Professor emeritus Joseph St. Jean Jr. // Courtesy of Joseph G. Carter

Dr. Joseph St. Jean Jr., UNC Geological Sciences professor emeritus, dead at 94

Dr. Joseph St. Jean Jr., paleontologist in the Department of Geological Sciences died peacefully of natural causes in Chapel Hill on March 7. The Geological Sciences department will honor him in a memorial service on Saturday for the professor, veteran and loving husband that he was. 

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to more than 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary curricula. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees. Faculty and students in the college engage in research and work towards earning degrees. Over 16,000 undergraduate students are part of the college. It also has the largest population of graduate students on campus, with around 2,700.

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STEM departments innovate courses with active learning

On chemistry professor Thomas Freeman’s bookshelf, a row of DNA models are on display. The colorful models, made from pipe cleaners, beads and wood, were created by students in Freeman’s honors biochemistry class.  It’s an example of how science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is changing at UNC. 

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,  Chancellor Dr. Carol L. Folt, and the Shuford family unveiling a sign  for the new Shuford Program in Entrepeneurship.

Shuford family donates to entrepreneurship program

The Shuford family from Charlotte, North Carolina made an $18 million donation to the College of Arts and Sciences Tuesday to more than double the size of UNC's undergraduate entrepreneurship program. The donation is the largest single one-time gift from a living family or individual to the college. At a presentation unveiling the donation on Tuesday afternoon, Chancellor Carol L. Folt said there are goals for the money to be anchored to a $35 million fundraising campaign to further innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC.

Kevin Guskiewicz named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Guskiewicz has been named the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to a release from the University. Guskiewicz, the senior associate dean for natural sciences and a distinguished professor in the Exercise and Sport Sciences department, was one of five finalists for the position — and the only one currently at UNC.  “Kevin is a natural fit to become the next leader of our vibrant College of Arts and Sciences, which provides students with a critical foundation for learning and discovery every day,” Chancellor Carol L.

Karen Gil to step down in May

After serving since 2009 as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Karen Gil has decided it’s time to step down and give someone else a chance to lead UNC’s largest academic branch through its next phase. 

Dean of College of Arts and Sciences to step down

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will step down at the end of the academic year. Karen Gil, who has been dean since July 2009, will continue teaching in the psychology department, according to a statement from UNC News. "There is never a best time to leave a job that you love," Gil wrote in an email to College of Arts and Sciences faculty that was partially printed in the UNC News statement.  Gil's decision to step down comes as the University continues to digest the contents of the Wainstein report, which uncovered nearly 20 years of academic misconduct in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies.