Blanchard, renowned media historian, dies at 60
A. Blanchard, an outstanding media historian, teacher and First
Amendment scholar, died May 25 at her home in Hillsborough after
a long illness.
Blanchard, 60, was a William Rand Kenan
Jr. professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
where she had taught since 1974.
Richard Cole, school dean, called Blanchard
"a giant in the field of freedom of expression, respected internationally.
She talked softly and smiled, but her books sang out the rights
of individuals and the press against restrictions.
"In addition to her own scholarship,
she nurtured scores of doctoral and master's students who are
now outstanding professors and journalists across the United
States and in other countries," Cole said.
Fund honors Blanchard
A fund in Margaret A.Blanchard's name
has been started in the School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, and checks may be sent to the school at
Checks may be made out to the Blanchard
Fund or to the school (with "Blanchard Fund" on the memo
Blanchard's 1992 book "Revolutionary Sparks:
Freedom of Expression in Modern America" was nominated for a
Pulitzer Prize in history. She wrote two other books, "Freedom
of Expression in the United States" and "Exporting the First
Amendment: The Press-Government Crusade of 1945 - 1952." She
was editor of the "Mass Media History Encyclopedia," which the
New York Public Library listed as one of the 20 best reference
books of 1999. In addition, Blanchard wrote more than 50 scholarly
articles, chapters and other publications.
She taught media history, freedom of expression
and various professional skills courses in the school and was
affectionately known as "Ma Blanchard" by her students, who
called themselves "Peggy's people." In 1999 and 2000, she won
Favorite Faculty awards from the senior class, General Alumni
Association and Division of Student Affairs, and she received
the school's David Brinkley Teaching Excellence Award in 1998.
Although she had entered the University's
phased retirement program, she continued to advise a number
of doctoral students. David A. Copeland, a former advisee who
is now on the communications faculty at Elon University, said
Blanchard "cannot be replaced, but she will always be remembered
for her unselfish giving of her time, talents and concern to
A staunch supporter of press freedom,
Blanchard received the N.C. Press Association's William C. Lassiter
First Amendment Award in 1996. The next year she won the Frank
Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award for her book "Exporting
the First Amendment."
The Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication's (AEJMC) Committee on the Status of
Women named Blanchard one of the top women communication scholars.
At the time of her death, she was book review editor of AEJMC's
"Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly."
"She leaves a big gap in American
journalism education," said John Adams, dean emeritus of the
school. "Her work in the field of journalism history, particularly
in the First Amendment area, evolved to the point that she became
one of the nation's preeminent researchers, and her books were
recognized as tops in her field."
In 2002, Blanchard became only the sixth
person to receive the American Journalism Historians Association's
(AJHA) highest honor, the Sydney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement
in Journalism History. The following year, the group named its
annual award for the outstanding media history dissertation
the Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Award. Blanchard was
AJHA president in 1988.
"Her high standards and devotion
inspired a generation of young scholars," said John Ferré,
current AJHA president. "A lot of the talent in the field today
is directly traceable to her personal influence."
Blanchard was a reporter for the "Palm
Beach Post-Times" in West Palm Beach, Fla., from 1963 to 1965.
She was a reporter at the "Miami Herald" from 1966 to 1969 and
woman's editor of the paper's Broward County edition from 1966
to 1968. She worked in public relations in various positions
from 1969 to 1971.
Born in Schenectady, N.Y., Blanchard received
an associate's degree in 1963 from Palm Beach Junior College,
a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1965 from the University
of Florida, a master's in communications in 1970 from Florida,
and a doctorate in history in 1981 from Carolina.
Professor John Semonche, Blanchard's dissertation
adviser, said, "She surpassed her mentor -- to my delight."
"Peggy was my most gifted Ph.D.
student," Semonche said. "In making the transition from newspaper
copy to scholarly work, she was able to take the criticism of
her written work and generalize it, something very few, even
very able students, are able to do."
At the time of her death, Blanchard and
Semonche were working on a book to be called "Speak No Evil:
Sin, Sex, and Free Speech from Comstock to Helms."
A member of Orange United Methodist Church,
Blanchard edited a book on the church's history and edited the
Sunday church bulletins before printing.
Survivors include her parents, Earl C.
and Gladys M. Blanchard of Graham, a brother, Stephen Blanchard
and his wife, Sherilyn, of Ticonderoga, N.Y.; three nephews,
Joshua Blanchard of Atlanta, Ga., Timothy Blanchard of Fort
Gordon, Ga., and Jonathan Blanchard of Ticonderoga; two aunts,
Jennie Hickok of Schenectady and Rachel Phillips of Ballston
Lake, N.Y.; and an uncle, Robert Hickok Jr. of Potomac, Md.
Her sister, Deborah Blanchard, died in 1959.
A fund in Blanchard's name has been started
in the school, and checks may be sent to the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication, CB# 3365. Checks may be made out to
the Blanchard Fund or to the school (with "Blanchard Fund" on
the memo line).
Hyatt honored for fitness leadership
and public service
Hyatt, professor of exercise and sport science, has received
the state's highest award for his leadership, scholarship and
service to advance public fitness programs in North Carolina.
State Health Director Leah Devlin presented
Hyatt with the Order of the Long-Leaf Pine award on behalf of
Gov. Mike Easley during a meeting of the Justus-Warren Heart
Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force on May 6 in Raleigh.
The Order of the Long-Leaf Pine is presented
to individuals who have a proven record of leadership and service
to the state of North Carolina.
Hyatt has been involved with physical
education and fitness programs for nearly 50 years. Before joining
the faculty in 1966, he was an intramural sports director and
coach in public schools and colleges for 10 years, and he directed
health and physical education at the N.C. Advancement School
in Winston-Salem for two years.
The Dillon County, S.C., native holds
master's and doctoral degrees from Carolina and is a retired
colonel in the North Carolina National Guard with 41 years of
He collected data for the first North
Carolina Fitness Test in 1959 and has been engaged in fitness
research since then. He served for seven years on the former
Governor's Task Force on Cardiac Health and Stroke Prevention
and 10 years on the Governor's Council for Fitness, including
three years as chair. He was previously named an Outstanding
Hyatt is a past recipient of the University's
C. Knox Massey Award for service and was the faculty marshall
for 10 years.
Hyatt wrote the textbook, "The Organization
and Administration of Intramural Sports," and is director of
the Program for Public Policy in Sport.
McCoy wins top manager award
puts the interests of the organization first and is an incredibly
talented and committed business manager.
Who is this exemplar of management? It
is Gretchen McCoy, business manager of the Central Office of
the Family Support Network of North Carolina. McCoy is the 2004
winner of the University Managers Association's (UMA) top honor,
the Manager of the Year Award. UMA president Phill Lyons made
the presentation at the group's annual meeting on May 20.
McCoy has been with the Family Support
Network since March 2003 and has worked for the University for
21 years. She previously has held positions in the Office of
Human Resources, the School of Social Work, the Odum Institute
for Research and the Center for Maternal and Infant Health.
The latter is in the School of Medicine, as is the Family Support
Her nominating materials describe her
as having a thorough understanding of the value and nature of
management, the University's policies and procedures and of
the organization. Of special note this past year was that McCoy
brought additional funds and structure to the organization,
moving it from a very difficult financial situation to being
strong and on a solid footing.
The Family Support Network of North Carolina
is a statewide network that promotes and provides support for
families with children who have special needs. For more information,
Founded in 1983, the UMA has 200 members.
Its purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of information
relevant to management in the University setting and to benefit
all campus managers by being a voice for change on issues of
Selection of managers of the year is based
on University career accomplishments or a significant accomplishment
within the past 12 months. Only UMA members are eligible to
receive the award, but any Carolina employee may make a nomination.
For more information about the UMA, refer to uma.unc.edu.
assistant, Medical Student Section, Department of Family Medicine.
Where do you volunteer?
Brown's Chapel United Methodist Church
in Pittsboro and within the Department of Family Medicine.
How long have you been a volunteer there?
I've worked in the Department of Family
Medicine for five years and I've been a member of Brown's Chapel
United Methodist Church for about four years.
What does your volunteer work involve?
Within the Department of Family Medicine,
I help coordinate quarterly food drives for the Interfaith Council
Community Kitchen and annual "Adopt-a-Family" efforts at Christmas
time. I open the door for people to make donations to individuals
or groups in need by advertising the need, providing a drop
off spot for their donations and arranging delivery of the goods
to the final destination. The generous folks I work with do
the rest. Of course, the best way to most people's hearts is
through their stomachs, so we've done that twice this year.
In January, we had a "Souper Bowl" lunch and sold bowls of soup
or chili, cornbread and dessert to raise money for the shelter.
For St. Patrick's Day, we sold plates of corned beef and cabbage,
chili and cornbread to raise money to help a family in need.
With several people cooking, it was fun for everyone and not
a lot of effort for anyone.
My volunteer work through the church has
included destruction (helping tear down walls for Hurricane
Floyd victims), construction (helping rebuild those walls),
cooking/baking to raise funds for a wheelchair ramp ministry,
tree/brush removal (cleanup after Hurricane Isabelle) and cooking
and serving meals at the Allied Churches Kitchen in Burlington.
Before moving to Chatham County four years ago, I served as
a Red Cross volunteer in Alamance County and was part of the
Emergency Response Team.
Why do you volunteer?
I have been richly blessed, and I am compelled
to share those blessings with others. I love people, but I am
very uncomfortable in social situations. When I'm working, I
can reach out to people and find out who they are and share
who I am without having to make small talk. Besides, it gets
me out of the house and keeps me moving.
Does your volunteer work have anything in
common with the work you do at Carolina? If yes, what?
When I was interviewed for my current
job, I was told that "we stress the family in Family Medicine,"
and I have found that to be so true. Department management is
very supportive of our activities and allows us to be flexible,
at times, with our work and lunch schedules so we can accomplish
our goals. By working together within the department to help
people in the community, we become a stronger unit, and it is
reflected in the work we do at Carolina.
How can other Carolina employees get involved
like you have?
Keep your eyes and ears open and be willing
to try something new and different. I never thought I could
hammer a nail until I spent six months of Saturdays in Kinston
tearing out and rebuilding a house for an elderly couple. Volunteer
opportunities are open everywhere. There are many senior citizens
who need someone to just call them every day, or every week,
just to say "hello" -- to let them know that they are important
to someone. And if you stop by to drop off leftovers from dinner
that they might enjoy, it just makes their day! My life at the
moment doesn't allow me to commit to regularly scheduled volunteer
activities; I stay busy with unscheduled, unplanned needs that
Excerpts from nominating letters:
"It's hard to keep this brief because
there are so many things Linda Allred ... does to help others
both in our department and outside. ... Every holiday/celebration
event is an opportunity for Linda to think about what `theme'
she might use to get people to do something for others in need.
How she does it with a full-time job, a family and an active
life in her church, I don't know. She truly is amazing."
Davis receives inaugural Light
on the Hill Award
honor of his lifetime of loyalty and dedication to the University,
Walter Royal Davis of Chapel Hill and Midland, Tex. received
the University's first Light on the Hill Award at ceremonies
held on May 22.
Established this year by Chancellor James
Moeser and presented at his discretion with the support of the
Board of Trustees, the Light on the Hill Award recognizes exceptional
individuals who have advanced the University in teaching, research
and service, benefiting its community of students, faculty and
"Walter Davis is a standard-bearer
of the University's highest ideals," said Chancellor James Moeser.
"He embodies the qualities the Light on the Hill Award was created
to acknowledge and those we hope to be characteristic of every
recipient who follows him."
A longtime benefactor of Carolina and
one of the most prominent philanthropists in North Carolina,
Davis was born in Pasquotank County, the fourth of six children
of modest farming parents. He graduated from Hargrave Military
Academy and, with no money to attend college, supported himself
with jobs as a clerk and truck driver. He eventually settled
in Texas where he parlayed a $1,000 loan and five trucks into
the world's largest independent petroleum transport company.
After merging his company with Occidental Petroleum, Davis went
on to lead Occidental as it developed the first oil wells in
the Middle East. Today, Davis's business empire stretches from
New Mexico to North Carolina, with properties ranging from oil
wells to seaside resorts.
A three-term member of the Board of Trustees,
Davis successfully lobbied the state legislature during the
1970s to return funds from the sale of University-owned utilities
to Carolina. He was instrumental in acquiring the $32 million
used to pay for construction of the Walter Royal Davis Library,
as well as renovations to Wilson Library and the Health Sciences
Library. His many gifts have provided funds for students, faculty,
campus buildings, research and strategic initiatives such as
the Davis Oral History Fund supporting scholarly works in the
Southern Oral History Program, a component of the Center for
the Study of the American South. Davis served on the Board of
Governors and the Board of Visitors. In addition to the inaugural
Light on the Hill Award, Davis has received the University's
prestigious William Richardson Davie Award from the Board of
Trustees and the Distinguished Service Medal from the General
WILLIAM AND IDA FRIDAY CENTER FOR
Anne Smith Hastings
Hastings, who has taught sociology to
distance students since 1986 and currently is teaching six courses
in the center's three distance education programs, was presented
the second Excellence in Teaching Award on May 6 at the Instructor
HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY
Mabe, information associate in Support
Services, received the annual Award of Excellence, given to
a library staff member who goes above and beyond the call of
duty -- demonstrating exceptional resourcefulness, compassion
or support. Mabe's commitment to great service has been consistent
and exceptional throughout the disruptions of renovation over
the past year. A nominator wrote: "Her standards of excellence
at the desk are remarkable. She goes out of her way to help
each patron in the best way possible."
Decorations and Distinctions
Ute J. Bayen
Associate professor of psychology, Bayen has been awarded a
Humboldt Research Fellowship for a year of study in Germany,
beginning in August. She will be based at the University of
Mannheim, where she will conduct research on the impact of aging
on eyewitness testimony.
Douglas A. Drossman
Professor of medicine and psychiatry and co-director of the
Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders in the Division
of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the School of Medicine,
Drossman has received the 2004 American Gastroenterological
Association's Distinguished Educator Award. This award recognizes
an individual for achievements as an educator on both local
and national levels, including efforts dedicated to training
fellows, publishing educational documents and teaching seminars
David A. Hoffmann
Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar and associate professor
of management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Hoffman
has been elected a fellow of the Society for Industrial and
Organization Psychology (SIOP). He was honored for his research
in organizational climate and particularly his focus on workplace
safety. The announcement was made during the group's annual
conference in Chicago.
Director of Recruitment and Special Programs in the Office for
Minority Affairs, Houston has been recognized in the March/April
issue of "Profiles in Diversity Journal" for her work in breaking
down barriers for minorities. The articles appears in the section
"Special Feature: Health, Life and the Challenge of Changing
Assistant professor of classics, Lafferty has won the Rome Prize
from the American Academy in Rome. The prize supports an 11-month
research residency at the Rome academy, where Lafferty plans
to continue her study of the culture of Latin in Western Europe
during the early Middle Ages.
Lisa Ann Lindsay
Assistant professor of history, Lindsay is one of 40 fellows
announced for the 2004-05 academic year by the National Humanities
Center. The grant will allow her to do research on her project,
"A South Carolinian in Colonial Nigeria: One Family's History
and the African Diaspora."
Sarah Graham Kenan professor of biochemistry and biophysics
in the School of Medicine, Sancar has been elected one of 178
new fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in
honor of his "extraordinary contributions" to his field.
White, director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, accepted
an Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs Inc. at its
annual convention in St. Louis on May 18. The Award of Excellence
is the club's highest achievement award and is presented to
individuals or organizations that have made contributions of
national or worldwide significance in fields related to its
goals and interests. White was cited in part for "defining the
elements of the `Conservation Garden' and for leadership in
native wildflower conservation in the Southeast."
William E. Whitehead
Professor of medicine and co-director of the Center for Functional
GI and Motility Disorders in the Division of Gastroenterology
and Hepatology in the School of Medicine, Whitehead has received
a 2004 Janssen Award in Gastroenterology for Basic or Clinical
Research in Digestive Sciences. The honor is awarded on behalf
of Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. in cooperation with the American
The William and
Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
The Friday Center recently won a Gold Award from the University
Continuing Education Association (UCEA) for its "UNC - Anywhere"
ad campaign. Casey Liston, graphic designer, received the award
at the UCEA national conference in San Antonio, and Norm Loewenthal,
Friday Center director, also attended.
Six professors win 2004 Ueltschi
Service-Learning Course Development Grants
Service-Learning Program has announced the names of six professors
who are recipients of the 2004 Ueltschi Service-Learning Course
Development Grants. They will use the grants to develop innovative
service-learning courses for undergraduate students by integrating
community service into the traditional academic setting.
The following professors were chosen for
this honor, listed with the department or school and the course
he or she will teach:
Bishop, Department of Computer Science, COMP 190: Enabling Technology;
Cravey, Department of Geography, GEOG 152: Mobile Geographies;
Davison, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, JOMC 191:
Fleming, School of Dentistry, Community Based Dental Hygiene;
Langbauer, Department of English, ENGL 6: Ethics and Children's
Peterson, School of Dentistry, Community Based Dental Hygiene.
Grant recipients will receive $8,000 to
support expenses such as course development, books, materials
and stipends. Recipients must teach the course at least three
times within five years, starting in the 2004-05 academic year.
The applications for the grants were evaluated
based on each professor's demonstrated dedication to service
learning, the strength of the proposed course and syllabi, and
the support of the instructor's department.
Jim and Jean Ueltschi, both alumni, fund
the grants in collaboration with the Office of the Provost.
The Ueltschi Service-Learning Course Development
Grants are administered through the APPLES Service-Learning
Program, a student-run, student-sponsored Carolina program that
engages students, faculty and community agencies in service-learning
For more information about the Ueltschi
Service-Learning Grants or about the APPLES Service-Learning
Program, call Jenny Huq, director, at 962-0902 or Leslie Kirk,
assistant director, at 843-6829.
The following is a partial list
of employees who have received recognition as Star Heels:
Academic Affairs Library
Ackland Art Museum
African & Afro-American Studies
Carolina Population Center
Carolina Vaccine Institute
Center for Alcohol Studies
Center for Developmental Science
Center for Digestive Diseases & Nutrition
Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma
& Lung Biology
Center for HPDP
Center for Infectious Diseases
City & Regional Planning
Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research
Engineering Info. Services
Family Support Network
Financial Planning & Budgets
FPG Child Development Institute
General Clinical Research Center
Editor's Note: The Star Heels Award Program
is sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Winners each receive a $20 gift certificate.
For more information on the Star Heels program, call Employee
Services at 962-1483.