GREENSBORO, N.C. — A 1957 graduate has given a university in North Carolina $1 million to establish a new professorship.

The University of North Carolina Greensboro announced Monday that Joanne Safrit has given her alma mater the money to establish a professorship in kinesiology, the study of human movement.

Safrit is a Salisbury native and a retired professor who worked in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

The Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship is named for Safrit and her longtime partner, Catherine Ennis, who died in April. Ennis received her master’s degree from UNC Greensboro and taught kinesiology at several universities before joining the faculty in Greensboro in 2008.

The first recipient of this new professorship is Laurie Wideman, a kinesiology professor at UNC Greensboro since 2000.

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