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Nestor Ramirez

Life-Changing: A 2012 alumnus is studying the first-generation experience he knows firsthand Features

The son of Colombian immigrants and the first in his family to go to college, Nestor Alexis Ramirez ’12 bucked the odds, thanks to a support network of UNC programs and mentors.

Abigail Panter and Cynthia Demetriou on the steps of South Building

Reaching the Finish Line: $3 million grant to boost retention, graduation rates Features

Carolina is upping its game to boost retention and graduation rates for first-generation and historically underserved college students with a $3 million grant from President Obama’s “First in the World” competition through the U.S. Department of Education.

Karen Gil

Closing one chapter, beginning another Letter from the Dean

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.

Sarah Miller Frazer, Andreina Malki and Sijal Nasralla in a classroom in the FedEx Global Education Center

A World of Opportunities: New M.A. program prepares students for global careers Features

During an undergraduate semester abroad in Cameroon, Sarah Miller Frazer spent time in the classroom but also traveled around the country to explore issues firsthand. When it came time to apply to graduate schools, Frazer sought a program with a heavy emphasis on field experiences and interdisciplinary research.

A stack of books with a blue stethescope

The Art and Science of Medicine: Students explore medicine through the lens of the humanities Features

This fall, Carolina will launch a new master’s curriculum in literature, medicine and culture. Faculty across the UNC School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences have been working on the development of the master’s for about seven years, and the undergraduate minor provided an opportunity to introduce students to the field.

Sandy McNally

Mapmaking Pioneer: Sandy McNally ’63 served as head of iconic business that helped Americans hit the highways Tar Heels Up Close

Alumnus Andrew “Sandy” McNally IV served as CEO, president and chair of Rand McNally & Co. for more than two decades. The iconic business was co-founded in 1868 by his Irish immigrant great-great grandfather.

"The Southern Living Community Cookbook" book cover

College Bookshelf: Spring 2015 Chapter & Verse

Books on African fashion, women and democracy in Cold War Japan, the downfall of a marriage, a Southern recipe collection, a cool cat named Louis Fellini and more.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

No Man Nomad No More Chapter & Verse

Global travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest reflects on her new life in Chapel Hill.

Color illustration celebrating the senior class of 2015. A girl's hand, sleeved in a Carolina blue gown, holds a phone with a text from "Mom" saying "Are you ready?" while items on the desk highlight student life: a copy of the Daily Tar Heel, a Class of 2015 sticker on a laptop, a OneCard and more.

Congratulations Class of 2015 Finale

Studio art major Linnea Lieth’s original illustration is a send-off gift for the Class of 2015.

Max Owre at Flyleaf Books

Hungry for the Humanities: Creative community programs attract a broader public audience Features

Creative community offerings show that adult learners are still hungry for humanities programs that illuminate their lives.

Researchers hike across volcanic ash to install a seismometer on Llaima Volcano in southern Chile.

Tracking the Earth’s Heartbeats Features, Research

A team of researchers uses cutting-edge technology to better predict when and how one of South America’s most active volcanoes will erupt.

Two different images of tumor growth reduction; significantly more brown staining is on the left.

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy Research, The Scoop

UNC researchers have developed a device that could impact pancreatic cancer treatmentt: By using electric fields, the device can drive chemotherapy drugs directly into tumor tissue, preventing their growth and in some cases, shrinking them.

Sarah Cooley

Young scholars claim honors The Scoop

Two Carolina seniors and two young alumni have won prestigious awards for graduate studies.

Jane Danielewicz with a student

First-Year Seminars: Gateway to success at Carolina The Scoop

The First Year Seminars Program offers innovative, inventive and one-of-a-kind classes designed to help incoming students make the transition from high school to a global research university.

Louise Toppin poses with her award

Toppin wins national opera award The Scoop

Louise Toppin, professor and chair of the music department, has received the 2015 Legacy Award from the National Opera Association.