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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for February 27, 2013

Roger Goodell to lecture on campus March 6

Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, will speak March 6 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center for the Department of Exercise and Sport Science’s Carl Blyth Lecture. Goodell’s lecture will begin at 1 p.m., with a question-and-answer session to follow.  Visit to secure tickets. Seating will begin at noon and attendees must be seated by 12:45 p.m. Access to tickets will expire Feb. 28.


RecycleMania is a friendly competition among more than 500 colleges and universities to see who can recycle the most during an 8-week period, which ends March 20.

Learn more about the competition at and about UNC’s participation at Contact Natalia Posthill for more information at or 919-962-4699.

  • Ongoing through March 20 – Bring plastic grocery bags and shrink wrap to Main Street Lenior and deposit them in the green bin at Freshens. A portion of these bags will be used by UNC’s upcoming resident artist, Bright Ugochukwu Eke, in an installation exhibit at the FedEx Global Education Center.
  • March 2 – A number of groups will host an Electronic Waste Drive and Prescription Drug Take-Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Smith Center Parking Lot to collect recyclable electronics, plastic bags and prescription drugs for environmentally friendly, safe disposal (no controlled substances). Find a list of accepted materials at
  • March 3 – Help the Tar Heels win the RecycleMania Basketball Game Day Challenge at the UNC vs. Florida State game at the Smith Center at 2 p.m. Recycle bottles, cans and blue cups in the blue bins at the gates and along the concourse. Rankings are based on waste minimization, per capita recycling and diversion rate (percentage recycled out of total waste).

Deadlines to watch

Feb. 27 – Sign-up forms are due to facilitate a Carolina Summer Reading discussion group. “Home” by Toni Morrison is the 2013 summer reading selection, and discussion leaders will receive a free paperback copy of the book. Sign up at

March 4 – Nominations are due for Faculty Mentoring Awards, sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council. The awards recognize outstanding men and women faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor and lead. Three $5,000 awards will be given.

March 6 – Nominations are due for the University Diversity Awards, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, which recognize significant contributions to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community. For criteria, visit:

March 22 – Entries are due for the 2013 Art of Science competition. The competition is open to all UNC students, faculty, staff and alumni to capture research through a creative eye to show the art of science. Award-winning images will be on display at the Ackland Art Museum. For rules, visit

OWASA notice

OWASA will temporarily change the disinfection process from March 1 – 31. This may change the taste or smell of campus water. If you use water for a special purpose in which residuals or other water characteristics are important, read the full text of the notice at the UNC Department of Environment, Health and Safety’s website:

Also during the month of March, OWASA crews will be releasing water from some fire hydrants. The purpose of this “flushing” of water mains is to ensure that water with chlorine goes through the entire water system. This flushing may cause discoloration or air bubbles. To clear this up, please run cold water for about 5 minutes.

Spring mindfulness programs

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness that will teach how to slow down and set priorities while remaining calm, focused and relaxed in the midst of a busy life.

For information about upcoming registration, tuition and tuition reductions for research participation, visit

‘Changing the World through Innovation’ is topic of March 4 lecture

Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professors John Kao, author of “Innovation Nation,” and Gary White, co-founder and chief executive officer of, will discuss “Changing the World through Innovation” in a free public talk March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Genome Sciences Building. Chancellor Holden Thorp will moderate the discussion.

Don Reid to speak Feb. 27

Don Reid will give a lecture based on his book “Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations” Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of FedEx Global Education Center.

One in eight banquet

A Drink For Tomorrow, a student organization dedicated to addressing global water issues, will host the One In Eight banquet March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall to benefit the group’s clean water and sanitation projects in Latin America. The event will be catered by City Kitchen with a presentation by climate change expert Felix Dodds and musical and artistic displays by UNC students. Tickets are $15 for students, $35 for non-students and can be purchased by calling the box office at 919-962-1449. Find more information at

PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory

Registration is open for Theatre Intensive (rising 9th graders to recent high school graduates), Theatre Quest (middle schoolers) and Theatre Tech classes (high school students and recent high school graduates). Theatre Intensive includes 5 weeks of classes and rehearsals culminating in a professionally-realized SYC production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Auditions for Theatre Intensive and the “Sweeney Todd” cast will be held at PlayMakers March 1 and 2. Summer Youth Conservatory dates will be June 17–July 21 with public performances of “Sweeney Todd” July 17–21. To schedule auditions, register or request more information,
contact Jenny Wales at

MFA exhibitions at the Allcott Gallery

The art department will present solo exhibitions by eight graduating MFA students called “Your Turn to Burn” each Monday through April 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the John and June Allcott Gallery. Each exhibition will feature a reception with food, drink and conversation with the artist. For more information, contact Jeff Whetstone at

Campus Recreation launches ‘Body Beautiful’ campaign

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week, Feb. 24 – March 2, Campus Recreation is launching the Body Beautiful Campaign, which will continue throughout the year.
In order to promote healthy self-confidence, Campus Recreation will engage the community by inviting them to fill in the blank, “My body is______.” The campaign was created to encourage members of the Carolina community to enjoy the body they have and celebrate social, physical and mental well-being. As the year progresses, Campus Recreation will build on the campaign, encouraging more participant activity.

To learn more, contact Karen Cunningham at

Spring Week at the Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Spring Week Celebration, March 17–24, features a number of activities and programs, from guided nature hikes to informal workshops, designed to get participants outdoors and enjoying the fresh spring air.

More programs and information on registration and fees can be found at, or by calling 919-962-0522.

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