December 21, 2007
UNC students learn about philanthropy and award grants to local groups
CHAPEL HILL - Eleven students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill spent the past semester learning about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in a course offered by the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Public Service Scholars program. Students designed grant criteria, solicited grant proposals and decided to award grants to two nonprofits focusing on health and education.
The recipients of the $1,250 grants were Pa’lante and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Pa’lante is an organization of Latin American immigrant teens dedicated to helping the Hispanic community in Orange County. At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the Friend to Friend; Making a Difference project will incorporate health education programming into the biweekly meetings of Mujer a Mujer, a support group of Latino women with a focus on increasing self-esteem and independence.
Dec. 13, 2007
UNC Selected to Participate in Students4GivingSM Program
First-of-its-Kind Donor Advised Fund Program To Educate the Next Generation of Philanthropists
BOSTON and PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund (“Gift Fund”) and Campus Compact, today announced they are jointly launching a new program – Students4GivingSM – that seeks to inspire young people to get more involved with philanthropy. As a part of the program, five academic institutions and their participating students will each receive oversight of a $15,000 donor advised fund to be used for future grant recommendations within their communities.
UNC was selected from thirty-five universities and colleges nationwide who submitted proposals and competed for the chance to participate in the new pilot program. The four other participants are Boston University; California State University, Fresno; Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon; and Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
Dec. 12, 2007
Seagraves grants fund 8 student service projects
CHAPEL HILL - In projects ranging from representing victims of domestic violence to providing income tax filing assistance, students at the University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill are continuing a tradition of public service in North Carolina with the help of Seagraves Service Grants. The Carolina Center for Public Service recently presented Seagraves grants to eight officially recognized UNC student organizations. Seagraves grants are funded through the support of a UNC alumnus in honor of his grandmother, Mildred Yeager Seagraves. Now in its fourth year, the program provides $3,000 annually to student organizations. Grantees receive up to $300 to fund their proposed service projects.
Nov. 20, 2007
Stone Center awarded NEA grant for community reading program
CHAPEL HILL – The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be one of 127 organizations nationwide joining the federal government’s Big Read program next spring.
The center was awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a community-wide reading project in April. The book will be Zora Neal Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” In the story, Hurston’s main character, Janie Crawford, matures from a voiceless, inhibited teenager to a woman who establishes her own destined path.
Nov. 15, 2007
UNC School of Law students help file petition on behalf of abused domestic workers
Law students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union and Global Rights, filed a petition today with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of six women and three organizations that provide services to domestic workers employed by diplomats. The students are part of the Immigration/Human Rights Clinic of the UNC School of Law.
Congress is considering legislation that will ensure greater protections for domestic workers who come to the United States on special visas to work for diplomats in the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. However, U.S. law currently denies workers their rights and a way to seek justice.
Nov. 13, 2007
Triangle Universities, RTI International Join to Form Energy Consortium
Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and RTI International have joined to form the Research Triangle Energy Consortium (RTEC), combining their research strengths to focus on “solving the technical, environmental, economic, societal, and public policy problems related to the use of energy,” according to the operating agreement.
“We can do things together that we cannot do individually,” said David Myers, vice president of engineering and technology at RTI International. “By combining our strengths in energy research, we can tackle the most complex energy problems.”
Oct. 31, 2007
First class of eight Faculty Engaged Scholars selected at UNC
Eight faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were recently selected as the first class of Faculty Engaged Scholars at the university. In this two-year program, the scholars will learn how to connect their faculty work with the needs of a community, and they will apply their skills to make a difference.
The first class of Faculty Engaged Scholars was selected through a campus-wide competitive process. They are:
- Gary Bishop, professor of computer science, College of Arts and Sciences;
- Mimi Chapman, associate professor, School of Social Work;
- Giselle Corbie-Smith, associate professor of social medicine, medicine and epidemiology; Schools of Medicine and Public Health;
- Dorothy Holland, professor of anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences;
- Jock Lauterer, lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication;
- Mai Nguyen, assistant professor of city and regional planning, College of Arts and Sciences;
- Paul Smokowski, associate professor, School of Social Work; and
- Michael Waltman, associate professor of communication studies, College of Arts and Sciences.
Each scholar will receive a financial stipend of up to $7,500 per year for each of the two years.
Oct. 24, 2007
New RENCI Center in Charlotte to focus on urbanization and regional growth
CHAPEL HILL – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) today announced a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to create a new RENCI engagement center focused on forecasting urban growth and its impacts. RENCI is a major collaborative venture of UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Duke universities and the state of North Carolina.
RENCI at UNC Charlotte will be administered by the university’s Urban Institute and will be developed as a partnership among the Urban Institute, the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science and the Charlotte Visualization Center. The three campus entities will collaborate on interdisciplinary research that addresses trends in land use and development in the Charlotte area, and the effects of urbanization on natural resources, traffic patterns, urban infrastructure, quality of life and disaster response.
Oct. 19, 2007
UNC receives $375,000 grant for project to help local elementary schools
CHAPEL HILL – Strowd Roses Inc. and the Triangle Community Foundation have pledged grants totaling $375,000 to the Carolina Center for Public Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a three-year project that will benefit students in Carrboro, Ephesus Road and Frank Porter Graham elementary schools.
In a unique school-community partnership, Strowd Roses, Triangle Community Foundation and Carolina are coming together to offer a wealth of resources to the schools to address the achievement gap among elementary students. Through its Strowd Roses Faculty Fund, the Carolina Center for Public Service will use the gift to support the school-based research of School of Social Work faculty member Natasha Bowen, Ph.D.
Oct. 12, 2007
FedEx Global Education Center embodies academic, outreach goals
CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today (Oct. 12) formally dedicated a new building devoted to innovative global education efforts and catalyzing Carolina’s involvement with the world to benefit the state.
The FedEx Global Education Center, located at McCauley and Pittsboro streets, brings international studies and research at the University under one roof and advances a major academic priority of preparing students for success in an increasingly connected world.
“We knew when we began planning this building that we wanted it to be a major statement about Carolina and all we envision for it to be in the 21st century,” UNC Chancellor James Moeser said at the dedication ceremony. “Bold. Innovative. A symbol of progress and change for our University, the people of North Carolina and our world.”
Oct. 5, 2007
UNC faculty and students to develop plan to get clean water in poorer homes
CHAPEL HILL – Faculty and students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are setting out to discover whether applying business principles to public health problems can result in solutions that will save lives in developing countries with limited access to safe drinking water.
The Carolina Global Water Partnership has been established to bring together experts from UNC’s School of Public Health, Kenan-Flagler Business School and Kenan Institute-Asia. They will focus on increasing the availability and usage of water treatment technologies that can be used in homes in the developing world that do not have clean running water. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 2 million children die each year from diarrhea and related illnesses caused by unsafe drinking water and inadequate hygiene and sanitation.
Through its teaching, research and public service, Carolina connects with the people of our state every day in ways that improve lives and build futures.