Category Archive: Higher Ed

UNC-Chapel Hill commencement

Another Carolina-blue day I always take a few minutes to sit and watch people arrive for commencement, anticipating what we’re about to experience. How perfect is it when graduation day is clear and Carolina-blue-skied – and one looks out on a veritable sea of blue gowns designed by our own… Read More

Improvement requires introspection

Examining ourselves Every seven years, we are required to conduct a rigorous self-study and assess ourselves in relation to a set of criteria established by the accrediting body for public health, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The result of our self-examination is an almost 300-page report, provision… Read More

Inspiration for a new year—especially for our returning students

Welcome back, especially to Gillings students! We welcome your return. In this post, we offer suggestions for a successful semester and for life. Selectively sharing some sage advice I have various rituals that I practice when anticipating a new year. Everyone has them. We make dinner plans with people we… Read More

Seeing the world through post-election lens and behaving with grace and civility

Change is inevitable It’s been less than two weeks since the election, and there’s a lot of recalibration going on. Life will change in some ways. Today, we don’t know how; we can only speculate. The times require us to use a new lens for viewing current events and thinking… Read More