Out of the Blue
Newsletter of the UNC General Alumni Association  |  FEB. 2023

New School of Civic Life Draws Criticism as Process Is Laid Out

UNC’s chancellor and provost have asked the school’s General Education Oversight Committee to take the lead on development of a controversial, newly approved School of Civic Life and Leadership. Read more.

News from Carolina Alumni Review

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The GOAT Erin Matson Named Field Hockey Coach

Erin Matson ’22, UNC’s most decorated field hockey player and arguably the greatest women’s player of all time, has been named Carolina’s next head field hockey coach. She follows Karen Shelton, who announced her retirement in December. Read more.

Ida B. Wells Society Leaves Journalism School

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism, which works to increase and retain reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting, announced Feb. 2 that it is relocating from UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media to Morehouse College in Atlanta. Read more.

Estorino Named University Librarian

María R. Estorino, who had been had been serving as interim since May, has been appointed vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian. Read more.

Judge Dismisses Students’ Lawsuit Seeking Refunds From COVID Campus Shutdown

The State Court of Appeals ruled that a trial judge was correct in dismissing a lawsuit filed by then-UNC System students seeking refunds for tuition, housing and fees after in-person instruction was canceled in spring 2020 because of COVID-19. Read more.


Carolina News Quiz

How much do you know about UNC news as reported by the Carolina Alumni Review? The next Carolina News Quiz drops Feb. 17.
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Happenings at the GAA


Attend the 2023 Lambeth Lecture

On. Feb. 9, attend in Chapel Hill or via complimentary livestream, this year’s Lambeth Lecture: “Democracy Beyond Elections: Institutions in Crisis.” Learn more.

Almost Sold Out: Ceiling. Roof. Coffee.

Beat the buzzer and order your epic Michael Jordan ’86-inspired throwback mug. Become a GAA member to shop the Alumni Store.

Our Carolina Stories

A member of the GAA Board of Directors presents a “My Carolina Story” at each of the board’s quarterly meetings. Hear from GAA board member Marjorie Spruill ’73.

Want Discounts?

GAA members get national deals like free stays at theme park resorts, half off meal delivery kits, savings on smartphones and more on the UNC Alumni app. Learn more about member discounts.

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From the Calendar

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Durham: Make a Vision Board

Sample four wines with your personal charcuterie box as you create your 2023 vision board. GAA members save $15. Details.


Learn With Carolina Public Humanities

Cover topics like Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Turning Points of World War II. GAA members save $15 on one seminar per semester, or $20 on a season pass. See the full calendar, and sign up.


Raleigh: Annual Legislative Reception

Save the date: Back for its 32nd year, the reception provides an opportunity for state opinion leaders to speak about UNC. Details.


Chapel Hill: Spring Reunions Weekend

Save the date: Meet up with old friends and make new memories with Heels. Details.

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GAA Member of the Month

Albert M. Neal Jr. ’71, Life Member

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