June 2006 Triumphs worth cheering By Chancellor James Moeser
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for The Chapel
As you read this, Susan and I will be in Omaha with the Tar
Heel baseball team, hopefully fresh from a Saturday victory
over Oregon State in the first game of the championship round
of the NCAA College World Series. This talented team, ably
led by Coach Mike Fox and his staff, has been a pleasure to
watch in its bid to win our first national championship in
baseball. I can also tell you, based on close observation
and personal interaction with the players, that these are
really great kids. They represent North Carolina values to
a national ESPN audience. And I know they appreciate the strong
support from local fans.
Our student-athletes are achieving in the classroom and learning
leadership skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Under
Athletics Director Dick Baddour, the Carolina Leadership Academy,
launched two years ago, is a national model.
This training program for student-athletes, coaches and administrators
develops leadership skills through interactive workshops,
360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring and
educational resources. More than 500 student-athletes have
completed the program.
Our teams give the community much to cheer about. Here are
some other recent milestones:
*Professor Phil Singer, a Chapel Hill resident who directs
the UNC Drinking Water Research Center in the School of Public
Health, has won the National Water Research Institute's Athalie
Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.
Over his 37-year career, Singer has advanced awareness and
understanding of water chemistry and drinking water treatment.
*The Chapel Hill Preservation Society recently presented
its Award of Merit to Memorial Hall, which reopened in September
after an extensive renovation and expansion. Memorial Hall
anchors our plans for the Arts Common, which will benefit
the entire community.
*The James Lee Love House at 410 E. Franklin St., built around
1887 and named for the Carolina mathematics professor who
lived in it with his wife, June Spencer Love, and her mother,
Cornelia Phillips Spencer, is undergoing renovations and will
be joined by an addition named for the late James A. Hutchins
Jr., a 1937 UNC graduate. The Love House and Hutchins Forum
will house our Center for the Study of the American South
when it opens in 2007.
*The federal government recently named UNC among the nation's
1,500 "Best Workplaces for Commuters," one of just
72 colleges and universities to make the list. The Environmental
Protection Agency praised our efforts to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions, gasoline use, miles traveled and vehicle trips.
We are proud of this recognition for providing an array of
transportation alternatives for our employees.
*To advance the work of the Carolina North Leadership Advisory
Committee, I wrote to Mayors Foy and Chilton, pledging that
the university wouldn't seek 17,000 parking spaces at Carolina
North. I have been pleased by the positive response, and look
forward to continued productive discussions by the LAC when
it meets next month. We asked the committee to develop principles
that will guide the university's future plans.
*Thanks to the many of you who participated in the 18th annual
Carolina Blood Drive on June 6 at the Smith Center. The event,
one of the nation's largest, attracted 784 people, including
139 first-time donors, and it produced 860 units of blood
-- enough to supply almost 70 percent of the needs for one
day of all of the hospitals served by our region of the American
*Now is a wonderful time to take in the sights and smells
of the campus' Coker Arboretum -- a short walk from Franklin
Street -- and the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
*If you seek relief from the summer heat, the Ackland Art
Museum has three featured exhibitions running through the
summer: "Up Close and Personal Portraits of the Artist,"
"Books in Costume: The Batcheller Collection of Designer
Bindings and Book Objects by the Sobota Family" and "Imaging
Church: Place, Practice and People."
*It's not too early to purchase season tickets for the array
of performances brought to this community by PlayMakers Repertory
Company and the Carolina Performing Arts Series for the 2006-07
season. PlayMakers' season includes adaptations of two best-selling
books -- Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" and Mitch
Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie." The Carolina Performing
Arts Series' second season opens in September with more than
In closing, I invite you to join in a belated birthday wish
recognizing the contributions and leadership of the university's
founder, William R. Davie. Last Thursday marked the 250th
anniversary of the birth of Davie, the "father"
of the university.
Earlier this month, a team of student, faculty and staff
researchers from the anthropology department wrapped up an
excavation at Davie's home site, called Tivoli, just over
the South Carolina line. Their research will complement our
understanding of this important historical figure, as does
an exhibit in the North Carolina Collection Gallery at Wilson
Library. It showcases nearly 50 artifacts, books, images and
documents relating to Davie and runs through June 30.
For more on the happenings at Carolina, visit www.unc.edu.
See you around campus. And, go Heels!
James Moeser is chancellor of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. He welcomes readers’ messages