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Tip Sheet

For immediate use

Aug. 16, 2007

Note: For back-to-school facts and figures, visit http://www.unc.edu/news/factsheets/btsfacts081607.html

BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIP SHEET

CHAPEL HILL – The following story ideas and photo opportunities will accompany the start of fall semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

Move-in at residence halls:

Over 8,600 students will move into 32 residence halls and three apartment communities Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17-18), arriving on a staggered schedule starting at 9 a.m. each day.

The following UNC administrators will greet students and their families:

11th annual FallFest

Free pizza, games and entertainment will welcome an estimated 20,000 students to campus at FallFest from 9 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 19) to 2 a.m. Monday (Aug. 20) on South Road. The road will close to traffic from Country Club Road to Raleigh Street from 5 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The Marching Tar Heels will kick off the alcohol-free block party, followed by a welcome from Chancellor James Moeser. Tar Heel coaches and team members will appear at a pep rally.

More than 160 student organizations and campus departments will provide information, and students can participate in games and competitions on Michael Hooker Field. Student groups will perform on two stages.

For more information this week, contact Don Luse, director of the Carolina Union, at (919) 966-3120 or lused@email.unc.edu. On site Sunday, contact Luse at (919) 946-9662.

Good Neighbor Initiative

Now in its fourth year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live near campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean and safe.

This year’s initiative will begin when volunteers and Chapel Hill police officers deliver welcome bags to students on Monday (Aug. 20). The group will meet at 3 p.m. at the Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson Street, then deliver the bags in the Northside, Pine Knolls and Cameron-McCauley neighborhoods.

The bags will contain information about garbage collection and recycling dates, local ordinances and alcohol laws, voter registration forms, bus schedules and local maps. The volunteers will include representatives of UNC and Empowerment Inc., a local group that promotes affordable housing.

For a light-hearted video highlighting the initiative, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/psa. The two-minute video is airing this month on Chapel Hill public and government access cable channels 8 and 18 and has received a 4½-star rating on the YouTube video-sharing Web site. It was produced by a Carolina journalism class led by adjunct professor Bruce Curran and professor Richard Simpson, who also play leading roles.
 
Initiative sponsors are the Chapel Hill Police Department, Empowerment Inc. and UNC’s Dean of Students Office, Student Government and University Relations.

First renewable-energy project: Solar hot water for Morrison

The first solar hot-water system and major renewable energy system on campus debuts with the re-opening of Morrison Residence Hall, which was renovated over the past two years. The system, powered by solar panels, will supply hot water to showers. Funding sources included $184,932 in student fees for renewable energy projects and a $137,500 grant from the state Energy Policy Council.

For more information on the system, contact Steve Lofgren, assistant director of housing and residential education (lofgren@email.unc.edu); Jesse Prentice-Dunn of the UNC Sustainability Office, who last year, as a senior, chaired the UNC Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee, at jpd@email.unc.edu; Cindy Pollock Shea, sustainability director, at (919) 843-7284 or cpshea@fac.unc.edu; and Ray DuBose, energy services director, at (919) 966-4100 or raymond.dubose@energy.unc.edu.

Carolina Covenant: First scholars begin senior year

UNC’s groundbreaking Carolina Covenant program is now represented in all four undergraduate classes, with 360 to 400 freshmen joining the program this fall and a total of about 1,390 Covenant Scholars overall. The first class is entering its senior year.

Last spring, 88 percent of the first Covenant Scholars who were freshmen in 2004 were still enrolled at the end of their junior year. That retention rate compares with 84 percent at the same point for students who would have been eligible for the Covenant but were freshmen in 2003, a year before the program began. That group is the control group for university studies on the impact of the Covenant.

The Covenant gives low-income students who are accepted to UNC the opportunity to pursue undergraduate degrees without borrowing. The university covers their education-related expenses up to the level of their need – room, board and books in addition to tuition – with grants, scholarships and the federal work-study program.

Eligible students are those whose family incomes are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level – this year, $40,000 for a family of four. For the first class, in 2004, eligibility stopped at 150 percent, but later the program expanded. Donors have given more than $9 million to the Covenant, providing for increased scholarship assistance and the addition of support programs including assignment of faculty and peer mentors for the scholars.

For more information, contact Ann Trollinger at (919) 962-4171 or ann_trollinger@unc.edu. To arrange to interview a Covenant Scholar, call LJ Toler at UNC News Services at (919) 962-8589.

Student and Academic Services Buildings
Students will now be able to accomplish a multitude of academic and student life-related tasks in one place: the new Student and Academic Services Buildings at the corner of Ridge Road and Manning Drive.

Constructed over the past two years on the site of the former Chase Dining Hall, the facility now houses 15 units including offices of the university registrar, dean of students, housing, student accounts, disability services and a learning and writing center.

The dining hall was replaced by a new one in the Rams Head Center next door, which opened in spring 2005.

Both facilities help satisfy a goal of the UNC master plan, which called for bringing a mix of activities to south campus – previously almost exclusively residential – and tying south campus more closely to north campus.

The Student and Academic Services Buildings also speak to students’ requests that UNC house the most commonly used student services in one place. Students also recommended what services should be included.

State higher education bonds funded the $18.7 million project, designed by Robert M. Stern Architects of New York City and with Clancy & Theys Construction as contractor.

For more information, visit http://www.fpc.unc.edu/CIP/Projects.asp?Project=44, http://sasb.unc.edu/ or http://gazette.unc.edu/file.4.html or contact Christopher Payne, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for student affairs, at (919) 966-4045 or christopher_payne@unc.edu.

News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589; Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595; News Services staff, (919) 962-2091