Spotlight

Connecting with history

When first-year Carolina student Kirstin McGinty learned that she would be the first recipient of the Karen L. Parker scholarship, she never expected to shake the hand of the woman her scholarship is named after. More than a half century separate McGinty and Parker, who was the first black woman to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. But…

Carolina cuts ribbon for veterans resource center

Four years ago, in a small room tucked away in the Student Union, Trustee Haywood Cochrane and then Carolina student Jacob Hinton sketched out a vision of a resource center for the University’s veterans. They scribbled their plan on the back of a napkin. On Sept. 28, their vision became a reality as the University…

‘Laboratory of collaboration’

At their September meeting, University Board of Trustees members saw the wide sweep of Carolina’s impact on North Carolina – from its established record preparing lawyers for the banking and financing industry to its expanding capacity to respond to environmental issues ranging from oyster restoration to addressing the lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew. The impact…

‘Cold Mountain’ returns to North Carolina, in opera form

Not long after Carolina alumnus Charles Frazier had written Cold Mountain, his publisher said something to the writer that he thought was a little odd. “He’s a real opera guy,” Frazier recalled in a telephone interview from his home in Asheville, “and he told me, ‘This could make a very good opera.’” Now, 20 years after…

11 years after the Spellings Commission, ‘we need to do more’

UNC-Chapel Hill welcomed about 160 state and national leaders in higher education on Sept. 26 for a symposium designed to consider how far their field has come since the 2006 release of the Spellings Commission Report on the future of higher education. The report, written by 18 education, business and philanthropy leaders selected by then-Education…

Celebrating sustainability at Carolina

Three Zeros is Carolina’s initiative to reduce the campus’ environmental footprint through three overarching sustainability goals: net zero water usage, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse gas emissions. A year after Chancellor Carol L. Folt launched the initiative, the campus celebrated the progress Carolina has made as it works to reach those goals.…

A crystal ball for the Tar Heel state

Where most people see columns of names and numbers, Rebecca Tippett sees a window into North Carolina’s future. As the Director of Carolina Demography, part of the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tippett studies population changes in the Tar Heel state and the effects they could have in the years ahead.  “North Carolina is still…

Always remembered

Ten years ago, inside Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, Charlotte and Emmitt Ray said goodbye.

Well Said: Keys to better learning

In this week’s episode, we talk about some keys to better learning with Brian Cartiff, a doctoral student in the learning sciences and psychological studies program at UNC School of Education.