On a mobile device? Visit http://www.lib.unc.edu/m/
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries logo
University Libraries banner

This Day in the History of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


February 8, 2003
The men's basketball team recorded its 500th Atlantic Coast Conference win, defeating Florida State University 61-60.
Top
February 26, 2003
The University announced the receipt of a $20 million gift to the School of Pharmacy from Fred Eshelman of Wilmington. As of January 7, 2004, the gift was the third largest from an individual in University history.
Top
April 1, 2003
Men's basketball coach Matt Doherty resigned. Selected in 2000 to take over the Tar Heels after Bill Guthridge retired, Doherty served as head coach for three seasons. Previously, he held coaching jobs at the University of Kansas and the University of Notre Dame. Doherty was a four year basketball letter winner and 1984 graduate of the University.
Top
April 11, 2003
A centennial birthday party was held for the Coker Arboretum, which was named for its creator and the University's first professor of botany, Dr. William Chambers Coker.
Top
April 14, 2003
One week after leading the University of Kansas men's basketball team to the national championship game, Roy Williams was hired to replace Matt Doherty as men's basketball head coach at the University. Williams spent fifteen seasons as the Kansas head coach and ten years as assistant coach under Dean E. Smith.
Top
May 18, 2003
Comedian Bill Cosby delivered the commencement address at Kenan Memorial Stadium. During the speech, he stated, "I want to tell you how much we all love you. And I want to tell you right now, Class of 2003, whatever is outside I want you to go inside, inside and discover something that you may have been running away from up until today. And that is your own integrity. It takes a lot of work to go in and get it. It takes a lot of honesty to go in and get it, touch it, feel it, smell it, and be it."
Top
May 23, 2003
The University's "Carolina First" fund-raising campaign reached the $1 billion mark.
Top
October 1, 2003
Chancellor James Moeser announced the Carolina Covenant, an initiative to give children of low-income families an opportunity to graduate from the University debt-free if they work on campus 10 to 12 hours weekly in a federal work-study job throughout their four years. The University meets the rest of students' needs through a combination of federal, state, university, and private grants and scholarships.
Top
October 13, 2003
Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and an alumna of the University, delivered the keynote address for the Graduate School's centennial celebration.
Top
October 17, 2003
Former football standout Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice died at his home in Cherryville at the age of 79. Justice, who played at the University from 1946 to 1949, led the Tar Heels to three bowl games and a #3 national ranking in 1948, the best finish ever for a UNC football team. He was runner-up to Doak Walker of SMU for the Heisman Trophy in 1949.
Top
November 22, 2003
Men's basketball coach Roy Williams coached and won his first official game as head coach, leading the Tar Heels to a 90-64 win over Old Dominion University at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center.
Top
December 7, 2003
The women's soccer team defeated the University of Connecticut 6-0 to win their eighteenth national championship. The Tar Heels scored 32 goals and allowed none during the NCAA tournament, finishing the season a perfect 27-0-0.
Top