The APPLES Alternative Fall Break 2019 cohort focused on environmental issues

‘An eye-opening experience:’ Alternative Fall Break 2019

During fall break this October, a group of Carolina students drove to Nags Head, North Carolina—but not for a beach vacation. Instead, the group participated in service activities and toured a number of environmentally-oriented local organizations as part of an … Continued

Creating Community for Adolescents with Obesity

By Eve Elliott, APPLES Service-Learning summer fellow At 16, Faith Newsome had never known a time when she didn’t carry excess body weight. That year, as she prepared for bariatric weight loss surgery, she looked in vain for a community … Continued

SLI: Launch 2019

Launching into Service

Kirti Patel, a Carolina first-year from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is sweating over a long wooden board. He’s trying to pull out a bent screw from what would otherwise be scrap wood, but in this context is recycled wood: destined … Continued

Carolina junior Abby Boettcher at her 2019 APPLES Service-Learning summer internship with Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria

Shaping national issues on a local level

  The Wake County Commissioner internship featured in this story, along with four other APPLES Service-Learning summer internships with public officials, would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Jesse White, Ph.D, retired director of the Office of … Continued

Carolina senior Purshotam Aruwani at his desk in the N.C. Department of Public Safety, during his 2019 APPLES Service-Learning summer internship.

A summer in public safety

When Carolina senior Purshotam Aruwani started his policy and strategic planning summer internship in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS), he expected to have a traditional desk job, sitting at a computer all day. Instead, he found himself … Continued

‘This is my home:’ student gives back to Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill isn’t Daniel Bowen’s hometown, but it is his home. When the rising junior first arrived at Carolina from Florida, he knew this place was special. By Emilie Poplett, University Communications “I applied to colleges all over the country … Continued

APPLES Service-Learning students

Real-Life Value: APPLES Service-Learning Course Instructor Heather Knorr

By Eve Elliott, APPLES Summer Fellow   Tucked in a back meeting room of the Carolina Union, service-learning leaders from across campus scribbled down notes. Their eyes were locked on Heather Knorr. At the front of the room, Knorr was … Continued

student where's protective mask while using saw for disaster relief

Giving Back to North Carolina

Service-learning students spent their spring breaks providing community service throughout the state and the region. Story by Emilie Poplett, University Communications Video by Rob Holliday, University Communications While many Carolina students spent spring break traveling to tropical destinations for a … Continued