Fayetteville State University designated the first Purple Heart University in UNC System

The Military Order of the Purple Heart has designated Fayetteville State University (FSU) a Purple Heart University, making FSU the first university in the University of North Carolina System to receive the honor. The Purple Heart University designation is in recognition of FSU’s history of supporting veterans and their families.

ECU, Fayetteville State University advance partnership to benefit students, region

Leaders from East Carolina University and Fayetteville State University met at ECU’s Main Campus Student Center Friday to take the next step in a partnership intended to promote graduate recruitment and education; undergraduate student engagement and collaboration; and research, public service and scholarship.

UNCSA returns to in-person performances in 2021-22 with a sweeping season of dance, drama, music and film

UNCSA announces a return to live performance with a 2021-22 season that spans time-honored classics and works by today’s visionary composers, choreographers, filmmakers and playwrights who represent an array of stories and voices from throughout our contemporary world. The wide-ranging season includes film, dance, drama and music created and performed by talented students and world-class faculty, distinguished alumni and celebrated guest artists.

NC A&T joins Duke, other major partners, in $20M Artificial Intelligence Center

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is playing a critical role in the creation of Athena, a new artificial intelligence (AI) research center led by Duke University and including Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prominent institutional partners. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security, Athena is part of a $220 million investment in 11 AI research institutes engaging campuses in 40 states nationwide.

Elizabeth City State University, United Airlines Launch Partnership

Elizabeth City State University and United Airlines Aviate pilot career development program have partnered to train a new generation of pilots. On Friday, Aug. 27, on the ECSU campus, university officials will be joined by United Airlines representatives to launch a partnership that seeks to not only train future pilots, but also bring more women and people of color into the ranks of commercial aviation.

New Fund Helps NC State Students Overcome COVID-19 Educational Impacts

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has announced the creation of a Hardship Fund to increase its ongoing support of NC State’s Community College Collaboration (C3) program. This grant addendum will assist students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NC State Mosquito-Resistant Clothing Prevents Bites in Trials

North Carolina State University researchers have created insecticide-free, mosquito-resistant clothing using textile materials they confirmed to be bite-proof in experiments with live mosquitoes. They developed the materials using a computational model of their own design, which describes the biting behavior of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries viruses that cause human diseases like Zika, Dengue fever and yellow fever.

Stormy Outlook

A new paper published by an East Carolina University researcher in the Department of Coastal Studies shines light on the effect human-made infrastructure and natural topography has on coastal wetlands after major storm events.

N.C. A&T charts single-year growth of 30% in sponsored research support

In a year in which universities across America struggled to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing and launching new research, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University faculty brought in a record $78.2 million in scientific contracts and grants, a 30% increase over FY2020.

FSU clears $1.6 million in student balances

At Fayetteville State University (FSU), leaders recently utilized pandemic funding to clear the debt of all students who attended the university at any point during the pandemic. Any student with a past due balance was cleared. Students attending the FSU from fall 2019 to spring 2021 now have zero balances.

New Agreement Offers Eligible Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Guaranteed Admission to UNC Charlotte

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College officially launched a guaranteed admission partnership with UNC Charlotte at a recent meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees. Representatives from both institutions were on hand to formally sign an agreement for the 49erNext program, which provides guaranteed admission for eligible Rowan-Cabarrus students who transfer to UNC Charlotte to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

How Carolina is reducing its carbon footprint with oyster shells and marsh grass

When it comes to helping in the fight against climate change, reducing your carbon footprint is a regularly suggested tactic — both for individuals and organizations.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences helping the University do just that with a blue carbon habitat in Morehead City. This human-made habitat collects and stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and serves as a carbon emission offset for Carolina, which is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

Record $7.5M gift to renovate dorms, add academic commons at NCSSM

A $7.5-million private gift — the largest ever in the history of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics — will help construct a new academic commons on the Durham campus and will launch an effort to renovate every residence hall as well.

Students Apply Storytelling Skills to Curb Spread of Coronavirus

As the global community marked the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, students in their first semester multimedia storytelling course at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University produced a series of audio public service announcements designed to persuade their peers across campus to continue wearing masks, frequently washing hands and social distancing.

App State and Banfield Pet Hospital® announce new online vet tech program

Appalachian State University and Banfield Pet Hospital® — the leading provider of preventive veterinary care in the U.S. and part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices — have announced a partnership aimed at strengthening the pipeline of licensed veterinary technicians and creating a more sustainable future for the veterinary profession.

ECU helps older adults plan for the road ahead

As baby boomers age, some are outliving their ability to drive. That’s why it’s important to have a transportation plan, and East Carolina University occupational therapists are helping older drivers plan for continued independence — with or without a driver’s license.

NCSSM developing cybersecurity curriculum with support of $100K Cisco grant

The largest enterprise cybersecurity company in the world, Cisco, has directed a $100,000 grant to North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics to create national K-12 academic resources that will help prepare today’s students to become leaders in the crucial field of cybersecurity, the school announced today.

PBS North Carolina Launches Classroom Connection

PBS North Carolina, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) and the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, presents the statewide broadcast premiere of Classroom Connection, Tuesday, February 2, at 8 AM, on PBS NC and online, at pbs.org/ahl.

$6.8M gift to the UNC School of Nursing funds simulation center, scholarships

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing received $6.8 million to fund a world-class nursing simulation center and scholarships for second-career nursing students. The donation from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, the nation’s largest charitable trust devoted exclusively to supporting nursing students and nursing education, is the largest private donation in the history of the UNC School of Nursing.