The 2022-23 academic year at Carolina was a memorable one.
Tar Heels won national championships. The Campaign for Carolina wrapped up, raising more than $5 billion. A senior competed in the Ironman World Championships. Faculty members met North Carolinians across our state to tackle challenges impacting communities. And nearly 8,000 Tar Heels became Carolina alumni, while another 8,000 students began their college experience in Chapel Hill.
Take a look back at some of the biggest stories that shaped this year.
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Carolina Community Academy opens
University and community leaders officially opened the Carolina Community Academy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 25 at North Elementary School in Roxboro, North Carolina. The innovative K-2 school is a partnership between Carolina and the Person County School District.
The academy functions as a classroom setting similar to many others found throughout the state while also integrating evidence-based classroom practices and innovative approaches, improved and integrated curriculum, social-emotional learning and robust wraparound services to best support the students.
Honoring the “Divine Nine”
Officially opened in October, Carolina’s National Pan-Hellenic Council Legacy Plaza celebrates the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities at Carolina on the 48th anniversary of their founding. The organizations’ commitment to civic engagement, leadership, academics and work to create a sense of belonging has positively impacted campus since 1973.
Located on South Campus between SASB North and South, the plaza consists of nine columns representing each of the founding Black Greek organizations. The pillars are arranged in chronological order of when the organizations were chartered. An inner circle of pavers and an outer circle of bricks feature the names of donors who made the plaza possible.
Carolina continued to hold its place as one of the best-ranked universities for value and academic programs this year.
In the fall, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carolina fifth among public universities for the 22nd consecutive year and named UNC-Chapel Hill the best value among public universities for the 18th time. Later in the year, numerous graduate programs received high rankings, including 21 among the top 10 in the nation in their respective categories, as part of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” list.
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Learn how Tar Heels are Serving North Carolina
As a university built for the people, public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission. Tar Heels are serving North Carolinians from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Crystal Coast.
Members of the campus and local community joined University leaders in the Pit on Nov. 21 to dedicate a memorial to James Lewis Cates Jr. The memorial, located near where Cates was stabbed in the Pit 52 years ago, is the result of decades of advocacy from Carolina students and community members.
Carolina senior Andrew Buchanan signed up for his first Ironman competition last summer, looking to test himself in the 140-mile race. A surprise top finish in his age group provided him with his next challenge: competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Since August 2021, Carolina has welcomed eight new dean, with many beginning their positions this year. These scholars and leaders, all standouts in their fields, bring a world of knowledge and experience to their new roles.
The Carolina Coffee Shop, the oldest restaurant in North Carolina, has been serving Tar Heels and residents since 1922. After 100 years of continuous service, the shop is looking toward the future with UNC-Chapel Hill alumni at the helm.
A historic moment for Carolina
Thanks to the astounding generosity of the University’s donors, the Campaign for Carolina raised more than $5 billion, exceeding its $4.25 billion goal and becoming the first university in the South — and one of only 16 universities in the U.S. — to exceed $5 billion in a completed campaign.
Many gifts are already at work supporting Carolina’s key strategic priorities, while some donors have made pledges or established endowments that will provide a steady stream of resources in the decades to come.
LGBTQ Center celebrates 20 years of education for equality
Since its founding in 2003, the UNC LGBTQ Center has fostered an inclusive environment for Tar Heels of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions to create a stronger and more welcoming campus for students.
The center celebrated its 20th anniversary in April during Pride Week by honorings its history and the generations of Tar Heels who worked to bring the center to reality.
After winning her 10th national title as Carolina’s field hockey coach in November, Karen Shelton retired in December after 42 seasons. To fill her role, the team turned to one of its own to take the reins: Erin Matson, who was on four NCAA Championship teams and five ACC Championship teams.
The Tar Heels on the field hockey team weren’t the only student-athletes to cement themselves in Carolina’s history books. In March, sophomore Aranza Vazquez earned two national titles in diving, becoming the first Tar Heel diver ever to win a national championship. That same weekend, Austin O’Connor claimed the 157-pound national championship at the wrestling championships, becoming the second wrestler in program history to win multiple national championships.
In May, Carolina’s women’s tennis team, which has won the last four ITA Indoor Team National Championships, captured its first outdoor NCAA title.
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The study provides some of the first findings on how social media usage could have long-standing and important consequences on the development of adolescent brains.
Although most first-year students arrived on campus in August, nearly 100 new Tar Heels arrived in Chapel Hill for the spring semester after spending the fall semester abroad as part of Carolina Global Launch
U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 “Best Graduate Schools” list names multiple Carolina graduate degree programs in national top 10.
Stephanie Pierson, a Carolina junior studying history, won her first game in the "Jeopardy! High School Reunion Tournament" on Feb. 22. The win earned her a spot in the semifinals on March 6.