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Not for publication Aug. 27, 1997 -- No. 585

Greenspan to speak, cut ribbon for new McColl building

Friday, Sept. 12,

Noon, Smith Center (Greenspan speech)

1 p.m., McColl Building Plaza (Greenspan, student, others to cut ribbon)

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will give keynote remarks and cut the ribbon to dedicate the $44 million, state-of-the-art McColl Building, the new home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, during a Sept. 12 ceremony. (The invitation-only event is not open to the public.)

The noon event in the Dean E. Smith Center will feature remarks by Dr. Greenspan; UNC-CH Chancellor Michael Hooker; UNC President Emeritus C.D. Spangler Jr.; and retiring Kenan-Flagler Dean Paul Fulton. Podium guests will include building namesake Hugh L. McColl Jr., chief executive officer of Charlotte, N.C.-based NationsBank, a 1957 UNC-CH business graduate and supporter of the school and UNC-CH.

At 12:45 p.m., the program will move from Smith Center to the nearby McColl Building plaza for a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting. Speaking briefly will be Thomas S. Kenan III, trustee of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, which donated more than $10 million toward construction and outfitting of the building, and a Kenan-Flagler student. Greenspan and the student will cut the ribbon, along with podium guests and members of the building committee. More than 2,000 alumni, faculty, staff, students, corporate partners and friends are expected to attend the ceremony, a buffet lunch and building tours. Media are invited to eat lunch and tour the building.

Kenan-Flagler plans to move to the new building this fall, completing a construction project begun in March 1995. The building, paid for with state and private funds, is located on UNC-CH's south campus, beside the William R. Kenan Jr. Center, which houses the business school's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

The McColl Building's advanced multimedia and communications technology is designed to significantly enhance the delivery of teaching, research and business services at the school. Its 2,800 Internet connections and 1 million-plus feet of audio, video, data and fiber-optic cable offer faculty and students easy access to information from each other and the world. Students sitting in classroom desks or dining hall tables can connect laptops to the school's network or the Internet to share information with each other, instructors or a corporate executive half a world away, or access UNC-CH libraries. Classrooms feature multimedia consoles that give presenters fingertip control of more than two dozen audiovisual systems.

Media parking: Parking for media representatives at the McColl Building will be extremely limited. For general parking, call Cyndy Falgout at Kenan-Flagler to reserve a space near the event. For satellite and TV trucks needing close access for noon live shots, call Mike McFarland at News Services. Limited space, first-come, first-served, will be available in a paved area just above Smith Center where signal transmission works. From Bowles Drive, proceed up the Kenan Center/McColl Building entrance next to Smith Center. At the top of the hill, turn right into the main Kenan Center parking lot. On the back row in the back corner is a service drive marked “Fire Lane.” Take that entrance to a flat asphalt pad just behind Smith Center. Other broadcasters with heavy equipment can unload in front of Smith Center, then proceed to reserved general media parking. You still need to call Falgout in advance to reserve a parking spot.

Media information and seating: All media representatives should visit the media check-in table at Smith Center to receive updated event information. The table will be located to the left of the main doors of the center (Gate A). Media seating will be reserved on the right side of the risers in front of the podium. A few seats will be reserved next to mult boxes for broadcasters who need audio feeds.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available near the media seating area on the Smith Center floor. Call News Services if you have special audio needs.

Photographers/videographers: In Smith Center, no tripods will be permitted directly in front of the podium so attendees can see the speakers. Tripods may be set up in front of media seating (right-hand side of the risers). At the ribbon-cutting in the McColl Building plaza, an area directly in front of the speakers and ribbon will be roped off for easy access by photographers and videographers.

Media room: A media room with phone lines will operate at Smith Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for reporters who wish to file stories or check in with offices. The media room is located on the first floor. From the main entrance, take the elevator to the first floor. Step off the elevator and turn right. The press room is the first door on the right and will be marked.

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Kenan-Flagler Business School Contact: Cyndy Falgout, 919-962-0148.

UNC-CH News Services Contacts: Mike McFarland, Laura Toler, 919-962-2091, office; day of event, 919-614-5436 or 919-219-6372, cellular; 216-2584 pager