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The Daily Tar Heel 1983
Thursday, July 7, 1983
Chapel Hill, N.C.
News 962-0245 Advertising 962-0252
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By BILL RIEDY
Tar Heel Staff Writer
Colorado educator Wayne T. Kuncl has been appointed director of Univer
sity housing following a 16-month vacancy at the position.
Kuncl, an educational consultant at the Center for Ed
ucation and Management in Greeley, Colo., has worked
in university housing for a number of years at three dif
ferent universities. He began work at UNC July 1.
Jody Harpster, previously acting director of the de
partment, is leaving for UNC-Charlotte. Effective July
1 1 he will start work there as director of student life and
Harpster had been acting director of University hous
ing for 14 months.
In December 1981, then-Director James Condie of
fered his resignation effective March 1, 1982.
After Condie's resignation, Donald Boulton, vice
chancellor and dean of student affairs, became acting
director of housing until Harpster, then-associate director for residence life,
was named acting director.
Harpster said he sees his new job at Charlotte as a career advancement. He
said he will have responsibilities similar to an assistant vice chancellor.
Kuncl was appointed as housing director by the Board of Trustees.
Harpster said he had been a candidate for the job since this spring. "My
leaving has nothing to do with the new director," he said. "I would have liked
to work with him." Harpster said Kuncl was one of the best in his field.
Boulton said he was pleased to have Kuncl joining the University. "With his
long experience in housing and educational management, he will help us build
on the solid foundation we currently have and bring creative leadership as we
set our directions for the future."
Harpster, who will be leaving the University Friday, worked with Kuncl this
week for a smooth transition in the housing department.
signs that talk
Joe Walters' company
profits from foot traffic
By LISBETH LEVINE
Tar Heel Staff Writer
Joe Walters owns one of the many businesses that profit
on Franklin Street between Henderson and Columbia
Streets. But don't bother looking for a shop window his
business works right on the street.
His employees wear sandwich-board signs looped over
their necks and they draw customers into local businesses
with the coupons they hand out. They're called Talking
Signs and are part of the Loftis-Walters Advertising Group.
Walters, a 1973 UNC graduate, set up the business him
self in March. His wife Cheryl has since become involved
and they've hired 12 employees. The couple have also
branched out into other forms of advertising.
"I like coming up with cost-effective, innovative ideas
that work," Walters said. But he doesn't take any credit for
the concept behind Talking Signs.
He said he got the idea straight out of a magazine. "I tell
everyone I started the business for $1.25," he said, refer
ring to the price of the magazine.
Walters had both financial and personal reasons for
choosing Chapel Hill as the location for his business. He
said a college town is an ideal place for Talking Signs and
that Franklin Street has an especially large number of
He also set some roots down in Chapel Hill while he was
in school and still has many close friends here. His family
moved often when he was young, and Walters deer cd to
return to Chapel Hill because "I feel it's the hometown I
Walters has a varied background in sales, marketing and
public relations. He has sold everything from real estate
and art to sewing machines and encyclopedias.
.When he started Talking Signs, Walters had to sell the
idea to area merchants, as well as to his wife. "It took
about a month of calling people and working accounts to
get people to accept that it'd work," he said.
"I thought he was crazy," Mrs. Walters said.
"She was skeptical," Walters agreed.
"But when I saw it was working I got really enthused,"
she said. Mrs. Walters then began carrying signs and getting
involved in the business.
Mr. Gatti's Pizza on West Franklin Street hires Talking
Signs once a week. General Tom Tarlton said both he and
his partner were leery of the idea at first.
"I didn't think it would work at all," Tarlton said. "But
Joe convinced me after the second week. It's really paying
See SIGNS on page 10
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Tar HeeiLori Thomas
Joe Walters peddles his wares coupons