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A wish come true

Magic happens at the intersection of profit and purpose. That was the lesson Jim Kitchen wanted to teach undergraduate students in his Intro to Entrepreneurship class. But rather than simply speaking those words in the classroom, he gave students an opportunity – and a mission – to learn by doing. Through a project dubbed “Ready,…

Learning from Veterans

Army veteran Jacob Hinton served two combat tours in Afghanistan as a member of the 82nd Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Members of the 82nd have long prided themselves as the tip of the spear of U.S. military strength. Within hours of receiving orders, they can be jumping out of a plane – directly into…

‘Helping Hand’ featured on CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning on Monday featured the story of Jeff Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill who recently made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. Click here for the CBS This Morning video. Click here for Powell’s…

Seymore, Golden earn prestigious Mitchell Scholarships

Sasha Seymore, a UNC-Chapel Hill senior, and Thomas Golden, a 2011 graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, have been named recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seymore and Golden were two of 12 Americans selected Nov. 22 for the award, which provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses…

Bufkin named Carolina’s 49th Rhodes Scholar

Sarah M. Bufkin of Atlanta, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a Rhodes Scholarship, the world’s oldest and best known awards for graduate study. Bufkin, 23, was one of 32 Americans selected Nov. 22 for the prestigious award, which funds study at the University of Oxford in…

Fall-ing for Carolina

Light blue is usually the dominant color on Carolina’s campus, but these days, orange, yellow and red have been stealing center stage. From McCorkle Place to Manning Drive, dogwoods, maples and more are in full fall transformation — and treating students, faculty and staff to a burst of color.

Teaching with Ancestry

After 11 years as an educator, middle school library media specialist Kristen Ziller knows students. And she knows they can have wandering minds, making it tough to keep them engaged in their learning. So she recently took part in a project that demonstrated something that grabs – and holds – students’ attention: investigating their family…

The making of ‘Johnny Johnson’

In professional theater, there are obvious ways to tell whether a production has been a success. Reviews. Box office sales. How long an audience applauds – or laughs. For David Navalinsky, the director of undergraduate production at Carolina, there is a more subtle – and substantial – measure: how much his students learn. Trained as…

Stick-y sculpture

Why sticks? Patrick Dougherty, Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and world-renowned for his stick-based sculptures, gets asked that a lot. “There’s an inherent interest in sticks,’’ he said. “It was our first building material, children know everything about it.” Volunteers ranging from Carolina students to community members showed up in droves beginning in…

Carolina Center for Public Service celebrates 15 years

For the last 15 years, the Carolina Center for Public Service has worked to fulfill the promise of the first public university – doing everything from providing fellowships to supporting students and faculty in public service and engagement. November 14, the Center celebrated that theme – and its decade and a half of service –…