Photo and Video Recap: 1971 Reunion Weekend

Take a Look Back on the 1971 Reunion Weekend

We had a Heel of a good time in Chapel Hill. We reunited, we celebrated and enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend on campus. See for yourself through our photo and video recap of the weekend.

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Friday, Oct. 21
Athletics at UNC
Part 1:
Art Chansky ’70, author and sportswriter interviews UNC Football Coach Mack Brown.

Part 2: 

Art Chansky moderates a panel discussion with athletes and sports professionals including an exciting array of coaches and former players, including:

  • Lee Dedmon ’71, Starting Center & Top Rebounder on UNC Basketball Team, both as a Junior & Senior. In 1971, Lee was a Co-MVP of the ACC Tournament and elected to ACC All-Tournament Team. In the post season, Lee was instrumental in leading our Tar Heels to win the NIT in Madison Square Garden, March, 1971. Lee has had an outstanding 38 year career as a Professional Educator. Initially a special education teacher, Lee has served the Gaston County School System in a variety capacities, most notably as Principal of the Highland School of Technology. Since retiring 7 years ago, he has twice been elected to the Gaston Board of Education where he continues to serve.
  • John Swofford ’71, our illustrious quarterback, former athletic director at Carolina and commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It was John who oversaw the implementation of Title IX, which gave rise to the creation and expansion of Women Collegiate Athletics, as well as the strategic expansion of the ACC from nine to fifteen schools.
  • Jim Lampley ’71 – After winning a nationwide ABC Sports talent hunt, Jim became the first broadcaster to appear on the sidelines of college football games in 1974. Jim enjoyed a 46-year network television career that saw him appear on six different networks, at fourteen different Olympic Games, and as a bust at the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Jim now resides on Franklin Street and teaches in the Communication Department.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Cultural and Social Change – “What’s Going On”

“What’s Going On,” a famed song and album by Marvin Gaye released in 1971, poignantly addressed many of the troubling issues of our college years, many of which persist today. “What’s Going On” is an appropriate theme now, as it was then. An interdisciplinary panel discussion among several esteemed faculty members (from fields such as history, journalism, religion, etc.) will explore this timeless topic from their various perspectives. Our panel will be moderated by our classmate, Alan Hirsch ’71.

  • Alan Hirsch is a proud member of the UNC class of 1971 and graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1974.
  • Dr. Molly Worthen, associate professor, history
  • Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., William R. Kenan Jr., distinguished professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
  • Ken Weiss, entrepreneur-in-residence, Department of Music
  • Dr. Katherine Turk, associate professor, director of undergraduate studies and director of honors in the Department of History

UNC A to Z

A presentation by Cecilia Moore PHD ’13, retired UNC historian, with collaborator, Nicholas Graham MSLS ’98, university archivist. Cecilia and Nicholas provided insight on “what’s been going on” these last 50 years at Carolina. They also offered tips on how you might conduct and enjoy your own self-guided tour of our ever-expanding campus at Carolina either following their presentation or later during this visit to Chapel Hill.