Campus Updates

UNC system to absorb $64 million net funding reduction

The state budget approved in July by the N.C. General Assembly included a permanent funding reduction of $115 million for the UNC system. That amounts to approximately 4.5 percent of the system’s base operating budget, UNC President Tom Ross said in a message to the 17 constituent campuses. The largest share of that cut includes…

University launches Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group

The University’s senior leadership is bringing a fresh perspective to fostering academic success for student-athletes during their entire Carolina experience. A campus working group led by new Provost James W. Dean Jr. and Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham is taking a comprehensive approach to assessing and enhancing how the University provides academic support to student-athletes. “Our…

Vice Chancellor Gray to return to New York, family and private-sector opportunity

Karol Kain Gray, Carolina’s vice chancellor for finance and administration, has been named chief financial officer of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a New York-based company that provides botanical DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions. Gray has more than three decades of financial, organizational and management experience. Since December 2011, she has served as Carolina’s…

Students get head-start in giving back

Before Carolina classes began, 50 first-year students had already engaged in service-learning and giving back to the community. The students spent three days volunteering with local community partners as part of the Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) at the Carolina Center for Public Service. SLI is a student-led pre-orientation program that introduces first-year students to the array…

Preliminary Profile: 2013 first-year class

Roughly 4,000 first-year students – including award-winning researchers, artists, directors, dancers, writers, community activists and champion athletes – have started classes at UNC. The University received a record 30,836 applicants, and the 3,960 enrolling students hail from 95 North Carolina counties, 45 states and 20 countries. The students who joined Carolina this month “are dedicated…

Road construction progresses on campus, around town

While many students were on summer break, road crews worked to make sure several major roadways were fully open to traffic in time for the start of the fall semester.  Cameron Avenue After being closed to traffic for more than three months, East Cameron Avenue has reopened. Sections of the road were closed between Columbia…

Week of Welcome ends August 25

Are you ready for WOW? Carolina’s Week of Welcome starts Friday (Aug. 16) and runs through Aug. 25. Week of Welcome introduces first-year and transfer students to the expectations, resources and involvement opportunities during their first semester at Carolina. Some of the activities include mini golf in the Undergraduate Library, an interactive, photo-based scavenger hunt,…

Smith to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Former Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  A White House ceremony will be held November 20, 2013. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It is presented to those who have “made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United…

Carolina Counts saves UNC $58 million

In spring 2008, when an anonymous donor funded a private outside study to explore ways the University could be run more efficiently, it was difficult to imagine the dividends – in the form of cost savings – that would come of it. And no one predicted that in October, on the cusp of a presidential…