UNCG Magazine

Celebrating UNCG's 125th Anniversary

At study

Everyone has their favorite place to hit the books or take their laptop. A particular table in the Jackson Library tower? Propped up in your bed? In a lab? A bench in Foust Park? For most students, the brass doors of Jackson Library have been the entryway to a great time of learning.

Love the library

While earning her master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Dr. Celia Hooper ’74 MA spent many hours in the study carrels at Jackson Library. That was 20 years before she would return to UNCG to teach in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and 30 years before she would become the founding dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences.


Among Hooper’s colleagues is her former professor in psychology, Dr. Rosemery Gray (right, in photo). “It’s not what you do – it’s who you influence,” says Gray, reflecting on her 46 years at UNCG, during which she has chaired more than 60 dissertations. Gray came to UNCG in 1971 and served as the director of clinical training from 1977 through 2002.

photo of Celia Hooper and Rosemery Gray

Celia Hooper and Rosemery Gray

photo of JACKSON LIBRARY CIRCA 1974 Students using the card catalogue.

JACKSON LIBRARY CIRCA 1974 Students using the
card catalogue.

photo of girl asleep in library circa 1956

Stayed up late studying? Tired student in Carnegie Library c. 1956

Minerva & Apples

A curious thing happened in 2010. A student left an apple at the base of the Minerva statue, at exam time. Each year afterward, more appeared – sometimes with the class noted on the apple. A tradition was born. When you’ve studied hard all semester, a little good fortune doesn’t hurt. Minerva-like wisdom becomes a “core” value.

photo of Minerva statue holding an apple
photo of Minerva statue with apples placed at the base of the statue

Did You Know?

Before Jackson Library opened in 1950, Forney Building housed the library, known as Carnegie Library.