Founders Day will be observed Monday, Sept. 20, which is near founder Charles Duncan McIver’s 150th birthday. (See details about the new library exhibition about McIver’s life.)
“We’re hoping that by kicking off Homecoming with the Founders Day party we can create more awareness of UNCG’s history and traditions among our UNCG campus family,” said Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association and director of the Office of Alumni Relations.
At 11 a.m. on Monday, a poetry reading presented by the N.C. Writer’s Network will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The Randall Jarrell poetry contest winner, Rebecca Warren ’81 MFA, ’86 MA, will read her award-winning poem, “Grass Bridge.”
The festivities will kick into high gear with a noon party in Taylor Garden near the EUC, complete with steel drummers and a cake decorating contest. The birthday cake cutting will be around 1 p.m.
The big Homecoming Week will extend from Sept. 20-26.
Mid-week activities include a comedy show and the men’s soccer match versus Campbell.
The biggest day of activities will be Saturday, Sept. 25, with the Children’s Festival and all the Spartan Village offerings in front of the EUC, capped off by the men’s soccer match vs. Wake Forest. All home soccer matches this year are free.
A full schedule of the entire week’s activities is at www.uncg.edu/ure/homecoming/map_biglist.html.
Details about Homecoming Family Weekend – including the Children’s Festival – can be found at orientation.uncg.edu/families/weekend.
Visual: Statue of McIver. The noon party will not be held at the statue. It will be held at Taylor Garden.
By Beth English and Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson