Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

In 1985, UNCG began playing softball as an official intercollegiate sport at the NCAA Division III level. In 1989 they moved up to Division II before eventually moving up to playing Division I level in 1992. Prior to 1985, softball had only been offered as an intramural sport. Over the years the softball team has […]

Beginning in 1990, UNCG began playing baseball as an official intercollegiate sport. The team claimed the Big South title in 1994 and 1997, earned a bid to the NCAA South I regional in 1997, and in 2006 earned its first win over a top ranked team, defeating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]

Mary W. Olson was Dean of the School of Education at UNCG from 1995 until her retirement in 1997, and Associate Dean from 1988 to 1995.  A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Olson received her B.A. in reading education from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1955.  She held various elementary school positions in […]

Warren Henry Manning was born in 1860 in Reading Massachusetts. Manning was an architect and while he was never formally trained, he gained experience by working as the manager at his father’s plant nursery. In 1887, he began working with the Frederick Law Olmsted landscape architecture firm and continued to work with them until 1896. […]

Sue May Kirkland was born in Hillsborough North Carolina and in her early years, attended the Burwell School and the Nash and Kollock Select Boarding School and Day school for Young Ladies. Kirkland taught briefly at Peace College in Raleigh and there she met Charles Duncan McIver. McIver encouraged Kirkland to become the lady principal […]

Minnie Lou Jamison was a student in the first class at the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892 and four years later she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Economics. She continued to work for the school until 1915 when she took a leave of absence to become the home demonstration agent […]

Nancy Vacc was a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education. At UNCG from 1987 to 2003.  After obtaining her B.S. in Music in 1968 from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, she earned her M.S. in Elementary Education and Reading from State University College in Fredonia, New […]

Nicholas A. Vacc was a professor at UNCG for 23 years, from 1979, until his death in 2002, and served as head of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development from 1986-1996.  Vacc received his B.S. in Education from Western Reserve University in 1961, his M.S. in School Psychology and Counseling from Syracuse University in […]

In 2004, UNCG introduced its Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution. Four years later, in 2008, the name of the Conflict Resolution certificate program was changed to the Certificate Program in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution. The name of the program was changed again in 2011 to the Certificate Program in Conflict and Peace Studies. […]

In 1989, UNCG introduced a Radio-Television-Film major through the Department of Communication and Theater. In the following year, the major was renamed to Media Studies. In 1994, the Media Studies major was moved to the Department of Broadcasting/Cinema and Theater. In 2008, the Media Studies major became its own department. Today the Department of Media […]