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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,…

More than Mosaics

Sunlight creeps above the horizon east of Galilee when undergrad Bryan Bozung scrapes his hoe across a hard surface. He brushes dirt away, revealing something smooth and black. He stands up and hollers for lead archaeologist Jodi Magness. She comes running, looks into the open pit, and crawls in. With paint brushes, they carefully sweep the…