Public Health

Students, commencement and the Button Chair exhibit

May 6, 2008

(May 4)

I write while waiting for my plane to take off for Atlanta. This will be short.

As our students continue to depart, those of us who remain must make the transition to the time of year when our atrium is not filled with intensely-focused students talking in animated groups. If I have to choose between finding parking places on Franklin Street and having students here, I’ll choose the students.

I’ve had a few conversations with graduating students about their experiences here, both positive and not-so-positive. Don’t hesitate to email me with suggestions about what we can do to make the School even better. Tell us what is working well and what might not be working. We’ve got to keep earning our reputation for being student-focused.

I look forward to seeing faculty, staff, students and their friends and families at commencement for the School Saturday. We were all surprised by Memorial Hall’s policy about requiring tickets. I hope you will trade tickets with each other to make sure everyone gets what they need.

Thanks to Mae Beale for her help in posting the blog and adding photos. She also helps to double check and make sure I’m not missing comments. But if you think I’ve missed your comment, don’t hesitate to email me at

050508-0143.jpgCheck out the Button Chair exhibit in the atrium of Michael Hooker Research Center, a project of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina to honor breast cancer survivors and educate people about breast cancer and how it can be found earlier. I was glad to have been asked to comment on the script last year and pleased that the NCIPH has facilitated the exhibit.

Also check out an article on a recent gift to create a new Canadian school of public health.

Thanks to our faculty and staff for all they do to educate our students and to our students for having chosen Carolina.

Happy Monday. Barbara

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The views expressed in this blog are Barbara Rimer’s alone and do not represent the views and policies of The University of North Carolina or the Gillings School.