Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

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 […]

Harriet Wiseman Elliott taught political science at the State Normal and Industrial College (later known at UNCG) from 1913 until her appointment to the Dean of Women in 1935. Elliott was a pioneer for women’s rights and suffrage. Following her death in 1947, the college established the Harriet Elliott Social Science Forum in her memory. […]

Falderal, also known as the Fall Charlies, was an annual event held each fall at UNCG beginning in the late 1960’s until it transformed into homecoming in 1982. This program included musical performances, special guest appearances, sporting events, and free food. The 1979 Falderal was well documented and included a special committee to bake a […]

Michael Parker was the head coach of the UNCG’s men’s soccer team from 1984 to 2010. Originally from Bradford, England, Parker earned his Bachelors of Science at Madeley College in Staffordshire, England in 1968 and a Masters of Education degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1971. Within two years of becoming the head coach at […]

Louise Brevard Alexander was born in 1887 in Hickory, North Carolina. She graduated from Presbyterian College (now Queen’s College) in Charlotte, where she was president of the student body, president of her literary society, editor of the yearbook, captain of the Daddy Rabbit Tennis Team, and a member of many other clubs, including the Epicureans. […]

Gym Night, also referred to as Gym meet, was an annual event sponsored by the Physical Education department from 1928-1953. The program consisted of demonstrations of physical education and performances by the students and were judged by faculty members of the department. Most of the events had a special theme, some of which were: Circus, […]