Out of the Blue

Newsletter of the UNC General Alumni Association  |  MAY 2021

Board of Trustees Has Four New Members

Two UNC System Board of Governors members decried the BOG’s decline of five candidates recommended by the chancellor. One new trustee is an executive for a sports betting operator.

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Blouin to Step Down as Provost

Robert Blouin, the former longtime dean of UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy who was named Carolina’s provost in 2017, is stepping down by the end of 2021. He plans to return to the pharmacy school's faculty.

An Easy Way to Preserve Your Carolina Stories

University Libraries has launched the UNC Story Archive as a way to gather and preserve authentic voices — students and alumni can participate in this oral history.

Summer, Fall Plans: Inching Toward Normal

With the COVID-19 asymptomatic positivity rate very low, plans call for most staff to have returned to the campus by mid-July, and summer camps will be held with some restrictions.

Pulitzer-Winning Alumna Joins Journalism Faculty

Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA) has become one of the country’s leading voices in journalism covering housing and school segregation, civil rights and racial injustice in the U.S.

Nine People to Receive Honorary Degrees

Commencement speakers Anthony Fauci and Kizzmekia Corbett ’14 (PhD) will be joined by two chosen in 2021 and five from the postponed 2020 spring Commencement.

Scholarship to Support Military Families Grows

The GAA’s Lt. Col. Bernard W. Dibbert Carolina Covenant for Military Families Scholarship has received a $1 million gift. The first scholarships will be awarded this spring.


Happenings at the GAA


Plan a Trip: Grandeur of Iceland

Behold the inspiring landscapes of Iceland, from the cultural capital of Reykjavik, to charming villages and beyond. You will depart Aug. 21, and return Aug. 29, having marveled at natural geysers and pools. Take an adventure.

Always Connected to This Place

Hooray! It’s APPreciation Month for GAA members on the UNC Alumni app. GAA members on the app can win weekly prizes and purchase the oh-so-spirited This Place T-shirt. Join the party by becoming a GAA member today.

Batter Up

Happening now on the UNC Alumni app, GAA members can enter to win a chance to throw the (virtual) first pitch in Boshamer Stadium at the UNC vs. Louisville game on May 16. Want to enter to win before it closes at noon (EDT) on Friday, May 7? Become a GAA member.

Tar Heel Terra Cotta, Please

If you’ve got a green thumb and a true blue heart, add a terra cotta Rameses planter to your garden, balcony or porch. See this and more DIY delights in our Very Carolina Crafternoon Series. Craft with us.

Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Help the class of 2021 new grad in your life stay connected to Carolina. The gift of GAA membership has major perks: a Carolina Alumni Review subscription, a scenic Carolina campus calendar, complimentary career coaching sessions, access to the alumni directory, national discounts and more. Save big when you gift a new grad GAA membership.

Our Carolina Stories

For many years, a member of the GAA Board of Directors has presented a “My Carolina Story” at each of the board’s quarterly meetings. Hear from former board member Jason Kilar ’93.

Staying Connected

There’s a lot of engaging opportunities being offered by the GAA and UNC during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at what’s new, what’s entertaining and what’s thought-provoking. Click in, and learn more.


From the Calendar

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Bourbon Tasting — Sold Out

Click in with Gary Crunkleton ’96 and try nine different bourbons, shipped right to your door, along with a tasting mat. GAA members save $20. Learn more.


N.C. History Series: “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”

Click in with Freddie Kiger ’74 and hear how war, piracy and weather have made N.C.’s coastline a vast cemetery. Available until June 1. GAA members save $10. Learn more.


Plato’s Republic and the Meaning of Justice

Take a webinar with Carolina Public Humanities examining Plato’s broad account of justice and its implications. GAA members save $25 on the series. Learn more.


Ella Baker, Barack Obama and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Take a webinar with Carolina Public Humanities honoring Juneteenth and reflecting on how leaders have shaped racial justice and equality. Learn more.


GAA Member of the Month

Christopher Alan Boyce ’88, Life Member

Christopher won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny T-shirt. Christopher was selected at random from GAA members currently subscribed to “Out of the Blue.”
Become a GAA member today, and you might be randomly selected as an upcoming GAA Member of the Month.

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