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‘Spirit of innovation’ at UNC

Of the more than 800 startups created at universities across the country this year, only 35 have been handpicked as the best and earned an opportunity to showcase their work to members of the U.S. Congress. Two of those top startups have their roots at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (UNC.edu)

Ceremony unveils marker for unmarked graves in Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

A marker was unveiled on Sunday in remembrance of 361 unmarked African-American graves at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. On Feb. 29, a marker that was erected to pay respect to the unmarked graves was uprooted after community backlash over the lack of a proper dedication ceremony. (Daily Tar Heel)

Free street libraries pepper downtown Chapel Hill

Three and a half years ago, Meg McGurk, the executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, thought of an idea to increase literacy in Chapel Hill. She’d heard of other communities setting up free small libraries in their downtown areas, and was driven to set up one in Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)

Thomas Wolfe: Big man on campus

One of the University’s most famous graduates didn’t really want to come here. Future novelist Thomas Clayton Wolfe of Asheville had his heart set on going to Princeton University or perhaps the University of Virginia. But – much like his thinly disguised alter ego, Eugene Gant, in Look Homeward, Angel – his father decided otherwise. (UNC.edu)

Me Fine Foundation, Directed by UNC Alum Joey Powell, Supports Families with Kids in Local Hospitals

While selling ads on ESPN Radio by day and volunteering at many nonprofits – from Ronald McDonald House and being a Big Brother – during his spare time, Joey Powell realized something was missing. “I needed to do something more meaningful in my life.” He started small. (Durham Magazine)

UNC professor's book inspires Disney's 'Queen of Katwe'

A book written by a UNC Chapel Hill professor is hitting the big screen as a Disney movie. "Queen of Katwe" will be in theaters in just a few weeks, and author Tim Crothers said he was very surprised when Disney selected his book, "The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster," to become a screenplay. (ABC 11)

Carolina recognized for outstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion for 2nd year in a row

Insight Into Diversity, the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused higher education magazine, has selected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive its prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the second year in a row. The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. (UNC.edu)

Carolina launches 3-D interactive maps

Students, staff and visitors now can find their way around campus using a three-dimensional map loaded with information. UNC-Chapel Hill has partnered with CampusBird to develop a powerful mapping solution for campus. The new interactive map can be accessed at maps.unc.edu. (UNC.edu)

UNC Top 5 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, again ranks among the very best. For the 16th year in a row, Carolina – a leading public research university with a commitment to accessibility and affordability – placed fifth among national public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill sports bar Bailey's closing following owner's bankruptcy filing

The Bailey’s Pub & Grille at Rams Plaza in Chapel Hill has been shut down as part of an effort by its parent company to cull costs after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-August. (Triangle Business Journal)

Never forget

On the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored the victims with a remembrance ceremony and by planting of thousands of American flags. Chancellor Carol L. Folt attended the solemn remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Garden near George Watts Hill Alumni Center. (UNC.edu)

Video: Feature on Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar

There's more to this story than Dr. Aziz Sancar's monumental achievement of winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry. This is also a story about the early dreams that lead him there. Growing up in rural Turkey in the 1950s, Aziz Sancar imagined himself playing on the Turkish national soccer team. (UNC-TV)

UNC Honored for Fundraising Efforts

UNC has been awarded the sustained excellence award in fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support Education, the university announced Wednesday. Carolina is one of nine public universities recognized for the award. (Chapelboro.com)

‘A poignant reminder’

With each stair they climbed inside Kenan Stadium on Friday morning, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Fire Chief Matt Sullivan reflected on every first responder who didn’t go home after their shift on September 11, 2001. Blue and Sullivan joined Chancellor Carol L. Folt and more than 150 participants from the Carolina community at the annual Stairs to Remember run. (UNC.edu)

The Strange History of the Old East Plaque

Old East, with a cornerstone laid in 1793, was the first state university building in the United States and is one of the oldest continually used academic buildings in the country. Today it serves as a dormitory, but in years past it has also housed classrooms. Its long history and central location on campus makes it one of best-known and most beloved buildings at UNC. (UNC.edu)

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