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Event briefs

For immediate use

March 26, 2007

UNC nursing students help organize
health fair for seniors and caregivers          

Media representatives are invited to attend Health Fest, an event organized by students at the UNC School of Nursing in conjunction with the Council for Senior Citizens’ Family Caregivers Support Program. The event is free and open to the public.

The health fair begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (March 27) at the Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham. 

Health Fest was organized with senior citizens and their caregivers in mind.  For seniors, the event will offer free blood glucose testing, free blood pressure checks, hearing screenings and more. For caregivers, the event will offer information and resources on home health, insurance, support groups and more. 

More than 20 vendors are expected including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Bayer, the Durham YMCA and El Centro Hispano in Durham.

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Yield to Heels pedestrian safety event
focuses on visibility for Tar Heels on foot

UNC-Chapel Hill will stress the importance of pedestrian awareness as part of the “Yield to Heels” pedestrian safety education campaign on Wednesday (March 28).

To encourage safety and visibility, Yield to Heels volunteers will be at designated crosswalks to distribute educational fliers and prizes. Volunteers will be stationed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following crosswalks:

Yield to Heels will have a table in the Pit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where students can learn more about pedestrian safety and register to win a custom Carolina messenger bag filled with Yield to Heels prizes. UNC Public Safety’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety officers will also demonstrate their new LIDAR (laser imaging detection and ranging) equipment for detecting speeders on campus.

The “Yield to Heels” campaign, coordinated by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, UNC Department of Public Safety and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, focuses on three messages for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists: Be aware, be considerate and be safe. More information on pedestrian safety is available at www.hsrc.unc.edu or www.dps.unc.edu.
 
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Moldovan librarians to visit
UNC Health Sciences Library

Two librarians from Moldova will visit the UNC Health Sciences Library on Wednesday (March 28) and Thursday (March 29). A partnership between the Moldovan Scientific Medical Library and medical libraries in North Carolina was established in 2006 by a librarian and a volunteer with the Coastal Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program. The partnership is part of a broader bilateral agreement called the North Carolina-Moldova Partnership for Peace, initiated in 1999.

Moldova is one of the poorest nations of the former Soviet bloc. Liubovi Karnaeva, library director, and Silvia Ciubrei, deputy director of the Moldovan Scientific Medical Library, will tour North Carolina medical school libraries and AHEC libraries in March and April 2007.

According to a letter from Dr. Nicolae Esanu, president of the Moldova’s State Medical and Pharmaceutical University, “since the North Carolina-Moldovan Medical Library Partnership began, so much has been accomplished.

“The partnership has provided us a vital link to medical schools and medical information in North Carolina. The ability to get free electronic document delivery has and will improve health care in Moldova. Also, the links to medical information provided by the partnership have been essential.”

The AHEC Program is based at the UNC School of Medicine.

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MBA students to assess social, environmental
business strategies at March 30-31 competition

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School will host the Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition Friday and Saturday (March 30-31). Student teams from eight schools will play the role of venture capitalists, interacting with and evaluating entrepreneurs currently seeking venture capital funding. 

MBA students will be challenged to apply venture capital skills to assess real business in financial profitability, environmental integrity and social equity – the so-called “triple-bottom line.”      

Unlike other MBA competitions that use theoretical scenarios, this competition will expose students to a variety of activities that must be integrated into a cohesive investment strategy to be pitched to real venture capitalists.

“(The competition) is the ideal intersection of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s expertise in sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurial studies with our commitment to creating opportunities for our students to apply what they’ve learned,” said Katie Kross, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

The University of California, Berkeley; Bainbridge Graduate Institute; Duke University; Harvard University; University of Michigan; Northwestern University; University of Pennsylvania and UNC will field teams.

Teams will be judged on their ability to identify and mitigate risk, VC industry knowledge, application of triple-bottom line frameworks, communication and teamwork. The top performing teams and the team that most impresses the entrepreneurs will receive cash prizes.

Judges will include representatives from CEI of Maine, Good Capital, Holbrook & Company, Natural Capitalism Fund, SJF Ventures, Cleantech Venture Network and Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting.

The competition is organized by MBA students at UNC Kenan-Flagler and supported by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the UNC Kenan-Flagler chapter of Net Impact, a network of more than 10,000 new-generation leaders committed to using the power of business to improve the world.

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Hewlett-Packard Executive Vice President to speak April 10
as part of Dean’s Speaker Series

Ann Livermore, executive vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Technology Solutions Group, will speak at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School April 10 as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. in the McColl Building’s Maurice J. Koury Auditorium. The lecture, free to the public, will be followed by a reception. Free parking will be available in the business school parking deck. To RSVP, call (919) 843-7787 or e-mail kfbsrsvp@unc.edu.

HP’s Technology Solutions Group is a $33 billion-plus business that encompasses storage and servers, software and services. Livermore has been involved with HP’s business customers for more than two decades. Livermore joined HP in 1982 and has held a variety of management positions in marketing, sales, research and development, and business management before being elected a corporate vice president in 1995. Livermore was ranked No. 14 on Fortune magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and No. 19 on the Forbes list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”

Originally from Greensboro, N.C., Livermore holds a BA in economics from UNC and an MBA from Stanford University. In 1997, Livermore was elected to the board of directors of UPS. Livermore also serves on the board of advisors at the Stanford Business School. She is based in Palo Alto, Calif.

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School of Nursing contact: Amanda Meyers, (919) 966-4619 or amanda_meyers@unc.edu
UNC Department of Public Safety contact: Randy Young, (919) 962-1502
UNC Highway Safety Research Center contact: Jennifer Bonchak, (919) 843-4859
UNC Health Sciences Library contact: Carol Jenkins, (919) 966-2111 or carol_jenkins@unc.edu
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School contact: Allison Reid, (919) 962-8951, allison_reid@unc.edu