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Service with a smile

December 12, 2016

  People who know Angelette Cheek know they are not going to hear any complaints from her about the long day she is having. Long days are embedded in a set routine that begins with the alarm clock blasting in … Continued

Mike McFarland: A man on a mission

December 9, 2016

For many years, a photo pinned to the wall of the News Services office showed Mike McFarland crouching on the floor at the National Press Club in Washington, holding a small tape recorder above his head to catch the words … Continued

The problem solver

December 9, 2016

  Over 16 years, Andy Johns has built a reputation as the indispensable fixer of thorny issues Johns has held many important titles at Carolina since he graduated in 1998 and went to work as a computer consultant for Administrative … Continued

The day porter finally has her day

December 9, 2016

  Renita Corbett keeps a pager on her hip. She never knows when a cleaning emergency may arise at the School of Dentistry, requiring quick action. “I’m all over the place,” she said, sitting down in the Koury Hall atrium … Continued

Massey winner is a rare Byrd

December 9, 2016

Randi Byrd fingered the delicate string of tiny colorful glass beads around her neck. She made the necklace herself, in the beaded jewelry tradition of her Cherokee ancestors. Beading was her hobby – until she discovered giant pumpkins. “It’s an … Continued

Brooks – breadwinner, blogger, book author

March 22, 2016

  In 2008, life was good for Charina Illescas Brooks. Born and raised in the Philippines, she had married Daniel Brooks, a North Carolinian, in 2001. She struggled through two years of paperwork, but she and their 1-year-old daughter, Nikki, … Continued

Battaglini helps cancer patients heal – and hope

March 7, 2016

  Technically, he was trespassing, but Claudio Battaglini didn’t care. It was a Saturday morning, the door was unlocked, and he had come on a mission to peek inside this glimmering new building on the campus of the University of … Continued

Massey winner’s biggest prize: being a mom

December 11, 2015

Faydene Alston grew up in Pittsboro with four brothers and sisters and looked forward to starting a big happy family of her own when she got married at the age of 31. “I was determined to be a mom,” Alston … Continued