Around Campus: Monday, September 30, 2013

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Fostering Innovation

To create more opportunities for students to engage in "truly transformative education," UNC President Kay Norton announced Tuesday during her annual State of the University address a plan to invest $1 million in innovative projects over the next two years.

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Commencement Student Speaker Applications Due Oct. 4

All graduating seniors have some unforgettable moments and stories from college to tell, and if you'd like to tell yours during Fall Commencement, you have until Friday, Oct. 4, to apply. Requirements include having a 2.8+ GPA, graduating in December and involvement with UNC campus life. More information and application forms are on the Dean of Students' website.

Additional Alternative Spring Break Information Sessions Scheduled

If you didn't make it to one of the Alternative Spring Break info sessions last week, don't worry because there are three more coming up, including one tomorrow, Oct. 1. To find out the details of the info sessions or to learn more about ASB trips, keep reading.

Alternative Spring Break trips are substance-free, student-led projects that use direct service to immerse students into different cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic communities across the nation to confront and learn about current social and cultural issues.

If you have a passion for service, enjoy learning about social issues or are looking for an opportunity that will engage your community, one of the info sessions below is the place to go whether you want to be involved as a site leader or a participant.

Info sessions will cover this spring's trips, the application process and answer your questions.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1; 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9; 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 10; 6-7 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the lobby outside the Student Activities Office on the second floor of the University Center.

More info also is available on the ASB website.

Workshops on Research Resources for History Students Offered

History students, this is for you. Michener Library will offer walk-in workshops this week about research resources available for you. For more info on this great opportunity, click here.

Take Back The Night Rally Oct. 3 to Feature Award-Winning Poet

Help break the silence and stop the violence at Take Back the Night, a march and rally against violence and sexual assault starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Garden Theatre. Listen to inspiring true-life experiences and award-winning slam poetry from Carlos Andres Gomez. A candlelight and picket-sign march around campus will follow.

Gomez, star of HBO's Def Poetry and Spike Lee's acclaimed movie, Inside Man, has performed at over 200 colleges and universities since 2006. In the past year, he wowed students at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC., was a headline performer at Central Park SummerStage, and most recently, showcased his talent in MTV's first-ever poetry slam alongside hip hop luminary Talib Kweli.

A former social worker and public school teacher, Gomez first made a name for himself by winning at the Apollo Theater's infamous Amateur Night and later as a member of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe's slam team. In 2008, he collaborated with Tony Award-winning tap dance legend Savion Glover on Broadway.

Taste of A/PASS Switches to Two Nights

This year instead of just one night, Asian/Pacific American Student Services' Taste of A/PASS will be two nights, with student clubs offering free free authentic ethnic food, entertainment and fun for everyone at the Kohl House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 3. All members of the campus community are invited to stop by.

First Wednesday Book Sale Oct. 2

Friends of UNC Libraries will host the First Wednesday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2 on the first floor of Michener Library. A wide variety of books and music will be available, and a special focus table will feature music, art and culture. Proceeds benefit projects and events of University Libraries. For more information, call 351-2640.