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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Nov. 2, 2007

Carolina Connects to visit students, advising corps at Durham’s Hillside High

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser will visit with students at Hillside High School in Durham, showcasing the work of the Carolina College Advising Corps, one arm of the National College Advising Corps, which is based at Carolina. Media representatives are invited to cover the visit, part of Chancellor Moeser’s Carolina Connects initiative.

Monday (Nov. 5), 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Hillside High School
3727 Fayetteville Road, Durham

The Carolina College Advising Corps is a partner program of the National College Advising Corps, an advising program that helps low-income and first-generation-college students enroll in two- and four-year colleges.

Through the Carolina Advising Corps, four recent graduates have been assigned to eight schools in Alamance, Chatham, Durham and Guilford counties. Advisers help students plan college searches, complete admissions and financial aid applications and look past obstacles which might discourage them from continuing their education.

When fully implemented in August 2008, the program will serve 18 high schools from Ahoskie to Charlotte, including 14 threatened with closure last year under the Leandro ruling, one of which is Hillside.

The National College Advising Corps is a partnership between the university, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the National College Access Network, which launched this fall and is based in Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Ebonie Leonard, the College Advising Corps adviser at Hillside, will assemble 50-60 9th through 12th graders to hear a message from Chancellor Moeser about aspiring to college and making good choices in high school, a key to college success.

Those expected to attend the talk include: Hillside Principal Earl Pappy, Durham Public Schools superintendent Carl Harris, Steve Farmer, director of undergraduate admissions at Carolina, and Rep. Mickey Michaux and Senator Bob Atwater, both of whom represent Durham in the General Assembly. Nicole Hurd, executive director of the National College Advising Corps, and Wendy Jebens, project coordinator for the Carolina College Advising Corps, also will be on hand.  

Carolina Connects is an initiative launched by Moeser in 2004 that takes university officials around North Carolina to highlight the ways in which Carolina serves the state’s people and its communities.

For more information about Carolina College Advising Corps, visit

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