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News Release

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Oct. 6, 2004 -- No. 479

Wellstone Memorial Garden
to be dedicated Tuesday (Oct. 12)

CHAPEL HILL— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will dedicate a campus memorial honoring the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 12), on the university’s 211th birthday.

Paul Wellstone, a university alumnus, represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. A plane crash on Oct. 25, 2002 took the lives of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, their daughter, three campaign staffers and two pilots.

Chancellor James Moeser will dedicate the "Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial Garden" at the memorial's site beside Murphey Hall. Refreshments will be served. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be in Room 3203 of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

The memorial features three benches on a brick patio in a landscaped area. Each bench bears a quote from Wellstone that captures his philosophy of public service, including one that reads, "Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about lessening human suffering and it's about advancing the cause of peace and justice."

Speakers will include Dr. Joel Schwartz, an adjunct professor of public policy and professor emeritus of political science, and Gene Nichol, dean of UNC's School of Law. The two led an effort that raised $20,000 for the memorial. Wellstone was a former student of Schwartz’s and had campaigned in support of Nichol's unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Colorado.

Schwartz and Nichol said they see the benches as a fitting memorial for Wellstone, who believed that "we need to replace isolationism with fellowship. We need to talk about community, about justice, about the goodness of America."

Wellstone received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in political science from UNC. He was a professor of political science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., from 1969 to 1990. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1990.

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