Spotlight

Q&A with Commencement speaker Kelly Hogan

The faculty member selected to deliver the Dec. 13 Commencement address is Kelly Hogan, director of instructional innovation for the College of Arts and Sciences and senior STEM lecturer in the College’s biology department. Hogan teaches 400-seat classes on campus using interactive teaching techniques and technologies and has worked with many of Carolina’s faculty to…

Massey winner’s biggest prize: being a mom

Faydene Alston grew up in Pittsboro with four brothers and sisters and looked forward to starting a big happy family of her own when she got married at the age of 31. “I was determined to be a mom,” Alston said, but the babies never came. “The doctor said, ‘There’s no reason why you can’t…

Sweet holiday fun

On any other day, Kristen McGreevy is a sophomore biology and biostatics student. But on Dec. 2, she channeled her inner engineer as she focused on the proper placement of beams and pillars to support heavy layers of gumdrop bottoms and Kit Kat bars. For McGreevy, the key to any gingerbread house is a solid…

Mapping a culinary mashup: Laos and a local community

When Katy Clune arrived at Carolina for graduate folklore studies two years ago, she intended to weave together her interests in Southeast Asia and textiles. She had spent her childhood in Indonesia and worked most recently at the Textile Museum at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Once in Chapel Hill, she began seeking information…

Hogans, heroes: Faculty couple wed to student success

Kelly Hogan prowls the aisles of her Biology 101 class, watching her students discuss microbiomes. Her eyes scan the 400-seat auditorium, looking for someone to call on. No sleeping in this early morning class, even on a Friday. Too much is happening. As director of instructional innovation for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kelly…

A day of giving back

There is a national day for giving thanks and at least two for getting deals. Now, there is a global day dedicated to giving back: #GivingTuesday. On Dec. 1, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will participate by encouraging personal philanthropy — including to any of the 7,000-plus funds at Carolina — with…

Fall in love with Carolina

Carolina blue is the hue of choice at UNC-Chapel Hill, but this time of year, all shades of orange, yellow and red are sharing the Autumn show, as well. Enjoy! Video by Carly Swain, Office of Communications and Public Affairs Published November 24, 2015

Williams named Marshall Scholar

James Williams was 14 years old when he first ventured out of his hometown of North Andover, Massachusetts and halfway across the globe to China. To the high school sophomore, the Asian country was shrouded in mystery. But its language and culture immediately left a lasting mark on him. It was on that trip that…

Building confidence starts in the kitchen

Fifth grader Skye Horton has spent her recent Tuesday afternoons in an unlikely place: the kitchen of Lantern restaurant in Chapel Hill. Over the past eight weeks, she has learned the basic skills of healthy cooking alongside nine other young Communiversity scholars. Wearing aprons printed with their names, they have chopped, grated, sliced and mixed…