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Media Advisory

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Sept. 8, 2004 -- No. 420

School of Government to dedicate Knapp-Sanders 
Building at Friday (Sept. 10) ceremony

Friday (Sept. 10), 12:30 p.m.
Knapp-Sanders Building
Corner of Raleigh and Country Club roads
UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Media representatives are invited to cover the dedication ceremony for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís Knapp-Sanders Building, a $24-million facility that houses UNC-Chapel Hillís School of Government. More than 450 people, including government officials and other public leaders from across the state, are expected to attend the invitation-only event.

Construction on what was formerly the Knapp Building, named for the late Joseph Palmer Knapp, an early and instrumental supporter of what was then the Institute of Government, began in 1998; the new building doubles previous space, from about 60,000 to 126,000 square feet. The building is being dedicated formally as the Knapp-Sanders Building in honor of John Sandersí 24 years of leadership as director of the Institute of Government (1962-73 and 1979-92). Sanders and his wife, Ann, will participate in the ribbon cutting for the building.

Speakers will include Chancellor James Moeser; UNC President Molly Corbett Broad; Richard "Stick" Williams, chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees; Dr. Michael Smith, dean of the School of Government; N.C. Sen. Marc Basnight; N.C. Rep. Joe Hackney; N.C. Rep. David Miner; and Franklin Freeman, senior assistant for governmental affairs for N.C. Gov. Mike Easley.

The School of Government is the largest university-based local government training, advising and research organization in the nation, sponsoring more than 200 classes, seminars, schools and specialized conferences for up to 14,000 public officials annually. The schoolís two-year Master of Public Administration Program serves up to 60 students annually.

Parking: A few spaces have been designated for media representatives in the UNC-Chapel Hill visitor lot on N.C. 54 and at metered spaces on South Road. Parking permits for metered spaces will be available at the welcome table located near the parking deck.

Limited seating is available for media representatives; ask an usher to be directed to seating in the front.

More information on the School of Government is available at www.sog.unc.edu.

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School of Government contact: Ann Simpson, (919) 966-9780 or simpson@iogmail.iog.unc.edu

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