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Media Advisory

For immediate use 

Oct. 11, 2005 -- No. 485

UNC to commemorate 212th "birthday" Oct. 12
with ceremony, awards and dedication

Media representatives are invited to cover University Day observances at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The day marks the 212th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Old East on Oct. 12, 1793 and, with it, the beginnings of the nation’s first public university.

11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 12)
University Day Ceremony
Memorial Hall

Christopher Mead Armitage – a member of the faculty since 1967 – will deliver the University Day address. Dr. Armitage specializes in 17th and 20th century English and Canadian literature and his lively style and ability to captivate an audience have garnered him high praise and assorted excellence in teaching awards from his students over the years.

Four Carolina graduates will be awarded Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards: Ana Lucia Almeida Gazzola, Thomas Forrest Kelly, James Arthur Merchant and Roy Hampton Park Jr.

Details on each of these individuals and on University Day is contained in an earlier news release, the link for which is:

This is the first time in several years that this major event in the life of the university has been held in Memorial Hall due to the facility’s recently completely renovation and expansion.

Memorial Hall parking: Media representatives are asked to call in advance to arrange for parking near the building. See contact information listed below.

Sound: A mult box will be provided.

Visuals: Classes will be cancelled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. so that students, faculty and staff may attend. At 10:30 a.m., faculty and staff in academic regalia will line up for the processional at the Old Well.

Speech text: Press copies of Armitage’s prepared remarks and event programs will be available on site at Memorial Hall.

3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 12)
Memorial Grove Dedication
Memorial Grove, in oak and pine woods on northwest corner of South Road and Country Club Road
(near the cemetery and Center for Dramatic Art)

Since 1798, the hilltop on the eastern edge of Chapel Hill has been a burial site for people from the university and the town.

On Wednesday afternoon, the university community will dedicate Memorial Grove, a new area of remembrance that will offer a place for spreading or burying ashes of people who seek such a permanent connection to Carolina.

Noted English professor Bland Simpson, who directs the university’s creative writing program and provides colorful walking tours of the nearby Chapel Hill Cemetery history, will deliver remarks at the dedication.

For more details, visit the University Day Web site at:

Parking for Memorial Grove Dedication: Parking will be available in the visitor’s lot on the right just east of the intersection of South Road and Country Club Road, on the incline coming up from the system office the 15-501/SR 54 overpass.


News Services contacts: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or (919) 638-0474 (cell) or; Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 or