A new year at UNC Greensboro brings new experiences, new activities, and new places for students to stretch their muscles and exercise their minds.
Spartans can explore the most recent scholarly routes through the University’s academic programs as well as welcoming spaces to relax, study, and form friendships. Here’s what’s new at the G:
New in academics
• The School of Nursing unveils its new Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.
• In the School of Education, the Department of Library and Information Sciences is merging with the Department of Educational Research Methodology to form the Department of Information, Library, and Research Sciences. This allows the School to expand its programming and enrollment through intersecting areas of the two departments.
• Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the History Department now offers an online History BA program. This Fall they’ve also launched a concentration in public history. New minors include videogaming and esports (in religious studies), historic preservation (in interior architecture), and an interdisciplinary medical humanities (housed in philosophy).
• The English Department has added required courses for incoming undergraduates regarding literary questions, methodologies, and cultural production, which students can then use to pursue a certificate or minor that meets their interests and career goals.
• The School of Health and Human Sciences introduces the bachelor of science in Human Health Sciences. Communication Sciences and Disorders now offers an online master of arts in speech-language pathology. Community and Therapeutic Recreation has added an event planning minor. Social Work has a new concentration in addiction studies to help students become eligible to be a licensed clinical addiction specialist.
• Fully online students now have access to Online Orientation, known as Pre-Orientation to UNCG (ON L100) and Online Orientation for Online Students (ONL 101).
New student resources
• UNCG rolls out Spartans Thrive this fall. This University-wide holistic health and wellness initiative is for all students, but especially our first time in college (FTIC) students by incorporating health and wellness in Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC), mentorships, and other student life activities to set them up for a successful college career.
• Spartan Experience has improved the co-curricular transcript, allowing students to better document extracurricular activities that highlight their leadership, service, and professional development experiences.
• ITS announces access to LinkedIn Learning for all UNCG students, faculty, and staff. Anyone can delve into thousands of digital courses and video tutorials and receive certificates for their LinkedIn profile.
• The fourth floor of Graham has a whole new look. The Department of Anthropology’s redesign creates new lab spaces, an area for its Recipe for Success partnership, and a club room for the Anthropology and Archaeology Clubs.
• The School of Education launched its Academic Support Hub. It will provide preparation sessions for the Praxis Core, Pearson Reading Test, and Foundations of Reading exam, as well as tutoring for American Sign Language, Math 112, and LIS courses.
New learning spaces
• The School of Nursing held the ribbon cutting for Minerva’s Mobile Health, a clinic that will serve rural and underserved communities and provide clinical experience to students.
• A new sensory room in the Ferguson Building is open to all students, staff, and faculty for relaxation and study and to help those with sensory issues. It was designed by the Interior Architecture Department and overseen by the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. It can be found in Room 249.
• Housing and Residence Life is rolling out two new living-learning communities: Esports and Gaming, and Health and Human Sciences.
• The Weatherspoon Art Museum has a new sculpture. “Receiver” was created by the famous artist Huma Bhabha and is now on display for all visitors to see in the courtyard.
New technological resources
• UNCG has launched the new Spartan Safe mobile app for Apple and Android devices. This new tool puts the power to stay informed, stay prepared, and take action during an emergency in the palm of your hand.
• UNCG has implemented Microsoft 365 for all students, faculty, and staff, with Outlook replacing Gmail.
New social spaces
• A trip outside the Stone Building along College Avenue will take students past the new bronze Woman’s Tribute sculpture. Astera is meant to embody the aspirations and spirits of all the women who passed through Woman’s College’s halls.
• The Philosophy Club is returning, and the Department of English is starting an English Club.
• The Bryan School of Business and Economics has opened two new student lounges and study spaces: Bryan Room 103 is available to all Bryan students to use. Room 220, formerly the MBA lounge, is also open to all students.
Story by Janet Imrick, University Communications
Photography by David Lee Row, University Communications
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