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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Focus on Erika Wise

Erika Wise, associate professor of geography, researches the Earth’s climate — past and present — through dendrochronology, the study of tree rings. She collects samples to determine how old trees are and when droughts and fires may have occurred. Technology enables her to study trees all over the planet to observe climate change patterns and […] ... Read More

Nancy Burton’s story includes support taken and given

Nancy Burton removes the sourness from life’s lemons and turns them into something sweet. In her 18 years at Carolina, the winner of the 2019 C. Knox Massey Distinguised Service Award takes whatever complications come her way and makes not only “lemonade, but lemon pie and lemon ice cream,” said Darius Dixon, executive director of […] ... Read More

Lynn Blanchard is the heart of Carolina’s public service

Lynn White Blanchard has a picture in mind when she describes “public service and engagement.” It’s a stool. “The proverbial three-legged stool of academia is teaching, research and service. And a three-legged stool is perfectly good and works,” Blanchard said. “But if you want a stronger stool, you’ll build a brace that connects the legs […] ... Read More

‘Mamma Douglas’ believes in the power – and joy – of giving back

  For more than two decades, Linda Brown Douglas has given back to the University she loves in countless ways without expecting anything in return. This year, her bounty of good deeds finally caught up to her when she received a 2019 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. Douglas, the director of volunteer engagement for University Development, […] ... Read More

‘Mr. North Carolina’ sticks to the subject he loves

Few people are more versed in the history, culture and literature of the state than Bob Anthony, the curator of the North Carolina Collection at University Libraries, and one of the recipients of the 2019 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. Just don’t expect Anthony to tell you that. Every morning Anthony goes to work […] ... Read More

Sharon Horton Jones’ motherly wisdom applies to life, academics

Who gets the first hug from graduates of Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism after they receive their diplomas? Sharon Horton Jones.  The longtime academic adviser has been called a hero to thousands of students, a mother figure with an open heart and open door.  For those qualities and for her contributions to the school’s success, […] ... Read More

Making a difficult job look easy

  For the past 29 years, Deborah Hawkins has faced a daily challenge: how to make sure the thousands of people who drive to campus — to work, study, visit hospitals and clinics, attend games and concerts — have a place to park. That deep and abiding devotion to duty is why nearly 75 of […] ... Read More

Carolina People: Shonda L. Goward

What Shonda L. Goward likes most about her job as academic director of the Carolina Covenant is getting to know students who are not only academically curious, but kind and thoughtful people interested in making Carolina better for the students who come after them. ... Read More

Graduates urged to join a “conspiracy of good people”

As more than 6,000 Tar Heels participated in Carolina’s graduation ceremony on May 12, they were challenged to find not just their careers, but their callings, and to ask themselves what they are uniquely wired to do. ... Read More

Creating a buzz on campus

It began nearly two years ago with a cluster of hungry honeybees swirling around a campus trash can. Today, one of the hives in the Carolina Campus Community Garden is home to nearly 60,000 bees and a pollinator habitat is planned for the University’s new solar array project. ... Read More