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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for November 14, 2012

Winter Stories celebrates 20 years Dec. 6

Storytellers and musicians will entertain children of all ages at the Friends of the Library’s 20th annual Winter Stories program on Dec. 6 in Wilson Library. The program, with the theme “Chilly and Charming,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room, following juice and cookies at 5 p.m. in the lobby. School of Information and Library Science (SILS) students will tell folk and literary tales, and library staff members and SILS students will provide music and lead sing-alongs.

Attendees are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to contribute to a book drive for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates children’s books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals.

For program information, contact Liza Terll at or 919-548-1203.

Jingle Bell Jog Dec. 7

Jingle Bell Jog, this year held Dec. 7 at 12:15 p.m., is a 3-mile run or 1.5-mile walk open to all faculty and staff. The event promotes physical activity and provides employees with the opportunity to contribute to the Glenwood Elementary Family Assistance Program with a canned food donation. Pet donations will be collected and given to the Orange County Animal Shelter. Free refreshments will be provided. Register by Dec. 5 at Contact with questions.

Upcoming at Ackland Art Museum

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Dec. 1 – Art Adventures, designed for children ages 6 to 9 years, provides kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to make their own art. Morning and afternoon sessions will work with Japanese woodblock prints from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Materials are provided. Free for Members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited; RSVP to or 919-962-3342.

Dec. 2 – Morgan Pitelka, associate professor of Asian studies, and Amanda Hughes, director of external affairs at the museum, will trace the connections between the ancient vessels of the Japanese tea service and more contemporary ceramics seen in the Ackland’s extensive collection in a tour at 2 p.m.

Dec. 5 – For the Art for Lunch series, Morgan Pitelka, associate professor of Asian studies, will present “The Art and Politics of Samurai Sociability” at noon in connection with “Pictures of Vanity Fair: Nineteenth Century Japanese Prints,” on exhibit through Jan. 6. Pitelka will illustrate the role of art in the interactions between elite warriors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with particular focus on banqueting, gift-giving and other forms of politicized sociability. Free for members and valid UNC One Card holders, $5 for all others. RSVP to

Deadlines to watch

Nov. 28 – Applications are due for the 2013 Nelson Schwab “Say Yes” Fund. Thanks to a gift from Nelson Schwab III, former chair of the Board of Trustees, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities has a minimum of $50,000 available to chairs of departments in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences to be used in any way that will enhance departmental excellence, with special attention to improving quality, morale, collegiality and mentoring.

Dec. 1 – Nominations are due for two major faculty awards: the UNC system-wide O. Max Gardner Award and the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award. The Gardner award recognizes “that member of the faculty of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.” The faculty service award recognizes outstanding service by a member of UNC’s voting faculty. The award calls to remembrance President Graham’s ambition “to make the campus co-extensive with the boundaries of the state.”

For full information about these awards, including criteria, eligibility, and the process for submitting a nomination, visit

Watercolors at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

“Nature, Big & Small,” watercolors by Dot Wilbur-Brooks, opened on Nov. 1 in the DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art and Illustration at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and will be on display through Dec. 30. Wilbur-Brooks, educator and artist, worked for the Botanical Garden for 31 years.

S. Columbia Street widening project

A section of South Columbia Street will be enhanced for general traffic, buses, bicycles and pedestrians. The project will add sidewalks on both sides of the street and bike lanes. The new 0.8-mile project is expected to begin on Nov. 26, with completion by July 2014. Between April and September 2013, traffic will be one-way on Columbia Street, with traffic going northbound from Fordham Boulevard toward Manning Drive. Outbound traffic will be detoured onto Manning Drive.

Gaza Hospital

The Ackland Film Forum will screen the documentary “Gaza Hospital” Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street free of charge. This is the final of three films presented in the series “Cinema of the Global Middle East,” sponsored by Art/Islam, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Nov. 12–16 is College Application Week

Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared Nov. 12–16 North Carolina College Application Week. During this time, graduating high school seniors from more than 490 schools across the state will receive free assistance in applying to North Carolina colleges and universities, including four University of North Carolina schools, from on-site counselors at high schools and on

Colors of Confinement

A photography exhibit depicting life in a 1940s Japanese American internment camp is currently on display at the Friday Center through Dec. 14. In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo. Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings, capturing community celebrations and his family’s struggle to maintain a normal life under the harsh conditions of its imprisonment.

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15

America Recycles Day will be celebrated nationally Nov. 15, and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) will host a Swap Shop and Hard-to-Recycle Drive in the Carolina Union Lobby, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring unwanted clothes and school supplies to swap with others, and donate non-perishable foods. OWRR will also collect batteries, plastic bags and electronic waste for recycling.

Beneath the Waves

A screening of the Beneath The Waves Mini Film Festival, moderated by John Bruno, professor of biology, will be held Nov. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center as part of larger Science-as-Story Festival. Science-as-Story is sponsored by the Duke/UNC Scientists with Stories Project, Douglas Hunt Lecture Series, UNC Center for Galapagos Studies, Kenan-Biddle Partnership and the Bruno Lab of Marine Ecology at UNC. The Beneath the Waves Film Festival aims to encourage, inspire and educate scientists, advocates and the general public to produce and promote open-access, engaging marine-issue documentaries.

Global Entrepreneurship Week to be held Nov. 12–18

A pan-University effort, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a weeklong series of events that reaches across all disciplines and professional schools at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Events scheduled Nov. 12–18 will increase awareness of entrepreneurship activities on and off campus and connect students to resources, knowledge and relationships that can help them. For a full list of events, see

Minority- and women-owned businesses featured in showcase

Thirty-seven vendors gathered on Oct. 31 in the Great Hall at the Carolina Union as part of the first Minority- and Women-Owned Business Showcase. The event, hosted by University Purchasing Services, highlighted the products and services of historically under-utilized businesses and gave an opportunity for University staff to become more familiar with the companies. Vendors provide services and supplies such as furniture, IT consulting, web design, scientific supplies and equipment, office supplies, pharmaceutical supplies and moving services.

Planetarium show combines puppetry, fulldome technology

In collaboration with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is presenting “The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale,” a fulldome planetarium show. The show opened on Nov. 3 at the planetarium and will continue through Feb. 24, 2013. Paperhand and Morehead worked together to develop the script, and the Paperhand Band provided music for “The Longest Night” soundtrack. Show times are 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $7.25 for adults and $6 for children, students and seniors. For more information, call 919-962-1236 or visit

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” a live version of Frank Capra’s treasured holiday film, Nov. 28 through Dec. 16 in the Paul Green Theatre. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 to $50. In conjunction with “It’s a Wonderful Life,” PlayMakers will host a number of special events including post-show discussions, parties and receptions. See for dates and information.

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