GMA, nothing could be finer
Marian and Mahlon Clifford arrived on campus at 6:30 in the morning to make sure they got a good look at Charlie and Diane when the camera lights kicked on at 7 a.m. on April 29 for the start of Good Morning America.
The couple has lived in Chapel Hill for 40 years and has made anchors Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer part of their morning ritual for as long as they've been on TV.
They had a good plan, they thought. But they quickly discovered that getting here early doesn't matter when you are short and stuck in back of a teeming circle of whooping, screaming, jumping students with poster boards bigger than their TV screens back home. "Hi Mom in MN," shouted one sign. "Carolina Girls Best in the World," boasted another. And there was a sign of the times, too: "Will ABC Give Me a Job When I Graduate? Job Market Is Rough!"
"If the stage had been lifted, everybody would have been able to see," Marian said. "Only people in the front could see, but I did get a little peek. Diane was beautiful, thin as a reed. And Charlie, quite cute, still. It was fun."
That may have been true, but the viewers around America would not have been able to see the very thing that Charlie and Diane had come for: the atmosphere that on this day was part carnival, part Franklin Street party after a big win over Duke, part media circus complete with a cage full of squawking chickens. ROTC cadets did jumping jacks. A news helicopter from WTVD hovered above the campus as if it was an accident scene on Interstate 40.
What the Cliffords may not have grasped was that the students, replete in all their Carolina blue glory, were the stage for the national morning show's debut of a yearlong, 50-state tour. The University, which has long held the distinction as the first public university in the country, now held the honor of being the show's first stop in the journey across it.
Gibson started the show with an interview of Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. There were segments, filmed at N.C. State University, that
examined drinking and sex on college campuses. There were performances by Carolina singers and cheerleaders and by the men's soccer team, who this year have the distinction of being national champions.
Pat Stoy arrived from Chatham County to be a part of it, too. "I went to the University of Maryland, but I got smart and sent my daughter to the University of North Carolina," Stoy said. "I retired here, and I heard they were going to have the boy's soccer team and will always show up for soccer at Carolina."
Her grandson, she said, was on the championship team of Jordan High School in Durham a year ago and his ambition is to attend Carolina, too.
Kimberly Cozart, a sophomore biology major who plays in the Carolina band, joined her band mates at Polk Place at 6:30 a.m. The highlight of the show, for her, was getting to meet Diane and Charlie during a 7:30 a.m. break. "I didn't say anything to them, I just shook their hand." They didn't get to all the rows, but they got to hers before the cameras flicked on again and the show resumed, she said.
Also on hand was the women's softball team, which recently finished fifth in nationals. Leftfielder Rebecca Bruton, shortstop Jessi Allen, centerfielder Elizabeth Phillips and most of the rest of their teammates got to Polk Place at 9 p.m. April 28. Eighteen girls are on the team, and 16 joined the party.
"We've been out here all night long," Bruton said.
The best story to tell their grandchildren besides getting on TV: "Charlie played softball with us," Bruton said.
Not only that, Joseph Bray, a project supervisor with Administrative Information Services, had to be on main campus for a 9 a.m. meeting so he decided to show up early with his video recorder to capture a little history.
"My wife and I watch this show every morning," Bray said. If he tries to watch anything else, she always turns it back, he said.
"The students have really been good, and it was nice to see this kind of turnout. I'm also quite attracted to Diane Sawyer."
And, he said, his wife knows and puts up with it.
Also on hand was Rameses, Carolina's mascot. At one point, Sawyer jokingly tried to interview Rameses to prove she was a good enough reporter to make even a ram talk.
When the lights were off, Gibson and Sawyer lit up the crowd. Charlie attempted to hit a volleyball over the net with his blue suit jacket still on. They held babies. Diane, dressed casually in yellow pants with a yellow sweater flung over her white blouse, talked just as casually to the parents of students who handed her their cell phones.
The show also featured weather reports from Tony Perkins, who broadcast live from the Pit, which may have never been as crowded with students.
The student singers Clef Hangers crooned, in perfect pitch, for the occasion with their rendition of James Taylor's "Carolina in My Mind."
Chancellor James Moeser, in an interview with a local newspaper, summed up what the event meant for Carolina. "It's wonderful for visibility," Moeser said. "The whole country can see what a marvelous campus this is."
Faculty Chair Sue Estroff in highlighting the events of the past year during the last Faculty Council meeting until fall touched on everything from the debate about setting up a new campus in Qatar to the ongoing struggle to cope with the changes under way at this one.
"What represents the year best in my own reflections has been its startling quality -- the tectonic depth and magnitude of the unexpected," she said. "It has been a year of first-order change. Who would have guessed it last fall? We were jostled first by the prospect of a new campus of this University half a world away after 200 of living in the same neighborhood."
In a prescient way, she said, the campus had already turned its attention to the rest of the world before the violence of Sept. 11.
The sensibilities of the campus were shaken, but people were steadied by a day of silent homage and nourished by information, ideas and debate.
"Very little went according to plan this year," she said. "Sometimes, our processes of engagement and deliberation worked, and sometimes not. They worked in the case of the Qatar campus. They didn't when it came to parking."
The campus itself gives people pause, she said, sometimes from day to day, with old buildings going down and new ones rising as parking lots disappear and construction trailers "spring up overnight like fungus."
The budget outlook
Estroff said the campus already may be past being startled when it comes to the state budget -- this year's crisis, after all, follows last year's. "We do not yet know what awaits us in the fall in terms of cuts. It isn't just the numbers, it's the people. Who will be gone? What will be lost? I do have confidence our leadership, our trustees, our legislative delegation and our other supporters are going to work as ardently as they can to protect the well-being on this campus in the near and distant future."
Both Chancellor James Moeser and Executive Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton touched on the upcoming budget as well.
Shelton emphasized that the systematic deliberations now under way throughout the campus about how to respond to next year's budget are being done in the context of changing numbers. None of the numbers coming out of Raleigh are firm, he said, and they keep going from bad to worse.
All of this has generated another layer of uncertainty, which has led to fear and concern.
The same day as the Faculty Council meeting, Shelton spent the morning in the UNC system's Office of the President to hear chief financial officials there talk about their budget strategies and priorities.
The officials on April 24 had appeared earlier before the state legislature's Joint Education Appropriation Sub-Committee, and the news they came back with is that the revenue situation continues to worsen, Shelton said.
The team members from the Office of the President said they would be working with the legislature with five priorities in mind.
Foremost will be to minimize the total size of the cut, Shelton said. Second, they want University administrators to maintain the greatest amount of flexibility to implement cuts in ways that protect academic instruction as much as possible.
A third priority will be to get money earmarked for enrollment growth fully funded.
A fourth priority, emphasized by Moeser and N.C. State Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, is to convince legislators to allow universities to keep overhead receipts, also know as retention of "F&A" funds that the federal government offers universities to pay for the indirect expenses associated with federal research grants.
The fifth and final priority is to ensure that bond-funded projects remain on track.
Shelton said his message was not intended to be one of gloom and doom, but reality. "As you hear things out of Raleigh, understand that nothing is set in concrete yet, and we are working hard to make sure that when it gets set it is as favorable as it can be toward higher education. But understand, too, that the numbers are not looking pretty."
Moeser, in his comments about the budget, said the difficult challenge will be to strike a balance between "managing in the moment" and staying focused on the future vision for the University.
"So we are dealing with both short-term problems that are very real, painful and troubling, but also long-term potential, which I believe is enormous," Moeser said. "Even as we struggle to manage what will certainly be a very serious budget cut, it is important for us to keep our eye on the larger horizon."
Moeser also spoke about the connection between private fundraising and state support and how success in raising private dollars might influence the state support.
Some might think that because the University has become so affluent with private dollars it has less need for state money. Another view is that private money and state dollars are being used as leverage to do more things than ever before and to do them better.
University officials recently posed that question to state Sen. Marc Basnight, Moeser said, and they asked him whether the success of private fundraising helps or hurts the University in the legislature.
Basnight said emphatically that Carolina's rising level of private support argues in Carolina's favor in the legislature, not against it.
Thinking about 'Carolina North'
One looming object on the horizon is the Horace Williams property that administrators have begun calling "Carolina North."
Moeser described the impact of this undeveloped tract of land as being 100 times more potent to the University as the new Science Complex, which he called the single-most important construction project financed in part from the bond package passed in 2000.
Williams was a revered professor of philosophy whose business acumen and generosity combined to produce a gift of enormous magnitude, Moeser said. Still, he said, "the old name implies to ourselves and our neighbors in the town that this is nothing more than a real-estate development."
Moeser said that concept should be swept off the page so that people can begin to grasp the enormity of the property's potential to the University.
Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for graduate studies and research, already has started the process of developing a unified vision for the property with vice chancellors and deans, Moeser said. That process, in the months ahead, will be widened to include faculty members as well, along with community representatives from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County.
The process has to be creative and visionary and open so that all voices are heard, he said.
"I invite you, in a number of venues, whether it is in your department or college or school or as part of some centrally organized visioning process led by Vice Chancellor Waldrop, to come and engage in the visioning of Carolina North," Moeser said.
In other action, the Faculty Council approved a resolution to amend the instrument of student judicial governance and elected new members to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council. To see the results of the election, go to www.unc.edu/faculty/faccoun/reports/R02Election.htm
There may be 16 universities in the UNC system, but the two tied the most closely to each other, in both mission and miles, are Carolina and N.C. State University.
Both are Research I universities.
Both are strengthened by the presence of the other.
Both have chancellors intent on touting the benefits of finding yet more ways to collaborate rather than compete.
Earlier this year, Carolina's Chancellor James Moeser carried that message to N.C. State's faculty. On April 26, N.C State's Chancellor Marye Anne Fox spoke before Carolina's Faculty Council with the same message.
As the two of them have found, familiarity can breed respect. And familiarity, between the system's two leading research universities, might also lead to opportunities not yet imagined.
Faculty Chair Sue Estroff, in introducing Fox, talked of the "unprecedented partnership" that Moeser and Fox have forged. Estroff said it is an alliance that seeks common cause rather than competition and one built on the understanding that in rough weather the two institutions can fare better by standing together rather than apart. As long as nobody's wearing a uniform, that is.
"We salute you for your leadership, we thank you for your company, and we wish you great good fortune except in athletics when you are competing against us," Estroff said.
"What Sue said is absolutely the truth," Moeser said. "She is a wonderful colleague."
Fox is a physical organic chemist with degrees from Notre Dame and Dartmouth. She became N.C. State University's 12th chancellor in 1998.
Fox arrived at the Faculty Council meeting when Moeser was presenting this year's Thomas Jefferson Awards to Chuck Stone and Ruel Tyson (See story on page 8.).
She liked her timing.
"I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be here, and especially to come in just as you are making these presentations for the Jefferson Awards, because what James and I have done in forging the friendship he has already described to you is that we forged that bond based on the accomplishment of scholarship, the process of discovery and how it changes the lives of our faculty and our students and of our staff."
To understand the challenge the two universities now face requires an understanding of the role of a research university, Fox said, and how collaboration between N.C. State and Carolina can help develop the critical mass of expertise that can further the research and reach of both universities.
When she first arrived as chancellor in 1998, Fox said, people kept telling her, "You should go down and compete for this, you need to get this, otherwise, Chapel Hill will get it.
Fox said she is sure Moeser heard the same kind of comments here.
"I can tell you very clearly that we don't compete with each other," Fox said. "We go forward together and it's a win-win situation for the state and for our universities, and more importantly, for our students and for the citizens of North Carolina.
"We have to stand up for scholarship because, although North Carolina is a state that has recognized the value of higher education for many, many years and has a national reputation for doing so, we all recognize that right now there is a significant challenge."
That challenge, she said, is to keep the top-quality education offered at these two institutions even as financial pressures are pushing the UNC system in a downward slide toward mediocrity.
"During a time of budget constraints, this sort of relaxation to an intermediate, mediocre level becomes all the more apparent, and it is something we have to fight every single day," Fox said.
The way to fight the fight is by sticking to unyielding principles -- and citing the strong evidence of what the two universities have already accomplished for the state by working together.
"Common externally sponsored research -- I'm told that we have about 50 projects now that constitute about $20 million of federal support," she said.
The two universities run a number of centers together, among them the Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the center puts students through graduate programs at both universities in ways that join the practical application of N.C. State's engineers with the fine sciences at Carolina.
When looking at state budgets, for instance, both universities have to look not only at salary levels but the non-competitive package of state benefits that makes it harder for the two flagship universities to bring together the community of scholars they need.
Both universities need the flexibility to be able to recognize and reward achievements within the ranks of SPA and EPA staff.
"We need not to be second guessed every time a decision is made at the department level or the dean's level or the chancellor's level," Fox said.
Both universities need to have more control of tuition levels as well. This past year, the two universities developed identical proposals for campus increases, only to see those increases cut by the UNC Board of Governors.
Given the constraints of the state's budget, Fox said, flexibility to look at money decisions from purchasing, to appointments, to how information technology is developed, to how land is purchased and bond money spent for building projects becomes all the more important.
One opportunity that could be explored with such flexibility is how N.C. State and Carolina might share resources for high-performance computing in the areas of genomic sciences and bioinformatics. Such a partnership would allow each campus to share resources and specialize in their respective areas of strength.
Both N.C. State and Carolina can make these arguments more persuasively together than they can alone, she said.
"It's time for real introspection for faculty and administrators and staff at our institutions to try and examine what our core values are and to think about the integrity and quality of what we do," Fox said.
There is an obligation to the citizens of the state, which is carried out in the public service missions the two institutions pursue, often together.
But there is another obligation, she said, to world-class scholarship to build on what the two universities already have achieved in terms of the state's continuing economic vitality.
Economists estimate that technology generated from N.C. State's intellectual property has produced a value to the state economy that equates to $2.3 billion and 75,000 jobs. Fox said she was quite sure that Carolina could cite comparable numbers.
Given the complementary nature of the two universities' strengths, Fox said, the potential for the two to add to these numbers, through more collaboration, is unlimited.
But, she said, "we can only do it with the cooperation of the faculty and with the trust that results in using resources in the best possible way."
Fox urged faculty members at Carolina to develop productive partnerships with their professional counterparts at N.C. State along the same lines that she and Moeser have. The two of them meet often and rarely a day goes by when they do not talk at least once on the phone, she said.
"That same kind of comradeship, I hope, is taking place at the level of each of your own individual scholarship, and as you are looking for interdisciplinary opportunity, you don't stop at the city limits of Chapel Hill," Fox said.
Go those few extra miles, she said, "as I have encouraged our faculty to do as well, because together we can do so much more than we can alone."
Undergraduates Odette Nemes and Catherine Jones are leading an unusual student-volunteer program providing free English language lessons to immigrant women in the Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the growing program is that Jones is a Carolina student, and Nemes is a Duke Blue Devil. Their new project at Duke University was funded in part by a grant from the Robertson Scholars Program, a joint program at Carolina and Duke designed to encourage such collaborative ventures between the two schools.
The Duke project was inspired by a similar program begun at Carolina in 1999. Both programs are called M.A.N.O (Mujeres Aprendiendo por Nuevas Oportunidades or Women Learning through New Opportunities). Student volunteers work one-on-one with immigrant women, offering practical lessons in English. They meet twice a week during the evening hours, with childcare provided by other student volunteers.
Thanks to these efforts, more than 50 women per week are learning to converse in English with employers, school teachers, merchants and others, and an equal number of students are learning about the complex needs of the immigrant population.
When Nemes heard about the Carolina program, she called on Jones to help her start the same program at Duke. The Tar Heels were happy to share their lesson plans, learning materials and advice on how to publicize the program through community-based organizations.
"It was the first time I had done anything over at Duke," said Jones. "And you know what? It's been great. They are taking the program and running with it."
The Duke project started offering lessons at the end of February. Twelve women showed up the first night, and 12 more the second night. Nemes said, now that both programs are up and running, they are looking for new ways to collaborate. "We are really looking forward to bringing the women together from the Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro areas," said Nemes.
This is just one of 10 Carolina-Duke projects funded by $25,000 in grants from the Robertson Scholars Collaboration Fund this spring. Others include Carolina and Duke faculty, students and staff working together to develop joint classes, seminars, conferences and resources on a range of issues.
For example, historians John French (Duke) and Sarah Shields (Carolina) developed a colloquia series on civil rights and national security issues in the wake of Sept. 11. Jeff Whetstone (Carolina) and Wendy Ewald (Duke) created a new joint course on portraits in photography. Art librarians Patricia Thompson (Carolina) and Lee Sorensen (Duke) are working together to introduce graduate students to the treasures of art history at Duke and Carolina libraries. And law students Johanna Hickman (Carolina) and Masayo Nobe (Duke) have been working together on their mock trial competitions.
"We are thrilled to see the multitude of excellent ideas at both universities that will increase collaboration between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill," said Eric Mlyn, director of the Robertson Scholars Program. "The 33 proposals submitted by faculty, staff and students are evidence of how both universities are truly embracing the idea of collaboration."
The Robertson Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program jointly administered by Duke University and Carolina. The goals are to foster collaboration between the two universities and recruit top students to both schools.
The first group of Robertson Scholars, 15 undergraduates at Duke and 15 at Carolina, matriculated in the fall 2001. They are taking courses at both universities, participating in special colloquia and joint programs and, during their sophomore year, will live for one semester on the campus of the other university.
The program is funded by a gift from Julian and Josie Robertson. Julian Robertson is a 1955 business administration graduate from Carolina and Josie Robertson is a member of Carolina's Board of Visitors. One of their three sons, Julian Spencer Robertson graduated in 1998 from Duke University. Another son, Alexander Tucker Robertson, recently graduated from Carolina with a degree in history.
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The University will close its Horace Williams Airport because it has become a financial drain and requires major safety-related improvements not consistent with the University's commitment to positive town-gown relations, Chancellor James Moeser said April 30.
No exact timetable for closing the University-owned airport has been set, but officials plan to work as quickly as possible to shut down operations, Moeser said at a campus news conference.
Those steps will include relocating airplanes serving the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, which is based in the School of Medicine and transports faculty across North Carolina to provide specialty clinics and educational programs designed to improve the quality of health care for all North Carolinians.
As at least a temporary measure, officials plan immediately to explore the feasibility of moving that operation to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, a process that could take two months or longer. The AHEC program is among the University's leading public service programs and for years has been the primary reason the University has operated the airport, which opened in the 1940s.
Approximately 25 owners of private planes will be asked to relocate their airplanes based at the airport. A timetable for their relocation has not been set. University officials will meet with those pilots as soon as they know more.
Currently, Horace Williams is a public use airport; any pilot or aircraft complying with the airport's requirements can use it. University officials expect to convert the airport as soon as possible to private status, a move that would limit flights to AHEC and other Horace Williams-based planes until the facility shuts down.
"We have carefully considered a variety of scenarios regarding the future of the Horace Williams Airport and determined that closure is in the best interests of both the University and the community," Moeser said. "With this action, the University is demonstrating responsible fiscal decision-making as well as a sincere commitment to the community to strengthen and advance town-gown relations."
Closure of the airport also allows administrators to reconsider a land use plan created for the future development of the Horace Williams tract, now referred to as Carolina North. That plan had been predicated on the airport remaining in use.
"Ultimately, we had to weigh all of the financial commitments involved in operating the airport in the context of the severe state budget crisis, our future fiscal prospects and overall campus-wide priorities," he said. "Shutting down clearly emerged as the most responsible action."
A key contributing factor was several steps required to keep the airport as safe as University administrators felt necessary, he said.
"Those choices -- including massive clear-cutting of trees to meet federal rules for safe runway approaches -- did not square with our desire to be good neighbors to the citizens of Chapel Hill and Carrboro," he said. "We want to be responsive to the community as well as to safety concerns. And we are sensitive to the neighborhoods adjacent to the University property occupied by the airport."
The airport has been draining the campus budget for years. The facility has never covered its capital costs; in the last decade the University spent an average of $250,000 annually to meet those expenses.
To continue airport operations, the University would face an additional one-time capital investment estimated at approximately $2 million or more for a host of safety- and security-related improvements. Most of those costs would involve removing trees on University-owned property and purchasing land and easements to remove trees on adjoining property to keep flight approach slopes clear and meet FAA requirements permitting instrument landings.
The tree removal would involve clear-cutting large swaths of tall pines and hardwoods that have grown into both runway approach areas, including some at one of the major town entranceways off Airport Road.
The University unsuccessfully applied twice for grants from the N.C. Department of Transportation's aviation division to pay for the tree-related work. The University is no longer eligible for such funding following last year's removal of the Chapel Hill Flying Club from Horace Williams. Moeser made that decision because of safety issues and community concerns about the club.
The departure of the flying club further exacerbated the budget problems. As a result, the airport is expected to record an operating deficit totaling about $100,000 in fiscal 2001-2002.
The airport also needs to replace its navigational aid system. Possible new security requirements, driven by post-Sept. 11 concerns, for general aviation airports like the University's -- including gates, fences and video recording devices -- would add to future one-time capital expenditures.
The University intends to continue to support the AHEC program by moving its air operations to another site, officials said.
The tree issue was crucial for airport operations because of FAA rules on safe runway approach routes and the use of instruments for landing. In 1998, the FAA notified the University that it must remove trees in the runway approach slopes to retain instrument-guided landing approaches. On its own property, the University removed all of the offending trees and topped others in order to comply with the FAA regulations.
Some of the largest trees now at issue are across Seawell School Road and are part of Carolina North, the University's 900-acre tract that is generally envisioned in the future as a mixed-use development including housing, public-private partnerships, research facilities and retail. The large trees are in an area tentatively identified as a possible site for housing; the clear-cutting that would be required would detract from both the beauty and value of that property, officials said.
The University is in the early stages of identifying the vision for the Carolina North project.
An additional consideration was new FAA guidelines for development near airports that suggest appropriate land uses to local governments. Preliminary planning for part of Carolina North would not be consistent with those guidelines.
"Carolina North is a project that is vital to the University's future academic and research success, and we intend for discussions about the possibilities there to be part of a very open, transparent process that will involve both the campus and local communities," Moeser said. "To be both strategic and responsible, we also had to consider future development potential as part of our deliberations about the airport's future because of its key location on that property. It was another significant contributing factor."
The academic year may be at an end, but employees still have time to make their donations to the 2002 University Campaign.
Jeff Terry, associate director of the Annual Fund, said he's encouraged by the response thus far, and he's hoping to see the campus beat last year's level of giving in which 1,493 employees gave $780,588 to a wide variety of Carolina academics and programs.
Each gift can be earmarked to make it more meaningful for each employee, Terry said. The gift form is part of the campaign package that every employee has received, and it includes a list of possible designations, but if the place or program for which they have a soft spot isn't included, employees are welcome to write in their own choice.
Amy Preble is a first-time contributor, and she elected to go with a popular designation: WUNC-91.5.
Preble, who works in the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, said, "I decided to give this year because I've listened to WUNC for years, have gotten a lot out of it and wanted to give something back."
Douglas Maclean is a new donor, too, but he's also new to Carolina. The professor of philosophy arrived at Carolina in August 2001, fresh from two years as distinguished professor of ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy.
He decided not to make a designation for his gift to the University Campaign. "Partly because I'm new here," he said, "I'm happy to let the chancellor's office decide how best to use the funds."
Maclean's reason for giving also reflects his relative newcomer status. "I'm new to the area and to UNC," he said, "but I feel lucky to be part of a great university and a great community. I want to feel that I am truly a part of this community, and that means participating in it.
"Giving to UNC is a great way to do that. I feel good about it."
Employees can make gifts through June 30 by check, credit card or payroll deduction. Anyone who has questions or who did not receive the information packet should contact Terry at 843-6143 or email@example.com
All donors' names will appear in a Gazette honor roll in the fall.
The 2002 Carolina Summer Reading Program is recruiting leaders for small group discussions with incoming first-year students on August 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition to faculty, staff with college teaching or group facilitation experience are encouraged to volunteer.
A committee of faculty, students and staff, led by Robert Kirkpatrick, professor of English, has chosen Approaching the Qur'án, translated and introduced by Michael Sells, as the book for discussion.
Based upon feedback, changes to improve the program are made each year, according to Cynthia Wolf Johnson, associate vice chancellor for student learning and director of Carolina leadership development.
"More and more students actively participate; more and more faculty members serve as discussion leaders; and evaluation ratings continue to rise," said Wolf Johnson. "All signs indicate that the program is progressively meeting its mission of engaging students in new thought while developing a greater sense of community.
"We hope that faculty and staff who have not yet served as discussion leaders will decide to volunteer this year."
Throughout the past three years, the campus culture has changed such that students, faculty and staff are continually inquiring as to what book has been selected, Wolf Johnson said.
Last year, several instructors incorporated the reading into their courses as early as the first day of class, and a variety of related program activities took place during the year. These and more new efforts will continue in the upcoming academic year.
Approaching the Qur'án consists of 35 suras, or short passages from the chief holy book of Islam, that largely focus on the experience of the divine in the natural world and the principle of moral accountability in human life. Easily accessible to any college-level reader, these sura have been described as evocative meditations and intensely beautiful poetry, comparable in many ways to the Psalms of David and other classics of world literature.
An expert on Islamic literature, Sells provides clear translations of the original Arabic, brief commentaries on each sura and a concise introduction to the Qur'án's literary and historical context. Relying on this material, students and discussion leaders from all backgrounds will need no additional preparation for discussing this edition.
Westerners for centuries have been alternately puzzled, attracted, concerned and curious about the great religious traditions of Islam. These feelings have been especially intense since the tragic events of Sept. 11. Approaching the Qur'án is not a political document in any sense, and its evocation of moral "reckoning" raises questions that will be timely for college students and reflective adults under any circumstances. This year's book offers the Carolina community an appropriate introduction to the literature and culture of a profound moral and spiritual tradition that many of us now wish to learn more about.
Those interested in serving as discussion leaders should send an e-mail including name, position, department, e-mail address and phone number to the Carolina Summer Reading Program at Read@unc.edu Confirmation will be sent with instructions on how to obtain a free copy of the book. In August, all volunteers and students will receive a packet of inter-disciplinary materials to assist in preparing for discussions. Meanwhile, materials related to the reading will be available at www.unc.edu/srp An optional training session will be held in early to mid-August.
Summer Reading discussion leaders are encouraged to attend New Student Convocation on August 18 at 7 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. This formal welcome to the University is designed to engage students in the intellectual endeavors of the University and to introduce them to the traditions of Carolina. The Carolina Summer Reading Program will be addressed at this event.
For more information, contact Kathy Sutton in the Division of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 966-4045.
Carolina and Duke University have been chosen as joint hosts for one of eight centers throughout the world designated as Rotary Centers for International Studies where each year Rotary World Peace scholarships will support students seeking two-year master's degrees in peace and conflict resolution.
The scholars assigned for 2002-04 to Carolina are:
Carmen Strigel, Germany, who holds an advanced degree in media psychology and practice from the PH Weigarten University in Weingarten, Germany. Most recently, she has worked at the College of Education in Weingarten as Manager of the International Office. She also was selected to work as a project manager and promoter on "Socrates on the Move," an educational initiative of the European Commission in Belgium.
Ena Sugiyama, Japan, who holds a bachelor's of arts degree in international relations from the Department of Foreign Language (British and American Studies) at Nanzan University, Aichi, Japan. She has worked most recently at Murata Machinery Ltd. in Japan as a member of International Sales in the Engineering Department, sponsored a child in the Philippines and served as an International Soroptimist.
Three scholars will be studying at Duke, as well as Carolina. They are:
Richard Gee, a trial lawyer in Manchester, England, specializing in family law involving child custody and abuse;
Bautista Logioco, Argentina, a local activist in La Plata whose professional goal is to work as a diplomat for the foreign affairs department of Argentina; and
Mitchell O'Brien, Australia, whose work with the Commonwealth Human Rights Delegation in New Delhi focuses on trafficking in women and child, proliferation of light weapons and child soldiers.
This inaugural class of 70 scholars was selected from thousands of applicants. The scholars are from 32 countries and represent a wide range of occupations including lawyers, educators, diplomatic staff and former international peacekeeping soldiers.
Rotary uses education as a tool for world peace. The Rotary Foundation operates the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program with grants totaling approximately $20 million annually.
The organization currently is looking for the second class of world peace scholars. Interested persons should contact the Rotary Club of Raleigh at 919-848-2333 or see www. rotary.org for more information.
The Carolina Center for Public Service recently announced this year's winners of grants, awards and fellowships. Recipients are:
Staff and Faculty
Public Service Grants
Eight grants totaling $47,940 were awarded to the following public service projects that engage the University in lasting partnerships with community agencies to improve the lives of North Carolinians:
School of Law/Tom Kelley, Community Development Law Clinic -- $10,000;
School of Dentistry/Vickie Overman, Immigrant Dental Health Proposal-Phase 2 -- $6,035;
Sonya Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center/Anthony Walters, In Our Voice: Youth Review of the Arts -- $2,500;
School of Medicine/Barbara Grant Schliebe, Be Your Best -- $2,500;
School of Journalism and Mass Communication/Rhonda Gibson, The Women's Prison Writing and Performance Project -- $10,000;
Department of Psychiatry/Monica Pallet, Housing and Community Needs Assessment -- $10,000;
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute/Pam Winton, Partners in Research Project -- $1,945; and
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, An Unlikely Friendship: A Curriculum for Civil Rights and Race Relations -- $6,960.
Public Service Grants
Six grants for a total of $10,000 were awarded to student organizations for public service projects:
Student Health Action Coalition, Mobile SHAC Redesign -- $2,000;
Episcopal Campus Ministry, 2003 Ashe County Mission Trip -- $2,000;
APPLES Service-Learning Program, Service-Learning Initiative at C-Tops Orientation -- $2,000;
Carolina V-Day Initiative -- $1,000;
Carolina Cancer Focus, Courage Magazine -- $1,000; and
Streetspeak, The Streetspeak Project -- $2,000.
Office of the Provost Awards
The Office of the Provost Public Service Awards were established in January 2000 by Provost Emeritus Richard "Dick" Richardson. Recipients are:
Master of Public Administration Program in the School of Government for the MPA Service-Learning Project;
Carolina H.E.E.L.s (Helping to Education and Encourage Leaders) for Youth Leadership Day; and
MANO (Mujeres Aprendiendo por Nuevas Oportunidades or Women Learning through New Opportunities) for its tutoring and ESL program for Spanish speaking women.
Robert E. Bryan Awards
Mary Morrison, director of the APPLES Service-Learning Program;
Georgine Lamvu-Schooler, resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology;
Emilie McGlone, Class of 2002; and
Scott Werry, Class of 2003.
Robert E. Bryan Fellowships
Named in honor of alumnus Robert Emmet Bryan (1904-1975), a native of Newton Grove and a strong supporter of public service, the summer fellowship is an award of up to $4,000 given to a student to support a self-designed experience in public service anywhere in the world. The academic year fellowship is an award of up to $1,500 given to a student to implement an innovative public service project to address a local community need.
The program is administered in cooperation with the APPLES Service-Learning Program.
Summer fellows are: Meredith Archer Hatch, a junior English major from Leesburg, Va.; Aparna S. Kaur, originally from Chennai, India, a graduate student in the School of Public Health; Manali Patel, a first-year graduate student in the School of Medicine; Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez, originally from El Salvador, a freshman majoring in psychology and international studies; and Anthony D. Stokes, a freshman in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
academic fellow for 2002-2003 is Sindhura Citineni, a sophomore business
major from Durham.
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