University Day is an occasion to remember the University’s past and celebrate its future. The date, October 12, marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the institution’s first building and the oldest state university building in the nation. The Carolina community first celebrated University Day in 1877, after Governor Zebulon B. Vance, as chair of the Board of Trustees, ordered that the day “be observed with appropriate ceremonies under the direction of the faculty.”
Subsequent celebrations have featured speeches from distinguished members of the faculty and honored visitors. President John F. Kennedy spoke in 1961, as did Bill Clinton in 1993. North Carolina governors have made University Day a traditional stop during their first term of office – including Luther Hodges, Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford, Jim Martin, Mike Easley, Bev Perdue, and Pat McCrory.
Since 1971, the faculty has presented the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards on University Day to recognize those Tar Heels who have made outstanding contributions to humanity.
Beginning in 1957 with William B. Aycock, University Day became the traditional inauguration day for new chancellors: Paul F. Sharp in 1964, J. Carlyle Sitterson in 1965, N. Ferebee Taylor in 1972, Christopher C. Fordham III in 1980, Paul Hardin in 1988, Michael Hooker in 1995, James Moeser in 2000, Holden Thorp in 2008, and Carol Folt in 2013.
Public higher education began in Chapel Hill in 1793, and for more than two hundred years Carolina has symbolized the importance of education in a democratic nation. It remains a place defined by those values, as noted by Governor Terry Sanford in 1987, of “freedom and liberty and tolerance, the search for truth, the defense of dignity, courage to arrive freely at convictions, and the personal courage to stand for those hopes and truths.”
Faculty who are participating are encouraged to wear their academic regalia and line up at the Old Well at 1:30 p.m. for the processional. The staff processional, coordinated by the Employee Forum, will also form at the Old Well at 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, faculty and staff should gather in Gerrard Hall.
Faculty who would like to rent regalia for the University Day processional should contact Catherine Stotts at email@example.com (919-962-2427) at Student Stores by October 1.
Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards
Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho
B.S. Nursing, 1982
Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho is the 43rd Surgeon General of the United States Army. She is the first nurse and first woman to hold that position since it was established in 1775. Her responsibilities cover all facets of Army medicine, including the U.S. Army Medical Command, the third largest health care system in the United States. She also directs the Army's medical and health care professional education, scientific research, medical material logistics, and training of all combat medics. Her many honors include commendation by Time Life Publications for her actions at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001; selection in 2002 by the American Red Cross and Nursing Spectrum as one of 15 nurses receiving national recognition as a "Nurse Hero;" the USO's 2009 Woman of the Year; and the UNC School of Nursing's 2011 Alumna of the Year. On September 11, 2014, she became the second nurse to speak at TEDMED Live in its 16-year history. Horoho has said that while at Carolina she learned that nurses can influence health care delivery and the lives of patients in all environments through direct and indirect care, policy, legislation, and the business aspects of healthcare.
The Honorable James Baxter Hunt Jr.
J.D., 1964; LL.D., 1978
Jim Hunt was the first North Carolina governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms, the state’s longest serving chief executive with sixteen years in office, and the first to possess the veto power, although he never used it. Throughout his long career, Hunt has been a strong advocate for public education at all levels. As governor, his influence was visible nationally as creator of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and chair of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. In higher education he called for larger stipends and health insurance coverage for graduate students and supported creation of a distinguished professors’ endowment fund. He established a reading program in primary schools and advocated for class size limits. He championed creation of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, was instrumental in creation of Smart Start, and helped bring about NC State’s Centennial Campus. He also launched efforts to recruit high technology businesses and established the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina and the N. C. Biotechnology Center. Today he continues his life-long advocacy of education through the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy.
Andrew McNally IV
Andrew “Sandy” McNally is a geographer dedicated to furthering the field of cartography. Since 1899 the McNally family has been in the mapping business through the world-renowned Rand McNally Company. McNally received his undergraduate education at Carolina as did both of his sons. As chairman and chief executive officer of Rand McNally from 1974 to 1997, he dedicated the firm to providing accurate maps in popular and accessible formats. He is now active in a number of highly successful business ventures. McNally has actively supported Carolina’s Geography Department for many years. He endowed the J. Douglas Eyre Distinguished Lecture Series which brings distinguished speakers to Carolina for keynote campus-wide lectures and opportunities to engage with students and faculty. He also endowed the McNally Fund for Excellence in Geography, and has served on Carolina’s Board of Visitors.
James Richard Patton Jr.
James Patton is recognized nationally and internationally for his accomplishments in the practice of international and public policy law and the foundation of Patton Boggs, one of the nation’s most influential law firms. The firm has been ranked in the top 100 law firms by “The American Lawyer” every year since 2002. In his senior year at Carolina, Patton bought his first rare book, a fine copy of the first edition of Robinson Jeffers’ The Californians (1916). During the decades that followed, Patton amassed an exceptionally comprehensive collection of Jeffers and also a series of other important twentieth-century literary collections, all of them distinguished for their depth and the exquisitely fine condition of the individual pieces. In 1995, Patton donated to Carolina’s Rare Book Collection his holdings of James Dickey, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Twenty years later Patton continues to give such important items as his comprehensive collection of Jeffers material and a collection of the works of James Joyce that is remarkable for including virtually all of Joyce’s publications, many of them signed and all in impeccable condition.
Wade Marvin Smith
B.A., 1960; J.D., 1963
Wade Smith has been one of North Carolina’s best known and most acclaimed lawyers for nearly 50 years. Smith was an All-American high school football player with many college scholarship offers, but he chose to accept a Morehead Scholarship to Carolina where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He was co-captain of the football team and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1964 he and his classmate J. Harold Tharrington founded the law firm of Tharrington Smith. Smith’s prowess as a trial lawyer is legendary. In 2008 the North Carolina Bar Association established the annual Wade M. Smith Award “for a Criminal Defense Attorney Who Exemplifies the Highest Ideals of the Profession.” He has been included in the annual list of Best Lawyers in American for 25 years in succession. Smith served two terms in the North Carolina General Assembly; he has chaired the Board of Directors of the General Alumni Association, is a recipient of its Distinguished Service Medal, and is the permanent class president of the Class of 1960.
Edward Kidder Graham Award
Dr. Krista Perreira
The recipient of the 2014 Edward Kidder Graham Award is Krista Perreira, Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes distinguished service to the state, the nation and the University by a faculty member. Perreira is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and interrelationships between family, health and social policy, especially as they affect Hispanic/Latino families and their children. Two of her current research projects are illustrative. The Hispanic Community Health Study / Study of Latinos seeks to determine the role of acculturation in the prevalence of disease in the Hispanic/Latino community, and to identify risk factors that play a protective or harmful role. Implementing Health Care Reform in North Carolina aims to identify challenges in enrolling low-income families into health care options available under the Affordable Care Act. Perreira holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D. 1999), Yale University (M.S.P.H. 1995), and Pomona College (B.A. cum laude 1991). Among her honors is the 2010 Hettleman Prize for scholarly achievement by a young faculty member.