DURHAM – With a little more than three months until graduation, Kailey Morgan grows reflective as she considers life after Durham School of the Arts.
HENDERSON -- The Paralegal Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College was recently designated as a Qualified Paralegal Studies Program by the North Carolina State Bar.
The School for Creative Studies held its first Geography Bee on Jan. 16. Twenty-nine students participated with 10 of them making it to the final round.
By Alex Granados
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This month’s questions all began with a variation on this theme:
Q: About the winter weather in February…
CHAPEL HILL -- James McCann will deliver a talk on changes in hydrology in sub-Saharan Africa at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 1005 at the FedEx Global Education Center.
Roger-Herr has top spellers
Madi Jakes (eighth grade), Matthew Conquista (sixth grade), and Aidan Keaveney (eighth grade) represented Rogers-Herr at the regional History Bee Finals in Concord.
Duke News Service
DURHAM -- Martin Eakes, co-founder of the Self-Help Credit Union that has financed housing and development for tens of thousands of local residents and small businesses, will join five members of the Duke community to be honored today at the university's annual Samuel Dubois Cook Society Dinner.
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.
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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.
The adage is true: time flies.
The 2014-15 school year is receding in the distance, although it is not quite over. We have students working in summer programs. Teachers have been participating in professional development. Principals are hiring staff.