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Oct. 4, 2000 -- No. 521

Chancellor James Moeser to outline vision for Carolinaís future Oct. 12

Installation ceremony and speech, Thursday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.

Polk Place (section of this historic quad closest to South Building)

Rain site: Dean E. Smith Center

Dr. James Moeser will be installed Oct. 12 as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís ninth chancellor at University Day, an annual event that celebrates the birth of the nationís first public university and represents one of Carolinaís oldest traditions. Highlights of the 11 a.m. installation ceremony will include:

A speech of statewide interest by Moeser (pronounced "MEE-zer"), who, in his first major speech as chancellor, will discuss his vision for Carolinaís future and the goal of becoming the nationís best public university. His topics also will include the $3.1 billion bond referendum for UNC campuses and N.C. community colleges that will be on the ballot for North Carolina voters in next monthís election.

Henry E. Frye, chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and a UNC-CH alumnus, administering the oath of office to the chancellor and remarks by officials including Gov. Jim Hunt and UNC President Molly Broad.

Visuals of a colorful academic procession right before the ceremony featuring hundreds of faculty, students, staff, dignitaries and others. The UNC-CH Wind Ensemble and Carolina Choir will perform.

The presentation of Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards to writer Russell Banks, retired Educational Testing Service president Nancy Cole, Duke law professor Walter Dellinger, retired N.C. chief district judge Patricia Love and former N.C. Supreme Court Justice and current dean of the Campbell University law school Willis Whichard.

Media sign-in required: All media representatives, including videographers and still photographers, must sign in at a media information table near Steele Building (right of the stage as you face South Building) before or during the ceremony. There you will receive details on equipment set-up and access for videographers and photographers, media kits with an advance copy of Moeserís speech and directions to designated media seating areas.

Audio/video feeds: Microphones or other equipment will not be permitted on the platform. UNC-TV will provide pool video and audio coverage from stationary cameras positioned best for Moeserís speech and oath as well as shots of the stage activities and cut-aways from the crowd. Broadcasters with special technical needs should call Karen Moon, broadcast manager, immediately at 962-8595.

Parking: Limited spaces will be available for TV and radio with heavy equipment. Broadcast outlet that need close access to the event site should call Karen Moon at News Services as soon as possible, but no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. Moon can be reached at (919) 962-8595 or Other media representatives may park in the small lot off Raleigh Street behind Davis Library. Look for the entrance to a bank of ATM machines. A small number of visitor spaces also will be available at News Services, located at 210 Pittsboro St.

Other events

UNC-CH also will host a symposium examining "The Future of the American Research University" Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. in 111 Carroll Hall. Moeser will welcome attendees to the event, to be moderated by Broad. Panelists will be Dr. H. Bryce Jordan, president emeritus of The Pennsylvania State University; N.C. Sen. Howard N. Lee, co-chair of the Education and Higher Education Committee; Dr. C. Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and former president of the University of Minnesota; Dr. Marye Anne Fox, chancellor of N.C. State University; and Dr. William C. Richardson, president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and former president of Johns Hopkins University. Media representatives may attend.

Earlier in the day, Moeser and his family and friends will attend a private prayer service at the Chapel of the Cross. At 8 p.m., his wife, Dr. Susan Moeser, who, like the chancellor, is an accomplished organist, will perform at 8 p.m. in Hill Hall auditorium as part of the music departmentís University Day concert. (Reserved tickets are required to attend.)

University Day marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nationís first state university building, on Oct. 12, 1793. For more information on Moeser and University Day, click to: or for the latest news releases and Web links for downloading photographs of key participants.

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Contacts: News Services staff, (919) 962-2091