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Parker named director of faculty diversity initiatives

Patricia S. Parker has been appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences, a new position recommended by the College’s Faculty Diversity Task Force.

March Madness brings winning films, plays, readings, concerts and talks

Yes, there is more to March Madness than filling in your brackets and hoping for the Heels.  Check out this winning roster of films, plays, readings, concerts and discussions. March 1:   Professor Ruth Von Bernuth, UNC Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, will discuss The Wise Men of Chelm: Eastern European Jewry’s favorite folk tradition and its German origins, for … Continued

PlayMakers, dramatic art to present reading of ‘8,’ a new play

PlayMakers Repertory Company and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department of dramatic art will present a one-night-only staged reading of “8,” a new play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, in April.

Seniors Tell All: Amber Koonce

Morehead-Cain Scholar Amber Koonce, an entrepreneur and social advocate celebrated as one of Glamour magazine’s 2011 “Top 10 College Women,” founded BeautyGap, a nonprofit that collects and ships dolls of color to children of color around the world. The idea was sparked after spending a summer in Ghana and noticing children had only white dolls.

Seniors Tell All: Elizabeth McCain

With her degree from UNC, Elizabeth McCain hopes to continue the work she’s already begun — learning the stories of the past to help address the issues of the future. An active participant in the Campus Y, McCain served as co-president her junior year.

Seniors Tell All: Gabriel Whaley

A former varsity letterman for the U.S. Army men’s soccer team at West Point, Gabriel Whaley has long harbored a greater goal. Growing up, his family couldn’t afford soccer camps — the focus was putting food on the table. So Whaley founded Kicking4Hunger Inc., a nonprofit that runs soccer camps and clinics for kids throughout North Carolina.

Seniors Tell All: Timothy Palpant

Timothy Palpant likes to keep busy. When he won a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship last year — the awards go to outstanding students in engineering, mathematics or natural sciences — his largely independent research was judged to be on par with that of graduate students and even post-doctoral fellows.