Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

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, […]

Ellen Jean Griffin was a professor of physical education at the Woman’s College (later known as UNCG) from 1940 to 1968, and was one of the pioneers of women’s professional golf in the United States. In 1993, a seminar series was named after her and lasted until the late 1990s. These seminars were heavily focused […]

Walter Beale was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1990-2003 and is Professor Emeritus of English. He was born and raised in Northampton County, North Carolina, and received his B.A. from Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University) in 1967. Beale came […]

William D. Carmichael, Jr. held various offices in the Consolidated University of North Carolina for more than 20 years, from 1940 until his death in 1961. He was a guiding force in the establishment of WUNC-TV, the founding of the four-year teaching hospital at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Morehead Planetarium. Carmichael served as Controller, […]

Irwin “Ike” Belk is the retired former CEO of the Belk Department Store chain, which was founded by his father, William Henry Belk, in 1888. Under his leadership, Belk Inc. became the largest, privately owned department store chain in the United States. In addition to his corporate work, Belk was a member of the United […]

The Ethel Martus Lawther Lecture was established in 1975 as an annual lecture series to honor the first Dean of the School of Health, Education, Recreation and Dance, Ethel Martus Lawther. Hosted by the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG, the program invites renowned scholars in the fields of health and the sciences […]

Marie Darr Scott graduated from UNCG in 1970 and during her time as a student helped organized the Black Power Forum of 1967, found the Neo-Black Society in 1968, and establish the first black history class taught at UNCG. After graduating from UNCG with a history degree, Scott spent the next 18 years as a […]

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 […]