Medical, public health and writing professors honored by alumni association for service to UNC-Chapel Hill

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Medical, public health and writing professors honored by 

alumni association for service to UNC-Chapel Hill


Dr. Myron Cohen, Jo Anne Earp, and Bland Simpson received the

General Alumni Association’s Faculty Service Award


(Chapel Hill, N.C. — Jan. 20, 2015) – Acclaimed researchers in HIV/AIDS and public health and a writer whose works have appeared on the page and stage were honored Friday, Jan. 16, with the General Alumni Association’s Faculty Service Award at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Myron Cohen, Bland Simpson, Jo Anne Earp

Myron Cohen, Bland Simpson, and Jo Anne Earp received the General Alumni Association’s Faculty Service Award on Friday.


The association’s board of directors presented the awards to Dr. Myron “Mike” Cohen, whose groundbreaking research in HIV/AIDS revealed treatment strategies for limiting transmission of the deadly virus; Jo Anne Earp, whose research focuses on increasing access to health care for underserved populations; and Bland Simpson, whose work has found audiences through articles, essays, novels, the musical stage and documentaries. The award was established in 1990 and honors faculty members who have performed outstanding service for the University or the association.


Cohen, of Chapel Hill, grew up in Chicago and joined the Carolina faculty in 1980. He is the Yeargen-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology in the UNC School of Medicine, where he chairs the division of infectious disease; a professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; and the associate vice chancellor for global health.


In 2011, Science magazine credited Cohen and his researchers with the “Breakthrough of the Year” for clinical trials showing that treating HIV-1 with aggressive antiretroviral therapy reduced transmission to uninfected partners to almost zero. The results prompted the World Health Organization to change its treatment guidelines and raised hopes among medical researchers of one day vanquishing the deadly virus altogether.


Over the decades of Cohen’s research, UNC-Chapel Hill’s infectious-disease group has achieved a top-10 ranking among AIDS programs. Cohen has led the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases since its founding in 2007, and his team’s funding has grown to hundreds of millions of dollars to support trials in 10 countries. He has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, the National Institutes of Health Merit Award, the North Carolina Award for Science and Carolina’s O. Max Gardner Award, presented annually to a faculty member who “has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race” in that academic year.


Earp, of Chapel Hill, who grew up in Great Neck, New York, on Long Island, is a professor and former chair of the department of health behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, having joined the faculty in 1974. She also is on the faculty of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Sheps Health Services Research Center and the Odum Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.


A primary focus of Earp’s research has been to end racial disparities in health care treatment and outcomes, such as in HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. An innovator of the lay health adviser approach now used across the country, Earp founded the N.C. Breast Cancer Screening Program that got screening for more older black women in poor, rural counties in the state, enabling them to begin treatment sooner, like their white counterparts, and reduce their mortality rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NIH have lauded her research approach as highly effective.


Earp also is a well-known mentor to hundreds of graduate students, helping launch their own research careers. Among her many awards for teaching, mentoring and research, she has received the National Cancer Institute RTIP designation, Carolina’s McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Cecil G. Sheps Distinguished Investigator Award, the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship and the Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Award.


Simpson, of Chapel Hill, who grew up in Elizabeth City and Chapel Hill and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a political science degree in 1973, is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and creative writing. He joined the creative writing faculty in 1982 and was the program’s director from 2002 to 2008. He served as the faculty representative on the GAA’s Board of Directors for 2011-12.


Simpson interrupted his undergraduate studies to pursue songwriting in New York, and composing for musical theater has been one of his major pursuits. After returning from New York to finish his degree, he co-wrote the musical “Diamond Studs” with fellow alumnus Jim Wann. That musical also led to his writing for and performing with the North Carolina string band it featured, The Red Clay Ramblers. Simpson has been a co-composer and co-writer of four musicals and contributed a song to a fifth, the Tony-nominated “Pump Boys & Dinettes.” He has received the North Carolina Award for Fine Arts.


North Carolina’s coast and other natural resources have been another focus of his career. He has written extensively to champion their appreciation and protection, including books such as “The Great Dismal: A Carolinian’s Swamp Memoir.”


Simpson has received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and twice the Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Other recent recipients of the Faculty Service Award include Valerie Ashby, chair of the department of chemistry; Oliver Smithies, Nobel Prize-winning genetics researcher; Fred Brooks Jr., a professor and founder of UNC-Chapel Hill’s computer science program; Dickson Phillips Jr., former law school dean; Joseph L. Templeton, former chemistry department chair; Joseph S. Ferrell, secretary of the faculty; and Dr. H. Shelton “Shelley” Earp III, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of pharmacology and medicine. A complete list of award winners can be found at


The General Alumni Association is a self-governed, nonprofit association serving alumni and friends of UNC-Chapel Hill since 1843.




General Alumni Association Web site:


Photos: Please credit Anna Routh Barzin


Myron Cohen:

Jo Anne Earp:

Bland Simpson:


General Alumni Association contact: President Doug Dibbert, (919) 962-7050

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Helen Buchanan, (919) 962-2092,


Study calls for new global standard for safe drinking water and sanitation

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Study calls for new global standard for safe drinking water and sanitation


Previous measures have masked deficits in household water access for decades


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 20, 2015) – A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access.


The study highlights that current benchmarks for access, established by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), treat water and sanitation differently, masking deficits in household water access. The JMP will soon set new targets for global progress in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the study’s results could significantly influence their development.


Findings of the study were published online Dec. 11, 2014, in the journal Public Library of Science ONE.


In the 1990s, the JMP set separate benchmarks to measure progress toward the United Nations’ targets on water and sanitation between 1990 and 2015. A source of drinking water qualified as “improved” if it were provided at the community level, whereas sanitation had to be available at the household level to qualify as “improved.” Global figures based on these standards suggested nearly three times more people lack access to improved sanitation than to improved drinking water sources.


The research team recalculated the progress for water and sanitation using matching benchmarks for both. The results showed that, with equal benchmarks, progress in sanitation outpaced water between 1990 and 2015. Therefore, if Sustainable Measurement Goals measure progress at the household level where benefits are greatest, it will become clear that water and sanitation both need priority attention.


“Our findings have significant implications for how we measure progress toward universal access,” said Jamie Bartram, the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Water Institute. “Drinking-water and sanitation are essential for good human health and the benefits are maximized when delivered at home.”


Oliver Cumming, lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is lead author of the study. Co-authors include Bartram; Mark Elliott, Gillings School alumnus and now assistant professor in University of Alabama’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; and Alycia Overbo, research associate at The Water Institute.


“Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?” is an open-access article available online.




The Water Institute at UNC Contact: Katie Hall, (919) 966-7302,

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Contact: Katie Steels, +44 (0) 20 7927 2802,


UNC-Chapel Hill joins ACC schools in autonomy voting to increase student-athlete welfare

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UNC-Chapel Hill joins ACC schools in autonomy voting to increase student-athlete welfare


New governing system for the five major NCAA conferences will allow for enhanced benefits

for Carolina’s student-athletes, including health and safety, “full cost of attendance,”

and protections from scholarship reductions or nonrenewal


(Washington, D.C. – Jan. 17, 2015) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today joined other ACC member institutions in an historic vote supporting legislation for the 65 schools within the so-called Power 5 conferences – Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, PAC-12 Conference and Southeastern Conference – to implement a vision that will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience in a fully integrated collegiate model where athletics and academics are appropriately balanced.


Carolina joined the other Power 5 schools in supporting the implementation of policies that would greatly enhance the support of student-athletes including:

  • providing an opportunity to fund the undergraduate education of student-athletes, with a formula to determine full cost of attendance; and
  • protecting student-athletes from nonrenewal or reduction of aid based on athletics reasons.


The Carolina delegation was led by Chancellor Carol L. Folt; Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham; and the University’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Lissa Broome, Wells Fargo Professor of Banking Law at the UNC School of Law and Director of the Center for Banking and Finance. Folt was among the 12 ACC presidents or chancellors from the 15-member conference who attended the convention; the largest conference leadership cohort among the Power 5 conferences.


“This much-needed modernization of college athletics provides the very best opportunity for Carolina’s 800 student-athletes to receive a world-class education while competing for the University to their fullest potential,” said Folt. “While much work is left to be done to fully realize what this means for Carolina and our student-athletes, I am pleased the NCAA has moved towards creating the framework for real change in college athletics.”


“Today’s affirmative vote by ACC member institutions will allow Carolina to begin framing important future changes for our student-athletes that will give them a better academic experience and set them up for greater success in the classroom,” said Cunningham. “We are one of a few schools offering 28 varsity sports. Thanks to the generous support of the Educational Foundation, which funds all of Carolina’s scholarships, this new legislation will allow Carolina to meet additional financial needs for our student-athletes.”


“The new legislation passed today is an important step towards enhancing our support of student-athletes and their experience at Carolina,” said Broome. “The autonomy also provides us with the opportunity to address other issues and maximize the student-athlete academic experience.”


Over the coming weeks, Carolina will explore how to best employ this new autonomy to maximize benefits for all student-athletes.




Communications and Public Affairs contact: Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595,


University statement on President Tom Ross

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University statement on President Tom Ross


Official statement from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Jan. 16, 2015) – On Friday, Jan. 16UNC system president Tom Ross announced he would step down from his post in January 2016. UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chair Lowry Caudill and Chancellor Carol L. Folt released the following statements:


Statement from Lowry Caudill, Chair of UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees:


“The legacy of Tom Ross will be one of service to the citizens of North Carolina and, of course, to the University. Our Board appreciates his support for UNC-Chapel Hill and we wish him well in all his future endeavors.”


Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt:


“This morning, we learned that President Tom Ross will be stepping down as the University of North Carolina president in January 2016. I want to take this opportunity to thank President Ross for his leadership, dedication and service to the entire University, and especially to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


From my very first days as a new chancellor, I have been inspired by President Ross’ belief in and support for the students, faculty and staff in Chapel Hill and throughout the UNC System. I have enjoyed working with him and have learned a great deal from him about how to lead with passion and integrity.


Carolina will continue to work closely with President Ross over the coming year and will partner with Carolina’s Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors on strategic plans for both our campus   and the UNC System.


Please join me in thanking President Ross for his support and commitment to Carolina, and wishing him well in all of his future endeavors.”




Communications and Public Affairs contact: Rick White, (919) 962-2091,


Genius and Grace, 18th century French artists exhibition opens at Ackland Art Museum

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Genius and Grace, 18th century French artists exhibition opens at Ackland Art Museum


Drawings by 27 artists including François Boucher will be on display from Jan. 23 through April 5


(Chapel Hill, N.C. — Jan. 16, 2015) – A rare opportunity to engage with 80 master drawings by an extraordinary group of 18th-century French artists will become available this month at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as the Ackland Art Museum opens Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700 on Jan. 23.


Genius and Grace presents exemplary drawings by 27 accomplished artists who influenced the practices of art and draftsmanship for much of the 18th century. Their vision, combined with their enormous technical skill, ensured the full realization of the rococo—the bold, graceful, and fluid manner so characteristic of French art of the first half of the 18th century. The brilliant career of François Boucher, the best-known artist of his generation, is represented in the show by 19 drawings. Other artists featured in the exhibition include Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Charles-Antoine Coypel, and Carle Vanloo.


A wide variety of drawings will be on display, from quick sketches to compositional studies, in a stunning range of media including red chalk, pen and ink, gouache, and pastel.


“Our presentation of Genius and Grace underscores the Ackland’s continuing interest in Old Master drawings in the European tradition,” says Ackland chief curator and interim director Peter Nisbet. “The allure of 18th-century France, the intimacy of the era’s drawings, and the sheer beauty of these works combine to form an outstanding opportunity for the Ackland.”


The Ackland Art Museum is the second of only two venues in the United States to present Genius and Grace, and the exhibition’s only venue in the Southeast. Drawn from the Horvitz Collection in Boston, the preeminent private collection of early French art in the United States, the show was on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the spring of 2014. At the Ackland, Genius and Grace will be on view from Jan. 23 January through April 5.


MEDIA PREVIEW: Thursday, Jan. 22, 10:00 a.m.

RSVP to Emily Bowles, Director of Communications, (919) 843.3675,


Engage with Genius and Grace


Adjacent to the exhibition, the Ackland will present an Atelier du Dessin | Drawing Studio, inviting visitors to try a wide variety of drawing tools, from chalk and pencil to an Etch-a-Sketch and iPad apps. “Whether the medium is traditional or contemporary, whether the approach is disciplined or experimental, the drawn line still exerts a fundamental fascination,” says Nisbet. “This studio invites and encourages reflection on the role and potential of drawing today.”


A curated selection of French Baroque music—compositions from the musical generation of 1700—will be played in the Genius and Grace galleries.


A fully illustrated catalogue―edited by Alvin L. Clark Jr., Curator of the Horvitz Collection and the Jeffrey E. Horvitz Research Curator, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums―is available for purchase at the Ackland Museum Store for $40 ($34 for Ackland Members).


Interpretative materials for adults and children will be available in the galleries and at the front desk.


Also on View: 18th-century Drawings from the Ackland Collection


Resonating with and complementing Genius and Grace, nine drawings from the Ackland’s distinguished and growing collection of 18th-century European art are on view in a separate installation. This presentation includes Italian drawings and works by major artists active in later decades, such Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jean-Baptiste Greuze.


Selected Public Programs


Art For Lunch Talks – Free, Register at

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 12:20 p.m.
“Painters are Poets: Genius, Inspiration, and Expression in French and Italian Drawing”
Mary Pardo, Art Department, UNC-Chapel Hill
Wednesday, March 4, 12:20 p.m.
“Carle Vanloo, Mlle Clairon, and the Fearful Medea”

Mary Sheriff, Art Department, UNC-Chapel Hill


Dawn ’til Dusk Community Day: Jour d’Amour

Saturday, Feb. 14, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration of [mostly French] art and community, inspired by Genius and Grace. All ages are invited to make a card for a loved one, take a tour of the exhibition, and go on a love-themed scavenger hunt in the galleries during this all-day celebration. Details at


Many more free public programs related to Genius and Grace, including a film series, conversational exhibition tours, and all-ages programs may be found at


Funders and Supporters


The Ackland’s presentation of Genius and Grace and its accompanying programs have been made possible in part by the generosity of Thomas S. Kenan III, Josephine Ward Patton, Joan C. Huntley, Leena and Sheldon Peck, Ruby Lerner, Richard D. Pardue, and John T. Rowe Jr. (by anonymous memorial gift). Additional support has been provided by PNC, Rivers Agency, Zog’s Art Bar, WUNC 91.5 – North Carolina Public Radio, and Jason’s Deli.


The Ackland Art Museum receives substantial operating support from the Office of the Provost of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The William Hayes Ackland Trust, The Ackland General Endowment, The Ackland Academic Program Endowment (including funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), The Charles and Isabel P. Eaton Trust, The Henry W. Lewis Fund, The Charles J. Morrow III Endowment Fund, The Charles M. and Shirley Weiss Endowment Fund, The Ackland Security Endowment, and the Friends of the Ackland Art Museum.


About the Ackland


The Ackland Art Museum is located on the historic campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 17,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery, and folk art. In addition, the Ackland has North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs). As an academic unit of the University, the Ackland serves broad local, state, and national constituencies.


Admission and Hours


Admission to the Ackland Art Museum is always free, with donations accepted.


The Ackland is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.




The Ackland Art Museum is located on South Columbia Street, just south of East Franklin Street, on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Detailed directions are available at or by calling (919) 966-5736.


Parking is available at several nearby municipal and private parking decks, and at meters on Franklin Street. Detailed parking information and a map are available at




Ackland Art Museum contact: Emily Bowles, (919) 843.3675,



Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

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Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule


Jan. 21-22, Carolina Inn


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2015) – This site,, posts meeting agendas and related background.


Wednesday – January 21

10:30 a.m.

“I Have a Wish” Exhibit Visit


11:30 a.m.


Alumni Room, Carolina Inn


1:00 p.m.

*Finance and Infrastructure Committee

Chancellor’s Ballroom West, Carolina Inn


2:30 p.m.

*External Relations Committee

Chancellor’s Ballroom East, Carolina Inn


2:30 p.m.

*Innovation and Impact Committee

Chancellor’s Ballroom West, Carolina Inn



*University Affairs Committee

Chancellor’s Ballroom West, Carolina Inn


6:30 p.m.

Board of Trustees Dinner

Trustee Steve Lerner’s Residence


Thursday – January 22

8:00 a.m.

*Board of Trustees Meeting convenes

Hill Ballroom

Institute of Marine Sciences
Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
The Sonya Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture & History
The Carolina Women’s Center


12:00 p.m.



*Some of the business of the Board is authorized by the N.C. Open Meetings Law to be conducted in closed session.




Communications & Public Affairs contact: Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595,

UNC-Chapel Hill launches Positive Psychology MOOC

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UNC-Chapel Hill launches Positive Psychology MOOC


The free course will be available starting Feb. 9


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2015) – After years of study, the little known science of positive psychology is making headway, offering evidence-based approaches to help people live full and meaningful lives. This is exciting for pioneers of the field like Barbra Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrickson will share her extensive knowledge of positive psychology through a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) available for free on Coursera starting Feb. 9.


The course not only gives students insight into the visionary scientific work of Fredrickson and her colleagues, it also features practical applications of this science that students can put to use immediately. Topics of study include positive emotions, creativity and resilience, love and connection, as well as flourishing and physical health.


Anyone can sign up for the six-week course at No background in science or psychology is needed.



UNC-Chapel Hill student teams selected to compete in Neuro Startup Challenge

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UNC-Chapel Hill student teams selected to compete in Neuro Startup Challenge


Carolina’s teams were formed as a part of a perquisite course for the UNC Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2015) – Four teams of PhD students at the University of North Carolina have been selected to compete in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Neuro Startup Challenge.


In the global challenge, teams of students and entrepreneurs compete to commercialize 16 NIH-conceived inventions involving therapeutics, diagnostics, prognostics and medical devices for a range of brain diseases. It was developed by the Heritage Provider Network (HPN) with the NIH and Center for Advancing Innovation.


The UNC teams were formed as part of the course “Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship,” a prerequisite for the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at UNC. Students developed a technology evaluation for a neuroscience-related technology selected by the Neuro Startup Challenge.


They are competing with more than 500 participants from around the globe in the three-phase challenge.


The next phase requires teams to develop elevator speeches, executive summaries outlining potential commercial products and company visions. The products are posted online for public votes at



UNC Kenan-Flagler contact: Allison Adams, (919) 962-7235,

Music Biographer Barry Mazor and Musician Dom Flemons at Wilson Library Feb. 6

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Music Biographer Barry Mazor and Musician Dom Flemons at Wilson Library Feb. 6


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2015) – Music scout, record producer and industry visionary Ralph Peer helped shape and popularize American country and roots music from the 1920s through the 40s.


On Feb. 6, at 6:00 p.m., a new biography of Peer will be the topic of a talk by author Barry Mazor at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. A concert by musician Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will follow at 7:00 p.m. The free public program will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception.


The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) in Wilson Library is the program sponsor. Mazor and Flemons have both conducted extensive research in the collection and are friends with one another, said SFC curator Steve Weiss.


In the stacks of the SFC, Mazor – a winner of the 2008 Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism – was able to draw on a unique recorded interview with Ralph Peer, as well as correspondence between Peer and musician Sara Carter of The Carter Family, found in the SFC’s Ed Kahn Collection. Those letters will be on display at the event.


The SFC also holds the papers of Dom Flemons, consisting of audio and video recordings, photographs, programs, and related materials that Flemons has donated.




For more about the event:


For program information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,, (919) 548-1203.


Library contact: Steve Weiss, (919) 962-7105,



Carolina College Advising Corps holds special events in Surry County to promote financial aid for college

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Carolina College Advising Corps holds special events in Surry County to promote financial aid for college


UNC-Chapel Hill advisers offer eight sessions (including one in Spanish)


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2015) – Advisers with the Carolina College Advising Corps at Surry County high schools are banding together to educate students about financial aid for college and the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for state and federal financial aid.


To help promote the importance of FAFSA and financial aid for college, Surry County advisers are hosting events in a variety of venues, from basketball games to media centers to cafeterias. (See list below).


Funded by grants and private gifts and based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Corps places advisers in schools in counties with heavy populations of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. The 42 advisers in 59 high schools are close in age and circumstance to the students they serve, and the Corps aims to increase college-going rates at partner high schools. Last year, the Corps helped 4,110 high school seniors submit more than 16,000 applications to college.


Every year the federal government offers $150 billion in financial aid for college students. High school seniors should submit their FAFSA the spring before they enter college to be considered for financial aid, including grants, loans and work study programs. The FAFSA can also be used by individual colleges to determine institutional grants and scholarships. Students may start their FAFSA today and should submit it as soon as possible because financial aid in North Carolina is awarded on a first come, first served basis.


“Contrary to a common myth, there is no income cut-off to qualify for financial aid.” said Avery Keese, adviser for East Surry High School and Surry Central High School. “We encourage all students to complete a FAFSA because no one should miss out on the life-changing opportunity of college due to concerns about affordability.”


Students with questions may attend any of the events below or contact an adviser directly.


“FAFSA Madness” Information Table:

  • Surry Central vs. North Surry basketball games—Friday, Jan. 16 at Surry Central High School
  • Mount Airy vs. Surry Central basketball games—Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Mount Airy High School


Financial Aid Night in Spanish:

  • Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:00 p.m. at Mount Airy High School (media center)


County-wide Financial Aid Night with CFNC and Surry Community College:

  • Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Surry Community College (Grand Hall)


East Surry Financial Aid Nights:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6:00 p.m. at East Surry High School (Room 1)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:00 p.m. at East Surry High School (Room 1)


Mount Airy Financial Aid Night:

  • Monday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. at Mount Airy High School (media center)


North Surry Financial Aid Night:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. at North Surry High School (media center)


Surry Central Financial Aid Night

  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 6:00 p.m. at Surry Central High School (cafeteria)




For more information about any of the events, please contact:

Elkin High School: 336-835-3858

Surry Early College High School: 336-386-3621


East Surry High School: 336-368-2251

Surry Central High School: 336-386-8842


Mount Airy High School: 336-789-5055

North Surry High School: 336-789-5147


For more information on the Carolina College Advising Corps, or to arrange an interview with a local adviser or principal in another area, please contact: