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Bus Tour Visits Highs, Lows of N. C. Economy
98 Years Old,
Aiextile town pulling through hard times and beauty parlors doling out health information were among the highlights of this year's Tar Heel us Tour.
Thirty-six new faculty and administrators climbed aboard May 16 for the
tour, covering more than 1,000 miles in five days. The tour was started in
1997 to orient new faculty and staff to the state of North Carolina and show
them how the University benefits it.
"I feel connected to Carolina, both the University and the state," said Kate
Gallagher, professor of education and native of Chicago, of her experience
with the tour.
The itinerary offered a
glimpse into UNC's various
research and conllllunity service
projects. These included the
Citizen-Soldier Initiative of
Rocky Mount, a support pro-
gram for National Guard and
military reservists organized by
a team of faculty in the School
of Social Work, and the High-
way Safety Research Center.
Gallagher said that in
Burlington she found a project
called BEAUTY (Bringing
Education And Understanding
To You, started by UNC's
Cancer Center) especially
inspiring. The project involves
beauty salons as centers for
women's health education. Par-
ticipating hair stylists share
health information while doing
customers' hair, and posters on
topics such as breast cancer and
nutrition adorn the establish-
ments' walls, Gallagher said.
"They took a simple idea
and were doing something ele-
gant with it," she said.
Other destinations on the tour shed light on the changing ['lce of the
North Carolina economy.After visiting a tobacco and hog farm in Deep
Run, the bus also stopped at a Boonville winery owned by a third-generation
tobacco farmer who has successfully changed careers.
A more sobering stop was Spindale, a town struggling to weather the
recent shutdown of its 83-year-old textile plant. Larry Griffin, Reed professor
ofsociology, said Spindale was the most memorable and moving part of the
tour, even though it was "fairly grim."
"It was both fact-filled and emotion-filled," Griffin said. "] learned a lot
about the textile industry and the human cost of the changes in [it]."
But the trip's most important lesson was something else, said the Missis-
"I was really struck ... by the degree of pride the citizens have in this
University. And it's not just the basketball."
The Tar Heel Bus
Tour stops in Deep
Run on the second
day of the five-day
tour, pulling into the
farm of Randy Smith.
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Participants in the
tour listen as Unique
Hair Salon owner
Barbara Jones talks
in the Lineberger
during a stop in
July l Aug li s t 2005