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Glitter Girl shines light on school spirit, eating disorder awareness

Alex Koszeghy’s routine takes about an hour. She starts with a layer of body paint and covers her face, arms, stomach and legs. Layer number two is a bit more complicated than its predecessor. It’s a mixture of more body paint and glue. Once that’s on, it’s time for what’s made Koszeghy one of North Carolina’s most recognizable fans — the glitter. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Launches Fundraiser to Save Dog Therapy Program for Patients with Mental Illnesses

An innovative program at UNC using dogs to help those dealing with mental illness is at risk of being closed. Many of us know that a dog can help relieve stress at the end of a long day, but for some a dog can mean so much more. UNC PAWS is a dog therapy program used in the recovery portion of the UNC Center of Excellence in Community Mental Health. (

International students put in extra effort to make UNC home

Yirun Li fears speaking up in class because she feels her English isn’t good enough. Yiran Hua wonders if she will stay in the US after graduation, because acquiring a H1-B working visa isn’t easy. Fan Feng worries she won’t fit in because she has to try harder to communicate. These international students traveled from China to UNC, and they face challenges most American students don’t. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Chapel Hill wins $1 million Cooke Prize

UNC is the first public university to receive the Cooke Foundation’s $1 million award, which recognizes success in enrolling low-income students and supporting them through graduation. The Cooke Foundation is a private organization that supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants and direct service. (

Entrepreneur Network at UNC Attracts Students and Companies

Changing the world is no small feat, but a network at UNC-Chapel Hill is encouraging students to do just that by imbuing them with an entrepreneurial mindset. Innovate Carolina was formed in 2010 to facilitate the transmission of those ideas and benefits to people and places outside of sequestered academic communities. (

'We still have more to do': UNC minority faculty tops peer group at 11 percent

Though UNC ranks among the highest of its peer institutions in terms of diversity, many still see room for improvement in the percentage of faculty of color, female faculty and LGBTQ faculty. Minority faculty members account for 11.9 percent of UNC’s faculty at-large, according to data from Fall 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC featured in John Grisham's new book

John Grisham’s latest novel, “Camino Island,” hit the bookstore shelves on June 6. The new book’s leading character, Mercer Mann, is a fictional writing instructor at UNC. She is losing her job and is a prime target to be recruited for an undercover assignment. Her recruiter comes to Chapel Hill and wines and dines Mercer at Spanky’s and the Lantern restaurants. (

Zena Cardman didn't always want to be a NASA astronaut, but she is one now

UNC alumna Zena Cardman was with a group of friends eating breakfast the day she got a phone call that would change her life. In late May, Cardman learned she had been chosen as a member of a class of 12 new NASA astronaut candidates who could, one day fly to the International Space Station or even deep space destinations like the moon or Mars. (Mashable)

NFL Grant Funds Concussion Research Led by UNC

The NFL will fund a $2.6 million international study on the role of active rehabilitation strategies in concussion management, led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The project was identified as a priority at the NFL’s International Professional Sports Concussion Research Think Tank. (

UNC program to train shelter dogs as support animals in jeopardy

UNC PAWS takes dogs from local shelters and trains them to become emotional support animals. Dozens of clients have benefited from the program, which is now in jeopardy. Dr. John Gilmore, the program director, said his staff has always pooled together leftover money and grants to help pay for UNC PAWS. The group turned to a crowd-funding effort to raise $50,000 (donate) by the end of June. (

Linnea Smith And Her Daughters Pass Down a Passion For Giving Back

The women of the Smith family – Dr. Linnea Smith, Kristen Smith and Dr. Kelly Kimple – have each found a distinct way to serve others. Giving back comes naturally to Linnea thanks to her having “the kind of personality that goes into the helping professions,” she says. Linnea has also served on the board for the UNC School of Social Work for many years. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

How UNC grad Zena Cardman joined NASA's newest class of astronauts

When Zena Cardman was growing up, she said her mother took her outside at night to watch meteor showers, which gave her “a sense of awe about the universe.” But she didn’t aspire to be an astronaut until she was in college. Ms. Cardman said her favorite space movie is “Apollo 13” — she was watching it with friends, “trying not to stress out,” when NASA called. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC Students Receive Grants from National Security Education Program

A federal workforce enhancement program has granted scholarships to two students at UNC as part of its mission to promote global awareness within the ranks of government. The National Security Education Program has initiatives that encourage students to pursue language training and employment opportunities that are conducive to national security. (

UNC oncologist and researcher named head of the National Cancer Institute

President Trump has named Norman “Ned” Sharpless, the director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, to lead the National Cancer Institute. The oncologist and geneticist will succeed Doug Lowy, who has been acting director of NCI since early 2015. Sharpless, 50, has done extensive work on how cells age and become malignant. (Washington Post)

UNC among best-value colleges in country, Forbes says

Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are among the best-value colleges in the country, according to a new ranking. Forbes magazine ranked the top 300 colleges in the country, taking into account several metrics from each school. Duke ranked No. 12, and UNC landed in the No. 15 slot. (

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