STUDENT STORIES

Graduates Celebrate at May 2018 Commencement

CLAS students and their family and friends - along with UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and dignitaries - celebrated the students' successes at the May 2018 Commencement ceremonies.

Student Researcher Perseveres, Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

UNC Charlotte’s Devin Clegg sees a strong linkage between his selection for a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and lessons he learned when conducting biological sciences research and playing football with the Charlotte 49ers. Clegg is affiliated with the research labs of marine biologist Adam Reitzel and molecular and cell biologist Richard Chi.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

English Alumnus Honored With Teaching Excellence National Award

South Point High School English teacher Bobbie Cavnar describes teaching as 25 percent preparation and 75 percent pure theater.  Lately, the UNC Charlotte alumnus has taken his place on the national stage, sharing his views of teaching, the humanities, the arts and issues confronting the nation's schools.

CLAS Alumni Among Those Honored by the Alumni Association

Three UNC Charlotte alumni with majors or minors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences were among the alumni, faculty and university friends that the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association recognized at the 2018 Alumni Awards celebration at the Hilton Charlotte Center City on April 20, 2018.

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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

Philosopher Receives Fellowship to Study Structural Racism, Linguistic Communication

Andrea Pitts, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte, has received a six-month Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. With the fellowship, Pitts will work on a book project in fall 2018, analyzing structural racism and linguistic communication.

Global Studies Professor Awarded Prestigious Luce/ACLS Fellowship

Joyce Dalsheim, a cultural anthropologist in the Department of Global Studies, has been selected as a 2018 Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. She will use her ethnographic research in Israel/Palestine to engage in a critical examination of the relationship between sovereignty and liberation, focusing on questions of religion and religious freedom. Her work adds new perspective to a broad set of interdisciplinary conversations on secularism and citizenship in the modern world.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Public School Teachers Learn Biotechnology Concepts, Tools at Free Workshop

UNC Charlotte biology alumna and Cabarrus County teacher Jessie L. Enlow stood at the front of the UNC Charlotte Biological Sciences laboratory, holding up slips of paper that were marked up to represent DNA sequencing. As part of the NC Science Festival series of events at UNC Charlotte, Enlow was a member of a team presenting ways for public school teachers to incorporate biotechnology concepts and tools in their classrooms.

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

Personally Speaking Highlights Five Authors in 9th Season

Personally Speaking taps into the critical and imaginative thinking of UNC Charlotte faculty scholars, taking their scholarship beyond their classrooms to the greater Charlotte community. As in its eight previous seasons, Personally Speaking in 2018-19 will take its attendees into often unexpected, sometimes uncomfortable, but always interesting and educational stories that range from current politics to history to mystery.

RESEARCH

New Collaboration Seeks To Increase Life Sciences Graduates, With NSF Support

Academically talented, low-income students who want to study biological sciences can find life-changing opportunities through a new regional partnership among UNC Charlotte, Gaston College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. This innovative initiative is possible as a result of $4.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.

Study Suggests Future Sleep Breathing Issues For College Football Players

A new UNC Charlotte study with college-age football linemen suggests that the roots of a sleep breathing health problem in football players may begin early and points to the need to fully assess the potential consequences of college training, particularly for linemen who quit conditioning after college.

GLOBAL REACH

Professor of German Earns University International Education Honor

For her transformational impact on international education at UNC Charlotte, Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau, associate professor of German, is the 2018 recipient of the International Education Faculty Award. Notable contributions include a keen focus on expanding opportunities for students to study, work and intern abroad, with a parallel focus on growing community partnerships to support students. She also has grown academic offerings and community outreach.

The Grove: Sacred Grove Reveals New View of Africa’s Past

Surrounded by the sprawl of a modern city, the dense forest grove of Osun-Osogbo in southwestern Nigeria has long stood as a silent sentry guarding the mysteries of the ancient past. Those secrets are now revealed by UNC Charlotte researcher Akin Ogundiran, whose work has upended long-held views of how West Africa became a global economic player.

TEACHING & ADVISING

Teaching Excellence Honorees Find Innovative Solutions to Meet Students' Needs

A classroom approach in which students seek solutions to problems rooted in real meteorological data; non-traditional teaching techniques to help students grasp organic chemistry; and a focus on students choosing research projects geared to their interests are just some of the innovative, hands-on approaches this year’s CLAS Excellence in Teaching Awards recipients use to challenge students.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Colleagues Remember Public Policy Professor in Time of Loss

Faculty emeritus Ken Godwin, who was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and affiliated with the Ph.D. in Public Policy Program, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Among numerous attributes, he was well known for his exceptional mentorship of graduate students, particularly in the areas of education policy and environmental policy.

Colleagues Remember Beloved English Professor

Anita West Moss, 74, professor of English, died Wednesday, April 11 following a brief illness. Described as an avid reader, lover of fine film and theater, enlightened conversationalist, and progressive intellectual, Moss joined UNC Charlotte's Department of English in 1972 and continued teaching until a week before her death.
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