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Gerald Unks receives Class of 2008 faculty award, delivers "Last Lecture"

Gerald Unks, professor of social foundations of education, has been selected as the recipient of the Class of 2008 distinguished faculty award. The award will be presented by senior class president Ashley Shores at the Senior Send-off, Wednesday evening, April 23, on Polk Place. Upon receiving the award, Unks will deliver the Last Lecture to the Class of 2008.

According to senior business major William Thompson, one of the event’s organizers, Unks stood out among a list of strong candidates because of his commitment to international awareness and public service, traits that embody the spirit of the Class of 2008. Unks founded the UNC-Chapel Hill London Program in the 1970s and has led students to the Soviet Union and China. He complements his popular course, “The School in American Society,” with an optional service-learning component for students.   

Unks has served on Carolina’s faculty for 41 years and currently is a member of the board of directors of Carolina’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He has received numerous teaching awards during his career. He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1958 and 1970, respectively.  

All Carolina seniors are encouraged to attend the Last Lecture, senior video and toast at 9 p.m. Seniors who have purchased tickets will be served dinner at 8 p.m.

The Senior Send-off is sponsored by the Class of 2008 and made possible by the General Alumni Association. For more information, visit the Class of 2008 website or contact William Thompson at wrt527@email.unc.edu