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April 6, 2006 -- No. 197


University Library receives award
for ‘Documenting the American South’

UNC library’s online research collection "Documenting the American South" will receive a national award tonight (April 6) for its work to create new media promoting historical scholarship.

The collection is scheduled to receive the Electronic Lincoln Prize from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., during a ceremony in New York City. The $10,000 award honors new media that promote scholarship about Abraham Lincoln, Civil War soldiers or a subject relating to the Civil War. UNC’s site was one of 17 considered for this year’s award.

"Our library first envisioned ‘Documenting the American South’ as a way to serve scholars," said Sarah Michalak, university librarian and associate provost for university libraries. "This award is a real affirmation of our sustained commitment to scholarly values."

The library launched "Documenting the American South" ( in 1996 to make several slave narratives more easily available

for consultation and study. The online library now includes thousands of books, images, writings, recordings and artifacts. The materials are organized in nine thematic collections for the study of Southern history, literature and culture. More than 400,000 research sessions occur on the site each month.


Hatchell is among those honored April 20
at Sports Excellence Tribute Gala

Sylvia Hatchell, head women’s basketball coach at UNC, will be one of three honorees at the April 20 Sports Excellence Tribute Gala organized by the Raleigh Sports Club.

Hatchell and her counterparts from N.C. State University, Kay Yow, and Duke University, Gail Goestenkors, will be honored for their contributions to women’s sports at the tribute dinner and roast to be held at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to a charity designated by each coach: Hatchell’s charity is the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Yow’s is Hospice of Wake County, and Goestenkors’ is the Ronald McDonald House.

Hatchell’s relationship with UNC Lineberger began in 2000 when she had a cancer scare. Everything turned out fine for Hatchell, but ever since she has helped raise money for ovarian cancer research at UNC Lineberger. Through the years, she has personally donated a percentage of women’s basketball season ticket sales and proceeds from her pick-your-own blueberry patch on her land near Asheville and Black Mountain.

Women’s sports commentator Debbie Antonelli is among the celebrity guests for the event.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. General admission tickets are $10, while dinner and reception tickets are $200. All tickets are being sold exclusively through the RBC Center at (919) 861-2323 or through the following Web site:

For more information, contact Kristy Blasey at or (919) 645-8802.

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