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4The Tar Heel Thursday, May 26, 1988
Minority students take a peek at college life
By SUSAN HOLDSCLAW
About 220 black, Native American
Indian and Asian high school stu
dents will experience life at UNC
Thursday and Friday.
These rising N.C. high school
seniors will participate in Project
Uplift, a minority recruitment pro
gram sponsored by the University.
They will spend two days learning
about what academic, cultural and
social opportunities the University
has to offer.
Begun in 1968 by the Black Student
Movement (BSM) and Student
Government, Project Uplift is
designed to attract minorities to
UNC, said Archie Ervin, assistant to
the vice chancellor.
Describing the program as an
"intensive, systemized effort to
increase the representation of minor
ity students in the undergraduate
population," Ervin said students are
selected to attend Project Uplift
through their high school guidance
counselors. Most of the students who
attend the program are among the
tops of their classes, he said. Accord
ing to a preliminary analysis, 60
percent of the students who attended
the program last year were in the top
20 percent of their high school
graduating classes, Ervin said.
The UNC students who serve as
counselors for the project are also
some of the best the University has
to offer, said Ervin.
"We want them (the high school
students) to look to their counselors
as role models," Ervin said. "The
counselors show them that they can
be good students and have a good
Ervin has a paid staff of 22 students
18 dormitory assistants and four
activity coordinators who have
helped plan the two days of activities.
In addition, there are 15 student
volunteers who will act as counselors.
Together, the staff paints a realistic
picture of college life for the project's
participants, Ervin said.
Project Uplift includes information
sessions on completing applications
for admission to the University and
financial aid. The high school stu
dents also attend classes and talk with
faculty members and student coun
selors to learn about student .life
Ervjn said the program emphasizes
that students cannot "tread on their
past laurels." He tells the students that
being No. 1 in their high school
classes doesn't mean much because
there are 1,000 "No. Is" at Carolina.
Project Uplift attempts to show
these students the opportunities
available to them on a predominantly
white campus, Ervin said. "We are
concerned that the image of the
University among minorities is fairly
accurate," he said.
Ervin said evaluations show that
parents and students are concerned
with UNC's environment and how
minorities ought to be treated. "We
want them (the prospective students)
to know that their views can be
known, their input can be heard and
they can help make changes," he said.
Stephanie Beard, a junior from Mt.
Gilead, is a second-year counselor for
the project. "We're not trying to show
that Carolina is perfect, because we
all know it's not," she said. "We're
just trying to give them a true picture
Even if a student decides not to
apply for admission to UNC, Beard
said, she encourages him to enroll in
Ervin emphasized that Project
Uplift does not end when the students
leave UNC after their two-day visit.
Correspondence with the students
continues through the senior year, as
each student is contacted a minimum
of three times and is invited to visit
the campus again, Ervin said.
Despite recent reports of a decline
in the number of minority applica
tions to the University, Ervin said
there has been a "phenomenal appli
cation rate" since he began working
with the program two years ago. The
actual application and enrollment
figures will not be available until
August, he said.
The fact that Project Uplift has
expanded shows that more minority
students are being reached, Ervin
said. Last year, the project brought
630 students to campus in three
sessions. This year, Ervin said he
anticipates 750 to 800 students will
participate in the four sessions
scheduled. They will be housed in
Avery Residence Hall and eat in
Lenoir Hall, he said.
Project Uplift is the largest of the
five visitation programs sponsored by
the Office of University Affairs. It
also receives funds from the BSM and
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By KARI BARLOW
Although UNC's chancellor is
leaving June 30, Chapel Hill and the
University will have lasting memories
of Christopher Fordham when a new
campus building and a section of a
local highway are named in his honor.
According to Bill Buchanan, a
Department of Transportation board
member, a section of U.S. Highway
15-501 is to be named for Fordham.
The exact section of the road to be
renamed has yet to be determined.
It is likely to be a stretch "from
(N.C.) 54, through Carrboro and
Chapel Hill, to the Chapel Hill city
limits on the Durham side," Buch
"It was basically initiated by alums
of the University. I think it's worth
while because he is a quality educator
and a quality person. I just think he's
done a lot not only for the University
but also for the state," he said.
"Educators always have a building
or a dorm named after them. To me,
this shows a little more thanks. His
influence has been felt throughout the
community," he added.
"Certainly we all have the highest
respect for Chancellor Fordham. We
felt we ought to support that," said
Shirley Marshall, chairwoman of the
Orange County Board of
The new building, to be named
Christopher C. Fordham Hall, is an
$11.1 million biology and biotechnol
ogy facility. It will be built in the area
of Canington, Mitchell, Wilson and
Coker halls and will will house faculty
research laboratories, offices and
space for molecular biology and
The plans for the building were
announced Saturday by trustees
chairman Robert Eubanks at a
meeting of the Chancellor's Club,
which met at the Smith Center.
"No one has done more than
Chancellor Fordham to bring the
University's divisions of academic
affairs and health affairs together,"
Eubanks said. "This building is a
symbol of his success. This faculty
research laboratory also stands as a
reminder of the success Chancellor
Fordham has had in increasing
research funding for the University."
Design plans for the building had
been approved by the UNC trustees.
Construction for the six-story,
60,000-square-foot building is
expected to begin in June, with
completion scheduled by late 1990.
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