Issue 1, April 2014

Stake Your Claim Newsletter
Date Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Issue: 1

Welcome to SYC, a new monthly digital experience featuring our stories, priorities, media exposure and social media connections that advance and highlight UNC Charlotte’s mission as North Carolina’s urban research university. SYC replaces the previous digital offerings Community Advance and Capital Connections. We hope you enjoy using these stories about UNC Charlotte’s essential role in shaping our community and Stake Your Claim by sharing them.

Top Stories

PORTAL: Our Newest Powerhouse Opens

UNC Charlotte’s newest powerhouse is open for business. The PORTAL building is the latest example of the University’s commitment to foster partnerships with private industry. The facility was designed to stimulate business growth and job creation along with promoting research and innovation.

Capital Connections: 2014 Legislative Agenda Preview

The North Carolina General Assembly session convenes in May, and we are hard at work making our agenda known to legislators. These priorities involve budget allocations that will enable UNC Charlotte to fulfill its role as a regional economic force, sustain its current growth trajectory and continue its commitment to providing students with a quality academic experience.

Alumni to Host Inaugural Green Tie Gala

The Alumni Association will host an elegant evening for a good cause on Friday, April 4. The Green Tie Gala will benefit the Dr. Gregory Davis, ’76 need-based scholarships. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Reel Works Studios at NC Music Factory. Tickets are $75 per person. The event will feature live music, dancing, cocktails, hors d’ouvres, dessert and a mystery box fundraiser.
In the News
  • Dr. Joe Coyle, clinical associate professor in Kinesiology spoke about waking up during surgery for nationally-syndicated show America Now on WBTV 3 on March 6. 
  • ​PORTAL was the Charlotte Business Journal's cover story on March 7.
  • Economist John Connaughton spoke to WSOC-TV  about his economic forecast March 11.
  • Connaughton and political scientist Eric Heberlig discussed the economy and war on poverty on WFAE's Charlotte Talks March 13.
  • The Metropolitan Studies Program was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article on Big Data on March 23.
  • The Charlotte Observer and Huffington Post featured articles about a UNC Charlotte study on homelessness on March 23 and March 25, respectively.
  • A March 31 Malcolm Gladwell piece in the New Yorker about the Waco Branch Davidian conflict cites Religious Studies Professor and Chair James Tabor's work with the FBI and his book Armageddon in Waco