Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I invite you to show your support for Chancellor Carol Folt on University Day, October 12.
University Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate Carolina’s rich history and look to the future. This year the day will be even more exciting for Carolina with Chancellor Folt’s installation. We’ll hear her speak about the University’s future as we celebrate 220 years of public higher education in America.
The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. in Polk Place, on the steps of South Building, and a reception following installation will be held outside Wilson Library. (If rain is forecast, the ceremony will be held in the Smith Center.)
The University also will present Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to Stuart Bondurant, William Easterling III, Karol Mason, Todd Miller and Gary Parr. In addition, Bruce Cairns, professor of surgery at Carolina, will receive the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award.
While the University Day ceremony is the centerpiece of Chancellor Folt’s installation, events begin Thursday evening with a lecture by history faculty member James Leloudis reflecting on Carolina, past and present. On Friday afternoon, three panel discussions featuring some of our prominent faculty members will focus on innovation, water and the public research university, and that evening Carolina Performing Arts is curating a special performance. On Sunday afternoon, Folt Fest, the official student-only celebration to welcome Chancellor Folt to Carolina, will be held in the Pit.
You can find details about all the installation events at installation.unc.edu. I look forward to seeing you throughout the weekend.
Chair, University Board of Trustees