Celebrating those who work

Many amazing people Every day, and especially Labor Day, I’m aware of how privileged I am to have worked in outstanding organizations with fabulous people. Among those places have been the National Cancer Institute and, now, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — the Gillings School. What excites me… Read More

Silent Sam “talks” too much

Enough already, Sam! In the past few days, I said I wasn’t going to write about Silent Sam, the Confederate memorial statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus since 1913, unless there were new events. That was before a day filled with multiple conversations with people in our school, email exchanges… Read More

Natural disasters exert unnatural impact

Houston Our hearts go out to people in Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana that are being pummeled by wind and rain. Hurricane Harvey is being called by some the worst storm in Texas history since 1961’s Carla. Images of people being rescued in boats on flooded streets… Read More

Awesome day in Chapel Hill

Hundreds of new students fill our atrium We had the second standing orientation in our atrium, and it was great! I loved looking up and out and seeing new students everywhere! Such energy, vitality, openness and excitement. I’ll never forget how totally nervous and unconfident I felt my first days in… Read More

Angry, afraid and anxious after Charlottesville violence

College towns not insulated from violence Saturday, the news was barely out about clashes in Charlottesville, Va., between white supremacy groups and demonstrators against them before we started hearing from people who were anxious and upset about the events. Then, when violence erupted, and Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old local woman,… Read More