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.”
As faculty and staff process into Memorial Hall, each school will be identified with a gonfalon style banner, and faculty and staff will process together behind their respective banner. The procession will be organized by the date of the establishment of the school. Staff not associated with a particular school should process with the Administration and Staff banner. It is our goal that each banner will be proudly displayed with a prominent following. The processional line up begins at 10:30 a.m. near the Old Well. Look for your banner! In case of rain, faculty and staff should gather in Anne Queen Lounge.
Faculty who are participating are encouraged to wear their academic regalia, but it is not required. Faculty who would like to rent regalia for the University Day processional should contact Sarah Hockaday at email@example.com at Student Stores by September 23rd.
University Day Address
Roy Cooper is a trusted leader and family man who is honored to serve as North Carolina’s Governor.
Roy Cooper has spent nearly three decades in public service protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools. The son of a school teacher, he knows that education creates opportunity and he has worked throughout his career to strengthen our schools and create a sound foundation for our state’s children.
In the NC House and Senate, Roy Cooper fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. He wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance initiative. During his service in the legislature, Roy Cooper worked with members of both parties to get balanced budgets that raised teacher pay to the national average, grow the economy and cut taxes for middle class families.
In 2000, the people of North Carolina elected Roy Cooper as Attorney General, where he continued to fight for families during his four terms. He cracked down on child predators, worked to increase penalties for drug dealers, and oversaw a sharp decrease in crime. He partnered with law enforcement and school administrators to make schools safer, and helped protect victims of domestic violence and stalking. He also made protecting consumers a priority, fighting to keep utility rates low, put predatory lenders out of business, and help families fend off telemarketers.
Roy Cooper entered public service to fight for communities like the one where he grew up. Born and raised in Nash County, he attended public schools and worked summers on the family farm before attending UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. His mother, Beverly Cooper, worked as a school teacher, and his father, Roy Cooper Jr., farmed and practiced law.
After earning a law degree from UNC, Roy Cooper returned home to Nash County to practice law and, with his wife Kristin, raise three daughters – Hilary, Natalie, and Claire. He taught Sunday School, served as an elder and deacon in his church, and tutored students in local schools.
Roy Cooper believes in the potential of our great state and its people. He knows that we can build a state and an economy that work for everyone. By investing in our public schools and giving students the tools they need to succeed, creating good jobs and raising incomes for the middle class, and strengthening our communities, North Carolinians can live and work in places they are proud to call home.
Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: M.P.H. 1991, Ph.D. 1996
Amy Lansky works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she is the Senior Advisor for Strategy in the Program Performance and Evaluation Office. Formerly she served, on assignment from CDC, as the Director of the White House Office on National AIDS Policy where she developed and implemented the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. Previous leadership positions at CDC include serving as Deputy Director for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Science in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Team Leader for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) in the Division of Reproductive Health. Dr. Lansky has published extensively in scientific journals on issues such as heterosexual transmission of HIV, prevention of perinatal HIV transmission, prevention of blood-borne infections among persons who inject drugs, and sampling methods for reaching high-risk populations. Dr. Lansky earned a PhD and MPH in Health Behavior, with a minor in Epidemiology, from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned a BA in political science from Swarthmore College. In 2010, she set up the Lansky Family Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of Health Behavior to honor and recognize her parents’ commitment to education and public health. Amy Lansky served* as President of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Alumni Association Governing Board (2014-2016), and as a member of the Board from 2011-2014.
* Dr. Lansky served on the Governing Board in her personal capacity.
BERRIEN MOORE III
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.S. MATHEMATICS 1963
Berrien Moore was trained as a pure mathematician, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina in 1963 and his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1969. His early work dealt with Toeplitz Operators and Intertwining Transformations. However, mathematics would not be where he would leave his mark. In fact, he declined a Fulbright Fellowship in Mathematics in 1976-77 to begin his journey into Earth Sciences via a Fellowship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1976-77). Following Woods Hole, Dr. Moore began his scientific work on the global carbon cycle using innovative mathematical models to probe both terrestrial and oceanic systems. An important area was his exploration of the use of geochemical and physical tracers through inversion methods to determine ocean carbon dynamics.
The late 1980s and 1990s also marked a period of intense service to NASA. In 1988, Dr. Moore became Chair of the Space and Earth Science Advisory Committee, NASA’s senior science advisory committee and served until 1992. This was a time of great challenge with major planetary missions, the Four Great Observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched in 1990, and Congressional approval of the Earth Observing System (EOS). Upon completion of his Chairmanship of the Space and Earth Science Advisory Committee, Dr. Moore was presented with NASA's highest civilian award, the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for outstanding service to the agency. Following his service to NASA, he guided three important National Research Council (NRC) studies:
- Chair of the NRC Committee on International Space Programs of the Space Studies Board that, in collaboration with the European Space Sciences Committee, jointly published in 1997 “U.S.-Europe Collaboration in Space Science.”
- Chair NRC's Committee on Global Change Research which published in 1999 “Global Environmental Change: Research Pathways for the Next Decade.”
- Co-Chair of the NRC decadal survey, “Earth Observations from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future,” which was published in 2007.
The latter study, the first Decadal Study for the Earth Sciences, marked a turning point in Earth Sciences at NASA, which has been in decline since the completion of the EOS Missions.
Concurrent with his late 1990s service to the NRC, Dr. Moore chaired the overarching Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) from 1998 to 2002. During this Chairmanship, he led the July 2001 Open Science Conference on Global Change in Amsterdam and was one of the four architects of the Amsterdam Declaration on Global Change. He was, also, the Coordinating Lead Author for the final chapter, "Advancing our Understanding," of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was released in Spring 2001, and as such, he has been honored for contributing to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC.
In addition to receiving the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Dr. Moore was honored in 2005 by NOAA with the Administrator’s Special Recognition Award and the 2007 Dryden Lectureship Research Medal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is an elected Fellow in the American Meteorological Society and the International Academy of Astronautics.
In the summer of 2010, Moore joined the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Chair in Climate Studies. He also serves as Dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, Director of the National Weather Center, and Vice President for Weather and Climate Programs.
His academic career began at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as a member of the mathematics faculty in 1969. He was recognized by UNH in 1992 for research excellence and was named University Distinguished Professor in 1997. From 1997 to 2008, Moore served for as the Director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at UNH. In 2008, Moore left UNH to serve as the founding Executive Director of Climate Central, a think-tank based in Princeton, New Jersey and Palo Alto, California.
Returning to his scientific career, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing today, Dr. Moore, has explored a variety of space-based data and technologies to improve model-based calculations of terrestrial and oceanic carbon fluxes. He saw, as did others, that measurements of atmospheric column concentrations of CO2 from space could provide a fundamental constraint on carbon flux calculations. Last December, he realized a dream when NASA’s selected the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb), as the Earth Venture Mission. "The GeoCARB mission breaks new ground for NASA's Earth science and applications programs … it will provide important new measurements related to Earth’s global natural carbon cycle, and will allow monitoring of vegetation health throughout North, Central and South America," said Dr. Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Berrien Moore is the architect and Principal Investigator of the GeoCarb Mission.
JUDITH PHILLIPS STANTON
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: PH.D. 1978
Judith Phillips Stanton’s The Collected Letters of Charlotte Smith (2004) has been foundational in restoring the reputation of this late eighteenth-century poet and novelist as the first romantic poet. Stanton compiled and edited the project over twenty-six years while she was a university professor, and later independent scholar, published a number of articles on Smith’s life, and shared the unpublished document with fellow scholars and students. While teaching at The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Clemson University, she was a leader in establishing programs in Gender Studies. She has also published four historical romances, a contemporary equestrian suspense, her first chapbook of poetry, and now teaches creative writing courses for fun.
RICHARD Y. STEVENS
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.A. 1970, M.P.A, J.D. 1974
Richard Stevens is an Attorney with the Smith Anderson Law Firm in Raleigh. He received his BA degree in Political Science in 1970, his Juris Doctor degree in 1974, and his Master of Public Administration degree in 1978, all from UNC. He served on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees from 1995-2003, and the Board of Visitors from 1991-1995. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1997-1999. He served five terms in the North Carolina Senate from 2003 to 2012. In the Senate he co-chaired the Education/Higher Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee. Prior to his service in the Senate he was the County Manager of Wake County, North Carolina from 1984-2000. In addition he has worked as a management consultant providing assistance with strategic planning, business objectives, marketing and organizational development for private sector clients.
At UNC, Stevens chaired the UNC-Chapel Hill Endowment Fund and the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation, Inc. from 1997-1999 and chaired the Chancellor Search Committee in 1999-2000. He was Chair of the UNC General Alumni Association from 2000-2001, Chair of the Board of Visitors for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Hospital from 2014-2016, and Chair of The Carolina Club from 1994-1997 and 2002-2011. Nationally, he was Chair of the Council of Board Chairs of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges from 1999-2000.
Stevens received the Distinguished Service Medal from the UNC General Alumni Association in 1994, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the UNC MPA Alumni Association in 1997, the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration in 2000, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2000, the Public Leader in Technology Award from the North Carolina Technology Association in 2004 and again in 2012, the John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award from the UNC Association of Student Governments in 2005, the William Richardson Davie Award from UNC in 2010, and the Award for Distinguished Public Service from the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce in 2017. Both the UNC School of Law and the UNC School of Government have scholarships named for Stevens.
He is a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Order of the Grail-Valkyries, the Order of the Old Well, the Society of Janus, and the Bell Tower Society as well as Chi Psi Fraternity.
He is married to Jere Gilmore Stevens and they have two adult children.
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: M.F.A. 2004
The compelling works of documentary theatre from Mike Wiley have been shared across the U.S., Canada, South Africa and beyond. His ensemble dramas have been produced in multi-week runs on stages including the Guthrie Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. His plays have been seen in settings ranging from The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC to the official finale of the Freedom Riders 50th Reunion in Jackson, MS. He has performed at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, AL, in a 20-venue tour across Ontario, and conducted repeated multi-day residences at numerous universities. His impressive repertoire has reached adult audiences at performing arts centers large and small, college and university students, and thousands of secondary school students from 3rd grade through high school. The relevance of - and the response to – Mike Wiley’s solo touring theatre works does not diminish. And now, licensed productions of his larger ensemble cast plays are expanding across the US. His newest play LEAVING EDEN: AN AMERICAN FABLE will premiere at UNC-Chapel Hill in spring of 2018. Mike Wiley is a North Carolina-based playwright and actor whose compelling works of documentary theatre yield rich and powerful journeys to milestones and turning points of a cultural history. With remarkable ability and broad, focused creative vision, he shares a gift that helps audiences and communities to start to peel layers of misunderstanding and mistrust. Delving into the personal stories and motivations of those who have been both leaders and followers in civil rights struggles in America, Wiley pays tribute to past histories and heroes while giving compelling invitation for his audiences to want to move toward a more enlightened future. Wiley’s career includes fifteen years credits in writing and performing documentary theatre for young audiences, plus acting in film, television and regional theatre. A Catawba College graduate, an Upward Bound alum and Trio Achiever Award recipient, he is an M.F.A. graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is a former Lehman-Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has conducted numerous educational residencies funded through grant programs of the North Carolina Arts Council. Wiley’s overriding goal is expanding cultural awareness for audiences of all ages through sharing dynamic portrayals based on pivotal moments in African-American history and, in doing so, helping to unveil a richer picture of the total American experience.
“You helped our students uncover dimensions within themselves that some of them didn't even know they had. Thank you for being a window into what their future could be… We are changed a bit because of your visit.” Chatham Elementary School, Pittsboro, NC
“In my thirty-one years in education, I cannot remember any performance that matches his wonderful blend of humor, history, reflection, student involvement and lasting impact. Mesmerizing…truly a gift. In a matter of minutes, he won undivided attention and taught more history than could be taught in a week. He is doing very important work.” Dr. B. Redmond, Supt., Newton Conover Schools, NC
Edward Kidder Graham Award
The Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award recognizes distinguished service to the state, the nation and the University by a faculty member.
KENAN DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AND CHEMISTRY
Dr. Allbritton is the Kenan Professor and Chair of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NC State). She obtained her B.S. in physics from Louisiana State University, her Ph.D. in Medical Physics/Medical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Upon completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology at Stanford University, she joined the faculty of the University of California at Irvine in 1994 where she held joint appointments in the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. She is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and the AAAS. She is also a member of the National Academy of Inventors and recipient of the 2016 ACS Award in Chemical Instrumentation. Dr. Allbritton's research studies, described in over 160 publications, are directed at the development of new technologies by bringing to bear methods from engineering, chemistry, physics and biology to address biomedical problems. This research program has been heavily funded by the National Institutes of Health with over $56 M in grant funding since 1994. Dr. Allbritton is the scientific founder of three companies, Protein Simple (now a part of Bio-Techne), Cell Microsystems, and Altis Biosystems and has 12 issued patents with 9 more pending.