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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 3, 2006 -- No. 238

Moeser, Carolina Connects head
to Asheville Thursday

Thursday (May 4), 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Asheville Middle School
197 South French Broad Ave.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites media representatives to cover a visit by Chancellor James Moeser to Asheville Thursday (May 4).

During his visit, Moeser will visit Asheville Middle School as part of his "Carolina
Connects" initiative, launched in the spring of 2004. Since that time, Moeser has visited each part of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina's people and its communities.

At the school, Moeser will visit with about 30 eighth-grade students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program about aspiring to and preparing for college. AVID is a national program that targets student who want to go to college and have the ability, but are not working up to their potential. During his talk, Moeser will encourage the students to pursue careers in math, science and technology because the United States needs to remain competitive in the global economy.

Moeser's visit to the school is tied together by his desire for Carolina to elevate its involvement with the state's K-12 system and by recognition of the important of North Carolina students becoming more competitive in science and math. Boosting science and math education in the state's public schools is one of the university's priorities which Moeser outlined in his 2005 State of the University address.

Carolina Connects background:
http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/may04/carolinaconnects052704.html

AVID background:
http://www.avidcenter.org

Carolina contacts: Karen Moon, in advance, (919) 962-8595 and karen_moon@unc.edu, Tanya Topolka Moore, on site Thursday (919) 636-1850