125 Anniversary


The university marks its 125th anniversary

We can deduce this much about the founders of what is now UNC:

They had a sense of humor, and they weren’t superstitious.

Coincidences aside, how else to explain legislation creating the school being signed April 1, 1889, and dedication (pictured here) of its first building a year later on Friday the 13th — on land near the highest point in Greeley that went by Rattlesnake Hill.

It’s no joke that today, after beginning as a normal school to train the state’s teachers, UNC has grown into an innovative doctoral research university with more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs combined.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of UNC’s founding. A commemorative website captures university milestones, traditions, videos (including a special 125th tribute) and more. Check it out at: www.unco.edu/125celebration

In October, be on the lookout for the next edition of Northern Vision, which will be dedicated to the 125th anniversary. NV


UNC students in instructor Lynn Cornelius’ Fiber Arts class created a “yarn bombing” project at a bus stop in downtown Greeley last fall. The increasingly popular form of street art uses yarn to temporarily transform a public space and get people to think about their everyday environment differently.

More pictures and video of the project

Photo courtesy of Barry LaPoint