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July 31, 2007

North Carolina Health Careers Access Program receives endowment

The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP) has received an endowment from Dr. Robert M. Selden III for the organization’s Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program. The Robert M. Selden III Award Fund will provide long term support to help sustain the longevity and continued existence of the enrichment program.

“We are so grateful to Rob for his generous gift,” said Patrena Benton, interim executive director. “He is a true believer in this program and, with the creation of this endowment, has demonstrated his commitment to its continued success.”

Selden was a scholar in the 1992 enrichment program. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and received his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1998 and a master’s degree in orthodontics in 2001 from the UNC School of Dentistry. Selden has a private orthodontics practice in Huntersville, N.C., and is an adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry.

Selden credits much of his success to health careers program. “When I think back on the people and opportunities that shaped my experience as I matriculated through school, I have only fond memories of my summer with SEP,” he said. “Many of the contacts that I established and all of the study skills developed made reaching my goal easier. I want to make sure that other students get the same advantages that I had so that there is not a health care disparity in the future.”

The enrichment program is an eight-week, honors-level academic program for disadvantaged undergraduate students planning to pursue careers in health care. The program aims to increase students’ preparedness for entry into graduate and health professional school.

Founded in 1971 by Dr. Cecil G. Sheps, the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program offers programs and services for underrepresented minorities and individuals from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to be educated, trained and employed in health professions. For more information about the Program, visit

NC-HCAP contact: Renee Harris, (919) 966-2264 or

Global center to display Indian, Kenyan handiwork 

“When Artistic Expression Becomes a Livelihood: The Stories and Handiwork of Indian and Kenyan Women,” will be displayed Thursday (Aug. 2) through Sept. 20 in UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center.

Visitors can see embroidered pieces by women in India and hand-dyed and woven wool rugs by women in Nairobi, Kenya. Photos and written stories of the artists and their communities will be posted. Both groups support their families with sales of their work.

Recent UNC graduate Marissa Heyl watched the embroiderers when she visited India last year. In one area, there is no written language, she said, but “embroidery is used to record experience and serves as a form of language. The artisans, in effect, become the historians of their community.”

The free exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The center is at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley Streets. For more information, call (919) 962-2435.

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Photo:, An exhibit at UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center will feature handiwork by artisans including Phoolaba Jajeda, right, and photos by recent UNC graduate Marissa Heyl, left.

Global Education Center contact: Laura Griest, (919) 962-0318,
News Services contacts: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596; LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589