~oulous_e-J.au1teC-JCantinUedJ[Qm page 61..J--___ Qualls count themselves among Toulouse-Lautrec's biggest admirers, both said they learned more from the GAA excursion and Covington than either of their previous trips or the audio tour provided by the museum. "With a tour like this, you get so many more interest- ing pieces ofinformation about the artist's world," said Landy Qualls."l've learned so many more things today than [ knew before I came." Elaine Norwood, attending with her husband, Dr. Joseph Norwood, succinctly stated the lecture's advantages: "You can't ask the audio tour questions." • - Beth McNichol ' 95 __M~CailL(CQatinuedJrom page . 6.0)·_ _ _ _ _ _ __ District, and the oldest alumnus in attendance at either event, Foster Davis ' 37. Mter McCain's remarks, Horace Stacy ' 50 told McCain that he needed a list of all alumni in Robeson County who weren't GAA members and said he planned on con- tacting them, Dibbert says. For McCain, it was just like the old days, particularly seeing many classmates from her era. "I love to visit people in this state because I've done it for years politically," McCain says. "It's like seeing the old friends again. The loyalty to the University is just wonder- ful everywhere. They may have different reasons for loving it, but they love it." • - Pa/'I/.ela Babcock •
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OBY Earns a KO at Awards Program
Sophomore Andy Pike was disappointed when he and other members of the Order ofthe Bell Tower didn't win
the lip sync contest at the Association of Student Advancement
Progran'ls convention in February. But his disappointment
was short-lived. At the following ceremony, the GAA-
sponsored group received more awards than any other
organization - one for Most Outstanding Program and
another for Most Outstanding Organization - knocking
out more than 70 schools for the convention's top honors.
Pike, a business m<uor from Indianapolis, said winning
the awards proved how the group's hard work and dedica-
tion paid off."[Mter] winning for the most outstanding
program, the award for most outstanding organization was
the icing on our cake."
Eleven of OBT's 60 members volunteered to travel to
the district conference, held at the University of Tennessee
at Knoxville. Student alumni groups from Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Tennessee
and Virginia delivered presentations about their groups'
projects, membership drives and other activities.
OBT President Caroline Waddell, a senior from
Burlington, shared information about OBT's Extern
Program, which offers Carolina students opportunities to
intern with alumni over winter or spring break. It was the
progranl recognized by the student association with its top
progran1l11ing award."It is one of our most popular pro-
granlS," said Brigida Mack, OBT vice president and a sen-
ior from Charlotte. "Students always speak very highly of
Mack said that winning the honor was rewarding for a
group that strives to be an integral part of Carolina's com-
munity."As a senior who's been in Order of the Bell
Tower since my freshman year, winning this award is like
coming full circle," Mack said. "I have seen OBT continue
to raise the bar each year for what an outstanding organi-
zation of student ambassadors should be. It's just great to
finally get recognized."
Waddell agreed. "We've always known that we're a great
organization, and we've always been proud of the work
that we do, but it feels really good to get the recognition
from our district. We have some anlazing schools that share
our district - organizations that bring three or four times
more members than we do - but even though we're not
the largest or loudest, we still made an impression this year
and won the respect of the other groups."
OBT was founded in fall 1980 in an attempt to
strengthen the relationship between students and alumni.
That December, the 58-member OBT sold its popular
Exan'l Kits - special packages of goodies for students
from parents - for the first time and became a self-sus-
taining association. Other projects included local Carolina
Club meetings, homecoming and high school workshops
(now known as Shadow Day). Chancellor Christopher C.
Fordham' 47 honored OBT members in 1982 by recog-
nizing them as the University's official student ambassadors.
Today's OBT members also assist with functions such as
the chancellor's pregame parties near Kenan Stadium, the
Office of Undergraduate Admissions' junior open house,
reunion weekends and admitted student receptions. They
volunteer with conmlUnity service projects, including Tar
Heel Night, which directed proceeds to Wake County's
Operation School Bell, and the Dance Marathon.
"OBT is one of the most philanthropic groups we have
on campus," said Lynne Shallcross, a sophomore from New
Jersey and OBT community service co-chair. "Really and
truly, it is an amazing organization, one that I am proud to
be part of.".
Classes with highest
, as qJ'Marcil 27, 2002
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