Chancellor's Message: Reaching ‘every great issue in the world’
What a year. The Thorp family has been on an amazing journey since May 8, 2008, when Erskine Bowles asked the Board of Governors to elect me as the 10th chancellor of Carolina. For our family, the big events have been the grandeur of installation weekend, moving to the chancellor's residence at Quail Hill and — of course — celebrating on the floor in Detroit.
For me, there has been much, much more. First and foremost has been seeing the extraordinary breadth and quality of our great university.
Fonvilles give Advantage to students in middle-class squeeze
Many college-bound students from moderate-income families do not meet federal guidelines to qualify for need-based financial aid, but don't have the resources to pay for college. Tommy and Kate Fonville of Raleigh, N.C., are helping such students at UNC gain an Advantage over college costs through an innovative assistance program aimed at students who fall in the middle of the financial road to college.
Diane Berry, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, works with Carrboro’s El Centro Latino – a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social services and cultural activities to help improve the quality of life for Latinos living in and around Orange County. Her weight-management intervention is helping the area's Hispanic community live healthier and instill those habits in their children.
Mellon grant draws top graduate students to the humanities
Four top humanities departments in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences received a much-needed boost this spring when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided $4.5 million to support graduate students’ education.
Vinroots' gift to School of Government honors friend, mentor
Richard and Judy Vinroot of Charlotte have pledged $1 million to UNC in honor of Richard’s friend and mentor, Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. The pledge will support faculty and students in UNC’s School of Government and is the largest-ever commitment by an individual to the school.