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UNC's MJ-school wins 3rd-straight Hearst Journalism national championship, 7th overall

The UNC School of Media and Journalism has a new banner in its future after winning its third-straight Hearst national championship. The Hearst Foundation awarded the national champions $25,000. The win brings the MJ-school's total to seven national championships — five since 2010 — for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, more than any other university. (UNC.edu)

Newest Members of ‘Old Students Club’ Reflect on Time at Carolina

Judy Heller Knauer ’67 said she was a bit hesitant when it came to reserving her spot at the Old Students Club Luncheon, even for a free lunch. “The title ‘Old Students Luncheon’ was a little off-putting to me,” she said. “But if we’re the youngest of the old students, I guess that feels good.” James Lee Love, class of 1884, named the Old Students Club. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective

Discover the diverse people, beautiful landscapes, beloved sports and changing culture of North Carolina throughout the 20th century. This traveling exhibit produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library presents images taken by prolific photographer Hugh Morton (1921-2006). His photographs from a career spanning eight decades showcase his love for North Carolina. (North Carolina Museum of History)

Black U.S. Navy Band Remembered In Chapel Hill

A historical marker in Chapel Hill was unveiled this Memorial Day weekend to remember the African American men who officially integrated the U.S. Navy during World War II. The unveiling took place at the corner of Franklin and Roberson Streets, near the historic First Baptist Church. The event commemorated the African-American men who broke the Navy’s racial barriers. (WUNC)

Diversity in discovery at Carolina

Studies and many scientists who run laboratories suggest that diverse research teams often make quicker scientific advances. Flavio Frohlich’s lab at UNC is a perfect example of this. Researchers in Frohlich’s lab in the School of Medicine use knowledge from neuroscience, engineering, mathematics, medicine and biology. (UNC.edu)

Alumni reflect on activism, past and present, at UNC

Charles Jeffress, a 1970 graduate, he was involved with Black Student Movement, the “Dump Johnson” campaign to unseat then-President Lyndon B. Johnson and the anti-war campaign. “A significant percentage of students on campus were sympathetic to the anti-war movement,” Jeffress said. “We at Carolina hosted speakers who talked about the war and the injustices of that war." (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC medical school group raises money for children's medical play kits

To help kids in the hospital understand the technology around them, play medical kits provide a way to make sense of what is happening. The Hematology Oncology Interest Group at the UNC School of Medicine is holding a fundraiser to purchase medical kits for children in the hospital to use. Learning to play with the kits can help make hospital stays easier for children. (Daily Tar Heel)

Class of ’57 Reunion Has That Winning Feeling

When members of the class of 1957 gathered for dinner at The Carolina Inn, it was to mark the 60th anniversary of their graduation. But there was another anniversary tied to this class that infused the festivities, the 60th anniversary of UNC’s first NCAA men’s basketball championship. And this reunion came in a year when the team brought the trophy back to Chapel Hill yet again. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Q&A with soap actress, UNC alum Melissa Claire Egan

Melissa Claire Egan, famous for playing Annie on “All My Children” and Chelsea on “The Young and the Restless,” graduated from UNC with a degree in dramatic art in 2003. "I get such nostalgia watching a Carolina basketball game or anything. I met so many incredible people, incredible friends that I’m still best friends with. The four years — they go by so fast, but they just change your life." (UNC.edu)

Leadership exchange program brings students from Africa to UNC

UNC student government welcomed students from four different African countries on March 18 as part of its first African University Leader Exchange Program. The exchange aims to create an “intellectual and cultural exchange between the brightest student leaders from the continent of Africa and the University of North Carolina,” according to the program’s website. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC remembers our military

On Memorial Day, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill remembers all the men and women who lost their lives during military service to the country. The more than 700 UNC 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)

U.S. Navy’s first black band honored in Chapel Hill

Prior to World War II, blacks served only as cooks and stewards. But these 44 men, assigned to the pre-flight school in Chapel Hill, played as the colors were raised each morning, then again at dusk for taps. Before the war’s end, they traveled to Pearl Harbor, played for dances in the officers’ clubs and backed up Kate Smith singing “God Bless America.” (Raleigh News & Observer)

A White Student’s Protest Art Focuses Attention on UNC’s Racial History

Coated in bronze paint, a plaque that appeared on UNC's geography building in March seemed to answer the demands of student activists. Placed just above a plaque that bore the building’s official name, Carolina Hall, the new plaque offered a different history. So sophisticated was the plaque’s design, some questioned whether it might have been installed by the university itself. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

UNC Doctoral Hooding commencement: Beginning of a ‘great responsibility’

After years of research, teaching and training, nearly 300 doctoral candidates closed out their Carolina careers May 13 at the Dean E. Smith Center. As their time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came to an end, they were given a new challenge: use their degree for public good. It’s a mission Carolina has long prepared the graduates for. (UNC.edu)

UNC achieves unprecedented growth in impact from innovation and entrepreneurship

The number of innovations, entrepreneurs and ventures developed by UNC – and the speed of their creation – is showing unprecedented growth, according to a new report by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The Innovate Carolina Roadmap reports significant societal and economic benefits to the University, the state and the world (UNC.edu)

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