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April 14, 2004 -- No. 205

Ueltschi grants give UNC students
opportunity to learn through service

CHAPEL HILL – Five Ueltschi Service Learning Course Development Grants have been awarded to six University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members to create courses that teach students through participation in community service projects.

Each $8,000 grant will support expenses such as course development, books, materials and stipends. This year’s recipients are from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Dentistry and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

· Dr. Gary Bishop, associate professor of computer science, "Enabling Technology"

· Dr. Altha Cravey, associate professor of geography, "Mobile Geographies"

· Patrick Davison, assistant professor of photojournalism, "Intermediate Photojournalism"

· Deborah Fleming, clinical assistant professor of dental ecology, "Community Based Dental Hygiene"

· Dr. Laurie Langbauer, English professor, "Ethics and Children’s Literature"

· Charlotte Peterson, clinical associate professor of dental ecology, "Community Based Dental Hygiene"

"The new courses include exciting approaches to engage students in service-learning," said Leslie Kirk, assistant director of the APPLES Service-Learning Program, which administers the grants. "The courses connect students to new populations such as a class devoted to immigrant populations and another focused on creating enabling technology for deaf or blind students."

The applications for the grants were evaluated based on each professor’s demonstrated dedication to service-learning, the strength of the proposed course and syllabi and the support of the instructor’s department.

The grants are funded through a generous gift first given in 1998 by James and Jean Ueltschi of Vero Beach, Fla., both UNC alumni, and the Office of the Provost. Since the Carolina First campaign began in 1999, the Ueltschi’s gift has counted toward the campaign’s goal of $1.8 billion. Carolina First is a multi-year, private fund-raising campaign to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university.

The APPLES program is a student-run, student-sponsored program at UNC that engages students, faculty and community agencies in service-learning partnerships.

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APPLES Contact: Jenny Huq, director, (919) 962-0902; Leslie Kirk, assistant director, (919) 843-6829

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