alumni. Be thinking about them during their Commencement ceremony and take a minute to remember yours. And if you live in Burlington, mark your calendar for an alumni networking lunch Jan. 20. Learn more about these and other upcoming events.

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