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10 Years of Taking New Faculty to North CarolinaClick here to view the anniversary video

Update: The Tar Heel Bus tour is not currently operating. Please contact Linda Douglas at (919) 843-9393 with questions.

The Tar Heel Bus Tour is a five-day trip across North Carolina that gives new faculty members a head start on learning about the state they serve.

Since the inaugural tour in 1997, about 325 participants have journeyed from Beaufort on the coast to Chimney Rock in the mountains and points in between. They have held tobacco leaves, trawled in fishing boats, had breakfast with the CEO of Bank of America and toured the state's largest newspaper. They have leapt from a 34-foot paratrooper tower, sped around a motor speedway in an official pace car, observed a father and son making pottery in Seagrove, and visited a Civil War fort. And along the way they have square-danced to bluegrass music and nibbled on North Carolina barbecue, soft-shell crabs and homemade buttermilk biscuits.

After five intense days on the road, participants come home to Chapel Hill with an awareness of the state's culture, economy, history and new friends from departments across campus. They see some of the places their North Carolina students call home. And we hope they are inspired to develop projects and research that address the challenges facing our state.

Please click here to see how participants have used their Tar Heels Bus Tour experience to forge relationships and stay engaged at UNC - Chapel Hill.

Linda Douglas, Director of Community Relations
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 6225, 210 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6225
(919) 843-9393 / (919) 843-5966 FAX