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The success of the FYS program has been greatly enhanced by the generous benefactors who share our vision for promoting the success of UNC first-year students. Specifically:

  • G. Munroe Cobey and Rebecca T. Cobey established the Cobey First Year Seminars Course Development Fund, which is used to support our Course Enhancement Grants.
  • J. Haywood Davis established the Archie K. Davis First Year Seminar Fund to provide undergraduates with unique access to outstanding professors who excel in both teaching and research.
  • James Holmes established the Elizabeth and James E. Holmes III First Year Seminar Enhancement Fund, and Kimberley Carroll King established the Kayce King First Year Seminar Enhancement Fund. Both of these funds, and the Lupton First Year Seminar Trust Fund allow faculty to plan related out-of-class activities and experiences for students in the FYS Program in order to enrich their academic experience, foster connections with the community, build friendships, and broaden understanding.
  • The Jeffrey and Jennifer Allred Family Foundation established the Jeff and Jennifer Allred Initiative for Critical Thinking and Communication Studies, which is used to support the development of critical thinking and communication skills among students in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the past, these funds allowed us to offer three FYS each year named in honor of Jeff Allred’s mentor and friend, Joseph P. McGuire AB ’72.
  • John L. Townsend III established the John L. Townsend III First Year Seminars Fund, which is used to endow three FYS in English and History. The Townsend seminars for 2018-2019 are:
    • ENGL 89.002: W. B. Yeats and Irish Independence, taught by John McGowan
    • ENGL 89.004: Blake 2.0: William Blake in Popular Culture, taught by Joseph Visomi
    • HIST 89.001: Screen Nazis: The Representation of National Socialism in the Cinema, taught by Tobias Hof
  • The Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative (CEI), which was seeded with a five-year, multi-million dollar grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation through its Kauffman Campuses Initiative, supports the development of FYS designed to introduce first year students to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial perspectives in science, economics, liberal arts and society. CEI funding has created an impressive list of FYS:
    • AMST 57: Access to Higher Education; Rachel Willis
    • AMST 59: Yoga in Mondern America: History, Belief, and Commerce; Jay Garcia
    • ART 50: The Artistic Temperament; Jim Hirschfield
    • BIOL 53: Biotechnology; Jason Reed
    • BIOL 62: The Biology of Infectious Disease; Mark Peifer
    • BIOL 81: Biologists Entrepreneurs; Seth R. Reice
    • COMM 51: Organizing and Communicating for Social Entrepreneurs; Steven May
    • COMM 82: Globalizing Organizations; Sarah Dempsey
    • COMP 51: Technology-An Entrepreneurial Foundation; Diane Pozefsky
    • ECON 54: The Entrepreneurial Imagination: Turning Ideas into Reality; Buck Goldstein
    • ECON 56: Contemporary Entrepreneurship in Asia & the West; Steven Rosefielde
    • EDUC 65: School Days/School Daze: What’s School Got to Do with Getting an Education? Suzanne Gulledge
    • ENGL 69: Entrepreneurial Writing on the Web; Dan Anderson
    • ENGL 85: Economic Saints and Villains: The Entrepreneurial Spirit in Early English Literature; Ritchie Kendall
    • POLI 72: Entrepreneurship in Economic & Community Development; Michele Hoyman
    • PLCY 61: Policy Entrepreneurship and Public-Private Partnerships; Daniel Gitterman
    • RELI 89: Divine Value/Divining Values: Creating and Exchanging Wealth in Religion and Commerce; Lauren Leve
    • RELI 68: Charisma in Religion, Science, and Poetry: Studies in the Entrepreneurial Imagination; Ruel Tyson
    • ROML 60: Spanish and Entrepreneurship; Darcy Lear
    • SOCI 58: Globalization, Work and Inequality; Ted Mouw