Welcome to Carolina!

Felice and James Corpening

Dear Carolina Families,

Welcome to the Carolina Family! We are James and Felice Corpening of Clayton, NC and we are pleased to serve as the National Chairs for the Carolina Parents Council. Our daughter, Taylor, is a senior graduating in the Class of 2023. We are so proud of her and all she has accomplished and contributed, leaving her Heel Print at Carolina. Knowing what the experience has meant to her, only makes us more excited for your family and the start of your students journey here at UNC.

The Carolina Parents Council is a volunteer leadership group that exists as a voice for Carolina families and advisory body to New Student & Family Programs. The Carolina Parents Council supports New Student & Family Orientation, Carolina Family Weekend, and advocacy efforts. During semi-annual gatherings, members dialogue with faculty and administrators about current matters impacting the Carolina community pertaining to student safety and wellness, student life, and undergraduate academics. Should you desire more information about the Carolina Parents Council, including how to join, please visit families.unc.edu.

Through membership, the Carolina Parents Council supports the Carolina Parents Fund and awards $50,000 annually to student organizations, UNC offices, and academic departments. Since 1985, this program has granted nearly 2 million dollars to fund initiatives such as WELL Ride, Safewalk, Carolina Latinx Center programming, Womxn of Worth, The Helping Hand Project, Campus EMS, and others, as well as student research, travel, and publications.

By virtue of your student joining the Carolina community, you are part of something very special. If we can help you during your transition, it would be our honor and pleasure to do so. Congratulations on this new beginning for your student and your family, and may you soon come to know that in Chapel Hill and beyond, it’s always a great day to be a Tar Heel (#GDTBATH)!


James and Felice Corpening
National Chairs, Carolina Parents Council 2022-2023