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Uncovered 1,600-year-old Jewish art brings more of an unknown culture to light

For nine years running, Carolina professor Jodi Magness has led a team of research specialists and students to the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Lower Galilee, where they bring to light the remains of a late Roman synagogue. For weeks during the summer, they unearth history in the form of art. With each excavation […] ... Read More

Reese News Lab initiative brings audience-driven news to Chatham County

How do you know what your audience wants? You ask them. Online, at community meetings or in the middle of a farmers’ market with a clipboard in your hand — that’s where Alexis Allston stood last summer in Chatham County, as she helped Reese News Lab launch an innovative audience-driven news product serving the rural county […] ... Read More

SNMA is the face of minority medicine in underserved communities

Two years ago, Carolei Bryan was an undergraduate pre-medical student at NC State when the UNC School of Medicine’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association helped fund her trip to the Annual Medical Education Conference in Atlanta. SNMA did this to support NC State’s chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-health Students. “That conference […] ... Read More

Lights! Camera! Action! Maymester!

Because of Maymester’s condensed schedule, students in the collaborative classes Acting For the Camera and Directing for the Camera have less than 40 hours of class time to complete the final projects. That’s 12 classes, each three hours and 15 minutes long. Attendance and attention are vital. ... 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

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

Gallup releases alumni survey on value of UNC System education

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper said the Gallup survey results “show that our alumni are more engaged, better prepared and lead more purposeful lives compared to the average college graduate.” ... 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

Carolina, NC State to prepare more teachers for elementary and special education

An online teacher licensure program from Carolina and NC State University will help fulfill the state’s need for licensed elementary and special education teachers thanks to a generous grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. The $200,000 grant will create new training modules in the existing Pathway to Practice NC online licensure program. The new modules […] ... Read More

Carolina receives national recognition for supporting first-generation students

Carolina has been named a “First Forward Advisory Institution” and is among the inaugural cohort of academic institutions nationwide being recognized for their commitment to supporting first-generation students. The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, made the announcement May 1. Carolina was among […] ... Read More