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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for January 30, 2013

Chancellor's Awards

Nominations are due for the 2013 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Student Activities and Leadership Feb. 8. Complete information and a nomination form are located online: For further information, contact Tammy Lambert at 919-966-3128 or email

Free tax return help

UNC Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will provide free income tax return preparation for people with incomes less than $51,000 at clinics held from Feb. 2 to March 24. VITA will also sponsor a website where individuals with incomes less than $57,000 may prepare their own taxes online. Law school students, master of accounting students and a few undergraduates will serve as volunteers to provide this service for the Carolina and Chapel Hill communities. For more information, visit

Photography exhibit open through Feb. 3.

The exhibit “Photographic Angles: News Photography in the North Carolina Collection” in the collection’s gallery will close Feb. 3.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991. Candies individually wrapped in multicolored cellophane, endless supply. Ideal weight: 175 lbs. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Ackland Art Museum brings 'More Love'

Presenting a broad spectrum of art made over the last 20 years, “More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing Since the 1990s” will open Feb. 1 at the Ackland Art Museum with 48 works by 33 emerging and established artists.

Lectures and events

Dee Dee Batteast as Ruth Younger, Matt Garner as Karl Lindner, Miriam Hyman as Beneatha Younger and Mikaal Sulaiman as Walter Lee Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

PlayMakers offers discount for UNC employees

PlayMakers Repertory Company will continue to present “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park” in rotating repertory through March 3. UNC faculty and staff can purchase tickets to both plays at a discounted rate. Contact 919-962-PLAY (7529) for more information.

‘Southern Sounds/Out of Bounds: Music and the Global American South’ conference

Join musicians and scholars Feb. 8 and 9 for an exploration of the culture, meaning and practice of music from the globalized American South across borders, genres and identities. Special programming includes a keynote lecture from Karl Hagstrom Miller on the future of music at the dawn of the 20th century and an artists’ conversation with Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei on their combinations of traditional U.S. Appalachian music with Chinese traditional music. The conference, presented by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Center for the Study of the American South in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts, is free with registration.
Tickets are available for the evening performances: Carolina Chocolate Drops with Vusi Mahlasela on Feb. 8 and Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch with Wu Fei on Feb. 9. Conference registrants receive a 20 percent discount code while tickets last.

Members of the Carolina Cares Carolina Shares Advisory Board and Division Leaders responsible for Carolina’s record-setting 2012 charitable campaign, flanked by Dee Freeman, 2012 Chair of the State Employees Combined Campaign (far left), Brenda Malone (next to Freeman) and Provost Bruce Carney (far right).

SECC sets record in 2012

The University’s Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares charitable giving campaign set a new record for giving in 2012. The campaign, this year called “Tar Heels Give More,” raised a total of $894,533, more than $112,000 over 2011. Almost 2,900 employees contributed, the highest participation since 2004.
The total set a record for the most money ever raised by the annual charitable campaign. It also set a record for the State Employees’ Combined Campaign as the most ever raised by a single state agency and university.

“The past several years have been challenging, but Carolina’s employees have always come through when we asked them to help those in need,” said Brenda Richardson Malone, vice chancellor for human resources and campaign chair. “This year, we really meant it when we said, ‘Tar Heels Give More!’”
Schools, divisions and departments that met participation goals and other metrics will be recognized by Chancellor Holden Thorp and Malone at an awards reception in February.


Carolina Global Photography Exhibit 2013 on display

View amateur photography from around he world in this exhibit featuring works by UNC students, faculty, staff and alumni through March 8 at the FedEx Global Education Center. All photography on display was submitted as part of the 13th annual Carolina Global Photography Competition. This year, in connection with the campus-wide academic theme "Water in Our World," one photograph was selected as the best water image. There was also a "Chancellor's Choice" category, the winner selected by Chancellor Holden Thorp.


Curriculum development awards

Feb. 7 – Applications are due for Curriculum Development Awards for faculty who are interested in developing new courses with significant global content or enhancing global content in existing courses.  Priority will be given to courses that focus on water, the pan-university theme, especially those in schools and departments that currently lack such a focus.

ENVR 890 dedicated to academic theme

“Water In Our World” (ENVR 890), held this spring, is the first of many University-wide, interdisciplinary courses that will coincide with the two-year campus wide theme. Registration for ENVR 890, a one-credit class, was open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Examining a range of critical topics on global water, this course will bring together expert faculty from UNC and visiting scholars to lead units on water development, water safety, water in the environment, human rights to water, water and civilization and the water/energy nexus.

‘Water and Energy in the Crosshairs’

Experts on issues of water and energy will gather Feb. 6 – 8 for “Water and Energy in the Crosshairs,” a conference on global environmental challenges and solutions. Events will take place at the Varsity Theatre, FedEx Global Education Center and the Kenan Center. Visit for a complete schedule. The conference is free and open to the public, and online registration ends Jan. 31. Events will include a screening of “Switch,” a new documentary about the future of energy, a keynote address by Christian Parenti, author of “Tropics of Chaos: Climate Change and the Geography of Violence,” on the effects of the loss of biodiversity, panel presentations, discussions and more. “Water and Energy in the Crosshairs” is the third in a four-part series on global sustainability bringing together local and global experts to explore key issues related to water and energy in an inter-disciplinary and community gathering.

Deadlines to watch