Spotlight

Hobby turned hashtag: #DrawThisTown

UNC-Chapel Hill alum Daniel Hedglin fell in love with buildings during the three years he lived in China. “When I was in Shanghai, I was fascinated with riding buses and subways and navigating the streets,’’ he said. “It was an exciting place and I wanted to know how it worked.” Hedglin’s newfound interest brought him…

Mr. Smith goes to Raleigh … and everywhere else in the state

In its 83 years, the School of Government has had only four leaders. The current one, Michael Smith, has been dean since 1992 and a faculty member since 1978. But just a few years before joining its faculty, Smith didn’t know the School of Government (then called the Institute of Government) existed, even though he…

Returning the favor

Guam was a new experience for Bruce Cairns, who grew up in Chapel Hill, completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins, medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and surgery residency and trauma and critical care fellowships at UNC Medical Center. But it was a welcomed one. As a Lt. Commander in the Navy, Cairns…

Oldest living Carolina athlete to lead Walk for Health

On any given day, it’s a reasonably simple task to find Bob Gersten. If the 94-year-old isn’t at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he’s probably playing a round at Finley Golf Club. That is, of course, unless its raining. Then he’ll be heading to the movies. No matter where he is, Gersten’s daily goal is…

From classroom to freezer

Carolina students Will Chapman and Patrick Mateer hope to transform the local food market when they launch their line of flash frozen local produce, Seal the Seasons, later this spring. With the help of Daniella Uslan, project manager at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the 2015 SECU Emerging Issues prize-winning company…

1915 mail-order catalog inspires a 2015 challenge

In 1915, 84-year-old former UNC President Kemp Plummer Battle sent an unusual gift to the North Carolina Historical Society — a “hermetically sealed tin box” containing a letter and a Montgomery Ward catalog from that year. He requested that in 1965, and again in 2015, that a member of the University community write an essay…

The devils in the details

Renee Alexander Craft has been going to Panama for 14 years, a few weeks at a time. She is fascinated by a small seaside town called Portobelo, its Afro-Latin residents and the special spin they give to their pre-Lenten Carnival. They call their version of Carnival season, “Congo Season.” “It’s a small town that’s rich…

Challenge and opportunity

Chancellor Carol L. Folt came to Carolina because, she said, “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself” at a place with a long and rich history. Twenty months later, she told University Board of Trustees on Thursday, that wish has come true in ways she could not have imagined. It has been,…

Celebrating the powwow tradition

Jingles of bells and the beats of hide drums reverberated throughout Woollen Gymnasium as dancers, dressed in brightly colored costumes of feathers and furs, twirled around the room — much like their ancestors had done for generations. The vibrant performances, held March 28, were part of the Carolina Indian Circle’s 28th annual powwow. The celebration,…

Sweet collaboration

Carolina, Duke and N.C. State are all competing in the NCAA Sweet 16 this week. But back on our campuses, we’re also proud of the ways we collaborate as world-class research universities – and the Sweet way we can have a little fun on social media together. Check out our joint Twitter, Instagram and Facebook…