Museum: Alumni Oral History Project


This is an online repository for interviews students and staff have conducted with our alumni to supplement to the archival record of the College’s history. The goal of the project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of Greensboro College students so that future generations may hear directly from alumni about the realities of their experiences. Those who worked on the project were delighted to be a part of capturing the vivid personalities and poignant personal stories contained in this collection. Featured on this site are the full-length audio and (in some cases) video files of the interviews.

The Alumni Oral History Project is an ongoing and vital project. These alumni oral histories are an important supplement to the archival record of the College’s history especially as a document of past generations of Greensboro College students. This interview collection may be used by Greensboro College faculty and students in classes, by the admissions, development, and alumni relations staffs, and by outside researchers.

This project began during Alumni Weekend 2008 under the care of the Women and Gender Studies Committee and its chairperson, Jennie Hunt. The project has since been incorporated into the curriculum of Dr. Michael Sistrom’s Women’s History course each time it is taught. In Spring 2009, Jessie Lindley-Curtice, then a student intern, worked Lindsay Lambert, then the director of the Brock Museum, to create the template for this web collection.

Those wishing to be a part of this project as an interviewee or an interviewer should contact Dr. Michael Sistrom. For students or professors who would like to help continue this project, there are resources to help, including an oral history how-to and a standard set of questions. AOHP “How-To” Guide & Consent Form

The Alumni Oral History Project would like to thank several people for their hard work and dedication: Dr. Michael Sistrom, chair of the History Department; Lindsey Lambert, formerly director of the Brock Museum; and Jessie Lindley-Curtice, formerly a student intern.

Audio Archives

Alley, Lisa B. ’93
commuter student, interested in both art and biology, changes in Greensboro College student-body demographics

Ayers, Glenn Crowder ’41 and Morrison, Margaret Pegram ’41
[Roommates, Student Council, Wealth, Marriage, Campus Job]

Bowinkelman-Ayers, Lee Anne ’88
followed boyfriend here (later married him), working to pay for school, GC as strong prep for her career

Carroll, Roy E. II ’85
worked while student, focused on business and accounting, didn’t graduate but found classes helpful in career

Coble, Desmond ’04
transferred in from Guilford Tech, joined UAAS and later became its president, now teaches middle school in the Guilford County system

Cockman, Nelda Reynolds ’66
dress code, curfews, “sheltered” students

Cooper, Carol ’73
[History, Dr. Hodge, Religion, Diverse Student Body, World View, Campus Safety]

Creasy, Kate ’05
[9/11, Dorm Life, Tennis]

Degance, Abigail Brown ’09
music education, chapel, theatre, politics

Denmark, Linda Torrence ’62
home economics, Mrs. Hunter, Carolina Power, civil rights protests, dances, Alumni Board

Dodd, Anne Bennett ’38
Methodist, home economics, centennial year, town student, Bernice White

Dooley, Anne Carraway ’78
Religion major with Christian Education emphasis; involved with Student Christian Fellowship and the tennis team

Gibbs, Nancy Chandler ’63
philosophy and religion, dress code, the smoker, dorm life, co-education

Gilvin, Gail Armstrong ’58 and Blanks, Patricia ’58
horseback riding, Fitzgerald Hall, charter, practical jokes

Green, Tica Davis ’94
religious life, black/white student relations, faculty encouraging her in spiritual pursuits

Hall, Jonathon ’13
Honors, Campus Crusade/CREAM, student government, Pride Productions

Hammer, Hannah Davis ’47
war effort, academic life, legacy, losses during war, dorm life, dress code, nylons

Henry, Elena Wegner ’02
music, Black Mountain freshman trip, meeting/marrying husband as a student

Hicklin, Carolyn Stanford ’53
music, piano, organ, class president, Odell, reunion

Higgins, Zelma Andrews ’58
chapel, tuition, Carolina Theatre, sign out cards, high school teacher

Horney, Phyllis Stough ’55
minister’s daughter, studying in closet after lights-out, “GC Special” dessert, courting rituals.

Hovis, Richard D. ’76
double-major in history and English, UNC Law School, student legislature, Dr. Glenn Grayson

Hurd, Anne Jones ’81
family connections to GC, co-ed visitation, English, politics

Jones, Gene Edwards ’58 and Frederick T. Jones
family connections, changing majors, roommates, Student Christian Fellowship, Glee Club, music major

Kime, Dr. Candace Lambeth ’69
Hodge, achievement, etiquette, Board of Trustees, novelist, business owner

Latham, Lindsay Snider ’08
recruited by Julie Schatz, business major, worked two jobs plus work-study

Little, Dr. Teresa Clinton ’84
limited dorm space, working while attending GC, Prof. Blomberg, Black History Month

Long, Martha Johnson ’48

McClain, Bill ’75

Milner, Kimmerly ’94

Muller, Sally Sizemore ’76
gas prices, phone calls, Glee Club, musical-education major

Nesbit, Patricia Tucker ’52
history, journalism, The Collegian, Glee Club, Dr. Skaggs, the smoker

Nichols, Penny Shamberger ’73
first African American graduate, day student, music major, literature courses, faith

Niven, Penelope E. ’61
civil-rights movement, dorm life

Palmadessa, Dr. Allison ’03
campus life, academic life, September 11th, early 2000s culture, and the changing times

Parker, Sharon D. ’92

Paysour, Doris Reynolds ’44
music, biology, commuting, newspaper editor, class poet, Greensboro News & Record

Penn, Georgianna ’94
development program, psychology, drama, author, cheerleader

Register, Frances Weston ’40
home economics, soccer team, athletics, free tuition, Golden Group

Sande, Josephine Hartman ’48
music, piano, Odell, Mark Huffman, campus rules

Schatz, Julieanne ’89
attending college in the ’80s, AIDS awareness during the decade, being a commuter student

Sheridan, Kristin Senges ’05
psychology, soccer, 9/11 attacks

Stanley, Amanda ’08
political science, Archibong, Klase, Board of Elections, GC employee

Sullivan, Susan Glover ’67
biology, Roanoke Rapids, academic life, Dr. Callahan, the 1960s, racial issues, feminism, West Coast

Sweetman, Betsy Gibson ’61
education, GC choir, swimming

Tatum, Linda Woodard ’69
from Fayettevile, majored in English, active in religious life and drama

Thomas, Eva Moore ’47
science, music, symphony, World War II, dances, the smoker, chapel, teacher, art show

Trindel, Paul J. ’97
golf, intramurals, religion, business, law enforcement

Walston, Cherri L. ’09
adult student in business administration, how GC prepared her for the business world.

Ward, Jean Fortner ’56
religion, Methodist, Call downs, Co-ed school, dining hall etiquette

Wengert, Betsy Lawrence ’53 and Schwehm, Paula Pegg ’53
roommates, campus jobs, math, history, reunions, campus beauty, integration, dress code


Interview – Alley, Lisa B. (’93)

Length: 35 minutes, 45 seconds
File Size: 80 MB
Interviewed by: Mary Adams
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 8, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.

Lisa B. Alley
1993

First, Alley discusses why she chose to attend Greensboro College. She entered school with the intent to become an art teacher, and the college was known for having one of the best education programs in the state. Alley had an art teacher that attended the college and encouraged her to enroll. Then she proceeded to discuss campus life. Alley was a commuter, so an extracurricular activity she participated in was a club where she could interact with other commuters. She also was in art club. Although art was her passion, Alley eventually decided to major in biology. She wanted either continue to dental school or become a graphic artist for textbooks. In order to stay on her path she took a lot of science and art classes. She remembers a handful of her professors such as Dr. Mayes, Dr. Archibong, and Charles Coleman. After reminiscing about some of her favorite professors, the conversation quickly changed to how much Greensboro College has changed over the years. One of the most prevalent differences is the increased amount of diversity on campus. Alley said that not only are there more students of color, but there are also more male students. She guessed that is a result of adding the football team. She does not remember the reaction that she or her peers had to the changing mascot. However, she does remember cheering on the basketball teams and attending theater productions. She attested that Greensboro College had a strong theater program when she attended and it is still very respected now. Alley eventually returned to Greensboro College to work as the Director of Academic Support. After she graduated she felt the need to be back on campus, and the best way to do that was to have a career at the school. She is still active on campus and has been a part of the Greensboro College Alumni Weekend every year since she graduated.

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Interview – Ayers, Glenn Crowder (’41) and
Morrison, Margaret Pegram (’41)

Length: 23 minutes, 32 seconds
File Size: 33 MB
Interviewed by: (info not available)
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (info not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Glenn Crowder
(1941)
 

Glenn Ayers
(2008)

Margaret Pegram
(1941)
 

Margaret Morrison
(2008)

Roommates in their second year at Greensboro College, Glenn Crowder Ayers and Margaret Pegram Morrison formed a lifelong bond.

They shared stories about their hijinks as young girls on campus. Mrs. Morrison discussed the formative experience that sitting on the student council was for her as well as her experiences with on campus jobs and the wealth differential between the students at Greensboro College.

Mrs. Ayers was so impressed with how the staff worked to help her become the first student that was married during her college years to complete her degree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview – Bowinkelman-Ayers, Lee Ann (’88)

Length: 10 minutes, 13 seconds
File Size: 24.7 MB
Interviewed by: Hailey Ayers
Location: Marlton, N.J.
Date: Nov. 28, 2013

There is no transcript of this interview.

 

In the interview we covered her life leading up to her acceptance into Greensboro College. She went into detail about why she specifically chose to go to Greensboro College since she wasn’t from the area. She decided to go to GC because her boyfriend already attended Greensboro College and she wanted to follow him. They ended up getting married after she graduated in 1988. She described what she did with her time while attending GC. She mainly studied and worked. She had two jobs that enabled her to pay for school. She was a solid student and was even a member of an academic sorority. Then she discussed her life after college and how her time at GC prepared her for her career life. She held numerous accounting jobs and is happy with her current one. She mentioned that she was thankful that now through Facebook she has been able to reconnect with some friends that she had while at Greensboro College.

 

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Interview – Carroll, Roy E. II (’85)

Length: 8 minutes, 21 seconds
File Size: 7.8 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Brittany Carroll
Location: Roy Carroll’s office
Date: April 18, 2011

There is no transcript of this interview.

 

Roy E. Carroll II

1985

Roy Carroll went to Greensboro College from 1982-1983 as a Business Administration major. Although he was there for a short time nor did he graduate from Greensboro College, Roy learned basic fundamentals that have helped him in his career. He states that he chose Greensboro College primarily because of its “conservatism” and it was a good fit transferring from a small Christian college (1:53). After leaving Greensboro College, he pursued coursework in construction and real estate, which ultimately defined his career path. During his time at Greensboro College, he worked off campus, stocking groceries overnight and then attended classes during the day (2:33). The class sizes were about the same as they are today which gave him the opportunity to work closely with his Accounting and Business professors, as well as have a more personable relationship (3:20).

 

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Interview – Coble, Desmond ’04

Length: 30 minutes, 53 seconds
File Size: 72 MB
Interviewed by: Billy Baker and Jamaiqua Hairston
Location: Mr. Coble’s home
Date: March 3, 2012

There is no transcript of this interview.

Desmond Coble
2016

Biographical Information on Interviewee:  Mr. Coble is a native of North Carolina, born in Greensboro on Feb. 3, 1981. He transferred in 2001 from Guilford Technical College to Greensboro College and attended Greensboro College until December 2004.  He graduated with a degree in psychology and is now a middle school teacher in the Guilford County Schools.

Main Topics Covered in the Interview:  Coble discusses his affiliation with the UAAS and his life and experience on campus here at GC.  

Desmond Coble was born and raised here in Greensboro, N.C. He is a self-proclaimed “southern boy” and loves living in the area.  He came to Greensboro College from Guilford Tech, where he studied for his freshman year.  Coble said that fate brought him to GC, mainly because his mother works here at the school as a housekeeper and the benefits the school gives to its employees made it very affordable for him.  Desmond was never interested in attending traditionally black schools like North Carolina A&T State University because he had lived in Greensboro his whole life and felt affiliated and a part of its community in some way and didn’t need to go to A&T to be a part of the culture here in town. However, he was a major part of the black community here at GC during his years at the school.

Desmond joined the UAAS organization when he came to school here.  He didn’t immediately join but because he wasn’t in performing arts, or athletics, he felt himself at times a little alone and the UAAS group made him feel welcome and gave him a great group of friends to hang out with.  At the end of his time here at GC, Desmond was the president of UAAS and in my personal opinion during his time at GC UAAS seemed to be extremely popular and held some amazing events that we need to bring back to GC.  One of his most fond memories of being at GC was when the UAAS would host the a step show in Odell.  A step show is a traditional southern African American fraternity dance competition.  They would get a DJ and play happenin’ music, and everyone on campus would come out.  They sold out the step shows every year Coble was involved here at GC.
    
One thing that Desmond noticed in his recent returns to campus and through talking with me about campus life is that things really haven’t changed at all at GC.  The dorms are still exactly the same as when he lived in them, down to the bed frames and the rugs.  The way students interact is the same as well, especially in the café.  At dinner the sports teams generally separate and eat together at certain tables.  The performing arts students eat together and the random misfits eat alone.  There is little integration between students in the café other than couples eating together and that was how it basically was when he was in school.  He remembered one situation where a football player who he had class with and who lived in the same hall with ignored him in the café when he tried to come up to him and say “what’s up.”  Desmond had been cool with this same guy in private and got along but in public the football player didn’t want to be cool with him or act like they were friends.  This same type of clique behavior occurs a lot on campus and even though everyone is generally supportive of other teams, football players seem to not really like lacrosse players, lacrosse players don’t seem to like baseball players, and so on…….  A lot of this can be explained by male bravado and egos.  

Overall Desmond Coble enjoyed his time at Greensboro College and never felt discriminated against for his race by any members of the school; study body, faculty or staff.  He has many fond memories from going to school here and he still has a lot of Pride in GC!  On a non-related note, Desmond Coble is an amazing cook and his macaroni and cheese is to die for!

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Interview – Cockman, Nelda Reynolds (’66) 

Length: 25 minutes, 22 seconds
File Size: 55 MB
Interviewed by: Heather Alfano
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 11, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.

 

This bulk of this interview is centered on the religious and cultural aspects of Greensboro College during the early to mid-1960s. Dr. Cockman was eager to talk about the various “restrictions” that college administration placed on the college’s students and mentions a few times how much times have changed in this regard. She particularly describes the dress code, explaining that young women were not even allowed to wear pants on Front Campus or in chapel service, which she remarks was a required activity twice a week. She also brushes on the rules related to curfews; even on the weekends the latest students were allowed to be outside of their dorms was 11:00. Another restriction that seems to stick out to her is the rule against crossing West Market Street at any point other than an established crosswalk. She takes care to explain that at the time she never knew anyone to question any of these restrictions, and that “it was just the way things were.”

The questions I found particularly interesting were the ones that Dr. Cockman ended up not having as much knowledge about, mainly the ones having to do with the civil rights and early feminist movements of the 1960s. She admits that she was not very aware racial and civil rights issues while she was at Greensboro College, which is especially surprising since the Woolworth sit-ins had occurred only two years prior to the start of her freshman year. She says that this just goes to show the extent to which students were sheltered from issues in the outside world. Similarly, she claims that she did not have much interaction with the early feminist movement and goes on to talk about how even in the ‘60s, fathers mainly sent their daughters to college as a “back-up plan” in case they ended up being unable to marry. However, she did not have much more to say on either of these subjects.

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Interview – Cooper, Carol (’73)

Length: 20 minutes, 45 seconds
File Size: 29 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Dr. April Najjaj
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: Alumni Weekend (Year Unspecified)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Carol Cooper
(1973)
 

Carol Cooper
(2008)

Carol Cooper has had a long love of history and so especially remembers Dr. Hodge, who was a knowledgeable and demanding history professor and also introduced her to opera.  She worked and went to school part time as a day student, graduating in 1973.  She laughingly recalls a difficult adjustment to the academic rigors of Greensboro College and had a slow start, due to too much time playing bridge her freshman year. She particularly recalls a class that introduced her to a variety of faiths and how important this was in giving her a broader view of religion and feels she has a life long interest in learning. There were students at Greensboro College from all over the country, furthering her exposure to a broader world view.  She recalls the safety of a small campus and the ability to walk anywhere without fear. Ms. Cooper has worked in retail since her graduation and has an interest in amateur photography.

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Interview – Creasy, Kate (’05)

Length: 5 minutes, 53 seconds
File Size: 8 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: (info not available)
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 18, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Kate Creasy
(2005)
 

Kate Creasy
(2009)

 


Kate Creasy attended Greensboro College from 2001-2005.  One of her first memories of Greensboro College was of September 11, as she had only been on campus a few weeks.  Her entire dorm came together in mourning on that day and students were allowed to leave to go home to be with their families.  Ms. Creasy played tennis at Greensboro College and the team bonded closely and continue to keep in touch with each other.  Ms. Creasy is currently back in school at UNCG preparing for degrees in nutrition, hoping to specialize in international food policy.

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Interview – DeGance, Abigail Brown (’09)

Length: 21 minutes, 49 seconds
File Size: 49.9 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Bridgette Agbozo and Megan Lampron
Location: Lea Center, Greensboro College
Date: April 1, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


While attending Greensboro College, Abigail Brown DeGance was involved mostly in things that surrounded her major, music education. Though most of her time was taken up by her major, she helped found the chapel band and was an RA. She was also involved in activities within the Theatre Department, such as The Secret Garden. She talked about how spending a large amount of time with the same group of people allowed her to create strong bonds.

The presidential election that was happening while she attended GC also came up during the interview. Abigail mentioned how Hillary Clinton’s campaign was supposed to visit GC, but ended up moving to another facility. She noted that she was still able to go and meet Bill Clinton. She also included that she was first in line once the voting polls opened.

Abigail’s love of GC continued after graduation. After we finished the interview, she even mentioned that she got married in Finch Chapel.

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Interview – Denmark, Linda Torrence (’62)

Length: 47 minutes, 55 seconds
File Size: 46 MB
Interviewed by: Brian Richardson and Angela Shelton
Location: Mrs. Denmark’s home
Date: April 23, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Linda Torrence
(1962)
 

Linda Denmark
(2008)

 


Linda Torrence Denmark spent most of her life in Greensboro and graduated from Greensboro College in 1962 with a degree in home economics.  Mrs. Hunter was the only home economics professor; she was an excellent and supportive teacher.  She was hired shortly after graduation by Carolina Power and Light, a job she thoroughly enjoyed, where she visited classrooms and did programs for home economics classes, worked with retail on converting homes to use more electricity, did cooking shows, made home visits, and demonstrated how appliances worked at Sears.  Many of her fellow Greensboro College home economics majors took similar positions in different locations and they got together at meetings.  During the civil rights protests, Mrs. Denmark remembered being told not to go downtown for safety reasons so she was not personally involved.  Her fondest memories are of her friendships at Greensboro College and the beautiful dresses she got to wear to dances. She was married in the chapel at Greensboro College. Her least favorite memories were her struggles to learn Spanish.  She expressed that Greensboro College has meant more and more to her as the years have passed and she better understands the values Greensboro College instilled in her.  Mrs. Denmark serves as a representative from the Alumni Board on the Brock Museum board and also serves on the Alumni Board.

 

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Interview – Dodd, Anne Bennett (’38)

Length: 12 minutes, 51 seconds
File Size: 12 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Dr. April Najjaj
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 12, 2008

There is no transcript of this interview.


Anne Bennett
(1938)
 

Anne Dodd
(2008)

 


Anne Bennett Dodd’s father, a Methodist minister, built a log house on Battleground Avenue so he could afford to send all of his children to college at the same time.  Although Mrs. Dodd wanted to be a nurse, she went to Greensboro College at her father’s request, and has many fond memories and has retained many of her Greensboro College friends through the years.  Being a “town student”, she was not subject to some of the strict rules for her on campus friends but enjoyed hearing the stories.  She particularly remembers Bernice White, her home economics, for taking her class to Raleigh to buy materials, make garments, and put on a fashion show in Raleigh. She graduated from Greensboro College in 1938, taught home economics for several years, and then went to Duke University to fulfill her childhood dream of being a nurse.  She particularly remembers 1938 as being the Centennial Year and all of the positive attention Greensboro College got.

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Interview – Dooley, Anne Carraway ’78)

Length: 32 minutes, 26 seconds
File Size: 29 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Suzanne McClenaghan
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: Dec. 3, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.


 
 

Anne Dooley
(2015)

 


Anne is a 1978 graduate who majored in Religion and Philosophy, the emphasis on her Religion major was Christian Education.  She chose this major because she felt called to work in Christian Education.  Her grandmother had attended GC for two years.

Anne knew that at the end of her senior year in high school her parents would be moving to Georgia, she chose GC after attending a hospitality weekend and after being awarded a partial scholarship through the United Methodist Church.

On her first day at GC Anne, remembers meeting her room-mate, Ruth Barr,  who was five feet tall and a red head, the total opposite of Anne.  Their dorm room was # 216 of Greensboro Dorm.  They continued as room-mates for all four years of college.

Religion on campus was important, they had chapel every Thursday.  Anne joined Student Christian Fellowship which she describes as Youth Group for college students.  She admits to not attending a Sunday worship service as often as she should have but since she was on Chapel Committee she did attend the weekly worship services at Finch.

As well as the Chapel Committee, Anne was involved with Student Christian Fellowship, a Religions Majors group and the GC Tennis Team.  She says that hobbies outside of campus were challenging since she did not have a car.

During her time at GC there was no sign in, sign out system.  There were Dorm Mothers and there was a rule that no male guests were allowed in dorm rooms after 11pm.  She says that rule did get broken.

Anne participated in a work study program were she worked eight hours per week during all four years.  Her first year she did filing in the business office, she thinks that this may have led to her continued hatred of filing.  For her last years Anne worked for Dr Barnes Tatum doing typing tasks for him, such as typing and copying tests for him, These were tests for classes that she was not a part of.

Anne tried to participate in volunteer opportunities outside of GC but found the workload to be too much.

In regard to music and movies of the era Anne remembers Brother Son, Sister Moon a movie about St Francis of Assisi she also recalls going to the movie theater on Tate Street to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The music of Jimmy Buffett were so popular during her time in college that a compass and a quote from one of his songs is on the cover of her Senior Year Book.

Anne states that most of her classes had eighteen to twenty students except for General Education classes which tended to have around forty students.  Her favorite professors included, Dr. Jim Hall, Department Chair of Religion, Terry Russell the Christian Education Department Chair and Dr Barnes Tatum whom she is still in contact with.  Anne was also involved in some independent studies classes including one for Sociology where she researched Teenage Pregnancy.  Anne also took three years of Greek with Dr Tatum, one class of his in particular involved going to the Acropolis Restaurant to drink coffee and eat Baklava.

She found her studies challenging, partly because of the double major, she felt like all she did was projects and write papers.

As a current member of the Alumni Board Anne feels that Greensboro College has improved a lot in recent years. “Dr Czarda has worked wonders,” she says.

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Interview – Gibbs, Nancy Chandler (’63)

Length: 31 minutes, 19 seconds
File Size: 29 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Layne Woodard and Lauren Ridge
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 27, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Nancy Chandler
(
1963)

 

Nancy Gibbs
(2009)

 


Nancy Chandler Gibbs graduated from Greensboro College in 1963 with a degree in philosophy and religion.  She had an early interest in being a director of religious education in the Methodist Church and the director of her church in Newport News, VA steered her towards Greensboro College.  One of her fondest memories was finding an error in the scoring key of an adolescent IQ test, resulting in an extra 100 averaged into her final grade when she finally convinced her professor of the error.  The dress code was different based on where on the campus you were. On front campus, no pants were allowed, although you could wear pants or jeans on back campus.  No drinking was allowed and smoking was only allowed in one room, known as “the smoker”. Dorm mothers were responsible for checking the dorm and locking the doors at curfew and no cars were allowed until students’ senior year.  Because of Greensboro College’s small size, Mrs. Gibbs felt she learned about friendships and self-discipline. She expressed admiration for the boys who were willing to come to the school when the school first went co-educational. Mrs. Gibbs had a career as a child welfare social worker.  She continues to stay in touch with several Greensboro College friends.

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Interview – Gilvin, Gail Armstrong (’58) and
Blanks, Patricia (’41)

Length: 19 minutes, 46 seconds
File Size: 27.8 MB
Interviewed by: (info not available)
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 18, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Gail Armstrong
(1958)
 

Gail Gilvin
(2009)

Patricia Blanks
(1941)
 

Patricia Blanks
(2008)

Gail Armstrong Gilvin and Patricia Blanks were friends at Greensboro College and have recently reignited their friendship; each had an amusing memory to share.  Ms. Blanks told of rounding up a group of five girls so she could ride hoses for free, each time arriving just before dinner so they could dress for dinner, but with not enough time to wash off the scent of horses.  Mrs. Gilvin told of the mysterious reappearance of the missing “A” in Fitzgerald Hall with an “E”, not confessing until a recent reunion that she was the one that replaced it with a hand-fashioned E.  Both women have represented Greensboro College at inaugurations of new college presidents, lining up with the Harvard University representatives due to Greensboro College’s early charter.  Mrs. Gilvin was a drama major and practical jokes were here forte during her years on campus.  Ms. Blanks had to leave before graduation, her one regret, and later received her degree from Wesleyan.

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Interview – Green, Tica Davis (’94) 

Length: 39 minutes, 57 seconds
File Size: 36.5 MB
Interviewed by: Diondra Cooper and Justin Pearson
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
Date: March 22, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.


 

Tica Davis Green

1994

Ms. Green had a very positive experience at Greensboro College. This interview focuses on how Ms. Green was a very well rounded student, involved in the school and in the community. (14:14) she attended a college fair before attending Greensboro College. She attended a college fair and met Randy Das which was the admissions counselor at the time; he impressed her so much that she continued to follow the college and she came and fell in love with the school. (8:34) she stated that there were more African American girls living in Greensboro because at the time because it cost more to live in east better known as hill.(5:29) She was very active in the religious life at Greensboro College.(3:57-2:54)  there was a tee shirt that some of the upper classmen used to wear that said “It’s a black thing you won’t understand”. There was a white student that that was very offended by that because he said well how would you guys feel if I wore a “ It’s a white thing you won’t understand”. Ms Green doesn’t believe that the African American students were able to even explain to him what it meant. There was really no way to help him understand. (1:40) there was sometimes problems with the music that blacks and whites listened to but not too often. (22:58-21:33) she stated that it was hard to know the African American staff members that worked there because, they either worked in the cafeteria or in housekeeping. (20:40) every African American that worked whether it be in housekeeping and or the cafeteria they always looked out for all the students. Some were like mothers and fathers to some of the students including Ms. Green, the students felt very comfortable talking to the staff.(19:12) she worked with Dr. Hull who was a religion professor which was very instrumental in celebrating Dr. King.(18:12) she stated that they tried to get other schools to form a committee with partnerships from different schools to get together and plan Dr. King Day.(17:33) “ There were faces but nothing consistent, in reply to trying to get different programs with campuses up and running.(15:36) She found a safe haven in her religion which was very important.

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Interview – Hall, Jonathon ’13)

Length: 30 minutes, 42 seconds
File Size: 70 MB
Interviewed by: Erika Brinson
Location: 106 Reynolds Center, Greensboro College
Date: not recorded

There is no transcript of this interview.

Jonathon Hall is a Greensboro College 2013 graduate; he majored in business administration and economics and had a minor in international studies and humanities. Jonathon Hall was also in the honors program, which is a rigorous course of study here at Greensboro College. He was offered a free tuition scholarship for agreeing to attend Greensboro College and be in the honors program, which he really enjoyed the friendships he gained from living on the Honors Hall in the Hill Hall dormitory. Jonathon Hall was very active in extracurricular activities. Although the Honors program took extra time, his group of friends would do activates and take field trips together. Hall was a student ambassador – doing tours calling perspective students for his entire 4 year duration at Greensboro College. He was a member of campus crusade, a religious group of students, which ended last year. CREAM study group replaced the Campus Crusade. Hall was also his senior year vice president of the class. Hall was involved with pride productions running student activates and was a pride leader – these would work with the incoming freshmen. Other religious activity Hall was involved with was Village 401 as well as attending and assisting in chapel services on Thursdays as well. Hall was a member of the American marketing association, and had strong participation in relay for life with marketing and booth set up for that. Hall was on the Relay for life committee executive board, and is still a member today – 4th year, annual tradition on campus. Phonathon as well, calls alumni asking for donations, which go to student scholarships. He had to learn how to time manage very effectively to keep up with such a rigorous schedule..

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Interview – Hammer, Hannah Davis (’47)

Length: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 6 seconds
File Size: 93 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Dr. Michael Sistrom and Lauren Ridge
Location: Mrs. Hammer’s home
Date: April 15, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Hannah Davis
(1947)
 

Hannah Hammer
(2009)

Hannah Davis Hammer attended Greensboro College from 1943 – 1945, beginning at the age of 15, and then graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, which accepted very few women at the time.  Her roommate at Greensboro College transferred to UNC with her and returning servicemen from World War II comprised many of the rest of their classmates.  Mrs. Hammer remembers being initially overwhelmed with the academic rigors of Greensboro College, coming from a small country school.  She has had numerous relatives, including her mother and aunts, who attended Greensboro College.  The war was very much on everyone’s mind and the campus would come to a standstill when someone lost a boyfriend or a brother.  Mrs. Hammer lost a boy she was very fond of in the war and recalled the kindness of her professors following her loss.  Dorm rules were strict, but Mrs. Hammer also recalled having someone to clean her room every day.  The Greensboro College girls had strict dress codes and always looked nice, but like most students they got around the rules by doing things like wearing a kerchief on their heads instead of a hat.  Due to the war effort, they were allowed to wear leg makeup instead of nylon stockings, and eventually they were given permission to tan their legs instead, however the Dean had to inspect the girls’ legs to make sure that their tanned legs passed her scrutiny.  Mrs. Hammer remembered Greensboro College as a “Godly” place which she still feels when she comes on the campus.  She also never comes on campus without thinking about and remembering Franklin Roosevelt.  Mrs. Hammer expressed pride in her successful marriage and her parenting of her six children and feels that many of the values and self-discipline were an important part of what was learned and reinforced at Greensboro College.

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Interview – Henry, Elena Wegner (’02)

Length: 21 minutes, 57 seconds
File Size: 70 MB
Interviewed by: Kargbeh Duwana
Location: 227 Main (Henry’s office)
Date: April 7, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.


Elena Wegner
(2002)
 

Elena Henry
(2015)

My alumni interview was with Mrs. Elena Henry, current Director of Advancement Services at Greensboro College. I was particularly excited to interview Mrs. Henry because her starting year at Greensboro College was at the turn of the century; I believe this gave her the opportunity to both witness and experience change. Elena applied to GC and was accepted as Elena Wagner in the Fall of 1998. Her major, which she described as her then passion, was music. Some of the topics covered during the interview included her initial experience, family ties to the school and its effects on her character.

Mrs. Henry met and married her current husband during her undergraduate years at Greensboro College. According to her, GC has always stressed and strived to maintain a family atmosphere that sought to support, encourage and enhance each student. This was expressed the most after she had her first child during her sophomore year. Memories of fellow students offering to care for the child while she attended class flooded through her mind. Although very reserved, Elena recalls a trip to a place known as “Black Mountain” prior to the start of her first semester at GC.  The trip to Black Mountain allowed her to overcome the nervousness of freshman year through activities and outreach efforts by professors. When asked if she had ever experienced or witnessed compromised safety, prejudice, or racial discrimination, she stated she did not and knew no one who had. The safe and welcoming atmosphere at GC, she claimed, is amongst the many benefits of attending a small school. Adding, teachers as well as the staff members made it their business to monitor each student and their experiences during their time at GC.

As a new student here at Greensboro College and a new member of Greensboro city, I am very reserved however eager in learning to adjust to the community; she seemed the best person to offer advice. Her advice for me and all new students in adjusting was that we take part in as many nonathletic or nonacademic activities to help develop new interests and create bonds with other students.  When asked about the biggest changes in the school she has witnessed, she stated the new fashions of today, cell phone use and the new majors offered by the school are all new when compared to the her years as  student.

In conclusion to this interview I find GC most interesting due to its almost neurotic familiarity of the students. Although I was unable to gather detail information regarding Black Mountain, I found that most interesting. However, in time I may be able to acquire much detailed information regarding the place and the students’ experiences.

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Interview –  Hicklin, Carolyn Stanford (’53)

Length: 7 minutes, 36 seconds
File Size: 10.4 MB
Interviewed by: (info not available)
Location: (info not available)
Date: 2008 (per audio)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Carolyn Stanford
(1953)
 

Carolyn Hicklin
(2007)

 


Carolyn Stanford Hicklin is a 1953 graduate of Greensboro College and loved every minute of her Greensboro College experience.  She had prepared for her major of piano and organ all of her life and expressed pride in the quality of  Greensboro College’s School of Music.  She is thrilled to see Odell still on campus, as she spent so much of her life there.  Mrs. Hicklin was president of the senior class and laughingly states she did not realize at the time that this meant reunion planning.  She has kept up with her classmates as a result and does not want to miss a reunion, worrying that the “girls” from her class have limited time left with each other.

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Interview –  Higgins, Zelma Andrews (’58)

Length: 11 minutes, 37 seconds
File Size: 45.6 MB
Interviewed by: Kendra Leghart
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 26, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Zelma Andrews
(1958)
 

Zelma Andrews
(2009)

 


Zelma Andrews Higgins financed her own education at Greensboro College, financing the $838.00 tuition with grants and work study.  Fondest memories are of chapel services on campus and walking downtown to the Carolina Theater with her friends.  Her future husband was in the military stationed in California during the Korean War and her social time was spent in writing him letters; they married the summer before her senior year.  She still has the sign out cards that were required for students to leave campus.  Mrs. Higgins, like many of her friends went on to be a public school teacher and taught high school math.

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Interview –  Horney, Phyllis Stough (’55)

Length: 14 minutes
File Size: 8.4 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Chelsea Kiger
Location: Ms. Horney’s home in Greensboro
Date: May 2, 2011

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Phyllis Stough Horney

1955

Mrs. Horney was fortunate enough to get to go to Greensboro College on a scholarship that she received from being the daughter of a Methodist pastor. She was very excited about her first day, she had some worries about being away from home but she knew that she was making the right choice. I learned that college life was a lot different from mine. Every time she wanted to go off campus she had to sign out. They had a curfew of 10 and then 11 on weekends. The person that was coming to pick her up which at this time was her boyfriend and now husband Mr. Horney. He would have to have her called down, they could not hold hands and they had to stand apart from each other. They had a house mother that was very strict; the lights in their room had to be out by a certain time. She would usually sit in her closet with a flashlight so she could finish studying. Every day they had classes, lunch and dinner were at a certain time every day. Roy was their chief; he would make a “GC special” which was a dessert that everyone looked forward to. They would have a study time in the afternoon and the vespers at night. They could not wear shorts out on Main campus and had to wear rain coats if they were in their pajamas.  She worked in the library as her work study.

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Interview –  Hovis, Richard D. (’76)

Length: 25 minutes, 43 seconds
File Size: 58 MB
Interviewed by: Daniel Bogan and Janet Solomon
Location: (unknown)
Date: Nov. 26, 2013

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Richard D. Hovis

1976

Richard Dean Hovis Senior born in Stanley, North Carolina (in Gaston county) attended Greensboro College (after graduating from Trinity High School right outside High Point) from 1972-1976 . He double majored in History and Business. He continued his education after Greensboro College and attended the law school at Chapel Hill University from 1976-1979. Mr. Hovis had been accepted to Duke University and declined their offer to attend GC. He received an academic scholarship called the Mr. Senior Scholarship. Mr. Hovis Sr. has been practicing law in High Point since 1979 and has been active for the past 34 years. He was active in the North Carolina Student Legislator, his last year attending Greensboro College he was the governor of the N.C Student Legislator. His favorite teacher of his whole academic career was his professor History at GC was Dr. J. Glenn Grayson.

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Interview –  Hurd, Anne Jones (’81)

Length: 48 minutes, 2 seconds
File Size: 55 MB
Interviewed by: Catherine Buck
Location: Greensboro College
Date: March 11, 2014

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Biography and the connection her family had and still has with the school. Mother, aunt and brother went to the college. Father was the Vice-President of Advancement at the college. (3:00 min.) Anne wanted to be a reporter and was editor of the college newspaper and worked on the yearbook as well. She also told some college stories and talked of her roommates. One time, she said, someone took the mattress off a dorm bed and used the bed frame outside to BBQ on. Another person chopped down a tree at UNCG to bring to the dorm to decorate for Christmas! (14:00 min.) Fleetwood Mac was one of the hotter bands of the day. Anne enjoyed hobbies that involved writing and photography. She was also a swimmer. (18:00 min.) Mrs. Hurd was involved with Women’s Rights during her college years. She was a member of the National Organization of Women. She also used to tutor children. (21:00 min.)

She considered Dr. Callahan’s biology class to be the worst class she ever took and anything in the English department were the best classes. A one time, she wanted to be music major but she felt it could not financial support her. Some of her favorite movies were Animal House and Saturday Night Fever. (32:00 min.) She actually considers education to be harder now then it was when she went to school. Her advice, which was also told to her years ago, is this: “major in what you love.”

There was not a lot of political unrest on campus during the Reagan years as President. She did remember a guy climbing a building at school to hang a sheet that had written on it “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll.” (40:00 min.) She also spoke of a sit-in on campus to protest the lack of co-ed visitation. The school allowed visitation but Anne was the first person to violate the rules about the time in which a visit could be. She was called into the office by her father! As an end note, Anne spoke of the tradition that was passed down by her mother about the college’s class rings. Greensboro College was at one time a women’s college, so the class rings had changed by the time Anne’s daughter started at Greensboro College. It was co-ed by then. Her mother gave her daughter her class ring and passed down a proud tradition.

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Interview –  Jones, Gene Edwards (’58)

Length: 48 minutes, 33 seconds
File Size: 22 MB
Interviewed by: Tara Smith, Denisha Ward
Location: The Jones residence, Greensboro
Date: Nov. 18, 2013

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Mrs. Gene Jones begins by discussing how her father was a Methodist minister where she was born at. In addition this led into the different majors she changed in order to get a bachelor in what she loved (1:00- 1:37). She discusses her experiences after graduation and how she was hired for a music production along with two other females (2:35- 3:00). She discusses how she met Mr. Jones which was at the age of 14 years old at her father church. Her first date with him was at the fair. Also, one of the teddy bears in the museum in Main Building on the 3rd floor was a gift from Mr. Jones to Gene. There is also a red dress that is Gene Jones in the museum as well (3:04-5:40). She goes into who was her first roommate and how they are still in contact now. Her first roommate name was Pat Robinson. Her second roommate was Anne Mumford. She discusses how they had to sign in and out on a card telling exactly where they was going, who they going with, how did they go (car, walk and etc.), and when they was going to be back (5:45- 8:28). Several hobbies that she discussed that were outside of campus were singing in the choir and the SCF which stands for “Student Christian Fellowship”. She discusses her experiences with her jobs in which were working in the cafeteria in Parlor at the time. She worked in the dining hall her first three years of college. She explains a hilarious joke of serving the president of GC. Discussing her job she explains the rules that were taught for the job. She had a scholarship because of her grades so she didn’t have to work her senior year. As a part of the Glee Club she helped with many things on campus. She says “It was a grand time”. She was president of the Glee Club her senior year. She discusses why she changes her major so much. She explains that her mother played the piano and became very sick once her sister was born. At one church her father preached at they didn’t have a pianist and that’s how she began playing the piano. All these years as a child she was involved in music. Therefore, she changed her major to music. She goes on about performance she gave her senior year. Briefly discussing the class sizes and personal interaction with her professors she explains who her favorite three professors were (21:11- 21:48). She explains that GC prepared her for life after college by being well prepared and her aspiration was when they got married. She believes that men are something that has changed on campus because at the time this was an all-girls college (27:00- 33:35). On the other hand, Fred Jones discusses his role and experiences at GC followed by his favorite memories during his experiences there (42:50-48:33).

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Interview –  Kime, Dr. Candace Lambeth (’69)

Length: 39 minutes, 19 seconds
File Size: 37 MB
Interviewed by: Loryn Green
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 23, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Candace Lambeth
(1969)

 

Dr. Candace Kime
(2009)

Dr. Candance Lambeth Kime is a successful writer and business owner in North Carolina who credits Greensboro College with helping her achieve great things.  Dr. Lambeth discussed one of her favorite professors, John Hodge, and the hard work she put into excelling at Greensboro College.  She explained about the college’s former rules of etiquette including curfews and dress codes.  Dr. Lambeth is a fourth generation Greensboro College student and sits on the Board of Trustees. 

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Interview –  Latham, Lindsey Snider (’08)

Length: 17 minutes, 10 seconds
File Size: 37 MB
Interviewed by: Victoria Anderson
Location: Latham’s office, Main Building, GC
Date: March 26, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.


Lindsay Snider Latham ’08
(2015)

When Lindsay Snider decided to come to Greensboro College it was because Julie Schatz (then an admissions counselor, now Dean of Admissions) visited her high school. Lindsay Snider went to lunch with her mom one day and saw Julie again, then came for a visit at Greensboro College and liked it. Orientation was a two-day overnight stay, and Lindsay became a cheerleader and moved into her dorm early. She only cheered for the first year; she had two off-campus jobs and was a work-study student in financial aid. She majored in business because it was broad and she felt like she could do a whole lot with it. Her favorite professor was Cindy Hansen (business and marketing professor) because she took the time to get to know students and kept them interested. Hansen showed up as a guest at Lindsay’s wedding. Lindsay and her roommate had many nights where they would stay up until 3 a.m.-4 a.m. writing papers for English. Lindsay remembers writing a 30-page paper for a business class she needed to graduate. She started a marketing job on June 1 after graduating but later was laid off, after which she came to work for Greensboro College, where she is now director of financial aid. 

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Interview –  Little, Dr. Teresa Clinton (’84)

Length: 73 minutes
File Size: 70 MB
Interviewed by: Tameka Sawyers, Mary Evans
Location: 209 Ferguson, UNC-Greensboro
Date: Feb. 24, 2011

There is no transcript of this interview.


Dr. Little and her roommate had to spend their first few weeks in the infirmary because there was limited space for dorms. Her roommate messy and untidy. She worked in the cafeteria where she learned how to properly set a table. She related working in the cafeteria to working at K&W. It was hard work and a majority of African Americans worked in the cafeteria. Later she was able to work in the mail room along with other Caucasian students. The mail room and book were the “good” on-campus jobs where mainly Caucasians worked.  She compared working in the mail room as “heaven”.

Her favorite professor was Dr. Becky Blomberg; she was firm and fair and she tries to model herself after her. She still has textbooks from the course taught by Dr. Blomberg.

She remembers celebrating black history for a week and slowly moving to a month.

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Interview –  Long, Martha Johnson (’48)

Length: 32 minutes, 11 seconds
File Size: 15 MB
Interviewed by: Jessica Lindley-Curtice
Location: Ms. Long’s home
Date: Feb. 16, 2010

There is no transcript of this interview.


There is no summary of this interview.

 

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Interview – McClain, Bill ’75

Length: 35 minutes, 49 seconds
File Size: 21 MB
Interviewed by: Daniel Bradford, Angela Hairston
Location: GC Alumni Parlor
Date: March 8, 2012

There is no transcript of this interview.

 

Bill McClain
1972

General Information: Bill McClain was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1947 and went on to become a student at Greensboro College where he graduated in 1972.  Mr. McClain studied Business Administration and worked at Wachovia Bank as a student. Bill McClain came to Greensboro College as an athlete and played for several championships as a basketball player.  Mr. McClain is a business owner for 27 years as a DJ.

Campus Life: Fondest memory of Greensboro College was the creation of the United African American Society at Greensboro College (03:59).

Frequently held parties in his dorm room and using his new sound system to help with school activities with music.

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Interview – Milner, Kimmerly ’94

Length: 10 minutes, 32 seconds
File Size: 5 MB
Interviewed by: Brinna Conley and Katrina Benton
Location: Southeast Fuels, Greensboro, N.C.
Date: March 5, 2012

There is no transcript of this interview.

Kimmerly Milner
1994

Biographical Information on Interviewee:

Kimmerly Milner was born in Auburn, Alabama. She attended Greensboro College for 4 years from the year 1990-1994, and graduated in 1994 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration & Economics. She is currently the Vice President of Administration and Customer Relations for Southeast Fuels, Inc.   She currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

During this interview some of the main things that were mentioned were that Miss Milner did not recall a large issue of racism in the Greensboro College community when she was a student and felt the campus was diverse and integrated.(4:20)  She stated that there were not many African American professors. She came to Greensboro College to be closer to family and  wanted to attend a small college. Instead of going to a historically black college, she chose Greensboro because she was always in very diverse environments and did not specifically think to seek out a minority school.(2:00)  She was very involved in work-study with the college and a few clubs around campus. She knew what she wanted to do as a major since high school, but not very precisely, which lead to a broad major. Overall, she had a very good experience at Greensboro College and has stayed in contact with several good friends that she made while attending the college.

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Interview –  Muller, Sally Sizemore (’76)

Length: 43 minutes, 24 seconds
File Size: 100 MB
Interviewed by: Emily Diehl and Chelsea Harvey
Location: Ms. Muller’s home
Date: April 1, 2011

There is no transcript of this interview.


Sally Sizemore Muller

1976

One of the reasons she choose GC was because of the small intimate nature of the campus. Sally was a musical education major. She is still teaching in the community, and more specifically with inner city kids.  

Enjoyably, the best memories she seemed to have were due to the gas rationing going on in the country, everyone was almost forced to hangout on campus and play cards. There was also a funny moment when she was talking to us about how no one could afford a phone, because in order to have a phone your parents or you would have to pay bell south to come in and put in a line. So with no convenient cell phones, your parents or whoever was trying to get a hold of you would have to call the pay phone, and if you didn’t have to be there for someone to holler at you, then you just missed a phone call without knowledge.

 

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Interview –  Nesbit, Patricia Tucker (’52)

Length: 32 minutes, 24 seconds
File Size: 16 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Dr. April Najjaj
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (information not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Patricia Nesbit (1952)
 

Patricia Nesbit (2007)

 


Patricia Tucker Nesbitt graduated in 1952 with a major in history and journalism.  She worked on the The Collegian staff and was in the Glee Club.  A favorite professor was Dr. Skaggs, although he tended to call on his students in public to recite facts in front of other faculty or staff.  She recalled putting off a literature class in her senior year because the professor was known to be enraged if students fell asleep in his class, which Mrs. Nesbitt tended to do.  She has maintained relationships with many of her classmates and described two distinct groups, those who smoked and those who didn’t. Mrs. Nesbitt began smoking at Greensboro College so she could play bridge in “the smoker”, which was shocking to some of her classmates.  Mrs. Nesbitt taught school for a year before moving frequently with her Marine Corps husband.  Once they moved back to Camp LeJeune in NC, she began teaching again and taught history for another 20 years. She is currently on the Alumni Board.

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Interview –  Nichols, Penny Shamberger (’73)

Length: 30 minutes, 23 seconds
File Size: 30.3 MB
Interviewed by: Kim Gilreath and Mickey Wilson
Location: Ms. Nichols’s home, 3311 Darden Road, Greensboro
Date: March 22, 2011

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Penny Shamberger Nichols

1973

Mrs. Nichols came to Greensboro College because of its reputation, and because it was co-educational [1:50-2:07]. She also found Greensboro College to be comfortable because its roots are in religion. Mrs. Nichols enjoyed going to chapel services as she had before she joined the college [3:20-4:03]. She attended Greensboro College as a day student, but she still enjoyed a taste of dorm life. Her friend Linda Hill joined the College in 1970 and Mrs. Nichols would visit her room often [2:43-3:15]. Although she was a day student she did involve herself on campus. She was part of the Day Students Club and the Glee Club. With the Glee Club Mrs. Nichols would tour Europe. [4:13-4:46]. Mrs. Nichols was a day student she had few on campus rules. At home she was free to come and go as she pleased, but because of her mother’s death she spent much of her time caring for household duties [5:36-6:03]. She chose to major in music because of her involvement in the church and because she loved to read and write [9:41-10:41]. She worked on campus in the music library and as a work study student in the main library [6:04-6:47]. She was a member of the NAACP and her church supported Dr. Marin Luther King and his followers. She also took pride in singing in her church [7:00-7:47]. She had a multitude of favorite movies and songs from her time at Greensboro College [8:14-9:31].

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Interview –  Niven, Penelope (’61)

Length: 40 minutes, 52 seconds
File Size: 95 MB
Interviewed by: Isaiah Nji, Sarah Lowman
Location: Dr. Niven’s home, Winston-Salem, NC
Date: Nov. 21, 2013

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Born in Monroe North Carolina, Dr. Niven grew up in a little town called Hacksaw [Waxhaw?]. She was also the first baby in the town to have been born in a hospital. She attended GC from 1957-1961 (4 years), majored in English and minored in psychology.

One of the main points of the interview was how the events going on in the country at the time played into her life at Greensboro College, such as the movement against segregation, which she participated in first-hand. In addition the difference between dorm life then and now is easily beveled by the description of the social and physical attributes of the dorm life of her college years.

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Interview –  Palmadessa, Allison (’03)

Length: 48 minutes
File Size: 65.5 MB
Interviewed by: Melanie Smith & Kassondra Coakley
Location: Greensboro College
Date: March 27, 2015

Dr. Allison Palmadessa

2003

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Dr. Palmadessa had transferred from University of Tennessee to Guilford Tech to Greensboro College and can therefore honestly attest to the unique attributes of the school. She was a history major with a political science minor and very active on campus, participating in two honor societies, WAVE, Model UN, and “the library club”. Dr. Palmadessa worked full time while in school full time, and she supported herself in her pursuits while here. She was a typical student, though some of her students may have a hard time imagining their professor in the same place they are.

The interview starts off with basic biographical information and at minute 1 discusses Dr. Palmadessa’s reasons for attending Greensboro College. Minute four comes with a transition to talking about campus life and what activities on campus she was involved in as well as some stories about her time here at GC. By minute twelve the conversation shifts to academics. By minute sixteen the conversation is about the events leading up to the financial crisis that came to a head in spring of 2009 from both her perspective as an alum and as an employee at Greensboro College now. Dr. Palmadessa expands on how the September 11th attacks affected her and the campus at minute twenty. She explains how she first learned of the events and how the campus reacted that day and the following week. At minute twenty-seven she addresses aspects of popular culture that were visible on campus during her time here and at minute forty-two she talks about what has changed on campus since her time here. After this she makes a brief statement to finish off the interview. 

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Interview – Parker, Sharon D. ’92

Length: 58 minutes, 31 seconds (some of the interview was not recorded)
File Size: 134 MB
Interviewed by: Dr. Michael Sistrom
Location: Durham, N.C.
Date: March 12, 2012

There is no transcript of this interview.

 

Sharon D. Parker
1992

Biographical Information on Interviewee: Ms. Parker was born in Roanoke, VA. 1968. Parker entered GC at age 21 in 1988 and graduated in 1992 with a dual BA in Business Administration and Sociology.  Ms. Parker resides in Durham, North Carolina. She is a doctoral candidate in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in HIV research and intervention for at risk youth.

Main Topics Covered in the Interview: Parker discusses that her religious affiliation (Methodist) was her prime motive for attending GC. She considered Bennett, but wanted to attend a coeducation institution. 

Ms. Parker did not have a positive social experience at Greensboro College due to racial tensions on campus and opposition to her campus activism. [2:50] Much of the interview focuses on this topic. Parker discussed the difficulty she faced in getting President Likins to agree to have any recognition of MLK Day her freshman year or other events relating to African American history and culture.  [4:21] The march did occur and some of her white classmates attended, especially from her sociology class with Dr. Paul Leslie. [4:21] The class was a venue to discuss issues of race, but Ms. Parker became frustrated with becoming the “spokesperson” for all African Americans. [5:22]. She and a fellow African American female Resident Assistant were the butt of racist jokes by white RAs during a “team building” orientation.  Parker later discussed the offense with the white male RA who made the joke and he admitted never having learned how to interact with African Americans and was intimidated by the prospect. [7:12-8:03] Parker discussed other initiatives during Black History Month, but felt the College lacked a conscious commitment to diversity. “If it was different, it didn’t exist.” What support there was for promoting diversity came from “below” from a few faculty and students, not from the Administration.  [10:20] Parker was “burned out” on her activism by her senior year. She began early as a freshman because she came to GC at age 21. [11:01]  She mentioned only two black faculty, Dr. Archibong and a Business professor. She didn’t recall how many other African American students there were. The total minority population at GC was 10 percent. [12:00] [Interruption of tape for “off record” discussion about the status of the interviews given Lindsey Lambert’s termination.] Parker worked to get outside grant support from area arts councils to get art exhibits on campus. Got little support from the Administration and the Board of Trustees. Parker relates a sexist and racist comment a GC staff member made as they were preparing for a presentation to the Board.  She discusses other cultural initiatives, including a Step Show. [15:25]

Parker discusses her leadership in and the work of the United African American Students. She was president and vice-president. The UAAS was vibrant, but had a limited, active core of members. Made connections with black groups at UNC-G and NC A & T.  The UAAS unsuccessfully advocated for an African American history class at GC. President Likins rejected the idea. Said they could take such a course at A & T through the consortium.  The UAAS and other black student organizations on other campuses provided area black students a larger “support network.”  [18:40]

Parker relates more about her tense relationship with President Likins and the difficulty in moving the discussion beyond “stories” to solutions.  Parker brought a professional mediator with her to one meeting to facilitate discussion. Likins walked out of the meeting in anger. He stayed away from campus for three days. Parker had to hide her anger and frustrations so as not to provoke anger from fellow black students.  The campus was appalled by Likins’ actions. Parker got some support from a few faculty members. Parker’s “leadership was visible, but not always appreciated.” She received hate mail and notes. [22:10] Parker discussed the times when nooses were hung in the elevator of one of the dorms. [Didn’t recall the date. Guessed it was 1990 or 1991.] Parker had to try to contain student anger. She feared violent outbreaks between white and black students on campus. There was little positive outcome, only limited discussions between the same small core of well-meaning white and black students. [25:16] Other students escorted Parker back to her dorm from her evening classes for her safety. College staff hired extra security for Parker and the UAAS vice-president during Alumni Weekend. Parker didn’t know how to take that. [27:00] Parker tried to apply what she was learning in Business and Sociology to ask questions about campus issues. She came to GC with strong religious conviction. That motivated her more than what she learned in her classes.  The situation became so bad that Parkers’ sister came to GC to protect her. She transferred after Parker graduated.  Parker considered transferring, but stuck it out. “I knew I was guided by a higher power. I did not know then what I was being prepared for. [29:30]

Parker was not attached to the campus religious community. The campus ministry was not a visible, vibrant part of campus life. [30:30]

Parker discussed her experience as a Resident Assistant. It was “a mixed bag.” Got along well with white and black students, but also saw the surprise from white parents when they discovered the RA was a black woman. [32:00]

According to Parker: “The racism was more covert…If something happened, it was always said, ‘you’re being too sensitive.’…It was easy not to talk about it. The institution was not prepared to hold the conservations.” [33:00] Parker disconnected from GC after graduation. She hasn’t been back. She has stayed in contact with Dr. Archibong and Dr. Leslie. [34:00]

Parker discussed the racial “integration” of campus parties and athletic events, especially basketball and soccer. The soccer game was the homecoming game. Black students were involved in athletics and theater, especially Chrystal Harvey. [36:00]

[A brief portion of the interview was not recorded due to a recorder malfunction. ] Parker discussed Dr. Archibong’s influence on her as a student and since graduation. Dr. Archibong encouraged her to continue her graduation. Parker discussed how aware she was of other black staff and employees on campus. She was polite and friendly with them. She remembered security officer Calvin Gilmore as a well-liked black staff member. [39:30]

Parker was somewhat active in the larger community, especially working for mediation services. Worked her senior year for Youth Focus’s runaway shelter and then their psychiatric hospital working with youth. She then worked full-time for them after graduation. Parker found these opportunities on her own. There was no strong internship program on campus. [42:00]

Parker discusses her initial choice of Business and why she added to Sociology. Her experience at GC and her community work helped reveal her “purpose.” GC “set that foundation. I couldn’t see it then.” [45:00]

[Another brief portion of the interview not recorded due to technical malfunction]

Parker discussed other African American staff and employees she worked with in the library as a work study student; Doreen, and the black head of the library. Parker mentions how “archaic” the library’s catalog was. [46:00]

Parker discussed how difficult it is to recall some of her campus memories. She also discussed how frequently issues of race and African American history and culture came up in classes and how she and other black students became the “spokesmen.” They “got tired of educating people, but that’s a responsibility and at least some people want to be educated.” She also corrected some of her misperceptions about white people from her white classmates.  Parker concluded that “from what I’ve learned since my time, the College has grown. It’s a much better place.” [50:00]

Parker discussed the challenge of balancing her studies with her leadership, her perceptions of how professors would view her as an outspoken leader, and her other work.  GC didn’t give Parker the learning skills and strategies she needed for graduate school.  [52:00] Parker also had to juggle family responsibilities. She was the “connector” in her family. Parker had to “buffer” her parents’ anger in response to what she suffered on campus. Parker mentioned the racism her father experienced at his work place. [53:00] Parker found a support system on campus.

Parker concludes by discussing her career aspirations after graduation and how much or little she’s remained connected to GC since. She has maintained friendships with a few classmates, especially through FaceBook, and has kept in contact with Dr. Leslie and Dr. Archibong.  On balance, upon reflection, Parker concluded that “the painful experiences and memories outweighed the good. But the good was still good. I’m pleased to learn the institution has grown and found ways to embrace diversity and technology.”

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Interview – Paysour, Doris Reynolds (’44)

Length: 1 hour, 13 seconds
File Size: 56 MB
Interviewed by: Karestin Harrison and Claire Wisniewski
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: April 22, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Doris Reynolds (1944)
 

Doris Reynolds (2009)

Doris Reynolds Paysour began her life at Greensboro College much earlier than most, taking piano lessons in Odell at the age of 9 and knew from an early age she would some day attend  Greensboro College.  She started as a music major, changed to English, and ended up graduating with a degree in Biology after having to dissect a large cat named Tom.  She commuted to Greensboro College, walking or riding her bike. Mrs. Paysour’s father was the editor of the Greensboro Daily News, so it was natural for her to pursue her own interest in journalism and was elector editor in chief and class poet at Greensboro College her senior year.   Mrs. Paysour began her 54 year career at the Greensboro News and Record on the afternoon of her graduation day, often working on special stories about Greensboro College.

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Interview –  Penn, Georgianna (’94)

Length: 11 minutes, 56 seconds
File Size: 16.8 MB
Interviewed by: (information not available)
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (information not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Georgianna Penn (1994)
 

Georgianna Penn (2007)

 


After an initial struggle with college applications due to a less than stellar SAT score, Georgianna Penn selected Greensboro College due to her sister (who also attended Greensboro College) and her participation in a development program that was designed to help her re-learn how to learn.  Ms. Penn feels she learned to write at Greensboro College and that her attendance was self-actualizing in many ways.  She was able to recall specific contributions to her education of a variety of her former professors.  She was a cheerleader at Greensboro College and  was in the musical “Leader of the Pack”, one of her favorite memories.  Although she was a psychology major, her experiences at Greensboro College were varied.  Following graduation, she sang and danced in Williamsburg and is currently working as a wine distributor, promoting a recently written book and in the process of writing several more, and singing with a jazz band. 

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Interview –  Register, Frances Weston (’40)

Length: 13 minutes, 3 seconds
File Size: 18.4 MB
Interviewed by: Dr. April Najjaj
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (information not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.


 Frances Weston (1940)
 

Frances Weston (2007)

 


Frances Weston Register attended Greensboro College from 1936 to 1940, graduating with a degree in home economics.  She expressed that she wished that home economics was still a major.  During her time at Greensboro College, she was the goalie on the soccer team all four years and were soccer champions every year.  She also played basketball and belonged to a walking group.  As the child of a Baptist minister, she received free tuition.  She waved hair and gave manicures to help with college experience.  She has many fond memories of her friends and teachers at Greensboro College and remembers her time there as being among the happiest of her life.  Mrs. Register has worked in a variety of jobs teaching home economics.  Her most joy teaching home economics was the quality and dedication of her students.  She attends reunions as a Golden Group member, and was sad to see that she was the only one of her class at the last reunion.

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Interview –  Sande, Josephine Hartman (’48)

Length: 9 minutes, 37 seconds
File Size: 13.5 MB
Interviewed by: Dr. April Najjaj
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (information not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Josephine Hartman (1948)
 

Josephine Hartman (2007)

 


Josephine Hartman Sande was a music student at Greensboro College, with Odell being her “second home”.  Since her graduation, she has taught piano and organ for 60 years and continues to teach.  She has served as church organist and choir director. The music students at Greensboro College were close and like a family.  Mark Huffman was her piano teacher at Greensboro College and probably had the most influence.  Greensboro College was known for its music program.  Rules were strict but they were allowed to date and Mrs. Sande recalls the number of servicemen in the area, as she attended Greensboro College during the war.  They walked everywhere they went, as no one had cars, and Greensboro College always knew where whey were as they had to sign in and out for everywhere they went.  The most striking change to her at Greensboro College is the number of boys on campus and the amount of the freedom that students have.  She expressed that what she learned at Greensboro College prepared her for her the rest of her life as a musician, as well as a teacher.  Mrs. Sande graduated from Greensboro College in 1948.

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Interview –  Schatz, Julieanne (’88)

Length: 34 minutes, 30 seconds
File Size: 80 MB
Interviewed by: Kiera Wade, Kari Harrell
Location: Admissions Office, Greensboro College
Date: April 2, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Schatz begins by describing her first visit to campus with her father at Greensboro College, she describes she automatically she felt at home. The feeling she had when she was welcomed brought her to the campus. [0:00-1:15]. She recalls that the memory of Dr. William Likins, the Greensboro College president from 1984-1993. Schatz mentioned that he was a kind and welcomed man. [1:49-2:37] During the interview, Schatz was asked about the politics on campus. She stated she was a political science major. [2:49-3:20]. She talks about how Reagan was an incredible leader and very engaged. The campus itself was not that involved in politics, it was mostly a quiet campus but GC did engage with other campuses to raise awareness on AIDS which was a huge topic back then; however, she did mention that she did an internship for North Carolina Conference of Christians and Jews to bring awareness on AIDS. [3:30-4:23] She recalled that the 80’s fashion on campus was somewhat similar to the style of today, how history has a way of repeating itself. People were big on big poofy hair a lot of hairspray, fishnet shirts, parachute pants, and Madonna. [4:27-5:30] It was very non-conservative. Schatz then moves on to talk about her graduation day and how it was a special day for her because it was a dream that she shared with her mother. [6:21-7:15] She also goes on to talk about the 150th anniversary at GC. She said that the school still had the same mission it really didn’t change but she did, she could tell. [7:24-8:16]  During attendance at GC, she recalls that she established and started a commuter club for day students, as well as being a part of the art club, worked in admission office by giving tours, she went to plays, went to sports events; soccer was big back then she stated. [8:18-9:48] She goes on to the time how she met her husband on campus in 1987. [10:00-10:19] Schatz then reflects on how she was offered a job as a receptionist in the Admissions Office about a year after graduation. The receptionists worked on the first floor on the building and she has now moved up to a different job on the second floor. [10:37-11:15] She discusses how she originally wanted a degree in special education at one point. She also stated how she wanted to also be a lawyer and even a lobbyist in Washington D.C. [12:33-13:16] Schatz then explains her classes that she took her freshman year at GC: English, calculus, religion and history; she also mentions how all of her professors pushed her. [13:20-15:20] She talked about how she lacked socially because she was a commuter student and therefore did not take part in the parties like everyone else. [15:26-16:44] She states that her greatest memory at school would be the first time she was her husband in class. [17:45-18:37] Her worse memory was having to take a foreign language, which made her look into transferring to another school only to realize what she had at GC. [18:37-21:45] She takes pride in her job even though she dislikes signing off on denial letters, but she knows deep down she doesn’t want the student to end up failing in the long run. [21:48-22:30] She loves to see her students come in and graduate the move on and have children of their own. [22:30-22:40] When it comes to her job, Schatz reflects on how she is only here to server her purpose and is determined to stay until everything has been done. [22:42-23:29] She recalls that her favorite thing about the school is the beauty of the campus and all of the beautiful people around it, inside and out. [23:30-24:08] Her least favorite thing about the school is how hard it is to deal with issues when you know everyone. [24:24-24:50] She lists the changes on campus that were not there when she attended school. These changes include: adding Proctor Hall East, the Huggins Performance Center, getting AC, adding the admissions building in 86, the Reynolds Center, and the overall diversity of the campus. [24:53-27:04] She notes that admissions was not always competitive but it is now. She recalls that her favorite class was her public speaking class. Schatz currently stays in contact with some of her classmates.

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Interview –  Sheridan, Kristin Senges (’05)

Length: 12 minutes, 43 seconds
File Size: 28 MB
Interviewed by: Micajah Stewart
Location: 215 PHW, Greensboro College
Date: April 9, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Dr. Sheridan is originally from New Jersey, about forty minutes from Jersey Shore. She attended Greensboro College from the years 2001-2005 and majored in Psychology. During her freshman year, Dr. Sheridan witnessed the September 11th attacks while inside the Cowan building. Greensboro College then released classes early and she went back to the dorms with friends and watched on television as the second plane hit the tower. Dr. Sheridan was recruited by the soccer coach and was an active team member throughout her four years. She endured an injury her senior year but continued to support her team. Dr. Sheridan noted despite the college’s GPA requirement to maintain to play sports, her coach provided a different GPA requirement and ensured the team’s academic success. She credited the intense psychology program that helped her succeed during her matriculation in graduate school. She now works full-time as a therapist for a direct care and clinical practice in which she conducts diagnostics and psyche evaluation on adolescents. In addition, she also works part-time as an adjunct professor at Greensboro College teaching psychology. She hopes to become a full-time professor at Greensboro College someday. She is living in Greensboro and is married to her husband of ten years who is also an alumni of Greensboro College.

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Interview –  Stanley, Amanda (’08)

Length: 8 minutes, 8 seconds
File Size: 11.5 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: (information not available)
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (information not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Amanda Stanley (2008)
 

Amanda Stanley (2009)

 


Amanda Stanley is a second generation Greensboro College student, graduating in 2008.  She was a political science major and spoke with admiration for her two, but very different, favorite teachers, Professors Archibong and Klase.  Ms. Stanley retains many of the friends she made at Greensboro College and her involvement on the Board of Election she directly attributes to Dr. Klase’s influence.  She has fond memories of dorm life and a particular unauthorized “live” participation, complete with pictures, in 2006 Nativity scene on campus.  Ms. Stanley is a current employee of Greensboro College and hopes to return to school for a business degree.

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Interview –  Sullivan, Susan Glover (’67)

Length: 35 minutes, 10 seconds
File Size: 33 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Jessie Lindley-Curtice
Location: Proctor Hall West, Greensboro College
Date: 4/10/2010

There is no transcript of this interview.


Susan Glover
(1967)
 

Susan Sullivan (2007)

 


Nancy Susan Glover Sullivan, a native of Roanoke Rapids, NC, graduated from Greensboro College in 1967 with a major in biology, where she worked within the department as a research and lab assistant and tutor. Although not greatly involved in the community of Greensboro, she has many memories of the times, including listening constantly to “My Girl” with her roommate. Mrs. Sullivan’s interest in science started in high school, when she “flunked typing” and fell in love with a biology course. History was her toughest subject. She recalls close relationships with her professors, especially Dr. Callahan. Her initial adjustment to college was difficult, coming from a small town, but once she found her academic niche, she excelled. She handled the academic workload with her need for little sleep and she continues to sleep short hours. She does not have strong memories of the 1960’s racial issues or politics in the community, mostly because of her focus on her studies and campus life, but recalls some sit-ins in support of racial equality. These issues, along with feminism and Vietnam War issues, became more prevalent for her in graduate school. Mrs. Sullivan has stayed in touch with several classmates in spite of living on the west coast and has made financial contributions in support of Greensboro College to ensure that the science labs are current and well-equipped.

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Interview –  Sweetman, Betsy Gibson (’61)

Length: 25 minutes, 22 seconds
File Size: 59 MB
Interviewed by: Suzanne McClenaghan and Michelle Jeffers
Location: Mrs. Sweetman’s home
Date: April 9, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.


Betsy Gibson
(1961)
 

Betsy Sweetman
(2015)

 


Mrs. Sweetman was born on April 15, 1939, to parents who were serving in the military.  She spent a great deal of her childhood moving from place to place with her parents but settled in Greensboro NC after starting at GC in August 1957.

 

She graduated from GC in 1961 and became a fourth-grade teacher and later a guidance counsellor.  She retired from the school system in 1995 and now considers her profession to be grandmother

When we asked why she chose GC, Betsy said that it was all she knew, since her grandmother and mother had both been graduates of Greensboro College.

She earned her BA in Elementary Education in 1961 as part of a graduating class of 88 students.  Their class doll was the Kennedy doll. She then returned to graduate school at UNCG in the 1970s, earning a masters in sociology

Favorite memories include being a member of GC choir all four years she attended the college, something she still has a passion for as a member of her church Chancel Choir.

An interesting tidbit was when she told us that one of the requirements for graduating in 1961 was being able to swim one full length of the pool.  She says she achieved it by dog paddling!

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Interview –  Tatum, Linda Woodard ’69

Length: 27 minutes, 11 seconds
File Size: 25.5 MB
Interviewed by: Suzanne McClenaghan
Location:  
Date: April 9, 2015

There is no transcript of this interview.


 
 

Linda W. Tatum
(2015)

 


Linda Woodard Tatum

Born in Fayetteville, NC, in 1946.

She attended GC from 1965 to1969, majoring in English and minoring in Drama.

After graduation Linda raised a family and then after earning “a couple of master’s degrees” she taught a few courses at Greensboro College and Guilford College and then worked at the Greensboro News & Record until retirement.

Her mother and great-grandmother had both attended Greensboro College so she chose it because it was in the family blood.  Linda tells a story of her great-grandmother, who was a student in the 1800s.  She had a boyfriend visit her from Trinity College, now Duke University; apparently because they were not allowed to see each other they walked along either side of a hedge. Unfortunately, Linda’s great-grandmother fell and broke her ankle during their walk.

She currently resides in Greensboro and continues to write and lead contemplative retreats around Greensboro.

Her dorm room was on the third floor of Main Building, where the Brock Museum is currently.  Each floor had its own house mother and one telephone. She and her roommate stayed together all four years.

Religion on campus was very important. Linda was involved in Student Christian Fellowship, as well as drama groups and intramural games.  She was a student here when GC got its first men’s basketball team.

Freshmen were required to study for three hours each night. There was a sign in/out system and women were not permitted to wear slacks on Front Campus.  When she arrived on campus all freshmen girls were given large, white bows to wear in their hair and boys were given beanies to wear.

She worked with the Biology department while on campus. Her first job for them involved caring for the mice in the mouse room.

She remembers going to see “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at the movie theater on Tate Street just a few days before Martin Luther King was assassinated. That time was very tense on campus; students were restricted to dorms and some student’s parents came to pick them up.  However, there was a play scheduled for that week which was a collaboration between Greensboro College and NC A&T. There was some debate as to whether the performance should be cancelled in light of events that week, but it was decided that the play should continue as planned.

Linda came to GC as a religion major but says she thinks she had “freshmanitis” so she switched to English

She had lots of favorite professors but the one who came to mind was Mr. Coleman, an English professor who taught a specific class called “English Novel,” which became one of her favorite classes because it taught her how to approach reading novels.

Classes had around 25 students, and there was lots of interaction between students and professors.  Studies were very challenging, especially when she was in plays, which required late rehearsals.  She remembers working on one particular paper until one hour before it was due.

Linda discovered during her time student teaching that teaching was not going to be the career path for her.

She served as president of the alumni association for one term.

The student body of this generation is much more diverse than when she was a student, she says, and she is very impressed with the current Theater Department.

Dr. Jolley was GC’s president during Linda’s time as a student; she remembers him as the most interesting Southern gentleman. She remembers one occasion where she was part of a group that was invited to Dr. Jolley’s home.  When she arrived, Dr. Jolley met them at the door wearing a velvet smoking jacket and smoking a pipe.

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Interview –  Thomas, Eva Moore (’47)

Length: 48 minutes, 8 seconds
File Size: 45 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Ashleie Gordy and Jessica Lindley-Curtice
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date:  

There is no transcript of this interview.


Eva Moore (1947)
 

Eva Moore (2009)

 


Eva Moore Thomas was torn between a love and affinity for the sciences and love of the arts.  She began playing the bass fiddle in high school and had the honor of being in the first Greensboro symphony at what is now UNCG.  Ms. Thomas was the youngest sister, all of whom attended Greensboro College.  It was many years later that she learned that her dorm house mother, Mrs. Porter, was also an artist.  The country was at war during her time at Greensboro College and she recalls the difficulty of the times.  Ms. Thomas recalls the fun of decorating for dances where service men could sometimes attend.  They had one room called “the smoker” where girls, who had permission from home to smoke, would go to smoke and the room reeked of smoke.  Chapel was mandatory and one of her jobs on campus was the chapel checker, laughing recalling that she sometimes was able to skip chapel herself because of this.  Ms. Thomas is a retired teacher, has had art shows at Greensboro College, including a mural, and has a studio in the mountains. 

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Interview –  Trindel, Paul J. (’97)

Length: 15 minutes, 48 seconds
File Size: 7.4 MB
Interviewed by: Tara Smith and Samuel Parker
Location: Zoe’s Kitchen (restaurant), Greensboro
Date: Nov. 22, 2013

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Trindel says that he remembers his first day and that he has many fond memories of his time at GC. He knew his roommate; they had been friends since high school (2:47). In the case of religion he remembers that religion classes were required and also very important to him on a personal level. He and his wife met at GC and got married at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on West Market Street. Along with golf Trindel was involved in intramurals (4:52). He attended GC before there was a football team. While attending GC Trindel held jobs at Grandover Golf Club and a nightclub by Four Seasons Town Centre (4:52). He specifically remembers the movie My Life, which he and his wife saw on their first date (8:32). When choosing his major he listened to the advice of his older sister (9:19). He specifically remembers professors Dr. Archibong, Cindy Hanson, and Dr, Sellers (10:23). Upon graduating from GC Trindel wanted to join the Greensboro Police Department and/or start his own business. He was able to do both. He started the chain of Coldstone Creameries in North Carolina and South Carolina. He also became a part-time police officer for the city of Greensboro, which he still does today. (12:30). He said that he still has many good friends that he stays in contact with today and that he stayed in contact with some professors up until a couple of years ago (14:41).

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Interview –  Walston, Cherri L. (’09)

Length: 18 minutes, 53 seconds
File Size: 35 MB
Interviewed by: Jennifer Caroline DeHarte
Location: Alumni Parlor, Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: March 16, 2014

There is no transcript of this interview.

 


Cherri Walston was born in Philadelphia, PA and her birthday is March 22, 1963. She moved to Greensboro at age five and currently resides in Greensboro.  Ms. Walston transferred to Greensboro College due to the adult education program that was offered. She worked full time and was still able to attend classes’ full time. She began in 1990 and graduated in 1995 with a degree in Business Administration.  She went on to complete a Master of Science degree. Ms. Walston currently works as a corporate trainer and owns her own business. She is a life coach and her business is Big Vision Mentor.

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Interview –  Ward, Jean Fortner (’56)

Length: 1 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
File Size: 89.7 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: Darren Heinold & Kevin Mills
Location: Mrs. Ward’s home
Date: April 27, 2009

There is no transcript of this interview.


Jean Fortner (1956)
 

Jean Fortner (2007)

 


Jean Fortner Ward set her course as a Philosophy and Religion major at Greensboro college after hearing a young missionary returning from China speak at her Methodist Church in Davidson, NC.  Mrs. Ward’s fondest memories of Greensboro College were of her relationships with staff and friends and dorm life.  “Call downs” were issued if you arrived later or improperly dressed for dinner in the dining hall in Main Building.  Although she married her junior year, she remained living on campus as her husband Bill travelled frequently during the week.  She recalls being initially unhappy when Greensboro College was approved to be co-ed in 1954 and participated in a short sit-in in protest.  Mrs. Fortner graduated from Greensboro College in 1956 and spent the last 16 years of her career working as a children’s director in the Methodist Church.

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Interview – Wengert, Betsy Lawrence (’53) and
Schwehm, Paula Pegg (’53)

Length: 19 minutes, 40 seconds
File Size: 27.7 MB (audio)
Interviewed by: (information not available)
Location: Main Building, Greensboro College
Date: (information not available)

There is no transcript of this interview.


Paula Pegg
(1953)
 

Paula Schwehm
(2007)

Betsy Wengert (1953)
 

Betsy Wengert (2007)

Betsy Lawrence Wengert and Paula Pegg Schwehm roomed together their entire four years at Greensboro College, after Mrs. Wengert’s great aunt and Mrs. Schwehm’s step grandmother arranged an introduction.  The women remember mandatory church attendance, the sign out board, and the requirement that they wear hats, gloves, and heels on Sundays. They both worked in campus jobs during their years at Greensboro College; Mrs. Wengert was a math major and Mrs. Schwehm a history major.  Dr. Raymond Smith, Mrs. Schwehm’s on campus employer, performed her wedding ceremony.  Both women used their majors to teach and both moved out of the State, Mrs. Schwehm to Virginia and Mrs. Wengert to Seattle, Washington.  Neither could recall any negative memories of Greensboro College.  Mrs. Schwehm has a personalized “GC Grad” license plate.  They return to their five year reunions so changes to campus have not been as striking and feel that Greensboro College remains a beautiful campus from the time that Mrs. Schwehm first saw Greensboro College as a child as the “beautiful college on the hill”.  They do recall the difficult days of integration and are happy to see the integrated campus of today.

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