RELATED STORY: Robert Allen's University Day address: `Why Can't Universities Be More Like Businesses?'

University Day speech examines values

Should universities be run like successful businesses? Or do successful businesses run like universities?

Those were among the issues examined by Robert Allen in his Oct. 12 University Day address, "Why Can't Universities Be More Like Businesses?"

It all comes down to figuring out what universities "value deep down to our toes," said Allen, former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor with joint posts in American and communication studies as well as history.

"What is the lived ideology of our organizational culture, which informs the decisions we make as an institution and the priorities that we set?" Allen asked.

This year's University Day ceremony in Memorial Hall marked Carolina's 206th birthday. University Day commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation's oldest state university building, on the same day in 1793.

Other University Day highlights included:

* Dedicating the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, created by renovating the Graham Memorial Building.

The center will help house freshman seminars and will be the site of a new Office of Undergraduate Research, the honors program and Carolina Leadership Development.

The Johnston center has four seminar rooms, two high-tech classrooms and a resource center with electronic access to off-campus databases. Other features include a flexible commons room for lectures, performances and other events.

A living room and adjoining kitchen will encourage informal faculty-student interaction, harking back to days when students often were invited into faculty homes.

Graham Memorial's oak-paneled Great Lounge, the heart of the University's first student union, has been restored and will be furnished as a place for reading, study and quiet conversation.

"The center will be, as Edward Kidder Graham originally envisioned the building that bears his name, a place of repose and good fellowship," said James L. Leloudis, center director and a history professor who succeeded Allen as associate dean for honors. "It will be a laboratory of learning where students will come for some of the campus's most innovative and challenging classes; the center will take Carolina out to the world, and it will bring the world back into Carolina's classrooms; and, perhaps most important of all, the center will cultivate and sustain the remarkable creativity of Carolina's students and faculty."

Allen was among key officials spearheading private fund raising totaling $7.4 million for the center.

* Awarding Distinguished Alumna/ Alumnus Awards to Jerry Dean Campbell of Pasadena, Calif., University of Southern California chief information officer; Joel Lawrence Fleishman of Durham, Atlantic Philanthropic Service Co. Inc. president; N.C. Sen. Howard Nathaniel Lee, D-16th District, of Chapel Hill; Peggy Senter of Dunbarton, N.H., Concord Community Music School founder; and Edward Harris Wagner of Seattle, Wash., MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation director.

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