GradImpact: Sharing Powerful Narratives of Military Experience through Performance

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School's annual Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Awards (GEAB) honor the research conducted by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students and recent graduate alumni. Honorees are recognized for research across many academic disciplines that directly impacts North Carolina citizens and communities.


    Silhouettes of Service from 2016 awardee Gregory DeCandia in dramatic art portrays the powerful narratives of military experience through a solo theater performance piece. DeCandia and his colleagues conducted 26 interviews of servicemen and women including members of North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Inc., UNC-Chapel Hill's ROTC, and other veterans throughout the country. According to the UNC-Chapel Hill website, "The finished piece incorporates a rotating aluminum cube framework, created by technical production graduate student Jacob Walton; the elements of the frame move to allow images to be projected and accommodate other storytelling elements."


    Visit the UNC-Chapel Hill GEAB Impact Awards website for more information on current and past awardees.

    The CGS GRADIMPACT project draws from member examples to tell the larger story of graduate education. Our goal is to demonstrate the importance of graduate education not only to degree holders, but also to the communities where we live and work. Do you have a great story to share about the impact of master’s or doctoral education? Visit our WEBSITE for more information.


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