Spotlight

Remembering Kennedy

As news of President Kennedy’s death spread 50 years ago, Carolina came to a standstill. Students gathered around radios and televisions listening to the news. The Beat Dook parade that had been scheduled for that afternoon was cancelled, as were other campus events. The weekend’s football game against Duke was called off as well. The…

Dean Smith’s courage

Bill Guthridge struggles to put his feelings into words. Every week, he sees his longtime friend and former boss in the office, as he has since he joined the coaching staff of the Carolina basketball team in 1967. He and former head coach Dean Smith worked together longer than most marriages last. And in a…

Escape through books

Karl Humphries loved books. For the three years he battled a brain tumor, they were his mental departure from the waiting room at N.C. Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cancer clinic, his imaginary getaway from tests and treatments and diagnoses. When he passed away in 2007, at age 13, his mom made it her mission to give…

Where buffalo roam

For Jack Pleasant, memories from a 1964 trip to New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch came stampeding back on a return trip in 1995. Not sunrises or rugged terrain or even scenic vistas. Just buffalo. Steaks, to be exact. That’s how the UNC alumnus began his move from owner of a successful home health agency to…

Excavating the past

When UNC alumnus Robin Beck was a young boy, he loved roaming the Morganton-area farm owned by his uncle and aunt, James and Pat Berry, in the North Carolina foothills. The land has been in the Berry family since before the Revolutionary War. As Beck walked around kicking up dirt, he was amazed at the…

You can do it!

As she has many times since coming to Carolina in July, Chancellor Carol Folt spent a recent morning walking the halls of an academic building and shaking hands. Instead of internship opportunity flyers lining the hallways, though, there were blue lockers. Reidsville High School, about 45 minutes north of Greensboro, might not seem like a…

Coffee connections

Three Carolina alumni have guided Counter Culture Coffee from an idea born in a class proposal to a business with worldwide influence on the coffee industry. In 1994, Brett Smith had just earned a master’s degree in business administration from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and had assembled what he calls a “tool chest.” He was…

A life-changing moment

Few people can point to the exact moment that changed their life, but Eunice Sahle can. She was in fifth grade and had just raced home to show off the A she received on her English composition. That A, she told her mother, made her believe she just might be smart enough to become a…

“Together, we can make history”

As America’s first public university, “Carolina became the gold standard” of the transformative power of higher education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said this afternoon (Oct. 12). And, she added, “The future is up to us.” Folt addressed the crowd of 2,500 assembled in Polk Place after she took the…

You’re invited: Folt installation Oct. 12

Chancellor Carol Folt has been listening to students, faculty, staff, alumni and others who are passionate about Carolina and its future success. She has described her first 100 days on the job as “the most wonderful wild ride you can possibly imagine.” The ride continues this week as Carolina prepares for Folt’s installation on Saturday,…