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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for April 17, 2013

UNC Earth Week

UNC Earth Week events will continue through April 21. April 17 is Water Wednesday, where the Water In Our World Steering Committee will share information on how to “Take Back the Tap” on Polk Place. Food Day will be April 18, where attendees can get fruit, vegetables and other food from the FLO Food’s campus market. The Campus Earth Day Festival will be held April 19 with live music, games and snacks. Earth Week will come to a close April 21 with UNC-TV’s Tom Earnhardt speaking at the N.C. Botanical Garden.

Hunter Rawlings to lead panel on athletics April 19

Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, will lead a panel of leaders in higher education and athletics this spring. That group will meet for the first time on April 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in G202 Murray Hall.

(Note: This is a new location, which was announced after the Gazette went to press. The Murray Hall lecture room is located next to the brick archway where Murray Hall and Venable Hall meet. Both buildings are part of the Carolina Physical Science Complex.)

For more on the panel, see Chancellor Holden Thorp said he would address the panel, and he has invited several speakers to participate in a roundtable discussion.

National High School Ethics Bowl

The first-ever National High School Ethics Bowl will take place at UNC’s Parr Center for Ethics April 19–20. Top teams from high schools around the country will come to Carolina to compete in the National Championship. More than 900 students across the country took part in the regional bowls leading up to the national bowl. For more information, visit

Women in Media Leadership Series

Author Tia McCollors will be the featured guest at the Women in Media Leadership event April 23 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at 3:30 p.m. Visit for updates.

Music on the Porch

Musicians Ben Wiley Payton and Logie Meachum will perform for the Center for the Study of the American South’s Music on the Porch series April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Love House and Hutchins Forum. The performance is free and open to the public. Visit for more details.

2013 Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the Chancellor’s Awards ceremony April 18 at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall. A reception will follow.

The ceremony honors students whose achievements in academic work, as well as student activities and leadership, deserve special recognition. Along with these awards, the chancellor distributes the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards, established by students to recognize outstanding undergraduate instruction.

'Cabaret' to run through April 21

PlayMakers Repertory Company will conclude its Mainstage Season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret,” which runs through April 21 at the Paul Green Theatre. PlayMakers is also offering a faculty/staff discount of 10 percent on tickets to the play.

The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society will sponsor a free discussion on “Mindplay” after the shows on April 20 and 21.

The theater’s PRC2 second stage season will close with the world premiere of “Spring Training” April 24 through 28, specially commissioned by PlayMakers and Carolina Performing Arts, and written and performed by acclaimed musical/spoken word ensemble Universes. Visit for show times and ticket prices.

Musical Empowerment benefit concert to be held April 18

The UNC student organization Musical Empowerment will host its first annual benefit concert, “Melodies,” April 18 at 7 p.m. at the University United Methodist Church in downtown Chapel Hill.

Performers include Joe Kwon and Paul Defiglia of the Avett Brothers, UNC student a cappella groups and local bands Morning Brigade, Clockwork Kids and the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble.

“Melodies,” will build upon Musical Empowerment’s mission to connect UNC students with the youth of the local community by taking the student teacher/mentee relationship from the rehearsal room to center stage. Concert guests will see inspiring performances by three students in the program.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All proceeds from the event will support Musical Empowerment’s Instrument Lending Program. Learn more about on Musical Empowerment at or contact Katie Weinel at 919-995-6514 or

Paws Under the Stars

Paws Under the Stars, a dinner and auction benefiting Paws4ever, will be held May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Paws4ever Learning Center in Mebane. Paws4ever is a charity that has been supported by the “Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares” campaign. Guests will enjoy live music, a dinner from Mediterranean Deli and the opportunity to bid at a market full of eclectic items, like unique pieces from local artists, vacation rentals, jewelry and more. Tickets are $25 at

Water in Our World

Water_in_Our_World_graphic_400Mark Hay, professor and Harry and Linda Teasley Chair in Environmental Biology at Georgia Tech, will present the lecture “Can Coral Reefs Be Saved? Chemical Ecology as a Rosetta Stone for Effective Conservation” April 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series hosted by UNC’s Global Research Institute.

In his lecture, Hay will use reefs in Fiji as examples of how local intervention can have large positive effects and how an understanding of the chemical signals and mechanisms involved in structuring biotic interactions on coral reefs can provide additional options for more effective stewardship of coastal marine resources.

Spring Fling to be held May 3

UNC employees are invited to join Campus Recreation for Spring Fling, a 2.7-mile fun run or 1.5-mile walk May 3. In previous years, more than 300 participants have completed the Spring Fling individually or as part of a departmental team. This event promotes health and well-being and provides a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community by making canned food donations to the Glenwood Elementary Family Assistance Program and pet donations to the Orange County Animal Shelter. Prizes for the most creative costumes and most participants will be rewarded following the event.

Dead Sea Scrolls focus of lecture

The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religious Studies will host James Kugel, director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Friday Center. Kugel’s talk, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Beginnings of Biblical Interpretation,” will explore how the Dead Sea Scrolls provide evidence of an important moment of transition in the development of texts that were to become the Hebrew Bible.

2013 Conservation Garden Tour

The 2013 Conservation Garden Tour, hosted by the Reid Chapter of the N.C. Native Plant Society, North Carolina Botanical Garden and Triangle Land Conservancy will be held April 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour celebrates gardens that contribute to the health and beauty of the Triangle’s environment. The four gardens on the tour will illustrate ways to steward home gardens that enrich lives with birdsong, flowers, shade and water, while enhancing the environmental health of the community. In addition to showcasing the beauty of native wildflowers, these “conservation gardens” provide wildlife habitats and demonstrate environmentally friendly practices such as water conservation, rainwater harvesting, composting, mulching and alternatives to lawns.

For more information, visit

Nominate a Manager of the Year

The University Managers Association (UMA) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Manager of the Year Award through April 22. Selection is based on University career accomplishments, both within and beyond normal job responsibilities, or a specific accomplishment of major significance made within the past 12 months.

Any current UNC faculty or staff member may submit a nomination.  The nomination form is available on the UMA website at

Chakrabarti to give Siler Lecture

One of America’s foremost urbanists, Vishaan Chakrabarti, will speak April 18 at 7 p.m. in G-100 Genome Science Building for the Robert and Helen Siler Lecture. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Chakrabarti will speak on the subject of his forthcoming book, “A Country of Cities,” in which he argues that dense, well-designed cities are the key to solving America’s great national challenges: environmental degradation, unsustainable consumption, economic stagnation, rising public health costs and decreasing social mobility.

CSRI Conference April 17–19

The College Sport Research Institute’s 6th annual CSRI Conference on College Sport will be held April 17–19 at the Friday Center.

The CSRI Conference is a student-run conference hosted by the institute and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. The conference features three days of discussion panels, keynote speakers, academic research presentations and student competitions.

UNC students can receive a $25 discount and faculty and staff can receive a $50 discount using their ONYENs. For more information, visit

Los Pleneros de la 21 to perform April 20

Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21), a Spanish Harlem-based ensemble that performs traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance, will perform in the Stone Center Auditorium on April 20 at 7 p.m.

LP21’s two-day residency at UNC will include two free workshops on April 19 and conclude with a performance on April 20. The program is co-sponsored by The Carolina Latina/o Collaborative. For more information, visit

Dental Faculty Practice offering discount for employees

The UNC Dental Faculty Practice is offering UNC employees and their immediate families a 20 percent discount on new-patient comprehensive exam appointments and the associated X-rays taken that day. Patients will be seen by the dentists who are training the future dentists of North Carolina. The practice provides both general and specialized dental care, and each patient’s oral health needs will be determined after seeing a dental practitioner for a comprehensive diagnosis. To schedule an appointment, call the reception desk at 919-537-3939 and identify yourself as an UNC employee.

Music department concerts

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