Hall of Fame Gala; Master Aging Plan; Fabric Art Workshop

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting a press conference announcing twelve individuals as members of the inaugural class of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.

The announcement will be made Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Spanky’s Restaurant. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame honors individuals with a record of achievements demonstrating excellence in business and who have made positive impacts on our community.

The induction will take place on November 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Carolina Inn.  Tickets to the Hall of Fame Gala, a black-tie event include a cocktail hour, live-music, and three course meal.  Tickets are $200 per person or $300 for a pair.  To register and get tickets click here.


The Orange County Department on Aging and its advisory board are sponsoring two Master Aging Plan public meetings next week.

Wednesday October 2 – Seymour Center in Chapel Hill from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday October 3 – Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

These meetings are an opportunity to learn the new facts of the Orange County Master Aging Plan and to recognize the accomplishments made in the first year of the five-year plan. Staff will also outline the priorities for the second year like improving transportation access, housing options, fall risk reduction efforts, and more.

You can call the Department of Aging for more questions on the Master Aging Plan at 919-245-4276.


The Orange County Public Library Carrboro Branch is inviting the public to a Fabric Art Workshop on Sunday October 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Textile artist, Ali Givens will lead the workshop and help participants to cut and paste fabric onto canvas to create original designs.  The workshop is free, but limited to 20 people, so be sure to call the OCPL to register in advance.

The OCPL Carrboro Branch Library Branch is located in McDougle Middle at Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill.  To register for the event click here.


UNC Google PhD Fellows; 2013 Business Hall of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – Two Ph.D. students in your community have been admitted to a distinguished program with Google.

Yunchao Gong and Yinqian Zhang, two computer science doctoral students at UNC, have been awarded the 2013 Google PhD Fellowship.

The fifth class of Google’s fellows includes 39 Ph.D. students from Australia, China, India, Europe, Canada, and America.

Throughout the course of the two-year fellowship, students will receive tuition and fees, a $33,000 yearly stipend over the academic year, a research mentor, and the possibility of a third-year extension in the program.

Zhang received the fellowship in computer security. His work with cloud computing is focused on internet privacy.

Gong’s work with large-scale image searching earned him the fellowship in machine perception.

To learn more about the Google PhD Fellowship Program, click here.


Your business could be the first on Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s Hall of Fame.

On Wednesday, November 13, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural Business Hall of Fame Gala.

The Chamber is honoring leaders in business management, entrepreneurial bravery, and positive community impact by inducting them into the 2013 Business Hall of Fame.

The deadline to nominate an individual is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2. You can submit nominations via an online form. Living and posthumous leaders are eligible for the honor. The Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose the inductees.

If you have questions regarding nominations, you can contact Laura Morrison at 919-357-9989 or at lmorrison@carolinachamber.org. To contact the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, contact the chair, Bob Woodruff at bwoodruff@cedarsofchapelhill.com

To access the online form, click here.