School of Government Launches Partnership with Blue Cross NC to Help Local Governments Address the Opioid Epidemic

On February 22, 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced a $50 million investment in community health initiatives across the state, including $390,000 to support the School of Government’s work in assisting local governments in addressing the opioid crisis.

ncIMPACT, an initiative of the School of Government, along with School faculty have launched an intensive two-year collaborative learning model that will provide direct support to ten North Carolina communities interested in policy and practice responses to their local opioid crises.

Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group Meeting on Feb. 27

The Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) will meet 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 27 at the UNC School of Government in room 2402. 

The Working Group, as established in S.L. 2017-41, will discuss local governance and oversight and consider revisions to the regional supervision maps.  

All materials will be available prior to the meeting at (under "Social Services Working Group" heading).

MPA Program Applications Due March 6

Make a difference in your organization and your career. Join other driven public service professionals and take your interest in public service further by applying for the UNC School of Government’s Master of Public Administration program.

Apply by March 6 to start classes online in May 2018.

UNC Visitors Center Hosts Black & Blue Tour, Including Visit to School’s SERVICE Mural

Each year, the UNC Visitors Center hosts a series of special tours related to Carolina’s history and landmarks, including the Black & Blue Tour, which focuses on African-American history of the University. At 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, teaching assistant professor Robert Porter will lead this Priceless Gem walking tour, stopping by the UNC School of Government to view the SERVICE mural.

Soccer Champion and Olympian Returns to Carolina to Earn Her MPA

Nearly 200 are enrolled in MPA@UNC, the online format of the Master of Public Administration program housed at the UNC School of Government. One of those students, Lorrie Fair Allen, is returning to UNC more than a decade after her undergraduate tenure at Carolina, which included three NCAA women’s soccer championships.

MPA Alumna Rochelle Small-Toney Recognized as a Tar Heel Trailblazer

On February 3, 2018, UNC Master of Public Administration alumna and current City of Rocky Mount Manager Rochelle Small-Toney was recognized and honored as a “Tar Heel Trailblazer” at the halftime of the UNC men’s basketball game.

Polish Scholar to Discuss Administrative Courts in the Polish Legal System on March 8

On Thursday, March 8, the UNC School of Government will host a discussion on “Administrative Courts in the Polish Legal System” with Agata Hauser, PhD, a lecturer at the Constitutional Law Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University. Hauser’s research focuses on judicial protection of individuals by the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) and the European Court of Human Rights as well as interactions between the EU and the Council of Europe and application of the EU law by national courts of member states.

School to Co-Host Event Educating Undergraduate Women Students about Careers in Local Government

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), a national association founded by Carolina MPA alumni Kirsten and Kent Wyatt, will host a free event on Friday, March 2, to educate undergraduate women students about careers in local government. The event is co-hosted by the UNC School of Government, Carolina Center for Public Service, and the Carolina Women's Center and will include lunch, an afternoon of learning and networking, and a social hour.

Jamie Markham Pens the School of Government’s First Graphic Novel

In October 2017, the School of Government published its first graphic novel, In Prison: Serving a Felony Sentence in North Carolina, written by School faculty member James Markham and North Carolina Department of Public Safety employee Shane Tharrington, with illustrations by Jason Whitley, a graphic designer at the UNC School of Pharmacy.