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Not for publication Sept. 22, 1999 -- No. 564


Shalala to help kick off Carolina Center for Public Service

3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24
Polk Place (quad between South Building, Wilson Library)

Dr. Donna Shalala, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will help launch the Carolina Center for Public Service Friday (Sept. 24) during a special ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shalala will deliver the keynote address at the 3 p.m. event on Polk Place. The ceremony and following reception are free and open to the public. Advance copies of Shalala’s speech are expected to be available on site Friday afternoon.

Ceremony invitees include community leaders, legislators, public service officials and others from across the state. The center connects the university to North Carolinians by helping them use the university’s vast resources to improve their daily lives. For example, the center is leading and coordinating UNC-Chapel Hill’s efforts to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Floyd. One of the few such university-based public clearinghouses in the country, the center provides guidance, coordination and support to the university’s public service activities through grants and fellowships to students and service learning and community-based education efforts.

Besides Shalala, ceremony participants will include Interim Chancellor William O. McCoy, center director Nick Didow, a marketing professor and former local school board chair, S. Ellis Hankins, executive director of the N.C. League of Municipalities in Raleigh, and Mike Smith, director of Institute of Government, the university’s principal agency providing training, consulting and research services for state and local governments in North Carolina. Eugenia Eng, professor of health behavior and health education, will discuss her experiences with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s screening program, one of six in the country working to increase the rate of breast cancer survival, especially among black rural women. That project has been a popular stop in eastern North Carolina the past two years for the Tar Heel Bus Tour, which gives faculty new to the state a first-hand look at pressing issues facing citizens during a weeklong bus tour. Other speakers will include students Robyn Schryer, president of a.p.p.l.e.s. -- Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service, the nation’s first student-run-service-learning program -- and Nilpesh Patel, who has been involved in a wide array of public service activities at both the state and national levels.

Parking: Several parking spaces have been reserved for media representatives in the lot directly behind Wilson Library facing South Road and the Bell Tower. Broadcast media in satellite trucks or marked vehicles may park on sidewalks at South Building on Cameron Avenue.

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