University Day Will Spotlight Service

University Day, which begins at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall, will highlight the ways service is integral to UNC. (Grant Halverson ’93)Service to the state of North Carolina will be the theme when Carolina celebrates its 226th birthday on University Day, Oct 12.

The ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall, will highlight the ways service is integral to what UNC does — from hurricane relief to rural health care, from service projects to economic development.

The University also will commemorate the 200th anniversary of town government in Chapel Hill.

Among the speakers will be Rick Luettich, professor of marine science and director of UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences; Bernard Bell ’82 (’91 MBA), executive director of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship; and Anita Brown-Graham ’91 (JD), professor of public law and government and director of ncIMPACT.

Carolina will present its annual Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards, a practice begun by the faculty in 1971 to recognize Tar Heels who have made outstanding contributions to humanity. This year’s recipients are:

• James E. Delany ’70 (’73 JD), longtime commissioner of the Big Ten Conference;

• Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA), award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine;

• Jill C. McCorkle ’80, novelist and short-story writer; and

• Robert D. Newman ’83 (PhD), president and director of the National Humanities Center.

The Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award, established by the Faculty Council in 2011 to recognize outstanding service by faculty members, will be presented to Giselle Corbie-Smith, Kenan Distinguished Professor of social medicine, director of the Center for Health Equity Research and professor of internal medicine in UNC’s School of Medicine.


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