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A legacy on which to build

The laying of Old East’s cornerstone 223 years ago marked the founding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the reason University Day is celebrated each year. But it’s the generations of students that followed who have made Carolina what it is today. Students like Sallie Walker Stockard, who became the first…

Carolina names scholarships to honor noteworthy ‘firsts’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named existing grants and fellowships to honor courageous people who represent important “firsts” in the University’s history. The need-based, undergraduate awards and graduate fellowships will recognize 21 members of the Carolina community, including Sallie Walker Stockard, the first woman graduate; Henry Owl, the first American Indian…

Watch University Day ceremony on livestream

Carolina’s University Day celebration will be available October 11 at 11 a.m. via livestream on unc.edu. University Day marks the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building, and the beginning of public higher education in the United States. While the University’s official birthday falls on Oct. 12, this…

‘The most important artifact that we have’

Every year Carolina celebrates the historic laying of the Old East cornerstone as a symbol of the birth of the nation’s first public university. But for decades, the centerpiece of that ceremony 223 years ago — a brass plate commemorating the occasion — wasn’t even in Chapel Hill, but 500 miles away as scrap metal waiting…

Celebrate Carolina’s birthday

What’s a good way to celebrate a big Carolina birthday? How about signing a big card? To celebrate Carolina’s 223rd birthday, University Day will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall. (While the University’s official birthday falls on Oct. 12, this year’s celebration was moved to Oct. 11 in observance of…

Four questions with University Day speaker Stephen Farmer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is turning 223. On Oct. 11, Carolina will be honoring its founding with the annual University Day celebration. (While the University’s official birthday falls on Oct. 12, this year’s celebration was moved to Oct. 11 in observance of Yom Kippur and also to host the inauguration ceremony of…

A week of giving back

When Carolina graduate Mike Markels first left Washington, D.C., to manage financial crises in emerging markets — first to Slovenia, then Bosnia and Thailand — he thought he’d keep traveling east until he ended up back in the United States. But Markels, who earned a Master’s of Business Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985, ultimately…

Well Said: College football and business

College football was once far behind the NBA and MLB in popularity. But not anymore. Right below the NFL, college football has become the second most popular sport in the United States, and its rise has changed more than just the sport. In this week’s episode, we talk with Jonathan Jensen, an Assistant Professor in…

Service with a smile

People who know Angelette Cheek know they are not going to hear any complaints from her about the long day she is having. Long days are embedded in a set routine that begins with the alarm clock blasting in her ear at 4:15 a.m. “It’s early, but I’ve been doing it for a long time,”…