CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a symposium and planning session for the mayors and municipal staffs of six historically black Southern towns Wednesday and Thursday.
By Bert L’Homme
Special to The Herald-Sun
We have a lot of work to do to bring Durham Public Schools and each of our 33,750 students to their fullest potential. There are examples of greatness and innovation across our entire county: students acing Advanced Placement courses, children bent over laptops and tablets in one-to-one technology environments, and elementary children learning Mandarin Chinese or working in Montessori classrooms. What our school district needs to achieve — and will achieve — is consistent excellence in every classroom on every campus.
Hey fellas, Bakari didn’t forget you. True to his word, Bakari Smith, a 17-year-old senior at Hillside High School, asked if he could give a “shout out” to his friends during an interview last week to talk about Smith being named the Durham Public Schools’ Student of the Month.
CHAPEL HILL – For many families, the college application process can be daunting, largely due to a lack of information, access to resources, or the like. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and CHC Delta Foundation wants to assist in making this process as seamless and achievable as possible for youth, and their parents. On Saturday, Feb. 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the chapter will host a Teen Summit titled, “Are You Ready for College?” at UNC Chapel Hill’s Student Union. The event is free but registration is required.
Bullock to Retire from Duke Kunshan University
DURHAM -- Mary Brown Bullock, the founding executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University (DKU), will retire from her post in summer 2015.
She has served as the joint venture university’s chief academic and administrative officer since 2012, overseeing two years of preparation, faculty and staff recruitment, and the opening of the campus and first year of academic operations at the university in Kunshan, China.
Bullock is a scholar of U.S.-China relations. She plans to continue her engagement with higher education and U.S.-China relations in her role as vice chair of the Asia Foundation, as a member of the Schwarzman Scholars Academic Advisory Council, and as a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and of the Henry Luce Foundation.
UNC unveils new patent resource unit
CHAPEL HILL -- Inventors and entrepreneurs who are developing patent and market strategies for their idea or invention have a new resource: The Patent Landscaping and Market Evaluation Program offered by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
The program offers custom reports that provide strategic views and contextual analysis to build business ideas into working technology and intellectual property.
These reports identify patent landscaping, a type of research process that creates an overview of the patents that are pending or in place in a particular area, market research and other factors affecting new products and processes.
The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise offers the program for a fee to startups, small business and other universities, while continuing to provide it at no cost to UNC Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students.
For more information, write email@example.com or visit www.ki-plme.unc.edu.
UNC offers first-deadline admission to 6,235
CHAPEL HILL -- More than 6,200 candidates from a record first-deadline pool of 17,149 were offered admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s fall 2015 entering class last week. The pool was 1 percent larger than last year, marking the third year in a row that UNC has set a record for the number of first-deadline applicants. Early action applicants from North Carolinians increased by 3 percent over last year.
A total of 31,929 students (first and second deadline) have applied for first-year admission, setting the 10th consecutive record of first-year applications at UNC Chapel Hill. Decisions for second-deadline applicants will be released by the end of March. The university expects 4,000 new first-year students to enroll in August.
The Durham Public Schools is asking for community feedback on a proposal to not start middle schools and high schools before 8 a.m., beginning in the 2016-17 school year.
Q: When is “An Evening of Entertainment,” and what will I see and hear there?
A: This Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. will be the annual “An Evening of Entertainment” gala performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center. More than 500 vocal music students from DPS elementary, middle and high schools will take the stage for one night only in a professionally-choreographed spectacular that has been a DPS arts highlight for 35 years.
Nine teachers win grants
Nine beginning Durham Public Schools teachers received a boost from local chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International, through $200 “Kick-Off Career” Teacher Grants last month.
When your child’s quarterly report card arrives, is that the beginning or the end of a conversation? When my children brought theirs home, I never looked at their grades and thought, “Case closed.” I talked with them about their teachers, homework and challenges. We made plans for improvement and we celebrated successes based on their grades, but I always knew that there was more to their learning experiences — positive and negative — than could be revealed in a single letter on a page.
Lakewood Montessori Middle School recently placed second in the state in the Middle School Regional Mock Trial Competition and will represent North Carolina in the Battle of the Carolinas competition in Pittsboro, against teams from both North Carolina and South Carolina Feb. 6-7.
Lino Morales, a junior at Durham Performance Learning Center, says his favorite subjects are math and science, but the 17-year-old has the heart and soul of a muse.
The Durham Public Schools will hold winter graduations today (Jan. 20) at 6 p.m. at the Durham School of the Arts.
Duke’s Wilson wins top bioengineering prize
DURHAM – Blake S. Wilson, an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and surgery at Duke University and co-director of the Duke Hearing Center, has been awarded the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize.
Two DPS students chosen Coca-Cola Scholars finalist
Keith Beasley, a Hillside High senior, and Inestin Petit-Homme, a Middle College High School senior at Durham Technical Community College, have advanced as semifinalists in a scholarship program sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Q: How can I help mentor a DPS student?
A: That’s a timely question, considering that January is National Mentoring Month, which celebrates how each of us as individuals or groups can work together to support our students as role models, friends, advisors and advocates. There are many different kinds of mentoring relationships. Some mentors sit one-on-one with a child as a friend and confidante. Others work with students from a career perspective, helping children draw a connection between the kinds of work they would like to do after graduation and the academic and social skills they need to develop today.
Some of the best educators in North Carolina are right here in Durham Public Schools, and I am proud to tell you about them.