2008 Tar Heel Bus Tour
May 12 -16, 2008
Monday, May 12
7 a.m. Depart Friday Center Parking Lot, Chapel Hill.
8:45 a.m. Breaking Free!, Rocky Mount: The Carolina Community Network
has partnered with Crossworks Inc., a faith-based nonprofit, to raise
awareness about breast cancer prevention techniques in the African-
American community in Edgecombe and Nash counties. The project
is based in the community, targeting both individuals and groups,
networking through local beauty salons and other venues that serve
African American women in an effort to promote breast cancer
awareness and prevention. Beauty consultants and other local citizens
are trained in effective methods of sharing breast health information
with their clientele and peers and making proper referrals to local
health care providers. We will meet participating stylists and
community representatives at Dudley's Beauty Salon. Because
Cassandra Williams, owner of the salon, encouraged one of her
employees to get a mammogram through the program, the employee’s
cancer was caught early and successfully treated.
11:30 a.m. Lunch at the Starlight Café, Greenville
2:30 p.m. Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City: During a boat ride to
the barrier island of Shackleford Banks, Institute of Marine Sciences
faculty will demonstrate water-quality testing and talk with us about
its research in the area.
5:30 p.m. Check-in at Sheraton, New Bern.
7 p.m. Tryon Palace, New Bern: Tour, reception and dinner at the state’s
original governor’s mansion. Bland Simpson will join us this evening
and provide entertainment.
Tuesday, May 13
9:15 a.m. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro: Participants will tour
the base and see a display of the F-15E, the base’s premier aircraft
flown by the 4th Fighter Wing.
11:30 a.m. Deep River Dam Removal Site, Carbonton: The Institute for the
Environment worked in conjunction with Restoration Systems, LLC, a
Greensboro-based firm run by a Carolina graduate, to execute the
second-largest dam removal in the United States. This dam was
damaging the environment and the site has now been restored to
environmentally friendly parks and natural areas.
3 p.m. Nutrition Research Institute, North Carolina Research Campus,
Kannapolis: The School of Public Health Nutrition Research Institute
facility in Kannapolis is slated for completion in June 2008. After a
tour of the NRI and the Core Laboratory Building at the N.C.
Research Campus, Dr. Steven Zeisel, the NRI director, will speak
with bus tour participants. The NRI studies the aspects of behavior
and genetics focused in three main areas – brain development, obesity
5:15 p.m. Check-in at Embassy Suites, Concord.
7 p.m. Evening program and reception with N.C. State University at
Embassy Suites, Concord.
The bus tours for N.C. State faculty and Carolina will come together
for a joint dinner program. Steven Leath, vice president for research
for the University of North Carolina system, will discuss the system’s
involvement in the new N.C. Research Campus.
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 a.m. Pathways to Prosperity, Charlotte: The Center for Community
Capital in the College of Arts & Sciences is working with First
Charter Bank and the Banking Commissioner of North Carolina to
help the Charlotte Housing Authority assist its employees in opening
bank accounts and receiving financial training. The housing authority
has also made the assistance available to the 500 participants in its
Family Self Sufficiency Program. We will visit the Carole Hoefner
Center in First Ward to learn about this program.
3 p.m. Walk Wise Drive Smart, Hendersonville: This program is a
collaboration between the City of Hendersonville, UNC's Highway
Safety Research Center, and the School of Medicine’s Center for
Aging and Health. More than 31 percent of Hendersonville’s
population is age 65 and above. UNC and many community
organizations have worked since 2000 to make Hendersonville more
accommodating to its older adult population. The Walk Wise Drive
Smart program helps create a safer and more inviting walking
community. Following a discussion of the project with community
members and UNC representatives, bus tour participants will have the
chance to walk the newly opened Walk Wise Drive Smart route.
5:10 p.m. Check-in at Balsam Mountain Inn, Balsam.
Thursday, May 15
7:45 a.m. Blue Ridge Parkway: Participants travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway
with Carolina history professor Anne Whisnant as our guide.
Whisnant authored Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway
History in 2006. The bus will make a stop at the Waterrock Knob
9:45 a.m. Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee: The presentation
will start at Kituwah, the original village of the Cherokee. At
Kituwah, we will learn about the culture and history of the Cherokee
people. Then T.J. Holland from the cultural resources office will tell
us about a project UNC archeology faculty member Brett Riggs has
been working on to expand the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
into southwestern North Carolina. Riggs has worked with Holland and
others to document the Cherokee migration by creating 18 signs
explaining the Trail of Tears. The sign for Qualla Town is closest to
Cherokee and participants will visit the site to learn about this portion
of the Cherokee heritage. The American Indians who hid in the
mountains surrounding Qualla Town and escaped the Trail of Tears
later came together to form the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian.
11:45 N.C. Arboretum, Asheville: The Renaissance Computing Institute
brings together computer and discipline scientists, artists, humanists,
industry leaders, entrepreneurs, state leaders and educators for
collaborations designed to reshape science, the economy, the state of
North Carolina and the world. RENCI leverages its expertise and
resources in leading edge computing, networking and data
technologies to ignite innovation and find solutions to previously
intractable problems. At the N.C. Arboretum, which is a RENCI at
UNC Asheville community partner, participants will learn about how
RENCI is working to help western North Carolina deal with issues
confronting the region, specifically climate issues. Participants will
also hear from other RENCI community partners - RiverLink and the
Media Arts Project - about their collaboration.
1:45 p.m. Hickory Nut Gap Farm – Spring House Meats, Fairview: This farm
raises large quantities of beef, pork, lamb and eggs, and its animals
are pasture raised. It is part of the Appalachian Sustainable
Agriculture Project (ASAP) and works to provide local food to the
region. The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention works with ASAP to provide local food to area schools
through the Farm to School Program. Our visit will feature a farm tour
by owners Jamie and Amy Ager where participants will be led
through the pasture right past hogs and cows, something that would be
unheard of at a more industrialized farm. The owners will explain
their sustainable farming techniques and their desire to encourage use
of local food. The tour will finish with a presentation at the farm store
by ASAP coordinator, Emily Jackson, and Alice Ammerman from
UNC’s CHPDP describing this collaboration.
3:30 p.m. Check-in at Renaissance Hotel, Asheville.
4 p.m. Thomas Wolfe House, Asheville: The Thomas Wolfe House is
directly across the street from our hotel and participants will have a
chance to take a guided tour of this famous North Carolina author’s
6 p.m. Reception and dinner at the Market Place Restaurant, Asheville.
This restaurant, nearby in downtown Asheville, supports the local
Friday, May 16
11 a.m. James B. Dudley High School, Greensboro: Our stop will highlight
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s traveling science bus,
Destiny. Participants and school students from a medical careers class
will experience the on-board science experience Destiny has to offer.
Following the Destiny presentation, participants will have lunch with
the students and learn about the presence of Carolina College
Advising Corps (CCAC) at Dudley High School from Camille Cates,
a 2007 Carolina graduate and CCAC counselor.
1:45 p.m. Victory Junction Gang Camp, Randleman: We will tour this unique
camp for disabled children started by the Petty NASCAR family, and
learn about its impact on children’s lives from camp medical director
Peter Sims. The UNC Craniofacial Center has worked with the camp
to provide children with craniofacial anomalies a chance to attend.
3:45 p.m. Arrive Friday Center Parking Lot, Chapel Hill.