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Aug. 24, 2005 -- No. 372

Fall Fest, Week of Welcome, moving-in process
offer photo, story ideas as UNC students return

CHAPEL HILL -- An annual alcohol-free block party, a lecture by the Summer Reading Program author Dr. Tim Tyson and a convocation for new students will usher in the 2005-06 school year for students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The events are part of UNC’s Week of Welcome, which begins with the first wave of students moving into residence halls on Friday (Aug. 26).

Complete information on WOW, the university’s orientation program, is available at Here are a few highlights of the week:

Moving in – with help from Chancellor Moeser, others

New students living on campus will move in according to the following schedule:

New students assigned to south campus rooms ending in even numbers will move in on Friday. Students assigned to south campus rooms ending in even numbers will move in on Saturday (Aug. 27). South campus residence halls are Craige, Craige North, Ehringhaus, Ehringhaus South, Hinton James, Hinton James North, Morrison and Morrison South. All are along Manning Drive.

New students assigned to residence halls on north campus will arrive Saturday. Most of these halls are along Cameron Avenue, Country Club Road and Raleigh Street.

Returning students are scheduled to arrive Sunday (Aug. 28) at all halls.

Among those who are helping students move into their new homes are the following:

Students who were assigned to Cobb Residence Hall and are temporarily living in the Baity Hill apartments may move in beginning Saturday (Aug. 27).

Delays in construction have delayed the reopening of Cobb until early October. The residence hall was closed for complete renovation in May 2004. Upon completion, the hall will have modern fire alarms and a sprinkler system. New plumbing and electrical systems are also being installed.

For more information, call Rick Bradley at (919) 962-5240.

Summer Reading Program, but – first – a few words from book author

On Sunday (Aug. 28), new students will receive an official welcome to campus from Chancellor James Moeser at the New Student Convocation, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. Dr. Tim Tyson, author of UNC’s Summer Reading Program selection, "Blood Done Sign My Name," will speak at the ceremony.

On Monday (Aug. 29) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., new and transfer students will meet in small sections to discuss "Blood Done Sign My Name." UNC will distribute information on sessions open to members of the media on Thursday (Aug. 25).

Tyson also will speak at 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 29) in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union’s Great Hall. He will speak on "Martin Luther King Jr., ‘Black Power’ and the Southern Dream of Freedom." That event is free to the public, with a book signing and dessert reception afterward.

18,000 students expected at ninth annual Fall Fest

Free pizza, games and entertainment will welcome UNC students to campus at Fall Fest, to be held from 9 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday on South Road.

The Marching Tar Heels will kick off the alcohol-free block party, followed by a welcome from Chancellor James Moeser. Head coaches John Bunting (football), Sylvia Hatchell (women’s basketball) and Roy Williams (men’s basketball) will introduce members of their teams to students at a pep rally.

"We believe that this has become the welcome to the school year for new students and returning students," said Don Luse, director of the Carolina Union and chairman of the Fall Fest planning committee.

Luse said he expects a crowd of at least 18,000 in the area between Country Club Road and Raleigh Street. Now in its ninth year, the event has continued to grow and expanded to take over the School of Government’s parking deck last year.

More than 160 student organizations and campus departments will set up booths to provide information to new students, and students can participate in games and competitions on Michael Hooker Field. Two stages will be set up for student performances, including the a cappella group Tar Heel Voices and the UNC Ballroom Dance Club.

"Based on the number of requests for information, it’s going to be bigger than ever," Luse said.

Media representatives who wish to cover Fall Fest may park on South Road after 5 p.m. in the section between the School of Government and Country Club Road. Another parking option is the bus pull-off in front of Frank Porter Graham Student Union; those parking in that area should stop at the intersection of Raleigh Street and South Road and speak to the traffic control officer for specific directions.

UNC starts trend with

When entering freshmen visit the Career Services Web site this fall, they’ll notice something that new students haven’t seen in the past – a link to a resume creation tool known as the OptimalResume system.

What they may not know is that this software was developed at UNC in collaboration with, a start-up technology firm based in Raleigh. Students can use this comprehensive software application to build a complete portfolio of resumes for all of their internship and employment needs, including a Microsoft Word document, a Plain Text version and a Flash interactive resume Web site.

Since going live at UNC last February, the OptimalResume system has been adopted at 11 other universities, mostly in the Southeast, but all indications are that the software may become mainstream at some point in the not so distant future.

"We’re very excited about the level of interest in the software at universities across the country," said Mark McNasby, UNC graduate and chief executive officer of "But it’s even more gratifying to hear that students like the software and find it helpful," he said. and Marcia Harris, director of University Career Services, began discussing the concept of an online resume-builder for students in early March 2004. At that point, had a resume Web site targeted at the public,, still online today, but the software needed to be modified for the student audience. Development of the student version began in June 2004 and was completed February 2005.

Since going live in March 2005, more than 1,400 UNC students have built resumes on the system.

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