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Inside the April 2004 issue of FYI Carolina

Carolina Covenant gains national momentum, support from Roy Williams, CCB
Major universities including Harvard and Virginia are following UNC’s lead by announcing programs similar to the Carolina Covenant. That groundbreaking initiative will make a Chapel Hill education possible debt-free for low-income students beginning next fall. Tar Heel Coach Roy Williams, his family and the Central Carolina Bank Foundation have made gifts to the Carolina First campaign to support the program.

SOAR Telescope in Chile extends international research presence
Eighteen years ago, Carolina scientists saw the promise of extending the university’s international research presence into the skies of the Southern Hemisphere. Their dream just came true with the dedication of the Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope in Chile’s Andes Mountains. The telescope was designed to produce the best-quality images of any observatory in its class in the world.

Princeton Review names Carolina top 'best value'
Carolina is the nation's number one "best value" university, according to The Princeton Review and its new book, "America's Best Values Colleges." The book profiles 77 schools the education services company chose for their outstanding academics, low-to-moderate tuition and fees and generous financial aid packages.

Carolina Physical Science Complex to usher in new era of research, discovery
Chancellor James Moeser calls the Carolina Physical Science Complex perhaps the most important project in the university’s capital construction program. It will help attract and retain world-class faculty and students and keep Carolina among the leaders in science and technology. The $205 million complex, the largest project in UNC history, is driven by North Carolinians’ approval of the 2000 Higher Education Bond Referendum.

Undergraduates shine in competition for distinguished merit-based scholarships
Six undergraduates have won top national and international scholarships, making this one of the university’s most successful years ever for recognition of outstanding undergraduates. Carolina was one of eight schools with two Truman Scholars and remained second only to Harvard in its number of Luce Scholars. UNC produced a Rhodes Scholar for the second year in a row and the 37th since that program began.

Tar Heel Bus Tour connects new faculty with North Carolina
Thirty-six new faculty and administrators will spend a week in a classroom on wheels to learn about distinctly North Carolina topics ranging from tobacco to stock car racing to an economy in transition during the 2004 Tar Heel Bus Tour. The privately funded tour, now in its seventh year, hits the road May 10. New faculty will learn first hand about the university’s commitment to North Carolina and the people it serves.

Enhancing Carolina's research capacity benefits N.C. economy
Carolina is a bright spot in North Carolina's economy, and state leaders should tap the competitive advantage that its public research universities provide for economic development. That's the conclusion of a new study supported by corporate sponsors who recognize the positive impact of the Carolina faculty's research on the state.

Multiple schools, programs appear in U.S. News graduate rankings
Carolina appears on multiple lists of newly ranked programs and specialty areas produced by U.S. News and World Report magazine for its 2005 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Degree programs or specialty areas from the schools of business, education, government, law, medicine, public health and social work as well as the College of Arts and Sciences appear in the magazine's latest graduate rankings.

Social Work receives largest individual donation in school history
Miriam McFadden, who has dedicated her career to advancing the social work profession, has started a $1.2 million trust fund to recruit and retain School of Social Work faculty. The gift is the school's largest from a single donor.

Dean Smith, business professor share leadership lessons in new book
What can you learn from one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time that you can use in your business? Former Tar Heel Basketball Coach Dean Smith and UNC Kenan-Flagler Professor Gerald Bell address that question in their new book, “The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching.”

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