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News Release

For immediate use

May 15, 2006 -- No. 263

Local angles: Beaufort,
Albertson, Shannon

Marine sciences, Hispanics in schools,
Lumbee tribe topics of day's bus tour stops

Tuesday, May 16

A leading institute studying marine sciences, a school addressing the educational challenges that Hispanic immigrant students face, and community groups preserving Lumbee tribal traditions will be Tuesday's (May 16) stops on the 2006 Tar Heel Bus Tour.

The week-long tour aims to teach 36 new faculty and administrators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about the state they now are expected to serve, and from whence 82 percent of their students hail.

In Beaufort, participants will visit the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and take a boat trip to Shackleford Banks, learning about how hurricanes have affected water quality in the state. In Albertson, the group will visit B.F. Grady Elementary School to hear how UNC School of Education professors have worked with teachers and leaders there to meet the needs of the district's fast-growing Hispanic population. In Shannon, participants will visit the Lumbee community facility at Three Sisters Farm, run by the American Indian Mothers group, and hear from representatives of Lumbee organizations.

Dr. Joseph Templeton, chair of the faculty and a chemistry professor at Carolina, is accompanying the bus tour all week. The Honorable Jimmy Goins, chairman of the Lumbee Tribe, will join the tour in Shannon.

Tour background:

The UNC group will travel more than 1,000 miles in a classroom on wheels, from Monday through Friday (May 15-19), to learn about distinctly North Carolina topics and visit some of the state's historic and scenic sites.

"We aim to help faculty gain a better understanding of North Carolina and the people we serve," said UNC Chancellor James Moeser.

The privately funded tour, which began in 1997, aims to teach new faculty and administrators about North Carolina's people, geography, economy, culture, history, education system and health and social issues. Many stops highlight UNC outreach projects. The participants also have opportunities to learn how their research, teaching and public service can serve the state's needs.

Later this week, participants will learn about a state-of-the-art textile factories keeping North Carolina competitive in that fast-changing industry; a UNC-founded program that helps provide a support network to families of National Guard and National Reserve soldiers deployed overseas; the state's higher education system (in a meeting with peers at UNC-Charlotte); and economic development efforts in small towns including Chimney Rock.

Stops on Monday, in Halifax and Rocky Mount, covered the life of UNC founder William R. Davie and university outreach work with a health services program.

Carolina Connections: Carteret County (Beaufort) is home to 111 Carolina students and 1,002 alumni; Duplin County (Albertson), to 38 students and 278 alumni; and Robeson County (Shannon), to 114 students and 728 alumni.

Tuesday's schedule, highlights:

7:30 a.m.: Leave Beaufort Inn (101 Ann St., Beaufort (252) 728-2600), board boats to Shackleford Banks.

7:30-9:30 a.m.: Boat trip with hosts from the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, (252) 726-6841). Media representatives are welcome on the trip.

Participants will board boats for a ride through a nature reserve estuary. The group will see demonstrations of water quality testing and learn about issues including erosion, beach nourishment and the impact of recent hurricanes on water quality. After visiting the banks, the group may visit labs at the institute, 3431 Arendell St. in Morehead City, before boarding the bus to Albertson.

Hosting the excursion will be Dr. Hans Paerl, William R. Kenan distinguished professor in UNC's environmental sciences and engineering department, who heads the institute's microbial ecology/nutrient cycling laboratory; Dr. Charles "Pete" Peterson, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the institute and in the biology department and the curriculum in ecology; and, Dr. Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez, an associate professor at the institute.

11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.: B.F. Grady Elementary School, 2627 North N.C. 11 and N.C. 903, Albertson.
Carolina helps communities including Albertson address the needs of the state's rapidly growing Hispanic population. Duplin County saw a 633 percent increase in its Hispanic population from 1990 to 2000. Dr. Jackie Hagan, UNC associate professor of sociology, and Courtney George, a graduate student from the UNC School of Education, will discuss their research on the impact of immigration on education.

At B.F. Grady, half the students are Hispanic. Principal Johnnye Waller will host the visit. The group will hear from school officials and local leaders including Edward Parrish, the school's English as a Second Language coordinator; Dora Jernigan, director of high school reform for the Duplin County Schools; and Juvencio Rocha Peralta Jr., president and founder of the Mexican Association of North Carolina.

3:30-5:30 p.m. Lumbee community, Three Sisters Farm, Shannon.
Here tour participants will learn about the history, culture and current efforts of the Lumbee Tribe, the state's largest American Indian tribe with more than 40,000 members, residing primarily in Robeson, Hoke and Scotland counties. Besides learning about agricultural practices and services at the farm, the group will hear from representatives of community organizations including the Tribal Council, the Healing Lodge (a faith-based public health center), the Indian Cultural Center and the Indian Resource Center.

Cherry Beasley, an assistant professor in the nursing department at UNC-Pembroke - who has worked with UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to do public health research on the Lumbee community - also will speak, as will Danny Bell, a Lumbee-Coharie Indian and program assistant for Native American Indian studies in the American studies curriculum at UNC.

Besides Lumbee Tribe Chairman Goins, hosts will be Beverly Collins-Hall, founder of American Indian Mothers Inc.; Ronald Hammonds, a farmer/ranch owner and representative for Three Sisters Farm; Rita Locklear, director of the Indian Education Resource Center of Robeson County; Bruce Barton, founder of the Carolina Indian Voice newspaper; Bruce Swett, executive director of the Healing Lodge; and Brandi Leigh Brooks, president of the Carolina Indian Circle, a UNC student group.

Interviews: Participants and tour organizers are expected to be available for print and broadcast interviews at each stop. During the tour, call UNC News Services at (919) 962-2091 with questions about coverage, directions to tour stops or help setting up interviews with tour participants.

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News Services contacts: Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 or karen_moon@unc.edu; LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589 or laura_toler@unc.edu