Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Service League was established in 1942 as a student organization at the Woman’s College (later known as UNCG) to help U.S. troops during World War II. That year, according to the Greensboro Daily News, more than 100 students from the college volunteered for secretarial and lab work at the Greensboro chapter of the American […]

The University’s music library (located on the second floor of the Music Building) was renamed the Harold Schiffman Music Library in 2012 for the Greensboro born composer Harold Schiffman, after he and his wife, music educator and pianist Jane Perry-Camp, gave a 2 million dollar gift to UNCG to provide music scholarships.  In addition, the […]

The first instances of student government at the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) began in the 1890s when individual students, called marshals, were selected from the two literary societies along with one chief marshal. In 1910, a student council was created to act as an advisory group for student issues and was comprised […]

The “Winged Victory” statue stands in the lobby of the Forney Building at UNCG. “Winged Victory” is a statue of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, and was a gift to the then State Normal and Industrial College (later UNCG) by the Class of 1915. The statue underwent a significant restoration in 1987. It was […]

  David Armstrong was the Dean of the School of Education at UNCG from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. Armstrong arrived at UNCG from Texas A&M University, where he had served as Associate Dean of the College of Education from 1991 to 1995.  He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University […]

Dr. Robert (Bob) Christina was hired as Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences and professor of Kinesiology at UNCG in 1992. Prior to coming to UNCG, he was chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise and faculty member at the State University of New York in Buffalo. From 1973-1990, he […]

McRae “Mac” C. Banks graduated from Virginia Tech in 1972 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and would later receive his Ph.D. degree as well from Virginia Tech in 1987. His business career began in 1982 when he founded a small business institute and taught a course in Small Business Consulting at Radford University. During […]

Considered a first of its kind in North Carolina, the North Carolina Music Contest was a competition for high school music students. The first contest was on May 7th, 1920. The idea for the festival originated from Wade R. Brown, who was the head of the Music Department at the State Normal and Industrial College […]