Out of the Blue
Newsletter of the UNC General Alumni Association  |  JULY 2021

Hannah-Jones: No to UNC, Yes to Howard

Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA), whose extended tenure bid to become UNC’s Knight Chair in race and investigative journalism became a national controversy, will not be teaching at Carolina after all.

News from Carolina Alumni Review

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UNC Revises COVID-19 Standards for Return to Campus

With most Carolina employees coming back from remote working by July 19, the University announced revised COVID-19 community standards taking effect July 12. The first day of fall semester classes is scheduled for Aug. 18.

$3 Million Gift to Carolina Performing Arts Honors Moesers

The anonymous contribution will create the first nonfaculty endowed directorship in the arts at UNC.

Tar Heels Leap to Fourth in 2020-21 Directors’ Cup

A third consecutive field hockey national championship and eight other teams’ top-10 national finishes boosted Carolina’s ranking.

New Universal Vaccine Developed at UNC Shows Promise

Scientists at the Gillings School of Global Public Health say it could be effective against COVID-19, its variants and a future coronavirus pandemic.

Culinary Landmark Crook’s Corner Closes

Facing financial stresses exacerbated by the pandemic, the 40-year-old restaurant that became a national culinary landmark announced in June it had served its last shrimp and grits and Atlantic Beach pie.

Happenings at the GAA


Carolina In Your Cup

And just a dash of Polk Place mornings in your mug. Don’t miss our #GDTBATH campfire mugs, exclusive to GAA members. Become a GAA member, and get your shop on. Enjoy with a side of “Coffee in My Cup, Carolina in My Mind,” a very Carolina Spotify playlist.

We’re LinkedIn, Are You?

Check out our LinkedIn group, exclusive to UNC alumni, and make connections with Tar Heels (wherever you are). Connect.

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 David Royle ’78.


Head over to the UNC Alumni app, and become a GAA member today to click in for Tar Heel Bingo. GAA members can sign up before Friday, July 16 at noon (EDT). Bingo calls will be announced daily during the week of July 19, and daily games will conclude at midnight (EDT). Three verified bingo winners will be selected each day at random to receive a Great Day to Be a Tar Heel pint glass.


From the Calendar

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Young Alumni Book Club

Click in with the New York Carolina Club to discuss the book of the month, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Learn more.


Murder Mystery in Morganton

Click in with the Foothills Carolina Club to hear the story of Frankie Silver from Maxine McCall. Learn more.


Science of Fermentology, Kombucha and Sourdough

Learn the basics of fermentation, and dive into the specifics of making kombucha and sourdough bread. Learn more.


Life Skills 101: Legal Documents

Learn which legal documents everyone should have with J. Tristan Routh ’08 (’11 JD) of Carolina Student Legal Services. Learn more.


GAA Member of the Month

Lynn White Blanchard ’85 (MPH, ’89 PhD)

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