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Former UNC-G chancellor dies

(08/23/09 3:31pm)

The UNC system’s longest tenured chancellor, Patricia Sullivan, 69,  died Thursday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.The former UNC-Greensboro chancellor, known for her professional accomplishments and personal touch in working with students and colleagues, retired last year after serving as chancellor for almost 14 years. She was the first woman to hold the position.

NCSSM juniors won’t see free tuition to UNC

(08/25/09 12:31am)

The state budget is phasing out the sometimes controversial UNC-system school tuition waiver for N.C. School of Science and Math students.The graduating class of 2010 will be the last class eligible for a waiver. Graduates of the residential magnet high school already at a university and those accepted next year will still be granted the waiver.The tuition waiver, which was first granted in 2003 with the hope of keeping top-notch students in the state, cost the state an estimated $3.1 million dollars for the 2008-09 academic year.

Local currency catches on

(08/25/09 12:49am)

Some local consumers are putting away their credit cards and exchanging their U.S. dollars for a local currency to help businesses cope with the recession. A currency called the PLENTY, the Piedmont Local Economy Tender, is becoming increasingly popular in Orange and Chatham counties. Greensboro businesses also are pushing for the currency.One PLENTY equals $1, but because it is only a regional currency, PLENTYs spent stay within the Piedmont area, boosting local small businesses.

UNC system lending hand to N.C. towns

(08/26/09 12:15am)

The UNC system is using one of its greatest resources — its students’ expertise — to help small businesses and local governments throughout the state weather the economic crisis.Universities are partnering with different local organizations and giving students and faculty internship and research opportunities while simultaneously benefiting the local community through their work, said Norma Houston, executive director of UNC Tomorrow.

N.C. Governor’s School to charge tuition

(08/31/09 12:44am)

A high school summer program credited with opening the eyes of its participants might not be available much longer for those with limited financial means.High school students selected to attend N.C. Governor’s School, a six-week summer program that was previously free, will have to pay tuition beginning in summer 2010.The $500 tuition charge is an attempt to close the gap created by a $475,000 cut to the program’s budget for the next two years.

New location for Campbell law school may be a threat to UNCsystem schools

(09/14/09 1:09am)

Today is the first day of classes at Campbell University’s new law school in downtown Raleigh. The school’s relocation from Buies Creek, which is about 45 minutes south of Raleigh, spurred a 25 percent increase in applicants.The increased interest could serve as a threat to UNC-system law schools and other private law schools in the state, but it is hard to assess that, said Melissa Essary, dean of the law school.First-year students admitted have the highest credentials of any class yet, she said.

UNC inspires peers to consult

(09/15/09 12:23am)

Last year, University officials turned heads with their decision to hire Bain & Company, a global business consulting firm.Now, universities nationwide are following UNC’s example by hiring consultants to help deal with administrative organization and unprecedented budget deficits.Bain & Company concluded its study at UNC this summer — funded through an anonymous donation — and found that the University was administration-heavy and decentralized, which added costs and made day-to-day operations less efficient.

Use social networking sites to polish your online profile

(09/15/09 9:51pm)

Social networking Web sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming increasingly useful not only in staying connected with friends, but also in promoting job skills and exploring career options.Gary Allan Miller, University Career Services assistant director, said students should figure out which medium works best for them and establish an online presence, which could help them in securing a job in the future.Miller said about 80 percent of hiring managers are using social mediums to screen job applicants.

UNC doctor travels to Washington as N.C. rep

(10/05/09 12:14am)

A UNC doctor will represent North Carolina in a meeting today with President Barack Obama.Stephen Gamboa, clinical instructor in the department of family medicine, is participating in a health care reform discussion at the White House. Obama invited one doctor from each state. “President Obama organized this event and wanted a physician from each state to show that doctors are indeed supporting health care reform,” Gamboa said.

Top business schools to accept GRE scores

(10/28/09 10:59pm)

Some of the nation’s top business schools are changing their admissions policies in attempts to broaden their applicant pools, but UNC is not planning to make changes right now.Until recently, business schools required students applying for Master of Business Administration programs to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test.But schools are now allowing students to submit scores from a more general test — the Graduate Record Examination, which students take for a variety of graduate programs.