Issue 2, May 2014

Stake Your Claim Newsletter
Date Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Issue: 2

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

Academic Year Closes with University, Individual Milestones

The end to a year of exceptional accomplishments is upon us.  Some of these headline-making moments include the inaugural football season, completion of construction of the industry partnership powerhouse PORTAL and groundbreaking of the LYNX Blue Line light rail extension that will connect UNC Charlotte and the city like never before.

Chancellor Dubois Pays a Visit to Statesville

Chancellor Philip L. Dubois continued the effort to strengthen connections throughout the region by spending the day in Statesville on Wednesday, April 23, to speak with civic and business leaders.  This trip to the Iredell County seat was the most recent stop in a series of visits to the 12 counties that comprise the greater Charlotte region.

Alumni Football Tailgate Packages Now Available

The second season of 49er football is now underway, and the Alumni Association’s tailgate packages for all home games are available for purchase, with single-game tailgate options also available. Tailgates are open to all alumni and friends of UNC Charlotte. Additionally, the colleges and affinity networks will have gatherings for their alumni throughout the season. 

In the News
  • Engineering Professor John Daniels' op-ed about coal ash mangement appeared in the Charlotte Observer May 3.
  • The 13th annual Charlotte Venture Challenge, hosted on campus by our nonprofit business incubator Ventureprise, was featured in the Charlotte Observer April 29.
  • Engineering Professors John Daniels and Brett Tempest were interviewd by WCNC about their research in making concrete from coal ash on April 28. For more details on this research visit UNC Charlotte's YouTube Channel.
  • The Urban Institute's study on urban growth was highlighted in the Charlotte Observer on April 27.
  • David Walters, architecture professor and director of the master of urban design program was quoted in the Charlotte Observer April 25 on placemaking, an urban design ethic now being embraced by real estate developers. Learn more about the Master of Urban Design Program on our YouTube channel.
  • Chancellor Phil Dubois' visit to Statesville was covered in the Statesville Record and Landmark April 24.
  • Football Coach Brad Lambert spoke to the Statesville Record and Landmark about the upcoming football season April 23.
  • The Charlotte Observer profiled Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare and author Andrew Hartley April 20.
  • InformationWeek and Yahoo! Finance highlighted the College of Health and Human Services' and healthcare alliance Premier's partnership to use data analytics to enhance community health reporting on April 17 and April 9, respectively. 
  • Communication Studies Professor Min Jiang was quoted April 17 in the New York Times about Chinese social media company Weibo.
  • Political Science Professor Eric Heberlig spoke to WBTV on April 14 about new Charlotte Mayer Dan Clodfelter's upcoming challenges.
  • The News and Observer featured the 49er Finish program, which helps adult students re-enroll to finish their degrees on April 12.
  • InfoTech Lead reported on an energy analytics and forecasting software grant awarded to EPIC by SAS on April 10.
  • North Carolina Representative and alumnus Jason Saine ('96) presided over a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology held in PORTAL, as reported by the Lincoln Herald April 10.
  • Director of Admissions Claire Kirby spoke to the Charlotte Observer on April 7 about increasing competition in college admissions and UNC Charlotte's record 17,000 applications for Fall 2014.

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