Veterans Pursue Careers in the Arts
The New York Times
His musical pitch, vocal range or favorite aria did not come up much when B. R. McDonald, a tenor, was kicking down doors and jumping out of planes in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Army’s Joint Special Operations Command. “At 12,000 feet, the last thing you’re going tell somebody is: I was an opera singer,” he said. Mr. McDonald, who has a vocal performance degree from the University of North Carolina and sang in an a cappella group — the Clefhangers — put that side of himself aside during eight years in the military.
Scientists study effect of diet complexity, estrogen hormone receptors on intestinal microbiota
Texas A&M University and University of North Carolina School of Medicine scientists have completed a study on the effect of diet complexity and estrogen hormone receptors on intestinal microbiota.
UNC Kenan-Flagler Ranked Among the World’s Best for Executive MBA Programs
Bloomberg Businessweek has rated the Weekend MBA Program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School as No. 12 among global programs and No. 10 in the United States.
State & Local Coverage
Exclusive: NC program delivers new breed of IT pros for today's schools
WRALTechWire (TV; Raleigh)
Today’s superintendents and educational technology directors face increasing challenges to manage the constantly expanding role of IT in schools. … Offered through a partnership between the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Technology and MCNC, the Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer (CeCTO) program is one of the nation’s first technology-centered certification programs for education technology leaders.
Christensen: The fall and rise of NC poverty
The News & Observer (Raleigh; commentary by political columnist Rob Christensen)
Fifty years ago, North Carolina declared war on poverty and did a pretty fair job of beating it back. But now it’s on the rise again. …There are several reasons for the rise in poverty in North Carolina, according to a paper by Patrick Conway, the chairman of the economics department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
25 Yrs Later: WFMY's Eric Chilton Unearths UNC Time Capsule
WFMY News 2's Eric Chilton was at his Alma Mater UNC-Chapel Hill when a time capsule his class buried 25 years ago was unearthed.
NC college campuses adding foreign students
An annual census of international students in the U.S. says their numbers on North Carolina campuses rose nine percent in the last academic year. …New figures out Monday from the Institute of International Education show international enrollment at North Carolina colleges and universities grew nearly 9 percent last year to more than 15,000. North Carolina State University leads with nearly 4,000 foreign students. Next is Duke University and its medical center, followed by University of North Carolina campuses in Chapel Hill, Charlotte and Greensboro.
Making people comfortable with an unexpected loss of hair
The News & Observer (Raleigh; “Tar Heel of the Week” feature)
Liz Shipman was 16 when she first noticed a few bald patches on her head. At 19, when she was a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, she lost every lock of what was once her long, blonde hair. …She found herself explaining her condition, a little-known autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, to friends and strangers, sometimes several times a day.
… Her hair grew back. But when it fell out for a second time last year, Shipman turned from despair to action, forming the state’s first Alopecia Areata Foundation Support Group. As leader of that group, she has become the point person for people across the state who suffer from the condition, offering them a chance to connect with one another during monthly meetings in the Triangle and answering their calls and emails. She’s now a junior studying biology [at UNC] …
NCAA unlikely to punish UNC for academic fraud, new documents show
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Revelations about the ties between athletics and a long-running academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill have not shifted the NCAA’s position that no violations occurred, according to email correspondence released this week.
Issues & Trends
UNC system president talks tuition caps, competitive edge
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
As the finale to a Public Administration Conference at UNC’s School of Government Friday, UNC President Tom Ross shared new tuition caps, retention goals and competitive plans for the system’s 17 institutions.
The Syllabus: Capping tuition (but not really)
The News & Record (Greensboro; commentary by higher-education reporter John Newsom)
The UNC Board of Governors kicked off Tuition Season on Thursday in Raleigh. …I didn't go, but the N&O's Jane Stancill did, and she reported that Tom Ross is recommending a cap on tuition hikes for in-state students (both grad and undergrad) of 5 percent a year for four years starting in 2015. (System President Tom Ross is already on record as wanting to freeze tuition next year. The BOG is working on a four-year tuition plan to take effect the year after.)
Early college graduates offered chance to complete education at Fayetteville State University free of debt
The Observer (Fayetteville)
Fayetteville State University is tapping into the success of its early college program by offering its graduates a full scholarship. FSU is the only school in the UNC system that offers a scholarship designated specifically for early college students, said FSU officials. It allows early college students to complete the last two years of college without debt.
Athletes' Lawsuit Clears Hurdle
Inside Higher Ed
A federal judge's ruling Friday went a long way toward defining the parameters of a closely watched lawsuit challenging National Collegiate Athletic Association policies limiting players' rights to be compensated for commercial use of their likenesses. The decision provided significant victories (and defeats) both to the athletes and to the NCAA.
The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
… For the United States to maintain its global supremacy in innovation, the commonplace goes, the nation must crank out more and more college graduates in STEM programs—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. … But is the mantra true? … Most researchers who have looked into the issue—those who don't receive their money from technology companies or their private foundations, anyway—say no.
McGrady gains connections on Chinese trade trip
An ancient Chinese proverb says, “If one does not plow, there will be no harvest.” Last month, N.C. Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, and eight other state legislators took that advice to heart and traveled to China in hopes of laying the groundwork for Chinese investment in North Carolina and the marketing of N.C. products to that nation’s 1.3 billion consumers. McGrady was the House’s senior member on the trip, which was organized by the University of North Carolina’s Center of International Understanding and state commerce officials to help open doors within China’s rapidly expanding pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.
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