A Centennial Celebration

November 28, 2012 By unc kenan-flagler

On December 2, alumnus Cyrus Aman (BSCOM ’34) will officially celebrate his 100th birthday, and he’s starting the party early. Earlier this fall, Mr. Aman decided to commemorate the occasion with a $100,000 gift to UNC Chapel Hill, which will benefit the Chancellor’s Fund, Lineberger Cancer Center and UNC Kenan-Flagler.

UNC Kenan-Flagler hosted Aman, his daughter, Jane Liepis, and son-in-law, Bill Liepis, on November 11 for a day of celebration and sightseeing on the UNC campus.

Since Aman is a cousin of Charles Kuralt (AB ’55, LITDH ’91), he and his family members began the day by attending the JOMC Homecoming Sunday Brunch at the Carolina Inn, which featured an introduction by Woody Durham, longtime Voice of the Tar Heels, and guest speaker John Skipper (AB ’78), president of ESPN.

Following the brunch, Aman and family visited Charles Kuralt’s office in Carroll Hall and enjoyed a golf cart tour of the campus led by Kenan-Flagler student Gina Barbato (BSBA ’14).

Coach Roy Williams meets Cyrus Aman and his daughter Jane Liepis

For Aman, the high point of the day was an arranged photo opportunity with Roy Williams (AB ’72, MAT ’73) before touring UNC Kenan-Flagler and then attending a UNC basketball game at the Dean Smith Center.

According to Jane Liepis, “This was a memorable event for Dad, Bill and me! It surpassed all of our expectations, with the meeting with Roy Williams being the highlight for Dad. It was extremely gracious of Williams to take time on a game day.  The day far surpassed our expectations, and the consideration and outreach of so many reinforced our belief that the Tar Heel Family is the greatest!”

“Mr. Aman is a very loyal alum, is financially supportive of several areas of campus and we had a wonderful Carolina day that was capped by his first ever game in the Smith Center. His turning 100 coincides with the 100th year of the GAA, and he is 100 percent proud to be a Tar Heel!  We couldn’t be more pleased to have him as our graduate,” said Brad Shafer, Kenan-Flagler’s associate dean for advancement.