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24th Annual William R. Davie Dinner

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Wednesday, Oct. 24  | 6 – 9 p.m.
Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
Price: $80; GAA members $60.
Young alumni (classes of 2014-18): $70;
GAA member young alumni (classes of 2014-18): $50

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Carolina alumni will come together for the 24th Annual William R. Davie Dinner, hosted by the Charlotte Carolina Club at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte.

The evening celebrates the life and legacy of William R. Davie, considered the father of The University of North Carolina, while raising money for scholarships for Charlotte area UNC students. Along with contributions from the Charlotte Carolina Club, the Davie Dinner has raised more than $130,000 in scholarships for 100 Charlotte area Carolina students.

This year College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kevin M. Guskiewicz will serve as the evening’s speaker.

Guskiewicz has served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since January 2016 and as a faculty member since 1995. Guskiewicz is a neuroscientist and nationally recognized expert on sports-related concussions. His groundbreaking work has garnered numerous awards and has influenced concussion guidelines in the NCAA and the NFL. See the Dean’s full bio below.

Cancellations for this event will incur a $5 cancellation fee. 

Dean Kevin M. Guskiewicz

Kevin M. Guskiewicz has served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since January 2016, overseeing the largest academic institution. The College has more than 16,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students.

Guskiewicz has made interdisciplinary teaching and research a cornerstone of his tenure. He has championed the use of high-structure active learning techniques, and the university has become a national leader in implementing these highly effective strategies. He has significantly increased study abroad, academic internships and other experiential learning opportunities for Carolina students.

In May 2017, Guskiewicz secured the largest gift in the College’s history, which doubled the size of UNC’s highly innovative undergraduate entrepreneurship program. He is also overseeing a major revamping of UNC’s General Education curriculum.

Guskiewicz is a neuroscientist and nationally recognized expert on sports-related concussions. He maintains an active research portfolio and is P.I. or co-P.I. on three active research grants totaling over $6 million. His groundbreaking work has garnered numerous awards and has influenced concussion guidelines in the NCAA and the NFL.

In 2011, Guskiewicz was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (often called a “genius grant”) for his innovative work on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport-related concussions. In 2013, Time magazine named him a Game Changer, one of 18 “innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America.”

He has been a member of Carolina’s faculty since 1995. He is co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Guskiewicz earned a B.S. in athletic training from West Chester University, M.S. in exercise physiology/athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

Davie Dinner Sponsorship

Davie Dinner sponsors have made this event possible, all proceeds from sponsorships go directly to Charlotte area scholarships

All sponsorship levels receive two tickets and admittance to pre-dinner reception with Dean Guskiewicz. The following are Davie Dinner Sponsors as of Oct. 10.

 

Alice and Dewey Dorsett – $1500

John ’70 and Judy Alexander

Jim ’55 and Mary Lou Babb

 

Davie Poplar – $1000

Jeff Brown ’81

Laura and Mike Grace

Ed ’66 and Suzy McMahan

Darlyne Menscer ’79 (MD)

Nelson ’67 and Jane Schwab

 

Old Well – $500

Janet Young Bradshaw ’55 and Ashley Bradshaw Graeber ’79

Jeff ’84 and Elizabeth Irvin

Melinda Kaiser ’85

Eric Locher ’78 (’82 MBA)

Anne ’63 and Epes ’61 Robinson

Lisa ’81 and Tim ’77 (’81 MD) Saunders

Judy ’65 and Richard ’63 Vinroot

 

Bell Tower – $250

Jim Abbott ’61

Tracy ’00 and Rye ’01 Barcott

Mary Catherine ’86 (’90 MPH) and Bobby ’91 Chesney

Cydne W. ’65 and Ray S. ’62 (’67 JD) Farris

Jeannie ’76 and Robert ’80 Fuller

George ’65 (’68 JD) and Deb Hanna

Linda Kee ’69 and Ben ’69 Hawfield

Beth Hodges ’75 (’79 JD) and Ron Everhart ’86 (JD)

Kelly ’95 and Rick ’91 Hopkins

Jane ’78 and Jim ’75 Huddle

Brad ’81 and Jeanne Kutrow

Gaye ’66 and Xan Law, III ’12 (The Law Team)

Francie ’83 and John Mangan

Claude ’57 and Barbara Plumlee

Angela Robbins ’84

Jenny ’96 and Mark Robeson

Kristy Thompson ’89

Sandy ’81 and Reaves Thompson

Alison Davis Thorp ’84 and James H.M. Thorp Jr. ’83

Alyssa Valdez ’10

Rex Welton ’62 and Linda Welton

Ward ’77 (’81 MD) and Debbie Woodard

Brian Zito ’02

Davie Dinner Committee

Eric J. Locher ’78 (’82 MBA) – Chair

Jim Babb ’55
Lanier Brown May
Angela Robbins ’84
Kristy Thompson ’89
Sandy Thompson ’81
Judy Vinroot ’65
Brian Zito ’02

Hosts: Ed ’66 and Suzy McMahan

Schedule for Evening

5 p.m. Sponsor Reception with Dean Kevin Guskiewicz (Sponsorship required)

5 p.m. UNC Admissions event for prospective parents (Limited space, registration required)

Prior to dinner, there will be an informational session and Q&A with UNC admissions for parents of prospective students. This session will address how to apply to UNC, important deadlines, financial aid information and common myths or misconceptions about the admission process. (Limited seating is available, RVSP required when registering).

6 p.m. Cocktails

7 p.m. Dinner

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