March 25, 2021
A doula, a graduate mentor, a solar energy researcher and a career development director have received the 2021 University Awards for the Advancement of Women. These women and the 2020 award recipients, whose ceremony was...Read More
Jan. 20, 2021
Carolina has honored 25 faculty members and teaching assistants for their accomplishments with 2021 University Teaching Awards. Given annually, these awards acknowledge the University’s commitment to outstanding teaching and mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students....Read More
Along with the reopening of Memorial Hall, the University has inaugurated the Carolina Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, which will recognize “an alumnus or alumna, organization or other exceptional individual whose work in the performing arts has greatly contributed to life at the University and enriched American culture.”
The first recipients are Richard Adler ’43, Andy Griffith ’49 and Maxine Swalin.
Adler, of New York City, had a lengthy career composing for Broadway, ballet and orchestra and is best known as the composer and lyricist for The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955). He also received the PlayMakers Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999.
Griffith is one of television’s most enduring star performers. His career highlights include starring in the Broadway hit and subsequent movie, No Time for Sergeants. His most recognizable roles came on television in The Andy Griffith Show from 1960-68 and Matlock from 1986-95. Griffith was honorary chair of the Memorial Hall Transformation Steering Committee.
Swalin graduated from the University of Iowa and received musical training at institutions including Radcliffe College and The Juilliard School. In New York, she met her future husband, Benjamin Swalin, who taught in UNC’s music department. In 1935, the couple moved to Chapel Hill and learned that the fledgling N.C. Symphony Orchestra was in dire straights. The Swalins led a movement to revive the orchestra and succeeded in reorganizing the N.C. Symphony Society. The orchestra gained a firm footing with Benjamin Swalin as unpaid director and Maxine Swalin as a keyboard performer and accompanist.