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Aug. 11, 2000 -- No. 410

New chancellor to include facility tour, bond issue among first-day activities

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2:45 p.m. -- 5 p.m.

Tour will begin at the Medical Sciences Research Building

(located off South Columbia Street between Carrington, Health Sciences Library)

Dr. James Moeser will spend part of his first day in office as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s new chancellor touring facilities including a medical research laboratory, a chemistry building, a classroom and a music library -- all slated for improvements with successful passage of a $3.1 billion bond referendum for UNC campuses and N.C. community colleges in November.

Moeser, who was elected as UNC-CH’s ninth chancellor last April, completed his work as chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln over the summer and just moved to Chapel Hill. The facility tour represents his first opportunity to see pressing facility needs and learn more about the bond referendum. On Tuesday, Moeser will officially succeed William O. McCoy, who was named interim chancellor in July 1999 following Michael Hooker’s death from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Moeser will be formally installed as chancellor on University Day, Oct. 12, which marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building, in 1793.

Students, faculty and administrators will help host portions of Moeser’s tour, which begins at 2:45 p.m. at the Medical Sciences Research Building on south campus.

Stops will include:

Medical Sciences Research Building, a basic sciences building houses units including cell and molecular physiology. Faculty conducting research are hampered by problems such as uncontrollable temperatures caused by the building’s age and condition. Some researchers must leave windows open, which can ruin experiments exposed to outside elements like pollen. The building would receive a comprehensive, $12.89 million renovation under the bond package. Researcher Sharon Milgram will host this stop.

Venable Hall, an outdated teaching and research building for the chemistry department that can’t be renovated. Plans call for Venable to be demolished, clearing the way for a multi-million-dollar, multi-phased interdisciplinary science complex in the bond package that would integrate biology, psychology, chemistry, the social sciences and health affairs working together in initiatives such as genomics and environmental sciences. Chemistry professors Joe DeSimone, Holden Thorpe, Ed Samulski, John Boland, Royce Murray and James Jorgenson will provide context at this site.

Murphey Hall, a key aging classroom building serving undergraduates on central campus. The bond facility list includes a $6.7 million renovation for Murphey. Student leaders including Student Body President Brad Matthews and his chief of staff, Chris McClure, who is leading an educational campaign on the bonds targeting students, will host this stop.

Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, which houses the School of Law. Last October, the university dedicated an addition to Van Hecke-Wettach, representing one of several recent examples of major building improvements made possible through a combination of public and private funding. School Dean Gene Nichol will show Moeser these facilities.

Hill Hall, where a basement vulnerable to flooding and damaging humidity houses one of the South’s pre-eminent music collections. The bond package includes a $20.15 million project for a digital multimedia instructional center and music library in the College of Arts and Sciences. Music department chair John Nadas will host this stop.

A successful referendum would mean nearly $500 million worth of facility-related resources to support UNC-CH’s teaching, research and public service missions. As the oldest of the state’s universities (207 this Oct. 12) UNC-CH requires capital needs of every type – from modernization to capacity

expansion to research to infrastructure. In May, the Michael K. Hooker Education Act was approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Hunt signed it into law, placing it on the general ballot in November.

Note for broadcasters with heavy equipment: The tour will cover five buildings spanning the entire campus in a short period of time. If you need to consider such logistics in making coverage plans, call Karen Moon, News Services broadcast manager, in advance of the tour. She can be reached at 962-8595.

Moeser’s First Week in Office

Besides the facility tour, Moeser plans to begin his first day in office greeting McCoy as the two men complete their transition in the chancellor’s office located in South Building. He also will meet with his cabinet members and deans and have lunch with Interim Provost Richard Edwards, Vice Chancellor Sue Kitchen, Faculty Chair Sue Estroff, Student Body President Brad Matthews and Employee Forum Chair Joanne Kucharski.

Later in the week, Moeser will participate in an orientation session for students on the Carolina Computing Initiative, a pioneering campuswide technology plan that includes a laptop requirement for freshmen that begins this fall. He will meet with local state legislators as well as Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf and UNC President Emeritus William C. Friday, University Distinguished Professor at UNC-CH. Moeser also will be involved in a flurry of activities for new students and faculty including freshman camp, residence hall openings and Fall Fest, an alcohol-free street party for new students.

Web links: On Moeser,; on UNC-CH facilities, or; and on UNC bonds,

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Contacts: Mike McFarland, print, (919) 962-8593, or Karen Moon, broadcast, (919) 962-8595