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For immediate use June 18, 1999 -- No. 399

 

Local angles: Durham, Pinehurst, Raleigh
and Wilson, N.C.; New York, N.Y.

Donors bring journalism school $110,000 closer to covering Carroll Hall renovation

By LINDA FINDLEY
UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication

CHAPEL HILL – The Dow Jones Foundation, a New York advertising firm, a Raleigh publisher and five others contributed a total of $110,000 recently to help renovate a new home for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To date, more than $4.1 million has been given toward the school’s goal of $5 million in private contributions to renovate Carroll Hall, where the school will move this summer.

"These donors are outstanding in their careers and their support of excellence in mass communication at Carolina," said Dr. Richard Cole, school dean. "The new building will be a tribute to alumni and friends who have supported our school with time, talent and resources for so many years."

The recent donors and gifts were:

The Dow Jones Foundation of New York, pledging $30,000 to honor the late Vermont Royster, editor of Dow Jones’ flagship publication, The Wall Street Journal, from 1958 to 1971 and later a professor in the school. The gift will name the Vermont C. Royster News-Editorial Reception Area.

Instrumental in making the gift were Peter R. Kann, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Co. and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and James H. Ottaway Jr., Dow Jones senior vice president and chairman and chief executive officer of Ottaway Newspapers, a Dow Jones subsidiary.

Royster, born in Raleigh in 1914, won two Pulitzer prizes for his work at the Journal, the first in 1953 for editorial writing and the second in 1984 for commentary. His other awards included the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He received a lifetime service award from the National Press Club and was a charter member of the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame. Royster retired from the Journal in 1971 and returned to Chapel Hill as a William Rand Kenan Jr. professor of journalism and public affairs. He continued to write for the Journal until 1987. He died in 1996 at age 82.

"The greatest single influence on my choice of careers was my experience at Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication," said Young & Rubicam Chief Operating Officer Ed Vick. "No education could have better prepared me."

Vick graduated in 1966 from the school, where he now serves on the board of visitors. He earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1971. Vick is on the board of directors of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Advertising Education Foundation and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He was inducted into the N.C. Advertising Hall of Fame in 1996.

One of the world’s largest integrated communications companies, Young & Rubicam has 339 offices in 73 countries and owns six global communications networks: Y&R Advertising, Landor Associates, Burston-Marsteller, Wunderman Cato Johnson, The Media Edge and Brand Dialogue. These networks provide communications services including marketing, public relations, corporate identity and design. USA Today has named the 75-year-old company "U.S. Agency of the Year."

Richard Henkel, president and chief executive officer of Doxey Furniture in Aberdeen, and his wife, Gail, a teacher, $25,000 honoring their daughter, Ashley, an advertising major in the school. The Pinehurst couple’s gift will name Carroll’s Ashley M. Henkel Visual Communication Reception Area.

Richard Henkel said his daughter’s love for Carolina and the journalism program, "a real testimony to the school," encouraged him to make the donation. A graduate of Clemson University with a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Henkel previously was president of Hickory-White Furniture. Appalachian State University alumna Gail Henkel teaches part-time, mainly in third- and fourth-grade remedial reading.

Fred Crisp, president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, $10,000 for a faculty office.

A Chatham County native, Crisp graduated from the school in 1957. He worked for papers including The Charlotte Observer, the Virginian Pilot & Ledger Star in Norfolk, Va., and The Northern Virginia Sun before joining The News & Observer in 1969 as retail advertising manager. He was promoted to president and publisher in 1997.

Crisp was inducted into the N.C. Advertising Hall of Fame in 1991. He is a past president and honorary life member of the International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives and an honorary member of the Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives and the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

Tim Harrell, president of AdMark Communications Group in Durham, and his wife, Maria, vice president and manager of the Fine Feathers clothing store in Chapel Hill, $10,000 to honor school adjunct professor James H. Shumaker, naming a news-editorial faculty office.

"Jim was my mentor when I was at Carolina," said Tim Harrell, a 1977 school alumnus. "He took me under his wing and steered me in the right direction. He is an unsung hero who needs to be remembered."

Shumaker, a Winston-Salem native, began his career covering city hall for the Durham Morning Herald while attending UNC-CH. After three years at UNC-CH and one at Columbia University, he became night editor for The Associated Press in Charlotte. He returned to the Herald before becoming editor and general manager of The Chapel Hill Weekly, now The Chapel Hill News, in 1959. His 15

years there inspired UNC-CH alumnus Jeff MacNelly, Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist and former Shumaker employee, to create the cartoon "Shoe."

Shumaker began teaching at the school parttime in 1972. He also wrote a Charlotte Observer column and editorials for three other newspapers and moderated a weekly WUNC-TV program, "North Carolina Now." Eventually joining the school fulltime, Shumaker has taught courses including news writing, news editing, reporting, editorial writing, feature writing and community journalism. He received the University’s Tanner Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in 1986 and 1991 and has won a Favorite Faculty Award. In 1989, he was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame.

Tim Harrell worked in real estate corporate communications before starting AdMark in 1988. The advertising and public relations firm specializes in hospitality, real estate and retail and political communications. Since being diagnosed with gastric cancer, Harrell has pursued an endowment for Duke University’s cancer center and establishment of the nation’s first research program dedicated to curing gastric cancer.

Calvin Jones, vice president of Merrill Lynch in Wilson, $10,000, naming a faculty office in the electronic communication sequence for himself and his wife, Jackie, a former English teacher.

An investment advisor to the school’s foundation for more than a decade, Jones said, "The people I have worked with at the school are all top-notch. They create a wonderful, stimulating atmosphere, and they believe in what they do. The skills they teach in communication and the written word are needed now more than ever."

Jones, a Beaufort, N.C., native, earned a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from UNC-CH in 1964. With Merrill Lynch since 1968, he previously has been an account executive, senior account executive and assistant vice president.

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School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Dr. Richard Cole, 919-962-1204