The Frank Porter Graham Student Union Renovation and Expansion was completed. Seventy-two years after Graham Memorial opened, the entire Union re-opens to continue to serve as Edward Kidder Graham called, "a student club house building large enough to center and contain religious, social, and general student activities for the whole college."
Activist and former director of the National Organization for Women Patricia Ireland spoke at Carroll Hall. The event was sponsored by the Department of Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Curriculum in Women's Studies.
The Order of the Golden Fleece celebrated its centennial. As part of the observance, Francis Collins, University alumnus and director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, delivered an address about personal excellence in Hill Hall.
Edward O. Wilson, known for his groundbreaking work on biodiversity, spoke at the University.
Alice Walker spoke at Hill Hall. The Pulitzer Prize- and American Book award-winning author visited campus as a Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences.
SOAR, the Southern Observatory for Astrophysical Research, was formally dedicated. A collaboration of UNC-Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory, and the Ministry of Science of Brazil, the observatory is a state-of-the-art, lightweight, computer-controlled, four-meter telescope that sits atop Cerro Pachon, a nine thousand-foot mountain in Chileäó»s northern Andes Mountains.
"The Gift" was dedicated. A mosaic of light-colored brick, it is the campus's first monument to Native Americans. Haliwa-Saponi artist Senora Lynch of Warrenton, North Carolina, created the public art. "The Gift" can be found on the courtyard between the old and new Student Union buildings.
The University celebrated a groundbreaking for its new state-of-the-art Carolina Physical Science Complex. The $205 million complex is the largest construction project in the history of the University (as of 2004).
Julius Chambers addressed the Class of 2004 in Kenan Memorial Stadium. Chambers graduated first in his class from the UNC School of Law in 1962, having also been editor-in-chief for the North Carolina Law Review (the first African American to hold this title in any historically white law school in the South).
The inaugural "Light on the Hill Award" was given to Walter Royal Davis of Chapel Hill and Midland, TX to honor his lifetime of loyalty and dedication to the University.
In a joint session, the General Assembly honored former University of North Carolina president William C. Friday.
Governor Mike Easley signed into law House Bill 1264, which provides $180 million in funding for a new cancer hospital to be built by the UNC Health Care System.
The University celebrated the opening of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
The School of Government celebrated the dedication of the newly renovated and expanded Knapp-Sanders building.
With funding provided by the estate of Lois T. Harris, the University illuminated the exterior of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower.
äóěRemembering Reconstruction at Carolina: A Community Conversation,äóť a two-day program evaluating the Universityäó»s post-Civil War past, began on this day.
The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial Garden, which is near Murphey Hall, was dedicated.
The Universityäó»s Medical School marked its 125th anniversary.
The Universityäó»s football team defeated #4-ranked and previously unbeaten Miami, resulting in the Tar Heelsäó» first win ever over a team ranked in the top 5.
The Charlie äóěChoo Chooäóť Justice statue was unveiled at a dedication ceremony in front of the Kenan Football Center.
The University celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the Global Education Center, which will house the University Center for International Studies and other components related to international education.
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This Day In History
1875 Learning of the North Carolina General Assembly's passage of a bill to reopen the University, Cornelia Phillips Spencer gathered a group of villagers and went to South Building to ring the bell in celebration.
2007 The University dedicated the Paul Hardin Residence Hall, renaming Morrison South after the former chancellor, who served from 1988 to 1995.