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Not for publication June 2, 1999 -- No. 368


Experts to craft vision that pairs living, learning in 21st-century residence hall

Thursday, June 3, 2-4 p.m.
Seminar Room, William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center

Eight top university experts on enhancing learning through college living environments will examine how residence hall design can support that goal Thursday (June 3) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Also sharing ideas on the ideal 21st-century residence hall will be Carolina professors who will teach 38 first-year seminars this fall, part of UNC-CH’s First-Year Initiative to integrate new students into the university’s intellectual life.

Representatives of Hanbury Evans, a Norfolk, Va., architectural firm, are expected to gain ideas from the seminar that will influence their design of a new UNC-CH freshman residence hall complex, expected to open to 1,000 students in fall 2001.

Carolina’s First-Year Initiative also will include a summer reading program, enhanced advising programs and a new living/learning program beginning this fall. The program, in Ehringhaus Residence Hall, will group 300 first-year students who participate in small discussion groups on their transition to college and in cultural and civic activities. (Previously established living/learning programs set to continue include substance-free halls, a women’s leadership program and foreign language floors.)

The eight guest speakers at Thursday’s seminar have designed successful living/learning environments on their campuses or researched this growing national trend. They are:

Betsy Barefoot, University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the Freshman Year Experience

Phyllis Mable, Longwood College

Michael Moffatt, Rutgers University

Susan Murphy, Cornell University

Carl Trindle, University of Virginia

Lee Upcraft, Pennsylvania State University

William Willomen, Duke University

William Zeller, University of Michigan

For more information, call Dean Brescani, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services, at 962-4045.

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