Issue 8 March 2015

Stake Your Claim Newsletter
Date Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Issue: 8

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 make it easy to Stake Your Claim.

Top Stories

Board of Governors Visits University for First Time Since 1972

From February 25-27, UNC Charlotte had the honor of hosting the 32-member UNC System Board of Governors for its regularly scheduled meeting.
Members of the UNC system’s governing board now have experienced the UNC Charlotte campus firsthand. The UNC Board of Governors held its two-day February meeting and the University, and members took an interactive tour of campus and met dozens of students, faculty members, and community and University leaders.

UNC Charlotte Ranks High in Economic Impact Study

The numbers are in, and UNC Charlotte has plenty to be proud about, providing a healthy return on investment and net economic value to the Charlotte region.
UNC Charlotte packs a big punch in the regional economy, according to a study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International for the UNC system.

Regional Legislative Dinner a Success

Chancellor Phil Dubois hosted Raleigh event to raise awareness for UNC Charlotte legislative priorities.
More than 30 legislators from the Charlotte region attended a dinner hosted by Chancellor Phil Dubois and Board of Trustees Chair Karen Popp in Raleigh on Tuesday, February 10.

“Game-changing research” awarded $2.1M Grant

University’s receives funding for Big Data Research Partnership
UNC Charlotte edges further forward in data science and business analytics research (Big Data) with a $2.1 million grant from UNC General Administration.

UNC Charlotte Celebrates the Siemens Energy Laboratory

The new Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory is another sign of the University’s growth in the advanced manufacturing arena.

Golden Anniversary: 50 Years as UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte celebrates their 50th year as part of the UNC System, marking the occasion by reenacting the historic day.
Observing a momentous occasion for the University by ringing the campus bell, Chancellor Philip Dubois was joined by key supporters and members of the campus community on Monday, March 2, celebrating UNC Charlotte’s 50th year as part of the UNC system.

Alumni Association Bestows Honors at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Alumni Association commends exceptional individuals at the 2014-15 Alumni Awards Celebration.
The Alumni Association commends exceptional individuals at the 2014-15 Alumni Awards Celebration.
In the News

BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.)


  • Ahead of curve in NC drinking prevention - Six N.C. universities are using a new task force initiative to reduce underage drinking. UNC Charlotte has been implementing a plan similar to the task force for nearly three years.


  • A long journey, and a bright future - To be sure, the future is big for UNC Charlotte’s impact on the Charlotte region and beyond – as long as North Carolinians continue to support the growth and success of our public universities.
  • UNC Charlotte’s time to step up - When the UNC Board of Governors convened its monthly meeting on the campus of UNC Charlotte last Thursday, it marked the full group’s first visit in four decades.
  • Startup leaders offer tips - Charlotte business owners gave entrepreneurs the lowdown at the Business Innovation & Growth Council’s funding startups event at UNC Charlotte’s Center City.
  • New lab for industrial measurements - A new state-of-the-art laboratory has the ability to measure objects with precise accuracy from 1/50th the width of a human hair up to the size of a compact car.
  • Editorial urges higher education support - Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot urges continuing support for public higher education in North Carolina.
  • Seeking funds for science building - One of UNC Charlotte’s top priorities in seeking state funds is $12.6 million in planning money for a science building whose total cost is projected at $120 million.
  • Vigil for Chapel Hill slaying victims - At UNC Charlotte, about 500 students and community residents gathered on a campus lawn to memorialize the victims and talk about the need for more tolerance and understanding.
  • Conference to help veterans transition - Representatives of federal, state and local organizations gather at UNC Charlotte for a half-day conference aimed at helping veterans transition to civilian life.
  • Athletes schooled in alcohol prevention - Four Charlotte student-athletes, along with two administrators, traveled to Reston, Va., for the annual Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education conference.



  • Shifting industry driving EPIC - The list of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center's largest contributors is heavy with industry powerhouses. 
  • Challenge: training enough engineers - UNC Charlotte offers the only four-year engineering degree in town. Classrooms are full, and enrollment continues to climb.
  • Toshiba praises UNC Charlotte - In a Feb. 6 article, a Toshiba America Energy Systems executive credited UNC Charlotte as part of the reason the company decided to locate its headquarters here.
  • Siemens lab opens at EPIC - The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at UNC Charlotte dedicated the Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab and the Hexagon Precision Metrology Facility.



  • Technology, common sense for emergencies - UNC Charlotte has several ways to alert students and faculty during emergencies, such as the shooting on the campus of the University of South Carolina last week.


  • New safety fee looming - Students at the University of North Carolina campuses concerned about a new $30 campus security fee, if approved by the UNC Board of Governors. 

BASS RESOURCE (national fishing medium)

  • 49er anglers national champs again - Students Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker made collegiate bass fishing history by scoring a 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.