WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2004
Walker to lend
BY TANNER SLAYDEN
Renowned author Alice Walker
will speak at 7:30 p.m. today in Hill
Hall Auditorium, coinciding with
the release of her latest work, “Now
is the Time to Open Your Heart.”
Walker, the author of six novels,
three short stories collections, six
poetry books and several children’s
books, is the Frey Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Professor in
the College of Arts and Sciences.
But this impressive title seems
to underestimate her true influ
ence on the world and the special
place she has in the heart of
Walker, whose works have sold
more than 10 million copies and
have been transcribed into more
than two dozen languages, has had
an irrefutable impact on the literary.
“She is one of the nation’s great
est writers, and she is an astound
ing figure,” said history Professor
William Ferris, who is also director
of UNC’s Center for the Study of
the American South. “Her voice is
for everyone and is a true treasure.”
Walker’s immense popularity
and acceptance has been recog
nized through her many awards,
including the Pulitzer Prize and
the American Book Award for
“The Color Purple,” and the
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IF YOU GO
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hill Hall Auditorium.
Info: Center for the Study of the
American South, 962-5665
numerous copies of her works
found in classrooms.
“Teachers in almost every school
teach her books and collections,
and she has been the premier fic
tion writer since the 19705,” said
Bland Simpson, director of the cre
ative writing program at UNC.
But Walker holds special signif
icance to Southern culture and lit
erature, which makes her visit to
“Being a important person to be
aware of in the South, her works
definitely speak from her deep
roots, and she helps give this
region a sense of place,” Ferris said.
Whether she talks about her life
or her latest release, students can
expect to see a side of this
American author that they don’t
get to see in the classroom.
Ferris gives one word to
describe this admirable literary
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Grants boost service courses
6 professors awarded SBK for classes
BY KELLI BORBET
Six University professors have
each received SB,OOO grants to
develop a number of new service
learning courses for undergraduate
The 2004 Ueltschi Service-
Learning Course Development
grants were awarded April 5. They
are aimed at developing courses by
incorporating community service
into the normal academic setting.
Professors Gary Bishop, Altha
Cravey, Patrick Davison, Deborah
Fleming, Laurie Langbauer and
Charlotte Peterson were this year’s
recipients. The grant is organized
through the APPLES Service-
Learning Program, and the money
was provided by two UNC alumni.
“I’m really excited to be receiv
ing the grant,” said Cravey, who will
Seniors raise money for faculty
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dents attending the Senior Class
Gift Celebration on Tuesday free
ice cream and carabiner key chains
to encourage them to donate
$20.04 to the class gift.
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FUNd Day, part of senior week,
will go to the Class 0f2004 Faculty
Chancellor James Moeser;
Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences; and
Senior Class President George
Leamon spoke about the impor
tance of the gift.
“It will help us to support,
attract and recruit the most out
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teach a mobile geography course
that will research the migration of
Latinos into the local community.
“The money will be very helpful in
allowing more time for me to work
on aspects of the course.”
Grant recipients received the
money for various expenses such as
course development, books, mate
rials and stipends.
Leslie Kirk, assistant director of
APPLES, said professors had to
submit applications with their new
courses. Each course was then
evaluated by a committee based on
the professor’s dedication to serv
ice-learning, the strength of the
proposed course and support from
Professors designed courses that
relate to their own fields of inter
est, but the main focus of each
course must involve helping others.
standing faculty on the market,”
The fund will create an endow
ment to support the development
of new courses, groundbreaking
research and recruitment and
retention of top faculty.
For the first time, both the
Office of the Provost and the
College of Arts and Sciences have
agreed to match funds raised by
the senior class. For every dollar
the senior class raises, the these
offices will contribute two addi
tional dollars. “I want you to dedi
cate yourselves to making the
Provost spend as much money as
possible,” Gray-Little said.
Although senior class officers
are waiting to release the amount
Bishop will teach a computer sci
ence course, “Enabling Technology,”
beginning in the spring of 2005.
Bishop said this course allows stu
dents to apply computer skills to
help disabled people.
“This course will allow students
to use their skills to help others,”
Bishop said. “I like the idea of
engaging students and making the
world a better place.”
A course designed by Peterson
also benefits the needs of people in
the community and is the first
service-learning course in dental
hygiene on campus. The course
also will be offered in the spring of
“Community outreach is very
important,” Peterson said. “We
want students to gain the neces
sary skills to work with develop
ment disabled individuals. We also
want students to become more
involved in community service.”
Langbauer’s first-year seminar,
of money raised, Leamon said,
they already have surpassed the
$20,000 needed to establish an
The fund is considered part of
the University’s Carolina First
Like last year’s gift, the fund is
an investment in the future rather
than a concrete object “It will con
tinue to have an impact when your
children and your children’s chil
dren are here,” Moeser said.
The idea for the gift came from
a suggestion by a senior who came
to the senior class table in the Pit
Leamon said. The proposal gar
nered the approval of 51 percent of
seniors who chose among three
Gray-Little cited the endow
ment’s importance in the faculty
retention crisis. She said high num
bers are leaving due to retirement
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an English course titled “Ethics and
Children’s Literature,” concentrates
on helping local children. “This
course helps students go out and tiy
to make a world like the way they
imagined it could be as children.”
Each student in her class will be
able to help children in the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro area with reading
skills through organizations incor
porated in the APPLES program.
Langbauer is very pleased with
the grant, and she challenges all
students at UNC to take a service
learning course because of the pos
itive influence it has on their lives.
“Service-learning courses are a
wonderful opportunity,” she said.
“Carolina has always been about
service, and it is filled with the
worlds most wonderful students,
who really want to work and help
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or better offers from other colleges.
One-third of the College of Arts and
Sciences faculty are expected to
retire in the next decade.
Leamon characterized the
endowment as more of a thank
you to the faculty and a way to
emphasize the important role they
play at the University.
Rachel Willis, a professor in the
curriculum in American studies,
said faculty appreciate the students’
concern about faculty retention.
“Speaking for all faculty, it’s touch
ing that students thought of faculty
in times of such economic need.”
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paper should have said that a per
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session is a former UNC Hospitals
employee. Carrboro police reports
and the UNC online directory still
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UNC Hospitals officials said
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time of the incident.
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