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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 1, 2005
Emil J. Kang, former president and executive director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, was chosen to become the University’s first executive director for the arts. His appointment began on this day.
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January 27, 2005
The new Graduate Student Center open house took place. The Center provides the University’s graduate student community with a place where students from all disciplines and departments on campus may meet, work, or share ideas.
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February 10, 2005
Mary Frances Berry was the featured speaker at the University’s first campus-wide lecture for African American History Month. Berry was the first female to head the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The title of her lecture was “Callie House and the Black Reparations Movement 1897 to the Present.”
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February 14, 2005
Led by former presidential candidate John Edwards, a graduate of the University's School of Law, the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was launched.
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February 16, 2005
The University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Genetic Medicine Building.
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March 3, 2005
David Gergen, a leading political analyst and former adviser to four presidents, spoke at the University. The lecture, which was held in Hill Hall, was titled “Eyewitness to Power Leadership in America.”
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March 18, 2005
The University Library’s Southern Historical Collection hosted “Southern Sources,” a two-day symposium to celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary.
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April 4, 2005
The University's men's basketball team won the NCAA Division I national championship by defeating the University of Illinois 75-70. The victory brought head coach Roy Williams his first national championship and the University its fifth.
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April 20, 2005
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was on campus to deliver the Robert and Helen Siler Distinguished Lecture. Kennedy’s talk, which was titled “A Contract With Our Future,” was also a part of UNC’s Earth Day observance.
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April 29, 2005
The University held a dedication ceremony for the $20 million addition to Carrington Hall, which houses the School of Nursing.
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May 11, 2005
The 5,000-pound top of the Unsung Founders Memorial on McCorkle Place was installed by Facilities Services. The sculpture was the culmination of a three-year collaboration between the University’s Class of 2002 and Korean sculptor Do-Ho Suh as the class's gift to the University. The inscription reads "The Class of 2002 honors the University's Unsung Founders--the people of color, both bond and free who physically built the University we all know today."
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September 5, 2005
For the first time in recent history, the University held classes on Labor Day.
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September 8, 2005
The University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated Memorial Hall.
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September 9, 2005
Tony Bennett gave the newly renovated Memorial Hall’s first performance, “A Prelude to an Opening.”
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September 10, 2005
“A Classical Opening,” featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman, violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman and the North Carolina Symphony, led by Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, took place at the newly renovated Memorial Hall.
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September 28, 2005
The University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Carolina Cancer Hospital.
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October 3, 2005
Erskine Bowles, UNC Class of 1967, was unanimously elected by the Board of Governors to be the president of the University of North Carolina (multi-campus system).
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October 12, 2005
The Memorial Grove was dedicated in Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. Just east of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, the area is an ash cemetery for deceased University-associated individuals.
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November 5, 2005
The University held a dedication ceremony of the Unsung Founders Memorial, a gift from the Class of 2002.
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November 10, 2005
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was dedicated. Located in Sutherland, a small town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, the telescope resulted from a consortium of international partners, including the University of North Carolina.
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December 7, 2005
Musician Bonnie Raitt performed at Memorial Hall as a part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series.
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