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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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

Macy aims to end domestic violence with community-based research

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. One in four of them are women, many of whom will experience significant difficulty with physical and emotional health long after the threat of violence is gone. From her […] ... Read More

Thomas Jefferson Award honors Templeton’s most-valued role at Carolina

More than 20 years ago, Joe Templeton’s mother-in-law gave him a box of 1,000 business cards. Embossed under Carolina’s bright blue seal are the words “Joe Templeton, Professor of Chemistry.” Unlisted are all the other titles he’s held: chemistry department chair, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the faculty, […] ... Read More

Humanities program forges a link between faculty and the people of North Carolina

Ask history professor Lloyd Kramer why he got involved with the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, and he will give two answers, each inexorably bound to the other. The first is the late Richard Soloway, the former chair of Carolina’s history department who helped recruit Kramer to Carolina in 1986 and would become […] ... Read More

‘Take Five’ with Barbara Osborne

Her parents put a tennis racquet in her hands when she was 3, and at age 10 she won the city championship in the girls division for her age group. But when Barbara Osborne started junior high school in 1972, she found that sports teams were still only for boys. Osborne joined the Carolina faculty […] ... Read More

A world of opportunities provided through C-STEP

More than 200 people – including students, supporters, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and former North Carolina Senator Howard Lee – attended the annual Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) kickoff in the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium last week. C-STEP, which was designed for low- to moderate-income students who transfer to Carolina from a partner […] ... Read More

Carolina North discussion focuses on greenway

“There’s very little going on,” said Gene Poveromo at the start of the Sept. 15 public information meeting about Carolina North, the planned mixed-use campus two miles north of main campus. Poveromo, development manager in the town’s planning and sustainability department, led this Town of Chapel Hill meeting that was hosted by the University at […] ... Read More

Tar Heels give more!

James W. Dean, Jr., executive vice chancellor and provost, helped kick off the State Employees Combined Campaign at the Carolina Inn last week by holding a table banner indicating that Carolina will be number one in contributions. For more than 25 years, the Carolina campus has generously supported thousands of charities through Carolina Cares, Carolina […] ... Read More

Veteran professor, student aid advocate Clark dies

Fred Clark, longtime professor of Portuguese, student advocate and champion of the Carolina Covenant Scholars Program, died Sept. 5. Clark joined the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages in 1967 where he remained for 45 years before recently retiring. Though he stepped down from the teaching faculty, he stayed on at Carolina to devote […] ... Read More

Cairns sets goal of broad engagement for Faculty Council

Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns kicked off the first Faculty Council meeting of the year with an icebreaker. He asked everyone in the room, council members and visitors alike, to spend five minutes chatting with people they didn’t know. The exercise reinforced a priority for Cairns this year: engagement. Communication is key, he said at the […] ... Read More

Folt: American universities can improve upon successes

Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s op-ed in the U.S. News & World Report online advocated for higher education to find new ways to prepare students for the jobs and industries of the future: American universities have long been the envy of the world. They have given our nation its greatest competitive advantage, and are still the […] ... Read More

Next phase of ConnectCarolina goes live Oct. 1

Beginning Oct. 1, the University’s Finance, Human Resources and Payroll applications will join Student Administration (formerly Campus Solutions) in ConnectCarolina. This transition has been in the works for years and is an important milestone for the University. The powerful integrated system will provide better information to support future decision-making. The change will affect the entire […] ... 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

NYT rating highlights Carolina’s economic diversity

The University was recently named among the top three most economically diverse colleges, further highlighting Carolina’s commitment to providing an accessible education. ... Read More

Carolina program helps revitalize NC towns

They call them “wicked problems,” the complicated, long-term, seemingly impossible, hard-to-wrap-your-head-around issues for which solutions seem far away.

The team involved in the School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) specializes in them, and they’re teaching students how to tackle them, too. ... Read More

The broken promise of Brown

In the landmark 1954 decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court boldly acknowledged the inherent inequality of the separate-but-equal doctrine in the field of education. Six decades later, our country again faces segregated schools separated by race, class and measurable inequities. Three Carolina scholars offer insight into Brown’s unfulfilled promise […] ... Read More

Carolina’s spaces keep pace in changing times

Carolina’s buildings are objects of conversation and affection, some of them old enough to be icons. But for Carolina’s students, faculty and staff, it’s often what’s inside that counts. Outfitting buildings to keep pace with ever-changing working and learning styles is the job of the Interior Design Department, an arm of Facilities Services that works […] ... Read More

Inspired by life lessons, Strauss built a career on caring

Some students cross county lines to get to Carolina, while others cross oceans. Ron Strauss is behind them all. A noted dentist, medical sociologist, professor and administrator, Strauss has spent four decades on Carolina’s faculty mentoring first-generation college students, scholars in the Carolina Covenant program, students in the Latino/a Peer Mentoring Program, dental and medical […] ... Read More

Four faculty members honored with Hettleman awards

Four highly promising Carolina faculty members in diverse fields have been awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. The recipients, who will be recognized at the Sept. 19 Faculty Council meeting, are Gina Chowa, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; Mark Holmes, associate professor in […] ... Read More

Hope and struggle help keep a still distant dream alive

One story Sherick Hughes often heard while sitting in his great-grandmother’s home remains forever fixed in his memory. It’s about a slave who kept trying to run away from a plantation in Old Trap, a small township in Camden County, to follow the hidden pathway to freedom along the banks of the Great Dismal Swamp, […] ... Read More

Employees join the debate over nighttime parking fees

Forum Chair Charles Streeter stood in front of the Employee Forum flashing from his breast pocket what looked to be a hand of oversized playing cards. They weren’t. They were a sampling of the annual parking permits he has amassed since he first came to work at Carolina as an IT specialist in Student Affairs […] ... Read More

Campus flu clinics begin Sept. 16

Beginning next week, the University will offer 21 campus-wide seasonal influenza clinics for students, faculty and staff. The 2014–15 seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common this season (see Register for an appointment or find a nearby walk-in clinic by going to All clinics will […] ... Read More

ConnectCarolina update

The Oct. 1 go-live of the Finance and HR/Payroll components of ConnectCarolina will change how University transactions are entered and processed. It will also change the way that reporting is done across campus, with InfoPorte becoming the primary reporting and data analysis tool. The combination of ConnectCarolina and InfoPorte creates a holistic tool for processing, […] ... Read More

Honors for September 10, 2014

Fleming Bell, professor of public law and government at the School of Government, has been named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in recognition for his extensive career in city planning, law, government and academia, and the impact that has made on North Carolina citizens. The award is conferred by the Governor to […] ... Read More

Noted UNC neuroscientist and educator Perl dies

Edward R. Perl, a preeminent neuroscientist dedicated to science and education at Carolina for more than 40 years, died July 15. As the chair of the Department of Physiology from 1971 to 1987, he established a vibrant and highly respected research team focused on neurosciences. During his long tenure at the University, he expanded and […] ... Read More