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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    Grace Yook poses in front of Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Alumni

    Forging Her Path

    Grace Yook is the first Asian woman to graduate from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s dual-degree program with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

    Student Support

    Belonging and Empowerment

    The Carolina Covenant helped Juan Castro '22 feel like he belonged in Chapel Hill. Now, the senior class president is serving as a mentor to younger students and an advisor to administrators as he helps create a more inclusive community at Carolina.

    Jocelyn Rives poses for senior picture in her cap and gown
    Alumni

    Hard Work Pays Off

    Jocelyn Rives '20 becomes the first in her immediate family to earn a college degree.

    Cole Mueller poses in front of the Old Well in a cap and gown
    Alumni

    Tar Heel Traditions

    Cole Mueller ‘20 returns to campus to complete his Carolina bucket list.

    A student rides a bicycle in front of the Bell Tower at UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Student Support

    A College Education within Reach

    Meet a few of the amazing students Carolina is able to attract and retain through Scholarships at Carolina.

    Ashley Medina plays a flute outdoors at Carolina.

    A Call to Serve

    With an older sister already in college and two younger siblings, Ashley Medina was excited to learn about the support for military families through the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge.