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March 10, 2006 -- No. 137


Rams Head Center earns national
recognition as best new facility

UNC’s Rams Head Center has been selected for one of Food Management magazine’s Best Concept Awards for 2006.

The winners will be featured in the cover story that appears in the magazine’s March 2006 issue. They also will be highlighted at the 2006 Food Management Ideas Conference, to be held May 17 through 19 in Chicago, immediately preceding the National Restaurant Show.

The Rams Head Center was one of three winners in the category of "best new facility," along with a café at Prudential Financial in Newark, N.J., and a dining room at the University of California at Davis.

The nearly $80 million structure, which opened in spring 2005 along Kenan Stadium’s eastern flank, features a 700-space garage with a grassy plaza for a roof. The plaza features wide, brick-lined walkways. On one side of the plaza is a dining hall and a sports café called the End Zone. On the other side of the plaza is a two-story recreation center. On one corner of the ground floor of the garage is a grocery store: the Market Express.

The development of the dining hall and grocery store stems from a master plan for food service developed in the mid-1990s, said Mike Freeman, director of auxiliary services.

The master plan for food service called for improving food quality and selection.

The design of the Rams Head dining facility responds to that charge by offering five separate serving areas, each designed as a distinct restaurant with its own décor as well as cuisine, Freeman said.


MBAs to assess investment strategies for firms
with social, environmental impact at competition

The first master of business administration competition in which students apply venture capital skills to assess socially and environmentally sustainable firms will be held at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School March 31 through April 1.

MBA student teams from five top business schools will compete in the first Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC). Teams will play the role of venture capitalists as they evaluate real businesses for the "triple bottom line" of financial profitability, environmental integrity and social equity, and then develop investment strategies that they will pitch to real venture capitalists.

The competition is the brainchild of Deb Parsons, an MBA student and president of the UNC Kenan-Flagler chapter of Net Impact, a network of more than 10,000 MBAs, graduate students and professionals committed to using the power of business to improve the world. 

Participating MBA student teams will be from: the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Columbia University’s Columbia Business School, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Teams will be judged on their ability to identify and mitigate risk, venture capital industry knowledge, application of triple-bottom line frameworks, communication and teamwork. Each team receives detailed performance feedback from the judges, and the winners will receive cash prizes.

Judges will include representatives from SJF Ventures, Great Spirit Ventures, Greenmont Capital, CEI of Maine, Aquillian, Holbrook Investments and UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Community Capitalism.    

More information about the competition is at

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