UNCG Campus Weekly

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New Programs and Initiatives

081810Feature2_SpencerThe academic year is springing to life, as residential students begin moving in today (Aug. 18). Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23.

But those students won’t be the only new elements at UNCG. The 2010-11 academic year also marks the start of several programs and initiatives at the university.

Among the new offerings are the following:

  • The first UNCG Guarantee students start their collegiate careers this fall. Funded with a portion of a $6 million anonymous gift to the university, the need-based financial aid program allows students to complete their higher education with little to no debt. There were 123 applicants, and UNCG expects to welcome more than 30 UNCG Guarantee students to campus. Ten will be a part of the Lloyd International Honors College. The accepted students’ average high school grade point average was 3.87.
  • The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is welcoming its first students this fall. The school, a collaboration between UNCG and NC A&T, has been in the works for several years. Seventeen students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in nanoscience are expected to enroll this fall with UNCG designated as their “home” campus. A&T will be the “home” campus for future students pursuing advanced degrees in nanoengineering. Construction is underway on the 100,000-plus-square-foot research facility that will house the school on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park.
  • UNCG in 3, an accelerated degree program that allows undergraduates to complete their studies in three years, also starts this fall. The five participating students, all psychology or communication studies majors, are entering UNCG with at least 12 earned credit hours and will attend winter and/or summer sessions to complete their degrees on a faster timetable.
  • Several new majors and fields of study are launching this fall at UNCG, including the start of a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, a master’s and doctoral degree in nanoscience and a doctoral degree in environmental health science. A post-master’s certification in urban school leadership and administration and a post-master’s certificate in ethnomusicology are also being offered for the first time this fall, as well as a concentration in pedagogical kinesiology at the master’s and doctoral levels.
  • UNCG’s School of Music and departments of dance and theatre merged July 1 to form a combined School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The school is kicking off its inaugural year with the Collage Concert. Now in its third year, the popular concert series will feature performances from students and faculty members from each area of the performing arts. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $10-20 and may be purchased at http://boxoffice.uncg.edu or by calling 4-4849 after Aug. 23.
  • A renovated North Spencer Residence Hall will reopen as a space for students from the Lloyd International Honors College. The $60,000 renovation, funded primarily through tuition fees, took a year and a half to complete. Changes include refurbished bathroom and laundry facilities, office space for faculty, a refurbished parlor and north end porch, a touch-screen computer portal linking students to University Libraries, a computer lab, and a new classroom for use as a global teleconferencing center. Only a portion of UNCG’s 1,000 honors college students will live in North Spencer, said Dr. Jerry Pubantz, dean of the honors college.
  • Students in another program with UNCG ties will face a rite of passage this year. The Beyond Academics program is a post-secondary experiential program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Beyond Academics students, many of whom live in apartments near campus, are part of the UNCG community and work toward living as independently as possible. The program is beginning its fourth year and plans to hold its first graduation in May. For more information, visit http://beyondacademics.blogspot.com.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography from University Relations Photography Archives