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.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners were Lauren Lowery (’09), Meghan Stamper (’08) and DeAndrea Salvador (’13).
A 2009 graduate with degrees in English and Philosophy, Lowery went on to obtain a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University. She is the strategy and policy manager for the city of Norfolk Department of Neighborhood Development. In this role, she develops and implements neighborhood revitalization programs, including Generational Changes. This initiative is designed by and for young adults to enable them to engage their communities on various issues, such as gun violence, civil injustice, crime and civic engagement.
Communication Studies alumna Stamper is director of Talent Pipeline Programs for Bank of America. She drives the bank’s Applied Technology Program in partnership with the University. She also supported the creation of the Bank of America Applied Technology Program Women in Business and Technology Scholarship. In 2015, she founded the Bank of America UNC Charlotte Alumni Network to foster opportunities for the bank’s 1,100 alumni to connect with each other and the University.
Salvador, who completed a bachelor’s degree in economics in the Belk College of Business and a minor in anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, created the nonprofit organization RETI, the Renewable Energy Transition Initiation. Its mission is to decrease the energy costs of economically disadvantaged families and fight energy poverty. In January 2018, she was selected as a TED Fellow; earlier in spring 2018, she hosted a TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada.