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UNC launches Carolina Angel Network

Startups are a crucial part of a dynamic economy, creating innovations and jobs, but they struggle to find funding from investors. The newly launched Carolina Angel Network (CAN), will close this gap by connecting alumni, faculty, students, donors and other members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community with promising affiliated, early-stage, private companies to provide advice, networks and funding. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Restaurant's Book Prize Nourishes Southern Writers, Booksellers

Crook’s Corner, the iconic 34-year-old café and bar located on a corner of the road separating Chapel Hill, N.C. from the adjacent town of Carrboro, doesn’t just serve up delicious Southern cuisine in a shack surmounted by a large pink plastic pig: it has also since 2013 been the only restaurant in the nation to sponsor a literary award, with this year’s pot set at $5,000. (Publishers Weekly)

UNC Dentistry Professor Presented with Leadership Award from Special Olympics North Carolina

Dr. Michael Milano, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was recently named a recipient of the Golisano Health Leadership Award by Special Olympics North Carolina. He is one of 32 individuals/organizations worldwide to receive this honor in 2016. (UNC.edu)

UNC double alum Roy Cooper sworn in as 75th North Carolina governor

Roy Cooper was sworn in shortly after midnight Sunday as North Carolina's 75th governor, taking the reins of a deeply divided state and facing an openly hostile legislature as he tries to accomplish an agenda calling for improved schools and a stronger economy for middle-class families. (WRAL.com)

Southern Living's Southerners of the Year: UNC alum, non-profit founder Nation Hahn

After losing his wife, Nation Hahn started the namesake Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation inspired by her generous, philanthropic spirit to empower and motivate emerging leaders in community-based organizations. The foundation works towards creating more awareness around three main problems in North Carolina: poverty, food insecurity, and education. (Southern Living)

UNC student astronomers use remote technology to touch the stars

It’s 8:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is quiet. Classrooms are empty; doors are locked. A few faint stars peek out from behind thick clouds. In a small room in Chapman Hall, two students have just sat down to begin their work. (WRAL.com)

Project Bucket: A documentary about the ultimate UNC bucket list

Five friends and former UNC students completed the ultimate UNC bucket list together before graduation last May. The last item to check off the list was climbing the bell tower as a group on Senior Day. Bryce Edwards, Joseph Townsend, Patrick Hahn, Teresa Nguyen and Faustina Nguyen have been friends since going to high school together at Charlotte Catholic High School. (Daily Tar Heel)

This doctor, UNC grad believes an experiment he tried in Liberia could bring health care to everyone

It’s not often you’re handed $1 million and told to do whatever you’d like with it. That’s what’s just happened, though, to Raj Panjabi, a physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who last week was awarded the 2017 TED Prize. In 2007, Panjabi co-founded what would later become Last Mile Health with a group of Liberian civil war survivors and American health workers. (Quartz)

A memorable year at Carolina

From faculty members receiving national awards and new campus exhibits being installed to Final Fours and national championships, 2016 was another memorable year at Carolina. Take a look back at what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was up to this year with some of our favorite photos and the biggest stories from UNC.edu: (UNC.edu)

Hershey Names 11-Year Vet, UNC Alum Michele Buck to CEO Post

Hershey has named 11-year veteran Michele Buck to serve as the chocolate maker's next president and CEO, an appointment that comes at a time when Big Food manufacturers find themselves challenged by smaller startup rivals. Buck, who currently serves as COO at Hershey, will officially begin to steer the company on March 1. (Fortune)

Local artist is restoring two well-known Chapel Hill murals

Mural restorations are underway in downtown Chapel Hill to repair two well-known pieces. As part of the Chapel Hill Downtown Plan, local muralist Michael Brown has updated his “Hands” mural, located on the side of Chapel Hill Dry Cleaners on West Franklin Street and is about to start work on the “Paint by Number” mural, located at Pantana Bob’s on West Rosemary Street. (Daily Tar Heel)

Painting with a Purpose

Rachel Howard is taking a couple of gap years before applying to medical school. In the meantime, she has found a way to join her love of art and her interest in medicine by painting windows (cool time-lapse video) for patients staying in the UNC Children’s Hospital during the holidays. (UNC.edu)

ESPN Signs UNC Alum Bomani Jones To Multi-Year Extension

Bomani Jones, who has been with the network full-time since 2013, has been signed to a multi-year extension, it was announced today. According to the release, Jones “will continue to host The Right Time with Bomani Jones on ESPN Radio weekdays from 4 – 7 p.m. ET. He will also remain co-host of Highly Questionable, with Dan Le Batard and Papi, weekdays on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. (The Spun)

Michael Eric Dyson’s 1996 Commencement Speech

Twenty years ago this week, UNC professor Michael Eric Dyson delivered the commencement address at the winter graduation ceremony. The speech, “Is America Still a Dream?,” was immediately controversial. Dyson, a faculty member in the department of communications, wrote about rap music and contemporary African American culture. (UNC.edu)

New owners: Southern Season brand is here to stay

Eric Brinsfield, CEO of Calvert Retail, says the Southern Season you've known for the past few decades isn't going anywhere – despite the $18 million bankruptcy that resulted in a recent ownership change. Calvert Retail, the Delaware firm behind Kitchen & Company, bought the Chapel Hill gourmet retailer out of bankruptcy in August for $3.5 million. (Triangle Business Journal)

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