Campus Updates

Building momentum for convergent science

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has long been a leader in innovative thinking that addresses broad challenges. That leadership was on display recently when faculty member Joseph DeSimone led a National Research Council committee of top scientists to explore the nation’s standing on convergent research, a new approach to help more quickly…

Meet a Tar Heel: Michael Highland

As associate academic coordinator at the Carolina Covenant Scholars program, Michael Highland loves helping students succeed. In the nine years he has worked with the program, which gives eligible low-income students who earn admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the opportunity to graduate debt-free, he estimates he has helped hundreds of…

Carolina Black Caucus celebrates 40th anniversary

Current and past members of the Carolina Black Caucus (aka Black Faculty and Staff Caucus), invited guests and friends gathered Friday evening at the Friday Center to celebrate 40 years of advocacy and fellowship. A recurring theme of the evening was how far African Americans have come in the past four decades – and how…

Listening, learning, leading

From the time she arrived on campus as chancellor last July, Carol Folt could feel it. A pulsing energy was everywhere, and with every student she met, she felt increasingly plugged into it. “I call it the buzz – the absolute excitement of being at a place where people care,” Folt said. “There is a…

Carolina honors 127 with 20 years of service

Since 1977, UNC-Chapel Hill has recognized non-faculty employees who have dedicated 20 years of service to the University and to the State of North Carolina. On May 14, the University hosted the 37th annual Service Appreciation Banquet at the Carolina Inn to honor the 127 employees celebrating two decades of service this year. Chancellor Carol…

Chertoff to speak at 10th anniversary CPDM graduation ceremony

As it celebrates its 10-year anniversary this spring, the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management certificate program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health will hold a graduation ceremony for 14 students who completed the program in 2013-2014. The featured commencement speaker at the 11 a.m. ceremony Saturday will be Michael Chertoff, who served as…

Graduation in the fast lane

It took more than 2-1/2 weeks to take finals, set up for spring Commencement and turn the tassels, but you can relive the whole experience in a mere 2-1/2 minutes. In a new time-lapse video, five of Carolina’s communications staffers tell this year’s graduation story from picking up caps and gowns at UNC Student Stores…