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Media Advisory

Not for publication

Aug. 31, 2004 -- No. 404

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor heads to Northeastern NC;
takes Carolina Connects to high schools, environmental lab

Wednesday (Sept. 1)

Aspiring to college with Carolina Covenant

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Plymouth High School
800 East Main Street, Plymouth

Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Columbia High School
902 E. Main Street, Columbia

Interning at Pocosin Arts Center

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pocosin Arts Center, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
201 Main Street, Columbia

Thursday (Sept. 2)

Carolina Environmental Program field site visit

3 p.m.
N.C. Aquarium
374 Airport Road, Roanoke Island

Alumni and friends reception in Manteo

5:30 p.m.
Art Gallery, Roanoke Island Festival Park
1 Festival Park, Manteo

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Wednesday (Sept. 1) and Thursday (Sept. 2) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to sites in Washington, Tyrrell and Dare counties. Moeser will meet with current Carolina students doing research and interning as part of the Carolina Environmental Program. He will speak to students at two high schools about how achieving academically can pave the way to a debt-free college degree through the Carolina Covenant.

Moeserís trip to northeastern North Carolina is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched last spring. Through this effort, Moeser is visiting each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolinaís people and their communities.

Carolina Connects background:

Aspiring to college with Carolina Covenant

Moeser will visit Plymouth High School and Columbia High School on Wednesday (Sept. 1) to talk to students about aspiring to college and paying for college debt-free with the universityís new Carolina Covenant initiative. Heís expected to meet with about 110 seniors at Plymouth and a mix of about 45 sophomores, juniors and seniors at Columbia.

Moeser will be accompanied at Plymouth High School by UNC system Board of Governors member Bunny Sanders, mayor of Roper. Tyrell County Schools superintendent Nelson Smith will join Moeser at Columbia High.

Launched with this fallís freshmen class, Carolina Covenant promises and delivers a debt-free Chapel Hill degree to academically qualified students willing to work on campus 10 to 12 hours weekly in a federal work-study job. Carolina will meet the rest of those studentsí needs through a combination of federal, state, university and privately funded grants and scholarships.

Carolina Covenant background:

Interning at Pocosin Arts Center

Moeser will meet Carolina Environmental Program student intern Martha Hodge, Pocosin Arts executive director Feather Phillips, and Albemarle Ecological Field Site director William Stott. Hodge, who is from Raleigh, is working with Pocosin Arts to detail the history of the organization. For the Albemarle field site, Pocosin Arts represents its commitment to North Carolina culture and therefore compliments the more scientifically oriented research, education and outreach of the aquarium. Several Carolina Environmental Program students who are interning at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge also may participate in the visit, including Sydney Fleming of Battleboro and Mary Beth Robbins of Shelby.

Carolina Environmental Program field site visit

Moeser will visit with a dozen Carolina Environmental Program students who are doing internships in northeastern North Carolina, gathered at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Cara Sipprelle, a student from Gardena, Calif., will describe her work on the sea turtle project. Aquarium Research Director JoAnne Harcke, who is the internship mentor, will join in the conversation and tour of the facility.

The Carolina Environmental Program is community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential. Extensive field trips are planned to show students the cultural and biological diversity of the Albemarle region. Students at the Manteo site reach out to their host community through internships with area non-profit and government agencies. Past and present internship sponsors include the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the North Carolina Coastal Reserve, Pocosin Arts and the Town of Nags Head. The Albemarle Ecological Field Site is part of the programís network that also includes sites in Cambridge, England; Bangkok, Thailand; and Highlands and Morehead City, N.C.

Carolina Environmental Program website:

Alumni and friends reception in Manteo

Carolina has hundreds of alumni living in Dare County alone and many of them, as well as others from surrounding counties, are expected to gather with Moeser at the Art Gallery of the Roanoke Island Festival Park on Thursday (Sept. 2) evening. Moeser will give remarks and visit with alumni and friends of the university.

UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Nancy Davis, (919) 201-5621 (cell, on Sept. 1 and 2); Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or