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Media Advisory

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Nov. 9, 2007

Carolina Connects to visit students, advising programs at Jordan-Matthews High

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser will visit with students at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, showcasing the work of two programs designed to encourage college readiness and success: the Carolina College Advising Corps, one arm of the National College Advising Corps, which is based at Carolina, and the Scholars’ Latino Initiative. Media representatives are invited to cover the visit, part of Chancellor Moeser’s Carolina Connects initiative.

Tuesday (Nov. 13), 2 p.m. –  4 p.m.
Jordan-Matthews High School
910 East Cardinal Street
Siler City

The Carolina College Advising Corps is a partner program of the National College Advising Corps, a new 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.

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.

The Scholars’ Latino Initiative (SLI) is a partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and Jordan-Matthews High promoting equity and access to the North Carolina educational system for all students by pairing UNC-Chapel Hill sophomores with Latino sophomores at Jordan-Matthews for a three-year mentoring relationship.

The initiative provides comprehensive support for promising students, including mentoring, college prep programming, skills development, cultural enrichment, and opportunities for public service.

Eight UNC-Chapel Hill students selected each year assist in teaching an early college “experience,” a class designed by Peter Kaufman, a professor of religious studies at Carolina and the Scholars’ Latino Initiative’s faculty coordinator.

More than half of the participating Jordan-Matthews students are undocumented. Kaufman and others at Carolina are working with private colleges to assure international student scholarship funding for those who qualify, pending passage of the Dream Act.

During the visit, Moeser will speak to a group of 50-60 Jordan-Matthews students. Those expected to join Moeser and the students for the talk include: Principal Norma Boone and Mark Dillon, faculty member and SLI on-site director, from Jordan-Matthews; and from UNC-Chapel Hill, Steve Farmer, director of undergraduate admissions; Kristin Economo, a senior from Raleigh and student director of SLI’s mentoring program; Lauren Teegarden, a sophomore from Portland, Or., and student director of SLI’s development team; Lorelle Babwah, a senior from Apex and associate director of SLI’s mentoring program; Danika Barry; a senior Aurora, Co., and SLI mentor; and Meghan Bridges, the College Advising Corps adviser working at Jordan-Matthews. Bridges, from Sanford, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication with a minor in city and regional planning from Carolina in May 2007.

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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