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UNC MJ-school wins national championship in Hearst Journalism Awards

The UNC School of Media and Journalism has won the 2016 national championship in the Hearst Journalism Awards competition – considered the Pulitzers of collegiate journalism. This is the school’s sixth national championship, its second consecutive and its fourth since 2010. UNC is the only school to have finished in the top 5 every year since 2004. (UNC.edu)

Veteran Boot Camp Begins at UNC-Chapel Hill

Twenty military veterans began a week of boot camp Sunday unlike any other they've been through. It’s all part of the Warrior-Scholar Project Academic Boot Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill. The boot camp is an intensive program aimed at helping enlisted vets transition to four-year higher education opportunities. (TWC News)

Muhammad Ali's Visit to Chapel Hill

America’s role in Indochina met with increasing hostility on its college campuses in the late 60’s. Muhammad Ali’s position resonated with students. He suddenly found himself in demand as a speaker. Denied the right to support himself in the ring, Ali began speaking at universities. That interest in speaking to students is what ultimately led Ali to Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Carolina alumnus’ speech goes viral

Donovan Livingston’s passion was evident during his four years as a history student at UNC. Seven years after graduating from Carolina, that same passion led to a moving speech at the Harvard School of Education commencement that has since gone viral. Livingston’s speech, focusing on diversity and education, reached more than 11 million views in less than a week (YouTube)

UNC professor K.H. Lee Receives Hong Kong Baptist University Award for Advancing Chinese Medicine

Kuo-Hsiung Lee was chosen to receive the Third Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine from Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Chinese Medicine. Lee is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. (UNC.edu)

Remembering Our Military

On Memorial Day, UNC remembers all the men and women who lost their lives during military service to the country. The more than 700 Carolina graduates who died in battle or in training accidents during time of war are honored on campus with the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Memory of Those Lost in Military Service, located next to Memorial Hall. (UNC.edu)

UNC alum Cassandra Quin Butts, former Deputy White House Counsel, dead at 50

Cassandra Quin Butts, former Deputy White House Counsel and nominee to the Ambassadorship to the Bahamas, died on Thursday, May 26, 2016. She was 50. Butts suffered from a “brief illness” and passed away at her Washington, D.C. home. Butts received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. (Philadelphia Tribune)

Q&A with Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar about his Girls in STEM program

When the announcement was made that I won the Nobel Prize, the Turkish media contacted me and asked for my opinion on all kinds of things. During those interviews I repeatedly mentioned that we in Turkey need to give equal opportunities to our girls and that means to emphasize their education, because in rural parts of Turkey many parents do not send their girls to school at all or stop after elementary education, and I always thought this was unfair. (Daily Tar Heel)

Operation Match: Computer Dating at UNC in the 1960s

Several hundred students used the service in its first month. While Operation Match apparently led to several successful dates, there were some unusual matches, including that of a UNC sophomore who was matched with his sister, a student at Duke. This was notable not just for the fact that they were related, but, according to friends, “They are as different as night and day.” (UNC.edu)

Andy Griffith's Daughter Remembers Her Late Dad — "He Wasn't the Typical Hollywood Type"

Summer residents of Roanoke Island, N.C., became accustomed to the sight of a familiar-looking man running errands to the hardware store barefoot, or sometimes without a shirt. “He was not the typical Hollywood type,” Andy Griffith’s daughter, Dixie, tells Closer, adding that her father, who passed away in 2012 at 86, was “gracious” to fans and “felt free” in his home state of North Carolina. (Closer Weekly)

From Waffle House worker to Waffle Street author: UNC grad James Adams writes about his experience

After earning an MBA in finance from UNC, James Adams went to work as a product manager in a hedge fund. And after two years spent in the eye of the financial hurricane that was the 2008 meltdown, he said the pink slip he received in 2009 came as somewhat of a relief.“There is some kind of an emotional trauma when you’ve got to tell these people you’ve lost billions of dollars from their pensions,” Adams said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Photo: Anti-War Rally at UNC, 1936

Memories of World War I were still fresh in the minds of many Americans when tensions were beginning to escalate in Europe in the 1930s, building toward the conflicts that would lead to World War II. The photo here is probably from a rally held at UNC on April 22, 1936. It was described as a “strike,” with classes cancelled for about an hour. (UNC.edu)

UNC Alum and World War II Museum director, Nick Mueller, to receive France's highest honor

Gordon "Nick" Mueller, the National World War II Museum's director, and two of its best-known supporters, Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks, will receive France's highest honor on May 20 in Paris in recognition of the museum-related work they have done to keep alive interest in that conflict and the importance of France's role in it. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

More than a building

During the month of May, UNC’s General Alumni Association (GAA) celebrates three very important anniversaries: it’s 173rd birthday on May 31st, and the groundbreaking for and the dedication of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard shares some the history behind these events. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Home of James Taylor Up for Auction

For the first time ever, the public will have an opportunity to tour the house where James Taylor spent his childhood years in Chapel Hill. George Smart, the executive director of North Carolina Modernist Houses, calls the home a “great example of midcentury modernism.” The home was built in 1952 and was designed by award-winning architects George Matsumoto and John Latimer. (Chapelboro.com)

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