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

Mark your calendars now for UNC Kenan-Flagler Reunion Weekend – April 24 – 26, 2015 – to “Come Back and Give Back.”   We are finalizing 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 – 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

Mark Griffin: Up for the challenge

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Thanks to the generosity of Mark Griffin (BSBA ’77), UNC Kenan-Flagler offered leadership training to more students this year by enabling them to participate in the School’s Magnetic Leadership Simulation, a day-long exercise that creates the pressures of a real-world management setting in the safety of a classroom. “Magnetic Leadership is a business simulation that provides an opportunity for students to practice skills and competencies important to effective leadership,” says Mindy Storrie (EMBA ’97), director of leadership development.  “It helps students gain a deeper understanding of their natural leadership style, strengths and areas for improvement.  Participants have the chance to co-lead a team in a simulated safe environment that mimics the real-life decisions leaders face on a daily basis.” “I Read More

Social Media Day 2014: Get LinkedIn to UNC Kenan-Flagler!

June 30, 2014 By kfblogsadmin2

Alums, are you LinkedIn? Our UNC Kenan-Flagler LinkedIn University Page launched in Fall ’13 and provides alumni and students with an easy way to stay in touch. When you add UNC Kenan-Flagler to your profile, you’ll automatically receive the latest school news, events and stories in your LinkedIn news feed. Follow these easy steps to get LinkedIn to UNC Kenan-Flagler: Navigate to your LinkedIn profile and click “edit” Scroll to the “education” section In the “school” box, type “UNC Kenan-Flagler” and click the drop-down menu to select Add your dates of enrollment, degree and any other info you’d like to include on your profile, then click “save” It’s that easy! And if you haven’t already done so, be sure to join our LinkedIn group, where students Read More