Spring Reunion Weekend 2014 Enrichment Sessions

Reunion Weekend May 8-11, 2014

Enrichment Sessions

Listed below you will find details for all enrichment sessions offered during Reunion Weekend. Click here for the full Reunion Weekend schedule.

Video Available
The following enrichment sessions were video recorded and available for viewing on YouTube:



Thursday, May 8

7:45 p.m.
Ackland Art Museum Update
Museum staff will provide a brief talk about current museum exhibits at 7:45 p.m. during the opening Reunion Weekend reception, which will be ongoing from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ackland Art Museum

58 – 9 p.m.
5Up! Memories Worth Sharing
See below for details
Ackland Art Museum

Friday, May 9

Enrich9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Become a Carolina Student Again
Join Professor Penny Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as she demonstrates how students today use new multi-media tools to learn analytical
business skills and then apply them to real-life issues threatening news
.  The session will feature a digital case study of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Whiteville News Reporter, a twice-weekly newspaper in Columbus County, as it attempts to navigate a changed media landscape and thrive in the digital age.  No quizzes or papers due, but a unique opportunity to experience classroom life today.  Professor Abernathy is also is a former senior executive with The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and author of Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability, which is being published by UNC Press in April
Carroll Hall

Enrich9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Where do we go from here? 
If 70 is the new 50, then what’s ahead? Join Jan Busby-Whitehead, director of the Center for Aging and Health, and professor and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine along with Catherine Frank ’79 (’82 MA, ’00 PhD), executive director of UNC-Asheville OLLI, as they discuss why there can be much to look forward to in the years ahead.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

11:30 a.m.
Old Students Club Luncheon
Keynote speaker will be UNC Professor James Johnson. View full reunion schedule for complete details on this lunch.
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Enrich1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
The Life and Legacy of Dean Smith 
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The class of ’64 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 perspective about our amazing Coach Smith including Mike Cooke ’64, Phil Ford ’78, Fred Kiger ’74, Eric Montross ’94 and others. 
Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium

Enrich3 – 4 p.m.
How Chancellor Aycock and President Friday Shaped the Course for Today’s University
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This discussion will look back at some of the pivotal leadership moments for both Bill Friday ’48 (LLB) and Bill Aycock ’37 (MA, ’48 JD) and how our University is advancing today, building upon the legacies of their leadership. Presenters will include John Charles Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law, Steven Alan Channing ’68 (PhD), co-founder and president of Southern Documentary Fund, and the honorable Willis P. Whichard ’62 (’65 LLB).
Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium

Enrich4:15- 5:15 p.m.
From UNC to the White House, Brussels and Beyond
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Stuart E. Eizenstat ’64 will share how his experiences at Carolina helped shape and continues to impact his extraordinary career as a prominent lawyer and his public service within three presidential administrations.
Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium

Concurrent with Friday afternoon sessions will be campus tours, Bell Tower climb and GAA vintage slideshows.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m
Movie Night: “1964”
Stop in to view all or a portion of the PBS documentary of the year 1964 — produced as part of their American Experience series.  Cash bar will be available.
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center


Saturday, May 10

8 a.m.
Campus Y Update 
Campus Y Director Richard Harrill ’91, ’98 (JD) and possibly some of the Campus
Y student leaders will provide a brief update on current Campus Y activities at
8 a.m. during Coffee at the Campus Y, which will be ongoing from 7:45 – 9 a.m.
Campus Y

58:15 – 9 a.m.
5Up! Memories Worth Sharing
See below for details.
Campus Y

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Saturday Morning in Chapel Hill: Carolina Across the Generations
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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. Murphey Hall Auditorium

Enrich10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Media and Politics on Campus During Tumultuous Times, 1960-64: The Speaker Ban, Civil Rights and Desegregation
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This discussion will be moderated and led by Jim Wallace ’64, former DTH photographer. Panelists will include Gary Blanchard ’64, former DTH editor, Mickey Blackwell ’64, former DTH reporter, and Karen Parker ’65, first African-American women undergraduate degree recipient.
Murphey Hall Auditorium

Annual Alumni Luncheon
Greetings from Chancellor Carol Folt, remarks from outgoing GAA Board Chair Robyn Hadley’85, entertainment by the UNC Clef Hangers and presentations of the GAA’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award medals are featured at this event.   Click here to view more details on the full Reunion Weekend schedule. 
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Enrich2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Music of the Early ’60s
Join John Brackett ’99 (MA, ’03 PhD), current faculty member with the UNC Department of Music for a lively review focusing on the music of the 1960s and how the changing music scene connected with the politics and culture of the time.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

52:30 – 3:30 p.m.
5Up! Focus on the Vietnam War
The military draft had been in effect since before March 1962, the official start of the Vietnam War according to historians, and many class of ‘64 graduates had already been drafted or had volunteered to serve without knowing that a major conflict in Vietnam was just around the corner. As fate would have it, members of the class of ’64 were among the very first to ever serve in Vietnam, and their families, friends, classmates, wives and children were among the first to experience the consequences of the war on them personally here at home. This session will begin with a panel moderated by Barry Westfall ’64, then will encourage members of the class of ’64 to share and discuss the effect the Vietnam War had on them using a 5Up! format where participants will be asked to share their memories in 5 minutes or less. See below for more details.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center


55Up! Sessions: Memories Worth Sharing
Thursday, May 8 | 8-9 p.m. | Ackland Art Museum
Saturday, May 10 | 8:15 – 9 a.m. | Campus Y
Saturday, May 10 | 2-3 p.m. | The Carolina Club (Focus on the Vietnam War)

You’ve heard of TED talks: Ideas worth spreading? Well, here’s an opportunity to enjoy memories worth sharing.  Ideally your memory will be something that happened which had a profound impact when you were a UNC student and possibly continued to have impact into the course of future events.   All are welcome to come to the sessions to hear the memories shared by others.


Questions?  Contact the GAA at or call (919) 843-0446

Click here for the complete 2014 Spring Reunion Weekend Schedule