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Annual Art for the Masses sale finds new home at UNCW

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW art students will now have the opportunity to sell their work alongside local artists and get a foot in the door to the art world before graduation. The university announced today it will be home to a yearly art show. It’s a community partnership that will allow students to participate.

“It will just open up doors and get my name out there in the art world,” UNCW art major Saralyn Earp said

Earp is just one of many UNCW art students who can sell their art with along with other local artists at an art show on campus starting this fall. The university announced it will be the permanent host of the annual Art for the Masses show.

“It’s a perfect collaboration with faculty and students with the art community,” said Jenni Harris, UNCW’s assistant to the chancellor for community partnership.

Art for the Masses was run by Creative Wilmington, but that non-profit organization is no longer in operation. The agreement with UNCW will help breathe new life into the sale, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

“They can think outside the box,” Harris said. “They can kick start new ideas, and that’s what art does for them, and that’s what this partnership is going to do in the long term.”

Earp said, “I already work at Project Art Gallery downtown on 3rd and Castle, so I know a lot of people in the art world already, but this makes it a little bit easier.”

The university benefits, too. Donations collected at Art for the Masses could go toward things like funding a visiting lecturer, buying art for display on campus or funding a student public art project on campus.

The tenth annual Art for the Masses is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, at UNCW.

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Eshelman makes another donation to namesake pharmacy school at UNC

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $2.5 million gift from alumnus Fred Eshelman to expand the school’s research programs and help transform the classroom experience for pharmacy students. The gift brings Eshelman’s total support for the school to more than $35 million.

“In every respect, the school is just going up, up, up,” Eshelman said. “I’m very fortunate to be a part of this, but it has precious little to do with me. I just put the gas in the car. The school is driving it.”

Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Eshelman’s gift today (March 22) at a meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Eshelman is the founder of Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. and a 1972 graduate of the pharmacy school. He is currently the founding chairman of Furiex, a drug development collaboration company spun out of PPD in 2010.

In 2003 Eshelman pledged $20 million to the pharmacy school, which at the time was the third largest single gift in the University’s history and the largest ever made to a pharmacy school in the United States. He has been a member of the pharmacy school’s Board of Visitors for more than a decade and has lectured as an adjunct faculty member. The school was named for Eshelman in 2008. He has supported the University and school with his commitment of time, service and gifts that now total more than $35 million.

The school’s research enterprise will benefit from $1.5 million of Eshelman’s latest gift, and the other $1 million will go to transforming pharmacy education and to improving the practice of pharmacy.

The gift supports the following three elements of the school’s strategic plan:

* Educational Renaissance Initiative. The school believes that teaching with traditional lectures is becoming obsolete. By making students responsible for learning content outside of class and creating better tools for helping them do so, the time faculty and students have together in class can be used to focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and hands-on learning.

* Practice of Pharmacy Initiative. Improving the practice of pharmacy, improving patient care and increasing engagement with health-care providers across North Carolina are school priorities. The school will work to develop and implement new best practices in pharmacy to improve patient care.

* Research and Training Initiative. Building on core strengths in nanomedicine, chemical biology and comparative-effectiveness research is a priority for the school. Over the past decade, the school has grown its federal research funding from $1.5 million to approximately $25 million.

“We are very grateful for Dr. Eshelman’s vision and support,” said Bob Blouin, dean of the pharmacy school and the Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Distinguished Professor. “It is difficult to overstate the dramatic effect of the contributions he has made. The generous backing of our alumni and friends-combined with strong state support-is one of the key reasons this school is regarded as one of the best in the nation.”

Eshelman’s previous gifts have created five $1 million distinguished professorships at the school that helped recruit world-renowned faculty. He established six scholarships for doctor of pharmacy students in addition to fellowships for graduate students. He provided the seed money to begin building the school’s 70,000 square feet of laboratory space in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Genetic Medicine Building and established a Fund for Excellence to support innovation in the school.

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Oleander Drive open

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Good news for drivers: Oleander Drive has reopened early.

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Construction wraps up on Oleander Drive

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One road construction project in Wilmington wrapped up a little sooner than expected.

Oleander Drive near Dawson Street reopened last night at 6 p.m. The Department of Transportation closed the road Monday morning to replace the tracks at the railroad crossing. Engineers say they finished the project earlier than anticipated beause of good weather. Plus, they didn’t run into any unforeseen underground problems.

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Romney says he’s no Etch A Sketch, is conservative

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

ARBUTUS, MD (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is trying to shake accusations that he’s an inconsistent conservative after a top adviser compared him to an Etch A Sketch toy.

Romney said Wednesday that he’ll run a conservative campaign if he wins the nomination. Romney says his policies and positions won’t change when he campaigns against President Barack Obama.

Earlier Wednesday, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom was asked during a TV interview if the GOP primary was pushing Romney too far to the right. Fehrnstrom replied: “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again” when the general election begins.

Rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich seized on the comment as evidence that Romney will say anything to get elected.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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