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Ashby to become Arts and Sciences dean at Duke University

Valerie Sheares Ashby, a professor and chair of the chemistry department in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, will be the next dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University beginning July 1.


Naturalized citizen, first in her family, shares her story

Most seniors only hope to collect one piece of paper this time of year. But Daira Belen Melendez was determined to get two: her diploma and her certificate of U.S. citizenship.


Steponaitis receives 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

Vincas Steponaitis, professor of anthropology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, has received the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.


Why I Write

On some days, it comes easily. My mind is a harsh scrawl of bright ink, frazzled, frenzied, and I have to scribble down words as they jump to the forefront of my head like a flashbulb going off — discombobulated phrases, random lines of dialogue that some character will say at some point in some distant work, words that sound … Continued


Rocky Mount native awarded Thomas Wolfe Scholarship

Incoming first-year student Hayley Sigmon wins full four-year merit scholarship in creative writing to UNC-Chapel Hill.


Dillon Robinson ’15: Finding his heel print

Dillon Robinson — who went from early academic struggles to becoming a member of the prestigious Order of the Golden Fleece honorary society — will become a first-generation graduate with a degree in communication studies when he turns his tassel on Sunday.


Emma Woelk Ph.D. ’15: A collaborative degree in German studies

When she first arrived at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Emma Woelk aspired to work in research science, but added German Studies classes “just for fun.”