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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for January 9, 2013

Nominations open for the 2013 Massey Awards

Nominations are due Feb. 6 for the 2013 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, given for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution made by an employee, past or present.”  Thanks to the growth of the endowment, each award is increasing from $6,000 to $7,500.  Winners will be announced in late March and the six recipients will be honored during the spring Massey awards luncheon.

Nominations may be submitted online ( or by campus mail to: Carolyn Atkins, C. Knox Massey Awards Committee, CB# 6100.

Because of the signature requirement, nominations will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.  Nominations made online require a valid Onyen ID and password.

For information, see or contact Atkins at 919-962-1536 or

‘A Rite’

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company will perform “A Rite” Jan. 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. “A Rite” is a full-length collaborative work commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts that combines choreography from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with the ensemble-based theater work of SITI Company and Anne Bogart. This world premiere is a deconstruction of the original score of “The Rite of Spring,” the Stravinsky ballet that turns 100 in 2013. Visit or call 919-843-3333.

Sewing for a Cause

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will host Sewing for a Cause Jan. 12. Attendees with basic sewing skills will make skirts and dresses to be taken to women in Lilongwe, Malawi later this month.  Food, music, sewing patterns and fabric will be provided. Contact Jasmine Lewis at to join.

Classes at NCBG

Classes in native plant studies and botanical illustration are open for registration and will continue through the spring at the N.C. Botanical Garden. Visit for information on registration and fees.

Mid-Winter Owl Prowl Jan. 11

Local owls have paired up with their mates and are putting the finishing touches on their nests to get ready for their new families. Join Gail Abrams on a trip to the Mason Farm Biological Reserve from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 11 to listen and look for signs of screech, barred and great horned owls. Register at Fee is $15, or $10 for members with the coupon code “NC Botanical Garden."

2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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Jan. 20
The 28th Annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet will host Justice Henry Frye, the first African American to be elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in the 20th century, at 6 p.m. at the Friday Center.

Jan. 21
• Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Communities Through Service) will sponsor a Day for Service from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Great Hall, allowing individuals to make a difference in the community by participating in service. Project assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at
• The MLK Youth Leadership Program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 2518 in the Carolina Union. Students will learn how to be successful leaders in their schools as well as how to be public speakers.
• The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor their annual Martin Luther King Jr. rally, march and worship service, starting at 9 a.m. at the Franklin Street post office and ending with an 11 a.m. service at First Baptist Church on  Roberson Street.
• A Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. in Great Hall. Carolina students are invited to share a meal, make connections, listen to a guest speaker and engage in conversations about King’s legacy in contemporary society. Register at
• “He Was a Poem, He Was a Song” will examine King’s legacy through music, dance, poetry and spoken word at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. A reception will  follow the program.

Jan. 22
Kevin Powell, Brooklyn activist, writer and cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World,” will speak at the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture and presentation of the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at  7:30 p.m. in Great Hall. A candlelight vigil will be held before the event at 6:15 p.m. at the Campus Y. Light refreshments will  be provided.

Jan. 23
• “Women’s Work with Civil Rights: The Story of Ella Baker” is an event recognizing the accomplishments of women throughout the Civil Rights Movement at 5 p.m. at the Stone Center.  Visitors will participate in a screening and short discussion of “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker.” Light refreshments will be provided.
• The Campus Y will host “A Time to Break Silence,” a moderated Q&A with Coach Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington in Disney’s “Remember the Titans”), who will share lessons from the 1971 football season at T.C. Williams High School. The event is at 7 p.m. in the Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center.

Jan. 24
• “Behind the Scenes: A Glance at Key Players of the Civil Rights Movement” will highlight several civil rights activists and UNC alumni, faculty and individuals who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement at 5 p.m. at the Stone Center.
• The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. oratorical contest will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. Contestants will prepare a three-to-five minute speech in response to the prompt: “As Dr. King’s generation prepares to pass the torch of change to our generation, do you think that his dream has fully transpired into a reality as we try to keep this light ablaze, or has this light already started to diminish?”

Jan. 25
Join The Black Student Movement’s Cultural Diversity Committee for a discussion of King’s legacy as seen through Langston Hughes’s poem “I, Too, Sing America” at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Center. There will be performances by select campus and local high school groups.

Concert Under the Atrium: Mipso

Mipso is made up of undergraduates (from left) Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough and Joseph Terrell. Photo courtesy of the Friday Center.

The first Friday Center Concert Under the Atrium hosts Chapel Hill bluegrass band Mipso Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Friday Center. Formed in 2010 by UNC students, Mipso is rooted in the sounds of North Carolina’s mountains and piedmont. With a combination of fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitar and vocal harmonies, Mipso mixes bluegrass with a healthy dose of 21st-century energy. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and available at the Carolina Union Box Office or by phone at 919-962-1449. For more information, visit

Tickets for ‘The Fiddle’ available now

The Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library will present free music and lectures as part of “The Fiddle,” the second in its three-part Instrument Series of lectures and concerts.

(Image credit: UNC Libraries)

On Jan. 11, Nashville Bluegrass Band; three-time national fiddle champion Byron Berline; Bobby Taylor, a fourth-generation fiddler from West Virginia; and Matt Glaser, fiddler and artistic director of the American Roots Program at the Berklee College of Music, will perform in Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m.

On Jan. 12, a symposium in the Wilson Special Collections Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature lectures by Paul F. Wells, former director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Mark Wilson, producer of the North American Traditions Series at Rounder Records. Berline, Taylor and Glaser will perform.

The free concert requires tickets, now available through the Memorial Hall Box Office at 919-843-3333 and online at


Upcoming at the Ackland Art Museum

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On stage at PlayMakers Repertory Company

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Lectures and events

Human Resources Briefs

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