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News Release

For immediate use

May 11, 2006 -- No. 257

Tar Heel Bus Tour ready to cover North Carolina,
give new faculty up-close look at ways UNC benefits state

CHAPEL HILL - Three dozen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's newest faculty members will board a bus Monday (May 15) for a weeklong introduction to the state, its history and people as the Tar Heel Bus Tour makes its ninth journey across the state.

Since 1997, the UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor has sponsored the bus tour. In that time, 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 - plus UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser and Dr. Joseph Templeton, UNC-Chapel Hill chemistry professor and chairman of the faculty - are scheduled to participate in the tour.

"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 includes 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 http://www.unc.edu/cps/.

More information on the Tar Heel Bus Tour is available at http://www.unc.edu/bustour/.

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Note: Members of the news media interested in joining the bus tour at a stop or stops as well as those wanting to connect by phone with bus tour participants are asked to contact News Services. As in years past, day-by-day advisories will be issued better detailing the stops and timing as the tour progresses.

News Services contacts: Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 or karen_moon@unc.edu; Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or lisa_katz@unc.edu