Gov. Mike Easley on Aug. 5 signed into law a bill which will provide $180 in funding for a new N.C. Cancer Hospital

The new state budget is not nearly as bad as budgets that Carolina officials have endured for the last three years
It's hard to leave a place you love, Robert Blouin will tell you.

THE NEW VIEW The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History opens its permanent home to visitors on Aug. 21. Shown is the balcony area of the building, located on South Road.

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Easley signs off on $180 million cancer hospital
Budget picture brightens for 2004-05
Stone Center grand opening set for Aug. 21
University Gazette

 

Utah's Sarah Michalak appointed new University librarian
Tresolini tapped as academic initiatives associate provost
Decorations & Distinctions
Staff Promotions/Reclassifications

Utah's Sarah Michalak appointed new University librarian

Sarah C. Michalak, a librarian with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, has been appointed University librarian and associate provost for University libraries.

Michalak (pronounced "ma-HOL-ik"), director of the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, will start work Sept. 20. The Board of Trustees approved her appointment on July 22. She will succeed Joe Hewitt, who retired after 29 years with the UNC libraries.

"Sarah brings a wealth of expertise in management, collection-building and all other aspects of librarianship," said Robert Shelton, provost and executive vice chancellor. "Her passion for realizing the full potential of libraries will ensure that Carolina's collections remain among the best in the world."

Michalak will oversee the three main libraries and nine branches across campus, with more than 300 staff members. Holdings exceed 5.6 million volumes, about 5 million microforms, 2 million government publications, 19 million manuscripts and thousands of audiovisuals, maps, photographs and electronic titles.

The University Library, or Academic Affairs Library, consists of the Walter Royal Davis Library, which is the main library and emphasizes the humanities and social sciences; the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library, with major reserve reading materials and a media resources center; the Louis Round Wilson Library, with special collections; and nearly a dozen branch libraries covering subjects including art, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, information and library science, math, physics and music. Special collections include the North Carolina, Southern Folklife, Southern Historical and Rare Books collections.

"This appointment, to steward one of the world's great research libraries, is a supreme honor," Michalak said. "I will do my best to sustain and build upon the excellence of Carolina's libraries."

Michalak has directed Utah's Marriott Library since 1995. Her responsibilities include management, policy-making, budgets, campus leadership in advancing use of new technologies and statewide leadership in higher education library programs.

Utah's libraries have 3.1 million volumes and 264 full-time employees. They include a center in which faculty members learn to use information technology in teaching; writing and multi-media centers; a digital library program and an instructional program reaching more than 20,000 students annually. Special collections concern the history and settlement of the intermountain West; special facilities include a Middle East Library.

From 1996 to 2002, Michalak said, the library's annual gate count doubled, from 750,000 to 1.5 million. Since 1995, the state share of its budget has increased 30 percent; staff starting salaries have risen by an average of 25 percent; and 14 million has been raised for library renovations.

Previously, Michalak was a librarian at the University of Washington, Seattle, for 16 years. There she led construction and implementation of a major addition to the main library. She founded the library development program and directed nine science libraries.

Michalak's professional memberships have included service on the boards of the Association of Research Libraries and the Library Administration and Management Association, part of the American Library Association. She is on the steering committee of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an international group working to solve problems in scholarly communications caused by high prices of science, technology and medical journals.

At the University of California, Riverside, Michalak headed the Bio-Agricultural Library. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Riverside in 1969. She completed a master's in library science at UCLA in 1970. A native of Iowa, she grew up there and in Riverside.

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Tresolini tapped as academic initiatives associate provost

Carol P. Tresolini has been named the associate provost for academic initiatives, a senior position in the Office of the Provost. Robert Shelton, executive vice chancellor and provost, made the decision after a review of internal candidates. She will assume the post Sept. 7.

Tresolini will fill the position formerly held by Stephen Allred, now executive associate provost.

Currently director of the Office of Educational Development in the School of Medicine, she also is a research associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1972 and earned her master's and doctoral degrees at Carolina in 1976 and 1991, respectively.

Tresolini joined the Carolina faculty in 1995.

"I'm delighted to have Carol join the provost's office team," said Shelton. "She brings great depth of experience and familiarity with the health affairs side of campus. Her work in educational development and as a research associate professor makes her well qualified to oversee the many centers and institutes that report to our office. Her demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity is also notable."

The associate provost for academic initiatives is a key leadership position with two primary areas of responsibility: public service and outreach, including campuswide education programs, and academic facilities planning.

As associate provost, Tresolini will oversee the diverse centers and institutes that report to the Office of the Provost, from the Ackland Art Museum, APPLES and the Center for Public Service to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the N.C. Botanical Garden, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

Also under that umbrella is the Center for Teaching and Learning, where Tresolini currently serves as chair of its advisory committee. "I have worked with Carol on the Health Affairs Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee and on the Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board, and found her to be an excellent colleague," said Allred. "She is smart, articulate, and committed to excellence. She understands Carolina and the opportunities for interdisciplinary work that our institutes and centers provide."

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Decorations & Distinctions

Thomas Bacon


Program director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program and executive associate dean of the School of Medicine, Bacon has received the 2004 Meritorious Service Award from the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA).

Bacon was honored with the award, which recognizes outstanding service to the health-care field, on July 15 at the NCHA summer meeting in Asheville.

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Staff Promotions/Reclassifications

through May

Information provided by Human Resources with employees' permission. Entries are listed by name, new title and department.

Alston, Kenneth, Senior Computer Operator, Administrative Information Services

Barker, Donna, Telecommunications Analyst I, Academic Technology & Networking Services

Briggs, Robert, Power Plant Mechanic, Energy Services

Broach, RC, Telecommunications Analyst I, Academic Technology & Networking Services

Cripe, Susan, Administrative Assistant II, Nutrition

Crutchfield, Beth, Accounting Specialist II, Office of Sponsored Research

Durham, Hilda, Accountant IV, Office of Sponsored Research

Edwards, James, HVAC Supervisor II, Facilities Services Division

Freedman, Darlene, Administrative Officer I, NC Institute for Public Health

Green, Melanie, Administrative Assistant I, NC Institute for Public Health

Harrington, Paula, Administrative Assistant II, Microbiology and Immunology

Hurley, Manley, Maintenance Mechanic IV,

Facilities Services

Justice, Kathy, Administrative Assistant I, Psychiatry

King, Terri, Program Assistant V, Medicine

Kylander, Jackie, Social Research Associate I, Medicine

Lesane, Monica, Accounting Technician III, Dental Faculty Practice

Marchant, Allison, Library Technical Assistant I, Academic Affairs Library

Morris, Lisa, Administrative Assistant I, NC Institute for Public Health

Pan, Wei, Research Technician III, Pediatrics

Potts, Gina, Administrative Officer I, Surgery

Price, Henry, Accounting Specialist I, Financial Planning and Budgets

Rogers, Brian, Research Technician III, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Thacker, Daniel, Electronics Technician II, Facilities Services Division

Tuttle, Mary "Lynn", Administrative Officer I

Walton, Felicia, Research Analyst I, Pediatrics

Young, Lori, Administrative Assistant III, School of Education

Edwards, Melissa, Social Research Associate I, UNC General Administration