Author Grisham urges graduates to find a voice

Author John Grisham, master of best-selling legal thrillers, told an estimated 5,630 newest graduates at Commencement that writing is like life and that it’s important for each person to find his or her voice in order to be heard. “Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard. The size of your audience doesn’t matter. What is important is that your audience is listening.” For links to Grisham's speech, a YouTube video, a slideshow and more, see

Kenan Trust gift enables hiring 18 junior faculty

Carolina has received a $5 million gift from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and another $500,000 from an anonymous donor to recruit 18 outstanding young faculty members. The expendable gifts provide an immediate competitive advantage.

Going beyond coal bolsters sustainability leadership

Carolina will stop using coal on campus by May 2020. The decision, announced by Chancellor Thorp, followed an Energy Task Force proposal and was hailed by national Sierra Club officials as ground-breaking in American higher education. Click to watch the announcement.

U.S. News & World Report ranks multiple schools, specialties

Carolina appears on more than 15 lists of schools and specialty areas ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its 2011 “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” They include second overall in primary care for the School of Medicine and first in analytical chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Chancellor interviews alumnus Lewis Black on comedy career

Alumnus Lewis Black, an award-winning comedian and actor, discusses his career with Chancellor Holden Thorp in a video interview. Black, a member of the Class of 1970, hosted the Carolina Comedy Festival, which he created, on campus earlier this spring.

Researchers target heart disease in ‘stroke belt’

A $10 million federal grant will help researchers at UNC and East Carolina collaborate with health-care practitioners and community leaders in Lenoir County, N.C., to tackle heart disease, the county's leading cause of death. The project is led by Carolina's Alice Ammerman.

State faces tough budget choices in 2010-11

North Carolina's budget process for fiscal 2010-11 is under way. Chancellor Thorp and other UNC chancellors are concerned about the impact new state budget cuts could have on students' classroom experiences. For the latest, see the Carolina Budget Information Web Page.
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