STUDENT STORIES

Phi Beta Kappa Installs UNC Charlotte Chapter; 68 Students Inducted Into Nation’s Most Prestigious Academic Honor Society

Charlotte on April 20. Following the installation, the new Theta of North Carolina chapter inducted 68 UNC Charlotte students, selected for their academic excellence in the arts and sciences. The chapter also inducted 11 Foundation members, each chosen for their commitment to the ideals of the liberal arts and sciences.

UNC Charlotte Honors Student Earns Highly Competitive Graduate Fellowship, Opening Doors To Future Public Service Career

Betsabe Rojas Gonzalez is one of the first UNC Charlotte students or alumni ever chosen for the highly competitive Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Program graduate fellowship. Fellows receive up to $84,000 for two years of graduate studies, internships, and other professional development opportunities and have the opportunity to work as a U.S. Foreign Service officer.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

In History-Setting Decision, UNC Charlotte English Alumna Confirmed As United States Attorney In North Carolina's Middle District

The U.S. Senate has confirmed UNC Charlotte alumna Sandra J. Hairston as United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, making history with her selection as the first Black woman to serve as the district’s top prosecutor. Hairston earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC Charlotte in 1981.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Retired Director Larry Mellichamp Joins Rare Group With Flora Caroliniana Award

Longtime UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Director Larry Mellichamp ’70, who retired as director in 2014 after almost four decades directing the gardens, is the seventh person ever to receive the prestigious Flora Caroliniana Award from the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Psychological Science Professor Receives National Campus Compact Award For Engaged Scholarship

Professor Kimberly Buch has been a leader in the transformation of UNC Charlotte’s culture of service over the past two decades, while directly inspiring 500 UNC Charlotte students to devote 25,000 hours to hands-on service learning. In recognition of her work, Buch has received Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, a national honor that celebrates faculty’s exemplary engaged scholarship accomplished through their teaching and research.

HONORS & AWARDS

Leak Earns National Honor for Special “Twin Pandemics” Issue of Journal

UNC Charlotte Professor of English and American Studies Program Director Jeffrey Leak and colleagues have received a new American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) award for a special issue of the Journal of Higher Education Management that focuses on the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial justice and equity.

UNC Charlotte Professor Named National Fellow For Outstanding Work In Geography

UNC Charlotte Knight Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Jean-Claude Thill is named an AAG Fellow by the American Association of Geographers for his immense contributions to geography through research, teaching and mentoring of students and other researchers. The data-driven, spatial and interdisciplinary approaches Thill takes help people better understand how social, environmental, economic, policymaking, and other processes are organized and related.

Assistant Professor of Japanese Wins National Award for Translation of Acclaimed Book

For his translation of Hiroko Oyamada’s novella The Hole, UNC Charlotte Assistant Professor of Japanese David Boyd has won the coveted Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, presented by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University.

RESEARCH

New Insight Into Coral-Algae Symbiosis Aims To Help Reefs Recover From Mass Bleaching

Corals are keystone species for reef and marine ecosystems, but coral bleaching due to climate change and ocean warming is killing them. A new open access study led by researchers at UNC Charlotte and the University of California, Riverside aims to shed light on how to reverse the damage and save corals. Tingting Xiang, an assistant professor of biological sciences at UNC Charlotte, also is faculty with the university's CIPHER research center.

UNC Charlotte Professor of History Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow; Funding Will Enable Novel Research On U.S. Defense Industry

UNC Charlotte Professor of History Mark Wilson is one of 28 exceptional scholars, journalists and authors chosen as members of the 2022 Class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Wilson will receive a $200,000 stipend to conduct significant research and writing.

Leak Earns National Honor for Special “Twin Pandemic” Issue of AAUA Journal

UNC Charlotte Professor of English and American Studies Program Director Jeffrey Leak and colleagues have received a new American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) award for a special issue of the Journal of Higher Education Management that focuses on the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial justice and equity.

TEACHING & ADVISING

CLAS Faculty Receive Teaching Excellence Awards

For their exceptional teaching and student engagement, Michael Walter, Alan Rauch, Tiffany Morin and Katie Kutcher have received the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards. Five additional faculty were honored as finalists.

Communication Studies Faculty Member Receives Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching

Erin Basinger, associate professor of communication studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching. This annual award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to teaching at the beginning of their academic career.

INK

Rocks and Rifles: UNC Charlotte Personally Speaking Talk Reveals Geology’s Influence On Combat

Rocks, hills, and other geological features played a significant — but little known — role in the Civil War, influencing combat between the North and the South in ways that may surprise you. In the next Personally Speaking series talk, on March 29 at 7 p.m., UNC Charlotte expert Scott Hippensteel will give new meaning to the phrase "American soil."

IN MEMORIAM

University Mourns Death of Political Scientist, Retired Department Chair

Professor Emeritus Theodore (Ted) Self Arrington, a renowned political scientist widely recognized for his expertise and who served in several leadership roles at UNC Charlotte, passed away on Jan. 12 with family members by his side.

GLOBAL REACH

CLAS Faculty Building Innovation In Global Student Engagement, Working With OIP, Partner Universities

CLAS faculty members are leaders among those throughout UNC Charlotte who persevered during the pandemic to provide their students with global learning, partnering with the Office of International Programs to pilot a new initiative called Globally Networked Learning (GNL).