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University Of North Carolina At Greensboro Celebrates Its 125th Year

The institution that would become the University of North Carolina at Greensboro opened its doors in 1892 to 198 young women. Today more than 20,000 students attend class, conduct research, play sports and live in 30 residence halls on a 210-acre campus. 

The school has evolved not only in the students it admits — it began admitting African-Americans in 1956 and men in 1964—  but in the ways it engages the community and prepares diverse students for a changing world and workplace. Host Frank Stasio talks with UNCG Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. about how the university interacts with the community and supports minority and first generation students.

He also talks to alumni Jo Safrit (‘57), Tom Martin (‘70) and Justin Outling (‘05) about their experiences of the school and its transformations.

Students in Neo-Black Society lounge at UNCG, 1971
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries / UNC-Greensboro
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UNC-Greensboro
Students in Neo-Black Society lounge at UNCG, 1971
Charles Duncan McIver and faculty of the State Normal & Industrial School, 1893
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries / UNC-Greensboro
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UNC-Greensboro
Charles Duncan McIver and faculty of the State Normal & Industrial School, 1893
Student in dorm room, 1974
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries / UNC-Greensboro
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UNC-Greensboro
Student in dorm room, 1974
International students at UNC-G Coffee, 1970
Vera Hiltunen Omodele Lola Leheria / UNC-Greensboro
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UNC-Greensboro
International students at UNC-G Coffee, 1970
Students walking through hallway, 1967
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries / UNC-Greensboro
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UNC-Greensboro
Students walking through hallway, 1967

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Jennifer Brookland is a temporary producer for The State of Things.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.