Remarks from Alumni Association President Michael Kennedy Garrett '07
As I write, it's the weekend before the Fourth of July, our Independence Day. On the Fourth many will enjoy the beautiful Carolina beaches, cookouts, ball games, fireworks, friends and family. It is also a day when we can reflect on those moments, those challenges, and those people who shaped our nation and are shaping our nation. As alumni we can all be proud of the contributions our Alma Mater and her sons and daughters have made to this state, nation and world.
There are serious challenges facing our university. If from time to time these challenges seem too great to overcome, we need look no further than the lessons taught by the rich history of this institution and the women and men who wrote them.
Yesterday it was our Woman's College alumnae who stood up, and stood strong to propel the civil rights movement, to use their voice and their lives to ensure minorities had the same rights as every other citizen of this country. Yesterday it was the women of the Woman's College that shattered glass ceiling after glass ceiling to fight for women's rights in the work place and in our communities.
Today it's the nursing student who takes on substantial personal debt to care for our most vulnerable neighbors. It's the student committed to becoming a teacher who will touch the lives of generations to come. It's the business student committed to entering the world as an entrepreneur to create jobs and help solve our nation's challenges.
Tomorrow is unclear, but tomorrow is our responsibility. There is no constituency of this university larger or stronger than our alumni. As alumni, we assume a trust to care for and protect this institution. That trust is our personal and collective responsibility to defend and promote the future of UNCG.
Your Alumni Association has launched a major strategic initiative to advance our university. The Spartan Legislative Network is off to a strong start, but we will need everyone's support to ensure its success and strength. Please find out more about the Network and consider signing up. It's easy. Just visit spartanadvocacy.info.
I thank you again for giving me this opportunity to serve you and our university. As a native North Carolinian, I am proud of the commitment to education our state has made and kept for centuries. I do not take lightly my responsibility by the charge you have given me to keep that promise for generations to come.
Michael Kennedy Garrett '07
UNCG Alumni Association president
Are you ready to see the refurbished Quad? Meet up with old friends? Have fun with the family? Then make plans to return to UNCG for Homecoming Oct. 29-Nov. 4.
While Homecoming activities will be held all week, Spartan Village with live music, food, beer garden and more will be Saturday, Nov. 3. In addition to Spartan Village fun, alumni can enjoy a men's basketball exhibition game, tailgate party, parade and family-friendly activities such as inflatables and games. There's also a chance we could be cheering for our Spartans during the Men's Southern Conference Soccer championship, which UNCG is hosting.
Homecoming is also the fifth reunion of the Class of 2007 and the 25th reunion of the Class of 1987. More than 20 alumni groups, from rugby players to Greeks, have planned reunions as well.
For more information, contact Donegan Root '87, associate director of development for Alumni Relations, at (336) 256-2013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- July 19 – Freshman Summer Sendoff, Wilmington
- July 22 – Freshman Summer Sendoff, Apex
- July 25 – Freshman Summer Sendoff, Asheville
- July 29 – Freshman Summer Sendoff, TBD
- July 30 – Freshman Summer Sendoff, Winston-Salem
- Aug. 1 – Freshman Summer Sendoff, Washington, D.C.
- Sept. 7 – Alumni Association Board of Directors Retreat
- Oct. 29-Nov. 4 – Homecoming
Dates and times subject to change. For more information about alumni events, email the Alumni Relations Office at email@example.com or call (336) 334-5696.