Pam Heavn er
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Pam Heavner studied fine arts at UNC, and has remained involved ever since.
She and her husband Jim led the campaign that raised more than $5 million
toward the renovation of Memorial Hall, and have also supported the Ackland
Art Museum and PlayMakers Repertory Co.
“The arts have always been high on our list,” Pam said. “But my longtime
connection with the University is women’s health.” She has served on the
board of visitors for the N.C. Children’s Hospital, and was among those who
provided input during the design of the N.C. Women’s Hospital. Two years
ago, she joined the board of the Center for Women’s Health Research. “It’s
a wonderful resource,” Pam said. “They are a small office, but they do a lot
They certainly do. The center conducts research and clinical trials targeting under-funded and neglected areas of women’s health; and provides
grant writing, study design and implementation services to researchers. Its
approval rating for federal grants exceeds 40 percent (the national average is less than 15 percent). “That’s a pretty amazing statistic,” Pam said.
Reasons to support women’s health research are all around her, Pam
said: her mother, her sister, her three stepdaughters, five granddaughters. “The center’s work may not touch me directly today,” Pam said.
“But it touches someone I know, or someone I’m related to. During
my life, it will touch me many times, I’m sure.”
Pam also appreciates being involved in the Women’s Leadership
Council. Harnessing the energy of all its members, and using information from the University’s faculty creates a powerful force, she said.
“The group was well named. Coming together like we do to receive the
information enables us to forge ahead and spread the word,” she said.
“Being on the council makes us leaders.”
Women give to Carolina in many
ways — not just financially but
also by volunteering their energy,
time and ideas. They serve on
every University board, including
the Board of Trustees, the Board
of Visitors and the Carolina First
Campaign Steering Committee,
and they champion Carolina in
their regions. They mentor students
and provide summer internships.
Another way women serve Carolina
is through the Carolina Women’s
Leadership Council — a network
of women from all over the country
committed to supporting the University and students’ educational
experiences. In addition to members’ individual gifts, the council
is collectively funding a faculty
mentoring award program, which
recognizes outstanding faculty
who go the extra mile to mentor
students and other faculty.
Women are leaving their footprints
all over the University — touching
the lives of students, faculty and
staff members. As Carolina works
to become the nation’s leading
public university, women’s support
is especially critical.
Where will you leave your footprint?
For more information, contact
Lanier Brown May at 919-843-5883