IMPACT

A Giant West Coast Welcome

October 14, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

More than 40 UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered on Sep. 9 for a reception and baseball game at AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants – bringing together alumni living in the area for the second year in a row. At the reception, held in the park’s new edible garden, UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Doug Shackelford welcomed attendees and provided an update on activities and initiatives at the School. Alumnus Bobby Evans (BSBA ’91), vice president and assistant general manager for the San Francisco Giants, facilitated the event.  Evans is beginning his 21st season in the Giants baseball operations department. “I always wanted to play the game and went into business school with interests Read More

Reach for the top: Let’s grow the Alumni Career Advisors Network

October 8, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

One of the benefits of attending a highly-ranked business school is joining an incredible community of top-notch faculty, alumni, fellow classmates and staff – and that’s especially true at UNC Kenan-Flagler, where our emphasis on community begins in the admissions process and continues long after you leave Chapel Hill. The UNC Kenan-Flagler community is an active, vibrant and rich resource offering support and guidance throughout your career. We are delighted to be ranked No. 8 globally in The Economist’s ranking of MBA programs for the helpfulness of our alumni network.  But we’d like to do even better! Our network of alumni can be tapped into in many different ways:  alumni receptions, alumni club events and networking meetings, and conferences, to Read More

Our growing community of support

September 12, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of nearly 6,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, corporations, foundations and organizations for their contributions to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Together these donors contributed $15,449,165 to UNC Kenan-Flagler in cash and future commitments—a 7 percent increase over the same period last year. They contributed $10,925,536 in total cash received, and this total includes $2,594,422 in unrestricted gifts to our Annual Fund—an 8 percent increase over last year’s Annual Fund total. We continue to see growth in the number of households that give at the Dean’s Circle level—annual gifts of $1,000 and above. In 2013-14, 753 new households joined the Dean’s Circle, up from 673 households in 2012-13. Read More

Promoting a cycle of generosity

September 10, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Thanks to the generosity of the John Adams family – John Adams Sr., John Adams Jr., Vicki Adams and JQ Adams (BSBA ’14) – more UNC Kenan-Flagler students will have the opportunity to harness their entrepreneurial aspirations and launch them into hyper-drive, supporting their transition to entrepreneurship over the course of their career.                                   This year the family established the Adams Apprenticeship Program, designed to be the premier social capital network and entrepreneurship preparation program affiliated with a top 20 business school. The program will support UNC undergraduate and graduate students aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs. Its goals are to substantially enhance the entrepreneurial Read More

Fall 2014 alumni receptions

September 9, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Advancement office is planning a great schedule of alumni receptions this fall, all hosted by Dean Doug Shackelford.  Each event will provide you with latest important news from UNC Kenan-Flagler, give you some excellent opportunities to network with fellow alumni and serve up a great spread of food and drink to enjoy.  These events are offered at no charge. Here is the lineup: Oct. 6, 2014 – New York at Westin Times Square Nov. 11, 2014 – Dallas at The Stoneleigh Nov. 19, 2014 – Atlanta at The Buckhead Theatre Dec. 4, 2014 – Charlotte at The Westin.  During this event, we will honor David Carroll (BSBA ’79) with the eighth annual Hugh L. McColl Legacy Award. Read More

Virginia is for Tar Heels events

September 9, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

During the week of Oct. 20-24, the UNC General Alumni Association and UNC Kenan-Flagler will sponsor a series of Tar Heel events in Virginia, leading up to the UNC vs. Virginia football game on Oct. 25. For two of these events, programming will feature UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty members Jim Johnson (for the Northern Virginia event) and Ted Zoller (for the Charlottesville event).  We are proud that these two wonderful professors will represent UNC Kenan-Flagler and share their expertise. We hope you can join us at one or more of these events.  Here is the schedule: Oct. 20, 2014 – Norfolk at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club Oct. 21, 2014 – Roanoke at Hotel Roanoke Oct. 22, 2014 – Richmond at Read More

Ted Zoller and other UNC faculty members recognized for projects that strengthen relationships with communities

September 9, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler, was recently honored for his recent graduation from the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program. See full news release below.                               (Chapel Hill, N.C.—Aug. 28, 2014) – The nine members of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Class IV spent the past two years working to strengthen partnerships between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the surrounding community. The program, an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service, brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their scholarship. Scholars participate Read More

Alumnus Adam Gerdts selected as associate dean of advancement

August 18, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Adam Gerdts (BA ’00, EMBA ’14) has been selected as associate dean of advancement for UNC Kenan-Flagler following a competitive national search. “Adam is thrilled to take on this new role and provide the leadership, skills and results that we need to achieve our goals for the School,” said Douglas A. Shackelford, dean. “He did a tremendous job in the interim role and collaborated seamlessly to increase our engagement with alumni and friends,” Shackelford said. “After working closely with him for the last few months and traveling together to see many key donors, I am confident that Adam is the right person to lead our advancement team to raise the funds that will provide a strong financial foundation for the Read More

Reunion Weekend 2015

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Registration is now available for UNC Kenan-Flagler Reunion Weekend – April 24 – 26, 2015 – to “Come Back and Give Back.” We have a great weekend of activities and programming to let you reminisce and reconnect with your classmates and the business school. This family-friendly weekend will offer you the chance to visit your favorite campus at the most beautiful time of the year!  In addition to your classmates, current and former faculty and staff, and current students will also join us to celebrate your milestones.  We’ll have special activities, educational sessions and TED talks, social events, networking opportunities and more. We welcome our returning classes from: 1955 – 1960 – 1965 –1970 – 1975 – 1980 – 1985 Read More

Dean’s Speaker Series for 2014-15

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

UNC Kenan-Flagler is pleased to welcome Chuck Swoboda for the first Dean’s Speaker Series event of the academic year on Monday September 15. Charles M. “Chuck” Swoboda is president, chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., where he and Cree are leading the LED lighting revolution to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.  Cree is an innovator of LED lighting as well as semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. Chuck joined Cree in 1993, and during this time the company has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion.  Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has Read More