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Not for publication Oct. 8, 1998 -- No. 739


University Day convocation
11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12
Memorial Hall, UNC-CH campus

UNC-CH journalism professor Chuck Stone to speak at 205th University Day celebration

Chuck Stone, a nationally renowned journalist, civil rights pioneer and authority on black political power, will be the keynote speaker at the 205th University Day convocation Monday (Oct. 12) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall, during which the university will bestow six recipients with its Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards. Faculty wearing their academic regalia will gather at the Old Well at 10:30 a.m. to form a traditional processional to the service.

Stone’s speech, "UNC’s 21st Century Mission of Greatness," will focus on the university’s role in shaping the future. Stone, who joined the faculty in 1991, is Walter Spearman professor of journalism. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, he was an English professor at the University of Delaware. During his long and sometimes controversial career, Stone has worked as a White House correspondent, "Today" show commentator, syndicated columnist and aide to Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell.

University Day commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation's first state university building, on Oct. 12, 1793. University Day became a college holiday in 1877 and an all-day celebration in 1900.

Awards are traditionally presented on University Day to alumni who have brought credit and recognition to the university. Recipients this year are: Dr. Alexander Heard, Vanderbilt University chancellor emeritus; Bertha "B" M. Holt, former N.C. House of Representatives member; William H. Hooks, award-winning children's literature author; Banks D. Kerr, founder of Kerr Drug Stores; John L. Sanders, director emeritus of the UNC-CH Institute of Government; and Dr. Bailey D. Webb, the UNC-CH medical school’s first Ph.D. recipient.

Other University Day events include:

the dedication of a new cornerstone at South Building, immediately following convocation.

a faculty, staff and student picnic luncheon in Polk Place after the dedication of the South Building cornerstone.

a 1 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony at Beard Hall to commemorate the pharmacy school’s new $18.2-million, 65,000-square-foot, three-story addition.

The UNC-CH School of Pharmacy’s groundbreaking ceremony will celebrate the future of the pharmaceutical sciences while honoring the legacy pharmacists have established as being some of the most trusted professionals in America. Representatives from Sutton’s Drug Store of Chapel Hill will be on-hand to draw up cherry colas, vanilla colas and orangeade. Egg salad, tuna and grilled cheese sandwiches will complete the lunch counter fare.

Also, School of Pharmacy students and the professionals who mentor them will stand together on the lawn of Beard Hall in the shape of North Carolina to represent the school’s widespread influence.

All events are free and open to the public.

Media: Media kits will be available from News Services staff at Memorial Hall Monday. Media seating will be reserved in the orchestra pit in front of the stage. Broadcasters can set up equipment in the pit, where audio feeds will be available.

Parking: Limited parking for broadcasters with heavy equipment is expected to be available in the Hanes lot next to Memorial Hall. Call Karen Moon or Karen Stinneford at 919-962-2091 in advance to make arrangements. Others can park behind News Services at 210 Pittsboro St. Those parking behind News Services will need to display a visitor parking on their dashboards; the passes are available at the front desk.

Visuals: Faculty clad in academic regalia will join students and staff at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Old Well to march in a traditional processional to Memorial Hall. The laying of a new cornerstone at South Building will occur immediately after convocation. A faculty, staff and student picnic will take place on the Polk Place lawn after convocation. The School of Pharmacy will serve traditional lunch counter fare at its 1 p.m. groundbreaking at Beard Hall; also, students and professional pharmacists will form an outline of the state of North Carolina on the lawn.

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School of Pharmacy contacts: Ashley E. Mattison, Kevin Almond, 919-966-1929

News Services print contact: Karen Stinneford, 919-962-8415

News Services broadcast contact: Karen Moon, 919-962-8595