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Community grapples with academic report findings

At a time when most would usually be heading home, about 300 people gathered in the Genome Sciences auditorium on Oct. 22 for a town hall meeting about the Wainstein Report. The attendees – evenly divided among faculty, staff and students – were not there to point fingers but to try to understand what happened […] ... Read More

Carolina Covenant shows ‘us at our best’

As a teenager in rural Michigan, Shirley Ort had no expectations of going to college until her high school principal rapped on her screen door the summer after her graduation. He was carrying an application to Spring Arbor College, a private liberal arts school about 60 miles from her home. Although Ort did not understand […] ... Read More

Don’t get tricked – follow the rules for Homegrown Halloween

Franklin Street will close from 9 p.m. until midnight on Oct. 31, in anticipation of the seventh annual Homegrown Halloween. In an effort to keep the event a small-town community gathering, parking and traffic, including streets adjacent to campus, will be affected on the day and evening of Oct. 31. There will be limited parking […] ... Read More

Picking up the PACE for peds in Porthole Alley

Right now, Porthole Alley is home to a lively parade mural and a strip of pavement warily shared by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The alley, only 18 feet wide, has no designated place for people to walk or bike, and the height of the buildings that line the alley makes it hard for pedestrians to […] ... Read More

Folt: ‘Academic freedom does not mean freedom from responsibility’

“Paper classes,” they were called. For nearly two decades, they represented a shadow curriculum that handed out hundreds of high grades to students who seldom earned them. They began in secret, with the good intentions of a misguided departmental administrator with a soft spot in her heart for students who struggled with the academic rigor […] ... Read More

Staff kick up their Heels on Employee Appreciation Day

While the students are away for fall break, the University has a chance to say thank you to the staff and faculty who make the place run. On a perfectly sunny and mild October Friday, employees celebrated Employee Appreciation Day by gathering at the Pit and the Student Union for lunch, games, dancing and fun. […] ... Read More

50 years ago, they started a revolution still going strong

Collectively, they have been with Carolina’s Department of Computer Science a total of 132 years. Fred Brooks came here to found the department in 1964, and Stephen Pizer arrived four years later with his newly minted Ph.D. from Harvard. Pizer’s dissertation adviser told him about the exciting new program that Brooks – another Harvard alum […] ... Read More

Panoramic display technology puts Davis Library on the map

People who want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Louvre or even the moon can do so without leaving campus. Thanks to a new Liquid Galaxy display system on the second floor of Davis Library, visitors can call up any Google Earth destination in a surround-screen immersive environment. The installation, made up of seven […] ... Read More

Confronting institutional prejudice, paving the way for change

Deborah Stroman believes in tackling complex issues head on. Both as a participant and a trainer, she frequently takes part in diversity programs and is always looking for opportunities to communicate that information broadly. In fact, one anti-racism workshop she attended about a year ago became the inspiration for a new course at Carolina that […] ... Read More

PAWS connects for success

Petting a dog has obvious pluses, including decreased blood pressure, lowered heart rate, lowered cortisol levels resulting in less stress, and many smiles. At UNC PAWS, a new shelter-to-pet program at Carolina’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, clinicians amplify those benefits by connecting shelter dogs with people who suffer from addiction disorders, depression […] ... Read More

Stone Center celebrates its 10th anniversary

Long before a center for black culture, arts and history existed at Carolina, Precious Stone remembers hearing her mother, Sonja Haynes Stone, talk frequently about the need for one. The beloved faculty member never saw the three-story building on Bell Tower Drive that bears her name. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and […] ... Read More

Living the next chapter of Davie’s dream

Chancellor Carol L. Folt said no other university in America has had a longer, closer or more enduring bond with its home state and its governors than Carolina has had.

That relationship was evident when two of North Carolina’s governors joined Folt on the stage of Memorial Hall on Oct. 12 to help celebrate Carolina’s 221st birthday. ... Read More

ConnectCarolina: moving forward

Many years and thousands of person-hours of work came to fruition on Oct. 1, when the University’s Finance, Human Resources and Payroll functions joined the Student Administration system in ConnectCarolina. The powerful system consolidates financial information, student administrative programs and personnel applications into one system, enabling the University to improve coordination and efficiency across campus. […] ... Read More

Current security report available

The University’s 2014 Annual Security Report is available. The report includes statistics for the previous three years (2011, 2012 and 2013) concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, on certain properties owned or controlled by the University and on public property adjacent to the campus. The report also includes: Institutional policies concerning campus security, including […] ... Read More

Flu clinics continue through Nov. 13

Walk-in flu vaccination clinics are open to Carolina students and employees on campus through Nov. 13. This year’s vaccine protects against the three flu viruses that experts predict will be most common this season: influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses and influenza B viruses. Register for an appointment or find a nearby walk-in […] ... Read More

Honors for October 15, 2014

UNC has been ranked 46th among the top universities in the world, up one spot from last year, and 12th among U.S. public universities on the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The ranking is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities. Those indicators cover teaching, […] ... Read More

Carolina Women’s Center announces Faculty Scholars

Joanne Hershfield, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Susan Harbage Page, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies; and Mary H. Palmer, Umphlet Distinguished Professor at the School of Nursing have been named Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Scholars for the 2014–15 academic year. The scholars will undertake projects that reflect […] ... Read More

Comp-Sci turns 50

Computer science research conducted at Carolina has helped shape and guide technological advances, and it has played a critical role in propelling the Research Triangle region – and the state – into the Digital Age. It all started in 1963 with a visit from computer scientist Frederick P. Brooks Jr., project manager for the revolutionary […] ... Read More

International Friendship Program seeks hosts

Each year, Carolina brings approximately 1,600 international students to campus. For undergraduates, the move often represents their first time living independently outside of their home country. The separation from family, friends and familiar patterns of daily life often can be challenging and frustrating – and the campus community can help with the transition. The International […] ... Read More

BOT endorses exploring investment in clean energy strategies

The University Board of Trustees last month approved a resolution requesting that the UNC Management Company begin researching the possibility of investing in “friendly clean energy strategies” while making sure those investments would be consistent with financial objectives. The resolution, which was passed unanimously by the full board after the board’s Finance and Infrastructure Committee […] ... Read More

Folt emphasizes ‘we have to know who we are and be proud of it’

Chancellor Carol L. Folt told the Employee Forum that she knows her second year at Carolina will be better than her first. That is because she spent the first year learning everything she could about Carolina. Every day, it seemed, she was learning something new and gaining a fuller appreciation of “what a truly amazing […] ... Read More

Faculty bring in $792.7 million in contracts and grants in 2014, up $14.9 million from 2013

Carolina faculty brought in $792.7 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal 2014, up $14.9 million from the $777.8 million total in fiscal 2013. “Carolina’s research excellence continues to drive significant economic growth and job creation in North Carolina, and those stellar results allow major funding partners to continue to make investments in our […] ... Read More

Carolina research-award total climbs

Carolina faculty brought in $792.7 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal 2014, up $14.9 million from a total of $777.8 million in fiscal 2013. ... Read More

The impact of innovation

Create, teach and apply. Those words, Student Body President Andrew Powell told the University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday (Sept. 25), resonated with him after reading Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s recent online op-ed in U.S. News & World Report about why American universities must continue to innovate. The way to do that, Folt suggested, is […] ... Read More

Bonilla’s drive to help others began with family

Jakelin Bonilla's parents instilled in their children the value of turning obstacles into assets. ... Read More