What’s new at the G

Posted on August 16, 2021

aerial photo of central campus, the EUC and the Jackson Library
aerial photo of central campus, the EUC and the Jackson Library

As UNC Greensboro welcomes students back to campus, there’s a lot to be excited about.

In addition to our annual welcome back events, students will find new ways to learn, new people to meet, and new places to explore this semester.

Here’s a sampling of some of the new offerings, programs, and resources for Spartans: 

New faces on campus

We’ve welcomed three new staff members to campus, and each new Spartan brings a wealth of experience and passion to the UNCG community. Learn more about them at the links below.

Meet Provost Dr. Debbie Storrs.

Meet School of Nursing Dean Dr. Debra Barksdale.

Meet Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Jones.

New programs

Three unique learning opportunities are launching this fall.

First, UNCG is taking a bold step in advancing the personal and academic development of our students through the implementation of a new general education program called Minerva’s Academic Curriculum. The main goal of the new curriculum is to provide students with foundations and alternative perspectives for the more specialized knowledge gained in their majors, while ensuring that learning in the major builds upon and extends the work done in general education courses.

UNCG will also launch an online-only cohort in its Registered Nurse (RN)-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program this fall. The new cohort option will allow registered nurses to complete all classes online and earn their degree in as little as one year. The online-only format will provide more flexibility for nurses who wish to obtain their BSN.

To seize the growing demand among current and prospective students for a holistic approach to the booming world of esports, UNCG is launching new, non-credit bearing digital certificate programs ranging from game design to marketing and monetization courses, as well as the construction of a new state-of-the-art, on-campus esports facility that will host potential competitions, recreational game play, research and academic activities, and other events. Visit esports.uncg.edu to learn more.

New dining options and a Moran Commons makeover

Students can now enjoy a new variety of dining options and new technology for on-the-go beverages and meals.

Moran Commons has also undergone a near complete transformation which will include:

  • A new Panda Express location
  • A redesigned Spartan Market to include a new artisan sandwich shop called Walker Avenue Subs and an all new Starbucks Serenade, a touchless technology for Starbucks Coffee
  • A refreshed Fountain View dining experience to include new programs like The Egg Shoppe for breakfast all day.
  • New 24/7 dining services, including beverage vending, a pizza ATM making fresh pizzas at the touch of a button, and a Sally Robot that makes customized salads on demand.

And that’s not all – a new Smoked BBQ location has opened in the EUC Food Court.

For dining hours and more information, visit dineoncampus.com/uncg or visit the UNCG Mobile app.

UNCG is continuing to support both new and returning students’ success with a variety of on-campus and virtual resources.

There are a variety of resources to support students throughout their time at UNCG. Here’s a list of some important resources for students:

  • Dean of Students Office: If you experience transition, academic, or personal difficulties, as well as any crisis or emergency situation, the Dean of Students Office can provide guidance and assistance.
  • Academic Achievement Center: From tutoring to academic success workshops, the Academic Achievement Center is your hub for course-based academic support at UNCG. Here you can request a tutor, join a supplemental instruction small group, and more.
  • Students First Office: Located in the Forney Student Success Commons, the Students First Office is your one-stop-shop for academic advising, course registration, and graduation planning. Advisors are available by appointment or during daily drop-in hours to help you with advising questions, major exploration, and other academic resources.
  • Spartan Open Pantry: The University’s food pantry provides assistance to students and staff in need. SOP is located in the fellowship hall of College Place UMC at 509 Tate St. SOPtoGO pantries for students with emergency food needs are located in the Student Affairs office on the first floor of the Mossman Administration Building, in the Student Health Center, at the Kaplan Center for Wellness, and in the Dean of Students Office.
  • University Libraries: Access thousands of scholarly journals online, and check out books, cameras, video recording equipment, and DVDs from Jackson Library on campus.
  • Office of Intercultural Engagement: Through OIE, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities and educational training programs related to diversity and inclusion.

Spartans can join the excitement of the new semester on social media.

Share your photos from Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks events by using the hashtags #Back2UNCG and #UNCGRWW on Twitter and Instagram. Students also have a chance to win SpartanCash and UNCG swag by participating in our #Back2UNCG and #NAV1GATEUNCG photo contests this month on Instagram. Follow the @uncg account to learn more in the coming days, and access templates, mobile wallpapers, and augmented reality features on our page. 

Watch Chancellor Gilliam’s welcome back video to Spartans:

Story by Alexandra McQueen, University Communications
Photography by Grant Evan Gilliard, University Communications


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