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Carolina Women The Newsletter of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council | Spring 2006 FEATURED WOMAN: Contacts Council Co-Chairs Mary Anne Dickson Barbara Hyde Julia Sprunt Grumbles For more information on Molly Barker in focus Carolina First, visit carolinaﬁrst.unc.edu COUNCIL NEWS UNC faculty members receive ﬁrst Carolina Women’s For more information Leadership Council Mentoring Awards on the Women’s Leadership Council, visit Discovery Place presents the Dead Sea Scrolls carolinaﬁrst.unc.edu/women or contact Lanier Brown May CAMPAIGN NEWS & GIFTS at firstname.lastname@example.org or Campaign Update 919-843-5883. The Carolina Merit Campaign Tri Delts help College of Arts and Sciences meet highest priority—faculty More Council Gifts UNIVERSITY NEWS Gray-Little unanimously selected for provost’s post Folkerts chosen to lead School of Journalism and Mass Communication GAA honors queen of teen media A novel idea: The Namesake chosen as summer reading program’s ﬁrst work of ﬁction UNC #1 in study abroad three years running UNC joins partnership to help community college UNC students, faculty head to Gulf Coast over spring break to assist in relief efforts Carolina announces 2006-07 Performing Arts Series Pisano addresses work/family balance in December commencement RESEARCH School of Public Health establishes center for feeding, care of infants, young children BUILDING UPDATES New Cancer Hospital EVENT UPDATES Greenville, N.C. Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Annual Meeting UPCOMING EVENTS 1 FEATURED WOMAN Molly Barker in focus Note: This month’s featured woman is Molly Barker ’82, ’89 (MSW), who was the keynote speaker at the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council annual meeting in March. Molly is founder of Girls on the Run®, a nonproﬁt program for girls ages 8 to 13. Girls on the Run® combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing and uplifting workouts to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Molly is also a four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete. She lives in Charlotte, N.C., and has two children. The article below is not an exact transcript of the speech Molly presented at the meeting but does include many of the same stories. Enjoy and make sure you have a box of tissues handy . . . I am a very low maintenance person….What you see is what you get. I don’t get manicures, I don’t wear much make-up…I don’t know how to curl hair and I hardly ever wear dresses. Case in point, the ﬁrst time my daughter saw me wear something other than pants or shorts, she was old enough to talk. When I stepped out into the living room in my one skirt, she pointed at its fabric and asked in a completely serious tone, “Mommy what’s that?” This is the same little girl that several weeks ago while I was “doing” my hair walked into the bathroom…decked out to the nines. She had a purse draped delicately across her shoulder, sunglasses perched on top of her head and a drop-dead gorgeous perfectly matched skirt and jacket ensemble. She looked at herself in the mirror and sighed. “I just love myself.” I hid back the chuckle… “Helen, what is it that you love about yourself,” I asked. “I love….my eyes…,”she said. “I love my mouth,” she said. “Oh yeah, Mommy. And, I also love my heart….” It struck me right then and there, that my daughter was on the cusp of girlhood and even at age six, was taking in the messages I so wanted the girls with whom I work to absorb. My daughter Helen loves herself…her eyes, her voice, her body, her mind. I didn’t always feel that way. Heck, it’s only been since my mid-thirties that I came to some comfort in my own skin. So I’m delighted that my daughter Helen is showing signs of a healthy body-image and esteem at the ripe old age of six! So in preparation for my comments today…I wanted to ﬁnd just the right words…the ones that would help you see into MY world…the world of the girl…the world where she lives and the heaven Girls on the Run is trying to provide for her. And while I know of the potential impact my words may have on you, I realize that what I say to you today is not nearly as important as what I told my eight year old friend Mary—that she is beautiful, in spite of the girls in her class calling her fat. Or the importance of 2 what I shared with Sarah who doesn’t know where to turn—her beautiful thirteen year old daughter— her precious little girl—is starving herself to be beautiful and can now barely walk at 79 pounds. Or the power of what I say to sixteen year old Zoey who is cutting herself and can’t stop.…… Girls on the Run was a gift to me nine years ago. Struggling with my own issues of low-self-worth, Girls on the Run was the version of my life I longed for. A heaven if you will, where girls and women—heck anyone with whom the program comes into contact—are free to be themselves. A space in time where being real, authentic and vulnerable are admirable traits—where true beauty is wrapped in how we live our lives as opposed to how we look. As the program has grown, so too has my realization of the impact it has had not just on me, but of course the girls, their coaches, their families and you, the public. Meet my friend Madeline. Last December I was wrapping up with my Girls on the Run girls at Charlotte Country Day School. The weather was unsure—in a constant state of changing its mind… would it be rainy, cloudy, cold, warm, thundering or sunny. So today as I walked to the track with my girls, I was grateful that the rain was holding off. An amalgam of emotions pulsing through my veins on this very last day with this group of amazing little girls. They began to run—today’s lesson is called Run for Reason—12 laps covered by each girl—to raise money for other girls who would like to participate in Girls on the Run, but might not otherwise be able to afford it. I backed my car up to the track, put on some lively music and cheered on each beating heart, dancing soul, brilliant pair of eyes as they moved joyously around the track. Clouds building, a thunderstorm was rumbling hundreds of miles away. Rolling, building, powerful. Madeline is the smallest girl in Girls on the Run. She is petite. Every feature on her face is tiny, she has tiny wrists, her little feet, her small voice. “Molly, come here,” she said. “I have something I have to show you. I must show you. Please.” “But Madeline I need to stand here and cheer on each girl.” “But Molly, you have to see this.” She then cupped her mouth with hands on either side and whispered, “I think I see Heaven.” Madeline took me by the hand and ran with me to the far end of the track. “Look!” She said. “Look. I see Heaven. And I turned to my right and saw before me the absolutely most brilliant sunset I’ve ever seen in my life. Dark black clouds surrounded a brilliant white light of such force that light pierced the sky and sent beams of light down on the earth miles and miles away. “See,” she said, completely convinced, “Heaven.” “Madeline,” I said. “Yes, Heaven…surely.” But I didn’t need to look at the sky. I didn’t need to look to some distant space in time. I only had to look at the two small, but brilliant rays of light—there in Madeline’s eyes to know that indeed, heaven is right there—resting inside her little girl soul—that little girl body. Heaven rests in me and you and the brilliance of our own lives—I am convinced as convinced as Madeline was that she was witnessing a glimpse of heaven on a stormy—day that Girls on the Run is creating our own heaven—a place of safety where girls, mothers, sons, fathers, people can feel a peace of such depth simply being their authentic selves. Authentic is not how I would describe my impressions of friendship growing up in the South thirty years ago. Girls in my neighborhood were supposed to be quiet, thin and pretty. Throw blond in there and you were almost perfect. Expressing your thoughts and speaking your mind was left to the boys…so too were the sports. I didn’t feel like I ﬁt in. I was a tomboy, a smart athletic one…traits not typical of the girls who were called popular. But now I know that being a strong woman isn’t just dressing up anymore—it’s getting down and dirty on social issues—putting on your overalls and working in the trenches—making change at a grassroots level—and in the case of my work with Girls on the Run—committing myself fully to providing the light of Heaven so sweetly described by Madeline, to the ground beneath the running 3 feet of thousands of little girls and their families throughout not just Charlotte but the U.S. What is Girls on the Run? Ask any number of people and you will get a variety of answers. It’s a Running program…self-esteem enrichment course…after-school program….mentoring program…. life-skills and prevention program…that list in part is determined by the teller—what she gained by either delivering it, enrolling her daughter in it or bringing it to her school or city. The program, based on sound psychological research engages 3rd-5th grade girls for 12 weeks in a series of well thought out and sequential lessons that reveals to them—in girlspeak—a heaven of sorts where they are free to be themselves. Three core goals are at work over the 12 weeks…The ﬁrst four weeks the girls explore their values—what and who are important to them…What do I believe in and what do I stand for? The second four weeks explores team-building skills—how to stand up for myself, how to stop a gossip chain, how to be a good listener—the outcome being a strong sense of connectedness with teammates…and the last four weeks explores a host of ways they can speak up—use their voice and change the world. They design and implement their very own community project. And of course, they run—they are training through playing topic-related games for a 5K run at the conclusion of the 12 weeks. And yet it is a prayer for a shift in cultural thinking that is at the core of our program. So while I could go into the research indicating the positive changes the program is having on girls’ body image, self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, I’d rather tell you about three people….three people I know were changed by it. Three people who through their transformation…changed me. Shirkara was in fourth grade. Shirkara has recently been adopted. Shirkara has known darkness, more darkness than you would wish upon even your very worst enemy. She has scars across her back and thighs the size of cigarette butts to show for it. She runs from a camera, uncertain of what unseemly pose the photographer will require of her. She has problems with her eyesight from sitting in darkness for lengthy periods of time. And Shirkara doesn’t talk. It’s not that she doesn’t know how—it’s that she won’t talk. Talking, where she came from, only got you in trouble. Using your voice and speaking up for yourself, expressing your fears, your tears, your emotions only got you scars, darkness or worse—nothing. Shirkara was in Girls on the Run. And I had the privilege to be her coach. Typically in most of our games we have a processing period after each game or activity—an opportunity for the girls to relate the experience of the game to some real-life situation. Going around our circle of 17, I would come to Shirkara. And each day, Shirkara would nervously shake her head, look to the ground and we would move on to the next girl in the circle. The ﬁrst week, one of the other girls said fondly, “Oh, that’s just Shirkara, she never talks.” But as the weeks went on, Shirkara kept coming back. She kept showing up and she kept shaking her head. But girl, could Shirkara run. She communicated her moods, her feelings, her thoughts by how her body moved through space. When she was mad her feet would slam the pavement, her stride choppy, her blonde hair would sporadically rise and fall with each step. But when she was right with the world, for that one hour of her life, she would ﬂoat across the asphalt, each step tapping the pavement, ever so lightly, her arms relaxed at her side and her blonde hair ﬂowing in a stream behind her. But the girl had no voice. On the very last workout day of Girls on the Run we ask the girls to name one or two words that would describe their Girls on the Run experience. Katherine said, “Cool!” Anna said, “Awesome.” Takia said, “The bomb” (this means great!). And Shirkara. . . she paused, she cleared her throat and said. . . nothing. She shook her head, looked to the ground and we continued. The following night we had our Girls on the Run Banquet. Every girl receives her very own award, based on what makes 4 each girl special. Katherine won the “smile with the red face” award. Anna won the “loyal to her friends award.” Takia won the “cool cat” award. And Shirkara, what award did she win? Shirkara won the “grand communicator” award—for communicating on a level that surpasses anything worldly. She could communicate with her body, the strike of her step, the look in her eye, the smile on her face. And when I called Shirkara up to receive her award—she slowly moved to take her place next to me. And out of her back pocket she pulled out a small card. With a nod of her head she handed it to me and I opened it. And as I opened it, her face lit up, the knowing that today was special, today something different would happen. Today, Shirkara would ﬁnd her voice. I asked her if she would like to read what she wrote—and that brave little girl, closed her eyes tight, so tight for a few seconds, dug deep, and read her very own words to all of her friends in Girls on the Run and their families. Oh the sound of her sweet voice, like music through the room. “Dear Molly, the word I wanted to say on the last day of Girls on the Run was Love.” Shirkara got her voice back that day. Somewhere it had been lost or taken for that matter, in the darkness of some unknown closet, a burn or a photo. But on this day, Shirkara took it back. And I along with her friends had the privilege to witness her courage, her fear and her RIGHT to use her voice in whatever way she chose and with whatever words she wanted. The girl had been released! Heaven at last…Heaven at last. I rarely walk laps with the girls, but one day last season, my assistant coach took the helm and I walked several laps with a group of girls. At some point during the hour, Madeline and I ended up alone. Remember her….the little one who saw heaven. With Heaven pouring down around us, I asked… “Madeline, how is it that you and I ended up together? What happened so that you and I have been given the chance to know each other? How does all of that work? How did we both get so lucky?” Madeline thought for several seconds—small puffs of air exiting her mouth with each step. And then she spoke—with the assurance of someone who has absolutely NO doubt about the words to follow. “Well it’s like this,” she said. “God has an idea. But he has a problem because he somehow needs to get that idea down to earth. So to solve this problem, he wraps a body around the idea, and then brings the body down to earth. If the idea is a really big one, he wraps two or three or lots of bodies around the idea, so that the really big idea can get here. That’s how we get our gifts and talents. They are God’s tools to help us get the idea out of our bodies and onto earth.” I took her hand, slowed our walk to a stroll and knew that this would be a moment I would never forget. That if there was a divine—a higher power—God or something greater than all of us out there—he, she, it—was right there in the words of that small child. Madeline, this small and brilliant 8-year-old, so eloquently put into words what I wish for me and you and any woman seeking contentedness—to shift the overindulgent ﬁxation we have on our bodies to the idea around which our body is wrapped. Yet somewhere right now, right this minute while I’m writing this, a young woman lies silent starving herself to be beautiful and invisible—a young girl is having sex so her boyfriend will love her—a young mother is selling her pregnant body so she can get her next heroine kick—a little girl thinks she isn’t worth anything, because she is fat—a mother hides her liquor but can’t hide the odor of it on her breath or the shame of it in her soul when her daughter comes home from school—a woman stays in an abusive situation while her daughter wonders why—and an eleven-year-old girl tries her ﬁrst cigarette. My desire to celebrate my children and all the girls with whom I come into contact is stronger than it ever has been. We’ve got to start somewhere. We’ve got to take back our voices, our bodies, our spirits and celebrate the ideas around which our bodies are wrapped. 5 Next month, my daughter Helen and I are hosting a tea party for my friend’s Chihuahua, Gerdie. We will play dress-up in frills, a hat and hold a tea cup with our pinky ﬁngers extended. We will talk to little Gerdie, giggle for no reason and eat cake. Today somewhere a girl cries in shame—for no real reason. I want to know her. I want to get to know her, celebrate her, see her eyes. I want to kiss her cheek, dance with her in the sunshine, lift her up and celebrate all the girl that she is and the woman she will be. I want her to know that she is beautiful, strong and powerful. Our jobs, yours and mine are to give girls back the “ideas” that are uniquely theirs. To take them back from the negative stereotypes and messages in the media. To take them back from the should and ought to people. To put their uniqueness, their individuality, their girlness at the core of all we do for them and with them. To provide as many opportunities for our girls to experience genuine acceptance of their uniqueness, their spirits, their voices and their bodies. And what continually comes back to haunt me in all of my work with girls—and even more so as the mother to one is this: I cannot give away what I do not already have. I cannot teach her self-love and acceptance without ﬁrst being the student. I cannot offer up a deﬁnition of genuine and authentic beauty, until I am willing to embrace it myself. I cannot look into her eyes and see the strength there until I am willing to look inward and see the strength that lies within me. I cannot share with her the wonder of our most brilliant “ideas”…until I unabashedly unwrap mine. Only then to reveal Heaven at last…heaven at last. For more information on Girls on the Run, visit www.girlsontherun.org. COUNCIL NEWS UNC faculty members receive ﬁrst Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Awards Carolina faculty members Joy Kasson and Carla White-Harris have received the University’s ﬁrst Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Awards, presented at the council’s recent annual meeting. The awards are funded by a $206,000-plus endowment created by gifts from Carolina Women’s Leadership Council members. In two categories, faculty-to-faculty and faculty- to-student, the awards recognize outstanding faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor and lead students or junior faculty members as they make career decisions, embark on research challenges and enrich their lives Robert Shelton, Carla White-Harris, Julia Sprunt Grumbles and through public service, teaching and educational Joy Kasson 6 opportunities. Each awardee receives a $5,000 stipend. “Recognizing that one of the Carolina First Campaign’s priorities is faculty support, we wanted to do something collectively to address this need,” said Julia Sprunt Grumbles ‘75, co-chair of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council. “An overwhelming number of faculty members have identiﬁed the need for more recognition programs to honor the ﬁne work being done by our scholars. To that end, we wanted to honor those faculty members who have shared their wisdom and experience to lead, encourage and support students and colleagues in attaining their academic and personal goals.” Kasson, the Bowman and Gordon Gray professor of American studies and English and chairwoman of the Curriculum in American Studies, received the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Award for the faculty-to-faculty category. White-Harris, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy and director of the Pharmaceutical Care Labs, received the award for the faculty-to-student category. Both received numerous nominations. Of Kasson, a peer wrote: “I cannot think of a colleague who at one time or another has not beneﬁted from her friendship and professional guidance or support. Joy Kasson is a model of excellence in teaching, research and service for which the University strives.” Likewise, one of White-Harris’ nominators wrote: “I deﬁne mentor as a wise and trusted friend and guide. Someone who listens to you, demonstrates leadership, believes in you and helps you to become who you are today. Ms. White-Harris demonstrates all of these attributes and more. She exempliﬁes the true deﬁnition of what a ‘mentor’ is.” The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Awards will be an ongoing recognition program, open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as ﬁxed-term faculty who have taught at UNC for at least three years. Nominations may be submitted by anyone from the UNC community, including current and former faculty, staff and students. A selection committee appointed by the provost an on which Grumbles serves reviews and recommends the award recipients. Discovery Place presents the Dead Sea Scrolls Leigh Jenkins Goodwyn ‘88, a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and also vice president of marketing and communications at Discovery Place in Charlotte, is excited to be a part of The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the museum. She invites all Carolina women and, of course, their families to visit this ﬁrst of its kind exhibit. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible known to Christians as the Old Testament. They were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd and kept from public view for 40 years. While several other U.S. markets have featured The Dead Sea Scrolls, the exhibit at Discovery Place is unique in that the entire exhibit was built from the ground up, including graphics, narratives and display cases. Alterations were also made to the Bank of America Exhibition Hall to accommodate the grand scope of the exhibit and streamline the specialized admissions process the exhibit requires. The Dead Sea Scrolls runs from February 17 to May 29, 2006. For more information, visit www.discoverscrolls.org. 7 CAMPAIGN NEWS & GIFTS Campaign Update Campaign goal: $2,000,000,000 Raised to date: $1,702,987,080 Percent of goal raised: 85% Percent of campaign over: 79% Scholarships & Fellowships created: 571 (out of 1000) Professorships created: 167 (out of 200) A few facts on woman donors: *Individual woman donors have contributed $319 million, or 35 percent of gifts, raised to date. *The average woman’s gift to the campaign is $4,000. *Carolina Women’s Leadership Council members have collectively given $51 million to the campaign. The campaign began July 1, 1999, and ends Dec. 31, 2007 The Carolina Merit Campaign One of the deciding factors for raising the goal for the Carolina First Campaign from $1.8 billion to $2 billion, was the need for more merit-based scholarships. As part of the new goal, Carolina has launched a drive to raise $60 million to endow merit-based scholarships. The Carolina Merit Campaign aims to double the number of institutionally-funded scholarships that we currently offer to North Carolina residents—from 150 to 300 annually. This means that, each and every year, 150 of North Carolina’s top high-school seniors will choose to attend Carolina instead of Duke, State, or UVA. Over time—once these scholarships are fully phased in among the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes—the number of new North Carolinian merit scholars in residence at Carolina at any one time will reach 600. An equally-important goal of the Campaign is to create 15 more institutionally-funded scholarships for out-of-state students. Presently, we offer only 30 such scholarships each year. To fully phase in the increase of 15 new merit awards to out-of-state students each year will require a total of 60 new out-of-state scholarships. Giving the Carolina Merit Campaign a boost are Council member Mary Helen Dunn Wade ’83 and her husband, Gregg’81, who have contributed generously to the cause. Mary Helen is a partner in the executive search Mary Helen Dunn Wade ‘83 ﬁrm of Russell Reynolds Associates. The Wades reside in Spartanburg, S.C. with their four children. Tri Delts help College of Arts and Sciences meet highest priority—faculty Carolina Women’s Council member Becky Todd Cobey ’75 is spearheading efforts to establish the ﬁrst University professorship funded by a sorority. The Delta Delta Delta Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences would be Carolina’s third Greek professorship—both Delta Kappa Epsilon and Becky Todd Cobey ‘75 8 Phi Delta Theta fraternities have established $1 million professorships. The goal is to raise $666,000 in gifts and pledges by December 31, 2007, and then apply for a state match of $334,000 from the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund, creating a $1 million professorship. To date, $186,340 has been committed in gifts and pledges. On May 16, the Tri Delts, including Council members Bailey Sellars Barnett ‘73, Prince Dixon Witt ‘82, Molly Dewar Froelich ‘83, Patty Ward Hendrix ‘83, Margaret Campbell Ullrich ‘86 and Jane McColl Lockwood ‘90, will host a fund-raiser for the professorship in Charlotte at the Hodges Taylor Gallery. For more information on the professorship, contact Emily Stevens at the Arts and Sciences Foundation at 919-843-5285 or email@example.com. More Council Gifts In other Campaign news, the following council members have also made generous contributions to the Carolina First Campaign: Dorothy “Dotty” Reynolds Brotherton’s family foundation—The Reynolds Foundation—is endowing study abroad scholarships in the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dotty is a 1974 Carolina graduate and was one of the ﬁrst women in the Honors Program. Sisters Frances ’77 and Susan Gravely ’73, ’79, along with their mother Lee Gravely, are establishing the Lee Gravely Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences to support student opportunities to study abroad. The sisters, who own and operate Vietri, Inc., in Hillsborough, N.C., plan to continue building the fund in coming years. Susan ’73, ’79 and Frances Gravely ’77 Marjorie “Dee” Moses Schwab ’69 has pledged a generous contribution to the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Institute, established in 1987, provides a wide range of fellowships, seminars, workshops and facilities to develop faculty teaching, scholarship, leadership and service. Dee Schwab ’69 UNIVERSITY NEWS Gray-Little unanimously selected for provost’s post Chancellor James Moeser has appointed Bernadette Gray-Little, currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as the University’s next executive vice chancellor and provost. A UNC faculty member for 35 years, Gray-Little will succeed Robert Shelton, who was recently named the next president of the University of Arizona. As executive vice chancellor and provost, Gray-Little will serve as UNC’s chief academic ofﬁcer and oversee all academic operations. Gray-Little received unanimous approval from the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, the vice chancellors, deans and Board of Trustees. “In my entire experience in academe, I have never known such 9 unanimity or enthusiasm for an appointment, especially one as important as that of chief academic ofﬁcer,” said Chancellor Moeser. A native of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in psychology, Gray-Little became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in March 2004 and previously served as senior associate dean for undergraduate education in the College after serving as the University’s executive associate provost. In her varied leadership roles at Carolina, Gray-Little has spearheaded the development of many innovative education programs, including the First-Year Seminar Program. Her appointment as dean begins on July 1. Bernadette Gray-Little Folkerts chosen to lead School of Journalism and Mass Communication Jean Folkerts, professor of honors and of media and public affairs at George Washington University, has been selected to become the next dean of UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The appointment, effective July 1, remains subject to ﬁnal approval by the UNC Board of Trustees. If approved, Folkerts also will hold the title Distinguished Alumni Professor in recognition of career accomplishments to date. “Jean has demonstrated a broad depth of knowledge about the rapidly changing ﬁeld of journalism and mass communications, especially the role that electronic media will continue to play in informing key audiences,” Chancellor James Moeser said. “We are proud of the school’s sterling national Jean Folkerts reputation, and I have every conﬁdence that under Jean’s leadership the school will remain arguably the very best.” Folkerts would succeed Interim Dean Tom Bowers, who took over on July 1, 2005, after Richard Cole stepped down after 26 years as dean to return to the faculty. Folkerts joined George Washington’s Media and Public Affairs program in 1990. Since then, she has served as director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (1996-2001), interim dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (2001-2002) and associate vice president of special academic initiatives (2003-2005). In 2001, Folkerts was named the Teacher of the Year for excellence in the teaching of media history by the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation. She also was recognized among the 2001 Kansans of Distinction by The Topeka Capital-Journal for excellence in media and journalism. Folkerts earned a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Kansas and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. For more information on Folkerts and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit www. jomc.unc.edu. GAA honors queen of teen media On Jan. 13, the UNC General Alumni Association honored Professor Jane Brown with its Faculty Service Award. The award has been given each year since 1990 to a faculty member whose service has had a lasting impact on the University and the GAA. Brown holds the James L. Knight Professorship in Advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she has 10 led research into what she refers to as “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Her studies of adolescent health and mass media have examined everything from alcohol and tobacco advertising to violence and sexuality on television. Brown has been recognized with several honors at the University, including the 2002 Cornelia Phillips Spencer Bell Award, previously given each year to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to UNC; in 1994 she was elected chair of the faculty. George Lensing, who served as faculty secretary for part of Brown’s three-year term, said, “She had all the markings of a superb leader—complete accessibility to the entire faculty, indefatigable energy and, perhaps most importantly, a radiant smile and open friendliness for absolutely everyone she encountered.” Jane Brown A novel idea: The Namesake chosen as summer reading program’s ﬁrst work of ﬁction Next year’s incoming undergraduates will read and discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake as part of UNC’s summer reading program, now in its eighth year. Published in 2003, The Namesake offers an intimate portrait of an Indian immigrant family’s experience in the United States as they attempt to carve out a place for themselves in a culture that is both inviting and alienating. The novel is Lahiri’s ﬁrst, following a collection of short stories entitled “Interpreter of Maladies,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. The Namesake is the ﬁrst work of ﬁction to be chosen for the program. Members of the book selection committee said they hoped the novel would succeed at broadening readers’ understanding of other cultures. Committee members also said they believed the novel would further the University’s effort to internationalize the campus and the student experience and stimulate thoughtful discussion next fall, which is one of the committee’s priorities when selecting books for the program. For more information on Carolina’s Summer Reading Program, visit www.unc.edu/srp. UNC #1 in study abroad three years running Carolina had a higher rate of students studying abroad than any other public research university nationwide for the third consecutive year, according to Open Doors 2005, an annual report published by the Institute of International Education. UNC ranked sixth among all research universities for the total number of undergraduate and graduate students going abroad, a one spot-improvement over last year’s ranking. Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, which oversees study abroad, said the rankings reﬂected the University’s ongoing commitment to preparing students for life and work in a global society. The Ofﬁce of Study Abroad currently offers 313 programs in 71 countries, including several overseas internship opportunities. In other global news, the University recently purchased its ﬁrst academic facility overseas, a 4,440- square-foot study center located in the heart of London. Back in Chapel Hill, Carolina is building a Global Education Center, an 80,000-square-foot facility that will house all of UNC’s international programs and will include classrooms, research centers and student services, which are currently spread out across the campus. For more information on Carolina study abroad opportunities, visit studyabroad.unc.edu. 11 UNC joins partnership to help community college: Students transfer to selective four-year schools UNC is among eight colleges and universities to join the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in a $27 million partnership aimed at enabling more community college students to earn bachelor’s degrees from selective four-year institutions. Participating schools will build model programs that enable academically qualiﬁed low- to moderate- income community college students to transfer to selective schools in unprecedented numbers. UNC’s efforts will focus on admitting and graduating transfer students from three area community colleges. UNC will receive $898,789 from the foundation and contribute $2.3 million to the cause. The resulting partnership will create the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP). C- STEP will identify potential students while they are still in high school or early in their community college careers and guarantee their eventual transfer admission to UNC if they earn an associate degree and complete the C-STEP program at one of the partner colleges. UNC students, faculty head to Gulf Coast over spring break to assist in relief efforts For his last college spring break, Carolina senior Garrett Hall had big plans. No, he didn’t live it up in Key West. He traveled with other UNC students to New Orleans to help in Gulf Coast relief work. Hall’s group worked with the Common Ground Collective, a community-initiated volunteer organization that offers assistance, mutual aid and support to victims of hurricane disasters. Hall is one of the 11 students and faculty members who received grants supporting Gulf Coast relief efforts from UNC’s Carolina Center for Public Service and the Division of Student Affairs. Grants of up to $1,000 were awarded from a pool of $10,000. “We decided to go to New Orleans because while we know that it is the government’s responsibility to take the lead in the recovery, it is also each and every American’s responsibility to help out their fellow citizen in their deepest time of need,” Hall said. Andrew Hulbert, a sophomore, used the grant to travel to the Gulf Coast for the second time this school year. “There was never really any question after our winter break trip that we had to return at the next possible moment to help the people on the Gulf Coast. We are quite proud and excited to see that there are so many other UNC students that feel the same as we do,” Hulbert said. Students weren’t the only ones traveling to the Gulf Coast over Spring Break. Beth Lamanna, clinical instructor in the School of Nursing, traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with nursing students and community nurses to help staff three free medical clinics. In addition, Cheryll Lesneski and students from the Public Health Leadership Program worked with Team Epi-Aid students and the N.C. Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in UNC’s School of Public Health, on an assessment of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the vulnerable populations of older persons and the disabled. 12 Carolina announces 2006-07 Performing Arts Series Building on a hugely successful grand opening season, Carolina’s Performing Arts Series announces another spectacular lineup for 2006- 07. Artists coming to Chapel Hill include Lyle Lovett, Alvin Ailey and the Cleveland Orchestra. Japanese drumming rituals, Harlem poetry, and gospel, classical, roots, jazz and world music will be among the many genres represented in more than 50 performances. Audiences will also see theater from India, dancers from Brazil and Vietnam and other international performers, as well as Philadelphia DJ King Britt, the Carolina Ballet, the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in Lyle Lovett the Rock and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The experimental Urban Voices programs will once again highlight the importance of presenting new works. The season also will feature a series by the Carolina music department and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. “This wonderful new season rivals our grand opening season in breadth and depth and continues our mission to enrich the educational and cultural lives of our community and region,” said Emil Kang, Carolina’s executive director for the arts. This year the William R. Kenan Jr. Trust of Chapel Hill will make possible six of the classical music concerts, called Kenan Great Performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. Sweet Honey in the Rock carolinaperformingarts.org. Pisano addresses work/family balance in December commencement Etta Pisano has many impressive titles. She’s director of UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center, Kenan professor of radiology and biomedical engineering in the School of Medicine and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Although you won’t ﬁnd it on her CV, there’s one more title Pisano likes to include: advocate for work and family balance. It’s not surprising then that Pisano, who was selected to present the 2005 December Commencement Address, had just a few things to say on the topic of work and family balance in her speech. Following are a couple of excerpts: Some of you may doubt that any Kenan professor who has been asked to give the commencement address could be a kindred spirit in this struggle for balance between work and family. In fact, you may be regarding those of us up on this stage as hopelessly out of touch with what you face in the years ahead. Well, you’re wrong. When I was interviewing for my residency position and relayed my own hopes for an academic career, one prominent older-generation radiologist replied, “Don’t you want to have children?” I guess he thought I needed to be married to my job to succeed in my chosen ﬁeld. I’ve heard another old-fashioned leader claim that the best faculty members “don’t have Etta Pisano 13 families.” Well, balderdash! My Christmas decorations are not up yet. My house could never be photographed for House Beautiful. My cooking is not even close to Gourmet. And all of that is OK with me and my family. It is ﬁne according to our family priorities. My family is happy and productive living in our somewhat messy house. To read the full speech, visit www.unc.edu/news/Speeches/pisanodeccommencemnt121805.htm RESEARCH School of Public Health establishes center for feeding, care of infants, young children UNC’s School of Public Health has established a Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, the ﬁrst center of its kind in a school of public health. The center will advance and support research and practices that enable mothers and families to succeed in healthier feeding of infants and young children and related maternal health and nutrition in North Carolina, in the United States and globally. “Breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for saving the lives of infants and young children around the world,” said The new Michael Hooker Research Center at the School of Public Miriam Labbok, professor of the practice Health of public health and director of the center in the department of maternal and child health. “It is important that all families know that infants who are breastfed are much less likely to be overweight or to develop cancer, allergies or chronic ear infections later in life.” The chair and the center, established with an anonymous gift to the School of Public Health, will focus on strengthening policy, practices and programs in breastfeeding, complementary feeding and related maternal reproductive health worldwide through an integrated program of interdisciplinary research, teaching and service. Attention will be given to areas such as health services, economic assessment, policy support, and emergency settings, as well as to issues such as HIV/AIDS. For more information on the Center, visit www.sph.unc.edu/. BUILDING UPDATES New Cancer Hospital Construction began in late September 2005 on the new North Carolina Cancer Hospital in the UNC Hospitals Complex. Tentatively scheduled to open in late 2009, the 320,000-square-foot hospital 14 will devote seven ﬂoors to cancer services and will provide complete cancer care and research facilities in one building. “Everything a cancer patient needs, with the exception of an operating room, will be under one roof,” said Richard Goldberg, associate director for clinical research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which will be housed in the new hospital. The new facility will offer a variety of patient applications, including a developmental therapies unit, which will allow doctors to treat people with the newest drugs just coming into the clinical arena. It will also offer conferencing facilities to allow UNC’s doctors to communicate their clinical and research ﬁndings across the state, nation and world in a minute’s time. To learn more about the N.C. Cancer Hospital, visit www.unchealthcare.org. Leukemia survivor Reece Holbrook and his family of Durham, N.C., help UNC ofﬁcials break ground for the new N.C. Cancer Hospital. EVENT UPDATES Greenville, N.C. We enjoyed a great evening in Greenville at the home of Aurelia Stafford Monk ’83 on March 23. Co-chair Mary Anne Dickson ’63 and Shirley Ort, associate provost and director of scholarship and student aid, were the speakers. Shirley’s eloquent remarks about the Carolina Covenant and the Carolina Merit Campaign inspired much discussion among the 50 women attending the event. Many thanks to our gracious hosts, Aurelia and Ann Barwick Whichard ’79 for hosting such a fabulous event! For more information on the Carolina Covenant, visit www.unc.edu/carolinacovenant. For more information on the Carolina Merit Campaign, visit carolinaﬁrst.unc.edu/factﬁnders/acd-scholar2.pdf. Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Annual Meeting March 2-3, Chapel Hill, N.C. More than 80 women attended the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council’s 5th annual meeting, held again this year at the Carolina Inn. Molly Barker, founder and director of Girls on the Run was the keynote speaker (see the Featured Woman section in this newsletter for more on Molly and her speech.) Other highlights of the meeting included: Presentation of the inaugural Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Awards. Co-chair Julia Sprunt Grumbles and Provost Robert B. Shelton presented the awards to recipients Joy Kasson (faculty-to-faculty) and Carla White Harris (faculty-to-student). (see story in Council News section) A beautiful evening at the home of President Erskine Bowles. 15 A panel of UNC doctors discussing women’s health issues. An arts hour by the College of Arts and Sciences. A student panel discussion of the 2005 Carolina Summer Reading Program book, Blood Done Sign my Name, by Timothy B. Tyson. A tour of Memorial Hall. A presentation from the International Studies program. Updates from deans and University representatives from the School of Public Health, School of Education, the Honors Program, School of Social Work, Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Scholarship and Student Aid programs. Coach John Bunting was the closing speaker and shared great news about the Carolina football program. Go Heels! UPCOMING EVENTS May 16, 2006 Delta Delta Delta Professorship Fund-raiser Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, N.C. Hosted by Amanda Brantley Anders ‘75, Bailey Sellars Barnett ‘73, Sally Hough Blackwelder ‘68, Betsy Neill Blue ‘80, Spencer Rice Blythe ‘00, Kara Campbell Bossong ‘83, Tyler Ratchford Brody ‘00, Ann Wimbrow Chalk ‘72, Molly Dewar Froelich ‘83, Carol Cuthbertson Hamrick ‘84, Kathryn Heath ‘71, Patty Ward Hendrix ‘83, Elizabeth Dixon Joye ‘76, Sinclair Cornwell Little ‘78, Jane McColl Lockwood ‘90, Elizabeth Love Maddrey ‘91, Lillian Dobson McAulay ‘71, Elizabeth Raspberry Pitts ‘81, Parker Gilliam Thomas ‘78, Margaret Campbell Ullrich ‘86, Cameron Cutting Wilkinson ‘75, Margaret Williams Williams ‘82 and Prince Dixon Witt ‘82. Fall 2006 Events are planned for Charleston, S.C. and Columbia, S.C. 16