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Inside the May 2003 issue of FYI Carolina
Carolina First Campaign reaches $1 billion
Bill Cosby charms Kenan Commencement crowd
Tar Heel Bus Tour connects new faculty with North Carolina
Students win distinguished scholarships

American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducts three UNC fellows
Welcome home, Roy!

Spin-off on track to produce new blood platelet technology
Carolina ranks 13th in federal health research funding

DNA co-discoverer helps Morehead launch new film


Carolina First tops $1 billion in private gifts
The Carolina First Campaign has topped $1 billion in private gifts in the drive to make Carolina the nation’s leading public university. Chancellor James Moeser announced the milestone May 23 to the campaign’s 59-member volunteer steering committee. The campaign goal is $1.8 billion. "One billion dollars is difficult to comprehend," Moeser said. "It’s important to remember that this figure represents many gifts from alumni and friends who want to help Carolina. Every gift to the campaign improves the Carolina experience and supports the work of a student, professor or program." In the link above, read more about Carolina First and view a flash movie on its latest milestone featuring a message from Woody Durham.

Bill Cosby charms Kenan Commencement crowd
Actor Bill Cosby, donning a Carolina sweatshirt and hat, brought his special brand of humor to Chapel Hill while speaking passionately about education during his May 18 Commencement remarks. Cosby went back to college after achieving much of his professional success to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in education. Carolina awarded honorary degrees to Cosby;  Drew S. Days III, former Solicitor General of the United States; Reynolds Price, award-winning author and Duke professor; and C.D. (Dick) Spangler Jr., a Carolina alumnus and president emeritus of the 16-campus University of North Carolina. About 30,000 graduates, family members and friends attended the annual Kenan Stadium ceremony. New to Commencement weekend was the first Graduate School doctoral hooding ceremony in Polk Place.

Tar Heel Bus Tour connects new faculty with North Carolina
Thirty-two new faculty members and administrators spent a week in a classroom on wheels to learn about distinctly North Carolina topics ranging from tobacco to stock car racing to Fort Bragg to an economy in transition as part of the 2003 Tar Heel Bus Tour. The privately funded tour, begun in 1997, covered more than 1,000 miles from May 19-23 with stops spanning from Wilmington to Cherokee. New faculty saw first hand where 82 percent of Carolina’s incoming undergraduates grow up. They learned more about the university’s commitment to North Carolina and how their research, teaching and public service connects with the state’s needs.

Students win distinguished scholarships
Eleven Carolina undergraduates have won prestigious national scholarships this academic year. In recent weeks, foundations offering some of the most competitive merit awards in the country have announced winners for 2003. So far, UNC students have won the following scholarships or fellowships:  one Rhodes, one Truman, one Luce, one Churchill, one Udall, three Goldwaters, two Cookes and one Rieser.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducts three UNC fellows
Two faculty members and Carolina alumnus C.D. (Dick) Spangler Jr. have been elected fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of "preeminent contributions" in their fields. Faculty fellows, honored for their contributions in the humanities and arts, are Drs. Thomas E. Hill Jr., Kenan professor, philosophy, and Alan R. Shapiro, William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished professor, English. Spangler was recognized for business, corporate and philanthropic leadership.

Welcome home, Roy!
Tar Heel alumnus and North Carolina native Roy Williams has returned to Chapel Hill to contribute again to Carolina basketball’s long, proud tradition of excellence. In Williams, Carolina has attracted the nation’s best coach to lead the program.

Spin-off on track to produce new blood platelet technology
Hemocellular Therapeutics, expected to produce the first platelet-based therapeutic available to doctors for the immediate treatment of active bleeding, has established an exclusive licensing agreement with Carolina to advance a decade of cutting-edge research in Chapel Hill and Greenville at East Carolina University.

Carolina ranks 13th in federal health research funding
Attracting research funds from the federal government is among the major contributions the university makes to the North Carolina economy. A new ranking affirms that the Carolina faculty’s ability to do just that places them among the nation’s best. The university ranks 13th overall for total funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health in fiscal 2002 - a 12 percent increase. Carolina is the top public university in the South and one of only five Southern universities, public or private, cited in the NIH’s top 20.

DNA co-discoverer helps Morehead launch new film
Nobel laureate James Watson, who co-discovered the DNA double helix 50 years ago, visited Chapel Hill to help the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center premiere “DNA: The Secret of Life.” Carolina was among the partners producing the film, which chronicles the discovery and delves into genomics. As worldwide distributor, the Morehead Center is offering the film to museums and science centers for showings, which are now scheduled in New York City and Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Boston, Chicago, Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as Chapel Hill.


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