UNCG is soon to be aglow. Upcoming festivities include musical performances, opportunities to give and decorate, a seasonal art exhibit and a holiday open house, followed by the lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower. And of course, UNCG’s long-standing tradition of luminaires throughout campus.
Minerva Winter Celebration
Winter themed novelties, including a photo booth to capture a winter moment. EUC Maple Room, Nov. 30 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UNCG Holiday Bookstore Sale for faculty/staff
The Faculty and Staff Appreciation Sale is Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Faculty and staff receive an extra 10 percent discount in addition to the regular 20 percent, on non-textbook items. Present your SpartanCard to receive the discount. (Magazines, computer hardware and software not included.)
Festival of Lights, downtown
Downtown Greensboro will hold the 28th annual Festival of Lights, Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. UNCG will be well-represented. Musical performers include the UNCG Tuba Band and UNGG Sapphires, as well as UNCG alumni Bruce Piephoff, Laura Jane Vincent, the Zinc Kings and the Gate City Railbenders Old Time Stringband. The tree lighting will be in Center City Park and music, crafts and food will be featured up and down Elm St.
Branches of Love
The Alumni Association will hold their 11th annual Branches of Love celebration Saturday, Dec. 3. Spartans of all ages are invited to help decorate holiday trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Refreshments and holiday music are part of the tradition. Four-person teams can enter to win Best Themed, Best Traditional and Best Overall Tree. Limited ornaments are provided and teams may supply their own decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Admission is 20 canned or nonperishable food items per team, which will be donated to the Spartan Open Pantry. Doors open at 12 p.m., the tree decorating begins at 12:30 and winners are announced at 1:30. Decorating teams may register here.
For those who are interested in contributing to this event but are unable to attend, donations of canned goods and tree decorations can be dropped off at the Office of Alumni Engagement in the Alumni House, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from now until the end of the day Dec. 2.
For more information contact Donegan Root at email@example.com or 336.256.2013.
UNCG Holiday Choir Concert
Sunday, Dec. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St, at 5 p.m.
Chancellor’s Holiday Open House
All faculty and staff are invited to the Chancellor’s Holiday Open House Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House and will be followed by the annual lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower at 5:30 p.m.
Bells and Lights
Hear UNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower’s full carillon of bells played live and see the glow of the traditional luminaires throughout the campus, Dec. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Vacc Bell Tower and Anniversary Plaza. A student speaker will share the history of the campus luminaires and the Grimsley High School Madrigals will perform. Chancellor Gilliam will make remarks and count down to the lighting of the trees surrounding the Bell Tower. This event is open to the public and parking is available in the Oakland Avenue parking deck.
‘In Falling Snow’ at Weatherspoon
The Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition of Japanese prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection will remain open through February 16. The woodblock prints display a variety of winter snow landscapes and subjects. The museum is closed Dec. 24 through January 2, but the exhibition will be open for all other regular hours.
The UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree wrapping party will be Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. in Moran Commons. All are invited and refreshments will be provided. Donations are accepted through Dec. 7. See our related post for more details on what is needed for each of the 5 UNCG staff member families – or visit the UNCG Angel Tree website here.
List assembled by Susan Kirby-Smith
Visual: Branches of Love event from an earlier year