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* * Gifts totaling $10.5 million will support the University’s student-athletes in Kenan
* * Whetting the appetite of future UNC students

Gifts totaling $10.5 million will support the University’s student-athletes in Kenan

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The University earlier this month received two gifts totaling $10.5 million to support nearly 800 student-athletes across 28 sports.

Alumnus R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk Sr. made a $7.5 million commitment to fund facilities supporting student-athletes as part of the Kenan Stadium renovation. The commitment will create The Loudermilk Center for Excellence, a 150,000 square-foot facility being built on the stadium’s east side.

The John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh donated $3 million to upgrade facilities and provide a new home for the academic support center. The John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center will be the largest feature of the Loudermilk Center.

Pope Center
The original academic support center, which was located in the stadium’s previous field house, opened in 1986 and also was funded by the Pope Foundation. The new center is named for the late John W. Pope Sr., a 1947 Carolina graduate who started Henderson-based Variety Wholesalers and founded the Pope Foundation.

“We’re committed to giving our student-athletes the support they need to succeed in the classroom as well as in their sport,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp. “We’re extremely grateful to the Pope Foundation for its continued generosity.”

At 29,000 square feet, the new center will be more than three times the size of the former space. Also housed there will be the Carolina Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training to Carolina’s student-athletes, coaches and staff, and serves as a model for intercollegiate athletics.

“My father loved Carolina and believed strongly in excellence in both academics and athletics, that each reinforced the other,” said Art Pope, president of the Pope Foundation and the son of the late John W. Pope Sr.

Loudermilk Center
In addition to the Pope Center, also housed in the Loudermilk Center will be a strength and conditioning center for Carolina’s Olympic sports programs, facilities for men’s lacrosse and a visitor’s locker room that can be split to host high school football championships.

Other features include premium seating for fans watching football games, as well as office and operations space for the Department of Athletics.

“The Loudermilk Center for Excellence attests to our commitment to athletic and academic excellence,” Thorp sad. “We’re extremely grateful to Charlie for this generous support of our student-athletes’ success.”

Loudermilk is chair of Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc. A 1950 Carolina graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce and now serves on the Board of Visitors of the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“I’m thrilled to support my University and this new facility, which will make a positive difference in the lives of future Tar Heel student-athletes,” Loudermilk said. “The education I received at Carolina and UNC Kenan-Flagler gave me the background for my success in the business world. I’m happy to give back to the University.”

Kenan renovation
Scheduled for completion in September, the $70 million Kenan Stadium renovation is being funded by private gifts and sales of premium seating.

For information about the project, refer to

Whetting the appetite of future UNC students

Sophomore Daniel Torelli leads a tour of prospective Carolina students through the CHANL (Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory) in Chapman Hall.

In addition to working with campus partners to offer special tours of the Kenan-Flagler Business School and University Career Services, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has collaborated with Joe DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry, to offer prospective students an insider’s view of CHANL and a few clean rooms in Caudill, New Venable and Chapman halls where Carolina student researchers work with particles on the micron and nanometer scale.

During the week of April 18–22, the admissions office welcomed more than 6,000 students to Carolina, the largest-ever number of visitors in a single week.

Special tours like these have helped boost campus visits. With 32,441 visitors so far this year, the number is 20 percent higher than at this point last year.

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