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Families remember Phi Gamma Delta fire 20 years later

On May 12, 1996, a day meant for celebration — graduation, Mother’s Day — the Phi Gamma Delta house caught fire after a cigarette was thrown in the garbage. Benjamin Watson Woodruff, Robert Joshua Weaver, Joanna Howell, Mark Briggs Strickland and Anne McBride Smith — all UNC students — lost their lives in the fire. (Daily Tar Heel)

A special flourish for Carolina Firsts

The transition from Morehead City, North Carolina to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wasn’t always easy for Cyndel Brunell. Not only was she adapting to a new town, but as the first in her family to attend college, she was also learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a college student. (UNC.edu)

‘Back home again’ after 50 years

Alvin Tyndall’s 50th Class reunion wasn’t just about seeing old friends. As he walked down the familiar hallway of a residence hall on the lower quad, he picked up his pace as he neared room 301. There, the trip back to Chapel Hill became more than just a reunion weekend. “It’s about going home,” he said. Tyndall, a member of the Class of 1966, celebrated a half-century since graduating from UNC. (UNC.edu)

Two UNC-Chapel Hill scientists elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two scientists from UNC have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies that includes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and leaders. The addition of Joel Kingsolver, Ph.D. and Keith Burridge, Ph.D. brings the number of current faculty who have been elected to the academy to 38. (UNC.edu)

Physical Therapy student Elizabeth Nixon receives APTA student award

UNC-Chapel Hill doctor of physical therapy student Elizabeth Nixon recently received recognition from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as the 2016 recipient of the Student Assembly Outstanding Physical Therapist Award. Nixon is scheduled to graduate in 2016 from the program. (UNC.edu)

UNC celebrates graduation of the Class of 2016

As more than 6,000 UNC students prepare to enter the next phase of their lives, they were urged to focus on others as much as their budding careers. Caring, Anne Marie Slaughter said, is as important as career. “Strive and struggle and work really hard, but invest in others as much as you invest in yourselves,” she said speaking under Carolina blue skies. (UNC.edu)

Graduating senior set to begin role as officer in Air Force

It’s going to be a big weekend for graduating senior Shannon McKerlie. But unlike most of her classmates, her celebration won’t be inside Kenan Stadium with the other 3,721 undergraduates having their degrees conferred. Instead, the pinnacle of McKerlie’s college career will be the morning before Commencement on the steps of South Building. There, Cadet McKerlie will become 2nd Lieutenant McKerlie. (UNC.edu)

UNC PhD graduate is engineering a better future

Ashley Johnson has always wanted to help people. At first she thought social work would be her avenue to achieving that goal. Then anthropology was a consideration. Ultimately, she landed on science. “I came to see science as a really powerful tool to help society,” she said. (UNC.edu)

Live and love like David Shannon

As a senior at Myers Park High School, David Shannon won the superlative for ‘Best Future Husband.’“Of all the superlatives out there, that was the one that makes a father the proudest,” said Hugh Shannon, David’s father. “It gives some idea to the kind of kid David was.”On Oct. 27, 2012, David, then a first-year at UNC, was found dead in a concrete processing plant in Carrboro. David would have graduated this year. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC alum Raj Panjabi included among Time's 100 most influential people

To spend time with Raj Panjabi is to see up close what happens when someone with uncommon courage and compassion puts himself on the front lines of the world’s most complex challenges. The heroic work Raj and his organization Last Mile Health did to train 1,300 community health workers was critical in helping the government contain the epidemic. (Time.com)

UNC Senior celebrates dad’s life, graduation

Senior Lauren Offer and her father were inseparable. But when she was in high school, her father’s health declined. She said he wanted to live long enough to see her and her sister, Lacey, graduate. Her junior year, he passed away from heart failure. Offer, a senior biology major, will be graduating in May. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heel Bred: A family tradition spanning 65 years

Attending UNC has become a long family tradition, and on May 8, Shelby Miller will complete another generation of Carolina graduates — with the patriarch of the Tar Heel family, her grandfather Jack Schofield, watching. As Miller celebrates earning her degree, Schofield will be attending his 65th Class Reunion with 26 other members of the Class of 1951. (UNC.edu)

No stupid questions: economics professor remembered for how he connected with students

Economics professor Tiago Pires’ passion was matched only by his patience. “He loved being with people and talking to people and just, like, connecting with people,” former UNC graduate student Forrest Spence said. “And because he got to do that in his job, it was just like he was always beaming.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Prince’s purple reign at Carmichael in 1980s

Lavonda Burnette said her love of Prince has shaped her life. On February 15, 1983, the then-12-year-old Burnette snuck to the front of Carmichael Arena — then “Carmichael Auditorium” — to watch Prince perform....The 1983 performance at Carmichael Arena was part of Prince’s “1999 Tour.” The Time and all-girl band Vanity 6 were the openers.

Economics professor Tiago Pires died over the weekend

Economics professor Tiago Pires died this weekend, according to an email from economics department chairperson Patrick Conway. The email, sent to Pires’ Economics 445 class Monday afternoon, said Pires died of natural causes. Tyler Rogers, a junior economics major, was in Pires’ 8 a.m. section of Economics 445 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Daily Tar Heel)

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