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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 14, 2007

Local angles: Asheville, Lake Lure; Buncombe County is home to 442 UNC-Chapel Hill students and 3,287 alumni; Rutherford, to 58 students and 397 alumni.

Health care, Outward Bound, traditional music focus of UNC tour stops

Media representatives are invited to join the 10th anniversary Tar Heel Bus Tour for stops Thursday (May 17) in Asheville and Lake Lure. The privately funded tour, Monday (May 14) through Friday (May 18), is designed to teach 34 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members who are new to the state about its people, economy, environment, culture and history. Faculty bus tour alumni discuss their trips in a 10-year anniversary video available at http://www.unc.edu/bustour/2007/video07-04.html. For background, visit http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr07/bustourann043007.html.

Thursday (May 17)
10:55 a.m.to 1:45 p.m.
Mountain Area Health Education Center
501 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville
Barry Bunting of Mission Hospitals in Asheville will meet the group at the center to discuss the Asheville Project, which he coordinates. Funded by seven local employing agencies – which save on medical expenses for employees as a result – the project has pharmacists counsel employees who have asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. Patient Brenda Mills will describe her experience with the project.

Dr. Furman “Teck” Penland, center president and chief executive officer, will discuss the center’s work. Dental and medical care is provided, and health sciences students from UNC-Chapel Hill and other institutions receive training. Serving 16 western North Carolina counties, the center is one of nine state-funded Area Health Education Centers.
Center contact: Yolanda Parker, (828) 257-4406

Thursday (May 17)
3:05 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
North Carolina Outward Bound School
2582 Riceville Road
Asheville
Faculty will get physical in a team-building exercise and hear about how the school helps people build leadership skills, self reliance and more through outdoor tasks of increasing difficulty. Each summer, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for Public Service provides about 15 scholarships for students to attend the school.
School director: Whitney Montgomery, (828) 299-3366, ext. 110

Thursday (May 17)
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lake Lure Inn
2771 Memorial Highway (Highway 64/74A)
Lake Lure
The Whitewater Blue Grass Company will perform – and entice the faculty to attempt square dancing.
Inn contact: Michelle Fortin, (828) 625-2525, ext. 119

For the weeklong itinerary of the 2007 Tar Heel Bus Tour and information about the participants, visit http://www.unc.edu/bustour/past.html.

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News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589