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Note: 28th Annual GAA Tar Heel Network Annual Legislative Reception
Tilghman Pope, Chairman of the BOV Government Relations Committee, encourages anyone who can arrive a day early to participate in the 28th Annual GAA Tar Heel Network Annual Legislative Reception. It takes place at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 at the Nature Research Center, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Please be sure to register with the General Alumni Association. For those who live in North Carolina, you are also encouraged to contact your local state house member and senator and encourage their participation in this event.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Spring Board of Visitors Meeting
April 20-21, 2017 Agenda

  • Dress for the Thursday reception and our meeting is business attire.
  • Parking for Thursday is in the Swain Lot.
  • Parking for Friday is at Rams Head Parking Deck.
  • Members of the Heelraisers student development group are available on Friday to help direct us to our meetings
  • A map and other details are available on the BOV website at

Thursday, April 20, 2017

9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sitting in on classes
Hanes Hall, fourth floor
4:00 p.m. BOV Student Career Services Panel Discussion
Hill Hall
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. BOV Reception
UNC Student Stores Available
Memorial Hall
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Defiant Requiem: Verdi Requiem at Terezin

Hosted by the UNC Department of Music and co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the performance will include the UNC Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s and Women’s Glee clubs, soloists Louise Toppin, Mary Gayle Greene, Timothy Sparks, Marc Callahan and guest conductor Murry Sidlin. The UNC campus will host the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, which tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.

Friday, April 21, 2017

George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Alumni I & Alumni II
7:30 a.m. BOV Registration and continental breakfast
UNC Student Stores Available during breakfast only
8:00 a.m. Greetings from BOV Chair Jennifer Halsey
8:15 a.m. Greetings from Board of Trustees Chair Dwight Stone
8:30 a.m. How doctors at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center use artificial intelligence to enhance treatment options for cancer patients

In October 2016, CBS’s “60 Minutes’ featured UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s partnership with IBM’s artificial intelligence project, Watson, known widely for winning “Jeopardy” in 2011.

IBM turned to UNC Lineberger, a world leader in cancer genomics, to help test whether IBM Watson could improve how cancer experts identify treatment options for patients. By pairing a cancer’s genetic profile with information culled from millions of medical journals, tens of thousands of research studies and a wide array of scientific databases, UNC Lineberger demonstrated that Watson – and cognitive computing – could help identify patient-specific treatments, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to perform this analysis, from weeks to minutes. Most importantly, Watson identified potential treatment options that were not yet considered in one-in-three-cases.

The team from UNC Lineberger largely responsible or this advance in cancer care will be on hand to describe this groundbreaking project.

Norman E. Sharpless, M.D.
Director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center;
Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research

William Y. Kim, MD
Rush S. Dickson Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine

Nirali Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

9:10 a.m. Investing in the future
Startups are a crucial part of the economy and create innovations and jobs, but access to capital is one of the limiting factors for them. Carolina is helping them to find funding and investors. The Carolina Angel Network connects alumni, faculty, donors and members of the UNC community with promising UNC-affiliated, early stage companies to provide advice, networks and funding. We will hear from Randy Myer, an active angel and VC investor and chair of NC idea, a foundation that funds early-stage companies. He is a board member of the Carolina Research Venture Fund and is the new Managing Director for the Carolina Angel Network. He is also Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship where he has taught for 15 years.Judith Cone
Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Randy Myer
Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

9:40 a.m. BOV Committee meetings

  • Student Recruitment – Alumni I
  • Student Career Services – Dowd Harris Room
  • Government Relations – Alumni III
  • Marketing Communications – Peebles Room
  • Membership Involvement – Royall Room
10:40 a.m. Committee reports and Board of Trustees liaison reports
11:00 a.m.. Empowering our students – How we can help

UNC Parent Mike Brown knows that the right internship will put a student on a trajectory for success, so he has been funding summer internship grants at Carolina for low-income students for the past three years. These students enter college without an extended network, and internships equip them with the skills, confidence and relationships to channel their potential into rewarding careers. As you can imagine, the grants are in high demand, and the internships have had a significant impact. Brown and grant recipients will share their experiences and what we can do to help.

Mike Brown
UNC parent

Myra Snyder
Class of 2018

Damian Walker
Class of 2018

11:15 a.m. What now? Making a Leading Volunteer

UNC alumnus Suzanne Hilser-Wiles is part of the team working with the University to prepare for the upcoming campaign and helping to train our volunteers. She has more than 25 years of experience in advancement, program building and campaign planning and implementation. Her work has benefited a wide range of nonprofit organizations including higher education, healthcare and various artistic and cultural institutions. She was appointed GG+A’s third president and its first woman president in the firm’s 55-year-history. We will participate in an exercise with her.

Suzanne Hilser-Wiles
President, Grenzebach, Glier and Associates (GG+A)

12:00 p.m. Adjourn to join the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council for lunch
The Blue Zone
12:15 p.m. Lunch with Chancellor Carol L. Folt and a presentation by David Routh
2:30 p.m. Adjourn

Our special thanks go to the Heelraisers Student Giving Council for their help at the BOV meeting.

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