Aluminate Magazine Spring 2014

April 28, 2014
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Letter from the Director

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQ Center (nee LGBT Office).  The Center was commissioned in 2003 by then Provost Robert Shelton.  Since that time, the Center has provided programs, resources and services to more than 25,000 people. 

We are recognizing and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQ Center with an Alumni Reunion weekend to be held May 2-4, 2014.  I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with many fantastic students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners during the eight and a half years I have been here. I am hopeful that many of them will return to help celebrate the successes and progress that were made possible through their investment of time, effort, talents, and energy. I am also hopeful to have the pleasure and privilege of getting to make the acquaintance of some of the alumni and former university employees whose efforts made possible the ultimate creation of the LGBTQ Center.

We will start the Reunion weekend with an informal mixer to be held at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar on Friday, May 2nd from 5-7 pm. On Saturday, May 3rd from 12-2 pm, we will gather in the Chancellor’s West Ballroom at the Carolina Inn for a catered celebration banquet.  We will conclude the weekend celebration with the recognition of the newest Carolina alumni during the Lavender Graduation Ceremony. Lavender Graduation will take place on Sunday, May 4th from 4-5 pm with a catered reception following the formal ceremony.  Registration for all of these events is available on the General Alumni Association website ( There will be a nominal fee for the Friday night mixer and Saturday banquet in order to cover the majority of the cost for the event. We have made it possible for people to contribute additional money to sponsor registrations for current students who might otherwise not be able to attend due to financial limitations. I hope that people will support this effort to the extent they are able to do so.

The LGBTQ Center’s motto is “Educating for Equality.” This phrase emphasizes and makes visible the primary purpose behind the majority of programs and services offered through the LGBTQ Center. I hope that you will join us at one or more of the events held May 2-4, 2014 as we celebrate 10 years of Educating for Equality and as we applaud the work done by those who made the existence of the Center possible.

Terri Phoenix

What's Inside

In this edition of the LGBTQ Center's semi-annual magazine:

  • 10th Anniversary: The History of the LGBTQ Center
  • Administrative Review
  • Gender Neutral Housing Update
  • Ally Week/Triangle Resource Fair
  • Graduate Lunch and Learn Speaker Series
  • End of Year Party
  • Lavender Graduation
  • Featured Alumnus Spotlight: Lee Storrow
  • Staff Transitions
  • Support the Center

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