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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 6, 2004
Edward O. Wilson, known for his groundbreaking work on biodiversity, spoke at the University.
April 14, 2004
Alice Walker spoke at Hill Hall. The Pulitzer Prize- and American Book award-winning author visited campus as a Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences.
April 17, 2004
SOAR, the Southern Observatory for Astrophysical Research, was formally dedicated. A collaboration of UNC-Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory, and the Ministry of Science of Brazil, the observatory is a state-of-the-art, lightweight, computer-controlled, four-meter telescope that sits atop Cerro Pachon, a nine thousand-foot mountain in Chile’s northern Andes Mountains.
April 20, 2004
“The Gift” was dedicated. A mosaic of light-colored brick, it is the campus’s first monument to Native Americans. Haliwa-Saponi artist Senora Lynch of Warrenton, North Carolina, created the public art. “The Gift” can be found on the courtyard between the old and new Student Union buildings.
April 21, 2004
The University celebrated a groundbreaking for its new state-of-the-art Carolina Physical Science Complex. The $205 million complex is the largest construction project in the history of the University (as of 2004).