- Harvest Home Concert, by UNCG Music choral ensembles: Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, Women’s Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, with the Old-Time Ensemble, Sunday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.
- The UNCG Bookstore has its annual holiday Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale Nov. 27-28. In addition to the normal 20 percent discount for most items, faculty/staff can take an extra 10 percent off non-textbook items. (Magazines, Nook, computer hardware and software not included.) See store for details.
- Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam will host a Holiday Open House in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Reading Day, Thursday, Nov. 30, 1-5 p.m., with the Chancellor’s holiday greetings starting at 4 p.m. The occasion will be filled with festive foods, drinks, music and good cheer, while also celebrating the university’s 125-year history. Drop in at any time throughout the afternoon.
- The beautiful campus luminaires and Vacc Bell Tower will also light up at dusk on Reading Day, Nov. 30 – and the bells will play seasonal tunes. The lighting of luminaires throughout campus is a 48-year-old student tradition on UNCG’s Reading Day. The Vacc Bell Tower, with 49 bells, is one of only six such structures in the state to have a full concert carillon, providing a beautiful sound.
- Spartan Academic Support Services (SASS), which supports the success of student athletes, will host a “Holiday Drop-In” earlier on Thursday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to noon, at Coleman Building, Room 225. They will provide warm beverages and light refreshments, and faculty/staff can learn more about what they do at the university.
- The upcoming First Friday Downtown will be the big annual holiday edition, Festival of Lights, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. The event along Elm Street always features a variety of UNCG groups and individuals among its performers, including the UNCG Horn Choir, UNCG Tuba Band and UNCG Choir. (You’ll see more UNCG faces in this line-up.) The UNCG Art Truck will be available for tours at MLK Drive and Elm as part of the event.
- At the Greensboro Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, the UNCG Bands of Sparta pep band will perform before the parade begins. The parade will include the UNCG cheerleaders and Spiro.
- Join fellow Spartans for “Branches of Love,” Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at noon in the Alumni House. Attendees will decorate holiday trees that will later be donated to families in need. The annual tradition will be filled with food, music and holiday spirit. Come with a team of four, and enter to win Best Themed, Best Traditional or Best Overall tree. Admission is 20 canned or nonperishable food items for each four-person team. At noon, the Alumni House opens; at 12:30 p.m., the tree decorating contest begins; at 1:30 p.m., winners will be announced, and 1:30-2:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments and holiday festivities.
- Three families have been selected for this year’s UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree. Their wish lists may be viewed here. Please view the Instructions tab first. Donations/collection of gifts is through Dec. 13. Staff Senate will wrap the gifts on Thursday, Dec. 14.
Compiled by Ishan Davis