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  • Charles Adams

      Charles Adams was born August 24, 1907 in Lamoure, North Dakota. He completed his AB undergraduate work at Amherst College in 1926, his Bachelor of Science degree from the Columbia School of Library Science in 1933, then his master’s degree from the Columbia English department in American literature in … Continued

  • Men’s Soccer

    In 1965, Frank Pleasants was hired to develop both intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs for UNCG in an effort to help transition the university into a co-educational institution. One of the first programs to emerge was an intercollegiate men’s soccer team in 1970. During the 1980s and the 1990s, the … Continued

  • Softball

    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 … Continued

  • Baseball

    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 … Continued

  • Mary Olson

    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 … Continued

  • Warren Henry Manning

    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 … Continued

  • Sue May Kirkland

    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 … Continued

  • Minnie Lou Jamison

    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 … Continued

  • Nancy Vacc

    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 … Continued