Why They Give

Donor Stories



Jerry Tolley ’82 EdD

“It was a professor’s tenacious concern for student success – his success – that inspired Tolley to give back to his alma mater. For Jerry Tolley, service is a way of life.”

Established the Jerry R. Tolley Endowed Education Scholarship and the Jerry and Joan Morrison Tolley/Gail M. Hennis Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Faculty


The Elizabeth Herring Garden

Nearly 20 years after its dedication, it remains a focal point for UNCG students, faculty and staff, who continued to be inspired by its beauty and living music.

The Elizabeth Herring Garden


Class of 1939 Cherry Trees

As spring begins, the cherry trees bring renewed beauty to the grounds, their blossoms emerging as though in praise of the students’ hard work throughout the year and all our students and future graduates have to celebrate in the warm months near the close of the school year.

Class of 1939 Cherry Trees


The Alumnae Secretaries’ Garden

“I never appreciated the garden when I was here,” says Susan Seeker Jones ’78. “I want to make sure students don’t make the same mistake.”

The Alumnae Secretaries’ Garden


The Rachel Hull Galyon Garden

Those who attend notable campus performances can enjoy this outdoor space, which is at once lively and tranquil – a gift of beauty, environmental enhancement and sustained growth.

The Rachel Hull Galyon Garden


Morgan Wilkinson Horner ’75

Morgan Wilkinson Horner’s aunt Charlotte’s legacy of providing children access to arts and education lives on in the Weatherspoon Art Museum, where children wander the galleries, chattering excitedly about the paintings, sculptures and photographs of ever-changing exhibits.


Jana Welch Wagenseller ’72

Wagenseller used her education and experience to serve the medical profession to the utmost degree, and as a donor she is serving the institution where she began her remarkable career.


Margaret Drummond MacKenzie ’63

Margaret Drummond MacKenzie now passes the legacy of foundational excellence she experienced at UNCG on to future generations.


Dr. Frieda Elaine Penninger ’48

Although this witty intellectual is well-acquainted with a variety of institutions of higher learning, UNCG holds her highest affection.


Damien “Dame” Moore ’95 and Randy Wadsworth ’95

Things have changed quite a bit since those days of ours. But one thing that has remained constant is the ongoing need for some students to receive financial assistance to continue their education. We would like to give back to the school in an effort to assist a select group of students.