STUDENT STORIES

MPA Team To Compete In Global Migration Simulation Contest

A team of UNC Charlotte graduate students is headed to Washington, D.C. to tackle the real-world problem of global migration, through an innovative national simulation competition called “The Refugee Simulation.” This year’s competition will focus on the issue of forced migration and refugees. The UNC Charlotte team and other teams will be asked to balance their budgets and their humanity, facing the underlying question of what sacrifices they are willing to make.

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.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

College Podcasts Compete In WFAE Contest

The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens produces the podcast “The Plants We Eat.” English professor Alan Rauch has created “Air-udition.” Both are entries in the Queen City PodQuest, sponsored by NPR affiliate WFAE. 

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

College Authors Explore Tenets Of Government, To Educate And Inform

From an unprecedented look at what has been called the Gifted Generation, to a behind the scenes review of the costs and benefits of hosting major political party conventions, to an exploration of the factors that prompt citizens to reject public policies that appear to give them exactly what they want, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty have published an array of books that pull back the curtain on government topics that affect citizens’ lives.

Nationally Noted Book Gives Sage Advice For Better Meetings

Most meetings end with attendees wondering what was accomplished. In 2019, leaders everywhere or pretty much anyone who interacts with others should resolve to read the new book, "The Surprising Science of Meetings", by UNC Charlotte’s Steven Rogelberg. "The Washington Post" recently listed it as one of 10 leadership books to watch for in 2019.

HONORS & AWARDS

Africana Studies Professor Ojaide Receives Prize For Literature

Tanure Ojaide, Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte, is co-recipient of the 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa for his book, "Songs of Myself."

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 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 Talk: True Crime Book Reveals Secrets Of Goat Castle

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? "Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South" has it all: Murder, a dowager of fading Southern aristocracy, two eccentrics living with goats in a decaying mansion, conspiracy, racism and injustice. Award-winning UNC Charlotte historian Karen L. Cox will provide a definitive look at a Personally Speaking talk on Feb. 19, 2019, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Beyond the Myths: Series To Explore Civil War Impact On NC

A series of programs scheduled in February and March will look at the impact of the Civil War on North Carolina, and how the state’s role in the Confederacy plays out today in the ongoing tensions surrounding the monuments of that war. UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library and the Department of History, along with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Sugar Creek Branch, will present “Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory.”

Levine Lecture: What We Remember, What We Forget, and Why

Noted author - scholar Timothy B. Tyson, winner of the Best Book of 2017 from both the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio for his book The Blood of Emmett Till, will deliver UNC Charlotte’s 2019 Levine Lecture on Thursday, March 14. His topic will be "What We Remember, What We Forget, and Why,” examining the place of North Carolina, “the Old North State,” in a more diverse, contemporary New South.

RESEARCH

Study Of Women In The One Percent: Glass Ceiling More Extensive Than Previously Thought

Men hold nearly all primary breadwinning positions in top income households, and the glass ceiling that has hindered women’s advancement in the workplace is more extensive than previously thought, a new study by UNC Charlotte researcher Jill Yavorsky and colleagues finds.

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

MPA Capstone Project To Assess Impact Of Culture Blocks

The Arts & Science Council's Culture Blocks program brings arts, science and history experiences into neighborhoods – at libraries, parks, recreation centers, and other community spaces. Through the UNC Charlotte Master of Public Administration capstone project, MPA student researchers are helping the ASC and their community partners better measure and understand the impact of the program.

Preserving Memory: Study of Cemeteries' Role In Communities Takes Global Approach

UNC Charlotte historian Aaron Shapiro thinks deeply about the impact of society’s resting places and the importance of protecting and understanding them. In his co-teaching of a history class called “Preserving Memory in the Digital Age,” Shapiro strives to help students broaden their perspectives on cemeteries and their surrounding communities, through in-depth research and class work.

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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