Stone Center opens new Curtis Sutton Innovation Laboratory on April 22

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Stone Center opens new Curtis Sutton Innovation Laboratory on April 22


Lab dedication is culmination of campaign that began in 2013 to honor the life and legacy of UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – April 18, 2016) – The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will dedicate the Curtis Sutton Innovation Laboratory at 5:30 p.m. on April 22. Located on the second floor of the Stone Center building, the lab honors Dr. Curtis Sutton, a Carolina alumnus and scientist.


The Stone Center launched efforts for the Sutton Innovation Laboratory In February 2013, alongside the friends and colleagues of Dr. Sutton. Funds raised during this effort were used to name and renovate the center’s computer lab space to accommodate a multi-genre, multi-use creative technology space that embodies themes from Sutton’s life as a Tar Heel and North Carolina native.


Sutton, who was shaped by his North Carolina roots, was a Kinston native. A 1981 Carolina graduate, he was a glee club member, scholar and public servant. Sutton was known for his large propensity to dream and set goals toward his ambitions, which led him to UNC School of Medicine and then to the field of neuroradiology. His career took him to Tulane University where he served as the department of radiology residency program director. His residents also selected him as Faculty Member of the Year multiple times. He earned double board certifications in both diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology and was active in revising the Core Exam for Neuroradiology.


The new lab will provide a space where culture and technology collide. Its primary objectives are to create opportunities for campus administrators, students and community members to engage in thought innovation and leadership; and create a tech-savvy board room that brings leaders from diverse backgrounds to one table to discuss ideas, solve problems and spark conversation.


“With the completion of an amazing campaign driven by a supportive and motivated group of friends and family, it’s exciting to see the Curtis Sutton Laboratory become a reality,” said Stone Center Director Joseph Jordan. “This dedication ceremony acknowledges their contributions, and the impact of Dr. Sutton’s legacy on our campus and beyond.”


A reception will immediately follow the dedication. For more information on the event and other Stone Center programming visit: or email:




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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.


Stone Center contact: Clarissa Goodlett, (919) 962- 0395,

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090,