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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mozambikes: On the Road in Mozambique

Lauren Thomas (BSBA ’04) recently launched a social venture – Mozambikes – to bring affordable transportation to low income individuals in Mozambique.  Mozambikes customizes bicycles with the colors and brands of local businesses. The businesses pay a fee for the advertising, enabling Mozambikes to offer high-quality bicycles to locals at affordable prices.  In a country where 50 percent live on less than $2 a day and close to 90 percent of the population is in the informal agriculture sector, bicycles can help people multiply their daily incomes.  Mozambikes has already been recognized in a number of social business plan competitions – as a finalist in the Cartier Women’s Business Initiative in 2011, a semi-finalist in the Echoing Green and Pop-Tech Read More

Research with Impact: Anil Shivdasani

Kenan-Flagler’s faculty members are known for publishing research in top academic journals, but their impact doesn’t stop there. The findings of finance professor Anil Shivdasani are a prime example of research with real-world relevance.  Shivdasani, the Wachovia Distinguished Professor of Finance, director of the Wachovia Center for Corporate Finance and a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar, is an award-winning instructor of mergers and acquisitions and corporate financial strategy. One topic of Shivdasani’s recent research focuses on the huge increase in the volume of corporate spin-offs in 2011, with activity on track for nearly six times spin-off volume in 2010. Shivdasani’s article “Spin-offs: Tackling the Conglomerate Discount” appears in the Fall 2011 issue of Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. “We’ve entered Read More

Great Teaching Inspires Parmelees’ Planned Gift

Bill and Luann Parmelee had very different majors while undergraduate students at UNC, but they had one thing in common: excellent instructors, great professors, knowledgeable mentors. The Parmelees, who recently moved from Charlotte, N.C., to Palm Beach, Fla., have consistently given back to UNC over many years. They just made another big move by creating two funds for faculty excellence at UNC, via a bequest in their wills. Luann, who graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, grew up in Wake Forest, N.C. She knew she wanted to come to UNC because she had heard it offered a great education. “I was able to attend college with the help of grant money, a scholarship and work-study, so Read More

Making Holiday Wishes Come True

This month UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Master of Accounting Student Association (MACSA) sponsored the school’s participation in the 2011 Holiday Gift Wish Project. This annual community service project – now in its 15th year – invites members of the Kenan-Flagler community to purchase holiday gifts for low income families, provided by Durham County Social Services. In recent years the school contributed approximately 100 brand new gifts to family members each year, and this year was no exception. According to project contact Madison Crum (MAC ’12), “With everyone’s help, we have continued this legacy.  All of the gift wish cards were taken from our MACSA Holiday Tree within two days, providing for 25 people in eight families this season. ” MAC students then Read More

Weatherspoon Lecture 2012

Please join us for our annual Weatherspoon Lecture on Jan 30, 2012.   We are proud to welcome Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq.  The speech will be held at 5:30 p.m. in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Koury Auditorium and all are welcome to attend. Praised for his inclusive tactics, convivial style and result-oriented approach, Ambassador Khalilzad has earned broad respect around the world for his record in the most turbulent areas of U.S foreign policy.  Serving as the 26th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, he dealt with extraordinary global issues during one of the most challenging periods in our history, including the Russia-Georgia conflict and the Mumbai terror attacks.  He Read More