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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2013: A Year in Stories


New PA program geared for veteran medical sergeants

Plans were announced for a new physician assistant program for veterans in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, part of the School of Medicine, to honor Special Forces Medical Sergeants who have dedicated their lives to service while addressing the shortage of medical care for the state’s underserved communities. The first class should be admitted in 2015.

Tom Bacon, director AHEC,  at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

AHEC’s Tom Bacon

UNC earns top ranking in Kiplinger’s for 12th time

For the 12th time in a row, Carolina ranked first on Kiplinger’s list of the 100 universities and colleges that provide the best value to in-state students. The magazine also listed Carolina second for the best value offered to out-of-state students.

AHEC’s success reflects power of partnerships 

Tom Bacon looked back at the statewide system of area health education centers – or AHEC – that for nearly 40 years has trained health professionals to meet the needs of rural and other underserved communities. Bacon was an integral part of AHEC since its beginning.


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Musical Empowerment

UNC students serve local kids through music

Musical Empowerment, which began as Carolina Music Outreach in 2002, pairs musically inclined Carolina students with local children interested in learning a musical craft. In 2013, 50 Carolina students shared their time and expertise with 50 young community members each week for 40-minute lessons, free of charge.

Tool helps wipe away contamination risk

A team of Carolina researchers developed a set of towelettes that removes contamination of hazardous drugs on surfaces, designed to protect people involved in the preparation and administration of chemotherapy drugs. ChemoGLO LLC, is a spinoff company founded by faculty members in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Academic Review panel supports Carolina’s response

A five-member Board of Governors Academic Review Panel said the University had adequately addressed academic problems uncovered during its investigations into some African and Afro-American studies courses. The panel affirmed the findings and actions stemming from five previous reviews examining the scope of the problems.



Sylvia Hatchell

Hatchell coaches with humility, hunger to win

In 2013, Sylvia Hatchell became the second women’s basketball coach in history to reach 900 wins, yet she coaches with the same humility and hunger to win that has motivated her for nearly four decades.

Fixed-term faculty choose paths they love

Three longtime teachers with lengthy records of University service are known as “The Mount Rushmore of Carolina” for their decades of work to support and advance the careers of instructors who choose the fixed-term faculty path.

Graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University appeared on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The School of Medicine ranked first in primary care, and family medicine, rural medicine and AIDS were also listed as top 10 specialties.



Carol Folt is named Carolina’s 11th chancellor.

Nothing could be finer

On April 12, UNC President Tom Ross announced that Carol L. Folt, interim president at Dartmouth College, would be Carolina’s 11th chancellor. Folt, an internationally recognized environmental scientist and the first female chancellor of the University, would begin July 1.

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Executive Director for the Arts Emil Kang

Carolina takes on ‘The Rite of Spring’

The arts at Carolina marked the 100th anniversary of the bold French ballet “The Rite of Spring” with academic programs, artistic commissions and inspired performances that brought news coverage from around the world.

Two dozen honored for outstanding teaching

Twenty faculty members and five graduate teaching assistants were selected from more than 500 nominations to be recipients of the 2013 University Teaching Awards in honor of their dedication and efforts to enlighten, enrich and provide Carolina students with outstanding instruction.


How a majestic plan came together

In the span of a decade, the University spent more than $2.3 billion to add 6 million square feet of new building space while renovating 3.4 million square feet of existing space. The resulting story of that era is “The Dynamic Decade: Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001–2011.”


Overton embraces Thorp as he prepares to leave Carolina.

Thorp prepares for next phase of his career

Carolina’s 10th chancellor, Holden Thorp, prepared to leave the University to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis. In five years as “the chancellor of the people,” as former Employee Forum Chair Jackie Overton called Thorp, he had a to-do list for Carolina that included inspiring students’ love for knowledge, creating ways to make a college education attainable, taking on the pressing problems of the world and using the resources of a major research university to innovate for the future.


Class of 2013

Case tells grads ‘attack, don’t defend’

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, urged Carolina’s newest graduates to be attackers, “people with bold, innovative ideas who are trying to disrupt the status quo and usher in a better way.” Speaking during the May 12 Commencement ceremony, Case told graduates to focus on three P’s: people, passion and perseverance.


Emergency drill draws coordinated response

On June 19, the top floors of Davis Library became a rehearsal stage for the kind of real-life drama University leaders hope never comes to campus – but must be prepared to face. Actors portrayed gunmen, hostages and victims for an emergency drill coordinated by the Department of Public Safety in conjunction with local law enforcement officials.

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Guard James Britt shows a student around the Ackland gallery.

Ackland guards mix love of art with service 

Anyone who has visited the Ackland Art Museum has seen the security guards who ensure the safety and security of the artwork as well as the museum’s visitors. But they are also incredibly knowledgeable about the works of art on display and are available to answer visitors’ questions and help them connect with the art.


Faculty research funding increases to $777.8 million

Carolina faculty secured $777.8 million in research funding during fiscal 2013. That total is up nearly $11 million – 1.4 percent – from $767.1 million the previous year. The funding comes in contracts and grants awarded by federal and state agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations and associations.

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Folt crosses campus on her first day as chancellor.

Folt starts new era as Carolina’s 11th chancellor

On July 1, Carol L. Folt took office as the University’s 11th chancellor and immediately embarked on a crash course in Carolina. Folt said that serving as chancellor for one of the world’s leading universities was the honor of a lifetime. “I fell in love with Carolina partly because of the intensity and passion people have,” she said.

State budget approved

The $20.6 billion North Carolina budget for fiscal 2013–14 cut state funding to the UNC system by $66 million. The budget eliminated all direct funding for Carolina’s School of Medicine to support graduate medical education and help pay for uncompensated care, and it appropriated $42 million for the University Cancer Research Fund, which had received $50 million annually since 2009. Also included was a tuition hike of 12.3 percent for Carolina’s out-of-state undergraduates in 2014–15.


Carolina Counts reaps $58 million in savings

carolinacountsIn its first full year of implementation (2009–10), Carolina Counts tracked cost savings of $21 million per year in the recurring state-funded budget. In the 2013 fiscal year, Carolina Counts reached recurring savings of $58.1 million per year in state funding. During the past four fiscal years, the cumulative savings stand at $160.1 million in state funding.

New year, new faces

Carolina’s incoming class of 3,960 first-year students came from as far away as Sydney, Australia, to as close to home as Chapel Hill. Selected from a record 30,836 applicants, these students include award-winning researchers, artists, directors, dancers, writers, community activists and athletes – even a certified gerbil breeder.

Provost shares optimism about Carolina

One month into his new position, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. discussed the listening tour he and Chancellor Carol Folt planned to undertake in the fall, his optimism about Carolina’s future and his commitment to do whatever he could to keep the University moving forward.


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Music (and MOOC) professor Evan Feldman

MOOCs extend Carolina’s reach across the globe

Beginning in the fall, an estimated 100,000 students were expected to take five courses offered by six of the best faculty members at Carolina. They are among the millions of students around the world taking courses from some of the top universities through massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs.

Examining athletics in campus life

A panel of national leaders in higher education and athletics released its report about the role of athletics in campus life. Following a roundtable discussion on campus in April, the panel, chaired by Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings, made recommendations for Carolina and other universities nationwide. In August, Carolina administrators had formed a new campus working group to bring a fresh perspective to fostering academic success for student-athletes during their entire University experience, led by Provost Jim Dean and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham.


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Carol Folt becomes Carolina’s 11th chancellor.

‘Together, we can make history’

As America’s first public university, “Carolina became the gold standard” of the transformative power of higher education, Chancellor Carol Folt said in her installation address on University Day, Oct. 12. She drew a connection between the achievements of the past and the challenge of the future, and the need for Carolina to hold fast to its cherished values as it adapts to meet emerging needs.

Sobsey’s water test is ‘a driver for change’

According to a 2012 UNC study, 1.8 billion people around the world use unsafe water. But a test from the lab of Mark Sobsey in the Gillings School of Global Public Health is helping to combat the problem by making water testing simpler and more accessible to the low-resource areas that need it most.

Cohen receives state’s highest civilian honor

Myron Cohen, a Carolina physician and scientist who is internationally recognized for his work studying the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, received the 2013 North Carolina Award for Science, the state’s highest civilian honor.


Smith awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom


Medal of Freedom recipient Dean Smith

Members of Dean Smith’s family were present for him at the White House on Nov. 20 when President Barack Obama awarded Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. As a teacher, Smith was known as a model of integrity; as a political activist, he exemplified social and moral conscience.

Trustees concerned about out-of-state tuition increase

Carolina was one of four universities where lawmakers stipulated a 12.3 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduates in 2014-15. For Carolina students, that means a hike of $3,469, which concerns members of Carolina’s administration and Board of Trustees.

Book Fairy helps countless children find escape

For years, University employee Kathy Humphries, also known as the Book Fairy, has collected rooms full of books for children who are undergoing treatment at UNC Hospitals. In partnership with UNC Libraries and other campus groups, Humphries worked to push the five-year book collection total past 10,000.


Program provides support for minority male students

The Carolina Millennial Scholars Program is aimed at engaging, recruiting, retaining and supporting African-American, American Indian and Latino males from the time they come to campus through graduation and beyond. It’s one of the ways Carolina’s dedicated faculty and staff are working to address low retention rates among minority males.

Little Miracles

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Grayson Clamp and his dog Tully

An advance in medical technology that was spearheaded at Carolina allowed 3-year-old Grayson Clamp to hear for the first time in his young life. Since that groundbreaking surgery in April, the Clamps’ lives have been full of miracles. An update on this special family includes an in-depth look at the many ways in which Grayson’s parents are helping him succeed and the diligence of his surgical team in providing the means for Grayson to hear.

Water theme extended

As momentum for the “Water in Our World” academic theme, launched in March 2012, continues to build campus-wide, the theme will be extended into a third year, through 2014-15 – allowing for increased faculty and student involvement.