GAA Supporting 'Carolina Connects' as Moeser Heads East and West

Chancellor James Moeser has spent much of the summer traveling throughout North Carolina as part of the first “Carolina Connects” tour, reminding North Carolinians how UNC serves the state at large.

Moeser has been meeting with residents and making them aware of UNC’s influence across the state, and he’s looking for more opportunities for the University to lend a hand. Conversations include community leaders, elected officials, alumni and parents. The GAA, through several local Carolina Clubs, is participating in areas across the state.

Several upcoming events are planned in concert with the GAA and area Carolina alumni. They include:

  • High Point, Aug. 26, Main Gallery, High Point Theatre, 200 East Commerce Ave.
  • Dare County, 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 2, Art Gallery, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo.
  • Hickory, 6 p.m. Sept. 7, Holiday Inn Select (off I-40 at Exit 125 at of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and I-40). Hosts are G. Leroy Lail Jr. ’61 and the GAA. Please respond by Sept. 1.

“Our message is that The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill serves North Carolina every day in meaningful, relevant ways,” Moeser said in a statement. “In short, ‘Carolina Connects.’ ”

Several administrators, including William Roper, dean of the medical school and chief executive officer of UNC Health Care; and Mike Smith, dean of the School of Government, also are part of the tour.

In conjunction with Carolina Connects, Moeser is rolling out a new public service database that lists more than 700 projects, including at least one for all 100 counties. Officials hope that the database will become a living document with more projects being added as they arise.

“We hope the database will help interested parties learn about public service the University is engaged in, where it is happening, who the community partners are, and how to contact someone at the University to learn more,” said Lynn Blanchard ’85 (MPH, ’90 PhD), director of the Carolina Center for Public Service.

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