After a much-needed winter break, today marks the start of a new semester for Spartans.
It’s an exciting time at UNC Greensboro, with the University hosting a variety of in-person and virtual events for students, faculty, staff, and the Greensboro community.
Throughout the month of January, there will be a winter soiree for students, new exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, a day of service to the community, a performance by renowned Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, and more.
New and returning Spartans are encouraged to log on to SpartanConnect to see the full calendar, learn more, and register for individual events.
Here’s a look ahead at some of the events and activities taking place on campus this month:
Winter Involvement Fair
Monday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom and EUC Auditorium
UNCG has over 250 student groups, from fraternities and sororities to academic associations to club sports. Stop by the annual Winter Involvement Fair to connect with others and get involved on campus.
Winterfest: ACE Snap Back into the Semester
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom
Still feeling festive? Make a foam gingerbread house and watch The Polar Express with fellow Spartans as you ease back into the academic year.
Winterfest: ACE Winter Wonderland
Thursday, Jan. 13, 6-9 p.m. at the Jefferson Suites Parking Lot
Skate into the new semester on ACE’s ice skating rink! Enjoy hot chocolate and hot cider, a photo booth, and music to kick off the semester.
Winterfest: ACE Winter Soiree
Friday, Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum
Join ACE and CoWAM at the Weatherspoon Art Museum for a night of art and sophistication. Come dressed to impress in white attire, and explore the museum’s latest exhibit featuring artist Lorraine O’Grady. There will be entertainment for all to celebrate the start of the semester in style! Please RSVP on SpartanConnect to reserve your spot.
In concert: Kelli O’Hara
Friday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium
As part of the 2021-22 University Concert and Lecture Series, stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara will perform at the UNCG Auditorium. Purchase tickets at vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/kelli-ohara.
MLK Day of Service
Saturday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is one of two annual university-wide days of service. Students have the opportunity to get off campus and engage with different parts of the Greensboro community, while honoring Dr. King’s legacy through service. Participation and lunch are free. Visit go.uncg.edu/mlkdos to register.
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. via Zoom
UNCG, N.C. A&T, Guilford College, and Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) are teaming up to present a virtual celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. This year’s theme is “I come as one, but stand as 10,000.” The event will feature a panel of student activists from all four institutions as well as recorded performances by students and staff from each campus. The virtual celebration, like past events, is free and open to the public, and members from the local community are encouraged to view the discussion and performances. The event will be accessible via racialequity.uncg.edu.
Cheer on UNCG Athletics
UNCG v. Wofford, Friday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum
UNCG v. Chattanooga, Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum
UNCG v. Samford, Saturday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum
UNCG v. Mercer, Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. at Fleming Gym
UNCG v. Samford, Saturday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m. at Fleming Gym
UNCG v. Kennesaw State, Friday, Jan. 21, TBD
UNCG v. UNC Asheville, Saturday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m.
UNCG v. Kennesaw State, Friday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m.
UNCG v. North Carolina Central, Friday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m.
Check out new exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum
Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And, Jan. 8–April 30
On loan from the Brooklyn Museum in New York, Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And is the first comprehensive overview of the work of Lorraine O’Grady, one of the most significant figures in contemporary performance, conceptual, and feminist art. O’Grady is widely known for her radical persona Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, and has a complex practice that also encompasses video, photomontage, concrete poetry, cultural criticism, and public art. Throughout her work, O’Grady has called attention to the deeply segregated nature of the art world while also continually imagining her own history, body, and relationships, within a cultural landscape that often makes it difficult for Black women to speak for themselves. By putting seemingly contradictory ideas together, O’Grady questions the power attached to such oppositions as Black and White, museum and individual, self and other, West and non-West, and past and present. The exhibition’s subtitle Both/And, emphasizes the artist’s ambitious goal of dismantling either/or thinking in favor of broader possibilities.
Make My Presence Known, Jan. 15–April 2
As humans, we are subject to the perception of others at any moment. And yet, what they see – our physical, outward appearance – is not synonymous with our identity. We are more than our faces, our bodies, and the clothes we wear. We are the sum of our lived experience. The artists whose work is exhibited in Make My Presence Known challenge notions of identity as visible by using sculptures that both interrogate and celebrate the unseen self. Artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Nick Cave, and Alison Saar are each represented in the show by a single, dynamic figurative sculpture. Working from deeply personal perspectives, the artists employ everyday objects and materials recognizable to many. With wood, beads, canvas, bottles, and even ceramic bird figurines, their artworks collectively underscore the complexity and diversity of lived experience. Make your presence known in the gallery by engaging with these sculptures and finding your points of intersection with the stories they offer and the content they engage.
Story by Alexandra McQueen, University Communications
Photography by Jiyoung Park, University Communications