But this year, the past and the future highlighted at the event will relate to my own passions for water and global health.
This year’s distinguished speaker, Jamie Bartram, is the director of the renowned UNC Water Institute and a distinguished professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also chairs the University’s Water Theme Steering Committee.
One of the four alumni to be recognized at the event, Greg Allgood, who graduated in 1981, travels the world distributing water purification packets to those without access to safe water sources.
He led a team in developing the easy-to-use technology, which has been lauded for preventing illness and saving lives around the world.
Currently, he works as director of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program at Procter & Gamble.
Both Bartram and Allgood have made outstanding contributions to solving water, health and sanitation issues around the world.
Thanks to this year’s University Day, I am realizing that the University’s past work is relevant to my own future.
Not everyone shares my passion for developing solutions to global water issues.
But we all pursue some passion here at Carolina.
Even if this year’s University Day does not feature your particular interest, it is still a time to remember that this institution is preparing us all to make our own mark on the world.
So form your own Heel print, and remember today that you are following in the footsteps of the many greats of Tar Heel history.