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Me Fine Foundation, Directed by UNC Alum Joey Powell, Supports Families with Kids in Local Hospitals

While selling ads on ESPN Radio by day and volunteering at many nonprofits – from Ronald McDonald House and being a Big Brother – during his spare time, Joey Powell realized something was missing. “I needed to do something more meaningful in my life.” He started small.

UNC professor's book inspires Disney's 'Queen of Katwe'

A book written by a UNC Chapel Hill professor is hitting the big screen as a Disney movie. "Queen of Katwe" will be in theaters in just a few weeks, and author Tim Crothers said he was very surprised when Disney selected his book, "The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster," to become a screenplay.

Carolina recognized for outstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion for 2nd year in a row

Insight Into Diversity, the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused higher education magazine, has selected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive its prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the second year in a row. The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Carolina launches 3-D interactive maps

Students, staff and visitors now can find their way around campus using a three-dimensional map loaded with information. UNC-Chapel Hill has partnered with CampusBird to develop a powerful mapping solution for campus. The new interactive map can be accessed at

UNC Top 5 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, again ranks among the very best. For the 16th year in a row, Carolina – a leading public research university with a commitment to accessibility and affordability – placed fifth among national public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings.

Chapel Hill sports bar Bailey's closing following owner's bankruptcy filing

The Bailey’s Pub & Grille at Rams Plaza in Chapel Hill has been shut down as part of an effort by its parent company to cull costs after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-August.

Never forget

On the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored the victims with a remembrance ceremony and by planting of thousands of American flags. Chancellor Carol L. Folt attended the solemn remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Garden near George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

Video: Feature on Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar

There's more to this story than Dr. Aziz Sancar's monumental achievement of winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry. This is also a story about the early dreams that lead him there. Growing up in rural Turkey in the 1950s, Aziz Sancar imagined himself playing on the Turkish national soccer team.

UNC Honored for Fundraising Efforts

UNC has been awarded the sustained excellence award in fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support Education, the university announced Wednesday. Carolina is one of nine public universities recognized for the award.

‘A poignant reminder’

With each stair they climbed inside Kenan Stadium on Friday morning, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Fire Chief Matt Sullivan reflected on every first responder who didn’t go home after their shift on September 11, 2001. Blue and Sullivan joined Chancellor Carol L. Folt and more than 150 participants from the Carolina community at the annual Stairs to Remember run.

The Strange History of the Old East Plaque

Old East, with a cornerstone laid in 1793, was the first state university building in the United States and is one of the oldest continually used academic buildings in the country. Today it serves as a dormitory, but in years past it has also housed classrooms. Its long history and central location on campus makes it one of best-known and most beloved buildings at UNC.

Carolina ranked on Sierra Club ‘Cool Schools’ list

UNC ranks 39th among colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” annual sustainability report. The “Cool Schools” ranking serves as a guide for prospective students to compare schools’ commitment to sustainability. Carolina was recognized with high scores in innovation, co-curricular activities, planning, food and water.

4 years later, Faith Hedgepeth’s family still no closer to closure

The family of Faith Hedgepeth is still no closer to having closure nearly four years after the UNC student was murdered. The 19-year-old was found beaten to death inside of her Chapel Hill apartment on Sept. 7, 2012. And to this day, her murder remains unsolved. Every September brings a somber reminder to the Warren County family.

How UNC Business Journalism Students Created Their Own Wire Service

A group of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill journalism students have started a wire service to cover companies that often go uncovered by professional media in the state.

Video: UNC with me

McCorkle Place isn’t the only place to find the Old Well anymore. From South America’s most active volcano to the African plains of Malawi, the University’s most iconic structure has been making its rounds around the world for the UNC-Chapel Hill’s new advertising campaign, which launched Sept. 3.

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