Spotlight

Caring for the community

The Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) has been offering a free clinic to address the health needs of locals in Carrboro, N.C., and the UNC-Chapel Hill community for almost 50 years. And co-director Alex Sherman said it is just getting started. SHAC is a collective of students from all of the medical schools at the…

Making government work better

In the shifting sands of partisan discord, Carolina’s School of Government is a refreshing oasis – “a safe harbor, a neutral court,” according to its dean. And because of that impartiality, the school earns respect across the political spectrum. Dean Michael Smith emphasizes the School of Government’s core values: to be nonpartisan, policy-neutral and responsive.…

Day in the life: ROTC cadet Jordan Sawyers

UNC-Chapel Hill senior Jordan Sawyers, a full-time student and full-time cadet, also spent last semester juggling dental school applications and interviews. Now that he has been accepted to UNC’s School of Dentistry (he’ll start there next fall) Sawyers is finishing up his final semester as an undergrad at Carolina by balancing coursework at Kenan-Flagler Business…

Improv just one talk at upcoming TEDxUNC

Jonathan Hebert has been honing and crafting his improv abilities through classes and performances since high school. While the skills serve the UNC-Chapel Hill senior economics major well on stage, they have also helped Hebert become a better leader and create new ideas in his daily life. On Feb. 7, Hebert will share his experiences…

Following in her grandfather’s footsteps

Fifty-five years ago, Franklin McCain joined three other North Carolina A&T University freshmen at the “whites only” lunch counter of the F.W. Woolworth store and waited for service that never came. In doing so, the four black men from Greensboro, N.C. — nicknamed the “Greensboro Four” — set into motion a new wave of sit-ins…

Jason Kilar, founding CEO of Hulu, to speak at Spring Commencement

Media and entertainment innovator Jason Kilar will deliver the Commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 10. Kilar, who graduated from Carolina in 1993, is the co-founder and CEO of Vessel and was previously the founding CEO of Hulu. “Carolina is honored to have Jason Kilar, a proud alumnus…

Meet a Tar Heel: Retired professor Aris Domnas

From cross-country skiing across Quebec’s snow-covered landscapes to physical training in the Canadian Army, Aris Domnas has never strayed from breaking a sweat. Now in his early 90s, the retired Carolina biochemistry professor isn’t shying away from the active lifestyle he has always led. “I always did it,” he said. “It’s almost inborn.” Since arriving…

Day in the life: Marching Tar Heel

Whether she’s helping direct the Marching Tar Heels or samples in a research lab, senior Betsy Unger keeps her life as a Carolina student up tempo. Music is her passion, but balancing hours of rehearsals with earning her degree and gaining experience in her field of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences requires…

A home for virtually everything North Carolina

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is best known as the website with digital scans of yearbooks from almost every college and university in the state. And while it’s certainly fun to look at the clothes and hairstyles students were sporting in the 1990s – or the 1890s, for that matter – the center has…

New fund, familiar centers and a piece of history

Carolina ranks among the top 10 research universities in the country, and University leaders want to capitalize on that success to transform ideas from the lab to the marketplace. Translating critical faculty in research to ways that directly benefit society, and at the same time, supporting innovation and entrepreneurial activities across campus have been priorities…