Photo of Bob Hansen, former Associate Dean, College of Arts and Science and Theatre History Professor.

Robert C. Hansen Scholarship Endowment in Theatre Education

Bob Hansen gave 34 years of service to UNC Greensboro. Now in retirement, he continues to give through creating the Robert C. Hansen Scholarship Endowment in Theatre Education: “My time at UNCG was a very satisfying experience. I feel well-rewarded. It’s a delight to see the accomplishments of students and alumni. Not just their work in the discipline. These young people have become great citizens, great family people. They are doing wonderful things no matter what area they wind up in.” Hansen says he came to UNCG as a “gung-ho theater designer and scholar-artist.” He also served in several administrative ...
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Robinson Family Fund Brings Jazz Artist Camille Thurman to Greensboro

For two weeks this month, students in the School of Music’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program will be able to study with composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Camille Thurman—an artist who is quickly becoming one of the standard bearers of jazz. The residency is made possible by the Robinson Family Fund, established by Ward Robinson (’19 PBC Jazz, ’10 MPH) and Pamela Pittman. Professor of Double Bass Steve Haines says the gift and the residency will help the Jazz Studies program make great strides in the diversity of the student experience: “We could not have done this without the generosity of ...
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Milstein Fund for Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice

Prominent arts supporters Victoria Carlin Milstein and Ron Milstein have established the Victoria and Ron Milstein Fund for Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice. The fund provides support to bring an eminent artist to campus each year who is a leader in the field of Art and Social Practice. “We are so grateful for such a generous and heartfelt gift from Victoria and Ron Milstein,” said bruce mcclung, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “This gift provides our students and faculty with creative and valuable ways to deepen their understanding of the burgeoning field of Art and Social ...
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Frances Cornwell Greene Scholarship Endowment in Music Education

“We were told we were important. We were told everyone had a responsibility to build a better world by creating healthy homes and better communities. We were encouraged to find our dreams and pursue them. And always we were taught to practice the Golden Rule—‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”  Laura Greene Knapp shares those words from her mother, Frances “Fran” Cornwell Greene, who graduated from UNC Greensboro in 1949 with a degree in music education. To honor her mother and a life spent bringing music to others, Knapp (’86 BS and ’88 MA Economics) has ...
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The Hugh Hysell Scholarship Endowment

There’s nothing like a show on Broadway, and Hugh Hysell ’88 BFA likely had a hand in some of your favorites. The successful Tony Award winning actor, marketer, and producer has enjoyed a rich, varied career in show business – one he never imagined when he attended UNC Greensboro. “I was looking for a theatre program that provided excellent performance training,” Hysell explains, “but I got so much more at UNCG. The faculty’s expertise with the job market, and the university’s liberal education, prepared me for the turns my career took.” Such turns include: Hysell’s successful career with HHC Marketing, ...
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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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