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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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    Student Support

    The Power of a Scholarship

    A scholarship helped Rick Margerison ’70 graduate from Carolina with minimal debt. Decades later, he and his family have established scholarship funds to help current Carolina students do the same.

    UNC PhD student Riley Vickers stands in front of a pond at Carolina's North Forest.
    Student Support

    Membranes and Modeling

    Royster Fellow and Ph.D. student Riley Vickers is bringing his distinct expertise to a multidisciplinary team working to improve the world’s access to clean water.

    Bryn Barker and DJ Passey hold hands with their twin boys on a beach.
    Student Support

    Dissertations and Diapers

    A Royster Fellowship proves crucial as married Ph.D. students Bryn Barker and DJ Passey juggle graduate studies and parenting twins.

    Kainat Aslam
    Student Support

    Creating a Pathway

    With help from the Carolina Covenant’s Rural Medicine Pathway Program, Kainat Aslam is now a first-year medical student fulfilling her dreams to become a doctor.

    Carolina Covenant alum Larry Thi poses outside in front of a wooded park.
    Alumni

    Strengthening Alumni Connections

    As the first chair of the new Carolina Covenant Alumni Advisory Board, Larry Thi is helping to strengthen alumni connections, events and services.

    Carolina Covenant Scholar Lindsay Corbett poses outside on UNC's campus.
    Student Support

    Building a Family of Scholars

    While Lindsay Corbett is busy serving communities, she’s also instrumental in building community as chair of the Carolina Covenant Student Advisory Council.