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The David and Tina Ostergaard Endowed Scholarship in Theatre

When David Ostergaard graduated in 2002, he left UNCG with two degrees, and the skills and confidence to start Bright Star Touring Theatre. "UNCG has impacted so much of my life.  I graduated with a BFA in acting and a BA in history.  So naturally I opened a theatre company that specializes in bringing history to life for students across the country and around the world. UNCG empowered me to be able to make the moves necessary to launch this business while providing an incredible foundation of skills necessary to put shows together — sewing costumes, playwriting, casting, marketing, and ...
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The Denise and Paul Descouzis Community Arts Endowment

Denise Descouzis ’77 says all she ever wanted to do in life was make a real difference. “It’s been my observation that teachers make the most ripples, so I thought if I make a gift that helps make arts education happen.  If I can provide a plunk in the water I can help make those kinds of ripples happen.”  Denise attended UNC Greensboro where her father, Paul Descouzis, was a professor in the Romance Languages Department.  As a Theatre major she enjoyed being in the chorus of Anything Goes, directed by a favorite professor, Herman Middleton.  She switched her ...
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The Doug Risner Professor of Dance Award

Doug Risner ’88 BFA, ’90 MFA, ’01 PhD has a long relationship with the UNC Greensboro School of Dance.  Now, thanks to a testamentary gift, that relationship will continue long after his own lifetime. The Doug Risner Professor of Dance Award will be administered as an endowed fund to enhance the work of the School of Dance by supporting dance faculty research, retaining high performance dance faculty, and incentivizing worthy incoming tenure-track or tenured faculty. “I really don’t know where I would be without UNCG.  My personal and professional relationship with the dance faculty spans three decades, Dr. Jill Green, ...
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Tew Recital Hall Naming

The 350-seat recital hall at UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts has long been known as one of the most visually and aurally stunning performance spaces in the Triad. It is now known as the Tew Recital Hall in honor of Christopher and Laura Braxton Tew, both UNCG Class of 1969 alumni. The Tews provided a generous gift of $1 million to name the hall, honor the School of Music, and mark the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1969’s graduation. The event to formally name the Tew Recital Hall was on April 11, 2019. The program featured ...
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