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The Carolina Union is now accepting applications for the Chair of the Union's Board of Directors for 2023-24! The Chair of the Board of Directors will serve as the representative of the Board and the student face of the Union. Board meetings will discuss the operation of the building and improving the student experience within the building

Any interested students should apply until March 20th at 11:59 pm when the application closes. Apply at:

We are All Spartans Today!

The Student Union holds a special place in my heart.  It was one of the first places I hung out in when I was in college.  It became my living room of the campus where I met up with friends, hung out, ate, went to activities and attended meetings.   Last night students at Michigan State University were doing the same sort of things at their Student Union when an active shooter situation occurred.  This really hit close to home for me, for many of us working in the Carolina Union and with many of my colleagues who work in Student Unions around the country.  

I have been working in Student Unions for close to 30 years.  The Student Union was my place to go to when I was in college and it is because of my great experiences in the Union that I chose to work in Higher Education.  The Student Union is the living room of the campus and a central meeting place for many students at colleges and universities across our nation. The Student Union is a place where students work, learn, grow and develop.  It’s a place where students make memories to last a lifetime.    

Our mission at the Carolina Union is to create safe, inclusive and educational experiences that enable students to maximize their time at Carolina.  We will continue to hold true to our mission and work to provide the best experiences for our students every day.  

Please keep the Michigan State University community in your thoughts.  We are all Spartans today!

Thank you

Alexandra Marchesano, M.S.

Executive Director of the Carolina Union

There is still time! Nominations for the 2023 Chancellor’s Awards have been extended to February 13th, 2023 by 5 pm. (Read More Here...) (more…)

$AVVY investigates the historical, cultural, and societal norms around women and money. With incisive humor and captivating honesty, $AVVY questions why women often take a backseat to managing their money, and reveals why it’s increasingly critical for women to take the reins of their financial futures.

The event is first come, first served, with a max capacity of 290 viewers. We hope to see you there! Learn more by watching the trailer at this link: Trailer

Thursday, January 26, 2023
11:00 am - 2:00 pm*
Carolina Union, West Lounge

Treat Your Self to a birthday cupcake, cookies and punch in celebration of the Carolina Union's 54th birthday!

Snap a celebratory photos with Rameses between 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and join in singing Happy Birthday to the Carolina Union at 1:30 pm!

*While supplies last!

Thank you to our wonderful vendors for making our birthday celebration so beautiful and tasty!

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Nominations for the 2023 Chancellor’s Awards are now open.

The links below to the nomination forms are now activated.

Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards:  Nominations are due Monday, February 6th, 2023 by 5 pm. SUTASA recognizes excellent service to undergraduate students with monetary awards for teaching assistants, faculty, and staff.

Excellence in Student Activities and Leadership:  Nominations are due Monday, February 6th, 2023 by 5 pm. Note that you may submit a general nomination for outstanding leadership, service, and commitment to the University and the larger community. Or, you may submit a nomination for an individual for a specific award. Please visit our awards page for award descriptions.

For more information about the Chancellor's awards please visit the following site.

The Carolina Union is conducting research on how we can make the Union feel like the living room of the campus.

We would love to hear from you about how we can make the Union a space where students feel comfortable, welcome, as well as a space that supports their success as members of the Carolina Community.

The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete and your responses are completely anonymous. You can only take the survey once, and the survey will close on November 14th. If you have any questions about the survey, please email us at

We really appreciate your input!

The survey can be found at the following link or scan the QR code below with mobile device.

This week is International Housekeepers Week. Our small team at the Carolina Union works every day of the week to keep the Union clean.


We appreciate everything you do. Thank you!

“Welcome back, Tar Heels!

Looking to get connected to student life on campus? Join us for SmallFest!

SmallFest is an in-person student organizations involvement fair that will take place this week, August 22-26, in the Pit from 11am-1pm. Come out to learn more about getting involved with student orgs and making the most out of your Carolina experience.





Over 350 clubs will be participating throughout the week!

Monday: Performance, Sport & RecreationTuesday: ServiceWednesday: AcademicThursday: Cultural-International, Faith & Religion, Fraternity & SororityFriday: Ideology & Politics, Media, Special Interest, Student Government

Check out videos from UNC student organizations at SmallFest Films 2022, and follow the conversation on social media at #SmallFest.

More information including a list of groups tabling each day can be found on the SmallFest website.


Connect with Upcoming Student Organization Events!

Be sure to check out Heel Life to find out about upcoming events hosted by student orgs. Looking to get involved in a performance group or sports club? Some groups are holding tryouts this week, so be sure to check out the Auditions/Tryouts category!

You can also search #UNCStudentLife to find events of interest!

Questions? Contact Student Life & Leadership at

Not since 2019, FallFest has finally happened! Special thanks goes out to all the sponsors, staff, volunteers, anyone and everyone that made it happen. We thank you!

A list of sponsors can be found here. FallFest 2022 Sponsors.

Full Gallery Photos can be found here: FallFest Gallery Photos




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