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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Nov. 17, 2006 -- No. 549

UNC to dedicate Chapman Hall Saturday,
new building in Carolina Physical Science Complex

Saturday (Nov. 18), 9:30 a.m.
Max C. Chapman Jr. Hall
UNC campus, off Columbia Street
Behind Carroll Hall, across from Venable Hall

News media representatives are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Max C. Chapman Jr. Hall, one of two buildings in the first phase of the Carolina Physical Science Complex, part of the largest construction project in the university's history.

The nearly 130,000-square-foot building is named for Max C. Chapman Jr., a 1966 undergraduate economics alumnus. Chapman is chairman of Gardner Capital Management Corp. in New York City.

Chapman has been honored with both a Distinguished Service Medal from UNC's General Alumni Association and a William Richardson Davie Award from UNC's Board of Trustees. For many years, he served as chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation's investment fund.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony will include University of North Carolina President Erskine B. Bowles, UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chairman Nelson Schwab, Chancellor James Moeser and Chapman.

The $205 million Carolina Physical Science Complex is supported by a combination of private funds, government grants and N.C. state bond revenues. Chapman Hall will provide classrooms and labs for the burgeoning departments of physics and astronomy, marine sciences and mathematics. Once both phases are complete in 2010, the entire complex will provide much needed teaching and lab space for the departments of chemistry, computer science, marine sciences, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. The second phase of the project will involve the demolition of Venable Hall to make room for new facilities.

Among the special features of Chapman Hall are:

Media parking: Media may park in the Swain Visitor's Lot on Cameron Avenue.

Interviews: Brunch will be served on the second floor of Chapman Hall after the ceremony, where speakers will be available for interviews.

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College of Arts and Sciences contact: Dee Reid, (919) 843-6339; (919) 630-6851 (cell on site Saturday)
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596; (919) 218-7835 on Saturday