The Fountain

Spring 2009 — Tar Heel Footprints

Walking the Brick Pathways
Steve Matson
In his first months as the new Dean of the Graduate School, Steve Matson made good use of the skills he used for years in his laboratory in Fordham Hall.
Leading the Leaders
Debra Stewart
When Debra Stewart first arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970, she struggled in the chaos of the intense, politically charged campus.
The Myth of the Ivory Tower
It is an unfortunate stereotype: Graduate students waste several years on impractical research in libraries and labs only to enter the academy and train others to do the same.
Reversing the Brain Drain
In the mid-1950s, North Carolina had the second-lowest per capita income in the US. The state's three major industries—furniture, textiles and tobacco—were losing steam.
Leading for Today, Planning for Tomorrow
Linda Garrou
North Carolina Senator Linda Garrou (D-Forsyth) understands how important education is to the economic health of the Tar Heel state.
Tar Heel Footprints
Many graduate alumni of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are using their advanced degrees to impact the economic, educational, social and cultural landscape of North Carolina. Highlighted here is a small sample of these Tar Heels.
Caring for Carolina
Robert Greczyn
Long before Robert Greczyn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, he was an 18-year-old driving from New Jersey to North Carolina to begin his freshman year of college.
A Quiet Difference
Harry Jones
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, ideological battles over issues of race were raging throughout North Carolina. Often the conflict centered on education—and people like Harry Jones who crossed the boundaries of expectations.
A Heart of Blues
Timothy Duffy
In the background, the rhythm of sorrow and joy floats through the air like a thick fog. Fingers gracefully strum a guitar, a foot taps a slow count and lips take on the motion of words as the mind wanders back to the birth of the often-forgotten song of the blues.
More than Meets the Eye
Priscilla Patterson Taylor
Today, it is hard to imagine Priscilla Patterson Taylor sleeping with a pistol under her pillow in Vietnam during the height of the Vietnam War.
Opportunity Realized
Von Best Whitaker
In the coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina, there lived a woman with an old dream.
Crossing Disciplines
Vincent Gonzalez
Interdisciplinarity is a hot topic on college campuses across the nation.