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May 16, 2003 -- No. 289

Local angles: Charlotte, Concord, Fayetteville

Tar Heel Bus Tour faculty to visit Fort Bragg, Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Tuesday, May 20
Thirty-two new faculty and administrators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin the second day of the 2003 Tar Heel Bus Tour with a visit to Fort Bragg, the largest military base in North Carolina. Military personnel will meet with bus tour participants and will brief them on Fort Bragg’s units and their capabilities. Note: Media interested in covering the Fort Bragg stop should call the Fort Bragg’s media relations office at (910) 396-5600 in advance.

The bus tour will travel to Lowe’s Motor Speedway mid-afternoon, where participants will tour the speedway and hear about the economic and cultural impact NASCAR has on the state. H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, Lowe’s Motor Speedway president and general manager, will lead a question-and-answer session.

Tour background:

The 1,040-mile tour’s 13 educational stops from May 19 through May 23 are designed to teach new faculty about North Carolina’s people, geography, economy, culture, history, education system and health and social issues. The privately funded tour, which began in 1997, aims to help new faculty better understand the cities and towns where 82 percent of Carolina undergraduates grow up. They also see UNC outreach projects already under way and have opportunities to learn how their own research, teaching and public services activities tie in with the state’s needs.

Others participating in this portion of the tour include Chancellor James Moeser; Matt Tepper, student body president; and Dr. Judith Wegner, chair-elect of the UNC faculty and a law professor. Michael Smith, dean of the UNC School of Government, will serve as tour leader.

Tuesday's Carolina connections: Cumberland County is home to 493 Carolina students and 1,984 UNC alumni; Cabarrus County, to 224 Carolina students and 1,286 alumni; Mecklenburg County, to 1,839 students and 13,490 alumni.

Tuesday’s highlights:

9:20 a.m. Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg is now home to the nation’s only airborne corps, the XVII Airborne Corps. Fort Bragg also houses the 82nd Airborne Division and is headquarters for the U.S. Army’s special-forces soldiers.

3:15 p.m. Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Lowe’s Motor Speedway was designed and built in 1959 and hosted its first race, the World 600, on June 19, 1960. The speedway was the first sports facility nationally to offer year-round living accommodations. Other developments include a natural wildlife habitat and industrial park.

Interviews: Tour leader Michael Smith, dean of the UNC School of Government, and participants are expected to be available for print and broadcast interviews at stops. Media access will be unrestricted except where otherwise noted above. During the tour, call Deb Saine of UNC News Services at (919) 962-8415 with questions about coverage, directions to tour stops or interviews. Or call News Services in Chapel Hill at (919) 962-2091.

More information is available at www.unc.edu/bustour.

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Contacts: For print inquiries, call Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu. For broadcast-related inquiries, call Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 (office) or (919) 218-2467 (cell).