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UNC students mentor to be a role models

Sometimes, when college students hang out with elementary and middle school students, transformative experiences happen. That’s how Taysha James, a senior sociology major from Maple Hill, North Carolina and Jonathan Buechner, a junior European studies …

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars progam adds new faculty members

Ten UNC faculty members were recently selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The program, named for former chancellor Holden Thorp and sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, aims to bring together distinguished faculty from a variety of fields to learn from one another and advance their engaged scholarship.

Ten faculty members selected for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program

Ten faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were recently selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES). These scholars will develop projects in partnership with community organizations like Historic Stagville in Durham to study the skills and expertise of enslaved laborers and The Farm at Penny Lane to improve housing and other community-based services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Twelfth class of Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event

Two hundred and seventeen seniors, all who dedicated themselves to service during their time at UNC, were honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 6 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates received a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 8 to represent their achievement.

UNC honors 10 individuals and organizations for public service

The projects recognized by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2016 Public Service Awards are each distinct and important in their own ways, but their commitment to serving their communities unites them. This year’s award recipients have dedicated countless hours to service efforts, which range from combatting food insecurity to supporting Native American tribes in North Carolina to offering positive birth experiences through doulas. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, individuals and organizations representing students, faculty, staff and community partners, were honored March 30 for their efforts at the annual Public Service Awards celebration.

An alternative spring break

Sally-Irene Ngeve could have spent her spring break almost anywhere. But the Carolina senior chose not to relax on a beach all week, wander around a quieter Chapel Hill or head back home to Cameroon to visit her family. Instead, she spent her time off providing much-needed assistance to the people of Robeson County — a rural community that has struggled with unemployment, homelessness and hunger for the past six decades.

2016 APPLES Service-Learning Award recipients honored

Four individuals, Luis Acosta, Sarah Dempsey, Alexandra Zagbayou and Mae B. McLendon, and one community partner, and Farmer Foodshare, were recognized at the annual APPLES Service-Learning Award Brunch for their on-going efforts to connect academic and service-based pursuits through their involvement with APPLES.

Faculty Engaged Scholar serves to help seniors maintain mobility

Through a combination of community engagement and experiential education opportunities, Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars become champions of their research. Vicki Mercer, associate professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and a member of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars class V, also supports champions through her falls prevention program, CHAMP (Community Health and Mobility Partnership).

APPLES service-learning class and volunteer doulas partner on better births

An APPLES service-learning class at Carolina partners with volunteer doulas at N.C. Women’s Hospital to enhance students’ educational experiences and better serve women delivering babies at UNC.

APPLES participant receives Campus Compact outstanding leadership and service award

Nearly 100 students and staff from more than 20 campuses across North Carolina came together to celebrate the impact of 21 civically-engaged students. Among the 21 students honored was APPLES Service-Learning participant José Cisneros ‘17.