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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 9, 2007

Local angles: Warsaw, Clinton; Duplin County is home to 39 UNC-Chapel Hill students and 296 alumni; Sampson, to 54 students and 396 alumni.

UNC faculty to learn about education and Latinos, American Indian health care

Media representatives are invited to join the 10th anniversary Tar Heel Bus Tour for stops next week in Warsaw and Clinton. The privately funded tour, Monday (May 14) through Friday (May 18), will take 34 new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members across the state to learn about its people, economy, environment, culture and history. Faculty bus tour alumni are featured in a 10-year anniversary video available at http://www.unc.edu/bustour/2007/video07-04.html. For more on the tour’s purpose, visit http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr07/bustourann043007.html.

Tuesday (May 15)
11:50 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
James Kenan High School
1241 N.C. 24 and N.C. 50, Warsaw
The visiting UNC faculty will lunch with students in the school cafeteria, then hear about school and county efforts to accommodate Latino students. From 1990-2000, Duplin’s Latino population grew 633 percent. Schools faced increasing demand for interpreters and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) courses. Principal Kenneth Houston will speak to the group, as will an ESL teacher and county and federal school officials. Regina Cortina, an associate professor in the UNC School of Education, will discuss her work developing a compact disc for educators who work with Latino students and a manual for immigrant parents who send their children to North Carolina public schools.
James Kenan High School principal: Kenneth Houston, (910) 293-4218

Tuesday (May 15)
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Coharie Tribal Center
7531 North U.S. 421, Clinton
Chief Gene Faircloth, other Coharie, center staff and UNC researchers will discuss center projects and the tribe. Besides health programs and a meal site for seniors, the center houses the HOPE Works project of the UNC Center for Heath Promotion and Disease Prevention. The project creates peer-led groups of 10-12 women each who encourage each other to watch their weight, manage stress and meet economic or educational goals.
Center contact: Elizabeth Maynor, executive director, (910) 564-6909, ext. 4.

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

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