UNC-Chapel Hill comments on, releases NCAA’s third notice of allegations

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UNC-Chapel Hill comments on, releases NCAA’s third notice of allegations

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dec. 22, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released new NCAA communications about the joint investigation of academic irregularities in response to public records requests.

 

The communications are: a Nov. 28 letter from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions about the University’s jurisdictional arguments; a third notice of allegations issued Dec. 13 by the enforcement staff; and the University’s Dec. 21 response to the infractions panel chair. As with prior NCAA communications, public record copies appear on the Carolina Commitment website.

 

The University’s letter to the infractions panel chair raised concerns about the process resulting in the third notice. The letter cited the process the committee chair followed in declining to consider key evidence the University asked to submit before the panel’s October hearing in Indianapolis. That evidence included letters reflecting months of dialogue between the University and the enforcement staff.

 
“We’ve worked collaboratively with the NCAA enforcement staff for more than two years,” said Bubba Cunningham, director of athletics. “We have serious concerns about the process that led to the third notice of allegations based on the principle that all member institutions should expect fair and consistent treatment. We will continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA and remain fully committed to seeking a fair outcome.”

 

The University’s letter to the infractions committee chair said the key evidence previously denied for consideration by the panel must be made part of the case record. That evidence includes previously released letters posted on the Carolina Commitment website.

 

Typically, NCAA rules provide a member school with 90 days to respond to a notice of allegations. The University is evaluating whether it may need more time to respond.

 

NCAA Bylaw 19.03.01 requires that all infractions-related information remain confidential throughout the infractions process. Consistent with NCAA protocol, University officials will not comment on details about the case until it is completed.

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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, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Issued by: Rick White, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs
Communications and Public Affairs Contact: (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

 

Carolina among new alliance to expand access for talented lower-income students

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Carolina among new alliance to expand access for talented lower-income students

 

Leverages success in promoting accessibility, affordability to help launch
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(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dec. 13, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill long has been a national leader in making a college degree possible for deserving students regardless of whether they can pay the full cost of their education. Carolina again is showing that commitment by helping launch a new alliance to educate more lower- and moderate-income students at America’s top schools with the highest graduation rates.

 

The American Talent Initiative, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, brings together 30 founding members committed to providing more high-achieving, lower- and moderate-income students with a clear pathway to college and the promise of lifetime success. Joining Carolina are other leading public flagships, private universities and liberal arts colleges.

 

The national goal of the initiative is to attract, enroll and graduate 50,000 additional high-achieving, lower-income high school students at the 270 colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates by 2025. To reach that ambitious target, the initiative aims to gradually add more top-performing campuses to the ranks of the founding members.

 

Each year, an estimated 12,500 lower-income high school graduates with outstanding academic credentials do not attend a school where at least 70 percent of students graduate. However, research shows that when such students attend schools with strong graduation rates, they are more likely to earn their degrees and seize leadership opportunities that propel future success.

 

“North Carolinians have a deep faith in the power of higher education to change lives, reflected in our history as the nation’s first public university,” said UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt said. “We are pleased to champion the American Talent Initiative’s effort to unlock the full potential of low- and moderate-income students.

 

“For over a decade, through the Carolina Covenant, we have offered low-income students the opportunity to graduate without debt,” Folt said. “The program’s academic and wellness support services have fostered student success and helped improve graduation rates. Carolina remains one of the country’s few public universities that is both need blind in admissions and meets the full financial need of every eligible student we admit.”

 

Other founding initiative members include Duke University and Davidson College, as well as flagship publics in California, Michigan, Texas and Maryland. Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded a $1.7 million, multi-year grant to the initiative, which is co-managed by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R. Both not-for-profit organizations will study practices that lead to measurable progress and report results in regular publications. Founding members will share best practices about recruiting and supporting lower-income students and contributing to research to help other schools succeed.

 

Carolina’s Successful Accessibility and Affordability Initiatives

 

Under Folt’s leadership, Carolina has remained focused on its historic commitment to provide outstanding access and affordability to students who earn admission regardless of their ability to pay. The low- to middle-income students the University enrolls through those mission-driven efforts strengthen both the campus community and the quality of the education available to those students. These students often are the first in their families to attend college or have parents who earn modest incomes as public servants such as teachers, ministers, veterans, police officers and others who are dedicated to improving society every day.

 

Deserving students benefit from nationally recognized programs like the Carolina Covenant, which has offered more than 6,000 low-income students who earn admission the chance to graduate debt free. The Carolina Firsts program created a path of opportunity for the 20 percent of undergraduates who will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year campus. Carolina’s newest initiatives include UNC CORE, an undergraduate, distance-education certificate program designed to accelerate the degree path of active-duty service members in the U.S. armed forces, veterans and National Guard or Reserve members.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill meets 100 percent of the documented need of undergraduates qualifying for need-based aid who apply on time, and meets more than two-thirds of that need with grants and scholarships, thanks in large part to the contributions of generous donors.

 

In 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill’s four-year graduation rate was 82 percent, up 8 percentage points since 2005. The six-year rate was 91.4 percent and rose by more than 5 percentage points.

 

Among students receiving federal need-based Pell Grants, four- and six-year graduation rates increased sharply over the past decade – by 16 and 9 percentage points, respectively. In 2016, Pell Grant recipients posted a four-year graduation rate of 77 percent and a six-year graduation rate of 87 percent. Students receiving other need-based financial aid improved both four- and six-year rates by more than 10 percentage points. The 2016 four-year graduation rate for this group now is 81 percent, just 1 percentage point lower than the rate for all undergraduates, and the six-year rate is 93 percent, which exceeds the overall undergraduate rate by 2 percentage points.

 

Carolina helped nurture, expand and serve as the headquarters for the national College Advising Corps between 2007 and 2013. During that span, the campus successfully launched the Carolina College Advising Corps. Now in its 10th year, the Carolina College Advising Corps places recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduates as admissions and financial-aid advisers in underserved North Carolina high schools to help students find colleges where they will thrive. This year, 51 advisers are serving 71 high schools and 62,000 students statewide. Those schools enroll 19 percent of the state’s black students, 13 percent of the Hispanic students and 33 percent of the Native American students.

 

Carolina recently accepted a $20 million match challenge to expand private support for need- and merit-based scholarships. The “Give for Good: Scholarship Challenge” is structured as tandem $10 million matches – one benefiting the Carolina Covenant and the other the merit-based Morehead-Cain Scholarships. The match comes as part of a $40 million gift funding more student scholarship opportunities that epitomize the University’s mission.

 

Folt and campus leaders plan to share lessons about such successes with other American Talent Initiative founders. Current University priorities include removing disparities between the graduation rates of low-income and first-generation students and the student body. While the University has made steady progress, campus leaders continue to strive to reduce those gaps.

 

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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, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593, mike_mcfarland@unc.edu
American Talent Initiative contact: Bridget DeSimone, (301) 280-5735, bdesimone@burness.com

 

2016 Election Coverage

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty experts are available to offer analysis and insight on everything from record-breaking, early voter turnout to fluctuating poll numbers.

 

 

If you would like to schedule an interview with one of our experts please contact our media relations team at mediarelations@unc.edu or call our media line at (919) 445-8555.

 

 

Tom Carsey is a pa52b147a765ba6509a0843a3510c76c91468874389_lolitical science professor and the director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He can talk about what drives public opinion and what shapes voters’ partisan loyalties. His research includes electoral behavior, campaigns, political parties and legislative politics in the U.S.

Carsey’s thoughts on last night’s election results are available here.

 

 

 

Daniel Kreiuntitled1ss is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism. He is available to discuss the evolution of new media and innovations in online campaigning. Through his research, Kreiss explores the impact of technology in the world of politics. More specifically, how social and digital media have changed the way candidates not only communicate with potential voters but also how they structure and plan their campaign overall.

 

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Sarah Treul’s area of expertise includes an assistant professor in the political science department. Her area of expertise includes U.S. Congress, the court system and what factors contribute to a divisive Congress. More specifically, how the ripple effects of state politics create a less responsive and less-productive federal government. She can also talk about the possible repercussions of contested election results.

 

 

robertsJason Roberts is an associate professor of political science. He can offer big-picture analysis on this year’s election. He’s available to discuss battleground states and specific issues in each state, congressional elections and the politics of Supreme Court appointments.

 

 

 

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Erika Wilson is an assistant professor of law. She can discuss public policy,race discrimination, school reform, civil litigation and civil rights. One of her areas of expertise: where race and law intersect.

 

 

 

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James Stimson is a political science professor. He can discuss public opinion and help connect the dots between mass political behavior and how it impacts our current government system. His areas of expertise include the impact of policy changes to voting behavior and participation.

 

 

 

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Jonathan Oberlander is a professor of health care policy and management in the School of Medicine. His area of expertise includes health care costs and more specifically, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He can talk about possible changes to consumers’ health care coverage and the President’s health care plan in both the long and short-term.

 

 

 

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Christian Lundberg is an associate professor of communication and co-director of the University Program in Cultural Studies. He can help break through the campaign rhetoric and offer insight as to how that rhetoric influences voters.

 

 

 

 

fguilloryFerrel Guillory is a professor of the practice in the School of Media and Journalism and also director of the Program on Public Life. He can talk about battleground states, specifically North Carolina and its hotly contested races. He can also offer insight as to why North Carolinais a key factor in this year’s presidential election.

 

Campus and community leaders to vote early at Chapel of the Cross

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Campus and community leaders to vote early at Chapel of the Cross

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Oct. 26, 2016) – Campus and town leaders will gather at Chapel of the Cross on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., to encourage University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students and the Chapel Hill community to take part in the early voting process. Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and student government representative Wilson Sink will make brief remarks before casting their ballots. The public and media are invited to attend.

 

The Orange County Board of Elections selected Chapel of the Cross as an early voting site last year following concerns about the accessibility and availability of previous early voting sites on and near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

 

“Engaging with the community is at the core of what it means to be a Carolina student. In this election, students get to share their voice at the local, state and national level,” said Sink. “That’s why we want voting to be accessible to the University community as well as the greater Chapel Hill community.”

 

Chapel of the Cross is located at 304 E. Franklin St. Four other sites across Orange County will also be open for early voting through Saturday, Nov. 5. For more information about those locations please visit the Orange County Board of Elections website.

 

In an effort to get voters to the polls early, another coalition of student and community leaders is organizing a March to the Polls ahead of this event. The group plans to walk from the Pit, outside UNC-Chapel Hill student stores, to the Chapel of the Cross voting site starting at 1:45 p.m.

 

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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 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC Student Government contact: Wilson Sink, jwsink@live.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

 

Hurricane Matthew Coverage

UNC-Chapel Hill experts available to discuss storm-related issues

 

As much of the East Coast is feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew, UNC-Chapel Hill researchers and faculty are among those helping communities deal with the aftermath. University experts are available to discuss the storm’s effects including flooding-related issues, water quality, possible beach erosion and the psychological impact on people living along the coast.

 

Storm Aftermath & Recovery

 

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Gavin Smith is the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) and also a research professor in Carolina’s department of city and regional planning. In both roles, part of his focus is to address the threats and unique challenges facing communities across the U.S. due to natural disasters and climate change. Smith also advises other nations, states and local governments about disaster recovery and risk reduction. Following Hurricane Katrina he served as director for the Mississippi Governor’s Office of Recovery and Renewal and also testified before Congress twice, providing recommendations for improving post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Smith worked with Governor Hunt after Hurricane Floyd to develop more than 20 state programs addressing local recovery needs and he also served as assistant director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. In addition to recovery and response, he can talk about Hurricanes Matthew and Floyd and the similarities between the two, in particular the problems involving flooding

 

Other recovery angles he can discuss: The role of state and local leadership in recovery and also the government’s ability to incorporate and implement precautionary measures; why some communities are more vulnerable to disasters than others and transitioning from immediate response to long-term recovery.

 

The Psychological Impact

 

untitled2Joanne Caye can discuss the psychological impact of natural disasters. Over the course of her career, Caye has trained countless social workers who help families that have experienced trauma and lived through hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. She is an adjunct professor in the UNC School of Social Work and she’s also the co-author of the book, When Their World Falls Apart: Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disaster. She can discuss the importance of immediate mental health assistance; the anxiety of an impending storm or natural disaster and how just anticipating a threat that big, even if in the end there is no actual damage or injury, can cause psychological problems; how repeated exposure to storms like Hurricane Matthew can increase the incidence of post traumatic stress and also how communities and families can cope following natural disasters.

 

Water Quality

 

 

Hans Paerl is a professor of marine anduntitled3 environmental sciences. His area of expertise in regard to water quality is the harmful effect of toxic algae for both people and aquatic ecosystems. As we saw after Hurricane Floyd, contaminated water is prime breeding ground for algal blooms. Paerl can discuss the long-term impact of these blooms, including fish kills, as well as the different types of algae and the dangers, ranging from neurological problems to paralysis, posed by each. Paerl can also discuss the similarities between previous storms to hit the East Coast, such as Hurricane Floyd.

 

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Greg Characklis can discuss water accessibility and availability in both rural and urban communities. Characklis is a professor of environment sciences and engineering and also the director for The Center for Watershed Science and Management. He can also address the various ways communities can manage water supplies and treatment systems in the days following a natural disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

untitled9Rachel Noble is a distinguished professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and also the Morehead City field site director of the Institute for the Environment. She can discuss water and the various contaminants that might be found in lakes and rivers following a storm like Hurricane Matthew. Water quality is especially a concern with flooding and also when the ground is oversaturated. Noble can discuss how those situations put stress on already taxed waste treatment systems and other infrastructure and how that also leads to water contamination.

 

 

 

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Tony Rodriguez is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Marine Sciences. He is available to talk about the overall, immediate effect of intense storms and weather conditions as they pertain to erosion. Rodriquez can further discuss the compounding factorsover time and just how problematic storm-related erosion can become after repeated exposure to intense weather systems and an increase in sea levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laura Moore is an associate professor in the department of geological sciences. She is also the director of the Coastal Environmental Change Lab (CECL). Moore can discuss Hurricane Matthew’s impact on the coastal environment, including the immediate and long-term effects of extreme water levels and dune erosion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storm Surge Predictions

 

 

 

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Luettich’s research and data has also been used to design protection systems around New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and also New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. He is also the lead investigator of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center.

 

 

 

 

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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, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

 

Carolina ranked on Sierra Club ‘Cool Schools’ list

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Carolina ranked on Sierra Club ‘Cool Schools’ list

 

UNC-Chapel Hill is one of three N.C. institutions ranked in the top 50

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Sept. 6, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 39th among 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” annual sustainability report. The “Cool Schools” ranking serves as a guide for prospective students to compare schools’ commitment to sustainability.

 

Carolina was recognized with high scores in the categories of innovation, co-curricular activities, planning, food and water. In the decade since the survey was launched, Carolina consistently has been recognized as one of the leading U.S. institutions for sustainability.

 

Carolina’s ranking recognizes the long-term success of its many sustainability initiatives, such as reducing water use by 12 percent in the face of campus growth of 7.3 million square feet since 2000. The Carolina Three Zeros Initiative — the new campus plan to move the campus toward water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality — and newly published Sustainability Plan drove a top score in the planning category.

 

Carolina’s high mark in the food category of the ranking results from a variety of initiatives on campus, including sustainable practices in Carolina Dining Services, the new UNC Edible Campus project, the “Food For All” university academic theme and the Carolina Campus Community Garden. The co-curricular ranking rewards the high rate of student involvement in sustainability efforts on campus, such as the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee, the Sonder Market — a sustainable, local, student-run grocery — and the EcoReps organization.

 

The Sierra Club, which is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States, bases the school rankings on sustainability data collected in a range of areas. The raw data for scoring comes from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) STARS self-reporting tool. The Sierra Club then takes the data and scores it across 64 questions. The scoring methodology was updated this year to reflect increased emphasis on climate-related issues.

 

“Continuing to transform UNC-Chapel Hill into a living-learning laboratory for sustainability will be a journey, and we’re only just beginning,” said Brad Ives, the University’s chief sustainability officer and associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises. “While we have already positioned Carolina as a sustainability leader among our peers, we are ready to embrace a host of new, sustainability-related opportunities by building upon our unique culture of service and innovation.”

 

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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 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

 

About Sustainability at UNC-Chapel Hill

Carolina has been consistently ranked among the nation’s greenest colleges by the Princeton Review and acknowledged as one of the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools.” Carolina Dining Services and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School are among the campus entities to receive special distinction, respectively winning the National Grand Prize for excellence in sustainable dining (NACUFS 2015) and third place ranking in Corporate Social Responsibility (Financial Times 2013). In 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill was the first public school in the Southeast to take on the commitment to The Real Food Challenge, and subsequently Carolina Dining Services hit the benchmark of serving 20 percent fair, local and organic food. Carolina achieved a Gold rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) rigorous Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) program. This rating, achieved by less than a third of participating institutions, encompasses academics, research, operations, planning and administration, and engagement — with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gold rating reflecting existing successes in each of these arenas.

 

Sustainability @ UNC contact: Allison Reid, (919) 962-6288, Allison_reid@unc.edu and sustainability.unc.edu

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

Two UNC-Chapel Hill students recognized by Goldwater Foundation

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Two UNC-Chapel Hill students recognized by Goldwater Foundation

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— April 7, 2016) — The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill third-year student Chiara Pancaldo Salemi as a 2016 Goldwater Scholar and Mike Lebhar, also a third-year student, as a 2016 Goldwater Honorable Mention.

 

This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for eligible educational expenses to students who excel in academics and who plan to pursue research careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer disciplines.

 

“My congratulations go to Chiara and Mike on their prestigious recognition from the Goldwater Foundation,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They are perfect examples of next generation leaders and problem solvers who make an impact on a global scale. The diversity of their research, encompassing simulations as well as programming and data analysis, sets them apart as pioneers charting a new course for future breakthroughs in physics, mathematics and engineering.”

 

For 2016, the foundation selected 252 scholarship recipients. Salemi and Lebhar were chosen from a field of 1,150 students who were nominated by colleges and universities nationwide.

 

“Both students have exceptional academic qualifications and substantial practical research experience,” said Jason Reed, associate professor of biology and chair of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Goldwater selection committee.

 

Salemi, 20, is from Chapel Hill and is double majoring in physics and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research in nuclear and particle physics has taken her around the world. Salemi just returned from a semester abroad in Geneva where she analyzed data from the ATLAS detector, used in the search for fundamental particles, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN.

 

She also spent a summer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California where she completed a research internship on a neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment.

 

Salemi has presented her work at talks at the Berkeley lab, at CERN and at the American Physical Society Conference. She plans to attend graduate school and study nuclear particle physics.

 

Lebhar, 21, is from Naples, Florida, and is majoring in biomedical engineering with minors in chemistry and neuroscience from the College of Arts and Sciences. He hopes to earn his doctoral degree and one day design artificial organs as tools for experimentation and drug screening. He is doing research on a “colon-on-a-chip” in vitro model of the colon functions. He is characterizing how well this model mimics a real colon and will then use the model to explore various questions about colon physiology.

 

In addition to his academic and research pursuits, Lebhar is also active in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Helping Hand Project to design and 3-D print prosthetic hands at low costs for patients in need.

Congress established the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The first awards were given in 1989.

 

Click here for more information on UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

 

 

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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 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Goldwater Foundation announcement: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2016.php

 

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Office of Distinguished Scholarships contacts: Mary Floyd-Wilson, (919) 962-4034, floydwil@email.unc.edu; Alsace Gallop, (919) 843-7757, gallop@email.unc.edu
Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill Announces 2016 Public Service Awards

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UNC-Chapel Hill honors 10 individuals and organizations for public service

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 30, 2016) – Programs to support Native American tribes in North Carolina, a mental health initiative for refugees and local youth programs are just some of the projects recognized by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2016 Public Service Awards. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, individuals and organizations representing students, faculty, staff and community partners, were honored March 30 at the annual Public Service Awards celebration.

 

“The University’s three-part mission to research, educate and serve our local communities, state, nation and world is truly enhanced by our unwavering commitment to public service,” said Chancellor Carol Folt. “The recipients of this year’s Public Service Awards prove that public service and engaged scholarship enhance the research conducted, lessons taught and knowledge used to serve the public good at this university. I am incredibly proud to recognize the innovation, scholarship and dedication that each of today’s award recipients have displayed.”

 

Beverly Foster, clinical associate professor and director of undergraduate education in the School of Nursing, received the 2016 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service for more than 30 years of providing and supporting public service within UNC-Chapel Hill and across North Carolina. Foster remains active in many local and state agencies related to health and human services, having served for many years on the Orange County Board of Health and as chair and member of Healthy Carolinians in Orange County. At the state level, the governor appointed her to the Healthy Carolinians Advisory Board and she serves as board chair of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence. Her knowledge of public health and commitment to improving health outcomes created lasting impressions on the local and state levels.

 

The Center presented three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards, which honor individuals and campus units for public service through engaged teaching, research and partnership.

 

Rhonda Lanning, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged teaching. Her work on the Supporting the Childbearing Family course allows students to develop their skills and provide care to women and families at North Carolina Women’s Hospital where they are paired with professional doulas. This course collaborates with UNC Birth Partners to serve more families, including vulnerable populations such as incarcerated mothers, as well as women experiencing substance-use disorders and significant perinatal mood illnesses. Students who enrolled in this course conducted research that resulted in toolkits and workbooks used in the course and in the community.

 

Molly De Marco, research assistant professor of nutrition and project director in the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds SNAP-Ed UNC: Healthy Food for All in North Carolina project, which DeMarco directs, to provide nutrition education to people eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) in six predominately rural North Carolina counties. Intervention activities include implementing 18 community gardens, working with three farmers’ markets to remove barriers to use of SNAP benefits and increasing summer meals sites.

 

The American Indian Center and North Carolina Tribal Nations, received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for partnership. This award honors their partnership on successful efforts such as the Healthy Native North Carolinians Network, NC Native Asset Coalition and NC Native Leadership Institute. These initiatives support sustainable community change to address the health and wellbeing of North Carolina tribal nations and foster unity across all tribes and American Indian communities in North Carolina. The American Indian Center’s mission is to bridge the richness of American Indian cultures with the strengths of Carolina’s research, education and service.

 

The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award recognizes individual students and faculty for exemplary public service efforts. This year’s Bryan awards go to four individuals and one organization:

 

Gayatri Rathod ’16, a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences from Charlotte received the 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for work with Tar Heel TABLE, an organization that provides healthy, emergency food aid to hungry preschool, elementary and middle-school children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. In her two years as co-chair of Tar Heel TABLE, Rathod launched social media photo campaigns, food drives and news interviews to increase TABLE’s outreach and involvement. In all of her efforts, Rathod has emphasized involvement in TABLE with the hope of combatting hunger.

 

Catherine Schricker ’18 and Korry Tauber ‘18, both graduate students in the School of Dentistry, received the 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for their work with North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) Patient Oral Health Education Program. Tauber and Schricker created and implemented an oral health educational program to supplement the North Carolina Dental Society’s portable free dental clinic. They collaborated with community partners and UNC faculty mentors to develop their oral health education program, which is now a permanent component of the NCMOM clinics. Student volunteers provide personalized dental health instruction using visual aids in combination with interactive demonstrations.

 

Christopher Wallace, program coordinator at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History, received the 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for his work with the Communiversity Youth Program. Communiversity draws on existing UNC resources and coordinates them so they can serve local children more effectively. The program exposes kindergarten through fifth-grade students to a college environment and provides them with academic and cultural tools to improve their performance in the classroom, social outlook and likelihood of success in a college environment.

 

Josh Hinson, clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work, received the 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for his work on UNC Global Transmigration – Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. This project trains graduate students to use an evidence-based refugee mental health screening instrument and collects data on the extent of refugees’ mental health needs and the effectiveness of mental health treatment. In 2015, Refugee Wellness began contracting with the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services’ Refugee Office to provide mental health services to refugees throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

 

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) received the 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for its work as a student-led organization whose mission is to provide free health services to local, underserved individuals and communities; partner with communities to develop and implement sustainable health programs; and create an interdisciplinary service-learning environment for students in the health science programs at UNC. Established in 1967, SHAC operates weekly interdisciplinary acute medical and dental clinics, as well as chronic care and referral services and home health services. SHAC serves more than 1,100 patients annually through these clinical services.

 

In addition to these public service awards, several other groups will be recognized including six Bryan Fellowship teams involving 26 students; seven Community Engagement Fellowship projects created by eight students; the recipient of the 2016 Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship; two students for the Davis Projects for Peace Award; and 10 North Carolina Outward Bound scholarship recipients.

 

The Bryan Fellowship is designed for undergraduate aspiring social change-makers who are interested in providing a significant contribution locally, nationally or internationally through the creation of an entrepreneurial project that addresses a community issue or need. Fellows receive up to $1,500 to launch their project, access to professional development funds, support from APPLES students and staff and invaluable leadership training and personal development.

 

The Community Engagement Fellowship awards up to $2,000 each year to selected graduate and professional students to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection.

 

The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship is named for the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa, a pioneering conservationist in the Himalaya who served as an official with the World Wildlife Fund. The fellowship provides $1,250 to support a student conducting fieldwork independently or in cooperation with an organization.

 

The Davis Projects for Peace Award, funded by the late philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, provides $10,000 to support a grassroots project for summer implementation.

 

Each year, the Carolina Center for Public Service awards North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) scholarships to participants in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, Carolina Leadership Development program and the School of Education. Recipients receive full tuition to a 28-day course at the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

 

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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, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Rhonda Beatty, (919) 843-7568, rbeatty@unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

 

 

 

UNC-Chapel Hill basketball analytics summit

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UNC-Chapel Hill to host college and professional basketball experts for analytics event

 

Basketball summit set for April 15-16

            

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— March 29, 2016) The third annual Basketball Analytics Summit will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School April 15-16.

 
Best practices in analytics will be discussed and shared by leading college and professional basketball experts and corporate partners. Professionals, students and academics who are passionate about or conduct research in the discipline of performance and business analytics will attend.

 

“The Basketball Analytics Summit at UNC stands out because we bring together the best in the business in an intimate setting where we can learn, network and build professional relationships,” said Deborah Stroman, director of sport entrepreneurship and community engagement at the Kenan Institute and adjunct associate professor of organizational behavior at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “Many impactful friendships and business partnerships have been generated from this unique conference.”

 

It will include panel discussions, research presentations, networking opportunities and a student case competition. In addition, there will be an overview of a new sport analytics curriculum for secondary schools and the NBA Math Hoops education game.
 

Speakers include former UNC-Chapel Hill and NBA player, George Lynch; men’s college basketball analyst, Ken Pomeroy; as well as executives from ESPN, the Charlotte Hornets and the San Antonio Spurs. Click here to see a complete list of speakers and to register for the summit.

 

The summit is an initiative of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

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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 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Kenan-Flagler contact: Allison Adams, (919) 962-7235, aadams@unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

EPA gives UNC-Chapel Hill funding to help communities across the country that are facing challenges with water infrastructure

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 EPA gives UNC-Chapel Hill funding to help communities across the country that are facing challenges with water infrastructure

 

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— March 24, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided $500,000 in funding to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‘s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) to assist communities addressing water infrastructure challenges. The funding also goes to partner organization, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico.

 

The two organizations will use the funding to jointly manage the WaterCARE (Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence) project over two years. During that time they will help 10 communities across the country develop robust and resilient finance strategies for long-term water infrastructure support. This work will be carried out by members of the Environmental Finance Center Network, a team of university-based centers from across the country.

 

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WaterCARE is an initiative of the EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, which acts as a resource to communities that are financing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The center is part of the White House Build America Investment Initiative—a government-wide effort to increase infrastructure investment and promote economic growth.

 

“Communities depend on adequate drinking water and wastewater services to survive and thrive, and the EPA is committed to providing financial guidance to help them invest in the necessary water infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The need for resilient and sustainable infrastructure becomes more important as water resources are strained by the impacts of climate change, such as flooding, drought, storms and sea level rise.”

 

The EFC at UNC-Chapel Hill and its partners will meet one-on-one with each community to collaborate and develop a financial strategy that meets their local priorities. Each community is dedicated to increasing community sustainability by financing water infrastructure improvements.

 

Communities selected to participate in the WaterCARE program have a need to address public health challenges, affordability considerations and a readiness to proceed with an infrastructure improvement project. The ten communities selected to receive WaterCARE assistance are: Buchanan County, Virginia; the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Montana; Gatesville, Texas; Haines Borough, Alaska; the Hoopa Valley Tribe, California; Johnston, Iowa; Lawrence, Massachusetts; Selma, Alabama; the Township of South Orange Village, New Jersey; and Youngstown, Ohio.

 

The Environmental Finance Center at UNC-Chapel Hill is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways. The work of the EFC is focused on a variety of environmental areas, including water resources, clean energy, solid waste management and land conservation.

 

The Environmental Finance Center Network is a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement. The network of nine centers located throughout the United States works with the public and private sectors to promote sustainable environmental solutions while bolstering efforts to manage costs.

 

 

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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 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – 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 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

  

Environmental Finance Center Contact: Jeff Hughes, (919) 843-4956, jhughes@sog.unc.edu

School of Government contact: Sonja Matanovic, (919) 966-4178, matanovic@sog.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu