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UNCG and Well-Spring join forces

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GREENSBORO — UNCG and Well-Spring are teaming up to help seniors and students.

The university and the local retirement community on Tuesday announced a partnership between the two institutions.

UNCG said students and faculty members will learn from the community’s 370 residents, many of whom are educated and well-traveled and were business and nonprofit leaders before they retired.

In return, Well-Spring residents will have access to on-campus activities, such as lectures and concerts, and can enroll in or audit UNCG classes.

“This is a different relationship,” said Celia Hooper, dean of UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences and co-chairwoman of the project’s organizing committee. “We will get as much out of it as they will.”

This new arrangement will bring UNCG students and professors from other disciplines to Well-Spring, located next to Kernodle Middle School on Drawbridge Parkway.

Hooper said a professor might teach a class at Well-Spring, and Well-Spring residents might serve as student mentors or guest lecturers. UNCG faculty members might do programs for Well-Spring residents, who can guide UNCG professors and researchers on best practices in aging.

Stephen Fleming, Well-Spring’s president and chief executive officer, approached UNCG with the idea.

“The teaching, research, service and engagement efforts of both UNCG and Well-Spring will help both institutions and all participants gain a greater sense of purpose,” Fleming said in a statement.

UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady said the program fits her emphasis on getting students more involved in the local community.

Several UNCG departments plan to be involved. They include the schools of nursing, health and human sciences and music, theater and dance; the athletics department; Jackson Library; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

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