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News Release


May 2006

Tar Heel Bus Tour highlights Carolina's commitment to the state

Three dozen of Carolina's newest faculty members just completed a weeklong introduction to the state, its history and people as the Tar Heel Bus Tour made its ninth journey across the state.

Since 1997, Carolina's chancellor has sponsored the bus tour. More than 250 new faculty and administrators have experienced this guided tour across North Carolina, visiting the people and sites that make each area unique. This year, 36 new faculty members and administrators participated along with Chancellor James Moeser and Dr. Joseph Templeton, chemistry professor and newly elected faculty chair.

"Our goals for the bus tour have not changed: We aim to help faculty gain a better understanding of North Carolina and the people we serve," Moeser said. "As we aspire to be the leading public university in the country, we must serve the people and communities that surround us."

The tour highlights the university's public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good. The goals of the privately funded tour are to:

The tour crisscrosses the state from the coast to the Piedmont to the mountains, connecting participants to North Carolina's rich diversity. In past years, participants have visited with farmers, factory workers, high-tech and financial firms and soldiers at Fort Bragg, as well as seeing historical and cultural landmarks.

The itinerary this year included stops at:

The Tar Heel Bus Tour is just one way in which UNC-Chapel Hill engages with North Carolina. The Carolina Center for Public Service, created in 1997, leads Carolina's engagement efforts and service to North Carolina and beyond by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff and students to people's needs. More information about the center is available at