UNC to conduct emergency drill Monday, August 11

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(Chapel Hill, N.C. – August 4, 2014) —  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will conduct an emergency drill on Monday, August 11 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Manning Drive on the UNC campus.
Actors will portray campus community members and victims to simulate a response to an actual emergency on campus. Emergency vehicles and personnel will be visible along Manning Drive, especially near the intersection with Ridge Road. Uniformed responders will react as they would in an actual emergency.


The N.C. Department of Transportation approved the closure of a portion of Manning Drive (except to emergency vehicles), between the intersection of Manning Drive and Ridge Road and the intersection of Manning Drive and Skipper Bowles Drive, while UNC officials conduct the emergency drill. Motorists are encouraged to use the posted detour route along Bowles Drive. Chapel Hill Transit service (FCX, HU and S routes) will be detoured along Bowles Drive.  The U route will use Bowles Drive (from Ridge Road), right on Tar Heel Boulevard to Family Medicine, left on Bowles Drive to regular route. Additionally, the bus stops on Manning Drive at Ehringhaus Residence Hall and Horton/Hinton James Residence Halls will be closed during the emergency drill.  Customers may board detoured buses at the bus stop on Manning Drive at Public Safety.
Emergency Drill Route Map, detour along Bowles Drive on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Emergency planning exercises are a key part of the University’s efforts to enhance campus safety. The University conducts regular exercises and continuously updates communication plans, based on information learned during the tests of the emergency siren system conducted each semester and emergency drills like the one planned for August 11.
For more details about the drill, visit alertcarolina.unc.edu.


– Carolina –

University Relations Contact:
  Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595, karen_moon@unc.edu



40 new members join the UNC Board of Visitors

For immediate use: Wednesday, July 9, 2014


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has appointed 40 alumni and friends to serve on the UNC Board of Visitors, one of the most active volunteer groups at Carolina. They began their four-year terms July 1.

The new members are part of an approximately 175-member board that actively assists the Board of Trustees and Chancellor in a range of activities advancing the UNC, including career services, marketing, honor student recruitment, public and government relations and fundraising. Members also serve as ambassadors, informing their communities about issues important to Carolina, and, in turn, keeping the UNC administration informed about what they hear about Carolina in their communities.


The Board of Visitors selection process begins in January and continues through May. Each year, as members rotate off, the Board of Trustees elects a class of new members. Richard W. Margerison of Dallas was selected to chair the Board of Visitors and N. Thompson Long of Fox Point, Wis., will serve as vice chair.



The new members are listed below, alphabetically by North Carolina county and by state.





  • F. Vincent Allison III of Durham
  • William Stanley Mills of Durham



  • Nell Johnson of Winston-Salem
  • Thomas Moore III of Winston-Salem



  • L. Worth Holleman Jr. of Greensboro



  • C. Baker Burleson of Charlotte
  • M. Dockery Clark of Charlotte
  • Robert L. Edwards Jr. of Charlotte
  • John Fennebresque Jr. of Charlotte
  • James House of Charlotte
  • Bailey Patrick of Charlotte
  • Jean Salisbury of Charlotte
  • Jim Shuford of Charlotte
  • Margaret Ullrich of Charlotte



  • Leon Herndon Jr. of Hillsborough



  • John Coffman of Greenville



  • C. H. Jones Jr. of Reidsville



  • John Horne Jr. of Laurinburg



  • Virginia Cardenas of Raleigh
  • Marcus Curry of Holly Springs
  • Brian Ellerby of Raleigh
  • James Fulghum III of Raleigh
  • Cecil Harrison Jr. of Raleigh
  • Jennie Hayman of Raleigh
  • H. Gray Hutchison Jr. of Raleigh
  • Louis Patalano IV of Cary
  • Christopher Woody of Raleigh






  • Ken Smith of San Francisco
  • Cathy Watts of Los Angeles


District of Columbia

  • Kevin Martin of Washington



  • Caroline Beasley of Naples



  • Joseph Frierson of Athens
  • Rex Fuqua of Atlanta
  • Sam O’Briant of John’s Creek



  • Thomas Darden III of New Orleans



  • Michael Holder of Dallas
  • Michael Stutts of Dallas



  • Peter Bowles of Richmond
  • Sam Hayes of Alexandria



  • Michael Lunsford of Bainbridge Island



Board of Visitors contact: Linda Douglas, Community Relations director, (919) 843-9393, linda_douglas@unc.edu

News Services contact: Susan Hudson, (919) 962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu




Art of North Carolina Money on show at North Carolina Collection Gallery June 19-Sept. 30

For immediate use: Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Nearly three centuries of North Carolina currency are now on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of UNC’s Wilson Library in The Art of North Carolina Money: The Stories Behind the Symbols exhibit.


The exhibition features more than 80 examples of money, tokens, and medals dated from 1729 to as recent as 2009. Unlike the consistent design of most modern U.S. currency, early monies varied greatly, reflecting the multiple private institutions and central and local governments that produced them.


The Art of North Carolina Money will be on view through Sept. 30.


More information: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2014/06/the-art-of-north-carolina-money-the-stories-behind-the-symbols/


Library contact: Linda Jacobson, (919) 962-0104, ljacobso@email.unc.edu


Grant will lead to preservation of rare audiovisual collects at UNC Library

For immediate use: Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Historic audio and moving image collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library will be a step closer to long-term preservation, thanks to a grant of $187,082 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


The one-year grant, called “Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Sources,” will help the Library’s Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) develop techniques to preserve these materials on a large scale and make them available online for public use.


The SFC will celebrate its 25th anniversary in August. Since its opening in 1989, it has gained recognition as a cornerstone for research into Southern vernacular music, art, and culture.


Researchers can tap into more than 250,000 sound recordings, 3,000 video recordings, and 8 million feet of motion picture film.


Collection treasures include the first recording by a young Dolly Parton; the archives of Durham-based Merge Records; and Folkstreams.net, an archive of documentary films on American roots cultures.


The grant will have several parts:

  • The SFC, with the help of a consultant, will completely review and re-engineer workflows in order to be able to digitize audiovisual materials on a large scale;
  • An advisory group of scholars will meet to guide the Collection’s preservation priorities;
  • The SFC will audit the condition and preservation needs of all of its collections; and
  • Grant personnel will determine how digitized content can be streamed for public access.


Library contact: Steve Weiss, (919) 962-7105, smweiss@email.unc.edu



Kenan-Flagler Business School to launch online master of accounting program

For immediate use: Monday, July 7, 2014



Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill plans to offer its top-ranked Master of Accounting (MAC) program in an online format called Accounting@UNC.


“With a long tradition of excellence in accounting education and one of the very best accounting departments in the world, UNC Kenan-Flagler is uniquely positioned to offer the premier online MAC program,” said Douglas A. Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler and the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation.


“Demand for hiring our MAC graduates has never been stronger, with 98 percent having accepted employment offers by graduation,” he said. “Historically, firms have wanted to hire more of our graduates, but space constraints prevented us from increasing the program’s size. Technology now lets us increase access to a UNC education for even more talented people and meet the demand from companies who want to hire them.”


Many college graduates might not think of earning a graduate degree in accounting, but the field offers diverse opportunities and a career path where human capital is the currency, according to Jana Raedy, associate dean of the MAC Program since 2011 and Ernst & Young Scholar in accounting. “Today an accounting degree is more powerful than ever before. I can’t think of a master’s program that provides higher return on investment for long-term success.”


And it’s not just for accounting or business majors. “History and English majors, please apply. We value liberal arts education and it benefits our graduates’ long-term career success as they move into positions of leadership,” Raedy said.


“The top accounting firms and corporations value our graduates’ intellectual horsepower, technical knowledge and skills in decision making, leadership, critical thinking and communication,” she said. “It’s a powerful combination that gets even stronger with time. We are training the future leaders of the accounting firms and the wider business world.”


The 15-month online program will use the same admissions standards, curriculum, faculty and career management approach as the 12-month residential MAC program, said Amy Wittmayer the new managing director of the MAC Program. “Accounting@UNC includes a three-month internship; a required face-to-face immersion in Chapel Hill for orientation, leadership development and recruitment; and a second, optional immersion coinciding with the recruiting period when employers come to campus.”


Wittmayer previously served as director of the MBA Career Management Center for the full-time MBA Program, where she worked with students, firms and alumni. She also worked as a finance and accounting professional in the corporate sector.


UNC started its MAC Program in 1985. Pending UNC General Administration approval, UNC Kenan-Flagler will launch Accounting@UNC in July 2015.


Accounting@UNC builds on UNC Kenan-Flagler’s success in using technology to enhance learning and access in business education. The school launched its first online degree program, MBA@UNC, in 2011 with 19 students and today 550 students are enrolled in the pioneer program.


As with MBA@UNC, 2U Inc. will serve as the technology partner for Accounting@UNC, providing its platform and support for students and faculty. 2U is a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver high-quality education to qualified students anywhere.


“As a Carolina accounting graduate, a CPA with several years of public accounting experience and a long-time UNC accounting professor, I am proud that 30 years later we are again leading the way and again using technology to increase access to a UNC education,” said Shackelford.


Kenan-Flagler Business School contact: Allison Adams, (919) 962-7235, Allison_Adams@kenan-flagler.unc.edu



UNC gets millions in federal funding to expand solar energy research

For immediate use: Wednesday, July 2, 2014


The Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels (EFRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received $10.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences to advance emerging solar energy technologies and to turn these technologies into devices that can efficiently produce fuels.


This award, part of a $100 million per year initiative from the Department of Energy (DOE), allows the UNC EFRC to continue to create innovative approaches to producing solar fuels with the energy of the sun stored for night-time use. It will build upon the center’s capstone project: the dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell. DOE support will be used to optimize the device’s components and integrate them into devices for generating and storing solar fuels for long durations, at low cost and with earth-abundant materials.


The UNC EFRC for Solar Fuels is led by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Thomas J. Meyer, Arey Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. It benefits from research collaborators at the University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology and Research Triangle Institute and strong institutional support from UNC.


“We are delighted with the news of continued support by the Department of Energy for our leading edge research on a new approach to solar energy conversion and storage,” said Meyer. “Continued funding will allow us to move ahead in this important area with the twin goals of mastering the basic science behind the dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell and applying it to water splitting into hydrogen fuel and oxygen and in reducing carbon dioxide to useful carbon fuels.”


The UNC EFRC was established in 2009 with a five year, $17.5 million award from the DOE. It was one of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers at the time, creating a new paradigm for conducting successful world-class academic and translational research. It harnesses the skills and talents of its faculty, students and research staff to conduct multidisciplinary research at a level and scope not possible with individual or small group research teams.


Only about half of the 46 original centers received additional funding in the second round. Ten new EFRC centers were added in the second round of funding this year, to bring the total number of awards from the DOE to 32. In the latest awards, Carolina was one of 32 recipients selected from more than 200 proposals by DOE.


Although the UNC EFRC will focus on basic research, it is developing partnerships broadly including with businesses that can use its research findings for more tangible consumer uses in solar technology.


Since 2009, the UNC EFRC has become a center of excellence, educating future energy research personnel with 180 postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates trained or currently in training and 45 graduate degrees awarded. More than 100 EFRC alumni are pursuing careers in academia, industry, national laboratories and the public sector. It has established world-class facilities that include state-of-the-art instrumentation in laboratories staffed by research scientists.



News Services contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962-8596, thania_benios@unc.edu



Carolina-led global health consortium awarded $180 million from U.S. Agency for International Development

For immediate use: Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Award funds another five years of the Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project, which evaluates public health programs around the world to ensure government funds are being used effectively.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center has received a five-year, $180 million award for its Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


The award – which goes into effect today (July 1) and is the second largest ever received by UNC-Chapel Hill – supports Phase IV of an effort begun in 1997. With possible associate awards from USAID missions and bureaus in other countries, the total award could grow to more than $300 million.


MEASURE Evaluation is USAID’s flagship project for monitoring and evaluating spending on international global health. The project is implemented by a team of organizations led by UNC-Chapel Hill, working with Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University.


“MEASURE Evaluation has played a key role in an incredibly successful international effort to bend the epidemic curve. The global community has taken what was an upward trajectory for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and turned it into a downward one,” said Project Director Jim C. Thomas, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. “As we continue to address global health issues, we are honored to be entrusted by USAID to carry on the work of MEASURE Evaluation, and we look forward to a strong partnership with USAID for years to come.”


“Including this $180 million award, MEASURE Evaluation has received nearly $600 million in federal funding over the last 17 years,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “This funding is a direct result of the talented and hard-working team of researchers, faculty and students behind the project. We couldn’t be more proud of the great work being led by the Carolina Population Center and their partners.”


To date, MEASURE Evaluation has focused on building the foundations and capacity to enable monitoring and evaluation in developing countries. The objective of Phase IV is to work toward sustainability of that work, strengthening host-country systems that generate high-quality health information used for decision-making at local, national and global levels. Progress toward this objective will contribute to improved health programs and policies, which ultimately impact overall health outcomes. The project will achieve this objective by concentrating on achieving four results:


  1. Strengthened collection, analysis and use of routine health data;
  2. Improved country-level capacity to manage health information systems, resources and staff;
  3. Methods, tools and approaches improved and applied to address health information challenges and gaps; and
  4. Increased capacity for rigorous evaluation.


“We will respond to the complexity of this task by applying more systems thinking. There are many moving parts affecting each other and systems thinking provides ways to achieve progress in the midst of complexity,” Thomas said.


About MEASURE Evaluation

MEASURE Evaluation is USAID Global Health Bureau’s primary vehicle for supporting improvements in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition worldwide. It is also funded by PEPFAR to work on HIV and AIDS programs. MEASURE Evaluation has worked in 80 countries to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for health decision making. MEASURE Evaluation is a consortium of organizations led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Partners include ICF International, Tulane University, Management Sciences for Health, Futures Group and John Snow Inc. Each partner brings unique and complementary capabilities to the consortium and their roles vary according to a country’s needs.


About the Carolina Population Center

Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Carolina Population Center (CPC) is a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population issues. CPC faculty and students work together on path-breaking research to address population issues in 85 countries and across the U.S., as well as in central North Carolina. CPC was established in 1966 and has evolved as a preeminent population center, known for high-quality research and training. The center provides the intellectual environment and resources to support faculty, allowing truly interdisciplinary projects that transcend departmental lines and geographic boundaries. The elected faculty fellows constitute the center’s permanent and vital core, and the center devotes its resources to facilitating their research.


MEASURE Evaluation contact: Leah D. Wyatt, (919) 445-0443, leah.wyatt@unc.edu

News Services contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962-8596, thania_benios@unc.edu


Donald and Justeen Tarbet leave $3 million estate gift to UNC School of Education

For immediate use: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received the largest gift in its history – more than $3 million to honor the memory of former faculty member Donald G. Tarbet.


The bequest will be used to establish the Donald G. Tarbet Endowment Fund for Faculty Support, which will provide faculty stipends to facilitate development of innovative educational interventions and programs, support for junior faculty and other areas of faculty support. Donald Tarbet joined the School of Education faculty in 1952. He also served for 18 years as director of the Summer School during a period of its expansion.


The gift comes from the estate of Tarbet’s wife, Justeen Tarbet, a longtime Chapel Hill resident who died in January 2013 at the age of 94. She and Donald Tarbet had been married for 54 years when he died in 1995.

“We are profoundly grateful for this gift,” said Bill McDiarmid, dean of the School of Education. “Donald’s contributions to the school as an outstanding faculty member and head of the University’s Summer School program have had an enduring impact by providing accessible programs to students. We know that this gift serves as an extension of his dedication to the school and to Carolina.”


Wendy Gratz Borman, assistant dean for external relations, said the gift was a result of thoughtful estate planning by the Tarbets.


Peabody Hall, home of the School of Education, on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peabody Hall, home of the School of Education, on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We are thrilled by this expression of generosity and enduring love that Justeen and Donald had in our School of Education,” Borman said. “This gift will serve as a legacy honoring their devotion to our school.”


Donald Tarbet was a native of Missouri and grew up on a family farm, the sale of which provided much of the funds for the gift. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1938, taught for several years and then served in World War II in Europe. After the war, Tarbet returned to teaching part-time while completing an Ed.D. degree in school administration at the University of Missouri in 1952. That year, the Tarbets moved to Chapel Hill when he was hired as an assistant professor at the School of Education. Donald Tarbet began working with UNC-TV when it was established in 1954, developing educational television courses.

“Donald was an innovator who saw an opportunity to use this new technology to extend Carolina’s offerings to more students,” McDiarmid said.

Extending educational opportunity to more people was also a motivation for his work in expanding Carolina’s Summer School. Tarbet was named director of the Summer School in 1969 at a time when it primarily served teachers returning to campus for certificate renewals. During his 18 years as director, he led work to expand the Summer School to provide offerings from across campus to a wider range of students.


The Tarbets were members of the University Baptist Church, traveled frequently and enjoyed playing bridge with their friends. Justeen Tarbet worked in administrative jobs in Chapel Hill. They had no children. A nephew of the Tarbets, Donald Bowden, professor of biochemistry and genomics at Wake Forest University, helped facilitate administration of Justeen Tarbet’s estate.


“Both Donald and Justeen loved Carolina and the School of Education,” Bowden said. “I know that they would be gratified to see this gift helping sustain the work of the school.”



School of Education contact:  Michael Hobbs, (919) 962-8687, michael_hobbs@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Hudson, (919) 962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu


EPA awards $2 million to Environmental Finance Center to help smallest water systems

For immediate use: Wednesday, June 18, 2014


To improve the country’s smallest water systems – those serving fewer than 10,000 people – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $2 million to the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Small water systems are managed by local and tribal governments, mobile home park owners, homeowners associations, shopping mall operators and hotel managers. These managers often have many other, very different responsibilities and may lack the technical, managerial and financial expertise required to run a good water system.


The finance center, housed in UNC’s School of Government, will lead a team including the Environmental Finance Center Network and the American Water Works Association that will build the financial and managerial capabilities of those who manage these water systems. The EPA grant will fund classroom trainings, workshops, small group and one-on-one assistance, webcasts, online tools and resources. Collectively, these efforts will help small water system managers to understand their assets, find opportunities for cost savings and potential funding sources, look for ways to work with other systems, increase water and energy efficiency and develop sound fiscal policies and practices. The grant will allow the team to serve small water systems in all 10 EPA regions, all 50 states and all U.S. territories for 18 months.


“Small water systems comprise more than 94 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems and struggle much more to meet clean drinking water standards than their larger counterparts,” said Glenn Barnes, senior project director of the UNC Environmental Finance Center. “In 2011, 25 percent of the nation’s smallest systems violated health-based standards in part due to their geographic isolation, small staff size, growing infrastructure needs and small customer bases.”


The UNC Environmental Finance Center is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways. The work of the EFC is focused on a variety of environmental areas, including water resources, clean energy, solid waste management and land conservation.


The Environmental Finance Center Network is a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement. The network of 10 centers located throughout the United States works with the public and private sectors to promote sustainable environmental solutions while bolstering efforts to manage costs.


With approximately 50,000 members, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water.


Environmental Finance Center contacts: Glenn Barnes, senior project director, (919) 962-2789, glennbarnes@sog.unc.edu, and Sonja Matanovic, director of marketing and communications, (919) 966-4178, matanovic@sog.unc.edu



Ackland summer exhibition celebrates Joseph F. McCrindle

For immediate use: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Philanthropist and publisher Joseph F. McCrindle devoted his life to his passions: literature and art. The founder and editor of the Transatlantic Review, McCrindle amassed a collection of thousands of works of art during his lifetime, and more than 450 were given to The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beginning June 20, approximately 130 of the prints, drawings and paintings received by the Ackland will be on display in an exhibition titled “An Eye for the Unexpected: Gifts from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.” The works on view will be arranged into three thematic sections: Studies; Environments: Landscape and Genre Scenes; and Stories.

“Going through McCrindle’s collection is like being taken through a great museum by a connoisseur who passes by the familiar ‘tourist attraction’ art works and instead calls your attention to lesser-known paintings or drawings that are just as deserving of your attention,” said Timothy Riggs, the exhibition’s curator and the Ackland’s curator of collections. “Throughout are styles and subjects that McCrindle gravitated toward, such as dramatic, emotional expression and humorous art.”

Ackland works in “An Eye for the Unexpected” will be supplemented by loans of McCrindle gifts received by four other North Carolina art museums: North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC-Greensboro and the Mint Museum in Charlotte.


In addition to celebrating McCrindle’s gifts to the Ackland, “An Eye for the Unexpected” will mark Riggs’ final exhibition as an Ackland curator. He will retire later this summer.


“In 30 years of indefatigable curatorial work, Tim has enriched the cultural and intellectual life of the Ackland and its visitors in ways both visible and invisible, but all lasting and profound,” said Ackland director Emily Kass. “It might be said that Tim Riggs and Joseph McCrindle share an ‘eye for the unexpected,’ and we are very pleased that this culminating exhibition has allowed a valued and respected colleague to engage with the taste and character of a man with whom he clearly feels such an affinity.”


“Inside McCrindle’s World,” an interactive space where one may experience additional aspects of the art collector’s life, will be adjacent to the exhibition. Visitors are invited to listen to classical vinyl records that McCrindle might have liked; leaf through issues of the Transatlantic Review, the literary magazine that he founded and published; and use their own “eye for the unexpected” in a hands-on, make-your-own-exhibition area.

For more information about McCrindle and the exhibition, see ackland.org.


Ackland Art Museum contact: Emily Bowles, director of communications, (919) 843-3675, esbowles@email.unc.edu.
News Services contact: Robbi Pickeral, (919) 962-8589, robbi.pickeral@unc.edu.