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December 11, 1789: The General Assembly Chartered UNC

On December 11, 1789, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill chartering a state-supported university. A site in rural Orange County was selected for the university in late 1792. A group of Orange County farmers previously had donated funds and a parcel of 1,290 acres atop New Hope Chapel Hill, an area named for a chapel that stood there.

UNC Grad Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs List

UNC graduate Patrick Mateer has been named to Forbes 30 under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurs, a list that recognizes young entrepreneurs leading businesses as a way to create positive change throughout the world. Mateer’s business, Seal the Seasons, makes local, seasonally grown crops such as strawberries and blackberries available year-round.

Carolina grad named Schwarzman scholar

Min Yang, a 2015 UNC graduate, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. This innovative master’s degree program supports study at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University.

Three UNC-Chapel Hill researchers named AAAS Fellows

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members Blossom Damania, Marcey Waters and Mark Zylka have each been named a fellow by the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The AAAS fellows program began in 1874 and, with this announcement, UNC-Chapel Hill now boasts 83 AAAS fellows among its current faculty.

Davie Poplar suspect released from jail on $1 million unsecured bond

Joshua Daniel Edwards, 25, a former University of North Carolina student charged with six felonies related to an incident with an explosive device on UNC campus last month, was released from jail on Monday. Edwards, who lives in Durham, was released to his parents' custody after a $1 million unsecured bond was set by a local judge.

5 things to know about Chapel Hill string band Mipso

Mipso has come a long way since forming at UNC-Chapel Hill during the bandmates’ undergraduate days. Over the past six years, the Americana/bluegrass group has built a solid nationwide following well beyond its Triangle home base – capable of headlining coast to coast. This fall found Mipso on the road as part of “Campfire Caravan,” a 30-date tour.

This Day in UNC History, 1792: the UNC Library’s First Book

On this day in 1792, the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees received what would be the University Library’s first book. The book was a second edition copy of The Works of the Right Reverend Father in God Thomas Wilson. Two volumes bound in one, the book contained a biography of Bishop Thomas Wilson, some of his papers, and his sermons.

UNC student found dead in dorm

A UNC-Chapel Hill student has been found dead in a dormitory. Foul play is not suspected, UNC officials say. The student died in Hinton James Residence Hall located on the southern part on of the university's campus. The dormitory typically houses many freshmen and sophomore students. Officials did not release any details on the identity of the student.

The $1 Billion Breakthrough: UNC Research Marks New Milestone

For the first time, UNC’s annual research expenditures have surpassed $1 billion, $632 million of which are sponsored by federal government agencies. The figures, reported via the nation’s annual Higher Education Research and Development survey, shows that Carolina ranks 11th nationally among all research institutions in overall research and development expenditures.

Steve & Debbie Vetter Provide $40 Million Gift to UNC

Steve and Debbie Vetter are providing a $10 million leadership gift to support Tar Heel student-athletes. The generous gift is part of a $40 million commitment from the Vetters. In addition to the $10 million gift to UNC Athletics, $20 million will support the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge, and $10 million will support UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

From UNC to Pixar: Winston-Salem native plays key role in 'Coco'

UNC alum David Park is finally seeing his latest movie hit theaters. But long productions are nothing new for Park, a veteran of the Pixar filmmaking process. Park was production manager for “Coco,” the latest Disney/Pixar feature film. He was also production manager on the 2013 film “Monsters University,” and he also worked on “Toy Story 3,” “Wall-E” and “Ratatouille.”

Two UNC graduates make Forbes 30 under 30 Education list

Forbes is known for its lists — the Forbes 500, the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People and the Forbes 400. One can imagine the shock North Carolina Student Latinx Initiative’s co-directors Ricky Hurtado and Elaine Townsend Utin experienced when they found out that their work had earned them a spot on one of Forbes famed list — Forbes 30 under 30 Education.

Two From Carolina Earn Mitchell Scholarships

Alexander Peeples, a senior, and Shauna Rust ’16 have been named recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. Peeples and Rust — who are the University’s sixth and seventh Mitchell Scholars since the program began in 2001 — are two of 12 Americans selected for this year’s award.

Q&A With Former UNC Wrestler, Award-Winning Scientist Michael Hall

During his first few years at UNC, Michael Hall ’76 spent a lot of time in the biology lab, but he also logged many rounds on the mat as a member of the wrestling team. Early training in both arenas, he says, prepared him for a career in science. “I think wrestling is the ultimate competitive sport,” Hall said. “It’s one-on-one, and it has a lot of elements in common with doing science.”

Turning passion into practice: A glimpse into UNC's inaugural physician assistant class

“The children are the biggest reason that I do this,” says Eulalia Barajas-Graham. “I got into this field because of my passion for educating children and families and helping them make better choices.” Eulalia will graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Allied Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) program in December of this year.

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