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Meet Jonathan Reckford, the speaker for Sunday's UNC spring commencement

Jonathan Reckford is UNC's 2019 Spring Commencement Speaker. After graduating from North Carolina in 1984, he went on to a career in business, working at Goldman Sachs, Marriott, and The Walt Disney Co., before becoming the executive pastor of a Minnesota church. In 2005, he became CEO of Habitat for Humanity, a position he's held ever since. (Daily Tar Heel)

225 Years of Tar Heels: Carl Kasell

Long before National Public Radio’s lucky listeners could win ’s voice on their answering machine, he was helping put what would become one of the nation’s top NPR affiliates on the air. As UNC students in the 1950s, Kasell and classmate founded WUNC, a UNC student-run station that would later become North Carolina Public Radio. (

Meet UNC's Graduating Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 has excelled in the classroom, conducted research, published papers, launches initiatives, won national championships and served their country. They've made lasting impacts and left their heelprints on UNC. From military heroes and doctors to makers and future business leaders, these Tar Heels are primed to take on the biggest issues. (

Graduating UNC senior, decorated military veteran Zac Rhyner changing lives

Decorated military veteran Zac Rhyner is the recipient of three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star Medal, and the Air Force Cross. He has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan six times and involved in humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. He’s also a dad and a UNC biology major who urges students to step outside their comfort zones in pursuit of their dreams. (

Howard Lee, First And Only Black Mayor Of Chapel Hill, Marks 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago today, was elected the first African American mayor of the town of Chapel Hill. There hadn't been an African American mayor of a predominately white Southern town since Reconstruction. Lee was first elected in 1969. Racial tensions were high. Lee and his wife moved to Chapel Hill, so he could attend UNC for graduate school. (WUNC)

225 years of Tar Heels: Stuart Scott

When the late was growing up a Tar Heel fan in Winston-Salem, he would cry any time the men’s basketball team would lose. The 1987 UNC graduate carried that love for Carolina to ESPN, where he spent 21 years as one of the company’s most beloved personalities. Scott also displayed his love for UNC every time he returned to Chapel Hill. (

Eye-opening ice

After two months on a research expedition in Alaska, UNC junior Carly Onnink shares her story. "My team’s fieldwork included collecting surface samples. This meant long ski days, stopping every kilometer to scoop snow into a bottle, maneuvering around crevasses along the way. It sometimes required spending several nights in tents on the ice field." (

Meet the man behind the classic Carolina argyle

grew up in Chapel Hill and a hardcore Tar Heel fan. Julian was nine when the UNC basketball team went undefeated to win the National Championship in 1957, and he remembers seeing the town turn white with toilet paper covering the trees. “The first song I ever knew was, ‘Don’t give a da** for Duke University, I'm from Carolina,’” he sang. (Daily Tar Heel)

A look back at the 1990s in Chapel Hill

The 1990s was a period of growth and change for the University of North Carolina, especially in terms of technology. In the '90s, class registration grew beyond the in-person process at Woollen Gym and expanded to telephone service. Students dialed into the service and entered codes for each class. Drop/add was still an in-person process in Woollen Gym. (Daily Tar Heel)

From Michael Jordan to Franklin Street, this is what UNC looked like in the '80s

Picture basketball games in Carmichael Arena, studying in Wilson Library, registering for classes in person at Woollen Gym, buying beer as an 18 year old on Franklin Street. This was UNC campus life in the 1980s. John Blythe, 1986 graduate and assistant curator for the North Carolina Collection, does not remember UNC's campus as it is today. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC seniors leave a mark on campus

North Carolina's Class of 2019 took one step closer to graduation on April 10 when they climbed the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower for the annual senior Bell Tower Climb. In a tradition that the UNC General Alumni Association started in 2003, members of the senior class hike up the 128 steps inside the bell tower to sign their name on bricks inside. (

“Saint” Ives Helps Make The GameDay Basketball Crew Look Good

When an ESPN College GameDay broadcast starts Saturday morning during basketball season, most of the hardest work is done for the show’s main researcher. The rest of the week is much busier for Bryan Ives, a 31-year-old UNC alum from Charlotte who is a senior researcher at ESPN. He goes to work on the next broadcast as soon as the location is determined. (SportsChannel 8)
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