Lucy Best (left) and Emily Kiran work on their startup, Phyta, which looks to seaweed as the sustainable alternative for nonrenewable products.

These 3 UNC students are fighting global warming with seaweed and algae

On 15 Sept., three UNC students pitched their startup, Phyta, to a panel of world leaders at the United Nations Conference. The business seeks to make sustainable alternatives for nonrenewable products through the use of macro-algae and seaweed. 


Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School was established in 1919 and renamed in 1991 to honor two prominent American business families and benefactors — Mary Lily Kenan Flagler and her husband, Henry Morrison Flagler.

Kenan-Flagler is consistently ranked among the best business schools in the world. Over 32,500 UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni live in more than 80 countries. The faculty are known for evidence in both research and teaching.

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The decades-long tradition of faculty gym uniforms, including laundry services and clothing storage, is coming to an end this May.

Removal of 'Fetzer Grays' signals larger issues with faculty benefits

On May 11, all clothing and basket service will cease at Fetzer Hall, bringing an end to the decades-long “Fetzer Grays” tradition. Under the current system, faculty can store their gym clothes in baskets provided by Fetzer. The gym provides faculty with exercise clothing and even washes it for them. The cessation of the service is indicative of a broader concern coming from UNC staff that the University is not supporting healthy lifestyles to the extent necessary to combat America’s increasing obesity problem.


Ritwik Pavan presenting at an entrepreneurial showcase. Photo courtesy of Pavan.

UNC makes strides to become a hub for business development

UNC is a  launch pad for startups and research ventures according to data published by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development on behalf of Innovate Carolina. The office tracks data on the success of ventures founded by University faculty, staff or students at campus or three years after leaving. 


Winning team of Carolina Pitch Party poses with award money. Photo courtesy of William Sweet.

Carolina Pitch Party gives students opportunity to jumpstart ideas

For an assignment in a business class, junior William Sweet came up with the idea to create a cold compression sleeve for people recovering from ACL injuries. His idea won the fourth annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party, which took place on Nov. 8 as part of the annual Carolina Challenge, a venture competition that gives students and faculty the opportunity to win funding for their idea. Sweet and his group received a $400 award toward the creation of a prototype.