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Media Advisory

Not for publication

Oct. 11, 2004 -- No. 487

Carolina to mark 211th year
with speech, alumni awards

11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 12)
Hill Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill

Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. will discuss how higher education can move to address demographic changes and the movement of U.S. jobs overseas in the annual University Day convocation Tuesday (Oct. 12) in Chapel Hill.

The convocation, marking the 211th birthday of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of American public higher education. The event will include presentation of the 2004 Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to Dr. Elson S. Floyd, president, University of Missouri system, former executive vice chancellor at Carolina; Dr. Charles Melvin Hudson Jr., professor of anthropology and history emeritus, University of Georgia; Dr. William Carter Jenkins, retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. John Frederick Schultz, president, Christian Childrenís Fund; and Marilyn Zschau, operatic soprano.

The UNC Chamber Singers and the Crown Chamber Brass will perform.

The UNC Board of Trustees created University Day to commemorate the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the first state university building, on Oct. 12, 1793. The university was chartered by the state legislature in 1789 and welcomed its first students in 1795. University Day became a college holiday in 1877.

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Directions: Hill Hall is off East Franklin Street approximately across from the Post Office and behind University United Methodist Church.

Media parking: A limited number of spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Swain Visitors Lot off Cameron Avenue. From N.C. 54 east of town, turn right onto Country Club Road; road curves left, becomes Cameron Avenue; pass Old Well on right; turn into next driveway on right. Show media I.D. to attendant.

Media seating: See UNC News Services representatives for media kits, advance copies of Johnsonís speech and directions to media seating.

Photographers: Still and broadcast photographers may shoot from side aisles so long as the ceremony is not disrupted.

Sound: A multbox will be available.

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Contacts: Print, L.J. Toler, 962-8589; cell 219-6374; broadcast, Karen Moon, 962-8595, cell 218-2467