Reunion Weekend 2015 Enrichment Sessions

Reunion Weekend May 7-10, 2015

Enrichment Sessions

Reunion Weekend can be much more than just socializing and parties. Listed below you will find details for all enrichment sessions offered during Reunion Weekend.

Thursday, May 7

6  p.m.
The Storied South
Venue Change:  Hanes Art Center Auditorium
UNC folklorist William Ferris will share a seventh ‘bonus’ lecture continuing from the lectures available online in his MOOC course, The American South: Its Stories, Music and Art. For more information about how to register and enjoy the previous MOOC lectures, visit Viewing the other lectures in Professor Ferris’ MOOC course is not required to attend this lecture.

Friday, May 8

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Ahead of our Time: Chapel Hill’s First Nightingales

The UNC School of Nursing’s class of 1955 celebrates the publication of their memoirs as the first class of nursing students and female freshman admitted to UNC 60 years ago. This includes their careers and lives following graduation. You will chuckle about the old times, the fun times and the challenges that were uniquely theirs, then and now.

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Venue Change:  Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium
If 70 is the new 50, then what’s ahead? Join Jan Busby-Whitehead, director of the UNC Center for Aging and Health, as she shares how there can be much to look forward to in the years ahead. Dr. Busby-Whitehead is also the Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professor in Medicine, and chief of the UNC Division of Geriatric Medicine.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Disruptive Demographics

Six disruptive demographic trends are dramatically transforming all of our social, economic and political institutions. This session will explore the nature, magnitude and geographical manifestations of these trends and highlight what they mean for higher education, business and consumer markets.

2:45 – 4 p.m.
Reforming College Athletics

Four of the architects of improvement in the relationship between academics and athletics at Carolina are joined by the Big Ten Conference commissioner to discuss reform in intercollegiate athletics. With panelists Provost Jim Dean, Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham, Faculty Athletics Committee Chair Joy Renner, Faculty Athletics Representative to the ACC and the NCAA Lissa Broome and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany ’70. Moderated by Doug Dibbert ’70.


4:15- 5:30 p.m.
Dean Smith’s Impact On and Off the Court

The class of ’65 witnessed the beginning of Dean Smith’s head coaching career, the legacy and impact of which still reaches far and wide today. Woody Durham ’63 will lead a discussion involving several people who will share insights and perspectives about our amazing Coach Smith including Minister Emeritus Olin T. Binkley, Baptist Church Reverend Robert E. Seymour Jr., Mike Cooke ’64, Richard Vinroot ’63, Phil Ford ’78, and Freddie Kiger ’74.

Saturday, May 9

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Saturday Morning in Chapel Hill: Carolina Across the Generations with current Carolina students

How different is student life today as compared to Carolina in the 1960s? Discover the differences and similarities in “the Carolina experience” across the generations when we assemble a select panel of alumni and current students. The panel will be moderated by Dick Baddour ’66, retired after 45 years of service as a University administrator in student affairs, undergraduate admissions, the School of Law and athletics.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Media and Politics on Campus During Tumultuous Times, 1961-65: The Speaker Ban, Civil Rights and Desegregation

This discussion will be moderated and led by Karen Parker ’65, the first African-American woman to receive an undergraduate degree; with Jim Wallace ’64, former DTH photographer (and featuring many of his photographs from Chapel Hill’s civil rights protests); and Mickey Blackwell ’64, former DTH reporter.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
The 24-hour news cycle: When time, technology and news are at odds
George Watts Hill Alumni Center
How do we get our news today and how trustworthy is it given the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle? UNC’s John Clark, executive director, Reese News Lab, will address these issues and also how UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication stays relevant as it prepares students for careers in the media.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
A look at UNC’s newest facility: Marsico Hall
Marsico Hall
Enjoy a guided tour to see how your alma mater continues to expand and remain relevant to today’s research and teaching needs. Marsico Hall — dedicated in 2014 and one of the largest buildings on campus — houses an array of the Lineberger Comprehensive Care Center’s, the School of Medicine’s and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s life-saving research programs. Shuttles will be provided to and from the Alumni Center (space will be limited).

*How to enjoy the MOOC course with UNC Folklorist Bill Ferris:
Simply click here:
If the direct course link does not work, you can also go to and click on the “courses” tab, then click the “on demand” option on the left and then scroll through the choices until you find the UNC-Chapel Hill course with Bill Ferris.  Please note that you may see an option to pay $49 for a certificate upon completion of the course, but that is entirely optional.