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To Faculty and Staff:

Carolina will celebrate University Day—and its 223rd birthday—on Oct. 11, and you are invited to join the celebration.

While the University’s official birthday falls on Oct. 12, this year’s event was moved to Oct. 11 in observance of Yom Kippur.

Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s event at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 in Memorial Hall.

University Day, which the campus first celebrated in 1877, marks the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building, and the beginning of public higher education in the United States.

Classes on Oct. 11 will be cancelled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We encourage faculty and staff to march with their colleagues in the procession. Those wishing to join should gather at the Old Well beginning at 10:30 a.m. Each school will be represented with a banner that faculty and staff will process behind. Academic regalia is not required.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Another highlight of University Day will be the presentation of Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards, a practice begun by the faculty in 1971 to recognize Tar Heels who have made outstanding contributions to humanity.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Karen Bruton, founder of Just Hope International in Brentwood, Tennessee;
  • Florence Fearrington, one of Wall Street’s most successful female money managers and founder of Florence Fearrington Inc. in New York City;
  • Rosalind Fuse-Hall, former president of Bennett College in Greensboro;
  • Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, president of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida; and
  • Paula Brown Stafford, former president of clinical development at Quintiles in Durham.

Additionally, the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award, established by the Faculty Council in 2011 to recognize outstanding service by faculty members, will be presented toMimi V. Chapman, professor of social work in the School of Social Work, and Eugenia Eng, professor of health behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

For more information, visit the University Day webpage.

This message is sponsored by: Office of the Provost

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