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  • Amphitheatre

    The Amphitheatre, and a lake, were designed by J. D. Spinks, an engineer from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and constructed by the Works Project Administration (WPA), in 1941. Located on a former nine-hole golf course, it was bordered by a lake on three sides with a maze of walkways, bridges, and … Continued

  • Alumni House

    This building opened in 1937 and is considered an excellent example of neo-Georgian architecture. It was designed by Penrose V. Stout of Bronxville, New York, and modeled after Homewood in Baltimore, Maryland. The building was called the Alumnae House from 1937 to November 1972, when the name was changed to … Continued

  • Mossman (Mereb E.) Building

    This building, designed by William F. Freeman Associates of High Point, North Carolina, opened in 1975. It was called the Administration Building until 1977, when the building was named in honor of Mereb Ethna Mossman, who served consecutively as Dean of Instruction, Dean of the College, Dean of Faculty, and … Continued

  • Foust (Julius I.) Building

    This building, designed by Epps & Hackett of Greensboro, North Carolina, was opened in 1892. Two flanking wings were added in 1895. From 1892 to 1908, the building was called Main Building and from 1908 to 1960 it was called Administration Building. On February 22, 1960, the building was named … Continued

  • Sister Mary Michel Boulus (Class of 1947)

    The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Jumela Ann Boulus arrived at the Woman’s College from her home in China Grove, NC in the Fall of 1943. She majored in mathematics, and participated in numerous extracurricular activities, including the Catholic Students organization and Square Circle (a student group focused on the study … Continued

  • Virginia Tucker (Class of 1930)

    Virginia Layden “Ginna” Tucker of Hertford, NC, was a North Carolina College for Women (NCCW, now UNCG) graduate whose pioneering work in aeronautics and mechanical engineering paved a path for women in STEM fields. Through her work for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, now NASA) to her research … Continued

  • Daisy Chain

    The tradition of the Daisy Chain is not unique to the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG), although it was one of the campus’ earliest customs. Other American women’s colleges, such as Vassar, had decorated their halls with daisy chains for their graduation festivities, and State Normal followed suit. The … Continued

  • Carpenterettes

    During World War I, the students of the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNCG) took part in numerous aspects of campus work — including many of the jobs vacated by local men. In the summer of 1918, seven students calling themselves the “Carpenterettes,” banded together and built a YWCA … Continued

  • Farmerettes

    During the summer of 1918, during World War I, ten Normal women heeded President Woodrow Wilson’s call to increase American food production and reduce food waste by volunteering to work on a 300-acre farm just outside of Greensboro. Most of these Farmerettes had no experience with farm work. In fact, … Continued