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Oct. 6, 1999 -- No. 602

Undergraduate excellence focus of UNC-CHís 206th University Day convocation Oct. 12

11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12
Memorial Hall, UNC-CH campus

Dr. Robert Allen, former associate dean for honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in history and American and communication studies, will be the keynote speaker at the universityís annual University Day convocation.

University Day was created by the Board of Trustees to commemorate the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nationís first state university building, on Oct. 12, 1793. It is a day for the traditional convocation, as well as ceremonies and other events. This year marks the universityís 206th birthday.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Allen will discuss "Why Canít Universities Be More Like Businesses?" during the free, public event. Classes will be suspended from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. so faculty, staff and students can attend.

Also during convocation,Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards will be presented to:

Dr. Jerry Dean Campbell of Pasadena, Calif., University of Southern California chief information officer;

Dr. Joel Lawrence Fleishman of Durham, president of Atlantic Philanthropic Service Co.;

N.C. Sen. Howard N. Lee of Chapel Hill, D-16th District;

Peggy Senter of Dunbarton, N.H., founder of Concord Community Music School; and

Dr. Edward Harris Wagner of Seattle, director of the W.A. McColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation.

A champion of excellence in undergraduate education, Allen was instrumental in helping raise $7.4 million for the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, created by renovating the Graham Memorial Building. The center will be formally dedicated Oct. 12 in a free, public ceremony at 12:30 p.m. It will include speeches from Interim Chancellor William O. McCoy, Provost Richard Richardson, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Risa Palm, Associate Dean and Johnston Center Diector James Leloudis, and Ward Zimmerman, a senior honors student majoring in political science.

Media: Seating will be reserved in the orchestra pit in front of the stage in Memorial Hall. Broadcasters can set up equipment in the pit, where audio feeds will be available. Check with News Servies staff on site about the possible availability of Allenís speech.

Parking: Limited parking for media representatives will be available in the Hanes visitorsí lot next to Memorial Hall.

Visuals: A 10:30 a.m. processional leading from the Old Well to Memorial Hall will offer colorful shots of faculty members in full academic regalia.

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News Services contacts: Karen Moon, broadcast; Mike McFarland, print