Virginia is for Tar Heels

Oct. 20-24, 2014

Virginia is for Tar Heels 

Several hundred alumni and friends of Carolina turned out across Virginia for five evenings in a row Oct. 20-24, creating the GAA’s first weeklong Virginia is for Tar Heels program. The locations were selected to cover the state — from the Tidewater to the mountains, to the state capital and northern Virginia and ending in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia.

Below, you can find links to photos from each of the events and read news coverage of each event, including details about faculty presentations, comments and reaction from area alumni and additional quotes from Tar Heels in Virginia.

This series is part of the GAA’s regular outreach efforts to Carolina alumni, carrying out the association’s mission to connect and inform alumni about their University. It also was made possible by the unusual volunteer efforts over many weeks of more than 150 alumni who served as Virginia is for Tar Heels Ambassadors. Thanks to all alumni who helped make #VATarHeels possible.


Bernie Figs, Fish and Stories from Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Oct. 20 Norfolk Yacht and Country Club (Ballroom), Norfolk
Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore, and department chair. (View brochure)
Event coverage: All in the Family
Anne Oct. 21 Hotel Roanoke (Shenandoah Ballroom), Roanoke
Taking Another Look: New Views of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Anne Virginia Mitchell Whisnant ’91 (MA, ’97 PhD), deputy secretary of the faculty, and adjunct associate professor of history and American studies
Event coverage: Behind the Scenery: Blue Ridge Parkway underscores links between North Carolina and Virginia
Matt Oct. 22 The Jefferson Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Richmond
Sport and the American South
Matthew Andrews ’09 (PhD), professor, department of history
Event coverage: Taking the Field: UNC, UVA football teams’ histories illustrate sports and race issues
Jim Oct. 23 Embassy Suites Old Town (Virginia Ballroom), Alexandria
Disruptive Demographics
James H. Johnson Jr., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and director, Urban Investment Strategies Center
Event coverage: Pinning Down the Numbers: Professor details the country’s rapidly changing demographics
Ken Oct. 24 Alumni Hall on UVA’s campus, Charlottesville
Hoos Heels – Alumni Perspectives Celebrating UNC and UVA
Ken Wallenborn ’51, retired neck surgeon and clinical professor from the University of Virginia; dual degree holder with a bachelor’s degree from UNC in 1951 and doctorate degree from UVA in 1955
Ted Ted Zoller ’10 (PhD), director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School; dual degree holder with a master’s degree from UVA in 2003 and a doctorate degree from UNC in 2010
Event coverage: Common Interests

Share Your Virginia is for Tar Heels Spirit
License PlateDo you have a UNC Virginia license plate? We want to see it. Snap a photo of you with your license plate and post on social media using the hashtag #VATARHEELS – don’t forget to tag @UNCGAA. Email your photo to gaa_marketing@unc.eduPhoto submissions will be used for marketing purposes on the GAA website, social media channels and print pieces. Check out all of the awesome license plate submissions here.

“In my mind, I’m going to Carolina… Now Carolina is coming to us in Virginia. For the first time ever, the GAA is traveling across Virginia celebrating UNC Virginia alumni. From Norfolk to Roanoke, on to Richmond and Alexandria, and finally Charlottesville, come celebrate with your fellow UNC Virginia alumni. Also join us at the UNC-UVA football game where we can turn the stadium Carolina blue. Nothing could be finer than be a Tar Heel in Virginia.”

– Dawn Peters ’86, Norfolk, Va., 2012-15 GAA Board of Directors (pictured above)

UNC Campus Partners for These Events
Kenan-Flagler Business School, School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, College of Arts & SciencesOffice of New Student and Carolina Parent Programs, the Rams Club and the following Carolina Clubs: Hampton Roads, Richmond, Washington, D.C., and Washington, D.C., Black Alumni

GAA contact:
Rick Davis ’85,
(919) 962-3581
Follow @RickAllenDavis and @UNCGAA on Twitter for updates.