UNC-IDB SSFP Student Information

Welcome to the 2018 UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program (SSFP) Student Website!

The Institute for Defense & Business (IDB) looks forward to welcoming you to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday, June 21st. This website includes information on program schedules, course expectations, housing accommodations, dining, etc. and will serve as the primary portal for administrative and logistics related information before and during the program.

*Please note: This website link is only available through the email and cannot be found via an internet search engine. Therefore, please bookmark this page to your browser for quick access.

If you have any questions or experience any problems while viewing the site, please contact Mrs. Jaclyn Young via email or phone (919) 969-8008.

*Program Reading Materials will be available on the IDB Student Website (IDB SW) and on Canvas, the IU online academic platform, which are forthcoming.

Checklist of Action Items

*Deadline for all of these items is Monday, June 4th, 2018 by 3:00pm EST.*

    • Step 0: Read through this entire website. Including the pages in the left hand navigation bar.  There you will find the program’s logistical information.
    • Step 1: Complete SSFP Student Registration Form: This form provides the IDB program team with important information for the program and can be found below.
    • Step 2: Complete Travel Itinerary Form: If you are traveling by POV and plan to have your vehicle with you or if you will have a rental car for the duration of the program, the IDB program team will need your vehicle information in order to arrange for an on-campus parking permit. Without an authorized permit, you will NOT be able to park legally on campus.
    • Step 3UNC ONYENPlease create your UNC ONYEN (Only Name You’ll Ever Need). You will use your ONYEN to access UNC’s online network, including library resources. Instructions on how to create this account are provided below.

Other Worthy Notes

    • Pre-Program WebEx Teleconference: You will need to log on a computer or tablet to see the PowerPoint slides. The call is scheduled for Thursday June 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm via WebEx. Log in details will be emailed the week before the call.
    • Program Pre-Readings: The syllabus will be posted two weeks out from June 21st (June 7th).

Return to Top of Page 

More Information

SSFP Student Registration Form

Please fill out the SSFP Student Registration Form. The link can be found here.

Return to Top of Page

Travel & Parking Information

Please be sure to provide the most accurate information regarding your travel plans to Chapel Hill, NC on the Travel Itinerary Form. This information will then be organized to create airport shuttle runs and to ensure those driving have parking passes. Information on airport shuttle runs will be posted here as well as emailed to you two weeks before the program. For those of you authorized to drive to Chapel Hill, please contact Mrs. Jaclyn Young and she will arrange parking passes for the five weeks.

The link for the Travel Itinerary Form can be found here.

Return to Top of Page


In order to have access to the UNC internet network as well as various on-campus services such as printing, you must create an ONYEN. You will need your UNC Personal ID number (PID) for this process. Your UNC PID will be emailed to you by Mrs. Jaclyn Young (young@idb.org) in the coming weeks.

Click on the link below to create an ONYEN.

*Towards the end of the “Creating your ONYEN” process, you will be provided the option to create a UNC email address. A UNC email address is not necessary for our program. 

Return to Top of Page

Pre-Program WebEx Teleconference

A pre-program teleconference took place on Thursday, June 7th at 5:30 pm EST via WebEx. The purpose of this call was to introduce you to the team, go over all the pertinent information to help you for your pre-program planning, to set expectations for the first couple of days, and to answer any questions you all may have. A recording of this call is available below for those who were unable to attend and as a point of reference.

Meeting Recording:


Return to Top of Page

Program Reading Materials:

UNC-IDB SSFP 2017 Schedule

Syllabus for Week 1

Syllabus for Week 2

Week 1 Schedule- AL

Week 1 Schedule- PD

Week 2 Schedule- AL

Week 2 Schedule- PD


2017 Team Project BIOS



From the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution

Blog Question: The weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation drove our founding fathers to convene another forum to strengthen our governing construct. What fears did they share when trying to allocate power in the Constitution? Please cite examples from the readings.

The U.S. National Security Apparatus

Blog Question: Discuss the “power” of the National Security Council. Give an example and use citations from the readings.

Anticipating Scenarios

Hard, Soft, and Smart Power

Blog Question: Using cites from your reading, explain why the US has lost or gained soft power under the Obama Administration.

Military Strategies that Work

Blog Question: Using the language cited in your reading, describe the effects the USG wants to achieve on ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Is the military end-state different than the political end-state?

War Powers and International Law & the Use of Force

Blog Question: Should the President have the constitutional power(as Cmdr in Chf)to order troops to use military force without the direct approval of Congress?For how long?Are there limits to what the president can do in the name of “national security”?What are they?

Blog Question: What, if any, theory of the use of force under international law justifies military action by the United States against ISIS in Iraq & Syria?

Art of Diplomacy

Discussion Blog Posts are due by 7:30pm the night before the class. 

Program Schedule:

Please check back for the overall four-week curriculum and individual weekly schedules.  All of these schedules will also be available on Sakai.

Course Expectations:

Daily Schedules

The majority of your day will consist of going to class, reading in preparation for class, and working with your team on your action learning projects. On average, classes are three to four hours a day. Certain classes can be up to six hours long, based on the topic and speaker. During class, you are given the opportunity to delve into your personal experiences and the knowledge you gained from the readings to debate high-level strategic concepts and theories with renowned faculty members. Blocks of time will be set aside each day for both Independent Study and for Team Project Group Work.

Sample Daily Itinerary

7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Independent Study
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Class A
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Class B
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Team Project Work
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
After Dinner Evening Independent Study


The faculty members of this program are pulled from universities across the University of North Carolina system, Duke University, the private sector, and the U.S. Military and Government.  The two core instructors that teach the National Security portion of the course, Professor David Schanzer and Professor Tim Nichols, are esteemed professors in the academic realm of National Security and run the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University.   The core instructor that serves as the Lead Team Project Advisor, Dr. Hugh O’Neill, is a highly-respected professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a well-accomplished professional in the business world. The faculty members that complement the weekly themes hold both the academic and personal experiences to discuss these topics.  Their innovative methods and thinking styles will expose you as a student to the insight of how to strategically think and operate in a high-level atmosphere.


Over the course of four weeks, you will read scholarly articles, official government documents, and excerpts from books. This program is reading intensive, but the reading is selected by the faculty members to ensure that it correlates to the classes and sessions you will attend. The average amount of reading a night ranges from 40 pages to 120 pages. Faculty members are encouraged to provide one to three discussion questions to guide the students to focus on key parts of the reading. These questions will be posted and answered on the Canvas online forum and will be reviewed by the professor before class. The readings will provide all students a solid foundation of knowledge needed to engage and participate in the lectures and presentations.

Team Projects

During the first week of the program, students will be separated into teams of approximately five members. Each team will be assigned a current strategic issue the military is facing and the team is expected to spend the four weeks researching the issue with the end goal of proposing possible strategic solutions under the guidance of a project mentor, a specialist on the issue. Each team will be responsible for a paper as well as a presentation. On the final day of the program, teams will present their projects in front of a panel composed of the SSFP faculty, group mentors and other senior military leaders. Past topics have included the military’s energy usage, the military’s role in the war on drugs, and the military’s shifting focus to the Asia-Pacific region. These action learning projects allow for students to combine their personal experiences, the lessons and readings from class, and additional research on a strategic approach towards solving a key issue faced by the military.


Students have the potential to earn one and a half graduate credit hours upon the completion of the program. Grading will be on a Pass/Fail system. In order to gain full credit for completing the course, students must attain a “Pass” in grading. The panel will rank the final presentations and the faculty will grade the  team paper. In conjunction with these components, students must be sure to contribute daily to class discussions, blog posts, and team group work.

Campus Accommodations & Facilities:


For four weeks, students will be staying at the newest apartment residence halls on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, Ram Village Apartments.  Students will share an apartment with two to three roommates and the apartment has a kitchenette and a common area.  Students will each have his/her own bedroom and closet and share a bathroom with a roommate.  Majority of the supplies needed for the apartment will be provided (i.e., cleaning supplies, microwave, bedding, irons, etc.).

Check-In Location
Ram Village 1
UNC-CH Campus
560 Paul Hardin Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

All weekday meals and lunches on June 22nd and July 21st will be covered.  The military will provide per diem on the weekends. On and near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, there are several dining options – two dining halls, Subway, Alpine Bagel, Chic-Fil-A, and many more.  There are also several dining, take-out, and delivery options on Franklin Street and in the surrounding area.


Classes will be held throughout the UNC campus.  All classes are within a walking radius and free Chapel Hill Transit buses are available.  Classes are only a ten-to-fifteen minute walk away. Certain classes will be held off-campus, such as the industry tour and battle ride.  There will also be an opportunity for class to be held on the Duke University campus, where transportation will be provided.  Please follow the “UNC Campus Map” Link to locate the classrooms.


Internet: It is required that you bring a laptop or tablet.  You cannot use a government laptop.  If you do not have one, please let the SSFP Team know.  Your readings and daily presentation material will be provided to you electronically.  You will also be required to log into the online classroom to contribute to the blogs every other day.  Internet access is available on- campus; wireless internet is available in common areas (classrooms, residence hall lounges, libraries, etc.) and internet via Ethernet cord is available in the rooms.  Please be sure to bring an Ethernet cord.

To find information on how to connect to the UNC Network for internet and printing services, please read through the document and the links below.

Phones: Residence hall rooms do not come with phones or phone lines.

Televisions: Televisions are available in the common areas of the residence hall primarily in the lobby, which includes a built-in DVD player and a PlayStation 3 central unit. You are welcome to bring games and controllers. The apartments do not have a TV or cable programming.


These links will provide you with the information to navigate around campus.  Documents on this information will be provided for you in your welcome packet when you arrive Chapel Hill.

On-campus gym membership is provided for all participants.  There are several fitness facilities across campus.


If you need something mailed to you, please have it sent to the IDB office and the program team will deliver the item(s) to you.  Please have all packages mailed to:

UNC-IDB SSFP Program Office
Institute for Defense and Business
C/O Jaclyn Young for [your name]
1250 Environ Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Technology Requirements:

Requirement: Laptop or Tablet Device

This course requires all students to bring a laptop or tablet to the four-week program. You CANNOT use government laptops.  If you do not have one, please let the SSFP Team know.  Your readings and daily presentation material will be provided to you electronically.  You will also be required to log into the online classroom to contribute to the blogs every other day.


Internet access is available on-campus; wireless internet is available in common areas (classrooms, residence hall lounges, libraries, etc.) and internet via Ethernet cord is available in the rooms.  Please be sure to bring an Ethernet cord. The UNC ONYEN you create will serve as the login for internet access.


Residence hall rooms do not come with phones or phone lines.


Televisions are available in the common areas of the residence hall primarily in the lobby, which includes a built-in DVD player. You are welcome to bring games and controllers. The apartments do not have a TV or cable programming.

Travel to and from Chapel Hill:


The SSFP program team asks that all students arrive in Chapel Hill, NC by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22nd.  The check-in time will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the UNC Campus.

Check-In Location:
Ram Village Building 1
UNC-CH Campus
560 Paul Hardin Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Students will be housed in the Ram Village Apartments.  You will have opportunities to settle in to the dorms, familiarize with the UNC campus, and interact with fellow students on Monday evening.  The address of the building and driving directions will be provided to you soon.

Program Start

The program will officially begin on Friday June 23rd, 2017.  On Friday morning, you will get your UNC One Card (UNC’s student identification card) before Orientation begins in the afternoon.  SSFP Orientation will take place on Tuesday afternoon where you will hear from the SSFP Team, the U.S. Army sponsor from the G3/5/7 office, and faculty on course expectations.

Program End

The program will end on Friday July 21st, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.   Rooms must be cleaned out and vacated by 10:00 a.m.  Please arrange your return travel plans and flights to depart the morning of Friday, July 21st, 2017.

Are you flying?

The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) Airport, which is approximately 30 minutes away from the UNC campus.  Transportation to and from the airport on Thursday, June 22nd and Friday, July 21st, 2017 will be coordinated based on travel itineraries.  Please be sure to fill out the Travel Itinerary form.

Are you driving? Will you need parking?

For those of you allowed to drive your personal vehicles, obtaining a parking permit takes a few days, so in order to avoid getting parking tickets or accruing additional fees, you must fill out the Travel itinerary form as soon as possible.  Without a valid parking permit, you will be required to park in an hourly parking deck at the rate of $1.50/hour without overnight parking.  It would be your responsibility to move your car in and out each morning and evening until your valid parking permit is obtained. Please note, if you are renting a vehicle, you will need a permit.

Dress Code & Suggested Packing List:


For regular class days, Smart Casual clothing is welcome. For special guest visits, corporate visits, and strategic option proposal days, Business Casual is appropriate. The dress code for the opening reception and final presentations is Business Professional attire. The graduation ceremony on the evening of July 20th requires service military uniforms for military officers and business professional attire for civilians. Since you will be walking to classes each day, please bring comfortable dress shoes. Please note, we do ask that thong-type sandals not be worn. Same goes for flip-flop styles. Although North Carolina is known for warm summers, the classrooms can be cool at times, so a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, the weather is sometimes unpredictable so please pack rain gear (rain jacket, etc.) as well.

For some ideas on what defines Smart Casual, Business Casual, and Business Professional, here are some helpful guides (photos are included for reference):

Business Attire Guide, UT Austin McCombs School of Business (Great guide outlining what constitutes both Business Professional and Business Casual): https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/~/media/Files/MSB/Student-Orgs/Diversity%20Council/F12_-_Instructional_Guide_-_Business_Attire.pdf

“The Beginner’s Guide to Men’s Smart Casual”, The Modern: https://www.grana.com/themodern/the-beginners-guide-to-mens-smart-casual/

“Smart Casual: What it Means and How to Do It” (for Women), Bridgette Raes Style Guide Expert: http://bridgetteraes.com/2014/08/12/smart-casual/

Of course, questions are welcome if you should need clarification. When in doubt, business casual always works!


The following lists provide information on suggested items to bring with you.

  • Laptop with Laptop Charger/ Tablets/ iPads (*required*) 
  • Writing utensils (Pens, Highlighters, Pencils, etc.)
  • Ethernet Cord for laptops (suggested)
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Floss
  • Shower items (Body Wash, Shampoo/Conditioner, etc.)
  • Shower shoes (if preferred)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Hair Dryer (if needed)
  • Hairbrush
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable casual clothing and shoes for down time (i.e., evenings after class)
  • Smart Casual Attire (i.e., collared shirt and khaki shorts for men and comparable dress for women) for attending classes
  • Business Casual Attire (i.e., collared button down shirt with slacks/khaki pants and comparable dress for women) for 2-3 events
  • Military Service Uniform (for the Graduation Ceremony)
  • Light Jacket/Sweater
  • Clothes and shoes for the gym (if preferred)
  • Close-toed shoes for off-campus visits (industry tour, battle ride, etc.)
  • Comfortable walking dress shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Swimsuit
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Cash/ Credit Cards/ Debit Cards
  • Driver’s License/ Legal Form of Identification
  • Alarm Clock
  • Small backpack to carry class materials (Laptop/Tablet, readings, etc.)
  • Medicine (Prescription Medication, Tylenol/Advil, Pepto Bismol, etc.)
  • Watch
  • Laundry Hamper/Bag
  • Stain remover
  • Bug Spray
  • Fan (*Rooms are air-conditioned, but if you prefer sleeping in a really cold room.)
  • Pillow (suggested)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle


  • New Linens (Blanket, Fitted Sheet, Flat Sheet, Pillowcase)
  • 1 Pillow
  • Bathmat
  • Shower Curtain
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven with Stove
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pots/Pans
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen Utensils (Spatula, etc.)
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Trash Can & Trash Bags
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Printer (found throughout campus and at Residence Hall)

Directions to Campus:

Please print out the directions provided in the document below prior to beginning your trip to Chapel Hill, NC.  The address for Check-In is:

Ram Village 1
UNC-CH Campus
560 Paul Hardin Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Please remember Check-In will take place from 1:00pm-5:00pm on Thursday, June 22nd.  If you get lost or have an emergency, please contact Jaclyn Young (young@idb.org or cell: 919-961-4338) as soon as possible.

Advice from SSFP Alumni:

  • “It is a low-risk environment. Take a risk, talk in class, and try new briefing styles.”
  • “This program has forced me to take the time to think about the government, look back at how decisions were made, and the reasons why they were made and how it has impacted the way we do business today as a nation.”
  • “I’ve learned how to learn again.”
  • “What SSFP has done is put our country, and the role I play in it, in perspective.”
  • “SSFP is the perfect opportunity to step outside of your normal zone of comfort, explore new ideas and approaches to thought.”
  • “Be ready to fully immerse yourself in big challenges. Force yourself to think outside of your foxhole and deliberately try to see the challenges facing our senior military and civilian leadership.”
  • “Force yourself to speak like a civilian. In the media day, it was kind of sad to hear how institutionalized we as officers have become. It was insanely difficult for some of us to have a normal or intellectual conversation with a civilian without resorting to a dialect that we can hide behind. When dealing with civilians, buzz words like second and third order effects, fusion, ISR etc. only highlight a growing separation between us as officers and the people we work for and make absolutely no sense to anyone but us.”
  • “Be current on foreign affairs at the time. They’ll be the context in which many of the classroom exercises will be conducted. Additionally, I’d recommend reading Samuel Huntington’s The Soldier and the State and Cohen’s Supreme Command prior to coming to the course. These two books set the intellectual logic for almost everything you’ll do there, particularly within the core curriculum.”
  •  “Expect to read a lot and leverage the experience that some of your peers will bring…as we discussed everyone has something to offer.”
  •  “Read up on current events (watch the news, read newspapers, and stay abreast of what is going on both internationally and domestically)”

Contact Us:


Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Jaclyn Young.  Contact information is provided below.  Once again, we hope you will find the experience to be a rewarding and exciting one and look forward to welcoming you to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Thursday, June 22nd!

Mrs. Zebrina Warner
Program Director
Office: 919-969-8008
Mobile: 919-448-5867
Mrs. Jaclyn Young
Program Manager
Office: 919-969-8008
Mobile: 919-961-4338
Ms. Magdalena Mysliwiec
Program Associate
Office: 919-969-8008
Mobile: 201-314-1329