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     The Newsletter of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council | Spring 2006



                                                                                   Council Co-Chairs
                                                                                  Mary Anne Dickson
                                                                                      Barbara Hyde
                                                                                 Julia Sprunt Grumbles

                                                                                For more information on
                      Molly Barker in focus                                        Carolina First, visit
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                       
                                                                              or contact Lanier Brown May
CAMPAIGN NEWS & GIFTS                                                          at 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

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

School of Public Health establishes center for feeding, care of infants, young children

New Cancer Hospital

Greenville, N.C.
Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Annual Meeting



                                            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

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

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

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

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.

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


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

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

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


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

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

                      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

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

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


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

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

                       “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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

                              For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.
Sweet Honey in the Rock

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

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


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


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

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

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

                                                                    Leukemia survivor Reece Holbrook and his
                                                                    family of Durham, N.C., help UNC officials
                                                                    break ground for the new N.C. Cancer

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 For more
information on the Carolina Merit Campaign, visit

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

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.

   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!


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.