Spotlight

Well Said: Houston Summers

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Commencement is right around the corner, and today we are talking with graduating senior and student body president Houston Summers. The Greensboro, North Carolina native played minor league baseball for six years before attending Carolina. Join us every Wednesday for the University’s new podcast as we talk…

A degree — and more

Former Tar Heel safety Jeff Battle won’t be going to the NFL as he had once dreamed, but his future still includes football. Battle, who graduates Sunday as a member of Carolina’s Class of 2016, used his experiences on the field and his lessons in the classroom at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to start a…

Tar Heel bred

Ever since she was a little girl, Shelby Miller knew exactly where she was going to college. “For a long time, I thought ‘college’ just was Carolina,” she said. “I don’t think I knew there were other colleges.” It was where she grew up watching the Tar Heels play football, where her grandfather served as…

‘A little humor helps’

When Joseph Ferrell stepped to the Kenan Stadium podium for his first commencement as secretary of the faculty in 1996, he quickly realized something was a bit amiss. “I started reading the citation and the students started reading along with me,” Ferrell said. “As soon as I realized what they were doing I started reading…

Well Said: America and terrorism

In this week’s episode of the Well Said podcast, sociology professor Charles Kurzman discusses terrorism and his research on the small number of Muslim-Americans who join militant groups. Join us every Wednesday for the University’s new podcast as we talk with Carolina’s newsmakers and experts. Each week, students, faculty, staff and alumni will discuss whats…

‘Education matters’

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick’s wife, Lama, and even their 3-year-old daughter, Farrah, were excited about the prospect of moving to Chapel Hill. They looked forward to experiencing the town’s rolling hills and warmer weather that are more similar to their native Lebanon than the cold flatlands of Illinois. But Abd-El-Khalick had to sweeten the deal to get…

A ‘holistic approach’

For years, sustainability has played a leading role at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Whether it’s been teaching the next generation of environmental scientists or implementing new initiatives, sustainability has been weaved into Carolina’s fabric. “Sustainability is a huge part of who we are,” said Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus…

Skywatching

The sky is always perfect inside Morehead Planetarium. From under the 44-foot-tall dome, Morehead educator Amy Sayle can always show the night sky in optimal conditions. She can guide young students and adult starwatchers alike through the galaxy by drawing constellations and circling the stars, all while advancing the night sky by hours — sometimes…