Month: February 2012

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: 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.

Seniors Tell All: Lindsey Jefferies

For senior Lindsey Jefferies, it’s all about taking flight. In her sophomore year, she launched Born 2 Step, UNC’s only non-Greek-affiliated step team, open to all students at any experience level. After graduation, she intends a more literal kind of launch, as a helicopter pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Fine Wine: N.C. winery has UNC ties

Jonathan Fussell’s Tar Heel roots run deep. The 1998 history alum co-runs Duplin Winery, North Carolina’s largest and oldest operating winery, with his brother, Dave. It has been in his family for more than 35 years. (CLICK ON HEADLINE FOR VIDEO EXTRA)

College of Arts and Sciences professors honored with teaching awards

“Brilliant!” “Generous.” “Charismatic!” “Indispensable.” These are a few of the descriptions students and colleagues used to describe the 2012 University Teaching Awards recipients. Twenty-four people in nine different categories received the award, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence. The winners, many of whom are in the College of Arts and Sciences, were recognized during …

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