Archived Letters from the Dean

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Following our compass

Interim Dean Terry Rhodes is delighted that this issue is devoted to Carolina students, faculty, staff and alumni who are making the world a better place in ways large and small.…

Posted on March 25, 2019

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A convergence of synergies

Milestone anniversaries are natural times to reflect on how far we have come and where we want to go. It’s been 2½ years since I became dean and more than a year since we adopted our Synergy Unleashed tag line and launched our strategic plan, A Road Map to Boldness.…

Posted on October 1, 2018

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Early Design Meeting

The right chemistry

As the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, I have gained a new appreciation for the stellar chemistry faculty we have at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.…

Posted on March 16, 2018

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Dean Kevin Guskiewicz with geography professor Diego Riveros-Iregui in the Galápagos.

Passport to everywhere

I didn’t study abroad as an undergraduate, but I am fortunate that my research, teaching and personal travel have taken me across the globe in the decades since. …

Posted on September 22, 2017

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Yes, and…

The first rule of improv – and a principle that has increasingly been adopted by organizations as a powerful team-building tool – is “yes, and ….” It refers to building upon what has come before and encourages the sharing of ideas, opening the door to true collaboration…

Posted on March 30, 2017

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A heart for the humanities

In late August, Carolina heralded the arrival of 4,254 first-year students at an evening convocation in Carmichael Arena.…

Posted on September 16, 2016

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Chemistry and Creativity

I’m enjoying my first semester as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I’m delighted that this issue is devoted to exploring how to spark creativity across the disciplines.…

Posted on March 14, 2016

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Food as a reflection of who we are

American Studies Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris writes in her book “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region” (UNC Press, 2014): “Food reflects both our national and our regional culture as surely as do art, literature, music, politics and religion.”…

Posted on September 22, 2015

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Closing one chapter, beginning another

As seniors get ready for spring commencement and cross things off their Carolina bucket lists, they’ll say goodbye to their life as undergrads but hello to the new opportunities ahead. Their journey, as they close one chapter and begin another, reminds me of my own.…

Posted on March 9, 2015

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Forging new paths

Frederick P. Brooks Jr. blazed trails as project manager for the revolutionary IBM System/360 family of computers and then as founding chair of Carolina’s computer science department in 1964.…

Posted on September 15, 2014

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Inside This Issue

Celebrating Carolina Firsts: National honors for first-gen efforts

Letter From the Dean

This issue celebrates the tenacity of our first-generation students — and a few of the uniquely Carolina programs that support them during their time on campus

Give to Carolina

Davie Hall is home to the department of psychology and neuroscience. Ann Rankin Cowan’s latest gift will establish a fund to support high-impact research in the department.

 

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