March 2006 Spring packs a punch
at Carolina By Chancellor James Moeser
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for The Chapel
One need spend but a single spring here to have memories
of beautifully blooming landscapes, lively discussion on the
issues of the day outside the Franklin Street post office,
and -- of course -- basketball-induced excitement.
The Carolina women's and men's basketball teams have treated
us all to a wonderful basketball season. For many of us, the
men's season ended far too quickly with Roy Williams and the
young men he and his staff so ably coach and mentor heading
home last weekend after a second-round NCAA tournament loss.
But what a ride they gave us. We are all proud of their success
and the way they represented Carolina.
The women's team, led by Coach Sylvia Hatchell and her staff,
resumes play today in the Sweet 16 of the women's tournament,
and we will cheer them loudly and proudly as they progress,
we hope, to the Final Four in Boston. Go Heels!
Indeed, it is springtime at Carolina. Here is a sampling
of updates on campus-related happenings that may be of particular
interest to our neighbors.
Carolina Performing Arts Series' 2006-07 season line-up
promises to pick up where this year's debut season left
off. Performers slated for the coming year include the Cleveland
Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey and many more. Visit
for the complete line-up.
Carolina is one of eight U.S. colleges and universities
selected to join the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in a $27
million partnership to enable more deserving community college
students to earn bachelor's degrees from selective four-year
institutions. UNC's efforts will focus on admitting and
graduating transfer students from Durham Technical Community
College, Alamance Community College and Wake Technical Community
Two of the 53 outstanding young leaders from high schools
nationwide and in Great Britain -- including 29 from North
Carolina -- this month named Morehead Scholars are from
the local community. Congratulations to Catherine Shepherd
Burns of Chapel Hill High School and Ashley Chaunte Harrington
of East Chapel Hill High School.
Citizens interested in tracking legislative developments
in Raleigh have a new tool, courtesy of UNC's School of
Government. As part of its Legislative Reporting Service,
the school is offering online digests of bills filed in
the General Assembly -- a tool previously available only
to legislators and their staffs. To access the free service,
and click on "Archives."
Progress Energy has invested $150,000 to create the Center
for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development.
Housed in the Carolina Environmental Program, the center
will focus on the ways society responds to growing needs
from energy associated with economic development, while
also improving the environment.
Spring is a wonderful time to take in the sights and smells
of the Coker Arboretum and North Carolina Botanical Garden.
Current programming at the garden ranges from botanical
illustration to gardening with native perennials. For more,
StoryCorps, a national initiative to document everyday
life and history through the storytelling voices of regular
Americans, is coming to Chapel Hill and Durham. In partnership
with North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, StoryCorps will bring
one of its mobile recording booths to the American Tobacco
Campus April 3-24 and to the Morehead Planetarium April
25-30. To learn more or register for an interview slot,
The Rams Head Center has won a Best Concept Award for
2006 from Food Management magazine, one of three winners
in the "best new facility" category. The nearly
$80 million structure, which opened last spring along Kenan
Stadium's eastern flank, features a 700-space garage with
a grassy plaza for a roof. The plaza's wide, brick-lined
walkways are met by a dining hall and sports café
on one side and a two-story recreation center on the other.
The Market Express grocery occupies one corner of the garage's
Ongoing pedestrian safety efforts got another boost on
Wednesday with the Yield to Heels education campaign. Volunteers
distributed fliers and reflective gear to pedestrians at
crosswalks across campus. The effort was coordinated by
the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and our Department
of Public Safety. Pedestrian safety information is available
Special thanks to our neighbors in the McCauley Street/Cameron
Avenue area. University staff is working closely with the
town to make corrective repairs to Pittsboro Street between
Cameron and McCauley, which has been closed since mid-February.
Everything is in place to begin repairs once the state Department
of Transportation gives us the necessary approvals. A new
protective surface will elevate the roadway and preclude
its damaging the steam tunnel that supplies cogeneration
to much of campus.
I cannot close without saying how proud I am of how the university
community has responded to two tragic events that occurred
on our campus in recent weeks. Students, faculty, staff, alumni
and local citizens have rallied to support one another and
that which we hold dear in the wake of the Feb. 24 accidental
fall at Stacy Residence Hall and the heinous March 3 hit-and-run
attack in the Pit. We are grateful, too, for the response
and collaboration of local law enforcement and rescue services
on those two Fridays and since.
To learn more about the topics above or to find out about
other campus happenings, visit www.unc.edu.
See you on campus.
James Moeser is chancellor of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. He welcomes readers’ messages