Share holiday memories; win Memorial Hall, Carolina Inn
Chili cook off, Halloween masks mark SECC event
'Celebration of Art'
Employee Forum: Forum opposes dental outsourcing; Moeser backs dean
Faculty Council: Chancellor puts football coach search in context
Keith shapes success for minorities in health fields
‘Change a light, Change the world’
Trustees honor five with William R. Davie Awards for service
First google employee visits
Powell’s ‘Encyclopedia of North Carolina’ presents people’s
FYI Research: Tar Heel Certificate Program targets research administrators
Vietnamese dance troupe
to perform at Memorial Hall Nov. 16-17
Share holiday memories;
win Memorial Hall, Carolina Inn
Sharpen your pencils. It is time once again for the
Gazette’s annual December writing assignment: your stories of your favorite
This year we are asking you to tell us about the person in
your life who best exemplifies that elusive quality: holiday spirit.
Write a story about a friend, family member or colleague —
funny or poignant — and we will share selected anecdotes in our Dec. 13 issue.
Everyone who submits a memory will be included in a drawing
for either your choice of two tickets from a selection of Carolina Performing
Arts events at Memorial Hall or one of three gift certificates at the Carolina
Inn. These include either dinners for two, afternoon teas for two, or brunches
for two — all at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.
Winners’ names will be published in the Dec. issue as well.
E-mail your anecdotes of no more than 150 words to
Entries must be received by Dec. 4.
The Gazette staff reserves the right to edit all entries for
style and length.
Gift of the Month: October
of Social Work
Ken and Martha Howard of Raleigh wanted to honor and
surprise Ken’s mother, so they gave this gift to establish the Melvarene J.
Howard Adar Scholarship, which will be awarded to a School of Social Work
master’s student based on financial need. Ken’s mother was so pleased she gave
another $5,000 so the scholarship could begin this fall.
Goal: $2 billion
Raised: (as of Oct. 31) 95 percent/$1.9 billion
of campaign complete: 86 percent
raised in October: $39.8 million
Campaign runs through: Dec. 31, 2007
More information: carolinafirst.unc.edu.
Chili cook off, Halloween masks mark SECC event
The lawn area near UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child
Development Institute featured a most bewitching sight at lunchtime on
Halloween: a long table of cauldrons — well, slow cookers, to be exact — filled
with chili and inspiring the study of a line of people, some of whom were in
The FPG Child Development Institute’s 2006 SECC
committee takes its chili cookoff and costume contest very seriously. From left
to right: Cherie Hipps, Marsha Stephens, Julie Noel, Marie Huff, Sharon
Bardachino and Angelia Baldwin. Committee members Paul Mandl and Pam Cardoza
are not pictured.
Welcome to the UNC institute’s annual chili cook off and
costume contest, held to benefit the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC)
effort at Carolina. Thirteen different chili dishes, and their chefs, were in
competition, with eager chili-lovers paying $3 a ticket for a meal of chili,
cornbread and drink — and $1 to vote for their favorite variety.
“It’s a lot of work planning this event, but we had a great
committee, with two to three people representing each building,” said Marie
Huff, who is leading the institute’s SECC efforts with co-captain Sharon
Bardachino. “FPG is a very giving community. It’s a meaningful way for FPG employees
to support their communities and neighbors.”
The chili cook off is but one of the several events the
institute’s SECC committee has held to help support the SECC — and one of the
many examples of how staff and faculty campuswide are supporting the campaign
through their creativity, energy and commitment.
“Carolina Together: Supporting a Great Cause” is the theme
of the 2006 Carolina campaign. As of Nov. 10, $414,385 had been raised toward
the University’s $825,000 goal. The campaign, which began Oct. 3 with a charity
fair and captain training, is scheduled to conclude on Nov. 30.
Allison Battle, who is the captain of UNC Athletics’ SECC
effort, had worked with coaches and staff to coordinate a silent auction, held
Nov. 10. Among the items auctioned were autographed basketballs and a
“cheerleader for a day” opportunity.
Battle said the enthusiasm and support shown by Brown
Walters, the head cheerleading coach, was typical of what she experienced
throughout UNC Athletics: Walters wanted to expand the experience to allow the
guest cheerleader to take part in all activities on football game day,
including a pep rally and walk from the Old Well through Tar Heel Town. “I
think adding those two events to the cheer day would be neat for them,” Walters
“Obviously, what our campus community can raise to support
more than 850 SECC-supported organizations is our focus in this effort,” said
John N. Williams, Carolina’s SECC chair and the School of Dentistry’s dean.
“Within that goal, however, has been a tremendous amount of faculty and staff
teamwork to make this effort as meaningful and fun as possible for colleagues.
‘Carolina Together’ is a very appropriate theme for this effort, this year and
To view the most up-to-date SECC campaign numbers and other
information, visit www.unc.edu/secc.
'Celebration of Art'
Outsider artist Clyde Jones (right) of Bynum autographs a
piece of wood in the Pit on Nov. 10 for Skyler Herrick after he carved four
“critters” as part of the FPG Student Union’s Celebration of Art. Jones was
invited for the Homecoming Weekend event along with all the artists whose work
is part of the union’s Henry Copeland Art Collection. A significant number of
new pieces was added to the collection over the summer. Jones had lunch with
students during his time on campus, and afterwards as he wielded his chainsaw
to create a deer and three alligators, the students painted them. Those
animals, too, will become part of the Copeland collection and will find homes
within the union building.
Forum opposes dental outsourcing; Moeser backs dean
The Employee Forum on Nov. 1 unanimously passed a resolution
asking the administration to reconsider a decision to outsource work in the
Dental Services Laboratories.
School of Dentistry Dean John Williams has said the decision
to restructure the laboratories reflected the school’s duty to promote oral
health statewide through teaching, patient care, research and service. The
school has a responsibility to periodically examine its budget to remain
fiscally responsive to its mission, he said.
The forum’s resolution “strongly counsels” Chancellor James
Moeser and the administration to “reconsider the potential consequences of the
decision to repudiate the University outsourcing protocols” endorsed by the
late Chancellor Michael Hooker. Those protocols called for any layoffs caused
by outsourcing to be made “only in the context of open, inclusive public
forums,” the resolution said.
The forum previously had called for a 12-month moratorium on
the outsourcing decision in the dentistry school. Moeser responded to that and
process issues raised by forum members in an Oct. 18 letter to Chair Ernie
Moeser supported the decision by Williams and said the
protocols endorsed by Hooker, based on a forum resolution in 1996, came “in the
context of a one-time review of specific job functions across the UNC system
mandated by General Administration.”
Patterson, speaking at the forum meeting, conceded that the
process endorsed by Hooker was not binding, but argued that the University had
a moral requirement to honor it.
He said the situation faced by the affected dental employees
reflected the question of “how much we are a business and how much are we a
family” in how the University treats employees.
“I think we have that higher responsibility,” Patterson
Some employees about to lose their jobs spoke at the forum
meeting, including John Jordan, a dental technician with 29 years and 10 months
of service who said he would miss full retirement by eight weeks.
Since the decision was announced, representatives from the
Office of Human Resources have met with individual employees to review their
situations, including eligibility for retirement. Under state rules, if an
employee retires, accumulated sick leave is credited toward years of service in
the retirement formula.
“We have gone from rage to depression,” Jordan said. “When
this administration came into the dental school we were all excited we had new
blood. What we found was it’s the same old blood. All they think about is
counting those pennies.”
Jordan said work already outsourced had to be corrected by
University technicians, whose duties include making crowns, retainers and
Williams said after the meeting that the school had
established working relationships with outside laboratories years ago on a
standing order basis in response to rapid advances in dental materials and
techniques and after considering the quality of their work.
“We value the high quality of work performed by our school’s
dental technicians and appreciate their attentiveness to our patients’ needs,”
Williams said. “Patient care is a central component of our school’s mission,
and we would not enter an agreement with any outside laboratory that did not
put a high value on patient care and satisfaction.”
Technicians at the forum said they planned to march today
from the dentistry school to South Building. They also circulated a petition at
the forum meeting that was critical of Williams’ decision and sought the
12-month moratorium. “His secretive planning to outsource their jobs just to
save money is an outrage and a direct threat to the job security of all
employees at this University,” the petition said.
At last week’s Faculty Council meeting, former forum chair
Tommy Griffin appealed to faculty to support reversal of the outsourcing
decision. Griffin, filling in for Patterson, was among leaders invited to speak
as part of a tradition early in a new academic year.
In his Oct. 18 letter to Patterson, Moeser said the
administration had to balance the personal considerations involving the
affected employees with “the perspective that a key professional school with a
very public mission to serve patients and educate future dental professionals
for North Carolina has taken a hard look at its operation and made a sound
managerial move based on long-term budget considerations, academic interests,
and consistency with its mission.”
Everyone in the campus community has a responsibility to be
accountable to the General Assembly and the taxpayers of North Carolina, the
“We must be excellent stewards of their support,” Moeser
wrote. “That is the spirit in which Dean Williams and the school have made this
Chancellor puts football coach search in context
Amid the swirl of speculation about the hiring of a new head
football coach last week, Chancellor James Moeser talked to faculty leaders
about the qualities that coach must have to get the job.
In Nov. 10 remarks to the Faculty Council, Moeser assured
faculty that the next head coach would first be a person of integrity and good
character, as committed to the values of the University as he is to winning.
But the second quality the University seeks is a successful college head coach.
In addition to win-loss records, the University would look at the coach’s
record graduating his players and building and developing their character.
Last Monday, the University announced its intention to hire
Butch Davis, a 32-year coaching veteran and the former head coach of the
University of Miami and the Cleveland Browns. Both parties have reached an
agreement in principle, but contract terms are pending approval by the
University’s Board of Trustees. Contract details will not be released until
after trustee approval.
Athletics Director Dick Baddour and Moeser emphasized Davis’
commitment to both the academic and athletic success of his players.
“I was impressed by his knowledge of the University and his
vision for the football program,” Baddour said.
Said Moeser, “My own personal interaction with Butch,
supported by all of my conversations with faculty and administrators who have
known him over the years, confirmed the view that he has the values and
commitments we care about most at Carolina.”
During the search, Baddour and Moeser consulted with Faculty
Chair Joe Templeton, Faculty Athletic Chair Lissa Broome and Atlantic Coast
Conference/National Collegiate Athletic Association Faculty Representative Jack
In his remarks to the Faculty Council, Moeser said football
and men’s basketball are the “fiscal drivers” of the 28-sport athletic program.
To attract a coach with proven success, he said, the University must pay the
next head coach competitively with the national market.
Moeser said he expected that private funds would be raised
to cover the cost of the coach’s salary, but asked the faculty to consider this
fund raising in the broader context of the Carolina First Campaign, which is
closing in on the $1.9 billion mark and is supporting faculty, students,
academic programs and buildings.
“At this University, we intend to compete at the highest
level of excellence in everything we do — and that includes athletics.”
Moeser also announced his recommendation on tuition and fee
increases to the University Board of Trustees. Moeser’s proposal calls for
campus-based tuition increases of $250 for resident undergraduates and $500 for
all other students. His recommendation follows the one option favored by most
members of the Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force. Since 2000-2001,
campus-based tuition has generated more than $24.6 million for targeted faculty
salaries and compensation, including benefits, he said.
Trustees will discuss tuition during their regular meetings
this week, but are not scheduled to make any decisions until January.
The University is expanding the Operating System 1 (OS1)
cleaning system in Housekeeping Services to most locations campuswide after
an evaluation panel’s report
assessed pilot projects done last year.
The report found that the OS1 method, also known as team
cleaning, was more efficient, professional and safer for employees and building
occupants than the current zone cleaning process.
Housekeeping employees have been briefed about the planned
changes, which will be phased in over several years. Jim Alty, Facilities
Services director, and Bill Burston, Housekeeping director, are communicating
about the decision to key campus leaders and customer groups.
“Our plan is to implement OS1 across campus by first
converting buildings that we clean on second shift, which is 4 p.m. to 12:30
a.m.,” said Burston. “That should take six to eight months. After that, we will
move to the buildings cleaned on third shift, or 12 to 8 a.m.”
Many housekeeping employees are volunteering to join the
newest OS1 teams.
The OS1 Evaluation Committee recently finalized its report,
which included the recommendation that “OS1 continue to be expanded across
UNC.” The report suggested ways to improve OS1 on campus by enhancing the
training offered to housekeeping staff.
The committee compared the two types of housekeeping
programs, the zone cleaning system now practiced, and OS1. Under zone cleaning,
housekeepers are responsible for all cleaning tasks in a zone of a building.
Under OS1, employees work together as a team to clean the entire building and
have specialized job tasks that rotate every other week. As part of their
conclusions, the committee said that OS1 offered a more professional training
program, as well as ergonomic equipment and environmentally friendlier cleaning
supplies that were considered safer for housekeepers and building
OS1 was initially pilot-tested in the Bioinformatics
Building during late 2005. A more thorough investigation of the OS1 system was
then conducted in Carroll Hall from April through July of 2006.
was first presented to housekeeping staff during employee meetings in mid-2005.
Later, stakeholders, such as the administration, the Employee Forum, Student
Government, Faculty Council and departments, were briefed about the plans and
had several opportunities to provide feedback. The Ombuds office twice met with
interested housekeepers and shared their feedback anonymously with the
Housekeeping Department management team.
The evaluation committee included representatives from the
Department of Environment, Health and Safety; Employee Forum; Faculty Council;
Student Government; Human Resources; both a housekeeper and housekeeping
management, and a public health technical consultant. To see the full report go
Keith shapes success for minorities in health fields
Editor’s Note This story is one of a series featuring 2006
winners of the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. The late Massey of
Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or
superior contributions” by University employees. The award is supported by the
Massey-Weatherspoon Fund created by three generations of Massey and
Weatherspoon families. Chancellor James Moeser selected the honorees from
nominations submitted by the campus. They each received an award citation and
Larry Keith always viewed his work at Carolina, not as a
job, but a mission.
Larry Keith, far right, joins with UNC medical students who
were members of the Student National Medical Association who participated in
the National Association for Minority Medical Educator’s Recruitment Fair held
September 2004 in Atlanta. Program coordinator Georgia Njagu is seated in
The five titles he held in the School of Medicine —
associate director of the Office of Education Development, assistant dean for
admissions, director of special programs, director of recruitment and clinical
assistant professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences- — are more
words than could fit on a business card.
People who don’t know Keith might reasonably wonder how one
person could find all the hours it would take to attend to all these duties in
a single day. But for Keith, the work dovetails, overlaps, weaves and fits his
one overriding goal: to increase
the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged minorities in the health-care profession.
Keith’s determination in fulfilling that mission helped him
to win a C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award last spring, said colleague
and friend Pasche Jeffries.
For every student who comes through this office, he makes
sure he does anything and everything he can to make them succeed, Jeffries
said. He stays late at night. He comes in on Saturdays to tutor students who
need help on a particular subject.
“I don’t think you can really describe in words Larry’s
absolute dedication and passion to seeing students through school,” Jeffries said.
“I don’t even think driven is a strong enough word for it. He just lives and
breathes it. He is a father figure to all of these students. He just
continuously encourages them.”
And it is that fierce determination, Jeffries said, that
Keith has summoned to get through a bout with cancer that forced him to go on
medical leave last January. His mission now is to get well and come back.
As a way of paying tribute to his long years of service,
Keith’s colleagues, past and present, nominated him for the Massey.
Meanwhile, Keith’s students, past and present, found another
way to pay tribute to him. This fall, a deserving medical student received a
scholarship for one year of in-state tuition through the Larry D. Keith Loyalty
Fund Scholarship. The scholarship is being endowed through private donations
from friends, former and current students, faculty and staff, matched by funds
from the Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund. The scholarship is now fully funded and
will be awarded to a different student each year.
Jeffries, as the associate director of special programs
under Keith, gets to visit with Keith several times a month, sometimes when he
comes to campus for treatment.
Everyone has been heartened by the progress he has made over
the past year, she said. He has gained weight and strength — and has the
expectation of returning to work sometimes next year, she said.
“I can’t ever fill his shoes,” Jeffries said. “I’m just
doing my best to follow his mission until he comes back. And we have every
belief and prayer and hope that he will be back.”
A father figure of his own
That Keith has become a father figure to students, he said,
has something to do with having a good role model growing up in Raleigh: his
She raised Keith, along with his brother and two sisters, on
her own, Keith said. Working hard in school was not an option she gave her
children, but an imperative, and she spent as much time as she could at school
to keep her eye on them.
As Keith described her, “My mother served as my father and
my mother -— and she was very good at it.”
For Keith, his diligence — and hers – paid off. He earned
his bachelor of science in biology from N.C. A&T State University in 1975.
He went on to earn two master of science degrees — the first in biology from
Virginia State University in 1976, the second in anatomy from Carolina in 1985.
Since 1992, Keith has directed the Medical Education
Development Program that offers coursework and support services to prepare
minority and disadvantaged students for medical and dental school. The program
works so well that 88 percent of participating students who apply to medical
school are accepted.
Among them was Adebowale Odulana, a graduate of the
University’s medical school now in his in his first year of residency at
Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems. Odulana graduated from Keith’s
program in 1999.
“I must say that I speak from personal experience and also
that I speak for a multitude of students who feel the exact same way,” Odulana
said of Keith’s influence. “He has been a father figure to us all and
encourages us to challenge ourselves. When we fall he is there to pick us up,
and when we succeed he is there to congratulate us.”
In 1998, Keith became director of the Research
Apprenticeship Program, linking minority or disadvantaged high school students
with faculty mentors who help them gain competence in laboratory research and
explore biomedical careers. Under his leadership, more students participated in
and successfully completed the Research Apprenticeship Program than in the
preceding 19 years.
Keith has also been an active member and held offices in the
National Association of Minority Medical Educators and in the Minority Affairs
Section of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has been called
upon frequently to review grant applications for the Health Careers Opportunity
Program and the Centers of Excellence Program of the U.S. Health Resources and
Carol P. Tresolini, the University’s associate provost for
academic initiatives, said the programs he has developed and his national
leadership are only a part of Keith’s contributions.
Keith has been equally vital, she said, in establishing and
maintaining a community within the medical school that supports, nurtures and
challenges students. “Mr. Keith’s office serves as a home away from home for
minority and other medical students, and he is always willing to provide
advice, advocate and locate needed services.”
A lasting influence
Beyond these programs, Keith has partnered with organizations
in and out of the University to create a pipeline of minority and disadvantaged
student recruitment, preparation and retention. With collaborators from Carolina’s schools of medicine and
dentistry, the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program, the campus chapter
of the Student National Medical Association, undergraduate campuses at Carolina
and five historically minority universities in the UNC system, all nine
regional Area Health Education Centers, and local public school systems, he created
and directs the UNC Health Careers Opportunity Program, a federally funded
initiative that now serves as a national model.
He also proposed and received federal funding for a Center
of Excellence for Minority Health in the School of Medicine.
William L. Roper, dean of the School of Medicine, said in
his nominating letter that Keith’s “creative and unceasing efforts” have
produced wonderful results.
“We now rank ninth among all medical schools in the
graduation of African-American students and fifth among all schools in the
graduation of Native American students. He created and maintains a community
within the medical school that gives previously disadvantaged students an equal
chance to succeed as health professionals, and his influence will be felt for decades.”
Beyond the numbers, Keith’s influence on each student may be
his greatest measure of success.
On coming back
Cancer may have interrupted him, and the treatment he has
undergone over the past year has left him feeling sick and weak. What remains as
strong as ever, he said, is his determination to return to the work he loves.
Keith said he would be tested this month to determine how effective his
treatments have been. If things go as he hopes, he may be able to return to
work by next spring.
“This is a process that I’m going through, but I’m looking
to come back,” Keith said.
As for winning the Massey and having a scholarship fund
created in his name, Keith wants people to know how much both honors have meant
“I was just doing my job, but the outpouring of support I’ve
gotten since I’ve been sick has made me feel so wonderful,” Keith said.
“It made me feel people noticed what I
‘Change a light, Change the world’
Student Will Sullivan rides the Energy Bike at Campus
Sustainability Day Oct. 25 while Terri Buckner, research associate in the
Sustainability Office, explains that it takes as much effort to light up one
50-watt incandescent light bulb as it takes to light up four compact
fluorescent light bulbs. Attendees at the event pledged to “Change a Light,
Change the World” and received complimentary compact fluorescent light bulbs
(CFLs) to carry out their pledge.
Trustees honor five with William R. Davie Awards
The University Board of Trustees have presented five
longtime friends of the University with the prestigious William Richardson
Chancellor James Moeser and the trustees honored the
following Davie Award recipients at a Carolina Inn dinner: Alan Dickson of
Charlotte; Leonard Herring of North Wilkesboro; Jim Hynes of Charlotte; Allen
Morgan of Memphis, Tenn.; and Melvin Watt of Charlotte.
Established by the trustees in 1984, the Davie Award is
named for the Revolutionary War hero who is considered the father of the
University. It is the highest honor bestowed by the trustees and recognizes
extraordinary service to UNC or to society.
A native of Charlotte, Dickson graduated from N.C. State
University in 1953 with a degree in textiles. He also earned a master’s degree
in business administration from Harvard University. In 1968, he and his brother
Stuart Dickson formed Ruddick Corp. as a holding company for their father’s
textile company, American & Efird. They acquired the grocery store chain
Harris Teeter in 1969. The Dickson brothers led Ruddick until 2002, when they
retired from day-to-day management.
Many of Dickson’s most important contributions to UNC–Chapel
Hill have come through his four decades as a guiding light of the John Motley
Morehead Foundation, which oversees Carolina’s Morehead Scholarship Program.
Lindsay Morehead, Alan’s late wife, was a daughter of John Lindsay Morehead.
Through this close connection with the Morehead family, Dickson learned
firsthand the guiding principles and values that John Motley Morehead espoused
for the program. He was elected to its board of trustees in 1964 and served as
chairman from 1985 to 2006.
Dickson is married to another Davie Award winner, Mary Anne
Dickson, class of 1963.
After graduating from UNC in 1948 with a degree in commerce,
Herring began his finance career in eastern North Carolina. In 1955, he
answered a newspaper ad for a job opening in North Wilkesboro for Lowe’s, a
hardware company with six stores. Herring remained with Lowe’s for the next 42
years and served as chief executive officer from 1978 until his retirement in
1997. During his tenure, the company grew to 423 stores, from sales of about
$10 million to more than $8 billion.
The Snow Hill native created scholarships to benefit UNC
students from both Greene and Wilkes counties. He served on the UNC Board of
Visitors, has been a trustee of Pfeiffer College, and recently completed six
years of service on the N.C. Zoo Society Board of Directors. His fraternity, Chi
Psi, honored him with its Harold S. Falk Distinguished Alumni Award, and the
North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry inducted him into the North
Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1997.
Hynes earned his B.A. in English from UNC in 1962. While a
student, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and the Student Legislature.
After serving for four years in the U.S. Navy, he joined Hynes Inc., a sales
and marketing firm founded by his father. From its headquarters in Charlotte,
Hynes Inc. represents companies that manufacture health and beauty and general
merchandise products. Hynes became the company’s controlling stockholder in
1971 and its chairman in 1986. He retired from the chairmanship in 2000 but
remains a member of the board.
Hynes supports a diverse list of priorities at Carolina. He
established the Cameron Morrison College Fellows Fund to benefit students from
Mecklenburg and Richmond counties. After his daughter Suzanne died in an car
accident while traveling in Greece in 1985, he established a memorial endowment
in her name in the College of Arts and Sciences. That fund supports faculty,
and another named for Suzanne Hynes supports students traveling abroad.
A lifelong resident of Memphis, Tenn., Morgan graduated from
UNC in 1965 with a degree in history. Four years later, he founded Morgan
Keegan & Co., an investment firm that grew over the next 30 years into a
regional powerhouse, with more than 300 offices in 18 states and $600 million
in capital. The company was acquired in March 2001 and became a subsidiary of
Regions Financial Corp., and Morgan continued in his role as chairman and chief
executive officer of Morgan Keegan, and joined the Regions Corporate Board of
Morgan serves on the Carolina First Campaign Steering Committee
and co-chairs its Tennessee committee. He has served on the UNC-Chapel Hill
Foundation Board and the UNC Investment Fund Board. He created the Morgan
Writer-in-Residence Program, which has brought to Chapel Hill such literary
giants as Shelby Foote, Annie Dillard, John Grisham, John Edgar Wideman and
Joan Didion for readings, seminars with creative writing students and faculty,
and public lectures.
Watt, the current chairman of the Congressional Black
Caucus, just won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he
represents North Carolina’s 12th district. A native of Mecklenburg County, Watt
was one of the blacks on campus when he enrolled at UNC in 1963. He graduated
Phi Beta Kappa in 1967 with a degree in business administration and went on to
earn a law degree at Yale University.
A civil rights attorney, Watt began his career in politics
as manager of Harvey Gantt’s campaigns for city council, mayor of Charlotte and
the U.S. Senate. He served one term in the state Senate, earning the nickname
“the conscience of the Senate.”
In 1983, Watt received the Black Alumni Reunion Award (which
has since been renamed the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of
Beech, class of 1952, the first black to receive a degree from Carolina) from
the General Alumni Association. He has also been honored with a Distinguished
Alumnus Award for his achievements in public service.
First google employee visits
Craig Silverstein, the first employee hired by Google’s
founders, spoke Oct. 26 at the Medical Biomolecular Research Building. His
lecture was titled, “Organizing the World’s Information: Google’s Vision for
the 21st Century.” He created many of the original IT components to support
Google’s deployment and growth. Silverstein is currently on leave from Stanford
University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science, with a focus on
information retrieval and data mining. Silverstein contributed his expertise in
compression algorithms to Google while it was still a research project at
Stanford. His other academic pursuits include super-efficient versions of basic
data structures such as hash tables as well as efficient clustering of large
data sets using Scatter/Gather and latent semantic indexing as it relates to
clustering, which he explored at Xerox PARC.
Powell’s ‘Encyclopedia of North Carolina’ presents people’s
What do North Carolinians — both newcomers and natives —
need to know about their state?
The answer to this — and countless other intriguing questions
— can be readily found in the “Encyclopedia of North Carolina” (University of
North Carolina Press, November 2006), a monumental achievement that celebrates
the significance, vitality and beauty of the Tar Heel State.
Edited by William S. Powell, the long-acknowledged “dean” of
North Carolina history, and published by the University of North Carolina Press
in association with the UNC Library, the “Encyclopedia of North Carolina”
presents the entire history of North Carolina in more than 2,000 entries and
1,360 pages. Never before has the entire history and culture of North Carolina
been so thoroughly and skillfully explained in a single comprehensive volume.
“The ‘Encyclopedia of North Carolina’ is the culmination of
the splendid scholarly career of William Powell, our state’s preeminent
historian,” said William Friday, former president of the UNC System.
Meet the author
William Friday, UNC system president emeritus and host of
UNC-TV’s “North Carolina People,” will interview author William Powell about
his newly published “Encyclopedia of North Carolina” on Nov. 30.
Friends of the Library is sponsoring the program to
celebrate publication of the encyclopedia this month by UNC Press in
association with the University Library. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in
the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. The event is free and
open to the public.
For program information, call Liza Terll (962-4207) or
e-mail or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authoritative volume represents more than 15 years of
Powell’s research and his longstanding desire to produce a broad reference work
that will be useful to all North Carolinians and others exploring the rich
history of the state.
It is the final installment of a series of three works
edited by Powell that includes “The North Carolina Gazetteer” (1968) and the
“Dictionary of North Carolina Biography” (six volumes, 1979-96), all published
by UNC Press.
Powell has dedicated his life to researching, teaching and
writing about North Carolina history. His tireless efforts have uncovered many
once-mysterious historical facts, as well as discredited some common
“A lot of people will come along and discover or rediscover
the same types of things that I have,” Powell said. “There are some clues
there, and they know they just have to analyze those clues — just keep looking,
and eventually put two and two together.”
As a professor at UNC, historian for the North Carolina
Office of Archives and History, librarian, writer and editor, Powell
exemplifies a professional commitment that has gained him the respect of
countless students and colleagues.
“Few individuals — if any— have done as much to promote the
understanding of and interest in North Carolina through the written word as has
[Powell],” said Robert Anthony, curator of the North Carolina Collection at
However, the encyclopedia is hardly the work of one man.
Instead of soliciting a small board of scholars and experts to write the
entries, Powell cast a much wider net, inviting individuals throughout the
state to submit entries based on their expertise. The finished contributors
list has more than 550 names, ranging from college professors and professional
writers to amateur historians passionate about their region’s history and
culture. All volunteered to contribute without compensation.
“It’s amazing to see how many people have contributed,” said
Jay Mazzocchi, associate editor of the encyclopedia. “Bill should get all of
the credit, because he was the main reason people were attracted to the project
and wanted to help. When Bill called on them, they were very willing because of
his incredible body of work and his deep love for the history of North
Contributors to this “people’s encyclopedia” of North
Carolina submitted entries on practically every aspect of the state, including
its discovery, exploration and settlement; the national and ethnic origins of
its people; politics and government; military history; the judiciary; religion;
education; recreation and sports; business and industry; fine and folk art;
customs and manners; agriculture; language and literature; transportation;
geology; the natural environment; and legends and folklore.
The passion each contributor shared for the encyclopedia led
to a work unlike any previously attempted in this or any other state.
“At the beginning, Bill didn’t use any real model. He was
trying to do something completely new,” Mazzocchi said. “The final form of the
encyclopedia aptly reflects Bill’s vision, as well as the complexity of the
state and its people.”
The authors of each article are identified, and readers will
recognize many celebrated chroniclers of the state’s culture and history. For
example, Thomas Parramore writes about “Aviation” and the “Gatling Gun.” Bland
Simpson covers “Ghosts” and the “Great Dismal Swamp.” And Catherine Bishir
Bibliographic references follow most of the entries and
encourage further research and exploration.
The encyclopedia is a browser’s delight. One reader might
pick up the encyclopedia hoping to learn more about the Blue Ridge Parkway and
additionally discover the impact basketball had on North Carolina’s civil
rights movement. Another might be searching for information about the
Revolutionary War and be drawn in by the article on the famous Hollerin’
Contest in Spivey’s Corner.
The authoritative compendium is abundantly illustrated with
more than 400 photographs and maps. Illustrations editor Jerry Cotten, who was
for many years the photographic services librarian at UNC, managed the
selection process and included a number of never-before-published images.
In addition to assisting with publication, the University
Library provided important financial support for the encyclopedia and housed
its office during the project’s development.
Through the work of Powell and hundreds of contributors, the
“Encyclopedia of North Carolina” now stands as a reference work for all North
Carolinians -- young or old, recent transplants or long-time residents -- to
consult and enjoy for years to come.
“The encyclopedia belongs in every home and every library,”
Friday said. “It’s that important.”
Tar Heel Certificate Program targets research administrators
Sally Binkowski had been working at her research administration
job for years, with virtually nothing in the way of on-the-job training. “Once
in a while there would be a little presentation on, for example, training
grants. But there was nothing comprehensive available,” says Binkowski,
administrator at the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease. “Folks
like me learned by hit or miss.”
But in 2004, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) came up
with an idea that has since blossomed into a popular training destination: the
Tar Heel Certificate Program in Research Administration. Binkowski was on board
as soon as she heard about it. And she wasn’t alone.
“With the first class, we wanted to take 30 people, but we
ended up with 80 because so many people were interested,” said Phyllis
Daugherty, director of training and development in OSR, who helped start the
program. People like it, Daugherty said, because they get information to do
their jobs—but also because they can network with their colleagues. “They get
to know each other over time,” she said.
The program is a series of half-day workshops, held once a
month, on topics such as regulatory issues, financial management, and the
history and current role of research administrators. To participate, employees
must have at least two years experience in research administration (“so they
know the lingo,” Daugherty said). The nomination process involves filling out
an application and getting a recommendation letter from a dean, director, or
“We started this program because there was a demand for it, and
the response has been even stronger than we expected,” said Jim Peterson,
associate vice chancellor for research and director of OSR. “Our staff in
research at Carolina is motivated to do a good job. Having better-trained
research administrators will help the individuals themselves, OSR, and all of
Binkowski said the program had three major strengths that
helped her at work. First, she says, it was comprehensive — tying together
different topics that overlap, rather than offering them as separate,
pick-and-choose subjects. Second, there was a real effort to encourage class
participation, she says. “I learned more on some topics from the other
participants than I could have at a dozen lectures.” But the most important
feature to Binkowski was that the program is offered here at UNC. “No one had
to travel or find funding to take part in it. On the contrary, it was our own
institution recognizing the needs of employees and responding in a way that
benefited both the participants and the institution.”
Provided by Research and Economic
Editor: Neil Caudle
Writer: Colie Hoffman
Vietnamese dance troupe
to perform at Memorial Hall Nov. 16-17
Carolina Performing Arts will present the U.S. premiere of
“Drought and Rain Vol. 2,” a contemporary dance reflection on the Vietnam War,
on Nov. 16 and 17.
Company Ea Sola will perform the piece at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16
and at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in Memorial Hall’s Beasley-Curtis Auditorium. The work is
performed by 12 dancers from the National Ballet of Vietnam, with one composer,
five traditional Vietnamese musicians playing contemporary music, a digital
light display and video images.
The dates are the only U.S. performances by Company Ea Sola
scheduled this year. “Drought and Rain Vol. 2” has premiered in Germany,
Singapore and Vietnam.
Grounded in the traditional culture, music, dance and
history of Vietnam, “Drought and Rain Vol. 2” presents the war as seen through
the eyes of the country’s next generation.
“In this choreography, I took up the theme of the memory of
war and considered it from the viewpoint of Vietnam,” said Ea Sola (pronounced
“(EH-ah SO-la”), a Vietnam native who fled to Paris during the war. “It was a
reflection on the world powers that have excluded and occulted millions of individuals.
This choreography put the anonymous in the foreground.”
Sola returned to Vietnam in 1989 and researched the
country’s culture for five years. Her impressions from that research eventually
became the first “Drought and Rain,” her 1995 piece that featured women farm
workers onstage in the place of professional dancers.
Tickets for “Drought and Rain Vol. 2,” $24-$50, are
available online at www.carolinaperformingarts.org, by calling 843-3333 or from
the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mondays through Fridays.