Funding Priority

Spaces that Create Much More than Space

Carolina’s campus is known for its beauty; cited by many as one of the most scenic in all of higher education. We seek to amplify that beauty by intensifying the impact made in each space. In this campaign, we will create buildings and spaces that optimize student success in academics and athletics, providing both students and faculty access to the most advanced environments to realize the potential of their work.

Students and the Educational Experience
    Todd Boyette, right, the director of Morehead Planetarium, explains the workings of one of the interactive exhibits to Mickell Wilson, 10, a student at Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro, during a class trip to Morehead Planeterium on July 21, 2017, in Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    Where Thinkers Become Makers.

    Amazing things can happen for humanity when minds meet, especially when those minds meet at the Murray Hall makerspace. This 3,500-square-foot facility is the central hub of Be a Maker (“BeAM”), a network of makerspaces where the Carolina community comes together to design and build objects for education and entrepreneurship.

    Solutions to scientific and technical challenges often come from unexpected places, so we created places for people to come together, share ideas and be makers. BeAM joins traditional woodworking, metalworking and digital fabrication with today’s emerging technologies to turn ideas into solutions.

    Projects have included nesting units for bees — an endangered building block for our ecosystem — and a telescope. Lessons teach how to operate fundamental tools of the future such as 3-D printers and laser cutters. The makerspaces also build figurative bridges, as people from different departments partner to lend their expertise to different sides of problem-solving; a community inspired to imagine, design and create.

    Dr. Rich Superfine is creating access to makerspaces across campus, creating engaging collaborative spaces for innovation. He’s the Taylor-Williams Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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    Rich and Tracy DeSelm pose in front of flowers.
    Student Support

    Honoring a Father and Coach

    Family endows a swimming and diving scholarship to honor their father, the former head coach.

    Jenny Suwanmanee poses in front of blooming azaleas.
    Student Support

    Exploring an Interconnected World

    Supporting a student’s desire to seek out global experiences and opportunities

    Professor teaching online class while sitting behind a desk covered in papers and folders
    Global Impact

    Collaborating across continents

    A new format of courses is helping Carolina students and faculty share ideas with counterparts across the world.

    Susan Gravely and Bill Ross gaze at each other on a balcony overlooking the city of Florence.
    Donor

    Giving the Gift of Global Education

    Bill Ross surprised his wife, Susan Gravely, with a donation to Carolina study abroad scholarships.

    Law

    An Advocate for Mental Health

    Hands-on clinic work at the UNC School of Law equipped Sarah Hoffman ’21 (J.D.) with skills to advocate for improved mental health resources in North Carolina prisons.

    UNC - Chapel Hill

    Amplifying Asian-American Stories

    Nash Consing ’21 brings his visual media and storytelling skills to bear to make sure Asian-American voices are represented and heard.