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Shapiro tells unusual tale about his reluctant mentor

Mentors, like poetry, can take many different forms. W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Alan Shapiro points to his former professor J.V. Cunningham as the proof.

Gardner honored by the College for distinguished service

University trustee and Carolina alumnus Alston Gardner ’77 has received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the College of Arts and Sciences.

PlayMakers presents beloved holiday classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

This holiday season PlayMakers Repertory Company will treat Triangle audiences to a family-friendly live version of a treasured holiday film with its production “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry.

UNC student spotlight: Will Leimenstoll

Will Leimenstoll earns a small stipend for all his work as UNC student body president. He doesn’t get paid for his volunteer work. But Leimenstoll gives back to Carolina in many ways other than just paying tuition.

Finson to receive Schumann Prize for musicology

UNC musicologist Jon Finson will be awarded the 2013 Robert Schumann Prize by the City of Zwickau, Germany. The biennial prize includes an award of 10,000 euros (about $12,900), split between this year’s two recipients. In addition to the monetary award, Finson will also receive a bronze medallion and a certificate. Robert Schumann was a 19th century composer from Zwickau. … Continued

Jon M. Huntsman to deliver 2012 Weil Lecture Nov. 12

Jon M. Huntsman, former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China, will deliver the Weil Lecture on American Citizenship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The free public talk, hosted by UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Hill Hall Auditorium. Huntsman will address the topic “America … Continued

Senior named Young Ambassador for German studies

The German Academic Exchange Service has named senior Michelle Lucas a 2012-2013 Young Ambassador. The Young Ambassadors Program recognizes undergraduate students who have recently studied abroad or interned in Germany. At their home institutions, they promote studying in Germany, acting as a liaison for the organization also known as Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD). Lucas, a German studies and geographic … Continued