Spotlight

A year away

New Year, New Faces: As UNC-Chapel Hill prepares to begin a new fall semester, we introduce you to some of the new Tar Heels who will be looking to innovate, educate, serve – and change the world Growing up in Chapel Hill, Leah Simon always wanted to go to her hometown university. But as she…

Well Said: First-generation college students

Of all the Tar Heels heading back to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the new school year, nearly 20 percent of them are first-generation college students. In this week’s, we talk with Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Stephen Farmer about first-generation college students, their impact at Carolina and a new…

The next step

New Year, New Faces: As UNC-Chapel Hill prepares to begin a new fall semester, we introduce you to some of the new Tar Heels who will be looking to innovate, educate, serve – and change the world For as long as Jared Richards could walk, he’s been a scientist in training. As a 3-year-old, he…

Maintaining the Legacy

Like many people on Carolina’s campus, David Brannigan walks across the quad with a backpack. But instead of books and binders, Brannigan’s backpack holds a small engine designed to blow leaves from walkways and green spaces in a hurry. Brannigan – and dozens of grounds technicians like him – are hard at work keeping Carolina’s…

It’s in her DNA

New Year, New Faces: As UNC-Chapel Hill prepares to begin a new fall semester, we introduce you to some of the new Tar Heels who will be looking to innovate, educate, serve – and change the world Like many Tar Heel offspring, first-year student Ann Berry Schrimsher of Charlotte had a pretty good idea of…

First Welcome: ‘Believe you can be successful here’

Nearly 20 percent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s students are the first in their families to begin the journey of earning a college degree. But they aren’t alone. Hundreds of Carolina faculty and staff, including members of the University’s leadership team, understand the struggle – and excitement, and accomplishment. Because they…

A new world

RIO DE JANEIRO — “A new world.” That’s the slogan for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and that’s what 29 UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism students are experiencing in Rio di Janeiro this month. The MJ School sent 25 students to Brazil to work for the Olympic News Service (ONS) and four additional students…

The patient provider

Two years ago, after taking an exam in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Campbell University, Danielle Harris and her classmates remained in the classroom to discuss their answers to the exam questions. While they were debriefing, the conversation turned to the bruises on the back of Danielle’s legs, which her father, James, had noticed…

Scans, sketches and skeletons

Two sets of bones from a large animal sit on a table – moose pelvis, apparently. A large and exquisitely detailed drawing of a turtle’s spine hangs on the wall. I’m not in the office of a zoologist. It’s the office of Amanda Nelson, a rheumatologist at UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center. Nelson picks up…

Adapting, exploring and finding belonging

On Friday mornings, a small group of friends often can be found chatting as they sit on couches tucked along a window-lined wall in the FedEx Global Education Center on Carolina’s campus. Conversation flows in varied accents from across the globe.  They found each other thanks to their spouses and partners.  “It’s really boring staying…