UNC-Chapel Hill to launch arts initiative supporting military-affiliated communities with Garmsir Marines photography exhibition, Oct. 4

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UNC-Chapel Hill to launch arts initiative supporting military-affiliated communities with Garmsir Marines photography exhibition, Oct. 4

 

Internationally-renowned conflict photographer Louie Palu on hand for opening of landmark outdoor exhibition that puts a human face to war

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Sept. 28, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will launch a new initiative to support military-affiliated communities through art with the opening of internationally-renowned conflict photographer Louie Palu’s landmark outdoor photography exhibition Garmsir Marines. Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts Emil Kang and Palu will celebrate the installation at 12 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Battle Park. The installation will be on display Oct. 1 – Oct. 15.

 

Transforming Battle Park into a forest of black and white portraits, Garmsir Marines depicts ten marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6), currently based at Camp Lejeune. Palu took the photographs in 2008 at a small combat outpost in Garmsir District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

Co-presented by UNC’s Arts Everywhere initiative and the Click! Photography Festival, Garmsir Marines is the inaugural program in a larger Arts Everywhere initiative to support military communities through the arts. Working collaboratively with Student Affairs, the ROTC, the Department of Military Science and others, the initiative leverages the power of the arts to raise the visibility of Carolina’s military community, foster understanding and dialogue about military experiences and promote health and healing through creative expression.

 

More information about the exhibition is available here.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 4

12 p.m.

Battle Park (adjacent to the Forest Theater)

123 S. Boundary St.

Chapel Hill

 

Media Check-In: Upon arrival, media must check-in with media relations. Carly Swain (Cell: 704-305-1838) will be the on-site contact.

 

Media Parking: Public parking is available on Boundary Street (behind the Forest Theater).

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About Arts Everywhere

Arts Everywhere is a groundbreaking campus-wide arts initiative supported by the Office of the Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. With the core belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities, this long-term initiative aims to revolutionize academics and enhance public service at Carolina by investing in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, with the goal of making the Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st century liberal arts education.

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Arts Everywhere contact: Rachel Ash, (919) 843-9088, rachel_ash@unc.edu

Ackland Art Museum acquires 12 artworks from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

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Ackland Art Museum acquires 12 artworks from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Ackland is the only university art museum selected for Foundation’s first round of giving

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 14, 2017) – The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the only university art museum selected to acquire 12 significant works of art in the first round of giving from the Atlanta, Georgia-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which holds the largest and foremost collection of contemporary art from the African-American South.

 

The Ackland was honored to be the only university-affiliated art museum to acquire works in the first round of the Foundation’s “strategic gift/purchase program,” which aims to place art from its collection in museums across the United States. Other institutions selected for first round giving include New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 

With this new acquisition, which includes pieces by Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Purvis Young and Leroy Almon, the Ackland’s collection of art by African American artists connected to the Foundation, and to founder William S. Arnett’s personal collection, rises to 49 works. The expanded collection offers the campus and community greater insight into the African-American experience in this region.

 

“These amazing additions to the Ackland’s collection build upon Carolina’s enduring commitment to promoting scholarship and understanding of an important perspective in the narrative of American art history,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “The Souls Grown Deep Foundation’s marvelous gifts open another remarkable window at the Ackland for scholars, students and visitors interested in developing a more comprehensive understanding of the marvelous blend that is Southern culture. We are honored by the foundation’s continuing generosity that helps Carolina increase awareness of the vernacular visual arts traditions of the African-American South.”

 

“University museums are the backbone of leading-edge art historical research, and the Ackland is among the best,” said Maxwell Anderson, president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. “We are very pleased to help build on UNC-Chapel Hill’s longstanding effort to champion the creative traditions embedded in this acquisition, and to deepen the fruitful association between the Museum and the Foundation.”

 

The only non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, exhibiting, and promoting the work of contemporary artists from the African-American South, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation encompasses over 1,200 works by more than 160 artists. In 2015, the Foundation donated an unparalleled collection of 9,300 photographic works—including 35 mm color slide film and video recordings documenting visual artists and their work—to the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

“These works of art have already begun to play important roles in teaching at the University,” said Katie Ziglar, director of the Ackland Art Museum. “For example, alumna Laura Bickford first encountered these artists in a seminar at Chapel Hill and has gone on to become the Foundation’s curator, and Elijah Hayward, a doctoral candidate in American studies, collaborated on the Ackland’s recent exhibition of works by Ronald Lockett.”

 

As with all pieces in the Ackland’s collection, even when not on display the new acquisitions are currently available to University’s faculty, students and the general public, by appointment.

 

The Ackland plans a full presentation and catalogue of its permanent collection of works of art by artists associated with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation – including works by Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Mary Lee Bendolph, and Nettie Young – in 2020.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About the Ackland Art Museum

Featuring a year-round calendar of special exhibitions and dynamic public programs, the Ackland Art Museum – located on the historic campus of the UNC-Chapel Hill – encourages visitors to engage with the rich legacy of the artistic past as well as with living artists from around the world. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery and folk art. Additionally, the Ackland holds North Carolina’s premiere collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints and photographs). This universal collection of artworks from antiquity to the present makes the Ackland uniquely able to advance the teaching and research missions of the University. The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia Street on UNC-Chapel Hill campus. More information on hours and admission is available at www.ackland.org.

 

University Communications contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

$12 million gift to benefit PlayMakers, dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill

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$12 million gift to benefit PlayMakers, dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Gift is the largest ever to benefit performing arts at Carolina; center will be renamed Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 11, 2017) – PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $12 million gift to significantly increase the University’s performing arts programming by expanding educational opportunities for students and enhancing performance and outreach offerings available to the community.

 

The endowment, from longtime arts patron Joan H. Gillings, is the largest single gift by a living individual to benefit the performing arts at Carolina. In honor of her transformational gift, the Center for Dramatic Art, home to the department of dramatic art and PlayMakers, will be named the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.

 

“We are incredibly grateful to Joan for her extraordinary gift that builds upon Carolina’s century-old dramatic arts tradition of educating students, thrilling audiences and inspiring communities,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Joan’s tireless support of Carolina excellence ranges from global public health to exploration of the heavens. This wonderful gift will create innovative and exciting educational, performance and outreach opportunities for our PlayMakers Repertory Company and nationally recognized department of dramatic art. It also supports our Arts Everywhere initiative, taking our existing strengths in dramatic arts to an even higher level by unleashing creativity and opening minds.”

 

Gillings’ commitment will enable the department to recruit and retain top graduate students by funding additional scholarships in acting, costume production and technical production annually. It will also expand PlayMakers’ vital education and outreach programs, including the Mobile Shakespeare initiative, and its K-12 educational matinee and teaching artist residency programs. In addition, the gift will foster the development of new plays to engage the University and national theater community with innovative and socially conscious work.

 

“I acquired a love of theater while attending plays on Broadway and in London’s West End. I have been proud to serve on the Friends of PlayMakers Advisory Council since 2008, and as its chair since 2013. The high quality of PlayMakers productions, including the work of the graduate students, has inspired me to make this gift,” said Gillings. “The future of theater is in the hands of our students. I am excited about what the future holds for them.”

 

Established in 1925, the department of dramatic art is the second-oldest theater department in the country, and PlayMakers Repertory Company recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Gillings’ gift creates a foundation for the future that will continue Carolina’s century-old tradition of educating students and inspiring the community through live theater.

 

“This wonderful gift provides us with a historic opportunity to take our work to the next level — as scholars and artists, teachers and theater practitioners,” said Adam Versényi, chair of the department of dramatic art. “Joan’s incredible generosity will enable us to attract and, most importantly, support, the best graduate students and faculty. These are the individuals who enhance our undergraduate students’ learning experience as well as our audiences’ experience of the highest possible artistry.”

 

PlayMakers is the University’s professional theater in residence and is part of the department of dramatic art in the College of Arts & Sciences. The theater is a living laboratory where professional actors, costumers and technicians, many of whom also teach in the department, work closely with graduate students in the nationally recognized MFA programs in acting, costume production and technical production.

 

“This gift is such a significant demonstration of Joan’s belief in the transformational impact that theater has,” said Vivienne Benesch, producing artistic director for PlayMakers. “It is a huge vote of confidence for the role that PlayMakers has here at Carolina and on the national theater landscape.”

 

Previous philanthropy by Gillings to the University includes UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Carolina Performing Arts and UNC Children’s Hospital. In 2011, she was awarded the William Richardson Davie Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, for extraordinary service to Carolina.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art

The Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, built in 1998, is home to the department of dramatic art and PlayMakers Repertory Company. One of every five Carolina students takes a class in dramatic art, which is the second-oldest theater department in the nation (founded in 1925). PlayMakers has been honored as one of the nation’s best regional theaters. More than 50,000 patrons attend performances annually, and it has served over 123,000 area youth through educational programs. In addition to the PlayMakers professional productions, the center hosts performances by the department’s undergraduate Kenan Theatre Company.

 

About Arts Everywhere

Arts Everywhere is a groundbreaking campus-wide arts initiative supported by the Office of the Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. With the core belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities, this long-term initiative aims to revolutionize academics and enhance public service at Carolina by investing in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, with the goal of making the Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st century liberal arts education.

 

University Communications contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu

College of Arts & Sciences contact: Geneva Collins, (919) 843-6339, Geneva_Collins@unc.edu

Development contact: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@email.unc.edu

Media invited to cover major performing arts gift announcement on Sept. 11

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Media invited to cover major performing arts gift announcement on Sept. 11

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 6, 2017) – Media are invited to join the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to celebrate the largest single gift ever to the performing arts at Carolina. The endowment, committed by Chapel Hill philanthropist and longtime arts patron Joan H. Gillings, will dramatically expand the University’s performing arts programming in the department of dramatic art and PlayMakers Repertory Company by creating more educational opportunities for students and enhancing performance and outreach offerings available to the community.

 

Established in 1925, the department of dramatic art is the second oldest theater department in the country, and PlayMakers recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Gillings’ gift creates a foundation for the future that will strengthen and prepare both organizations for growth, continuing Carolina’s century-old tradition of educating students and inspiring the community through theater.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt, College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kevin Guskiewicz, PlayMakers Repertory Company Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch, department of dramatic art chair Adam Versenyi and Gillings will participate in the presentation. University leaders, arts administrators and staff, and important figures in the arts community will also attend. The event will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 11

11 a.m.

Center for Dramatic Art, lobby

120 Country Club Road

Chapel Hill

 

Media Check-In: Media must check in at the Center for Dramatic Art no earlier than 10:30 a.m. MC VanGraafeiland will be the on-site contact (646-345-2802).

 

Parking:  A limited number of metered spaces in front of the Center for Dramatic Art will be hooded and reserved for media representatives. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact MC VanGraafeiland (mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu) with questions.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About PlayMakers

PlayMakers is the professional theater-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts & Sciences, and North Carolina’s premiere resident theater company for more than 40 years. PlayMakers has been named one of the “best regional theatres in America.”

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Point-to-Point Express celebrates 25 years in operation with updated routes and new express service vehicles

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UNC-Chapel Hill’s Point-to-Point Express celebrates 25 years in operation with updated routes and new express service vehicles

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 5, 2017) – With the return of students to campus this fall, Point-to-Point (P2P) Express has made several enhancements, including updated routes and new Express service vehicles, as the program celebrates its 25th year in operation.

 

UNC Transportation and Parking augmented its existing fleet with two new 25-passenger shuttle buses and three 40-passenger biodiesel buses. The new fuel-efficient vehicles hitting the roads in late August support the UNC’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative goal of greenhouse gas neutrality.

 

“The buses and vans that have been offering service to UNC have certainly served the University community well,” said UNC Transportation and Parking associate director Than Austin. “However, the oldest vehicles had been in operation for as many as 19 years, logging a lot of miles. These new vehicles will be more efficient and provide a much better rider experience.”

 

To serve the ever-changing campus landscape and evolving ridership demands, a new route will improve service to western and southern areas of campus, including Baity Hill student-family housing on Mason Farm Road. The P2P Express will also resume service to the Granville Towers area adjacent to the new the Carolina Square complex. The traditional Express route and the new fixed route will run on the traditional P2P schedule, beginning at 7 p.m. and running through 4 a.m. nightly during fall and spring academic semesters.

 

Other P2P services, such as the RR Lot, Library, and Law School Shuttles, as well as the semester break Airport Shuttles and on-demand services like after-dark and Student Health shuttles will continue without changes to service.

 

These latest enhancements coincide with the 25th anniversary of P2P’s arrival at UNC-Chapel Hill. With a small fleet of vans in 1992, P2P launched its service to riders initially through demand-response services. The P2P Express fixed route was introduced the following August in response to student government recommendations.

 

“It’s still as popular and as important to the University as ever,” said P2P manager Lee McRae, who has been with Transportation & Parking since P2P’s inception. “On a busy night, we often transport well over a thousand riders, and we’re serving nearly 200,000 riders a year.”

 

Transportation & Parking director Cheryl Stout said that the service and fleet improvements are the fruition of collaborative efforts by members of the P2P Work Group, a subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Transportation and Parking (ACT), which has representation from throughout the Carolina community. Stout said the group has worked to create such positive changes as increased operational hours, the addition of summer school fixed-route service, and technological advances like availability of TransLoc® real-time vehicle positioning and onboard video cameras.

 

Stout added that the P2P system has truly become part of the fabric of the University over the past 25 years.

 

“Most cannot remember UNC when the Point-to-Point system was not serving transportation needs of the community,” Stout said. “It has maintained universal support of the Carolina students and administration, but we’ve also worked hard to stay abreast of new technologies and to keep the services current and fare-free.”

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Randy Young, (919) 962-1502, randy_young@unc.edu

Statement from Board of Trustees on Confederate Monument

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Statement from Board of Trustees on Confederate Monument

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. Aug. 25, 2017) – As the current and former chairs, we are writing to address misinformation about the state law governing the Confederate Monument, commonly referred to as Silent Sam, and to express our support for the ways the chancellor and the University have been handling this complex matter.

 

We are making this statement because we are surprised and disappointed at the misinterpretations and false narratives regarding the University’s legal options on this situation.

 

Our Office of University Counsel and UNC General Administration have advised Chancellor Carol L. Folt that the University does not have the legal authority to move the monument, and the Board agrees with that interpretation of the law, North Carolina General Statute 100-2.1.

 

Furthermore, we have received guidance from Louis Bissette Jr., chair of the UNC Board of Governors, agreeing with our assertion that, despite a differing opinion from the governor, we have not been given the green light by anyone with authority to relocate the statue. Any suggestion that we have unilateral authority is inaccurate. Any legal options available to us will be guided by discussions with the Board of Governors.

 

Above all, regardless of the circumstance, the chancellor has a responsibility to the people of North Carolina to uphold all state laws. With this new law, it is relatively easy for many individuals to speculate about its meaning or offer possible loopholes as ways to operate around the law. It would be unwise and imprudent for the University to take any action regarding the monument without additional legal clarity, and we would expect no less from our chancellor. Moreover, the University will enforce all policies regarding signage and the proper use of grounds and facilities. A consistent application of policy is critical to ensuring a functional, daily operation of the University.

 

Finally, the Board of Trustees has been deeply involved in these discussions and deliberations, and wishes to acknowledge our full support of Chancellor Folt’s fearless and decisive leadership, her unwavering commitment to the safety of our campus community and the long tradition of open and respectful debate on our campus.

 

Haywood D. Cochrane, Chair

 

Dwight D. Stone, Former Chair (2015-2017)

 

Lowry Caudill, Former Chair (2013-2015)

 

Richard Y. Stevens, Former Chair (1997-1999)

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill welcomes 2,700 new graduate students

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UNC-Chapel Hill welcomes 2,700 new graduate students

 

(Note: The following statistics are preliminary. Final fall semester enrollment figures will be available in September.)

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Aug. 25, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed an estimated 2,700 master’s and doctoral students on campus this week. Graduate students make up 29 percent of Carolina’s total student enrollment.

 

Among the 15,697 individuals who applied for fall 2017, 4,980 applicants were accepted for admittance.

 

Applied Admitted
North Carolina 1587 911
Out-of-state 14110 4069
Total 15697 4980

 

As of Aug. 10, the share of new graduate students identifying themselves as a race or ethnicity other than Caucasian is 36.5 percent. Other race or ethnicities include: Asian, 10.7 percent; two or more races, 10.7 percent; African American, 7.9 percent; Latino or Latina, 6.7 percent; American Indian or Alaska Native, less than 1 percent; and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, less than 1 percent.

 

An estimated 89.5 percent of the new graduate students are U.S. citizens, and 10.5 percent are international students. The top countries of origin for new international graduate students are China, India and the Republic of Korea. International graduate students represent nearly 14 percent of Carolina’s total graduate student population.

 

“Graduate students are vital to UNC-Chapel Hill’s reputation as a world leader in research and they are great mentors to undergraduates. As alumni, they are strong ambassadors of Carolina’s excellence,” said Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School. “We live in an increasingly complex world, and employers representing many, many professional fields are seeking their specialized knowledge and leadership skills.”

 

The Graduate School, in collaboration with faculty and programs campus-wide, recently established a new initiative to help graduate students build professional skills, while pursuing new knowledge in their academic fields.

 

In summer 2017, the Graduate School began accepting applications for its new Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals, which focuses on helping graduate students further develop their professional skill set. Courses in writing, oral presentation, project management, leadership and accounting are included in the certificate program.

 

According to Matson, graduate student interest in these types of courses has increased significantly during the past five years, and the certificate responds to both student interest and the needs of the workplace.

 

The Graduate School features diverse programs, development opportunities, awards and fellowships. More details can be found here.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

The Graduate School contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-6326, saine@email.unc.edu

University Communications contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill exceeds $500 million with best-year-ever fundraising performance

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UNC-Chapel Hill exceeds $500 million with best-year-ever fundraising performance

            

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Aug. 24, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received $543.3 million in donor commitments in fiscal year 2017 (concluding June 30, 2017), marking Carolina’s third-straight fundraising record and first time topping $500 million. The total eclipsed fiscal year 2016’s previous record of $495 million by nearly $50 million.

 

“A third consecutive record fundraising year tells a wonderful story about the Carolina community’s generosity and love for our students, faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Our donors’ spirit of innovation and impact nourishes the Carolina powerhouse of research, entrepreneurship and public service that helps excellence take root and flourish. When our community works together big dreams are possible.”

 

Commitments in fiscal year 2017 included:

 

  • A $25 million gift of art and endowment funding from Sheldon and Leena Peck of Boston, Massachusetts, to support European and American art collections at the Ackland Art Museum;
  • An $18 million gift from the Shuford family of Hickory to support entrepreneurship in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences; and
  • A $4 million gift from Alice Lehman of Charlotte to support cellular immunotherapy research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Donors also helped the University meet the “Give for Good: Scholarship Challenge,” by bringing in more than $40 million (and counting) to support need- and merit-based scholarships. Launched in fall 2016 by a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, the challenge benefits Carolina Covenant and the Morehead-Cain Foundation. The Challenge continues through University Day (Oct. 12), which marks the anniversary of Carolina’s founding, and a final total will be announced at that time.

 

The best-year-ever performance resulted from the contributions of nearly 68,000 donors. Commitments from 15 donors of $5 million or more accounted for $198.2 million of the $543.3 million total.

 

“Our donors continue to be incredibly generous, and we are grateful for their support of Carolina’s faculty, students and research” said David Routh, vice chancellor for university development. “They provide a margin of excellence that makes us better in everything we do. The impact of their gifts will be felt across our campus, our state and around the world for many, many years.”

 

Carolina’s record fundraising year paves the way for the University’s comprehensive campaign, which kicks off in October.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of University Development contact: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@email.unc.edu

University Communications contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu

Statement from the University on the Status of the Confederate Monument

This is an update on the status of the Confederate Monument, better known on campus as Silent Sam.

 

Despite how it is being interpreted in the media, the University has not been given the clear legal authority to act unilaterally. Governor Cooper cites a provision where removal would be permitted if a “building inspector” concludes that physical disrepair of a statue threatens public safety, a situation not present here.  The University is now caught between conflicting legal interpretations of the statute from the Governor and other legal experts.

 

Based on law enforcement agencies’ assessments, we continue to believe that removing the Confederate Monument is in the best interest of the safety of our campus, but the University can act only in accordance with the laws of the state of North Carolina. As we continue to seek clear guidance and legal authority to act, we ask for your patience and cooperation to help us maintain as safe an environment as we possibly can. Your safety and the safety of our community will always be our first priority.

 

Dean Bob Blouin to succeed Jim Dean as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Provost

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Dean Bob Blouin to succeed Jim Dean as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Provost

 

Blouin to bring focus on innovation to post

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Aug. 22, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Robert “Bob” Blouin, longtime dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, to serve as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University. Blouin will succeed Jim Dean, who will step down in September after serving four years in the position.

 

“When I thought about who could fill this role, it was clear that we already had the best candidate at the University, Bob Blouin, who could begin working immediately to ensure we maintain momentum as we enter the new academic year,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “As director of the UNC Eshelman Institute for Innovation, Bob has led a cutting-edge effort to find creative ways to accelerate change in education and health care. This experience is exactly what Carolina needs as we implement the University’s strategic framework. One of our core pillars is ‘Innovation made Fundamental,’ and I am confident that Bob will play a key role in leading our efforts across the University.”

 

The University’s Board of Trustees approved Chancellor Folt’s recommendation, effective Sept. 18. Dean will work closely with Blouin during a transition period for the rest of the fall semester to return to the faculty of the Kenan-Flagler Business School in the fall of 2018 following a research leave.

 

Dr. Dhiren Thakker, associate dean for entrepreneurial development, will serve as the interim dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

 

“I am honored to be the University’s next provost and to continue forward with the important work already underway for the Blueprint for Next and the launch of our capital campaign, among other priorities,” Blouin said. “I hope that I can apply what we’ve learned at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in finding creative ways to accelerate innovation in education and research.”

 

Blouin, the Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Distinguished Professor, is a well-respected educator, researcher, innovator and administrator across campus and throughout higher education. Under his leadership since 2003, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has become an internationally recognized leader in pharmacy practice, education and research. The school rose to be ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He also oversaw an impressive increase by school faculty in growing the research portfolio from $2 million in 2002 to $36 million in 2016, ranking second among the nation’s pharmacy schools. As director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, Blouin has led a cutting-edge effort to find creative ways to accelerate change in education and health care.

 

Before coming to Carolina, Blouin was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy from 1978 to 2003. Blouin last served as professor and associate dean for research and graduate education from 1997 to 2003 at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. His responsibilities as associate dean included overseeing the development and expansion of the Center for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, a multimillion-dollar cGMP drug formulation and manufacturing facility. As the executive director of the Office for Economic Development and Innovations Management, he served as the College of Pharmacy representative on all issues external to the University of Kentucky and those relating to economic development of the pharmaceutical sciences. He represented the college on several statewide biotechnology initiatives and has worked to advance faculty-based intellectual property.

 

“I look forward to continuing the close working relationship we have had with Provost Dean and moving forward with Dean Blouin in his new role,” said Leslie Parise, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Faculty Chair. “In my new role as Faculty Chair, we have many opportunities to work closely with the administration to improve the campus work-life environment and to serve as the voice of the faculty.”

 

“I want to thank Jim for his service to Carolina and his wise counsel to me during my tenure as faculty chair when the University was addressing a number of critical issues,” said Bruce Cairns, John Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Director North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and Respiratory Care, and former Faculty Chair. “As Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Bob Blouin has demonstrated time and time again that he is an outstanding academic leader who truly understands what this University stands for and strives to achieve. Bob is a transformative leader, and there is no one better suited to be Provost at Carolina. He will help lead this great global public research University into the future.”

 

Dean was named provost after a highly successful 15-year tenure on the faculty and administration at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; including serving five years as the dean from 2008 to 2013. He also served as Senior Associate Dean from 2007 to 2008, Associate Dean of Executive Development from 2002 to 2007, and Associate Dean of the MBA Program from 1998 to 2002.

 

As the University’s chief academic officer, Dean hired seven deans, helping 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences chart a strong course for the future. He bolstered faculty retention efforts to ensure Carolina has the very best people teaching and conducting research. Dean recently led the campus-wide efforts for our 10-year review process for reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

 

Along with other senior leaders, Dean has collaborated on a cross-campus effort to strengthen student advising to better meet the needs of our diverse campus. With administrators in Finance and Administration, he began work to develop a new budget model to modernize the ways we allocate resources across campus.

 

“Jim Dean and I began our tenures in South Building on the same day, July 1, 2013, and I am grateful for his leadership and unwavering commitment to Carolina. I know he put a great deal of time and reflection into his decision,” Chancellor Folt said.  “Above all else, Jim is warm and gracious and I know how much he cares about people.  I’ve seen him interacting with students and faculty all over campus, sharing his fascination for learning and a passion to experience life to its fullest.”

 

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James Dean: https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/I0000gNsKYtvMCDk/Dean-James-jpg

 

Robert Blouin: https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/I0000r609TkhrSoA/Blouin-Robert

 

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