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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 11, 2007

Local angle: Charlotte; Mecklenburg County has 15,493 UNC alumni, 2,064 students.

Media invited to Tar Heel Bus Tour stops in Charlotte

Media representatives are invited to join the 10th anniversary Tar Heel Bus Tour for stops next week in Charlotte. The privately funded tour will take 34 new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members on a weeklong trip (May 14-18) across the state to learn about its people, economy, environment, culture and history.

Wednesday (May 16)
4:30 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte
This stop will feature a panel discussion on the resegregation trend in schools, especially its impact on metropolitan Charlotte. Panel members are Julius Chambers, director of the UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights and former chancellor of N.C. Central University; Jack Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law; and Pamela Grundy, an independent historian living in Charlotte. The panelists will also discuss a new proposal from the UNC Center for Civil Rights to persuade selective colleges and universities to bolster K-12 integration efforts.
Panel discussion contacts: Julius Chambers, (704) 375-8461; Jack Boger, (919) 962-4417; Pamela Grundy, (704) 375-4222.

Thursday (May 17)
7 a.m.
Bank of America
901 W. Trade St., Charlotte
Carolina’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Institute for the Environment collaborated to develop a comprehensive case study on Bank of America’s environmental footprint with recommendations to lessen the bank’s impact. Representatives from the center, the institute and the bank will talk with tour participants about the study.
Impact study contacts: Robert Kee, Bank of America, (704) 386-8357; Doug Crawford Brown, Institute for the Environment director, (919) 966-6026; and Jeffrey Mittelstadt, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, (919) 308-9187.

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

Background information: Read a release about the 10th anniversary of the Tar Heel Bus Tour at http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr07/bustourann043007.html. To watch a special anniversary video, go to http://www.unc.edu/bustour/2007/video07-04.html.

News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­_houston@unc.edu