Carolina Veterans Resource Center opens doors for military-affiliated students on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus

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Carolina Veterans Resource Center opens doors for military-affiliated students on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus

 

Carolina’s new space will serve current veteran and active-duty students as the University welcomes the largest military-affiliated incoming class to date

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 28, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill opened a dedicated space on campus today to serve and support the nearly 500 veteran and military-affiliated students enrolled at Carolina and all those who will join in the future.

 

The Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC) is the culmination of an ongoing commitment by the University and the Board of Trustees to demonstrate support for the student veteran and military-affiliated community on our campus. The space will serve as a central location where these students can find resources, community and support during their unique Carolina journey. This facility will house a study space, a lounge, conference and meeting space and a lactation room.

 

This academic year, Carolina welcomes 110 military-affiliated students: its largest incoming class of service members to date.

 

“Today’s dedication of the Carolina Veterans Resource Center is the result of years of hard work from our military-affiliated students and demonstrates the ongoing commitment by Carolina and the State of North Carolina to our students and their families,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “This center is another big step forward to create a university where our veterans can succeed and thrive.”

 

The CRVC will serve as the gateway to access Carolina’s extensive services for veteran and active-duty students. Additionally, it will host the Boot Print to Heel Print orientation program for new students and the Red, White and Carolina Blue graduation ceremony.

 

A Veteran’s Resource Team is also available to help students make the transition to life on campus and connect them with essential programs and services, such as assistance finding and applying for specialized scholarships.

 

The celebration of service members continues on Carolina’s campus as Chancellor Folt announced Garmsir Marines, an outdoor photography exhibition by internationally renowned conflict photographer Louie Palu. The exhibit features large-format portraits of Marines from the historic 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The event, sponsored by UNC’s Arts Everywhere initiative, will remain in place from October 1-15th in Battle Park.

 

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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.

 

University Communications contact: Kate Luck, (479)629-6334, mediarelations@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill to open new Veterans Resource Center on campus

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UNC-Chapel Hill to open new Veterans Resource Center on campus


The center will meet the need for a dedicated, on-campus spaced designed to serve and support military-affiliated students

           

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— September 26, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate the opening of the Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC), a designated space for military-affiliated students to find resources, programs and to connect with other veterans and active-duty service members.  This facility will house a study space, a lounge, conference and meeting space and a lactation room. Campus and community partners will be present in this space to bring enhanced services to the military-affiliated student population. From prospective student support, to the unique and innovative Boot Print to Heel Print onboarding program for new military-affiliated students, to the Red, White, and Carolina Blue graduation ceremony, the CVRC will be a hub for support and recognition of our military-affiliated students.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Jonathan Sauls and Gantt Kinlaw, an Air Force veteran and recent Carolina graduate, will discuss the history of veterans on campus, the valuable role the military plays at Carolina and what resources are available to military members.

 

Media are invited to a preview tour of the facility at 1:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, September 28

Media tour at 1:30 p.m., opening ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. 

Carolina Veterans Resource Center

211 Branson Street

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

Media Parking: Media parking is available adjacent to the event.

 

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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.

 

University Communications contact: Kate Luck, (479) 629-6334 , mediarelations@unc.edu

 

 

UNC Media Advisory: 9/11 remembrance events scheduled at Carolina

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9/11 Remembrance events scheduled at Carolina
Sept. 11

UNC-Chapel Hill remembers those who died and served on 9/11

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Sept. 8, 2017) – UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff and community members will pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks on Monday during three events across campus.

 

Kenan Memorial Stair Run
At 6AM on Monday, ROTC students, local firefighters and police officers will climb 2,076 steps at Kenan Memorial Stadium- the same number of steps that were in each of the World Trade Center Towers. Chancellor Carol L. Folt, campus leaders and Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue will attend. Media must check in at Gate 2 at Kenan Stadium no earlier than 5:45 a.m.
On-site contact for this event is Jeni Cook: (404)-309-3994 (cell).

 

College Republicans place flags on Polk Place
At 9 a.m. on Monday, the UNC’s College Republicans will place 2,977 American flags on Polk Place- one for each of the victims.

 

General Alumni Association hosts remembrance ceremony for alumni killed on 9/11
The General Alumni Association will hold a small ceremony for the six alumni who were killed on 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Memorial Garden outside the Alumni Center and the observance will begin at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will attend the ceremony and will be joined by Doug Dibbert, president of the UNC General Alumni Association.

 

 

To RSVP for any of the above events or request more information, please email mediarelations@unc.edu or call (919) 445-8555.

 

To see photos of events in previous years, visit https://unc.photoshelter.com/search-page and search “September 11.”

 

 

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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.

 

UNC Communications and Public Affairs contact:

Jeni Cook, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

Decades of research notebooks from Carolina’s first Nobel laureate available online

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Decades of research notebooks from Carolina’s first Nobel laureate available online

 

Archivists digitize nearly 50 years of prize-winning work documented by hand

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 14, 2016) – Decades of scientific research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first Nobel prize winner are now available for anyone to view online.

 

Since his time as a graduate student, Dr. Oliver Smithies has kept hand-written notebooks to log and track his pioneering work. Now, with the help of the University Archives in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, those notebooks have been digitized and are available to visit at smithies.lib.unc.edu. Viewers can flip through thousands of pages and see Smithies’ scientific process unfold.

 

“These diaries are a real treasure for anyone interested in science or the extraordinary level of dedication and commitment it takes to build a career as brilliant as Dr. Smithies’,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Thanks to Carolina’s archivists, we can view his personal notes spanning a lifetime of work that inspires us all.”

 

Smithies, the Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, was named a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. In the mid-1980s Smithies co-discovered a technique for gene targeting. This allowed researchers to study diseases with specificity like never before.

 

“They have a record of what an everyday scientist is doing for a lifetime,” said Dr. Smithies. “It’s a continuous record which I thought was probably rather rare, and that’s the reason I thought they may be of value to somebody sometime.”

 

At the age of 91, Smithies faithfully continues his research in his laboratory in the School of Medicine.

 

A text story and video about the digitized notebooks can be viewed 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, 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.

 

 

University Library contact: Judy Panitch, (919) 843-3619, panitch@email.unc.edu

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

UNC researcher develops test scenarios for sustaining ecotourism in the Galapagos

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UNC researcher develops test scenarios for sustaining ecotourism in the Galapagos

UNC models to inform Ecuadorian government may be applied to similar locations worldwide

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 10, 2016) – If ecotourism in the Galapagos Islands—a province of Ecuador 1,000 kilometers from the mainland—continues to match its growth rate of the past two decades, the renowned sea turtles, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and unique landscapes that help attract visitors face serious risks.

 

That’s among the scenarios developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Galapagos Studies and the joint UNC-University of San Francisco de Quito Galapagos Science Center as part of a new effort to help Ecuador government officials plan for the future as they aim to balance economic development and resource conservation in a World Heritage site.

 

A new paper describing the research team’s models forecasting potential outcomes appears in the Oct. 10th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

More than 225,000 people visited the Galapagos in 2015, and the residential population has grown to about 30,000 as people flock to the island for higher wages in the booming ecotourism economy.

 

In an effort to sustainably develop and manage growth, the Ecuador government asked Steve Walsh, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill center, and Carlos Mena, director of the Galapagos Science Center, to generate scenarios of change reflecting the number of tourists and residents that the islands could accommodate before they start to lose their luster.

 

The resulting models drew from several representations of Galapagos society, human-environment interactions and how people function within both human and natural systems. For example, Walsh and Mena pulled data from multiple demographic, tourist, economic and environmental sources for analysis through computer modeling to predict how much growth the islands can sustain by 2033.

 

“The Ecuadorian government and the Galapagos National Park are asking the exact right questions,” said Walsh, the Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill. “No one wants a boom and bust situation. We want wise, managed growth within the concept of sustainability.”

 

Although the focus of the research was on the Galapagos, Walsh said he wanted to refine the models to study human-environment interactions affected by social and ecological forces and factors originating in the islands and beyond their shores.

 

“Our modeling is an attempt to help guide wise stewardship of a special place, and I think the models give us the opportunity to create a computerized natural laboratory to test scenarios of change,” he said. “As we build these models, the notion is to understand the Galapagos and to export them to similarly challenged places around the globe.”

 

The goal of the study and the models is not to tell governments what to do, but to help them make more informed decisions about the sustainability of island ecosystems and future threats.

 

“We see our models as tools for decision-makers that can help them understand and evaluate the value of special places and the risks they’re willing to tolerate,” said Walsh. “Our models allow decision- makers to look at scenarios of change and to choose what best matches their management goals and their sense of value and risk.”

 

Using models to simulate behavior and feedback between people and the environment always has some uncertainty, he said. Researchers used real data, computed actual functions that linked variables and social and ecological processes, and performed analyses to determine the degree of uncertainty in their findings.

 

“We’re not simulating data. We’re not making up data. We’re not using theory to guide it,” said Walsh. “It’s real data and real functions, and that improves the performance of the models.”

 

The Galapagos Science Center is a joint effort between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The two universities built a research facility in 2011 on San Cristóbal Island to promote science and education that will help protect the fragile island ecosystems and enhance the lives of their inhabitants. The facility is being used by UNC and USFQ faculty and students conducting research on the Galapagos Archipelago in association with the Galapagos National Park. UNC students use the facilities for study abroad experiences and to support their work on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral theses and dissertations.

 

The facility houses four laboratories focusing on terrestrial ecology, marine ecology, geospatial technologies, microbiology and genetics. With a permanent staff, field measurement equipment and several permitted projects that extend across the sciences, the Galapagos initiatives focus on population, health and environment through a focus on understanding the complex interactions among the social, terrestrial and marine systems of the Galapagos islands.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Communications and Public Affairs contacts: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu

Guide to covering University Day

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Guide to covering University Day

11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Oct. 7, 2016) – Media representatives are invited to cover University Day at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 11, honoring Carolina’s 223rd birthday.

 

University Day marks the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building, and the beginning of public higher education in the United States. While the University’s official birthday falls on Oct. 12, this year’s celebration was moved to Oct. 11 in observance of Yom Kippur and also due to the University’s role as the host campus for the inauguration ceremony of UNC President Margaret Spellings on Oct. 13.

 

More information on the history of University Day can be found here.

 

 

Keynote speaker: Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions. Since 2004, under Farmer’s leadership, the University has seen 11 consecutive increases in applications and established new records for diversity and academic excellence with its first-year classes. In the same time, the University’s four-year graduation rate has increased from 76 to 84 percent. Farmer continues to lead Carolina’s efforts to meet 100 percent of the documented need of undergraduates qualifying for need-based aid who apply on time. More information on Farmer can be found here and a recently published piece can be found here.

 

Awards: Five people will receive Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards: Karen Bruton, founder of Just Hope International in Brentwood, Tennessee; Florence Fearrington, one of Wall Street’s most successful female money managers and founder of Florence Fearrington Inc. in New York City; Rosalind Fuse-Hall, former president of Bennett College in Greensboro; Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, president of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida; and Paula Brown Stafford, former president of clinical development at Quintiles in Durham. Two faculty members will be presented the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award, established by the Faculty Council in 2011 to recognize outstanding service by faculty members: Mimi V. Chapman, professor of social work in the School of Social Work, and Eugenia Eng, professor of health behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

 

 

More information on the speaker and award winners is available here.

 

 

Processional: At 10:30 a.m., faculty members, carrying gonfalon-style banners to identify each school and the College of Arts and Sciences, will process from the Old Well to Memorial Hall. The processional will be organized by the date of the establishment of the school. University staff members also participate in the processional.

 

Media Check In: Media representatives should check in at Memorial Hall no earlier than 10 a.m. Reserved media seating will be available. Broadcasters can expect a mult box for podium audio feeds. MC Vangraafeiland and Mike McFarland will be on site
(Cell: 646-345-2802).

 

Media Parking: A limited number of spaces will be available for media members (and trucks) in lots near Memorial Hall. Contact the Media Relations Team (mediarelations@unc.edu) by 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10 to reserve parking.

 

 

 

Additional University Day-related event for coverage consideration:

 

Saturday, Oct. 8 – Sunday Oct. 16:

Tar Heel Service Day 2016 Events

In celebration of University Day, Tar Heels around the world will unite for a global week of service. Last year, Tar Heels participated in 76 service projects both nationally and internationally as part of this annual General Alumni Association event. From Bangkok to Boston, Tar Heels refurbished schools, delivered meals, collected children’s books and much more. More details on Triangle-area service projects are available here.

 

If you are interested in covering a Tar Heel Service Day project, contact the Media Relations team (919-455-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu) for help coordinating with project leaders.

 

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University Day 2016 website: http://www.unc.edu/universityday/

 

Photos of Farmer, University Day honorees: http://unc.photoshelter.com/gallery/University-Day-2016/G00003T7tYFWiQ2Q/C00005plBUJIuM28

 

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, 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: MC Vangraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu.