We know our commuters are busy people with classes, work, and maybe family responsibilities. OnTheGo programming has been created especially for commuters. Programs often meet you where you are at: in the parking lots, academic buildings, and in the Elliott University Center. Here are descriptions of some of our regular OnTheGo programming:
OnTheGo & Discover features workshops, programs, and unique UNCG experiences for commuter students. OnTheGo & Discover is an opportunity for adult and commuter students to attend programs while they are on campus. Programs are offered on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and are free. Look for programs on our OnTheGo calendar.
OnTheGo & Fit. Did you know that in the early history of our campus students had a designated “Walking Period” each day to promote the “health of the students and for the good of their souls.” Whether it is to clear your head, relieve some stress, or get a little exercise, join the Office of Campus Activities & Programs (CAP) as we bring back the spirit of promoting exercise, health, and a little fun for the 21st Century student who is always OnTheGo and trying to fit a lot of activities in their busy day. Check our OnTheGo calendar for Fit activities throughout each month. Log your activity, exercise, and participation in wellness programs on the OnTheGo & Fit Log – you do not have to attend OnTheGo & Fit workshops to do this. Find the log at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/gform?key=0Au-EWuJjDmexdEFpd2RVM0VnMHJqTWlhYlh2Y0N5U1E&gridId=0#edit and start recording your activities.
OnTheGo & Fit: Walking Trails. Until the beginning of the thirties “walking periods and blasts of fresh air from 5 to 5:45 in the afternoon” were part of the daily routine. Catalogues carried the statement, “A systematic course of physical culture is not available, but each student is required to spend some time each day, if weather be suitable, in outdoor, exercise, walking, or games.” Excerpt from “Bricks and People: A Walking Guide to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” By Marguerite Schumann, with Virginia Terrell Lathrop. 1973.
Don’t have time to fit in a workout at the Rec Center? Try a walk around campus. Some folks in Human Resources created these walks around campus. We have made these maps available to you. You can download them from here or get a copy from the OnTheGo information racks in the Elliott University Center, 1st floor near the ATM machines. The shortest walk is .7 miles, the longest 2.1 miles.
- _70 mile walk through Peabody Park
- _75 mile walk through Quad
- _85 mile walk North Drive Loop
- 1 mile walk Golf Course Loop
- 1_05 mile walk West Drive Loop
- 1_7 mile walk Lori_s Short walk
- 2_1 mile walk _Lori_s Long Walk_
OnTheGo & Serve is a new initiative in OnTheGo programming. Feedback from a number of our adult and commuter students over the past two years showed that some of you would love to get more involved on campus but have limited time. Having opportunities to volunteer or support a program or volunteer in between classes is a great way to serve the UNCG community, but it is not going to overwhelm your already packed schedule. You could volunteer to staff an information table or help package food for the hungry. View volunteer and service activities online at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au-EWuJjDmexdG9SX29oTlg2NVRuZ0oxdVBzZE1WYUE#gid=0. You can also log your service and volunteer hours at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGZrd0JUcmJmTWVjRmtJVWxmQm5KNHc6MQ#gid=0.
Commuter Appreciation Day: As the days get warmer in the Spring look for signs about Commuter Appreciation Day. There will be treats available throughout the day to show our commuters how much we are glad they are at UNCG.
Commuter Student Coffee Carts: Held several times a semester, the Commuter Student Coffee Carts are located in some of the busiest areas of campus. During warmer weather, the Cart can be found outdoors. When the weather is cold or inclement it can be found in major academic buildings. The coffee and hot chocolate are free.
Commuter Student Delis: The oldest commuter student program offers the opportunity for commuter students to have a free meal. There are three delis each year – August, January, and April from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Last year, our average attendance was 1,031 undergraduate and graduate commuter students. Commuter students must bring their SpartanCard to gain admission.
Family-Friendly Programming: for our UNCG students that have children or who want to do things with their parents when they visit, the Office of Campus Activities & Programs (CAP) designates some programming as Family-Friendly. Three events that you are welcome to bring your parents, spouse/partner, and/or children to are:
- Game Night – Three times a semester, CAP and the Jackson Library host a game night with traditional board games, video games, free pizza and drinks.
- A Day at the Lake – UNCG Campus Rec and CAP sponsor a day at Piney Lake – a recreational area UNCG owns that is about 20 minutes from campus. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, disc golf, swimming, volleyball or badminton, and a light lunch.
- Friends & Family Day at the Rec Center – UNCG Campus Rec and CAP team up again to sponsor a fun afternoon at the UNCG Campus Rec Center. Try rock climbing, swimming, playing some hoops, or working-out (some age restrictions apply to equipment) with your friends, parents, spouse/ partner, and/or children.
Housing Fairs: Looking to move off-campus or for a new place to live, off-campus housing fairs are held twice a year, in October and March. Representatives from a number of properties are on hand to discuss the features of their property.
Parking Lot Parties: Held in the Lee Street Park ‘n Ride lot between 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. a couple of times a year, parking lot parties allow students to grab coffee or hot chocolate on the way to class. Often other departments will join in to distribute information or free goodies.