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June 19, 2007

Paul Kapp helps UNC win $100,000 Campus Heritage grant from Getty Foundation

Paul Hardin Kapp, campus historic preservation manager, helped the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill win a Campus Heritage grant from the Getty Foundation for $100,000 to develop a heritage preservation master plan.

“The historic landscape preservation plan will help us better integrate our master plan for expansion and growth and preservation of our historically significant landscaped spaces,” Kapp said. Specifically, the plan will address preservation issues related to McCorkle Place, Polk Place, Kenan Stadium Woods and Forest Theatre. One of 15 awarded nationwide, the grant will also be used to help fund labels for the most distinctive trees on the historic campus as well as an educational seminar on Carolina’s historic landscape.

Since 2002, through its Campus Heritage Initiative, the Getty Foundation has awarded grants to 86 colleges and university for preservation planning, as well as funding surveys of hundreds of small liberal arts colleges. These grants have played a catalytic role in helping institutions of higher education understand the significance of the historic resources on their campuses and plan for their long-term preservation. The current round of grants represents the final year of the initiative.

“American colleges and university are frequently unique repositories of some of the country’s finest historic architecture and designed landscapes,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “While other buildings may have had a variety of owners and uses over the years, campus buildings have for the most part remained under the same stewardship, which presents wonderful opportunities for preservation and education.”

The Getty Foundation provides support to institutions and individuals throughout the world, funding a diverse range of projects that promote the understanding and conservation of the visual arts and furthering the work of all Getty programs.  The foundation also encompasses the Getty Leadership Institute, the leading source of continuing professional development for current and future museum leaders. For more information, visit 

Kapp received his architectural education from Cornell University and his master’s in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. As a historical architect in Virginia, he worked on renovations and restorations at Colonial Williamsburg and James Madison’s Montpelier. He came to Carolina in 2002, where his primary responsibility is to ensure the proper rehabilitation of the historic buildings and grounds on campus. Currently, he is designing the restoration of Smith Hall-Old Playmakers Theatre, one of Carolina’s two National Historic Landmarks.

Getty contact: Melissa Abraham, (310) 440-7360
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RENCI Partners with Four Carolina Researchers on Faculty Fellow Projects

Four UNC faculty members have been named Faculty Fellows of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and will spend the 2007-2008 academic year working closely with RENCI staff on innovative research projects that use advanced technologies.

Each fellow is eligible for up to $50,000 to support travel, salaries, equipment and other research needs. The fellows are:

For more information on the RENCI Faculty Fellows program, please see