ZamastillGraduate, Former Professor Stay in Touch

During my freshman year at UNC, I met Rita Kiefer (professor emerita, English, Women’s Studies, 1970-2000), a brilliant writer and poet who took me under her wing. She not only taught me to write, she taught me about life and travel. She was truly an inspiration. I have fond memories of having English teas in her office upon my return from studying abroad in London. She continues to send me her poetry each year at Christmas, and each year I’m reminded of my unique experience as a student at UNC. I run my own study abroad company now, The European Study Abroad Center, so I travel often to host groups of students overseas. Last year, in between coming home from Europe and moving to Florida, Professor Kiefer and I met for lunch in Denver with our husbands. As I expected, she hadn’t changed a bit, and we picked up where we left off 24 years ago. She continues to be supportive and in a sense, a muse, reminding me of the power of words. I appreciated her amazing teaching skills at UNC 24 years ago, and I appreciate her friendship now.
— Kristine Zamastil (BA-88)

Trivia: Win UNC Backpack Full of Swag

Tell us what 1970 event delayed the opening of UNC’s James A. Michener Library to be entered into a drawing for a UNC backpack containing a variety of university items – coffee mugs, pens, pennants and more. Send your answer by Nov. 30 to

Congratulations to the winners of last issue’s trivia contest, whose names were randomly drawn from entries with the correct answer. Charlene Parker (BA-77), Hannah Nix (Class of 2013) and Margaret Weber Luccio (BA-59) knew that Hi Bridge got its name from the tradition of saying “hi” to whomever you met crossing the bridge.

Read the June 6, 1940, Greeley Tribune story about the bridge’s dedication.


Then & Now

A women’s basketball game in 1903 draws a crowd of students with the administrative building, better known as Cranford as it was renamed later, looming in the background (left). Now crowds attend NCAA Division I basketball games in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, where the 2012-13 regular season schedule from Nov. 2 through March 7 features 13 home games for the women and 14 for the men (above).

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