Volume 4 | Issue 1
Spring 2012


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Giving News and Notes

New Hillman Scholars Program speeds path to nursing Ph.D.

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UNC's School of Nursing has been awarded $3 million over five years from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation to design and implement the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation.

The program is designed to produce the next generation of nurse innovators who have the knowledge and research skills to solve complex health problems and improve patient care.

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Endowed professorship to help improve world water, sanitation

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A Chapel Hill couple has given UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health the means to retain or recruit a professor who is a global leader in research and policies for improving the world’s access to clean water and sanitation.

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PPD Inc. founder makes $2.5 million gift to pharmacy school

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The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has received a $2.5 million gift from alumnus Fred Eshelman to expand the school’s research programs and help transform the classroom experience for pharmacy students.

The gift brings Eshelman’s total support for the school to more than $35 million.

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Grant supports study on local level public health services

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UNC has received approximately $200,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine different types of local public health agencies in North Carolina.

The goal of the research, which began in December 2011 and will continue through May 2013, is to determine whether the way a local public health agency is organized affects public health service delivery or health outcomes in communities.

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Two UNC faculty honored for student and faculty mentoring

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Two UNC faculty members received mentoring awards from the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council on March 1 at a ceremony at the Blue Zone inside Kenan Stadium.

Jean DeSaix (pronounced De Say), a senior lecturer in the biology department in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the faculty-to-student mentoring award. The faculty-to-faculty mentoring award went to Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, a professor of health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The awards include a $5,000 stipend.

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Grant supports private equity education at Kenan-Flagler

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Private equity education at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School got a boost with a $100,000 grant from Z Capital Partners LLC and James J. Zenni Jr., its president and chief executive officer.

The three-year grant will support programs for undergraduate and master of business administration students seeking careers in the private equity industry.

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Endowment to build Persian-language library collections at UNC

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Students of Persian language and culture at UNC will benefit from expanded library collections, thanks to a new endowment established by Dr. Ali Jarrahi of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Jarrahi Family Library Fund for Persian Studies will provide sustained library support for one of the most rapidly growing programs at the University.

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Doris Betts, acclaimed Southern writer and UNC professor, dies

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Doris Betts, Alumni Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at UNC and celebrated Southern writer, died April 21 at age 79 of lung cancer.

The author of six novels and three collections of short stories, among other works, Betts was sometimes compared to the great Southern writer Flannery O’Connor. The Doris Betts Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1998 to honor her.

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