Issue 7, February 2015

Stake Your Claim Newsletter
Date Published: Friday, February 6, 2015
Issue: 7

Welcome to SYC, a UNC Charlotte newsletter designed to make it easy for you to stay connected with Charlotte’s urban research university. Top stories, strategic priorities, current media exposure and social media connections will all be a part of SYC. We hope consolidating our news this way will “unclutter” your inbox and make it easy to Stake Your Claim.

Top Stories

UNC Charlotte’s EPIC and Waverley Labs Partner on Cybersecurity

University partnership defends energy industry from cyber attacks

Researchers from EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory working with Waverley Labs conducted a systematic analysis of risks and threats to power transmission systems to identify critical points of failure.

The collaboration has resulted in an innovative risk management solution focused on relationships between cyber attacks and the electrical and physical infrastructures associated with the power grid.

MetLife Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Start Women in Business Leadership Program

MetLife Foundation Contributes $100,000 to start Women in Business Leadership Program

The MetLife Foundation and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte announced a partnership to establish a "Women in Business" leadership program in the University’s Belk College of Business.

"The Belk College of Business is grateful to receive this generous support from MetLife Foundation and has been pleased to have MetLife as a new partner in the Charlotte region," said Steven H. Ott, dean of the college. "This gift will provide more opportunities to female students in the College of Business, and it reinforces our connection with a major employer in the area."

2015 UNC Charlotte Legislative Agenda

2015 UNC Charlotte Legislative Agenda

The N.C. General Assembly convened in January for the two-year legislative session. UNC Charlotte has an aggressive legislative agenda that reflects the challenges of the campus’ fast rate of growth, the demand for classes in STEM majors and expanding efficiencies that encourage management flexibility. Learn more about these priorities below.





2015 Legislative Priorities

49ers in Public Office

Alumni Elected to State and Federal office

UNC Charlotte commends our alumni serving in public office. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest (’93, ’94) became the first alum elected to statewide office in 2012. The influence of UNC Charlotte alumni takes a big step forward this session as 49ers are in important leadership positions and head important legislative committees. 



Join us in congratulating the following alumni currently serving in office.

University Secures Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Grants

University secures Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Grants

UNC Charlotte is committed to becoming a regional model of sustainable stewardship, and toward that goal, the University recently earned two Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project grants totaling $64,000.

The first grant of $12,000 enabled the University to purchase a vehicle battery monitoring system that checks, measures and calculates certain battery parameters to determine the health of the battery. When a problem is detected, it is kept in system memory for later retrieval and reported wirelessly to a connected PC. Motor fleet technicians can proactively analyze and determine if any battery maintenance is needed. The system was purchased from VEBAR, a locally-owned electric fleet battery monitoring company.

According to Chris Facente, automotive supervisor for the Facilities Management Department, the typical cost to replace an electric vehicle battery ranges from $220 to $250. Each vehicle requires eight batteries, which translates into a savings of $1,760 to $2,000 if issues are identified before a vehicle’s battery warranty expires.

UNC Charlotte Health Care Study Deemed Nation’s Most Influential

"Por Nuestros Ojos: Understanding Social Determinants of Health through the Eyes of Youth," co-authored by a number of UNC Charlotte researchers, was named the most influential research piece related to health care disparities for 2014, according to the Culture of Health Reader Poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, considered the largest philanthropy efforts devoted to public health.

Chancellor to Receive Award for Diversity Efforts

Chancellor to Receive Award for Diversity Efforts

Chancellor Philip L. Dubois is the 2014-15 recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual for his/her efforts to foster inclusion and diversity within the higher education profession, on his/her campus or in the greater community.

University Receives Prestigious Designation from Carnegie Foundation

Carnegie Seal

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has reaffirmed UNC Charlotte’s community engagement classification, which the University earned originally in 2008.

In the News



  • How not to be late - Prof. Steven Rogelberg comments on a self-help guide for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.





THE STATE (Columbia, S.C.)

  • Alum architect thrives in Africa - Antonio Nevada Martinez took his UNC Charlotte architecture training to West Africa to build hospitals and health centers.


  • Mayoral primary likely most expensive - At least one expert - Prof. Eric Heberlig - says the race for Charlotte mayor could be the most expensive ever, and that's just for the Democratic primary.