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Spring Reunions Weekend Schedule of Events

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We look forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill to celebrate Spring Reunions Weekend, May 5-8, 2022. See the full schedule of events below. Registration closes Wednesday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Dress for all events is casual unless alternate recommendations are given.

All events are subject to the University’s campus and community standards for COVID-19. Please visit the Carolina Together website for the latest information.

Thursday, May 5

11 a.m. | Reunion Check In and Information Desk Open (for Old Students Club Luncheon, Thursday Seating)

Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

 

11:30 a.m. | Old Students Club Luncheon (Thursday Seating)

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

James Lee Love (class of 1884) donated an endowment to the UNC General Alumni Association to fund an annual gathering of the “Old Students Club” for all who have reached or passed the 50th anniversary of their graduation year. Speaker TBD. Each graduate from 1969 and earlier, along with one guest, are welcome to attend the luncheon at no cost. Space is limited, registration required. Please note, alumni in the following class years should sign up to attend the Friday seating: ’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’70, ’71, ’72

 

5 p.m. | Class of ’55 (67th), Class of ’56 (66th) and Class of ’57 (65th) Reunion Dinner

Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive

The classes of ’55, ’56 and ’57 will gather at the Friday Center for their 65th, 66th and 67th reunion dinners. A reunion photograph will be taken prior to dinner. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Dinner is $50; Dinner with two (2) glasses of wine is $70. GAA members pay $35 for dinner; $50 for dinner with two (2) glasses of wine.

 

5 p.m. | Class of ’60 (62nd), Class of ’61 (61st) and Class of ’62 (60th) Reunion Dinner

Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive

The classes of ’60, ’61 and ’62 will gather at the Friday Center for their 60th, 61st and 62nd reunion dinners. A reunion photograph will be taken prior to dinner. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Dinner is $50; Dinner with two (2) glasses of wine is $70. GAA members pay $35 for dinner; $50 for dinner with two (2) glasses of wine.

 

5:30 p.m. | Class of ’65 (57th), Class of ’66 (56th) and Class of ’67 (55th) Reunion Dinner

Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive

The classes of ’65, ’66 and ’67 will gather at the Friday Center for their 55th, 56th and 57th reunion dinners. A reunion photograph will be taken prior to dinner. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Dinner is $50; Dinner with two (2) glasses of wine is $70. GAA members pay $35 for dinner; $50 for dinner with two (2) glasses of wine.

 

5:30-7 p.m. | 50th Reunion Opening Reception, An Evening with Roy Williams ’72 and Wanda Williams ’72 

Upper Club (5th Floor), Kenan Stadium

Begin Spring Reunions Weekend at a reception overlooking Kenan Stadium. Roy Williams ’72 and Wanda Williams 72 will bring greetings to the classes of 70 and 72. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and good conversation. Casual attire. See registration form for price. Registration includes one (1) drink ticket, good for beer or wine. Purchase unlimited beer/wine for an additional $12. Reunion packets will be available for pick up at check in. This event is sponsored by Galloway Ridge at Fearrington and 50th Reunion Patrons.

Friday, May 6

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Reunion Check In and Information Desk Open

Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

 

10 – 11:10 a.m. | FEATURED ENRICHMENT SESSION

Inclusion and Diversity at UNC

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

While UNC strives to emphasize and celebrate diversity and has made many strides in this area, those efforts are not always viewed as successful by some within the community. This panel will look at diversity from the lens of attracting and retaining diverse students, staff and faculty, as well as whether the UNC environment encourages people to express their opinions without fear of censure or ridicule. The panel will also discuss how UNC can move forward to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff and students. Panelists include: 

  •  State Representative Kelly Alexander ’70, former Board member, Greater Charlotte Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jean Kitchin ’70, host and producer of television shows, former UNC trustee, former Chair of the GAA
  • Dr. Pat Reighard ’70 Professor Emeritus of Communication at Appalachian State University
  • Dr. Leah Cox, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, UNC
  •  Dr. Viji Sathy ’96 (’03 PhD), Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research, UNC

Moderator: Deborah Potter ’72, former correspondent for CBS News, CNN and PBS. Founder of NewsLab, journalism site now affiliated with the University of Mississippi. Co-author of Advancing the Story: Quality Journalism in a Digital World, now in its 4th edition.

 

10 – 11:10 a.m. | Walking Tour of Campus

Departs from the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The walking tour is a pleasant way to revisit the older sections of main campus, although there are plenty of new sites to see along the way.

 

11:30 a.m. | Old Students Club Luncheon (Friday Seating) for Class Milestones: ’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’70, ’71, ’72

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

James Lee Love (class of 1884) donated an endowment to the UNC General Alumni Association to fund an annual gathering of the “Old Students Club” for milestone class years that have reached or passed the 50th anniversary of their graduation year. Speaker TBD. Each graduate from 1970 and earlier, along with one guest, are welcome to attend the luncheon at no cost. Space is limited, registration required.

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Guided Walking or Bus Tours of Campus

Both tours depart from the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The walking tour revisits the older sections of main campus, although there are plenty of new sites to see along the way. The bus tour is the best way to see the new and familiar of main campus while also learning about the ever-expanding southern edges of UNC. All tours are complimentary. Tickets for bus tours will be given on a first-come, first-served basis as limited seats are available.

 

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | FEATURED ENRICHMENT SESSION

Carolina Men’s Basketball, As Experienced by the Classes of ’70 and ’72

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

 Jim Delany ’70 (’73 JD), Eddie Fogler ’70 (’73 MAT), Charles Scott ’70, Bill Chamberlain ’72 and Billy Chambers ’72 share their walk down memory lane (with no turnovers) – including three Final Fours and the ’71 team NIT Championship. Led by future Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Dean Smith, this dynamic group of players and their teammates included many future professional players, including Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Scott, as well as many who went on to coach or serve as administrators at college and professional levels. Similar to all undergraduates during the 1966-72 period, these players were keenly aware of and buffeted by the times and the associated social experiences. Many of these teammates had children who went on to play college sports and graduate from Vanderbilt, Ohio State and UNC. Hear their perceptions of how their children’s experiences were similar to and different from their own experiences 50 years ago.

 

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | GAA Vintage Slideshow Narrated by Andy Griffith ’49 and Charles Kuralt ’55 (continuous showings)

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Andy Griffith ’49 narrated an award-winning slideshow used by the GAA during the 1970s. Charles Kuralt ’55 narrated another award-winning slideshow used by the GAA during the 1980s. Both shows feature beautiful and historic photographs and entertaining narrations that make them fun to view even decades later. Drop in and out at any time throughout the day to view as much of these vintage shows as you wish.

 

3 – 4 p.m. | FEATURED ENRICHMENT SESSION

UNC Medical Research Overview

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Dr. Myron S. Cohen, Yeargan-Bate Eminent Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology; Director of UNC Division of Infectious Disease and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease; Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health will discuss, “Living Through Pandemics: HIV, SARs, COVID-19 … What’s Next?”

Dr. H. Shelley Earp ’70 (MD, ’72 MS), Distinguished Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research, Director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of UNC Cancer Care will discuss, “How UNC Lineberger Turns Top-Notch Science Into Cancer Therapy Advances.”

Moderator: Dr. P. Kay Wagoner ’70 (’78 MSN, ’86 PhD), UNC Distinguished Alumna for Science and Business, President of Discovery and Development, LLC; Adjunct Associate Professor, UNC Cell Biology and Physiology, former founder and CEO of Icagen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company.

 

3 – 4 p.m. | Guided Bus Tour of Campus

See 1:30 p.m. tour description.

 

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | Guided Bus Tour of Campus

See 1:30 p.m. tour description.

 

5:30 p.m. | Class Reunion Photographs, ’70 and ’72

George Watts Hill Alumni Center

 

6 – 7:30 p.m. | Reunion Check In Reopens

Chase Dining Hall (site of Jubilee on the Hill)

 

6 – 8 p.m. | Jubilee on the Hill

Chase Dining Hall

Class Milestones (’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’70, ’71, ’72) and your guests are invited to relive your dining hall days with laughter, conversation and a delicious Southern meal. Menu will feature barbecue, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, slaw, collard greens, baked beans, assorted bread and desserts. Casual attire. See registration form for price.

Saturday, May 7

8 – 9 a.m. | AFROTC Detachment 590 Commissioning Ceremony and Open House

Naval Armory

Attend this ceremony and support the newest class of second lieutenants as they begin their Air Force journey. Afterward, enjoy refreshments with the detachment. Come out and share your stories with our future military leaders. Following the ceremony and reception, head over to the ROTC Naval Armory to continue the conversation and see the historic building. Contact Kendrick Fitzgerald, USAF and assistant professor of aerospace studies, AFROTC Detachment 590, at (919) 962-7367 or by email at afrotc@unc.edu for questions and to RSVP.

9 – 9:50 a.m. | FEATURED ENRICHMENT SESSION

Saturday Morning in Chapel Hill: Carolina Across the Generations

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

This session will be a discussion of Carolina experiences by members of the classes of ’70, ’72 and ’22. Panelists will describe what it was like to be on campus in the late 60s and early 70s and how that compares to campus life today. The session will be moderated by Richard Stevens ’70, who worked in student affairs after graduation and is currently an attorney in Raleigh. He served five terms in the N.C. State Senate and 12 years on the UNC Board of Trustees, including four terms as chair.

 

10 – 10:50 a.m. | FEATURED ENRICHMENT SESSION

Psychology and Neuroscience: Ground-Breaking Work Improving People’s Lives

Blue Zone, (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Carolina continues to be at the forefront of psychology and neuroscience. This panel will consider two of today’s groundbreaking areas of research: the power of positive emotions and improvements in the treatment of addictions with:

  • Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory, has demonstrated that positive emotions can have lasting positive effects on social bonds and abilities. She was recently a principal investigator for a randomized controlled trial that showed positive meditation reduces aging at the cellular level. Attendees will learn practical applications that they can use immediately to achieve a fuller and more meaningful life.
  •  Dr. Stacey Daughters, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Biobehavioral Research on Addiction and Emotion Lab, has shown that individuals with a substance use disorder no longer experience joy from everyday non-substance-related activities. She will talk about a treatment that increases psychological rewards from non-substance related activities and how these strategies can also be used to prevent the development of addiction. She will also discuss her work on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to improve psychological factors known to be associated with reduction in substance use.

Moderator: Dr. Stephen LaTour ’72 (’74 MA, ’76 PhD), retired CEO of Calder LaTour Inc., an international healthcare consultancy; former Professor, Northwestern University.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Reunion Check In and Information Desk Open

Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center


11 – 11:50 a.m. | FEATURED ENRICHMENT SESSION

Artificial Intelligence, Social Media: Promise or Peril?

 Blue Zone (Concourse Level, Kenan Stadium)

 Join our panel of researchers from UNC’s Center for Information, Technology and Public Life for a discussion of two critical issues for modern technology: how artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can go wrong and how we can reduce manipulation of reality by social media.

AI algorithms affect much of our daily lives. For example, they determine which news and ads appear in your social media stream, your movie and video recommendations, whether you are offered credit, employer scoring of your resume and facial recognition. This panel explains how algorithms can fail in ways we don’t expect and what can be done about it. 

 

  • Francesca Tripodi will examine why people spread fake news and why fact-checking and increased media literacy will not solve the problem. Her upcoming book from Yale University press addresses how internet searches are manipulated.
  • Bridget Barrett ’20 (MA) will speak to the opportunities and challenges that AI creates when used to target political ads online and how some of the most thorny problems can be solved. Bridget Barrett is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life. Her writing on digital political advertising has appeared in Slate, Lawfare and Tech Policy Press.

Moderator: Buck Goldstein ’70 (’76 JD), University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice, UNC Graduate School

12:15 p.m. | Annual Alumni Luncheon

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The GAA’s 2022 Distinguished Service Medals will be presented to Terry Ellen Rhodes ’78 and Patricia Ann Timmons-Goodson ’76 (’79 JD). Greetings from UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and a performance by the UNC Clef Hangers. Dress is business casual. Price is $40.

 

5 – 11 p.m. | Class of ’72 50th Reunion Dinner and Dancing With The Holiday Band 

Dinner at the Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium from 5 – 7:30 p.m.; Music and dancing at The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center from 8:30 – 11 p.m.

Gather with your classmates for hors d’oeuvres, a delicious buffet dinner, conversation and spectacular views of Kenan Stadium. Menu includes grilled pork tenderloin, oven-roasted salmon, haricot vert amandine, bruschetta macaroni and cheese, fresh greens salad, artisan rolls and dessert. After dinner, meet up with the class of ’70 at The Carolina Club for live music from The Holiday Band and dancing. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Price includes one (1) drink ticket, good for beer or wine. Purchase unlimited beer/wine for an additional $12. Cash bar available at the dance. This event is sponsored by 50th Reunion Patrons. 

 

6 – 11 p.m. |Class of ’70 50th Reunion Dinner and Dancing With The Holiday Band

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Gather with your classmates for drinks followed by an elegant, seated dinner and dessert. Menu includes bourbon braised short ribs & seared chicken, smoked cheddar grits and grilled asparagus. Vegetarian entrée includes lemon herb garbanzo risotto with wild mushrooms and sautéed asparagus. After dinner, the classes of ’70 and ’72 are invited to enjoy live music from The Holiday Band, dancing is highly encouraged. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Cash bar available. Price $75; GAA member price is $55. The price per person was reduced thanks to donations from 50th Reunion Patrons.

Sunday, May 8

8 –  9:30 a.m. | 50th Commencement Processional

Kenan Football Center, Fifth Floor

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a wonderful Carolina tradition. Process into Kenan Stadium for Spring Commencement 2022. This event is consistently rated by past 50th reunion participants as a favorite event of the weekend. Parking instructions and all necessary details will be provided in reunion packets for those who RSVP. Spouses and guests are welcome to join the fun in our gathering spot and will have a perfect vantage point to watch the procession. Following the procession, which should end before 9:30 a.m., you may depart or enjoy the rest of the Commencement program.

 

9 a.m. | Commencement

Kenan Stadium

Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Frank Bruni ’86 launched his journalism career as a student reporter at Carolina. Now, Bruni is returning to his alma mater to be the keynote speaker for the Spring Commencement 2022.

Bruni was a reporter for The New York Post and then the Detroit Free Press, where he covered the first Persian Gulf War and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing. From 1995 to 2021, Bruni wrote for The New York Times as a columnist, White House correspondent and chief restaurant critic. He now contributes opinion pieces and a weekly newsletter.

Bruni recently moved back to North Carolina to become the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Reunions Check In and Information Desk: Hours and Locations

THURSDAY

  • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center (non-milestone classes checking in for the Old Students Club Luncheon, Thursday Seating)
  • 5:30–7 p.m. Upper Club, fifth floor, Kenan Stadium (classes of ‘70 and ‘72 only)
  • 5 p.m. The Friday Center (classes of ‘55, ’56, ’57 ’60, ’61,’62, ’65, ’66 and’67)

FRIDAY

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
  • 6–7:30 p.m. Chase Dining Hall (site of Jubilee on the Hill) (classes of ‘55, ’56, ’57 ’60, ’61,’62, ’65, ’66, ’67, ‘70 and ‘72)

SATURDAY

  • 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Blue Zone (Concourse Level, Kenan Stadium) (class of ’72 only)
  • 6–7 p.m. The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center (class of ’70 only)
Point of Contact

Allison Deem '10
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions
919-962-3582
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Allison joined the GAA staff in May 2022. She is excited to be back home at Carolina planning events for fellow Tar Heels to reunite in Chapel Hill. Allison enjoys live music, spending time at the beach, a good cup of tea, and playing with her cat, Alice.