Along with Aycock Auditorium, the Alumni House and the Chancellor’s House, THE QUAD is a important part of UNCG’s history. As you can see, UNCG has committed to a major and ambitious renovation of all seven residence halls which make up THE QUAD. For many of you who lived in Bailey, Coit, Cotten, Gray, Hinshaw, Jamison, or Shaw, the Quad was a very special place.
The Campaign for THE QUAD will provide upgrading of the beloved Parlors which serve as the “living rooms” for the students and are an important feature of the entire project. $1,000,000 is the amount that it costs to renovate and raise the ceilings to add a second story of windows and to have new furniture and accents. The refurbished Parlors will welcome students into these light-filled spaces and contribute to a renewed sense of campus community at UNCG.
Linda McFarland Roberts ’62 ; Allison Kimberly Roberts ’93
It was with a great deal of pride that I could contribute to the renovation of Cotten as part of the historical preservation of the Quad. The Quad was the first stop in a gratifying journey through higher education in my life. History was my passion at Woman’s College and throughout my life I continued to appreciate the importance of that new beginning in Cotten. That beginning became a part of my growth as a woman not only providing a foundation of learning, but enabling me to experience many lasting relationships. My daughter, Allison, also benefited from her year in the Quad and cherishes her time in Jamison and UNCG. Her life and profession reflect the value of being in the right place for her educational journey. I hope the lounge in Cotten will prove to be an investment in the education future of many students to come.
Linda McFarland Roberts, Class of 1962
During my time in Gray, I made dear friends. These friendships have continued for 75 years. There are four of us who are still living, at over 90 years of age, and we still see and treasure one another.
Along the way, I realized that our motto “Service” was more than just words from our school song. Service became a way for me to live my life.
– Carolyn Willis Cunningham, Class of 1941
The Buckner Family celebrates their experiences at UNCG, and honors a staff member who enriched it, by naming the vestibule in Bailey the Rose Murphy Vestibule.
“We had great experiences at UNCG in and out of the classroom. It was a perfect educational fit for all three of us, and we’re really proud of our alma mater. One of the lasting relationships we made was with Rose Murphy, a housekeeper in Bailey Hall where at least one of us lived over a period of about 10 years in the 80s. Not only did Rose keep our hall clean, she took a personal interest in us. Even today she remembers many of the residents in Bailey. It’s a privilege to be able to honor Rose with the naming of the Bailey vestibule. She is more than deserving of recognition for making our college experiences so positive.”
Ty ‘84, John ’88 and Will Buckner ‘93
“Recently, I had an opportunity to visit with Rose Murphy, who was our housekeeper in Bailey. She was more than a staff member to my brothers and me; she was a friend. The people who work in housekeeping, grounds, dining services, health services and other student support areas are really the backbone of the student experience. Rose was interested in all of us and to this day she remembers so many of the students who passed through UNCG and through Bailey, especially. It was such a pleasure reconnecting with her and it is a privilege to honor her with the naming of a space in Bailey Hall.”
Ty Buckner ‘84
(Photo: from left to right, Will ’93, John ’88, Ray and Ty ’84)
Anne’s kitchen was a special place for wonderful southern cooking, shared with family and friends and included lively conversation! We hope similar gatherings will take place in the newly-renovated Coit Residence Hall!
Jane Wilson Curran, Class of 1962
and H. Allen Curran
Kitchen in Coit named in loving memory of Jane’s mother,
Anne Hancock Wilson, Class of 1931
Betsy Buford, Class of 1968
Betsy is passionate about the preservation history and, here at UNCG, the historic quad. Betsy was a House President in Bailey Residence Hall. As a junior, she was a leader to the freshman students in the class of 1970.
She has made multiple gifts to the historic quad: one to honor the Class of 1970, another to honor her roommate and assistant house president Margaret Britton ’68, and a third to honor long-time Alumni Secretary, Barbara Parrish ’48.
For Margaret (class of ’26) and William Joyner, education was, next to their faith and their God, the foundation of life fulfilled. It fostered self-reliance; it nurtured independence. It led to individual and social responsibility.
A small-town couple of modest but independent means, they set high expectations and worked to open the doors of educational opportunity for their three children: Alice, George and Margaret Ray. In time, all three children would become alumni of UNCG, at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
The parlor in Cotten, now the Joyner Parlor, will be a gathering place for conversation, social interaction, discovery and debate—part of a larger learning community. Andrea, my daughter, James, my grandson, and I make this contribution with the hope that the love of learning and the commitment to individual excellence evidenced by my parents, Margaret and William, will carry forward among the generations of students who grace the doors of the parlor in the future.
I am glad to be a small part of giving the Quad a fresh face. The campus is increasingly beautiful. More important, the continuing focus on undergraduate liberal education through communities of learning is the core of UNCG’s future, as well as its legacy.
Alice Joyner Irby
A gift in memory of Ruth Shumaker and Clinton Jarvis and in honor of Shelby Leigh Harris, class of 2011
I am making this gift to honor my parents, whose long-term goal was to send me and my brother, Hugh, to college. The education that I received at Woman’s College has served me well, and I’m delighted that my granddaughter, Shelby, is also a graduate.
- Betty Ann Jarvis Vance ’54
Naming The Parlor in Bailey for Lucy T. White, dorm counselor
The dorms in the Quad were our “home away from home” our freshman year. The dorm was a place where each girl could go to feel safe and secure and be surrounded by friends. The dorm counselor was like our mother — someone to go to when times were trying and advice was needed. My freshman year provided just such an experience and I wanted to return to the Quad my Junior year to provide that same experience for our “little sisters”.
The parlor in the dorm was the place where we greeted guests, met our dates and had our weekly house meetings. It was, in a very real way, our “living room”. Lucy T. White, our dorm counselor, was always in attendance and provided a sense of family for all of us.
For Maureen [Vandiver] and me, Lucy T. was the support that we needed to serve as house president and assistant house president of Bailey. Each night we went to her apartment and talked over the day’s events over a snack she happily supplied.
For all of these reasons and many more, Maureen and I have decided to name the parlor in Bailey the Lucy T. Parlor and to have hanging in that room some of Lucy T.’s own paintings that she entrusted to us after graduation. Now her paintings are coming home.
- Mary Lib Manning Slate ’61
We cherish all the good memories of Woman’s College that have kept us close to the University all these years. We dated while I was at WC; on our dates, Phil would wait for me in the Parlor of Bailey dorm! UNCG has always been special to me and I have attended every class reunion since graduation.
- Dot Stanfield Lambeth ’51
I have always felt that Dot’s education at WC has served our whole family. We are pleased to name the Lounge in Bailey dorm to honor Dot’s education.
- Phil Lambeth
I arrived on the WC campus in September of 1958. I was alone and a bit nervous as my parents were unable to come with me. I quickly felt welcomed in Cotten Dorm and was comfortable making new friendships in the caring and supportive atmosphere of the quad. After a few months the quad felt like home – a “Sense of Place”. My junior year I was privileged to serve as Assistant House President with President Mary Lib Manning (Slate) in Bailey Dorm. It was a year I will never forget. Being back on the quad and getting to know all of the “Bailey Bunnies” (new freshmen) was a wonderful experience. Working with Lucy T. White, the Dorm Counselor, was a delightful experience. We met with her many evenings after “lights out” to problem-solve over vienna sausages and crackers. She always had snacks for us. She became like a second Mother to us as well as the” Bailey Bunnies” and was loved and respected by all of us as I am sure she was by everyone over the 15 years she served in this capacity. We also formed strong and lasting friendships with other House Presidents in the Quad. It was a magical year. My hope is that all of those who live in the quad in the future will also find it a magical “Sense of Place” as we did.
I am happy to honor Lucy and the history of the quad at UNCG with my gift to name the “Lucy T. Parlor” in Bailey.
-Maureen Turner Vandiver ’61
We have wonderful memories of times spent with friends in the quad. We want to restore the quad area so that students of today will have an opportunity to build life-long friendships in a beautiful and innovative learning environment.
-Connie Herzberg Orander ’82, ’84 and Richard Orander, Jr. ‘81
At times over the last half-century I have dreamed I was back again in Hinshaw Hall. So, poetically speaking, it’s a dream come true.
The Chancellor’s decision to protect the historic place of the Quad speaks to our school’s enduring philosophy of residential living and learning.
This project awakens my deepest memories of the past and strengthens my hopes for the future.
-Emily Herring Wilson ‘61
The Quad was a safe haven our first year of college. Being together there as freshmen encouraged great friendships and school spirit. Many school events took place on the Quad lawn and we spent many hours studying outside while soaking in the sunrays. I’d even take my pitching wedge out on the lawn to practice my short game! My gift to the Quad Renovation program is a way to pass on that same camaraderie to future classes.
– Penny K. Cooper ’68, Cotten Hall.
The Quad will continue to be a spacious place on campus for students to enjoy.
Shaw Residence Hall is undergoing significant renovation. The middle of the building will be transformed to become a Gateway to the Quad.