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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


New BOT chair calls for ‘courage to change’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees welcomed five new members at the July 23 meeting and re-emphasized its focus on internal improvement and external communication. ... Read More

And the Kassons go rolling along

John and Joy Kasson have done just about everything together in life, including retiring this summer from the university they have called home for the past 44 years. ... Read More

For a decade now, ombuds trio has demonstrated the power of listening

The University Ombuds Office, which turned 10 this year, is widely regarded as one of the best in the country, and university leaders thinking of creating an ombuds office often turn to Carolina’s program to find out how it should be done. ... Read More

A parting toast to four leaders who left their mark

Fred Brooks is one of four long-serving faculty members who retired at the end of the spring 2015 semester. ... Read More

UNC earns FIRE’s ‘green light’ rating for free speech

The University has received the highest “green light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for its policies on student expression. ... Read More

From competition to contract

For his new book “Who’s a Journalist? News in a Digital Age,” Debashis Aikat at the School of Media and Journalism entered his book proposal in a competition against other media researchers. ... Read More

Six Tar Heel alums help U.S. team win soccer World Cup

Six former Carolina women’s soccer players won their first World Cup rings with the U.S. team’s 5–2 victory over Japan on July 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan for their record third FIFA World Cup championship and their first since 1999. Tar Heels on the team were starting midfielder Tobin […] ... Read More

Yoga in the galleries

Grab a mat and museum cushion and take a deep breath. Yoga and Tai Chi classes in the Ackland Art Museum galleries are about to begin again. After nearly a month of closed doors, the museum reopened July 1 with fresh renovations. Along with new paint and flooring, students, faculty and staff can also find […] ... Read More

Dibbert wins Frank L. Ashmore Award for service to CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently named Doug Dibbert, president of the UNC General Alumni Association, the recipient of the prestigious Frank L. Ashmore Award for service to CASE and the advancement profession. Steve Grafton, president of the Alumni Association at the University of Michigan, said in his nominating letter that […] ... Read More

Cox, Dunlap, Jenkins-Cheek honored with Hovious award for exceptional service

Three outstanding Employee Forum delegates were honored for their work at the forum’s June 10 retreat. Yvonne Dunlap, Karen Jenkins-Cheek and Tammy Cox received the Kay W. Hovious Award in appreciation of their exceptional service to staff at Carolina. Dunlap has served as chair of the forum’s Personnel Issues Committee and has been an active […] ... Read More

Honors for July 15, 2015

Peggy Bentley of the Gillings School of Global Public Health has replaced Jim Peacock as the new UNC faculty director of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. Bentley is a nutrition professor and associate dean for global health at Gillings as well as associate director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease. The University […] ... Read More

University Square demolition begins

University Square has begun to disappear from downtown Chapel Hill. Demolition began on the west side of the buildings and will move eastward through the summer. Rising in its place in 2017 will be the new mixed-use development Carolina Square. Granville Towers on the back of the property remains fully accessible with a new entrance […] ... Read More

The rockets’ red glare

The Chapel Hill community celebrated Independence Day with fireworks and festivities at Kenan Stadium. See a slide show of the Fourth of July fun. ... Read More

Old Chapel Hill library building to house Arts and Sciences Foundation

The old Chapel Hill Public Library, which has sat empty in recent years, is about to become the new home of the Arts and Sciences Foundation, the nonprofit organization that raises private funds for the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. ... Read More

Former Chancellor Aycock dies at 99

William Brantley Aycock, a distinguished professor and chancellor of the University during a period of tremendous growth and social and political upheaval, died June 20 at age 99. ... Read More

‘Take the hit and recover later’

Gillian Litynski is at the top of her form in fencing, as the first-ever ACC women’s saber champion, and in academics, as a prestigious Hillman Scholar for Nursing Innovation in the School of Nursing. She's also dyslexic. ... Read More

Brinkley chosen as 14th dean of the School of Law

Carolina alumnus and Raleigh lawyer Martin H. Brinkley has been named the next dean of the School of Law. ... Read More

Grad students share their research with legislators

Graduate students from throughout the state recently had the opportunity to meet members of the North Carolina General Assembly and share the ways graduate student research is benefiting North Carolina’s economy and citizens. Gov. Pat McCrory declared May 18 through 22 as Graduate Education Week in North Carolina and May 19 as Graduate Education Day. […] ... Read More

UNC, Dental Foundation establish Barakat Memorial Award

A new memorial award named for two slain Muslim students will be presented for the first time during the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year. ... Read More

UNC community supports 27th Carolina Blood Drive

At the 27th annual Carolina Blood Drive held at the Smith Center on June 2, the American Red Cross collected 832 units of blood (590 whole blood units and 242 double red units). A total of 802 donors and 65 volunteers participated in the drive, sponsored by the Employee Forum. The drive helps save lives and promote healing […] ... Read More

Hello ‘Sweeney,’ goodbye Joe

PRC's 2015-16 season is the last to be programmed by longtime producing artistic director Joseph Haj, who will become artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. ... Read More

Still accredited, Carolina gets one-year probation from SACS

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) notified Carolina earlier this month that the University remains accredited but has been placed on probation for one year because of past academic irregularities. “The Commission’s decision is the next step – an expected consequence – in Carolina’s tireless efforts to ensure integrity in […] ... Read More

Honors for June 24, 2015

Recipients of the 2014-15 Finance Division Extra Mile Awards are John Medlin and Ken Thurheimer from Purchasing Services; Ethel Rodriguez from Travel Services; Karen Sipe from Business Analysis; and Ammar Yameen from Disbursement Services. Each received a framed certificate, a $100 gift certificate and one day of paid annual leave. As part of the celebration […] ... Read More

Serving those who serve

Chancellor Carol L. Folt officially launched UNC Core, a new distance-learning program for service members. She also announced the addition of a new full-time position dedicated to helping veterans navigate the higher education process. ... Read More

Trustees take comprehensive approach to campus history

The Board of Trustees passed three resolutions on May 28 that, together, form a comprehensive approach to telling the University’s full history. ... Read More