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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Oct. 10, 2007

UNC to celebrate 214th birthday, dedicate FedEx Global Education Center

Media representatives are invited to cover two University Day events – a traditional campus-wide convocation and the public dedication ceremony for the FedEx Global Education Center Building – on Friday (Oct. 12) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Friday marks the 214th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first public university, on Oct. 12, 1793.

Friday (Oct. 12)
11 a.m.
Memorial Hall
Cameron Avenue
UNC-Chapel Hill campus

University Day convocation: This year, University Day will examine Carolina’s future in a global context while paying tribute to the University’s past. The featured speaker will be Dr. Michael Hunt, the Everett H. Emerson Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences. A noted writer and teacher with special interests in U.S. foreign relations and the post-1945 world, Hunt helped create the college’s Department of Asian Studies and his own department’s global history program.

Other convocation highlights will include performances by student musicians and the presentation of  Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to C. Ritchie Bell, professor emeritus of botany who helped found the North Carolina Botanical Garden; Donald B. Cameron,  program director of the arts, Doris Duke Foundation; Alan Murray, executive editor of The Wall Street Journal Online; Anne Ponder, chancellor of UNC-Asheville; and Charles Scott, former Tar Heel basketball standout and the first black scholarship athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Visual opportunity:  At 10:30 a.m., faculty and staff in academic regalia will begin lining up for the traditional processional from the Old Well into Memorial Hall.

For information on University Day and the award winners, visit

Friday (Oct. 12)
4 p.m.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium
FedEx Global Education Center
Corner of McCauley and Pittsboro streets
UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Building Dedication: University Day traditionally marks the celebration of major milestones in campus life. In keeping with this year’s international theme, the University will dedicate the FedEx Global Education Center, located at the corner of McCauley and Pittsboro streets, during a ceremony at 4 p.m. The facility brings together the major components of international education at Carolina:  student and faculty services, academic instruction and programs, and research.

Event speakers will include Chancellor James Moeser and Frederick W. Smith, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. Following the remarks, the public will be invited to attend a reception and to view the “Women Empowered” photography exhibit by Phil Borges, featuring women around the world who have worked to alleviate poverty in their communities.

The FedEx Global Education Center supports the university’s international efforts, one of the University’s key priorities. The building was funded by the 2000 N.C. Higher Education Bond Referendum approved by state voters, private gifts (including $5 million from FedEx Corp.) and other University sources.

Media parking for both events: There are a limited number of visitor parking spaces located behind the News Services office at 210 Pittsboro St.

Photo URLs:

University Day Web site:
FedEx Global Education Center Web site:

News Services contacts: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093,; Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595,