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From Waffle House worker to Waffle Street author: UNC grad James Adams writes about his experience
After earning an MBA in finance from UNC, James Adams went to work as a product manager in a hedge fund. And after two years spent in the eye of the financial hurricane that was the 2008 meltdown, he said the pink slip he received in 2009 came as somewhat of a relief.“There is some kind of an emotional trauma when you’ve got to tell these people you’ve lost billions of dollars from their pensions,” Adams said.
Photo: Anti-War Rally at UNC, 1936
Memories of World War I were still fresh in the minds of many Americans when tensions were beginning to escalate in Europe in the 1930s, building toward the conflicts that would lead to World War II. The photo here is probably from a rally held at UNC on April 22, 1936. It was described as a “strike,” with classes cancelled for about an hour.
UNC Alum and World War II Museum director, Nick Mueller, to receive France's highest honor
Gordon "Nick" Mueller, the National World War II Museum's director, and two of its best-known supporters, Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks, will receive France's highest honor on May 20 in Paris in recognition of the museum-related work they have done to keep alive interest in that conflict and the importance of France's role in it.
More than a building
During the month of May, UNC’s General Alumni Association (GAA) celebrates three very important anniversaries: it’s 173rd birthday on May 31st, and the groundbreaking for and the dedication of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard shares some the history behind these events.
Chapel Hill Home of James Taylor Up for Auction
For the first time ever, the public will have an opportunity to tour the house where James Taylor spent his childhood years in Chapel Hill. George Smart, the executive director of North Carolina Modernist Houses, calls the home a “great example of midcentury modernism.” The home was built in 1952 and was designed by award-winning architects George Matsumoto and John Latimer.
UNC Professor Given National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama
Joseph DeSimone’s career has revolved around creating utilitarian technology. On May 19, DeSimone’s years of innovative and beneficial work in material science was honored by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. DeSimone’s citation also recognized his innovation and leadership in higher education and entrepreneurship.
“And then UNC tells you to leave and it hurts...”
It was the best four years of my life. From life events such as hearing the First Lady speak in Carmichael Arena to earning a job with the UNC football team. From becoming an Admissions Ambassador who recruited prospective UNC students, to watching Roy’s Boys make a run for the National Championship, UNC gave me incredible memories.
Barack Obama’s 1994 Visit to Chapel Hill
In 1994, the Sonja Hayes Stone Black Cultural Center sponsored a three-day program for leaders of African American student groups at UNC. The Black Student Leadership Summit kicked off on the evening of September 2, 1994, with an opening reception and dinner followed by a featured speaker from out of town: Barack Obama.
The History of the Official UNC Seal
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has many symbols associated with it, from the Tar Heel footprint to the silhouette of the Old Well. One of the most formal UNC visual components is the University’s ornamental seal. The official ornamental seal of the University has gone through four major revisions since it was first created.
Alexander Julian: former 5-year-old in a custom made suit
Alexander Julian is no stranger to fashion — he was born into it, he was raised in it and eventually he would change it. Tuesday night, Wilson Library hosted “Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture: The Threads of Carolina Style” with Alexander Julian to discuss how the fashion of Chapel Hill has changed throughout the years.Julian has a history with fashion.
UNC spinout G1 Therapeutics completes $47M fundraiser
G1 Therapeutics, a UNC-Chapel Hill spinout developing cancer treatments, raised $47 million from private investors. This fundraiser comes on the back of $33 million raised in 2015 and $12.5 million raised in 2014. Investors include local venture capital groups like Hatteras Venture Partners and Eshelman Ventures.
A look back at Commencement
More than 6,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduates turned their tassels last weekend at Commencement.
Video: A quick look at Commencement
More than 6,000 students graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 8. Take a speedy look back.
Families remember Phi Gamma Delta fire 20 years later
On May 12, 1996, a day meant for celebration — graduation, Mother’s Day — the Phi Gamma Delta house caught fire after a cigarette was thrown in the garbage. Benjamin Watson Woodruff, Robert Joshua Weaver, Joanna Howell, Mark Briggs Strickland and Anne McBride Smith — all UNC students — lost their lives in the fire.
A special flourish for Carolina Firsts
The transition from Morehead City, North Carolina to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wasn’t always easy for Cyndel Brunell. Not only was she adapting to a new town, but as the first in her family to attend college, she was also learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a college student.