Dinner With Faculty

Engage with faculty on a more intimate level and ask those questions you’ve been eager to pose. This is the one opportunity where discussing religion and politics at the dinner table is perfectly acceptable.

Dinner With Faculty offers the opportunity for no more than 11 participants to enjoy free-ranging discussions with prominent and popular UNC faculty while dining at The Carolina Club. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes three courses plus coffee and tea. Lunch begins at noon. Jacket required for men; no jeans, please.


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Dinner: $40; GAA members pay only $25
Attend all four dinners for $140; GAA members pay only $80.

Lunch: $25; GAA members pay only $15

Tuition is fully refundable for any cancellation made three weeks prior to the event. Any cancellations made two weeks prior to the event are subject to a 50 percent fee. No tuition is refunded if the cancellation is made the week of the event.

Feb. 16: Jeff Cornell

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Jeffrey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Dramatic Art where he teaches acting, voice, and dramatic literature while also serving as Associate Chair.   He has been a professional actor for over 35 years and has been a member with PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill since 1995, performing in over 70 plays and musicals.  This season he was Judge Danforth in their acclaimed production of The Crucible and later this spring he will be Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.  He has acted in major roles in regional theatres throughout the country such as Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Pittsburgh Public Theater.

March 8: Sarah Treul Roberts

Sarah Treul

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Sarah Treul Roberts is assistant professor of political science specializing in American political institutions, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress and courts. She earned her B.A. in political science and psychology from Wellesley College and her M.A and Ph.D. (both in political science) from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include the voting behavior of U.S. senators, bicameralism, and state delegations in Congress. She is currently working on a project analyzing how a decline in state economic interests has contributed to polarization in Congress. Some of Truel’s publications include “Assessing Strategic Voting in the 2008 US Presidential Primaries: The Role of Electoral Context, Institutional Rules, and Negative Votes.” Public Choice, 161(December 2014): 517-536, with D. Sunshine Hillygus; “Competitive Primaries and Party Division in Congressional Elections.” Electoral Studies, 35(September 2014): 140-149, with Caitlin E. Jewitt; and “Indirect Presidential Influence, State-level Approval, and Voting in the U.S. Senate.” American Politics Research, 40(March 2012): 355-379, with Caitlin E. Dwyer.

April 20: Deb Stroman

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Deborah StromanDeborah Stroman is director of the Center of Sport Business at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. With a focus on sport business and entrepreneurship, her teaching and research interests include leadership, marketing and social issues in sport.

Dr. Stroman researches sport’s social and economic impact in North Carolina and promotes campus and Triangle region collaborative opportunities for students, faculty, staff and professionals working in the sport industry.

Working with UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students and high-performing undergraduate students, she directs the Basketball Analytics SummitCarolina Sport Court, a research sports symposium, and the Black Business Roundtable held during Black History Month. She also collaborates closely with UNC’s entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of administrators, alumni, faculty and students, through the coordination of the College of Arts & Science’s Entrepreneurship Minor (sport) and the offering of entrepreneurship consulting for sport-related ventures.

Dr. Stroman has more than three decades of business, entrepreneurship and athletic industry experience. She owned a sport marketing and event planning company and had a 17-year career in financial services. After achieving multiple sales awards, she joined the management of Prudential Financial, Inc. and GE Capital.

She provides consulting to sports teams and sport-related organizations including the NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Her LASER™ company assists former professional athletes through the transition from their sporting careers to valued careers, business ownership and/or completion of academic degrees.

Additional UNC service responsibilities include chairperson emeritus of the Carolina Black Faculty and Staff Caucus and faculty advisor to the Carolina Sport Business ClubMBA Sports and Entertainment Club and Sigma Alpha Lambda.

She received the 2015 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award (Orange County), Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence (2012-13), UNC General Alumni Association Harvey Beech 2013 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award and the 2006 state of Maryland’s Top Minority Business Enterprise Award from the Governor’s Office.

Professional affiliations include the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, North American Society for Sport Management, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Stroman received her PhD in business from Capella University, her MA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BS from the University of Virginia.

May 4: Paul Caudros

Paul Cuadros

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Paul Cuadros is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Time magazine,, The Chicago Reporter, and other national and local publications. He joined the school in 2007.

Cuadros serves as the chair and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a three-year mentoring and college preparatory program between UNC students and Latino high school students at six area high schools. The program has more than 150 students and is housed at the Center for Global Initiatives. Cuadros is also the co-founder of the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, which is the Latino educational and cultural center at UNC. He is also co-founder of the Latina/o Caucus, a university coalition of faculty and staff on campus that advocates for Latino interests at the university.

Point of Contact

Catherine Nichols '89
Senior Coordinator of Faculty Relations and Travel
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Catherine joined the GAA in September 2016.  She loves connecting faculty with alumni and the community.  As an alumnus of UNC and native of Chapel Hill she’s thrilled to represent UNC and the alumni community through her work.  She enjoys spending time on campus with her family and traveling at any opportunity.  She also enjoys movies, biking and reading.