Former Dean Jean Folkerts Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism History

UNC School of Media and Journalism dean emeritus Jean Folkerts has won the 2016 Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History.

Folkerts served as dean of the UNC MJ-school from 2005-11 and is currently a visiting professor and scholar at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University.

The Kobre Award is the American Journalism Historians highest honor that recognizes individuals with achievements in journalism history through research, teaching and professional activities.

David Nord, a professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University said in a release that Folkerts book, “Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States” is highly influential.

Her book “has been perhaps the most popular and substantial textbook in the field for 25 years,” Nord said. “Thousands of students have learned the history of American journalism from it.”

Folkerts earned her undergraduate degree in journalism with concentrations in English and Sociology from Kansas State University.

She earned her Master’s Degree in journalism from Kansas State University, a Master’s in philosophy from University of Kansas and a doctorate degree in American Studies from University of Kansas.

Folkerts will receive the award at AJHA’s annual convention in October.

UNC Students Receive Scholarship for National Security Education

A UNC grad student and a Carolina alumna have been awarded the National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Fellowship.

Christine Kim and Julia Tenyotkin were awarded the Boren Fellowship, which supports a field of study – particularly languages – identified as vital to national security.

The scholarship is valued at $30,000 and is awarded to graduate students in exchange that the students pursue a career working in the federal government – specifically departments like defense, homeland security or other intelligence agencies after graduation.

Mary Floyd-Wilson, director of Carolina’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships, said in release that the Boren Fellowship is vital for students to study topics that are important to national security.

“The Boren Fellowship is among the few awards available to fund deep pursuit of language study for graduate students, and the award underlines the commitment of both the federal government and the Institute of International Education to educate our country’s citizens,” Floyd-Wilson said.

Kim is currently a doctoral student in health policy and management in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She graduated with a degree in History from University of California-Berkeley in 2007 and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2011.

The Boren Fellowship will allow Kim to travel to Uganda where she plans to complete a project focused on improving community-based learning, according to the university.

Tenyotkin graduated from UNC in 2012 with a Global Studies and Peace, War and Defense double major and a Chinese minor. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The Boren Fellowship will enable Tenyotkin to study Mandarin in China where she plans to complete a project focuses on understanding the South China Sea conflict.

UNC Launching New Policy Treating Alcohol Abuse as Public Health Issue

UNC is implementing a new policy dealing with alcohol and substance abuse across the campus.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston Crisp told the Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee that this effort was focusing on a particularly dangerous form of alcohol use, which Crisp called “high-risk drinking.”

“We’re not talking about underage drinking, sneaking a beer,” Crisp said. “We’re not talking about having a couple of drinks.

“We’re talking about drinking for the sole purpose of getting drunk.”

John Sauls is the Dean of Students at UNC and is leading the 26-member working group studying substance abuse on campus. He said the last time the issue was studied at Carolina was the mid-90s, when Sauls himself was a new alumnus.

“We recognized that the advent of high-risk dangerous drinking, the amounts that people drink, the availability of alcohol had really changed generationally,” Sauls said. “So we had to think about some of those things as we tackled it, and we organized these five major areas.”

Those five areas of focus for the new policy are education, prevention, intervention, accountability and treatment and recovery. Sauls said this model focuses more on alcohol and substance abuse as a public health issue rather than a law enforcement issue.

“Historically, campuses have tried to cite their ways out of this problem,” Sauls said. “[Thinking] if you just had more discipline, more efforts to give people citations, then perhaps that would curb the problem. All of the data nationally tells us that is not accurate.”

Sauls said UNC is in a unique position because of the availability of alcohol near campus.

“Within a two-mile radius of where we are, there are over 50 establishments that sell or serve alcohol,” Sauls said. “We are in an alcohol-dense environment, which is very much a factor in contributing to the overall environment.”

The meeting was being held one day after the one-year anniversary of a wrong-way crash on I-85 in Orange County that left three people dead. The car going the wrong way on the interstate was being driven by Chandler Kania – a 20-year-old UNC student at the time whose blood-alcohol content the night of the crash was .17, twice the legal limit to drive in North Carolina.

Sauls and Crisp said the university, the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County and state officials are working together to tackle the issue of binge or high-risk drinking.

One innovative portion of the potential solution is hiring a clinical substance abuse counselor, which UNC is doing. Crisp said a “good portion” of the money to fund that new position was coming from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency.

The new policy is also comprehensive, meaning that it not only applies to students but everyone in the campus community. The new policy will go into effect on August 1.

A new website – – was also launched as part of this effort.

UNC’s American Indian Center Receives Grant to Strengthen Programs

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has awarded a grant to the American Indian Center at UNC to strengthen programs in preventing obesity and chronic disease.

The near-$400,000 grant will support the Healthy North Carolinians Network, a center that promotes “Healthy Eating and Active Living” for North Carolina’s tribes and Indian organizations.

Dr. Amy Locklear Hertel, director of the American Indian Center, said in a release she is excited to continue providing support of the Indian and tribal communities.

“This grant enables the center and our Native community partners to impact tribal HEAL policies, family lifestyle choices and cultural revitalization,” Hertel said.

Hertel added that the grant added a student internship element, which will allow native high school and college students to be placed within the tribal communities and evaluate the efforts.

With the grant money the HNNC will renovate facilities that allow for physical play and activity as well as creating walking trails.

This grant builds off the previous grant made by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust back in 2011.

UNC Hosts U.S. Army ‘Strategic Broadening Seminar’

For the fifth year in a row, UNC is hosting a four-week strategic broadening seminar to teach Army leaders to think strategically about national security issues. Fifty-one U.S. Army officers, warrant officers, senior non-commissioned officers and civilians will engage in the training and discussions from July 11 to August 6 as part of the longstanding partnership with the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB).

The graduate-level seminar, known as the UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program (SSFP), combines domestic and foreign national security strategy with sessions in innovation, media relations and crisis communications among others.

Retired Major General Jim Hodge is president of the IDB and said the program helps students broaden their leadership and problem-solving skills.

“These fellows will be challenged to step outside their comfort zone and I know this outstanding group will rise to the occasion,” Hodge said.

Faculty from UNC’s Peace, War and Defense department as well as the Kenan-Flagler Business School, will give lectures during the program. The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University also partners with the program to discuss strategic planning when it comes to combating acts of terror.

Participants study a variety of national security scenarios, present in the world today. In addition to their coursework, students collaborate in small groups to complete a capstone project and write and present an academic paper which demonstrates what they’ve learned.

UNC Football Adds Defensive Commit

UNC football picked up a commitment from a highly touted defensive back in the Class of 2017 on Monday.

Tre Shaw has played all over the defensive backfield for his Georgia high school, while also contributing on the offensive side.

Shaw chose UNC over scholarship offers from Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina.

Shaw announced his decision on Twitter Monday evening.

Shaw joins 14 other high school rising seniors who have committed to head coach Larry Fedora’s program.

UNC Student-Athletes Team Up with Habitat for Humanity for Efland Build

A group of UNC student-athletes traded their cleats for construction gear Saturday.

Luke Ciocca is a junior at UNC. He’s also a soccer player. On Saturday, he added handy man to his résumé.

“We’re mulching; we’re moving siding,” Ciocca said. “And I’ve come out and helped move cardboard as well as heavy lifting.”

Ciocca was one of over 100 UNC student-athletes who participated in the first Day of Service on Saturday. It’s a partnership with the Orange County Habitat for Humanity. Athletes from at least five different teams worked side-by-side with Habitat workers to finish a group of houses in Efland, so families could move in as quickly as possible.

“We wanted to find a summer project where a lot of our student-athletes could come together and give back to the community since they have a little more free time in the summer,” UNC assistant director for student-athlete services Korie Sawyer said at the event.

She said the project was so successful that they had almost too many people and not enough jobs to divvy up.

“This is the first time we’ve had kind of a big service project Day of Service,” Sawyer said. “And we think we might have to do it again in the fall and spring because there was a good turnout.”

Hannah Strom is the communications manager for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. She said Saturday was one of the most successful volunteer days Habitat has ever had.

“I think one of the great things about working with sports teams is that they’re so used to being a team and working together that they’re just a really fun group of students to work with,” Strom said.

Ciocca said he hopes to continue days of service with Habitat for Humanity, because he feels it’s so important to do something that helps the community.

“It’s something that UNC really tries to do is give back,” Ciocca said. “Especially student-athletes, because we have a lot of stuff that we get and so we try to give something back.”

Habitat for Humanity members also said they hope to plan more days of service like this in the future.

UNC Ranks 35 in U.S. Invention Patents

UNC has been ranked number 35 out of the top 100 universities to be granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015.

The report was published by the National Academy of Inventors, a non-profit organization, recognizing U.S. and international universities and non-profit research institutions that have received the most patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The National Academy of Inventors was founded on 2010 with a mission to enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

Other North Carolina Universities recognized were Duke University at 41, Wake Forest at 64, and North Carolina State University at 96.

The National Academy of Inventors has 3,000 individual inventors and oversees more than 200 member institutions.

UNC Police Investigating Porthole Alley Robbery

UNC Police are investigating a reported strong-arm robbery just off Franklin Street early Saturday.

The 26-year-old male victim was walking in Porthole Alley at 2:35 Saturday morning, according to the incident report, when he was approached by four suspects.

Police say the victim was assaulted and the suspects took his cellphone. Authorities say the victim was not a student at UNC. Records have his address listed in Durham.

Two suspects fled the scene in a silver vehicle, according to law enforcement, while the other two fled on foot as police arrived and were apprehended.

The victim did not report seeing a weapon and was transported for treatment of his injuries. Police did not provide an update on his health status.

UNC Department of Public Safety spokesperson Randy Young said that the two suspects arrested were Monti Karlter and Chesley Dion McSwain – both 18 years old.

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UNC Awarded $23 Million Grant for HIV Research

UNC will continue its innovative “kick and kill” initiative for eradicating HIV after being chosen to receive funding from The National Institutes of Health.

Over the next five years, UNC will receive funding of nearly $23 million after being chosen from a competitive application process by the NIH, according to a release from the university.

David Margolis, MD, Professor of Medicine at UNC and Principal Investigator of CARE (Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication), said in a release that he believes CARE was chosen for funding for several reasons.

“As we seek to both do discovery science and progress new therapies, our long-standing collaboration with Merck was extremely productive. We have now developed a new and unique partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which resulted in Qura Therapeutics,” Margolis said.

UNC and GSK announced the partnership behind Qura Theraputics in May 2015.

CARE was first funded in 2011 through its Martin Delaney Collaboratory program for HIV cure research. It was the first major funding initiative to focus on eradicating HIV from the body, according to a release.

The “kick and kill” initiative for curing HIV involves waking up latent or sleeping virus in the body and boosting the immune system. The plan is then to have the immune system to recognize the virus and eradicate it.

Margolis said that researchers will now be able to take what they have learned over the last five years into the next five years through this grant.

“Over the next five years we will develop better ways to detect, measure and reverse latency. We will find ways to pair latency reversal with clearance of the virus because these two parts of the strategy must work together,” Margolis said.