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Inside the October 2003 issue of FYI Carolina
Innovative Carolina Covenant reaches out to low-income students, families
What people are saying about the Carolina Covenant
Moeser affirms Carolina's vision in State of the University speech
Lend a helping hand during Tar Heel Service Days
Sallie Krawcheck among the Morehead's 'Extraordinary Lives'
MBA program high on Forbes, Wall Street Journal lists

Experts to help lead new federal biodefense initiative
U.S. News ranks Carolina among top public universities

Faculty research grants rise 10 percent in 2003
Keeping Carolina First


Innovative Carolina Covenant reaches out to low-income students, families
Carolina just made national headlines by launching a groundbreaking initiative for low-income students and families that is a first for a U.S. public university. The Carolina Covenant will give qualified children of low-income families the opportunity to attend the university debt-free. Chancellor James Moeser announced the plan October 1 in his State of the University speech. The bold move already has prompted the University of Virginia to begin discussions about a similar plan. Carolina also has heard from interested parties in 10 other states, including the University of California system. The news generated excellent coverage in media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and National Public Radio.

What people are saying about the Carolina Covenant
The Carolina Covenant has garnered swift positive reaction from national and state elected officials, leaders of key national higher education organizations, top researchers and policy-makers who track student-aid trends, and others.

Chancellor Moeser's State of the University speech
Besides announcing the Carolina Covenant, Chancellor Moeser discussed a new academic plan and the university’s historic commitment to being “the University of the People” in his State of the University address. “Today, we are translating the vision of those leaders who came before us and the language of two centuries of public higher education into new ways of thinking about being public, committed to access and public service,” Moeser said. The Web link above goes to Moeser’s speech and video clips.

Lend a helping hand during Tar Heel Service Days
You can contribute to Carolina’s public service mission through Tar Heel Service Days, a national effort sponsored by local Carolina Clubs and the UNC General Alumni Association. Club leaders and local alumni can participate in a community service project during October, which coincides with Carolina’s University Day celebration October 12. Projects have included neighborhood clean-ups, blood drives and charity sports events.

Sallie Krawcheck among the Morehead's 'Extraordinary Lives'
“People ask me if The Morehead was a factor in my success. My reply is that it was not a factor, it was the factor.” Quite a statement considering Sallie Krawcheck’s success: Chairman and CEO — and anointed savior — of Citibank’s Smith Barney; one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 most powerful businesswomen; a Time Magazine Global Business Influential. Krawcheck’s rise to stardom began with two Morehead Scholars program summer internships. Krawcheck, who just received the General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, is among several Morehead alumni profiled for their “Extraordinary Lives” by the Morehead Foundation. Others so far include leaders from the arts, business, education, journalism, law, media and technology.

MBA program high on Forbes, Wall Street Journal lists
Two national publications recently included the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s master of business administration program among their lists of the nation’s best degree programs. Forbes magazine ranked Kenan-Flagler eighth based for the return on investment to its graduates. The Wall Street Journal listed Kenan-Flagler 10th using results from its latest survey of corporate recruiters.

Experts to help lead new federal biodefense initiative  
Carolina will contribute world-class faculty expertise in emerging and infectious diseases as well as immunology to a new $45-million biodefense initiative.  The Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease will develop vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tests against emerging infections and organisms such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and smallpox. UNC is among six universities selected for the federally funded research consortium.

U.S. News ranks Carolina among top public universities
Carolina ranks as the nation’s fifth best public university in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual guidebook. UNC is among five schools – along with Berkeley, Virginia, Michigan and UCLA – that have traded or tied for the top slots in the magazine’s public campus rankings for years. Such rankings are just one indication of a university’s quality. Carolina has been working to develop its own measures of excellence, including comparisons with its four longtime public campus peers.

Faculty research grants rise 10 percent in 2003
Carolina contributes significantly to the North Carolina economy with the sponsored research grants awarded to faculty by the federal government and other sources. The faculty recently recorded a 10 percent increase in sponsored research funding for 2003 to $537.4 million – up from $488.3 million in 2002.  

Keeping Carolina First
There are so many ways that you can invest in the vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university through the Carolina First Campaign.  If you are moved by the Carolina Covenant and the commitment to graduating low-income students debt-free, make a gift for scholarships. To help retain and recruit great faculty, give to the department or school that means the most to you. To direct your gift to areas of greatest need, give to the Chancellor’s Unrestricted Fund.
Your gift makes a difference, so please give today. Giving is convenient when you click here, http://carolinafirst.unc.edu/gift/index.html.  Thank you!


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