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


January 1, 2006
Erskine Bowles, UNC Class of 1967, began his tenure as president of the University of North Carolina (multi-campus system), succeeding Molly Corbett Broad.
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January 14, 2006
The University hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center.
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February 23, 2006
The University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Core Laboratory building in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The building will be part of the North Carolina Research Campus.
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March 1, 2006
The University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Burnett-Womack Clinical Sciences Building.
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March 23, 2006
The University’s Board of Trustees agreed to rename Hinton James North residence hall after George Moses Horton, an enslaved African American poet.
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April 4, 2006
Former University baseball coach Walter Rabb died. Coaching the Tar Heels from 1947 to 1977, Rabb led the team to four ACC conference titles, four NCAA tournament appearances, two NCAA district titles, and two trips to the College World Series.
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April 21, 2006
The Old Medical Sciences Research Building, completed in 1962, was named in honor of Dr. Stuart Bondurant, a former dean of the medical school. After closing in 2003 for a more than $17 million renovation, the facility reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on this day.
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May 23, 2006
The University held a naming ceremony for the Gary R. Tomkins Chilled Water Operations Center.
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June 12, 2006
The first full-time director of the Carolina Women’s Center, Donna Bickford, started work. She earned her doctorate from the University of Rhode Island and previously served as a faculty member in that university’s women’s studies program.
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September 7, 2006
The University announced the establishment of the American Indian Center.
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November 18, 2006
The University held a dedication ceremony for the Max C. Chapman Jr. Hall, one of two buildings in the first phase of the $205 million Carolina Physical Science Complex.
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December 15, 2006
The University announced the receipt of an $8 million gift from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. The funds will be used to create 16 full music scholarships and to complete funding for a new music building, which will be called the Kenan Music Building.
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