You’re Invited to University Day 2009October 2, 2009
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
You’re invited to help celebrate the University’s history and Carolina’s future. Every October 12th, we commemorate the laying of the cornerstone of Old East and the beginning of American public higher education.
This year's University Day convocation will be held on Monday, October 12, at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall. Classes will be canceled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. so the campus community may attend. (Attendance is considered work time for staff employees, who are encouraged to seek advance approval from their supervisors.)
We’re honored to have Governor Beverly Perdue give this year’s featured remarks. She holds a Ph.D. in education administration and has worked tirelessly on behalf of public education in North Carolina. Her agenda for our state includes creating world-class public schools and improving the health of North Carolinians – two goals the University shares.
During the convocation, we’ll also present Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to Janie Fouke, Santiago Gangotena, Mia Hamm, Walter Hussman and the late William Little. In fact, Dr. Gangotena will bring with him a group of visitors from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Recently, Carolina and USFQ have begun joint research endeavors in the Galapagos Islands, an international partnership that has great potential to help preserve one of the world’s most treasured living laboratories.
Finally, University Day is a time when we traditionally celebrate new milestones in campus life. This year, the spotlight will shine on the new Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The building is expected to be the first public building in North Carolina to receive the highest level of certification for green architecture. It’s a great example of the University’s commitment to sustainability.
You will find more information about University Day, including our partnership in the Galapagos with USFQ, at http://www.unc.edu/universityday.
I look forward to seeing you in Memorial Hall.