Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

Science Everywhere is an annual event for children and “youths of all ages” that is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. It is hosted each spring by UNCG’s Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network and the School of Education. The event began in 2015, and has grown to 70 exhibits and dozens of hands-on activities […]

Patricia Chamings was a professor of nursing, and Dean of the School of Nursing at UNCG from 1985 to 1990. Born in 1940 and raised in Florida, Chamings received her B.S.N. and M.S.N degrees from the University of Florida’s College of Nursing in 1964 and 1965, respectively. After graduating, she taught at the University of […]

Sallie Southall Cotten (1846-1929) was a writer, a women’s rights activist and a reformer. She was one of the founders of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1902, and served as the federation’s president from 1912-1913. During her term as president, she was influential in achieving legislation which made women eligible for service […]

Celia Hooper has been the Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG since 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance from 2007-2011. A native of Thomasville, North Carolina, Hooper earned her B.A. in speech communications and theater arts from Wake […]

Spring Fling is an approximately two-week long celebration held on the UNCG campus every Spring semester. It is hosted by the Office of Campus Activities and Programs and consists of multiple events including concerts, comedy shows, game shows, magic shows, motivational speakers, and the “Spartapalooza,” a campus-wide carnival

In 1956, Bettye Ann Davis Tillman and JoAnne Smart, became the first African-American students to enroll at the Woman’s College (now UNCG). Upon their graduation in 1960, there were twenty African-American students attending the Woman’s College. Tillman and Smart were housed by themselves in a residence wing of Shaw Residence Hall. In 1992, the parlor of the Shaw Residence Hall was named and dedicated […]

Laura Weill was born in 1888 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated in 1910, with honors, from the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School (later UNCG). While at the State Normal, she was a member of the Adelphian Society, Editor-in-Chief of the State Normal Magazine, Editor of the The Carolinian, Class President, and Vice President […]

Mina Rosenthal Weil was a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina and was a strong supporter of the Woman’s College (now UNCG) for many years. She established the Henry Weil fellowship fund in 1924, named for her husband, a Goldsboro businessman and philanthropist. It awarded each year to a member of the undergraduate graduating class for […]

Dana Dunn is currently the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dunn joined UNCG in 2014 from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she held a series of progressively responsible academic leadership and faculty roles over a period of 27 years. She led […]

Mary Frances Stone graduated from the Woman’s College in 1947, obtaining a B.S. in Home Economics. Six months after graduation, she was killed in a car accident. In her honor, her parents, Clarence and Jane Stone, liberally supported home economics education throughout North Carolina, including establishing The Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award. The honor recognizes […]