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UNC extends the SECC  ‘Count on Carolina’ campaign
The holidays are upon us
Weekend events focus on Carolina athletics
Davis Library features library preservation display
Botanical garden sponsors campus walk
Jerusalem’s fate at center of Jewish studies lecture
Prints by eight contemporary artists on display at  Ackland

Nominations open for ‘Three-Legged Stool Award’
Top costume designer Ivey to appear at PlayMakers forum

UNC extends the SECC
 ‘Count on Carolina’ campaign

Carolina has joined other entities of the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) in extending its deadline to Dec. 9. Statewide SECC representatives will be on hand on Friday mornings in the Wilson Library vestibule, from 9 a.m. to noon, to collect pledges from campaign captains.

In addition, photos will be accepted of units’ silent auctions, fund-raising luncheons and other special events through Nov. 30 for entry in Carolina’s “Best of the Web” contest. Refer to www.unc.edu/secc/best-of-the-web.html for more information.

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The holidays are upon us

The following are a selection of the annual traditions that are scheduled to take place on campus in the next few weeks:

A sure sign that the holiday season has arrived is the first showing of “Star of Bethlehem” at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center — this year on Nov. 17.

The longest-running planetarium show in the world was upgraded in 2002 with special effects and additional research, but it is still narrated by former WRAL-TV anchor Charlie Gaddy.

The new version features several UNC scholars from the fields of astronomy, art history and religious studies, presenting various perspectives on the star, in addition to new theories from archeology and history experts.

Refer to the planetarium web site for times and dates (www.moreheadplanetarium.org).

Another campus fixture is the UNC Hospitals’ holiday bazaar, scheduled for Nov. 30 in the lobby of the N.C. Children’s Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the hospital medical auxiliary, all proceeds benefit the children’s hospital through the bake sale and items such as children’s clothes and books, jewelry and handmade crafts. For more information about this event, call Rachel Chang at 919-401-2346 or e-mail rjchang@verizon.net.

One popular way to get into the holiday spirit is to take a stroll through the Carolina Inn’s Twelve Days of Christmas displays, Dec. 4 through Jan. 6, 2006. Self-guided tours of artists’ interpretations of verses of the traditional carol can be taken daily, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. But of course the best time to go is on Dec. 4 for the Community Open House and for the free Maple View Farms eggnog, chocolate milk, fresh-baked cookies and performances by hand-bell ringers throughout the afternoon. It will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

There are also displays of a Gingerbread Village and Christmas memories. For more information on the Twelve Days celebration, refer to www.carolinainn.com.

And you know the holidays are here when the Grinch steals Christmas — twice. The Bull’s Head Bookshop hosts its annual dramatic reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by Dr. Seuss, on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.

For the few uninitiated in this rite of the season, the story is read each year in English by Tom Stumpf, associate professor of English, and in Latin by Kenneth Reckford, professor emeritus of classics. For more information, call the bookshop (962-5060).

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Weekend events focus on Carolina athletics

Art Chansky, the author of “Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in Basketball Hoops,” will be on hand to sign books at the Bull’s Head Bookshop on Nov. 19, between the football and basketball games.

The next day, Nov. 20, the Chapel Hill Historical Society will present “A “Conversation with Woody Durham” — the voice of the Tar Heels — at the Carolina Inn at 4 p.m. Durham will talk about his family’s history in Orange County, his father’s barber career in Chapel Hill and Durham’s own radio career that began when he was 16. And he will be available to answer questions, too.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Davis Library features library preservation display

A free display in Davis Library through Dec. 2 provides a behind-the-scenes look at library preservation. It features a bibliographic anatomy lesson, samples of damaged library material, and a glimpse at what happens when a book goes under the knife.

There’s also information about how everyone can help take care of the University’s library resources. The display is in the Davis Library entryway. For Davis Library hours, refer to www.lib.unc.edu.

For more information, contact Judith Panitch (962-1301, panitch@email.unc.edu).

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Botanical garden sponsors campus walk

Ken Moore, assistant director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, will lead the Ninth Annual William Lanier Hunt Campus Walk on Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Moore will honor the late horticulturalist’s love of the campus and its heritage by tracing his footsteps across campus, making stops to recall some of Hunt’s fascinating stories about plants and people from the past.

Fee is $8, or $5 for students and garden members. Call 962-0522 to register. In addition, the garden offers free guided tours of its plant collections every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., and a free tour of the Coker Arboretum is held each third Saturday in the month at 11 a.m. Refer to the garden’s web site for more inform ation (www.ncbg.unc.edu).

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Jerusalem’s fate at center of Jewish studies lecture

The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies sponsors the Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig lecture on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center auditorium: “The Wizard Behind the Curtain: The De-Fetishization of Jerusalem and the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.”

It will be presented by Ian Lustick, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. The talk will be free and open to the public. Lustick will explore myths about Jerusalem — some arising accidentally and some fostered with a clear political purpose — and investigate the issue of the legal and political status of Israel’s presence in enlarged East Jerusalem.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and North Carolina Hillel.

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Prints by eight contemporary artists on display at  Ackland

Eleven prints purchased recently by the Ackland Art Museum highlight the talents of both emerging and established contemporary artists. The museum is showcasing the works throughout its galleries in the exhibition “Collecting Contemporary Prints,” which will be on view through Dec. 31.

The Ackland is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and until 9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Admission is free.

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Nominations open for ‘Three-Legged Stool Award’

Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 15 for the Employee Forum Community Award — also known as the Three-Legged Stool Award — which is designed to recognize distinguished contributions by individuals who work to promote cooperation and collaboration among faculty, staff and students. The award is the forum’s highest honor.

Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community and should be submitted to Tommy Griffin at CB# 3488 or by e-mail to forum_office@unc.edu. For complete details on nominations, refer to forum.unc.edu/communityaward.html.

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Top costume designer Ivey
to appear at PlayMakers forum

Tony-winning costume designer, former University Kress Foundation fellow and N. C. native William Ivey Long will appear at PlayMakers Repertory Company on Nov. 18 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for an open forum in the Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art. A presentation about his career will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Ivey designs for theater, opera, dance, television, movies, concerts and special events.

The event is free and open to the public.


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