University Day convocation: Bowles effusive about University’s vision for leadership
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University Day coverage:
Bowles effusive about University’s vision for leadership
UNC President Erskine Bowles played the role of proud alumnus in offering up a University Day message of hope during Oct. 12 remarks at the annual convocation.
Erskine Bowles (center) walks in the traditional University
Bowles articulated his strong support for the University's vision of becoming America's leading public university and pledged to partner with Carolina to achieve that ambitious goal.
"A Chapel Hill degree means quality," Bowles told a Memorial Hall audience that included a strong faculty turnout. "It stands for excellence. But I agree whole-heartedly with Chancellor [James] Moeser that Chapel Hill must again become the number-one public university in America.
"... On every national ranking of educational value, Chapel Hill ranks right up there at or near the top - and for good reason. We earned it. But we who love Chapel Hill ... have a big job to do. We have a real responsibility, not just to maintain our well-deserved, well-earned reputation for quality and value - but to improve upon it ... so that we are unquestionably again the best public university in America."
Such a positive message about the University's future came as the campus celebrated its past, marking the University's 213th birthday and the creation of public higher education in America in Chapel Hill.
Bowles offered a six-point plan for success: remaining accessible to students, investing in faculty, graduate students and research, not losing touch with the liberal arts and remaining accountable to the taxpayers of North Carolina.
University Day, which falls every October 12th, commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation's first state university building.
Other convocation highlights included performances by student musicians and the presentation of Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to Valerie A. Batts, Angela R. Bryant, William "Bill" Burwell Harrison, Jr., Weiming Lu, Charles B. Nemeroff and George E. Stuart III. Later in the day, the University unveiled a virtual museum of University history at a public symposium.
The transcript of Bowles' remarks follows.
Address by UNC President Erskine Bowles
University Day Convocation - October 12, 2006
As much as I liked Dr. [Joe] Templeton’s introduction,
Nelson’s [Schwab] was closer to true. I do thank you so much. Since Nelson did
tell you the truth about Billy, himself and me — me for sure — you can imagine
how really thrilled, absolutely thrilled I was when the chancellor asked me to
speak at University Day. For you see, I just plain love Chapel Hill. It’s true.
I love this University to my very core. I am a Tar Heel born. I am a Tar Heel
bred and, by God, when I die I’ll be as Tar Heel dead as you can be, and I hope
to dickens I get lucky enough to be buried right here in my beloved Chapel
UNC President Erskine Bowles articulates his strong support
for Carolina’s vision of becoming America’s leading university.
Serving as the 16th president of the University of North
Carolina is by far — nothing else is even close — it’s by far the single
greatest honor I can imagine being given. Because I love what this University
stands for and, particularly, what this campus stands for. It is proudly a
public university and it is — this campus is — a university of the people.
Carolina stands for access. We believe to our very soul in
affordability. It’s what we are. And thanks to the leadership of a great and
good chancellor and a strong Board of Trustees that truly cares and cares
deeply about affordability, we have the Carolina Covenant. And, with it,
anyone, no matter what their financial needs, they can come to Chapel Hill to
our great University, to my alma mater, and they can graduate debt-free. You
can imagine how proud that makes me. I love that Carolina stands up for all the
people of the state — except, of course, for Dookies. Nobody would stand up for
them. I told you I was a Tar Heel born. I love that we believe that any North
Carolinian who is qualified ought to get a chance to come to this great
University. At the same time I know — and I know that you all know — that I’ve
got a real job to do to expand our need-based financial aid so that we can
expand the Carolina Covenant and more worthy students from low- and
moderate-income families can continue to come to Chapel Hill without the
financial hardship and strain I know, try as we might, it still puts on some
North Carolina families.
Why are access and affordability … so important to me, to
you, to this University and to the future of our state?
As many of you know I spent much of 2005 working for the
United Nations coordinating the global response to the tsunami disaster in Southeast
Asia. My time in Asia changed the way I think, changed the way I feel, changed
the way I act and it certainly changed how I’m going to do this job I’m so
blessed to have. Traveling throughout Asia showed me that if North Carolina and
that if America as a whole — if we don’t wake up and get more of our own people
better educated, we are going to be a second-rate power in America and here in
North Carolina before we know it. I’m not talking about in 50 years. I’m
talking about in my lifetime. I’m talking about in your lifetime.
That’s why in this new job of mine that I love I have to
work as hard as I possibly can to hold down the cost of a college education and
to do all I can to make sure that everyone that we accept into any of our
universities graduates with a diploma that means something. A diploma at Chapel
Hill has always, always meant something! I love the fact that a Chapel Hill
degree means quality. It stands for excellence. But I agree whole-heartedly
with Chancellor Moeser that Chapel Hill must again become the number-one public
university in America.
Yes, Carolina defines quality, and nobody can give you that
kind of reputation. You have to earn it. I love the fact that on every national
ranking of educational value, Chapel Hill ranks right up there at or near the
top – and for good reason. We earned it. But we who love Chapel Hill and we who
work for this great university — we have a big job to do. We have a real
responsibility, not just to maintain our well-deserved, well-earned reputation
for quality and value — but to improve upon it, and to improve upon it so that
we are unquestionably again the best public university in America. I don’t want
to hear excuses about why Berkeley or Michigan — or, for God’s sake — Virginia
rank ahead of us. This chancellor behind me knows that I am a zero-excuses guy.
As Chancellor Moeser said not long ago in his “State of the University”
address, “We must never — this University must never — be content with the
status quo. Good enough is never good enough. Not for an institution that aspires to be America’s leading
What does Carolina have to do to turn that aspiration into
reality? I’m going to give you six action items, six things that I think we
must do if we’re going to go from an aspiration to a reality of being number
First we must remain accessible. We must keep tuition as low
as practicable so that low-and moderate-income families don’t get priced out of
Faculty participate in the annual University Day
convocation, which commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the
first state university building in the nation.
For its part, the UNC Board of Governors is going to seek
additional state funds for need-based financial aid, such that every eligible
North Carolina student who applies for the UNC need-based grant actually
receives one, and such that all students receiving these grants are held
harmless from any tuition and fee increases.
In addition, a proposal now before the Board of Governors,
which I hope they will approve this afternoon, would limit the scope of
campus-initiated tuition and fee increases over the next four years — and this
proposal also requires that every UNC campus set aside at least 25 percent of
new tuition revenues for need-based aid.
Carolina has already gone far, far beyond that requirement
and that makes me very, very proud. The Carolina Covenant not only sets a high
bar for other institutions within the UNC system, but it has set the national
benchmark for what it truly means to be a great and accessible public
Second, we’ve got to invest in you. We’ve got to invest in
our faculty. This magnificently restored Memorial Hall, in all its grandeur,
and all these great buildings that you see when you walk throughout this
campus, they are fabulous, but they are absolutely meaningless if we don’t have
great faculty here to teach our students. There is nothing else I believe more
strongly than this.
Our faculty are our greatest asset. You are our reputation.
You hold the key to our future in your minds. We have to be able to attract and
keep great faculty. And to do that we must pay them and we must provide them
with the facilities, the equipment and the freedom of inquiry that they need to
carry out their three-part mission: teaching, research and public service.
I promise you that as long as I am president of this
university that will be my top priority. Your chancellor, the Board of Trustees,
the Board of Governors and I, we are all going to work hand in glove with the
Legislature to begin this year — not in 50 years, not in 10 years, not in five
years, not in two years, but this year — to increase the faculty salaries so
that we can get all of our faculty to the 80th percentile of their peer
institutions. That’s not smart, that’s common sense. That’s where we have to be
to attract and keep the best faculty in America. That’s also why, under the
four-year tuition plan being considered by the Board of Governors, at least 25
percent of any campus-initiated tuition revenues must go to faculty salaries
until a campus reaches the 80th percentile level.
The endowed professorships that are being made possible by
the Carolina First Campaign, they are so important to this effort, since …
endowed chairs allow us to attract and retain the kind of talent — that’s what
you all are — talent, talent that we just can’t afford with state funding
alone. If you doubt … that such endowments can make a real difference, think of
the Kenan Professorships. The Kenan Professorships literally put Carolina on
the national map. But it will take a lot more — not a little bit — it will take
a lot more private investment on this scale to take Carolina to number one and
to keep it there. And Paul Fulton, Mike Overlock and Charlie Shaffer — they are
leading the effort in the Carolina First Campaign to raise the funds to do just
that — and to do it now. I thank them from the bottom of my heart and you
Third, to be number one, we must also provide far more
graduate scholarships and other financial support so that we can recruit the
very best graduate students in the world to Chapel Hill. Again, it’s common
sense. It’s no different than trying to recruit the very best basketball
players in the world to North Carolina.
Toward that end, I have to convince the Legislature — James
and I together, we have to convince the Legislature — of the importance of
graduate students to our teaching, scholarship and research. That’s our job,
and I know full well that the recruitment packages that we are able to offer
today with state funds to these smart graduate students, they just aren’t
competitive with other top universities across the country. Our state leaders,
they have got to understand that providing adequate support for the best and
brightest is an investment. Yes, it’s an investment that will pay huge economic
dividends for our state in the years ahead.
Fourth, to be number one we must invest in research. Through
our research mission, Carolina contributes enormously to the economic
development of North Carolina, to technology transfer and to the expansion of
industry throughout our state. Chapel Hill accounts for more than $600 million
of our University system’s total sponsored research awards, and that is largely
due to our well-deserved and well-earned reputation in the health sciences
Like Chancellor Moeser, I believe that Carolina must build
on that remarkable foundation if it is to be the leading public university in
America. The development of Carolina North will certainly play a critical role
in that effort and, I promise you, you will have my total support, my total
commitment, to that undertaking.
I believe this to my soul that America must increase our
volume of research. We as a nation must stay on the cutting edge. That means
that we must face this challenge with the same commitment, the same investment
— and the same focused passion in leadership — that characterized the 1950s
reaction to Sputnik and the threat it posed to our nation’s scientific and
technological superiority. Because believe you me, the economic threat we face
today in this knowledge-based global economy is just as great, if not greater,
than that we faced in the 1950s.
Fifth, I also believe that we must not lose our focus on the
liberal arts. For Carolina to again be the number one public university in
America, we must keep our focus on the liberal arts. We must make absolutely
sure that our students and graduates have the problem-solving skills, the
creative-thinking skills and the communication skills that every employer and
every community needs and demands today to compete and win in this
knowledge-based global economy. If we fail here, then everything else we do is
Finally, to be number one we have to hold ourselves
accountable. We have to set our standards higher. We must accept nothing less
than excellence at Chapel Hill. That’s why James has set new, higher and more
difficult retention and graduation goals for Carolina. He is serious, as am I, about having
the best retention and graduation rates in America; and we are both equally
serious about implementation of the programs and support needed to help our
students survive and succeed both here and after they graduate.
Chancellor James Moeser welcomes attendees at a symposium
launching the new virtual museum, a joint project of the Center for the Study
of the American South and the University Libraries. Visit the museum at
Raising the bar — establishing new and higher standards of
excellence — is why the chancellor and I are working as hard as we possibly can
with the faculty and the Board of Trustees to establish new performance
measures for Chapel Hill. These measurable outcomes will enable the Board of
Governors to hold me personally accountable for providing James with the
resources, the assets, the faculty and the framework we need to make Chapel
Hill our nation’s leading public university
The first North Carolina State Constitution declared that
one of the principal roles of our state university was to deliver “all useful
learning.” What is useful today is clearly different from what was useful for
past generations. The world has gotten smarter — a lot smarter — and we have
got to get smarter with it.
I’m positive that when — not if — but when we do these six
things I’ve just mentioned, that this University I love so deeply — the
University of North Carolina right here in Chapel Hill — will be number one —
not just in public health and not just in basketball — but as a University. And our graduates will be able to
compete — and compete successfully – with the world’s best and brightest,
wherever they may be.
Thank you so much.
Thorp to speak at Dec. 17 commencement
Holden Thorp, a University chemistry professor with a
passion for music and a history of service, will deliver the December
Chancellor James Moeser will preside at the ceremony, set
for 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Moeser chose Thorp in close
consultation with the University’s commencement speaker selection committee.
The committee, chaired by Executive Associate Provost Steve Allred, is made up
of an equal number of students and faculty.
is one of our star faculty members,” Moeser said. “He’s a leading chemist, a
great classroom teacher, a musician and a Tar Heel born and bred. He will be an
absolute inspiration to our graduates.”
Thorp is the Kenan professor of chemistry and chair of the
chemistry department in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was the director
of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center from 2001 to 2005 and is faculty
director of fund raising for the Carolina Physical Science Complex, a $205
million facility that is the largest construction project in the University’s
Thorp said he planned to use his address to draw connections
between science and other interests and to convey the importance of human
factors in innovation.
“What I hope to tell people is that success in anything,
including science, requires an understanding of the human element,” he said.
“I’ll try to connect how innovation arises in multiple fields to try to get
people to see how originality and creativity are common themes underlying
advances in disparate disciplines.”
As director of the Morehead Center, Thorp expanded the
original emphasis of the planetarium to encompass science education. He also
established momentum for the center’s first major renovation.
Thorp, a Fayetteville native, has won more than a dozen
teaching- and research-related honors: the Tanner Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Teaching, the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and
Scholarly Achievement, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and
Engineering, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the Camille Dreyfus
He was named in 2002 an honorary member of the Order of the
Golden Fleece, the campus’ oldest honorary society, and also that year was
named the UNC General Alumni Association Distinguished Young Alumnus.
Thorp attended UNC and received his bachelor of science
degree, with highest honors, in chemistry in 1986. He came to UNC in 1993 as
assistant professor of chemistry.
Gazette holiday feature
Sharpen your pencils. It’s time once again for the Gazette’s
annual December writing assignment: readers’ stories of their holiday memories.
This year we’re 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’ll share selected anecdotes in our Dec. 13 issue.
Plus, everyone who submits a memory will be included in a drawing for either
dinner for two at the Carolina Inn or your choice of two tickets from a
selection of Carolina Performing Arts events at Memorial Hall. We’ll publish
the winner’s names on Dec. 13, 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.
ERP, PACE initiatives crucial to future planning,
The University is entering a key phase of deliberations
about a project that will transform how the daily operations of the campus are managed.
The Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, process involves
integrating the University’s administrative data and business processes that
combine to manage how bills and employees are paid and students register for
A team of University administrators, led by Executive Vice
Provost Bernadette Gray-Little, have been talking about ERP this semester
wherever they go, including at meetings of the Employee Forum, Board of Trustees
and Faculty Council. The idea is not just for people to know what it means, but
how important it is for the University’s future because everyone on campus, in
some way, will be affected by it.
Gray-Little, in a presentation before the Faculty Council on
Oct. 13, reiterated how extensive the project will be, as well as how urgently
it is needed.
It will take years to finish and millions to pay for,
Gray-Little said. The pay off, she said, will be measured not in dollars saved
but in high-quality services to be realized to keep a top-level university
Gray-Little said planning for ERP has been taking place for
about a year. Between
Nov. 7 and Dec. 1, three vendors will begin demonstrating software products on
campus that officials hope will involve extensive participation from a broad
cross-section of the campus community. Those sessions follow responses to a
Request for Information about products and support for four administrative
functions: Student Services;
Procurement Services; Finance; and EPA and SPA Human Resources and Payroll.
Gray-Little, echoing comments from Chancellor James Moeser,
said completion of the project will enhance the University’s ability to meet
the long-term goal of becoming the nation’s leading public university. She
compared the scope and influence of the project to the successful completion of
the capital construction program.
Dan Reed, vice chancellor for information technology, in a
presentation to trustees last month, said ERP should not be viewed as a burden,
but a major opportunity to be seized.
The replacement of outdated and aging software and systems,
he said, will allow Carolina to examine and optimize its processes, identify
and rectify structural inefficiencies and position Carolina for the future.
The decisions must be made on our watch, he said, but the
full rewards of those decisions will accrue to our successors.
Staying on PACE
In a separate presentation at the Oct. 13 Faculty Council
meeting, Dwayne Pinkney, assistant vice chancellor for finance and administration,
and Jack Evans, professor of operations, technology and innovation management
at Kenan-Flager Business School, reported on the PACE initiative (President’s
Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness) that UNC President Erskine
Bowles announced last May.
Pinkney said the goal of PACE is to review campus operations
and look for ways to reduce campus expenditures on administrative costs and
allocate the savings to core functions.
Evans said PACE represents three major opportunities: to examine administrative costs, to
rework processes and to leverage system strengths.
Evans said all 16 campuses have been asked to provide
preliminary saving targets in November and December that General Administration
would compile into a preliminary report in January. Evans said a final report
from General Administration would be ready between April and June of next year.
Moeser, in his remarks on PACE, said Carolina compares
favorably to other UNC system campuses in the proportion of its budget
allocated to the core mission rather than to administrative costs. He stressed
that the Chapel Hill campus has not received any specific number for potential
Moeser said he is confident that both the UNC Board of
Governors and administrators within GA understand that each campus has a
different set of circumstances. They understand that the “one size fits all”
formula would not work and will not be applied.
Moeser said the system-wide PACE process will be closely
linked to the ERP process begun here. They are separate initiatives, Moeser
said, but added, “These two processes are interwoven.”
For more information about ERP, go to its.unc.edu/erp; for
PACE, go to
LAC considers housing needs
Keeping cars off the roads, through public transit, has been
a recurring theme during meetings of the Carolina North Leadership Advisory
On Oct. 19, Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton gave that theme a
new turn by suggesting that the surest way to reduce traffic to and from
Carolina North is to for UNC to build enough houses on Carolina North to
accommodate employees working there.
Housing, Chilton said, should be the “number one solution”
to transportation, followed by the use of walkways, bike paths and public
Furthermore, Chilton said, Carolina North should not
exacerbate the shortage of affordable housing in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. To
prevent that from happening, Chilton suggested that the University build a
variety of homes with a price range that reflects the range of incomes of UNC
To achieve the level of density needed to accommodate that
many people, Chilton said, the University should build some residential
buildings as high as nine stories tall, rather than limit building height to
three or four stories as previous plans, now off the table, once called for.
Reaction to the Chilton’s ideas among the LAC was swift —
and generally favorable — although University representatives cautioned there
are a host of factors, such as market viability, that must be considered.
University Trustee Roger Perry, a major Chapel Hill
developer, said the University would need time to reflect on the “housing
equals employment” concept, which he said was a new standard to ask of any
public or private entity.
On the idea of getting people to live in nine-story
buildings, Perry cautioned, “You can call the demons from the deep, but you
can’t make them obey,” adding there are a limited number of people in the current
market who would be willing to live in a nine-story building.
“You’ve got to factor in a market-driven constraint into
this as well,” Perry said.
Jack Evans, the University’s executive director for Carolina
North, linked Chilton’s call for a large-scale residential development on
Carolina North to prior discussion focused on the connection between housing
density and the success of public transit.
The scale of development that Chilton called for would
create the level of density of people and volume of users to justify the
expansion of a transit system that LAC members want to see happen, Evans said.
Barry Jacobs, Orange County Board of Commissioners chair,
added that housing drives needs for child care, health care and other services.
To make Carolina North a place people choose to live, the availability of these
services has to be considered, he said.
David Gerber, a professor in the School of Medicine’s
Department of Surgery, said the availability of affordable housing is a key
factor that can work for or against the University’s
efforts to recruit faculty members. If taller
buildings would add to the availability of convenient, affordable housing, he
supported them, Gerber said.
Evans also said he supported Chilton’s idea of taller
buildings to squeeze more people into the same amount of space, but also
suggested that taller buildings should be built in the interior of Carolina
North — out of sight of residents in surrounding neighborhoods who in past
years have raised concerns about building height.
“This is a very encouraging direction for the discussion,”
Another sign of encouragement for Evans and others is the
possibility that the LAC may be able to finish its work as early as December —
three months ahead of the March 2007 endpoint set by Chancellor James Moeser.
To do so, the group is considering the possibility of adding
longer sessions, possibly on a Saturday, to expedite its work.
The next regularly scheduled meetings are set for Nov. 2 and
Facilitator Ken Broun said the new goal is to finish the
LAC’S work by the end of the calendar year. Preparation for remaining meetings
is underway, which includes the gathering of background data needed to further
explore the “housing equals employment” formula in Chilton’s proposal.
University representatives have been asked to come back to the next meeting
with proposed language about housing.
The video of the Oct. 19 LAC meeting is on the Carolina North website at research.unc.edu/cn/latest.php.
Friday Center added as easy-access location for flu shots
The University, in partnership with the State Health Plan,
is offering flu shots to employees this fall. In response to requests for an
alternative location with more accessible parking, a Nov. 17 clinic has been
added at the Friday Center.
Paula Schubert, program assistant in University Advancement,
has just received her flu shot — given by Lori Amick — at an Oct. 19 clinic
held at the Giles Horney Building.
Appointments are still available at the following locations
Building, Magnolia Room - Nov. 15, Dec. 20; 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.;
Old Dental Building
(Brauer Hall), Room 467 - Nov. 9, Dec. 14; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Center, Bellflower Room - Nov. 17, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and
Union, Room 3509 - Nov. 14; Dec. 12, 13; 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 16, 8 a.m. -
The shots are free to employees covered under the State
Health Plan or one of the state’s preferred provider organization (PPO) plans.
If you are not a member of the State Health Plan, you will need to pay $25 by
cash or check at the time of vaccination and obtain reimbursement from your
You will receive an e-mail reminder two days prior to your
appointment. At your appointment, you will need to present your State Plan/PPO
card along with a photo ID for coverage under the plan. These flu shot clinics
are for University employees only. Contact your health care provider for flu
shots for family members and dependents.
Make your appointment online at the Environment, Health and
Safety website (ehs.unc.edu); click on the “2006 Flu Shot Information” link.
University Managers Association presents
four programs this year
UMA is hosting four leadership and management programs in
2006-07. The next one, on Nov. 21, will be presented in collaboration with Bell
Leadership. Gerald Bell, co-author of “The Carolina Way” with Dean Smith and
John Kilgo, will host a book promotion. Bell has taught at Kenan-Flagler
Business School for more than 30 years, with a visiting professorship at
Harvard Business School and teaching at Cornell, Stanford, McGill and the
London School of Business. At UNC his award-winning “Power, Politics and
Leadership” class is a perennial favorite for up-and-coming MBAs. The program
will be held in the Carolina Club of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center,
beginning at 8:30 a.m. with networking and the book presentation from 9 to 10
University Managers Association (UMA) 2006 officers and
board members are (left-right) Kim
Duval, president; Wendy Andrews,
secretary; Scott Dwyer,
co-treasurer and chair of Nominating Committee; Martha Fowler, vice president;
Ruth Marinshaw, treasurer; Wendy
Riley, co-chair Marketing and Communications; John Gullo, chair of Recognition
and Morale Committee; and Jo Ann Gustafson, co-chair Marketing and
Communications. Not pictured are Elizabeth Gorsuch, chair of Programs
Committee; and Dale Poole.
The first program of the season was presented by Winkie
LaForce, executive director of Leadership Triangle and chair of the board of
directors of El Centro Latino. She presented leadership strategies and
practices and shared advice and training experiences working with academic and
community leaders, as well as her passion of multigenerational training in
UMA provides a forum for the exchange of information
relevant to management in the University setting and encourages productive
interaction among members. UMA benefits all campus managers by being a voice
for change on issues of widespread importance.
For a membership application or information about its
monthly lunches or quarterly programs, refer to: uma.unc.edu.
Bunting out as
John Bunting will not return as head football coach,
Director of Athletics Dick Baddour announced Oct. 22. The 1972 alumnus is in
his sixth year and will finish this season. He has three seasons left on his
contract at $286,200 per year.
“Changing coaches is never a pleasant experience, but it is
even more difficult when you consider the character and integrity of someone
like John Bunting,” said Baddour. “... John led us to some of the most exciting
wins in Carolina football history, put character and academics first, and never
once compromised his or the University’s principles. This is simply one of
those times when it is in the best interest of the football program to make a
Said Bunting, “I am disappointed and of course I don’t agree
with the decision, but I know I must accept it. My love for this great
University has not and never will waver. ... We simply have not won enough
games this year.”
Chancellor James Moeser said, “John Bunting is a great Tar
Heel, and he has run our football program with integrity and honor. We have
utmost respect for John, his passion for the University and his commitment to
his student-athletes and staff.”
Moeser said he hoped the decision would stop questions about
the program’s future and allow the team its best chance for success in the five
Life-hacking, blogs, wikis among meeting highlights
Ten years ago, technology staff from across the Carolina
campus created the Carolina Technology Consultants (CTC) to provide a forum for
conversation and problem-solving for Information Technology (IT) staff.
(Left-right) Tyler Johnson, network specialist with
Information Technology Services; Fred Stutzman, research assistant with the
School of Information and Library Science; and Cynthia Baker, gifts-in-kind
specialist with University Library; chat during a break in the Oct. 19 CTC
This year, nearly 300 IT professionals from across campus
attended the 10th Annual CTC Conference, titled “A Forum for Technology
Conversation, Education and Innovation.” Sponsored by Information Technology
Services and held at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and
History on Oct. 19, the conference offered attendees the opportunity to
celebrate the past, explore the present and imagine the future.
“The CTC conference was a wonderful chance to examine
current issues and explore future opportunities in a relaxed professional
setting far from interruptions and daily tasks,” said Dee Marley, CTC
One of the highlights of the conference was a presentation
on life hacking, which was defined recently in the Economist as applying “a
programmer’s mentality to streamlining daily routines and getting things done.”
According to one presenter, David Potenziani, director of information
technology for the School of Public Health, life hacking helps us face life in
the 21st century.
“Hacks offer solutions that aren’t elegant, but they are
effective,” said Potenziani, “and in a world where most of us only get 11
minutes of uninterrupted work each hour, that’s important.
“As those 11 minutes get fragmented into tasks we do within
that time frame, eventually the time gets broken into smaller and smaller
chunks — giving all of us a feeling that our time is completely fragmented. It
encourages a sense of helplessness,” explained Potenziani. “As New York Times
journalist Clive Thompson puts it, we are interrupt-driven. But distractions
are not just an affliction of work, sometimes they are our work.”
So how do we handle all the “stuff” that crowds our lives?
Potenziani, a fan of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free
Productivity,” offered several novel suggestions.
“First, get it out of your head and write it down —
someplace where you will find it. Then process each item, organize the results
and review it regularly,” said Potenziani. “Ask yourself if it is actionable.
If it isn’t, trash it, incubate it in a tickler system or store it away for
reference. If it is actionable and it will take less than two minutes, just do
it. If it will take more than two minutes then delegate it or defer it.”
Potenziani described some of the life hacks that he uses in
his own day-to-day activities. “For instance, I have a daily briefing with my
senior staff where we all stand. It encourages everyone to come to the point
and allows the most efficient use of that time for communication. I also
schedule work time as a meeting on the calendar which deters people from asking
for that time. It’s important that people take back their personal work space
so that you can get the uninterrupted time that you need to work on important
Other conference highlights included keynote speaker Fred
Stutzman, School of Information and Library Science, who spoke on “The Social
Revolution: How our connections will change technology,” a presentation on
“Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts,” and panel discussions on course management
software and content management systems. Additional topics included a case
study on the deployment of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), tips on career
development, convergence at Carolina, security and business continuity plans.
To learn more about the conference or if you are interested
in becoming a member of the CTC, visit the CTC website at its.unc.edu/ctc.
Biotech research ranks highly in global survey
North Carolina is fertile ground for start-up biotechnology
companies and a major reason why is the kind of research being done at
Carolina, according to a recent national ranking.
The Milken Institute, a publicly supported economic think
tank based in Santa Monica, Calif., released a new report in September ranking
the world’s universities based on the quality of their biomedical research.
Carolina looked strong in these rankings when compared with its public and
The report looked at three metrics: publications, patents
and technology transfer and commercialization. Carolina’s rankings are 28th,
41st and 25th, respectively.
Chancellor James Moeser, while sharing the report with
University trustees last month, said it was good news for the University to
rank so highly in a competitive, worldwide environment. At the same time, the
rankings serve as a reminder of the potential of the University to do even more
once improved facilities on main campus are completed and Carolina North is
Gov. Mike Easley, in a recent release, pointed to these
rankings as proof North Carolina continues to be a global leader in economic
development. The Milken Institute also listed two other public universities in
the state — North Carolina State University and East Carolina University —
along with two private institutions — Duke and Wake Forest universities — among
the top 100 in the world in their ability to move biotech research into
business start-ups. More information on the Milken Institute rankings can be
found at www.milkeninstitute.org.