STUDENT STORIES

Meteorology Student Leads Effort To Create Studio For Hands-On Learning

With resources provided through the Levine Scholars Program and the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, student Danielle Miller has led an effort to create a weather studio in the McEniry Building for meteorology students to use to hone their skills. "I knew we needed a space to have higher quality equipment, to get more real life experience and help our students be better prepared," she says.

Students Answer Question Of "How Do You See Aging" With Contest

A photo of a rusted shovel with a broken handle, aged by years of harsh Appalachian weather and hard work, sat on display in UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library during most of November. Seth Flynn, the creator, is a senior who is minoring in gerontology; he submitted it as part of a contest hosted by the Gerontology Program, with the support of the Gerontology Club and the J. Murrey Atkins Library, which asked students to answer the question: “How do you see aging?” The work and the touching story behind it earned Flynn first place in the competition.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

MPA Alumna Named Executive Director For Apartment Association

The Greater Charlotte Apartment Association has named UNC Charlotte alumna Kim S. Graham as its new executive director. Graham earned a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC Charlotte and most recently served as senior vice president of outreach and fund development with The Housing Partnership, a Charlotte-based housing nonprofit corporation.

Psychology Alumna Named Head Of United Way of Central Carolinas

UNC Charlotte psychology alumna Laura Clark has been named the head of the United Way of Central Carolinas, which announced her as its new president and chief executive officer effective September 7. Clark became the sixth leader in the organization’s 86-year history. She earned a master’s degree in clinical/community psychology from UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Appalachian State University.

INK

Religious Studies Professor Publishes Enoch Volume

John Reeves, Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies, and Annette Yoshiko Reed of New York University have published a work they hope will provide historians of religion with a new tool to explore the intertextual relationships between different religious corpora and the intertwined histories of the major religious communities of the ancient and medieval Near East.

HONORS & AWARDS

Ogundiran Appointed As Editor-in-Chief Of "African Archaeological Review"

Africana Studies outgoing chair Akin Ogundiran will serve as Editor-in-Chief of African Archaeological Review (AAR). This is the oldest continent-wide journal in the field of African archaeology. The five-year appointment will provide students with the opportunity to be part of the editorial process of a major international journal, in addition to providing UNC Charlotte with more visibility as a research university, Ogundiran said.

College Senior Associate Dean Receives Alumni Honor For Service

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Senior Associate Dean Shawn Long has received the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award from the University of Kentucky Lyman T. Johnson African American alumni group, honoring his impact on other people’s lives.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Policy Expert Offers Tips for Smart Voting

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. It’s a “blue moon” election, which means that every so often we have a midterm or off-year election with no statewide candidate for office at the top of the ticket. Typically, fewer people vote in midterm elections. Every election is important and this one is no different.

COLLEGE VIDEOS

Through #NinerNationGives, College Gains Support For Students

The Power of YOU Makes This The Norm! Join us for 49 hours of inspiring global thinking. With your help, we can continue provide transformational opportunities for our students and, in turn, enhance our local, regional, national and global communities.

CLAS Faculty Stand Out, With Top Teaching Awards Through The Decades

The Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence was first presented in 1968 to recognize outstanding faculty members at UNC Charlotte. Through the years, dozens of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty have received the top award, reflecting their commitment to stellar teaching.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Witherspoon Lecture: Shamans and Schizophrenia

An anthropologist who focuses on the edge of experience -- on voices, visions, the supernatural and the world of psychosis -- will deliver the 35th Loy P. Witherspoon Lecture on February 5, 2019, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Urban Roots: There's A Garden In My Beer!

While beer may have changed over the years, what has remained consistent is the use of plants and botanicals in its brewing. To consider this topic, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will present a talk by brewer Mary Izett, author of "Speed Brewing: Techniques and Recipes for Fast-Fermenting Beers, Ciders, Meads and More," on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at Free Range Brewery.

RESEARCH

UNC Charlotte, Gaston College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Grow Collaboration, With NIH Support

A new collaborative effort called the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program is designed to help students at UNC Charlotte, Gaston College, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College complete undergraduate biomedical degrees and, ultimately, succeed in biomedical careers. The initiative is made possible through support from the National Institutes of Health, with funding expected to total $1.37 million over five years.

Neighborhood Change: Research Tracks Impact Of Transit Investments

The LYNX Blue Line Extension’s first trip in March 2018 signaled dramatic change for UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte community. For researchers Isabelle Nilsson and Elizabeth Delmelle, the new line and the neighborhoods it passes through between Uptown Charlotte and the main campus represent a living laboratory for research exploring how transit investments affect neighborhood change and the implications for residential mobility and income segregation.

GLOBAL REACH

Heart and Home: Writer Challenges, Inspires With His Words

In his 2017 memoir At Home, Away From Home, UNC Charlotte’s Tanure Ojaide speaks of the indelible impressions from his early years in Nigeria. In his words, “One does not forget what one yearns for at heart.” At age 70, many of his poems, short stories, critical essays, and books serve as activist works calling out for justice and fairness for the people and the ecosystem of the Niger Delta.

TEACHING & ADVISING

College Focuses On Experiential Learning To Improve Student Outcomes

As part of the effort to advance experiential learning for students, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty and staff learned best practices during a two-day workshop in June with Worcester Polytechnic Institute facilitators. The primary goal of the workshop was to explore how to integrate project-based learning throughout CLAS.

University Writing Program Wins National Award for Excellence

UNC Charlotte’s University Writing Program has earned a 2017-2018 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, as one of only nine honorees to receive the national award. The UWP serves the entire university and is housed within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

IN MEMORIAM

In Time of Loss, Colleagues Reflect On Impact of Retired Faculty Member

Sue Spaulding, long-time member of the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, died suddenly on December 5, 2018. An avid and fearless traveler, she was doing what she loved most—cruising the sunny tropics. She was hired as Lab Director in 1993 and served the department in a variety of roles until her retirement in 2014.

Retired Psychology Founding Chair Remembered

Dr. Louis Diamant (Lou), professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, died at home in Charlotte on November 23, 2018. In 1963, when the University was still Charlotte College and consisted of only two buildings, Diamant became the founding chairperson of the Psychology Department.
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