June 2017

University-sponsored team places third in international science contest

Date Published: June 21, 2017

A trio of Charlotte high school students placed third in the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education (CSTEM), the team of Marvin Ridge High School students came in third place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.

Exponential student profile: Tucker Bisel

Date Published: June 21, 2017

With UNC Charlotte graduates accounting for roughly 10 percent of all NASCAR engineers, the University’s Motorsports and Mechanical Engineering programs are shaping the racing landscape. Graduate student Tucker Bisel talks about the opportunities that he and other 49ers have to put the pedal to the metal as they pursue their degrees.

General Assembly reaches budget deal

Date Published: June 21, 2017
The N.C. General Assembly reached an agreement on the biennial state budget on Tuesday, June 20. While Gov. Roy Cooper has signaled he will likely veto the plan, Republican supermajorities in both the House and Senate could easily override that veto.

Four alumnae listed among ‘50 Most Influential Women’

Date Published: June 20, 2017

Four UNC Charlotte alumnae, Susanne Dixon (’95), Joanna Gammon (’05), Heather Sharrett Kidwell (’12M) and Mary Ann Rouse (’80), were named to the 2017 Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women List and were recognized at a special event in May.

‘Light Rail Connects Us’ – first train arrives on campus

Date Published: June 19, 2017
Father’s Day, June 18, marked a milestone for the CATS Blue Line Extension. For the first time, a LYNX train arrived at the UNC Charlotte Main Station, as part of ongoing testing of the system.

Board of Governors appoints four members to University’s Board of Trustees

Date Published: June 19, 2017

The UNC Board of Governors recently appointed three returning and one new member to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees. Theresa Drew, Mary Ann Rouse (’80) and Michael Wilson (’93) are returning to the board for a second term, and J. Brett Keeter (’99) is beginning his first term as a trustee. All four were appointed for a four-year term beginning in July 2017.

Alumni and friends extend Bonnie Cone’s legacy through their gifts

Date Published: June 16, 2017
Alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UNC Charlotte gathered at the Myers Park Country Club for the annual Bonne E. Cone Society Luncheon on Tuesday, June 13.

Four 49ers picked in Major League Baseball Draft

Date Published: June 16, 2017

In the 2017 MLB Draft, four Charlotte 49ers were selected, and all four players went to teams in the American League's East Division. For the first time in school history, three of the four picks went during the top 10 rounds while the four total selections tied a school record for most taken in a single draft. 

Communication studies professor rethinks America’s favorite pastimes

Date Published: June 15, 2017

Considered among America’s favorite pastimes, sports competitions offer opportunities to escape social divisions and bring people together. Sports journalists argue that when people of different backgrounds watch a game, their gathering transcends differences in race, class, gender or ethnicity, said UNC Charlotte communications studies professor Daniel Grano.


Summer blood drive scheduled

Date Published: June 15, 2017

Business Services, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will sponsor a campus blood donation drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, in the Cone University Center, Lucas Room.

“Please join me in donating and encouraging your colleagues to do the same at this important summer blood drive,” wrote Keith Wassum, associate vice chancellor for business services.