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October 2002 Issue  

Carolina First campaign sets $1.8 billion goal
Chancellor James Moeser has announced a much-anticipated $1.8 billion goal for Carolina First, the historic, multi-year private fund-raising campaign that is transforming Carolina and positioning it as the nation’s leader among public universities. Campaign gifts are making possible endowed faculty chairs, undergraduate scholarship funds and graduate fellowship funds. Such private support is helping Carolina achieve levels of excellence unattainable through state funding alone. The chancellor announced the goal for Carolina First at an Oct. 11 ceremony. Click on the the headline above to watch a Webcast of the Carolina First announcement and learn more about why the campaign is so important to the university's future success.

Chancellor Moeser explores Carolina’s vision, prospects for future success

In his second annual “State of the University” speech, Chancellor James Moeser traced Carolina’s “proudly public” heritage and commitment to serving North Carolina, noted major progress in key areas and outlined future prospects. “Our vision is simple but profound – to be the leading public university in America,” Moeser told an audience of students, faculty and staff. Among the questions the chancellor addressed:  “How will we know when we have achieved our goal?” Alumni, parents and friends of the university are among those Moeser hopes will participate in an ongoing dialogue over the next year about those issues.

Carolina marks 209th birthday at University Day convocation
Bill Ferris, past director of the National Endowment for the Humanities and among Carolina's newest faculty, was the keynote speaker at the annual University Day convocation Oct. 12. The event marked Carolina's 209th birthday and the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation's first public university building. Ferris, one of America's top Southern studies scholars, came to Chapel Hill this fall. The university also dedicated two new buildings: the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the School of Pharmacy's Banks D. Kerr Hal
l. Click the headline above for a University Day Web page that includes the speech by Ferris and event photos.

Rankings place Carolina in good company
Several national publications have recently published rankings that list Carolina prominently in categories ranging from academic quality to affordability to diversity. Some of these high-profile sources are citing Chancellor Moeser’s decision last spring to end early decision admissions, making Carolina the first major highly selective public university to do so. The magazines, journals, guidebooks and newspapers include U.S. News & World Report, Kaplan/Newseek’s “How to Get Into College” Guide, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, The Wall Street Journal and “The Top American Research Universities,” published by the Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance at the University of Florida.

Trademark licensing revenue sets new record
Carolina's latest trademark licensing revenue totals represent the strongest performance in the history of the licensing program at Carolina. Total revenue was up more than 12 percent from the previous year at $3.58 million. After meeting operational expenses, that left $2.52 million for general student scholarships and more than $841,000 to benefit athletics. Carolina continued as the Collegiate Licensing Co.’s strongest performer, followed by the University of Michigan and the University of Tennessee.

Foundation encourages self-nominees for Morehead Award
The Morehead Foundation opens another door for ambitious young people with its decision to allow North Carolina high school seniors to nominate themselves for the Morehead Award. Prior to this fall, only students who were nominated by their schools' selection committees were eligible to receive the Morehead Award. Limited to between two and four nominees, North Carolina high schools were sometimes unable to accommodate the breadth of talent in their senior classes.

Executives come from around the globe to kick off OneMBA
A group of diverse and talented executives recently traveled from around the globe to meet as OneMBA classmates in Washington, D.C. The inaugural class – which includes students at Kenan-Flagler Business School -- is learning about global business issues as they lay the foundation for an unparalleled global alumni network that spans five business schools and four continents.

The music of proteomics
You’ve all heard about DNA. It’s sort of like your body’s musical score. But what actually makes the music? Proteins. Inside your cells, as many as a million proteins may be at work – making things happen, folding into different structures, changing each other. Endeavors, Carolina’s research magazine, explores the increasingly important role of proteomics as part of a major campuswide initiative in the genome sciences.  

Chemist honored for environmentally responsible research
Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Guglielmo Marconi and now UNC chemist Joseph DeSimone, all have something in common. Each of them developed revolutionary ideas for the betterment of society, for which they have received the John Scott Award given annually by the City of Philadelphia. DeSimone, one of two scientists selected for the prestigious honor this year, is adding his name to the roster of distinguished researchers who have received the Scott Award since it was first established in 1834.

Robert Wood Johnson grant to help school address dentist shortage
The School of Dentistry has been awarded a five-year, $1.34 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch a community service project aimed at addressing a dental workforce shortage across North Carolina. Carolina is among 10 dental schools nationwide involved in the foundation initiative.

Revolutionizing space travel goal of new national institute
NASA has awarded a consortium of research institutions including Carolina grants that should total $30 million to create new materials that might revolutionize civil aviation and space travel. The new Institute for Biologically Inspired Materials will study and design functional ways of simulating repair mechanisms used by plants, animals and other organisms. Besides Carolina, project partners are Princeton University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Northwestern University and a research institute operated at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.

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