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Seeing himself in this photo (above - center pitcher) from page 16 in the fall/winter Northern Vision prompted James Rhodes (BA-52) to share what he’s been doing since earning varsity letters in football, boxing, track and baseball, and a degree in physical education. After a 34-year career coaching and teaching at the Minnesota high school he attended, Rhodes has continued to pursue his love of traveling, writing and photography,and recently published Pictograph Quest, an account of his 200-mile canoe trip through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a journey that included stops to photograph all 40 of the documented pictograph sites in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park.

To keep in shape for football, I would ride my single-speed, balloon-tire bicycle from Colorado to Minnesota. I would average 150 miles a day for the seven-day trip.
— James Rhodes (BA-52)

What a treat! I just received the 125th anniversary commemorative issue and read it cover to cover. The timeline was special because my Grandma attended the normal school in the early twenties, my Father attended in the early forties, I attended in the late sixties, and our daughter-in-law in the early 2000’s. It was fun to see all the changes from one generation to the next. Thank you! Now I am planning a visit this summer with my two Wiebking suite mates to reminisce. Fun.
— Mary Metcalf (BA-70)

This is a short message to let you know that I enjoyed and appreciated the Fall-Winter 2014 Edition of Northern Vision more than any other I’ve read.
— Mike Martin

The magazine was very well done. I enjoyed browsing and discovering history that well preceded my time as well as seeing again some of the history that I experienced in the 1970s.
— Dave Graves (BA-80)

Thanks so much for the 125-year commemorative issue. The photos and highlights were very thoughtfully chosen and informative. It is full of good memories.
— Joy Landeira, Chairperson, Department of Hispanic Studies

I spent hours enjoying the 125-year commemorative issue. It was wonderfully written and edited with interesting vignettes spread across an orienting timeline. Well done! I also became enthused with the digitizing of historical archival information and ended up reviewing several yearbooks of particular interest to me. I plan on looking into even more of the digitized material. Thank you. It makes me even prouder of my alma mater.
— Charles (Chuck) Russell (BA-67, MA-68)

Thank you for the wonderful publication.
— Terri Coffelt Faulkner (BA-91)

I really enjoyed this last issue.
— Laura L. Lewis (MA-92)

Thanks for all of the interesting information on the university’s history!
— Ellen Zuckerman (BA-94)

I really enjoy receiving the alumni magazine, it always has something interesting in it. Thanks.
— Sue Barnd (EdD-99)

For the Record

It was a great pleasure to read your fine article on the history of UNC and to follow important events charted on your timeline. The research for this piece must have been a massive undertaking so it feels a little churlish to point out a few minor errors. But in the spirit of accuracy--and from my vantage point as a long-time resident of Greeley and a UNC alum, consider these:

On page 16, the comment on creating “vet village” by 1956. My family lived in this village from 1950-1953, so it existed long before 1956. My dad was a WWII vet and earned both a BS and MS from UNC, then Colorado State College of Education. His name was Norbert Grunczewski.

On page 23, the discussion of Michener Library. The library was renamed in early fall of 1972. I was on the library staff at the time.

Keep up the good work.

— Peggy Malaspina (BA-66, MA-69)

NV responds: You’re right on both accounts, Peggy. The entry should have read “By 1946, a “vet village” …” The library indeed was renamed in honor of James Michener during a dedication ceremony held Oct. 27, 1972. Thanks for helping us set the record straight.

According to a magazine article in the September 1999 edition, purple football jerseys that faded from laundering and that influenced the change to blue and gold was a “myth nobody could substantiate.” Hat tip to former editor and current University of Colorado vice president for communication Ken McConnellogue (MA-99) for catching this.

Totem Teddy was repatriated in 2003, not 2004.


Our 125th anniversary issue prompted prolific poet Eileen Moore Volpe (BA-64, MA-78), to mail us a poem she’d written a few months earlier about a popular student hangout during her time on campus.

You were just a coffee shop
A little place to stop,
To meet new friends
And have a cup of “Joe.”

It was only a tradition
To stop during the day,
And say hello
To all the friends we know.

Located in the center
Of the Campus CSC (UNC),
Near Cranford Hall
That is now gone away.

We fondly remember
All the sounds of that place,
That was always
Known as the “Bru”.

Now as we reminisce
On 50 years since graduation,
That place of celebration
Will be missed!

– Eileen R. Moore Volpe