Week’s End

May. 31, 2013 @ 06:11 PM

James Moeser, chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill from 2000 until he retired in 2008, apparently can’t resist the lure and labor of running a UNC campus. Either that, or UNC President Tom Ross has strong persuasive powers.

Most probably, both of those were at play in the announcement this week that Moeser will become interim chancellor at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem Aug. 1.

Moeser’s academic background is in the arts. Since his retirement as chancellor, he has remained on the UNC faculty as a professor of music. He has a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan.

“He understands the many challenges and opportunities before this very special campus of the university,” Ross said in announcing Moeser’s appointment to the interim post in Winston-Salem. 

We wish Moeser the best in his interim role at the School of the Arts.

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Coincidentally, Carolina Performing Arts announced its 2013-14 season this week.

The program – one of Moeser’s legacies at UNC Chapel Hill – will bring artists ranging from saxophonist Maceo Parker and singer-songwriter George Clinton, to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to UNC’s Memorial Hall.

In all, more than two dozen different acts will appear through the course of the academic year.  It is a reminder of the many rich cultural and entertainment options that help make the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area such an appealing place for folks to live these days.

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If you saw about 50 folks in pretty good physical shape jogging along, with one of them carrying a torch, Thursday – that was the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games.

The runners, Durham Police officers, started at the Durham Police Headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street in downtown Durham and ran 10 miles to the Wake County line at Miami Boulevard and T. W. Alexander Drive.

There, they handed it off to Wake County law enforcement officers who ran the last leg of the journey. About 2,500 law enforcement officers and other employees from about 200 agencies throughout the state took part in the run.

Master Officer Erwin Baker has organized the Durham segment of the run since 2006. The Special Olympics mean a lot to him.

“The athletes are so thankful they get their moment to shine,” he told The Herald-Sun’s Keith Upchurch. “It means so much to the athletes, and anybody who has a heart will also be touched,” he said.

For their commitment and passion to a very special event, the Durham police officers in Thursday’s run can add the Durham Grit Award to their commendations.