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Aug 7, 2002 -- No. 415


UNC to host media tour of new residence halls

10-11 a.m. Friday (Aug. 9)

First floor seminar room

Hinton James-North Residence Hall

Manning and Skipper Bowles drives

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a media tour and briefing in Hinton James-North, one of four new residence halls that will open on south campus for the upcoming fall semester. The halls represent:

the first element of UNC's new master plan to be completed;

the first step toward re-making south campus to resemble the older, north campus (from Wilson Library north) in appearance, programming and mixture of functions, and to blend north and south campuses more seamlessly, with landscaping and pedestrian-friendly features;

multiple steps to increase pedestrian safety along busy Manning Drive;

the first university housing constructed since Carmichael in 1986, adding 960 more spaces as part of the university's commitment to build more undergraduate housing;

a significant movement of academics to south campus, the first since the Kenan-Flagler Business School moved to its new building in 1997. Seven general undergraduate courses will be taught in seminar rooms in the new halls, bringing north campus-based folks south for classes rather than the reverse, the sole migration direction since the 1960s. The new halls also mark a major addition to UNC's program that blends living and learning, part of a national trend.

Each of the three- to four-story new halls on south campus is paired with one of four halls built in the 1960s: Craige, Ehringhaus, Hinton James and Morrison. Until the new halls are named, each will be referred to by the name of its sister hall plus its direction from the older building; thus, they are Craige-North, Ehringhaus-South, Hinton James-North and Morrison-South. Landscaping and educational programs will facilitate a sense of community among students living in each pair of residence halls.

Format: The session will begin with brief remarks by UNC Director of Housing and Residential Education Dr. Christopher Payne and Dr. Rachel Willis, associate professor of American studies. Willis is one of the faculty members who will teach this fall in seminar rooms of the new residence halls. Dr. Dean Bresciani, interim vice chancellor for student affairs, also will be present, as will student resident advisers who will work in Hinton James-North for 2002-2003. Payne will begin the tour soon after 10 a.m. Questions and photos will be welcome.

Besides seminar rooms, media representatives will see faculty offices, a furnished and decorated sample room, lounges, study rooms with Internet connections, kitchens, landscaping and pedestrian safety features. The tour, which will take 30-40 minutes, will end back in the first-floor seminar room, where Payne, Willis, the students and others will take questions. Individual interviews also can be conducted.

Please keep in mind that landscaping will not be complete, and some contractors will be finishing work in the building. All building work will be finished by the time students move in Aug. 16-17, but some landscaping may be delayed because of the drought.

Photographers: Lighting will be a combination of natural and interior fluorescent lights. TV cameras may be set up in the back of the seminar room for the start of the session. The tour will move from there to other first-floor highlights, then via elevators to the fourth floor, to the first floor patio for a description of pedestrian safety efforts, and back to the seminar room for questions.

Directions, media parking: From Raleigh, exit I-40 at N.C. 54 and turn right toward Chapel Hill. Take N.C. 54 to the U.S. 15-501, or Fordham Blvd., interchange, where a bridge crosses 54. Take the second exit to the right (after passing under the bridge). At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Fordham. Take Fordham to Manning Drive, the road to the Dean Smith Center. Turn right onto Manning. Pass the first intersection of Manning and Bowles drives and continue on Manning. Go left at the stoplight onto Bowles, then turn left into the first driveway on the left, which leads to parking behind Hinton James-North. Walk to the left of the building, along Bowles, to Manning and turn right. The main entrance to Hinton James-North will be on the right.

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