Issue 5, August 2014

Stake Your Claim Newsletter
Date Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Issue: 5

Welcome to SYC, a new monthly digital experience that highlights UNC Charlotte’s mission as
North Carolina’s urban research university. SYC replaces the previous offerings Community Advance and Capital Connections. We hope you will share these stories as you Stake Your Claim.

Top Stories

Budget Passed by General Assembly, Funds Enrollment Growth, Salaries, Data Science


The North Carolina state budget that was approved by the General Assembly Aug. 2 provides funding for three of UNC Charlotte’s top priorities for the recent legislative session: a salary increase for SPA staff, continued enrollment growth funding, and financial support for the University’s important Data Science and Business Analytics initiative.

Charlotte Engineering Early College High School Starts Aug. 25


Charlotte Engineering Early College High School

UNC Charlotte's and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' early college high school will open its doors for the first time on Monday, Aug. 25. Charlotte Engineering Early College High School will be the first of its kind in Mecklenburg County for an innovative educational concept that has been growing in popularity across North Carolina.

Legacy: The Next Generation of 49ers


Father and daughter 49ers, alumni Charles Simms, '81, and Sara Simms, '12, talk about their lasting connection to UNC Charlotte.

A Bird's Eye View: New Video Shows Aerial Shots of Campus


The latest video to depict the expansive beauty of UNC Charlotte's campus does so from above. The footage, captured by First in Flight Media via drone technology, is the first of its kind for UNC Charlotte.

In the News
  • Two UNC Charlotte students won the national championship of college bass fishing, as reported by the Charlotte Observer Aug. 3.
  • WCNC reported on UNC Charlotte Center for Wellness Education's work in warning students of the dangers of drinking on July 28.
  • On July 28, the Charlotte Observer highlighted the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), a coalition that includes UNC Charlotte and aims to learn more about plants’ role in fighting human disease.
  • Political Science and Public Administration Professor and Chair Greg Weeks discussed immigration on WFAE's Charlotte Talks on July 23.
  • Engineering Professor Robert Cox spoke to TWC News 14 about auditing Uptwon Charlotte's building sustainability on July 22.
  • The Charlotte Business Journal awarded Olin Broadway, executive in residence with the College of Computing and Informatics, as CIO of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award on July 18.
  • Belk Hall is the first building to be certified under the updated Green Building Initiative's Green Globes for New Construction, as reported by Virtual Strategy and AZO Cleantech on July 15.
  • Geography Professor Owen Furuseth spoke to the Charlotte Observer on July 8 about the growing Hispanic population in Mecklenburg County.
  • UNC Charlotte ranks 4th in return on investment among North Carolina universities, according to a study featured by the Charlotte Business Journal on July 8.
  • TWC News 14 reported on the $129 million in funding for the UNC System July 8.
  • The Charlotte Observer featured a story about the opening of UNC Charlotte's and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' latest venture, the Charlotte Engineering Early College High School, on July 5.
  • On July 5, Belk College of Business Professor Craig Depken was quoted by the Motley Fool regarding the World Cup and economic growth. Depken spoke on the same topic to WFAE July 13.
  • Belk Gym closed for major repairs, as reported by the Charlotte Observer on July 4.