Chancellor Linda P. Brady signed a university proclamation Tuesday that declares each Friday during the 2010-11 academic year a “Blue and Gold Day”.
The year’s first Blue & Gold Day, Aug. 27, will mark the final day of the first week of classes.
Blue and Gold Days started on this campus two years ago as UNCG prepared to face Davidson in men’s basketball at the Greensboro Coliseum. Since then, “Blue and Gold Day” has been used periodically during the school year, but will now become a regular occurrence on campus where all members of the campus community are encouraged to sport the university’s colors each Friday.
More blue and gold has been visible on campus. Last fall, hundreds of Spartan T-shirts which read “I bleed blue and gold” were distributed in Elliott University Center. (See visual.) Chancellor Brady greeted students, faculty and staff with the free T-shirts.
At last Friday’s women’s soccer game, the crowd included a noticeably larger percentage of spectators wearing blue and gold than in years past.
As an extension of Blue and Gold Days, UNCG will participate in College Colors Day on Friday, Sept. 3. College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across America to wear apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day.
In celebrating Blue and Gold Day each Friday, the UNCG Athletics web site UNCGSpartans.com will feature the Blue and Gold Fan of the Day. Fans may submit photos of themselves or their friends and family in their Spartan colors.
The chancellor has issued a proclamation regarding Blue & Gold Day. In this proclamation, she encourages everyone to wear their school colors each Friday, as a display of school spirit.
The proclamation is as follows:
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Office of the Chancellor
BLUE AND GOLD DAY
WHEREAS, UNCG is a High Research Activity University that provides outstanding educational offerings with 100 undergraduate, 61 masters, and 26 doctoral programs; and
WHEREAS, UNCG’s motto of “Service,” the ringing of our University bell, and the displaying of blue and gold are among the traditions that celebrate Spartan Pride; and
WHEREAS, UNCG students, faculty, staff, and alumni are great citizens of our community and represent the vision and mission of UNCG throughout the state, the nation, and around the world; and
WHEREAS, UNCG’s athletic teams bring added prestige to our University, through exemplary academic achievement, community service, and competitive drive; and
WHEREAS, our Alma Mater, composed in the early years of this institution and just as true today, proclaims our triumphant song, sung by an unbroken band of individuals, of hearts loyal and true; and
WHEREAS, UNCG desires to elevate and promote the showing of Spartan Pride, whether it be on campus, during athletic events, in the classroom, in the community, or wherever UNCG has a presence;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Linda P. Brady, Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, do hereby proclaim each Friday during the 2010-2011 academic year to be Blue and Gold Day. It will be a celebration of our University, of our dedication to excellence, of our spirit of camaraderie, and of our demonstration of Spartan Spirit. I call upon each and every Spartan, whether student, faculty, staff, or alumni, to bestow upon themselves the colors and insignia that symbolize this Spartan Spirit. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here set my hand this twentieth day of August, in the year 2010, and of the establishment of this University the one hundred and nineteenth.
Linda P. Brady
By Mike Hirschman and Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English