April 2009

UNC #1 for Luce Scholars after passing Harvard

Carolina is No. 1 for producing Luce Scholars after passing Harvard. Seniors Nicholas Anderson (also a Robertson Scholar) and Rachel Harper, along with 2007 graduate Jennifer Cimaglia (also a Morehead-Cain Scholar), were among 18 Luce Scholarship recipients. It was only the fourth time in Luce history that three students from the same school were selected. Read about 2008 Luce winner Mike Tarrant's experiences in Singapore.

Tyler Hansbrough

Follow the Heels! Team scores for grades, economic impact

Follow the Heels during the Final Four on tarheelblue.com. And alumni.unc.edu features General Alumni Association activities. Besides Obama picking UNC in his bracket, the team has topped two other lists. Inside Higher Ed picked UNC as the national champions based on the team's scores on the Academic Progress Rate. Forbes magazine says UNC is #1 based on $26 million generated for the University, the ACC and local communities.

The Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover Report - March 2009

Making Carolina 'The Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover'

Last fall, Trustees John Ellison and J.J. Raynor launched a campus-wide conversation about how to make "Carolina: The Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover." The initiative provides the University with a roadmap for improving the quality of education. Ideas gleaned from students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni are reflected in the final report, which alumni and friends are invited to read and share thoughts about via bettercarolina@gmail.com.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak at Commencement

Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and considered one of the world's greatest humanitarians, will deliver the May Commencement address on May 10 in Kenan Stadium.

Anoop Idol Watch

Carolina's 'American Idol' - 'Noop Dog'

Anoop Desai, a 2008 American studies graduate and former Clef Hanger who plans to attend Carolina's Graduate School, has made it to the top nine finalists on the hit TV reality show "American Idol." Desai, dubbed 'Noop Dog' by Judge Randy Jackson, has won over millions of fans nationwide with his performances and keeps mentioning his Tar Heel ties prominently on the show. WUNC-FM is among the media outlets chronicling Desai's success.


$4.5 million Mellon grant supports humanities graduate students

A $4.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will strengthen graduate education in four humanities departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The grant, combined with additional private fundraising by the University, will create the Mellon Graduate Fellowship Program to support graduate students in English and comparative literature, history, philosophy, and religious studies. The program will help Carolina remain competitive in recruiting top graduate students.


UNC prepares for 5% recurring state budget cuts next year

With state budget reductions coming next fiscal year, Chancellor Holden Thorp has instructed senior administrators to cut programs, operations and staffing equivalent to a 5 percent state cut effective July 1. Although the state budget remains murky, UNC must act now to avoid even deeper cuts later. UNC already absorbed 7 percent in cuts during the current fiscal year. See the Carolina Budget Information Web page for Thorp's latest campus message.

Matthew Garza

Garza becomes UNC's 31st Truman Scholar

Matthew Garza, a junior Morehead-Cain Scholar, has won the Truman Scholarship, which recognizes leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of making a difference. The economics major will pursue a master's degree in public administration and international development. Garza was among 60 students chosen by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Of 31 Truman Scholars from UNC since the program began in 1977, 18 have been Morehead-Cain Scholars.

William B. Harrison Jr.

Global Research Institute aims to attract international scholars

A Global Research Institute aims to attract international scholars to tackle topics such as globalization, the economic crisis and the future of North Carolina's economy. Starting the institute topped recommendations from a panel suggesting how to enhance UNC's global presence. Alumnus William B. Harrison Jr., retired chairman and director of JPMorgan Chase & Co., chaired the panel and pledged $1 million to support efforts including the institute.

Chancellor (left) with high school students

Chancellor blog topics run the gamut: Bill Little, national anthem and school visits

Chancellor Thorp's latest entries to his blog fondly remember longtime Chemistry Professor Bill Little, performing the national anthem with Terri Houston at the Tar Heels' Georgia Tech game (with video), and visiting North Carolina high school students in Cherokee and Greenville. Thorp launched the blog to share thoughts, ideas and news about how the University is fulfilling its commitment to students and North Carolina.