Community Engagement

Swiped Topiary Inspires Botanical Gardens Staff, Engages Community

When a treasured topiary tree was scooped from the soil and stolen from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens the first weekend of April, hundreds of people turned to social media to spread the word. Upon the plant’s return one day after the community learned it was missing, the outpouring continued.

Building Resiliency: Research Looks At How Communities Manage Conflict

The days and weeks following the September 20, 2016 police shooting of African-American Charlottean Keith Lamont Scott saw peaceful protests on campus and research- and scholarship-driven responses by faculty, alumni and students at UNC Charlotte. Among those responses, UNC Charlotte researchers Cherie Maestas and Sara Levens are exploring how the emotions of members of the community translated to action following news of the shooting.

Botanical Gardens Holds Valentine's Orchid Sale

In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, the Botanical Gardens at UNC Charlotte will hold its annual Orchid Sale. If you are looking for a unique floral alternative for the one you love this Valentine's Day, join the Botanical Gardens for this sale.

Artists to Showcase Works at Artistic Protest

More than 25 people will showcase their art in the “Artistic Protest: Representations of Race, Violence, Injustice and Inequality” event on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m., in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Dowd Initiative: Effort Explores Capitalism From Historical Perspective

The Dowd Initiative, created by the Department of History and supported by the Dowd Foundation, allows the department to offer courses on historical themes of business interest; in particular the impact of capitalism on regions and society from diverse historical perspectives. Guest speakers are bringing their points of view, while professors teaching the classes are linking their research and their teaching.

New Confucius Institute to Expand Educational, Cultural Offerings

A Confucius Institute will open at UNC Charlotte in summer 2017 to broaden the University’s outreach and support for language instruction and cultural opportunities in the Charlotte community. UNC Charlotte will establish the Confucius Institute within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.

Documentary Showcases N.C. Organization's Enlarged Scope of Care

The sounds that fill hospital rooms can take on a discordant tone, as life-sustaining equipment beeps, hisses and blares. Chapel Hill non-profit DooR to DooR breaks through the noise, bringing to health care settings the sounds of a different healing sort, as documented in the new film “The Acoustics of Care.”

MPA Public Management Academy Certificate Focuses on Public Sector Managers

Public sector managers face specific challenges that differ from those of people working in the for-profit arena. To address these challenges, UNC Charlotte’s Master of Public Administration Program and the University’s Continuing Education Office are launching the MPA Public Management Academy Professional Development Certificate program in spring 2017.

Arbor 49er Project "Speaks for the Trees" on Campus

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I am asking you at the top of my lungs." Many of us recognize this quote from Dr. Suess’ book The Lorax from when we were young. Biological Sciences faculty member Aaron Kampe describes the Arbor 49er project in which he and his students have created a physical and virtual educational experience focused on 49 distinct tree species on UNC Charlotte's campus.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Celebrate 50 Years With Symposium

Gain an intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers and fruit imbibed around the world when Amy Stewart, best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, keynotes a UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens’ 50th Anniversary Symposium on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
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