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April 12, 2004 -- No. 198

Seniors' faculty fund day to mark
fund-raising efforts for class gift

Tuesday, April 13, 12:30 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Frank Porter Graham Student Union addition

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's senior class will host a faculty fund day Tuesday (April 13) to celebrate students' fund-raising efforts for the annual class gift. The Class of 2004 Faculty Excellence Fund is an endowment to the College of Arts and Sciences that will support students’ efforts to develop new courses, support groundbreaking research and recruit and retain top faculty.

Speakers will include Chancellor James Moeser, Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little, college dean, and class officers, President George Leamon and Vice President Doug Melton. The event will be held in the multipurpose room located in the new addition to the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Organizers are inviting students and faculty to gather at that site between noon and 3 p.m. for the celebration.

The Class of 2004 Faculty Excellence Fund represents a commitment by this year’s senior class to support Carolina’s dedication to academics through private giving. Each year, Carolina seniors traditionally leave a class gift as their legacy at the university. The class officers and marshals work closely with the Office of University Development to create a student-focused giving campaign.

This year's efforts by the students are part of the Carolina First campaign, a comprehensive, multi-year private fund-raising campaign with a goal of $1.8 billion to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university. Additional information about the senior class gift is online at

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