May 2017

CATS conducts ‘live wire’ test of Blue Line Extension

Date Published: May 31, 2017

Recently, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) officials conducted the first “live wire” test of the Blue Line Extension.

The overhead catenary system that powers the light rail trains was energized, and trains ran on their own power at about 10 miles per hour from the North Yard facility to the Old Concord Road bridge.


49er Rocketry Team soars to fifth at NASA contest

Date Published: May 30, 2017

A team of Lee College of Engineering students demonstrated the strength of their advanced rocketry and engineering skills by placing fifth in the 2017 NASA Student Launch competition.


Theatre professor designs costumes for Chicago company

Date Published: May 25, 2017

Assistant Professor of Costume Design Aly Amidei has designed the costumes for the upcoming production of “Her Majesty’s Will” at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago.

Based on the 2013 novel by David Blixt, the play is receiving its world premiere and runs May 26 through June 16.


UNC Charlotte receives $2 million boost from Duke Energy Foundation

Date Published: May 25, 2017
The Duke Energy Foundation is committing $2 million to the University’s Exponential Campaign, specifically to support the Charlotte Engineering Early College and the Women in Computing Initiative.

University to host annual social sustainability conference

Date Published: May 22, 2017

Social sustainability has been defined as creating places that promote well-being by understanding what people need from the places they live and work.


Commencement coverage spans the globe

Date Published: May 22, 2017
Thousands of graduates, their families and University faculty and staff celebrated the culmination of the Class of 2017’s educational journey at Commencement. And even more people joined in the festivities through live stream and social media.

Learn more about carnivorous plants

Date Published: May 22, 2017

Once again, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will host a Carnivorous Plant Carnival from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24.


49er Alumni Forum highlights successful alumni entrepreneurs

Date Published: May 19, 2017

The UNC Charlotte Alumni Association drew a large crowd for the second 49er Alumni Forum, held Wednesday, May 17, at Byron’s South End. Four alumni entrepreneurs from the popular 704 Shop, Hip Hop Orchestrated, Atom Power and Pure Barre SouthPark were the featured speakers.


Employee volunteerism numbers are in, new opportunity to help

Date Published: May 18, 2017
During National Volunteer Month, UNC Charlotte’s employees answered the call. In just four days in April, 228 employees volunteered more than 300 total hours to support local nonprofit organizations.

Check out the latest Chancellor’s ‘Fast Five’

Date Published: May 18, 2017
The Chancellor’s “Fast Five” update provides the campus community a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the projects and priorities that occupy the chancellor’s time and attention.