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bullet Carolina First campaign update           
bullet Harden, Noblit receive awards for mentoring
bullet Scholarships send record number of students abroad
bullet 'Latin American Immigrant Perspectives'
bullet Carolina Performing Arts announces 2007-08 season
bullet FYI Research: Carolina students expand classroom to Southeast Asia
bullet Guthridge, Harrington, Kitchin, Schwab honored for service  
bullet Deloitte Consulting named ERP partner  
bullet
Williams’ contract extended to 2014–15
bullet Poverty center publishes first book

Carolina First: gift of the month

Gift of the Month: April

Gift: Charitable gift annuity
         $200,000

Donor: Richard Park Bland

Purpose: To benefit the Graduate School

Richard Park Bland has established a charitable gift annuity that will ultimately benefit the Graduate School in support of programs and initiatives where there is the greatest need. Bland earned his doctorate in statistics from UNC in 1961. He retired as associate professor from Southern Methodist University.

Goal: $2 billion

Raised: (as of April 30) $2.097 billion

Amount of campaign complete: 105 percent

Amount raised in April: $14.5 million

Campaign runs through: Dec. 31, 2007

More information: carolinafirst.unc.edu.

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Harden, Noblit receive awards for mentoring

T. Kendall Harden and George W. Noblit received the Graduate School’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring during the May 12 doctoral hooding ceremony in Memorial Hall. The award, now in its second year, includes a plaque and a cash prize.

Harden, Kenan distinguished professor of pharmacology, runs a lab that studies G protein-mediated signaling. The family of heterotrimeric G protein-coupled receptors make up the largest receptor gene family among higher eukaryotes and are responsible for numerous responses to hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors and other extracellular stimuli.

Noblit, Joseph R. Niekirk distinguished professor of the sociology of education, became a sociologist in the 1970s. His initial research on crime, delinquency and deviance led to work on the salience of schooling in the lives of youth and in determining their futures. While exploring school desegregation, he began learning about race, ethnographic research methods and education, leading him eventually to Carolina’s School of Education.

The Administrative Board of the Graduate School established the doctoral mentoring award in 2006 to honor faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate education have made a significant contribution at the University. This year, students nominated 21 faculty members.

Linda Dykstra, dean of the Graduate School, said the award recognized the time, talent and knowledge that faculty mentors gave to graduate students to shepherd them through what is often the most challenging time of their academic careers. Regular members of the graduate faculty are eligible to receive the award provided they have successfully guided at least one student through the completion of doctoral training.

During his 30 years at UNC, Harden has met that criteria many times, as the graduate student who this spring became the 14th student to defend a dissertation under Harden noted in her nominating letter.

In 2003, Harden was named Kenan professor and recognized by in-cites, a web site featuring scientists, papers and institutions, as one of the 10 most cited pharmacologists in the world. But those distinctions never interfered with Harden’s ability to closely and effectively mentor his graduate students, the nominator wrote.

“Although my background in science was solid, it could not have prepared me for the rigors of full-time research, and at times, I’ve lacked the motivation and self-confidence to propel my project forward,” the nominator wrote. “Ken has been unbelievably patient, and when he felt it was time, he was tough, demanding, relentless and brutally honest.

“One of his former students used to tell us that when we were feeling up, Ken would bring us back down to earth, and when we were feeling down, he’d make science seem like it wasn’t so bad. She was right.”

This same student became the second of Harden’s students to be awarded a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship.

Another graduate student said his respect for Harden stemmed from the genuineness by which Harden approached his work as well as the people around him.

“Many people pursue their careers to gain notoriety or to be recognized by their peers as having achieved a great success,” the student wrote. “Ken, on the other hand, has remained grounded throughout his career, and pursues science because of curiosity and true passion for the advancement of scientific knowledge.”

Observing that attitude on a daily basis, the student added, helped him to mature both as a scientist and a person. “I began to realize that Ken had mentored me in such a way that I was no longer working towards a degree, but towards a greater understanding of the scientific process in general.”

Graduate students who nominated Noblit for the award cited similar personal and professional qualities in their mentor, starting with his insistence that everyone call him by his first name.

Said one student in her nominating letter: “Approachable, friendly and quick to laugh, George embodies the artful mingling of elegant thinking, meaningful scholarship, passionate research and sincere camaraderie with his colleagues and students. His honest and caring relationships with faculty and students are indisputable. His steadfast support of his students’ work and commitment to the intellectual life are unparalleled.”

During the past five years, the student said, Noblit gave incalculable guidance and encouragement, both inside and outside the classroom, which helped her find her own voice as a researcher.

With Noblit’s encouragement, the student broadened the scope of her intellectual inquiry, completing doctoral minors in political theory in the Department of Political Science and in feminist theory in the Department of Women’s Studies. She also earned a University certificate in Cultural Studies.

Noblit also encouraged the student to apply for the $37,000 Holton Fellowship that made the completion of the two minors and certificate possible. The student said these ancillary areas of expertise helped her secure the assistant professorship position she was offered this spring.

Two other students, writing in a joint nominating letter, cited Noblit’s ability to foster community among his students as a fundamental part of his mentoring abilities.

“George has a talent for encouraging us in a way that strengthens our individual self-confidence while minimizing competitiveness,” they wrote.

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Scholarships send record number of students abroad

Thirty-four undergraduate students will study abroad this summer and fall thanks to more than $99,000 awarded in privately funded, need- and merit-based scholarships.

The amount is nearly four times the $27,000 amount awarded each of the past two years – to 16 students in fall 2005, and to 21 students last fall, said Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges.

“The generosity of our donors and their collaboration with our office enables us to help an increasing number of students participate in academic programs abroad and so obtain international experience,” he said.

The recipients will participate in UNC-approved programs in cities including Florence, Italy; Quito, Ecuador; Nairobi, Kenya; Hong Kong; and Yotvata, Israel.  Recipients represent a variety of majors including journalism, Spanish, studio art, psychology, chemistry and international studies.

The scholarships are supported by 10 donor-established endowment funds. Most gifts establishing the funds have been raised as part of the Carolina First Campaign, a comprehensive, multi-year private fund-raising campaign that has raised more than $2 billion to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university.

The study abroad office offers more than 320 study abroad programs in more than 70 countries. Approximately 1,200 Carolina undergraduates go abroad each year through college programs.

The following scholarships were awarded this spring:

bullet Bejarano-Benning Study Abroad Scholarship for Latin America: Leslie Benning of New York City, a 1979 Carolina graduate, and her husband, Rafael Bejarano, established this scholarship in 2003. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched their gift. The fund provides at least one scholarship annually for study in Latin America.

bullet Bejarano-Benning Study Abroad Scholarship for Spain/Iberian Peninsula: Benning and Bejarano established this scholarship in 2003 as well. The fund provides at least one scholarship annually for semester or yearlong programs in Spain or Portugal.

bullet Michael L. and Matthew L. Boyatt Award: Michael Boyatt, a 1956 Carolina graduate from Beech Mountain, established this fund in 1996 with his son, Matthew, of Durham. The fund provides merit-based awards for undergraduates majoring in international studies or history.

bullet Anthony and Hope Harrington Study Abroad Scholarship: UNC alumnus Anthony Harrington, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, and his wife, Hope, of Easton, Md., created the fund supporting this award in 2004. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched their gift. The Harringtons established the scholarship to honor former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, who taught at UNC in 1974 and 1975. Lagos received an honorary degree from UNC in 2001. The fund awards scholarships annually for study abroad in Latin America.

bullet Harris Teeter Study Abroad Scholarship Program: Harris Teeter and the Dickson Foundation Inc established this program in 2004. This spring, scholarships were awarded from the fund for the first time. The fund will provide annual scholarships for students from North Carolina, with preference for Harris Teeter associates or their children.

bullet Leonard G. and Rozelia S. Herring Study Abroad Award Fund: Leonard Herring, a 1948 Carolina graduate, and his wife, Rozelia, of North Wilkesboro, established this fund in 2005. The fund provides scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit to support participation in semester or yearlong study abroad programs.

bullet Joe Henry Jenkins and Jenny C. Jenkins Study Abroad and International Experience Fund: This fund was established in 2004 to honor members of the Jenkins family, longtime residents of Dare County and eastern North Carolina. Awards from the fund will support study abroad or international experiences for undergraduates from eastern North Carolina.

bullet Charles Garland Johnson Sr. Scholarships: Carolina alumni Mary Anne Johnson Dickson and Neal Johnson of Charlotte established the fund supporting these awards in 2002 to honor their late father, a banker and community leader in Elkin. Initially, the fund offered need- and merit-based study abroad scholarships to undergraduates from Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. This year, criteria were expanded to make all North Carolina students eligible, with preference given to students from those three counties.

bullet Grey Lineweaver Study Abroad Scholarship: Grey Lineweaver, a 1962 Carolina graduate from Greensboro, established this scholarship in 2005 with matching funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fund provides at least one scholarship per year for study in Latin America.

bullet Charles A. McLendon Sr. Study Abroad Scholarship: Charles A. McLendon Jr. of New York City, a 1981 Carolina graduate, created the fund supporting this scholarship in 2004 to honor his father, of Greensboro, a retired Burlington Industries executive who traveled extensively overseas. The fund will provide at least one scholarship per year.

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‘Latin American Immigrant Perspectives’

  APPLES Alternative Break Experience

APPLES students pose for a group photo in Celaya, Mexico, during an Alternative Break Experience in March. The group of 13 students and Hannah Gill, lecturer in international studies, made the trip in conjunction with her class, Latin American Immigrant Perspectives: Ethnography and Action. The class is part of the Curriculum in International and Area Studies (CIAS).

During the spring semester, students enrolled in the class developed relationships with immigrants from Celaya living in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, and during spring break they traveled to Celaya to get to know the families of the contacts they had made in North Carolina.

In early May, APPLES mounted an exhibition of the students’ photos — on view through June — in the atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center. APPLES is the student-led program that engages students, faculty and community agencies in service-learning. For more information about APPLES, refer to www.unc.edu/apples.

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Carolina Performing Arts announces 2007-08 season

Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, k.d. lang and Brazilian vocalist Caetano Veloso will be among artists presented in the 2007-08 Carolina Performing Arts season at the University.

Three major international orchestras also will perform during the organization’s third season in Memorial Hall — including the legendary Saint Petersburg Philharmonic with chief conductor Yuri Temirkanov in a rare North Carolina appearance for both.

Further diversifying the line-up will be the African dance troupe Spirit of Uganda, classical pianist Mitsuko Uchida, new-music ensemble Bang on a Can, pop-country singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, soprano Kathleen Battle and rhythm and blues a cappella group Take 6.

With 35 performances from September through May 2008, the season will feature a rare trio performance by mandolin player Sam Bush, dobro maestro Jerry Douglas and bassist Edgar Meyer, Murray Perahia with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and violinist
Joshua Bell.

As in the 2006-07 season, the William R. Kenan Jr. Trust Endowment of Chapel Hill will make possible the six classical music series concerts — the Kenan Great Performances.

The University’s current emphasis on globalization will be represented in the lineup, as will new works, emerging artists and collaboration with the UNC music department and campus academic programs.

Dancers from Cambodia, Senegal, India and Taiwan will add international flavor, as will classical musicians from Spain, Japan and England and a contemporary Canadian circus.

With the music department, Carolina Performing Arts commissioned a project entitled “10x10,” through which 10 new works will be commissioned for performance by 10 music faculty members over 10 years. The first, to premiere next March in Memorial, will be a vocal work by Cuban-American composer Tania León, to be written for Terry Rhodes, music professor and soprano.

Carolina Performing Arts also will present world premieres of two new pieces it commissioned, written by rock musicians Glenn Kotche of Wilco and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. They will perform the songs with the musicians of Bang on a Can, a New York-based organization that commissions, creates, performs and records contemporary music.

Ticket sales for the new season will include new web-ordering options that allow purchasers to choose their own seats and see a view of the stage from those seats online.

New subscription orders can now be processed at www.carolinaperformingarts.edu or by calling or visiting the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue, 843-3333, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Single tickets to all performances will go on sale July 23.

Prices will vary by performance and seat location, but again this year, tickets for University students will be $10 each.

Carolina faculty and staff (active and retired) who purchase subscriptions will receive 20 percent savings.

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FYI Research

Carolina students expand classroom to Southeast Asia

After scudding across 12 time zones to touch down in Southeast Asia, UNC students are ready to take what they’ve learned in their air-
conditioned classrooms out to the humid field, Paul Wedel said.

UNC students Morgan Dibble and Stephanie Nelson teach English to high school students in Thailand’s Phang-nga region.

For the past decade, they’ve been disembarking in Bangkok to work with the Thailand-based Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia) — a non-profit affiliate of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise — to help Southeast Asian people and businesses establish and expand sustainable business practices that will energize the local economy without disturbing the natural beauty or local customs.

Since the 2004 tsunami decimated coastlines bordering the Indian Ocean, said Wedel, K.I.Asia’s executive director, “we’ve worked with the Kenan Charitable Trust to help the area recover on a long-term and sustainable basis.” K.I.Asia does this by partnering with institutions both in Asia and in the United States — namely UNC.

In Southeast Asia, Wedel said, outside investors often parachute in to build fancy hotels where locals have the skills to work only low-level jobs; meanwhile, the developments raise land and food prices, and the poor get poorer.

So K.I.Asia works with regional businesses, schools, the government and communities to help the locals get the education they need to get higher-paid jobs and develop independent businesses. UNC students pitch in to learn about and lend a hand with everything from the tourist industry to elementary education.

Students from the Kenan-Flagler Business School work with K.I.Asia’s small business experts to help hotels and tourism companies fine-tune their management and marketing strategies. Students from the School of Information and Library Science help businesses in Thailand’s Phang-nga region upgrade their web sites. And others from both the business school and the College of Arts and Sciences live for months in rural communities, where they help locals develop tours and attract visitors for a sorely needed economic boost; these students also take part in a program called “Junior Guides,” in which they teach English to local high-school students and introduce them to the tourism industry (and potential future careers).

In 2004, a group of Kenan-Flagler real estate students helped launch a project to develop a fisherman’s pier and boat repair shop that won funding from the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Relief Fund; it broke ground earlier this month, Wedel said.

And this summer, Wedel will advise a group of business students who’ll conduct marketing research for Phang-nga’s tourism industry during the rainy season, when business normally trickles away. The students will help identify the market segments right for the kind of tourism that harmonizes with local values, Wedel said. For example, about 40 percent of the people in Phang-nga’s coastal villages are Muslim, so there are strong feelings against typical tourist developments such as bars and night clubs.

Right now, Wedel said, a group of students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is planning to build a multi-media web site highlighting the stories and ways of life along the coast of Thailand. Education students are in high demand for K.I.Asia projects, as well — both for improving science education and for teaching English as a foreign language.

This year’s cadre of student volunteers is now complete, Wedel said. But there’s still plenty of room on the junket for next year, and all UNC students are welcome aboard.

For more information, refer to www.KIAsia.org.  

Provided by the Division of Research and Economic Development
Editor: Neil Caudle
Writer: Margarite Nathe

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Guthridge, Harrington, Kitchin, Schwab
honored for service

Four people were recognized May 12 for their commitment to the University and the UNC General Alumni Association with 2007 Distinguished Service Medals.

“Like previous recipients, those recognized this year have provided outstanding service to our university and our alumni association,” said Doug Dibbert, GAA president. “We are grateful for their unselfish efforts and are inspired by their example.”

Guthridge
Guthridge

The GAA has awarded the medals since 1978. This year’s recipients were William Guthridge of Chapel Hill, retired UNC men’s basketball coach; Anthony Harrington of Easton, Md., former chair of the association’s board of directors; Jean Almand Kitchin of Scotland Neck, vice chair of the UNC Board of Trustees and former chair of the GAA board of directors; and Nelson Schwab of Charlotte, chair of the UNC Board of Trustees.

Beginning in 1967, Guthridge spent three decades as assistant coach alongside renowned head coach Dean Smith. He became head coach in 1997 and led the Tar Heels to 80 wins and two Final Fours in the three years before he retired.

Harrington
Harrington

In 1993, Guthridge and his wife, Leesie, created the William W. and Elise P. Guthridge Library Fund, which enabled the House Undergraduate Library to purchase much-needed humanities materials. The Guthridges also helped kick off the Undergraduate Library renovation campaign in 1998 by making a generous first donation toward the $2 million effort.

Harrington is founding president of Stonebridge International LLC, an international strategic advisory firm, and was a partner in the international law firm of Hogan & Hartson — both based in Washington, D.C. He was on three of President Clinton’s intelligence advisory boards and served as U.S. ambassador to Brazil from 1999 to 2001.

A Morehead Scholar who graduated from Carolina in 1963, Harrington is a trustee of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He and his wife, Hope, endowed a distinguished visiting professorship and study abroad program focused on Latin America at UNC.

Kitchin
Kitchin

Kitchin is president and chief executive officer of Almand’s Drug Stores in Rocky Mount. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Kitchin has been a member of the UNC Board of Visitors and secretary of the UNC Board of Trustees; she currently is vice chair of the board. Kitchin, whose term expires this year, joined the board in 1999.

She produces and hosts “Tar Heel People,” an hour-long show airing statewide on Saturdays on WRPX-TV in Raleigh and its sister stations. She is the former chair of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education and the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce.

Schwab
Schwab

Schwab, co-founder and managing director of the Charlotte-based merchant banking firm Carousel Capital, graduated from UNC in 1967 and now chairs the University’s Board of Trustees. He is the former chair and CEO of Paramount Parks, a developer and operator of regional theme parks.

Schwab has been on the boards of visitors of UNC and the Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is on the steering committee for Carolina First, the University’s multi-year private fund-raising campaign to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university. He also has chaired the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Outward Bound School.

A list of past award recipients is available at www.alumni.unc.edu/awards.

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Deloitte Consulting named ERP partner

Deloitte Consulting will be the implementation partner for Carolina’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative under a $2.85 million state-approved contract.

Six firms responded to the system implementation Request for Information (RFI) issued on Feb. 14. An evaluation team consisting of representatives from ERP project management and key stakeholders from across campus reviewed the responses based on three separate components: written responses to the RFI, interviews with vendors and reference checks.

The implementation-planning portion of the project is scheduled to begin immediately, with completion anticipated by Nov. 30. The implementation planning will define future business processes and determine the development schedule, timing and rollout of the new system.

The University will implement Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise student applications as the first phase of the ERP project, replacing Carolina’s aging administrative software systems serving students.

Critical selection criteria for the partnership included deep expertise, solid knowledge of and experience with higher education PeopleSoft implementations.

“Deloitte was unique among its competitors in that its proposed project leaders had numerous experiences working as a team in the roles we identified as key to the project,” said Robyn East, associate vice chancellor for information technology and deputy chief information officer. “Given the speed at which the Carolina student implementation will move, their ability to work together as a cohesive team from the onset is invaluable.”

Deloitte was also selected for its knowledge of core student processes, its project vision and team methodology. 

Deloitte, the world’s largest private consulting firm, is a global professional services firm providing a breadth of integrated services: advisory, human capital, tax, audit and consulting. Deloitte is a Certified Advantage Partner of Oracle Corporation and has a team of higher education specialists dedicated to helping clients improve business processes and successfully implement Oracle PeopleSoft solutions.

ERP is an integrated information system that serves all departments within a particular enterprise. ERP software systems include application modules to support common business activities such as finance, accounting and human resources.

Through this effort, the University is implementing a long-term solution to integrate PeopleSoft with the University’s current administrative systems supporting student services.

To learn more about Enterprise Resource Planning at Carolina, visit its.unc.edu/erp/index.php.

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Williams’ contract extended to 2014–15

The University has extended the contract for head basketball coach Roy Williams through the 2014-15 season. Williams, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September, recently completed his fourth season as head coach of the Tar Heels.

The 1972 Carolina graduate and native of Asheville led the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship in 2005. Williams won his 500th game on Dec. 9, 2006, reaching 500 wins in fewer seasons than any coach in the history of college basketball.

“Roy Williams is a great coach and a great teacher,” said Chancellor James Moeser. “He values the academic journey and runs our basketball program with integrity. He has given his name, time and resources to support many aspects of University life. His support, both financial and inspirational, of the Carolina Covenant has given a voice to that wonderful program.”

Williams originally signed an eight-year deal that began in 2003-04. The new contract terms include an annual base salary of $325,000 and $30,000 for expenses, plus supplemental income paid by the University that will range from $1.2 million to $1.5 million per year. It also includes standard bonuses for qualifying for and advancing through the NCAA Tournament and for graduation rates in the basketball program that meet or exceed the overall student body.

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Poverty center publishes first book

An array of national leaders writing on topics related to the economic and social challenges posed by poverty in America have collaborated with leaders of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity to publish a book titled “Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream.”

Ending Poverty

The book, published in April by the New Press, is a collection of 19 original essays by prominent academics and public intellectuals and is the first book published by the center since its creation in February 2005. The publication includes seven sidebars by community leaders describing successful programs run by practitioners and illustrating or expanding upon the principal essays. Proceeds from the book will benefit the center’s future programming.

Editors of the book are Marion Crain, the center’s director and the Paul Eaton professor of law at the School of Law; Arne Kalleberg, Kenan distinguished professor of sociology and senior associate dean for social sciences and international programs in the College of Arts and Sciences; and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, the center’s previous director.

Center staff members expect this book to be used as a text in college classrooms and as a primer of sorts for interested laypeople, as well as practitioners, policy-makers and academics.

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