Out of the Blue

Newsletter of the UNC General Alumni Association  |  JUNE 2021

Trustees Accept Resubmission of Hannah-Jones Tenure Bid

The possibility of Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA) receiving a tenured faculty position in UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media is back on the table.

News from Carolina Alumni Review

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A Shining Weekend for Commencement

Over the May 14-16 weekend, Carolina celebrated the graduation of nearly 6,300 students in five ceremonies, in Kenan Stadium and virtually.

Field Hockey is National Champion Again, on Home Turf

NCAA champion for the third year in a row, UNC won at Shelton Stadium to finish the season 19-1. Erin Matson, the nation’s leading scorer, backhanded the winning shot in overtime.

Alumna in School of Government Named Faculty Secretary

Jill Moore ’85 will become the first woman to direct the office, established at the University’s founding, that coordinates elections and award nominations for two faculty bodies.

Alumni Elected, Appointed to GAA Board

Dana E. Simpson ’96 of Raleigh is the new chair and David C. Keesler ’84 of Charlotte is chair-elect.


Happenings at the GAA


Click In With Carolina Public Humanities

Tune in for virtual adventures with Carolina Public Humanities this summer, from learning about Native American art, to considering the concept of time. First up: Examine Plato’s broad account of justice and its implications on June 5. GAA members save $25 on the series. Learn more, and sign up.

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.

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.

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 Tara Hammons ’93.

Keep It Carolina Cool

GAA members on the UNC Alumni app can regularly enter to win prizes, from Carolina swag to a #GDTBATH YETI cooler. Check out all the perks by becoming a GAA member today.


From the Calendar

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Downtown Chapel Hill: Then, Now and Always

We’ve been reminiscing with Chapel Hill business owners. For our series finale, experience historic Chapel Hill through your phone’s camera lens. Learn more.


N.C. History Series: Earl Scruggs

Sit a spell with Freddie Kiger ’74 and listen in on the style that revolutionized the banjo. Available until June 29. GAA members save $10. Learn more.


Life Skills 101: Personal Budgeting Tips Webinar

Grab your lunch and click in with Kelli Holloway ’09 of the N.C. State Employee’s Credit Union and talk financial freedom. Learn more.


Create Paper Flowers

Learn the art of paper flowers with Quynh Nguyen of Pink and Posey. Sign up by June 10, and we’ll ship your paper flower kit right to your door. GAA members save $15. Learn more.


GAA Member of the Month

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Messinger ’12, Life Member

Kaitlyn won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny T-shirt. Kaitlyn 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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