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Media Advisory

For immediate use 

Feb. 22, 2006 -- No. 94

Carolina Connects takes UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor, 
pharmacy school dean to Elizabeth City State University

Friday (Feb. 24), 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Pharmacy Building, room 102
Elizabeth City State University campus
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser and School of Pharmacy Dean Robert Blouin to Elizabeth City State University, where they will observe a biochemistry class taught via video-teleconference by a UNC pharmacy professor back in Chapel Hill.

ECSU Chancellor Mickey Burnim will meet with Moeser and Blouin beforehand and observe the class with them. Dr. Ken Bastow, associate professor of medicinal chemistry and natural products, will lead the class from Kerr 1001 on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Lunch and visits with the students will follow the class.

Moeser’s trip is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched in the spring of 2004. Since that time, Moeser has visited each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina’s people and its communities.

Launched in fall 2005, the UNC-Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City State University Doctor of Pharmacy Partnership Program enrolls between 10 and 15 students per year at ECSU. This partnership enables the PharmD program to graduate more pharmacists each year with the specific goal of increasing the number of pharmacists working in the underserved area of northeastern North Carolina.

Admission and curriculum requirements are the same for students on both campuses. Pioneering students in the ECSU-based program are co-enrolled in a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences program at ECSU and the doctor of pharmacy program at UNC-Chapel Hill and remain on the ECSU campus for the first three years of instruction in the PharmD program, with the exception of orientation and special events. Students complete the experiential component of the program through a network of nine Area Health Education Centers, as do students based in Chapel Hill. Students will have a variety of opportunities to interact with faculty and advisers on both campuses.

Upon completion of degree requirements, graduates of the program receive a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences with acknowledgement of the partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill and a doctor of pharmacy degree from UNC-Chapel Hill with acknowledgement of the ECSU partnership.

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Carolina Connects background:

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

UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu; Tanya Moore, on site Friday (919) 636-1850.