The Keker Common Experience program is a holistic student success program designed to help new students transition to academic life at UNC Greensboro. This high impact practice instills a multi-faceted approach to student success and development to empower students with the tools and skills needed to find their way here.

  1. Connect to the UNC Greensboro Community
    As a result of this program, students will connect with UNC Greensboro’s many people, programs, and resources to understand how they can help them succeed.
  2. Foster Academic Success
    As a result of this program, students will engage in active learning strategies to improve critical thinking and academic success skills.
  3. Engage in Personal & Professional Development
    As a result of this program, students will develop a stronger sense of self-awareness through self-exploration and reflection.
  4. Cultivate Spartan Pride
    As a result of this program, students will cultivate a sense of Spartan Pride and affinity for UNCG.

Each first-year student receives a Keker Success Guide created by a nationally-renowned author in the field of college student development. UNCG faculty and staff work collaboratively to tailor this guide to the Spartan experience to provide a customized and valuable learning tool.

During NAV1GATE: New Student Convocation and Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks, Keker Success Guides are distributed to all new students. The Keker Success Guide includes reflection worksheets and an academic planner in addition to content specific to UNCG curated by the Keker Common Experience Team, which is composed of faculty and staff from across campus.

If you are a first-year student and you have not received your copy of the Keker Success Guide, please please contact us by email yfy@uncg.edu or text 1-336-541-6939.

Throughout the academic year, new students will have opportunities to engage with various programs that align with the Keker Common Experience objectives: Connect to UNCG, Foster Academic Success, Engage in Personal & Professional Development, and Cultivate Spartan Pride. These programs will also fulfill a variety of domains on the Co-Curricular Transcript. You can find more information on these opportunities, including access to the virtual sessions, on our Spartan Connect page.

As new students engage with the Keker Success Series and utilize their Keker Success Guide, they can reflect on and articulate their personal growth and academic success by applying for the Keker Common Experience Scholarship. The winner of this essay competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be featured across campus. The runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship.

There are 5 requirements to be eligible to apply for the Keker Common Experience Scholarship:

  • Attend at least four (4) Keker Success Series programs, one in each of the four categories: Connect to the UNC Greensboro Community, Foster Academic Success, Engage in Personal & Professional Development, and Cultivate Spartan Pride
  • Complete the Keker Common Experience Scholarship essay (included as part of the application)

Overall engagement is a large component of the application review process, and as such, students are encouraged to view the Keker Success Series schedule above for upcoming opportunities. 

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

2020-21 Keker Common Experience Scholarship Winners

Name: Jordan Moss

Hometown: Mint Hill, NC

Class: First-Year

The Office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at UNC Greensboro would like to congratulate Jordan Moss for being a recipient of this year’s Keker Common Experience Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to select first-year students who engage and excel in all areas of the Keker Common Experience throughout the academic year.  Congrats, Jordan!

 

 

Name: Hannah Ward

Hometown: Morganton, NC

Class: First-Year

The Office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at UNC Greensboro would like to congratulate Hannah Ward for being the recipient of this year’s Keker Common Experience Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to select first-year students who engage and excel in all areas of the Keker Common Experience throughout the academic year.  Congrats, Hannah!

 

The Keker Common Experience program is named after Mrs. Lucy Spinks Keker, a 1938 graduate of the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC Greensboro). While a student of the Women’s College, she was Student Government President, University Marshall, and an Adelphian. She spent 30+ years working in Maryland’s governance of public education in various capacities, including being a member of the Maryland State Board for Higher Education and President of the Montgomery County Board of Education.

Mrs. Lucy Spinks Keker and her husband, Sam Keker, were lifelong advocates for higher education. Together they established endowments at Montgomery College, American University, and UNC Greensboro. In 1997, Sam Keker established two endowments in honor of his wife, the Lucy Spinks Keker Excellence Professorship and the Lucy Spinks Keker Undergraduate Program Endowment. 

The purpose of the Lucy Spinks Keker Undergraduate Program Endowment is to create programs for first year students that will increase their connection and involvement in the university. Mrs. Lucy Spinks Keker was invested in the future of higher education in the state of North Carolina, and specifically wanted to help put UNCG in a position to be competitive with other states. She and her husband wanted the endowment to directly tie to success, retention, and achievement.

If you are interested in receiving a Keker Success Guide, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu. Additional guides will be given first come, first serve!

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.