|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
"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:
- Gain a rich understanding of the state and its people;
- Visit the places most of our students call home;
- Bond with faculty across disciplines;
- Learn how Carolina is connected to the entire state; and
- See a side of North Carolina that faculty may otherwise never see.
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:
- Halifax County, to visit the home of William Richardson Davie, one of the
university's founders. UNC-Chapel Hill is celebrating the 250th anniversary
of Davie's birth this year. The stop will include discussion of Davie's role
in founding the university and work during the Revolutionary War era. Participants
will see both the house and the historic area in Halifax.
- Beaufort, to visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for Marine Sciences (IMS).
Faculty and students at the institute will lead a boat excursion to Shackleford
Banks. The trip will include demonstrations on water quality testing techniques
and explanations of the many issues being addressed at the Institute for Marine
Sciences, including erosion and beach nourishment, nutrient cycling and general
water-quality issues in the sound.
- Lexington, to learn about the Citizen-Soldier Support Program. A collaborative
program based at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Citizen-Soldier Support Program is designed
to extend existing National Guard and National Reserve programs, while bringing
employers, schools, child-care providers, health professionals and other organizations
into a broad network of family support.
- Charlotte, where a joint meeting with colleagues from UNC-Charlotte will
focus on higher education in North Carolina. UNC-Charlotte Chancellor Phillip
L. Dubois will host the breakfast meeting, which will give participants the
opportunity both to learn about a sister UNC institution, as well as network
with faculty members and seek out possible areas of collaboration and partnership.
- Three Sisters Farm in Shannon, run by the American Indian Mothers Inc.,
civic group, to talk with leaders in the Lumbee Indian community. In addition
to learning about the agricultural practices at the farm, participants will
hear from representatives of several community organizations, including the
Tribal Council, the Healing Lodge (a faith-based public health center), the
Indian Cultural Center and the Indian Resource Center, and a UNC-Pembroke
nurse who has worked with a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member
to do public health research on the Lumbee community.
- B.F. Grady Elementary School in Albertson, to learn how the UNC-Chapel Hill
School of Education is helping schools such as Grady Elementary are working
to address the needs of Hispanic immigrants, who now comprise half of the
school's students. Local school officials, the president of the N.C. Mexican
Association, and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students will discuss
a wide range of issues related to immigration and education.
- Rocky Mount, to visit the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC).
The OIC has partnered with ECHO (the UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and
Health Outcomes) and Carolina's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services
Research to provide HIV/AIDS awareness education, cancer screenings and health
clinics. Tour participants will meet with community leaders to learn how the
university's health affairs schools work with OIC to provide health services
to people in a five-county area, including a mobile health center.
- Moore County's unincorporated black communities near Pinehurst. The UNC-Chapel
Hill School of Law's Center for Civil Rights has worked to help leaders in
several unincorporated areas in Moore County to become incorporated and thus
obtain basic municipal services such as garbage pickup and water and sewer
service. Bus tour participants will meet with community leaders at St. Paul
Missionary Baptist Church and then take a walking and driving tour of the
- The Carolina Living and Learning Center in Pittsboro, where participants
will learn about the center's integrated vocational and residential program
for autistic adults run by UNC-Chapel Hill's Division TEACCH (Treatment and
Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children). In
addition to meeting with the center's leaders and residents, the stop will
include a walking tour of the residences, Center vegetable garden and other
- Chimney Rock, to learn about the Small Towns Initiative, which seeks to
leverage local assets to revitalize small town economies. Government officials,
community leaders and faculty from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government
will discuss the effort with participants. There also will be a tour of Chimney
Rock Village and a visit to Chimney Rock Park.
- The DeFeet manufacturing plant in Hildebran. This state-of-the-art textile
factory specializes in high-performing athletic socks. Shane Cooper, founder
and president of DeFeet, will talk about how the textile industry is adapting
to a changing economic environment through advanced technologies and better
service of niche markets. Faculty from UNC-Chapel Hill and the Hosiery Technology
Center at Catawba Valley Community College will talk about preparing workers
for jobs in this fast-changing industry.
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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