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Oct. 10, 2002 -- No. 545

Ferris to be featured speaker at University Day ceremony; new buildings dedicated Friday, Saturday

University Day convocation:
Saturday (Oct. 12), 9:30 a.m.
Hill Hall auditorium
UNC campus

Dr. William R. Ferris, professor of history and senior associate director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís Center for the Study of the American South, will be the featured keynote speaker at the annual University Day convocation. (News Services will have advance copies of his speech.)

Chancellor James Moeser will preside at the ceremony, at which the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards will be presented to Dr. Phillip Clay, chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Benjamin Long IV, a world-renowned artist primarily recognized for his frescoes.

University Day commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nationís first state university building, on Oct. 12, 1793. It became a campus holiday in 1877 and an all-day celebration in 1900.

Coverage notes: Limited parking for broadcast media representatives who have heavy equipment will be available in Swain lot behind Hill Hall. A multbox will be available beside the stage. Broadcasters with special needs should contact Karen Moon at (919) 962-8595 or 218-2467 (cell) by early Friday (Oct. 11) afternoon.

Building dedications:
Kerr Hall, 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11)
Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 12)

The School of Pharmacy will dedicate the Banks D. Kerr Hall, a 65,000-square-foot annex to Beard Hall, doubling the previous school space. The hall will feature two auditorium-size lecture halls with cutting edge-technology and 7,759 square feet of laboratory facilities.

The College of Arts and Sciencesí Institute for the Arts and Humanities will dedicate Hyde Hall, named in honor of longtime institute supporters and alumni Pitt and Barbara Hyde of Memphis, Tenn. The building has 15,409 square feet; the instituteís mission is to support and retain outstanding faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences. (See UNC News Release No. 544 -- Oct. 9, 2002 for more information.)

For more information on the events, see UNC News Release No. 507 -- Sept. 25, 2002 or

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