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This Day in UNC History, 1792: the UNC Library’s First Book

On this day in 1792, the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees received what would be the University Library’s first book. The book was a second edition copy of The Works of the Right Reverend Father in God Thomas Wilson. Two volumes bound in one, the book contained a biography of Bishop Thomas Wilson, some of his papers, and his sermons. (UNC.edu)

UNC student found dead in dorm

A UNC-Chapel Hill student has been found dead in a dormitory. Foul play is not suspected, UNC officials say. The student died in Hinton James Residence Hall located on the southern part on of the university's campus. The dormitory typically houses many freshmen and sophomore students. Officials did not release any details on the identity of the student. (Durham Herald-Sun)

The $1 Billion Breakthrough: UNC Research Marks New Milestone

For the first time, UNC’s annual research expenditures have surpassed $1 billion, $632 million of which are sponsored by federal government agencies. The figures, reported via the nation’s annual Higher Education Research and Development survey, shows that Carolina ranks 11th nationally among all research institutions in overall research and development expenditures. (UNC.edu)

Steve & Debbie Vetter Provide $40 Million Gift to UNC

Steve and Debbie Vetter are providing a $10 million leadership gift to support Tar Heel student-athletes. The generous gift is part of a $40 million commitment from the Vetters. In addition to the $10 million gift to UNC Athletics, $20 million will support the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge, and $10 million will support UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. (GoHeels.com)

From UNC to Pixar: Winston-Salem native plays key role in 'Coco'

UNC alum David Park is finally seeing his latest movie hit theaters. But long productions are nothing new for Park, a veteran of the Pixar filmmaking process. Park was production manager for “Coco,” the latest Disney/Pixar feature film. He was also production manager on the 2013 film “Monsters University,” and he also worked on “Toy Story 3,” “Wall-E” and “Ratatouille.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

Two UNC graduates make Forbes 30 under 30 Education list

Forbes is known for its lists — the Forbes 500, the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People and the Forbes 400. One can imagine the shock North Carolina Student Latinx Initiative’s co-directors Ricky Hurtado and Elaine Townsend Utin experienced when they found out that their work had earned them a spot on one of Forbes famed list — Forbes 30 under 30 Education. (Daily Tar Heel)

Two From Carolina Earn Mitchell Scholarships

Alexander Peeples, a senior, and Shauna Rust ’16 have been named recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. Peeples and Rust — who are the University’s sixth and seventh Mitchell Scholars since the program began in 2001 — are two of 12 Americans selected for this year’s award. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Q&A With Former UNC Wrestler, Award-Winning Scientist Michael Hall

During his first few years at UNC, Michael Hall ’76 spent a lot of time in the biology lab, but he also logged many rounds on the mat as a member of the wrestling team. Early training in both arenas, he says, prepared him for a career in science. “I think wrestling is the ultimate competitive sport,” Hall said. “It’s one-on-one, and it has a lot of elements in common with doing science.” (UNC General Alumni Association)

Turning passion into practice: A glimpse into UNC's inaugural physician assistant class

“The children are the biggest reason that I do this,” says Eulalia Barajas-Graham. “I got into this field because of my passion for educating children and families and helping them make better choices.” Eulalia will graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Allied Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) program in December of this year. (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina)

Horace Williams Airport About to Wing Its Way Into History

UNC’s trustees have cleared the path to closing Horace Williams Airport. The board agreed more than 12 years ago to keep the airport open until construction began at the University’s Carolina North site. But UNC’s only vested interest in the airport — its fleet of Area Health Education Center planes — was moved to Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2011. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Wall Street Journal best public universities in the United States 2018: #3 UNC-Chapel Hill

3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of 17 campuses that are part of the University of North Carolina system. It was chartered in 1789 and the university first started enrolling students in 1795, meaning that it is one of the oldest public universities in the US. (Times Higher Education)

Davie Poplar fire suspect faces multiple felony charges in court

Joshua Daniel Edwards is facing six felony charges related to an incident involving an explosive device employed on UNC's campus Nov. 2. Edwards appeared at the Orange County Court Wednesday in a bail hearing. Edwards, a former UNC student, is charged with malicious use of explosives to inflict injury and assembling a weapon of mass destruction, among multiple other felonies. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: My UNC 23

UNC is full of moments that matter. The moments you have at UNC, will stick with you for the rest of your life. UNC is more than a school — it’s an experience, a place like no other. There’s so much to do here and so little time to get it done. If you could only have 23 moments, what would they be? Read More...

Video: Autumn arrives in Chapel Hill

From vantage points in the sky and on the ground, take a tour of Carolina's campus as the fall season settles in. If you aren’t able to make it to Chapel Hall this autumn, we hope our annual montage, now in its fourth year, will be the next best thing. Read More...

UNC's Native Narratives

Long before Revolutionary War Gen. William R. Davie (as the legend goes) sat under a poplar tree and decided this was where the University should be built, indigenous people lived here – hunting, gathering, trading. Here on campus, archaeologists have found artifacts including stone spear points alongside numerous fragments of broken cooking pots. (UNC.edu)

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