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Aug. 27, 2007

UNC Volunteer Fair to highlight community service

Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to the 8th annual UNC Volunteer Fair on Wednesday (Aug. 29) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pit, just outside the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on South Road. More than 40 local nonprofits will give out information, recruit volunteers and discuss ways to make a difference in the community.

The volunteer fair is sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, The Chapel Hill News and the UNC Student Government. For more information, email or visit

Edenton’s Hayes Plantation to be topic of slide lecture

The history and inhabitants of Hayes, built in the 1800s as a plantation near Edenton, will be the subject of a slide lecture in UNC’s Wilson Library on Sept. 6.

Architectural historian John G. Zehmer of Richmond, Va., will give the free public talk at 5:45 p.m.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources recently published Zehmer’s book “Hayes: The Plantation, its People and Their Papers.” He calls Hayes, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, “one of North Carolina’s most historic and beautiful estates.”

The property is privately owned by the Wood family of Edenton. In 1999, Gilliam and Annette Wood donated its library of 20,000 historical papers and books to UNC, where its replica is displayed in Wilson Library. Zehmer did most of the research for his book using the Hayes materials, which are part of the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson.

To learn more about Hayes, visit For information about the program, contact Liza Terll at (919) 962-4207 or

RENCI offers ‘Food for the Mind’ at informational ‘Bistros’

Members of the public are invited to feed their minds – as well as their stomachs – at the UNC Renaissance Computing Institute’s Renaissance Bistros.

RENCI has scheduled two bistros, informal informational sessions to discuss RENCI focus areas, in September, which will focus on disaster research, including collaborations with the state of North Carolina on hurricane and storm surge prediction and disaster planning and mitigation. Both bistros are free and open to the public.

“North Carolina is third to Florida and Texas in the number of hurricanes that have had made landfall over the last 80 years,” said Jessica Proud, RENCI meteorologist and speaker for the bistro sessions. “The Renaissance Bistros will discuss the basics of hurricanes, why they form, their potential dangers, and RENCI’s work to help the state deal with them effectively.” 

The Renaissance Bistro sessions are scheduled for:

Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Room 527, Health Sciences Library, 301 S. Columbia St. RSVP by Sept. 7 to This lunchtime session will include free refreshments and lunch on a first-come, first-served basis.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 in room 524 at RENCI’s Europa Center headquarters, 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill. RSVP by Sept. 24 to Refreshments will be served.

Other topics to be covered include the National Hurricane Center’s role in warning the public of a tropical threat. Attendees will be introduced to NC-FIRST, RENCI’s new program designed to help emergency managers decipher weather data, understand weather threats and choose actions that minimize threats to lives and property caused by extreme weather.

For more information, contact Jennifer Shelton, training manager, at (919) 445-9697.

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Amy King, (919) 843-7568 or
UNC Library contact: Judith Panitch, (919) 962-1301,
RENCI contact: Karen Green, (919) 445-9648 or
News Services contacts: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or; LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589