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Media Advisory

Not for publication

Jan. 4, 2004 -- No. 3

Carolina Connects takes UNC chancellor to Cullowhee
for meeting with WCU counterpart, signing of agreement

Wednesday (Jan. 5), 12:15 p.m.
Dining Room, University Outreach Center
Western Carolina University campus, Cullowhee

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Wednesday (Jan. 5) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

Moeserís trip is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched last spring. Since that time, Moeser has visited each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolinaís people and its communities.

On his visit, Moeser will meet with WCU Chancellor John W. Bardo to celebrate 20 years of cooperation and collaboration in providing educational opportunities for public officials in the western part of the state. The two chancellors will sign a memorandum of understanding between their universities, reaffirming their commitment to enhancing the learning experiences and training available to local government leaders in North Carolina. They also will discuss future partnership opportunities.

Their meeting takes place in conjunction with an "Essentials of County Government" course meeting on the Cullowhee campus. About 35 county officials from across western North Carolina are expected to take part.

Following the 12:15 p.m. signing, course participants, the two chancellors and representatives from both campuses will have lunch.

At 1:30 p.m., Chancellor Bardo will take Chancellor Moeser on a campus tour. Stops on the tour are expected to include the CAT Studios, Center for Integrated Technologies and Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Over the past 20 years, the WCU/UNC local government collaboration has included a large number of courses conducted in the western 28 counties of the state by members of the faculty of UNCís School of Government, with support from WCUís Center for Regional Development; a lending library; and a newsletter, as well as support to individual local governments by faculty members of both universities.

Carolina Connects background:


At Western's main entrance, stay in the right lane into the traffic circle. Take the first right from the traffic circle onto Catamount Road, then take the first right onto University Way, across the bridge over Cullowhee Creek. The Outreach Center is straight ahead.

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UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Nancy Davis, on site, (919) 201-5621 (cell); Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093,

WCU contact: Bill Studenc, (828) 227-3083,