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Media Advisory

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Feb. 20, 2006 -- No. 85

Carolina Connects takes Moeser,
science bus to Wilmington high school

Wednesday (Feb. 22), 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
New Hanover High School
1307 Market St., Wilmington

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites media representatives to cover a visit by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to New Hanover High School in Wilmington.

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.

On his visit to New Hanover High School, Moeser will first speak to students in a classroom setting about aspiring to college. Half of the students with whom Moeser will meet are in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, an in-house academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success. The others are juniors in the Lyceum Academy, a school within a school which utilizes a fully integrated, multidisciplinary curriculum for college bound students.

Moeser will then visit with students on board DESTINY, UNC’s traveling science laboratory. The DESTINY program travels to schools across North Carolina in an effort to engage students in science and interest them in a science career by allowing them to perform experiments on board the bus.

Moeser’s two visits at the school are tied together by his desire for Carolina to elevate its involvement with the state’s K-12 system and by recognition of the importance 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.

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Carolina Connects background: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/may04/carolinaconnects052704.html   
DESTINY background:
www.destiny.unc.edu
2005 State of the University address:
http://www.unc.edu/chan/speech_archive/05stateofuniv.html

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