Spotlight

Solar eclipse over Carolina

With their eyes trained to the sky, thousands of Carolina students, faculty and staff members and community members spread out on blankets, relaxed in lawn chairs and staked out sunny places on campus to watch the solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses were the hottest fashion trend of the day. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center threw…

Off to a great start

The largest first-year class in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s history, the Class of 2021 is already an accomplished group. They are veterans, community leaders and activists. They’re champion student-athletes, entrepreneurs and innovators. But as the new wave of Carolina students filled Carmichael Arena to begin the next chapter of their lives,…

Tar Heels settle into their new homes

Thousands of Carolina students moved to campus this weekend for the 2017-18 academic school year that begins on Tuesday. Residence halls opened to new students on Friday. Over the past few days, the students and their families have hauled in crates, suitcases, mini refrigerators and more as they set up their rooms. “Now that I’m…

Meet a new Tar Heel: Emery Cagle

Growing up Emery Cagle loved to travel throughout the United States, and in high school, he had his first opportunity to travel internationally. He loved the experience so much, he went on several international trips offered by his school, visiting Costa Rica, Peru, Spain, Portugal and the British territory of Gibraltar. As Cagle, an incoming…

Meet a new Tar Heel: Jennifer Cooper

Incoming junior Jennifer Cooper plans to major in psychology and history, but it’s her background that makes her unique among her peers. Cooper, 49, is the mother of nine children. They range in age from 26 to 9. “I had planned on having a career in life. I had never planned on being a stay-at-home…

Meet a new Tar Heel: Patricia Dawson

Growing up, incoming Ph.D. student Patricia Dawson took a deep interest in her Cherokee history as she heard inspiring stories about influential family members of the past and present. One relative in particular, Rachel Caroline Eaton, ignited Dawson’s passion for revealing stories from the past. Eaton, Dawson’s great-great-great-aunt, is believed to be the first Cherokee…

Well Said: Solar eclipse

North Carolina will witness something next week that it hasn’t seen in nearly 50 years. At 2:43 p.m. on Aug. 21, the daytime sky will go dark as the moon’s shadow blocks out the sun and creates the first solar eclipse visible in the state since 1970. In this week’s episode, Morehead Planetarium educators Amy…

Meet a new Tar Heel: Wyn Fox

Wyn Fox is always looking to make an impact. It’s a drive that fueled his 10-year Army career that included four deployments to Afghanistan and Chad to gather military intelligence on terrorist groups. It’s a drive that helped him earn a Bronze Star. It’s a drive that also is now bringing him to Chapel Hill…

Meet a new Tar Heel: Chris Suggs

Service has been a hallmark of Chris Suggs’ teenage years in his hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. Now the incoming first-year student is ready to bring that same spirit of service to campus this fall. “There have been good times and challenging times. But 2014 was the most challenging year that Kinston faced in my…

Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

UNC-Chapel Hill has long been one of the world’s premier autism research universities, and now its expertise and leading research programs will fall under one virtual roof at the UNC Autism Research Center. The goal of the new center is to accelerate the creation of more effective, personalized treatments and interventions for the millions of…