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News Release

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April 22, 2005 -- No. 198

Local angles: Baltimore; Cary; Clyde; Dallas, Texas; Durham; Fort Pierce, Fla.; Greensboro; Highlands; Kernersville; Lenoir; Lisle, Ill.; Rutherfordton; Wilmington; Winston-Salem

UNC honors first class of Public Service Scholars;
program has produced 26,644 hours of service this year

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís Carolina Center for Public Service honored the first class of Public Service Scholar Program graduates at a reception last evening (April 21) on the campus.

Family and friends of the 15 graduating scholars, along with university officials and the community agency representatives for whom the scholars have worked, attended the reception to honor the scholars.

The reception offered the graduating scholars a chance to reflect on their experiences throughout the program. They received certificates signed by Chancellor James Moeser and the centerís director, Dr. Lynn Blanchard. Dr. Carol Tresolini, associate provost for academic initiatives, spoke.

In addressing the graduates, Blanchard said, "You are pioneers of this exciting program. You have not only demonstrated your commitment to making a difference, you also have set a standard for generations of Carolina students who will follow."

The Public Service Scholars Program, which began in 2003, provides a framework for service, connects students who care about similar issues and guides participants through training that can make their service more effective.

The scholars have completed a minimum of 300 hours of service, taken at least two service-learning courses and attended skills-training workshops. Although requirements for the program include a minimum grade-point average of 2.5, all 15 graduates have a 3.0 or higher.

Graduating scholars will receive recognition at the commencement ceremony in May, as well as official recognition on their transcripts. Each graduating scholar will also wear a blue and white cord at graduation to represent his or her designation as a Public Service Scholar.

More than 450 students are presently enrolled in the program, and to date, they have reported 26,644 hours of service this academic year. Participants have worked in a wide array of efforts and agencies including nursing homes, hospitals, public schools, the Special Olympics, the Animal Protection Society, Family Violence Prevention Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Big Buddy mentoring program.

The class of 2005 Public Service Scholars includes: Judy Chang, Jennifer C. Duke, Kevin Feltes, Joseph Hoyle, Jovian Irvin, Wesley Joines, Genevieve Florence King, Lauren Kucirka, Jennifer Manis, Briana Snyder, Elizabeth Sonntag, Catherine Norah Kirby Tanner, Denny Wilkerson, Claire S. Young and Shirin Elyse Zarrinnam.

The Carolina Center for Public Service leads UNCís engagement efforts and service to the state of North Carolina and beyond by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff, and students to the needs of the people.

Following is a list of the 15 program graduates, with their hometowns, major, record of service while at UNC and post-graduation plans:

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Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Lynn Blanchard, (919) 843-7568 or blanchard@unc.edu

News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu