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Media Advisory

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Feb. 22,  2005 -- No. 69

UNC chancellor joins Rashkis read-a-thon;
briefs Cedars residents on campus priorities

Media representatives are invited to cover visits Wednesday (Feb. 23) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to Rashkis Elementary School and The Cedars of Chapel Hill, both in Chapel Hillís Meadowmont community.

11:15 a.m. to noon
Media Center, Rashkis Elementary School
601 Meadowmont Lane, Chapel Hill

Rashkis students are in the throes of their annual read-a-thon and Moeser will stress the importance and joys of reading with the schoolís 79 third-graders, gathered in the media center. Mel and Zora Rashkis, for whom the school is named, also are expected to attend.

Moeser will read from two books selected by a member of Claire Nelsonís third grade. Students plan to greet him at the front door of the school and escort him to the media center gathering.

After class, Principal Deshera Mack and Chris Liles, the schoolís guidance counselor, will lead Moeser on a tour of the school. Moeser also will meet with Rosemary Campbell, the schoolís literacy coach, to discuss ongoing collaborative efforts between the school and UNCís School of Education.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ballroom, The Cedars of Chapel Hill
100 Cedar Club Circle, Chapel Hill

Moeser will speak about the university and opportunities for members of the Cedars of Chapel Hill community to be involved with the university. Heíll also take questions from residents, who include Carolina alumni and current and former members of the universityís faculty and staff.

Cedars residents recently toured the university libraries and have heard other university speakers in recent months.

Moeserís stops in Chapel Hill Wednesday are part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched last spring. Through the initiative, Moeser is visiting each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which the university serves North Carolinaís people and their communities.

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Note: Media should be able to find ample parking in the main lots at both the school and the clubhouse.

News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093, (919) 638-0474 (on site) or lisa_katz@unc.edu